B. I. News on the 'Net, July 4-17, 2016

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 17, 2016

It's 63­° outside this morning, wind is at 10 mph from the south, humidity is at 75%, pressure is falling from 1017 mb, visibility is 9.8 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.5, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the morning, then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph increasing to 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon. Chance of showers is 70%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. An 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through Late Tonight Today: South wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots.
Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of July 17, 1941 - Brigadier General Soervell directed Architect G. Edwin Bergstrom to have basic plans and architectural perspectives for an office building that could house 40,000 War Department employees on his desk by the following Monday morning. The building became known as the Pentagon.

Did you know that 1 square inch of human skin contains 625 sweat glands?

Word of the day: ambrosial (am-BROH-zhuh l) which means exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant. Ambrosial is the adjectival form of ambrosia, the food of the gods in classical mythology. It can be traced to the Greek brotōs meaning "mortal."

52 Lists Project #29

by Cindy Ricksgers

Barney's Lake Loon Babies

The mother and father loons were out on Barney's Lake last night, July 15, 2016, teaching the two loon babies how to dive under the water. This is a major defense mechanism for young loons, who are still unable to fly. It's a protection against predators and raptors such as eagles and hawks. This teaching was happening on the lake last night.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 16, 2016

Another beautiful day on the island. I'm sure that all the music fest folks are very happy for the sunshine! Right now I'm showing 51°, clear skies, wind at 2 mph from the west, humidity is at 90%, pressure is rising from 1019 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are at low-medium 3.7, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the south with gusts to around 20 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT Today: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 16, 1935 - Oklahoma City became the first city in the U.S. to install parking meters.

Did you know that when your face blushes so does your stomach lining?

Word of the day: zoosemiotics (zoh-uh-see-mee-OT-iks) which means the study of the sounds and signals used in animal communication, as song in birds or tail-wagging in dogs. Zoosemiotics entered English in the 1960s. Its first element, zoo-, stems from the Greek zôion meaning "animal"; semiotics can be traced to the Greek sēmeîon meaning "sign."

Birthday Saturday

by Cindy Ricksgers

Interesting Quotes from the BIESA Meeting of July 14, 2016

"Northflight can be here in fifteen minutees," said one attendee at this meeting. This is partially true. The flying time for the Northflight fixed wing aircraft from Traverse City Airport to the Beaver Island Township Airport is fifteen minutes. This fifteen minutes is the time in the air from one location to another. It does not include the activiation of the service, the determination if another emergency is happening in Northern Michigan at the same time, the time necessary to gather a crew, or other very important things like circling the township airport, landing, and shutting down the engines, getting a report from the medic here on Beaver Island, loading the patient into the aircraft. Replacing the Beaver Island equipment with Northflight equipment, engine pre-flight, firing up the engines, taking off, and then flying to the destination.

It's not a violation of any privacy to really provide some complete information about this topic. So here is the actual information for a patient turned over to Northflight this summer. Northflight was contacted at 12:47 pm. Beaver Island patient turned over to Northflight at the township airport at 13:50, or 1:50 p.m. Aircraft engines fire up. Aircraft takes off at 14:05 or 2:05 p.m. flying patient to Charlevoix with approximately ten additional minutes of flying time per Northflight pilot. Total time to Charlevoix Airport was one hour and thirty-eight minutes approximately.

Let's compare this to the time for the same flight using the BIEMS licensed air transport vehicle. If notification was made at 12:47 p.m., it might take ten minutes to put the FAA approved air transport cot into the airplaine, but during that ten minute period of time, the BIEMS ambulance would be headed to Welke Airport and would be pulling into the airport shortly after the aircraft was placed on the tarmack. Loading time might be ten minutes. Once loaded, the plane is ready to take off. Flight time to Charlevoix is fifteen to twenty minutes depending on wind direction. Patient arrives at Charlevoix Airport in no more than forty minutes, at 1:27 p.m., almost a full hour ahead of the Northflight aircraft, and before the Northflight aircraft has even landed at the township airport.

Which one makes the most sense when the rules of emergency medicine state, "Time is Muscle," and "Time is Tissue," and "Time is Brain," when talking about heart attacks, bleeding, and brain issues?

"Twenty minutes is a longtime in the airplane," said one attendee at this meeting. My reply is this. Taking one hour off the arrival time for an emergency patient of the transport time is more important than your worry about the twenty minutes of flight time, and, in the last sixteen years of the history of emergency medical patients, there has been maybe a total of three patients that got any treatments by the Northflight crew or the Valley Med crews that weren't already provided prior to their arrival on the island.

"The clinic can provide all of this..." said one attendee. This may be true, but will clinic be able to give up the practitioner to travel with the patient? Will the clinic practitioner take the time to write up the EMS report? Will the clinic practitioner be able to travel with the patient all the way to hospital as required by law?

The overwhelming sentiment outpoured in this meeting was to maintain ALS, and NOT go backward twenty-seven years in the history of Beaver Island to when the island only had BLS emergency medical services.

Beauty Abounds

View a small gallery flower pictures HERE

Garden Tour Success

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL GARDEN TOUR ON BEAVER ISLAND!!

Thanks to the strategic planning of committee members Jan Paul, Dana D’Andraia, Sally Stebbins and Janice Freeman we had a most elegant and fun-filled day. Our garden hosts included Anne and Paul Glendon, Mary Ellen and Larry Dawson, and Sandy and David Howell; all residing in Peaine township. The St. James host was John Fiegen and our public building stop this year was to our ever-blooming Wellness Garden. A big thank you to all of these hosts for allowing 45 attendees to descend upon their serene spots.

Of course, what day would be complete without lunch and dessert??

Thank you to Eric and Dana Hodgson for the fabulous, delicious sit-down luncheon at the Restaurant at the Lodge. Jan and Janice did a bang-up job with fresh flowers in old-styled water pitchers for table decor to compliment the “everything old is new again” theme of the tour this year. Not to be outdone was our guest speaker and ultimate gardener Heidi Vigil!   As before, she made us laugh while teaching us a few tricks playing off our theme of the day.


Jan Paul’s prizes, many donated by Pat Rowley, were a hit amongst the attendees.  Thank you Jan and Pat!


Desserts were bountiful and also scrumptious!  We arrived at our final stop, B I Studio and Gallery, to find our hostess Lois Stipp with a table full of assorted desserts made by Island bakers from old family recipes. These included treats by Jean Gillespie, Connie Wojan, Bev Cantwell, Connie Boyle, Jean Carpenter, and Sandy Lodico.  Thank you ladies for taking our theme to a new height!


