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Mass from Holy Cross

July 15, 2018

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

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

Christian Church Bulletin

July 15, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 16, 2018

Posted at 8 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woman's Defense Class

This class is going to be offered in the near future for all women. They will learn techniques for arm, hand, and body hold releases They will learn pressure point locations and techniques to apply pressure to release holds. The class will be held at the Peaine Township Hall at 1 p.m., and planned for July 28th, but check the Beaver Island Forum, or contact the instructor for firm date and time.

The instructor is Jim McCafferty, who has a 5th degree black beltin Tae Kwon Do. Jim has twenty years experience in instruction and practice in martial arts and self defense methods.

Contact Jim McCafferty at his cellphone, 310-466-0828 or by email at jimbuild4@gmail.com

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

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project # 29

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 15, 2018

Not a clue as to what woke me up at 3 (I swear I heard someone holler at me) but after multiple tries at getting back to sleep I figured I might as well do the weather. Don't forget the picnic at the South Head Light today at 1 pm. "This Place Matters".

Right now we have overcast skies, 66°, dew point is 63°, wind is at 2 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 92% and a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, and visibility is 2.8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT: ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON...* VISIBILITY: Under 1 mile. Visibility under a quarter of a mile at times.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Widespread dense fog, mainly in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 15, 1986, Columbia Records drops country legend Johnny Cash after 26 years.

The critically acclaimed 2002 biopic Walk The Line depicts the life and career of Johnny Cash from his initial rise to stardom in the 1950s to his resurgence following a drug-fueled decline in the 1960s. The selection of this time span made perfect sense from a Hollywood perspective, but from a historical perspective, it left out more than half of the story. There was still another dramatic resurgence to come in the second half of Johnny Cash’s 50-year career, which reached another low point on this day in 1986, when Columbia Records dropped him from its roster after 26 years of history-making partnership.

Columbia first signed Johnny Cash in 1960, using a lucrative contract to lure him away from his Sun Records, his first label and also the early home of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Cash’s first Columbia single, “All Over Again,” made the country Top 5, and his second, “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” made it all the way to #1, while also crossing over to the pop Top 40. But the biggest hits of Cash’s career were yet to come, including an incredible eight #1 albums in an eight-year span: Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963); I Walk The Line (1964); Johnny Cash’s Greatest Hits (1967); At Folsom Prison (1968); At San Quentin (1969); Hello, I’m Johnny Cash (1970); The Johnny Cash Show (1970); and Man In Black (1971). During this period, Johnny Cash established himself as a titanic figure in American popular culture while selling millions upon millions of records for Columbia, but by the mid-1980s, fashions in country music had shifted dramatically away from his old-school style, and the hits simply stopped coming.

In 1986, having also recently dropped jazz legend Miles Davis from its roster of artists, Columbia chose to end its no-longer-profitable relationship with Johnny Cash. Cash did not remain professionally adrift for long, however, releasing four original albums and numerous re-recordings of earlier material over the next seven years on Mercury Records. But it was not until 1994 that Cash truly found his creative bearings again. That was the year that he released the album American Recordings, the first in a series of albums on the label of the same name headed by Rick Rubin, the original producer of the Beastie Boys and the co-founder, with Russell Simmons, of Def Jam Records.

Under Rubin’s influence, Cash moved to a raw, stripped-down sound that proved to be enormously successful with critics, with country traditionalists and with hipster newcomers to country music. When his second Rubin-produced album, Unchained, won a Grammy for Best Country Album in 1998, American Recordings placed a full-page ad in Billboard magazine featuring a 1970 photo of Cash brandishing his middle finger under the sarcastic line of copy, “American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support.”

Johnny Cash went on to have two more massively successful solo albums with American Recordings prior to his death in 2003. Rick Rubin went on to become co-head of Columbia Records in 2007.

DID YOU KNOW THAT There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the surface of the earth?

WORD OF THE DAY: coeval (koh-EE-vuhl) which means of the same age, date, or duration; equally old. The English adjective coeval comes from the Late Latin coaevus “of the same age.” The common Latin prefix co- is a variant of the prefix con-, from the preposition cum “with.” The noun aevum “age, the past, history” comes from the Proto-Indo-European root aiw-, ayu- “life force, long life, vitality,” from which Gothic derives awis “time, eternity,” German ewig “eternal, everlasting,” Old English ā “ever, always,” and Old Norse ei “ever,” the source of English ay (also aye). Coeval entered English in the 17th century.

Peaine Township Board of Review

July 17, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 14, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Captain Mike Green just posted that the Emerald Isle is on her way to Charlevoix again with high hopes that the bridge is working now. Best of luck to all those aboard.

Wow! It is so awfully muggy outside this morning. We have overcast skies, 67°, dew point is at 65°, humidity is at 93%, wind is at 1 mph from the southwest, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, and visibility is 2.3 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds at 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Isolated showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 14, 1881, Sheriff Pat Garrett shoots Henry McCarty, popularly known as Billy the Kid, to death at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico. Garrett, who had been tracking the Kid for three months after the gunslinger had escaped from prison only days before his scheduled execution, got a tip that Billy was holed up with friends. While Billy was gone, Garrett waited in the dark in his bedroom. When Billy entered, Garrett shot him to death.

Back on April 1, 1878, Billy the Kid ambushed Sheriff William Brady andone deputy in Lincoln, New Mexico, after ranch owner John Tunstall had been murdered. Billy had worked at Tunstall’s ranch and was outraged by his employer’s slaying-vowing to hunt down every man responsible. Sheriff Brady and his men, who had been affiliated with rival ranchers, were involved with the gang that killed Tunstall on February 18. Billy’s retaliatory attack left Brady and Deputy George Hindman dead. Although only 18 years old at the time, Billy had now committed as many as 17 murders.

Following his indictment for the murder of Sheriff Brady, Billy the Kid was the most wanted man in the West. Evading posses sent to capture him, he eventually struck a deal with the new governor of New Mexico: In return for his testimony against the perpetrators of the ongoing ranch wars in the state, Billy would be set free. Although he kept his word about the testimony, he began to distrust the promise that he would be released and so he escaped.

Once a fugitive, Billy killed a few more men, including the gunslinger Joe Grant, who had challenged him to a showdown. Legend has it that Billy managed to get a hold of Grant’s gun prior to the fight and made sure that an empty chamber was up first in the man’s revolver. When it came time to fire, only Billy’s gun went off and Grant was left dead.

Legendary Sheriff Pat Garrett finally brought Billy the Kid in to stand trial. The judge sentenced Billy the Kid to hang until “you are dead, dead, dead.” Billy reportedly responded, “And you can go to hell, hell, hell.” Two weeks before his scheduled execution, Billy escaped, killing two guards in the process.

Garrett mounted yet another posse to bring in the Kid. After tracing him to the Maxwell Ranch, Garrett shot him to death. No legal charges were brought against him since the killing was ruled a justifiable homicide.

DID YOU KNOW THAT like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different?

WORD OF THE DAY: amour-propre (a-moor-PRAW-pruh) which means self-esteem; self-respect. The French compound noun amour-propre, literally “self-love, self-regard,” is associated especially with the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78), but the phrase is found earlier in the works of Blaise Pascal (1623-62) and François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-80). For Rousseau amour-propre is self-love or self-esteem dependent upon the good opinion of others, as opposed to amour de soi, which also means “self-love” but is directed solely toward one’s own well-being and is not dependent upon the good opinion of others. The English lexicographer Henry W. Fowler (1858-1933), in his A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926), acidly comments about amour-propre, “ Vanity usually gives the meaning as well, &, if as well, then better.” Amour-propre entered English in the 18th century.

The Bill Wagner Story Collection

by William J. Cashman (6-25-98)

     The other day, when driving back from the airport with Doug Hartle, the aerial views of the Island we had just witnessed brought to mind Bill Wagner, who loved to poke into any undiscovered nook or cranny of Beaver's terrain. For a moment, we surrendered to our independent recollections. "I remember a time when Bill called on me to go with him in his cutter to High Island, to help him paint the two cabins near the beach at the north end of the east side," Doug reminisced -- for years the DNR had maintained them as emergency shelter for boaters caught in a storm.  "There was a rough sea, which always made me seasick. I dreaded the trip, but I didn't feel I could tell him no. So, full of trepidation, I met him at the dock, and we set out into the chop.  To my surprise, that old boat cut right through the four and five foot waves like a knife slicing through room-temperature butter. Even in the roughest part, I didn't have a problem. The hull's sharp bow acted just like a knife. No wonder they called it a Cutter."

Read the rest of the story HERE

Emerald Isle Unable to Get to Charlevoix

July 13, 2018

At this point, the passengers on the Emerald Isle are probably sick of being on the boat. They left Beaver Island on the Emerald Isle at 11:20 a.m.and were supposed to be in Charlevoix by about 1:45 p.m. The problem that was preventing their arrival in Charlevoix was the simple fact that the bridge in Charlevoix would not open. The Emerald Isle crew spent hours chugging along outside the channel, and the bridge did not get repaired.

The Emerald Isle has decided to return to Beaver Island, and at 6:45 p.m. this was the position of the vessel on its return trip.

Hopefully the MDOT can get this fixed quickly and the passengers can get back to Charlevoix in the near future.


(Added at 9 p.m., 7/13/18)

7/13/14 UPDATE: Due to the drawbridge Malfunction all departures for today 7/13/2018 have been cancelled. MDOT will continue to work around the clock to fix the issues. We do not anticipate the repair to be made within the next hour. We have elected to add a 5:20 AM departure from Beaver Island 7/14 and an 8:00 PM from Charlevoix on 7/14.

The extra departures will allow us to accommodate the extra Vehicles and passengers displaced today. Those who were displaced will have first priority to travel on Saturday. This may adjust some vehicles departures on Saturday the 14th. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working with the City of Charlevoix and the Michigan Department of Transportation to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

BICS Meeting Documents

for July 16, 2018

BICS Brd. Mtg. Agd. 7-16-18

7.16.18 Board Finance Report

St. James Township Financial July 2018

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071118 - MUNICIPAL DOCK (1)

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 13, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Yesterday was exciting from start to finish. Personally I think that within our house we had a bit of a time warp and it was Friday the 13th 24 hours early. We began the day with the death of our dishwasher. It was a hard worker and I truly loved it. We lasted all of an hour in mourning before ordering a new one, which should be here next week. In the meantime I'm having to do dishes the old fashioned way - by hand. We finished off the day with a call from our son MIke that Andrea's house alarm was going off and the alarm company had called them as nobody answered at Andrea's home. Your blood pressure rises and your heart beat increases when it's your youngest. I have an app I use to keep track of her and it said she was home. Called her celll - no answer, left a message for her boyfriend - no answer. Mike called the police and asked them to do a house wellness check. Whew!! They are fine. It seems while at work she had her phone on silent and forgot to turn it back on. The alarm doesn't go off at her house so she didn't realize it was notifying folks. Anyhow, Andrea and Tyler are just fine. Mike, Jessica, Joe, and I are now calmed down. It's tough when your kids are thousands of miles away.

