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BIRHC Summer 2021 Newsletter

August 20, 2021

Interesting Butterfly

August 20, 2021

Thinking this was a pretty moth, it may actually be a butterfly.  Not sure, but surely is pretty!

Gull Harbor and Other Gulls

August 20, 2021

Gull Harbor has lots of gulls.  You'd think that's why it got its name.  They are the only shorebirds present here this time of year.

An adult gull and a younger gull share the post and crossbar.

BICS  Schedules 2 Special Meetings

August 20, 2021

Board Planning Committee, August 25, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Back to School Protocols' meeting, Board Meeting on August 30, 2021, @ 6:30 p.m.

View the meetings notice HERE


August 20, 2021

Hello Everyone, 

I'm writing to remind you that the Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW) is sponsoring a Community Vaccination Clinic for all Beaver Island residents and visitors at the Beaver Island Community School gymnasium from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Wednesday August 25th.

Thanks to our friends at Island Airways, everyone (including kids and adults) who gets vaccinated (and would like the chance to win prizes) will have their names put into a raffle to win one of eight prizes--one of four plane tickets or one of four t-shirts. Thank you Angel and Paul Welke!

This clinic is not just for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Parents--please use this opportunity to update all the required vaccines before school starts (e.g., MMR). If your student's vaccines are not up to date, your student cannot start school on September 7th.

Community members--This is your opportunity to save time and money by getting other vaccines that you might need (e.g., hep A or tetanus). Please note that the COVID-19 booster shots are only available at this time to adults who are considered immunocompromised and have a prescription from their doctor for the COVID-19 booster.

Although walk-ins are welcome (appointments preferred) for those who are getting their first dose of the COVID-19, you must call and make an appointment for the required childhood vaccines and additional adult vaccines. The number to call is 800 432-4121. Listen for the prompts to schedule the COVID-19 vaccine (even if you are requesting a different vaccine) and then you will get to a live person who can look up your vaccine status. I just called and scheduled my shingles and hep A vaccine booster.

For the health and safety of our community, and to save you time and money, I encourage everyone to take advantage of next week's vaccination clinic!

Have a great weekend,

Wilfred Cwikiel, Superintendent-Principal
Beaver Island Community School
(231) 448-2744

Weather by Joe

August 20, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:00 a.m on Carlisle Road it is 63 degrees with humidity at 99%. The wind is not pushing any air around at this hour. The pressure is 29.92, and it looks overcast. It is cloudy and visibility is just under one mile.

TODAY, it is expected to have partly cloudy skies with light and variable winds and a high in the low 80's.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low just under 70 degrees and light and variable winds.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine in the morning followed by clouds in the afternoon. A stray shower or thundershower is possible. The high will be in the low 80's. Winds will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
On August 20, 1911, a dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Exactly 66 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sends a different kind of message–a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings–shooting into space aboard the unmanned spacecraft Voyager II.
The Times decided to send its 1911 telegram in order to determine how fast a commercial message could be sent around the world by telegraph cable. The message, reading simply “This message sent around the world,” left the dispatch room on the 17th floor of the Times building in New York at 7 p.m. on August 20. After it traveled more than 28,000 miles, being relayed by 16 different operators, through San Francisco, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Saigon, Singapore, Bombay, Malta, Lisbon and the Azores–among other locations–the reply was received by the same operator 16.5 minutes later. It was the fastest time achieved by a commercial cablegram since the opening of the Pacific cable in 1900 by the Commercial Cable Company.
On August 20, 1977, a NASA rocket launched Voyager II, an unmanned 1,820-pound spacecraft, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was the first of two such craft to be launched that year on a “Grand Tour” of the outer planets, organized to coincide with a rare alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Aboard Voyager II was a 12-inch copper phonograph record called “Sounds of Earth.” Intended as a kind of introductory time capsule, the record included greetings in 60 languages and scientific information about Earth and the human race, along with classical, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll music, nature sounds like thunder and surf, and recorded messages from President Jimmy Carter and other world leaders.
The brainchild of astronomer Carl Sagan, the record was sent with Voyager II and its twin craft, Voyager I–launched just two weeks later–in the faint hope that it might one day be discovered by extraterrestrial creatures. The record was sealed in an aluminum jacket that would keep it intact for 1 billion years, along with instructions on how to play the record, with a cartridge and needle provided.
More importantly, the two Voyager craft were designed to explore the outer solar system and send information and photographs of the distant planets to Earth. Over the next 12 years, the mission proved a smashing success. After both craft flew by Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager I went flying off towards the solar system’s edge while Voyager II visited Uranus and Neptune before sailing off to join its twin in the outer solar system.
Thanks to the Voyager program, NASA scientists gained a wealth of information about the outer planets, including close-up photographs of Saturn’s seven rings; evidence of active geysers and volcanoes exploding on some of the four planets’ 22 moons; winds of more than 1,500 mph on Neptune; and measurements of the magnetic fields on Uranus and Neptune. The two craft are expected to continue sending data until 2020, or until their plutonium-based power sources run out. After that, they will continue to sail on through the galaxy for millions of years to come, barring some unexpected collision.


aghast; adjective (uh-GAST)

What It Means

Aghast means "shocked and upset."

// Critics were aghast at how awful the play was.


"The men who gathered in Philadelphia to create the document were the elite of society. Most were wealthy and well-educated. They were large landowners and business people. They had everything to lose if their bid for independence failed. Many of their fellow elite remained loyal to England and King George and were aghast at the behavior of those who signed the Declaration." — Gerry Mulligan, The Citrus County (Florida) Chronicle, 11 July 2021

Did You Know?
If you are aghast, you might look like you've just seen a ghost, or something similarly shocking. Aghast traces back to a Middle English verb, gasten, meaning "to frighten." Gasten (which also gave us ghastly, meaning "terrible or frightening") comes from gast, a Middle English spelling of the word ghost. Gast also came to be used in English as a verb meaning "to scare." That verb is now obsolete, but its spirit lives on in words spoken by the character Edmund in William Shakespeare's King Lear: "gasted by the noise I made, full suddenly he fled."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Inland Lakes and Invasives Species Meeting

August 18, 2021

Lisa Borre introduces Dr. Jo Latimore

Shelby Harris, Terrestrial
Invasive Species (TIS) Administrator for St. James and Peaine Townships

View video of the presentations HERE

Thank you to Dawn Marsh for doing this video work for BINN!

Good Changes in St. James Township

August 19, 2021

Besides the amazing and wonderful changes taking place at the former Beaver Haven Marina, now called the Municipal Marina North, or something close to that, there are other changes that might now be so apparent to some that don't make the moves around St. James Township that often.

These wonderful changes are due to the efforts of the township board, but mainly the applause should go to the supervisor and her helper, Kitty McNamara and Cynthia Pryor.  What changes are you talking about?

First of all, there is the partnership between St. James Township and the CC Road workers to get Maple Street driveable again.  This editor took this drive to check out the work done, and the change is quite amazing.  No potholes and no ridiculous bumps make this drive comfortable compared to previous trips on Maple Street.

Next, you might not notice this much, but the parking area, out at the generally accepted name of "Sunset Corner,"  is an amazing change.  The other night this editor counted eleven cars parked in this area, and most were parked off of the roadway on the water side of the roadway as well as those parked up by the PSJA facility, making this a safer drive area.  This, as well as the parking area set up on Font Road by the boat launch at Font Lake make some amazingly important changes and enhance the safety of both areas for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians.

Sunset Corner parking.......Font Lake parking

The changes may not seem like much to the people driving by at speeds throwing dust up in the air, but the changes do improve the safety of these locations and do provide the increased area of parking at these locations.

Perhaps the most amazing change that has taken place on the island refers to the ability now to actually view all of Font Lake from the Donegal Bay Road.  Cudos to the Port of St. James Authority and St. James Township for the opening up of the view there at Font Lake.  It makes the drive much more enjoyable!

View a short video of these changes HERE

The St. James Campground project should be started fairly soon.

Weather by Joe

August 19, 2021

Being out of Internet access really puts the brakes to an Internet new service.  Hopefully, the back up plan for live streaming worked, and hopefully this will get posted first thing in the morning! 

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m. here on Carlilsle Road, it is 62 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 30.00. It's partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high in the lower 80's. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies and a low near 60. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a sunny day in the low 80's with wind from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeats the British frigate Guerrière in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shot merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. By the war’s end, “Old Ironsides” destroyed or captured seven more British ships. The success of the USS Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous boost in morale for the young American republic.
The Constitution was one of six frigates that Congress requested be built in 1794 to help protect American merchant fleets from attacks by Barbary pirates and harassment by British and French forces. It was constructed in Boston, and the bolts fastening its timbers and copper sheathing were provided by the industrialist and patriot Paul Revere. Launched on October 21, 1797, the Constitution was 204 feet long, displaced 2,200 tons, and was rated as a 44-gun frigate (although it often carried as many as 50 guns).
In July 1798 it was put to sea with a crew of 450 and cruised the West Indies, protecting U.S. shipping from French privateers. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson ordered the American warship to the Mediterranean to fight Barbary pirates off the coast of Tripoli. The vessel performed commendably during the conflict, and in 1805 a peace treaty with Tripoli was signed on the Constitution‘s deck.
When war broke out with Britain in June 1812, the Constitution was commanded by Isaac Hull, who served as lieutenant on the ship during the Tripolitan War. Scarcely a month later, on July 16, the Constitution encountered a squadron of five British ships off Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Finding itself surrounded, the Constitution was preparing to escape when suddenly the wind died. With both sides dead in the water and just out of gunnery range, a legendary slow-speed chase ensued. For 36 hours, the Constitution‘s crew kept their ship just ahead of the British by towing the frigate with rowboats and by tossing the ship’s anchor ahead of the ship and then reeling it in. At dawn on July 18, a breeze sprang, and the Constitution was far enough ahead of its pursuers to escape by sail.
One month later, on August 19, the Constitution caught the British warship Guerrière alone about 600 miles east of Boston. After considerable maneuvering, the Constitution delivered its first broadside, and for 20 minutes the American and British vessels bombarded each other in close and violent action. The British man-of-war was de-masted and rendered a wreck while the Constitution escaped with only minimal damage. The unexpected victory of Old Ironsides against a British frigate helped unite America behind the war effort and made Commander Hull a national hero. The Constitution went on to defeat or capture seven more British ships in the War of 1812 and ran the British blockade of Boston twice.
After the war, Old Ironsides served as the flagship of the navy’s Mediterranean squadron and in 1828 was laid up in Boston. Two years later, the navy considered scrapping the Constitution, which had become unseaworthy, leading to an outcry of public support for preserving the famous warship. The navy refurbished the Constitution, and it went on to serve as the flagship of the Mediterranean, Pacific, and Home squadrons. In 1844, the frigate left New York City on a global journey that included visits to numerous international ports as a goodwill agent of the United States. In the early 1850s, it served as flagship of the African Squadron and patrolled the West African coast looking for slave traders.
In 1855, the Constitution retired from active military service, but the famous vessel continued to serve the United States, first as a training ship and later as a touring national landmark.


winnow; verb; (WIN-oh)

What It Means

Winnow can mean "to remove people or things that are less important or desirable" or, generally, "to make a list of possible choices smaller."

//The search committee is finding it extremely difficult to winnow the list of job candidates; many of them are highly qualified.


"Cast members apply for the positions. The field is winnowed down through interviews until the final two are selected." — Dewayne Bevil, The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel, 30 June 2021

Did You Know?

Beginning as windwian in Old English, winnow first referred to the removal of chaff from grain by a current of air. This use was soon extended to describe the removal of anything undesirable or unwanted (a current example of this sense would be "winnowing out sensitive material"). People then began using the word for the selection of the most desirable elements (as in "winnowing out the qualified applicants"). The association of winnow with the movement of air also led to the meanings "to brandish" and "to beat with or as if with wings," but those uses are now rare. The last meanings blew in around the beginning of the 19th century: they are "to blow on" and "to blow in gusts."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Weather by Joe

August 17, 2021


Good morning from Beaver Island! On Carlisle Road at 7:30 a.m., it is 60 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 30.02. It is partly cloudy and visibility is seven miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a beautiful day on Beaver Island. There might be some patchy fog in the morning, but mainly sunny with a few clouds. The high will be near 80 with light and variable wind.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a light and variable wind with a low near 60.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mostly sunny day with a high near 80. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.


On August 18, 1795, President George Washington signs the Jay (or “Jay’s”) Treaty with Great Britain.
This treaty, known officially as the “Treaty of Amity Commerce and Navigation, between His Britannic Majesty; and The United States of America” attempted to diffuse the tensions between England and the United States that had risen to renewed heights since the end of the Revolutionary War. The U.S. government objected to English military posts along America’s northern and western borders and Britain’s violation of American neutrality in 1794 when the Royal Navy seized American ships in the West Indies during England’s war with France. The treaty, written and negotiated by Supreme Court Chief Justice (and Washington appointee) John Jay, was signed by Britain’s King George III on November 19, 1794 in London. However, after Jay returned home with news of the treaty’s signing, Washington, now in his second term, encountered fierce Congressional opposition to the treaty; by 1795, its ratification was uncertain.
Leading the opposition to the treaty were two future presidents: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. At the time, Jefferson was in between political positions: he had just completed a term as Washington’s secretary of state from 1789 to 1793 and had not yet become John Adams’ vice president. Fellow Virginian James Madison was a member of the House of Representatives. Jefferson, Madison and other opponents feared the treaty gave too many concessions to the British. They argued that Jay’s negotiations actually weakened American trade rights and complained that it committed the U.S. to paying pre-revolutionary debts to English merchants. Washington himself was not completely satisfied with the treaty, but considered preventing another war with America’s former colonial master a priority.
Ultimately, the treaty was approved by Congress on August 14, 1795, with exactly the two-thirds majority it needed to pass; Washington signed the treaty four days later. Washington and Jay may have won the legislative battle and averted war temporarily, but the conflict at home highlighted a deepening division between those of different political ideologies in Washington, D.C. Jefferson and Madison mistrusted Washington’s attachment to maintaining friendly relations with England over revolutionary France, who would have welcomed the U.S. as a partner in an expanded war against England.


defenestration; noun; (dee-fen-uh-STRAY-shun)

What It Means

Defenestration originally meant "a throwing of a person or thing out of a window." Today, it's more often used for "a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office)."

// Michael's annoyance at his alarm clock's persistent drone led to its sudden defenestration from his eighth-floor bedroom.


"The drama would culminate in [Margaret Thatcher's] … defenestration…." — Jeremy Cliffe, The New Statesman, 6 Jan. 2021

Did You Know?

These days defenestration—from the Latin fenestra, meaning "window"—is often used to describe the forceful removal of someone from public office or from some other advantageous position. History's most famous defenestration, however, was one in which the tossing out the window was quite literal. On May 23, 1618, two imperial regents were found guilty of violating certain guarantees of religious freedom and were thrown out the window of Prague Castle. The men survived the 50-foot tumble into the moat, but the incident marked the beginning of the Bohemian resistance to Hapsburg rule that eventually led to the Thirty Years' War and came to be known as the Defenestration of Prague (it was the third such historical defenestration in Prague, but the first known to be referred to as such by English speakers).
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


August 16, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers

Get Screened for Cancer

August 17, 2021

MDHHS urges Michiganders to continue routine screenings

LANSING, Mich. – Life-saving cancer screenings have experienced a significant decline during the pandemic, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noting an 87% drop in breast cancer screenings and an 84% decrease in cervical cancer screenings nationally in April 2020 compared to the five previous years. Screening disparities among low-income minority women were already evident prior to COVID-19 and the pandemic has intensified those disparities.  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michigan women to resume these routine screenings. People in need of screenings can call MDHHS at 844-446-8727 to speak with a program specialist.

Screening tests are proactive measures and can help find cancer at an early stage before symptoms appear. The earlier cancer is found, the easier it can be to treat. Health screenings are also important in identifying risk factors a person may have for chronic disease. Women in Michigan can take charge of their health by working with a Health Coach and making healthy lifestyle choices. They can also take advantage of free support services to maintain their health.

“We are recommending women take advantage of screenings offered through MDHHS if they are not available to them through their primary care provider,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “Simple, proactive measures can catch cancer in its early stages and allow doctors to intervene before it progresses.”

MDHHS has openings for program-eligible women to receive free cancer and health screenings through two programs:

To learn more about these programs, call 844-446-8727 or visit Michigan.gov/cancer. For Spanish resources, call 800-379-1057.

Cancer Screening NR


(The editor and his wife have had to face this cancer issue, and hope that this will make others think about it.)


August 17, 2021

Hello friends,

How did the frog burn its tongue? Answer at the end of this post.

I am currently putting together programming for Commission on Aging clients. I have many request for wellness type activities. I am not able to hire instructors for these wellness activities, however I have learned from my friends in Charlevoix at Munson that I can teach these classes as long as I make everyone aware I am not trained physical therapist or instructor at each class or activity we do.

Wellness activities and wellness classes are FREE, YES FREE, for Commission on Aging clients. The public is also welcome to participate, I ask for a goodwill donation of $3 toward the activity fund for Beaver Island COA, for those under 60 years of age, though it is only a suggestion.

I know seniors have some options for wellness type of activities already, which is great and I am grateful those are here. However, if anyone is looking for an informal setting with a goal of getting active and improving movement in a healthy way where each of us are learning at the same time, then please sign up at the COA office for Chair Yoga, Tia Chi for seniors, and walking club. I will announce the venue and starting dates by the end of August.

How did the frog burn its tongue? Answer: It tried to eat a firefly

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

August 16, 2021, at Noon

Airport Commission members present:  Dave Paul, Carla Martin, Kitty McNamara, and Joe Moore; Airport Manager Rachel Teague

Beaver Island Airport Needs Tree Clearing

Trees that need trimming or cutting down for the 27 approach.

In a Beaver Island Airport Commission meeting, yesterday, August 16, 2021, held at the Beaver Island Townships’ Airport, it was brought to the attention of the commission that there were some serious issues taking place relating to the airport.

First, and foremost, in this editor’s opinion, is that the airport has only a temporary license to operate.  This should be of the highest priority in getting this corrected.  The issues related to this are quite complicated, and the majority of the reasons are related to the tree issues effecting every runway at this airport.
Second relates to number of trees that need to be removed or at least topped to continue to maintain the instrument flight rule approach at this airport.  There seems to be a serious issue relating to the main runway of 27 with the approach on this east end of the runway. 

Third relates to the airport beacon apparently not working.

While there are lots and lots of acronym references to these issues, a clear, concise set of plans surrounding these issues needs to be presented to the public.
For this purpose, a committee was to be formed of Dave Paul, Kitty McNamara, Dr. John Martin, and Rachel Teague to determine the priorities and provide a common language format for the public to understand the seriousness of these issues as well as a plan to attack the issues.

The meeting was held in the meeting room at the airport, but there were lots of conversations taking place in the waiting area of the airport, and the video is sometimes difficult to hear. 

The issues seem to confuse this editor, so, although that is not unusual, it seemed that the average taxpayer may not understand the situation regarding the three-degree approach versus the four-degree approach, and the change from instrument approach to visual approach, including the differences in State of Michigan requirements and the FAA requirements, and the fact that an inspection flight could take place at any time.  Then there was the statement about the night approach being limited.
This was a little like a huge dump truck emptying the truck in the front yard with you being expected to spread this dirt over a quarter acre of property, using just a spade and a rake.  That’s how little of this data was understood by this commission member.

Now, the bottom line is simple, really, as I understand it.  The airport has a bunch of trees that need to be trimmed or cut down, and that bunch is as big as the whole case of grapes shipped to a big store.  The question is how to get this information to the public and what is the plan to get this accomplished.

You will not get that accomplished by throwing out initials like PAPI, GQS, ALP, RFQ, and many others and confusing the issue with jumping between all these things.  The simple facts are really quite simple.  How many trees need to be cut?  Where are the trees?  Who owns the properties?  Who’s going to contact the property owners to get their approval?  What grants are available to help cover the costs?  When will this need to be completed?  (As if immediately isn’t the answer).   Why are the township boards not aware of this issue?  And lots more questions that a taxpayer will need to know the answers for the questions.  Where is the money going to come from?  And lastly, how did we end up in this mess in the first place?

Hopefully, the committee of the Beaver Island Airport Commission will be in a position to answer these questions and provide this information to the public and the taxpayers of Beaver Island.

View video of this meeting HERE

Documents from this Meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

August 17, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It looks like there is no sun shining here at 7:15 a.m. It is 58 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.96, and there is no wind. It is cloudy and the dew point is 57 degrees giving us only a half mile of visibility right now.

TODAY, it is expected to have the clouds give way to sunshine this afternoon with a high near 80. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies and low near 60. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a sunny day with a high near 80 with light and variable winds.


On August 17, 1969, one of the all-time grooviest events in music history–the Woodstock Music & Art Fair–draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll in upstate New York.
Conceived as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” Woodstock was a product of a partnership between John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang. Their idea was to make enough money from the event to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock. When they couldn’t find an appropriate venue in the town itself, the promoters decided to hold the festival on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York—some 50 miles from Woodstock—owned by Max Yasgur.
By the time the weekend of the festival arrived, the group had sold a total of 186,000 tickets and expected no more than 200,000 people to show up. By Friday night, however, thousands of eager early arrivals were pushing against the entrance gates. Fearing they could not control the crowds, the promoters made the decision to open the concert to everyone, free of charge. Close to half a million people attended Woodstock, jamming the roads around Bethel with eight miles of traffic.
Soaked by rain and wallowing in the muddy mess of Yasgur’s fields, young fans best described as “hippies” euphorically took in the performances of acts like Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The Who performed in the early morning hours of August 17, with Roger Daltrey belting out “See Me, Feel Me,” from the now-classic album Tommy just as the sun began to rise. The most memorable moment of the concert for many fans was the closing performance by Jimi Hendrix, who gave a rambling, rocking solo guitar performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
With not enough bathroom facilities and first-aid tents to accommodate such a huge crowd, many described the atmosphere at the festival as chaotic. There were surprisingly few episodes of violence, though one teenager was accidentally run over and killed by a tractor and another died from a drug overdose. A number of musicians performed songs expressing their opposition to the Vietnam War, a sentiment that was enthusiastically shared by the vast majority of the audience. Later, the term “Woodstock Nation” would be used as a general term to describe the youth counterculture of the 1960s.
A 25th anniversary celebration of Woodstock took place in 1994 in Saugerties, New York. Known as Woodstock II, the concert featured Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as newer acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Green Day. Held over another rainy, muddy weekend, the event drew an estimated 300,000 people. Another, less successful Woodstock was held in 1999. A major 50th anniversary festival was planned for 2019, but never came to fruition.


tousle; verb; (TOW-zul)

What It Means

Tousle means "to make untidy (especially someone's hair)."

