B. I. News on the 'Net, July 27-August 2, 2015

Birth Announcement

Brittany Teal Crandall Bousquet and David Bousquet announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Rai Bousquet. She weighed 7lb 8 oz and is 20 1/4" long, She was born at 2:42 p.m on August 3, 2015, in Lansing, Michigan. Proud grandparents are Yvonne and Steve Crandall and Debbie and Kevin Bousquet.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for August 3, 2015

Well, that was quite the exciting Sunday all over northern Michigan. We wanted rain and we got it in spades (1 1/4 inches) along with lightning, thunder, and high winds. Right now it's 58°, wind is at 6 mph from the west, humidity is at 55%, pressure is steady at 1004 mb, and visibility is at 3.2 miles (although it looks a lot clearer to me than that). Anyhow, for today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of August 3, 1750 - Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. It was titled "A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management." Contrary to the harsh methods common in some colonial schools, Dock preferred to use gentler techniques. He sought to build character in his students, using persuasion, discussion, and positive peer pressure to encourage the highest standards of behavior among them. He disciplined poor behavior and attitudes with thoughtfulness and understanding, seeking to make the punishment suitable to the student as well as to the infraction being addressed.

Did you know that most spiders have transparent blood?

Word of the day: micturate (MIK-chuh-rayt, MIK-tuh-) which means to urinate. From Latin micturire (to want to urinate), from meiere (to urinate). Ultimately from the Indo-European root meigh- (to urinate), which also gave us mist, thrush, and mistletoe. Earliest documented use: 1842.

Ceremony to Honor Native American Veterans

This ceremony took place on August 1, 2015, beginning with the assembly of participants close to 12:30 pm at the Beaver Island AMVETs Veterans' Memorial.

 Draft Ceremony Agenda

·      At 12:45 the color guards from Grand Traverse and Little Traverse raise their separate Tribal flags on the left and right flagpoles.

1:00 PM

·      Flyover by Island Airways

·      Welcome to visitors, housekeeping, history of park (movie at 3:00 etc.) Bob Tidmore

·      Pledge of allegiance  Alvina Napont

·      Albert Colby opens ceremony

·      Joe Mitchel from Charlevoix opening ceremony

·      Comments from Albert Colby

·      Comments from Grand Traverse Tribe Speaker

·      George Anthony; the history of Native Americans and their service in the Armed Forces. 

·      Comments from other guests

·      Reading of the name of each veteran—the ringing of a bell will follow each name

·      Rifle Salute for Robert Keshik from High Island who was killed in action in Korea August 5, 1950.  Post 46 will provide the men and rifles.

o   The color  guards and Post 46 lower all flags to ½ mast.

o   Joe Mitchel blessing

o   The reading of Robert Keshik’s background and service history.

§  Detail attention—

§  Detail Present Arms

§  Taps---Post 120 from Grand Traverse City

§  Rifle Salute—Post 46 Beaver Island

§  Detail Order Arms—

§  Detail—At Ease—

·      Closing comments—Albert Colby

·      Detail Dismissed---Post 46 and color guards—Bob Tidmore

(DSC pictures by Phyllis Moore, P pictures by Deb Bousquet)

The bricks in the Memorial Walk at the Veteran's Memorial for the American Indian Veterans

The bell to be rung for each veteran added to the walk

Phyllis' panorama

Panaorama from pics by Deb

Additional pictures of the event

Phyllis' Video of Specific Parts of the Dedication

Flyover by Island Airways

Rifle Salute


Yah Wheh Ha

View video of the entire dedication HERE 


by Cindy Ricksgers

A Violent Storm Passes

Update Number 2: It's 7:30 pm and four waves of thunderstorms have passed over Beaver Island. The Island got over an inch and a quarter of rain according to the weather station on Carlisle Road. There are mud puddles in the roadways on most gravel roads. One of the puddles was twenty feet long and six feet wide. There are plenty of plants that are actually saying, "Ahhhhh," as the moisture has saved some, but others are beyond saving. Time to check out the garden tomorrow to see if anything is left after the wind and the rain.

Update: The rain has started again as of 11:30 a.m. at the Carlisle weather station.

Reports of power outages due to downed trees on Old Fox Lake Road, Fox Lake Road, and West Side Road have come in. The Beaver Island Fire Department was calling for the Charlevoix County Road Commission on the local radio frequency. The assumption is that the Road Commission should be out clearing some of the downed trees and removing them from the roadways. The two Dangerous Weather Alerts were posted and have passed as of 11 a.m. The Carlisle Road weather station shows three-quarters of an inch of rain came down during this storm. If the power is not out at your location, it is probably flickering.

