B.I. News on the 'Net, July 20-26, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 27, 2015

Another beautiful, summer day on the island. Right now it's 63°, wind is at 6 mph from the south west, humidity is at 60%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 80s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. West winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of July 27, 1940 - Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare."

Did you know that there are only 3 sets of letters on a keyboard which are in alphabetical order (f g h, j k l, and o p) (Bet you just looked down to check your keyboard LOL)

Word of the day: tohubohu (TOH-hoo-BO-hoo) which means chaos, confusion. From Hebrew tohu wa-bhohu, from tohu (formlessness) and bhohu (emptiness). Earliest documented use: 1619.

What's In A Name?

Paradise Bay

The name of the harbor on Beaver Island is frequently given as "Paradise Bay," There couldn't be any other better description of this location that the word "paradise." The following pictures answer the many times that people have asked, "What do you do on Beaver Island?"

Let's put some answers down here about what is going on here on Beaver Island on July 26, 2015. We have people kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, wading, boating in a yacht, boating with a pontoon boat, sunning themselves on the beach, playing with dogs, using jet skis, and relaxing and enjoying the beautiful day. All of these pictures were taken at the public beach next to and across from the Holy Cross Catholic Church and the Holy Cross Parish Hall. These pictures explain why the name of the harbor is "Paradise Bay," because these activities are the activities completed in a paradise.

Short Video Clip of Paradise Bay


If you are a classical music fan, add to this two concerts, one a pop up concert for the tour boat that docked at the Beaver Island Boat Company, and another concert at the Community Center.in the evening, and you have yet another definition of paradise.

Giant Hogweed or Cow Parsnip

Cindy Ricksgers wrote, "We have very large healthy Cow Parsnip plants on this archipelago that mimic the appearance of Giant Hogweed but do not have the dangerous side effects. I have followed up on several reports of Giant Hogweed, but have always found this to be the case. At this time, to the best of our knowledge, we do NOT have Giant Hogweed on Beaver Island or the outer islands.
We do have a much smaller invasive plant - Wild Parsnip - that has similar burning, blistering side effects. The Beaver Island Association's pamphlet on our top 10 invasive plants (available for free at the Community Center) gives a good description of it. On Beaver Island, it has been noted off McCauley Road, and at the south end of the King's Highway. In every case, if you are unsure of a plant's safety or identity, it is best to steer clear, and seek expert advice."

Here is a comparison of the two plants:

Out in the Donegal Bay area in the Port of St. James, there are plants that are pretty tall, and some have thought that this might be Giant Hogweed. Here are some pictures of the plants out in the Island Woods area:

How about getting a botanist to make a trip out to this site, and provide us with an explanation about what this plant is and what it is not? That's the recommendation from Pam Grassmich, who arranged exactly that with Beth Leuck (a naturalist) and Ed Leuck (a botanist).

Ed Leuck explains the differences between the two plants

Ed Leuck, Pam Grassmick, and Beth Leuck

Video Interview of Ed Leuck on the plants in Port St. James HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 26, 2015

Beautiful morning! Clear skies and sunny. Right now it's 63°, wind is at 6 mph from the south west, humidity is at 60%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is 9 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. South west winds at 10 mph.

On this date of July 26, 1775 - A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin.

Did you know that the national anthems of Japan, Jordan, and San Marino each have only 4 lines?

Word of the day: fumarole (FYOO-muh-rohl) which means a hole in or near a volcano, from which vapor rises. Fumarole comes from the Latin word fūmāriōlum, which is a diminutive of the word meaning "smoke chamber."

Beaver Island Veterans Project (BIVP)

The Beaver Island community, AMVETS Post 46, and local friends of veterans are proud to announce the formation of the Beaver Island Veterans Project (BIVP). The BIVP's first-year project is to invite a disabled veteran to the island for a retreat of several days. A public presentation may also be given by the visiting veteran during that time. We are currently in contact with the Gaylord and Saginaw MI VA centers to find a worthy candidate for this program. The BIVP will be hosting special fund-raisers this August and September to support this effort. AMVETS Post #46 will be accepting tax-deductible donations for the BIVP and it's programs. Volunteer support is welcome and appreciated, so please watch this space for updates.

For more information, please contact Dickie McEvoy at 231-448-2799 or mcevoy0403@aol.com, or Jean Kinsley at 231-448-2856

The More Things Change

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 25, 2015

In the middle of the night we had a light show accompanied by exclamations by bass drums - a thunderstorm that only gave us a tiny bit of rain for all its strutting. Not even a 1/2 inch. Oh well, what we did get was needed. Right now it's 66°, wind is at 8 mph from the south west with gusts up to 22 mph, humidity is at 64%, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is at 5.2 miles. Today: Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely (although nothing is showing on radar), then partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 60°. West winds at 10 mph.

On this date of July 25, 1966 - The Monkees recorded their first single. The song was "The Last Train to Clarksville" and was later included on their self-titled debut album.

Did you know that the first aluminum drink can was introduced in 1964?