We also would like to thank these people who each year have provided transportation for our attendees.  The CMU vans cut down on the “road rally” effect of our first two garden tours. CMU has maintained the wildflower garden with their Honors students every year and we appreciate their interest in being part of the Wellness Garden.  Thank you Becky Uzarski, Vickey Newman,  Crissa Lynn Snyder, and coordinator John Gordon. You are an immense presence on Beaver Island and we appreciate your participation in our Wellness Garden activities.


Sheri Richards, Frank D’Andraia, Bruce Parker and Anne Glendon also provided transport. Thank you one and all!


As we all know the Garden Tour proceeds allow us to continue work on beautifying and maintaining our Wellness Garden at BIRHC and Forest View. Thank you attendees who came early to get your tickets. We sold out in three days time!


Lastly, but not leastly,  we can’t do this without  Betty Hudgins, who tirelessly helps us with tickets, flyers, donations, and screens the phone calls with all the daily barrage of questions from interested attendees.  Thank you, thank you Betty!  Mary Cook and Donna Kubic also have kept our books for us; thank you Ladies.


Remember to watch next May for our Garden Tour plans as well as sale of tickets.  Hmmmmm……. wonder which gardens we will visit?  See you then!


Gratefully submitted by Leonor Jacobson for the Wellness Gardeners

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 15, 2016

We got plenty of rain yesterday (I measured over an inch) which made those attending the Music Fest a bit damp but it didn't slow up the musicians. Right now it's 57°, overcast sky, wind at 11 mph from the NNW with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1010 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are low- medium at 2.5, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Today: Cloudy. Patchy drizzle in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early in the morning. Patchy drizzle early in the morning. Waves to 4 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less in the afternoon. Tonight: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 15, 2002 - A boat captained by Bob Seger won its division in the 78th annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race.

Did you know that you have fewer muscles than a caterpillar?

Word of the day: animadversion (an-uh-mad-VUR-zhuh n) which means an unfavorable or censorious comment. Animadversion can be traced to the Latin animadvertere "to heed, censure" with the root animus meaning "mind, spirit, courage, passion, wrath." It entered English in the mid-1500s

Bake Sale

The Beaver Island Christian Church Women's Circle is having a bake sale on August 13th.

Rainy Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

BIESA Meeting

July 14, 2016

More than thirty people attended the meeting today at Peaine Township Hall at 2 p.m. today. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of moving Beaver Island EMS back to the level of Basic Life Support or to determine steps necessary to maintain the current level of Advanced Life Support. Many spoke in favor of maintaining the Advanced Life Support Level of service, and a plan was developed including a Go-Fund Me page and possible special millage placed upon the ballot. So, at least temporarily, the Advanced Life Support service called Beaver Island EMS will continue.

Video of this meeting may be viewed HERE

Editorial Update by Joe Moore

A special meeting of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority (BIESA) will be held at the Peaine Township Hall at 2 pm, July 14, 2016 to discuss the future of Beaver Island EMS.


On July 2, 2016, I retired from Beaver Island EMS after giving both townships and the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority notice of this retirement twenty-eight months ago, two years and four months.  I pointed out some serious legal issues on this website in a series of investigative reports.  The BIESA’s reaction was to pass a policy attempting to prevent the investigative reports from happening in the future.  I sent copies of the reports to Dr. Edward Newcomb.  I notified Charlevoix County Medical Control  Authority.  Last August, after spending  four and a half months continuing to provide ALS service to the island after my retirement date, a member of the BIESA made a statement that paramedics were overpaid, and I posted reasons why this was not so on the Beaver Island Forum.


It is important to note that the chair of the committee and three other authority members never responded to my serious legal concerns.  I received not one email or one phone call from them regarding these serious legal issues.   I posted a similar situation using East Jordan Family Medical Center and their policies and procedures as an example of the legal way to handle these situations.


I posted the legal definitions and sent quotes from the law.  None of this made any difference in their thinking.  There was nothing in those investigative reports that was not factual.  Nothing that was quoted from the law was manufactured.  It certainly caused some to become angry with me with f-bombs being sent my way.  I was verbally accosted in the Shamrock Bar by one of the BIRHC Board members.


Some team members in our local EMS even suggested that I resign.  Without the support of the team that I was required to lead in my position as paramedic, I took the only step that made sense to me.  Since all of this was causing me health issues, I retired.


So where does this leave Beaver Island?  The earlier meeting of the BIESA after my retirement caused a raise in pay for the paramedic of 83%.  Instead of the $150 per day that I received, they raised the pay to $275 per day.  The BIESA is now considering going back to the model of emergency treatment established thirty years ago.  What is that model? 


Twenty-seven years ago, the treatments needed for serious medical issues including stabilization and pain control, definitive cardiac treatment for chest pain, and definitive treatment for severe allergic reactions and stroke, seizures, and many others needed to take place at the medical center.  All treatments including an IV start needed to take place at the medical center.  The EMS would only be able to transport the patient at a Basic Life Support Level (BLS).  This seems to be perfectly fine with the BIRHC Board of Directors and four of the five members of BIESA.


There is something that needs repeating.  The BIRHC is NOT a certified urgent care center.  The BIRHC is NOT an emergency room.  The BIRHC is NOT a legal destination for the transport of emergency patients.  The BIRHC can NOT turn an advanced life support patient over to a basic life support service.  The BIRHC can NOT legally continue to pretend that they are a licensed facility with the ability to transfer emergency patients.


 So, there are some legal issues here that have been reported in the investigative reports that the BIRHC Board and the BIESA Board have ignored.  Their reactions were to try to silence the messenger to prevent the public from knowing what has been going on illegally for some time.


The plans being put forward for going back twenty-seven years to BLS for BIEMS “can” be accomplished quite easily.


What will these plans mean for patient care on Beaver Island? 

The patient with a fracture or a dislocation will have to be transported without pain control prior to arrival at the BIRHC.  The cardiac chest pain patient will have to be transported without pain control and preload decreases prior to the arrival at the BIRHC.  The dehydrated patient will have to be transported to the BIRHC for fluids.  The diabetic insulin shock patient will have to be transported to the BIRHC for fluids and for blood sugar treatment.  The trauma patient will have to be transported to the BIRHC if fluid therapy and pain therapy are needed.


So what, what’s the matter with this?


According to the law, if a physician, an FNP, or a PA wishes to take charge of an emergency patient, the approval must come from the CCMCA medical control physician.  Once that approval is received, the person receiving that authority and responsibility is NOT allowed to turn the patient over to anyone other than a physician in the emergency room of a licensed facility.  Because the BIRHC is NOT a licensed facility and has no authority under the law to make these facility to facility transport decisions or facility to facility transfers, according to the law, the FNP, PA, or physician has assumed responsibility for the patient and must accompany the patient and turn the patient over to the physician granting this authority and permission. A violation of this is called abandonment in medical legal terms. So, back when Mike McGinnity was doing the ALS treatments at the Beaver Island Medical Center twenty-seven years ago, he was required to accompany the patient on the transport of that emergency patient.


