B. I. News on the 'Net, July 3-16, 2017

Larry Miller Memorial Service Scheduled

There will be a memorial service for Larry Miller on July 29, 2017, at Holy Cross Cemetary at 11 a.m. Deacon Jim Siler will be officiating. Luncheon will follow at noon at the Peaine Township Hall.

Lawrence “Larry” LeValley Miller, age 76, of Beaver Island passed away on June 9, 2017, at Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital.

Friendly Visitation

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross

July 16, 2017

Holy Cross Church was filled this morning for Mass. We had two visiting priests, but both have island ties. Father Mathew is part of the Allen clan that is having a reunion this week. Father Doug Mayer, who has a cabin here on the island. Both love the island. Deacon Jim Siler and the two priests shared the job today with Patrick Nugest as the lector. Deacon Jim read the Gospel, and Father Mathew told the story of becoming a priest as the sermon. Intersting story, it was!

Patrick Nugent reads.......Father Mathew gives sermon

Deacon Jim, Father Mathew, and Father Doug listen as Patrick reads.

Singing one of the hymns

View video of this Mass HERE

Weather by Joe

July 16, 2017

Phyllis had a good night's sleep last night after a day of nausea. Last night was the first night that she slept in until almost 7 a.m. Hopefully, today will be a better day than yesterday. Thank you to the wonderful friends that dropped off dinner including brauts and salad. We have been so blessed by those of you who have stepped up and helped us out by providing us with meals. Thank you so much. We certainly have some great cooks on Beaver Island. Several people have asked what Phyllis really likes for a treat or a special snack. The answer is anything chocolate, but without any nuts or peanuts. She's allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. On to the weather....

Right now, at 7:30 a.m. , it is 59 degrees with an expected high of 70 and an overnight low of 53. Even though it is overcast at 500 feet right now, the forecast doesn not include rain. The pressure is 30.04 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 58 degrees with a humidity of 94%. It is forecast to be partly cloudy today with less than 3% chance of rain. It should be a really nice day, but windy.

Word of the Day: yawp; verb; to make a raucous noise; squawk; clamor; complain The recovery has been without yawping, and only the frustration and pain have decreased the mood. Yawp first appeared sometime in the 15th century. This verb comes from Middle English yolpen, most likely itself derived from the past participle of yelpen, meaning "to boast, call out, or yelp." Interestingly, yawp retains much of the meaning of yelpen, in that it implies a type of complaining which often has a yelping or squawking quality. An element of foolishness, in addition to the noisiness, is often implied as well. Yawp can also be a noun meaning "a raucous noise" or "squawk." The noun yawp arrived on the scene more than 400 years after the verb. It was greatly popularized by "Song of Myself," a poem by Walt Whitman containing the line "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world."

On this Day:

On this day in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies were established as early as 1939, when Italian emigre physicist Enrico Fermi met with U.S. Navy department officials at Columbia University to discuss the use of fissionable materials for military purposes. That same year, Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt supporting the theory that an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction had great potential as a basis for a weapon of mass destruction. In February 1940, the federal government granted a total of $6,000 for research. But in early 1942, with the United States now at war with the Axis powers, and fear mounting that Germany was working on its own uranium bomb, the War Department took a more active interest, and limits on resources for the project were removed.

Brigadier-General Leslie R. Groves, himself an engineer, was now in complete charge of a project to assemble the greatest minds in science and discover how to harness the power of the atom as a means of bringing the war to a decisive end. The Manhattan Project (so-called because of where the research began) would wind its way through many locations during the early period of theoretical exploration, most importantly, the University of Chicago, where Enrico Fermi successfully set off the first fission chain reaction. But the Project took final form in the desert of New Mexico, where, in 1943, Robert J. Oppenheimer began directing Project Y at a laboratory at Los Alamos, along with such minds as Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, and Fermi. Here theory and practice came together, as the problems of achieving critical mass-a nuclear explosion-and the construction of a deliverable bomb were worked out.

Finally, on the morning of July 16, in the New Mexico desert120 miles south of Santa Fe, the first atomic bomb was detonated. The scientists and a few dignitaries had removed themselves 10,000 yards away to observe as the first mushroom cloud of searing light stretched 40,000 feet into the air and generated the destructive power of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT. The tower on which the bomb sat when detonated was vaporized.

The question now became-on whom was the bomb to be dropped? Germany was the original target, but the Germans had already surrendered. The only belligerent remaining was Japan.

A footnote: The original $6,000 budget for the Manhattan Project finally ballooned to a total cost of $2 billion. (from history.com)

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2017

Special Election Committee Minutes

Regular Meeting Minutes

Weather by Joe

July 15, 2017

Phyllis slept well last night, but woke up this morning with a very upset stomach and was dizzy. This morning is just one more example of the different issues with recovery. There is no way to know what caused her nausea this morning and, whatever it is, we will work through it. She is trying to relax and take it easy, and I am doing everything I can to make her comfortable. There is really no shortcut to the healing process, and we will hang in there with just five days until our follow up visit with the surgeon. On to the weather.......

It's 61 degrees out there right now at 7:30 a.m. with an expected high of 74 degrees and a low of 56 degrees. The pressure is 30.07 with a visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 62 degrees with 97% humidity. The moisture is all over my windows this morning instead of in the air. The island had an outage of the Internet yesterday, not caused by weather, but putting us in a position of not being able to accomplish some necessary tasks. The day is to be partly sunny and partly cloudy. There is less than ten percent chance of rain today with about a 30% chance of a shower around 9 p.m.

Word of the Day: copacetic, (koh-puh-SET-ik), adjective; very satisfactory; Theories about the origin of copacetic abound, but the facts about the word’s history are scant: it appears to have arisen in African-American slang in the southern U.S., possibly as early as the 1880s, with earliest known evidence of it in print dating only to 1919. Everything this morning related to Phyllis' condition is not copacetic.

On this day in 1971:

During a live television and radio broadcast, President Richard Nixon stuns the nation by announcing that he will visit communist China the following year. The statement marked a dramatic turning point in U.S.-China relations, as well as a major shift in American foreign policy.

Nixon was not always so eager to reach out to China. Since the Communists came to power in China in 1949, Nixon had been one of the most vociferous critics of American efforts to establish diplomatic relations with the Chinese. His political reputation was built on being strongly anti-communist, and he was a major figure in the post-World War II Red Scare, during which the U.S. government launched massive investigations into possible communist subversion in America.

By 1971, a number of factors pushed Nixon to reverse his stance on China. First and foremost was the Vietnam War. Two years after promising the American people “peace with honor,” Nixon was as entrenched in Vietnam as ever. His national security advisor, Henry Kissinger, saw a way out: Since China’s break with the Soviet Union in the mid-1960s, the Chinese were desperate for new allies and trade partners. Kissinger aimed to use the promise of closer relations and increased trade possibilities with China as a way to put increased pressure on North Vietnam–a Chinese ally–to reach an acceptable peace settlement. Also, more importantly in the long run, Kissinger thought the Chinese might become a powerful ally against the Soviet Union, America’s Cold War enemy. Kissinger called such foreign policy ‘realpolitik,’ or politics that favored dealing with other powerful nations in a practical manner rather than on the basis of political doctrine or ethics.