Radar of the storm at 11 a.m.

It also appears that there is more storm west of the island headed this direction. Several comments from the CCE Dispatch Center suggest that there are lots of issues across the area. One sincere request was made by the dispatch center to keep all traffic down to open the airways for priority one traffic. In other words, the storm is causing so many issues that the dispatch center is overwhelmed with phone calls and radio communications.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for August 2, 2015

It's pouring rain outside at at 8 a.m.

Maybe today will mark the end of this drought. We need rain badly. The fire danger is very high. The past two weeks have been beautiful for vacationers, but we do need the moisture. Right now it's 67°, wind is at 12 mph from the south, humidity is at 62% making it feel a bit muggy, pressure is falling from 1008 mb, and visibility is at 4.6 miles. Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then periods of the same in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Periods of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then numerous showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some of the thunderstorms may be severe. Lows around 60°. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of August 2, 1892 - Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.

Did you know that Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins (Elsa Lawenthal and Emma Wedgewood respectively)?

Word of the day: brusque (bruhsk) which means 1. : markedly short and abrupt 2. : blunt in manner or speech often to the point of ungracious harshness. French brusque, from Italian brusco, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's-broom (plant with bristly twigs)
First Known Use: 1651

August Dinner

The Homecoming August Dinner is Sunday, August 9, 2015, from 4:30-7:30 pm or until they run out of chicken. The menu includes chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, slaw, rolls, and desserts. The dinner cost is $12/ adult dinner, $6 kids.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for August 1, 2015

Joe and some of his pals are headed to Cheboygan today to check out the son-in-laws family golf course. It looks like they are going to have a great day for whacking that little white ball. It's 63° outside this morning, the sky is lit up like daylight thanks to the full moon, wind is at 9 mph from the west, humidity is at 58%, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered rain showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of August 1, 1790 - The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.

Did you know that a queen termite has a long lifespan and is typically the oldest termite in the colony? Termite queens can live 25 to 50 years, with peak egg production for up to 10 years.

Word of the day: noctambulous (nok-TAM-byuh-luh s) which means of, relating to, or given to sleepwalking. Noctambulous dervies from the Latin nox meaning "night" and ambulāre meaning "to walk." It entered English in the early 1700s.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 31, 2015

It's 66°, wind is at 7 mph from the south west, humidity is at 63%, pressure is steady at 1011 mb, and visibility is at 8.1 miles. Today: Partly sunny with a 30% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.

On this date of July 31, 1971 - Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV).

Did you know that it takes 110 silkworm cocoons to make an average tie?

Word of the day: gehenna (gi-HEN-uh) which means 1. Hell. 2. Any place of extreme torture or suffering. From Latin gehenna, from Greek Geenna, from Hebrew ge-hinnom (hell), literally, the valley of Hinnom, or from ge ben Hinnom (valley of the son of Hinnom). It’s not clear who this Hinnom fellow was. In the Bible, the valley was known as a place of child sacrifice. Ultimately, this word is from the same Semitic root that gave Arabic jahannam (hell) which, in Hindi, became jahannum. Earliest documented use: 1594.

Things You Don't Expect on a Golf Course

While it wouldn't be unusual to see a monarch on the golf course in July, it certainly is unusual for one to land on your hand gloved with a golf glove while sitting in the shade awaiting your competition for the day.

Phragmities Administrator Position

Actual Facts about Differences in Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support

(and Who’s in Charge after declaration of an emergency) Part III
By Joe Moore, paramedic and paramedic instructor

Who should make transport arrangements for all emergency patients on Beaver Island?

The following question was submitted to the Director of EMS, Marvin Helmker, Michigan Department of Community Health, now MDHHS.
So who should be arranging emergency medical transport of the patient?
Marvin Helmker, EMS Division of MDCH, states:
“I would say more appropriately (the paramedic would function) in accordance with the local MCA protocols, as well as consultation with the receiving ED physician.”

In a life threatening or could-become a life threatening condition, where should the patient be transported?
Here are some quotes from the State of Michigan EMS protocols:

“Transport Destination Decisions A. In matters of imminent threat to life or limb, (the ambulance must) transport to the closest appropriate facility*. …

c. No other individuals are permitted to determine destination of patient
without prior approval of on-line medical control: (police, fire, bystander physician, etc.) 
(And there are protocols for this to happen, after EMS provider contact with medical control physician.)