We've had a bit of rain during the night .15 inches so far. We need more but we'll take what we can get. At the moment we have cloudy skies, 70°, dew point is 65°, wind is at 13 mph from the south, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, and visibility is 8.3 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening then scattered rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Chance of precipitation 40%.
MARINE REPORT: Scattered thunderstorms will impact northern Michigan at times through tonight. There is a marginal risk for a few storms to become severe in northern lower Michigan, primarily between 2pm to 10pm. The main threat will be for damaging winds to 60 mph, and to a lesser extent, large hail. Any thunderstorms will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall.
TODAY: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming southwest with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the morning.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY: Light winds. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans. Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations. In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than $125 million in famine relief for Africa.

Live Aid was the brainchild of Bob Geldof, the singer of an Irish rock group called the Boomtown Rats. In 1984, Geldof traveled to Ethiopia after hearing news reports of a horrific famine that had killed hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and threatened to kill millions more. After returning to London, he called Britain’s and Ireland’s top pop artists together to record a single to benefit Ethiopian famine relief. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was written by Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure and performed by “Band Aid,” an ensemble that featured Culture Club, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, U2, Wham!, and others. It was the best-selling single in Britain to that date and raised more than $10 million.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was also a No. 1 hit in the United States and inspired U.S. pop artists to come together and perform “We Are the World,” a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. “USA for Africa,” as the U.S. ensemble was known, featured Jackson, Ritchie, Geldof, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, and many others. The single went to the top of the charts and eventually raised $44 million.

With the crisis continuing in Ethiopia, and the neighboring Sudan also stricken with famine, Geldof proposed Live Aid, an ambitious global charity concert aimed at raising more funds and increasing awareness of the plight of many Africans. Organized in just 10 weeks, Live Aid was staged on Saturday, July 13, 1985. More than 75 acts performed, including Elton John, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Sting, Bryan Adams, the Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Queen, Duran Duran, U2, the Who, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton. The majority of these artists performed at either Wembley Stadium in London, where a crowd of 70,000 turned out, or at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, where 100,000 watched. Thirteen satellites beamed a live television broadcast of the event to more than one billion viewers in 110 countries. More than 40 of these nations held telethons for African famine relief during the broadcast.

A memorable moment of the concert was Phil Collins’ performance in Philadelphia after flying by Concorde from London, where he performed at Wembley earlier in the day. He later played drums in a reunion of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. Beatle Paul McCartney and the Who’s Pete Townsend held Bob Geldof aloft on their shoulders during the London finale, which featured a collective performance of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Six hours later, the U.S. concert ended with “We Are the World.”

Live Aid eventually raised $127 million in famine relief for African nations, and the publicity it generated encouraged Western nations to make available enough surplus grain to end the immediate hunger crisis in Africa. Geldof was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts.

In early July 2005, Geldof staged a series of “Live 8″ concerts in 11 countries around the world to help raise awareness of global poverty. Organizers, led by Geldof, purposely scheduled the concert days before the annual G8 summit in an effort to increase political pressure on G8 nations to address issues facing the extremely poor around the world. Live 8 claims that an estimated 3 billion people watched 1,000 musicians perform in 11 shows, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and by 2,000 radio stations. Unlike Live Aid, Live 8 was intentionally not billed as a fundraiser–Geldof’s slogan was, “We don’t want your money, we want your voice.” Perhaps in part because of the spotlight brought to such issues by Live 8, the G8 subsequently voted to cancel the debt of 18 of the world’s poorest nations, make AIDS drugs more accessible, and double levels of annual aid to Africa, to $50 billion by 2010.

DID YOU KNOW THAT According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg? Genesis 1:20-22 New International Version (NIV)
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”

WORD OF tHE DAY: vitiate (VISH-ee-eyt) which means 1) to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.2) to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.3) to debase; corrupt; pervert. The English verb vitiate comes directly from the Latin past participle vitiātus “spoiled, impaired,” from the verb vitiāre, which is a derivative of the noun vitium “defect, fault,” a word of uncertain etymology. Vitium is the source of Old French vice, English vice. Vitiate entered English in the 15th century.

Frank Mays Presentation

July 12, 2018

Mark Englesman introduced Frank Mays at his 7 p.m. presentation at the Episcopal Mission Church. Frank Mays spoke for about 18 minutes about his experience as the last survivor of the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley. Frank Mays also took questions for a little over twenty more minutes. He then moved to the table by the door to sign his books as they were purchased here on the island.

Mark Englesman

Frank Mays

View video of this presentation HERE

Posted at 8:45 p.m., 7/12/18

Whiskey Point Light View of the Harbor

View from the light walkway at the top

A second view of the harbor with closer zoom

View a gallery of photos taken from the top of the light HERE

View video from the top HERE

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 7/12/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 12, 2018

There is a chance that we might get some rain in the upcoming 48 hours. Boy, do we ever need it. Even the spit bugs can't work up any saliva to leave on the weeds! Fire danger is very high so please keep that in mind if you're in the woods/camping/or just driving around.

At the moment we have partly cloudy skies, 66°, dew point is 57°, wind is at 8 mph from the south, humidity is at 70%, pressure is steady at 1020 mb, and visibility is 9.5 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
TODAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 15 to 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 12, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signs into law a measure calling for the awarding of a U.S. Army Medal of Honor, in the name of Congress, “to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities during the present insurrection.” The previous December, Lincoln had approved a provision creating a U.S. Navy Medal of Valor, which was the basis of the Army Medal of Honor created by Congress in July 1862. The first U.S. Army soldiers to receive what would become the nation’s highest military honor were six members of a Union raiding party who in 1862 penetrated deep into Confederate territory to destroy bridges and railroad tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1863, the Medal of Honor was made a permanent military decoration available to all members, including commissioned officers, of the U.S. military. It is conferred upon those who have distinguished themselves in actual combat at risk of life beyond the call of duty. The President, in the name of Congress, has awarded more than 3,400 Medals of Honor to our nation's bravest Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen since the decoration's creation.

DID YOU KNOW THAT when Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year?

WORD OF THE DAY: eggbeater (EG-bee-ter) which means 1) a helicopter 2) a small rotary beater for beating eggs, whipping cream, etc. Eggbeater in the sense “small, hand-operated rotary appliance used for beating eggs” has existed in English since the 1830s. Eggbeater in the sense “helicopter” was originally an American slang term used by pilots of fixed-wing aircraft for the newfangled helicopter, the rotary action of whose blades looked to them somewhat like the rotary action of the familiar kitchen appliance. Eggbeater in the aircraft sense dates from the 1930s.

St. James Election Committee

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St. James Township Need Board of Review Member

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 11, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

I'm really beginning to hate the side effects of chemo. If I'm not sweating, I'm freezing. I don't mean I'm a bit chilly, I mean down to the bone freezing. Then there is the sleeping. Tried bed 3 times last night, each for 1/2 hour. I figure if I'm not asleep after that amount of time, it ain't happening. So to the sofa the dogs and I meandered. Again, no luck, Awake every hour on the hour. Just think I get to do the whole thing over again next Wednesday. Please don't tell me "you're almost done, only three more to go." That's on par with saying you only have to get hit by a speeding semi three more times. Ok, enough complaining. Guess I really didn't need that beauty sleep anyhow.

Right now we have clear skies, 54°, dew point is 51°, wind is 1 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 1021 mb, and visibility is 6.2 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds.
TODAY: Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of July 11, 1804, in a duel held in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day.

Alexander Hamilton, born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, came to the American colonies in 1773 as a poor immigrant. (There is some controversy as to the year of his birth, but it was either 1755 or 1757.) In 1776, he joined the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and his relentless energy and remarkable intelligence brought him to the attention of General George Washington, who took him on as an aid. Ten years later, Hamilton served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and he led the fight to win ratification of the final document, which created the kind of strong, centralized government that he favored. In 1789, he was appointed the first secretary of the treasury by President Washington, and during the next six years he crafted a sophisticated monetary policy that saved the young U.S. government from collapse. With the emergence of political parties, Hamilton was regarded as a leader of the Federalists.

Aaron Burr, born into a prestigious New Jersey family in 1756, was also intellectually gifted, and he graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton) at the age of 17. He joined the Continental Army in 1775 and distinguished himself during the Patriot attack on Quebec. A masterful politician, he was elected to the New State Assembly in 1783 and later served as state attorney. In 1790, he defeated Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law in a race for the U.S. Senate.

Hamilton came to detest Burr, whom he regarded as a dangerous opportunist, and he often spoke ill of him. When Burr ran for the vice presidency in 1796 on Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican ticket (the forerunner of the Democratic Party), Hamilton launched a series of public attacks against Burr, stating, “I feel it is a religious duty to oppose his career.” John Adams won the presidency, and in 1797 Burr left the Senate and returned to the New York Assembly.

In 1800, Jefferson chose Burr again as his running mate. Burr aided the Democratic-Republican ticket by publishing a confidential document that Hamilton had written criticizing his fellow Federalist President John Adams. This caused a rift in the Federalists and helped Jefferson and Burr win the election with 73 electoral votes each.

Under the electoral procedure then prevailing, president and vice president were not voted for separately; the candidate who received the most votes was elected president, and the second in line, vice president. The vote then went to the House of Representatives. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality–handing Jefferson victory over his running mate–developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. After a remarkable 35 tie votes, a small group of Federalists changed sides and voted in Jefferson’s favor. Alexander Hamilton, who had supported Jefferson as the lesser of two evils, was instrumental in breaking the deadlock.

Burr became vice president, but Jefferson grew apart from him, and he did not support Burr’s renomination to a second term in 1804. That year, a faction of New York Federalists, who had found their fortunes drastically diminished after the ascendance of Jefferson, sought to enlist the disgruntled Burr into their party and elect him governor. Hamilton campaigned against Burr with great fervor, and Burr lost the Federalist nomination and then, running as an independent for governor, the election. In the campaign, Burr’s character was savagely attacked by Hamilton and others, and after the election he resolved to restore his reputation by challenging Hamilton to a duel, or an “affair of honor,” as they were known.