Word of the day: dubious (DOO-bee-us) which means 1. a : of doubtful promise or outcome b : questionable or suspect as to true nature or quality 2. : unsettled in opinion : doubtful Dubious derives from the Latin verb dubare, meaning "to hesitate in choice of opinions or courses," and it is related to the Latin word for "two": duo. Dubious can be used to indicate uncertainty about the result of an action or the truth of a statement as well as about the uncertainty of a person and his or her character. In either case, it usually implies a feeling of doubt from suspicion, mistrust, or hesitation.

Museum Week-Blacksmithing

July 24, 2015

Pictures and video by Phyllis Moore

One beautiful table!

Lots of interesting items available

Video of some blacksmithing


Run Beaver Island on Labor Day Weekend

You can plan a visit and invite a friend to the Beaver Island ½ Marathon, 10K and 5K. A new improved route for the 1/2 marathon route has been designed along with a port-a-john and more water stations. The shirts for this event will be performance fabric. Added to this year is a 10K route in additional to the 1/2 marathon and 5K. This year you can bring your pet with you on the 5K, and there will be a pet prize given for the best time. The proceeds for this Run Beaver Island event will go to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

Complete run info: http://beaverisland.org/run to learn about visiting Beaver Island please see www.beaverisland.org . Please share the information with a friend.


The ½ Marathon Course.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 24, 2015

It's 64° this morning, wind is at 7 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 61%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is at 7.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

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

Did you know that the expression to 'knuckle down' originated from playing marbles (players used to put their knuckles to the ground for their best shots)

Word of the day: stygian (STIJ-ee-uhn) which means 1. Dark or gloomy. 2. Hellish. 3. Unbreakable or completely binding (said of an oath). 4. Relating to the river Styx. In Greek mythology Styx was a river in the underworld over which souls of the dead were ferried by Charon (after whom Pluto’s largest moon is named). Styx was also the river by which oaths were sworn that even gods were afraid to break. The word is from Latin Stygius, from Greek Stygios, from Styx (the hateful). Earliest documented use: 1566.

A Donegal Bay Sunset

July 23, 2015

And a glorious sunset it was!

Lee Boisvert's Museum Week Presentation

The name of the American Indian group represented at the BICS Museum Week Presentation is Miniss Kitigan Drum (this translates to Garden Island with "Drum" referring to "band of people"). The name of the island is Miniss Kitigan (the group name is fashioned after the island they call their heart's home). Lee Boisbert gave a wonderful presentation about this group and the thirty-eight acres of property owned by the group named here. The cemetery that is normally referred to as the "Garden Island Indian Cemetery," doesn't have a separate name. The leader and teacher of this group was Keewaydinoquay Pakawakuk Peschel. The following is from Wikipedia:

"Keewaydinoquay Pakawakuk Peschel was a scholar, ethnobotanist, herbalist, medicine woman, teacher and author. She was an Anishinaabeg Elder of the Crane Clan. She was born in Michigan around 1919 and spent time on Garden Island, a traditional Anishinaabeg homeland.

She was the author of several books on herbs, Native American medicine and rare legends for children and adults. Keewaydinoquay founded the Miniss Kitigan Drum, a non-profit organization supporting the preservation and evolution of Great Lakes Native American traditions. Many referred to Keewaydinoquay lovingly as Nookomis (Grandmother). The group has ties with established and recognized tribes in the area.

She was the subject of a fair amount of controversy, much of it stemming from her willingness to teach those of other than native backgrounds. She said to critics that the time was late, and that people of good hearts and like minds needed to work together to offset the users and those that were actively hurting the earth. Some other elders at the time affirmed the wisdom of this, and later many who had earlier criticized her came to appreciate the wisdom of these teachings and proclaim them themselves.

She died on July 21, 1999 and was honored with a traditional Midewiwin ceremony on Garden Island. In March 2002, the Holy Hill Trust of Leland received a $11,520 Public Humanities Development grant for The Lifestory of Keewaydinoquay, Woman Between Worlds. The project includes researching the journals, work, letters, audio tapes, and oral teaching of Keewaydinoquay."

The tribe is Anishinaabe which simply means "first people".

Sandy Birdsall introduced Lee Boisvert.

Lee Boisvert

A full science lab at the BICS full of interested people were listening to this presentation.

Lee Boisbert shared the culture through song and chant with help from Kerry and Cheryl Podgorski.

Lee, Cheryl, Kerry, Lee's husband

Kerry Cheryl Lee and her husband with the Protar Lady in front.

Video of the Presentation is HERE

The Book on the Grandmother is "Keewaydinoquay, Stories from My Youth Paperback – March 2, 2006"

by Keewaydinoquay Peschel (Author), Lee Boisvert (Editor)

Museum Week-Skills and Games from the Past

(Photos by Phyllis Moore)

Approximately one hundred forty islanders and visitors attended this event on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Heritage Park across Donegal Bay Road from the District Library. The day was meant show some skills and games from the past. Some of these skills included churning butter, starting a fire from scratch, miliking, and cross-cut sawing. Some of the games included


Fire starting


Cross-cut sawing

All ages attended and found this demonstration interesting.