// Vic stood in front of the mirror and tousled his hair, trying to get a cool, disheveled look.


"Mr. Sliwa grinned as he touseled a Shih Tzu named Sonnyboy, calling him a 'puffball.'" — Nate Schweber, The New York Times, 22 June 2021
Did You Know?
Tousle is a word that has been through what linguists call a "functional shift." That's a fancy way of saying it was originally one part of speech, then gradually came to have an additional function. Tousle started out as a verb back in the 15th century and, after a few centuries of grooming, debuted as a noun referring to a tangled mass (also often used to talk about messy hair). Etymologists connect tousle to an Old High German word meaning "to pull to pieces."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Loon Chick Learning to Dive for Food

August 15, 2021

Having a little time after the live streaming of the church services and the cemetery walk, a drive to Barney's Lake was in the schedule before the day got any busier.  Luckily the loons were not too far off on the northern part of the lake, and the editor watched the adults showing the chick how to dive for food.  Not close enough to check on the success rate, but great to see the chick and his parents.

Cemetery Walk and Talk

August 15, 2021

This was the last walk and talk of the year.  It was held at the Holy Cross Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Sunday.  The families that were included were the LaFreniere's, the Lawrence McDonough's and the Cole's, as well as a good discussion of the newest addition to the cemetery, a listing of who was buried where on a nice sign placed on the property.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the event HERE

Church Services, Sunday, August 15, 2021

The two church services recorded and live streamed this past Sunday were the Beaver Island Christian Church Service and the Mass from Holy Cross.  The Christian Church service went past the normal ending time, so only about an hour and ten minutes of the service was recorded.  Apologies for having to leave before it was done, but there was other work to do.

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

Pastor Gene Drenth

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

We had a visiting priest from the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Fr. Jegar Fickel

The reader was Bill McDonough.

There was special music this Sunday at Mass.  We had guitar, violin, and a guest organist for this service.  Ave Maria was performed on violin and organ.

Then, last but not least, Jim Wojan, who is always present to do whatever needs to be done, brought up the gifts after Offertory.

View video of the Mass HERE

The Episcopal Services have not been successful at gaining video recording, so this has been postponed until next year.

Weather by Joe

August 16, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6:45 a.m., it is 61 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind at this time. The pressure is 30.04. It's cloudy and visibility is given as just over one mile.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 80. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clouds with a low near 60 with light and variable winds.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine for most of the day with a high near 80 degrees. Wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.


During the War of 1812, American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit and his army to the British without a fight. Hull, a 59-year-old veteran of the American Revolution, had lost hope of defending the settlement after seeing the large English and Indian force gathering outside Detroit’s walls. The general was also preoccupied with the presence of his daughter and grandchildren inside the fort.
Of Hull’s 2,000-man army, most were militiamen, and British General Isaac Brock allowed them to return to their homes on the frontier. The regular U.S. Army troops were taken as prisoners to Canada. With the capture of Fort Detroit, Michigan Territory was declared a part of Great Britain and Shawnee chief Tecumseh was able to increase his raids against American positions in the frontier area. Hull’s surrender was a severe blow to American morale. In September 1813, U.S. General William Henry Harrison, the future president, recaptured Detroit.
In 1814, William Hull was court-martialed for cowardice and neglect of duty in surrendering the fort, and sentenced to die. Because of his service in the revolution, however, President James Madison remitted the sentence.


bromide; noun; (BROH-myde)

What It Means

A bromide is commonplace or hackneyed statement or idea.

// His speech had nothing more to offer than the usual bromides about how everyone needs to work together.


"A banal bromide like 'trust the science' helps neither science nor the public in the long run. The key is effective communication: neither proselytizing nor bland recitation of the facts." — Cory Franklin, The Wyoming County (Pennsylvania) Press Examiner, 9 Dec. 2020

Did You Know?

After bromine was discovered in 1827, chemists could not resist experimenting with the new element. It didn't take long before they found uses for its compounds, in particular potassium bromide, which was used as a sedative to treat everything from epilepsy to sleeplessness. By the 20th century, bromide was being used figuratively to apply to anything or anyone that might put one to sleep because of commonness or just plain dullness.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Unexpected Shower

August 13, 2021

One of the interesting things about living on an island is that there is just no way of knowing what the weather will be.  You can have your guess at the general idea of what is going to happen, but this island has a way of developing things just when you least expect it.  Sometimes a pop-up shower or a pop-up wind storm just happens without much in the way of warning. 

This particular day, the clouds were quite interesting in the sky with the sun shining quite nicely.  Then, without much warning unless you were purposefully looking at the sky, there was a quick downpour of rain caused by who knows what.  Sometimes, the storms just pass around the island without much in the way of rain, and other times, you get wet just standing in the sunshine.

The coming downpour...

Interesting Clouds over St. James Harbor

Gull Harbor

August 14, 2021

Most days a trip and a wade out at Gull Harbor provides a distraction as well as a hope to see some shore birds.  Mostly, there isn't much of a shore to view out at Gull Harbor this month.  The water seems to be back up, although not nearly as high as it was previously.  There isn't any dry land to walk on once you go over the big hump caused by the wave action over the last couple of years.

Unfortunately, the only shore birds seen are lots and lots of sea gulls.  No fish swimming in the water either.

Weather  by Joe

August 15, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m., here on Carlisle Road, it is 62 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 30.12, and currently there is no wind. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be full of sunshine with a high in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low in the lower 60's. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunny skies with a high near 80. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.


Emperor Hirohito broadcasts the news of Japan’s surrender to the Japanese people on August 15, 1945 (August 14 in the West because of time-zone differences).
Although Tokyo had already communicated to the Allies its acceptance of the surrender terms of the Potsdam Conference several days earlier, and a Japanese news service announcement had been made to that effect, the Japanese people were still waiting to hear an authoritative voice speak the unspeakable: that Japan had been defeated.
That voice was the emperor’s. On August 15, that voice—heard over the radio airwaves for the very first time—confessed that Japan’s enemy “has begun to employ a most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is indeed incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives.” This was the reason given for Japan’s surrender. Hirohito’s oral memoirs, published and translated after the war, evidence the emperor’s fear at the time that “the Japanese race will be destroyed if the war continues.”
A sticking point in the Japanese surrender terms had been Hirohito’s status as emperor. Tokyo wanted the emperor’s status protected; the Allies wanted no preconditions. There was a compromise. The emperor retained his title; Gen. Douglas MacArthur believed his at least ceremonial presence would be a stabilizing influence in postwar Japan. But Hirohito was forced to disclaim his divine status. Japan lost more than a war—it lost a god.


undulant; adjective; (UN-juh-lunt)

What It Means

Undulant describes the rise and fall of waves, or things that move or have a form like waves.

// We followed the undulant green hills on our journey to the resort.


"Gilliam broke ranks with the movement—or extended it—in the mid-sixties, when he began draping vast unstretched paint-stained and -spattered canvases from walls and ceilings, creating undulant environments that drenched the eye in effulgent color." — Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2020

Did You Know?

Unda, Latin for "wave," is the root of undulant, as well as words such as abound, inundate, redound, surround, and the verb undulate, which means "to form or move in waves." The meaning of undulant is now broad enough that it could describe things as disparate as a snake’s movement and a fever that waxes and wanes.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Little and Big Fliers

August 14, 2021

Well, the camera battery went dead just as two herons were in the process of fighting each other in the air out over the small island next to the public boat launch there at Barney's Lake.  Of course, there was no way to get a picture with a dead battery in the phone or the camera.  A run back to the car to get a replacement battery didn't happen quickly enough to get the picture of the battle, but it did allow two pictures, one of a small flier and one of the heron flying off over the lake.

Here's the little on on the tip of a grass seed stem.

Here's the heron flying away.

Beaver Island Video Finalist in Range Rover Contest

One of just four others worldwide in environmental category

BEAVER ISLAND, MI (August 13) — The Beaver Island Association has been notified that they are a finalist for the Range Rover Defender Above & Beyond Service Award in the Environmental Category. The BIA is the only Midwest non-profit organization chosen as a finalist. Beaver Island is ranked as one of the Great Lakes most bio-diverse islands.

The Lake Michigan archipelago is home too many state and federal rare, threatened, or endangered species such as the Michigan Monkey Flower, Pitcher's Thistle, the Dwarf Lake Iris, Piping Plovers, and the Hines Emerald Dragonfly. It is a stopover nesting ground for migratory birds. Beaver Island's quality natural resources contribute to the region's tourist economy, and the pristine environment there is a treasure for future generations.

Reliable transportation is badly needed for conservationists, researchers, and tribal biologists who visit the island to provide services to preserve the islands’ fragile ecosystems. Whether it be invasive species monitoring and control, biology surveys, or forest fire prevention, it all requires traveling rough roads in sometimes harsh conditions.

Only seven miles of over 100 miles of roads on Beaver Island are paved. Off-road vehicles are a must to transport crews and equipment around the island to remote areas where many of the invasive threats are located. Much of these areas have no mobile coverage, so no way to call for help if something goes wrong. Dependability is crucial.

The Beaver Island Association submitted a 3-minute video which shows how the Defender will be used as a vehicle of collaboration. If the vehicle is awarded, it will be available to all of Beaver Island Association's partners associated with tribal, regional, state, and federal organizations.

Videos of the finalists can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2Ud2H7E. The public is invited to cast their vote (at the bottom of that page) to help determine the final winner. Each person can vote once each day, from now until Midnight EDT August 23rd. The Defender award is anticipated to be announced on September 2nd, 2021.

The Beaver Island Association, a 501 (c) 3, is located on Beaver Island, Michigan. It was established in 1988 to support the environmental and economic sustainability of the islands. The BIA represents the combined interests of our membership on issues that affect the fundamental character and beauty of Beaver Island. Working with other island organizations, local government and mainland interests, we strive to support both environmental and economic sustainability on our island home. You can learn more about the BIA and our work at https://www.beaverislandassociation.org/.

Weather by Joe

August 14, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. it is 53 degrees with no wind. The humidity is 98%. The pressure is 30.15. We received a little bit of a sprinkle of rain yesterday, .05 inch. The visibility is ten miles and it is partly cloudy.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny with a high in the mid-70's. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 60. Winds will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mainly a sunny sky with a high in the upper 70's. Wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
In what later became known as Victory Day, an official announcement of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allies is made public to the world on August 14, 1945. Japan formally surrendered in writing two weeks later, on September 2, 1945.
Even though Japan’s War Council, urged by Emperor Hirohito, had already submitted a declaration of surrender to the Allies, via ambassadors, on August 10, fighting continued between the Japanese and the Soviets in Manchuria and between the Japanese and the United States in the South Pacific. In fact, two days after the Council agreed to surrender, a Japanese submarine attacked the Oak Hill, an American landing ship, and the Thomas F. Nickel, an American destroyer, both east of Okinawa.
On the afternoon of August 14 (August 15 in Japan, because of time-zone differences), Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor. The news did not go over well, as more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers stormed the Imperial Palace in an attempt to find the proclamation and prevent its being transmitted to the Allies. Soldiers still loyal to Emperor Hirohito repulsed the attackers.
That evening, General Anami, the member of the War Council most adamant against surrender, committed suicide. His reason: to atone for the Japanese army’s defeat, and to be spared having to hear his emperor speak the words of surrender.
At the White House, U.S. president Harry S. Truman relayed the news to the American people; celebrations broke out in Washington, D.C. and across the country.


scuttlebutt; noun; (SKUTT-ul-butt)

What It Means

Scuttlebutt is an informal noun that refers to rumor or gossip.

After he retired, Bob regularly stopped by the office to catch up on the latest scuttlebutt.

"There's always a bit of scuttlebutt when a talented chef leaves a popular restaurant to pursue another opportunity." — Ligaya Figueras, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 29 Apr. 2021

Did You Know?

When office workers catch up on the latest scuttlebutt around the water cooler, they are continuing a long-standing tradition that probably also occurred on the sailing ships of yore. Back in the early 1800s, the cask containing a ship's daily supply of fresh water was called a scuttlebutt (from the verb scuttle meaning "to cut a hole through" and the noun butt, "cask"); that name was later applied to a drinking fountain on a ship or at a naval installation. In time, the term for the water source was also applied to the gossip and rumors generated around it, and the latest chatter has been called "scuttlebutt" ever since.
(From Merrian Webster and history dot com)


Thanks to many organized helpers our covid- cancelled 2020 TOUR was revamped for August 10th,  with limited seating, and precautions taken. The cloudy day did not dampen our spirits and everyone cooperated with the changes we made from our usual tours. We visited 3 homes on Donegal Bay and one at Indian Point.

Our first stop was the Bottle House, a 1970  house built by Ruth and Ray Denny, now owned by Chris and Sue Screven. The artistic touches that Ruth incorporated have been enhanced by the Screvens, including lovely roadside garden areas as well as a beach deck filled with flower and vegetable containers. Our tour guests were invited inside for a quick look at all the wonderful driftwood and shipwreck pieces. Thank you Sue and Chris for allowing us to enter your unique Beaver Island abode!

Second stop was the Freeman's Place, noted for their colorful history of exchange of ownership. One time the lot was lost in a card game, another time traded for a boat and a gun. Bill and Janice built the main house in 1996, adding decking and a garage/guest house over the years since. Their landscaping has slowly been completed over the last 5 years,  and Janice declared she would be happy to be included on the Garden Tour this summer. Thank you both for such a lovely tour of your special spot on the Bay!

We broke for lunch at the Port St. James Pavillion high on a dune overlooking the archipelago. This simple screened eating area was transformed into a festive beach party by Thea Mckiernan,  Emily Ruddell, and Joan Callen, and 3 guests of Thea's.  Yellow tablecloths with beach bucket centerpieces,  a completely "dolled-up" cupcake stand with lemonade, and iced tea, as well as whimsical yard art out in the open air area. So delightful, and a wonderful pop of color that brightened the day. Tasty sandwiches from Bodega Culinary, as well as a presentation by Ed Leuck, dune botanist , and music by Chris Screven,  all highlighted the lunch program. Also, throughout the day, unsuspecting guests were treated to a prize, given out by Jan Paul from her yearly collection that she gathers  for this Event. What a fun , well-loved idea;  thank you Jan!

The third stop was at the "Bird's Eye View ", the original Allen family cottage, now owned by Thea and Kito, her parrot. The cottage built by Henry Allen is the same footprint of others around the area, built from a kit from the mainland in 1966. The hearth built of stones that were collected by the Allen children is now outside in the back of the cottage. Thea has tried to plant flowers but her luck ran out early so she put in 600 dune grass plugs, and added whimsical spinners, art pieces and a few high quality faux pots of flora that don't need watering! Great job Thea. Your unique place reflects you. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Last, but not least, we drove the winding trail to Indian Point and discovered the lovely serene setting of The Callen House. In 2002 the lot was purchased by Dennis and Joan, and after 3 years of a builder's wait list,  they finally got their dream place built. The "jungle" was cleared of tree stumps, lake rocks brought in to define paths, grass planted and meticulously babied by Dennis, and perennials cared for by Joan. The green lush lawn gently flowing out to the shore beckons one to wander there and take in the view of the 3 islands beyond. A rocky theme continues within their home which they opened for us to see. A rock wall in the bathroom contains various sized stones from beaches here and also Arranmore Island. Joan has fond memories of doing this project with her mother. What a lovely piece of Paradise you two have created for generations to come. Thank you both for joining our Garden Tour Hosts this year.

This year Miranda Roen,  a professional photographer on Beaver Island,  offered to help capture photos of our Event. Please look at her website to view some of her work.  We hope to see the Tour photos soon. Www.RoenPhotography.com, thank you Miranda!

Thank you to our hosts, our guests, our neverending Wellness Garden team, Ed Leuck, and CMU for their vans and drivers. We hope to see you next year!
Submitted by Leonor Jacobson and Jan Paul, with the aid of Dana D'Andraia's Tour Guide pamphlet.

Weather by Joe

August 13, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! The first plane took off this morning at 7 a.m., so the visibility must be good. The temperature at 7 a.m. is 54 degrees with humidity at 98%. There is no wind to speak of. The pressure here is 29.93, but is different at Greene's Bay at 30.01. It is partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mainly clear skies with a low in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mainly sunny day with a high in the 70's. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
Shortly after midnight on August 13, 1961, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.
After World War II, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though technically part of the Soviet zone, was also split, with the Soviets taking the eastern part of the city. After a massive Allied airlift in June 1948 foiled a Soviet attempt to blockade West Berlin, the eastern section was drawn even more tightly into the Soviet fold. Over the next 12 years, cut off from its western counterpart and basically reduced to a Soviet satellite, East Germany saw between 2.5 million and 3 million of its citizens head to West Germany in search of better opportunities. By 1961, some 1,000 East Germans—including many skilled laborers, professionals and intellectuals—were leaving every day.
In August, Walter Ulbricht, the Communist leader of East Germany, got the go-ahead from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to begin the sealing off of all access between East and West Berlin. Soldiers began the work over the night of August 12-13, laying more than 100 miles of barbed wire slightly inside the East Berlin border. The wire was soon replaced by a six-foot-high, 96-mile-long wall of concrete blocks, complete with guard towers, machine gun posts and searchlights. East German officers known as Volkspolizei (“Volpos”) patrolled the Berlin Wall day and night.
Many Berlin residents on that first morning found themselves suddenly cut off from friends or family members in the other half of the city. Led by their mayor, Willi Brandt, West Berliners demonstrated against the wall, as Brandt criticized Western democracies, particularly the United States, for failing to take a stand against it. President John F. Kennedy had earlier said publicly that the United States could only really help West Berliners and West Germans, and that any kind of action on behalf of East Germans would only result in failure.
The Berlin Wall was one of the most powerful and iconic symbols of the Cold War. In June 1963, Kennedy gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner”) speech in front of the Wall, celebrating the city as a symbol of freedom and democracy in its resistance to tyranny and oppression. The height of the Wall was raised to 10 feet in 1970 in an effort to stop escape attempts, which at that time came almost daily. From 1961 to 1989, a total of 5,000 East Germans escaped; many more tried and failed. High profile shootings of some would-be defectors only intensified the Western world’s hatred of the Wall.
Finally, in the late 1980s, East Germany, fueled by the decline of the Soviet Union, began to implement a number of liberal reforms. On November 9, 1989, masses of East and West Germans alike gathered at the Berlin Wall and began to climb over and dismantle it. As this symbol of Cold War repression was destroyed, East and West Germany became one nation again, signing a formal treaty of unification on October 3, 1990.


kvell; verb; (KVEL)

Kvell is from Yiddish and means "to be extraordinarily proud."

// The parents kvelled over their daughter's dance solo.


"[Norman Lear] had no reason to think he would be a comedy icon with some 120 million people watching his shows each week. How his Russian-born Jewish grandparents would have kvelled." — Sybil Adelman Sage, The Forward, 17 Sep. 2020

Did You Know?

Kvell comes from Yiddish kveln, meaning "to be delighted," which, in turn, comes from the Middle High German word quellen, meaning "to well, gush, or swell." Yiddish has been a wellspring of creativity for English, giving us such delightful words as meister ("one who is knowledgeable about something"), maven ("expert"), and shtick ("one's special activity"), just to name a few. The date for the appearance of kvell in the English language is tricky to pinpoint exactly. The earliest known printed evidence for the word in an English source is found in a 1952 handbook of Jewish words and expressions.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Loon Chick and Parents

August 12, 2021

Yes, the editor is a loon addict this year. Yes, I try to find the loons on Barney's Lake every single day, and sometimes more than once a day.  Yes, I went to check on them tonight after playing golf.  Yes, I did see them, and I took lots of pictures.  Here are a few that came out okay.

You can see that the loon chick is almost 2/3 the size of the adult now.

Here's the chick and its parent loon.

The loon chick with both of its parents.


August 30, 2021, at noon at BIC Center

View/Download the meeting notice HERE

BI Airport Committee Meeting

August 16, 2021, at Noon, at the BI Airport

April 19 BIAC regular meeting minutes

Aug 16 Agenda BIAC

March 23 BIAC Special meeting minutes

From the BIRHC

August 12, 2021

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center announces the retirement of Cecilia Peasley, FNP-C, and thanks her for her valuable service to the Island’s residents and visitors. Additionally, the Center honors the request of Tammy Radionoff, AGNP-C, to transfer into the Nurse Practitioner position vacated by Ms. Peasley and wishes them both all the best in their new endeavors.
The Board of Directors has appointed Ann Partridge as the Acting Managing Director while the search is conducted for a replacement. Lastly, Hilary Palmer has been appointed to a temporary position in Administrative Services.
For more information on the Managing Director position and job description, please visit the Jobs section of our page.

Weather by Joe

August 12, 2021

Good morning from Beaver island! Right now at 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 68 degrees with humidity at 99%. The wind is from the W at 5 mph. The pressure is 29.70, and the sun is shining. The rain gauge shows very little rain, but the ground is still wet from last night. The visibility must be okay since the first plane took off just about ten minutes ago. It is technically partly cloudy and the visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be partly to mostly cloudy with a small chance of a rain shower. The high will be in the high 70's. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly clear skies with a low near 56 degrees. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph decreasing to about 5 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for generally sunny skies although there might be a few clouds in the afternoon. The high will be in the lower 70's. Winds will be from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
On August 12, 1776, General George Washington writes to Major General Charles Lee that the Continental Army’s situation had deteriorated due to an outbreak of smallpox and problems with desertion. Washington feared that the superior British navy might blockade New York, thus isolating the city from communications with other states.
Washington was correct that the British intended to capture New York City and gain control of the Hudson River, a victory that would divide the rebellious colonies in half. British General William Howe’s large army landed on Long Island, however, 10 days later than they had planned, on August 22. Finally, on August 27, the Redcoats marched against the Patriot position at Brooklyn Heights, overcoming the Americans at Gowanus Pass and then outflanking the entire Continental Army. The Americans suffered 1,000 casualties to the British loss of only 400 men during the fighting. After the victory, Howe chose not to follow the advice of his subordinates and did not storm the Patriot redoubts at Brooklyn Heights, where he could have taken the Patriots’ military leadership prisoner and ended the rebellion.
General Washington ordered a retreat to Manhattan by boat. The British could easily have prevented this retreat and captured most of the Patriot officer corps, including Washington. General William Howe and his brother, Admiral Richard Howe, however, still hoped to convince the Americans to rejoin the British empire in the wake of the humiliating defeat, instead of forcing the former colonies into submission after executing Washington and his officers as traitors. Indeed, on September 11, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and other congressional representatives reopened negotiations with the Howe brothers on Staten Island; the negotiations fell through when the British refused to accept American independence.
The British captured New York City on September 15; it would remain in British hands until the end of the war.
callow; adjective; (KAL-oh)
Callow means “lacking adult sophistication.” It is used to describe a young person who does not have much experience and does not know how to behave like an adult. Immature is a synonym.
The drill sergeant's task is to train the callow recruits.
(From Merriam Webster and history dot com)


August 11, 2021

Hi Folks,

Awesome news-we are finalists for the Range Rover Defender Above & Beyond Service Award in the Environmental Category! 