*Closest appropriate facility may be a facility capable of providing definitive care or, if definitive care is not readily available, resuscitative care for the patient’s condition in consultation with on-line medical control or as defined by protocol.”
“The patient experiences an imminent threat to life or clinical deterioration and, in the medical judgment of the EMS personnel, the patient may be transported to the closest appropriate facility. Documentation of the reason for the diversion shall be included in the EMS patient care record.”

Does the primary care provider have the authority to dictate treatment of an emergency patient?

Marvin Helmker says, “It is my understanding that once a caller has declared a medical emergency, EMS is in charge of patient assessment and treatment upon arriving on the scene.  If another medical professional is on the scene, the hope would be that this individual would work cooperatively with EMS for the benefit of the patient.  If this does not occur, the highest licensed EMS provider on the scene should contact medical control for their direction in how to proceed.  Typically, if the non-EMS medical professional on scene wishes to assume patient care responsibilities, he/she would be required to accompany the patient in the ambulance to the hospital.  (see 333.20967, PA 368 of 1978, Part 209)”

To whom is the EMS agency accountable?

Based upon R 325.22202, An EMS agency is accountable to the medical control authority, not to the providers of the rural health center.

“(A medical control authority must)(g) Make each licensed life support agency and individual accountable to the medical control authority in the provision of emergency medical services, as defined in department-approved protocols.”
“Rule 210. (1) Each life support agency and emergency medical services personnel licensed under this part is accountable to the medical control authority in the provision of emergency medical services within the medical control authority region, as defined in department-approved protocols.”

Who determines the transport method and destination of the patient?

No one except the medical control physician has the authority to demand BIEMS personnel transport a patient to a specific location or using a specific emergency air transport service nor does anyone have authority to demand a patient be transported to a facility that is not the “closest appropriate facility” as defined in EMS law, rules, and protocols.  The transport destination is determined by the EMS agency personnel after consultation with the medical control physician and the patient.

Act 368 of 1978

333.20967 Authority for management of emergency patient or management of scene of emergency; declaring nonexistence of emergency.
Sec. 20967.
(1) Authority for the management of a patient in an emergency is vested in the licensed health professional or licensed emergency medical services personnel at the scene of the emergency who has the most training specific to the provision of emergency medical care. If a licensed health professional or licensed emergency medical services personnel is not available, the authority is vested in the most appropriately trained representative of a public safety agency at the scene of the emergency.
(2) When a life support agency is present at the scene of the emergency, authority for the management of an emergency patient in an emergency is vested in the physician responsible for medical control until that physician relinquishes management of the patient to a licensed physician at the scene of the emergency.
(3) Authority for the management of the scene of an emergency is vested in appropriate public safety agencies. The scene of an emergency shall be managed in a manner that will minimize the risk of death or health impairment to an emergency patient and to other individuals who may be exposed to the risks as a result of the emergency. Priority shall be given to the interests of those individuals exposed to the more serious remediable risks to life and health. Public safety officials shall ordinarily consult emergency medical services personnel or other authoritative health professionals at the scene in the determination of remediable risks.
(4) If an emergency has been declared, the declaration that an emergency no longer exists shall be made only by an individual licensed under this part or a health professional licensed under article 15 who has training specific to the provision of emergency medical services in accordance with protocols established by the local medical control authority.

Time to definitive care is the most important issue that a EMS provider must consider during the determination of transportation destination and method. 

So which method of transportation gets the patient to definitive care in the shortest amount of time? 

The answer to this is so obvious to everyone on the island that I can’t believe that it is even questioned.  If an aircraft is sitting at Welke Airport on Beaver Island, ready and available, the priority one patient can be at Charlevoix Area Hospital Emergency Room or McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital Emergency Room in less than an hour.  Since “Time is Muscle” in a cardiac emergency, and “Time is Tissue” in a possible stroke, and time is an important issue in most priority one and priority two patients, why would it make sense to contact any off-Island air transport providers for most priority one and two patients?  There may be situations in which the paramedic would make a decision to contact an off-Island air transport, but these are few and far between, and would be based upon a decision made between the medical control physician and the paramedic according to the legislation, rules, and protocols.  Time is also saved because the BIEMS paramedic doesn’t have to provide an oral and written report to anyone since the BIEMS paramedic will get into a BIEMS licensed aircraft heading to a destination that was determined by that paramedic and the medical control physician.  The BIEMS licensed air transport vehicle will take just 20 minutes to fly and land at Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport and no more than ten minutes to the definitive care at either hospital mentioned above.