And then some games:

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 23, 2015

Hopefully everyone can handle another nice, summer day wink emoticon Right now it's 56°, wind is at 3 mph from the south east, humidity is at 54%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Light winds becoming west at 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

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

Did you know that some playing cards in India are round?

Word of the day: nocturnal (nok-TUHR-nuhl) which means relating to, happening, or active at night. From Latin nocturnalis (of the night), from nox (night). Earliest documented use: 1485. NOTE: Pluto’s moon Nix is named after Nyx, the ancient Greek goddess personifying night. In Roman mythology she’s known as Nox. The Latin word for night, nox, also appears in such words as equinox (equal day and night) and noctambulation (sleepwalking).

USCG Buckthorn Here and Alder Close By

(July 22, 2015, 9 pm)

The USCG has two vessel in the Beaver Island vicinity. The Buckthorn is docked at the Beaver Island Boat Dock here on the island, and the Alder is anchored approximately four miles out from Whiskey Point.

The Buckthorn came to Beaver Island from over by Drummond Island.

The lights out there belong to the Alder. The Alder's destination is Mackinaw City.

Men's Summer Golf League, Week 7

Ron W. & Larry
Ivan & Buck
Howard & Joe
Jeff M. & Ryan
Chuck & Ernie
Gerald & Kirk
Francis & Larry
Dan & Rob
Ron S. & David

* had bye week

0 bye week score

Week 7 Results

Team #1 beat Team #6 11-9
Team #7 beat Team #2 11-9
Team #4 beat Team #5 13-7
Team #8 beat Team #9 12-8
Team #3 BYE

Week 8 Schedule

Team #2 vs Team #8
Team #3 vs Team #6
Team #4 vs Team #7
Team #5 vs Team #9
Team #1 BYE


Baroque on Beaver ~ and All That JAZZ! – July 24-26, 2015

The first weekend of the Baroque on Beaver Festival will feature two benefit concerts and the Festival’s first classical chamber music performance of 2015.

July 24 - Baroque on Beaver Opening Night Benefit at the BI Community Center.
The fabulous jazz trio of Pete Siers on drums, Paul Keller on Bass and Terry Lower on piano is the headliner for a weekend of jazz inspired by the baroque masters.  Don’t miss one of Michigan’s greatest ensembles in a straight up jazz performance to launch B-on-B’s 14th season!  Sponsored by Hodgson Enterprises.  Tickets for reserved seats are $50 for the pre-concert gala reception and the concert, or $75 for both benefit performances, a $10 savings.

July 25 – Jazz and Baroque Jam Session:  Bach and the Blues, at the BI Community Center. 
B-on-B’s spectacular opening night jazz trio of Pete Siers, Paul Keller and Terry Lower share top billing with principal musicians of the Baroque on Beaver Orchestra.  Come hear baroque classics reimagined in syncopated rhythms and see the Baroque on Beaver Brass Quintet, String Quartet and Emerald Isle Winds show their jazz chops!  Tickets for reserved seats are $35.  Please call the Community Center at 231-448-2022.

July 26 – Big Ideas in Small Packages at the Community Center
The opening classical music concert for Baroque on Beaver’s 14th season features top ensembles from the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra performing musical gems from three centuries.  Music Director Robert Nordling has programmed a delightful potpourri of chamber music.  Soloists include Matt Thomas, Principal trumpet; Lynn Hansen, Principal oboe; and, Leslie Deppe, Principal flute.  This performance is open admission but freewill offering to offset costs is encouraged and greatly appreciated.

For information about the entire 2015 Festival, please see www.baroqueonbeaver.org

What's New at the Library?

There are two new bestsellers, two new audiobooks, two new children's books, and 44 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are "The Time of the Wolves: A novel" and "Triggers: How Behavior Change Begins, How to Make It Meaningful, How to Make It Last."

Museum Week-Music on the Porch

After an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social on Sunday, the previously traditional opening to Museum Week occurred on Monday night, July 20, 2015, beginning at 7 pm. The road from the museum to the public beach is closed off and the chairs are set up in front of the Print Shop Museum. This night is the showcase of some of the Beaver Island talent including year-round residents as well as summer residents and visitors. This event was very well attended with those who came and stayed throughout the many performances, as well as those who strolled by walking. Two vehicles of the RV and golf cart persuasion even blocked the intersection making it a one-way-at-a-time intersection.

The talents shown at this event impressed even the doubters. The Gerrish grandchildren were not the youngest performers. There was a young teenager in her early teens that performed playing a ukelele and singing to her own accompaniment. John McCafferty closed out the show after providing the sound equipment and working that equipment for the whole night. Thank you, John, for your help making this a wonderful showcase of talent.

Kitty McNamara, Director of the BI Historical Society welcomed all.

Kathy Speck was the excellent Master of Ceremonies and sheduled the order of the performers.

Celtic Kilroy started the program with a few songs featuring different instruments.

Then Celtic Kilroy invited Sheri Timsak up to join him for a song.

Then Sheri sang a song a capella (without accompaniment).

Relaxing and enjoying the music

Guitar-playing-Brazillian songs was Chris Screzenes.

