B. I. News on the 'Net, June 11-30, 2019

People Passing Away

Carol J. Myers

Mike and Tim Myers' mother...

Carol J. Myers, 90, of Beaver Island, passed away June 27, 2019, in Charlevoix, Michigan.

Carol was born on July 2, 1928, in Elkhart, Indiana.

No services have been planned.

Arrangements have been handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com .

Sandi Birdsall

Sandi Birdsall passed away. Sandi Birdsall passed away unexpectedly last night, June 28, 2019. . Jim's address is 3053 Rio Arria Loop, Las Cruces, NM 88012.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 30, 2019

Sunny morning, 57°, humidity is at 90%, wind is from the east at 7 mph, pressure is 30.08 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low-medium at 4.4 while the top allergens are still grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine report as follows:
Today Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night Light winds. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE, just three days after the United Nations Security Council voted to provide military assistance to South Korea, President Harry S. Truman orders U.S. armed forces to assist in defending that nation from invading North Korean armies. Truman’s dramatic step marked the official entry of the United States into the Korean War.

On June 25, 1950, military forces from communist North Korea invaded South Korea. South Korean forces and the small number of U.S. troops stationed in the nation reeled under the surprise attack. On June 27, the United States asked the Security Council in the United Nations to pass a resolution calling on member states of the United Nations to assist South Korea. With the Soviets boycotting the meeting for other reasons, the resolution passed. Three days later, President Truman ordered U.S. ground forces into South Korea and the troops entered South Korea that same day. At the same time, Truman ordered the U.S. Air Force to bomb military targets in North Korea and directed the U.S. Navy to blockade the North Korean coast.

Truman’s action signaled the beginning of official and large-scale U.S. participation in the Korean War. Over the next three years, the United States provided at least half of the U.N. ground forces in Korea and the vast majority of the air and sea forces used in the conflict against North Korea and, later, against communist China, which entered the war on the side of North Korea in late 1950. Nearly 55,000 Americans were killed in the war and over 100,000 were wounded. Cost estimates for the war ranged as high as $20 billion. In July 1953, an armistice was signed that ended the fighting and left Korea a divided nation.

DID YOU KNOW THAT tornadoes can develop over water just as well as they can over land. When they do, they’re called “waterspouts,” and they suck up large amounts of lake or sea water—as well as whatever’s swimming in that water. If the waterspout travels on to the land and the winds decrease, there’s nowhere for those fish to go but down. As far as we know, there’s no tornado powerful enough to pick up sharks, but a fish-nado is entirely possible.

WORD OF THE DAY jubilate (JOO-buh-leyt) which means to celebrate a joyful occasion. The verb jubilate sounds as if it must have a Hebrew origin from its being the first word of Psalms 65 and 100 in the Vulgate: Jūbilāte “Shout for joy.” But the Latin verb jūbilāre is a derivative of the Proto-Indo-European root yū-, yu- “to shout in exultation,” from which Greek derives iýzein “to shout aloud” (with several derivatives), and Middle High German derives jū and jūch, expressions of joy. Jubilate entered English in the early 17th century.

EcoFest Brochure and Schedule

EcoFest Schedule HERE

Day One

The first day of the EcoFair began on June 28, 2019, at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. The program began on Beaver Island time, meaning that it took about twenty minutes to get everything together and get the forty to fifty people into their seats and ready for the presentations to begin. So, it was about 6:20 p.m. that maked the started of this weekend activity. The first two presentations were by Karen Turnbull and Shamus Norgaard.

Introduction by Karen Turnbull and recognition of organizers

Shamus Norgaard presentation

These presentations were recorded. This was followed by the entire audience joining Janaan Cornstalk over at the public beach for a Water Blessing. It was requested that no video and no pictures be taken during this part of the program.

Janaan Cornstalk spoke about the Water Blessing.....Gather at the public beach for the blessing

Shamus Norgaard then began the collection of stones and this collection was for the Cairn, an Irish Tradition, where the stones will later be made into some type of sculpture.

This was followed by music back at the parish hall by Samual Seth Bernard. The possible description of the music is a combination of blues, jazz, and modern eco-music played on guitar and piano simultaneously with vocal over the top.

The musicians

The view out the parish hall front door

Grooving to the music

Then there was the Bill Markey presentation of the Dark Sky Project.

View video of those presentations HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 29, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 57°, humidity is 98%, wind is from the ESE at 1 mph, pressure is 30.1 inches, and visibility is 4 miles. Pollen levels are low-medium at 4.5 while the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Areas of dense fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs was also the 100th human space mission in American history. At the time, Daniel Goldin, chief of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), called it the beginning of “a new era of friendship and cooperation” between the U.S. and Russia. With millions of viewers watching on television, Atlantis blasted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in eastern Florida on June 27, 1995.

Just after 6 a.m. on June 29, Atlantis and its seven crew members approached Mir as both crafts orbited the Earth some 245 miles above Central Asia, near the Russian-Mongolian border. When they spotted the shuttle, the three cosmonauts on Mir broadcast Russian folk songs to Atlantis to welcome them. Over the next two hours, the shuttle’s commander, Robert “Hoot” Gibson expertly maneuvered his craft towards the space station. To make the docking, Gibson had to steer the 100-ton shuttle to within three inches of Mir at a closing rate of no more than one foot every 10 seconds.

The docking went perfectly and was completed at 8 a.m., just two seconds off the targeted arrival time and using 200 pounds less fuel than had been anticipated. Combined, Atlantis and the 123-ton Mir formed the largest spacecraft ever in orbit. It was only the second time ships from two countries had linked up in space; the first was in June 1975, when an American Apollo capsule and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft briefly joined in orbit.

Once the docking was completed, Gibson and Mir’s commander, Vladimir Dezhurov, greeted each other by clasping hands in a victorious celebration of the historic moment. A formal exchange of gifts followed, with the Atlantis crew bringing chocolate, fruit and flowers and the Mir cosmonauts offering traditional Russian welcoming gifts of bread and salt. Atlantis remained docked with Mir for five days before returning to Earth, leaving two fresh Russian cosmonauts on the space station. The three veteran Mir crew members returned with the shuttle, including two Russians and Norman Thagard, a U.S. astronaut who rode a Russian rocket to the space station in mid-March 1995 and spent over 100 days in space, a U.S. endurance record. NASA’s Shuttle-Mir program continued for 11 missions and was a crucial step towards the construction of the International Space Station now in orbit.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a little dash of nutmeg in a pumpkin pie or on your egg nog can give it some extra flavor and a lovely spicy scent. Too much nutmeg, however, can be toxic. Two to three teaspoons of raw nutmeg can induce hallucinations, convulsions, pain, nausea, and paranoia that can last for several days. Actual fatalities are rare, but they have happened.

WORD OF THE DAY prismatic (priz-MAT-ik) which means spectral in color; brilliant. Prismatic ultimately comes from the Greek noun prîsma (inflectional stem prísmat-) “something sawed, sawdust, (in geometry) trilateral column, prism.” Prîsma is a derivative of príein “to saw, trephine (skulls), grind or gnash (teeth), cut off (syllables)." Prismatic entered English in the 17th century.

BICS Seeking Staff


Beaver Island Teacher Positions Open!

Beaver Island Community School (BICS) is looking for awesome applicants to teach at the elementary level or mathematics at the secondary level. BICS is a great place to teach. The school features small multi-grade class sizes, focuses on individualized instruction, and benefits from a supportive community surrounded by natural beauty. If you, or someone you know is interested, please have them visit the school's website at www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us and click on the quick link. The application deadline for the secondary mathematics position is July 8, 2019 and the deadline for the elementary position is July 15, 2019. For more information, contact superintendent-principal Wil Cwikiel at (231) 448-2744 or wilc@beaverisland.k12.mi.us.

Volleyball Coach

Soccer Coach

Junior Class Advisor Job Posting

BICS Basketball Camp

July 8-11, 2019


by Dick Burris

I almost hate to send these foolish things; but can you imagine the thoughts of these divers left in an uninhabited part of a strange island, not knowing what would happen if they were just left there?

Charro would invariably load his boat with as many divers as he could, with all of their tanks and dive gear, he thought that it would pay handsomely, instead of the meager, or average profit from a regular dive trip.

This worked well most days when the sea was mostly calm. Many times the sea would be rough; and with a small team of divers, he would elect to just abort the trip for a more favorable day. The dive clubs on rougher days used to take their divers around to the opposite side of the island, for dives sheltered by the lee of the island from the winds; it would calm there and a more enjoyable dive.

I had taken a few of these diversion trips, even some with Charrro. Passing through the north end, between Isla De Pasion, and Cozumel, sometimes was a little iffy in these small vessels.

Charro one day had a full load of divers and all of their gear. They were motoring with only about three inches of freeboard; and the chop was reaching a point of sinking the boat.

Charrro announced, "Guys you're gonna have to swim ashore, and I'll pick you up later."

I heard him telling this story a few years later; and mentioned nonchalantly, "I don't know why those guys were mad at me??"

To Charro, it ONLY made sense. This struck me so funny, cuz it was just a "Charro" thing!

Irish Festival Planned for September 2019

Weather by Joe

June 28, 2019

Woke up late this morning to cloudy skies and wet ground with cars zipping by on the King's Highway and a wailing cat outside driving my cats and dogs crazy. Oh, well, it was time to get up anyway. The temperature is 63 degrees right now with a 90% relative humidity and a pressure of 30.13. The winds are resting also with not much in the way of a breath of wind.

TODAY, it is expected to have a 50% chance of rain with an accumulation of almost a quarter inch total. The high will be around 70 with light and variable winds.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a 20% chance of rain. The winds will continue to be light and variable. The low will be in the mid-50s.

TOMORRROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies and a high around 70. The chance of rain is 10%. The wind will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day

volition; noun (voh-LISH-un) the power of choosing or determining; an act of making a choice or decision; a choice or decision made

Volition ultimately derives from the Latin verb velle, meaning "to will" or "to wish." (The adjective voluntary descends from the same source.) English speakers borrowed the term from French in the 17th century, using it at first to mean "an act of choosing," a meaning Herman Melville employed in Moby Dick (1851): "Almost simultaneously, with a mighty volition of ungraduated, instantaneous swiftness, the White Whale darted through the weltering sea." Melville's use comes about a century after the word had developed an additional meaning: "the power to choose." This meaning, now the word's dominant use, is found in such sentences as "Members must join of their own volition."

On this Day

Sometime after midnight, in what is now regarded by many as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for LGBT people, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn—a popular gay club located on New York City's Christopher Street—turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the police.

Although the police were legally justified in raiding the club, which was serving liquor without a license among other violations, New York’s gay community had grown weary of the police department targeting gay clubs, many of which had already been closed. 

Soon, the crowd began throwing bottles at the police. The protest spilled over into the neighboring streets, and order was not restored until the deployment of New York’s riot police sometime after 4 a.m. 

The Stonewall Riots were followed by several days of demonstrations in New York and was the impetus for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front as well as other gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights organizations. The next year, in 1970, New York's first official gay pride parade set off from Stonewall and marched up 6th Avenue. June was later designated LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the uprising. 

In 2019, the New York Police Department formally apologized for its role in the Stonewall Riots, and for the discriminatory laws that targeted gay people. 

Beautiful Roadside Wildflowers

June 27, 2019

Looking for Jack in the Pulpit's was the excuse for the ride, but there are so many gorgeous wildflowers out there alongside the roadways. You won't see them zooming past them at 35-55 mph. You have to slow down to see the small and tender, easily damaged wildflowers alongside the roadway. Sometimes, you even have drive on the shoulder of the roadway to see them down in the ditches. The editor fell into one of the ditches getting this picture of the Showy Lady Slippers.

The wet shoes and socks were worth it to get this picture.

View a gallery of the photos taken today HERE

Bernie Miller Obituary

Miller – Bernadine “Bernie” Rose Miller aged 64, was welcomed into the loving arms of her Savior on Thursday, June 20, 2019; after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Martha Miller of Beaver Island. Bernadine is survived by her daughters, Carrie F. Butkin, Kristi L. Butkin; grandson, Antonio “Juju” Rodriguez; lifelong friend, Denise Cate; special friend, Steven Salhaney and many nieces and nephews.

As per Bernie’s wishes, she has been cremated and her ashes will be returned home to Beaver Island. A celebration of her life will be held later. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to help off-set funeral expenses. To share a photo, memory or sign the online guestbook please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com

Men's Golf League Week 4 Results

June 27, 2019

Week four of the men's golf league took place on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. There are several teams that are up near the top of the leader board. Week five will be postponed since next Wenesday is the 4th of July Golf Tournament at the Beaver Island Golf Course, which always takes place the day before the celebration of Independence Day. The 3rd of July is next Wednesday.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 27, 2019

Another lovely morning, sunny, 66°, humidity is 66%, wind is from the WSW at 6 mph, pressure is 30.12 inches and visibility is 10 miles. A perfect summer day! Pollen levels are at 4.9, medium with the top allergens being grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Light winds. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night Light winds. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea. The United States was undertaking the major military operation, he explained, to enforce a United Nations resolution calling for an end to hostilities, and to stem the spread of communism in Asia. In addition to ordering U.S. forces to Korea, Truman also deployed the U.S. 7th Fleet to Formosa (Taiwan) to guard against invasion by communist China and ordered an acceleration of military aid to French forces fighting communist guerrillas in Vietnam.