Affairs of honor were commonplace in America at the time, and the complex rules governing them usually led to an honorable resolution before any actual firing of weapons. In fact, the outspoken Hamilton had been involved in several affairs of honor in his life, and he had resolved most of them peaceably. No such recourse was found with Burr, however, and on July 11, 1804, the enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the same spot where Hamilton’s son had died defending his father’s honor in 1801.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened next. According to Hamilton’s “second”–his assistant and witness in the duel–Hamilton decided the duel was morally wrong and deliberately fired into the air. Burr’s second claimed that Hamilton fired at Burr and missed. What happened next is agreed upon: Burr shot Hamilton in the stomach, and the bullet lodged next to his spine. Hamilton was taken back to New York, and he died the next afternoon.

Few affairs of honor actually resulted in deaths, and the nation was outraged by the killing of a man as eminent as Alexander Hamilton. Charged with murder in New York and New Jersey, Burr, still vice president, returned to Washington, D.C., where he finished his term immune from prosecution.

In 1805, Burr, thoroughly discredited, concocted a plot with James Wilkinson, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army, to seize the Louisiana Territory and establish an independent empire, which Burr, presumably, would lead. He contacted the British government and unsuccessfully pleaded for assistance in the scheme. Later, when border trouble with Spanish Mexico heated up, Burr and Wilkinson conspired to seize territory in Spanish America for the same purpose.

In the fall of 1806, Burr led a group of well-armed colonists toward New Orleans, prompting an immediate U.S. investigation. General Wilkinson, in an effort to save himself, turned against Burr and sent dispatches to Washington accusing Burr of treason. In February 1807, Burr was arrested in Louisiana for treason and sent to Virginia to be tried in a U.S. court. In September, he was acquitted on a technicality. Nevertheless, public opinion condemned him as a traitor, and he fled to Europe. He later returned to private life in New York, the murder charges against him forgotten. He died in 1836.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A rainbow can be seen only in the morning or late afternoon. It can occur only when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon?

WORD OF THE DAY: solecissm (SOL-uh-siz-uhm) which means 1) a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage, as unflammable and they was.2) breach of good manners or etiquette. 3) any error, impropriety, or inconsistency. The noun solecism ultimately derives from Greek soloikismós “incorrect use of (Attic) Greek; incorrect use of language” (whether of individual words or in syntax), later “incorrect reasoning in logic,” and finally, “awkwardness.” Soloikismós is a derivative of the adjective sóloikos “speaking incorrectly, speaking broken Greek,” then “having bad manners, in bad taste, awkward.” Sóloikos traditionally derives from Sóloi, a colony on the southern shore of modern Turkey, not far from Tarsus where St. Paul was born. Sóloi, however, was not founded by the Athenians (who spoke Attic Greek) but by the Argives and Rhodians, who spoke Doric dialects. Perhaps whichever Athenian colonists were there originally wound up speaking a mixed dialect, or perhaps the Sóloikoi have been getting an undeserved bum rap for the past few millennia. Solecism entered English in the 16th century.

Summer Lows

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 12:45 p.m., 7/10/18

St. James Township June Meetings' Minutes




Posted at 11:30 a.m., 7/10/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 10, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Partly cloudy, and hazy skies, out there this morning, 61°, dew point is 55°, wind is at 2 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 80%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is 5.4 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. NOrthwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds.
TODAY: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 10, 1925, In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.

The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” With local businessman George Rappalyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense. Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, the great attorney Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU in the defense, and the stage was set for one of the most famous trials in U.S. history.

On July 10, the Monkey Trial got underway, and within a few days hordes of spectators and reporters had descended on Dayton as preachers set up revival tents along the city’s main street to keep the faithful stirred up. Inside the Rhea County Courthouse, the defense suffered early setbacks when Judge John Raulston ruled against their attempt to prove the law unconstitutional and then refused to end his practice of opening each day’s proceeding with prayer.

Outside, Dayton took on a carnival-like atmosphere as an exhibit featuring two chimpanzees and a supposed “missing link” opened in town, and vendors sold Bibles, toy monkeys, hot dogs, and lemonade. The missing link was in fact Jo Viens of Burlington, Vermont, a 51-year-old man who was of short stature and possessed a receding forehead and a protruding jaw. One of the chimpanzees–named Joe Mendi–wore a plaid suit, a brown fedora, and white spats, and entertained Dayton’s citizens by monkeying around on the courthouse lawn.

In the courtroom, Judge Raulston destroyed the defense’s strategy by ruling that expert scientific testimony on evolution was inadmissible–on the grounds that it was Scopes who was on trial, not the law he had violated. The next day, Raulston ordered the trial moved to the courthouse lawn, fearing that the weight of the crowd inside was in danger of collapsing the floor.

In front of several thousand spectators in the open air, Darrow changed his tactics and as his sole witness called Bryan in an attempt to discredit his literal interpretation of the Bible. In a searching examination, Bryan was subjected to severe ridicule and forced to make ignorant and contradictory statements to the amusement of the crowd. On July 21, in his closing speech, Darrow asked the jury to return a verdict of guilty in order that the case might be appealed. Under Tennessee law, Bryan was thereby denied the opportunity to deliver the closing speech he had been preparing for weeks. After eight minutes of deliberation, the jury returned with a guilty verdict, and Raulston ordered Scopes to pay a fine of $100, the minimum the law allowed. Although Bryan had won the case, he had been publicly humiliated and his fundamentalist beliefs had been disgraced. Five days later, on July 26, he lay down for a Sunday afternoon nap and never woke up.

In 1927, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.

DID YOU KNOW THAT San Francisco cable cars are the only National Monuments that can move?

WORD OF THE DAY: makebate (MEYK-beyt) which means a person who causes contention or discord. The rare noun makebate comes from the common English verb make and the uncommon, obsolete noun bate “strife, discord,” a derivative of the Middle English verb baten “to argue, contend; (of a bird) to beat the wings” (cf. abate), a borrowing from Old French batre “to beat.” Makebate entered English in the 16th century.

Henry Hill Passes Away

Henry L. Hill, a resident of Glenview, Illinois, died peacefully at his home on June 28th, at the age of 103. He was a retired partner of the law firm of Mayer Brown. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Hill graduated from the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Law School, graduating from the latter in 1938. He was one of the original lawyers employed in the General Counsel's Office of the Civil Aeronautics Board; a Federal agency created in 1938 for the economic regulation of the air transport industry. While with the Board, he participated in a number of cases involving the routes and rates of various air carriers. At the end of 1944, Mr. Hill left the Civil Aeronautics Board and moved to New York where he represented American Airlines in its regulatory matters. Two years later he was invited to join the firm of Mayer Brown (then Mayer, Meyer, Austrian and Platt) as a member of the group representing United Air Lines in matters before the Civil Aeronautics Board. He continued in this area of practice until the deregulation of the air transport industry in 1977 and retired from the Firm in June of 1980.

After moving to Glenview with his family in 1950, Mr. Hill became active in various civic matters and served on the Board of Education of District 34 from 1956 to 1969, serving as President for 6 years. He also served as president of several homeowners' organizations. However, Mr. Hill felt that his greatest civic contribution was the preservation of the Wagner Farm at the corner of Lake Avenue and Wagner Road in Glenview. Along with two other Glenviewites, Mr. Hill founded Citzens Organized for Wagners, that had the acronym C.O.W.S.. As well as founder, he was President of this organization for several years. C.O.W.S. generated enough public interest that the Glenview Park District was encouraged to purchase the farm following the death of the last Wagner. The organization was instrumental in the passage of the bond issue that enabled the purchase.

Also, following his retirement, he authored Tales From the Other End of the Island, the story of summers spent on Beaver Island, Michigan, as well as other published articles. He likewise wrote frequent letters to news media to express his views on current issues.

Mr. Hill is survived by a daughter, Melinda, and two sons, Howard and Richard, as well as by five grandchildren. Mr. Hill's wife Mary Margaret, to whom he was married for 64 years, predeceased him in 2005. Mr. Hill will be interred on Beaver Island next to his wife.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on July 8, 2018

Posted at 11:15 p.m., 7/9/18

Peaine Township Agenda

July 11, 2018

Posted at 11 p.m., 7/9/18

Beaver Island Association Meeting Today, 4 p.m.

July 9, 2018

The meeting this afternoon was live streamed on Beaver Island TV, and this worked well. There seemed to be a glitch in the first video clip that was recorded. This clip would not load into the converter program, and it kept failing when attempting to play it. Several attempts were made to fix this one clip including downloads of software as converstions using several programs, but this didn't seem to work. This clip was uploaded to a repair location on the Internet to see if it could be repaired. All the rest of the recorded clips worked quite well except the first clip of the recordings. The damaged clip will be downloaded from the repair website and posted when it is done being repaired. BINN apologizes for any issues that may be found in this first video clip, but there has been four hours of work trying to fix it, and what ended up being converted at 9:30 p.m. is the best that can be expected from the corrupt file.

View the agenda HERE

2017-18 Activity Overview by Bob Anderson

Financial Report by Alan Vicstein

Election of Directors by Bob Anderson

Great Lakes Island Alliance by Patrick McGinnity

Invasive Species by Beth Leuck

Water Trail by Pam Grassmick

Broadband Internest by Kevin Boyle and Alan Vicstein

School Finance by Will Cweikel

Closing by Bob Anderson

View a gallery of the presentation slides HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Posted at 10:45 p.m., 7/9/18

St. James Meeting Documents

July 11, 2018

Agenda13_ July 11.2018

BICS Approved Building Use Agreement

Communication Advisory Group letter-final

Full Time Employee Benefits

GLIC meeting minutes June 6 2018

Peaine Township Hall - rules and guidelines

Supervisor's Lens7_July 5.2018

Posted at 2 p.m., 7/9/18

Ospreys Last Week

Many know that the editor of BINN is addicted to loons and ospreys and many other wildlife as well. The ospreys this week were busy trying to keep the hatchlings fed, teach them to keep the nest livable, and keep the hatchlings from blowing out of the nest.

Feeding one of the hatchlings

Resting in the tree before heading out to hunt for food

One adult on the nest to protect the hatchlings

View a video clip HERE

Posted at 10 a.m., 7/9/18

Beaver Island Association Meeting Today

July 9, 2018, 4 p.m.

