B. I. News on the 'Net, July 19-August 1, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 1, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

After almost a month away, we (I) made it to $2 Tuesday yesterday afternoon! So nice to see everyone again. We leave a week from today for more chemo so I'll be missing more. Only this one and one more after that and then I'm done with the chemo end of things. I have no idea what is in store next. It sure is a trip, both in mind and body. Joe's family arrives this week. His oldest sister, Leah, passed away and wanted to be buried here on the island. It will be nice for Joe to have his siblings here but not for this reason.

This morning we have clear skies, 62°, dew point is 58°, humidity is at 87%, wind is at 3 mph from the south, pressure is steady at 1012 mb, and visibility is 7.8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny A 20% chance of rain shower in the afternoon. Highs around 80°. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers after midnight. Lows around 60°. West winds at 10 mph shifting to the south after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 1, 1981 MTV makes its maiden broadcast.

“If advertisers make the video disco channel a success, the implications for cable television and the recording industry could be far reaching,” wrote a New York Times business columnist in the summer of 1981 about the upcoming premiere of a new cable television network dedicated exclusively to popular music. This prediction proved to be an understatement of historic proportions, though not exactly overnight. Though the premiere of MTV on this day in 1981 would later be seen as the beginning of a whole new era in popular culture, only a few thousand night-owl subscribers to a single northern New Jersey cable system were able to witness the televised revolution.

It was just after midnight in the early morning hours of August 1, 1981, that the fledgling Music Television network flickered to life. “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll” were the words that preceded on opening montage featuring a chunky guitar riff playing over the familiar image of an American astronaut planting an unfamiliar flag on the surface of the moon—a flag emblazoned with a big, block capital “M” and the smaller, handwritten letters “TV.” The video that followed was, famously and prophetically, “Video Killed The Radio Star” by the little-known English electronic new wave duo, the Buggles. Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run” followed, and from there a rotation that featured several songs and videos that might be considered classics of the early MTV era (e.g., “Rapture” by Blondie and “Love Stinks” by the J. Geils Band) and many more that might not (e.g., “Can’t Happen Here” by Rainbow and “Little Susie’s On The Up” by PhD).

The roughly 80 different videos that made up that first week’s rotation on MTV probably represented nearly every promotional music video then available. This would change, of course, as MTV proved its ability to break new artists and as record labels responded with ever larger budgets for lavish video productions. But on that first night, as several employees of the fledgling MTV gathered to watch their creation in a New Jersey bar, it is impossible to say how many others actually joined them. Soon enough, however, MTV would spread to cable systems nationwide and begin to exert the cultural influence that has since been credited (or blamed) for everything from Flashdance and Miami Vice to Rick Astley and Attention Deficit Disorder.

DID YOU KNOW THAT More than 2 billion pencils are manufactured each year in the United States. If these were laid end to end they would circle the world nine times. The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

WORD OF THE DAY: improbity (im-ProH-bi-tee) which means
lack of honesty or moral scruples. The English noun improbity comes from Latin improbitās (stem improbitāt-) “dishonesty, unscrupulousness,” a derivative of improbus “inferior, improper.” The parts of improbus break down fairly easily: the prefix im- is a variant of the Latin negative prefix in- used before labial consonants (e.g., b, p) from the same Proto-Indo-European source as Germanic (English) un-, Greek a-, an-, and Sanskrit a-, an-. The element pro- is from the very common (and complicated) Proto-Indo-European prefix and preposition per “forward, through, in front of, early, first.” The -bus is the same ending as in the Latin adjective superbus “proud, haughty” (the ultimate source of English superb) from the Proto-Indo-European root bheu- “to be, exist, grow,” source of Germanic (English) be, Latin fuï “I was, have been” (the perfect of esse “to be”), and Slavic (Polish) być “to be.” The original sense of probus would be “going well, growing well,” and improbus “not going well.” Improbity entered English in the late 16th century.

St. James Financial Documents for Autust 2018


073118 - SEWER FUND



Posted at 2:30 p.m., 7/31/18

Ice Cream

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 10 a.m., 7/31/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 31, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Right now, besides thick fog, we have mostly cloudy skies, 59°, dew point 58°, humidity is at 97% and it's muggy, wind is at 1 mph from the east, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, visibility is 3.7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. A 20% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Light winds becoming north 10 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows around 60. Northeast winds 10 mph in the evening becoming light.
TODAYLight winds becoming north 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHTSoutheast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 31, 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit, Michigan, never to be heard from again. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found, and Hoffa’s death remains shrouded in mystery to this day.

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

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

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

While in jail, Hoffa never ceded his office, and when Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971, he was poised to make a comeback. Released on condition of not participating in union activities for 10 years, Hoffa was planning to fight the restriction in court when he disappeared on July 31, 1975, from the parking lot of a restaurant in Detroit, not far from where he got his start as a labor organizer. Several conspiracy theories have been floated about Hoffa’s disappearance and the location of his remains, but the truth remains unknown.

DID YOU KNOW THAT In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

WORD OF THE DAY: hagridden (HAG-rid-n) which means worried or tormented, as by a witch. The hag in hagridden has always meant “evil spirit (in female form), ghost, woman who deals with the Devil, a witch; an ugly, repellent, malicious old woman.” The noun is very rare in Middle English ( hegge appears once in the 13th century, and hagge once in the 14th) and becomes common only in the 16th century as heg, hegge. Hag is generally believed to descend from Old English hægtesse, hægtis “a fury, witch,” akin to Old High German hagazissa, German Hexe (cf. hex signs on barns, especially in Amish country), from West Germanic hagatusjōn-. Hagridden entered English in the 17th century.

Special Joint Meeting of Peaine and St. James Township

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10 a.m., Peaine Hall

Agenda HERE

More Pictures

Although the ospreys may be the addiction of the editor, every once in a while something else catches the eye. Here are just a few of those things.

Posted at 11:00 a.m., 7/30/18

Familiar Faces 14

by Joe Moore

“Hi, Joe!  Thank you so much!  It was seven years ago today that you made a difference in my life!  I wouldn’t be walking today if you hadn’t saved my leg.  Seven years!  Thank you again, man!” the young man said to me as I was waiting in line at the gas station to buy a pop and pay for my gas.

“Really?  It’s been seven years,” I replied.

“SEVEN YEARS!  WAHOOOOOO!  Thanks, man,” the young man yelled as he walked out the door of the gas station.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Video and Website Statistics

July 30, 2018

Although there is one more day in the month, the statistics are not going to change that much in just one day, so the video stats for this month follow. Video has been viewed by 324 unique IP addresses in July, viewing 1328 video clips or events, using 66 GB of bandwidth. The live stream has been viewed by 117 unique IP addresses with 189 views of content. The majority of the viewers viewed the posted video on Beaver Island News on the 'Net with 234 unique IP addresses viewing 1093 video clips.

In the month of July, Beaver Island News on the 'Net had visits from 873 unique IP addresses with a total of 4,110 visits, viewing 6,068 pages total. The website was the busiest on July 24, 2018, the second busiest day was July 19, 2018, for viewing the content. The busiest day for the editor was the day of the WaterWays Symposium with just shy of five hours of video live streamed and posted.

Beaver Island TV website had visits from 576 unique IP addresses, 1,117 visits, with the busiest day being the 4th of July, which is not unexpected with the fly-over, the parade, and the carnival and fireworks later that day.

The Beaver Island News Archives had visits from 943 unique IP addresses, 1,804 visits, with the busiest day being the 19th of July.

In addition to the websites' views, sixty copies of the PDF version of the June Beaver Island News were distributed on the island. These were printed in black in white and given away. Also, fifty copies of the weekly Beaver Island News was printed on newsprint. This included the Frank Mays presentation and 4th of July pictures as well as nature pictures. These were also provided free of cost. This was done to generate interest in a possible future publication, but may only be a one time publication. Both of these are available in PDF format from the homepage of beaverislandnews.com.

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 7/30/18

Busy Times Near the Osprey Nest

It's getting near the time for the osprey hatchlings to become fledglings. There was a great deal of movement in, on, and around the osprey nest on the microwave tower. At several points during the last two days, the adult ospreys were just a short distance away from the nest, both of them. When the osprey hatchlings were younger, there was always one adult in the nest to protect them, but now it seems as iff the adults are trying to lure the fledglings out of the nest. Lots of stretching and flapping wings were obvioius on Sunday. The ospreys were seen in many different locations around the nest. One time, both adults were in the dead tree on Bob Graves' property, and the young ones were cheeping very loudly and almost constantly.