At the Yalta Conference towards the end of World War II, the United States, the USSR, and Great Britain agreed to divide Korea into two separate occupation zones. The country was split along the 38th parallel, with Soviet forces occupying the northern zone and Americans stationed in the south. In 1947, the United States and Great Britain called for free elections throughout Korea, but the Soviets refused to comply. In May 1948 the Korean Democratic People’s Republic–a communist state–was proclaimed in North Korea. In August, the democratic Republic of Korea was established in South Korea. By 1949, both the United States and the USSR had withdrawn the majority of their troops from the Korean Peninsula.

At dawn on June 25, 1950 (June 24 in the United States and Europe), 90,000 communist troops of the North Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea across the 38th parallel, catching the Republic of Korea’s forces completely off guard and throwing them into a hasty southern retreat. On the afternoon of June 25, the U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session and approved a U.S. resolution calling for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” and the withdrawal of North Korean forces to the 38th parallel. At the time, the USSR was boycotting the Security Council over the U.N.’s refusal to admit the People’s Republic of China and so missed its chance to veto this and other crucial U.N. resolutions.

On June 27, President Truman announced to the nation and the world that America would intervene in the Korean conflict in order to prevent the conquest of an independent nation by communism. Truman was suggesting that the USSR was behind the North Korean invasion, and in fact the Soviets had given tacit approval to the invasion, which was carried out with Soviet-made tanks and weapons. Despite the fear that U.S. intervention in Korea might lead to open warfare between the United States and Russia after years of “cold war,” Truman’s decision was met with overwhelming approval from Congress and the U.S. public. Truman did not ask for a declaration of war, but Congress voted to extend the draft and authorized Truman to call up reservists.

On June 28, the Security Council met again and in the continued absence of the Soviet Union passed a U.S. resolution approving the use of force against North Korea. On June 30, Truman agreed to send U.S. ground forces to Korea, and on July 7 the Security Council recommended that all U.N. forces sent to Korea be put under U.S. command. The next day, General Douglas MacArthur was named commander of all U.N. forces in Korea.

In the opening months of the war, the U.S.-led U.N. forces rapidly advanced against the North Koreans, but Chinese communist troops entered the fray in October, throwing the Allies into a hasty retreat. In April 1951, Truman relieved MacArthur of his command after he publicly threatened to bomb China in defiance of Truman’s stated war policy. Truman feared that an escalation of fighting with China would draw the Soviet Union into the Korean War.

By May 1951, the communists were pushed back to the 38th parallel, and the battle line remained in that vicinity for the remainder of the war. On July 27, 1953, after two years of negotiation, an armistice was signed, ending the war and reestablishing the 1945 division of Korea that still exists today. Approximately 150,000 troops from South Korea, the United States, and participating U.N. nations were killed in the Korean War, and as many as one million South Korean civilians perished. An estimated 800,000 communist soldiers were killed, and more than 200,000 North Korean civilians died.

The original figure of American troops lost–54,246 killed–became controversial when the Pentagon acknowledged in 2000 that all U.S. troops killed around the world during the period of the Korean War were incorporated into that number. For example, any American soldier killed in a car accident anywhere in the world from June 1950 to July 1953 was considered a casualty of the Korean War. If these deaths are subtracted from the 54,000 total, leaving just the Americans who died (from whatever cause) in the Korean theater of operations, the total U.S. dead in the Korean War numbers 36,516.

DID YOU KNOW THAT human beings may dominate the planet with our sprawling cities and far-reaching technology, but we are, in fact, just one species among some 8.7 million that live together on planet Earth. One 2011 study published in the journal PLoS Biology estimated that “the various forms of life on the planet included 7.8 million species of animals, 298,000 species of plants, 611,000 species of mushrooms, mold and other fungi, 36,400 species of protozoa, and 27,500 species of algae or chromists.” And it’s worth noting that the researchers did not venture to put an estimate on the number of bacteria.

WORD OF THE DAY strawhat (STRAW-hat) which means of or relating to a summer theater situated outside an urban or metropolitan area. Strawhat used as an attributive or adjective, as in strawhat circuit, was originally an Americanism and referred to the custom, still common, of people wearing straw hats in the summer for comfort. Strawhat entered English in the mid-1930s.

Picnic at the Point

History of the Roads and the Maps of Beaver Island

June 26, 2019

This is a series of programs at the Whiskey Point Light offered by the Beaver Island Historical Society. The presentations take place on the Wednesdays as part of the historical society's open the Whiskey Point Light and picnic where you bring your lunch and eat while learning something about the history of Beaver Island or the Archipelago. The Whiskey Point light is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but the Picnic on the Point with the historical presentations only happen on Wednesdays. It was announced today that these will continue into November and be available all summer long.

The picnickers gather at the point to hear the presentation which began at noon.

Talking about the history of many different things today, and joining in the tour of the light tower.

The presenter today was Bobbi Welke, a historical society member in charge of the walking trail, which is almost completed. Sixteen of the seventeen of these locations have been place, so the walking tour is almost completed. The hold-up is the replacement of the fencing at the township cemetery.

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduces the speaker today

Bobbi Welke, today's presenter

Questions were welcomed.....Some of the old surveying equipment....Bobbi shows some maps

Interested people asked questions and helped provide some answers as Bobbi Welke ended her presentation.

Lori Taylor-Blitz spoke about the other historical society activities as well as the Eco-Fair coming up this weekend.

View video of the presentation HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting Rescheduled

June 26, 2019

The regularly scheduled St James Monthly Board Meeting that was scheduled for July 3, 2019 has been rescheduled for July 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm at St James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Ave, Beaver Island 49782

View notice HERE

NLMIC - LTBB request for volunteers

Greetings everyone!

The Little Traverse Bay Bands is organizing an invasive plant removal event on High Island next month, and we are looking for volunteers to help us!  We will be hand pulling small patches of spotted knapweed along the east coast of the island (not the spit, where the endangered piping plovers are currently nesting).  By targeting these smaller, outlying patches, we can contain the knapweed and keep it from spreading all around the shoreline.  We will be taking our boat over to High Island for the day and we can pick up people in either Harbor Springs on the mainland or on Beaver Island.  We are hoping to make the trip on July 23, but if the weather does not cooperate, we will have July 25 as a backup date.  If are interested in helping us to pull spotted knapweed on High Island, please contact me at 231-242-1670 or by email at njansen@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.  I will put together a list of people who are interested, and contact them with more details as the time gets closer.



Noah Jansen, Conservationist

Natural Resource Department

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 26, 2019

Beautiful morning (but we did need that rain). Right now we have 59°, sunny, humidity is 86%, wind is from the WSW at 9 mph making it feel like 58°, pressure is 29.88 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 5. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Night Light winds. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1844, Fifty-four year old widower President John Tyler marries 21-year-old Julia Gardiner. It was his second marriage. At the time, Julia was the youngest first lady in history. Tyler had wooed Julia from the time she was 19, but it took a tragedy and a narrow escape from death for her to accept him.

Earlier that year, Tyler and an entourage, including wealthy New Yorker David Gardiner and his daughter Julia, had cruised the Potomac on board the new steam frigate U.S.S. Princeton. During the voyage, the Princeton fired off its new cannons in salute as it sailed past George Washington’s former home at Mt. Vernon. At the time, Tyler was below deck raising a toast. The cannon exploded on its third volley, killing Julia’s father and several others, including members of Tyler’s cabinet. Tyler rushed up to the top deck just in time to catch Julia as she fainted at the news of her father’s death. After the ship docked, Tyler whisked Julia off to safety in his arms. Thereafter, her admiration for him developed into love and, in 1844, they were married. Julia Gardiner Tyler reportedly insisted that “Hail to the Chief” be played at Tyler’s entrance to every official event, thus establishing a presidential tradition. One of her constant companions was a greyhound given to her by her husband.

Tyler’s first wife had been Letitia Christian, with whom he had eight children (one died in infancy). She died of a stroke in 1842. He and Julia had seven children together bringing his total to 15; Tyler holds the record for the most children sired (legitimately, at least) by a president. He was a devoted husband and doting father to his rather large brood of children from both marriages. The extended nature of his family, though, along with his penchant for overspending, left Tyler perpetually in debt. When he died of a stroke in 1862, he left Julia practically penniless. She died in 1889 in the same Richmond, Virginia, hotel room in which her husband had died 27 years earlier.

DID YOU KNOW THAT “Typhoid Mary” was a real historical person who became notorious in the early 1900s. She was an Irish woman named Mary Mallon who immigrated to the United States in the 1880s. Though she had no symptoms of typhoid fever, she carried the bacteria in her blood and could pass it on to other people. Because no doctor could convince her that this was true and she didn’t feel sick, she insisted on working as a cook. During her career, she infected at least 51 people, three of whom died, before she was isolated in enforced quarantine for the last decades of her life.

WORD OF THE DAY minimoon (MIN-ee-moon) which means a short, usually inexpensive honeymoon, often followed by a longer honeymoon later on. Minimoon is an obvious blend of the combining form mini- and honeymoon. Minimoon entered English between 2005 and 2010

Men's Golf League Results Week 3

June 25, 2019

Bridge Closed in Charlevoix

June 25, 2019

from the CCSD:

BRIDGE CLOSED: The Bridge over the Pine River Channel (US 31/ Bridge St.) in Charlevoix is stuck in the up or open position. Traffic is being rerouted around Lake Charlevoix.

UPDATE: The Michigan Department of Transportation said the bridge has been reopened to vehicle traffic but crews are still working on getting it fully operational.

from BIBCO:

Update: The Emerald Isle left Beaver Island at 12:00. We are running about 40 minutes behind.

ATTENTION: The ferries today will be delayed due to the bridge malfunctioning. Please check here periodically for updates. Thank you for your patience!

Weather by Joe

June 25, 2019

Right now on Carlisle Road it is partly cloudy and windy. The temperature is 61 degrees with a pressure of 29.62. Visibility is ten miles, not like yesterday's fog and rain. We had just under a half in of rain.

TODAY, it is expected to have morning clouds giving way to afternoon sun. The high will be in the lower 70's with the wind from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a 20% chance of rain. The low will be in the mid-50's. The wind will continue from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with a high near 73 with the wind switching to WSW dropping to 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day

gritty; (GRIT-ee); containing or resembling grit; courageously persistent; having strong qualities of tough uncompromising realism

Gritty comes from grit ("small hard granules"), which in turn derives, via Middle English, from an Old English word for "sand" or "gravel." Grit has been around since before the 12th century, but the first appearance of gritty in print in English was near the end of the 16th century, when it was used in the sense of "resembling or containing small hard granules." Grit entered American slang with the meaning "courage or persistence" in the early 19th century, and gritty followed suit with a corresponding "plucky" sense. By the 19th century's end, gritty was also being used to describe a literary style that was rough and coarse.

On this Day

On this day in 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations. In 1875, after gold was discovered in South Dakota’s Black Hills, the U.S. Army ignored previous treaty agreements and invaded the region. This betrayal led many Sioux and Cheyenne tribesmen to leave their reservations and join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana. By the late spring of 1876, more than 10,000 Native Americans had gathered in a camp along the Little Bighorn River–which they called the Greasy Grass–in defiance of a U.S. War Department order to return to their reservations or risk being attacked.

In mid-June, three columns of U.S. soldiers lined up against the camp and prepared to march. A force of 1,200 Native Americans turned back the first column on June 17. Five days later, General Alfred Terry ordered Custer’s 7th Cavalry to scout ahead for enemy troops. On the morning of June 25, Custer drew near the camp and decided to press on ahead rather than wait for reinforcements.

At mid-day, Custer’s 600 men entered the Little Bighorn Valley. Among the Native Americans, word quickly spread of the impending attack. The older Sitting Bull rallied the warriors and saw to the safety of the women and children, while Crazy Horse set off with a large force to meet the attackers head on. Despite Custer’s desperate attempts to regroup his men, they were quickly overwhelmed. Custer and some 200 men in his battalion were attacked by as many as 3,000 Native Americans; within an hour, Custer and every last one of his soldier were dead.

The Battle of the Little Bighorn—also called Custer’s Last Stand—marked the most decisive Native American victory and the worst U.S. Army defeat in the long Plains Indian War. The gruesome fate of Custer and his men outraged many white Americans and confirmed their image of the Indians as wild and bloodthirsty. Meanwhile, the U.S. government increased its efforts to subdue the tribes. Within five years, almost all of the Sioux and Cheyenne would be confined to reservations.