And to answer the question that I have been asked repeatedly, no, I was not asked to come out of retirement to keep the ALS service that the island has kept staffed for the last sixteen years or to staff the limited advanced service that existed eleven years before ALS.

There are three other licensed paramedics on the BIEMS roster. What has been done to convince them to continue the ALS service here on the island? Did members of the BIESA make any efforts to get an answer to this question on an individual basis?

Peaine Township Meeting

July 13, 2017

Items on the agenda for this meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2017, included the approval of minutes and bills to pay, a resolution for the Airport Commission, corresponsence from Henry Hill, approval for solicitation of bids for lawn care, critical dune amendments, appointment of election inspectors for August 2016 state primary, and public comment.

Agenda................................Minutes of this meeting

View video of this meeting HERE

Timeout for Art: Begging Bowls

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 14, 2016

It's 67° this morning, clear skies, wind is at 14 mph from the WSW with gusts to 30 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 1003 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are low-medium, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Today: Partly sunny. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 40%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening... then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 50%. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Evening. Today: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of July 14, 1868 - Alvin J. Fellows patented the tape measure.

Did you know that men have 10% more red blood cells than women?

Word of the day: puissant (PYOO-uh-suh nt, pyoo-IS-uh nt, PWIS-uh nt) which means powerful; mighty; potent. Puissant entered English from Middle French and is ultimately related to the Latin term posse meaning "to be able, have power."

CMU Water Presentation

"The Global Freshwater Crisis" and "Pacific Salmon in Native Alaska and Introduced Great Lakes Ecosystems: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" July 13, 2016

Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, beginning a little after 7 p.m., a Notre Dame professor named Dr. Gary Lamberti. The presentation was about the world's water, specifically about fresh water and sanitation water and the areas of the world that are without these necessary human and ecologically clean water as well as the effects on the fisheries and food chain. Approximately thirty people attended this presentation at the James C. Gillingham Academic Center.

View a gallery of pictures of this presenation HERE

View video of this presentation HERE

What Next?

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Needs Girls Volleyball Coach

BIESA Schedules Special Meeting

A special meeting of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority (BIESA) will be held at the Peaine Township Hall at 2 pm, July 14, 2016 to discuss the future of Beaver Island EMS.

Two Pictures at Barney's Lake

July 12, 2016

While checking on the two loon babies out on Barney's Lake, they were seen near the far shore. Meanwhile, a dragonfly decided to pose for a photograph even though in flight.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 13, 2016

The power going out this morning woke us up to clear, blue skies, 68°, wind at 12 mph from the SW with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 90% so it feels muggy, pressure is falling from mb, and visibility is 9.2 miles, pollen levels are low at 2.7, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Today: Mostly sunny. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in Effect From 11 AM this Morning Through Late Tonight Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots in the morning. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of July 13, 1832 - Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.

Did you know that the hydrochloric acid found in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve a nail?

Word of the day: vox populi (VOKS POP-yuh-lahy) which means the voice of the people; popular opinion. Vox populi is of Latin origin, and is often found in the maxim vox populi, vox Dei meaning "the voice of the people is the voice of God." It entered English in the mid-1500s.

Kite Surfing in Paradise Bay

Early this afternoon around 2:30 p.m. two young people were literally flying through the air to heights of twenty-five feet while kitesurfing outside the mouth of Paradise Bay. The method of propulsion was a kite pushed by a very strong wind. These youngsters were literally moving so fast that the only photos taken could not show them flying through the air, just moving along almost as fast as the power boats coming into the harbor.

View a small gallery of pictures of these two kitesurfers HERE

St James Lighthouse Lens Retired

Today, July 12, 2016, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the lens from the Whiskey Point Light was moved across the street to the St. James Township Hall. The lens placed in the St. James Lighthouse is a fourth-order Fresnel lens. Captain Kurt Fosburg of Superior Lighthouse Restoration LLC was present and assisted with the removal of the Fresnel lens and was providing a great deal of information throughout the few hours this afternoon. (Video below)

(The following information comes from lighthousefriends.com)

After $5,000 was provided by Congress on July 20, 1868, a new cylindrical brick tower was built in 1870 and equipped with an iron stairway and a new lantern room, which housed a fourth-order Fresnel lens. The characteristic of the new light was fixed red instead of fixed white.

Elizabeth Van riper said, “We burned the lard oil, which needed great care, especially in cold weather, when the oil would congeal and fail to flow fast enough to the wicks. In long nights the lamps had to be trimmed twice each night, and sometimes oftener.”

Ernst E. Winter, the light’s last keeper, had the longest stint as keeper, serving from 1899 until 1927. The 1930 Census lists his age as seventy-two and his occupation as “Custodian” of the lighthouse.

In 1942, the name of the light was officially changed to St. James, and spar buoys were placed to mark the entrance to the harbor. St. James Light was electrified in 1949. In 2000, St. James Township was granted a renewable ten-year lease for the brick tower, which still contains its fourth-order Fresnel lens. Under the provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, Beaver Island Harbor Lighthouse was offered for free to eligible government entities and non-profit organizations, and the lighthouse was officially awarded to St. James Township in 2005.

Head Keepers: Lyman Granger (1857 – 1859), Peter McKinley (1859 – 1869), Clement Van Riper (1869 – 1872), Elizabeth Van Riper Williams (1872 – 1884), Charles A. Lindstrem (1884 – 1886), Gustavus Umberham (1886 – 1890), John C. Gallagher (1890 – 1891), Joseph Fountain (1891 – 1892), Nelson Knudsen (1892 – 1899), Ernst Emil Winter (1899 – 1927).

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the movement of the lens below:

 

Great Lakes Unbridged Islands

BICS Board Meeting Packet for July 11, 2016

BIHS Antiques Appraisal Event

St James Township Sewer System Quarterly Report

CCSD News Release

On July 7, 2016 at approximately 13:41 hours, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island was dispatched to the area of Sloptown Road near King’s Highway for a single vehicle rollover accident in Peaine Township.

Tre Daniel Wilson, age 18 from Florida, was driving West on Sloptown Road in a 1975 Jeep when he lost control of the vehicle hitting the edge of the road causing him to go airborne and being ejected from the vehicle.  The vehicle rolled five times after the Wilson was ejected.  He was not wearing his seatbelt.