View the agenda HERE

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 7/9/18

Christian Church Bulletin

July 8, 2018

Posted 8:30 a.m., 7/9/18

Changes at Whiskey Point

One of the things that older island families teach the newcomer is that a "trip to the point" refreshes your outlook on the day. It is just the thing to do when you are running errands and getting things done. Just a special trip that many who do not live here have the opportunity to do. The editor took this trip a few times in the last week, and this not-so-observant person missed a couple of changes that have occurred this summer. Here they are.

The Whiskey Point Light is proudly displaying a new coat of paint or whitewash.

Behind the old Coast Guard Station and the now St. James Township Hall we find these flags and flagstaff.

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 7/9/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 9, 2018

Posted at 8 a.m.

Another beautiful day is hatching. With all the words I know you'd think I'd come up with something better than beautiful but it fits perfectly for these summer days on Beaver Island. Continued prayers for the soccer team rescue operation. We KNOW that prayers work!

Clear skies, 68°, dew point is 61°, humidity is at 80% making it feel a bit muggy, wind is at 11 mph from the southwest, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is 7.7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Slight chance of thunderstorms and isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Isolated rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. Chance of showers is 20%.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots becoming west 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Isolated showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY NIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

On this date of July 9, 1877, the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club begins its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon, then an outer-suburb of London. Twenty-one amateurs showed up to compete in the Gentlemen’s Singles tournament, the only event at the first Wimbledon. The winner was to take home a 25-guinea trophy.

Tennis has its origins in a 13th-century French handball game called jeu de paume, or “game of the palm,” from which developed an indoor racket-and-ball game called real, or “royal,” tennis. Real tennis grew into lawn tennis, which was played outside on grass and enjoyed a surge of popularity in the late 19th century.

In 1868, the All England Club was established on four acres of meadowland outside London. The club was originally founded to promote croquet, another lawn sport, but the growing popularity of tennis led it to incorporate tennis lawns into its facilities. In 1877, the All England Club published an announcement in the weekly sporting magazine The Field that read: “The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, propose [sic] to hold a lawn tennis meeting open to all amateurs, on Monday, July 9, and following days. Entrance fee, one pound, one shilling.”

The All English Club purchased a 25-guinea trophy and drew up formal rules for tennis. It decided on a rectangular court 78 feet long by 27 feet wide; adapted the real tennis method of scoring based on a clock face—i.e., 15, 30, 40, game; established that the first to win six games wins a set; and allowed the server one fault. These decisions, largely the work of club member Dr. Henry Jones, remain part of the modern rules.

Twenty-two men registered for the tournament, but only 21 showed up on July 9 for its first day. The 11 survivors were reduced to six the next day, and then to three. Semifinals were held on July 12, but then the tournament was suspended to leave the London sporting scene free for the Eton vs. Harrow cricket match played on Friday and Saturday. The final was scheduled for Monday, July 16, but, in what would become a common occurrence in future Wimbledon tournaments, the match was rained out.

It was rescheduled for July 19, and on that day some 200 spectators paid a shilling each to see William Marshall, a Cambridge tennis “Blue,” battle W. Spencer Gore, an Old Harrovian racket player. In a final that lasted only 48 minutes, the 27-year-old Gore dominated with his strong volleying game, crushing Marshall, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. At the second Wimbledon in 1878, however, Gore lost his title when his net-heavy game fell prey to a innovative stroke developed by challenger Frank Hadow: the lob.

In 1884, the Lady’s Singles was introduced at Wimbledon, and Maud Watson won the first championship. That year, the national men’s doubles championship was also played at Wimbledon for the first time after several years at Oxford. Mixed doubles and women’s doubles were inaugurated in 1913. By the early 1900s, Wimbledon had graduated from all-England to all-world status, and in 1922 the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, as it was then known, moved to a large stadium on Church Road. In the 1950s, many tennis stars turned professional while Wimbledon struggled to remain an amateur tournament. However, in 1968 Wimbledon welcomed the pros and quickly regained its status as the world’s top tennis tournament.

The Wimbledon Championships, the only major tennis event still played on grass, is held annually in late June and early July.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes? Guess I've been watching too much Discovery Channel, huh?

WORD OF THE DAY: ullage (UHL-ij) which means the amount by which the contents fall short of filling a container, as a cask or bottle. If ever there was a Scrabble word, ullage is that word. In Anglo-French the word is spelled ulliage; Old French records many spellings, e.g., ouillage, (h)eullage, œillage; Middle English has ulage, oylage. The French noun ultimately comes from ouil “eye,” also “bunghole,” from Latin oculus “eye.” The very common Romance suffix -age, prolific in English, comes from Late Latin -agium, a suffix for forming nouns, a derivation of Latin -āticum, the neuter of the adjective suffix -āticus. The suffix -āticus is an extension of -ātus, the past participle ending of first conjugation verbs. Ullage entered English in the 15th century.

52 Lists for Happiness #28

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 2:45 p.m., 7/8/18

Familiar Faces 6

By Joe Moore

Sometimes, the love in this community cannot be hidden.  The joy and happiness cannot be ignored.  This island is like a huge family with some related by blood, but others related by trials and tribulations, illness or injury, or just caring for one another.  The gathering held last night is just one example.

Several ladies get together on Tuesdays to have an adult beverage or two.  It has become a tradition to take my 93 year old mother-in-law out to join this group.  She will have one glass of wine and that is enough.  We also then go in and have some dinner before taking a ride to the point and then back to her home.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted 2:30 p.m., 7/8/18

Mass from Holy Cross

July 8, 2018

The Saturday afternoon service took place at 4 p.m. with Father Jim Siler, celebrant, and Pinky Harmon, reader. The Sunday morning service was at 9:30 a.m. with Father Jim Siler and the reader was Brian Foli. This was a special service as Brian's wife Becca Foli came into full communion with the church and received her first communion.

Pinky Harmon and Father Jim Siler on Saturday.

Brian Foli does the reading and Father Jim read the Gospel on Sunday.

Father Jim Siler prays for Becca Foli

Brian, Father Jim, and Becca pose for a photo after the service

View video of the services HERE

Posted 2:30 p.m., 7/8/18

10th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert and Music School

Posted on 7/8/18, 12 p.m.

The 10th annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert was held on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at "Reddeer", King's Highway. The Eve Glen Mc.Donough Music School was also held on July 5,6, and 7 at " Reddeer", King's Highway with morning and afternoon sessions. The instructors were Ruby John and John Warstler. Ruby and John had taught several workshops throughout Michigan. The donations to the10th Annual Glen Mc Donough Memorial Concert were given to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Schorarship Fund for music lessons and the Eve Glen Mc Donough Music School.

The concert took place last night, and what a concert it was! Variety of music was the main theme of the night. It made no difference whether the performer was a professional or a beginning amateur. The reception for all was the same, and the appreiateion was also given by the audience to all participants. The above picture shows this combination of professional and beginning students in a combination performance with confidence-boosting and support-receiving that was evident at this concert.

The first band performed to this audience....

The first performers

The last performers

The later audience

Added at 3:45 p.m., 7/8/18 

View a gallery of photos of all the performers and the event HERE

View video of the whole evening performances HERE:




Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 8, 2018

Posted at 7:00 a.m.

Let's have lots and lots of prayers today for the rescue of the boys in the cave, that they all make it out safe and sound. Can't even imagine what they, and their families, are going through.

Right now we have clear skies, 66°, dew point of 52°, wind is at 12 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 60%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, and visibility is 9.6 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots in the morning. Clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
MONDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
MONDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 8, 1951, Paris, the capital city of France, celebrated turning 2,000 years old. In fact, a few more candles would’ve technically been required on the birthday cake, as the City of Lights was most likely founded around 250 B.C.

The history of Pariscan be traced back to a Gallic tribe known as the Parisii, who sometime around 250 B.C. settled an island (known today as Ile de la Cite) in the Seine River, which runs through present-day Paris. By 52 B.C., Julius Caesar and the Romans had taken over the area, which eventually became Christianized and known as Lutetia, Latin for “midwater dwelling.” The settlement later spread to both the left and right banks of the Seine and the name Lutetia was replaced with “Paris.” In 987 A.D., Paris became the capital of France. As the city grew, the Left Bank earned a reputation as the intellectual district while the Right Bank became known for business.

During the French Renaissance period, from the late 15th century to the early 17th century, Paris became a center of art, architecture and science. In the mid-1800s, Napoleon III hired civic planner Georges-Eugene Hausmann to modernize Paris. Hausmann’s designs gave the city wide, tree-lined boulevards, large public parks, a new sewer system and other public works projects. The city continued to develop as an important hub for the arts and culture. In the 1860s, an artistic movement known as French Impression emerged, featuring the work of a group of Paris-based artists that included Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Today, Paris is home to some 2 million residents, with an additional 10 million people living in the surrounding metropolitan area. The city retains its reputation as a center for food, fashion, commerce and culture. Paris also continues to be one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, renowned for such sights as the Eiffel Tower (built in 1889 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution), the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1163), Luxembourg Gardens and the Louvre Museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Mona Lisa.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT There is enough fuel in full jumbo jet tank to drive an average car four times around the world?

WORD OF THE DAY: bravura (bruh-VYOOR-uh) which means 1) a display of daring; brilliant performance. 2) Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer. The noun bravura is still unnaturalized in English. The word is obviously Italian, ultimately derived from the adjective bravo, which French borrowed from Italian as brave (English brave comes from French). Further etymology of bravo is unclear: some claim it to be from an assumed Vulgar Latin brabus (Latin barbarus) “barbarian” (Roman authors remarked on the impetuous bravery of Celtic and Germanic warriors). The Italian suffix -ura (-ure in French) comes from the Latin noun suffix -ūra. Bravura entered English in the 18th century.

Pinky's Fire

by Dick Burris

I was called one frigid, blustery evening by Marge Wagner informing me that Pinky's house was on fire, and they had no pumps that would work at the site. She asked if my pump was working, and I told her I'd be right in town in a few minutes with it.

I lived at Lake Geneserath, fourteen miles from town.

I owned a three inch water pump, that was high volume,and pressure enough for the task. I loaded the pump and hoses into the trunk of one of our rental cars that Pat had been driving, and headed into town. The car was incredibly stable on the icy roads, and it attained speeds of about ninety miles per hour on the "Kings Highway" . I started winding down at the Four Corners; and when I arrived, they had a hole cut in the harbor ice, for the suction hose.

The fire-fighters started stringing the hoses from the pump, while we started the engine.

There was a furious east wind, feeding the flames of the burning structure, and jeopardizing the near building, and the buildings across the road.. Hugh and Gay Cole lived in the building not ten feet away, so we occasionally wet down that wall.