Smell the Coffee

by Cindy Ricksgers

June 24, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 24, 2019

Cloudy skies today. We had rain during the night and will probably have showers on and off today if the sky is any indication. It's 57°, wind is from the east at 9 mph making it feel like 55°, humidity is at 94%, pressure is 29.64 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Pollen levels are low at 0.2. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Rain showers likely through the day. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight South wind 10 to 15 knots. Patchy fog. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Tuesday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1812, following the rejection of his Continental System by Czar Alexander I, French Emperor Napoleon orders his Grande Armee, the largest European military force ever assembled to that date, into Russia. The enormous army, featuring some 500,000 soldiers and staff, included troops from all the European countries under the sway of the French Empire.

During the opening months of the invasion, Napoleon was forced to contend with a bitter Russian army in perpetual retreat. Refusing to engage Napoleon’s superior army in a full-scale confrontation, the Russians under General Mikhail Kutuzov burned everything behind them as they retreated deeper and deeper into Russia. On September 7, the indecisive Battle of Borodino was fought, in which both sides suffered terrible losses. On September 14, Napoleon arrived in Moscow intending to find supplies but instead found almost the entire population evacuated, and the Russian army retreated again. Early the next morning, fires broke across the city, set by Russian patriots, and the Grande Armee’s winter quarters were destroyed. After waiting a month for a surrender that never came, Napoleon, faced with the onset of the Russian winter, was forced to order his starving army out of Moscow.

During the disastrous retreat, Napoleon’s army suffered continual harassment from a suddenly aggressive and merciless Russian army. Stalked by hunger and the deadly lances of the Cossacks, the decimated army reached the Berezina River late in November, but found their way blocked by the Russians. On November 27, Napoleon forced a way across at Studenka, and when the bulk of his army passed the river two days later, he was forced to burn his makeshift bridges behind him, stranding some 10,000 stragglers on the other side. From there, the retreat became a rout, and on December 8 Napoleon left what remained of his army to return to Paris. Six days later, the Grande Armee finally escaped Russia, having suffered a loss of more than 400,000 men during the disastrous invasion.

DID YOU KNOW THAT hummingbirds are known for being itty-bitty creatures, but Bee Hummingbirds are the teeniest versions of these shockingly tiny flyers. They’re actually the smallest bird in the world. They are so minuscule that they are sometimes mistaken for insects (which explains their name), according to the National Audobon Society. The birds are just two and a quarter inches long and weigh less than a dime.

WORD OF THE DAY ex cathedra (EKS kuh-THEE-druh) which means from the seat of authority; with authority. The relatively uncommon English adjective and adverb ex cathedra “from the seat (of authority), with authority” comes directly from the Latin phrase ex cathedrā. Latin cathedra “armchair with cushions, easy chair (especially for women), a teacher’s or professor’s chair, a sedan chair” is a loanword from Greek kathédra “seat, sitting posture, teacher’s or professor’s chair, imperial throne.” From cathedra Medieval Latin derived the adjective cathedrālis “pertaining to the chair or throne (of a bishop)”; the bishop’s church, where his throne was located, was called a cathedral church and later just cathedral. Ex cathedra entered English in the 17th century.

Coming Soon--Whiskey Point Brewing

A quick trip into the building to take a few pictures and do a little video shows that there is just a very small amount that needs to be accomplished to be ready to open this new Beaver Island business. According to those in the know, there are approximately eighteen individuals helping to bring this project to completion, some with finances, and others with hard work. The building looks amazing, and there is no doubt that Bud and Skip McDonough would be proud of the use of the old McDonough store in this project.

View a small gallery of pictures inside the building HERE

View the video of the inside of the building HERE

The music is compliments of the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys of "On the Beach of Beaver Island"

Sunday Wildflowers

June 23, 2019

Ladies' Slippers

Flowers alongside Kings Highway

On Sloptown Road

Just more beautiful early summer blooms!

Christian Church Service

June 23, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

June 23, 2019

The readers this weekend were Brian Foli on Saturday and Kitty McNamara on Sunday. The services were held at their usual times of 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Both servics were live streamed for those unable to attend.

Brian Foli reads on Saturday....the server and Father Jim listen....Father Jim sings a prayer

Kitty McNamara reads on Sunday....Father Jim sings a prayer

View video of the two services HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 23, 2019

We're getting spoiled (not that I'm complaining) but Mother Nature has given us another perfect morning with clear, blue skies and sunshine. It's 60°, there's a 30% chance of rain, humidity is at 66%, wind is from the SE at 7 mph, pressure is 30.04 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are at 4.5, which is medium. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today East wind 10 to 15 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 2013, 34-year-old aerialist Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to walk a high wire across the Little Colorado River Gorge near Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Wallenda wasn’t wearing a safety harness as he made the quarter-mile traverse on a 2-inch-thick steel cable some 1,500 feet above the gorge. In June of the previous year, Wallenda, a member of the famous Flying Wallendas family of circus performers, became the first person to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls.

Nik Wallenda learned to walk on a wire as a young boy, and made his professional debut as an aerialist at age 13. He went on to set a number of Guinness World Records, including the longest tightrope crossing on a bicycle and the highest eight-person tightrope pyramid. In 2011, Wallenda hung from a high-flying helicopter above Branson, Missouri, by his teeth. That same year, he and his mother successfully completed the high-wire walk in Puerto Rico that had killed Karl Wallenda.

On June 15, 2012, Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk directly over Niagara Falls on a high wire. He crossed an 1,800-foot-long, 7-ton wire from the U.S. side of the falls to the Canadian side at a height of around 200 feet in about 25 minutes. Because the event was televised around the world, broadcast officials required the famous funambulist to wear a safety tether in case he fell.

The following June, Wallenda made his Grand Canyon traverse. Wearing jeans and a T-shirt and holding a 43-pound balancing pole, he prayed out loud as he walked untethered across a 1,400-foot-long, 8.5-ton cable suspended 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River. It was the highest walk of his career, and he completed it in just less than 23 minutes.

DID YOU KNOW THAT every so often, a rumor starts on the internet that says natural redheads will become extinct by the year 2060. Lucky for gingers everywhere, this is a myth. It’s true that the gene that causes red hair is recessive, meaning that both parents must have it for their child to have red hair. However, even non-redheads can carry the red hair gene, and it can pop up unexpectedly in generations down the line.

WORD OF THE DAY demur (dih-MUR) which means to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object. The verb demur comes via Old French demorer, demourer, ultimately from Latin dēmorārī “to linger, delay, hold up,” its original, now obsolete meaning in English. In the 17th century demur acquired its usual senses in contemporary English “to object, take exception to,” and especially its legal sense “to make or interpose a demurral,” which is a pleading that admits the facts of an opponent's proceeding but denies any entitlement to legal relief, and that also causes a delay in the proceedings until the point or pleading is settled. Demur entered English in the 13th century.

BIRHC Board of Directors Meeting

Minutes, Saturday, June 15, 2019

Familiar Faces 21

By Joe Moore

Posted at 2 p.m., 6/22/19

As I prepared today to play the music for the funeral of my friend and previous patient, I can’t but look back and remember the ambulance run for this wonderful lady.

“BIEMS, respond to the Bustle Drive residence for a 56 year old female with chest pain.  She was seen at the rural health center yesterday, but the pain has returned.  Per the patient, “The pain has returned with a vengeance,” the Dispatch Center paged the local EMS.

Yes, I was the paramedic on-call for this emergency, but I also had another paramedic on the island that called that she was enroute to the ambulance barn.  I had Bee to be my backup and team mate.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Evening Ride

June 21, 2019

Posted at 10:30 a.m.

The beauty of the island is obvious during a nice warm day with lots of sunshine and many people to see, either driving or riding bikes. The somewhat quiet of the evening is the time to see nature at its best. Here are a few of those pictures from last night.

Hiding in the tall grass, Mr. Buck relaxes and feeds

Getting ready to lay their eggs...the one on the right is closer to finishing...

The goslings that hatched in a nest on Barney's Lake.

Can you see her?

Beaver Island Bike Fest

June 22, 2019

Posted at 9:30 a.m.

The Bike Fest ride began this morning at Dahlwhinnie's with a large number of participants as you can see from the picture shown below. This event brings many to the island for their first trip as well as many with return trips to Beaver Island.

While many were waiting at the McDonough's Market parking lot, there were several more arriving a little after the start. It certainly is a beautiful day to 'Bike the Beaver.'

So, if you are out and around driving today, please give them plenty of room as they ride. They will either be going halfway around the island or all the way around the island, so keep your eyes open!

View video of the start HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 22, 2019

.. and another beautiful day! Blue skies, sunny, 53°, wind from the east at 4 mph, humidity is 89%, pressure is at 30.15 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 4.9. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Light winds becoming northeast 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday East wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill, an unprecedented act of legislation designed to compensate returning members of the armed services–known as G.I.s–for their efforts in World War II.

As the last of its sweeping New Deal reforms, Roosevelt’s administration created the G.I. Bill–officially the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944–hoping to avoid a relapse into the Great Depression after the war ended. FDR particularly wanted to prevent a repeat of the Bonus March of 1932, when 20,000 unemployed veterans and their families flocked in protest to Washington. The American Legion, a veteran’s organization, successfully fought for many of the provisions included in the bill, which gave returning servicemen access to unemployment compensation, low-interest home and business loans, and–most importantly–funding for education.

By giving veterans money for tuition, living expenses, books, supplies and equipment, the G.I. Bill effectively transformed higher education in America. Before the war, college had been an option for only 10-15 percent of young Americans, and university campuses had become known as a haven for the most privileged classes. By 1947, in contrast, vets made up half of the nation’s college enrollment; three years later, nearly 500,000 Americans graduated from college, compared with 160,000 in 1939.

As educational institutions opened their doors to this diverse new group of students, overcrowded classrooms and residences prompted widespread improvement and expansion of university facilities and teaching staffs. An array of new vocational courses were developed across the country, including advanced training in education, agriculture, commerce, mining and fishing–skills that had previously been taught only informally.

The G.I. Bill became one of the major forces that drove an economic expansion in America that lasted 30 years after World War II. Only 20 percent of the money set aside for unemployment compensation under the bill was given out, as most veterans found jobs or pursued higher education. Low interest home loans enabled millions of American families to move out of urban centers and buy or build homes outside the city, changing the face of the suburbs.

Over 50 years, the impact of the G.I. Bill was enormous, with 20 million veterans and dependents using the education benefits and 14 million home loans guaranteed, for a total federal investment of $67 billion. Among the millions of Americans who have taken advantage of the bill are former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, former Vice President Al Gore and entertainers Johnny Cash, Ed McMahon, Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood.

DID YOU KNOW THAT after multiple people reported they had passed a kidney stone while riding Walt Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride, a research team from Michigan State University decided to investigate the phenomena in 2016. They conducted tests with a model kidney and found that there was a 64 percent kidney stone pass rate for those seated in the rear of the Thunder Mountain ride. That number was just 16 percent for those seated in the front.

WORD OF THE DAY apologia (ap-uh-LOH-jee-uh) which means a work written as an explanation or justification of one's motives, convictions, or acts. It is unsurprising that the earliest occurrences of apologia “a defendant’s speech in a trial” appear in 5th-century Athens. The Greek verb apologeîsthai “to speak in defense, defend oneself” and its derivative noun apología are first used by such heavy hitters as Thucydides, Euripides, and Plato. Plato’s Apología Sōkrátous “Apology of Socrates” refers to the three speeches Socrates delivered in his self-defense at his trial in 399 b.c. Apologia is similarly used in Cardinal Newman’s religious autobiography, Apologia pro Vita Sua “Defense of His Own Life” (1864). Apologia entered English in the late 18th century.

Nature Pictures Pre-Solstice

The Summer Solstice just took place between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. today, June 21, 2019. The pre-Solstice pictures were taken last night before sundown and sunset. The pictures have a certain glow about them that are not seen in other situations.

You can't see me....I'm hiding......

You scared me, speeding by....

View a small gallery of photos of the heron HERE

Hiding in the reeds......Swimming away for protection

See me.....Appreciate me....I'm all alone...

Lady's Slippers in amongst the taller swamp plants

What can I do for you?

Another group trying to hide in the daisies..

Beautiful country, lots of sunshine, and pretty flowers

Beauty abounds on the island...these near Whiskey Point

Yours, mine, and ours...

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 21, 2019

Happy first day of summer (at 11:54 am) AND Happy 72nd Anniversary to my mother. Daddy may be gone, but she says it's still HER anniversary, and she's right.

Beautiful morning, blue skies, sunny, 54°, humidity is at 78%, wind is from the NE at 5 mph making it feel one degree cooler, pressure is 30.01 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 5.2 while the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. The marine forecast is as follows:
Today Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1790 New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.

Beginning on December 7, five states—Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut—ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press. In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.

On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution—the Bill of Rights—and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States. Today the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you listen very closely, hot water and cold water sound slightly different when being poured. The heat changes the thickness, or viscosity, of the water, which changes the pitch of the sound it makes when it’s poured. What we feel as heat comes from the molecules of the water moving faster. Cold water is thicker and therefore makes a slightly higher-pitched sound.