Kathy and the entire audience mesmerized by the music performances.

Finishing up his last Brazillian song.

Sophia Spaner played ukelele and sang a couple songs.

Story-teller extraordinaire Doris Larsen was next. Her story brought a good heavy chuckle from the audience.

Kevin Bousquet played his guitar and song original songs.

All walks of life were represented from newcomer to long time participant in Museum Week.

Next up? The multi-talented Gerrish family grandchildren.

The Gerrish grandchildren were joined by Grandpa Gerrish. Some amazing music came out of the Gerrish family performances.

John McCafferty, sound man and performer, played and sang an Irish tune and an upbeat country song.

The program ended just before dusk and darkness set in. Another wonderful Music on the Porch!

Video of this event HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 22, 2015

It's looking to be another beautifully perfect, Beaver Island summer day! Right now it's 56°, wind is at 6 mph from the west, humidity is at 52%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of July 22, 1975 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his U.S. citizenship restored by the U.S. Congress.

Did you know that sound travels 10 times faster through granite than air?

Word of the day: Cerberus (SUHR-buhr-uhs) which means a powerful, hostile guard. From Latin, from Greek Kerberos. Earliest documented use: 1386. NOTE: Cerberus (also Kerberos) was the three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to Hades, the infernal region in classical mythology. Ancient Greeks and Romans used to put a slice of cake in the hands of their dead to help pacify Cerberus on the way. This custom gave rise to the idiom “to give a sop to Cerberus” meaning to give a bribe to quiet a troublesome person.
Cancerbero (from Spanish can: dog) is one of the Spanish terms for a goalkeeper in fútbol (football). Kerberos is the name given to an authentication protocol for computer networks.

BI Music Fest 2015

Another excellent and successful music festival for the Beaver Island Music Festival was apparent this past weekend. The transport van was making trips back and forth, back and forth all weekend. There were lots of music lovers wandering around the island this past weekend, and many fell in love with Beaver Island. Deb Bousquet did pictures and video of one day out at the festival site. Here are some of the pictures that she took:

More pictures HERE

Video of the BIMF 2015 HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 21, 2015

Gee, can you tell we slept in? Perhaps resting up for $2 Tuesday. It sure was nice. Right now I'm showing 59°, wind at 8 mph from the west, humidity at 54%, pressure rising from 1007 mb, visibility at 9.8, and the UV index at 1. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of July 21, 2011 - Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the last flight of NASA's space shuttle program.

Did you know that diamonds mined in Brazil are much harder than those found in Africa?

Word of the day: hydra (HY-druh) which means A persistent or multifaceted problem that presents a new obstacle when a part of it is solved. After the many-headed monster Hydra in Greek mythology. When its one head was cut off, it sprouted two more. It was ultimately slain by Hercules. From Latin Hydra, from Greek Hudra (water snake). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wed- (water, wet), which also gave us water, wash, winter, hydrant, redundant, otter, and vodka. Earliest documented use: 1374.

More Beaver Island Television

More Beaver Island TV - Indigo Guide Steve Martinez prepares to release a big small mouth bass caught during the July taping of a segment for Michigan Out Of Doors TV. (see photo www.facebook.com/beaverisland ) The PBS show is currently slated to air on August 6th. You can check here for local channels and times. https://www.michiganoutofdoorstv.com The host of the show is Jimmy Gretzinger. Thanks to Fresh Air Aviation for providing complementary transportation for the show.

Michigan Out of Doors is one of the country’s oldest shows on television dating back to the 1950’s when the original host / producer was Mort Neff. He was host from 1951-1975 and fished the Beaver Archipelago with Archie LaFreniere many times.  



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this meeting HERE

May 28, 2015

Video of this event is available HERE

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

BICS Board Meetings

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

May 12, 2015

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

View video May 21st Meeting HERE

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

SUMMER HOURS: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm
Sun 10am – 6pm


Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

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

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

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The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

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Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

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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Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 20, 2015

First of all, I'm going to start today by wishing Joe a Happy 44th Anniversary. I was thinking back... Joe was 20 and I was 23, that meant that I was old enough to buy the beer BUT he knew how to cook (my college roommates and I had hired him for that very job)... we eloped (my Dad had always said that if I eloped he'd give me $500 and a ladder; I'm still waiting on that promise) ...back then our first apartment was a whopping $150 a month and that included utilities... we've had lots of ups and downs but through it all we've been there for each other. I love you, Joe!

Right now it's 66°, wind is at 15 mph from the SW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 60%, pressure is falling from 1005 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds at 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.

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

Did you know that brontology is the study of thunder?

Word of the day: plutonian (ploo-TOH-nee-uhn) which means 1. Relating to the dwarf planet Pluto. 2. Relating to Pluto, the god of the underworld in the Greek mythology. 3. Relating to the underworld. Via Latin from Greek Plouton (Pluto, the god of the underworld). Earliest documented use: 1604.

Top O' the Pines

In the top of the pine tree, a cedar waxwing checks out the neighborhood.

Denis Sullivan Visits the Island

This sailing vessel is anchored in Paradise Bay tonight, July 19, 2015.