The same equipment will accompany the patient and the paramedic from the ambulance and in the aircraft, so the switching of equipment will not be necessary at the airport.  Time will not need to be taken to write out the report for the ambulance run, prior to turning the patient over to the air transport service.  How much time does this save?  Well, if you consider the calls in which an off-Island air transport vehicle was called, the time taken after the patient is loaded into the aircraft may exceed fifteen minutes, while equipment is attached, baseline vital signs are taken, and yet another patient assessment takes place by EMS providers not familiar with the patient and the previous assessments done on Beaver Island.  In just another few minutes using Island Airways aircraft, the patient could be at the hospital instead of sitting on the tarmack of the township airport.

So, the Beaver Island EMS paramedic in charge, or the EMT in charge, should be making the transport method decision, the transport destination decision, and the method of treatment decisions in consultation with the medical control physician; and the rural health center provider should be alerting EMS prior to any transport arrangements being made.  This is what the BIRHC policy, signed by Dr. Newcomb, states.  This is what the EMS law, administrative rules, and the State of Michigan protocols, adopted by Charlevoix Medical Control Authority, also state.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 30, 2015

Another beautiful day on the island. Right now it's 68°, wind is at 17 mph from the south west, humidity is at 60%, pressure is steady at 1008 mb, and visibility is more than 10 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of July 30, 1945 - The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack. NOTE: this story is a fabulous book, if you like non-fiction.

Did you know that bees can see ultraviolet light?

Word of the day: manna (MAN-uh) which means an unexpected help, benefit, or advantage. Via Latin and Greek from Hebew man (manna). In the Bible manna was the food supplied to the Israelites by the heavens during their wandering in the desert. Earliest documented use: mid 5th century.

What's New at the Library?

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-57 ***

There are one new bestseller, one new children's book, and 24 other new books.

The new bestseller this week is "The Martian: A Novel."

Summer Men's Golf League Results

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

0 means the team had a bye week

Chuck and Ernie is the only team that hasn't had a bye week

Team #8 beat Team #2 13-7
Team #6 beat Team #3 14-6
Team #7 beat Team #4 14-6
Team #5 beat Team #9 13-7
Team #1 vs Team #9
Team #2 vs Team #5
Tam #3 vs Team #8
Team #6 vs Team #7
Team #4 BYE

Meeting Video Recordings

An Editorial by Joe Moore

There have been some suggestions that Beaver Island News on the 'Net has purposely edited out certain portions of certain meetings for the benefit of certain board members. First of all, since I do all the editing, processing, and posting of videos, I wish to notify everyone who subscribes to News on the 'Net, that I do NOT edit out anything purposefully from a public meeting video. If something is missing from the video, it certainly is accidental. If anything thing is edited out of the video, it is because someone's name has been used in the public meeting in a disciplinary setting without the person being present to defend themselves. This has only happened once in all the years of providing video to these meetings. Once in a while there will be a glitch or a forgetful videographer will forget to turn the video camera on record or something like that, but none of this is done on purpose or at the request of any board member.

These videos are completed and recorded and posted and are kept available for a minimum of four years. They are only removed after four years because the memory requirements and storage costs would be prohibitive without financial help to accomplish a longer period of storage. Usually four years is sufficient, but if someone wants to step up and pay for additional storage of the video, BINN will gladly do so. If the boards were willing to provide an external hard drive, I would happily keep these videos for longer, recording them on the external hard drive as I process the video.

I would like to repeat this one more time. BINN does not and never has purposely removed any video of any public meeting, nor any portion of any video of a public meeting because a board member asked it be removed.

Electronically signed by Joe Moore, editor of BINN

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 29, 2015

Is this getting a little boring for you? All these perfect summer days in a row? At 7:00 a.m. and it's already 71°, wind is from the south at 10 mph, humidity is at 65% making it feel rather muggy, pressure is steady at 1009 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

On this date of July 29, 1588 - The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.

Did you know that flies can react to an object it sees and change direction in less than 30 milliseconds?

Word of the day: leviathan (li-VY-uh-thuhn) which means something very large and powerful. Via Latin from Hebrew liwyathan (whale). Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew liwyāthān. Earliest documented use: 1382.