WORD OF THE DAY summer (SUHM-er) which means a principal beam or girder, as one running between girts to support joists. The rare noun summer “horizontal supporting beam” comes from Old French somier, sommier, which had the semantic development “packhorse,” then “a pack, a load,” and finally “a beam, a joist.” The Old French forms come from the Late Latin (c600) adjective saumārius, a variant of Late Latin (c300) sagmārius “pertaining to a packsaddle” (equus sagmārius means “packhorse”). Sagmārius derives from Late Latin (late 4th century) sagma (inflectional stem sagmat-) “packsaddle,” a loanword from Greek ságma “covering, clothing,” later also “packsaddle.” Finally, the derivative noun saumatārius (sagmatārius) “driver of a packhorse” comes into English (via Old French sommetier) as sumpter “packhorse, mule.” Summer entered English in the 14th century.

Mrs. Boyle Retires

Coming to work at the Beaver Island Community School in 1986, Connie Boyle has worked at the BICS for thirty-three years. Beginning as a Chapter or Title I teacher, Connie moved into the teaching of mathematics including Algebra One, Algebra Two, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus, as well as Business Services Technology, and coaching volleyball for many years.

Retired staff members: Jacque LaFreniere, Connie Boyle, Kitty McNamara, Joe Moore, and Mike Myers

Mrs. Boyle also poses with the current staff who attended this gathering.

View a video compiled from pictures provided by BICS and made into a DVD by Kathy Boyle Zeits as well as short video of the party HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

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The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 20, 2019

Sunny skies this morning with clouds, 57°, feels like 56°, wind is from the NE at 7 mph, humidity is at 75%, pressure is 29.76 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. No rain expected until Sunday. Pollen levels are medium at 5.1. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming north early in the evening. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1975, Jaws, a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned several sequels.

The film starred Roy Scheider as principled police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as a marine biologist named Matt Hooper and Robert Shaw as a grizzled fisherman called Quint. It was set in the fictional beach town of Amity, and based on a best-selling novel, released in 1973, by Peter Benchley. Subsequent water-themed Benchley bestsellers also made it to the big screen, including The Deep (1977).

With a budget of $12 million, Jaws was produced by the team of Richard Zanuck and David Brown, whose later credits include The Verdict (1982), Cocoon (1985) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). Filming, which took place on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, was plagued by delays and technical difficulties, including malfunctioning mechanical sharks.

Jaws put now-famed director Steven Spielberg on the Hollywood map. Spielberg, largely self-taught in filmmaking, made his feature-length directorial debut with The Sugarland Express in 1974. The film was critically well-received but a box-office flop. Following the success of Jaws, Spielberg went on to become one of the most influential, iconic people in the film world, with such epics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), ET: the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). E.T., Jaws and Jurassic Park rank among the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time. In 1994, Spielberg formed DreamWorks SKG, with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. The company produced such hits as American Beauty (1999), Gladiator (2001) and Shrek (2001).

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you were a baby in the middle of the 1800s and you cried while teething, your parents might have given you Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup. This “medicine” claimed that “it soothes the child, it softens the gums, [and] allays all pain.” It may have done plenty of soothing, but it was also extremely dangerous—this concoction, like many patent medicines of the time, contained morphine.

WORD OF THE DAY insipience (in-SIP-ee-uhns) which means lack of wisdom; foolishness. Insipience “foolishness” comes via Old French from Latin insipientia. The Latin prefix in-, which has a negative or privative force, as in insipientia, is the ordinary Latin development of a reduced form of Proto-Indo-European ne “not,” which is the same source of Germanic (English un-). The Latin stem -sipient- is a reduced and combining form derived from sapientia “reason, soundness of mind, wisdom,” hence insipientia “foolishness, folly, stupidity.” The root word behind sapientia and insipientia is sapere “to taste, taste of, smell of, have good taste, feel, show good sense, be intelligent.” Sapere is the source of Italian sapere, Spanish saber, and French savoir, all meaning “to know.” The Latin noun sapor “flavor, taste, odor, smell” becomes Italian sapore, Spanish sabor, French saveur, and, through French, English savor and its derivative adjective savory. Insipience entered English in the 15th century.

Special St. James Meeting, 6/19/19

Informational Meeting for Marina

Flyer informational meeting

View video of this meeting HERE

Special Thank you to Brad Grassmick for doing this video work!

Memorial to Those Who Died on the Great Lakes

June 19, 2019

This memorial has been present at Whiskey Point for many years, but somewhat recently there were some names added to the placque. This caught the editor's attention and these pictures were taken of the memorial and placque.

Picnic at the Point

June 19, 2019

The Beaver Island Historical Society has scheduled these events for Wednesdays and Saturdays with different subjects each week. Today's subject was the History of Aviation on Beaver Island. The presenter for this was to be Paul Welke, but the weather was not cooperating and the fog might lift at any time and make the flying begin for the day with Paul needed to help them catch up for the day. Angel Welke did an excellent presentation for the aviation history with emphasis on the need for this as a transportation methods when the ferry was not running and during emergency situations.

First let's talk about the fog. It was easy to see if one decided to watch the Emerald Isle head out on the ferry run from Beaver Island to Charlevoix. Take a look at the picture of the EI disappearing into the fog.

A series of photos of the EI heading into the fog can be viewed HERE

There was a lot of fog out there as you can see by these pictures, which explains the lack of flights for the day, as well as Paul Welke's absence. Angel Welke did a good job presenting and passed around a variety of pictures.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the presentation HERE

View scanned copies of the photos passed around HERE

(This begins with Angel Welke's bullet points for the talk)

(Thank you, Angel, for your help in providing this story)

Weather by Joe

June 19, 2019

It's just before 9 a.m., here on Carlilse Road, and it's cloudy out there. The temperature is 51 degrees. The pressure is 29.85 with humidity at 95%. Visibility is 7 miles. It feels like rain, but is not raining right now.

TODAY, it is expected to have morning clouds giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. There is only at 10% chance of rain. The high temperature is in the upper 60s and winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low of 51. Once again there is a 10% chance of rain. Winds will be from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high of low 70s. The slight chance of rain continues. The winds will continue from the NE and switch more N at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day

insuperable; adjective; incapable of being surmounted, overcome, passed over, or solved

Insuperable first appeared in print in the 14th century, and as a close synonym to insurmountable, it still means now approximately what it did then. In Latin, superare means "to go over, surmount, overcome, or excel." (The sur- in surmount is related to the Latin prefix super-.) The Latin word insuperabilis, from which insuperable is derived, was formed by combining the negative prefix in- with superare plus abilis ("able"). Hence, insuperabilis means "unable to be surmounted, overcome, or passed over," or more simply, "insurmountable." The word can describe physical barriers that cannot be scaled (such as walls or mountains) as well as more figurative challenges, obstacles, or difficulties.

On this Day

On this day in 1944, in what would become known as the “Marianas Turkey Shoot,” U.S. carrier-based fighters decimate the Japanese Fleet with only a minimum of losses in the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

The security of the Marianas Islands, in the western Pacific, were vital to Japan, which had air bases on Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. U.S. troops were already battling the Japanese on Saipan, having landed there on the 15th. Any further intrusion would leave the Philippine Islands, and Japan itself, vulnerable to U.S. attack. The U.S. Fifth Fleet, commanded by Admiral Raymond Spruance, was on its way west from the Marshall Islands as backup for the invasion of Saipan and the rest of the Marianas. But Japanese Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo decided to challenge the American fleet, ordering 430 of his planes, launched from aircraft carriers, to attack. In what became the greatest carrier battle of the war, the United States, having already picked up the Japanese craft on radar, proceeded to shoot down more than 300 aircraft and sink two Japanese aircraft carriers, losing only 29 of their own planes in the process. It was described in the aftermath as a “turkey shoot.”

Admiral Ozawa, believing his missing planes had landed at their Guam air base, maintained his position in the Philippine Sea, allowing for a second attack of U.S. carrier-based fighter planes, this time commanded by Admiral Mitscher, to shoot down an additional 65 Japanese planes and sink another carrier. In total, the Japanese lost 480 aircraft, three-quarters of its total, not to mention most of its crews. American domination of the Marianas was now a foregone conclusion.

Not long after this battle at sea, U.S. Marine divisions penetrated farther into the island of Saipan. Two Japanese commanders on the island, Admiral Nagumo and General Saito, both committed suicide in an attempt to rally the remaining Japanese forces. It succeeded: Those forces also committed a virtual suicide as they attacked the Americans’ lines, losing 26,000 men compared with 3,500 lost by the United States. Within another month, the islands of Tinian and Guam were also captured by the United States.

The Japanese government of Premier Hideki Tojo resigned in disgrace at this stunning defeat, in what many have described as the turning point of the war in the Pacific.



Resale Shop

The summer schedule at Island Treasures Resale Shop will begin on Tuesday, June 4. The shop will be open Tues. through Sat. from noon until 4:00. Please tell your friends.

St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.ย  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.ย ย 

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

June 15

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:ย ย  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:ย ย  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE

BIESA Meeting Dates


Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

June 3, 2019


Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

April 20, 2019


Contradance Summer 2019 Schedule

Dances start at 7 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church



Mosquito Season

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

June 18, 2019

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 7:30 a.m. and 55 degrees. The pressure is 29.96 and humidity is 87%. It is cloudy right now. Visibility is ten miles and there is no wind.

TODAY, it expected to have a 70% chance of rain showers with the winds light an variable. The high will be in the lower 60's.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a 20% chance of showers. The will be in the high 40's with winds light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for the same 20% chance of showers and partly cloudy skies. The winds will continue to be light and variable with a high in th 70's.

Word of the Day:

boilerplate; (BOY-ler-playt); noun; syndicated material supplied especially to weekly newspapers in matrix or plate form; standardized text; formulaic or hackneyed language; tightly packed icy snow

In the days before computers, small, local newspapers around the U.S. relied heavily on feature stories, editorials, and other printed material supplied by large publishing syndicates. The syndicates delivered that copy on metal plates with the type already in place so the local papers wouldn't have to set it. Printers apparently dubbed those syndicated plates "boiler plates" because of their resemblance to the plating used in making steam boilers. Soon boilerplate came to refer to the printed material on the plates as well as to the plates themselves. Because boilerplate stories were more often filler than hard news, the word acquired negative connotations and gained another sense widely used today, such as "hackneyed or unoriginal writing."

On this Day:

The War of 1812 Begins

The day after the Senate followed the House of Representatives in voting to declare war against Great Britain, President James Madison signs the declaration into law—and the War of 1812 begins. The American war declaration, opposed by a sizable minority in Congress, had been called in response to the British economic blockade of France, the induction of American seaman into the British Royal Navy against their will, and the British support of hostile Indian tribes along the Great Lakes frontier. A faction of Congress known as the “War Hawks” had been advocating war with Britain for several years and had not hidden their hopes that a U.S. invasion of Canada might result in significant territorial land gains for the United States.

In the months after President Madison proclaimed the state of war to be in effect, American forces launched a three-point invasion of Canada, all of which were decisively unsuccessful. In 1814, with Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire collapsing, the British were able to allocate more military resources to the American war, and Washington, D.C., fell to the British in August. In Washington, British troops burned the White House, the Capitol, and other buildings in retaliation for the earlier burning of government buildings in Canada by U.S. soldiers.

In September, the tide of the war turned when Thomas Macdonough’s American naval force won a decisive victory at the Battle of Plattsburg Bay on Lake Champlain. The invading British army was forced to retreat back into Canada. The American victory on Lake Champlain led to the conclusion of U.S.-British peace negotiations in Belgium, and on December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent was signed, formally ending the War of 1812. By the terms of the agreement, all conquered territory was to be returned, and a commission would be established to settle the boundary of the United States and Canada.

British forces assailing the Gulf Coast were not informed of the treaty in time, and on January 8, 1815, the U.S. forces under Andrew Jackson achieved the greatest American victory of the war at the Battle of New Orleans.. The American public heard of Jackson’s victory and the Treaty of Ghent at approximately the same time, fostering a greater sentiment of self-confidence and shared identity throughout the young republic.

AP English Class on the Way to England

June 17, 2019

The AP English students with their teacher and chaperones are leaving Detrokt with the next stop Paris, then onto Manchester, England.

Beaver Island TV

By Joe Moore

This technology is available, and has been possible for more than three years.  I’ve been live streaming all the soccer games, volleyball games, basketball games for years and years.  I’ve been live streaming Mass from Holy Cross for more than the three years mentioned above.  I’ve live streamed meetings of St. James and Peaine Townships, as well as several other groups.  I’m glad that I am able to continue to do this work for the community and the people.

Starting in January, the 18th of January, the beaverisland.tv website also broadcast other programming for about eight hours, but not less than six hours each day.  Of course, there couldn’t be live streaming and broadcast at the same time at the same location, due to the technology used.