We all recognize the need for a dependable vehicle to get people around Beaver Island to do important work to preserve the island's natural and cultural heritage. Currently the CAKE/DNR invasive species team has a van without brakes. Weeks before, they had a tire almost fall off. We have a chance to bring a badly needed vehicle to Beaver Island for our work through the Range Rover Environmental Award.

We submitted a 3 minute video which shows it will be used as a vehicle of collaboration. This vehicle will be available to all of Beaver Island Association's partners: LTC, CAKE, MNFI, tribal, regional, state, and federal organizations, 

Now where you come in to help us win this: Beginning August 11 at 10:30 am, you need to vote for the Beaver Island Association. Please note, each person can vote once per day per category starting at 10:30 am ET on Wednesday, August 11 through August 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. Please do an email blast to everyone you know. We've gotten this far...let's keep going and win this beast to help us preserve Beaver Island.

The video can be viewed here along with VOTING:  

If you have any further questions, please contact me. Thank you for voting to protect our islands' natural resources.

Pam Grassmick

Weather by Joe

August 11, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m., it is 69 degrees with humidity at 98%. The pressure is 29.68. The wind is from the E at 2 mph. Yesterday, the island got a half an inch of rain. it is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with some sunshine in the morning. Later in the afternoon it will likely develop some severe thunderstorms. The chance of rain is 60%. The high will be in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered thunderstorms early and then partly cloudy after midnight. The chance of rain remains at 60%. The low will be in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with a high in the upper 70's. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.


On August 11, 1943, German forces begin a six-day evacuation of the Italian island of Sicily, having been beaten back by the Allies, who invaded the island in July.
The Germans had maintained a presence in Sicily since the earliest days of the war. But with the arrival of Gen. George S. Patton and his 7th Army and Gen. Bernard Montgomery and his 8th Army, the Germans could no longer hold their position. The race began for the Strait of Messina, the 2-mile wide body of water that separated Sicily from the Italian mainland. The Germans needed to get out of Sicily and onto the Italian peninsula. While Patton had already reached his goal, Palermo, the Sicilian capital, on July 22 (to a hero’s welcome, as the Sicilian people were more than happy to see an end to fascist rule), Montgomery, determined to head off the Germans at Messina, didn’t make his goal in time. The German 29th Panzergrenadier Division and the 14th Panzer Corps were brought over from Africa for the sole purpose of slowing the Allies’ progress and allowing the bulk of the German forces to get off the island. The delaying tactic succeeded. Despite the heavy bombing of railways leading to Messina, the Germans made it to the strait on August 11.
Over six days and seven nights, the Germans led 39,569 soldiers, 47 tanks, 94 heavy guns, 9,605 vehicles, and more than 2,000 tons of ammunition onto the Italian mainland. (Not to mention the 60,000 Italian soldiers who were also evacuated, in order to elude capture by the Allies.) Although the United States and Britain had succeeded in conquering Sicily, the Germans were now reinforced and heavily supplied, making the race for Rome more problematic.


nimrod; noun; (NIM-rahd)


1 : hunter

2 : idiot, jerk

Did You Know?
The word nimrod gets its start in the Bible: Nimrod was king of a country known as Shinar, and he's described in Genesis as "the first on earth to be a mighty man" and "a mighty hunter before the Lord." English speakers of the 16th century didn't think Nimrod was particularly benevolent; they used his name as a synonym of tyrant—a meaning that is now obsolete. In the 17th century, English speakers began using nimrod as a generic term for any hunter. That meaning is not especially common today but it's still encountered occasionally, especially in hunting and fishing journalism. The legendary Nimrod is also sometimes associated with the attempt to build "the tower of Babel," which resulted in the wrath of the Lord, proved a disastrous idea, and gave nimrod yet another meaning: "a stupid person."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

August 10, 2021

The Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting began today at 3 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center.  You can view a gallery of photos HERE

You can view video of the meeting HERE

Once again there was an interruption in the  Internet access during this meeting! Pretty important to get this broadband issue resolved!

A Foggy Morning on the Island

August 10, 2021

This morning on Beaver Island, it is foggy.  At 9:30 a.m. you could not see the point from the Beaver Island Boat Company dock here on the island.  The pictures below show you the view of the harbor area due to the fog.  The visibility at 11:30 a..m. is one and a half miles.

Food Service Position Needs Filling

August 10, 2021

Come on, Folks!  We need someone to apply and fill this position!  The school needs to provide breakfast and lunch for the students, faculty, and seniors!  Someone with some good experience could do this job and enjoy helping out this group of deserving people!  Please respond by Friday of this week!

B. I. School Board Meeting

August 10, 2021

The Beaver Island Community School Board meeting was last night, August 9, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  There were two board members absent; Brian Cole and Mark Englesman. 

This left most decisions to five, and the most important decision about COVID was left on the table until a full board could comment and vote on it.  The real decision is whether to require masks at the start of the school year or not.  While recommended by the CDC and the MDHHS, there is no masking requirement for schools at this time.  The board decided to wait to see what the changes may be from these agencies as well as to see what other school boards in the area are going to do.

There has been no one apply for the food service position, and the board agreed to post this for another five days.  In the meantime, there will be research done into what the other options may be, such as trying to contract with a food service provider here on the island.

The board members that were present

The administration member present

The last two pictures show that there was seriousness on some topics, but there was also some laughter on others.

View video of this meeting HERE

There was an interruption of Internet access during the meeting. Very sorry, but nothing the editor could do.

Weather by Joe

August 10, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m., it is foggy out there with a temperature of 68 degrees. The humidity is at 99%. There is no wind at this time. Visibility is given a a half mile. We got a quarter inch of rain yesterday.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy this morning with partial clearing this afternoon. A chance of a stray shower or thundershower is possible. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered showers and thundershowers with a chance of a severe storm. The chance of rain is 40%. The low will be near 70. The winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for scattered showers or thundershowers with a high The chance of rain is 60%. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.


Versatile, inexpensive and relatively easy to play, the acoustic guitar was a staple of American rural music in the early 20th century, particularly black rural music such as the blues. But a significant physical limitation made it a poor fit in ensembles made up of brass, woodwind and orchestral string instruments: The acoustic guitar was simply too quiet. What transformed the guitar and its place in popular music, and eventually transformed popular music itself, was the development of a method for transforming the sound of a vibrating guitar string into an electrical signal that could be amplified and re-converted into audible sound at a much greater volume. The electric guitar—the instrument that revolutionized jazz, blues and country music and made the later rise of rock and roll possible—was recognized by the United States Patent Office on August 10, 1937 with the award of Patent #2,089.171 to G.D. Beauchamp for an instrument known as the Rickenbacker Frying Pan.

Inventor G.D. Beauchamp, partner with Adolph Rickenbacher in the Electro String Instrument Corporation of Los Angeles, California, spent more than five years pursuing his patent on the Frying Pan. It was a process delayed by several areas of concern, including the electric guitar’s reliance on an engineering innovation that dated to the 19th century. When a vibrating string is placed within a magnetic field, it is possible to “pick up” the sound waves created by that string’s vibrations and convert those waves into electric current. Replace the word “string” with the word “membrane” in that sentence, however, and you also have a description of how a telephone works. For this reason, Beauchamp’s patent application had to be revised multiple times to clarify which of his individual claims were truly novel and which were merely new applications of existing patents.

On August 10, 1937, the Patent Office approved the majority of Beachamp’s claims—primarily those relating to the unique design of the Frying Pan’s “pickup,” a heavy electromagnet that surrounded the base of the steel strings like a bracelet rather than sitting below them as on a modern electric guitar. Unfortunately for the Electro String Corporation, Beauchamp’s specific invention had long since been obsolesced by the innovations of various competitors, rendering the patent awarded on this day in 1937 an item of greater historical importance than economic value.


garnish; verb; (GAHR-nish)


1 a : decorate, embellish
b : to add decorative or savory touches to (food or drink)
2 : to equip with accessories : furnish

3 : to take (something, such as a debtor's wages) by legal authority : garnishee

Did You Know?
Although we now mostly garnish food, the general application of the "decorate" sense is older. The link between embellishing an object or space and adding a little parsley to a plate is not too hard to see, but how does the sense relating to debtors' wages fit in? The answer lies in the word's Anglo-French root, garnir, which has various meanings including "to give notice or legal summons" and "to decorate." Before wages were garnished, the debtor would be served with a legal summons or warning. The legal sense of garnish now focuses on the taking of the wages, but it is rooted in the action of furnishing the warning.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BI Association Has Annual Meeting Scheduled

August 10, 2021, at 3 p.m.

Loon and Loon Chick on North End of Barney's Lake

August 9, 2021

The loons and the loon chick have been spending a great deal of time during the day on the north end of Barney's Lake, perhaps because of the many people stopping at the public landing and those that are fishing and kayaking on the lake.  As of this morning, the loon adult and loon chick were doing just fine, and another adult was moving closer to the the public landing.

Adult and chick on the north end of the lake

Another adult fishing closer to the public landing

Later that afternoon, the loon chick was up closer to the roadway.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

August 10, 2021, @ 7 p.m.

Peaine minutes special meeting July 29 2021


Board Packet for the August Meeting HERE

Flags at Half Staff

August 9, 2021

The flags are at half staff at the Veteran's Memorial in honor of Alan Brouard's passing.


August 9, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers

Homecoming Softball Tournament

August 7, 2021

It was good to see this traditional event start again this year at the Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park.  Although the editor was unable to attend any of the games, it was great to see so many people enjoying the days at the ballpark.  Here are just a few pictures of a quick drive through by the editor.

The winners of the tournament were the Hogarth team.

The final scores and winners

Mass from Holy Cross

August 8, 2021

The Mass from Holy Cross was delayed on Sunday due to some weather in Charlevoix and over the lake.  The service was first thought to be starting about ten minutes late, but the flight could not take place to bring the priest to the island until after one o'clock, nearing one thirty p.m.  While the church was full at 12:15 p.m., but by one thirty many had left the building with some needing to go to work at the Parish Hall getting the grills going for the Homecoming Dinner.

There were a few glitches in the Mass as well with the choir prepared to sing the Psalm and the Alleluia, but that hadn't been communicated to the reader.  Others also occurred.

Joanie Banville was the reader.   Father Peter Wigton was the celebrant.

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

August 8, 2021

As usual the Christian Church service was live streaming at its normal starting time of 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. 

Judi Meister made the announcements after getting Kathy Speck's "It's a beautiful day on Beaver Island!" Then Judi played a meditation piece.

The minister and his family lead the service and participated in the children's sermon.

The minister's wife sang a capella the special music with the congregation.

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

August 9, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! This morning it is a little wet outside due to an eighth of an inch of rain received yesterday.. It is 70 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind at 7:15 a.m. The pressure is 29.79, and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be some thundershowers in the morning becoming more widespread this afternoon. The chance of rain is 70%. The high will be near 80. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered thundershowers followed by showers occasionally overnight. The chance of rain is 60%. The winds will be light and variable. The low will be in the mid-60's.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy as the day progresses. A stray shower is possible. The high will be in the upper 70's. WNW winds will be near 5 to 10 mph


Henry David Thoreau’s classic Walden, or, A Life in the Woods is required reading in many classrooms today. But when it was first published—on August 9, 1854—it sold just around 300 copies a year.
The American transcendentalist writer’s work is a first-person account of his experimental time of simple living at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, starting in 1845, for two years and two months. The book explores Thoreau’s views on nature, politics and philosophy.
Thoreau was a 27-year-old Harvard graduate when he moved to Walden. He built the simple 10-by-15-foot cabin along the shore of the 62-acre pond, a mile from the nearest neighbor, on land owned by his friend, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” he wrote.
His only income came from the labor of his own hands. Thoreau farmed the land, eating and selling his crops, which included beans, potatoes, corn, peas and turnips, made frequent trips into town (including to see his mother, who lived up the road) and entertained visitors.
The initial print run was 2,000 copies, with each book priced at $1, and took five years to sell out. Later shortened to Walden, per Thoreau’s request, it was one of just two full-length books published by the author (though he published shorter works including the notable essay “Civil Disobedience”). His first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, released in 1849, was also written during his time at Walden, as a memorial to his late brother John.


abject; adjective; (AB-jekt)

1 : sunk to or existing in a low state or condition : very bad or severe
2 a : cast down in spirit : servile, spiritless
b : showing hopelessness or resignation

3 : expressing or offered in a humble and often ingratiating spirit

Did You Know?
Abject comes from the Latin abjectus (meaning "downcast," "humble," or "sordid"), the past participle of the Latin verb abicere, meaning "to cast off." Its original meaning in English was "cast off" or "rejected," but it is now used to refer more broadly to things in a low state or condition. Abject shares with mean, ignoble, and sordid the sense of being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


From Beaver Island COA

August 8, 2021

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging and Charlevoix County senior centers, along with the Beaver Island Commission on Aging are again closed to the public until further notice.
On Beaver Island the C.O.A. office again requires an appointment to enter the building to conduct business. You are required to wear a mask, too. We all know the routine; it is the same as it was last year. Please call 231-448-2124 to make an appointment to conduct business at the C.O.A. on Beaver Island. Purchasing meal vouchers also requires an appointment until further notice.
As of August 4, 2021, all in person activities are cancelled until further notice. We will not be bringing back volunteers and the upcoming cookout planned for August 26 is cancelled along with all planned Sunday dinners. Don’t worry, you will be able to enjoy the delicious meals I have been planning for our congregate dinners once we can safely open to the public.
As always, the safety and wellbeing of our Commission on Aging clients comes first. I will continue to do my best to serve you all within the capabilities of being the Beaver Island C.O.A site coordinator. Please call 231-448-2124 for more information. Or call the main Charlevoix t C.O.A. at 231-237-0103.
To recap:
  1. Office hours are by appointment only
  2. All in person activities are cancelled until further notice
  3. August picnic and congregate meals are cancelled
Thank you again for your continued support and understanding.
Grace and peace,

Memories and More Memories 10

by Joe Moore

As I sit here in my chair and think about some of things that happened in the past, I remember something that happened that seems to hit me in the head.  This first one has nothing to do with the emergency medical services that I provided for thirty years.

I spend a great deal of my life doing things for the Beaver Island News on the ‘Net website and for the Beaver Island TV website and provide a lot of public service in these two locations.  The sad news about cancer hit me over the last week, and this has been filling my head with sorrow and, I will admit, frustrations.  That allows other frustrations to come to mind as well.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Weather by Joe

August 8, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! The temperature at 7:15 a.m.is 68 degrees. There is no wind. The humidity is 99%. The pressure is 29.77. Visibility is seven miles. The dew point is 67 degrees, so there might be a little haze or fog out there.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with possible thundershowers this afternoon. The chance of rain is 50%. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for thunderstorms likely on and off during the night. The chance of rain is 70%. The low will be in the upper 60's. The wind will continue from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies in the morning with possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 60%. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.


In an evening televised address on August 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House.
“By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”
Just before noon the next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House.
After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” He later pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.
On June 17, 1972, five men, including a salaried security coordinator for President Nixon’s reelection committee, were arrested for breaking into and illegally wiretapping the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Washington, D.C., Watergate complex. Soon after, two other former White House aides were implicated in the break-in, but the Nixon administration denied any involvement. Later that year, reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post discovered a higher-echelon conspiracy surrounding the incident, and a political scandal of unprecedented magnitude erupted.
In May 1973, the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina, began televised proceedings on the rapidly escalating Watergate affair. One week later, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was sworn in as special Watergate prosecutor. During the Senate hearings, former White House legal counsel John Dean testified that the Watergate break-in had been approved by former Attorney General John Mitchell with the knowledge of White House advisers John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, and that President Nixon had been aware of the cover-up.
Meanwhile, Watergate prosecutor Cox and his staff began to uncover widespread evidence of political espionage by the Nixon reelection committee, illegal wiretapping of thousands of citizens by the administration, and contributions to the Republican Party in return for political favors.
In July, the existence of what were to be called the Watergate tapes–official recordings of White House conversations between Nixon and his staff–was revealed during the Senate hearings. Cox subpoenaed these tapes, and after three months of delay President Nixon agreed to send summaries of the recordings. Cox rejected the summaries, and Nixon fired him. His successor as special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, leveled indictments against several high-ranking administration officials, including Mitchell and Dean, who were duly convicted.
Public confidence in the president rapidly waned, and by the end of July 1974 the House Judiciary Committee had adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon: obstruction of justice, abuse of presidential powers, and hindrance of the impeachment process. On July 30, under coercion from the Supreme Court, Nixon finally released the Watergate tapes. On August 5, transcripts of the recordings were released, including a segment in which the president was heard instructing Haldeman to order the FBI to halt the Watergate investigation. Three days later, Nixon announced his resignation.


resilience; noun; (rih-ZIL-yunss)


1 : the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress

2 : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

Did You Know?

In physics, resilience is the ability of an elastic material (such as rubber or animal tissue) to absorb energy (such as from a blow) and release that energy as it springs back to its original shape. The recovery that occurs in this phenomenon can be viewed as analogous to a person's ability to bounce back after a jarring setback. The word resilience derives from the present participle of the Latin verb resilire, meaning "to jump back" or "to recoil." The base of resilire is salire, a verb meaning "to leap" that also pops up in the etymologies of such sprightly words as sally and somersault.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Editorial by Joe Moore

August 7, 2021

This is the 20th year for Baroque on Beaver that started as "Bach on Beaver."  The whole concert series has had an overwhelming audience in numbers and in variety of musical sounds.  The musicians are mostly all professionals and there are fees for most concerts as well as reservations and tickets necessary.

As one of the original members of the orchestra as violinist, a participant in a recorder quartet, and a fan of the entire concept, I do have one thing that really bothers me.

The original purpose of having this beginning on Beaver Island was to bring classical style music to Beaver Island, so that it could be shared with everyone.  That purpose has been bypassed in the protection of the musicians in their professional status, and I believe this is NOT in the spirit of the origin of this entire idea.

For the first many years, I purposefully made this music available to the entire island and any that were not able to be on the island during that particular time of Baroque on Beaver week.  That was consistent with the idea that this music should be made available to everyone on Beaver Island.

Unfortunately, the professional musicians no longer want to sign releases for the live stream of the music or the recording of the music.  Many of our island people are required to work during the times of the concerts.  Many of our island people are homebound and unable to attend the concerts.  Many of our island people are required to be home taking care of their family at the times of the concerts.  So, this music is not available to everyone, and I believe that is a sad state of affairs!

I have written to the Cultural Arts Association, I have spoken to members of that group, and I have lobbied for just one concert with public access with no copyright necessary type of music for just those people unable to attend, and I have had no luck in getting this accomplished. Perhaps this is the reason that this founder of the B on B has not been invited to attend a "founders concert."

This editorial is asking the musicians, the cultural arts association, and the organizers to bend just a little and make one concert available by live stream to all those unable to physically be present at a location, whatever their disability is.  Why can't you at least consider that those that are homebound in your planning for the next B on B 2022?

The true inspiration of Beaver Island demands this opportunity for the disabled.  For all the forty years that I have been on Beaver Island, I've seen many musicians purposefully get in a van and drive to the homes of those that are homebound.  I've seen musicians fly to the mainland and play for those that are unable to be on the island to hear them.  I've seen church services with special music available for all.

Can't the Cultural Arts Association take one step toward providing the music to those unable physically to attend a concert at a specific location?  I'm willing to provide the video equipment, the video server, the entire website of Beaver Island News on the 'Net as well as Beaver Island TV at no cost to anyone for this purpose.

Can we not do just one concert so that everyone on Beaver Island and those unable to be on Beaver Island hear some great music?

Financial Documents for St. James Township

August 7, 2021

Because the St. James Township Board meeting was moved up one week from its normal August meeting first Wednesday of the month, the documents for the finances could not be reflected upon before the month of July was over.  The board gave the approval for the payments to be made as well as requested the documents be made available in August.  Here they are!

Gen Fund Budget 8.21

Marina Budget 8.21-1

Payments Register 7.8.21-8.6.21

Receipts Register 7.8.21-7.31.21

Road Budget 8.21

Sewer Budget 8.21

Weather by Joe

August 7, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. here on Carlisle Road it is 62 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.90, and there is no wind at this time. The rain gauge shows just a hint of some moisture yesterday. It's cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy early and then partly cloudy in the afternoon. The high should be in the mid-70's with winds light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for increasing cloudy with rain overnight. The low will be in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is listed as 70%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain early with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. The wind will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph. The high will be just below 80 degrees.


On August 7, 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver.
The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.”
Washington’s “Purple Heart" was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr. The “Book of Merit” was lost, and the decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to “revive the Badge of Military Merit."
In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.”
In addition to aspects of Washington’s original design, the new Purple Heart also displays a bust of Washington and his coat of arms. The Order of the Purple Heart, the oldest American military decoration for military merit, is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who have been killed or wounded in action against an enemy. It is also awarded to soldiers who have suffered maltreatment as prisoners of war.


pink; verb; (PINK)


1 a : to perforate in an ornamental pattern
b : to cut a saw-toothed edge on
2 a : pierce, stab

b : to wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule

Did You Know?