"The S/V Denis Sullivan is a re-creation of a typical 19th century 3-masted Great Lakes schooner. Her triangular sail on the upper foremast—the raffee—is a sail unique to Great Lakes schooners of the time. Schooners like the S/V Denis Sullvian were the common vessels on the Great Lakes from 1833 to the 1890s.

​The S/V Denis Sullivan's design was inspired by and based on five Great Lake schooners from the late 19th century: Moonlight, Rouse Simmons, Lucia A. Simpson, Clipper City and Challenge.

The ship is named after Captain Denis Sullivan, the owner and captain of the Moonlight in 1874.The Moonlight was said to the "Queen of the Lakes" because of the vessel's reputation of being the fastest and finest cargo vessel on the Great Lakes."


Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan

now available for review

The Department of Natural Resources invites those interested in the management of the Lake Michigan islands to review, ask questions and provide input on the draft Northern Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan.

This plan addresses state-managed land administered by the DNR on Beaver, Garden, High, Hog, North Fox, South Fox and Whiskey islands. In May and November 2014, the DNR hosted public meetings to gather input from island residents, partners, tribal governments, local governments and conservation organizations. Information from these meetings then was used to draft the plan.

“It’s been a great process of pulling together many different interests on the use of the state-managed land on Lake Michigan islands,” said DNR field operations manager Keith Kintigh. “We’ve used the information gathered to draft a management plan, and it’s now ready to be reviewed.”

Those who would like to comment on the draft plan are asked to email kintighk@michigan.gov before Aug. 31 or attend an open house Monday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School, 37895 King’s Highway on Beaver Island.

Today, Sunday, July 19, 2015 Mixed Doubles Golf

1:30 pm

Winners; Nel Worsfold and Jim McElwain

A more perfect day for golf could not have been planned in advance. There was a little southwest wind gusting to 20 mph, but the breeze kept the heat somewhat at bay. The eight teams of one male and one female headed out and play lasted approximately three hours. It was just a gorgeous day!

How was the golf? Well, for some it was amazing and for others it was not so amazing! The first place team was made up of Jim McElwain and Nel Worsfold with a score of 39. The second place team was Lars and Doris Larsen with a score of 40. Two teams tied for third place with a score of 41. Fun was had by all. We can all look forward to the next outing when it is scheduled

Baroque on Beaver Special Family Event

Baroque on Beaver Special Family Event:  Join musicians from the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra for a “Discover the Orchestra/Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” on, Saturday, August 1st from 2PM-3PM at the BI Community School. The zoo is free as is the “Family Concert that follows at the Beaver Island Community School Gymnasium.  The concert program features an engaging, age-appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for families. The petting zoo features generous and talented musicians from the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra, who will be on hand to teach and demonstrate the instruments. Don’t miss this opportunity to introduce your child to the world of music. Instruments furnished!   For more information, please call: 888-511-5189 x-103

Lori and Rory Deliver New Baby

Teagan Dale Connaghan was born at 9:22 pm on July 17,2015. He weighed 8.6 lb and was 21 iches long.

Proud mom Lori White and prouder dad Rory Connaghan announce that all are doing well.


Robert Gillespie Funeral

 Garden Tour Benefit  Another Big Hit!

How do you take a day out of your busy summer schedule to just have fun?  Come on the Garden Tour!  45 lucky attendees bought tickets and were treated to a full day of camaraderie,  interesting garden venues, great food, and transportation.  The Wellness Garden Benefit was able to entertain these guests with the help of many fine Beaver Islanders including our hosts:  Sue and Bob Welke,  Laurel Vietzen and Robert Warski, Doug Edgar and Sharolyn Hunter, Ray Matela, Ed and Willie Welter,  Amvets Representative  Bob Tidmore, and our final Dessert hostess Lois Stipp.

We also are most grateful for the generosity of our CMU transport vans and their drivers.  It would have been much more difficult to accomplish this without them!  We also would like to extend a hearty thank you to Eric and Dana Hodgson and the staff of the Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant, for the great food, prompt and attentive service as well as the lovely setting.  Many thanks also to island resident and former Garden Tour host,  Bruce Struik for the donation of his wonderful homemade cheesecakes! In one word:  scrumptious!  Thanks also to Lois Stipp and her volunteers at the Beaver Island Gallery for giving us a cool and elegant venue in which to have our final dessert stop.  

We can't go anywhere without our Beaver Island Press Corps, so thank you Frank Solle, Joe Moore, camera gal Deb Bousquet and Elaine West for the fine coverage.  Many thanks to landscaper Barb Rahn for her guidance as a docent in two of the gardens that she has personally planned, planted and cared for.  We learned the latin names for so many of the plants and flowers this year.

Have I mentioned our guest speaker at lunch, who stole the show?  Thank you Heidi Vigil for the humorous "expose"  on Gardening As We Age. Heidi you need to join our local Thespian group! Many compliments have been heard regarding this new addition to our lunch hour.