Wilson was transported to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City (via BIEMS ALS ground ambulance, BIEMS ALS air transport vehicle, and Northflight ALS ground ambulance) for treatment of several lacerations as a result of the accident.

The accident is still under investigation.  However, speed and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the accident.

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

The Agenda was completed with all except the invasive species update.

View a large gallery of pictures of this meeting HERE

Video of this two hour meeting available HERE

Tuesday: Exercises in Writing #6

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 12, 2016

Yup, slept in again This retirement thing is awesome! Right now it's 74°, wind is at 14 mph from the south with gusts up to 20 mph, humidity is at 85% and it feels muggy, pressure is falling from 1011 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.3, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Today: Partly sunny. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Evening Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning. Tonight: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of July 12, 1960 - Manufacturing began for the Etch A Sketch®.

Did you know that blonde beards grow faster than darker beards?

Word of the day: campestral (kam-PES-truh l) which means of or relating to fields or open country. Campestral derives from the Latin campus meaning "field." It entered English in the early 1700s.

Eagle Rescued

A "Boater spotted this guy wounded on Garden Island called wings of wonder in Traverse City," said Gerald LafFreniere. "They called the Little Traverse Bay Band (LTBB),. who called 911. 911 called Charlevoix County Sheriff office. Deputy Nate Humble called me. I called John Works at CMU and within a hour a rescue plan was in place and underway. Deputy Humble, Dave from CMU, two students, and I went to Garden Island. We captured the bird." The bird was brought back to Beaver Island and then, "We sent it off on the boat and on to Wings of Wonder for rehab."

From the CCSD:

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider reports on 07/07/2015, at approximately 13:41 hours, the Charlevoix Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island was contacted by the Little Traverse Bay Band about an injured bald eagle on Garden Island inside of Indian Harbor.

Charlevoix County Sheriff’s deputies responded along with Central Michigan University Biological Station from Beaver Island.  They were able to safely and quickly rescue the injured bald eagle and transport it back to Beaver Island where it was transported to Charlevoix.  Little Traverse Bay Band Tribal Officer, Roger Willis, picked up the eagle in Charlevoix and transported it to ‘Wings of Wonder’ in Traverse City where it will undergo treatment for its’ injuries.

If the eagle is able to make a full recovery, it will be released in the general area where it was recovered.

View small gallery of pictures HERE

Thanks to Bob Hamil for the pictures!

Sophie Wins Bronze Medal

Jacque LaFreniere, Summer Reading Olympics Coordinator, is pictured with Sophie McDonough, a bronze medal winner!

Sophie is a competitive reader in the Beaver Island District Library Summer Reading Olympics! Sophie is the first bronze medal reader! Good job, Sophie! Thanks Beaver Island District Library for this program. Sophie will now be working for a silver medal and then on to the gold!.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Director Has Meeting on B.I.

July 11, 2016, 9 a.m.

Live-streaming took place for Beaver Island Seniors, their caregivers and the community are invited to attend a meeting with Shirley Gillespie, Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, Roman Hank, Assistant Director, and Nancy Ferguson, District 5 Charlevoix County Commissioner to review the details of a new program for providing in-home care services to Beaver Island Seniors.

This meeting and presentation took place in the upstairs of the Beaver Island Community Center beginning at 9 a.m. and going for 90+ minutes. In addition to the live streaming, the meeting was also recorded and is available at the link below.

View video of this meeting HERE

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Blood Drive on Beaver Island

Blood Drive on Beaver Island:
Thursday, July 28 from 12:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Here is the link if you would like to schedule your time to donate:

Last year's blood drive was a success, thanks to all the people who donated blood and to the Red Cross who sent us extra nurses. Donors were taken at their scheduled time and were out the door in record time! We know your time is important and continue to work to make the process run smoothly.

Something NEW this year:

Red Cross has Rapid Pass. You can go online (use a computer, it doesn't always work on a mobile device) and fill out all the health questions ahead of time, which will save you even more time the day you donate. You will need to fill it out that day - and be sure to print the Rapid Pass and bring it with you! Here is the link: http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass

If you have any questions, need any help, or would like to make your appointment over the phone, just call one of the Blood Drive Coordinators:
Connie Wojan (231-448-2379)
Connie Boyle (231-448-2491)

No Matter

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 11, 2016

Doesn't look like it's going to be much of a beach day, so hit the library and get a book, grab your knitting/crocheting, or just do the house chores. I know which one is my choice although I will have to balance two of them to get something accomplished today. Right now it's 64°, wind is at 7 mph from the SE, humidity is at 89% so it feels a bit muggy, pressure is falling from 1016 mb, visibility is at 9.7 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 3.7, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of thunderstorms and a slight chance of rain in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. MARINE REPORT South wind 5 to 10 knot. Chance of showers and thunderstorms through the day. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of July 11, 1804 - The United States' first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.

Did you know that the yo-yo was originally used as a weapon for hunting in the Philippines?

Word of the day: tweedle (TWEED-l) which means 1) to lure by or as by music 2) to produce high-pitched, modulated sounds, as a singer, bird, or musical instrument. Tweedle is imitative in origin, though it may also be influenced by the verb wheedle. It entered English in the late 1600s.

Christian Church Bulletin for July 10, 2016

Excerpts from Mass from Holy Cross

July 10, 2016

Visiting priest Father O'Donnell

Deacon Jim Siler

View video excerpts from Mass of July 10, 2016 HERE

Eighth Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

July 9, 2016

This wonderful concert took place at Reddeer, the log cabin on the property next to the driveway down the hill to Harbor View I. The concert began close to 7 p.m. with many different talented performers.More than 80 people attended the concert in memory of Glen McDonough

View a gallery of performers and others at the program HERE

View video of the concert HERE

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Brighid Gillespie Delivers

Last night, July 9, 2016, after over 17 hours of labor, at 8:13 P.M, Lucas Daniel entered the world. He is 8 lbs, 7 oz, and 21 inches long.

Madeline Visits the Island

The sailing vessel "Madeline" came in the St. James Harbor and docked on the St. James Marine barge. It was fascinating to see the process of this docking using a little motor-powered dingy to help swing the vessel into the proper position to tie up.

View a small gallery of pictures of the docking HERE

Two Barney's Lake Nature Pictures

Caspian Tern on the hunt

Flowering Milkweed attraction

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 10, 2016

It's 58° outside this morning, partly cloudy, wind is at 5 mph from the west, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 1017 mb, visibility is 9.4 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 3.7, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds. MARINE REPORT Today: Light winds. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 10, 1900 - ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.

Did you know that the most common injury in ten pin bowling is a sore thumb?

Word of the day: nixie (NIK-see) which means a letter or parcel that is undeliverable because of a faulty or illegible address. Nixie entered English in the 1880s. Its root word nix means "nothing," and derives from the German nichts, which also means "nothing."