Nixon undertook his historic “journey for peace” in 1972, beginning a long and gradual process of normalizing relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States. Though this move helped revive Nixon’s sagging popularity, and contributed to his win in the 1972 election, it did not produce the short-term results for which Kissinger had hoped. The Chinese seemed to have little influence on North Vietnam’s negotiating stance, and the Vietnam War continued to drag on until U.S. withdrawal in 1973. Further, the budding U.S.-China alliance had no measurable impact on U.S.-Soviet relations. But, Nixon’s visit did prove to be a watershed moment in American foreign policy–it paved the way for future U.S. presidents to apply the principle of realpolitik to their own international dealings.

St. James Township July Meeting Minutes

The attachments referred to in the minutes have been requested, but not received.

Beaver Island Blood Drive

Thursday, July 27, 12:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Blood Drive on Beaver Island!

This is the 25th Annual Red Cross blood drive, in memory of Rita Gillespie. It will be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church. It is sponsored by Holy Cross Church & Beaver Island Christian Church with support from Island Airways and BI Boat Company.

For details or to schedule an appointment please call Connie Wojan at 448-2379 or Connie Boyle at 448-2491 or visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: BEAVERISLE)

"This is for all my Wonderful Students and Island FB friends: Would you consider donating blood on Thurs, July 27 and would you ask your family and friends if they would like to sign up to donate blood? They can call me or go online for an appt. There is a blood shortage this year. Remind them it only takes an hour and can save 3 lives! Young adults age 16 can donate if they have a parent sign the form that's online - bring it in with them that day. Thank you for helping!"

Connie Boyle

Weather by Joe

July 14, 2017

Another day toward recovery. When asked yesterday how Phyllis was doing, all I could think to say is that she is recoverng. The recovery is a slow process for this particular surgery, as we have learned from a nice man who called us. Thank you for the call. The chili for dinner last night hit the spot on a rainy, cloudy, misty, foggy day. Thank you! Phyllis is trying to get back to knitting and/or crocheting, but new projects seem to be too hard to tackle. The simpler ones, she can do. The pain is still present. The follow-up appointment is next week. We're in a holding pattern until then. Thanks for your continued positive thoughts and prayers! On to the weather....

Right now, at 8 am., it is 60 degrees out there with an expected high of 72 with a low of 58. The pressure is 30.04 with visibility at ten miles. The clouds are overcast at 500 feet. The dewpoiint is 60 degrees with humidity at 99%, which suggests there might be some fog out there this morning. We got one-temth of an inch of rain yesterday to make the flowers and vegetable garden happy, even if the day wasn't a beach day. The rain chance is only at 5%, so it should clear off and be a nice day, even if the weatherman on TV suggests otherwise.

Word of the Day: savant, (sa-VAHNT), noun; a person of learning; especially : one with detailed knowledge in some specialized field (as of science or literature); Savant comes from Latin sapere ("to be wise") by way of Middle French, where savant is the present participle of savoir, meaning "to know." Savant shares roots with the English words sapient ("possessing great wisdom") and sage ("having or showing wisdom through reflection and experience"). The term is sometimes used in common parlance to refer to a person who demonstrates extraordinary knowledge in a particular subject, or an extraordinary ability to perform a particular task (such as complex arithmetic), but who has much more limited capacities in other areas. Joe is a savant in EMS knowledge, but has no skill in politics. Phyllis is a savant in knitting.

On this day: In 1789, Bastille Day - the French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille Prison. In 1798, US Sedition Act prohibits "false, scandalous & malicious" writing against government. In 1933, NSDAP (Nazis) becomes only political party in Germany. In 1941, 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp. In 2017, the positive news story included the use of a mobile app for natural family planning using body temeprature for birth control. Others would use the app for getting pregnant.

Short Ride in the Rain

July 13, 2017

It seemed to be important to get out of the house on this windy, somewhat wet day, so a trip was made to Gull Harbor, Barney's Lake and Sloptown Road to check out the storm,the loons, and the osprey. That seems to be the total distance away from the homestead, but down to the end of the Kings Highway was also in order to get a few shots of some of the wildflowers.

The road at Gull Harbor is under water, much deeper than previously. The water was lapping onto the bumper of the car, and the car never got past the walkway back behind the swamp.


The adult is copied by the little one.

Whatever the adult does, the little one copies.


Osprey brings fish to the nest, and then flies over to relax in a tree. It must have been a busy day.


Pretty misty outside and the pictures are not in bright sunshine, but it is cool to watch the adults feed their young.

This plant is about three and a half feet high with no leaves on the stalk. What is it?

Unique daisy?



Another beautiful day for our attendees and hosts this year as we toured 5 unique Beaver Island spots starting at the CMU Bio-Station on East Side Drive. John Gordon led our tour through the campus relating stories about how this beautiful gem on the shore came to be and what the vision of its 3 directors has been. He spoke of the wonderful relationship the community has fostered over the years and how CMU has given back to us. The first director Mathew Hohn came up to Beaver Island for 26 years bringing his family with him. Sue Solle, our NP,  loved being here so much she has returned to us at the BIRHC.  The woods behind our Medical Center building has been planted with wildflowers by CMU staff and has been tidied up each year by their students. The Wellness Gardeners have kept up this relationship by including CMU in our Garden Tour plans each year. Thank you John, and  drivers Vickey Neuman,  Becky Uzarski,  and Jessica Kosiara  Your assistance is much valued.

Our 2nd stop this year was at the home of Bruce and Leonor Jacobson. We toured the former side garden which has now gone “au naturelle” due to towering trees that leave little sunshine. Leonor decided to look to the beach for a sunny location!  Off the deck was a bracken-filled incline which made the perfect spot. Hiring Barbara Rahn to design and kick-start the planting project,  the Jacobsons have spent the past two Springs moving sun-loving perennials from the side garden to the front and Voila! , it has matured to a flourishing floral vista. But awareness of what the wildlife needs and loves, the Jacobsons have left the other two beachfront lots as is, including a little pond of tadpoles where the geese visit in gaggles of 20- 30 each afternoon honking and preening! The deadfall  and underbrush has been home to chipmunks,  squirrels,  rabbits and deer. They all seem to have a mutual respect for each other's space.  Only the slugs have intruded beyond tolerance!

On from there the tour headed north to the 16 gardens of Jim Luteyn. Some of our tour goers might think they have "seen" Jim's garden as he welcomed our group a few years ago.  But just as a toddler does not resemble the teenager he becomes, this garden has grown and changed.    Jim now maintains sixteen separate garden areas, each with its distinct soil type, sun exposure, drainage and plant selections.  So, we had a treasure hunt -- each garden was given a number, and Jim placed a printed notice in each, briefly describing the area and naming a plant or plants blooming now and/or of special interest. (If we're really lucky, Jim might invite us back again in 7 years!)

After this delightful morning we were ready for a nourishing meal at the Circle M!  Yum! Choice of three lunch plates, homemade nut bread and fresh salads awaited our hungry crowd. Colleen Martin,  her family and staff got 63 people seated, fed, and out the door in record time. Thank you Colleen,  Erin, Josh, Daniel, (?), and the girls! Jan Paul had the tables decorated with her usual artistic flair and creativity and made these prizes for  the lucky winners!

Throughout the day we were given a treat with the presence of Heidi Vigil,  Beaver Island Gardens proprietor.  She made fortune cookies with planting advice, and gave out rakes to the Lucky Seven whose names were drawn. Thank you Heidi for all you inspire in us, lucky enough to be on BI.