The verb pink referring to perforation and piercing is from a Middle English word meaning "to thrust." It dates to the early 16th century whereas the noun referring to the color pink and its related adjective date to the 17th and 18th centuries, respectively.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BICS Board Meeting

August 9, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

View the board packet HERE

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Look for signs of invasive Asian longhorned beetle during Tree Check Month in August

August is Tree Check Month, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking the public to look for and report any signs of the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive pest that is not native to Michigan and could cause harm to the state’s environment and economy.

Asian longhorned beetles on a damaged branch

The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Natural Resources are joining the USDA in asking people to take just 10 minutes this month to check trees around homes for the beetle or any signs of the damage it causes. 

In late summer and early fall, adult Asian longhorned beetles drill perfectly round, 3/8-inch holes to emerge from within tree trunks and limbs, where they spend their larval stage chewing through the heartwood. After a brief mating period, female beetles chew oval depressions in trunks or branches to deposit eggs. Sometimes a material resembling wood shavings can be seen at or below exit holes or coming from cracks in an infested tree’s bark.

Asian longhorned beetle in the U.S.

The Asian longhorned beetle was first detected in the U.S. in 1996, when a Brooklyn, New York resident noticed a large, black beetle with irregular white spots and black-and-white banded antennae and reported it. Since that time, the invasive beetle has been found in 20 locations in six states, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio and, most recently, South Carolina.

Asian longhorned beetle frass, resembling wood shavings, coming out of an exit hole in a tree trunk.

Asian longhorned beetles likely arrived hidden in untreated wood packaging material like pallets and crates before the development of international standards for treating these materials to prevent the spread of insects.

Because adult beetles fly only short distances, it is likely that human movement of infested logs, firewood or other wood products has contributed to the spread of Asian longhorned beetle within the U.S.

To date, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has been successful in eradicating the beetle from all but four locations in the U.S. However, eradication has both financial and environmental costs. According to the USDA, over $750 million has been spent on the Asian longhorned beetle eradication program in the last 23 years, and at least 180,000 trees have been removed from infested areas.

You can help

The beetle has not been detected in Michigan, but discovering early signs of infestation can prevent widespread damage to the state’s forest resources, urban landscapes and maple syrup production.

“We’re asking for the public’s help to find Asian longhorned beetle and any tree damage it causes, because the sooner we know where the insect is, the sooner we can stop its spread,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ national operations manager for the ALB Eradication Program. “Just last year, a homeowner in South Carolina reported finding a beetle in their backyard, which led us to discover an active infestation in the state where we didn’t know the beetle was.”

Look for signs

Whenever you are outdoors this month, take time to look at the trees around you for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle, including:

Look for the beetle

Asian longhorned beetle with descriptive notes.

Adult Asian longhorned beetles are distinctively large, ranging from 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches in length, not including their long antennae. The beetles are shiny black, with random white blotches or spots, and their antennae have alternating black and white segments. They have six legs that can be black or partly blue, with blue coloration sometimes extending to their feet.

Be aware of look-alikes

Several beetles and bugs native to Michigan often are mistaken for the Asian longhorned beetle.

Anyone observing an Asian longhorned beetle, or a tree that appears to have been damaged by it, is asked to report it. If possible, capture the beetle in a jar, take photos, record the location and report it as soon as possible at AsianLonghornedBeetle.com or contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 or MDA-info@Michigan.gov.

More information can be found at Michigan.gov/ALB.

Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Blood Drive Success

from Kelly Sopczynski

As we grow older and most certainly throughout the pandemic, we all have become more aware of the little things in our lives. I have become more aware of how thankful I am for my hometown, not just because of its tranquility and beauty, but because of the people. One of the defining factors of growing up, and still to this day, is seeing how unified this town becomes in the face of hardship or need. I've learned that we're always stronger together and a little support really does go a long way. You cannot explain this community; you just have to live it.

On July 30th, 2021 I had the privilege of hosting the 32nd Annual Rita Gillespie Memorial blood drive, alongside Connie Wojan. Our goal was to collect 60 units and this community, as usual, showed up and answered our call. We were able to collect 75 units of life saving blood, which is our 2nd all time highest collection to date! I am overwhelmed by the response and am deeply touched by all who came out to support. I would also like to send a huge thank you to Island Airways, Beaver Island Boat Company, Charlevoix County Transit, Gregg Fellowship Hall and all of the bakers who contribute their time to bake the cookies for our donors. It truly takes a village to make this blood drive a success. Thank you for supporting our mission! I look forward to next year’s blood drive and seeing my hometown, once again, come through for such an important cause.

Kellie (Gillespie) Sopczynski
Donor Services Manager
Versiti Blood Center of Michigan

Smoke in the Sky

August 4, 2021

The smell of smoke was obvious in the town area on Wednesday of this week.  The smoke was also evident when trying to take some pictures.  The Whiskey Point pictures show the amount of smoke in the atmosphere.

There were not filters nor any editing other than size of these pictures.  The sun was radiating and reflecting off the smoke particles and making an interesting color on the harbor reflection.

Annual Meeting of the Historical Society

Transportation Authority Meeting

Aug 10 2021 regular meeting agenda

July 13, 2021 minutes draft

Weather by Joe

August 6, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Here on Carlisle Road, I was awakened by a little shower or rain on the metal roof. It is 67 degrees with humidity listed at 93% at 6:45 a.m.. The wind is from the SW at 5 mph. The pressure is 29.82. It is cloudy and visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be rainy this morning with clearing of the rain in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. The high will be in the low 70's.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered thunderstorms during the evening with mostly cloudy skies after midnight. The low will be near 60. The wind will switch from the W to the N at 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 60%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for considerable cloudiness with a chance of a thunderstorm given at 15%. The high will be in the mid-70's. Winds will be light and variable.


On August 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.
Though the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan marked the end of World War II, many historians argue that it also ignited the Cold War.
Since 1940, the United States had been working on developing an atomic weapon, after having been warned that Nazi Germany was already conducting research into nuclear weapons. By the time the United States conducted the first successful test (an atomic bomb was exploded in the desert in New Mexico in July 1945), Germany had already been defeated. The war against Japan in the Pacific, however, continued to rage. President Harry S. Truman, warned by some of his advisers that any attempt to invade Japan would result in horrific American casualties, ordered that the new weapon be used to bring the war to a speedy end.
On August 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins and immediately killed 80,000 people. Tens of thousands more died in the following weeks from wounds and radiation poisoning. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 40,000 more people. A few days later, Japan announced its surrender.
In the years since the two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, a number of historians have suggested that the weapons had a two-pronged objective. First, of course, was to bring the war with Japan to a speedy end and spare American lives. It has been suggested that the second objective was to demonstrate the new weapon of mass destruction to the Soviet Union.
By August 1945, relations between the Soviet Union and the United States had deteriorated badly. The Potsdam Conference between U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Russian leader Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill (before being replaced by Clement Attlee) ended just four days before the bombing of Hiroshima. The meeting was marked by recriminations and suspicion between the Americans and Soviets. Russian armies were occupying most of Eastern Europe. Truman and many of his advisers hoped that the U.S. atomic monopoly might offer diplomatic leverage with the Soviets. In this fashion, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan can be seen as the first shot of the Cold War.
If U.S. officials truly believed that they could use their atomic monopoly for diplomatic advantage, they had little time to put their plan into action. By 1949, the Soviets had developed their own atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race began.


moot; adjective; (MOOT)

1 a : open to question : debatable
b : subjected to discussion : disputed

2 : deprived of practical significance : made abstract or purely academic

Did You Know?
Moot derives from gemōt, an Old English name for a judicial court. Originally, moot referred to either the court itself or an argument that might be debated by one. By the 16th century, the legal role of judicial moots had diminished, and the only remnant of them were moot courts, academic mock courts in which law students could try hypothetical cases for practice. Back then, moot was used as a synonym of debatable, but because the cases students tried in moot courts were simply academic exercises, the word gained the additional sense "deprived of practical significance." Some commentators still frown on using moot to mean "purely academic," but most editors now accept both senses as standard.
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(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

The Beauty of Fox Lake Fishing

August 5, 2021

The editor and his wife, the creator of Beaver Island News on the 'Net, don't always agree on everything, but the one statement made today is agreed upon by both of us.  The most beautiful lake on Beaver Island is Fox Lake.  That doesn't decrease the value of all the other inland lakes either, but beauty is a good descriptive word for this lake.

A panorama of Fox Lake

It was great to see a family with several children out at the public access.  They were fishing, but not much happening in the catching department from the shoreline.  There was also a boat out on the lake that was fishing also.

Fishing on Fox Lake

While the editor was out searching for loons, none were found, but there were a couple of geese.

There were some water lillies and interesting flowers as well.

Flowers on the water

Flowers on the shore

There was a turtle sunning itself.

Alan J Brouard

June 6, 1945August 4, 2021

Alan James Brouard (6/6/1945 – 8/4/21) passed away after a somewhat prolonged and brave battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Katherine (Kathy) Brouard (Gillaspie), a sister-in-law Mary Brouard, a sister-in-law Linda (Cyril) Page, a sister-in-law Lois Gillaspie and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Ruth (Warren) Brouard formerly of Martin, Michigan, and his three brothers, Duane, Steven and Kevin. His family were long-time residents of the Martin area, where he graduated in 1963.

Alan proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, he returned to work at Rockwell International in Allegan as a maintenance electrician, using the skills he learned in the navy, then went on to retire after 17 years, from Donnelly/Magna in Holland MI. An avid animal and nature lover he was especially fond of his cats: Vanilla, Nutmeg and Tippy.

In 2002 they built and moved to one of their favorite vacation spots, Beaver Island, Michigan.They resided there for nearly 17 years then moved to SE Michigan due to lack of medical care on the island that was needed for the numerous health issues he was experiencing.

There will be no service at this time. Alan’s cremains will be interred at the Hudson Corner Cemetery in Allegan at a later date.

Memorial funds may be sent to one of his favorite organizations: World Mission, 4200 Alpine Ave, NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321 (see worldmission.cc) for more information, or the American Cancer Society.

Protecting the Big Birch

August 5, 2021

This past year, Editor Joe Moore, helped raise moneyt for the protection of the Big Birch down on Fox Lake Road.  The amount of money raised was just over $2000.00.  This summer, the fencing was ordered the layout based upon input of an arborist, a tree expert, and a crew of volunnteers began the process of protecting the tree. Why did the tree need protection?

Persons would spend some time down at the big birch tree, carving their initials in the tree, as well as pulling bark off the tree.  The tree is 250 to 350 years old, and the owners of the property, the Dawsons, decided that something needed to be done to protect the tree.  Here are some of the pictures of the destruction of the tree that has taken place.

The damage done to the Big Birch

The crew down at the Fox Lake Big Birch location is working to put up a fence to protect the tree from further damage.

The workers this morning at work protecting the big birch.

The big birch tree being protected by the crew at work out on Fox Lake Road.

View video of the work and the damage out on the big birch HERE

From the BI Chamber of Commerce

August 5, 2021

Good morning,
The Community Center and WVBI will be presenting our Starry nights Gala next week at the King Strang Hotel for it’s annual fundraiser once a year. The Beaver Island Community Center and WVBI welcome your support as we continue to fundraise in maintaining our operations and service to visitor's and all Island residents year round.
The Chamber Office has moved into the community center to create a one stop shopping for information and service to our Island community and visitors. This collaboration is a wonderful way to provide service to the whole Island community and I look forward to supporting quality programing, services and information to our vibrant Island community and it’s visitors.
Attached is a sponsorship form if you would like to contribute to our fundraising operations. Any amount is welcome and appreciated. We will recognize your support verbally and in printed materials at the Gala and throughout the year. If sponsorship is not a option for you consider bidding on our awesome  online items at https://store.bicenter.org/auction2021//  A huge thank you to all our businesses and individuals who kindly donated items to our Gala already. Your support is so appreciated. Feel free to email or call 231-448-2505 with questions.
Thank You!
Paul Cole
Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

View the sponsor information HERE

MDHHS Recommendations for Schools

LANSING, Mich. - Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued updated recommendations for schools designed to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 within school buildings, reduce disruptions to in-person learning and help protect vulnerable individuals and individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

The guidance has been updated to reflect the most current recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on masking and prevention strategies to help operate schools more safely. It includes guidance on assessing risk levels when making decisions about implementing layered prevention strategies against COVID-19.

“We are committed to ensuring Michigan students and educators are safe in the classroom, including those who may not yet be vaccinated,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “MDHHS is issuing this guidance to help protect Michiganders of all ages. We continue to urge all eligible residents to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible as it is our best defense against the virus and the way we are going to end this pandemic.”

“Our students and staff need to be in schools as much as possible this year,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Following the informed guidance from national and state health experts will help keep our students and staff healthy and help maximize student learning.”

Prevention Strategies The most effective way to prevent transmission within school buildings, reduce disruptions to in-person learning and help protect people who are not fully vaccinated is to layer multiple prevention strategies recommended by CDC. All prevention strategies provide some level of protection, and layered strategies implemented at the same time provide the greatest level of protection.

The key strategies recommended by the CDC to keep schools safer are as follows:

  1. Promoting vaccination against COVID-19 for eligible staff and students. Vaccination has proven incredibly effective as the leading public health prevention strategy. 
  2. Consistent and correct mask use
    1. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all educators, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
    2. CDC has recommendations for proper use of masks.
    3. CDC’s order requiresall persons – regardless of vaccination status – wear masks on public transportation, including school buses.
  3. Physical distancing CDC recommends schools maintain at least three feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by students, teachers and staff, regardless of vaccination status. When it is not possible to maintain a three-foot physical distance, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking, screening testing, cohorting, and improved ventilation to help reduce transmission risk.
  4. Screening testing identifies infected people, including those without symptoms who may be contagious, so that measures can be taken to prevent further transmission or outbreaks.
  5. Ventilation
    1. Improving ventilation by opening multiple doors and windows, using child-safe fans to increase the effectiveness of open windows and making changes to the HVAC or air filtration systems.
    2. Avoiding crowded and/or poorly ventilated indoor activities (e.g., engaging in outdoor activities when possible).
    3. Open or crack windows in buses and other forms of transportation to improve air circulation, if doing so does not pose a safety risk.
  6. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette: Promoting handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes.
  7. Staying home when sick and getting tested
    1. Encouraging students and staff to stay home if sick or having COVID-19 symptoms.
    2. Encouraging students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, to get tested for COVID-19 if having symptoms or if they are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19.
  8. Contact tracing in combination with quarantine: Collaborating with the local health department.
  9. Cleaning and disinfection: Cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove potential virus that may be on surfaces. Disinfecting (using disinfectants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 webpage) removes any remaining germs on surfaces, which further reduces any risk of spreading infection. CDC has information on routine cleaning to help maintain healthy facilities.

The following factors should be used when determining mitigation strategies:

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine

For more information about COVID-19 in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/coronavirus.

View/download the document HERE

BICS Committee of the Whole

August 5, 2021

The Board of Education of the Beaver Island Community School meets most months the Wednesday prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting as a committee of the whole.  Normally, BINN does not attend this meeting, but the opportunity presented itself, and the evening was interesting, especially during this period of COVID growth.  The committee of the whole seems more like an opportunity to discuss things and prepare for the upcoming meeting, but it was quite interesting to see the discussions taking place.

Board members


Another board member

View video of the meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

August 5, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road ti is 67 degrees with humidity at 97%. There is not even a breath of wind right now. The pressure is 29.96. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy to mostly cloudy with a high near 80. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies giving way to rain showers later. Chance of rain is 30%. The low will be in the upper 60's. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of thundershowers. The chance of rain is 50%. The high will be in the low 70's. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.


On August 5, 1944, Polish insurgents liberate a German forced-labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners, who join in a general uprising against the German occupiers of the city.
As the Red Army advanced on Warsaw in July, Polish patriots, still loyal to their government-in-exile back in London, prepared to overthrow their German occupiers. On July 29, the Polish Home Army (underground), the People’s Army (a communist guerilla movement), and armed civilians took back two-thirds of Warsaw from the Germans. On August 4, the Germans counterattacked, mowing down Polish civilians with machine-gun fire. By August 5, more than 15,000 Poles were dead. The Polish command cried to the Allies for help. Churchill telegraphed Stalin, informing him that the British intended to drop ammunition and other supplies into the southwest quarter of Warsaw to aid the insurgents. The prime minister asked Stalin to aid in the insurgents’ cause. Stalin balked, claiming the insurgency was too insignificant to waste time with.
Britain succeeded to getting some aid to the Polish patriots, but the Germans also succeeded-in dropping incendiary bombs. The Poles fought on, and on August 5 they freed Jewish forced laborers who then joined in the battle, some of whom formed a special platoon dedicated solely to repairing captured German tanks for use in the struggle.
The Poles would battle on for weeks against German reinforcements, and without Soviet help, as Joseph Stalin had his own plans for Poland.


infix; noun; (IN-fiks)

: a derivational or inflectional affix appearing in the body of a word (such as Sanskrit -n- in vindami "I know" as contrasted with vid "to know")
Did You Know?

Like prefixes and suffixes, infixes are part of the general class of affixes ("sounds or letters attached to or inserted within a word to produce a derivative word or an inflectional form"). Infixes are relatively rare in English, but you can find them in the plural forms of some words. For example, cupful, spoonful, and passerby can be pluralized as cupsful, spoonsful, and passersby, using "s" as an infix. Another example is the insertion of an (often offensive) intensifier into a word, as in "fan-freakin'-tastic." Such whole-word insertions are sometimes called infixes, though this phenomenon is more traditionally known as tmesis.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


August 4, 2021

GLIA hires project manager, announces Island Summit Oct. 3-6
Peter Huston, Project Manager
Great Lakes Islands Alliance
Phone 781-626-4732
Email: phuston@glialliance.org

July 15, 2021

Ann Arbor, MI- The Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA), a voluntary, bi-national network of leaders from 15 populated islands in the Great Lakes, has taken a major step forward with the hiring of its first paid employee. Peter Huston, of Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island), Ohio, was hired as the GLIA Project Manager starting in July 2021.  Huston’s objective is to further establish the structure of the four-year old alliance, help develop GLIA’s communications and programmatic focus areas, and guide its transition into a sustainable entity. Among his first tasks is to help organize the 2021 Great Lakes Islands Summit to be hosted by four Lake Erie islands (Kelleys, Middle Bass, Pelee, and South Bass) from October 3-6.  This will be GLIA’s fourth regional event.

The two-year position is funded through a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and will be housed at The Stewardship Network, a non-profit organization specializing in collaborative conservation and empowering communities. Lisa Brush, CEO and founder of The Stewardship Network, says “We are thrilled to support the islands and help give a voice to these rural underrepresented communities.”  Another GLIA partner, Matt Preisser with the State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, welcomed Huston and noted “Peter’s background and unique skill set will offer new ways for GLIA to connect the distant island communities. GLIA’s ceiling remains very high!” 

To learn more about GLIA, visit https://glialliance.org.

More on Peter Huston: after finishing studies at Ohio State Universities’ School for Film, Peter attended Boston University where he received his degree in broadcasting and film from the School of Public Communication (SPC’81). In 1992, Peter co-produced “WorldScape,” a 13-part PBS series hosted by Walter Cronkite featuring maritime historical painter John Stobart. In 1993, Peter and two partners established Emotion Pictures and created the award winning series “The Visionaries”, hosted by Sam Waterston.  In 2010, Peter established FilmAffects to pursue documentary and factual program production. Peter also directed the EMMY-nominated documentaries “Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial” and “Trail Magic, The Grandma Gatewood Story”. As director and senior producer, Peter has continued to produce programming for PBS, Hallmark, Odyssey, Home & Garden, and has co-produced a feature film and continues to do scores of corporate and educational projects. Peter was honored as Put-in-Bay Islander of the Year, is the past President of the Put-in-Bay Arts Council, past Chairman of the Planning Board, and director of the bicentennial celebration for The Perry Group (Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial).  He is on the board of directors at the Lake Erie Island Historical Society and Lake Erie Shores and Islands and is past president of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau.  Most recently, Peter was Director of the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce.  He is now the Project Manager for Great Lakes Islands Alliance.

GLIA locations

Peter Huston photo

2021 August Charlevoix County COA information

August 4, 2021

Good Morning All,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the August 2021 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Lonnie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

We have had no one this month express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

Effective tomorrow, August 5, 2021, all of the Charlevoix County Senior Centers will be closed to the public through September 2, 2021 but we will be providing curbside pick-up and home delivered meals from all centers. We are just going back to the way we provided all of our services before July 1, 2021.  

The only activities/services we are allowing in the Senior Centers will be Gym walking by reservation and Foot Clinics.  Staff and seniors must wear a mask at those times.  All COA staff are encouraged to wear masks whenever within 6 feet of our seniors at this time but it is not mandated.   If you are sick, please do not come into work and get tested.  You can still get COVID if you are vaccinated but the illness it presents is less severe.  We encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already. 

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd will now be open by appointment only and masks will be required by staff and clients for the safety of those visiting and our staff.  The phone number is 231-448-2124. 

Volunteer services will be suspended at this time until the numbers get to a safer level.

Charlevoix County is currently identified as a High Transmission risk at Risk Level D with a 10.25% positivity rate.  At the beginning of the pandemic the state shut down at a 3% positivity rate.  When we opened July 1, 2021 we were at a Low Transmission risk at a Risk Level B with a less than 3% positivity rate.

As always, should you have any questions, please reach out to me.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

View Senior Highlights August 2021 HERE

Sloptown Flowers

August 3, 2021

These beautiful flowers are along Sloptown Road next to the big open fields.  It was nice to just stop and look at this island beauty on a slow and relaxing drive.

Watching the Ferry Come In

August 3, 2021

Sometimes, it just nice to pretend you are tourist on Beaver Island, and, instead of taking things for granted, actually participate in the common things that are often overlooked, like the ferry coming in.

Inland Lakes and Invasives

August 4, 2021

Sharon Hurkmans Obituary

August 3, 2021

Sharon Hurmans passed away this morning about 10:30 a.m. 

Sharon 1. Hurkmans, age 71, of Iron Riv er, Ml, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at Aspirus Iron River Hospital.

She was born on August 9, 1949, in Wabeno, WI, the daughter of the late Henry and Evelyn (Williams) Shawano.
Sharon married Michael Hurkmans on August 19, 1995, in Rhinelander, WI.  The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2020.
She was employed in housekeeping in the hotel business. Sharon enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, camping, fishing, going on ATV rides, and singing. She ran Mike's Island Karaoke with her husband for 15 years.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Michael Hurkmans of Iron River, MI; daughter, Audra (David) Kruger    of Shawano, WI; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Brandon Synol and her sisters, Sandra White and Delphine Wewasson.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 9:30 to 11:00am at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River. A memorial service will follow at 11am with Pastor DJ Rasner to officiate.