Sparks had gotten underneath the museum porch, so Walter Wojan, and Jimmy Ken, took the hose under the porch, and drenched the leaves, and structure beneath it, saving the museum.

A fuel oil tank was fueling the fire in the basement of the burning building, which made the project more difficult.

After a while, we checked the gas tank, and it was nearly empty. Someone said, "We'll have to shut it down and fill the gas tank".

The wind was about thirty miles per hour, and was very near zero degrees Fahrenheit out on the lake; so stopping the pump was NO option. It would have frozen everything in hoses and in the pump in a few seconds; and there was no guarantee that the engine would start gain.

We carefully refilled the tank, which was a few inches above the fire breathing muffler, and finished putting out the fire.

This was in the early seventies, when the only fire vehicles were a DNR pickup, and a 1939 Chevy fire truck with grass fire canisters, for grass fires.


Posted at 8 a.m., 7/7/18

What Did You Say 9?

By Joe Moore

“Somebody just shot a bullet at our airplane!” my neighbor yelled out at me.
“What did you say?” I replied.
“Somebody just fired a rifle at one of our airplanes out at the airport.  My Dad is going after them.  He’ll be here in just a minute,” my neighbor said.
I lived next to the laundramat that had been established by the McDonough family on the land that used to be the McDonough farm.  I happened to have been lucky to purchase a couple of mobile homes placed on the property, and I lived in one of them about fifty feet from the laundramat.
My wife and I had been in bed and sleeping when we heard some noises coming from next door that were certainly not normal with yelling going on.  I had to find out what was going on, and that’s how the above short conversation took place.
I had gotten up and put on my pants, tee shirt, and shoes, and decided that I was going to check out whatever was going on, and that is how this adventure began.  No one had shot at someone else’s property on the island since I had moved here.  I had only heard gun shots during the deer hunting season or the rabbit hunting season in the fall and never in the summer time.
As I was still standing there in the neighbor’s driveway just in front of the laundramat entrance, the car pulled into the driveway.  The neighbor’s father was in the car, the owner of the airplane, and also the deputy sheriff on the island.  He told my neighbor to head out to the airport.  He asked me if I wanted to come along, and I said that I would.  I jumped into the car and off we went toward town to check to see what might be going on and see if anyone was acting strangely.
We drove through town taking first the front road and then the back road, and the bar was closed, and there really weren’t any people driving or walking around.  So a trip back out to the airport was made.  Since we had just arrived at the airport and the hole in the airplane was pointed out to me, I was a little frightened about someone doing this.  Yes, there were two flying services.  Yes, they were in competition, and some people didn’t like the new people at this airport, but shooting at an airplane didn’t make any sense.
One son of the deputy yelled something like, “There he is……He’s on a motorcycle….There he goes…”
“What did you say?”  I said.
“Jump in the car, Joe,”  was the response from the deputy, and we were off following a motorcycle that had come from the woods a little south of the airport.  The cycle went flying past the driveway and was headed toward the Four Corners.  We were in hot pursuit.
I don’t know how fast we were going, but I do remember being very scared.  What would we do if we caught this person?  Why would they do something like this?
The guy on the motorcycle kept looking back at us, and he was going very fast.  He sped around the corner at the Four Corners headed for town.  He took the hill down to the public beach and headed down past the museum, the Shamrock, the Post Office, and continued down to the end of that block.  He slowed down, almost as if he was wondering whether to turn and go up the hill.  He turned and went up the hill.  All this time, the deputy was just keeping up with the motorcyclist.  I was amazed, and so I asked him, “Are we just going to follow him, or are we going to try to stop him?”
I’ll never forget his answer.  He said, “Sooner or later, he’ll make a mistake.”
What did you say?
The chase continued up the hill and onto the back beach road with a right turn down to the end of the gravel road and back out to the marina.  He took a right turn, shifting quickly and then took the same hill down by the Episcopal Mission where he took the back road behind the businesses.  When he got to Donegal Bay Road, he flew the intersection going about ninety miles an hour and headed south on the Kings Highway.  We just followed, going about sixty-five, seeing him accelerate.
The deputy said, “He’s going to try to get away and make some silly mistake.  He’ll keep right on going out the Kings Highway, I’ll bet.”
Sure enough, the motorcyclist had to slow down going through the S-curve just past the Brother’s Place, and then really put the throttle into to the wide open position headed straight south on the Kings Highway.  He was trying to get away.  He blew through the Four Corners intersection going over a hundred miles an hour on the straight paved roadway. 
The deputy just kind of toodled along at about seventy and said, “He’s only got a couple choices left now.  Who runs away from a police officer on an island?”
We began to notice a smell of burning oil as we followed the motorcycle’s pathway out the King’s Highway.  The chase was over as the motor of the cycle burnt up as he was going up the hill just past the intersection of King’s Highway and Sloptown Road.  The deputy was amazed that the fugitive didn’t try to run into the swamp to get away.  He was just standing there by the motorcycle saying, “Shit, shit, shit.”
The deputy very professionally put the handcuffs on the fugitive and put him in the backseat.  When he was put in the car, he started crying, but he didn’t really have any reason to cry.  The motorcycle was pushed off to the side of the road, and the deputy said that he’d pick it up in the morning.
While this is all I remember about this event, I’m sure that others have a different perspective that would be nice to hear. 
As a person living at this location, I’m sure this next version will provide even more information about what actually happened at the airport and in the area of the airport.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 7, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Here comes the sun! along with another nice day in Paradise. While this isn't my best summer by a long shot, I'm betting that there are lots of folks who are thinking this is the best one yet, and I'm glad for them. For me, next year, I hope. In the meantime, I'll churn out the weather, bug Joe, knit when I can, and in general be a lazy chemo bum.

At the moment, we have 59°, dew point is 52°, wind is at 4 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 1027 mb, and visibility is 9.5 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. HIghs in the lower 80s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of July 7, 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.

Although the dam would take only five years to build, its construction was nearly 30 years in the making. Arthur Powell Davis, an engineer from the Bureau of Reclamation, originally had his vision for the Hoover Dam back in 1902, and his engineering report on the topic became the guiding document when plans were finally made to begin the dam in 1922.

Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States and a committed conservationist, played a crucial role in making Davis’ vision a reality. As secretary of commerce in 1921, Hoover devoted himself to the erection of a high dam in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. The dam would provide essential flood control, which would prevent damage to downstream farming communities that suffered each year when snow from the Rocky Mountains melted and joined the Colorado River. Further, the dam would allow the expansion of irrigated farming in the desert, and would provide a dependable supply of water for Los Angeles and other southern California communities.

Even with Hoover’s exuberant backing and a regional consensus around the need to build the dam, Congressional approval and individual state cooperation were slow in coming. For many years, water rights had been a source of contention among the western states that had claims on the Colorado River. To address this issue, Hoover negotiated the Colorado River Compact, which broke the river basin into two regions with the water divided between them. Hoover then had to introduce and re-introduce the bill to build the dam several times over the next few years before the House and Senate finally approved the bill in 1928.

In 1929, Hoover, now president, signed the Colorado River Compact into law, claiming it was “the most extensive action ever taken by a group of states under the provisions of the Constitution permitting compacts between states.”

Once preparations were made, the Hoover Dam’s construction sprinted forward: The contractors finished their work two years ahead of schedule and millions of dollars under budget. Today, the Hoover Dam is the second highest dam in the country and the 18th highest in the world. It generates enough energy each year to serve over a million people, and stands, in Hoover Dam artist Oskar Hansen’s words, as “a monument to collective genius exerting itself in community efforts around a common need or ideal.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to operate a television for three hours?

WORD OF THE DAY: plantigrae )PLAN-ti-greyd) which means 1) walking on the whole sole of the foot, as humans, and bears.2) a plantigrade animal. The adjective plantigrade comes from the Latin noun planta “sole (of the foot)” and the verb gradī “to take steps, step, walk.” The Proto-Indo-European root ghredh- “to step, stride” is not very common, and all current English words are borrowings from Latin, e.g., gradual, grade, and verbs ending in -gress, e.g., ingress, regress, transgress. Planta, however, is another story: it shows the infix n, but its Proto-Indo-European root is the very common plat-, plet-, plot- “flat, broad.” Plat- is the source of the Lithuanian adjective platùs “wide, broad,” the all but identical Greek adjective platýs “flat, wide” (as in platypus "flatfoot"), the English adjective and noun flat, the noun flet (also flett) “dwelling, hall,” familiar to readers of Beowulf and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (probably the same crowd), and flan (the Spanish custard). Plantigrade entered English in the 19th century.

Beaver Island Transportation Authority

Meeting minutes from June 2018

Agenda for July 10, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 6, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Dang, a week + of getting only 3 or 4 hours of sleep finally caught up with me. It's after seven and I'm just now trying to prop my eyelids open.


Beautiful clear, blue skies this morning, 57°, dew point is 47°, wind is at 7 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 68%, pressure is rising from 1029 mb, and visibility is 10+ miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. North wind 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows around 50°. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.
TODAY: North wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the late morning, then becoming west 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of July 6, 1971, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, dies in New York City at the age of 69. A world-renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist, he pioneered jazz improvisation and the style known as swing.

Louis Daniel Armstrong was born in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, in 1901. He grew up in poverty and from a young age was interested in music. In 1912, he was incarcerated in the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys, allegedly for firing a gun into the air on New Year’s Eve. While there, he played cornet in the home’s band. Upon his release, he dedicated himself to becoming a professional musician and soon was mastering local jazz styles on the cornet. He attracted the attention of cornetist Joe “King” Oliver, and when Oliver moved to Chicago in 1919 he took his place in trombonist Kid Ory’s band, a leading group in New Orleans at the time. He later teamed up with pianist Fate Marable and performed on riverboats that traveled the Mississippi.

In 1922, King Oliver invited Armstrong to Chicago to play second cornet in his Creole Jazz Band, and Armstrong made his first recordings with Oliver the following year. In 1924, he moved to New York City and demonstrated his emerging improvisational style in the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. In 1925, Armstrong returned to Chicago and formed his own band–the Hot Five–which included Kid Ory, clarinetist Johnny Dodds, and pianist Lil’ Hardin, Armstrong’s second wife.