The “Laughing Whitefish Lodge “ is all about the best of Beaver Island lakeshore living:  the view from the deck, the grill patio, the way to the beach, the outdoor shower, the paths through the garden, and even the burial ground for pets, all in a setting kept casual and un-intimidating. We entered the garden from the guesthouse, where we saw a new garden in the planning stages;, took a woodland path to a large garden area with walkways , a spiral herb garden and enviable roses and other perennials now blooming, toward the house built by Kevin and Judy Boyle in 1998.  Judy started to garden only about four years ago, realizing a long wished for dream.  Initially Barb Rahn provided help with design and plant selection but Judy now gardens entirely on her own.  While fairly new to the game she demonstrates the relaxed attitude, wisdom, and humor of a seasoned gardener.  She allows native and introduced species to volunteer and mingle with intentional plantings to learn what they are and to keep them if she likes them.  Her stonework prevents run-off and provides boundaries and features, such as the dry stream bed, and she made her own bird bath from resale shop finds and a dog watering bowl from a transfer station treasure. This is a big and complex garden, with several planted areas and a large variety of perennials, shrubs and trees.  The beach is naturally rich in native plants.  Clearly we couldn't wait for seven years to ask Judy to open her garden to our tour, and we sure are lucky that she welcomes us today.

We ended the long perfect summer day at another  hidden gem on the west side.  We thank Michael and Gay Franckowiak who hosted our Final  Dessert this year, which featured five cakes, not quite seven, but who's counting?  After Gay's  presentation of house history, we were invited into their beautiful home to wander, take in the dune setting,  the overall vista of Lake Michigan from every window, and the landscape features built by the owners themselves. Here is a bow to Nantucket, a whiff of France, echoes of football -- collegiate and professional, and a tennis court speaking to current activity.  It’s an Emerald Isle summer at its best.    

The Cake-off was a success, and typical of BI, the bakers put out their finest! Thank you Barb Murphy,  Marijean Pike,  Tammy LaFreniere,  Nancy Tritsch and the winner, Tracey McCrumb! ! Excellent, scrumptious,  mind-boggling works of culinary expertise!

Thank you all for making this the end of a delightful day!  And thanks to Dale and Terry Keyes owners of Paradise Bay Cafe, for the coffee and accompaniments. We appreciate all your support! !

Let's not forget to also thank Dana and Frank D’Andraia,  Jan Paul, Bruce Parker, Connie Wojan, for their vehicles,  bringing water, typing blurbs, and cleaning up,  and our photographer Narhyn Johnson,;  couldn't have been successful without all your hard work!

What do we plan for #8?  Not sure, but give us a month to relax, and we'll let you know!

Submitted by Leonor Jacobson, and Dana D’Andraia from her interviews.

A Picture in Words

by Joe Moore

After having slept in this morning, with a groggy brain, disheveled hair, and sleep in my eyes, the floaters of old age began affecting my mood as I approached the coffee maker. Phyllis had already pushed the start button, and the coffee was ready. As I reached out to grab a cup from the counter where I left it last night, I was distracted by a movement out the window above the sink full of dirty dishes. I was definitely distracted as I saw three drenched turkeys trying to hide underneath the droopy red maple tree in the front yard, their soulfully sad faces suggesting that they wanted out of the downpour that was wetting them through their feathers. These were first year little turkeys and looked about the size of wet. miniature football from a little kid's yard. As I glanced out the window, my eyes cleared for a moment to see an adult turkey out in the yard, not under the tree, beginning shaking the moisture off of his feathers. The younger ones watched, but didn't mimic that action. I reached over to fill my coffee cup while still looking out the window.

When I heard the clunk, clunk of the ice cubes going into the cup and on the floor, I realized and looked to see the ice cubes missing the cup and landing on the floor. You can guess how stupid that made me feel as I left the cup on the counter and picked up the cubes to put them in the sink before I slipped and fell on my dupa. I decided I better concentrate on where the coffee cup went as I dispensed the coffee into the cup. I took one look out the window to see three, first year turkeys copying the actions of the male and begin their walk to follow the other ten turkeys on their way back across Carlisle Road to the medical center. Picking up a camera at this point wasn't even in my brain.

Some learning took place inside and outside of the house this morning. Hope you have an amazing day, wet, dry, or otherwise!

Museum Week Coming

Barbara Boyles Passes Away

November 20, 1947-July 11, 2017

BOYLES, Barbara Moffett, 69, returned to her heavenly home on July 11, 2017 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Barbara was born to the late Robert S. and Helen (Romanowski) Moffett, owner of Moffett Food Service, in Flint, MI on November 20, 1947. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1969, with a degree in Art. She worked as an accomplished artist for many years. She was a skilled Painter, Potter, Calligrapher, Paper Maker, Book Binder and Instructor. She taught at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and was involved in the Flint Institute of Art and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. She taught an artist retreat on Beaver Island for 20 years. She loved painting children's furniture and crocheting handmade teddy bears for children and those young at heart. Some of her pieces of art remain on display at Hurley Hospital and additional places in Genesee County. Barbara's pieces were personal and spiritual. In addition to her art, she was a dedicated member of her Bible Study groups in Flint and Beaver Island, MI.

Barbara was blessed with a loving family. She married her best friend, Frederick J. Boyles, on July 4, 1969 in Flint, MI. Barbara raised two children (Jason & Amy) with patience, guidance and lots of love. Barbara was devoted and passionate for animals, the Beaver Island community and her two grandchildren, Jonathan (J.J.) and Nina. She especially cherished her summers on Beaver Island with her children and grandchildren. Barbara's unconditional love, warmth and grace had an impact on all who knew her. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Frederick; her daughter Amy; her daughter-in-law Stacy; her grandchildren Jonathan Jason (J.J.) and Nina; and her brothers, Bruce and Jeff Moffett; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her son, Robert Jason; and her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held for Barbara at Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, MI on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., with a dinner to follow the service. The family gratefully declines flowers, but donations can be made to the MPN Research Foundation (http://www.mpnresearchfoundation.org), American Red Cross and/or Be The Match (bethematch.org) in her name. Please join the Bone Marrow Registry!

Weather by Joe

July 13, 2017

The ride the day before yesterday wore Phyllis right out. It caused her extra pain with every bump from the gravel road potholes. The next ride will have to pretty much stay on the pavement. Phyllis slept most of the day yesterday on and off. Thanks to the wonderful person that brought us a pot of chili last night. We will have that for dinner tonight. In case you're not on the island today, the description of the weather is next. If you're here, you know that it's wet out there.

Right now at 7:45 a.m., it is 60 degrees with the wind out of the north to the northeast with gusts to around five mph, which makes it seem cooler. The his is expected to be near 65 with a low of 55. The thunderstorms are passing through, and they may continue for the next several hours. The pressure is 29.94 with visibility of 2 miles. The clouds are overcast at 1100 feet with mostly cloudy at 500. The dewpoint is 60 degrees with humidity at 99%, which explains the lower visibility. There's a 50-60% chance of rain for all day and night tonight.

Word of the Day: harrumph, (huh-ruhmf') intransitive verb; to clear the throat audibly in a self-important manner: to express oneself gruffly; To speak disparagingly or indignantly : Louise Trubek harrumphed that title insurance is regarded as a ''consumer rip-off''/ She harrumphed and slammed her door closed!