Veteran's Park Flags at Half Mast for 5 Dallas Policemen

United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps' Pride of Michigan

The "Pride of Michigan" comes in and docks on July 6, 2016, around 7 p.m.

The Great Lakes Division Sea Cadet program  provides real life experience in maritime and underwater exploration and training.  With highly qualified staff aboard the Research / Training Vessel, PRIDE OF MICHIGAN and support craft, professionally led missions  are conducted  throughout the Great Lakes system. Each season, they produce a documentary science film which combines science, history or natural history and features those who train and staff this remarkable  program.  Their award winning films have achieved recognition in the  industry winning both Telly and Communicator Awards.

The July 1-17, 2016 program includes a stay on Beaver Island at the Beaver Island Municipal Dock and also a SCUBA Diving program. This program includes Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. Applicants had to be a certified diver. Training would include underwater navigation, improve buoyancy skills and explore shipwrecks in Lake Huron, Lake Michigan & Straights of Mackinac. There would also be Specialty Training in Shipwreck Diving and an Introduction to Marine Archaeology and underwater geology. The cadets will "Dive from the 81ft Navy Ship “Pride of Michigan” to explore the largest shipwrecks in the Great Lakes."

The program is "Open to 15 male cadets (male cadets only; no berthing available for female cadets at this time)."

Outdoor classes while tied to the BI Municipal Dock on July 9, 2016, about 11 a.m.

Baroque on Beaver Coming Soon

Friday, July 29 @ 7:30 PMBI Community Center Auditorium:  Opening Night GALA BENEFIT CONCERT  (Ticketed Event*) – The classical trio of May Phang (piano), Aaron Berofsky (violin), and Derek Snyder (cello). Performance includes the Brahms Piano Trio in B Major, Op 8., Haydn’s Piano Trio in G Major, Hob XV: 25 “Gypsy” and Paganini Cantabile for Violin and Piano.  SPONSOR:  Hodgson Enterprises

Saturday, July 30 @ 2:00 PM – BI Community School Gym:  “An Orchestral Rainbow” – A colorful and interactive program for kids of all ages. SPONSOR:  Charlevoix State Bank

Saturday, July 30 @ 7:30 PMBI Community Center Auditorium:  GALA BENEFIT CONCERT   (Ticketed Event*) – The classical trio of May Phang (piano), Aaron Berofsky (violin), and Derek Snyder (cello). Performance includes the Haydn Piano Trio in A Major, Hob XV:18, Arvo Part Spiegel im Spiegel for Cello and Piano and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49. SPONSOR:  Beaver Island Lodge

Sunday, July 31 @ 2:00 PM– St. James Episcopal Church:  “Musica Camera, Camera Sacra” – Chamber music with the Beaver Island String Quartet, Emerald Isle Woodwind Quintet, Beaver Island Brass Quintet. SPONSOR:  Fresh Air Aviation

Monday, August 1 – No scheduled performances

Tuesday, August 2 @ 7:30 PM – CMU Biological Station – James C. Gillingham Academic Center:  “A Chamber Soirée” – Works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Handel.  SPONSOR:  James Luteyn

Wednesday, August 3 @ 2:00 PM– Beaver Island Christian Church:  “Vocally Yours” – A vocal recital with the Fourth Coast Ensemble and Festival Chorus. SPONSOR:  Island Airways

Wednesday, August 3 @ 3:00 PM – St. James Marine Dock (weather permitting):  “High and Dry Brass” – Popular favorites with the Beaver Island Brass Quintet. SPONSOR: St. James Marine and Fogg Towing

Thursday, August 4 @ 2:00 PM – Holy Cross Catholic Church:  “Metallurgy” – The Beaver Island Brass Quintet plays Bach, Copland, and Arnold. SPONSOR:  William Hill Estate Winery

Thursday, August 4 @ 7:30 PM – BI Community School Gym:  “A Solo Spectacular” – Mahler Rückert Lieder with Martha Guth; Mozart Piano Concerto No. 15, K. 450 with May Phang. SPONSOR:  Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital

Friday, August 5 @ 7:30 PM– Holy Cross Catholic Church:  “Nothing but Bach” – With the Festival Orchestra and Fourth Coast Ensemble. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147; Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. SPONSOR:  Beaver Island Boat Company

Saturday, August 6 @ 2:00 PM– Livingstone Studio Grounds:   “Pop-Up Performance**:  Meet the Artists” – Featuring the Donegal Bay Winds. Come on by the studio and enjoy the music of the Donegal Bay Winds as you peruse the creative works of painters, potters, jewelry makers, sculptors, wood workers, photographers, textile designers and other inventivets. SPONSOR:  Dudek Insurance Agency Group

Saturday, August 6 @ 7:30 PM– BI Community School Gymnasium:  “A Black and White Opera Gala” – With the Festival Orchestra and Chorus. An evening of favorites featuring Martha Guth, Ricardo Lugo, and the Fourth Coast Ensemble. SPONSOR:  SpartanNash

Sunday, August 7 @ 2:00 PM– BI Community School Gymnasium:  “A Grand Beethoven Finale” – With the Festival Chorus, Orchestra, and May Phang, piano.  Overture, “Egmont”; Symphony No. 7; Choral Fantasy.  SPONSOR: McDonough’s/Dalwhinnie

The organizers of the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival are pleased to announce that William Hill Estate Winery will again provide complementary wines and light fare prior to the opening gala performance on Friday, July 29th. Chocolates will be provided by Kilwins Chocolates of Charlevoix. Ticket-holders are invited to attend this delectable event, which marks the opening of Baroque on Beaver’s 15th Anniversary season.   Doors open at 6:00pm and the program begins at 7:30pm.
Gala benefit tickets are now available for purchase ($50 per night or two nights for $75) by phone or in person at the Beaver Island Community Center (231-448-2022).

***Pop-Up Performances: Watch for additional concerts that will “Pop Up” throughout the Festival on the porch at Dalwhinnie’s Bakery & Deli, the Shamrock Bar & Restaurant and other spots around the historic harbor district

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One of the most epic B on B performance week was back in 2011 with the world premiere of music, poetry, and live performance of a composition of Something About Autumn by Thomas Cipullo

Performances included:

World Premiere of Something About Autumn by Thomas Cipullo

Mendelssohn's Elijah

A Night at the Opera

Mozart Symphony #40 in G-minor

The performance at the Community Center called the "Mozart Symphony #40" included several other pieces of music, but, more importantly, it tells the story of the origins of the festival told by Jane Maehr, Jeanne Howell, and Charles Krutz, the original Bach on Beaver, and of that first performance. These were the best of times and wonderful music and musicians doing what they love doing.