These broadcasts were done from January 18, 2019, through May 1, 2019, and were available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world.  The broadcasts were viewed by over a thousand unique IP addresses during these months; February through May.  The supporters of this project were mainly those business advertisers of Beaver Island News on the ‘Net., which provided them with double the exposure on two websites instead of just one.
Then the editor had two computers crash and, as of May 1, the ability to live stream was limited to one laptop, due to the fact that the live stream and the broadcast computer now needed to be the same laptop.  As soon as it becomes financially possible, the broadcasts will begin again.

The broadcasts will contain some of the current video recorded as well as the historical videos from the BIHS collection and the Phil Gregg collection, as well as any other collections that are provided to me for digitizing.  

Men's Golf League, Week 2

Eagle Swooping Across the Water

June 17, 2019

This eagle was seen down at Barney's Lake today, flying down low near the surface of the water.

Osprey Today

June 17, 2019

Hunting for its nesting mate.


June 17, 2019

Lots of turtles are on the move, and on the roadways this week. Stopping and helping them get across the road is not that difficult, but please don't just barrel over the top of them. These two got some help getting across the roadway.

Pinky’s Fire

by Dick Burris

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

Read the rest of the story HERE

Christian Church Service

June 16, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Osprey Addicts Annonymous

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 17, 2019

Clear, blue skies, 52°, east wind at 2 mph, humidity at 85%, pressure at 30.04 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Perfect day! Pollen levels are at medium 5.5 while the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Light winds. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night Light winds. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The copper and iron statue, which was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland, became known around the world as an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy.

Intended to commemorate the American Revolution and a century of friendship between the U.S. and France, the statue was designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (who modeled it after his own mother), with assistance from engineer Gustave Eiffel, who later developed the iconic tower in Paris bearing his name. The statue was initially scheduled to be finished by 1876, the 100th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence; however, fundraising efforts, which included auctions, a lottery and boxing matches, took longer than anticipated, both in Europe and the U.S., where the statue’s pedestal was to be financed and constructed. The statue alone cost the French an estimated $250,000 (more than $5.5 million in today’s money).

Finally completed in Paris in the summer of 1884, the statue, a robed female figure with an uplifted arm holding a torch, reached its new home on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor (between New York City and Hudson County, New Jersey) on June 17, 1885. After being reassembled, the 450,000-pound statue was officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, by President Cleveland, who said, “We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.” Standing more than 305 feet from the foundation of its pedestal to the top of its torch, the statue, dubbed “Liberty Enlightening the World” by Bartholdi, was taller than any structure in New York City at the time. The statue was originally copper-colored, but over the years it underwent a natural color-change process called patination that produced its current greenish-blue hue.

In 1892, Ellis Island, located near Bedloe’s Island (which in 1956 was renamed Liberty Island), opened as America’s chief immigration station, and for the next 62 years Lady Liberty, as the statue is nicknamed, stood watch over the more than 12 million immigrants who sailed into New York Harbor. In 1903, a plaque inscribed with a sonnet titled “The New Colossus” by American poet Emma Lazarus, written 20 years earlier for a pedestal fundraiser, was placed on an interior wall of the pedestal. Lazarus’ now-famous words, which include “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” became symbolic of America’s vision of itself as a land of opportunity for immigrants.

Some 60 years after President Calvin Coolidge designated the statue a national monument in 1924, it underwent a multi-million-dollar restoration (which included a new torch and gold leaf-covered flame) and was rededicated by President Ronald Reagan on July 4, 1986, in a lavish celebration. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the statue was closed; its base, pedestal and observation deck re-opened in 2004, while its crown re-opened to the public on July 4, 2009. (For safety reasons, the torch has been closed to visitors since 1916, after an incident called the Black Tom explosions in which munitions-laden barges and railroad cars on the Jersey City, New Jersey, waterfront were blown up by German agents, causing damage to the nearby statue.)

Today, the Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most famous landmarks. Over the years, it has been the site of political rallies and protests (from suffragettes to anti-war activists), has been featured in numerous movies and countless photographs, and has received millions of visitors from around the globe.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the most popular instrument in North Korea is the accordion, so much so that all teachers used to be required to play to get their teaching certifications. Because the accordion is portable in a way that, say, a grand piano isn’t, it was thought of as the “people’s instrument” that could be taken outside and played for laborers in the fields.

WORD OF THE DAY caterpillar (KAT-uh-pil-er) which means a person who preys on others; extortioner. Caterpillar has a complicated history. Late Middle English has catyrpel, catirpiller (and other variants). These are probably alterations of catepelose, an Old North French variant of Old French chatepelose "hairy cat," from chate “(female) cat,” from Late Latin cattus (masculine) and catta (feminine) “cat” and pelose, pelouse “hairy,” from Latin pilōsus. The Middle English spelling with -yr- is probably due to association with cater “tomcat” (as in caterwaul “to utter long, wailing cries”); the final -er is probably by association with piller “despoiler.” Caterpillar in its original sense “larva of a butterfly or moth” entered English in the 15th century; the sense “extortioner” arose in the late 15th century; the sense “a tractor with two endless steel bands for moving over rough terrain” is a trademark dating from the early years of the 20th century, just in time for World War I.

What Did You Do for Father's Day?

Besdies, going to church on this Sunday, the editor decided that the water levels at Gull Harbor were worth investigating. What happened with Lake Michigan rising and how did it effect the area known by everyone as Gull Harbor, a nature preserve. The first thing to report is that, those that used the trails behind the ponds at Gull Harbor to walk their dogs, will not be doing so in this location The water is not only covering the Gull Harbor Road. It is also covering the trail that goes behind the ponds. On top of all that, the ponds are no longer separate from the lake. As a matter of fact the waves today were actually lapping over the top of the walking trail that used be be behind the ponds.

Here is the view from behind the ponds at Gull Harbor:

View a gallery of pictures taken while wading the Gull Harbor Road around the Nature Preserve area and the trail behind the ponds HERE

Lots of animals and birds were seen on this wade and walk around the pond areas. Many birds were not happy that a human was near their nesting area. One duck became very agressive when the duckling crossed the walking path, and the momma duck caught sight of this human standing there close by. First the duck decided to run at the human to try to scare him off. Next it began squacking, squawking, and hissing sounds trying to scare the human off. When that didn't work, the sounds changed again, but both groups of sounds were meant to take the attention off the duckling and place it on the duck. This was successful and no pictures of the duckling were captured.

View video of the wade and walk HERE

Seaplane Visitors

June 16, 2019

After an excellent breakfast at Dahlwhinnie's, the trip hope was interrupted by the sounds of three airplanes flying over the harbor. A quick stop at the Veteran's Memorial Park, and the camera came out to capture the visiting seaplanes as they landed on the harbor.

They all pulled up between the Erin Motel and the BIBCO dock there at the park. They stayed a few hours and then took off again.

Saturday Nature Pictures

Beautiful Blooms

Sandhill Cranes

Bunny Rabbit

More blooms

Another rabbit

Loons on Barney's Lake

Mass from Holy Cross

June 16, 2019

Holy Cross Catholic Church was a busy plac this weekend with a funeral on Saturday at 11 a.m., a regular Saturday Mass at 4 p.m., and and a regular 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. The regular Saturday service had Pinkly Harmon as the reader as well as our parish priest, Father Jim Siler.

Saturday with Father Jim and Pinky Harmon

Bill McDonough did the readings on Sunday and Father Jim read the Gospel

Father Jim and Serviers during prayer, Pam O'Brien spoke about the Catholic Services Appeal.

View video of the two services HERE

Drawing Classes

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 16, 2019

Partly cloudy this morning, but it isn't raining (shhh, let's not remind Mother Nature). At the moment it's 50°, wind is from the ENE at 8 mph making it feel like 46°, humidity is at 88%, pressure is 29.95 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are at medium, 5.7. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Light winds. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.

Coney Island, a name believed to have come from the Dutch Konijn Eilandt, or Rabbit Island, is a tract of land along the Atlantic Ocean discovered by explorer Henry Hudson in 1609. The first hotel opened at Coney Island in 1829 and by the post-Civil War years, the area was an established resort with theaters, restaurants and a race track. Between 1897 and 1904, three amusement parks sprang up at Coney Island–Dreamland, Luna Park and Steeplechase. By the 1920s, Coney Island was reachable by subway and summer crowds of a million people a day flocked there for rides, games, sideshows, the beach and the two-and-a-half-mile boardwalk, completed in 1923.

The hot dog is said to have been invented at Coney Island in 1867 by Charles Feltman. In 1916, a nickel hot dog stand called Nathan’s was opened by a former Feltman employee and went on to become a Coney Island institution and international franchise. Today, Nathan’s is famous not only for its hot dogs but its hot dog-eating contest, held each Fourth of July in Coney Island.

Roller coasters and amusement parks experienced a decline during the Great Depression and World War II, when Americans had less cash to spend on entertainment. Finally, in 1955, the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, signaled the advent of the modern theme park and a rebirth of the roller coaster. Disneyland’s success sparked a wave of new parks and coasters. By the 1970s, parks were competing to create the most thrilling rides. In 2005, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, introduced the Kingda Ka roller coaster, the world’s tallest (at 456 feet) and fastest (at 128 mph).

By the mid-1960s, the major amusement parks at Coney Island had shut down and the area acquired a seedy image. Nevertheless, Coney Island remains a tourist attraction and home to the Cyclone, a wooden coaster that made its debut there in 1927. Capable of speeds of 60 mph and with an 85-foot drop, the Cyclone is one of the country’s oldest coasters in operation today. Though a real-estate developer recently announced the building of a new $1.5 billion year-round resort at Coney Island that will include a 4,000-foot-long roller coaster, an indoor water park and a multi-level carousel, the Cyclone’s owners have said they plan to keep the historic coaster open for business.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard left his post at Ford's Theater to go for a drink? You might not have been aware of is that the president had a bodyguard named John Frederick Parker with him on that fateful night, according to Smithsonian.

Unfortunately, Parker was a police officer with a less-than-stellar reputation. After arriving three hours late for his shift, the officer left his post protecting the president to get a drink at the Star Saloon next door to the theatre. It was during this time that Booth entered the box seats where Lincoln was sitting and shot the president.

WORD OF THE DAY dada (DAH-dah) which means the style and techniques of a group of artists, writers, etc., of the early 20th century who exploited accidental and incongruous effects in their work and who programmatically challenged established canons of art, thought, morality, etc.

Despite how it sounds, Dada has nothing to do with dads or Father’s Day. It is a reduplication of the familiar, universal baby syllable da, a French reduplication, specifically, chosen as an arbitrary name for the French and German art movement founded in Zurich in 1916, in the middle of World War I, by a group of multinational and multilingual writers, artists, and composers. According to two of Dada’s founders, the word was chosen at random from dada, a headword in a French dictionary, meaning, in baby talk, “horse, hobbyhorse." The founders were also attracted by the meaninglessness of the two syllables

Local Quilter Semifinalist in International Quilt Show

Linda McDonough from Beaver Island is a semifinalist for the 2019 AQS QuiltWeek-Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 21-24, 2019, at the DeVos place Convention Center. Linda has been chosen to display the quilt, "A Child's Paradise--Beaver Island, along with 365 others in this AQS contest. First, Second, and Third Place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards including Best of Show.

Congratulations to you Linda McDonough for your semifinalist rating, and BINN wishes you a positive outcome at the DeVos Place show.

Read the whole news release HERE

Lady's Slippers

June 14, 2019

Some hiding amongst the Spring foliage

Editor's favorite

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 15, 2019

Another liquid sunshine day, it would be nice if it would only rain at night and be sunny during the daylight hours. Just a suggestion for Mother Nature. Right now it's raining, 50°, humidity is 96%, wind is from the NNW at 2 mph, pressure is 29.76 inches, and visibility is 4 miles. Pollen levels are low at 0.3. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Scattered showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Light winds. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1963, Kyu Sakamoto accomplished something never achieved before or since when he earned a #1 hit on the American pop charts with a song sung entirely in Japanese—a song originally written and recorded under the title “Ue O Muite Aruk?.” This was not the title under which it climbed the U.S. pop charts, however. Instead of a faithfully translated title like “I Look Up When I Walk,” Sakamoto’s ballad was called, for no particular reason, “Sukiyaki.”

Kyu Sakamoto was an extremely popular singer in Japan in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and his recording of “Ue O Muite Aruk?” had been a major domestic hit following its release in 1961. A British music executive named Louis Benjamin who heard Sakamoto’s song while traveling in Japan in 1962 and decided to make an instrumental recording of it with the popular English “trad jazz” group Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen. Benjamin believed that the pronunciation of the original title was too difficult for British audiences, so he chose “Sukiyaki” on the logic that it was, at least, recognizably Japanese. As Kenny Ball’s “Sukiyaki” began climbing the charts in the United States, an American disk jockey started playing the Kyu Sakamoto original over the air, prompting Capitol Records to do a U.S. release under the name Louis Benjamin had invented.

When “Sukiyaki” became a hit, Newsweek magazine ran a piece that likened its renaming to releasing “Moon River” in Japan under the title “Beef Stew.” It seemed to many that the choice showed a distinct cultural bias—after all, there had been other foreign #1 hits in recent years that had been much more meaningfully renamed, including Domenico Modugno’s “Volaré,” which retained its original Italian name (“Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu”) in its subtitle, and Bert Kaempfert’s instrumental “Wonderland By Night,” which was a direct translation from the German “Wunderland Bei Nacht.”