On this Day:

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

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

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

(from history.com)

BICS Press Release

ELA Teacher Hired

July 12, 2017
For Immediate Release

Behl Hired for New ELA Teacher

By unanimous vote at their July 10th meeting, the Beaver Island Community School Board of Education voted to approve the recommendation by Superintendent-Principal Wil Cwikiel to hire Dianna Behl to serve as the new secondary English Language Arts (ELA) teacher.

Ms. Behl, originally from Charlevoix, brings a wealth of knowledge to Beaver Island. Dianna has spent the last 13 years working for Pinckney Public Schools as a teacher, instructional coach, and high school principal. Prior to that, she served as an ELA teacher for several schools and as an executive trainer for colleges and corporations.

Susi Myers, BICS Board President, welcomed Ms. Behl to the Island: “I wish to express how pleased the Beaver Island Board of Education is to welcome Dianna Behl to our staff as our new 6-12 ELA teacher. We are excited not only in her expertise in ELA, but her extensive background in drama, technology, speech, broadcasting, and curriculum development.  We hope you all will join us in welcoming her to our community,” said Ms. Myers.

Ms. Behl is looking forward to joining the teaching team at Beaver Island Community School (BICS). “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazing students, teachers, and parents to continue the high academic standards the Beaver Island Community School family has come to expect" said Ms. Behl. 

Ms. Behl is no stranger to northern Michigan. "Growing up in Charlevoix and having spent time enjoying the island in the past, it is a dream come true to be the newest member of such a beautiful, adventurous community. I can’t wait to get to know everyone and share my love of literature, language, and composition!” said Ms. Behl.

Peaine Township Meeting Documents

for meeting on July 12, 2017

Ballot language

Water Trail letter.......................Request for Proposal Communications

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Board of Review Meeting

AMVETS Post Receive New Flag

Post 46 thanks Jim Latta for his purchase of a new American flag for the Veterans Park.

Tuesday Visit to Ospreys

The visit on Tuesday to the microwave tower on Sloptown Road showed the actual size of the hatchlings in the nest compared to an adult. Although there was only one able to be viewed from the ground, it was obvous that there was movement of another in the nest. If you look closely at the pictures, you will see the hatchling interacting with the adult on the edge of the nest.

Weather by Joe

July 12, 2017

Yesterday, Phyllis got out of the house for the first time in a long time. She went for a ride in to get the mail, out to check on the osprey, and out to Barney's Lake, just enough to give her a view that showed her some of the island outside of the confined area of her house. We had a few visitors yesterday, which helped brighten her day. Thank you to the thoughtful person delivering chicken for our dinner yesterday! It was Two-Dollar Tuesday and we usually take Lil out to dinner. Thanks also for taking her out to dinner goes to Karl and Sandy Bartels. It's a tradition that we want to continue, but can't right now. Thanks again to you all! On to the weather....

It looks pretty dark outside right now at 7 a.m.. It's certainly not normal for a day in the summer. The temperature is 65 degrees right now, with an expected high of 73 and a low of 58 degrees. The pressure is 29.92 with visibility of ten miles. It is mostly cloudy with mostly cloudy at 9000 feet and layers of clouds below that. The dewpoint is 64 degrees with humidity of 96%. We got just a little rain overnight. There are some storms on their way toward the island. Expect to get wet outside today with thunderstorms beginning between noon and 1 p.m. It appears that this may continue overnight with 20-40% chance of rain.

Word of the Day: onerous, (AH-nuh-rus) adjective; involving, imposing, or constituting a burden : troublesome; having legal obligations that outweigh the advantages: Onerous, which traces back to the Latin onus, meaning "burden," has several synonyms. Like onerous, burdensome, oppressive, and exacting all refer to something which imposes a hardship of some kind. Onerous stresses a sense of laboriousness and heaviness, especially because something is distasteful ("the onerous task of cleaning up the mess").

On this Day: In 1984

Walter Mondale, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, announces that he has chosen Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate. Ferraro, a daughter of Italian immigrants, had previously gained notoriety as a vocal advocate of women’s rights in Congress.

Four days after Ferraro was named vice presidential candidate, Governor Mario Cuomo of New York opened the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco with an impassioned retort to Republican President Ronald Reagan’s contention that the United States was a “shining city on a hill.” Citing widespread poverty and racial strife, Cuomo derided President Reagan as oblivious to the needs and problems of many of America’s citizens. His enthusiastic keynote address inaugurated a convention that saw Ferraro become the first woman nominated by a major party for the vice presidency. However, Mondale, the former U.S. vice president under Jimmy Carter, proved a lackluster choice for the Democratic presidential nominee.

On November 6, President Reagan and Vice President George Bush defeated the Mondale-Ferraro ticket in the greatest Republican landslide in U.S. history. The Republicans carried every state but Minnesota–Mondale’s home state.

Ferraro left Congress in 1985. In 1992 and 1998, she made unsuccessful bids for a U.S. Senate seat. During President Bill Clinton’s administration, she was a permanent member on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. (from history.com)

Peaine Township Agenda and Electors Meeting

July 12, 2017

July regular meeting agenda

Notice of Election Commission Meeting

Overturned Kayakers

CCSD News Release about Kayakers near Donegal Bay, Beaver Island, July 10, 2017

Read the news release HERE

Joe Moore Receives Recognition

At the Beaver Island Association meeting that Joe Moore was live streaming, he was called to the stage at the BIC Ceter to receive an award in recognition of his many years of service to the Beaver Island community.

Picture of the plaque

Picture of Joe Moore receiving his award at the B.I. Association Annual meeting

Video of the recognition is in the BIA meeting video.

School Board Meeting

July 10, 2017

View the public packet for this meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

July 11, 2017

The recovery patient is movng forward slowly, but surely. A good night's sleep for Phyllis is definitely different than one for this writer. The steps may be baby steps, but the steps are moving forward. As the night was quite interesting for the writer, the night was restful for Phyllis. Thanks to Karl Bartels for his help yesterday at the BIA meeting, and thanks to the BIA for the recognition. As the day begins, let's all take the time to recognize those that are working to improve our lives and help them along the way. On to the weather....

Right now at 6:45 a.m. it is 55 degrees with an expected high of 77 and a low of 63. The pressure is 29.86 with limited visibility of .2 miles. The dewpoint is 54 degrees with humidity at 97%. The highest chance of rain today is 15%, but the storm is coming and will get to us tomorrow with more than 50% chance of rain tomorrow. Today, it's to be partly cloudy.

Word of the Day: repudiate, (rih-PYOO-dee-ayt) verb; to refuse to have anything to do with, disown; to reject as untrue or unjust; to refuse to acknowledge or pay: In Latin, the noun repudium refers to the rejection of a spouse or prospective spouse, and the related verb repudiare means "to divorce" or "to reject." In the 16th century, English speakers borrowed repudiare to create the English verb repudiate, which they used as a synonym of divorce when in reference to a wife and as a synonym of disown when in reference to a member of one's family. They also used the word more generally in the sense of "to reject or cast off." By the 18th century repudiate had also come to be used for the rejection of things that one does not accept as true or just, ranging from opinions and accusations to contracts and debts.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

Today, July 19, 2017, at 4 p.m.