Interment will be in Resthaven Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Sharon I. Hurkmans online at www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.

Hi everyone, this is to inform you that a reception for Sharon will be held at Nanaimo Park in Iron River, MI, after graveside services. Anyone wishing to attend should bring their own lawn chairs.

Scheduling Time Change for BICS Committee of the Whole Meeting

Weather by Joe

August 4, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! This morning it looks pretty cloudy out there at 7:30 a.m. with a temperature of 61 degrees and no wind. The pressure is 29.96. Visibility is seven miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have areas of patchy fog early. Clouds this morning should give way to mainly sunny skies this afternoon. The high will be near 80. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies and a low near 64 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies and a high near 80. Wind will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captures 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. The Franks had taken shelter there in 1942 out of fear of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. They occupied the small space with another Jewish family and a single Jewish man, and were aided by Christian friends, who brought them food and supplies. Anne spent much of her time in the so-called “secret annex” working on her diary. The diary survived the war, overlooked by the Gestapo that discovered the hiding place, but Anne and nearly all of the others perished in the Nazi death camps.
Annelies Marie Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on June 12, 1929. She was the second daughter of Otto Frank and Edith Frank-Hollander, both of Jewish families that had lived in Germany for centuries. With the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1933, Otto moved his family to Amsterdam to escape the escalating Nazi persecution of Jews. In Holland, he ran a successful spice and jam business. Anne attended a Montessori school with other middle-class Dutch children, but with the German invasion of the Netherlands in 1940 she was forced to transfer to a Jewish school. In 1942, Otto began arranging a hiding place in an annex of his warehouse on the Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam.
On her 13th birthday in 1942, Anne began a diary relating her everyday experiences, her relationship with her family and friends, and observations about the increasingly dangerous world around her. Less than a month later, Anne’s older sister, Margot, received a call-up notice to report to a Nazi “work camp.” Fearing deportation to a Nazi concentration camp, the Frank family took shelter in the secret annex the next day. One week later, they were joined by Otto Frank’s business partner and his family. In November, a Jewish dentist—the eighth occupant of the hiding place—joined the group.
For two years, Anne kept a diary about her life in hiding that is marked with poignancy, humor, and insight. The entrance to the secret annex was hidden by a hinged bookcase, and former employees of Otto and other Dutch friends delivered them food and supplies procured at high risk. Anne and the others lived in rooms with blacked-out windows, and never flushed the toilet during the day out of fear that their presence would be detected. In June 1944, Anne’s spirits were raised by the Allied landings at Normandy, and she was hopeful that the long-awaited liberation of Holland would soon begin.
On August 1, 1944, Anne made her last entry in her diary. Three days later, 25 months of seclusion ended with the arrival of the Nazi Gestapo. Anne and the others had been given away by an unknown informer, and they were arrested along with two of the Christians who had helped shelter them.
They were sent to a concentration camp in Holland, and in September Anne and most of the others were shipped to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. In the fall of 1944, with the Soviet liberation of Poland underway, Anne was moved with her sister Margot to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Suffering under the deplorable conditions of the camp, the two sisters caught typhus and died in February 1945. The camp was liberated by the British less than two months later.
Otto Frank was the only one of the 10 to survive the Nazi death camps. After the war, he returned to Amsterdam via Russia, and was reunited with Miep Gies, one of his former employees who had helped shelter him. She handed him Anne’s diary, which she had found undisturbed after the Nazi raid.
In 1947, Anne’s diary was published by Otto in its original Dutch. An instant best-seller and eventually translated into more than 70 languages, The Diary of Anne Frank has served as a literary testament to the nearly six million Jews, including Anne herself, who were silenced in the Holocaust.
The Frank family’s hideaway at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam opened as a museum in 1960. A new English translation of Anne’s diary in 1995 restored material that had been edited out of the original version, making the work nearly a third longer.
flexuous; adjective; (FLEK-shuh-wus)
1 : having curves, turns, or windings
2 : lithe or fluid in action or movement
Did You Know?
Flexuous is a synonym of curvy. It is typically used in botany to describe plant stems that aren't rigid. But don't let that tendency deflect you from occasionally employing this ultimately quite flexible word. Stemming straight from Latin flectere, meaning "to bend," it can also mean "undulating" or "fluid." It might, for example, be used of writing or music, or of something or someone that moves with a fluid sort of grace.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Loon and Loon Chick on Barney's Lake

August 3, 2021

It was time to check on the loons and on the loon chick on Barney's Lake since the trip out there hadn't been taken for a week or more.  Upon arrival on bird was distressed enough to actually take off, possibly due to the kayak on the lake.

While one loon was down on the northern end of the lake, the other continued to feed and take care of the loon chick.  The chick is bigger than previously thought, and it is probably too big for a hawk or an eagle now.  Here is the loon chick picture.

The adult loon was teaching the younger chick to dive and to go after the food that was caught for it.

The other adult loon was at the far end of the lake trying to provide some warnings about some danger perceived.  It did not cause any motion in the adult and chick near the roadway of Barney's Lake Road.

View video of the loons on Barney's Lake HERE

Weather by Joe

August 3, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8:30 a.m., yes, we slept in, it is 67 degrees with humidity at 97%. The wind is out of the NW at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.94. The sky is clearing and visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a possible shower or thundershower. The high will be near 77 degrees. Wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 62 degrees. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mainly sunny sky with a high near 80 degrees. Winds will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.


On August 3, 1958, the U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus accomplishes the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. The world’s first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the world. It then steamed on to Iceland, pioneering a new and shorter route from the Pacific to the Atlantic and Europe.
The USS Nautilus was constructed under the direction of U.S. Navy Captain Hyman G. Rickover, a brilliant Russian-born engineer who joined the U.S. atomic program in 1946. In 1947, he was put in charge of the navy’s nuclear-propulsion program and began work on an atomic submarine. Regarded as a fanatic by his detractors, Rickover succeeded in developing and delivering the world’s first nuclear submarine years ahead of schedule. In 1952, the Nautilus’ keel was laid by President Harry S. Truman, and on January 21, 1954, first lady Mamie Eisenhower broke a bottle of champagne across its bow as it was launched into the Thames River at Groton, Connecticut. Commissioned on September 30, 1954, it first ran under nuclear power on the morning of January 17, 1955.
Much larger than the diesel-electric submarines that preceded it, the Nautilus stretched 319 feet and displaced 3,180 tons. It could remain submerged for almost unlimited periods because its atomic engine needed no air and only a very small quantity of nuclear fuel. The uranium-powered nuclear reactor produced steam that drove propulsion turbines, allowing the Nautilus to travel underwater at speeds in excess of 20 knots.
In its early years of service, the USS Nautilus broke numerous submarine travel records and on July 23, 1958, departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on “Operation Northwest Passage”—the first crossing of the North Pole by submarine. There were 116 men aboard for this historic voyage, including Commander William R. Anderson, 111 officers and crew, and four civilian scientists. The Nautilus steamed north through the Bering Strait and did not surface until it reached Point Barrow, Alaska, in the Beaufort Sea, though it did send its periscope up once off the Diomedes Islands, between Alaska and Siberia, to check for radar bearings. On August 1, the submarine left the north coast of Alaska and dove under the Arctic ice cap.
The submarine traveled at a depth of about 500 feet, and the ice cap above varied in thickness from 10 to 50 feet, with the midnight sun of the Arctic shining in varying degrees through the blue ice. At 11:15 p.m. EDT on August 3, 1958, Commander Anderson announced to his crew: “For the world, our country, and the Navy—the North Pole.” The Nautilus passed under the geographic North Pole without pausing. The submarine next surfaced in the Greenland Sea between Spitzbergen and Greenland on August 5. Two days later, it ended its historic journey at Iceland. For the command during the historic journey, President Dwight D. Eisenhower decorated Anderson with the Legion of Merit.
After a career spanning 25 years and almost 500,000 miles steamed, the Nautilus was decommissioned on March 3, 1980. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982, the world’s first nuclear submarine went on exhibit in 1986 as the Historic Ship Nautilus at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.


berate; verb; (bih-RAYT)

: to scold or condemn vehemently and at length
Did You Know?
Berate and rate can both mean "to rebuke angrily or violently." This sense of rate was first recorded in the 14th century, centuries before the familiar (and etymologically unrelated) rate meaning "to estimate the value of." We know that berate was probably formed by combining the prefix be- and the older rate, but the origins of this particular rate itself are somewhat more obscure.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


August 2, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers


August 2, 2021

The Beaver Island Historical Society has published a summer 2021 newsletter called the "Print Shop Perspective."  You can view it below.

Weather by Joe

August 2, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 53 degrees. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30,06, and there is currently not a breath of wind. Visibility is just less than one mile.
TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high in the lower 70's. The wind will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few passing clouds and a low of 63. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with a possible passing shower or thundershower. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
“Wild Bill” Hickok, one of the greatest gunfighters of the American West, is murdered in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Born in Illinois in 1837, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok first gained notoriety as a gunfighter in 1861 when he coolly shot three men who were trying to kill him. A highly sensationalized account of the gunfight appeared six years later in the popular periodical Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, sparking Hickok’s rise to national fame. Other articles and books followed, and though his prowess was often exaggerated, Hickok did earn his reputation with a string of impressive gunfights.
After accidentally killing his deputy during an 1871 shootout in Abilene, Kansas, Hickok never fought another gun battle. For the next several years he lived off his famous reputation. Occasionally, he worked as guide for wealthy hunters. His renowned eyesight began to fail, and for a time he was reduced to wandering the West trying to make a living as a gambler. Several times he was arrested for vagrancy.
In the spring of 1876, Hickok arrived in the Black Hills mining town of Deadwood, South Dakota. There he became a regular at the poker tables of the No. 10 Saloon, eking out a meager existence as a card player. On this day in 1876, Hickok was playing cards with his back to the saloon door. At 4:15 in the afternoon, a young gunslinger named Jack McCall walked into the saloon, approached Hickok from behind, and shot him in the back of the head. Hickok died immediately. McCall tried to shoot others in the crowd, but amazingly, all of the remaining cartridges in his pistol were duds. McCall was later tried, convicted, and hanged.
exemplary; adjective; (ig-ZEM-pluh-ree)
1 a : deserving imitation : commendable; also : deserving imitation because of excellence
b : serving as a pattern
2 : serving as an example, instance, or illustration
3 : serving as a warning : monitory
Did You Know?
Exemplary (and its close relatives example and exemplify) derives from the Latin noun exemplum ("example"). When exemplary describes something as "excellent," it almost always carries the further suggestion that the thing described is worthy of imitation.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Boats and Ships

August 1, 2021

There are lots of ships moving out in the harbor during the afternoon of Sunday, right after the last church service was dismissed at Holy Cross, about 1:15 p.m.  The Caroline McKee was anchored out from Little Sand Bay at this time. It is just outside the channel near Charlevoix at 9:45 p.m.

These two other vessels were outside the St. James Harbor besides the Caroline McKee.  One was raising sail to head out and the other was heading into the harbor.

If you add the paddle boards, the personal watercraft, and the boats anchored in the harbor, just looking at the boats is a full time job.

Cemetery Walk and Talk at Township Cemetery

August 1, 2021

The primary family names today spoken about at the Townships' Cemetery across from the Episcopal Mission Church were the Gilpins and Karl Keebler.  The talk was shorter than normal, about 30 minutes total, but it was quite interesting.

Lori Taylor-Blitz and Sue Oole were the hosts.

View a small gallery of the attendees HERE

View video of the presentation and stories HERE

Beaver Island Church Services

August 1, 2021

Episcopal Service

View video of the service HERE

BI Christian Church Service

Sharon Blanchard played the music.

Pastors Ben and Sarah Bruins

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

Reader Leona Pease......Celebrant Fr. Peter Wigton

View video of the service HERE

Annual Garden Tour Benefit



WHAT:   "It's a Shore Thing!

When:    Tuesday,  August 10th 9:30-3pm

Fun day of touring a few west side properties;  including a picnic lunch,  guest speaker,  and prizes!

Tickets:  Limited amount available beginning Monday,  August 2nd in the Beaver Island Medical Center lobby from 9am-3pm, closed for lunch.  Cash and checks preferred.

Price:  $35 includes van transportation, 

Lunch, and tour. No additional cars will be allowed due to driveway congestion. 

****COVID regulations will be in place to protect home owners and guests.

Questions can be left by calling Leonor (2894) or Jan (2943), Please leave your name and  phone number.  We will return call asap.

From Pam Grassmick

August 1, 2021

I've been receiving emails regarding the release of non-native species on Beaver Island by the general public. While Michigan has laws and lists of species that are prohibited for purchase and introduction, it requires personal responsibility as well.

Many times insects and other destructive non-native species arrive unknowingly as hitchhikers on vehicles, wood, or as plants that are brought to the island. These species would not make it to Beaver Island without human assistance. This incomplete list includes insects that given the opportunity will destroy the federally endangered Pitcher's Thistle found on our dune systems. Releasing that old goldfish into lakes could have long-term adverse ecosystem implications for our interior lakes, or to no longer want an African Snail. African Snails are known to over winter in colder climates than found on Beaver Island. Another danger is the transport of uncleaned boats or bait buckets from Lake Michigan to the interior lakes which could destroy an inland lake's fisheries from the release of unseen non-native mussels and plants. The threats are real with long term consequences.

I'm glad that so many have chosen to make Beaver Island your new home. It was a big investment-financially and emotionally. Welcome. But with that purchase comes responsibility to not change the environment that you found so inviting. The Beaver Island townships are designing a wonderful invasive control program. We need the island community working toward keeping our island's natural environment as native as possible. Shelby Harris was hired after an extensive search as the townships' new Terrestrial Administrator. Shelby has been working this summer on updating invasive species information. Try to attend one of her presentations, stay informed, and get involved. Contact her with any questions. She has a wealth of knowledge and contacts: invasivespadm.bi@gmail.com or at (231) 330-0422.

Weather by Joe

August 1, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Here on Carlisle Road at 8 a.m. it is 61 degrees. It looks cloudy out there with humidity at 96%. The wind is showing from the NE at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.89. Visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with partial clearing later in the day. It is possible to have a stray shower or thundershower. The high will be in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few passing clouds. The low will be in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a few passing clouds with sunshine. The high will be in the 70's. Wind will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.


Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl hiding out in Nazi-occupied Holland whose diary came to serve as a symbol of the Holocaust, writes her final entry three days before she and her family are arrested and placed in concentration camps.
Frank, 15 at the time, received the diary on her 13th birthday, writing in it faithfully during the two years she and seven others (including her parents, Otto and Edith, and sister, Margot; her father’s business associate Hermann van Pels, his wife, Auguste, and son, Peter; and Fritz Pfeffer, the dentist of Otto Frank’s secretary) lived in a secret annex behind her father’s business in Amsterdam during World War II.
In her final entry, Frank wrote of how others perceive her, describing herself as “a bundle of contradictions.” She wrote:
“As I’ve told you many times, I’m split in two. One side contains my exuberant cheerfulness, my flippancy, my joy in life and, above all, my ability to appreciate the lighter side of things. By that I mean not finding anything wrong with flirtations, a kiss, an embrace, an off-color joke. This side of me is usually lying in wait to ambush the other one, which is much purer, deeper and finer. ….”
She continued that what she says is not what she feels, which is why, in her words, she had a reputation for being “boy-crazy as well as a flirt, a smart aleck and a reader of romances.”
“The happy-go-lucky Anne laughs, gives a flippant reply, shrugs her shoulders and pretends she doesn’t give a darn. The quiet Anne reacts in just the opposite way. If I’m being completely honest, I’ll have to admit that it does matter to me, that I’m trying very hard to change myself, but that I'm always up against a more powerful enemy.”
Of the eight prisoners, Otto Frank was the only survivor. Anne Frank died in 1945 from typhus at Germany’s Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her diary was published by her father in 1947; it has since become a worldwide bestseller.


pulchritude; nouh; )(PUHL-kruh-tood)

: physical comeliness
Did You Know?
Pulchritude is a descendant of the Latin adjective pulcher, which means "beautiful." Pulcher hasn't exactly been a wellspring of English terms, but it did give English both pulchritude and pulchritudinous, an adjective meaning "attractive" or "beautiful." The verb pulchrify (a synonym of beautify), the noun pulchritudeness (same meaning as pulchritude), and the adjective pulchrous (meaning "fair or beautiful") are other pulcher offspring, but those terms have proved that, in at least some linguistic cases, beauty is fleeting.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Men's Summer Golf League

July 31, 2021

This summer's men's golf league has been a little difficult to keep up to date. Thank you to Kevin Stipps, who has spent a lot of time recording and taking care of the league statistics. There have been quite a few make-up matches, which makes the stats a little more difficult to get up to date.  Here are the current statistics.

John Robert and John Brady Roberts are currently in first place with a total of 107 points, followed by Brian Child and Dave Swait.with 102 in second place, and third place right now is Mike Sowa and Kevin Stipps.

Weather by Joe

July 31, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's quite cloudy outside this morning. The temperature is 65 degrees with humidity at 95%. The wind is from the SE at 5 mph. The pressure is 29.86. Visibility is nine miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be wet with thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain in the morning. Chance of rain is 100%. The wind will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a stray shower or thundershower possible. The low will be near 60. The wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for possible thundershowers in the morning with partly cloudy skies later in the day. Chance of rain is 40%. Winds will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph
On the morning of July 31, 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, is officially reported missing after he failed to return home the previous night. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found and Hoffa’s fate remains a mystery.
Born in 1913 to a poor coal miner in Brazil, Indiana, Jimmy Hoffa proved a natural leader in his youth. At the age of 20, he helped organize a labor strike in Detroit, and remained an advocate for downtrodden workers for the rest of his life. Hoffa’s charisma and talents as a local organizer quickly got him noticed by the Teamsters and carried him upward through its ranks. Then a small but rapidly growing union, the Teamsters organized truckers across the country, and through the use of strikes, boycotts and some more powerful though less legal methods of protest, won contract demands on behalf of workers.
Hoffa became president of the Teamsters in 1957, when its former leader was imprisoned for bribery. As chief, Hoffa was lauded for his tireless work to expand the union, and for his unflagging devotion to even the organization’s least powerful members. His caring and approachability were captured in one of the more well-known quotes attributed to him: “You got a problem? Call me. Just pick up the phone.”
Hoffa’s dedication to the worker and his electrifying public speeches made him wildly popular, both among his fellow workers and the politicians and businessmen with whom he negotiated. Yet, for all the battles he fought and won on behalf of American drivers, he also had a dark side. In Hoffa’s time, many Teamster leaders partnered with the Mafia in racketeering, extortion and embezzlement. Hoffa himself had relationships with high-ranking mobsters, and was the target of several government investigations throughout the 1960s. In 1967, he was convicted of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
While in jail, Hoffa never ceded his office, and when Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971, he was poised to make a comeback. Released on condition of not participating in union activities for 10 years, Hoffa was planning to fight the restriction in court when he disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975, from the parking lot of a restaurant in Detroit, not far from where he got his start as a labor organizer. His family filed a missing persons report to the Bloomfield Township police the next day. Several conspiracy theories have been floated about Hoffa’s disappearance and the location of his remains, but the truth remains unknown.
dally; verb; (DAL-ee)
1 a : to act playfully; especially : to play amorously
b : to deal lightly : toy
2 a : to waste time
b : linger, dawdle
Did You Know?
English speakers have been playing with dally since the 14th century. They first started using the word with the meaning "to chat," which was also the meaning of the Anglo-French word from which it was derived, but that meaning fell into disuse. Next, dalliers were amusing themselves by acting playfully with each other especially in amorous and flirtatious ways. Apparently, some dalliers were also a bit derisive, leading dally to mean "to deal with lightly or in a way that is not serious." It didn't take long for the fuddy-duddies to criticize all this play as a waste of time. By the mid-16th century, dally was weighted down with its "to waste time" and "to dawdle" senses.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive-A Resounding Success!

July 30, 2021

The Gregg Fellowship Center location was perfect.  There were 81 units of blood collected!

Way to go, Beaver Island!

Weather by Joe

July 30, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! This morning on Carlisle Road it is 59 degrees at 8 a.m. The humidity is at 84%. The pressure is at 30.09, and there is a slight breeze out there. It is sunny right now, but officially partly cloudy. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be mainly sunny with a high near 70. Wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies giving way to cloudy skies and rain overnight. Chance of rain is 70%. The low will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for scattered thunderstorms in the morning. This will give way to partly cloudy skies later in the day. The chance of rain is 60%. The high will be in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which took place at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, former President Harry Truman was enrolled as Medicare’s first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card.
Johnson wanted to recognize Truman, who, in 1945, had become the first president to propose national health insurance, an initiative that was opposed at the time by Congress.
The Medicare program, providing hospital and medical insurance for Americans age 65 or older, was signed into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act of 1935. Some 19 million people enrolled in Medicare when it went into effect in 1966.
In 1972, eligibility for the program was extended to Americans under 65 with certain disabilities and people of all ages with permanent kidney disease requiring dialysis or transplant. In December 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Medicare Modernization Act, which added outpatient prescription drug benefits to Medicare.
Medicaid, a state and federally funded program that offers health coverage to certain low-income people, was also signed into law by President Johnson on July 30, 1965, as an amendment to the Social Security Act.
wherefore; adverb; (WAIR-for)
1 : for what reason or purpose : why
2 : therefore
Did You Know?
In early English, a number of new words were formed by combining where with a preposition. In such words, where had the meaning of "what" or "which"—hence, wherein ("in what"), whereon ("on what"), and wherefore ("for what"). Although wherefore as an adverb is rarely used today, the noun form, meaning "an answer or statement giving an explanation," survives in the phrase "the whys and wherefores."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

St. James Township Planning Commission August meeting CANCELLED

July 29, 2021

The St. James Township Planning Commission August meeting is canceled as there is not anything pressing business to discuss.

“Attached are the data from the Boat Company thru the month of June that the Boat Company submitted  to the Beaver Island Transportaion Authority.    The numbers reflect the passenger and "vehicle" traffic to the island.  Note that vehicles include boats, trailers, and vehicles.   