At least four, who is whom?

Out, up, and down

Where are you?

What are you waiting for?

Another location explored

Posted at 8:15 a.m., 7/30/18

A couple of hours were spent checking out the osprey nest. One video camera was on a tripod, so the video is stable. another camera was used in a portable walk around the nest. The action was edited down to a somewhat shorter video clip. The shaky video is the portable camera.

View this video HERE

Video added 9:15 a.m., 7/30/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 30, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

I can't wait until the chemo is done, and hopefully my eyesight comes back as clear as it used to be. I miss not being able to use my camera. Seeing double makes doing that impossible. In the meantime, I'm thinking I should use my whittling lessons to make myself a white cane (NOT). This too will pass. In the meantime, I'm looking rather like Mr. Magoo (only if you're old will you recognize that name). Could be so much worse than it is. I think I'll stick to knitting by feel, probably much safer for all involved.

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 58°, dew point is 56°. humidity is at 95% making it muggy, wind is at 2 mph from the SE, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is 5 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Light winds becoming northwest 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
TODAY: Light winds. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 30, 2003, the last of 21,529,464 Volkswagen Beetles built since World War II rolls off the production line at Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico. One of a 3,000-unit final edition, the baby-blue vehicle was sent to a museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, where Volkswagen is headquartered.

The car produced in Puebla that day was the last so-called “classic” VW Beetle, which is not to be confused with the redesigned new Beetle that Volkswagen introduced in 1998. (The new Beetle resembles the classic version but is based on the VW Golf.) The roots of the classic Beetle stretch back to the mid-1930s, when the famed Austrian automotive engineer Dr. Ferdinand Porsche met German leader Adolf Hitler’s request for a small, affordable passenger car to satisfy the transportation needs of the German people Hitler called the result the KdF (Kraft-durch-Freude)-Wagen (or “Strength-Through-Joy” car) after a Nazi-led movement ostensibly aimed at helping the working people of Germany; it would later be known by the name Porsche preferred: Volkswagen, or “people’s car.”

The first production-ready Kdf-Wagen debuted at the Berlin Motor Show in 1939; the international press soon dubbed it the “Beetle” for its distinctive rounded shape. During World War II, the factory in Kdf-stat (later renamed Wolfsburg) continued to make Beetles, though it was largely dedicated to production of war vehicles. Production was halted under threat of Allied bombing in August 1944 and did not resume until after the war, under British control. Though VW sales were initially slower in the United States compared with the rest of the world, by 1960 the Beetle was the top-selling import in America, thanks to an iconic ad campaign by the firm Doyle Dane Bernbach. In 1972, the Beetle surpassed the longstanding worldwide production record of 15 million vehicles, set by Ford Motor Company’s legendary Model T between 1908 and 1927. It also became a worldwide cultural icon, featuring prominently in the hit 1969 movie “The Love Bug” (which starred a Beetle named Herbie) and on the cover of the Beatles album “Abbey Road.”

In 1977, however, the Beetle, with its rear-mounted, air-cooled-engine, was banned in America for failing to meet safety and emission standards. Worldwide sales of the car shrank by the late 1970s and by 1988, the classic Beetle was sold only in Mexico. Due to increased competition from other manufacturers of inexpensive compact cars, and a Mexican decision to phase out two-door taxis, Volkswagen decided to discontinue production of the classic bug in 2003. The final count of 21,529,464, incidentally, did not include the original 600 cars built by the Nazis prior to World War II.
NOTE: my very first car was a black VW beetle.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp).

WORD OF THE DAY: contextomy ((kon-TEKS-tuh-mee) which means the practice of misquoting someone by shortening the quotation or by leaving out surrounding words or sentences that would place the quotation in context. Contextomy is a blend of the words context and -tomy, a Greek suffix meaning “cutting.” In was first recorded in English in 1965–70.

Christian Church Bulletin

July 29, 2018

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 7/29/18

Mass from Holy Cross

July 29, 2018

The services at Holy Cross Catholic Church took place at the normally scheduled times of 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Fourteen unique IP addresses viewed the live stream this weekend.

The reader on Saturday was Linda Wearn, and the reader on Sunday was Brian Foli. Our celebrant was Father Jim Siler, but on Sunday, he was joined by a deacon who has been coming to the island for over thirty years.


Holy Cross altar

Linda Wearn reads.....Father Jim reads the Gospel

Father Jim gives the sermon......Then reads the announcements


The baptismal font in the morning sunshine

Opening prayer

Brian Foli does the readings....A visiting deacon reads the Gospel

Father Jim gives the sermon.......The final blessing

View video of the services HERE

Posted at 1 p.m., 7/29/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 29, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Mother Nature can't seem to make up her mind - it's either too hot, too wet, or it feels like fall and it's only July. Right now I'm showing 62°, clear skies, dew point is 61°, humidity is at 94% making it muggy (again), wind is at 5 mph from the southwest, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is 9.3 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY NIGHT: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 29, 1958, the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space. NASA has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have yielded vital information about the solar system and universe. It has also launched numerous earth-orbiting satellites that have been instrumental in everything from weather forecasting to navigation to global communications.

NASA was created in response to the Soviet Union’s October 4, 1957 launch of its first satellite, Sputnik I. The 183-pound, basketball-sized satellite orbited the earth in 98 minutes. The Sputnik launch caught Americans by surprise and sparked fears that the Soviets might also be capable of sending missiles with nuclear weapons from Europe to America. The United States prided itself on being at the forefront of technology, and, embarrassed, immediately began developing a response, signaling the start of the U.S.-Soviet space race.

On November 3, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik II,which carrieda dog named Laika. In December, America attempted to launch a satellite of its own, called Vanguard, but it exploded shortly after takeoff. On January 31, 1958, things went better with Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite to successfully orbit the earth. In July of that year, Congress passed legislation officially establishing NASA from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and other government agencies, and confirming the country’s commitment to winning the space race. In May 1961, President John F. Kennedydeclared thatAmerica should put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission achieved that goal and made history when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, saying “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

NASA has continued to make great advances in space exploration since the first moonwalk, including playing a major part in the construction of the International Space Station. The agency has also suffered tragic setbacks, however, such as the disasters that killed the crews of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986 and the Columbia space shuttle in 2003. In 2004, President George Bush challenged NASA to return to the moon by 2020 and establish “an extended human presence” there that could serve as a launching point for “human missions to Mars and to worlds beyond.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT on average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

WORD OF THE DAY: causerie (koh-zuh-REE) which means an informal talk or chat. In French the noun causerie means “a chat; a talk (as at a conference).” As a literary style a causerie is a short, topical essay, personal and humorous (there is no one precise English translation for causerie). Causerie is a derivative of the verb causer “to chat, talk, gossip.” The French verb comes from Latin causārī “to plead a case, bring a (legal) action; to plead as an excuse or reason,” a derivative of the noun causa “legal case or proceeding, trial.” Causerie entered English in the 19th century.

52 Lists for Happiness, Project #31

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 7/29/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 28, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

Really slept in this morning and it was nice until the dogs decided they thought it was time to get up and moving. They may be tiny, but they sure are bossy. Congratulations to Caitlin Wetzel and Richard Wetzel as they celebrate their marriage this afternoon. So happy for you, Caitlin!

As for the weather... it's 60°, mostly cloudy skies, dew point is 56°, wind is at 4 mph from the west, pressure is steady at 1017 mb, and visibility is 9.9 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 28, 1868 following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American citizenship by stating that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside.” The amendment then reaffirmed the privileges and rights of all citizens, and granted all these citizens the “equal protection of the laws.”

In the decades after its adoption, the equal protection clause was cited by a number of African American activists who argued that racial segregation denied them the equal protection of law. However, in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that states could constitutionally provide segregated facilities for African Americans, so long as they were equal to those afforded white persons. The Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which announced federal toleration of the so-called “separate but equal” doctrine, was eventually used to justify segregating all public facilities, including railroad cars, restaurants, hospitals, and schools. However, “colored” facilities were never equal to their white counterparts, and African Americans suffered through decades of debilitating discrimination in the South and elsewhere. In 1954, Plessy v. Ferguson was finally struck down by the Supreme Court in its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

WORD OF THE DAY: hypnopedia (hip-nuh-PEE-dee-uh) which means sleep learning. Hypnopedia is first recorded in Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World (1932), and the word may well be a coinage of his. Hypnopedia is a compound word formed from the Greek nouns hýpnos “sleep” and paideía “child-rearing, education.” Hýpnos is a regular Greek development of the Proto-Indo-European noun sup-nos, from the root swep, swop-, sup- “to sleep.” In preclassical Latin the noun swep-nos becomes swop-nos and finally somnus in classical Latin. The Germanic equivalent root, swef-no-, becomes swefen “sleep, dream” in Old English and sweven in Middle English, e.g., in Piers Plowman and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Paideía is a derivative of the noun país (stem paid-) “child.”