Let us not forget the many others who helped behind the scenes:   John Gordon (CMU station manager),  and his drivers Beth Uzarski, Vickie Newman,  and Crystal. Additionally we thank the  BIRHC staff for their never-ending help in coordinating ticket sales, the Wellness Gardeners Connie Wojan, Judy Jones, Alana Anderson, Sandy Howell, Leonor Jacobson, Jan Paul, and Jan Freeman for helping sell tickets out in just 5 days time; that's a new record!

Thank you BICS for letting us use the kiosk, as well as all the Beaver Island merchants who posted our flyers.

Lastly, but not leastly, I personally would like to thank Jan Paul for her amazing collection of prizes that she gave out all day long and kept the party going!  We even delivered them the next morning to people who had to leave early! The lunch planning and table decorations were all her work and nobody could have done a nicer job.  What a nice addition to our Garden Tour Benefit!

Dana D'Andraia may not have been here in person but her spirit came through in her writings.  Thank you Dana for all the scouting last fall, the interviews this spring, and the amazing "blurbs" you did on each garden. We missed your presence though!

One last thank you to our BI community for their continued support of the Wellness Garden Campus.  Each year our volunteers weed, mulch, fertilize, plant and water to help keep it thriving.  And yes, it has matured into one big bloomin' garden!  Stop by and smell the flowers, sit on the benches, visit our Fairy Garden which has been improved upon by Cheryl Podgorski. We couldn't do it without the community support and would be happy to have some new volunteers join us.  Thank You All.   

Submitted by Leonor Jacobson

BICS Special Board Meeting

July 20, 2015, 10 a.m.

Flood Area at Gull Harbor

The area out on the northern portion near Whiskey Point called Gull Harbor is flooded. Portions of the road at Gull Harbor and down near the "car wash" are flooded across the road. Several vehicles continue to drive through this flooded area churning up the gravel and clay into muddy, mucky mess. The CCRC, the road commission, has posted the ends of the road as 'Flood area' and getting stuck down there is your own fault. This roadway should be temporarily blocked off to prevent traffic. The trail area out at Gull Harbor is still accessible, and there are lots of trails behind the trail area to allow you to walk.

Posted near Whiskey Point Light on Gull Harbor Drive

Three pictures from the Whiskey Point entrance to Gull Harbor.

Three pictures from the 'car wash' end of Gull Harbor Drive

The high water isn't bothering this common tern.

Local School Boards Can Award Diplomas to Certain Veterans

Military veterans of World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam who did not receive their high school diploma due to their military service, can now be awarded a diploma by their local school district.

School districts within Char-Em ISD service area of Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties want to get the word out to area veterans about this recently passed legislation that authorizes Michigan school boards to award high school diplomas to the veterans or their families.

Public Act No. 55 of 2014 allows school districts to award diplomas to veterans who meet the following criteria:

  • Before graduation from high school, the military veteran enlisted or was drafted into the armed forces of the United States during World War II, the Korean conflict or the Vietnam era.
  • At the time of enlistment, the military veteran was enrolled in a high school in the school district to which the application is made.
  • The military veteran did not graduate from high school.
  • The military veteran served under honorable conditions during World War II, the Korean conflict or during the Vietnam era.

Qualified veterans or their families must complete an application and submit it to the district of the high school he/she was enrolled in at the time of enlistment. The application can be found at:
Questions about the process should be directed to the district superintendent’s office.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is committed to connecting those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families to the services and benefits they have earned through their service. The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, healthcare and quality of life. For more information, visit www.MichiganVeterans.com.


BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!! Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.





(This event was sold out on Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

Fifty people participated in this 5th Annual Wellness Garden Tour. Ten more people joined the group for lunch. The event was an excellent opportunity to not only enjoy the gardening efforts of some on the island, but also a great time. There will be pictures and photos of this event available when processed.

9:15- 9:30 am Board vans at Public Beach in downtown St. James

9:45  First Garden:  Welke House Whiskey Point

"Cottage by the Sea" -- How a place becomes named sometimes holds unexpected poignancy.  Let Bob Welke, only the third owner of this 1869 cottage, tell us how the name came to be after the Welkes purchased it in 1960. The Welkes have added to the original structure slowly over the years,  including the stone fireplace which Sue chose over indoor plumbing!! But this is a garden tour, and there's far more garden than the pretty patch by the front door.  Sue is blessed with limestone rocks, sand, and a fierce wind that crosses the bay.  So Sue makes her vegetable as well as flower container gardens in the shelter of the house. The spirit of Sue's garden lies in the way she responds to the necessities of modern living.  A new well head placed smack dab in the middle of the lawn is now encircled by flowers all summer long. This year she spotted the transformer box as a blight upon her soil and therefore and asked her artist  granddaughter Kate Welke to turn it into a garden of paint.  Seems like this could be a new trend! Thank you Sue and Bob for all your hard work in keeping our island harbor as a welcoming sight for over 50 years now.

10:30 am  Head to 26205 Pine St.