Baroque on Beaver Brass Quintet

Water Music

View these performances HERE

These performances were recorded prior to the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association ruled to keep all cameras and video out of the concerts.

BINN is so glad that these historic events were recorded as live performances for posterity!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 9, 2016

Mostly cloudy skies, 60°, wind at 15 mph from the NW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 91% so it feels a bit muggy, pressure is rising from 1010 mb, visibility is 9.1 miles, pollen levels are low-medium today at 3.5, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Today: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. North winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Afternoon Today: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 24 knots. Isolated showers early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning, then subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: North wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of July 9, 1872 - The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.

Did you know that the most sung song is happy birthday?

Word of the day: sockdolager (sok-DOL-uh-jer) which means something unusually large, heavy, etc. Sockdolager is an Americanism that came into popular use in the 1820s. Its first element, sock, means "a hard blow."

If Only....

by Cindy Ricksgers


Hugh Murray Wanty Dies

Wanty, Hugh Murray 5/18/1924 - 7/6/2016 Chelsea, Michigan Hugh Murray Wanty, of Chelsea, Michigan, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at his home with his wife, Marilyn (O'Kane), two sons, and daughter-in-law at his side. A life-long resident of Ann Arbor, he was born on May 18, 1924, to Murray D. and Iva Wave (Harner) Wanty. He attended Bach, Mack School, was in the inaugural class at Slauson Middle School, and graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1942. In high school he met Marilyn, his wife to-be. Hugh entered the University of Michigan and at the outbreak of WWII he joined the Naval ROTC. In 1945, finishing his engineering degree in just two years, he graduated from college, was commissioned an Officer in the Navy, and was married in a single weekend. Hugh and Marilyn briefly moved to Rhode Island to prepare for his deployment on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. After the war, Hugh worked for American Brakeblok and then returned to the U of M to complete his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after a transfer to Virginia in 1948 Hugh's parents-in-law, James and Hazel O'Kane, offered him a job in their beer distribution business, James J. O'Kane Distributing Washtenaw/Livingston County Stroh's beer distributor. In 1954 they moved their warehouse to Jackson Road and in 1956, O & W, Inc. was formed with Hugh as the Vice-President. In 1962 Hugh purchased the Goebel Distributor, in 1967 he purchased the Miller/Meister Brau distributor, and throughout the years they orchestrated several warehouse expansions to accommodate business growth. Hugh and Marilyn operated O & W, Inc. for nearly 50 years until his retirement in 1989 as President and Chairman of the Board.

During Hugh's career he was involved in civic activities and he served on many boards including the Ann Arbor Jaycees, Ann Arbor Kiwanis Club, Housing Board of Appeals, and Dawn Farms Board, was the first non-Catholic President of Catholic Social Services, and was on the board of the Executive Committee and President of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. He was also a member of Barton Hills Country Club, Ann Arbor Country Club, Huron Valley Swim Club, Racquet Club, and 110 Investment Club. He enjoyed spending time on Beaver Island, wintered in Green Valley, Arizona, for 24 years, and was a world traveler, visiting Australia, New Zealand, China, and Europe. He was also a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor where he had served as an Elder.

Hugh and Marilyn had three sons: James Hugh (Diane) Wanty of Ann Arbor, Douglas William (Suzanne) Wanty of Ann Arbor, and Brian O'Kane Wanty of Eugene, Oregon. Jim and Doug continue to operate O & W, Inc. Hugh's greatest joy was his five delightful grandchildren: Kit Morgeson, Erin (J.P.) Dahdah, Jamie (Jonathon) Brooks, Cooper Wanty, and Isabel Wanty. Hugh and Marilyn were married for 71 years. They enjoyed a rich and full life of family, bridge, travel, and tennis. He could always beat Marilyn with a shot to her backhand side. In addition to his wife, sons, and grandchildren, he is survived by his great-grandchildren: Ava Morgeson, Jim Morgeson, Lilianna Dahdah, J.P. Dahdah II, and Jessica Brooks; his sister, Marilyn Smith of Grants Pass, OR; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Dr. Maurice Smith.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in the Great Room at Silver Maples Retirement Community, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118, with Rev. Kathy Schell officiating. Private interment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor. Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Maples of Chelsea or the Arbor Hospice Foundation. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. - See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/annarbor/obituary.aspx?n=hugh-murray-wanty&pid=180590525&fhid=25498#sthash.LwffzAaF.dpuf

Reflecting

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 8, 2016

It's going to be a "liquid sunshine" day. It's 66°, thunder can be heard rolling in, wind is at 8 mph from the ESE, humidity is at 92% so it's a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1008 mb, visibility is 8.6 miles, pollen levels are low today at 0.5 and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Today: Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. MARINE REPORT Today: East wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Patchy fog through the day. Chance of showers early in the morning. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of July 8, 1969 - The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the game "Twister."

Did you know that EMI awards stands for 'Electrical and Musical Instruments'?

Word of the day: selenotropism (si-lee-nuh-TROH-piz-uh m) which means growth in response to moonlight. Selenotropism can be traced to the Greek selēnē meaning “moon” and trópos meaning "turn." It entered English in the 1880s.

St. James Passes Enbridge Pipeline Resolution

Agenda and Minutes for BITA Meeting, July 12, 2016

BICS Seeks Bids for Tree Removal

St. James Township Meeting

July 6, 2016

The St. James Township Board met for its regular July meeting on the first Wednesday. Eleven people were present in addition to the board. The agenda included and update on the Karns' property, and update on the lighthouse project, and update on the fences at the pocket parks, and update on the sewer rate study. Old business included setting a date for an insurance agent to come to the island and a resolution on the Enbridge Pipeline. New business included a discussion of the yacht dock harbormaster and a resolution for AWOS at the township airport. There was also a public comment period.

View video of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 7, 2016

Even the clouds are tired of the heat, they're lying on the ground! It's foggy here this morning. Right now it's 60°, wind is at 4 mph from the NE, humidity is 96% so it feels a bit muggy, pressure is rising from 1010 mb, visibility is 1.8 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 2.9, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs around 80. North winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. MARINE REPORT Today: Light winds. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: East winds 10 to 15 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 7, 1994 - Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle, Washington under the name "Cadabra."

Did you know the word old English word 'juke' meaning dancing lends its name to the juke box?