The memorable melody of “Sukiyaki” resurfaced several times in the decades following its 1963 climb to the top of the pop charts, including in an English-language version by A Taste of Honey in 1981. That version, in turn, was picked up and used by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh in their classic 1985 hip-hop hit “La Di Da Di.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT there is a decorated war hero dog? While in the trenches of World War I, the U.S. First Infantry Division found themselves unable to communicate with other troops because shellfire had damaged the telephone wires. A young private came up with a unique solution: Rags, a mixed breed terrier whom the soldiers had adopted in Paris, would carry the messages from one division to the next tucked into his collar. He saved many lives, and when Rags passed away—in Maryland, at the very advanced age of 20—he was buried with military honors.

WORD OF THE DAY fruitlet (FROOT-lit) a small fruit, especially one of those forming an aggregate fruit, as the raspberry. Fruitlet is a perfectly transparent word, used as a technical term in botany. The first syllable, fruit, comes from Old French fruit, a regular development from Latin frūctus “enjoyment, produce, results.” The diminutive suffix -let comes from Middle French -elet, from Latin -āle (the neuter of the adjective suffix -ālis), or from the Latin diminutive suffix -ellus and the Old French noun suffix -et (-ette). Fruitlet entered English in the second half of the 19th century.

BIHS Print Shop Porch-Joyce Bartel's Bench

June 14, 2019

Today, Karl Bartels donated a beautiful white oak bench for use on the Beaver Island Historical Socieety at the Print Shop Museum. Karl said that this was given to the BIHS in memory of his mother Joyce Bartels, who worked for close to thirty years for that organization in the summers.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

The placque on the bench

Amy Sue and Karl sitting on the bench

View video of the presentation HERE

Pancake Breakfast

Sunday - July 7, 2019, 8 am to noon
Holy Cross Parish Hall

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 14, 2019

It's sunny out this morning with a few clouds floating through, 55°, feels like 53°, wind is from the SW at 10 mph, there is a 60% chance of rain this afternoon, humidity is at 65%, pressure is 29.87 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are at medium, 5.7. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows: ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots rising to 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots in the afternoon. Rain showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon.
Tonight West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Saturday Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE, June 14, 1951, the U.S. Census Bureau dedicates UNIVAC, the world’s first commercially produced electronic digital computer. UNIVAC, which stood for Universal Automatic Computer, was developed by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, makers of ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer. These giant computers, which used thousands of vacuum tubes for computation, were the forerunners of today’s digital computers.

The search for mechanical devices to aid computation began in ancient times. The abacus, developed in various forms by the Babylonians, Chinese, and Romans, was by definition the first digital computer because it calculated values by using digits. A mechanical digital calculating machine was built in France in 1642, but a 19th century Englishman, Charles Babbage, is credited with devising most of the principles on which modern computers are based. His “Analytical Engine,” begun in the 1830s and never completed for lack of funds, was based on a mechanical loom and would have been the first programmable computer.

By the 1920s, companies such as the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) were supplying governments and businesses with complex punch-card tabulating systems, but these mechanical devices had only a fraction of the calculating power of the first electronic digital computer, the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC). Completed by John Atanasoff of Iowa State in 1939, the ABC could by 1941 solve up to 29 simultaneous equations with 29 variables. Influenced by Atanasoff’s work, Presper Eckert and John Mauchly set about building the first general-purpose electronic digital computer in 1943. The sponsor was the U.S. Army Ordnance Department, which wanted a better way of calculating artillery firing tables, and the work was done at the University of Pennsylvania.

ENIAC, which stood for Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator, was completed in 1946 at a cost of nearly $500,000. It took up 15,000 feet, employed 17,000 vacuum tubes, and was programmed by plugging and replugging some 6,000 switches. It was first used in a calculation for Los Alamos Laboratories in December 1945, and in February 1946 it was formally dedicated.

Following the success of ENIAC, Eckert and Mauchly decided to go into private business and founded the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation. They proved less able businessmen than they were engineers, and in 1950 their struggling company was acquired by Remington Rand, an office equipment company. On June 14, 1951, Remington Rand delivered its first computer, UNIVAC I, to the U.S. Census Bureau. It weighed 16,000 pounds, used 5,000 vacuum tubes, and could perform about 1,000 calculations per second. On November 4, 1952, the UNIVAC achieved national fame when it correctly predicted Dwight D. Eisenhower’s unexpected landslide victory in the presidential election after only a tiny percentage of the votes were in.

UNIVAC and other first-generation computers were replaced by transistor computers of the late 1950s, which were smaller, used less power, and could perform nearly a thousand times more operations per second. These were, in turn, supplanted by the integrated-circuit machines of the mid-1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, the development of the microprocessor made possible small, powerful computers such as the personal computer, and more recently the laptop and hand-held computers.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Pringles aren't actually potato chips? The next time you see a can of Pringles, take a closer look—you won’t see the word “chip” anywhere on the packaging. That’s because Pringles aren’t made of thinly-sliced potatoes, but instead dehydrated potato flakes pressed into their signature parabolic shape. That’s what makes them less greasy. But when other potato chip manufacturers complained, the Food and Drug Administration ruled that Pringles couldn’t be marketed as chips. The company eventually settled on “potato crisp.”

WORD OF THE DAY undulate (UHN-juh-leyt) which means to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion; display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement. Something that undulates, as a flag or rhythm, moves side to side or rises and falls like a wave. Indeed, its origin is Latin unda “wave,” via undulātus “waved, wavy,” composed of -ula, a diminutive suffix, and -ātus, a past participle suffix. Unda also yields English abound, abundant, inundate, redound, redundant, and surround. Latin unda in turn comes from the Proto-Indo-European root wed- “water, wet,” ultimate source of the names of two substances that may cause some to undulate, as it were, on their feet: vodka (via Russian) and whiskey (Irish or Scots Gaelic). Best to stay hydrated, another derivative of wed-, via Greek hýdōr “water.” Undulate entered English in the 1600s.

Campfire Wood Vendor Request by St. James Township

Campfire Wood Vendor Request(1)

11th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert and Music School 2019

The 11th annual Glen Mc Donough Memorial Concert will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at "Reddeer's" front lawn, King's Highway. The Eve Glen Music School will be held on July 5 and 6 also at "Reddeer" with morning and afternoon sessions. Ruby John and Dane Hyde will be the instructors with Fiddle and Guitar classes offered. All classes are free. All donations from the 11th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert are given to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for lessons and assistance to many Music Students. For more information call Eleanor McDonough at 1-231-547-6722. Bring your lawn chairs and join us for a wonderful evening at 7 P. m. Saturday July 6.

Beaver Island District Library ONE OF 78 ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

Beaver Island to Read and Celebrate Our Town by Thornton Wilder
From May 1 to June 6, 2020

June 12, 2019, Beaver Island District Library is a recipient of a grant of $5000 to host the NEA Big Read on Beaver Island. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Beaver Island District Library is one of 78 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program between September 2019 and June 2020. The NEA Big Read on Beaver Island will focus on Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Activities will take place May 1- June 6, 2020.

“We are very excited to have received this grant, our first, and look forward to all the great events we have planned,” Jacqueline LaFreniere, BIDL librarian stated.

“It is inspiring to see both large and small communities across the nation come together around a book,” said National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “We always look forward to the unique ways cities, towns, and organizations, like Beaver Island District Library, explore these stories and encourage community participation in a wide variety of events.”

The NEA Big Read showcases a diverse range of titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single National Endowment for the Arts Big Read selection.

Several island organizations are partnering with the Beaver Island District Library in events scheduled for next May. Beaver Island Community Players and the Beaver Island Community School will perform “Our Town” as the kickoff event at the Beaver Island Community Center, operated by the Preservation Association of Beaver Island. The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce will host an event showcasing Island organizations. Patron of the Arts for Rural Communities will host the final event, featuring island musicians. The Beaver Island Historical Society will work with the library on a Graveyard Walk with Ancestors, and genealogical research workshops. BIHS will also be opening a new wing at the Print Shop Museum featuring Island history. A writing contest, art shows, and island history displays will also be conducted at the local museums and school. Five book discussions will be held at various venues, including the school and library. High School English classes will also study the book and local authors will be invited to speak in several venues throughout the community. Our Town- movie versions, and local documentaries about Beaver Island will also be shown throughout the month at the Beaver Island Community Center. The month-long event will truly bring together our town and our island as we celebrate Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”.

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,400 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $20 million to organizations nationwide. In addition, Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country. Over the past twelve years, grantees have leveraged more than $50 million in local funding to support their NEA Big Read programs. More than 5.7 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event, approximately 91,000 volunteers have participated at the local level, and 39,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible. For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit arts.gov/neabigread.

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit artsmidwest.org.

Spring Blossoms and Butterflies

St. James Township Special Meetings Scheduled

Related to the Woollam Foundation Project

Friday, June 14, 8:30 AM

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:00 PM

St. James Township Board Minutes

for the June 2019 meeting

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

Please mark September 12, 2019 on your calendars for the next NLMIC meeting on Beaver Island. Please note this is a change from the date we considered at our last full meeting. The agenda is being developed. If you have agenda items, please email them to me by July 12. I expect the agenda to be fairly full and am asking that any announcements and updates be sent to me electronically to be passed along to the membership prior to the meeting.

Benjamin VanDyke from Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CAKE CISMA) also sent me the attached proposal and letter for your review and consideration. Please read the letter below (in italics) from CAKE and review the documents as requested.

Hello fellow NMLIC partners! 

       I hope all is well for everyone as the summer begins to take off. The CAKE CISMA is excited to announce that we have developed a project proposal to be submitted to the Charlevoix Community Foundation, one that will hopefully give the CAKE CISMA a greater presence on the island to combat invasive species on private properties through survey and treatments as well as through educational programming through public events. CAKE is proposing the implementation of two invasive species interns on the island during the summer months. These interns would be CMU students and they would be lodged on at the biological station, should CMU approve the project (there seems to be a good chance of that, I've already spoken with the campus director and he seemed optimistic). 

        If each organization could read through the draft proposal, thinking of different ways your organization could contribute, I would greatly appreciate it, as we can always accept more match, financial or in-kind, and there may be some factors I forgot about that others may be able to provide. Or, it may be that something is on the budget sheet that a NLMIC partner already has (such as a GPS or a vehicle we could borrow), and that could help us cut costs on our budget. Either way, it would be very helpful to have NLMIC partners be aware of the project and be thinking of any potential ways to jump in, if you are able. 

      A great starting point to help us out with this is for all NLMIC partners to sign the  the attached letter of support. This document outlines the project and why it is important to the Beaver Island community, and includes a line for an organization's representative to sign and date. The more letters of support we have from members of Charlevoix county, the better our submitted application will be to the community foundation. This project proposal directly supports several of the invasive species objectives outlined in the NLMIC Project Concept Matrix. Thank you all! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at benjamin.vandyke@macd.org, or call me at 231-533-8363, ext. 5. 

Thanks again! 


Benjamin VanDyke | CAKE CISMA Program Coordinator 

4820 Stover Rd, Bellaire MI - 49615 | Phone:(231)-533-8363

"The mission of the CAKE CISMA is to protect the natural resources, economy, and human health in Northern Lower Michigan through collaborative outreach and management of invasive species."

Thank you all, looking forward to our meeting on September 12!

Jennifer Kleitch

Wildlife Biologist

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

1732 West M-32

Gaylord, Michigan 49735

(989) 732-3541 ext. 5031

CAKE CISMA_Charlevoix Community Foundation Project Proposal

Letter of Support_ CAKE CISMA Beaver Island Internship Proposal

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 13, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 49°, feels like 45° thanks to the 12 mph wind from the north. Humidity is at 92%, pressure is 29.81 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low at 0.4 while the top allergens are grasses and dock. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Periods of showers early in the morning, then scattered showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the morning.
Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Friday Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Friday Night Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE in 1971, the "Pentagon Papers" damage credibility of Cold War policy.

The New York Times begins to publish sections of the so-called “Pentagon Papers,” a top-secret Department of Defense study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The papers indicated that the American government had been lying to the people for years about the Vietnam War and the papers seriously damaged the credibility of America’s Cold War foreign policy.

In 1967, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ordered his department to prepare an in-depth history of American involvement in the Vietnam War. McNamara had already begun to harbor serious doubts about U.S. policy in Vietnam, and the study–which came to be known as the “Pentagon Papers”–substantiated his misgivings. Top-secret memorandums, reports, and papers indicated that the U.S. government had systematically lied to the American people, deceiving them about American goals and progress in the war in Vietnam. The devastating multi-volume study remained locked away in a Pentagon safe for years. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a Defense Department employee who had turned completely against the war, began to smuggle portions of the papers out of the Pentagon. These papers made their way to the New York Times, and on June 13, 1971, the American public read them in stunned amazement. The publication of the papers added further fuel to the already powerful antiwar movement and drove the administration of President Richard Nixon into a frenzy of paranoia about information “leaks.” Nixon attempted to stop further publication of the papers, but the Supreme Court refused to issue an injunction.