Melvin and Alvina NaPont Leave

Melvin and Alvina NaPont have left on the boat today in their move to East Jordan from Beaver Island. The NaPonts have lived in the Beaver Island Archipelago for generations. They are the last of this generation of Indian families to live here. Of course, there are still those on the island who are part of this culture, but not of this generation. The NaPont house was originally on High Island and moved to Beaver Island according to the hsitory of the island. Alvina's beautiful decorations for the holidays will definitely be missed.

Melvin and Alvina provided an address to BINN and is listed below:

Melvin and Alvina NaPont

10155 A Wa-ba-noong

East Jordan, MI 49727

"We'll be back next year, " they both said, "to visit."

They left today on the 5:20 p.m. boat.

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 7/27/18


Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

for Meeting at BICS at 10:30 a.m., August 1, 2018



LLPS Area Definitions

NLMIC 08-01-2018 Draft Agenda

:Posted at 4:15 p.m., 7/27/18

Part 1 of a series: Islands in the Great Lakes: Snapshots of islands in the Great Lakes Islands

Next one is about Beaver Island. This one is Madeline Island


Posted at 4 p.m., 7/27/18

BIESA Meeting Dates

Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 27, 2018

Posted at 7:00 a.m.

Mom is beside herself with excitement as Ron (her youngest) and Ann are on their way home today. They will be on the 2:30 boat and I'll bet that Mom will want to be down there extra early.

It's rather like autumn today, overcast skies, 61°, dew point is 58°, humidity is at 90%, wind is at 11 mph from the northwest, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is 9.9 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers. Highss in the mid 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of showers 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers in the evening then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of showers is 20%.
TODAY: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Chance of waterspouts through the day. Isolated showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of waterspouts. Isolated showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee recommends that America’s 37th president, Richard M. Nixon, be impeached and removed from office. The impeachment proceedings resulted from a series of political scandals involving the Nixon administration that came to be collectively known as Watergate.

The Watergate scandal first came to light following a break-in on June 17, 1972, at the Democratic Party’s national headquarters in the Watergate apartment-hotel complex in Washington, D.C. A group of men linked to the White House were later arrested and charged with the crime. Nixon denied any involvement with the break-in, but several of his staff members were eventually implicated in an illegal cover-up and forced to resign. Subsequent government investigations revealed “dirty tricks” political campaigning by the Committee to Re-Elect the President, along with a White House “enemies list.” In July 1973, one of Nixon’s former staff members revealed the existence of secretly taped conversations between the president and his aides. Nixon initially refused to release the tapes, on grounds of executive privilege and national security, but a judge later ordered the president to turn them over. The White House provided some but not all of the tapes, including one from which a portion of the conversation appeared to have been erased.

In May 1974, the House Judiciary Committee began formal impeachment hearings against Nixon. On July 27 of that year, the first article of impeachment against the president was passed. Two more articles, for abuse of power and contempt of Congress, wereapproved on July 29 and 30.On August 5,Nixon complied witha U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring thathe provide transcripts of the missing tapes, and the new evidence clearly implicated him in a cover up of the Watergate break-in. On August 8, Nixon announced his resignation, becoming the first president in U.S. history to voluntarily leave office. After departing the White House on August 9,Nixon was succeeded by Vice President Gerald Ford, who, in a controversial move, pardoned Nixon on September 8, 1974, making it impossible for the former president to be prosecuted for any crimes he might have committed while in office. Only two other presidents in U.S. history have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.

DID YOU KNOW THAT In Tokyo you can buy a toupee for your dog.

WORD OF THE DAY: punnet (PUHN-it) which means a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit. In the “Cyclops” episode (chapter 12) of Ulysses, there are 33 parodies in exaggerated, sentimental, or pompous styles. The first of these parodies begins “In Inisfail the fair,” a parody of a poem by the Irish poet James Mangin (1803-49), and contains, among other things, an extravagant list of Irish products: “… pearls of the earth, and punnets of mushrooms and custard marrows….” A punnet is a light, shallow container for fruits or other produce. The word is used in Ireland, England, and Australia but not in America. Its origin is uncertain. Punnet entered English in the 19th century.

Water Ways Symposium at CMU

The symposium will start at 10 a.m. with a meet and greet, and the first presentation by Carol Linteau and Mike Weede will start at 10:15 and be dedicated in memory of Dick Burris. The symposium is open to the public and a $10 donation is suggested for lunch.

Lori Taylor-Blitz

Presentation titles:

"Shipwrecks from Beaver Island: Dedicated in Memory of Dick Burris." Carol Lineau & Mike Weede 10:15 a.m.

Mike Weede is a certified PADI instructor and licensed Coast Guard Captain.
Carol Linteau is a certified diver by the National Park Service and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, a SCUBA Instructor, a Nautical Archaeology Society Tutor, and citizen diver for Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, working in their Avian Botulism research project.



View video of the presentation HERE

"History Meets Technology in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary." Stephan Gandulla 11:15 a.m.

Stephanie Gandulla is the Media & Volunteer Coordinator for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CPC, and Contractor to NOAA.

View video of thsi presentation HERE

"The State of Lakes: A Local to Global Perspective on How We Care for Water and Sustain it for the Future." Lisa Borre 12:30 p.m.

Lisa Borre grew up in Michigan and began visiting Beaver Island almost 50 years ago. She returns frequently to visit family and enjoy the places that helped inspire a career devoted to the conservation and management of lakes around the world. She is currently a Senior Research Specialist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and involved with numerous lake-related organizations at the global, regional, national, and local levels. She also writes about lakes for National Geographic's Voices (formerly Water Currents) blog. An avid sailor, she crossed the Atlantic in 2007 and co-wrote with her husband The Black Sea, a sailing guide based on research conducted while circumnavigating the sea in 2010. She currently lives near the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland.

View video of this presentation HERE

"Michigan Solution: Using Clean Energy Technology to Power the Island." Brad Kallio 1:15 p.m.

Erin Dixon-Myers introduces this speaker

View video of this presentation HERE

"From Survival to Sustainability: The Unfinished Story of Beaver Isle." Seamus Norgaard 2:00 p.m.

Erin introduces the last speaker for the day

View video of this presentation HERE

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 7/27/18 with pictures and video

Timeout for Art: Enforced Playtime

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 7/26/18

"The Look"

by Daniel R Craig

Tones drop. "Motorcycle " vs "Semi".

We're running on the second rig and rolling right behind the primary ambulance. It's about four miles from the station to the accident scene.

Dispatch updates..."One injured...traumatic amputation...motorcyclist".

As we pull onto the scene my partner angles the rig near the primary ambulance in a strategic location. P.D. has the road blocked already.

At the drop of the tones on a "hot call," you go into reaction mode. You're venturing into the unknown, mayhem it will be!

You run yourself through a few scenarios, quick mental check on equipment, procedures. A thousand thoughts can race through one's mind prior to arrival. As you approach the scene you scan and observe the area. It tells much.

Semi on north shoulder of the road. Patrol car blocking westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic at a standstill. Debris scattered along the roadway. Always scanning, observing. The imput creating a plan in your mind. As we angle in, I catch the deputies "eyes". A seasoned veteran of many years. He has "the look". I see it in his "eyes". I see it in his "facial expression ". It's bad, very bad.

I see the rider lying in the roadway near the southern shoulder. I exit the rig, look at the deputy and nod. No words need to be spoken. My "brother" is happy to turn the scene over to EMS.

As I approach the rider, I see a civilian in the ditch fifteen feet away. He states he's an off duty medic and tells me "the guy is still breathing ". I can see the "look"....it's in his "eyes". It's bad and it was.

The biker was heading east, the semi west. He must of reached out with his left arm to stop from going under the semis flatbed trailer. The impact amputated his left arm at the shoulder and Lord knows what other injuries. The motorcycle slammed into the trailers rear wheels. I catch the "eyes" of the primary medic on scene. It's his first day running alone as a paramedic. Freshly licensed out of school. But I have worked with him for a number of years. I have mentored him.