Compared to last year (Covid) the increase is 871 vehicles and 4395 passengers and compared to the previous year 649 vehicles and 1850 passengers.   

Possibly an item for discussion at a future meeting is traffic in town during the busy times of the year.  The Charlevoix County Road Commision would be the contact point for recommendations if there is an interest.   




July 29, 2021, at 2:00PM

View the meeting notice and agenda HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

The meeting was delayed until the board had a quorum, so the meeting started a little bit after 2 p.m.  Ernie Martin came in just as the meeting was adjourning.

Charlevoix County Maintenance Technician

Beaver Island

OVERVIEW of Primary Duties:

This position (located on Beaver Island) works within our maintenance department and is directed by our Facilities Manager, as well as our Mechanical Systems Manager.  This position covers all aspects of our department and requires a moderate level of skill in many fields, which includes working knowledge of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, roofing, painting, lawncare and janitorial services.  Routine duties will include weekly cleaning, lawncare, exterior and interior repairs of facilities, as well as basic skills and functional knowledge of mechanical systems and operation.  Some such task may include (but not be limited to) winterization and dewinterization of plumbing, immediate facility damage or repair due to weather or other emergencies, assistance with renovations and remodels, all seasons’ ground care which includes the use of mowers, tractor, trimmers, snowblowers, and other similar items.  Must be able to work independently, assess and determine the best course of action and troubleshoot various scenarios related to the aforementioned duties, and be able to complete assigned duties unsupervised.  Facilities will range from a lighthouse and associated structures to a rustic campground, a governmental building and various other county owned buildings.  This position requires daily communication with team members and management in other locations, the ability to mulitask, organize and schedule your day to complete required duties.  Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license to travel between locations on a daily basis.

This job posting is presented as an overview and should not be considered all-inclusive. 

MANDATORY Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent

License in above field descriptions not mandatory, but experience in multiple fields required

Must be able to lift, move and operate related materials, supplies and equipment

Must possess a valid driver’s license


This position includes work both indoors and out, during all seasons and weather

This position includes heights (including roof and ladder work)

This position includes tight spaces (under, around and behind mechanical systems, crawl spaces, attics)

This position includes work with cleaners, lawn chemicals, paints and other agents

How to Apply:  cover letter, resume AND Charlevoix County employment application (located on the “employment opportunities” page of www.charlevoixcounty.org ) must be submitted AS ONE PACKAGE via email:  administration@charlevoixcounty.org via walkin or mail:  Human Resources, 301 State St., Charlevoix, MI  49720

Weather by Joe

July 29, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:45 a.m. here on Carlilse Road it is 68 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.96 with no breeze. We got about an eighth of an inch of rain overnight. It is cloudy with visibility of seven miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mixture of sun and clouds. The high will be in the mid- 70's. The wind will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 50. Wind will be from the N at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for clear skies with a high near 70. Wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph
On July 29, 1921, Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the National Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party. Under Hitler, the Nazi Party grew into a mass movement and ruled Germany as a totalitarian state from 1933 to 1945.
Hitler’s early years did not seem to predict his rise as a political leader. Born on April 20, 1889, in Braunau am Inn, Austria, he was a poor student and never graduated from high school. During World War I, he joined a Bavarian regiment of the German army and was considered a brave soldier; however, his commanders felt he lacked leadership potential and never promoted him beyond corporal.
Frustrated by Germany’s defeat in the war, which left the nation economically depressed and politically unstable, Hitler joined a fledgling organization called the German Workers’ Party in 1919. Founded earlier that same year by a small group of men including locksmith Anton Drexler and journalist Karl Harrer, the party promoted German pride and anti-Semitism, and expressed dissatisfaction with the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, the peace settlement that ended the war and required Germany to make numerous concessions and reparations. Hitler soon emerged as the party’s most charismatic public speaker and attracted new members with speeches blaming Jews and Marxists for Germany’s problems and espousing extreme nationalism and the concept of an Aryan “master race.” On July 29, 1921, Hitler assumed leadership of the organization, which by then had been renamed the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party.
In 1923, Hitler and his followers staged the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, a failed takeover of the government in Bavaria, a state in southern Germany. In the aftermath of this event, Hitler was convicted of treason and sentenced to five years in prison, but spent less than a year behind bars (during which time he dictated the first volume of “Mein Kampf,” or “My Struggle,” his political autobiography.) The publicity surrounding the Beer Hall Putsch and Hitler’s subsequent trial turned him into a national figure. After his release from jail, he set about rebuilding the Nazi Party and attempting to gain power through the democratic election process.
In 1929, Germany entered a severe economic depression that left millions of people unemployed. The Nazis capitalized on this situation by criticizing the ruling government and began to win elections. In the July 1932 elections, they captured 230 out of 608 seats in the Reichstag, or German parliament. In January 1933, Hitler was appointed German chancellor and in March of that year his Nazi government assumed dictatorial powers. The Nazis soon came to control every aspect of German life and all other political parties were banned.
Following Germany’s defeat in World War II, during which some 6 million European Jews were murdered under Hitler’s state-sponsored extermination programs, the Nazi Party was outlawed and many of its top officials were convicted of war crimes. Hitler had died by suicide on April 30, 1945, shortly before Germany’s surrender.


palaver; noun; (puh-LAV-er)


1 a : a long discussion or meeting parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication
b : conference, discussion
2 a : idle talk

b : misleading or beguiling speech

Did You Know?
During the 18th century, Portuguese and English sailors often met during trading trips along the West African coast. This contact prompted the English to borrow the Portuguese palavra, which usually means "speech" or "word" but was used by Portuguese traders with the specific meaning "discussions with natives." The Portuguese word traces back to the Late Latin parabola, a noun meaning "speech" or "parable."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

St James Township Reschedules August Meeting

Rescheduled August 4, 2021, Regular Board Meeting to July 28. 2021

View meeting notice and change HERE

View agenda for the meeting HERE

View Public Works Minutes HERE

2021-07-28-01 Resolution Establishing Twp Investment Policy.docx



Beaver Island Car Crusher Feasibility Memo 07232021

Bills for payment August 2021

Draft Minutes , July 7, 2021 regular meeting

Municipal Dock Fund - July 2021 Amendment

View video of the meeting HERE

BICS Seeks Food Service Coordinator/Part Time Custodian Position

July 28, 2021

View job posting HERE

Weather by Joe

July 28, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 65 degrees with no wind. The pressure is 30.03, and humidity is at 99%. It is officially partly cloudy, buth there is sunshining at the moment. Visibility is five miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have patchy fog early. We'll have sunshine early then cloudy. The high will be near 80. Winds will be light and variable.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for showers this evening followed by thundershowers overnight. The low will be in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mixture of clouds and sunshine with a stray shower or thundershower possible. The high will be in the mid-70's with winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, granting citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including formerly enslaved people—is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Secretary of State William Seward issues a proclamation certifying the amendment.
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.
bivouac; verb; (BIV-uh-wak)
1 : to make a temporary encampment under little or no shelter
2 : to take shelter often temporarily
3 : to provide temporary quarters for
Did You Know?
In his 1841 dictionary, Noah Webster observed bivouac to be a French borrowing having military origins. He defined the noun bivouac as "the guard or watch of a whole army, as in cases of great danger of surprise or attack" and the verb as "to watch or be on guard, as a whole army." The French word is derived from the Low German word biwacht, which translates to "by guard." Germans used the word specifically for a patrol of citizens who assisted the town watch at night. Today, bivouac has less to do with guarding and patrolling than it does with taking shelter.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Edward L. Eicher, Jr. Obituary

February 4, 1927 ~ July 23, 2021 (age 94)

EICHER, Edward L. Jr., Age 94, of Fenton, died Friday July 23, 2021.  Funeral services will be held 6:00 PM Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton.  Pastor Jim Wiegand officiating.  Burial in Beaver Island Cemetery, Beaver Island at a later date. 

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday from 3 PM until the time of the service.

Edward was born February 4, 1927, in Detroit, the son of Edward Eicher, Sr. and Alma Brechtel. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp.  He married Connie Sue Smith December 19, 1959, in Detroit and she preceded him in death February 14, 2011.  He had resided in Fenton since 1966 coming from Flint/Elkton and had been a longtime summer resident of Beaver Island since 1957. 

Edward had been employed by Chappell Steel, Steel Transportation Service in Flint, and he had also been employed by "Abey's Fish Market". He was a member of Fenton Moose Lodge #430, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2460.  Edward was private pilot and a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol in Flint.

Surviving are: his children, Eric and wife Judy Eicher of Wixom, Michael (Rebecca) Eicher of Linden, Ty and wife Cindy Eicher of Fenton, and Heidi and husband Mark Wiesen of Suttons Bay; grandchildren, Alex (Katie), Stephanie, Emily, Austin, Brooke, Madison, Jake and Skylar. He was also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elaine Roberts. Tributes may be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com. 


August 3, 2021
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel
1000 Silver Lake Road
Fenton, MI 48430

Cemetery Walks and Talks

Posted on July 27, 2021

The 2021 Cemetery walks and talks continue, sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society.

August 1- 11 a.m. at The Townships Cemetery- Join host Sue Oole and other descendants of those interred in the Townships Cemetery to tell and hear stories of those who influenced Beaver Island in the past.

August 8- 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery- The new sign which will include a map of those interred will be installed and dedicated. Also join Sheri Timsak, Mary Beth Nelson and Tammy McDonough who will be entertaining us with tales of their ancestors.

August 15- 11 a.m. at Hold Cross Cemetery- join Pam McDonough Grassmick, Michelle and Judy LaFreniere, The Masini clan and the Cole boys who will tell us of their loved ones buried there.

Hope you all can join us in this.


Loon Chick Growing on Barney's Lake

July 26, 2021

A quick loop out to Barney's Lake to check on the loons and the one chick on the lake revealed a growing young loon chick.  It appears that it is grown enough that the adults are now expecting the chick to catch a small minnow that is dropped in front of it.  The chicks ability to do this shows a good growth as well as its ability to dive.  The loons are quite protective of the younger chick, and will do everything possible in their ability to distract humans and other wildlife away from the chick.  The safety of the chick has become the entire goal of the two adults on Barney's Lake.

This editor would continue to suggest that humans stay away from the loons and the chick during this developmental stage, so that the loon chick can get the training necessary to survive as it hopefully grows older.  These pictures were taken a long way away from the loons and from the shore using a telephoto lens. 

Thank you to Robert Cole for pointing them out to an old man with eye problems!

As you can see in this picture, the loon chick is almost half as long as the adult.

Here's the loon chick by itself.

Weather by Joe

July 27, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, it is 67 degrees. We got a third of an inch of rain in the thunderstorms last night. The humidity is at 99% The winds is barely a light breeze. The pressure is 29.92. It is officially partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of sunshine and clouds with a thunderstorm possible. The high will be in the mid-70's with wind from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 60. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mix of clouds and sun becoming cloudy in the afternoon. A stray thunderstorm is possible. The high will be in the high 70's and the wind will be from the S at 5 to 10 mph.


On 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, were approved on July 29 and 30.
On August 5, Nixon complied with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring that he 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 three presidents in U.S. history have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998 and Donald Trump in 2019 and in 2021.
jeremiad; noun (jair-uh-MYE-ud)
noun jair-uh-MYE-ud
: a prolonged lamentation or complaint; also : a cautionary or angry harangue
Did You Know?
Jeremiah was a Jewish prophet, who lived from about 650 to 570 B.C. and spent his days lambasting the Hebrews for their false worship and social injustice and denouncing the king for his selfishness, materialism, and inequities. When not calling on his people to quit their wicked ways, he was lamenting his own lot; a portion of the biblical Book of Jeremiah is devoted to his "confessions," a series of lamentations on the hardships endured by a prophet with an unpopular message. Nowadays, English speakers use Jeremiah for a pessimistic person and jeremiad for the way these Jeremiahs carry on. The word jeremiad was borrowed from the French, who coined it as jérémiade.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

A Tribute to Edward Palmer

July 26, 2021

Philip Michael Moore, son of Joe and Phyllis Moore, has created a tribute song to Ed Palmer.  The song "Is Everybody Happy?" was written by Phillip Michael Moore.

View the video of the song HERE

Weather by Joe

July 26, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's just before 8 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, and it's 68 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.88 and there is no wind to speak about. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a high in the lower 80's. Wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for thunderstorms with a 90% chance of rain. The low will be in the lower 60's. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower or thundershower. The high will be in the mid 70's and the winds will be light and variable.
On 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 more than 200 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 roughly 500,000 career workers. The postal service is a not-for-profit, self-supporting agency that covers the majority of 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.
urbane; adjective; (er-BAYN)
: notably polite or polished in manner
Did You Know?
City slickers and country folk have long debated whether life is better in town or in the wide-open spaces, and urbane is a term that springs from the throes of that debate. In its earliest English uses, urbane was synonymous with its close relative urban ("of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city"). Both words come from the Latin adjective urbanus ("urban, urbane"), which in turn is derived from urbs, meaning "city." Urbane developed its modern sense denoting savoir faire from the belief (no doubt fostered by city dwellers) that living in the city made one more suave and polished than did leading a rural life.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Interesting Clouds

July 24, 2021

An interesting view from Gull Harbor on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

Cemetery Walk and Talk

July 25, 2021

These weekly events are offered at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Today's walk and talk took place at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Next Sunday's Walk and Talk will take place at the Township's Cemetery across from the Episcopal Mission.

Lori Taylor Blitz..Buffalo Malloy descendent Liz Schwandt...John Cull

Mo Cull ..........................Ed Wojan..........

Marie Boyle

View video of the Cemetery Walk and Talk HERE

Church Services This Weekend

July 24 + 25, 2021

Saturday Mass

The first church service of the weekend was Mass from Holy Cross on Saturday, July 24, 2021.  The visiting priest was/is Father Peter Lawrence from the Diocese of Lansing.  He is here on vacation and providing weekend services and daily Mass at 10 a.m. this coming week.

Father Lawrence and the reader Pinky Harmon.

View video of the Saturday Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

The Beaver Island Christian Church Service was held at 9:30 a.m. this morning, Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Sharon Blanchard played the music.........Passtor Mike Gafa did the readings and gave the sermon.

View video of the Christian Church service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

The Sunday Mass was held at 12:15 p.m. due to the cemetery walks being at 11 a.m.  The visiting priest was Father Peter Lawrence from the Diocese of Lansing.   The reader was Joanie Banville.

Baptismal font.......Father Lawrence........Joanie Banville...

View video of the Sunday Mass HERE

Missing a Kitty?

July 25, 2021

Anyone know who owns this kitty? This precious thing was found outside our Carlisle house and has been on and off visiting us.

Weather by Joe

July 25, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island!

Right now at 6:45 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 64 degrees with 94% relative humidity. The pressure is 29.77, and it is wet outside this morning. We got an inch and a quarter of rain here. There is a 2mph wind from the E right now. It is officially partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a high in the lower 80's. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the mid-60's. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for a sunny day with some afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thundershower is possible. The high will be in the low 80's. Wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.


On July 25, 1943, Benito Mussolini, fascist dictator of Italy, is voted out of power by his own Grand Council and arrested upon leaving a meeting with King Vittorio Emanuele, who tells Il Duce that the war is lost. Mussolini responded to it all with an uncharacteristic meekness.
During the evening of July 24 and the early hours of the 25th, the Grand Council of the fascist government met to discuss the immediate future of Italy. While all in attendance were jittery about countermanding their leader, Mussolini was sick, tired, and overwhelmed by the military reverses suffered by the Italian military. He seemed to be looking for a way out of power. One of the more reasonable within the Council, Dino Grandi, argued that the dictatorship had brought Italy to the brink of military disaster, elevated incompetents to levels of power, and alienated large portions of the population. He proposed a vote to transfer some of the leader’s power to the king. The motion was passed, with Mussolini barely reacting. While some extremists balked, and would later try to convince Mussolini to have those who voted with Grandi arrested, Il Duce was simply paralyzed, unable to choose any course of action.
Shortly after the Grand Council vote, Mussolini, groggy and unshaven, kept his routine 20-minute meeting with the king, during which he normally updated Victor Emanuele on the current state of affairs. This morning, the king informed Mussolini that General Pietro Badoglio would assume the powers of prime minister and that the war was all but lost for the Italians. Mussolini offered no objection. Upon leaving the meeting, he was arrested by the police, who had been secretly planning a pretext to remove the leader for quite some time. They now had the Council vote of “no confidence” as their formal rationale. Assured of his personal safety, Mussolini acquiesced to this too, as he had to everything else leading up to this pitiful denouement. When news of Mussolini’s arrest was made public, relief seemed to be the prevailing mood. There was no attempt by fellow fascists to rescue him from the penal settlement on the island of Ponza to which he was committed. The only remaining question was whether Italy would continue to fight alongside its German allies or surrender to the Allies.


hagiography; noun; (hag-ee-AH-gruh-fee)


1 : biography of saints or venerated persons

2 : idealizing or idolizing biography

Did You Know?
Like biography and autograph, the word hagiography has to do with the written word. The combining form -graphy comes from Greek graphein, meaning "to write." Hagio- comes from a Greek word that means "saintly" or "holy." This origin is seen in Hagiographa, the Greek designation of the Ketuvim, the third part of the Jewish Scriptures. English's hagiography, though it can refer to biography of actual saints, is these days more often applied to biography that treats ordinary human subjects as if they were saints.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)



B. I. Christian Church August Newsletter

Posted on July 24, 2021

Two Sides of King Strang

July 23, 2021

This presentation was very enjoyable with lots of laughter and lots and lots of questions.  The presenter was very knowledgeable, and had done his research using the perspective of the interesting and unusual times that the Strang kingdom took place.  Author Miles Harvy discussed his book, "The King of Confidence."

This presentation took place in the new part of the Print Shop Museum beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until a little bit after 8:15 p.m.  There were over a hundred twenty people present for this presentation.

King James Jesse Strang

BIHS Director Lori Taylor Blitz introduces Miles Harvy

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of the presentation HERE

22 Unique IPs viewed this presentation

From the Historical Society

July 24, 2021

Please take notice, Saturday, 7/24, we have cancelled our event: Arranmore Connections, Part II. One of the Arranmore speakers will not be available. We are hoping to reschedule in the near future. We have also cancelled the Currach Row until further notice and hope to offer again. Thank you for attending Part I. We are looking forward to picking up where we left off soon. ~ Lori Taylor-Blitz ..

Weather by Joe

July 24, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's a little wet out there today. Here on Carlisle Road, we got just over three-quarters of an inch of rain so far. It's 70 degrees at 7 a.m. Humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.71. There is a breeze out there. It is cloudy with visibility at five miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have thunderstorms with 100% chance of rain. There are likely to be periods of heavy rain. There may also be strong gusty winds. The high will be in the mid-to-low 70's. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph. It is possible that we could get one to two inches of rain.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low near 65. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mainly sunny skies with a high in the mid-70's. Wind will continue from the W at 5 to 10 mph.


After 17 months and many miles of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 pioneers into Utah’s Valley of the Great Salt Lake. Gazing over the parched earth of the remote location, Young declared, “This is the place,” and the pioneers began preparations for the thousands of followers of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) who would soon come. Seeking religious and political freedom, the Latter-day Saints began planning their great migration from the east after the murder of Joseph Smith, the Christian sect’s founder and first leader.
Joseph Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont, in 1805. In 1827, he declared that he had been visited by a Christian angel named Moroni, who showed him an ancient Hebrew text that had been lost for 1,500 years. The holy text, supposedly engraved on gold plates by a Native American prophet named Mormon in the fifth century A.D., told the story of Israelite peoples who had lived in America in ancient times. During the next few years, Smith dictated an English translation of this text to his wife and other scribes, and in 1830 The Book of Mormon was published. In the same year, Smith founded the Church of Christ—later known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–in Fayette, New York.
The religion rapidly gained converts, and Smith set up communities in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. However, the Christian sect was also heavily criticized for its unorthodox practices, which included polygamy. In 1844, the threat of mob violence prompted Smith to call out a militia in the town of Nauvoo, Illinois. He was charged with treason by Illinois authorities and imprisoned with his brother Hyrum in the Carthage city jail. On June 27, 1844, a mob with blackened faces stormed in and murdered the brothers.
Two years later, Smith’s successor, Brigham Young, led an exodus of persecuted Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo along the western wagon trails in search of a sanctuary in “a place on this earth that nobody else wants.” The expedition, more than 10,000 pioneers strong, set up camp in present-day western Iowa while Young led a vanguard company across the Rocky Mountains to investigate Utah’s Great Salt Lake Valley, an arid and isolated spot devoid of human presence. On July 22, 1847, most of the party reached the Great Salt Lake, but Young, delayed by illness, did not arrive until July 24. Upon viewing the land, he immediately confirmed the valley to be the new homeland of the Latter-day Saints. Within days, Young and his companions began building the future Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains.
Later that year, Young rejoined the main body of pioneers in Iowa, who named him president and prophet of the church. Having formally inherited the authority of Joseph Smith, he led thousands of more followers to the Great Salt Lake in 1848. Other large waves of pioneers followed. By 1852, 16,000 Latter-day Saints had come to the valley, some in wagons and some dragging handcarts. After early difficulties, Salt Lake City began to flourish. By 1869, 80,000 had made the trek to their promised land.
In 1850, President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the U.S. territory of Utah, and the territory enjoyed relative autonomy for several years. Relations became strained, however, when reports reached Washington that LDS leaders were disregarding federal law and had publicly sanctioned the practice of polygamy. In 1857, President James Buchanan removed Young, who had 20 wives, from his position as governor and sent U.S. Army troops to Utah to establish federal authority. Young died in Salt Lake City in 1877 and was succeeded by John Taylor as president of the church.
Tensions between the territory of Utah and the federal government continued until Wilford Woodruff, the new president of the church, issued his Manifesto in 1890, renouncing the traditional practice of polygamy and reducing the domination of the church over Utah communities. Six years later, the territory of Utah entered the Union as the 45th state.


lexical; adjective; (LEK-sih-kul)

1 : of or relating to words or the vocabulary of a language as distinguished from its grammar and construction
2 : of or relating to a lexicon or to lexicography
Did You Know?
The word lexicon can be used as a synonym of dictionary, and the word lexicography refers to the practice of making dictionaries. Both of these words, as well as lexical, derive from the Greek word lexis, meaning "word" or "speech." Another descendant of lexis is lexiphanic, an archaic adjective describing one who uses pretentious words for effect. Lexis should not be confused with the Latin lex, meaning "law," which is used in legal phrases such as lex non scripta, "unwritten law."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Deer Seen on Barney's Lake Road

July 23, 2021

On this same trip out to Barney's Lake, some deer were seen as well.  This was one interesting trip!  The first one seemed to be a yearling buck.