The “Pentagon Papers” further eroded the American public’s confidence in their nation’s Cold War foreign policy. The brutal, costly, and seemingly endless Vietnam War had already damaged the government’s credibility, and the publication of the “Pentagon Papers” showed people the true extent to which the government had manipulated and lied to them. Some of the most dramatic examples were documents indicating that the Kennedy administration had openly encouraged and participated in the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963; that the CIA believed that the “domino theory” did not actually apply to Asia; and that the heavy American bombing of North Vietnam, contrary to U.S. government pronouncements about its success, was having absolutely no impact on the communists’ will to continue the fight.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the pharaohs of ancient Egypt were believed to be literally divine. The word pharaoh itself means “great house,” as in the house of God. In fact, King Pepi II, who supposedly ruled for 90 years, thought so highly of himself that when he was bothered by insects, he would command that one of his slaves be covered in honey to lure the flies away from himself.

WORD OF THE DAY lulu (LOO-loo) which means any remarkable or outstanding person or thing. Lulu was originally a piece of American slang. Slang terms have notoriously difficult origins, and lulu, also spelled loulou and looly, has no reliable etymology. Lulu first entered English in the mid-1850s.

A Sign of Caring

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the picture.

Early History of Beaver Island EMS

(When it was still all volunteers....This is the opening of a book called "Rural EMS is Different.")

Preface—The History of Beaver Island EMS

Beaver Island EMS was a conception begun by Dr. Joseph Christie and both township governments on or around 1975 when an old Red Cross ambulance was purchased for Dr. Christie and a twin engine aircraft was acquired to transport emergency patients.  Unfortunately, both the old ambulance and the aircraft were gone before the true beginning of Beaver Island EMS. 

Michael F. McGinnity, RN, re-established the need for prehospital care and transportation when he initiated the contact with LifeLink, Inc. from Petoskey, Michigan to offer the first Basic EMT class on Beaver Island in 1985.  Students in the first class included Ruth Gregg, Perry and Sandy Fortier, Roger Laars, Mike McGinnity, John and Joyce Runberg, and Bill McDonough.   John LaMont was the instructor for this course offered on Beaver Island.  The beginning group initiated a purchase of an old ambulance from Mackinac City, and began the work of stocking it with supplies.

The second EMT class occurred the following year with John LaMont, Larry Hansen, and Mike McGinnity taking turns teaching the program in 1986.  The students in the second class included Neal and Connie Boyle, Ruth Gregg, Bill Markey, Jim Hibbler, Mary Delamater, Jerry Sowa, and Joe Moore.  Quite a few of the successful students from the first class left the Island which required the second class.

From this second EMT class developed the leadership to form an organization with Neal Boyle, president; Bill Markey, Vice-President; Connie Boyle, treasurer; and Joyce Runberg, Secretary.  The official beginnings were in 1986, but the organization was fully up and running with two divisions in May 1987.  The two divisions included a land and water division of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services and Rescue, which were individually headed by Neal Boyle, the land division, and by Alan Muma, the water division.  Alan Muma, the BI deputy sheriff, was the first recognize the need for a rescue boat to help stranded visitors and to have the ability to rescue people in the water.  The original organizational motto was “Islands of Safety”.

After several months, Bill Markey became the new acting president, and the first on-call list was published.  Many hours were spent fundraising to better equip the organization for its noble mission.  In July of 1988, a new leader emerged and was elected president.  Jerry Sowa, as a retired marine officer, had the experience to lead the organization and to move it forward.  Under his leadership, the first EMT-Specialist class was taught.  Those completing this class included Joe Moore, Bill Markey, Jerry Sowa, and Mike McGinnity.  Bill Markey took the helm in November 1988 and realized that we needed an Island-based education program so he sent Joe Moore off the Island to take the EMT Instructor Coordinator program in April 1989. 

During Bill Markey’s presidency several important changes took place to make Beaver Island EMS more professional.  A State of Michigan approved special study was written to allow the Beaver Island EMT-Specialists to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), to start Intravenous fluids, and to place a tube in the trachea of a cardiac arrest patient, but BIEMS was unable to participate without the equipment in October 1989.

The Beaver Island Medical Center helped sponsor a fundraising campaign named “Hundred with a Heart” to raise the necessary money for the AED.  The campaign was very successful and a plaque was purchased to mark this historic event, and included engraving the names of all who donated to make this successful.

Bill Markey also was successful in improving the emergency communications on Beaver Island.  In August of 1990, the repeater tower went up near the old Peaine Township hall.  This repeater tower is still in use today. (Tower taken down by Peaine Township Board recently.)  Bill Markey is also responsible for the completion of the OSHA required “Clean Room” in the ambulance garage.  Bill deserves a big thank you for all this work in getting these accomplished.

In 1991, after Alan Muma had left Beaver Island, a new rescue boat captain became involved.    Jim Owens, also a deputy sheriff like Alan Muma, became the contact person for stranded vessels in northern Lake Michigan.  While Jim Owens was the rescue boat captain, the boat was used for true water rescue, for towing stranded vessels, for helping lost vessels, and for training.  Several BIEMS personnel became trained by a retired United State Coast Guard Commander and author of the Water Rescue textbook published by Mosby Lifeline.  This training encompassed personal rescue, victim rescue, water search and rescue, and land search and rescue.  In June of 1992, the township governments decided to raffle the rescue boat and dedicate the money from the raffle to purchase of water rescue equipment.

After Bill Markey stepped down as the president (chairperson), Joe Moore took over as chairperson.  Then Mike and Bev Russell became involved in BIEMS which was probably the most productive history of BIEMS.  BIEMS received a Rural EMS grant to purchase training equipment so that necessary training for EMTs could continue.  Mike and Bev helped out in so many way that they can’t all be listed here, but some include financial solvency with millage for BIEMS,  fiscal and operations reports to the township, and State of Michigan approved education sponsorship.   Bev and Mike Russell were also part of the first paramedic program ever taught on Beaver Island which included Joe Moore, Karl Kiss, and Bob Hamil.  Mike and Bev Russell worked diligently to get BIEMS up to the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level that allows Beaver Island to provide the same level of care as an agency in the “big city”.

 Most recently Joe Moore has shared this chairperson position with Gerald LaFreniere, and now the current Executive Director of BIEMS is Sarah McCafferty. (2006)

The current membership includes Tim McDonough, Joe Timsak, Jim Stambaugh, Abigail Adams, Emily Gray, Michelle LaFreniere, and John Works, Jr., as medical first responders (61 hours of training);  Basic EMTs Cindy Gillespie, Dawn Traficante, Christy Albin, Sarah McCafferty, and Karen Whitecraft (200+ hours of training;)  EMT-Specialists Gerald LaFreniere (300+ hours of training);  and Joe Moore and Ken Bruland, paramedics.  In addition to this resident group of EMS providers, during the summer months, BIEMS also have two paramedics and instructors Lisa and Steve Rose, both paramedic instructors at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Recently, Steve and Lisa Rose with local instructor Joe Moore have taught a second paramedic program on the Island.  Students in the program included Sarah McCafferty, Ken Bruland, and Dawn Traficante.  It will be late August before any of these people will be able to license at the paramedic level.  The hours totaled for all training up to and including this paramedic program total 1200+ hour of training.
Beaver Island EMS has three vehicles to respond to emergencies.  Two of those are diesel fueled ambulances, Type III, which is a van chasis with a box on the back of the chasis, one is licensed at the Basic Life Support Level, Fifty-seven Alpha One, and the other is licensed at the Advanced Life Support Level, Fifty-seven Alpha Two.  The other vehicle is called the Echo car which means it has all of the equipment necessary to make it an advanced life support vehicle.  Beaver Island EMS has been licensed at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level since the year 2000.
Transportation of the ill or injured victim is still the main focus of Beaver Island EMS and will remain its main mission.  As we move into the future, we need to work (as a community) toward making this mission as easy a possible for our volunteer EMS.  Discussions need to take place on how to transport an ill or injured patient from the Island to the mainland in a more efficient manner.

HERE are the PowerPoint slides of a presentation done at the Upper Pennisula EMS Conference in 2012

Interesting Encounter

June 11, 2019

by Joe Moore

As I was driving around yesterday attempting to deliver graduation gifts to the BICS Class of 2019, I encountered something quite interesting in nature. The encounter happened just north of the intersection of King's Highway and Carlisle Road.

On the paved Kings Highway on the east side of the road were six little chicks and one adult ruffed grouse. The traffic was roaring up and down the highway, and I was worried that the chicks might be smashed under the tires. I pulled over quite quickly, but not slamming on the brakes, got out with the camera, and began to make my way back to the location. The adult ruffed grouse began making interesting sounds and the chicks headed back east into the woods.

The first behavior of the adult gave me quite a surprise. This fairly small bird attempted to scare me away by making itself as big and as threatening as possible and by making a screeching type sound.

When that display did not work to scare me away, the bird distracted me from the chicks by squealing like it was hurt, and it began to move away from the location, trying to move this threat after it and away from the chicks. First, it turned its back and began a cry like it was injured, fairly close to the side of the road.

I wanted to get a picture of a chick, so I just stayed right there where I was and didn't move. There was more noise coming from the adult, trying to get me to follow and move away. I even saw the location of where two of the chicks had run, but the adult again was successful in getting my attention off into the woods.

I was really concerned that the adult was injured, so I walked away northward trying to get nearer to check the adult. The adult disappeared into the woods. Walking back, there were no more chicks able to be seen. I never did get a picture of one of the chicks. They were very small, only about two inches tall; yellow, and completely quiet. There was no sound coming from any of them. They ran to safety very quickly and completely disappeared under the leaves and the fallen branches and logs.

Vacation Bible School

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 12, 2019

It's a liquid sunshine sort of day on Beaver Island. Right now it's 55°, humidity is 85%, wind is from the WSW at 4 mph, pressure is 29.97 inches, and visibility is 3 miles. Pollen levels are medium today at 5.7. Top allergens are grasses and dock. Marine forecast as follows:
Today South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon, then becoming northwest early in the evening. Scattered showers early in the morning, then periods of showers in the morning. Numerous showers in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight North wind 10 to 15 knots. Patchy fog. Periods of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1876, Marcus Kellogg, a journalist traveling with Custer’s 7th Cavalry, files one of his last dispatches before being killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Kellogg migrated with his family to New York in 1835. As a young man he mastered the art of the telegraph and went to work for the Pacific Telegraphy Company in Wisconsin. Sometime during the Civil War, Kellogg abandoned his career in telegraphy in favor of becoming a newspaperman. In 1873, he moved west to the frontier town of Bismarck in Dakota Territory and became the assistant editor of the Bismarck Tribune.

A chance event in the winter of 1876 began Kellogg’s unexpected path toward the Little Big Horn. While returning from a trip to the East, Kellogg was on the same train as George Custer and his wife, Elizabeth. Custer was on his way to Fort Abraham Lincoln, near Bismarck, where he was going to lead the 7th Cavalry in a planned assault on several bands of Indians who had refused to be confined to reservations. After an unusually heavy winter storm, the train became snowbound. Kellogg improvised a crude telegraph key, connected it to the wires running alongside the track, and sent a message ahead to the fort asking for help. Custer’s brother, Tom, arrived soon after with a sleigh to rescue them.

Ever since his days as a Civil War hero, Custer had enjoyed being lionized in the nation’s newspapers. Now, as he prepared for what he hoped would be his greatest victory ever, Custer wanted to make sure his glorious deeds would be adequately covered in the press. Initially, Custer had planned to take his old friend Clement Lounsberry, who was Kellogg’s employer at the Tribune, with him into the field with the 7th Cavalry. At the last minute, Kellogg was picked to go instead-perhaps because Custer had been impressed by his resourcefulness with a telegraph key.

When Custer led his soldiers out of Fort Abraham Lincoln and headed west for Montana on May 31, Kellogg rode with him. During the next few weeks, Kellogg filed three dispatches from the field to the Bismarck Tribune, which in turn passed the stories on to the New York Herald. (Leaving nothing to chance, Custer himself also sent three anonymous reports on his progress to the Herald.)

Kellogg’s first dispatches, dated May 31 and June 12, recorded the progress of the expedition westward. His final report, dated June 21, came from the army’s camp along the Rosebud River in southern Montana, not far from the Little Big Horn River. “We leave the Rosebud tomorrow,” Kellogg wrote, “and by the time this reaches you we will have met and fought the red devils, with what result remains to be seen.”

The results, of course, were disastrous. Four days later, Sioux and Cheyenne warriors wiped out Custer and his men along the Little Big Horn River. Kellogg was the only journalist to witness the final moments of Custer’s 7th Cavalry. Had he been able to file a story he surely would have become a national celebrity. Unfortunately, Kellogg did not live to tell the tale and died alongside Custer’s soldiers.