We will do this and we will do well! Orders are barked out and we go to work. They say "eyes tell all" and "they do". Be safe....smile, laugh, love...494

Posted at 7:30 a.m., 7/26/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 26, 2018

Posted at 7:00 a.m.

We got over an inch of rain last night and finally the grass is beginning to green up. While the sunny days are nice, we need the moisture as the majority of the island is forest and we do NOT need to worry about fire. Thanks, Mother Nature.
Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 63°. dew point is 61°, it's still a bit muggy with the humidity at 95%, wind is at 8 mph from the northeast, pressure is steady at 1007 mb, and visibility if 9.1 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Scattered rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of showers is 40%.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming west with gusts to around 20 knots in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms and isolated showers early in the morning. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 26, 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today’s mail system. During early colonial times in the 1600s, few American colonists needed to send mail to each other; it was more likely that their correspondence was with letter writers in Britain. Mail deliveries from across the Atlantic were sporadic and could take many months to arrive. There were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns. In 1753, Benjamin Franklin, who had been postmaster of Philadelphia, became one of two joint postmasters general for the colonies. He made numerous improvements to the mail system, including setting up new, more efficient colonial routes and cutting delivery time in half between Philadelphia and New York by having the weekly mail wagon travel both day and night via relay teams. Franklin also debuted the first rate chart, which standardized delivery costs based on distance and weight. In 1774, the British fired Franklin from his postmaster job because of his revolutionary activities. However, the following year, he was appointed postmaster general of the United Colonies by the Continental Congress. Franklin held the job until late in 1776, when he was sent to France as a diplomat. He left a vastly improved mail system, with routes from Florida to Maine and regular service between the colonies and Britain. President George Washington appointed Samuel Osgood, a former Massachusetts congressman, as the first postmaster general of the American nation under the new U.S. constitution in 1789. At the time, there were approximately 75 post offices in the country.

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT A dime has 118 ridges around the edge?

WORD OF THE DAY: isopolity (ahy-suh-POL-i-tee) which means equal rights of citizenship, as in different communities; mutual political rights. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 b.c.) was the first author to use isopolīteía “equality of civic rights.” Isopolīteía applied to individuals and communities; it also meant reciprocity of such rights between states (as by treaty). Polīteía “citizenship, daily life of a citizen, body of citizens; government, polity, constitution” is a derivative of the noun pólis “citadel (of a city), city, one’s city or country.” Pólis comes the very complicated Proto-Indo-European root pel-, pelǝ-, plē- “citadel, fortified elevation, city.” The same root yields the Sanskrit noun pū́r “citadel, city” ( Singapur “Singapore” means “Lion City”), and Lithuanian pilìs “citadel, castle.” Isopolity entered English in the 19th century.

Invasive Species Audit and Treatment

For Immediate Release to Property Owners on Beaver Island:

We have been contacted by Dusty Jordan, Coordinator of the Charlevoix Antrim Kalkaska and Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CAKE CISMA), that their treatment team is scheduled to be on the island next week, from July 30th to August 3rd

Their plan is to do both survey work and treatment of priority species on the island this year. As of right now the priority species that they intend to target for treatment are:

  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Oriental Bittersweet
  • Garlic Mustard 
  • Phragmites

Dusty is asking for known locations of non-native Phragmites.  Beth Leuck and Pam Grassmick have been out with property owners this week surveying for Phragmites.  We have sites identified around the island but are in need of your assistance.  If you have a patch that you believe needs treatment or if you have questions, call Beth Leuck (2196) or Pam Grassmick (2314). 

Last year, Little Sand Bay, Barney’s Lake Nature Preserve, and the island dune system were surveyed by GEI Consultants. Plans are for islanders involved in invasive species management to meet with Dusty to determine high priority sites to focus survey efforts.  Weather permitting, Phragmites will be treated on Garden and High Islands along with Glossy Buckthorn on Garden Island

Funding for the invasive species survey and treatment has been secured through the Department of Natural Resources

Thanks for your continued assistance in controlling invasive species here on our islands.

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 7/25/18

What Did You Say 36

By Joe Moore

One of those things that seem to plague me when I can’t sleep is the thoughts, deep thoughts, about things that really don’t seem to some to have any importance.

What did you say?

Well, at four thirty this morning, I awakened from a dream about an emergency that took about forty-eight hours out of my life, and I began to wonder about the three ambulance runs that have occurred since I retired.  I began to wonder about how the newer paramedics to the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes considered and weathered these three events. Obviously, they did.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 1 p.m., 7/25/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 25, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

I woke up early but rolled over and went back to sleep. Kind of nice to do that once in a while. Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 60°, dew point is 57°, humidity is at 89%, feels a bit muggy out, wind is at 4 mph from the west, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is 6 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs around 80°. West winds at 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening then mostly cloudy with periods of rain showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Periods of showers and isolated thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) is born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England, to parents Lesley and Peter Brown. The healthy baby was delivered shortly before midnight by caesarean section and weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces.

Before giving birth to Louise, Lesley Brown had suffered years of infertility due to blocked fallopian tubes. In November 1977, she underwent the then-experimental IVF procedure. A mature egg was removed from one of her ovaries and combined in a laboratory dish with her husband’s sperm to form an embryo. The embryo then was implanted into her uterus a few days later. Her IVF doctors, British gynecologist Patrick Steptoe and scientist Robert Edwards, had begun their pioneering collaboration a decade earlier. Once the media learned of the pregnancy, the Browns faced intense public scrutiny. Louise’s birth made headlines around the world and raised various legal and ethical questions.

The Browns had a second daughter, Natalie, several years later, also through IVF. In May 1999, Natalie became the first IVF baby to give birth to a child of her own. The child’s conception was natural, easing some concerns that female IVF babies would be unable to get pregnant naturally. In December 2006, Louise Brown, the original “test tube baby,” gave birth to a boy, Cameron John Mullinder, who also was conceived naturally.

Today, IVF is considered a mainstream medical treatment for infertility. Hundreds of thousands of children around the world have been conceived through the procedure, in some cases with donor eggs and sperm.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

WORD OF THE DAY: blinkered (BLING-kerd) which means narrow-minded and subjective; unwilling to understand another viewpoint. The meanings of blinkered “(of a horse) fitted with blinkers to restrict vision” and “(of a person) having a narrow, limited outlook” are all but simultaneous, dating from the end of the 19th century.

So Unlike Me

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 7:15 p.m., 7/2418

St. James Finance Committee

There seems to be a time change for these meetings. The schedule was modified to change the clerk's name and email and the time.

Finance Meeting Schedule is HERE

Posted at 2:45 p.m., 7/24/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 24, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Another cloudy day seems to be in the works. I'll take it considering the alternative. Right now it's 66°, dew point is 65°, and humidity is at 96% so it's humid again. Wind is at 3 mph from the northwest, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is 6.9 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers in the morning. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Patchy fog early in the morning. Isolated showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 24, 1943, British bombers raid Hamburg, Germany, by night in Operation Gomorrah, while Americans bomb it by day in its own “Blitz Week.”

Britain had suffered the deaths of 167 civilians as a result of German bombing raids in July. Now the tables were going to turn. The evening of July 24 saw British aircraft drop 2,300 tons of incendiary bombs on Hamburg in just a few hours. The explosive power was the equivalent of what German bombers had dropped on London in their five most destructive raids. More than 1,500 German civilians were killed in that first British raid.

Britain lost only 12 aircraft in this raid (791 flew), thanks to a new radar-jamming device called “Window,” which consisted of strips of aluminum foil dropped by the bombers en route to their target. These Window strips confused German radar, which mistook the strips for dozens and dozens of aircraft, diverting them from the trajectory of the actual bombers.

To make matters worse for Germany, the U.S. Eighth Air Force began a more comprehensive bombing run of northern Germany, which included two raids on Hamburg during daylight hours.

British attacks on Hamburg continued until November of that year. Although the percentage of British bombers lost increased with each raid as the Germans became more adept at distinguishing between Window diversions and actual bombers, Operation Gomorrah proved devastating to Hamburg—not to mention German morale. When it was over, 17,000 bomber sorties dropped more than 9,000 tons of explosives, killing more than 30,000 people and destroying 280,000 buildings, including industrial and munitions plants. The effect on Hitler, too, was significant. He refused to visit the burned-out cities, as the ruins bespoke nothing but the end of the war for him. Diary entries of high German officials from this period describe a similar despair, as they sought to come to terms with defeat.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.