"Northern Flight" -- Here is another naming story:  When Laurel Vietzen and Robert Warski acquired this property it was called Vale of Tralee.  However multiple evidence pointed to a previous name,  Northern Flight, which seems perfect for these two who came here for escape and quiet.
Their landscaper, Barb Rahn, has also hit it right for the gardens here.  In her words:   "There are three things about this very shady retreat.  First, native plants are incorporated into each of the five garden spaces.  Second, the stone borders have nestled stones rather than  stones in a linear border. Third, the homeowners have incorporated antiques from the premises to add whimsy to their landscape.  You will see plenty of native Beaver Island plants including Columbine, Solomon's Seal, Forget-me-nots, Hepatica, Mosses and Snowberry. Barb has introduced carefully selected hybrids to mingle with the natives making it appear as though they had always been there.  Barb's discerning eye and deft hand make this setting perfectly Beaver Island appropriate.
It is just right. Thanks Laurel and Bob.

11:15 am 27321 Donegal Bay Rd:

"Camp Beaver" -- After long careers in law enforcement, how does a couple keep busy in retirement?  Doug Edgar and Sharolyn Hunter (aka Pinky) will show us how... and HOW!!  A committed boater, Doug was tricked by an Irishman into making a purchase on dry land which turned out to be an unfinished log cabin in the woods. Jump ahead fifteen years and we have a completed home in a large clearing with several purposeful outbuildings in our sight.  There are so many collections and projects, and humor --Not subtle!--you just have to call it a blue sky "Man Cave".  But wait! There's more. Here is a garden created with imagination and heart, along with all that energy.  Don't miss the picture map in stone, and let our host tell the stories of how his plantings hold memories.  Take a peek in Sharolyn's studio and then wander down "Pinky's Path"  to end our tour outside his "gated" premises. Thanks to you both, Doug and Sharolyn.

12 noon:    Lunch at the Lodge -- Thank you Dana and Eric for allowing our group to spend their lunch hour in the luxurious surrounds of the Beaver Island Lodge and Restaurant.  Jan Paul has planned (with Eric) a lovely lunch, a few door prizes, and a guest speaker who you all will recognize.

1:15pm :  26080 Main St.

"Harbor House" -- We all go by this lovely abode each time we are on Main Street. The home of Ray Matela and his family of 7 kids has been adorned with flowers inspired by his wife Grace (who was the BIRHC accountant for many years).  The Knock-Out roses are splendid and cover the front harbor border blooming continuously and with little maintenance. Heidi Vigil has filled the planters in her usual artful manner, and Ray just has to sit back and "smell the roses" in his retirement.  His son John, keeps watch of Harbor House in the winter when Ray heads to California to see family. Grace Boyle Matela grew up on Beaver Island and so their summers here meant loads of family parties, including a special one for her mother Beatrice's 80th birthday.  Ray recalls Joe McDonough and Ed Wojan hauling a piano over to his deck on a barge of Joe's,  just for such a party!   Never a dull moment he says. Skip Duhammel carved his totem pole out on the street side of Harbor House.  Each carved figure is a symbol of their life:     Top ---- Polish Eagle for his dad
                  Second---RAM's head for Ray's initials
                   Third-- seven fish represents seven children
                   Fourth--- wise old owl (Grace)
                   Fifth ---Beaver Island
                   Bottom--- turtle for Jack Boyle
Now we will see his family story when we go by Harbor House on Main Street. Thanks to you Ray!!

2:00pm   Ed and Willie Welter's  Main St.:  

"The Boathouse" -- This is a very public space, seen from the sidewalk or through your vehicle's windows and even by boaters in the harbor.  This is why Ed and Willie Welter want it to be cheerful and inviting.  If you ever wondered if a perennial  will offer color all season long, this is your garden. Check out the Geranium "Rozanne", Heuchera "Georgia Peach", and the "Stella D'Oro" day lillies.  Each of them offering color from May through October. They can be seen in the Children's Garden next to their picnic area. PLEASE refrain from walking on the stone path in the Children's area. This part of our tour will be guided by landscaper Barb Rahn.  She will tell us about this happy gathering place where multi-generations have had their outdoor activities.  It is a space where water, boats, gardens and shelter all meet. A one-of-a-kind bench anchors one corner, and summer blooming perennials and shrubs add easy color. Barb has updated their garden with lovely, well-grown plantings. Beyond the turf grass is a shore which we have to watch our step on, but walk out on the dock to enjoy the harbor view.  Lastly, the Children's Garden is just that:  for the kids;  so please look, but don't wander in!   Be sure to thank the Welters for letting us in today

 2:45pm Main St.:

 "Veteran's  Park" -- As is our custom, we like to feature one of our "public" spaces that has been taken care of by a group of dedicated individuals, our Amvets Post #426.   This park was given to them as an easement by Wolverine Power after the old generator was taken down. Many people have been instrumental in planning, building the site, raising the funds for the memorial, putting in the honorary bricks and they need to be thanked.  Bob and Peg Hoogendoorn have done the flower plantings, Alvin LaFreniere cares for the flags (which often need to be replaced due to weather and wind damage at $125 each!). Members of the post have placed the brick pavers. This is an ongoing project that we should all recognize as important to our BI veterans.  Donations are gratefully accepted at PO Box #319. Please thank a vet for their service to our country.
Thanks to Bob Tidmore for his talk today.