Word of the day: velleity (vuh-LEE-i-tee) which means 1) a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it. 2) volition in its weakest form. Velleity came to English from the New Latin velleitās, which ultimately finds its roots in the Latin velle meaning "to wish." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Timeout for Art: "A Land Chanty"

by Cindy Ricksgers

CCCOA Director on the Island

Monday, July 11, 2016, 9 am

Beaver Island Seniors, their caregivers and the community are invited to attend a meeting with Shirley Gillespie, Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, Roman Hank, Assistant Director, and Nancy Ferguson, District 5 Charlevoix County Commissioner to review the details of a new program for providing in-home care services to Beaver Island Seniors.
 
Monday, July 11,2016, 9:00 am at the Beaver Island Community Center, upstairs in the Hangout. Refreshments provided.

Two Osprey Nestlings Getting Ready to Fledge

The osprey nest on top of the microwave tower, the one that sends our telephone and receives our telephone calls and our Internet, was a busy place today, July 6, 2016. Although suspicious that there might be more than one nestling, based upon the sounds coming from the nest, there was no photographic proof until today. Below is that photo:

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James O. McCann Dies


James O. McCann. formerly of Charlevoix, passed away yesterday, July 5, 2016, in New Orleans after a fight with cancer. Jim was born to Captain Joseph and Margaret "Bowery" (Gallagher) McCann. He was preceded in death by his parents,and brothers Michael and Joe. Jim is survived by his son, Michael and sister Kathy Mc Cann Tidmore. At Jim's request there will be no Memorial Service. His body is being donated to Tulane University Medical School.

This Morning

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 6, 2016

Cloudy skies this morning, 66°, wind is at 6 mph from the SW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 89% - feels a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1008 mb, visibility is 8.8 miles, pollen levels are low today at 2.1, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Today: Mostly cloudy. Numerous rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning (I think the majority of them will go south of us), then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of showers early in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms through the day. Numerous showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Areas of fog. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 6, 1854 - In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.

Did you know that New York's Central Park was opened in 1876?

Word of the day: skerrick (SKER-ik) which means a small piece or quantity; a bit. Skerrick is of uncertain origin. It entered English in the early 1800s.

Whiskey Point Brewing Company

Pig Roast and Beer Tasting

Besides being the director of the Beaver Island District Library, Patrick McGinnity has established the Whiskey Point Brewing Company and has been sponsoring the pig roast that takes place at his home on Carlisle Road just east of Stoney Acres, at the previously named Pitman place. According to one attendee, "The pork was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. There were not a lot of people present, but the pork was gone. Many who liked beer seemed to enjoy it."

View a gallery of pictures of the pig roast HERE

BIA Annual Meeting Schedule

Tuesday: Exercises in Writing #5

by Cindy Ricksgers

4th or July Parade and Carnival--On the Ground

Video and Pictures by Deb Bousquet

While the live stream needed a router without the entire bandwidth being used up, recording video on the camera isn't relying on the availaability of an Internet Provider address. With all of these wonderful visitors downtown with all their cellphones, it was very unlikely that an address would be able to be maintained to live stream the parade from downtown. Deb Bousquet was right downtown and took video and pictures for News on the 'Net. Here are the on the ground video and pictures of this wonderful Independence Day Celebration.

Click HERE for on-the-ground parade pictures

Click HERE for on-th-ground carnival pictures

Great pictures, Deb!

Click HERE for on-the-ground video

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 5, 2016

What a lovely holiday it was... now life goes back to whatever "normal" is. We have clear, blue skies, it's 63°, wind is 10 mph from the SW, humidity is at 93% so it feels a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1009 mb, visibility is 7.6 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.2, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds at 10 mph. 50% chance of precipitation. MARINE REPORT Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Partly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 5, 1946 - The bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. Micheline Bernardini wore the two-piece outfit.

Did you know that Rio de Janeiro translates to river of January?

Word of the day: orthography (awr-THOG-ruh-fee) which means the art of writing words with the proper letters, according to accepted usage; correct spelling. Orthography stems from the Greek word orthós meaning "straight, upright, correct." It entered English in the early 1400s.


     

Links

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

January 28, 2016

Video of the meeting HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 31, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

April 28, 2016

Video of this meeting available HERE

May 26, 2016

HERE.

June 30, 2016

Video of this meeting may be viewed HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16

 

BICS Board Meetings

January 11, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

February 8, 2016

Video is available HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 14, 2016

Link to Video of the 2.5 Hour Meeting

BICS Holds Title I and Parent Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

April 18, 2016

Video for most of the meeting is HERE

May 9, 2016

View video of the board meeting HERE

June 13, 2015

Video available for this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

January 13, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

January 21, 2016

View video of this short meeting HERE

February 10, 2016

Video available HERE

March 9, 2016

View Video of the Meeting Here

April 13, 2016

View Video HERE

May 11, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

June 8, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

 

St. James Township Meeting Video

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

View video of this meeting HERE

February 3, 2016

Video can be viewed HERE

March 2, 2016

Video of the meeting available HERE.

March 30, 2016

Video of this meeting HERE

April 6, 2016

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April 12, 2016

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May 4, 2016

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June 1, 2016

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Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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Another Year, Fourth of July

by Cindy Ricksgers

4th of July Fireworks

View a gallery of fireworks pictures HERE

View video of the fireworks HERE

4th of July Parade and Carnival

This year of 2016 must mark a record in the number of people on Beaver Island for the 4th of July, the Independence Day Parade and Carnival. There were many floats in the parade, and as one writer described it even a "floating float." This event was live streamed from the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Thank you to Holy Cross Parish for the use of the Internet at the Rectory and the use of the power from Holy Cross Catholic Church! Without the help of the Holy Cross Catholic Church this live streaming and recording could not have taken place! Thank you Holy Cross!

The parade was live streamed both directions headed downtown and head back through town. The beginning of the carnival was also live streamed. All of the viewers got a good chance to see the majority of the afternoon. The total number of views of the http://beaverisland.tv live stream was over one hundred unique IP addresses.

View a gallery of pictures of the parade HERE

View video of the parade HERE

Happy Independence Day!

Mass from Holy Cross Excerpts

July 3, 2016

View video HERE

AMVETs Breakfast

The line was out the door and around the corner when both churches were out. Several AMVETs worked very hard at providing the community with a breakfast of pancakes and eggs and sausage. The AMVETs Breakfast is a tradition that takes place on the Sunday of the 4th of July weekend. It took two trips to the Holy Cross Hall to be able to find a parking spot. These pictures were taken just fifteen minutes before the breakfast was completed.

 

Busy Beach

Many long time islander families have commented that they have never seen the public beach so busy and full of people as on July 3, 2016. Lots of people, young and old, having a great time relaxing, swimming, paddle boarding, and just having an amazing time.