Actual Facts about Differences in Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support

(and Who’s in Charge after declaration of an emergency) Part II
By Joe Moore, paramedic and paramedic instructor

ALS Runs by Joe Moore, paramedic, during 2014

Here is a link to a youtube video that explains the differences between ALS and BLS ambulances:

Here is the Wikepedia article explaining the difference between ALS and BLS:

Joe Moore, paramedic, went on a total of 71 ambulance runs and flights in the year of 2014.  Advanced life support skills and equipment were available for all 71 events.  Out of 71 patient runs and patient flights, 15 patients were treated and transported at a basic life support level including four who were flown off the island with Island Airways,  5 patients were not transported (two of these were treated at the advanced life support level and released), and 2 patients were dead on scene.  The rest of these runs and flights were advanced life support and required a paramedic.  Every single one of these was entered into a data base as required by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health and can be verified.

This makes a total of 49 advanced life support ambulance runs and flights completed by one paramedic, Joe Moore.  Runs entered into the data base by another paramedic will not show up in my list of runs.  Nineteen (19) of these were advanced life support flights of patients off the island using Island Airways.

Thirty (30) of these were advanced life support ambulance runs on Beaver Island.  NIneteen of these thirty patients were flown off the island using Island Airways at an advanced life support level. Four additional patients were taken off island by Valley Medflight.  One was taken off island by USCG helicopter, and one was taken off the island on a USCG boat.

This makes five advanced life support runs of Joe Moore’s patients being treated and released by the BIRHC.

I have worked side by side with all the providers of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center:  Michael McGinnity, Penny Kiss, Susan Meis, Bev Russell, Chris VanLooy, and Sue Solle.  I have worked in the BIRHC and in Charlevoix Hospital for clinical with Dr. Newcomb and Dr. Mann.  We have all worked together for the benefit of the patient.

So, I guess I know the difference between an ALS run and a BLS run.  If a patient has received an IV, an advanced airway, or any medication by mouth, an injection into a muscle, or a medication by the IV line, this patient is NOT a basic life support patient.  It is an advanced life support run requiring a paramedic. 

While I am explaining this, I need to also explain that the assessment and the treatments by a basic EMT in a basic life support ambulance are entirely different than the assessment and treatments provided by a paramedic in an advanced life support vehicle.  The paramedic does a body-systems assessment and makes a differential diagnosis, and treats the body system(s) that are affected. 

If you are not sure about that, I would suggest that you compare the education of a basic EMT of 192 hours of classroom time with 32 hours of clinical with 1100 hours of classroom time for a paramedic, clinical skills based upon completion of the skills in the clinical environment of a hospital, and an internship with an Advanced Life Support ambulance.  A new paramedic has at least six times the educational hours and six times the experience of a new EMT.

If the BIRHC and the BIEMS are allowed by Charlevoix Medical Control Authority  to continue the wonderful partnership that has been established, then it makes no difference whether the treatments happen at the BIRHC, prior to the BIRHC, or whether the ambulance bypasses the BIRHC.  An advanced life support run is not determined by where the advanced treatment takes place.   BIRHC is not a licensed facility.  There are no transfers from a doctor’s office or a rural health center.

Scenario 1:  As an example, let’s suppose that a patient walks into the medical center with chest pain.  The provider at the BIRHC gives the patient the treatments for chest pain including all of the same treatments that are required and these are done at the BIRHC.  The provider then determines that the patient needs to go to the hospital.  This patient is still an advanced life support patient even if all of the treatments are provided at the rural health center because a basic EMT cannot monitor a patient that has had advanced life support interventions because more interventions may be needed, and a basic EMT cannot do these interventions.

Scenario 2:  In this scenario, the chest pain patient calls for the ambulance from his home.  The patient could have had all the same treatments completed by the paramedic before the patient was taken to the medical center.  This makes it an advanced life support run.

Scenario 3:  Or, the same treatments as in scenario two were completed without a stop at the medical center.  The decision to bypass the BIRHC is made by the paramedic on call.   It is still an advanced life support run. 
In all three scenarios, the runs require a paramedic and the runs are advanced life support runs due to the level of care provided to the patient.