This association meeting began just a little after four p.m. and continued to about 5:30 p.m. with a social time after the meeting. The agenda above was covered completely, and the surprise was completed as the editor received a plaque for his EMS service to the community from the Beaver Island Association. The meeting was very interesting with all the topics generally covered very well. This is a very active organization that is doing an excellent job of promoting the growth of the island in a responsible manner.

Joe Moore gets an award from the BIA

Bob Anderson gave a summary of the year's activities, and Kevin Boyle gave the financial report.

Patrick McGinnity spoke about the Island intern, and Pam Grassmick spoke about the Great Lakes Island Coalition

Eric Smith from NMU spoke about broadband possibilities.

View a gallery of photos and pictures of the slides of the presentations HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

July 10, 2017

Well, the days continue on our way to Phyllis' recovery. There are good parts of the day, and then not so good parts, but the steps are forward instead of backward. We had a very nice call from someone who also went through this kind of surgery, and we really appreciated that conversation. This could be a long haul, but the trip is worth it. A couple of friends got us a gift certificate for Daddy Franks, which we used for dinner last night. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! As you can tell by the time of this post, one of us slept in, and the sleep must have been needed. On to the weather.....

Right now, at 8:00 a.m., it is 63 degrees with an expected high of 74 and a low overnight of 58. There is a 10% chance of precipitation today. The pressure is 29.87 with visibility of 2 miles. It's overcast at 200 feet. The dewpoint is 62 degrees with a humidity of 97%. It is expected to clear and be partly cloudy.

Word of the Day: assay, (a-SAY) to analyze (something, such as an ore) for one or more specific components, to judge the worth of : estimate, try,to prove to be of a particular nature by means of analysis. The word is from the Middle French essai, meaning "test" or "effort" (a root that, in turn, comes from the Late Latin exagium, meaning "act of weighing". After our conversation yesterday, we had to assay the current situation and where we were in the recovery process.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(from history.com)

Loons on Barney's Lake

The Barney's Lake loons have one hatchling that is growing. There have been several human influences on the lake recently that have the loons being very cagey and doing their best to stay away from the humans. The kayakers yesterday and today's fishermen have the loons moving in unusual ways trying to keep the hatchling fed.

It appeared from the great distance that the adult loon was teasing the hatchling, but actually must have been teaching him to catch the small fish by putting it in front of the hatchling. Whatever, the little one got the small fish and gobbled it down. It was too far away to get on video.

A Morning of No Enthusiasm

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross, Saturday and Sunday

Mass was live streamed last night, Saturday, July 8, at 5 p.m., and also this morning, Sunday, July 9, at 9:30 a.m. The celebrant was Father John Paul with Deacon Jim Siler, and a guest seminarian. The reader for Saturday was John Fiegen and for Sunday was Jacque LaFreniere. The Sunday combination of guitar/organ Mass was done with Tammy McDonough on guitar for the hymns and Joe Moore on the organ for the Mass parts.

Tammy on guitar, Jacque doing the readings, Deacon Jim reading the Gospel

Deacon Jim and Father John Paul

Visiting seminarian Michael Linguar

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

July 9, 2017

Well, we weren't at the top of the hump of the pain yesterrday because it continued into the night. It is very difficult to sit by and watch someone you love suffer. Phyllis and I both have to remember that the recovery is only halfway through the period that we were told it would be. Patience is not always easy to accomplish in this situation. We continue to work toward her recovery, but the baby steps don't make the destination seem any closer.Right now Phyllis is sleeping in her chair. On to the weather.....

This morning at 7 a.m., it is 58 degrees with an expected high of 72 and the low of 58. The pressure is 29.93 with visibility of ten miles. It is overcast at 12,000 feet. The dewpoint is at 58 with humidity of 99%. We got less than a tenth of an inch of rain overnight. Right now we have a 15% chance of rain, but that increases to 60% this evening around 8 p.m.

Word of the Day: ameliorate, verb; (uh-meel-yuh-reyt); to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve; Only time will ameliorate the recovery of our surgery patient.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(from history.com)

9th Annual Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert

The concert began at 7 p.m. tonight, July 8, 2017, with a sky that suggested rain and some sprinkles actually came down prior to the beginning of the concert. Just a dribble, dribble of rain was all that came down, and the temperature also cooled down a little bit also. As the night progressed the music continued to be absolutely wonderful, and the rain began to cause some of the audience to leave, but the rain never got the camera wet, so the video of the event was continued. With the many talented people, the concert was very enjoyable.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the concert HERE, page 1

View video of the concert HERE, page 2

July 6th Road Rally

Participants were asked to bring a pen, a phone, and it wouldn't hurt to have a copy of the 1st Beaver Island Journal. Knowledge of Beaver Island History helped on this rally.

The winning car was Rach Becker, Nicole Morea, Carol Aram, Sandy LoDico and Loretta Slater.

Teresa Martin, Loie Connaghan, Bailey, Emily Gray and Kayla Anderson.

Dave and Debbie, friends of Dicky, Chris Sorenson and Dicky McEvoy.

There were 5 cars and a total of 28 people on the Rally. $150 has been given to the Food Pantry. "We had hoped for a bigger turn out to raise more money, but I think everyone had a good time," said organizer Marie Connaghan LaFreniere.

Weather by Joe

July 8, 2017

Phyllis is frustrated and is losing patience with the recovery. Yesterday, she was in a great deal of pain in different locations in addition to all the other common spots. It wasn't a good day. I took a little time to go out and check on the osprey nest and was somewhat dive-bombed by one of the ospreys while sitting in the McGinnity/Myers driveway watching the nest. Apparently, I somehow appeared as a threat to a nest 85 feet up in the air on top of a microwave tower. There must have been some threat during that period of time to get the osprey in protection mode. I came back after checking for loons on Barney's Lake and getting a peaceful release of frustration from just sitting out there. Phyllis slept her seeming normal five hours in bed, and right now is napping on the couch. My knee still hurts to walk on. On to the weather.....

Right now at 7:15, it is 53 degrees with a high of 72 expected today and a low of 56. The pressure is 29.96 with visibility of ten miles. It's clear out there today. The dewpoint is 51 with humidity at 91%. There is only a 20% chance of rain beginning at about 7 p.m tonight. So, it might be a really nice day to get outside and either get some yardwork done or just enjoy the day!

Word of the Day: cannikin (kan-i-kin); noun; 1. a small can or drinking cup, 2. a small wooden bucket. from Middle Dutch. Yesterday, a cannikin of strong liquor seemed in order, but the call of nature surpssed it.

On this Day: In 1099, First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on. In 1497, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, becoming the 1st European to reach India by sea. In 1800, Dr Benjamin Waterhouse gives 1st cowpox vaccination in the US to his son to prevent smallpox. In 1948, 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow.

Osprey in the Nest

A trip out to check on the ospreys in the nest prompted one of the adult osprey to challenge the presence of the photographer.

It's almost as if (s)he were saying, "What are you doing near my nest?" as (s)he came down, causing me to duck behind the car.

Weather by Joe

July 7, 2017

Phyllis has somehow picked up a summer cold on top of her surgery recovery from her lung issue. She slept for about five hours in bed and then had to get up to doze in her chair. The recovery is in week three. Phyllis is frustrated that it's taking so long to heal. We have follow up appointments on July 18th in Petoskey, and an oncology appointment on the 24th to give time for interpretation of the tests done on the 18th. We appreciate continued prayers for healing. The knee sprain is causing Joe to gimp around a little, but this doesn't interfere with the warden job at all. On to the weather....