WORD OF THE DAY: epigone (EP-i-gohn) which means an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.The English noun epigone ultimately comes from the Greek plural noun epígonoi “offspring, posterity,” literally “(ones) born after or later,” a noun use of the adjective epígonos “born besides.” The original, primary use of epígonoi was for the sons of the seven heroes who fought against “Seven-Gated” Thebes, traditionally a generation before the Trojan War. The secondary use of epígonoi was for the heirs of the diádochoi “successors,” i.e., Alexander the Great’s (356-323 b.c.) generals (e.g., Ptolemy, Seleucus) who divided Alexander’s conquests among themselves. The diádochoi were very competent and their offspring far inferior, which is the modern meaning of epigone. Epigone entered English in the 19th century.

Sunday Pictures

While there were some really dicey weather this past weekend, there were a few minutes of time when it was not raining, even if it was quite muggy. A short ride to Gull Harbor, Barney's Lake, and down Sloptown has become a habit, so there were the few things seen on this short ride.

Lots of ducks and ducklings in the harbor and at Gull Harbor

Barney's Lake visitor decided to head out.

Osprey nest and lots of moths and butterflies on Sloptown Road.

Posted on 7/23/18 at 7:45 p.m.

Peaine Township Documents July

SPECIAL ELECTION COMMISSION minutes Peaine minutes July 2018

Peaine minutes July 2018

Render Story

by Dick Burris

Render Story:
Judge Render was coming to the Beavers towing another tug and a barge with a crane on it, when it began to founder north of Waugoshanse point, in the shipping channel. It started to take down the "towing" tug, and the line was cut, saving the tug and crew. When they reached Beaver Island, they solicited a boat and a crew to find and salvage the loss.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 23, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

We're still enjoying a sort of liquid sunshine day. Mother Nature is doing a slow drool over us. It's ok as it's badly needed. At the moment it's 65°, mostly cloudy skies, dew point is 64°, humidity is 97% so it's really muggy, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is 8.1 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers. Highs in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of showers is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the evening then isolated rain showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers is 30%.
TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered showers early in the morning. Isolated showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Isolated showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY: Light winds. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY NIGHt: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 23, 1984, 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant’s history, after Penthouse magazine announces plans to publish nude photos of the beauty queen in its September issue. Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles, the first runner-up and also an African American, assumed Williams’ tiara for the two months that remained of her reign.

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in Millwood, New York, to music teacher parents. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. In 1982, while working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt. Kisco, New York, photographer Thomas Chiapel took the nude pictures of Williams, telling her they’d be shot in silhouette and that she wouldn’t be recognizable. After Williams became Miss America, the photographer sold the pictures to Penthouse without her knowledge. Williams later dropped lawsuits against the magazine and photographer after it was learned that she had signed a model release form at the time the photos were taken.

The Miss America pageant, which prides itself on projecting a wholesome, positive image of women, began in 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a stunt developed by local businessmen to extend the summer tourist season. In 1945, the Miss America Organization handed out its first scholarship. Today, it provides over $45 million each year in cash and tuition assistance to contestants on the national, state and local levels. In 1954, the competition was broadcast live for the first time. Beginning in the 1980s, contestants were required to have a social platform, such as drunk-driving preventionor AIDS awareness, and Miss America winners now travel an estimated 20,000 miles a month for speaking engagements and public appearances. In 2006, following a decline in TV ratings, the pageant moved from Atlantic City for the first time in its history and took place in Las Vegas, where a new Miss America was crowned in January instead of September.

Vanessa Williams rebounded from the Miss America scandal and went on to a successful entertainment career as an actress and recording artist, performing on Broadway as well as in movies and television and releasing a number of popular albums.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

WORD OF THE DAY: leonine (LEE-uh-nahyn) which means of or relating to the lion. The English adjective leonine comes from Latin leōnīnus, a derivative of the noun leō (inflectional stem leōn-), a borrowing from Greek léōn (inflectional stem léont-). Léōn is not a Greek word, but it does look somewhat like Hebrew lābhī ; both the Greek and the Hebrew nouns may be borrowings from a third language. The Greek historian Herodotus (484?-425? b.c.) and the philosopher Aristotle (384-322 b.c.) both assert that lions were rare in Europe in their day but were still found. Leonine entered English in the 14th century.

Christian Church Bulletin

July 22, 2018

Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/22/18

Mass from Holy Cross

July 22, 2018

The services at Holy Cross took place at the normal times of 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. The reader for Saturday was Linda Wearn, and the reader for Sunday was Kitty McNamara Green. There were fourteen people who viewed the live stream of these services on Beaver Island TV. Father Jim Siler was the celebrant for both services. Father Jim will be gone for a few days and will return for Thursday service.



View video of these services HERE

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 7/22/18

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #30

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 12:15 p.m., 7/22/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 22, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

Boy, was that rain ever needed! Hopefully the grass will turn green again because the yellow it is now is so darn unattractive. We still have overcast skies, 67°, dew point is 65°, humidity is at 96% making it very muggy outside, wind is at 6 mph from the northeast, pressure is rising from 1014 mb and visibility is 8.4 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Isolated rain showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of showers is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers. Lows in the lower 60s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers is 20%.
TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming north early in the evening. Scattered showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Isolated showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
MONDAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY NIGHT: Light winds. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 22, 2003, U.S. Army Private Jessica Lynch, a prisoner-of-war who was rescued from an Iraqi hospital, receives a hero’s welcome when she returns to her hometown of Palestine, West Virginia. The story of the 19-year-old supply clerk, who was captured by Iraqi forces in March 2003, gripped America; however, it was later revealed that some details of Lynch’s dramatic capture and rescue might have been exaggerated.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT Penguins can jump as high as six feet in the air.

WORD OF THE DAY: vogie (VOH-gee) which means conceited; proud. The adjective vogie is Scottish through and through, and all the citations of the word come from Scottish authors. Vogie has no good etymology: it is tempting to etymologize the word as vogue plus the suffix -ie, but the meanings of vogue and vogie do not match. Vogie entered English in the 18th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 21, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

I guess I'm ignorant. Since late yesterday afternoon, Facebook has been covered with folks nastily complaining about the State police being on the island. I have to say that I don't have a problem with them being here. If you aren't doing anything wrong, they aren't going to stop you. I've been here over 60 years and have never been pulled over or questioned. They didn't "ruin Homecoming", that was done by drunks who made it miserable for those who were having family reunions and those who have no regards for laws and rules. You don't like them here, then behave and once they see there is nothing going on they will head back to the mainland. It is very possible to have fun times on the island without being drunk out of your mind or higher than a kite. Those making the nasty comments were taught better, the language alone is enough to make one cringe. Makes me want to get a bar of soap. Get over it, behave yourselves and enjoy the Music Fest or whatever it is but don't blame the police, they are simply doing their job. It's not taking away from the local police, they are all doing the same thing and right now there are several thousand people here. Let's act like adults.

We got a bit of rain during the night, not as much as we need, but every little bit helps. Right now it's mostly cloudy, 67°, dew point is 66°, humidity is at 96% so it's muggy, wind is at 7 mph from the east, pressure is rising from 1009 mb, and visibility is 8.2 miles.
TODAY: Scattered rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning then numerous rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Numerous rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening then scattered rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
TODAY: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers early in the morning, then numerous showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Numerous showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY NIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 21, 1865 Wild Bill Hickok fights first western showdown.

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows.

WORD OF THE DAY: carte blanche (KAHRT BLANCH) which means unconditional authority; full discretionary power. In the early 18th century carte blanche, literally “blank paper,” was a paper officially signed and given to another party to write in his or her own conditions or terms. By 1766 carte blanche acquired the meaning “full discretionary power, unconditional authority,” its current meaning. By the 19th century carte blanche in some card games, e.g., piquet, also meant "a hand of cards having no face cards, especially in piquet."

Documents from St James Township

Posted 11:45, July 20, 2018

St James DRAFT Minutes of 071118

071918 Finance Committee Meeting

Time change for Finance Meeting to 1 p.m.

Minutes for BIRHC Meeting, 6/16/18

The meeting minutes stated at 10 a.m. starttime on June 16, 2018. The minutes were received via email at 11:20 a.m. on July 20, 2018. Posted at 11:45 a.m.