So, tell me now why we don’t need advanced life support on Beaver Island.  Tell me now how a primary care provider can step right in and do the job of a paramedic in the field.  And lastly, tell me what State of Michigan legislative statute allows an RN, an FNP, or a PA to function in the back of an advanced life support ambulance or an air transport vehicle licensed by the State of Michigan.  The fact is that they can, if and only if, they are also licensed as a paramedic or there is another paramedic onboard.

The following statistics relate only to the runs mentioned above.  Out of 71 total runs, 15 of them were “only” basic life support runs.  This represents 21% of the runs.  They are basic life support runs because the advanced life support assessment did not reveal any advanced life support issues that required advanced life support treatments.  Using simple arithmetic, this means that 79% of the runs were advanced life support runs.  In the runs by Joe Moore, 49 of them were advanced life support runs, not the seventeen runs reported by another source.

I will very gladly grant that the providers at the BIRHC are very competent and excellent at providing care.  I will admit that many of the patients who needed care in 2014 were provided that care by these same providers.  I will also say that a lot of the advanced care provided to the advanced life support patients were provided that advanced care by these providers.  Just because the advanced care took place at the health center does not make these transports into basic life support ambulance runs.  It matters not where the advanced care took place. The method in determining that the ambulance runs and the ambulance transport and air transport are advanced life support transports is based upon what care was provided and not on where the care was provided..  If the health center wants credit for providing the advanced care, I would gladly provide them that credit.  It does not turn an ambulance transport or an air transport into anything other than an advanced life support transport.  As a matter of fact, this advanced care provided at the health center actually complements the need for advanced emergency medical care and transport of patients.

To provide you with some really specific numbers over the years, I'll start with 2015. So far in this year, there were 51 calls for service. Out of these there were 31 advanced life support runs based upon the treatments provided, 13 basic life support runs, 5 calls for service were canceled, and 2 patients refused transport. Sixteen of these involved trauma, six were difficulty breathing runs, four were chest pain patients, five were other cardiac issues, five involved acute abdominal pain, one involved unknown illness, 1 was hypoglycemia and was treated and released, and two were psychiatric emergencies.

In 2013+2014, I will only relate the conditions of my patients. COPD/asthma/difficulty breathing patients numbered 17. Trauma patients numbered 33 ranging from minor lacerations to severe head injuries. There were 17 patients with cardiac issues. Four had had a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Fifteen had suspected stroke or transient ischemic attacks. Five had either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Seventy patients had an IV running. Fourteen were treated with Atrovent and/or Albuterol or both. Six received narcotics or benzodiazipines. Five needed IV dextrose, all patients, except minor trauma such as minor lacerations, were monitored with a cardiac monitor.

Going back in history, we find that in 2012 there were 39 ALS patients and 17 BLS patients. In 2011, there were 34 ALS and 14 BLS. In 2010, there were 40 ALS and 23 BLS. In 2009, there were 34 ALS and 29 BLS. In 2008, there were 50 ALS patients and 27 BLS patients. In 2007, there were 43 ALS patients and 24 BLS patients. In 2006, there were 47 ALS patients and 28 BLS patients. In 2005, there were 48 ALS patients and 20 BLS patients. So from 2005-partway of 2015, the number of ALS patients are almost double the number of BLS patients, or 66% of patients are advanced life support patients. The total of advanced life support patients has numbered a little over four hundred and averaged forty ALS patients per year.

So the question to be asked is which of your friends and relatives out of the four hundred would you have denied emergency medical care and monitoring at the advanced life support level?

Actual Facts about Differences in Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support

(and Who’s in Charge after declaration of an emergency) Part I

By Joe Moore, paramedic and paramedic instructor

A Basic EMT functions independently from a paramedic only in a licensed Basic Life Support ambulance based upon Basic Life Support protocols.  The paramedic functions independently in an Advanced Life Support ambulance based upon Advanced Life Support protocols governed by the county and/or regional medical control authority.  Beaver Island EMS has one BLS ambulance licensed, one ALS ambulance licensed, one licensed ALS emergency response vehicle, and one licensed ALS air transport vehicle.
These State of Michigan protocols are the assessments and treatments allowed for these two completely different life support levels, paramedic and Basic EMT.
A Basic EMT (192 hours of education and training) can do these skills:

  1. Oxygen administration
  2. Physical restraint of patient
  3. Epi-pen for Anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction after medical control contact
  4. Intranasal Narcan after training by paramedic instructor and after medical control contact
  5. Bandaging and Airtight dressings
  6. Spinal  immobilization
  7. Blood Glucose Metering
  8. Advanced splinting skills
  9. Determine Priority of Patient based upon assessment
  10. Chest Pain protocol including Oxygen, aspirin, and nitroglycerin
  11. Combitube as advanced airway
  12. Basic Patient Assessment
  13. Read and monitor SPO2 for oxygen levels
  14. Basic Life Support if certified by the AHA
  15. Basic PreHospital Trauma Life Support if certified
  16. Basic Pediatric Emergencies for PreHospital Providers if certified
  17. Advanced Stroke Life Support Assessment and Treatment if certified by  the UMiami
  18. Cardiac defibrillation
  19. Determine closest, most appropriate facility

Here is a list of procedures that a paramedic can do that a Basic EMT cannot do.  It is based upon a review of the State of Michigan Emergency Medical Protocols authorized by the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority.
A paramedic (1100 hours of education and training and at least 250 hours of internship) can do all the Basic EMT skills above and can do these also:

  1. Monitor EKG and Understand rhythms and treatments
  2. Administer IV fluids including IV drip rates
  3. Monitor patient who has received IV, IM, or oral drugs
  4. Administer drugs, ( Basics can do nitro, aspirin, albuterol, and oxygen)
  5. Make a differential diagnosis
  6. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Assessment and Treatment  if certified by the AHA
  7. Pediatric Advanced Life Support Assessment and Treatment if certified by the AHA
  8. Advanced Pediatric Emergencies for PreHospital Providers if certified AAP
  9. Advanced PreHospital Trauma Life Support if certified by one of two organizations.
  10. Read 12-lead EKG
  11. Read carbon dioxide levels, monitor, and understand  meaning of waveforms
  12. Advanced Patient Assessment-Body System Specific and make differential diagnosis
  13. Plural Decompression
  14. Perform Oral and Nasal tracheal intubation
  15. Needle and Surgical Crico, a surgical airway
  16. Do CPAP and BIPAP
  17. Synchronized  Cardioversion and Pacing
  18. Do Patient Sedation
  19. Clear C-spine, pre-medical control contact, Basics after medical control and unlikely
  20. Chemical Restraint of patient
  21. Intra-osseus access as well as IV access
  22. Do Return of Spontaneous Circulation treatments
  23. Administer and monitor IV drip medications using IV pump
  24. Pain Management protocol
  25. Function as provider in ALS Air Transport vehicle or in ALS ambulance
  26. Accept patient with ALS interventions performed

As a short summary of these two lists follows.  A Basic EMT cannot use a cardiac monitor for diagnosis or monitoring of a patient without a paramedic.  Cardiac monitoring is an advanced life support skill.  A Basic EMT cannot accept a patient with an IV running at anything except a keep vein open rate and cannot adjust the drip rate, only turn off the IV.  A Basic EMT cannot monitor a patient after receiving drugs because they have not had the needed education in indications, contraindications, side effects, and untoward effects of these medications.  In a diabetic emergency, a basic EMT can assess it, but not treat it beyond oral glucose.  Treating a diabetic emergency requires advanced life support.  In a patient with severe pain or nausea, the Basic EMT can assess it, but not provide pain relief or anti-nausea medications, and can’t independently monitor the patient afterword. A Basic EMT has lots of skills, but the paramedic has all these same skills and many more.

I am proud to say that I have become an instructor in emergency medical services and have taught EMS classes and programs since 1989.  I am licensed to teach all levels of pre-hospital care from medical first responder up through paramedic.  I am certified to teach American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and well as Basic Life Support.  I am certified to teach Pediatric Emergencies for Pre-Hospital Providers through the American Academy of Pediatrics.  I am certified to teach Advanced Stroke Life Support by the University of Miami.  I am currently trying to get recertified to teach International Trauma Life Support and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support.  I have been adjunct faculty for Kellogg Community College and North Central Michigan College.  I have provided EMS services on Beaver Island for twenty-eight years, working alongside some great healthcare providers at the medical center and now the BIRHC.

I have taught more than thirty-five complete courses at all levels of emergency medical services.  I have taught paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians in certification courses for most of these above mentioned classes in Charlevoix, Marshall, Petoskey, Marquette, and Traverse City.  These statements are statements of fact and are not meant to glorify me.  They are made in the same manner as a resume to provide you with the information about my knowledge of the differences between basic life support and advanced life support.  I would not have to state the qualifications if my expertise was accepted based upon my years of service.