This band, which later grew into the Hot Seven, recorded some of the seminal pieces in the history of jazz, including “Savoy Blues,” “Potato Head Blues,” and “West End Blues.” In these recordings, Armstrong abandoned the collective improvisation of New Orleans-style jazz and placed the emphasis on individual soloists. He switched from cornet to trumpet during this time and played the latter with unprecedented virtuosity and range. In the 1926 recording “Heebie Jeebies,” he popularized “scat singing,” a style in which jazz vocalists sing musical lines of nonsensical syllables in emulation of instrumental improvisation. His joyous voice, both coarse and exuberant, was one of the most distinctive in popular music.

In 1929, Armstrong returned to New York City and made his first Broadway appearance. His recordings, many of which were jazz interpretations of popular songs, were international hits, and he toured the United States and Europe with his big band. His music had a major effect on the swing and big band sound that dominated popular music in the 1930s and ’40s. A great performer, Armstrong appeared regularly on radio and in American films, including Pennies from Heaven (1936), Cabin in the Sky (1943), and New Orleans (1947). In 1947, he formed a smaller ensemble, the All-Stars, which he led until 1968.

Louis Armstrong had many nicknames, including Satchmo, short for “Satchelmouth”; “Dippermouth”; and “Pops.” Because he spread jazz around the world through his extensive travels and hit songs, many called him “Ambassador Satch.” Although in declining health in his later years, he continued to perform until his death on July 6, 1971.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A category three hurricane releases more energy in ten minutes that all the world's nuclear weapons combined?

WORD OF THE DAY: campcraft (KAMP-kraft) which means the art of outdoor camping. Campcraft is a straightforward compound noun. Camp ultimately derives from Latin campus “field, plain,” especially the Campus Martius “the field of Mars” (so called from the altar dedicated to Mars), which was originally pastureland between the Tiber River and the northwest boundary of Rome. The Campus Martius was used for recreation and exercise, various civilian meetings, and army musters and military exercises. Craft is a common Germanic word: cræft in Old English, Kraft in German, kraft in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. All of the Germanic languages except English have maintained the original meaning “strength, power”; only English has developed the sense “skill, skilled occupation.” Campcraft entered English in the 20th century.

4th of July Fireworks and Boat Parade

The fireworks show was nothing short of wonderful, like it always is. The show was preceded by many individual fireworks and the reinstatement of the boat parade. The boat parade was one thing that many older people stated that they missed. This one was definitely a great evening, and the editor is glad that the live stream worked from next door to the post office.

Paradise Bay on the 4th

Best of the picturs of the boat parade

Some of the fireworks....

View a gallery of the boat parade and fireworks HERE

View video of the fireworks HERE

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 7/5/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 5, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

This morning we have clear skies, 71°, dew point is 66°, wind is at 4 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 1020 mb, and visibility is 6.7 miles.
TODAY: Patchy fog i the morning. Partly sunny with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: West wind 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest with gusts to around 25 knots by early in the evening. Patchy fog early in the morning. Chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
FRIDAY: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 5,
1946, French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Reard dubbed “bikini,” inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.

European women first began wearing two-piece bathing suits that consisted of a halter top and shorts in the 1930s, but only a sliver of the midriff was revealed and the navel was vigilantly covered. In the United States, the modest two-piece made its appearance during World War II, when wartime rationing of fabric saw the removal of the skirt panel and other superfluous material. Meanwhile, in Europe, fortified coastlines and Allied invasions curtailed beach life during the war, and swimsuit development, like everything else non-military, came to a standstill.

In 1946, Western Europeans joyously greeted the first war-free summer in years, and French designers came up with fashions to match the liberated mood of the people. Two French designers, Jacques Heim and Louis Reard, developed competing prototypes of the bikini. Heim called his the “atom” and advertised it as “the world’s smallest bathing suit.” Reard’s swimsuit, which was basically a bra top and two inverted triangles of cloth connected by string, was in fact significantly smaller. Made out of a scant 30 inches of fabric, Reard promoted his creation as “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.” Reard called his creation the bikini, named after the Bikini Atoll.

In planning the debut of his new swimsuit, Reard had trouble finding a professional model who would deign to wear the scandalously skimpy two-piece. So he turned to Micheline Bernardini, an exotic dancer at the Casino de Paris, who had no qualms about appearing nearly nude in public. As an allusion to the headlines that he knew his swimsuit would generate, he printed newspaper type across the suit that Bernardini modeled on July 5 at the Piscine Molitor. The bikini was a hit, especially among men, and Bernardini received some 50,000 fan letters.

Before long, bold young women in bikinis were causing a sensation along the Mediterranean coast. Spain and Italy passed measures prohibiting bikinis on public beaches but later capitulated to the changing times when the swimsuit grew into a mainstay of European beaches in the 1950s. Reard’s business soared, and in advertisements he kept the bikini mystique alive by declaring that a two-piece suit wasn’t a genuine bikini “unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring.”

In prudish America, the bikini was successfully resisted until the early 1960s, when a new emphasis on youthful liberation brought the swimsuit en masse to U.S. beaches. It was immortalized by the pop singer Brian Hyland, who sang “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” in 1960, by the teenage “beach blanket” movies of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, and by the California surfing culture celebrated by rock groups like the Beach Boys. Since then, the popularity of the bikini has only continued to grow.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The main library at Indiana University sinks over an inch a year. When it was designed engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

WORD OF THE DAY: debonair (deb-uh-NAIR) which means 1) courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman. 2) jaunty; carefree; sprightly. The adjective debonair, from Old French debonaire, originated in Old French as the phrase de bon aire “of good lineage.” The aire of that phrase comes from the Latin noun ager “field,” which presumably meant “nest” in Vulgar Latin. Debonair entered English in the 13th century.

Deb's 4th of July Parade and Carnival Pictures

Deb Bousquet was down near the public beach, and she took pictures of the parade from this perspective. Then she walked over to the carnival and took a few carnival pictures as well. It's always nice to see the event from a completely different perspective.

View the parade and carnival pictures HERE

Posted at 8:15 p.m., 7/4/18

Holy Cross Bulletin

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

4th of July Carnival

3:30 p.m.

Tickets for sale..............Face Painting crew...........Water slide

The 4th of July Carnival is designed to give the younger kids a chance to enjoy some of the old-fashioned and newer games after the parade. The carnival is set up in the convent yard between the convent and the rectory and the public beach area.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View a short video of the carnival HERE

Posted at 6:45 p.m., 7/4/18

4th of July Parade

2 p.m.

The parade traditionally starts with an Island Airways fly-over with the "missing man" formation. It's difficult to get a photo unless you are downtown.

Selected photos from the parade

View all the photos of the parade HERE

View video of the parade HERE

Posted at 5:45 p.m., 7/4/18

Twenty-five unique IP addresses viewed the parade live on Beaver Island TV.

Happy Independence Day!

4th of July Activities

Notice of Special Meeting St James Township

Public Works Committee

Date: Friday, July 6, 2018 @ 9:00AM

Governmental Center

View agenda HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!! May it be safe, fun, happy, and long remembered. At the moment we have mostly cloudy skies, 66°, dew point is 60°, humidity is at 82%, wind is at 2 mph from the southeast, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is 9.2 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. Light winds. Heat index readings around 98°.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 4, 1776: America Declares Independence from Great Britain.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king.

The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts and marked an ideological expansion of the conflict that would eventually encourage France’s intervention on behalf of the Patriots.

The first major American opposition to British policy came in 1765 after Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a taxation measure to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. Under the banner of “no taxation without representation,” colonists convened the Stamp Act Congress in October 1765 to vocalize their opposition to the tax.

With its enactment in November, most colonists called for a boycott of British goods, and some organized attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest in the colonies, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766.

Most colonists continued to quietly accept British rule until Parliament’s enactment of the Tea Act in 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a monopoly on the American tea trade.

The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny. In response, militant Patriots in Massachusetts organized the “Boston Tea Party,” which saw British tea valued at some 18,000 pounds dumped into Boston Harbor.

The British Parliament, outraged by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops.

The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.

With the other colonies watching intently, Massachusetts led the resistance to the British, forming a shadow revolutionary government and establishing militias to resist the increasing British military presence across the colony.

In April 1775, Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, ordered British troops to march to Concord, Massachusetts, where a Patriot arsenal was known to be located. On April 19, 1775, the British regulars encountered a group of American militiamen at Lexington, and the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.

Initially, both the Americans and the British saw the conflict as a kind of civil war within the British Empire: To King George III it was a colonial rebellion, and to the Americans it was a struggle for their rights as British citizens.

However, Parliament remained unwilling to negotiate with the American rebels and instead purchased German mercenaries to help the British army crush the rebellion. In response to Britain’s continued opposition to reform, the Continental Congress began to pass measures abolishing British authority in the colonies.

In January 1776, Thomas Paine published “Common Sense,” an influential political pamphlet that convincingly argued for American independence and sold more than 500,000 copies in a few months. In the spring of 1776, support for independence swept the colonies, the Continental Congress called for states to form their own governments, and a five-man committee was assigned to draft a declaration.

The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of Virginian Thomas Jefferson. In justifying American independence, Jefferson drew generously from the political philosophy of John Locke, an advocate of natural rights, and from the work of other English theorists.

The first section features the famous lines, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The second part presents a long list of grievances that provided the rationale for rebellion.

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.

The Revolutionary War would last for five more years. Yet to come were the Patriot triumphs at Saratoga, the bitter winter at Valley Forge, the intervention of the French, and the final victory at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States formally became a free and independent nation.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors?

WORD OF THE DAY: fizgig (FIZ-gig) which means 1) a type of firework that makes a loud hissing sound. 2) a whirling toy that makes a whizzing noise. 3) fishgig. Fizgig has a very cloudy history. The first syllable, fiz (also fis), may derive from the Middle English noun fise or feist “a fart” (cf. fizzle), from the Proto-Indo-European root pezd- “fart,” source of Latin pēdere, Greek bdeîn, and Polish bździeć, all meaning “to fart,” which well fits the sound made by the firework. Gig may be imitative in origin, but the word or words are very problematic, and it is less difficult to state what gig does not mean than what it does mean: “a flighty, giddy girl (cf. giglet, giggle); a top (i.e., the toy); “odd-looking character, a fool; a joke, merriment.” Fizgig entered English in the 16th century.

Osprey Calling

July 3, 2018

View video of the calling ospreys HERE

While only one adult osprey could be seen on the nest today, more than one little osprey could be heard calling from the same nest. A likely call to the other adult osprey saying, "We're hungry. Are you coming back to bring us something to eat?"