Right now at 7:30 a.m., it's 62 degrees with an expected high of 74 and a low overnight of 54. We received over a three tenths of an inch of rain yesterday and last night. Today it's supposed to be dry even though it's mostly cloudy right now. The pressure is 29.83 with visibility of four miles. The dewpoint is 61degrees with humidity of 97%. There is less than a 5% chance of rain over the next two days. The rain will come in with the full moon on the 9th of July according to the forecast.

Word of the Day: ludic, adjective; (LOO-dik): of, relating to, or characterized by play : playful. Phylis behavior is ludic, interspersed with equal periods of painful gasps and smiles.

Here's a serious word, just for fun. That is to say, it means "fun," but it was created in all seriousness around 1940 by psychologists. They wanted a term to describe what children do, and they came up with "ludic activity." That may seem ludicrous—why not just call it "playing"?—but the word ludic caught on, and it's not all child's play anymore. It can refer to architecture that is playful, narrative that is humorous and even satirical, and literature that is light. Ludic is ultimately from the Latin noun ludus, which refers to a whole range of fun things—stage shows, games, sports, even jokes. The more familiar word ludicrous also traces back to the same source.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIC Center Happenings

CMU Summer Theater Begins


by Daniel R. Craig


We have all been to places, have we not? What the hell is he talking about? Places? Stay with me here. We all shop..stores, malls, gas stations. ...We all eat, at restaurants, at home, Mickey D's, Applebee's. ...we seek entertainment bars, arenas, stadiums, campgrounds. ... Now you got it, millions and millions of places!

What about our special places? The place you go to reflect. The place you go to bring back fond memories of the past. A place were your being and soul find peace, if only for a few minutes. I find that innerpeace riding (my motorcycle), as most of you know, in my kayak, cruising Cranberry Lake. and its canals. At certain inlets I'll just float, admire nature, and give thanks that I'm just able to do so.

I have a very special place I'm able to find peace. A place that brings back fond memories, but also hard and sad memories. A double swing that sits in the middle of a hill. It overlooks a small lake. Over your shoulder at the top of the hill sits a house/cabin. The swing sits on a small plateau in the middle of the hill. Dad would occupy the swing, I the turf. Most times a beer in hand. Few times, three generations when my son Scotty was young.
Yes, a special place that brings back fond memories and a peaceful feeling. In a few week I'll return to that special place. I'll sit on the swing with my grandchildren, maybe tell them stories of their great grandfather. I'll smile, they will smile, we will laugh.

At times, you will have solitude on the swing. At other times you will have a lot of activity with family and friends utilizing the house and the hill. Dad wouldn't want it any other way. Dad's ashes are buried on the hill near the swing. I thank my sister Kelly and husband Dan for providing me with this special place. I'm looking forward to our annual canoe trip so I can visit my special place. I look forward to the smiles, laughter and love that will fill the house, hill and beyond. So ya all, think of that special place , put a smile on your face, feel content for a moment. Where is your "special place"?.......stay safe, smile, laugh, love.....494.

(Daniel R. Craig is a paramedic friend of Kathie Ehinger. He stayed with her and did some on-call time here on Beaver Island for a few days. He was a visiting volunteer paramedic, who gave Joe Moore a few days off during the busy summer months a few years ago. The editor likes his writing style.)

Weather by Joe

July 6, 2017

Update: The thunderstorms are now in the Escanaba area and appear to be headed this direction at 10:45 a.m.

"Well, aren't we a pair?" Phyllis said this morning. I must have done something to my left knee on the golf course last night in league. I can hardly walk. I said, "This all started by walking the golf course on the 3rd of July, followed by the parade and carnival, and then golf last night." Anyway, Phyllis slept about four and a half hours last night. Little baby steps, but the pain is still there. Gosh, we are a painfully pitiful pair. You will not find either of us doing any somersaults today or tomorrow for that matter. On to the weather.....

Right now, at 6:45 a.m., it's 67 degrees with a high of 76 expected with a low near 60. The pressure is at 29.96 and the visibility is ten miles. There are scattered clouds at 7500 feet. The dewpoint is 64 degrees with a humity of 88%. There is a chance of thunderstorms beginning at 9 a.m. of 15% increasing to 50% near 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. If we get rain, it may be as much as a quarter of an inch. The storms right now are in Northwest Wisconsin headed in this direction. There is a severe thunderstorm warning there this morning, so keep you eyes open today.

Word of the Day: divagate ( dahy-vuh-geyt) to wander or stray; to digress in speech. Divagate is a verb which does not have an object, an intransitive verb. Divagate is from the 1590s, from Latin divagatus, past participle of divagari "to wander about," from di(s)- "apart" (see dis- ) + vagari "to wander, ramble" Related: Divagated ; divagating; divagation Our current situation seems to divagate from the normal this particular summer.

On this Day: In 1785, Congress decides our currency will be named the "dollar" and determined the decimal system coinage system. In 1885, Lous Pasteur successfully tests an anti-rabies vaccine. In 1970, Califormia passes the first "no fault" divorce law.

St. James Township Minutes for June 2017

June 6, 2017

June 19, 2017 Special

Cheating Death

by Richard Burris

Aquatic death cheating stories:

I kinda consider myself a halfway sharp individual; but the following stories, by admission of some incredibly stupid things that I've done, seem to blow that theory.

In 1966 at 37 years of age I entered the underwater world of "skin and SCUBA diving. I chose the single hose SCUBA regulator, over the double hose cuz it was the newest thing, and less cumbersome. My instructor had given me too much lead weights to wear, and then took half away because he saw me wallowing in  the silt on the bottom of the lake.

Read the stories HERE

Weather by Joe

July 5, 2017

The 4th of July activities were wonderful, and Phyllis was able to view the parade and the carnival by the live streaming. The day was a busy one. Set up and tear down for the carnival, and the set up and tear down of the live stream took just about the same amount of time. Thanks to the friends that called and asked me to come out to grab some supper to bring home from their picnic. This is the first time in years that Phyllis was ready to go to bed before me. Sleep came quickly even with all the fireworks, so, also for the first time in years, we were asleep before the fireworks began. We missed seeing the best display according to friends who were awake. This getting older is not for sissies, but glad sleep came easily for both of us. On to the weather....

Right now at 6:45 a.m., the temperature is 60 degrees out there, with an expected high of 76 and the low in the 60's. The pressure is 30.12 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 59 degrees with humidity 96%. The day is supposed to be clear with a chance of showers tonight of 20% beginning about 7 p.m. The chance of rain over the next two days is 40%. Get outside and enjoy the day!

Word of the Day: flat-hat, verb; to fly low in an airplane in a reckless manner : hedgehop: One aircraft flew the plane very low over the harbor area yesterday just before the parade. His flat-hatting has several down by the public beach concerned for his and their safety.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th of July Parade at 2 p.m. and Carnival

There were lots and lots of people downtown for the parade that began at 2 p.m. Chairs lined both side of the road from the public beach all the way down to lumber company. There were lots of floats as well.