It is NOT legal for an FNP, a PA, an RN, or a physician to function in the back of an advanced life support ambulance if the reason for doing so is to replace a paramedic.  There must be a paramedic in this advanced life support ambulance and/or in the advanced life support air transport vehicle.  These primary care levels can accompany the paramedic if and only if the medical control physician provides them that authority for each transport, AND this provider accompanies the patient all the way to the hospital.  These same providers are not to be on the emergency medical scene unless they have completed the same permission and conditions mentioned above, and, unless asked to remain by the paramedic in charge, they should leave.  That’s what the law, rules, and protocols state.
It is also NOT legal for an FNP, a PA, an RN, or a physician to function in the back of a basic life support ambulance while providing care at an advanced life support level.  All requirements of the above paragraph must be completed prior to this occurring.

Why is the information important for the entire community to know?  There have been inaccurate reports mailed and discussed in the community about numbers of advanced life support calls which could have been basic life support calls.  There have been suggestions of lowering the level of care to the basic life support level.  There have been suggestions that primary care providers can function as emergency care providers outside of their facility.  There have been violations of the law, rules, and protocols by removal of decision-making from the paramedics in charge at an emergency.   And, I am personally unhappy with any and all of these, and believe it is time for facts to come out about any and all of this.

Where is the Baroque on Beaver Coverage?

Beaver Island News on the 'Net would very much like to provide video and picture coverage for the festival events for Baroque on Beaver. BINN would love to have the opportunity to livestream some of these concerts for those unable to attend the concerts. There are quite a few of the founding members of the Bach on Beaver, the original name of the festival, who are unable to attend due to ill health or simply old age. There are those that live on Beaver Island who are physically unable to attend the concerts. It is certainly a shame that these individuals are unable to view the concerts due to their inability to physically be present, but the issue involves intellectual property, a legal term that prevents BINN from covering the events.

From the Baroque on Beaver website under frequently asked questions:

"Can I bring my camera or video recorder?
Photography and video recordings are prohibited during concerts."

So, Beaver Island News on the 'Net is simply unable to provide coverage of the festival concerts. Apparently, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association is unable or does not wish to provide these experiences to those unable to physically attend the events.

Editorial Comment: As one of the performers in the original Bach on Beaver events, this truly saddens me. The original idea was to provide classical music exposure to the Beaver Island community. Obviously, this event is truly a popular event bringing lots of visitors and musicians to the island. My vision, as part of the founding group and former BICAA board member, was to have the music playing simultaneiously in McDonough's Market, Stoney Acres, and many other businesses, so that the entire community could hear the wonderfully inspiring classical music. Then the live concerts could be at least heard by those who have to work during the festival concerts, or by those unable to physically attend the concerts, or by those sitting in their yacht in the middle of the harbor. The livestreaming service of BINN could provide all of this including a "direct to the individual" classical music experience.

The last Baroque on Beaver concerts that were able to be covered by BINN can be found on the Archives website http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 28, 2015

Mother Nature seems to be on a roll, giving us fabulous, sunny, summer days. For those vacationing here it's perfect. For those of us who live here, it IS nice, but we could use a bit of rain as things are drying out. We are enjoying our first summer of a/c, as our house has no shade to cool it off. Right now it's 64°, wind is at 1 mph from the south, humidity is at 62% which feels a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1017 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s. Light winds becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows around 70°. Light winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to around 20 mph after midnight.

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

Did you know that a dragonfly can fly at 40kph (25mph)?

Word of the day: behemoth (bi-HEE-muth, BEE-uh-) which means 1. A huge or monstrous creature. 2. Something large and powerful, as an organization. From Hebrew behemoth, plural of behemah (beast). Earliest documented use: 1382. Behemoth is a huge beast mentioned in the Book of Job 40:15-24.

Baroque on Beaver Concerts

While out visiting the club house at the golf course, the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net found this list of concerts on the counter. This was the first time that the editor had received any complete list of the concerts taking place on Beaver Island for the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival. The editor brought the list home, scanned it, and is posting it here for those of you that did not know that this list existed, just like the editor of BINN.

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.



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

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting 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.

Meeting Minutes

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.

Airport Committee Minutes

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

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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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

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

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.

A Donegal Bay Sunset

July 23, 2015

And a glorious sunset it was!





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.




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:

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 sang

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

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

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.  

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

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.

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

At the Library

Coming this Summer

Donate to the Food Pantry

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