4th of July Golf Tournament on July 3, 2018

Beaver Island Golf Course-Assembling for the tournament

Gathering in preparation for the instructions

The organizers, the workers, and the owners

View three short video clips HERE

There were lots of people out at the golf course this morning on Beaver Island. Fifteen teams of five people per team began playing shortly after 9 a.m. with teams beginning on every hole, and some having two teams with one waiting a turn to play the hole after the first team finished. By one in the afternoon, all were finished with the first nine holes, but three teams tied with a three under par score of 32. The play-off included these three teams with a start on the first hole on the golf course.

BINN editor Joe Moore did not wait around to see who won the tournament. The day was quite hot by 1 p.m., the food was good under the tent set up, but there jsut was too much heat to be comfortable there. A very good day was had by eighty plus number of people, and the winner takes all, so off we went to find a cooler location to spent the warm afternoon.

July 3rd, Fox Lake Road

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 3, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

More clear skies, 66°, dew point is 57°, wind is at 9 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 71%, pressure is rising from 1019 mb, and visibility is 10+ miles. It's a good day to be on Beaver Island
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the the upper 80s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast early in the evening. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 3, 2012, Andy Griffith, famous for his role as the good-hearted, small-town sheriff of fictional Mayberry, North Carolina, on the iconic 1960s TV sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show,” dies at age 86 at his North Carolina home. The actor also was known for his starring role in the 1980s-1990s TV drama “Matlock,” in which he portrayed a shrewd Atlanta defense attorney.

Andrew Samuel Griffith was born on June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, North Carolina. He majored in music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1949. Griffith went on to teach school for several years before finding success as a stand-up comedian. In 1957, he made his feature film debut in the critically acclaimed drama “A Face in the Crowd,” starring, in a serious role, as a drifter who becomes a manipulative, power-hungry celebrity.

“The Andy Griffith Show” premiered in the fall of 1960 and quickly became a hit. Griffith played the amiable Sheriff Andy Taylor, a widower raising his young son Opie, played by Ron Howard (now a successful Hollywood director, whose credits include “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Da Vinci Code”). Set in the small, idyllic community of Mayberry (based on Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy), the show included an ensemble of eccentric characters such as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts), prim Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), gas-station attendant Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors), Floyd the barber (Howard McNear) and Otis the town drunk (Hal Smith). The folksy sitcom, memorable for its whistled theme song, which played over opening credits featuring Andy and Opie on their way to go fishing, continues to air in reruns. Additionally, the program spawned the TV shows “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” (1964-69) and “Mayberry R.F.D.” (1968-71).

During the 1970s and 1980s, Griffith appeared in several short-lived TV series and various made-for-TV movies before again finding success in the legal drama “Matlock,” which originally aired from 1986 to 1995. The actor’s final role was in the 2009 feature film “Play the Game.” Also in 2009, the Andy Griffith Museum opened in Mount Airy. The TV legend died of a heart attack on July 3, 2012, at his home on Roanoke Island in North Carolina.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Most lipstick contains fish scales?

WORD OF THE DAY: Kafkaesque (kahf-kuh-ESK) which means marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity. Kafkaesque means “having a disorienting, confusing, nightmarish quality; feeling surreal and threatening,” as, for instance, a form letter from the IRS. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a German-speaking Jew born in Prague, Bohemia (now the capital of the Czech Republic). Kafka received a rigorous secular education: he wrote in both German and Czech and spoke German with a Czech accent but never thought himself fluent in Czech. He began publishing his artistic prose in 1908. Kafka’s father, Hermann Kafka (1854-1931), was a clothing retailer in Prague and employed around a dozen people in his business. Hermann Kafka used the image of a jackdaw (kavka in Czech) as the logo for his business. Kafkaesque entered English in the 20th century.

Book Signing Event:

Tuesday, July 17 – 3-5pm

Beaver Island Community Library, Beaver Island

A North Country Almanac: Reflections of an Old-School Conservationist in a Modern World by Thomas C. Bailey (Executive Director of Little Traverse Conservancy for nearly 34 years) includes the musings of an independent mind on wilderness, the conservation ethic, and the joys of loving the outdoors. Although a lifelong conservationist, Thomas C. Bailey has never unquestioningly accepted environmental dogma. The essays here often challenge familiar assumptions about stewardship of natural resources. The former National Park ranger, fishing guide, and conservancy director offers a rich variety of perspectives on an interesting array of topics, returning always to his fundamental belief that conservation pioneers such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Aldo Leopold had it right when they affirmed Walt Whitman’s observation that “the secret of making the best person . . . is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

Contact info: Anne Fleming; anne@landtrust.org; 231.347.0991

Posted at 12:45 p.m., 7/2/18



Fireworks will be shot from the same location as last year from the beach on the south side of the harbor. 
Sponsored by St James & Peaine Townships

Posted at 11:45 a.m., 7/2/18

Familiar Faces 5

By Joe Moore

Today, there were several faces that came into view that made me think of other situations that may or may not be interesting to the reader.  These memories are pretty great for the author, but may not be so for the reader.  Hopefully, I can make them interesting enough to be read.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond down the back side of the Bonner’s Bluff for an eighty year old female patient who is having heart palpitations.  Respond to the Rodney residence at the south end of the road, at the bottom of the bluff,” dispatch paged.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 11:45 a.m., 7/2/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 2, 2018

Thank goodness for the rain last night, but seems to have broken the heat and humidity spell that Mother Nature had cast on us. Much more comfortable this morning. Right now it's partly cloudy and breezy. 65°, dew point is 59°, wind is ranging from 6 to 22 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 80% so it's a bit muggy but nothing like the previous days, pressure is rising from 1009 mb, and visibility is 10+ miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with guss to around 25 mph.
MONDAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY NIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 2, 1839, Early in the morning, Africans on the Cuban schooner Amistad rise up against their captors, killing two crewmembers and seizing control of the ship, which had been transporting them to a life of slavery on a sugar plantation at Puerto Principe, Cuba.

In 1807, the U.S. Congress joined with Great Britain in abolishing the African slave trade, although the trading of slaves within the United States was not prohibited. Despite the international ban on the importation of African slaves, Cuba continued to transport captive Africans to its sugar plantations until the 1860s, and Brazil to its coffee plantations until the 1850s.

On June 28, 1839, 53 slaves recently captured in Africa left Havana, Cuba, aboard the Amistad schooner for a sugar plantation at Puerto Principe, Cuba. Three days later, Sengbe Pieh, a Membe African known as Cinque, freed himself and the other slaves and planned a mutiny. Early in the morning of July 2, in the midst of a storm, the Africans rose up against their captors and, using sugar-cane knives found in the hold, killed the captain of the vessel and a crewmember. Two other crewmembers were either thrown overboard or escaped, and Jose Ruiz and Pedro Montes, the two Cubans who had purchased the slaves, were captured. Cinque ordered the Cubans to sail the Amistad east back to Africa. During the day, Ruiz and Montes complied, but at night they would turn the vessel in a northerly direction, toward U.S. waters. After almost nearly two difficult months at sea, during which time more than a dozen Africans perished, what became known as the “black schooner” was first spotted by American vessels.

On August 26, the USS Washington, a U.S. Navy brig, seized the Amistad off the coast of Long Island and escorted it to New London, Connecticut. Ruiz and Montes were freed, and the Africans were imprisoned pending an investigation of the Amistad revolt. The two Cubans demanded the return of their supposedly Cuban-born slaves, while the Spanish government called for the Africans’ extradition to Cuba to stand trial for piracy and murder. In opposition to both groups, American abolitionists advocated the return of the illegally bought slaves to Africa.

The story of the Amistad mutiny garnered widespread attention, and U.S. abolitionists succeeded in winning a trial in a U.S. court. Before a federal district court in Connecticut, Cinque, who was taught English by his new American friends, testified on his own behalf. On January 13, 1840, Judge Andrew Judson ruled that the Africans were illegally enslaved, that they would not be returned to Cuba to stand trial for piracy and murder, and that they should be granted free passage back to Africa. The Spanish authorities and U.S. President Martin Van Buren appealed the decision, but another federal district court upheld Judson’s findings. President Van Buren, in opposition to the abolitionist faction in Congress, appealed the decision again.

On February 22, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing the Amistad case. U.S. Representative John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts, who had served as the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829, joined the Africans’ defense team. In Congress, Adams had been an eloquent opponent of slavery, and before the nation’s highest court he presented a coherent argument for the release of Cinque and the 34 other survivors of the Amistad.

On March 9, 1841, the Supreme Court ruled, with only one dissent, that the Africans had been illegally enslaved and had thus exercised a natural right to fight for their freedom. In November, with the financial assistance of their abolitionist allies, the Amistad Africans departed America aboard the Gentleman on a voyage back to West Africa. Some of the Africans helped establish a Christian mission in Sierra Leone, but most, like Cinque, returned to their homelands in the African interior. One of the survivors, who was a child when taken aboard the Amistad as a slave, eventually returned to the United States. Originally named Margru, she studied at Ohio’s integrated and coeducational Oberlin College in the late 1840s before returning to Sierra Leone as evangelical missionary Sara Margru Kinson.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A ten-year-old mattress weighs double what it did when it was new due to debris that it absorbs over time. That debris includes dust mites (their droppings and decaying bodies), mold, millions of dead skin cells, dandruff, animal and human hair, secretions, excretions, lint, pollen, dust, soil, sand, and a lot of perspiration, which the average person loses at a rate of a quart a day. Good night and have a great sleep!

WORD OF THE DAY: buttery (BUHT-uh-ree) which means
1) grossly flattering; smarmy.
2) like, containing, or spread with butter.
3) resembling butter, as in smoothness or softness of texture: a vest of buttery leather.
The adjective buttery in the Middle Ages meant “containing butter”; by the 18th century it acquired additional meanings “having the consistency of butter; smeared with butter”; and in the mid-19th century the sense “grossly flattering, smarmy.” Butter, the noun from which buttery derives, is a borrowing of the Latin word būtȳrum “butter,” itself a borrowing from Greek boútyron “butter,” literally “cow cheese.” Būtȳrum was adopted by the West Germanic languages, e.g., Old English butere, English butter, Dutch boter, Old High German butera, and German Butter. Buttery entered English in the 14th century.

Wildlife and Wildflowers Before the Sunday Storm

Ducks and Osprey at Gull Harbor

Wildflowers at Barney's Lake

More at Barney's Lake

Sloptown Road

Loon on the nest on Barney's Lake

Some visitors on Barney's Lake

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Some of the concerns were raised as the loon left the nest, and, after giving several cries in warning, actually left the lake headed north. The visitors to the lake may have just been there long enough to worry the loon enough to get the bird to leave. This is not a suggestion that the visitors chased the loon away, but something caused the loon to leave the nest and then fly away.