View a gallery of pictures of busy beach HERE

 

Family Fun

The Green, McDonough, and Wojans got together across the street from the old McDonough store to have some family fun on July 3, 2016. Driving by, one just had to stop and laugh and say hello. The game was a combination of a slip and slide, baby swimming pools, and a beach ball. The game was a modification of kickball with the baselines actually be slip and slides. Instead of running bases, you had to slide to the little pools to be safe. It was truly fun to watch.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

 

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope everyone has a marvelous day, slathers on the sunscreen, AND stays safe! Right now on the island it's 58°, clear, blue skies, wind is at 4 mph from the south, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.2, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds. MARINE REPORT Today: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 4, 1803 - The Louisiana Purchase was announced in newspapers. The property was purchased, by the U.S. from France, was for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre). The "Corps of Discovery," led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, began the exploration of the territory on May 14, 1804.

Did you know that Icelandic phone books are listed by first names (not surnames)?

Word of the day: egalitarian (ih-gal-i-TAIR-ee-uh n) which means asserting or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life. Egalitarian entered English in the 1880s as an alteration of equalitarian with the French égal replacing equal.

Turkey Vultures

The Gull Harbor area seems to be the newest location of a small group of turkey vultures. Whether the vultures are there because the carp are landlocked or whether there are fishing remains coming in on the waves, these beautifully ugly shivers-hype birds are gathering out there. The crows are also present for whatever free meal is available.

Joyce Bartels Obituary

Joyce Bartels passed away peacefully days short of her 91st birthday.

Born in Flint, Michigan to Thomas and Edna Ackerman and raised in Grand Blanc, Michigan. She was valedictorian of Grand Blanc High School class of 1943 and studied civil engineering at Purdue University.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Harold, her brother; William, and two half-sisters; Margaret (Peggy) Ashbury and Ruthie Wadsworth. Joyce was the mother of Elizabeth, Karl (Sandra), and Amy (Richard); grandmother of Galen, Karen, and Melissa; and great grandmother Connor, Payton, and Emma.

She was a member and/or officer of numerous local and national civic, historical, conservation, and environmental organizations and a tireless volunteer.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at Haslett Community Church and on her beloved Beaver Island. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman, Lansing Chapel. On-line condolences may be shared at www.grlansing.com.

Holy Cross Bulletin for July 2016

Joe Moore Retires from EMS

After twenty-nine years, ten months, and a few days, of dedication to the provision of emergency medical care for the visitors to and the residents of Beaver Island, Joe Moore has retired from his position in the emergency medical service here on Beaver Island. Joe said, "It's time." After giving a year's notice more than two years ago, Joe Moore stayed on to provide the paramedic level care that has been established on Beaver Island since 2000. Having had several stints where he would be the only paramedic 365/24/7 lasting years at a time, Joe Moore has given his all to help those in need during their most serious medical situations.

"All of the last six patients transported by our locally licensed emergency air transport service ended up being hospitalized if anyone needs proof of the need for emergency medical services on this most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes," Joe stated, "but the political atmosphere and the attitudes of some detractors plus the cement block walls put in the way have shown me that it's time for me to step back and give this needed service to those that are younger. I am getting older, and I don't have the zeal that I had when I started the EMT class back in 1986."

The effective date of Joe Moore's retirement from EMS was July 2, 2016, when he turned in his radio and pager to Fire Chief Tim McDonough, "who has also served the island for the last twenty-nine years."

Bingo in July

B. I. Christian Church Bulletin

July 3, 2016

52 Lists Project #27

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 3, 2016

Clear, blue skies, 60°, wind at 6 mph from the SW, humidity is 91%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, visibility is 9.1 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.6, and the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds. MARINE REPORT Today: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Light winds. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 3, 1880 - "Science" began publication. Thomas Edison had provided the principle funding.

Did you know that there are no rivers in Saudi Arabia?

Word of the day: tourbillion (too r-BIL-yuh n) which means a whirlwind or something resembling a whirlwind. Tourbillion entered English from the French tourbillon meaning "whirlwind." Ultimately, it can be traced to the Latin turbō meaning "something that spins." It entered English in the mid-1400s.

Announcements/Ads

BIDL Summer Reading Olympics to Start

Beaver Island District Library’s Summer Reading Olympics program will start on June 20, 2016.
What can be more important than a child’s education? Did you know that children who don’t read over the summer don’t maintain their reading level, but actually reduce their ability? So what can parents do?
Sign your child up for Beaver Island District Library’s Summer Reading program! It’s free and easy to join: just sign up and start reading! Children will earn rewards and entries into a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.
Children who read 20 minutes a day, keep a reading log, and write a review of the books they read will earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold medals, based upon their total minutes read. Readers can bring their logs and reviews to the library weekly to “check in” and receive a prize! For young readers, a parent or older sibling can read to them and it will count as well!
Beaver Island District Library and the Teen Advisory Board are also planning summer events for the various grade levels. Some events include workshops (such as a Writer’s Workshop and Drawing Manga/Anime), game nights, reading with elders (including senior citizens and elder mentors), summer Rainy Day Read Ins and Book swaps.
Each medal earned, each review written, and each BIDL event attended will earn the reader an additional chance at the Grand prize at the end of the summer.
Contact the Beaver Island District Library for more information or to sign up for this exciting program.
Also, stop by and check out the book sale this summer! Inexpensive reads in a variety of subjects.

Christian Church Bulletin

July 10, 2016

Holy Cross Bulletin July 2016

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter 2016

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule

SAVE THE DATE!    Garden Tour Benefit   Wednesday, July 13th

SAVE THE DATE!    Garden Tour Benefit   Wednesday, July 13th
Another fun day of visits to several new Beaver Island gardens is in the works and we hope you can join us!  Good food (at the Lodge), good company (no more than 40 tickets sold), and gracious hosts who make it all possible, will complete the day.  Our volunteers are making this event better each year and we want to remind you that the proceeds (as well as our silent auction) will support our continuous efforts to beautify the Wellness Garden encompassing the BIRHC and Forest View campuses. A surprise speaker, and of course prizes, will be part of the lunch event. Transportation provided as usual and included in the ticket price! Look for more information as it becomes available through BIRHC, WVBI, and the news forums, as well as News On the Net. Mark your calendars, see you then,     The Wellness Garden Benefit Committee

BOBI

BOBI (BIDL Book Club)


Charlevoix Summer Transit
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Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Except Holidays)

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Bank Hours Change


January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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July thru August
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-3pm

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

Beach Rangers

Beach Rangers, now is the time to start walking the beaches and recording any dead birds, and fish found.   Recently found were 4 Red Neck Grebes on Donegal Bay. Contact me if you wish to participate and are willing to walk the beaches this fall.
Jacque, 448-2220

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the summer schedule on June 7th..  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuedays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

 

 

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