Next, imagine the surprise as the next group of deer seen near the former John Fogg property at the top of the hill before Barney's lake, a doe and triplet fawns were seen.  Some of them were shy, but the pictures reveal them hiding or basking in the sun.

It was quite the beautiful view to see a doe and three fawns.

Snake in the Road

July 23, 2021

On the way to Barney's Lake on Barney's Lake Road, a garter snake was seen just laying there in the roadway.  Another car came past toward the snake, but it did not hit the snake.  It did not seem to be moving, but there was no way to be sure it was alive or dead, so the snake was picked up and moved to the side of the road.  It was probably dead since there was no movement when the snake was picked up.  It seems likely that it was somehow killed, but no autopsy was completed by the editor of this website. 

Loons at Barney's Lake

July 23, 2021

A short trip out to Barney's Lake was in order this morning to check to see if the Barney's Lake loon chick was still alive.  What played before my eyes was an amazing example of how the adult loons protect the chick.  They were quite a ways out from the roadway on the northwestern part of the lake, just swimming around with no cares in the world. 

There at the parking lot across the road lots of talking and laughing coul be heard, but there was no movement by the loons or the chick.  They just continued to swim and dive and the loon chick was getting a lesson in diving to catch fish from the adults.

Then someone on a paddle board headed out onto the lake heading toward the loons. One of the adults gave a warning cry. Then the adult loon took off and tried to distract the person on the paddle board by making noise and flying away.

While the distraction of flying away seemed to work, the other adult and the loon chick dove into the water and swam a long way away, out of the sight of the land-based photographer.  Here is the picture of the paddle board person and the loon.

The pictures are small because the incident happened quite a long way away from the Barney's Lake Road location of the photographer.

Eddie Eicher, RIP

2/4/27 - 7/23/21

More information will be posted when available.

Weather by Joe

July 23, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road at 8 a.m., it is 67 degrees with humidity at 96%. The pressure is 30.06, and there is a slight breeze every once in a while. The sky is clear and there is some shiny thing in the sky called a sun. Visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of sun and clouds that will give way to mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon. There is a possibility of a stray storm and thunderstorm. The high will be near 80. The wind will be from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies that may develop into thunderstorms later. The storms may develop strong gusty winds. The chance of rain tonight is 90%. The low will be near 70 degrees. The wind will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for an 85% chance of thunderstorms with strong gusty winds. The high will be in the high 70's. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.


On July 23, 1885, just after completing his memoirs, Civil War hero and former president Ulysses S. Grant dies of throat cancer.
The son of a tanner, Grant showed little enthusiasm for joining his father’s business, so the elder Grant enrolled his son at West Point in 1839. Though Grant later admitted in his memoirs that he had no interest in the military apart from honing his equestrian skills, he graduated in 1843 and went on to serve first in the Mexican-American War, which he opposed on moral grounds, and then in California and Oregon, tours of duty that forced him to leave behind his beloved wife and children.
The loneliness and sheer boredom of duty in the West drove Grant to binge drinking. By 1854, Grant’s alcohol consumption so alarmed his superiors that he was asked to resign from the Army. He did, and returned to Missouri to try his hand at farming and land speculation. Although he kicked the alcohol habit, he failed miserably at both vocations and was forced to take a job as a clerk in his father’s tanning business.
If it were not for the Civil War, Grant might have slipped quickly into obscurity. Instead, he re-enlisted in the Army in 1861 and embarked on a stellar military career, although his tendency to binge-drink re-emerged and he developed another unhealthy habit: chain cigar-smoking, which probably caused the throat cancer that eventually killed him. In 1862, Grant led troops in the captures of Forts Henry and Donelson in Tennessee, and forced the Confederate Army to retreat back into Mississippi after the Battle of Shiloh. After the Donelson campaign, Grant received over 10,000 boxes of congratulatory cigars from a grateful citizenry.
In 1863, after leading the Union Army to victory at Vicksburg, Grant caught President Abraham Lincoln’s attention. The Union Army had suffered under the service of a series of incompetent generals and Lincoln was in the market for a new Union supreme commander. In March 1864, Lincoln revived the rank of lieutenant general—a rank that had previously been held only by George Washington in 1798—and gave it to Grant. As supreme commander of Union forces, Grant led troops in a series of epic and bloody battles against Confederate General Robert E. Lee. On April 9, 1865, Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House. The victory solidified Grant’s status as national hero and, in 1869, he began his first of two terms as president.
Grant’s talent as political leader paled woefully in comparison to his military prowess. He was unable to stem the rampant corruption that plagued his administration and failed to combat a severe economic depression in 1873. However, successes of Grant’s tenure include passage of the Enforcement Act in 1870, which temporarily curtailed the political influence of the Ku Klux Klan in the post-Civil War South, and the 1875 Civil Rights Act, which attempted to desegregate public places such as restrooms, “inns, public conveyances on land or water, theaters, and other places of public amusement.” In addition, Grant helped to improve U.S. and British diplomatic relations, which had been damaged by the British offer to supply the Confederate Army with tools to break the Union naval blockade during the Civil War. He also managed to stay sober during his two terms in office.
Upon leaving office, Grant’s fortunes again declined. Although he and his wife Julia traveled to Europe between 1877 and 1879 amid great fanfare, the couple came home to bankruptcy caused by Grant’s unwise investment in a scandal-prone banking firm. Grant spent the last few years of his life writing a detailed account of the Civil War and, after he died of throat cancer in 1885, Julia lived on the royalties earned from his memoirs.


expropriate; verb; (ek-SPROH-pree-ayt)

1 : to deprive of possession or proprietary rights
2 : to transfer (the property of another) to one's own possession
Did You Know?

If you guessed that expropriate has something in common with the verb appropriate, you're right. Both words ultimately derive from the Latin adjective proprius, meaning "own." Expropriate came to English by way of the Medieval Latin verb expropriare, itself from Latin ex- ("out of" or "from") and proprius. Appropriate descends from Late Latin appropriare, which joins proprius and Latin ad- ("to" or "toward"). Both the verb appropriate ("to take possession of" or "to set aside for a particular use") and the adjective appropriate ("fitting" or "suitable") have been with us since the 15th century, and expropriate was officially appropriated in the 17th century. Other proprius descendants in English include proper and property.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Snakes at the Print Shop

July 21, 2021

Wednesday's lunch on the patio of the Print Shop Museum and a presentation made by Beth Leuck about the eight species of snakes living on Beaver Island.  The first quotation that made an impressions on the audience was, "There are no venomous snakes on Beaver Island."

Lori Taylor Blitz introduce the presenter

The presenter was Beth Leuck.

One of the bigger snakes shown at this presentation.

View a gallery of photos taken of the presentation HERE

View video of the presentation HERE



Moore's 50th Anniversary Parade

July 20, 2021

Organized by Carol Burton, the 50th Anniversary Parade for Joe and Phyllis Moore started at the 4 Corners, and drove slowly past the Moore residence on the Kings Highway with lots of tooting of horns, a siren leading the group of 38 cars, and lots of shouts of "Happy Anniversary."  The parade started at 1 p.m.

The signs and balloons were courtesy of Carol Burton.  The flowers were from Joe's sisters in Colorado.

The family gathered in the front yard to wave at people and have a picnic lunch later after the parade.

View a gallery of photos of the cars and trucks that passed HERE

View video of the parade HERE

Thank you for all the wonderful cards, calls, visits, and all the help getting through this special day and every day as well!

Thank you for Courtney Moore's video work!

Sunday Presentations by Drs. Leuck

Sunday, May 30th at 1:30 pm—Dr. Beth Leuck presented “Monarchs, Milkweeds, Mimicry, and Migration: The Story of Co-Evolution, and Endangered Biological Phenomenon and the Decline of a Charismatic Butterfly”

View video of Beth Leuck's presentation HERE

Sunday, May 30th, at 3:00 pm—Dr. Ed Leuck presented “Orchids and Bog Plants of Beaver Island”

View video of Ed Leuck's presentation HERE

B. I. Community School Meetings

January 27, 2021

2021 Meetings Schedule

Committee of the Whole Mtg 2021


will hold its 2021 meetings on the following dates at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Airport

Feb 1st, April 19th, August 16th , and October 25th - 2021

Shamrock COA Menu

Joe's Junk Website Up

February 1, 2021

Hello Islanders!
My 100 year Joe's Junk clean-up project has officially started. After coordinating with the townships and others, our website is now public and we need your help with inventorying. Feel free to go to joesjunk.org and answer a few questions about your junk.

When we have a good idea of how much junk there is, we can approach potential buyers and coordinate logistics. But we need your help. And tell your neighbors and friends to help too. I recently learned there was a toxic clean-up job here in the 70's. It took years and made the harbor look awful. Let's avoid that. Join us today! Go to joesjunk.org. And remember, IT'S NOT ABOUT BLIGHT OR BLAME. IT'S ABOUT OUR WATER.

Barbara Rahn



Hugh Cole Memorial Service

July 23, 2021, @ 4 p.m. Beachcomber

Please join us for a memorial service for our late brother Hugh, who passed away in January after a long battle with cancer. The service will be held in three parts, detailed below:
1. Family and friends will gather at the Beachcomber Bar at 4 pm Friday, July 23 to reminisce, share stories, and raise a toast to Hugh, as we bring his ashes into the old tavern.
2. Some of Hugh's ashes will be interred in the Cole family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery at 3:30 pm Saturday, July 24. Family will share remarks on Hugh's life, accompanied by a song he requested for his memorial.
3. Weather permitting, following the cemetery interment at 5 pm, about a dozen family members and friends will board Mike Weede's charter vessel the Redemption to travel to the north passage between Beaver and Garden Islands, a favorite spot of Hugh's. Other boats are welcome to accompany the Redemption. In the event of bad weather, alternate plans for the lake will be made and shared with those attending the graveside service.
This Facebook Event Page will be shared with as many of Hugh's relatives and friends as possible. Please feel free to share the memorial information with those who might like to pay their respects to Hugh, but are not on Facebook.

Weather by Joe

July 22, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Right now on Carlisle Road at 7:15 a.m/, it is 59 degrees with cloudy skies Humidity is a 98%, and pressure is at 30.14. Visibility is ten miles, but it looks like rain out there. The dewpoint is 57 degrees, and it's two degrees cooler at Greene's Lake.
Today is a trip to the mainland for Phyllis to see the oncologist to discuss the CAT scan results. Courtney Moore is going with her to help get her transported to the various appointments. Phyllis is very weak, and has breathing problems, so this trip is a necessary one.
TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with a shower or a thundershower possible. The high will be in the mid-70's, and the wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for some clouds with a stray shower or thundershower possible. The low will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for intervals of clouds and sunshine with a possible stray shower or thundershower. The high will be near 80 degrees, and the wind will be from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
American aviator Wiley Post returns to Floyd Bennett Field in New York, having flown solo around the world in 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. He was the first aviator to accomplish the feat.
Post, instantly recognizable by the patch he wore over one eye, began the journey on July 15, flying nonstop to Berlin. After a brief rest, he flew on to the Soviet Union, where he made several stops before returning to North America, with stops in Alaska, Canada, and finally a triumphant landing at his starting point in New York.
Two years earlier, Post had won fame when he successfully flew around the northern part of the earth with aviator Harold Gatty. For his solo around-the-world flight in 1933, he flew a slightly greater distance–15,596 miles–in less time. For both flights, he used the Winnie Mae, a Lockheed Vega monoplane that was equipped with a Sperry automatic pilot and a direction radio for Post’s solo journey. In August 1935, he was attempting to fly across the North Pole to the USSR with American humorist Will Rogers when both men were killed in a crash near Point Barrow, Alaska.
guttural; adjective; (GUTT-uh-rul)
2 : velar
3 : being or marked by utterance that is strange, unpleasant, or disagreeable
Did You Know?
Though it is now used to describe many sounds or utterances which strike the listener as harsh or disagreeable, the adjective guttural was originally applied only to sounds and utterances produced in the throat. This is reflected in the word's Latin root—guttur, meaning "throat." Despite the similarity in sound, guttural is not related to the English word gutter, which comes (by way of Anglo-French) from Latin gutta, meaning "drop."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Edward Palmer Obituary

Edward Palmer, age 75, of Beaver Island, MI, died at his home under the tender care of his family on July 17, 2021. Edward was born on Beaver Island on June 14, 1946, to Clarence and Lorraine (Boyle) Palmer. He spent all of his life living on the island with the exception of his time in the Vietnam war and while sailing on the Ludington car ferries.

From a very young age it was evident that Edward had a natural ability to play music and sing. Over the years, he used his musical gifts to heal, entertain and celebrate many generations of Islanders. And in his later years, he enjoyed playing music for the elderly at assisted living facilities all over Northern Michigan. While he played harmonica and guitar beautifully, he mastered at the piano.

Edward enjoyed Beaver Island history and genealogy. He also loved to travel and to meet new people. He was everyone’s friend. He enjoyed making others happy through everyday small gestures of kindness. But his biggest love was for his family.

Edward is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Palmer; their children Tara (Charles) Palmer-Pop, Cory Palmer, Hilary Palmer and Rita (Jeffrey) Palmer-Stewart; grandchildren Mary Outrequin-Palmer, Charley Pop, Elizabeth Pop and Ava Palmer-Bousquet; siblings Evelyn (Thomas) Oleksy and Roberta Palmer. He also had many nieces and nephews that he thought the world of, and likewise.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Palmer and Lorraine (Boyle) Palmer; siblings Gracie Palmer, Irene (Palmer) Henize, Robert Palmer, Russell Palmer, Perry Palmer, Mary Anne (Palmer) Ferguson and Virginia Palmer.

Edward's family will accept friends and visitors on September 3, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Funeral Mass with take place on September 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church followed by a short military service at Veteran’s Park. A late luncheon and celebration of life will begin immediately following at Holy Cross Parish Hall where an evening of live music by Edward’s family and old bandmates can be enjoyed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island AMVETS Post 46 or the Ellen Welke Fund.

Arrangements are in the care of the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

Public Works Committee

July 21, 2021, @ 11 a.m., at Governmental Center

Bob Graves, RIP


             Robert Richard Graves, age 73, of Boot Lake, died at his home under the tender care of his family on Saturday morning, July 17, 2021.  Bob was born on May 13, 1948, in Manistique to Robert and Hilda (Karr) Graves.  He grew up in the Boot Lake area and attended school in Shingleton and Munising.  Bob started working and logging in the woods with his father and brothers and spent a lot of his youth in the lumber camps in the area.  Bob married Linda LaRock in 1966 and together raised their three boys.  He was a hard-working man all his life.    Bob, Linda, and the boys moved to Vestaburg, Michigan and he continued logging.  Eventually, Beaver Island became home to the Graves family and Bob logged there.   He was an entrepreneur with businesses that not only included logging, but Iverson’s Snowshoe, a log home business, and a panel kit business. 

            Bob was a passionate outdoorsman.  He enjoyed being in the woods, hunting, fishing, and trapping.  Bob earned his private pilot license and he and Linda enjoyed traveling around the country.  He also enjoyed SCUBA diving and watching Westerns, history shows, and wildlife shows on television. Bob was a social man who truly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and he always made new friends wherever he went. 

            Bob is survived by his wife of over 55 years – Linda Graves of Boot Lake; their sons – Robert (Lorena) Graves of Stanton, MI, Kurt (Kathy) Graves of Edmore, MI, and Eric (Barbara) Graves of Fraser, MI; his mother – Hilda Graves of Boot Lake; grandchildren – Gunnar, Tawny, Anthony, Ryan, Chantel, Brenden, and Breanna; great-grandchildren – Freia, Destiny, Ayden, and Aubrey; siblings – Arlene Green, Brenda (Hank) St. Amour, Dan (Mary) Graves, and Chris (Rita) Graves; sister-in-law - Cheri Graves; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Bob was preceded in death by an infant son, his father Robert Graves, and his brother Tim Graves.

            Upcoming services will be announced at a later date.

Cemetery Walks Scheduled

July 5, 2021

The Beaver Island Historical Society will be hosting a series of cemetery walks and talks on the following dates. All are welcome to attend, free! Will last about one hour.

July 17 @ 1:30 pm Holy Cross Cemetery
July 25 @ 11 am. Holy Cross Cemetery
August 1 @ 11 am Townships Cemetery (in town)
August 8 @ 11 am Holy Cross Cemetery
August 15 @ 11 am Holy Cross Cemetery

In case of rain, we will meet at the Print Shop Museum.

A Great Lakes Jewell

Copyright 2007

This was a project of the Beaver Island Association. The video and pictures take us back to the times when John Works was the Peaine Supervisor, Don Vyse was the St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Cashman was the Beaver Island Historical Society Director. It's great to see and hear these people, particularly those that are no longer with us. The kids are all grown up now. This is worth the time to watch the video.

View the video HERE


for the Beaver Island Historical Society

View the notice HERE


Weather by Joe

July 21, 2021

Good morning from beautiful Beaver Island! What great community we live in! Thanks to all who were part of the parade yesterday. Thanks to all who sent cards and gifts as well as beautiful flowers and hugs and much more. Our 50th anniversary was a good celebration with lots of love and family! Thank you, all!
Right now on Carlisle Road it is 7:45 a.m. with a temperature of 60 degrees with clear skies and sunshine. The pressure is 30.15 with humidity at 97%. It is technically partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be sunny early with some afternoon clouds. Winds should be light and variable with a high in the mid-70;s.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for considerable cloudiness with a stray thundershower possible. Winds will continue to be light and variable, and the low temperature will be in the higher 50's.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for mainly cloudy skies with a stray shower or thundershower possible. The high will be in the mid-70's with the wind from SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
In the first major land battle of the Civil War, a large Union force under General Irvin McDowell is routed by a Confederate army under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard.
Three months after the Civil War erupted at Fort Sumter, Union military command still believed that the Confederacy could be crushed quickly and with little loss of life. In July, this overconfidence led to a premature offensive into northern Virginia by General McDowell. Searching out the Confederate forces, McDowell led 34,000 troops—mostly inexperienced and poorly trained militiamen—toward the railroad junction of Manassas, located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. Alerted to the Union advance, General Beauregard massed some 20,000 troops there and was soon joined by General Joseph Johnston, who brought some 9,000 more troops by railroad.
On the morning of July 21, hearing of the proximity of the two opposing forces, hundreds of civilians–men, women, and children–turned out to watch the first major battle of the Civil War. The fighting commenced with three Union divisions crossing the Bull Run stream, and the Confederate flank was driven back to Henry House Hill. However, at this strategic location, Beauregard had fashioned a strong defensive line anchored by a brigade of Virginia infantry under General Thomas J. Jackson. Firing from a concealed slope, Jackson’s men repulsed a series of Federal charges, winning Jackson his famous nickname “Stonewall.”
Meanwhile, Confederate cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart captured the Union artillery, and Beauregard ordered a counterattack on the exposed Union right flank. The rebels came charging down the hill, yelling furiously, and McDowell’s line was broken, forcing his troops in a hasty retreat across Bull Run. The retreat soon became an unorganized flight, and supplies littered the road back to Washington. Union forces endured a loss of 3,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in action while the Confederates suffered 2,000 casualties. The scale of this bloodshed horrified not only the frightened spectators at Bull Run but also the U.S. government in Washington, which was faced with an uncertain military strategy in quelling the “Southern insurrection.”
receipt; noun; (rih-SEET)
1 a : a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money
b receipts, plural, informal : proof, evidence
2 : the act or process of receiving
3 : something received — usually used in plural
4 : recipe
Did You Know?
These days it may seem odd to speak of "grandma's cookie receipt," but in the past, receipt was a synonym of recipe. Early use of receipt refers to medicinal preparations. Recipe didn't arrive until the 1500s, and it too was first used to describe a formula for medicine. In time, both words gained use in cookery, after which recipe slowly became the preferred word. Receipt later acquired its more familiar sense of "a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money." Both words, receipt and recipe, ultimately derive from Latin recipere ("to receive").
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Music on the Porch

July 19, 2021

This was truly one of the best of the best Music on the Porch events ever! The sound system was perfect for the event!

What a great opening to this Museum Week with Music on the Porch! It was completely enjoyable and well worth the time and effort. It was live streamed as well as recorded.
With a large audience on the scene of the concert, there were also 44 unique IP addresses watching the live stream. There is no way to tell how many people were watching from each IP.

Congratulations to the Beaver Island Historical Society, its director, its board members, and the MC, Sheri Timsak. Great job, everyone!

The Audience

Quite a turnout!

Angel Welke welcomed everyone and introduced Lori Taylor Blitz, who introduce the MC Sheri Timsak.

The program began with Sheri Timsak singing "Danny Boy."

Doris Larson, a former MC for this event, did her well-known "Rindercella" story.

Next up was Ted Prawat, guitar and singing.

Maggie Doherty, new to the event, sang and played guitar.

Kevin Bousquet played and sang.

Joe Moore played the violin next, doing samples of classical, fiddle tunes, and "Amazing Grace," and encouraged everyone to sing with him.

Joddy Croswhite sang two songs a capella.

Next up was Banjo Bob Pryor playing an amazing banjo.

Chvron Fickel and Steve Scott performed next with guitar, singing, and drumming.

Glen Hendrix, an amazing fiddler, played several Irish tunes, including a jig and a waltz.

A new island resident, Francis Bedell, played guitar and sang.

Tessa Jones sang two song a capella.

As the evening went on, the sky got a little darker, and the last act of the night played on the porch.

Playing and singing, Bob K. wowed the audience.

View video of the evening HERE

From Charlevoix COA

July 5, 2021

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the July 2021 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Lonnie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

We have had no one this month express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

All Mainland Senior Centers are open with no COVID restrictions as of July 1, 2021.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd will now be open daily with new protocols in place for the safety of those visiting and our staff.  The phone number is 231-448-2124. 

The COA will end emergency frozen meals for seniors to pre-purchase at the BI COA on July 2, 2021.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Participation for the following locations has been approved by the Charlevoix County Commissioners

As a reminder, only Charlevoix County Tax paying residence are allowed to participate in the BI Voucher Meal Program because the taxes that are paid by you should be used by you.  A big thank you to our participating restaurants who immediately notified us of a couple who fraudulently got vouchers.  This allowed us to make sure no more were issued.  Please continue to discourage this kind of behavior from your family, friends and visitors. 