View a short video clip HERE

Posted at 9:15 p.m., 7/1/18

AMVETS Breakfast

It had seemed like it had been a long, long time since the last AMVETs breakfast, but it was a welcome opportunity this Sunday, July 1, 2018. Sausage patties, eggs, pancakes, and fruit made for a very tasty breakfast this morning. There were enough members of the AMVETS to work the breakfast this morning. Here are some of those workers.

The director of the Beaver Island Historical Society posed with breakfast this morning.

Lori Taylor-Blitz

View a short video clip of the breakfast HERE

Posted at 9:15 p.m., 7/1/18

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #27

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 7/1/18

Mass from Holy Cross

July 1, 2018

There were two masses this weekend on the usual schedule, Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., but the Sunday service was quite special as there was an infant baptism that took place at this service.

Brian Foli did the readings on Saturday, and Father Jim Siler read the Gospel and did the sermon.

Sunday service was included a baptism.

Joan Banville did the readings on Sunday, and Father Jim read the Gospel and gave the sermon.

The baptism was spread throughout the service. You can view pictures of this portion HERE.

View video of the services HERE

Posted at 6 p.m., 7/1/18

Osprey Eggs Hatched

The osprey have been on the nest sitting on the eggs for quite a while, but sometime between last Tuesday and today, July 1, 2018, the eggs have hatched. There were two hatchlings seen in the nest with the osprey feeding them this Sunday afternoon. There may be another egg in the nest or another hatchling, but so far only two have been seen.

Posted at 3:45 p.m., 7/1/18

BIRHC Presentation

On Thursday evening, June 28, 2018, Dr. John Martin made a presentation regarding the Beaver Island Rural Health Center in the BICS high school commons area. Some of the items discussed included the relationship with EMS, the patient numbers, the new equipment, and questions were answered.

View video of the presentation HERE

Thank you to Pam Grassmich for the video work of this presentation.

Posted at 7:30 a.m., 6/30/18

BIESA Meeting

The emergency services authority met this past Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 2 p.m., with the whole group present. At the meeting were Bill Kohls, chair; Kathleen McNamara Green, treasurer; new member Donna Kubic, who was elected as secretary; Bob Turner, member; and Jim McDonough, member. Also present were EMS providers, finanacial manager Rick Speck, and other members of the public.

The meeting was very upbeat with many positives. Donations were discussed and capital outlay needs were underway.

View video of the meeting HERE

Thank you to Kevin Boyle for the video work of this meeting.

Posted at 7:30 a.m., 6/30/18

Wellness Garden Benefit

Beginning Monday, July 2nd tickets for our eighth annual "Crazy Eights Garden Tour"will be on sale at the Health Center. Please come to the lobby between 9 and 3pm to purchase your tickets. Only 40 spots available so buy early;  this is always a sold out event. 

A Vintage One-day Blowout sale of rarely or lightly used items will be for sale in the lobby of the Health Center,  on Sunday, July 8th from noon to 3pm.  Cash, check, or credit card purchases available. One day event only!

The on-going Crazy Eights Silent Auction will be in the lobby at BIRHC  throughout the summer with different end dates and "buy now!" options.  From artworks to services,  fishing charter to Labor Day weekend cottage rental,  and even a BOUNTY basket of homemade taste treats;  we've got you covered.!  Stop in M-F, and check it out; give us your best bid to guarantee your win! Just do it silently please.

Gratefully Submitted by Leonor Jacobson 

Posted at 3 p.m., 6/29/18


Statue Returned

Sheriff Chuck Vondra of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office reports that at approximately midnight last night, June 29, 2018, Deputies on Beaver Island noticed the missing statue had been returned to its rightful location.  The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating who took the statue and how it was returned.  If you have any information, please call their office at 231-547-4461.

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 6/29/18

Winter Beaver House Dive

by Dick Burris

Will have to consider myself lucky; in the late sixties I donned my wetsuit and explored a beaver house underwater, and under the ice. I noticed the branches with leaves on the ceiling of the ice, which the beavers had left for winter feeding; although they do, in the winter, fell trees for repair to their dams; then went to the entrance of their house, which was a long slit at the bottom of the structure. I was tempted to reach in but realized the CHEW potential, so thought better of that.

Along the bottom could see the excrement (round balls about the size of golf balls.) I guess in that cold water mine would be about the same. Guess after reading the article of the aggression of the species, can really consider my self lucky, in the animals environment. "been there done it" and sure as hell wouldn't do it again.

Picture from the Internet

Postedat 9:15 a.m, 6/29/18

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Agenda

June 28, 2018, 2 p.m.

View agenda HERE

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 6/28/18, Received at 12:04 p.m. on this date

Peaine & St. James Townships Special Joint Meeting

June 15th, 2018 at 10:00am at the St. James Township Hall

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

Draft Minutes Regular Meeting May 31, 2018 @ 2:00pm



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule


The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

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Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

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Sunday and Monday Pictures

A ride seemed in order, and a trip down to Lake Geneserath was needed, so Phyllis was kidnapped, and off the editor headed. The trip was a little more extensive that Phyllis figured it would be, but some of the same spots were part of the reason.

Lady Slippers

Showy Lady Slippers

It is the season for the wild flowers to show their beauty.

More flowers for the season

Miller's Marsh

Caspian Tern at Barney's

Loon on Barney's Lake

Frog at Barney's Lake

Minnows in the shallows at Barney's Lake

Posted at 3:15 p.m., 6/27/18

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Morgans

Gary and Tina Morgan were married fifty years ago, June 22, 1968, at St. Leo the Great in Flint, Michigan. They celebrated with their family at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Beaver Island, this past Sunday morning.

The Morgan family:

Joe(Laura), Joseph P, Nicky, Lilly
Aaron, Faith, Roman

Congratulations to Gary and Tina and the whole family!

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

for June 2018

View them here

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 6/25/18

Beaver Island Association Meeting Announced

July 9, 2018, at 4 p.m.

Island Current, BIA Newsletter HERE

Beaver Island Studio Announces Classes and Dates

There are some fun and exciting things coming up. July 10th is a free Plein Air (outdoor) painting day at Beaver Island Gallery. July 24th is a one day Pastel workshop with Christine Bodnar. Museum Week Art show sign-up's have started for the Week of July 16th. Monday morning open studio painting/art will start July 2nd. There will be a paint night in August (exact date TBA). Also, an ink painting class in August (date TBA).

Please, sign up soon. Email Calstipp@yahoo.com, or 2115 or website contact info at BeaverIslandStudio.com


All events unless otherwise posted are freewill donations.

Sunday, July 15, 2018
“This Place Matters” A picnic at the
Beaver Head Lighthouse. 1-5

Monday, July 16
Heritage Park: History Fun Days 1-4
Print Shop: Music on the Porch 7-9

Tuesday, July 17
CMU Open House: Inside of Great Lakes Research at CMU Boathouse 10-4
Heritage Park: History Fun Days 1-4
Holy Cross Church: Drumming Circle, Baraga History & Pilgrimage 2-4
BICC: A Tribute to Barry Pischner and Beaver Island's Balladeers 7-9

Wednesday, July 18
“Picnic at the Point” USCG History with Frank Hacket 12-1
Fellowship Center: Art Show 12-4
Protar’s House: Living History & Tour 12-4
Community Center: Antiques Road Show 7-9

Thursday, July 19
Fellowship Center: Art Show 12-4
Protar’s House: Living History & Tour 12-4
Marine Museum: Meet the Fishing Families, and Boat Captains 12-4
BICS: State of the School Address and Party for the Playground 4-6
In the evening check out the Beaver Island Music Festival!

Friday, July 20
Jewell Gillespie Beach: Water Carnival with children activities
and Clark the Juggler. 11-1
Fellowship Center: Art Show 12-4
Protar’s Cabin: Living History 12-4
BICC: Frank Mays, The story of the Carl D. Bradley 7-9

Saturday, July 21
B.I. Library: A special story hour with Lori E. Taylor, author of Bamboozled on Beaver Island, will present a festive garden walk and a puppet show. 1-2:30
Holy Cross Hall: Bingo returns! Admission at the door 7-9:30

"Choked Up"

by Daniel R. Craig

We've all been there. Never develop an attachment. Do the job, control the emotional part of your being. Most times its done. On others, we're only human and we meltdown.

Over the years, I believe I have maintained a good emotional status. My faith helps. But at times I walk away after working a patient I delivered to the caring hands of the E.R. staff. The young always hurt. I walk away not because I don't care. I need to reset. At times I hold back tears. At times they come. I maintain though. I go back and check on most of my patients I before exiting the E.R. for the most part. It's just me.

I create an attachment on first sight of a patient. Be it medical, trauma, psych, whatever. Once interaction develops , a somewhat of an attachment is created. The outcome looked good. Femur fracture reduced with a traction splint. Back pain but no neurological deficits. Good belly no mass or tenderness. Great airway and exchange. Coming down twenty feet out of a tree with a chain saw, we're lucky here!

I walk back into the trauma room to check on him. Everything is good. We grab hands in a "power shake".

He said, "Thank you, brother".

I smiled and said, "No problem my man".

I could see tears welling in his eyes. I got all "Choked up". I had to beat feet out of the E.R. The outcome was good. It could of been a lot worse! His graditude was from the heart and it got to me! All in a good way!

Stay safe, smile, laugh, love....."494"

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 6/21/18

Shirley K Rudder

by Dick Burris

"Shirley K" (fish tug) rudder:

Clarence Maudrie lost the rudder off of the Shirley K just off the coast guard station in the harbor of Paradise Bay in 45 feet of water.

The Sundew icebreaker was to come in with heating fuel for the island which was running out, and the harbor had been froze in.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Beaver Island Historical Society Has New Website

View the website HERE

Posted at 11 a.m., 6/13/18

10th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert and Music School

Posted on 6/2/18 at 9:45 a.m.

The 10th annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held on Saturday July 7th at "Reddeer", King's Highway. The Eve Glen Mc.Donough Music School will be held on July 5,6, and 7 at " Reddeer", King's Highway with Morning and afternoon sessions. The instructors are Ruby John and John Warstler. Ruby and John have taught several workshops throughout Michigan. All donations from the10th Annual Glen Mc Donough Memorial Concert are given to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Schorarship Fund for music lessons and the Eve Glen Mc Donough Music School.

View video of the 2017 concert HERE, page 1

View video of the 2017 concert HERE, page 2


Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Church Bulletin for May 2018


Christian Church Bulletin

May 20, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

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