View minutes HERE

Have We Forgotten?

(The answer is obvious!)

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Sometimes things jump out at me, and I can't keep my mouth shut about them. Those of you who know me, know this to be true. There are things that need to be commented about, and this is yet another one.

Once upon a time, there was a DNR officer who lived on Beaver Island. He put his heart and his soul into the island. He had the desire to help expand on a faith community that was formed and meeting in a small log cabin. He thought about ways to help that faith community, and with many other members, he cooked eggs and pancakes for one Pancake Supper after another. These were great social gatherings as well as a good fundraising method. It was something that all could afford to attend even if working for below minimum wage because it was by donation. No one was ever turned away for inability to donate.

His family and others adopted the older ladies on the island and made certain that they got where they needed to go to the functions that took place.

He worked tirelessly for the Christian Church. He worked tirelessly for the Michigan DNR including protecting the cemetery on Garden Island. He worked with the Beaver Island Fire Department to help put out fires whether wildfires or housefires. He raised his children here on Beaver Island. He and his older son went to work farming on the island. They contributed year after year of their lives to the island in many other ways as well.

Eventually, he passed away, and his family moved away. Bill Wagner was a hard working, driving force for the entire land mass of the Beaver Island Archipelago. The island community knew of the difficulties that Bill Wagner had helped overcome. They knew that the music and the joy of Beaver Island's DNR officer and family needed to be continued, so they got the campground on the East Side Road named after him, The Bill Wagner Memorial Campground.

The above picture is how the island population and Peaine Township wanted to show their thanks to Bill Wagner and his family for all of their contributions to the island. It isn't important to know who paid for the sign. It isn't important to know who should have maintained the sign. It isn't important to consider the politics of Beaver Island related to this. What is important is the factual contribution to the island history by this man. What is important that his memory be celebrated and his actions be remembered. What is important is that the memory of his work on the island not be demeaned by placing a much smaller sign up instead of replacing the original one.

During the summer season of 2018, there was no sign marking the campground at all at the beginning. Then there was a Bike Fest and a 4th of July weekend before and after the 4th. Today's date is July 12, 2018, and there is no sign commemorating his contributions except one posted to mark the location and written by hand. Yes, there have been signs ordered to place at the recreation locations in Peaine Township. These signs are reportedly 18 inches by 18 inches, and have yet to be posted, so, for the time being, this is the sign marking the campground.

Yes, the sign is temporary. Yes, the sign is facing the roadway. Yes, you can find the location because of the sign. Yes, most of the Peaine Board members did not even live on Beaver Island when Bill Wagner was alive. Yes, there is at least one who was. However, the proposed 18 by 18 sign has not been installed. Compare the 18 by 18 size with the sign across the roadway for the Beaver Island Fire Department's East Side station, and you will find that this proposed sign, no matter how professionally done, will pale in comparison to the fire department sign just across the roadway.

What has caused this to be allowed to happen? I don't know about your opinion, but I can't believe that this is what we want to show our visitors and tourists, and I can't believe that this is what we want to show our island residents. As someone who has lived here for more than forty years, I am appalled, but I am not a Peaine Township resident.

Posted at 10:30 a.m., 7/12/18

Update, 8:15 a.m. 7/20/18

So, the island now boasts a sign marking the driveway to the Bill Wagner Campground, labeled Peaine Parks and Recreation. Removed from the name is the word "Memorial" and the entire sign is smaller than the "Fire Danger" sign behind it. Peaine Township has gone above and beyond by minimizing the sign as well as minimizing the contributions that Bill Wagner made to the island.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 20, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Oh so good to be back home again. Thankfully, this trip was just a single over-night. Only two more chemo treatments - if all goes as planned. I'm more than ready to be done with it. Yesterdays ran a bit long as I also had an MRI for my eye problems. This seeing double/blurry is for the birds! Anyhow, we're home again until the 8th or 9th of August. I forgot the date already.

At the moment we have partly cloudy skies, 68°, dew point is 61°, wind is at 7 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 79% making it a big muggy, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is 9.4 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and a chance of thunderstorm in the evening then scattered rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the uper 60s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
This hazardous weather outlook is for northern Lower Michigan...
eastern Upper Michigan...and adjacent nearshore waters of Lake
Michigan...Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

.DAY ONE...Today and tonight.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop, mainly this
afternoon, and continue into early this evening. There is a
marginal risk for a stronger storm or two to result in damaging
winds to 60 mph and large hail to one inch in diameter. The best
chance for severe storms will be between 4pm and 10 pm.

TODAY: East wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: East wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 20th, 1971, Joe and I eloped in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We had met when attending Grand Valley State College. My roommates and I hired Joe to cook for us at our apartment as none of us knew how. I've always joked that I was old enough to buy the beer and he knew how to cook. Well, there was that. We were also two opposite religions...he was raised Jehovah's Witness and I was Catholic, hence the elopement. It's worked for 47 years - of course he converted as I'm always right sometimes. Like all couples we've had our ups and downs. The past two years have been a real test on our relationship. Everyone always asks how I'm doing but they really need to ask how HE'S doing. Being the caregiver is a whole lot harder than being the sick one. Give him a hug or a pat on the back next time you see him. He puts up with a whole lot. Anyhow, I just wanted to wish him a very Happy Anniversary and am so glad we're on this road together. We sure haven't been bored Love you bunches, as Tara says, :more than all the sand on Beaver Island.

DID YOU KNOW THAT When opossums are "playing 'possum," they are not playing. They actually pass out from sheer terror.

WORD OF THE DAY: tummler (TOOM-ler) which means any lively, prankish, or mischievous man. If one has firsthand knowledge of what a tummler is and does—or was and did—then one ain’t a kid no more. A tummler was a comedian and/or social director at a Jewish resort, especially in the Borscht Belt in the Catskills of New York State, between the 1920s and 1970s. Danny Kaye, Henny Youngman, Sid Caesar, and Joan Rivers are some notable tummlers. Tummler comes from the Yiddish tumler, an agent noun from the verb tumlen “to make a racket,” from German tummeln “to romp, stir.” Tummler entered English in the 20th century.

Jerry Lee Mitchell Obituary

Mitchell, Jerry Lee 3/15/1935 - 7/14/2018 Jupiter, FL

The iconic blaze of the Ann Arbor Muffler sign, dimmed this past weekend when our Father, Jerry Lee Mitchell, aged 83, passed away in his winter residence of Jupiter, FL. Jerry died July 14 of chronic heart and lung disease.

Jerry was born in Reed, Ky on March 15, 1935. He grew up in Detroit and served in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 for 4 years. His first business was a gas station, then in 1957 he opened and operated Ann Arbor Muffler Installers, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. The business remains in the family with Jerry's son, Kurt, and his wife, Kim operating it. Other business endeavors of Jerry's include LJ's Bar in Saline (Dan's Tavern), 2 additional muffler shops and a citrus grove.

Jerry enjoyed his time as a pilot, often going to Beaver Island. Much time was spent with family and friends - often golfing, bird hunting or fishing. He loved his dogs, especially Topper, Luke, and Cooper. Jerry's sense of humor, even in his final days as well as his skill of storytelling and sharing jokes, was one of his most endearing traits. His ability to make those of us taking care of him, as he declined, was much appreciated by his caregiver, Rhonda Mack, and his dear companion and caregiver, Joyce Zink.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne, in 2009. Jerry is survived by his daughter, Kimberlee (Ralph), and son, Kurtis (Kimberly), grandchildren Ashleigh Noud (John), Shayne, Dylan, and Riley, and great grandson, Finn Noud. Extended family include, Joyce Zink, Hollie and Chase Johnson, Blake Williamson, Sydney Palmer and Ellie, a most-special dog that brought us joy this past 6 months.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 26 at 1:00 at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, with family friend Pastor Pete Harris officiating. There will be a time of sharing stories, followed by a luncheon.

Memorial contributions can be made to VITAS Hospice Care, 100 Century Blvd Ste 101, West Palm Beach, FL 33417 and the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Travis Pointe Country Club 2829 Travis Pointe Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 19, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

This should be interesting ths morning as I forgot my phone on the island. It has all the apps for the weather. Oh well, I'll figure something out. Right now on the island it's 56°, dew point is also at 56°, pressure is at 30.04 inches, clear skies, humidity is at 99%, and sunset tonight will be at 9:26 pm.
TODAY: Sunny to partly cloudy. High near 80F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 65F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less, then becoming northeast 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Mostly clear. Increasing high clouds. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: tEast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 19, 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000 years.