3:00pm    Donegal Bay Rd.  Beaver Island Art Gallery (formerly Montaage)   "Just Desserts" -- This day will end with something old turning into something new!!  This new owner has already proven herself as a dedicated business owner and fine artist.  She volunteers and donates time and energy to many BI functions. She supports the community and is opening her doors for our dessert tea.  Can you guess where our last stop is today? The dessert has been lovingly made by Bruce Struik, long-time gardener and once a Garden Tour host.  His cheesecake was a big hit then and will be today! Thanks for joining in our Fifth Celebration of our Wellness Garden Benefit.  All the proceeds after costs will fund our Wellness Garden project at both the BIRHC and Forest View.

Video of the Garden Tour HERE

Thanks from Leonor Jacobson, Jan Paul, Dana D'Andraia and the Wellness Gardeners.  

BICS Board Meeting

July 13, 2015

Here is the agenda:

Video for the meeting HERE

Flowers in the Yard

Clematis, White Rose, Lilies, Red Rose, and two-tone orange and red rose

Interesting Harbor Clouds

These were taken on July 13, 2015, at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Vivian Olivia Cary Enters the World

Vivian Olivia Cary into the world July 12, 2015, at 12:53 a.m. She weighs 6 pounds 11 ounces, and she's 20 perfect inches long! Mommy (Leaha Grace Cary) and baby are both doing great.

Ford Outfitters TV Show Beaver Island Episode

Sportsman Channel Sunday July 19, 2015

“A big THANKS to the Boat Co & Isle Haven Resort. This show was slated for September. It is running in the #3 spot in July because the producers think it is so good! You’re going to find this shockingly well done. It is far and away the biggest budget & best TV piece ever done about Beaver Island. It includes overhead drone and underwater footage,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve West.

With the Ford level budget it is the top of the line on InterMedia's Sportsman Channel. A 26 second teaser will be available here soon. http://www.thefordoutfitters.com/ The show airs on channel 395 on Dish Network and is available on most of the large cable systems. Once the show has aired it will be available to view on line at the web address above.

All air times for episode #3



JULY 19th



JULY 21st



JULY 23rd










Community Cook-Out

The District Library Youth Group sponsored a Community Cook-Out at the Peaine Township Park behind the Peaine Township Hall on July, 12, 2015. This event featured potluck dishes and grilled hot dogs and brats. The event began at 5 p.m. and was scheduled to continue until 10 p.m. The event was to benefit the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund to help those with medical issues with transportation costs. The event raised over $800 from free will donations.

Gerald hard at work cooking hotdogs and brats

The layout of potluck dishes

Video Clip of the Cook-out


Gallery Open House

The Gallery owned and operated by Lois Stipp opened in the location of the former Montaage. The Gallery had an Open House on July 12, 2015. The video clip of this open house provides the viewer with an idea of the variety and the extensive collection of paintings, photographs, and other items available at this location.

A few examples

Video Clip of the Open House


Men's Summer Golf League Results for Week 6

Ron W. & Larry L.
Ivan & Buck
Jeff M. & Ryan
Dan & Rob
Howard & Joe
Gerald & Kirk
Chuck & Ernie
Francis & Larry
Ron S. & David


Bye Week


Bye Week completed
Team #5 beat Team #1 11-9
Team #6 beat Team #2 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #3 15-5
Team #8 beat Team #4 11-9
Posted in Clubhouse

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library will now be staying open until 8 pm on Thursday evenings and opening at 11 am Saturday mornings.

So BIDL hours are as follows:

Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 11-5

Calling All Bookies

Calling all Bookies (the kind that LOVE BOOKS, not gambling...:)!!
BOBI (Bookies of Beaver Island) Meets at The Beaver Island District Library

Summer is here at long last! We think Mother Nature understands this now and will act accordingly for us all to enjoy some great weather :) The undeniable sign of summer; EIGHT dynamic people at BOBI last night, and a lively discussion of " A Fall of Marigolds"!
We decided the author would have benefited by having us as consultants, but despite that, overall the book was a good read.
Lots of talk about who is reading what, and book idea swaps. We are a diverse group in our tastes, which adds to the fun as we read outside our comfort zones.

Coming up...
For our Tues, July 28, 7pm meeting: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien 

About young men in the Vietnam war---from a new angle.
(Already in at BIDL, if you need a copy, please check with Patrick, MG, or Kathy to sign out-we have 2 copies and BOBI has priority on these books until our meeting, so please reading return promptly when you finish so everyone has a chance)

For our Tues, Aug 25, 7pm meeting: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

This author was just at BIDL for a reading, and everyone loved her!
A novel about life in the U.P.

For our Tues, Sept 22, 7pm meeting: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

It has everything from elephant behavior to human parent/child relationships.

For our Tues, Oct 27, 7pm meeting: Lost In Shangri-La by Michael Zuckoff

Stranded on an island with Stone-Age natives...

We tried to pick a good variety of books, and had plenty of suggestions to choose from. Hope to see everyone on July 28th! And an early Happy 4th to all!
Brenda Welter

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled

Museum Week Planned

At the Library

Coming this Summer

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