View a gallery of photos HERE

The carnival games with lots of popcorn and cotton candy in addition to the games had quite a few attendees.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the parade and carnival HERE

Fifty unique IP addresses watched the parade during the live stream, and forty connected again to watch the carnival live stream.

(Editors note: While some have asked why the parade is not live streamed from downtown, the reason is simply the fact that the Internet downtown gets hundreds of people accessing the many routers and all the addresses get used up. Then the Internet speed drops to below the speed necessary to live stream with all the usage. The Chamber of Commerce has always offered to use the connection there, but they have the same issue with the slower upload rate. For two years now, the connection speed has not given us any issues from the current location. Thank you to Holy Cross Catholic Church for allowing fifty plus people the opportunity to view the parade.Those that couldn't view it otherwise also thank you whether ill, quaranteined, or not able to be on the island. Thirty-three watched from Michigan, and others from California to Washington to Texas to Florida.)

Happy Independence Day 4th of July

Parade is at 2 p.m. followed by the carnival from 3-4:30 p.m.

Fireworks will take place at dark.

Nothing's Lost in God's Kingdom

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

July 4, 2017

Phyllis seems to be kept awake by the side effects of some of the medications, but she managed to get some sleep. She describes her back feeling like she was standing all day on a cement floor. Thanks to the friend that brought us some special patches to help us out. Phyllis seems to be getting better by "baby steps." We'll take every positive step, all the positive thoughts, and the prayers that we can get. On to the weather.....

Right now, at 7 a.m., it is 52 degrees with a light layer of mist, which is disappearing fairly quickly since the dewpoint is 50 degrees. The visibility is listed at the maximum of ten miles. The high today should be just below 80 degrees with a low overnight of 60. There is no chance of rain for today and tonight. The next chance of rain is Thursday morning. Get out and enjoy your 4th of July!

Word of the Day: inalienable (n-AY-lee-uh-nuh-bul) adjective; incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred; Alien, alienable, inalienable—it's easy enough to see the Latin word alius, meaning "other," at the root of these three words. Alien joined our language in the 14th century, and one of its earliest meanings was "belonging to another." By the early 1600s that sense of alien had led to alienable, an adjective describing something you can give away or transfer to another owner. The word unalienable came about as its opposite, but so did inalienable, a word most likely borrowed into English on its own from French. Inalienable is the more common form today, and although we often see both forms used to modify "rights," it was unalienable that was used in the Declaration of Independence to describe life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,

On this Day:

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

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

Questions You've Heard If You Live On Beaver Island

by Emily King Boyle

I've lived on an island in Lake Michigan for a large chunk of my life, about seven or eight years. My family moved to Beaver Island when I was going into fifth grade. We had been visiting the island for years, so my mom wanted to give it a try. Ever since then, I've called Beaver Island home. Understandably, when people find out about where I live, they tend to have a lot of questions. Sure, it can get a little annoying to answer the same questions over and over, but I tend to forget that most people don't live on islands. Of course people are going to be curious. Heck, I would be too if the roles were reversed. However, sometimes people ask questions that are... a little odd. Here are some of the funniest and most frequent questions my fellow islanders and I get asked:

1. Is it actually an island?

This is, by far, the question that I get asked most often. I don't particularly understand why. Are there lots of places with "island" in the name that turn out to not be islands? Have people deceived you by saying they lived on an island, but it turned out they were lying so now you're weary? Even though I get asked this all the time, I never really know how to respond.

2. Do you have cars?

Most Michiganders are familiar with Mackinaw Island, which is pretty famous for not having any cars (except emergency vehicles). They travel by horse-drawn carriages, and in the winter they use snowmobiles. That sounds great in theory, but Mackinaw Island is way smaller than Beaver Island, so it would take forever to get anywhere that isn't right on main street. Plus, I'm not a big fan of the smell of horse manure.

3. Do you have electricity/phones?

Sure, on the surface these questions seem innocent enough and not particularly funny. It seems that people sometimes ask these questions whilst talking on the phone with someone that is currently on the island. If you called someone and they pick up, odds are within range of somewhere that has electricity.

4. Is there a bridge?

Nope, although I certainly wouldn't be against a bridge. However, I've been told that building a bridge 32 miles long would be too expensive.

5. Then how do you get there?

Just like you would get anywhere else when a large body of water is in your way: by boat, or by plane. Sure, you could wait until the lake freezes and try walking, but you probably shouldn't.

6. Is there a school/how many kids did you graduate with?

Yes, there's a school that covers kindergarten through twelfth grade. There are around fifty to sixty kids enrolled currently, and when I was in school, there were four other girls in my grade. Needless to say, the dating pool was small in high school.

7. What's the name of the lake on the other side of the island?

Again, not a completely outrageous question, except this person was not asking about the inland lakes. No, they wanted to know what lake was around the other side of the island. It's Lake Michigan all the way around, folks.

8. Do you sell meat on the island?

Not everyone is a dedicated vegetarian. Is being vegetarian an island stereotype or something?

9. Do you have fast food restaurants?

Nope. No McDonald's, no Burger King, No Wendy's, nothing. In fact, we don't have any kind of chain stores. When I moved off the island for college, I was elated that I was able to order a pizza at practically any time of day. I still get a rush when I call up Domino's past 10 PM.

10. Where do you go shopping?

We have this cool little shop called Amazon.com. Super small, but it has everything you could possibly want! Sarcasm aside, we do have a grocery store and other little shops, but most people order stuff online or go shopping when they go to the mainland (yes, we do actually call it "the mainland").

11. Do you have a Beaver Island license plate?

Every state has it's own cute license plate design and I certainly wouldn't be against getting a special Beaver Island plate for my car. Unfortunately, Beaver Island is not it's own state. We are a part of Michigan.

12. Where are the fudge shops?

Check Lake Huron.

Special thanks to Hannah Robert, Jenna Battle, Sally Stebbins, Lori Sounders, Alexandra Dartt, Deborah Robert, Courtney Smith, Cynthia Johnson, Andrea Moore, John Mcneil, Patrick McGinnity, Clairessa Rose, and Susi Myers for sharing their experiences.

(Reprinted with permision)

4th of July Golf Tournament

on July 3, 2017

Mike Welke, Taylor Rohlfs (Lauren Welke's husband), and Scott Welke

It was gorgeous day for a golf tournament. Seventeen team of up to five members per team were signed up for this tournament at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The winning team consisted of relatives of Bob and Sue Welke; Mike Welke, Scott Welke, Dan Welke, Taylor Rohlfs, and Joe Henning. This team played just ahead of the team the editor played on. Second place was the team of Chuck Pop, Charlie P, Bruce B, Jake B, and Scott V. The winning score had both teams tied, but the Welke team won on the first playoff hole. Three teams tied for third place.

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Weather by Joe

July 3, 2017

On of the side effects of the pain medicaitons have to offset by yet another medication. The pile of pills just gets larger to combat this pain and move past the side effects. So, sleep was interrupted by these side effects, but Phyllis is doing better by little baby steps. We appreciate your concern and continued prayers for her recovery. This is a longer process than most of us imagined. On to the weather.....

Right now at 6:30 a.m., is is 56 degrees with an expected high of 72 and a low tonight of 54. The pressure is higher at 30.04, and visibility of ten miles. The clouds are clearing out. The dewpoint is 54 degrees with humidity at 94%. There is less than a 5% chance of rain and the skies should be mostly clear to partly cloudy. It should be a very nice day for the golf tournament today.