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT According to Chinese acupuncture, there is a point on the head that you can press to control your appetite. It is located in the hollow just in front of the flap of the ear.

WORD OF THE DAY: hoity-toity (HOI-tee-TOI-tee) which means assuming airs; pretentious; haughty. The adjective hoity-toity now means “pretentious, haughty”; formerly it meant “frivolous, giddy.” The phrase is probably an alteration and reduplication of hoit, an obsolete verb of obscure origin meaning “to romp, play the fool.” Hoit may also be the source of or akin to hoyden “boisterous, carefree girl, tomboy,” possibly a borrowing from Dutch heiden “rustic, uncivilized person.” Hoity-toity entered English in the 17th century.

Baraga Event at Holy Cross Church

1-2:30 p.m. Singers of The Teal Lake Drum
2:30 p.m. Baraga History talk with NMU History Professor Emeritus: Russell Magnaghi and Inspirational talk about the Veneration of Bishop Baraga

This event had a scheduling snafu with the starting time, but the event was truly spiritual and inspiring. The Singers of the Teal Lake Drum played and sang for close to ninety minutes with explanations of each song and historical information and cultural information included.

The drum

The drummers

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the drumming and singing HERE


For the last drummed and sung song, the audience was asked to come up and watch closely for the traveling song.

*These picutres added at 4:15 p.m.

The Bishop Baraga presentations began with one of the Teal Drummer group using his history to explain that his connection was that his great grandparents had been married by Bishop Baraga. His personal testimony was an amazing contribution to this event.

The Historical Society Director Lori Taylor-Blitz introduce the other speakers.

NMU History Professor Emeritus: Russell Magnaghi provided historical information for those unfamiliar with Bishop Baraga.

The Bishop Baraga story was continued by the Marquette-based Baraga Association representative.

The planned trip to the Baraga cross on the north shore of Beaver Island was not to happen due to the deeper water levels of the lake this year. Father Jim Siler was willing, but he offered to do so any time when the water level decreased.

Here are the items that were on display at the presentation:

Map of Baraga Lands.......Some quotes for his writings.......Bishop Baraga garment

View video of the Baraga Presentation HERE

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 7/18/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 18, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Whoohooo! It's a bit cooler this morning at 48°, dew point is 46°, humidity is 92% (feels nice), wind is at 2 mph from the west, pressure is steady at 1021 mb, and visibility is 4.2 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 18, 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who first took office in 1933 as America’s 32nd president, is nominated for an unprecedentedthird term. Roosevelt, a Democrat, would eventually be elected to a record four terms in office, the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms.

Roosevelt was born January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, and went on to serve as a New York state senator from 1911 to 1913, assistant secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1920 and governor of New York from 1929 to 1932. In 1932, he defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover to be elected president for the first time. During his first term, Roosevelt enacted his New Deal social programs, which were aimed at lifting America out of the Great Depression. In 1936, he won his second term in office by defeating Kansas governor Alf Landon in a landslide.

On July 18, 1940, Roosevelt was nominated for a third presidential term at the Democratic Party convention in Chicago. The president received some criticism for running again because there was an unwritten rule in American politics that no U.S. president should serve more than two terms. Thecustom dated back to the country’s first president, George Washington, who in 1796 declined to run for a third term in office. Nevertheless, Roosevelt believed it was his duty to continue serving and lead his country through the mounting crisis in Europe, where Hitler’s Nazi Germany was on the rise. The president went on to defeat Republican Wendell Wilkie in the general election, and his third term in office was dominated by America’s involvement in World War II.

In 1944, with the war still in progress, Roosevelt defeated New York governor Thomas Dewey for a fourth term in office. However, the president was unable to complete the full term. On April 12, 1945, Roosevelt, who had suffered from various health problems for years, died at age 63 in Warm Springs, Georgia. He was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman. On March 21, 1947, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which stated that no person could be elected to the office of president more than twice. The amendment was ratified by the required number of states in 1951.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A kiss stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals that cause relaxation. Women seem to like light and frequent kisses while men like them more strenuous.

WORD OF THE DAY: cheville (shuh-VEE) which means a word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence.Cheville represents the normal northern French phonetic development of Latin clāvīcula “key, tendril, pivot,” a diminutive of clāvis “key, bar, hook.” In French cheville means “ankle, peg, dowel, pin, plug.” It is this latter sense "plug" that gave rise to the English meaning of a filler word or phrase in a sentence or line of verse. Clāvis derives from the Proto-Indo-European root klēu-, klāu- “hook, peg,” the same source of the very many Greek forms, e.g., kleís, klēī́s, klāī́s (all from assumed klāwis, identical to the Latin noun), Celtic (Old Irish) clō “nail,” Baltic (Lithuanian) kliū́ti “to hang, hang on,” and Slavic (Polish) klucz “key.” Cheville entered English in the 19th century.

Music on the Porch

July 16, 2018

This has always previously been the opening of the Beaver Island Historical Society's Museum Week. This year the "This Place Matters" picnic at the Beaver Head Lighthouse was the actual opening of the special week. What better way to celebrate Beaver Island than to report on the history of the past and its importance for the future? Museum Week is a very special week for the island, and many, many people come to the island just for this special week.

The Gerrish family has become the centerpiece of this particular open concert on the main street right in front of the Print Shop Museum. They have such talent in so many areas, and truly make this event amazing with not only excellent music, spectacular talent, and comedy, but also with demonstration of the joy of music performance.

The Gerrish Family in a couple of configuarations of their family in performance

Lori Taylor-Blitz, museum director, opened the evening.

Sheri Timsak was the Master of Ceremony

Kevin Bousquet played and sang.

Tessa Jones sang.

Terry Bussey performed and was joined by a friend for one song.

Celtic Kilroy played and sang and was joined by Tessa and Sheri

Joe Moore got up and played a wide variety of shorts in different types of music.

Chevron played and sang.

Chris Screvin, guitar virtuoso, performed

Dawn George did some singing and a capella.

Dan Nackerman entertained the attendees.

The evening was fun, entertaining, and all in attendance or those passing by had an opportunity to hear some great music and view some excellent entertainment, even though some on the list did not show up. There were more than two hundred people present during the middle of the Music on the Porch, and well over one hundred twenty at the end of the night. One fantastic night was had by all!

View video of the entire night HERE

Posted at 10:30 a.m., 7/17/18

Good Things

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:45, 7/17/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 17, 2018

Boy, we sure have had a lovely run of beautiful days this summer. We need rain badly, but for those on vacation, the hot, sunny days are appreciated, I'm sure. We are headed back to Petoskey tomorrow morning for another chemo treatment and are planning on coming home on Thursday afternoon.

Right now we have clear skies, 62°, dew point is 55°, wind is at 10 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. NOrthwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the evening becoming light.
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
WEDNESDAY: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 17, 1955, Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opens. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion.

Walt Disney, born in Chicago in 1901, worked as a commercial artist before setting up a small studio in Los Angeles to produce animated cartoons. In 1928, his short film Steamboat Willy, starring the character “Mickey Mouse,” was a national sensation. It was the first animated film to use sound, and Disney provided the voice for Mickey. From there on, Disney cartoons were in heavy demand, but the company struggled financially because of Disney’s insistence on ever-improving artistic and technical quality. His first feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938), took three years to complete and was a great commercial success.

Snow White was followed by other feature-length classics for children, such as Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942). Fantasia (1940), which coordinated animated segments with famous classical music pieces, was an artistic and technical achievement. In Song of the South (1946), Disney combined live actors with animated figures, and beginning with Treasure Island in 1950 the company added live-action movies to its repertoire. Disney was also one of the first movie studios to produce film directly for television, and its Zorro and Davy Crockett series were very popular with children.

In the early 1950s, Walt Disney began designing a huge amusement park to be built near Los Angeles. He intended Disneyland to have educational as well as amusement value and to entertain adults and their children. Land was bought in the farming community of Anaheim, about 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and construction began in 1954. In the summer of 1955, special invitations were sent out for the opening of Disneyland on July 17. Unfortunately, the pass was counterfeited and thousands of uninvited people were admitted into Disneyland on opening day. The park was not ready for the public: food and drink ran out, a women’s high-heel shoe got stuck in the wet asphalt of Main Street USA, and the Mark Twain Steamboat nearly capsized from too many passengers.