On July 6, the Bismarck Tribune printed a special extra edition with a top headline reading: “Massacred: Gen. Custer and 261 Men the Victims.” Further down in the column, in substantially smaller type, a sub-headline reported: “The Bismarck Tribune’s Special Correspondent Slain.” The article went on to report, “The body of Kellogg alone remained unstripped of its clothing, and was not mutilated.” The reporter speculated that this might have been a result of the Indian’s “respect [for] this humble shover of the lead pencil.”

That the Sioux and Cheyenne respected Kellogg for his journalistic skills is highly doubtful. However, his spectacular death in one of the most notorious events in the nation’s history did make him something of an honored martyr among newspapermen. The New York Herald later erected a monument to the fallen journalist over the supposed site of his grave on the Little Big Horn battlefield.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the healthiest place in the world is in Panama? A small valley near Volcán in Panama has garnered the distinction of being the world’s healthiest place to live, according to a 2018 report by International Living. Called Shangri-La Valley, the area is home to beautiful scenery, a low cost of living, and a significantly longer life expectancy than the surrounding areas. All in all, the world’s healthiest areas have some common factors, according to the ranking: a warm climate, an active social scene, healthy food, and a slower pace of life that makes for less daily stress.

WORD OF THE DAY hangdog (HANG-dawg) which means browbeaten; defeated; intimidated; abject. Hangdog is a compound of hang and dog, originally an expression for a person deemed so low and despicable they were considered fit only to hang a bad dog or be hanged like one, as was once the custom; hence, by extension, "browbeaten, defeated, intimidated abject." In the American South the adjectival form doghanged also occurs, like Southern peckerwood for woodpecker. Hangdog entered English in the second half of the 17th century.

Peaine Township Planning Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Waste Managment Committee Minutes

View the minutes HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

June 10, 2019

Packet for this meeting HERE

Reports were givn about the historical society, the BI Mac Party, and the BI EcoFair

View video of this meeting HERE

I Talk to Dogs; Dogs Talk to Me

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 11, 2019

Blue skies and sun, what a great way to start the day. Right now I'm showing 51°, wind is from the NW at 4 mph, humidity is at 82%, pressure 30.12 inches, and visibility 10 miles. The pollen levels for today are at medium, 6.7. Top allergens are grasses and dock. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight South wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday South wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE, June 11, 1950, Ben Hogan bests Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio in an 18-hole playoff at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, to win the U.S. Open.

About 16 months earlier, on February 2, 1949, Ben Hogan and his wife Valerie had been involved in a near-fatal car accident when a Greyhound bus swerved out into oncoming traffic to pass a truck and crashed into Hogan’s car head on. Hogan dove across the passenger seat to shield his wife as the engine was driven into the driver’s seat and the steering wheel into the backseat. While Valerie suffered only minor injuries, Hogan suffered a broken collarbone, broken ankle, broken ribs and a double fracture of his pelvis. While in the hospital, a blood clot appeared in his leg, forcing doctors to tie off the surrounding veins to keep the clot from reaching his heart. Hogan’s legs atrophied, and doctors worried he would never walk again, let alone golf.

Amazingly, just eleven months later in January 1950, Hogan returned to competition for the Los Angeles Open, fittingly held at “Hogan’s Alley,” the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, where he had won the 1948 U.S. Open. Golf pundits predicted that Hogan would be able to compete, but only for the first day or two, as his weakened legs would not carry him for all four days and 72 holes of a tournament. They were wrong. At the end of regulation, he was tied with Sam Snead, but lost in a playoff.

Six months later at the U.S. Open, Hogan was openly annoyed when reporters pestered him with questions about his legs. “I feel fine” was the most reporters could get out of the Texan, who was determined to win the championship for the second time in his career. Going into the final round, Lloyd Mangrum, the 1946 U.S. Open champion, had the lead, two strokes ahead of Hogan. Hoping to see a comeback many considered impossible, 15,000 people followed Hogan on the tournament’s last day, under a beating sun, as the former champion walked and played 36 holes. Hogan played consistently the first two rounds, putting himself in position for a championship push on the final day.

To the fans’ great delight, Hogan clawed his way into the lead in the final round, and had a chance to win the tournament if he could par the last four holes. Instead, he bogeyed two of the four, and ended the round in a disappointing tie with Mangrum and George Fazio, a golf pro from Washington, D.C. In the ensuing 18-hole playoff, Hogan put on an inspirational show, turning in a 69 and besting Lloyd Mangrum by four strokes and George Fazio by six to take home his second U.S. Open title. In his career, Hogan would win the tournament twice more, in 1951 and 1953. He died in 1997, in Texas.

DID YOU KNOW THAT bees sometimes sting other bees. Bees are notorious for their stings, but humans aren’t the only ones who experience this pain in the neck (or the arm, or the leg…). In protecting their hives from outsiders, some “guard bees” will stay by the entrance and sniff the bees that come in, says Marianne Peso from the biology department of Macquarie University. If there’s a rogue bee from another hive trying to steal some nectar, the guard bee will bite and even sting the intruder.

WORD OF THE DAY chasten (CHEY-suhn) which means to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement. 1520s, with -en (1) + the word it replaced, obsolete verb chaste "to correct (someone's) behavior" (Middle English chastien, c.1200), from Old French chastiier "to punish" (see chastise). Related: Chastened; chastening.

Beautiful Harbor

Deer and Sandhills on Sloptown

Flat Calm Barney's and Reflections

Beautiful reflections

Blossoms, too!

A Loon Nest on Barney's Lake?

On Saturday, the loon appeared to be on the nest.

On Saturday, just before sundown, the loon was not on the nest.

Not sure what's going on here. BINN will keep monitoring this location.

Baptism Mass from Holy Cross

June 9, 2019

This past Sunday was a very special day for one young lady. This was the day of her baptism. The service took place during the regular Sunday morning Mass at Holy Cross Church.

The reader on Saturday was Pinky Harmon, and the celebrant on Saturday and Sunday was Father Jim Siler.

Pinky Harmon doing the readings....Father JIm giving the sermon.

The church was almost empty just before the beginning of the Sunday Mass service, but the baptismal font and the Easter Candle were both ready for the special addition to the church and parish.

The special service began right at 9:30 a.m. with the first third of the three parts of the special baptism rites.

The reader of the service was Ann Partridge.

This story ends with the pictures of the baptism.

View video of the two services HERE

Both of the services were live streamed.

Christian Church Bulletin

June 9, 2019

Video Issues

by Joe Moore

One of the most frustrating situations occurred to the editor of this website yesterday. The graduation ceremony was recorded with every intention of posting that video on this website. There were other plans for the video as well. In the middle of the moving of the video from the video camera and the laptop computer, something really strange happened. As the video was being copied from the card to the computer, a pop-up window came on the screen. This pop-up stated that the version of Windows being used on this computer "was not genuine."

The Windows operating system on this laptop came with the laptop when it was purchased. The pop-up wanted me to verify the information to prove that this version was actually a Genuine Windows version. This was very easy to do. I clicked and opened the System folder on the laptop, copied the genuine Windows message and pasted that message in the box on my screen. I then clicked on the send button.

The next thing that I discovered was that the one of the files was missing from the folder that had the graduation video. It simply was not there. The file had disappeared from both the laptop folder and SD card folder.

I have spent more than twelve hours trying to Undelete, trying to Recover Data, using six different programs and moving to three different computers. The file is just gone. It shows up in these programs as a file with 21 minutes of video, but the file is simply empty, black screen and no sound.

The only thing that I can figure out is that the pop-up was a virus that deleted whatever was being copied on my computer at the time that I clicked on the box. I haven't completely given up hope, but I will have to seek some help to see if there is any way to recover that one file.

So the video techno guy here is frustrated and has given up for the rest of the night. It is now 8:30 p.m., and enough is enough for one day. It may never be recovered.

If all this isn't enough to stress out the video techno guy, one more disaster hit. That laptop that was hit with that pop-up also lost the backup of the video that I always do. It had to have happened at the same time.

BITA Meeting Scheduled

May 14 2019 reg meeting minutes draft

Agenda and Notice June 11 2019 Regular Meeting

Peaine Township Board Meeting Agenda

for Monday, June 10, 2019

View agenda HERE

Beaver Island Development Corporation


View brochure HERE

St. James Township Meeting

June 5, 2019

This board meeting agenda was a full one, and the meeting lasted slightly over two hours. The agenda stated that the board needed to go into closed session for a portion of the meeting to speak to their attorney.


View the agenda HERE

2019 Beaver Island Mac Party

Beaver Island Historical Society Report

Documents for June 5, 2019 Regular St. James Meeting (posted earlier)

Government Building Beaver Island Proposal


Session 1 Webinar- B and W (1)

StJTwp - Schedule of Wages 2019 revised

Tele Ad Com attachments 05212019

Draft Tele Ad Com Min 05212019

DRAFT Minutes of 05012019

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Historical Activities for 2019

Celebration for Connie Boyle

Southhead Lighthouse Purchase Agreement

June 4, 2019

It was previously reported that the Charlevoix County Commissioners had approved the agreement at their meeting held here on Beaver Island. It was also previously reported that the Charlevoix School District had approved the sale at their meeting in May as well. The following is a copy of the purchase agreement for those that are interested.

Read the Agreement HERE

Great Lakes Water Levels at Record Highs

Contact: Lynn M. Rose, 313-226-4680; 313-300-0662 (cell), Lynn.M.Rose@usace.army.mil

DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that based on preliminary data, new record high monthly mean water levels were set on Lakes Erie, St. Clair and Superior in the month of May. Additionally, record high water levels are possible on all the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair this summer.

Persistent wet conditions across the Great Lakes basin this spring has fueled the recent rises. Precipitation in May was 21% higher than average over the Great Lakes basin as a whole, and contributed to extremely high water supplies to the lakes. The new record May levels are between one and three inches higher than the previous records for the month set in 1986.

"As we expected, record highs were set in May on a few of our Great Lakes, and our June forecast shows additional record highs likely this summer," said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of Watershed Hydrology, Detroit District.

The Great Lakes region will continue to see the threat of coastal flooding and shoreline erosion especially during storm events. Localized water levels are often impacted by winds and can be significantly higher during storms. Water levels and flow rates in the connecting channels of the Great Lakes are also high and may, depending on winds and other atmospheric conditions, lead to localized flooding.

The Corps has authority to support communities in flood fighting by providing technical expertise, and in certain instances, provide flood fight supplies, such as sand bags and plastic sheeting. This assistance must be requested by state authorities. Communities should contact their county emergency management offices, who can begin coordination with the state and the Corps.

The Corps, Detroit District, in coordination with partners in Environment and Climate Change Canada, release the official six month forecast for the Great Lakes. The Monthly Bulletin of Water Levels for the Great Lakes is completed at the beginning of each month, with the latest edition covering the period from June to November. To find the Monthly Bulletin of Water Levels for the Great Lakes visit: https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/Great-Lakes-Information/Great-Lakes-Water-Levels/Water-Level-Forecast/

For additional information, contact Lynn Rose, director of public affairs at 313-226-4680 or Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology at 313-226-6442 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

To find more information about international outflow regulation activities visit:

Your Help in Controlling Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard has been confirmed on the Keebler Trail and on a logging trail across from the south-end lighthouse. It is currently in bloom and you can have a positive impact on the control of this plant. We are in an early detection and rapid response phase and garlic mustard could early be controlled, if you act now. It is easier and cheaper to deal with this plant this spring vs. the expense of future control efforts which may not be effective.

Why care about this latest invasive: In some woodlands, dense stands of garlic mustard in the spring threaten showy spring blooming ephemerals like spring beauty, trilliums and trout lilies. Other research points toward potentially negative impacts on timber species and forest health. Many land managers consider it to be one of the most potentially harmful and difficult to control invasive plants in the region. Wildlife will not eat it and it degrades the forests. When it dominates the ground layer of the forests, the plant destroys fungi in the forest which is needed for the regeneration of woody plants.

What you can do: Learn to identify garlic mustard, especially if you are out on the trails.  
If you see this plant, it is now in bloom. Pull the plant out with the roots before it goes to seed and discard in a bag at the Transfer Station. It pulls easily.
If you see a patch that has gone to seed (July), do not walk or ride your bike through it as you will spread the seeds. One plant can produce up to 3,000 seeds.
Please document where you saw the garlic mustard and we will gps and enter it into the state database.

The following is a good information link to educated yourself about this plant and the negative effects it poses to our forests and native plants. www.tworiverscoalition.org/garlic_mustard.asp

Thanks for you help in controlling invasive species on Beaver Island!  
Pam Grassmick
Beaver Island Association

Claudia Schmidt at 1984 Winnipeg Folk Festival

Claudia Schmidt, a former Beaver Island business owner, The Old Rectory, and, currently, a professional singer, was seen in video performing at the 1984 Winnipeg Folk Festival. She sings "Old Devil Time" by Pete Seeger. Her voice, as well as she, have matured over time, and her voice is missed here on Beaver Island.

View video of her 1984 singing HERE

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