Word of the Day: construe (kun-STROO) to analyze the arrangement and connection of words in (a sentence or sentence part); to understand or explain the sense or intention of usually in a particular way or with respect to a given set of circumstances: Both construe and construction come from the Latin verb construere ("to construct or construe"). In the 15th century, English speakers added mis- to construe to create misconstrue, a word meaning "to put a wrong construction (that is, a wrong interpretation) on." Everty time I try to construe the condition, I completely fail to understand it.

On this Day:

On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s last attempt at breaking the Union line ends in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive battle of the American Civil War to an end.

In June 1863, following his masterful victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Lee launched his second invasion of the Union in less than a year. He led his 75,000-man Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River, through Maryland, and into Pennsylvania, seeking to win a major battle on Northern soil that would further dispirit the Union war effort and induce Britain or France to intervene on the Confederacy’s behalf. The 90,000-strong Army of the Potomac pursued the Confederates into Maryland, but its commander, General Joseph Hooker, was still stinging from his defeat at Chancellorsville and seemed reluctant to chase Lee further. Meanwhile, the Confederates divided their forces and investigated various targets, such as Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital.

On June 28, President Abraham Lincoln replaced Hooker with General George Meade, and Lee learned of the presence of the Army of the Potomac in Maryland. Lee ordered his army to concentrate in the vicinity of the crossroads town of Gettysburg and prepare to meet the Federal army. At the same time, Meade sent ahead part of his force into Pennsylvania but intended to make a stand at Pipe Creek in Maryland.

On July 1, a Confederate division under General Henry Heth marched into Gettysburg hoping to seize supplies but finding instead three brigades of Union cavalry. Thus began the Battle of Gettysburg, and Lee and Meade ordered their massive armies to converge on the impromptu battle site. The Union cavalrymen defiantly held the field against overwhelming numbers until the arrival of Federal reinforcements. Later, the Confederates were reinforced, and by mid-afternoon some 19,000 Federals faced 24,000 Confederates. Lee arrived to the battlefield soon afterward and ordered a general advance that forced the Union line back to Cemetery Hill, just south of the town.

During the night, the rest of Meade’s force arrived, and by the morning Union General Winfield Hancock had formed a strong Union line. On July 2, against the Union left, General James Longstreet led the main Confederate attack, but it was not carried out until about 4 p.m., and the Federals had time to consolidate their positions. Thus began some of the heaviest fighting of the battle, and Union forces retained control of their strategic positions at heavy cost. After three hours, the battle ended, and the total number of dead at Gettysburg stood at 35,000.

On July 3, Lee, having failed on the right and the left, planned an assault on Meade’s center. A 15,000-man strong column under General George Pickett was organized, and Lee ordered a massive bombardment of the Union positions. The 10,000 Federals answered the Confederate artillery onslaught, and for more than an hour the guns raged in the heaviest cannonade of the Civil War. At 3 p.m., Pickett led his force into no-man’s-land and found that Lee’s bombardment had failed. As Pickett’s force attempted to cross the mile distance to Cemetery Ridge, Union artillery blew great holes in their lines. Meanwhile, Yankee infantry flanked the main body of “Pickett’s charge” and began cutting down the Confederates. Only a few hundred Virginians reached the Union line, and within minutes they all were dead, dying, or captured. In less than an hour, more than 7,000 Confederate troops had been killed or wounded.

Both armies, exhausted, held their positions until the night of July 4, when Lee withdrew. The Army of the Potomac was too weak to pursue the Confederates, and Lee led his army out of the North, never to invade it again. The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War, costing the Union 23,000 killed, wounded, or missing in action. The Confederates suffered some 25,000 casualties. On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address during the dedication of a new national cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Civil War effectively ended with the surrender of General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in April 1865 (from history.com).

Mass from Holy Cross, July 1+2, 2017

There were a few people who viewed Mass over this weekend. Four unique IP addresses view Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m., and nine unique IP addresses viewed Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, so an additional thirteen viewed the services this weekend. There were a little under fifty people at the Saturday night Mass, but the church was overflowing with attendees this morning for Sunday Mass. The editor counted over a hundred twenty in the church just before Mass began this morning with several coming in just as the service started. The choir loft was filled up with people also, and the editor got a little busy doing the live streaming and playing the organ for the Mass parts.

Reader was Joan Banville; Reading the Gospel and giving the sermon was Deacon Jim Siler

The church was pretty full.

View video of the service HERE

Osprey and Loon Update

Osprey feeds two hatchlings, one dead hatchling found on the ground

View a small gallery of pictures of the adults and hatchlings HERE

A report by Jacque LaFreniere prompted a quick trip out to Barneys Lake. She reported one hatchling for the loons on the lake. It was very difficult to get a picture with all of the loons way down on the north end of the lake, but it was possible to see one little one down by the two adults.

One loon hatchling riding on mom's back

Then while head home, this bird crossed the roadway and was headed into hiding by a driveway.


Video Report for June 2017

377 unique IP addresses viewed 2192 video clips using 115.5 GB of bandwidth for June 2017. 306 viewed 2017 of the current video clips. 61 viewed historical clips. 41 unique IP addresses view the live streaming video during the month of June.

Beaverisland.tv has 250 unique IP visitors during the month of June. Beaverislandnewsarchvies.com had 1813 unique IP visitors during the month of June. It was a busy month.

What Did You Say 46

by Joe Moore

Spending thirty years of your life doing community service in the emergency medical field has its many rewards.  The feelings of knowing that you helped another member of your community can not be described.  This Beaver Island community has many examples of people stepping up and helping their neighbors.

With my wife having a lobectomy due to lung cancer, we have had the return of the help from several community members.  Many have called and offered to help in many different ways, but the most helpful seems to have been related to meals.  We have had people bring soup, dinners, and gift boxes at the local grocery store.  This has been very helpful, and the thanks simply cannot match the appreciation that we feel.  What a great place to live, this is!

Read the rest of the story HERE

4th of July

According to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, this is the schedule of happenings on Beaver Island for the 4th of July:

Parade Theme – “Red White & Blue
1:30 - Line up on Main starting at Holy Cross Church
2:00 - Parade Begins
John Works Cannon
Island Airways Missing Man Formation Flyover

3:00 - 4:30 Kids Carnival
Dusk – Fireworks

2017 Eco-Champion

Karen Turnbbull said, "The Eco-Fair will be awarding THIS YEARS Eco-Champion to Pam Grassmick. Pam has been so instrumental in so many ways to protecting and defending the ecological resources of our ISLAND. Please come to cheer her on!"

"I was honored to be chosen as the 2017 Eco-Champion during the recent Beaver Island Eco-fair. It has been a great pleasure to have worked with many island community members and off-island partners over the years on various projects. Island property owners, seasonal or year-round, appreciate the natural resources and beauty found here. These are worthy of promotion, restoration, and protection. When we work together, we achieve amazing results.

Thank you to the Eco-fair organizers, Carol Burton and clan, Karen Turnball, and Seamus Norgaard. They did an fabulous job with a first rate line up of speakers from Governor Synder's Pipe-Line 5 Task Force to members of climate organizations, alternative home energy options, and a Flint family touched by the water crisis. The Eco-Fair was a thought provoking and inspirational event for those who attended.
Many thanks!"

Pam Grassmick


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