Disneyland soon recovered, however, and attractions such as the Castle, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Adventures, Space Station X-1, Jungle Cruise, and Stage Coach drew countless children and their parents. Special events and the continual building of new state-of-the-art attractions encouraged them to visit again. In 1965, work began on an even bigger Disney theme park and resort near Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney died in 1966, and Walt Disney World was opened in his honor on October 1, 1971. Epcot Center, Disney-MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom were later added to Walt Disney World, and it remains Florida’s premier tourist attraction. In 1983, Disneyland Tokyo opened in Japan, and in 1992 Disneyland Paris–or “EuroDisney”–opened to a mixed reaction in Marne-la-Vallee. The newest Disneyland, in Hong Kong, opened its doors in September 2005.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times?

WORD OF THE DAY: magisterial (maj-uh-STEER-ee-uhl) which means authoritative; weighty; of importance or consequence. Magisterial comes directly from Late Latin magisteriālis “pertaining to a teacher or magistrate,” a development of Latin magistrālis, a derivative of Latin magister “magistrate, master, teacher.” Magister is formed from the adverb magis “more” and the Proto-Indo-European suffix -ter, used to form natural or opposing pairs, e.g., dexter “right-hand” and sinister “left-hand,” noster “our” and vester “your,” and magister “master,” literally “the bigger guy,” and minister “servant, assistant,” literally “the smaller guy” (from the adverb minus “less”). Magisterial entered English in the 17th century.

St. James Board of Review Meeting

July 17, 2018, 3 p.m., Governmental Center

View the posting HERE

Posted at 4:15 p.m. on 7/16/18



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule


The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Osprey Hatchling Progress

July 16, 2018

The osprey pair have a nest on top of the microwave tower. Yesterday, a quick drive-by revealed that there are at least two hatchlings growing up in that nest. Both mates were up on the tower in the late afternoon. The male was off by himself with the female in the nest feeding the hatchlings.

The male osprey after delivering a late lunch to the nest.

The female osprey was workign very hard feeding the hatchlings in the nest.

This slightly out of focus picture, taken without a tripod, shows two hatchlings.

This Place Matters

July 16, 2018

There was a large gathering for the Historical Society's "This Place Matters" picnic at the Beaver Island Lighthouse at the south end of the island on Sunday. There were several different estimates on the number of attendees that range from just over a hundred to just about two hundred. Apparently, it was well attended.

The event included a hot dog and bring a dish to pass event that started at 1 p.m. The food was, as usual for an event on the island, amazing in different tastes and a huge variety, as well as plenty of food to go around. During this period of time there were also tours of the light-keepers residence. It was obvious that the water damage had been cleaned up, but no repairs had been made to the areas of water damage. These tours continued after the second agenda item which included presentations by Bobbi Welke, Kaylynn Jones, and Lori Taylor-Blitz.

Music followed by Tammy McDonough and her sister singing "Teach the Children to Sing," a song on her father, Barry Pisschner's first album. This was followed by Ed Palmer and Rita Palmer playing the oldtime Beaver Island Music.

The entire day from about 12:15 p.m. through the presentations and the music was live streamed by Beaver Island TV including the gathering for the group picture in from of the lighthouse tower itself. The event was also recorded by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

The attendees early on

View a gallery of pictures of the people HERE

Introduction by Bobbi Welke.........Kaylynn Jones about her grandfather.....Lori Taylor-Blitz on history

Singing a Barry Pisschner song from his first album

Rita Palmer and Ed Palmer making music

Gathering for a group photo

Group photo

The attendees came at many different times as well as left at many different times. Many had already come and gone by the time the group photo was taken. There were also several who were physically unable to move over to get into the photo due to physical problems.

View pictures of the inside of the lighthouse residence HERE

The event was recorded, and several of the presentations and the crowd were also recorded. You can view this video at the link provided below.

View video of the event HERE

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 7/16/18

Mass from Holy Cross

July 15, 2018

The Holy Cross Catholic Church was full this Sunday and Saturday had more attendees than usual as well. The reader on Saturday was Heidi Vigil. The reader on Sunday was Patrick Nugent. Our local priest Father Jim Siler was the celebrant.

View a small gallery HERE

View video HERE

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 7/16/18

Christian Church Bulletin

July 15, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 16, 2018

Posted at 8 a.m.

Yesterday was a lovely day for the picnic at the South Head Light. Huge turnout, great food, wonderful seeing so many, and then a nice drive back to town. We followed it up with dinner at the Circle M to celebrate our anniversary a week early. We leave Wednesday for more chemo and know in advance that I'm not going to be feeling well enough to celebrate on the 20th.

Mostly cloudy skies this morning (there was quite a light show between 3 and 4 am this morning), 70°, dew point is 67°, wind is at 6 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 88% making it muggy, pressure is steady at 1011 mb, and visibility is 8.3 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT TODAY...* VISIBILITY: Visibility will be a quarter mile or less this morning due to areas of dense fog.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Areas of dense fog in the morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning. waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TUESDAY: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
TUESDAY NIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 knots. Clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 16, 1995, Amazon officially opens for business as an online bookseller. Within a month, the fledgling retailer had shipped books to all 50 U.S. states and to 45 countries. Founder Jeff Bezos’s motto was “get big fast,” and Seattle-based Amazon eventually morphed into an e-commerce colossus, selling everything from groceries to furniture to live ladybugs, and helping to revolutionize the way people shop.

Bezos earned an undergraduate degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1986 then worked in the financial services industry in New York City. In 1994, after realizing the commercial potential of the Internet and determining that books might sell well online, he moved to Washington State and founded Amazon. He initially dubbed the business Cadabra (as in abracadabra) but after someone misheard the name as “cadaver,” Bezos decided to call his startup Amazon, after the enormous river in South America, a moniker he believed wouldn’t box him into offering just one type of product or service.

In the spring of 1995, Bezos invited a small group of friends and former colleagues to check out a beta version of Amazon’s website, and the first-ever order was placed on April 3 of that year, for a science book titled “Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies.” When Amazon.com went live to the general public in July 1995, the company boldly billed itself as “Earth’s biggest bookstore,” although sales initially were drummed up solely by word of mouth and Bezos assisted with assembling orders and driving the packages to the post office. However, by the end of 1996 Amazon had racked up $15.7 million in revenues, and in 1997 Bezos took the company public with an initial public offering that raised $54 million. That same year, Bezos personally delivered his company’s one-millionth order, to a customer in Japan who’d purchased a Windows NT manual and a Princess Diana biography. In 1998, Amazon extended beyond books and started selling music CDs, and by the following year it had added more product categories, such as toys, electronics and tools.

By December 1999, Amazon had shipped 20 million items to 150 countries around the globe. That same month, Bezos was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. In 2000, the company introduced a service allowing individual sellers and other outside merchants to peddle their products alongside Amazon’s own items. Meanwhile, Amazon continued to spend heavily on expansion and didn’t post its first full-year profit until 2003.

In 2007, Amazon debuted its Kindle e-reader; four years later, the company announced it was selling more e-books than print books. Also in 2011, Amazon’s tablet computer, the Kindle Fire, was released. Among a variety of other ventures, Amazon launched a cloud computing service in 2006; a studio that develops movies and TV series, in 2010; and an online marketplace for fine art, in 2013, which has featured original works by artists including Claude Monet and Norman Rockwell. Additionally, Amazon has acquired a number of companies over the course of its history, including online shoe shop Zappos, video game streaming site Twitch.tv and Kiva Systems a maker of automation technology for fulfillment centers. In 2015, Amazon surpassed Walmart as the world’s most valuable retailer. Two decades after its founding and with Bezos still at the helm, Amazon’s market value was $250 billion.

Just a reminder that today is Amazon Prime Day, if you're looking for a good sale. It's sort of like Christmas in July if you are a Prime member.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Babies are born without kneecaps. They appear between the ages of 2 and 6.

WORD OF THE DAY: garbology (gahr-BOL-uh-jee) which means the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns. Garbology is proof of the complete naturalization in English of the originally Greek combining form -ología “study of, science of.” The “correct” Greek word for the hybrid garbology is—or would be— tracheliology, from Greek trachḗlia “scraps of meat and gristle from the neck thrown away with offal,” or more simply “scraps, offal,” and -ología. The meaning of trachḗlia coincides very neatly with the meaning of garbage, originally “discarded bits of butchered fowl.” Garbology entered English in the 20th century.


Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Church Bulletin for July 2018

Christian Church Bulletin

May 20, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

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