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

View Senior Highlights HERE



           "IT'S A SHORE THING!"

WHAT:  This is a west side special event hosted at 4 unique locations. Some with native dune growth, some with container gardens,and even a manicured lawn!

WHEN:    Tuesday,  August 10th 

                       9:30am -3pm

WHERE:   Van pickup at Beaver Island Community School  begins at 9:30am.

Park your vehicle in back or on the street.

TICKETS:  40 tickets will be sold in person in the Beaver Island Health Center lobby beginning August 2nd from 9am-3pm until sold out.

Price:  $35 includes transportation and picnic lunch with guest speaker and prizes!

*** No advance sales or ticket holding

COVID regulations will apply for the safety of the home owners and fellow guests!

all Leonor (2894) or Jan (2943) and leave a message if any questions . We will return your call asap.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Ice Cream Social

July 18, 2021

It is National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 18. To celebrate an Ice Cream Social for the Beaver Island Commission on Aging Clients and the community is scheduled for 4-5 p.m. on Sunday July 18 at the Print Shop Museum. Stop bye for a free scoop if Ice cream and help kick off Museum week here on Beaver Island. Thank you to all our sponsors to offer free ice cream on National Ice Day.

This was a great gathering of mixed groups of seniors and youngers on the tiled area on Daddy Frank's hill.  The ice cream was vanilla with a choice of chocolate syrup or caramel syrup.  The warm afternoon was completely relieved with the dish of cold ice cream.

A picture of a few of the attendees just as the social came to an end.

Lonnie Allen, BICOA, and Lori Taylor-Blitz, BIHS, teamed up to offer ice cream to anyone of any age.

View a short interview of them HERE

Arranmore Connection 1

July 18, 2021

Today was a truly fascinating day with a connection using the Internet to Arranmore Island, Ireland, from the Beaver Island Historical Society Print Shop Museum with lots of interested parties in attendance on the Beaver Island end of the connection.  There was a panel of four, three were on Beaver Island, and one was connected using the Zoom program along with others on Arranmore Island.

Robert Cole was the moderator.

On the island panel members:  Pam O'Brien, Linda Wearn, and Marie Connaghan LaFreniere.

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduce the other main participants.

some of the audience present

Dick Mulvihill gave a short talk.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the connection HERE

Mass from Holy Cross Sunday

July 18, 2021

The Sunday Mass from Holy Cross was at 11 a.m.  The Cantor was Brian Foli, but there were a few others in the choir loft today.  The church was full with people standing at the back.  There were two priest today.  The reader was Sally Stebbins and Anne Partridge did some announcements as well.

Sally Stebbins reading.....Visiting priest, Fr. Lino, read the Gospel.......Another visiting priest, Fr. Matthew, gave the sermon

Sally Stebbins and Anne Partridge did the announcements.

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Sunday Service

July 18, 2021

Three ladies made announcements at the beginning of the service. Judi Meister did regular announcement.  Alan Anderson gave information about the bake sale.  Kimberly Mitchell spoke of the needs of Haiti.

The Christian Church Bulletin

The pastor's call to worship.....Bob Anderson did the Old Testament reading.......The pastor call the children up for their message.

The children stacking stones during there message.........Special music for the congreatation

Alana Anderson read the New Testament reading

The pastor gave an interesting sermon.

View video of the service HERE

Saturday Mass from Holy Cross

July 17, 2021

The Saturday Mass from Holy Cross was live streamed at http://beaverisland.tv.  It was also recorded.  The reader was Pinky Harmon.  The priest has connections to the Allen family on the harbor.

View video of the Saturday Mass HERE

Cemetery Walk and Talk

July 17, 2021

This is the first cemetery talk of the summer.  They will take place most of the summer in July and August.  The presenters pictures are below.

Lori Taylor-Blitz told everyone about the Museum Week activities that started today.

Jacque LaFreniere introduced each of the speakers.

Alvin LaFreniere.......Pam O'Brien........Linda Wearn

Kathy Tidmore........Julie Runberg

View video of the presentation HERE

Two Running Events

Posted on July 16, 2021

There are two running events scheduled for the cooler fall weather here on Beaver Island.  The posters for these events are below, which explain the events.

Peaine and St. James Township Ask You to Complete a Survey

ST JAMES & PEAINE TWPS ARE APPLYING FOR FEDERAL BROADBAND GRANT. If you live on the Island (year-round or seasonal) or run a business on the Island, you can help the application process by completing a survey. Just go to either of the township's websites and click on the BROADBAND SURVEYS LINK. Make sure you also complete the Speed Test. Please complete as soon as possible.

The townships are applying to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program. With our partner, Great Lakes Energy, Beaver Island is applying for a multi-million-dollar grant to build an island wide fiber to the home (FTTH) network and a fiber backhaul to the mainland. This is an ambitious and essential grant proposal which, if successful, will prepare the Beaver Island community to fully engage in the modern world. The grant deadline is August 17th and award announcements will be made in November 2021.



IMPORTANT information for Beaver Island Commission Aging clients.

The Audiologist specialists who have previously visited Beaver Island are returning on August 12, 2021. We have appointments available to see the doctors of audiology from the Great Lakes Ear Nose & Throat Specialists. If you are interested in seeing them, please contact the Beaver Island Commission on Aging to make an appointment. Time slots are filling up fast. If you know someone age 60 and older who may benefit from this service, please contact the Beaver Island Commission on Aging at 448-2124. If no one answers then leave a message and Lonnie Allen will return the call as soon as possible.

Wigwam Presentation by Cheryl Podgorski

At the BIHS Print Shop Museum

July 14, 2021

The presentation was at the Print Shop Museum in the new section of the building.  Cheryl Podgorski was introduced by Lori Taylor-Blitz.  The was about the wigwam, but also about the Anashinabe people.

Phil Gregg Slideshow

July 14, 2021

After most family gatherings at the Gregg household, Phil Gregg would take out his slide projector and give a short history of the island or of part of his life.  This video of a particular slideshow is a great presentation of some of the Beaver Island history that the Gregg family experienced or were notified about.  Phil always gave a good presentation, and it is great to hear his voice again.  The video is from a slideshow filmed by Phyllis Gregg Moore.

View the video HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting Agenda

July 13, 2021, @ 7 p.m.

Thank you to Dawn Marsh for recording the video of the meeting!

View video of the meeting HERE

Museum Week This Week

Date Event
17-Jul-21 Walk and Talk at Holy Cross Cemetery 1:30pm
18-Jul-21 Arranmore Connections Pt 1 2pm Print Shop and online
Ice Cream Social 4pm Print Shop
19-Jul-21 Music on the Porch 7pm Print Shop
20-Jul-21 Beads, Bones, Pipes, and Seeds with Scott Demel 7pm online and Print Shop
21-Jul-21 Amik Society Beaver Island: A Story of Place 7pm Print Shop
Art Show Gregg Hall 11am-4pm
22-Jul-21 Ross Richardson Seeking The Lord. The Hunt for Lord Jarvis Shipwreck 7pm Print Shop
CMU Field Trip Cost $10 9am Reservations Required Call the Print Shop (231) 448-2254
Art Show Gregg Hall 11am-4pm
23-Jul-21 Author Miles Harvey King of Confidence 7pm Print Shop
Art Show Gregg Hall 11am-4pm
24-Jul-21 Arranmore Connections Part 2 2pm Print Shop and Online

Marine Museum Lunchtime Talk

Sponsored by the BI Historical Society

July 12, 2021

Lawrence McDonough and Family

Today's presentation was done by Pamela Grassmick, daughter of Lawrence and Winnifred McDonough.  The presentation was short on this hot and humid day, but the presentation was also a good summary of the family history and Lawrence's work on the Island and off the island.  The presentation began shortly after noon and was somewhat short, but very informative.

The presentation was at the Marine Museum Monday this week featuring Pam Grassmick!  She will be talking about her father Captain McDonough and his maritime history.
Where: Marine Museum
When: 12:15-1:00pm

Pam Grassmick


View video of the presentation HERE

The Beaver Island Wave

The Wave

by Phil Gregg

Published in The Beaver Beacon, June 2008

I was recently asked if I would mind writing a little article regarding the Beaver Island “wave.” To tell the truth, it has been a fact of life here on the Island for so long that I hadn't given it any more thought than breathing in and out. It is true, though, this phenomenon does seem to occur in areas of small populations, and especially remote areas. After very little research it has been noted that islands seem to be the prevailing location for the “wave.” Not only that, Beaver Island seems to stand out as having a larger percentage of “wavers.” After visiting Mackinac, Drummond, Bois Blanc, Summer, and Nebish Islands here in the north, it’s obvious Beaver does indeed stand out with this particular trait.
Of course, “wavers” in general are laid-back people. A person with a discerning eye might even be able to use the responding “wave” as a barometer to determine the attitude of the responder.
For the most part a hearty “wave” is certainly a friendly gesture, giving you the urge to respond like-wise. Once you have become familiar with a “waver” you have no doubt started something that can go on forever.
In the past people drove the same cars for years so you pretty much knew who you were going to be waving at. Now, of course, it's a different story. You would think people changing vehicles almost annually would really put a whammy on the “wave.” Not so! It's so firmly established by now, everyone is eligible for the “wave.”
People who are busy, or in a hurry, often use a subtle “wave” that you really have to watch for. That's when just a finger is raised off the steering wheel. Generally it's the index finger. If it's the middle finger – well, that's something else.
At the beginning of this article it was mentioned the Island is a laid-back place, noted for it's friendly people and informal way of life. If you should see a guy with a necktie on he's either going to a wedding or a funeral, or is a visiting Jehovah's Witness, but regardless, just wave! It should be noted however, to not wave has been considered “Beaver Island Road Rage!”

Phil Gregg's original handwritten copy of "The Wave"

Phil Gregg

State May Return Superior Beach to the Ojibwe

(from Northern Wilds magazine)

(Posted with permission)

Great Lakes Energy Candidate from Beaver Island

July 9, 2021

If you are a GLE Customer in this district, you can vote by mailing the back page or the Island Currents. 

View Nathan's website HERE

Peaine Planning Commission Meeting Times

as of July 8, 2021

Regular Meeting Dates and Times

as of July 8, 2021

St. James Township Meeting

July 7, 2021, @ 5:30 p.m.

The St. James Board voted to have their August meeting in the last week of July, so the St. James meeting will be on July 28, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

Documents for tonight's meeting are below:

2021 Invasive Woody Plants Treatment

2021-07-07-01 Resolution Bottomlands Fogg


2021-07-07-03 Twp Investment Policy

Draft Minutes , June 2, 2021 regular meeting

EGLE Documents - Fogg 2021

General Ledger Accoun Activity Dock

General Ledger Account Activity Gen Fund 7.21

General Ledger Account Activity Road 7.21

General Ledger Account Activity Sewer 7.21-1

Informative Letter

Invasives Species Update for St James

June 24, 2021 Special Meeting Draft Minutes

Owner Consent for Treatment

Owner Consent for Woody Plant Species Treatment 2021(1)

Payments Journal 7.21

Points to Consider in Evaluating Shoreline Projects 10-01-20 (1)

Public Hearing on Invasives

The meeting was finished prior to 6:30 p.m. with all the business completed that could be completed.

View video of the meeting HERE


Homecoming Dinner/August Dinner
Save the Date: Sunday, August 8th
Chicken Dinner w/ all the fixins’!
Holy Cross Hall
***Volunteers Needed!***

St. James Township Meeting Documents for July 2021



Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

Greetings, Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative,

We hope your summer is going well!  We have a few updates to share.

1) Fall NNLMIC Meeting

Please hold October 14 & 15 for our fall meeting, to be held at Peaine Township Hall on Beaver Island (thanks, Krys!).  We thought we’d mix it up and propose a 2-day format to allow more time for relationship building (especially in the evening) and maybe a chance to get out and move around on field trips.  We’re cautiously optimistic that this will be an in-person meeting but can revert to Zoom if the covid situation turns south.

Meeting Nitty Gritty

Call for Agenda Topics (incl. field trips!)

Please contact me and Jennifer if you’d like to propose a meeting topic, want to give a presentation, and/or can coordinate a field trip/site visit.  Field trips could include anything in the NLMIC’s ecological/natural resources or cultural resources realm where visiting a site is both possible for a large group and important for awareness and discussion.  For distant field trips, we do not have any extra funding for group transportation so it would require a convoy of personal vehicles or maybe someone could arrange/coordinate busses?   (expect 20-25 people max)

2) Sharing member updates

We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Matt & Jennifer

Matt Preisser

Lake Coordinator

Water Resources Division

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

517-256-5276 | PreisserM@Michigan.gov

Follow Us | Michigan.gov/EGLE

Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Grant Press Release-1

Songs of Barry Pischner

July 1, 2021, 5-7 p.m.

View video of the event HERE

Over fifty people watched the live stream.

Some of those who attended.

View a gallery of photos HERE

St. James and Peaine Township Public Hearing

August 5, 2021 @ 5 p.m.

St. James and Peaine Township Public Hearing
37830 Kings Highway
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2014

36825 Kings Highway
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2389

Notice of Public Hearing
To be held 5pm,
August 5, 2021
Peaine Township Hall

PLEASE TAKE NOTE that on the 5th day of August, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. the St. James and Peaine Townships Terrestrial Invasive Species (TIS) Committee will hold a Public Hearing to give owners of the listed properties within the Townships an opportunity to show cause why their property should not be included among those properties to be treated as needed within the TIS Eradication Zone. The TIS Eradication Zone consists of those lands within the St. James and Peaine Townships which are currently infested or at risk of infection from terrestrial invasive species. Written comments will also be received by mailing them to TIS Administrator, 37830 Kings Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or contacting via email at invasivespadm.bi@gmail.com.
A copy of this notice along with the listed properties is on file in the TIS Administrator’s Office located at:
St. James Government Center
37830 Kings Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Dated: June 30, 2021

Submitted by:
Shelby Harris TIS Administrator of
St. James and Peaine Townships
P.O. Box 3, 37830 Kings Hwy,
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 330-0422
June 30, 2021

View the meeting notice HERE

Island Airways Summer 2021 Update

June 28, 2021

Art and Design, Interview of Patrick McGinnity

posted June 27, 2021

View the video at this link HERE

Christian Church July 2021 Newsletter

June 26, 2021

View/download the newsletter HERE

BICS Graduation Speakers

June 22, 2021

The speakers for graduation from the Beaver Island Community School were the subject of the 2021 Graduation Ceremony and its speaker Deborah LaFreniere Robert. So, there are certain years that have no doubt of who the graduation speaker was. The reason for lack of doubt is that the names were recorded by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Jim Stambaugh
Joddy Croswhite
Judi Meister
Adam Chittle
Jim and Donna Stambaugh
Beth Croswhite
Father Pat
Adam Chittle
Adam Richards

Forest Powers

Adam Richards

Deb Robert
Kitty McNamara
Emily Gray
Adam Richards
Connie Boyle
Kitty McNamara
Judi Meister
Mike Myers
Deb Robert

Now, if these are not correct, the editor would like very much to correct the list. The editor is still looking for the list going back to 1975, so if you have any information, please email it to medic5740@gmail.com


Call the Concession stand for Pizza (call ahead 448-2022), pretzels, breakfast sandwiches, drinks and lots more.

Beaver Island Transit Spring/Summer 2021 Hours

Dark Sky Project-List of Locations

April 7, 2021

Guide to Beaver Island Dark Sky Viewing Areas
These locations are accessible to the public for night viewing in the same way as daytime visits. Some locations have become inaccessible because of high water. It is advisible to visit sites during daylight for familiarity
Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites
ref. Wojan/Cashman Map 2018
List includes ownership and comments on qualities, viewing angles, access and light pollution problems encountered.
BI Dark Sky sites on the Big Lake will have visible light domes over towns and cities on the horizon. Inland sites will have less.
Private Property policy; you have to know somebody.
There are some very good Dark Sky Sites on private property but the BIDSP can only advise that you obtain permission from the property owners before entering private property.
LTC - Little Traverse Conservancy
SoM - State of Michigan
StJ - St James Township
Peaine - Peaine Township
Associations (you gotta know somebody)
Whiskey Point - St. James Twp - All directions
car lights town lights
Potentially one the best viewing areas but until something is done about the excessive light pollution it remains marginal
Gull Harbor - St James Twp- NE to SW
general astronomy, meteor showers, n. lights
seasonally flooded, car lights
Sucker Point - Lookout Point Association All directions
Excellent sky quality with friendly neighbors.
Sucker Point Lake Drive- excellent sky quality
Northeast only, summer sunrises,
Moon and Planet risings
Aurora Borealis. Very dark
Car lights
St. James Township campground - NW to NE
Excellent sky quality but a limited view to mostly north
A prime location for viewing Northern Lights
Donegal Bay Township beach - St. James township
South to North, excellent sky quality
Perfect for sunsets, meteor showers, northern lights, overhead
viewing, and Zodiacal Light. Car lights from the road can be
Donegal Bay pavilion - Port St. James Assoc. - SW - NW
sunsets, meteor showers, western sky
Excellent sky quality but has lighting issues
pavilion has newly installed lighting car lights
McCauley Point - State of MI - 360° All directions
Excellent sky quality with locations with zero lights
1/4 mile trail
Barneys Lake Nature Preserve - LTC - excellent sky quality
Barney's Lake is in a bowl that blocks all light sources
except for the airport beacon when it's operating or the
occasional rare car on the road
Bonners Landing - State of MI - 360° all directions
Excellent sky quality and very dark
The road down the bluff is private so parking is
recommended on top. Less than a 1/4 mile
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Use the two-track road opposite the runway near the
Coffee Shop. Even with the standing lights at the airport
there is good viewing in all directions. A convenient
The Big Field St of MI Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Excellent sky quality with zero light sources.
Reach by the two track road north of Miller's Marsh and stop at the "Y". You're there.
Light domes from Traverse City MI can be visible
Camp #3 Clearing. Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Reached by following Camp#3 Trail (Road) south past
Fire Tower Rd and Green's Lake to where the sky opens up.
Probably the remotest viewing area on the list but with
zero light sources or visible light domes it's probably the
darkest. Partially tree covered but is situated alongside
Tower Ridge swamp with viewing lanes through the trees.
Iron Ore Bay west/Point Betsy - State of MI - NE to NW
high water has reduced usable area
all directions, very dark - north limited
Iron Ore Bay beach - Townships - E to W. Excellent sky quality
Light domes from Traverse City and Green Bay WI lend
Grandeur to viewing the sky over Lake Michigan, but the
lights from the few houses are not a problem. Both sites
on Iron Ore Bay are a long way from town but well worth
it. Outstanding.
Beaver Head Light House - Charlevoix County -
Overhead sky quality is excellent with zero light sources. The
horizons are blocked but the Beaverhead light house
silhouette in the view can be very special
Cables Bay Beach - State of MI - NE to SW
Very dark - north limited
1/4 trail from bridge
Wagners Campground - State of MI, Peaine twp - NE to SE
Excellent for viewing planet and moonrises over Lake
Michigan and the Mainland. Lightdomes from Traverse
City toThe Soo
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve #1 featured viewing area.
Probably the most convenient but extremely dark viewing
area with the biggest sky. It's considered the best Beaver
Island Dark Sky Viewing Area outside of the Sanctuary. By
the house is very good but there is a short trail to the field
viewing area to the north that has zero light sources
Harbor Beach - Township -
Even with the town lights and the car lights the view of the
sky here is good and familiar constellations and planets can
be identified. Room for lots of improvement.
Whiskey Point - STJ, Central Michigan U., Remains the best example of the need for improvement in the sky quality in the Harbor. Too many unnecessary, unshielded light fixtures withthe wrong color bulbs.

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February 26, 2021

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A Video from the Past

copyright 2004 by Phillip Michael Moore

About seventeen years ago, the director of Beaver Island EMS was Joe Moore. His son Phillip Michael Moore was in a Master's Degree program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It just so happened that the video project for his degree was to be a documentary about BIEMS and the need for a local air ambulance. His video was very professionally done.

It also happened that his grandfather, Phil Gregg, happened to have a heart attack while Michael was on the island filming for this documentary. Lots of volunteer EMS people are shown in this video, along with some of the patients, of course with their permission. The documentary was completed in 2004, prior to the second paramedic class taught on Beaver Island, so some of the current EMS providers were not in this documentary.

At the time of the filming, BIEMS was a volunteer EMS agency with people getting paid only a small amount for each emergency to help cover their gas expenses for participating in an emergency call. Some of them are listed here: Jim Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The "32 Miles of Water" title of the documentary referred to the miles from Beaver Island to the mainland hospitals of Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The Beaver Island community is so fortunate to now have Island Airways with a FAA certified air ambulance that has been operating for more than ten years now. At the time this video was made, the only emergency flights were done by Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, Michigan, or the US Coast Guard helicopter, also out of Traverse City. Sarah McCafferty was the EMS director and then Danielle Dedloff when the BIEMS licensed the Welke Aviation 866JA Britten Norman Islander aircraft with the State of Michigan as an air transport vehicle under the BIEMS agency license. This is the most efficient method of getting a patient off Beaver Island and to a hospital when an emergency occurs.

The concern 17 years ago was the time necessary to get the patient to the mainland hospital with the Golden Hour being the popular EMS period of getting the patient to the operating room within this 60 minute period of time. With the flight time from Traverse City to Beaver Island being almost an hour, this Golden Hour was taken up just getting the aircraft here. Now, with the Island Airways aircraft here on the island, the time to Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport is less than 20 minutes or less than half the time to get the plane to the island from Traverse City.

The modern advanced life support agency, completed by a locally based air transport capability makes the island quite capable of transporting a patient within this Golden Hour, but only if the local aircraft and local pilot are available. Thank you, Paul Welke and Island Airways for you commitment to helping BIEMS accomplish this goal.

This video is seventeen years old, or thereabouts, but the accomplishments can still be applauded. Great job and thank you to all the volunteers that allowed this service to accomplish many successes. It has only been four and half years that the BIEMS is now a paid paramedic ALS agency, and the same challenges are still with us here today. The work of all those in the past to get this system set up in an efficient manner cannot be ignored. Great job to all the volunteers!

View this documentary from 2004 HERE

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August 19, 2020

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