B. I. News on the 'Net, June 12-25, 2017

Bike Fest

June 23-25, 2017

(Pictures and information from Becca Foli)

Based upon information provided by Becca Foli, a Bike Fest participant, there were over one hundred and fifty bicycles with riders participating in the this Bike Fest. There were two routes. One went halfway down the island on the west side and then came back up the east side. The other route took people all the way to the south end. These two routes were twenty and forty miles respectively.

Green route is 20 miles, Red route is 40 miles

One participatnt today stated, "I followed the route on Saturday all the way around the island. Today (Sunday) I went backwards on the same route. This island is simply beautiful and a great place to bike."

View a gallery of Becca's photos HERE

Pictures Out and About

This weekend

Barney's Lake birds


Daisy and Lady Slippers

Crown Vetch

Osprey, adult and young

Dragonfly and wild iris

The Best-Laid Plans

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

June 25, 2017

Father John Paul celebrated Mass today at Holy Cross to a pretty full church. Even those that were not used to the 9:30 a.m. start time came and participated in the service this morning. Joan LaFreniere Banville was the lector. Deacon Jim Siler read the Gospel, and Father John Paul gave the sermon.

Joan Banville..............Father John Paul

Deacon Jim and Father John Paul

View video of the service HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

June 25, 2017

Eco-Fair on B. I.

With the Bike Fest going on, there was also an Eco-Fair happening on Beaver Island on June 24, 2017. The island workers were kept busy by many groups including a Martin family wedding this same day. The BINN editor Joe Moore was unable to attend, which was unfortunate. A portion of the fair was recorded until the battery in the camera died. One suggestion from this editor is that the fair consider a venue with direct Internet access and direct power access in the second annual event. Nevertheless, there were many attendees including one holding a sign demanding the closure of Line 5 crossing the Straits of Mackinac.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View a little video of the EcoFair HERE

Weather by Joe

June 25, 2017

Phyllis actually slept in bed for about three hours last night before the pain got too much, and she decided to get back up. This may sound like a strange report, but this is a great improvement over the last few weeks. She still has a great deal of pain, and won't be attending church this morning. She will be watching the live stream of Mass from Holy Cross.

This morning at 6:45 a.m., it is 50 degrees outside with a high expected temperature to be 63 with a low of 50 tonight. The pressure is 29.9 and visibility is at ten miles. We have scattered clouds at 1800 feet and two layers of clouds above that. The dewpoint is 50 degrees and humidity is 99%. Right now the chance of rain is 2%, but this increases all day and becomes 90% at six a.m. tomorrow. It's likely to be a wet day out there today.

Word of the day: doublethink (duhb-uh l-thingk) noun; the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time....Joe is stuck in doublethink over the condition of his wife. One minute he thinks she getting better and the next he thinks she's not. Such is the doublethink example of the 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 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. (Courtesy of history.com)

Weather by Joe

June 24, 2017

"Second verse, same as the first" was a somewhat famous quote from the earlier years of rock and roll. That certainly is completely the same situation with the condition of Phyllis at this moment. She dozes off sitting up in her chair, she tries to lie down in bed, but the pain keeps her from getting comfortable even with the pain medication. This is the same verse, just played over and over again. She did manage to sleep about an hour in bed, so that is progress. Thank you to those that have sent their prayers, positive thoughts, and many other kindnesses. On to the weather.....

Right now at 6:30 a.m., it is 51 degrees with a high expected of 66 and a low of 51. The pressure is 29.77 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 50 degrees with humidity at 99%. It is expected to be clear skies today with 15% chance of rain which increases to 50% around nine tonight. It should be a nice day for the Bike Fest.

Word of the day: algophobia (al-guh-foh-bee-uh). is a phobia of pain - an abnormal and persistent fear of pain that is far more powerful than that of a normal person. Algophobia is much more common in elderly people. It can be treated with behavioral therapy and anti-anxiety medication. Phyllis pain is real not algophobia.

On this day in 1997, U.S. Air Force officials release a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier.

Public interest in Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, began to flourish in the 1940s, when developments in space travel and the dawn of the atomic age caused many Americans to turn their attention to the skies. The town of Roswell, located near the Pecos River in southeastern New Mexico, became a magnet for UFO believers due to the strange events of early July 1947, when ranch foreman W.W. Brazel found a strange, shiny material scattered over some of his land. He turned the material over to the sheriff, who passed it on to authorities at the nearby Air Force base. On July 8, Air Force officials announced they had recovered the wreckage of a “flying disk.” A local newspaper put the story on its front page, launching Roswell into the spotlight of the public’s UFO fascination.

The Air Force soon took back their story, however, saying the debris had been merely a downed weather balloon. Aside from die-hard UFO believers, or “ufologists,” public interest in the so-called “Roswell Incident” faded until the late 1970s, when claims surfaced that the military had invented the weather balloon story as a cover-up. Believers in this theory argued that officials had in fact retrieved several alien bodies from the crashed spacecraft, which were now stored in the mysterious Area 51 installation in Nevada. Seeking to dispel these suspicions, the Air Force issued a 1,000-page report in 1994 stating that the crashed object was actually a high-altitude weather balloon launched from a nearby missile test-site as part of a classified experiment aimed at monitoring the atmosphere in order to detect Soviet nuclear tests.

On July 24, 1997, barely a week before the extravagant 50th anniversary celebration of the incident, the Air Force released yet another report on the controversial subject. Titled “The Roswell Report, Case Closed,” the document stated definitively that there was no Pentagon evidence that any kind of life form was found in the Roswell area in connection with the reported UFO sightings, and that the “bodies” recovered were not aliens but dummies used in parachute tests conducted in the region. Any hopes that this would put an end to the cover-up debate were in vain, as furious ufologists rushed to point out the report’s inconsistencies. With conspiracy theories still alive and well on the Internet, Roswell continues to thrive as a tourist destination for UFO enthusiasts far and wide, hosting the annual UFO Encounter Festival each July and welcoming visitors year-round to its International UFO Museum and Research Center. (from history.com)

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

June 14, 2017

What Did You Say 44

by Joe Moore

Weather by Joe

June 23, 2017

Nobody tells you about the painfulness of this particular surgery that Phyllis has undergone. The amount of pain that I can see in my wife's eyes is really discomforting. She is so weak. She is in so much pain that the scale of one to ten doesn't cover the amont of pain that she is in. As she says, this is the worst pain she has ever felt, the most painful surgery she has ever had, and she never wants to go through this again. Let's completely agree on this one issue. It's very painful. Phyllis is now finally sleeping on the couch. Thank you, Lord! On to the weather.....

Yesterday was a wet and foggy day with lots of reasons to stay inside. The rain gauge says we got a little less than three-quarters of an inch of rain. It was a nice day for ducks. Right now at 7 a.m., it's foggy with .2 miles of visibility. It's 60 degrees outside with a dewpoint of 60 degrees, thus the fog. The high temperature for today is expected to be close to 70, with a low tonight of 54. The pressure is 29.62 with overcast clouds at 200 feet and fog. The forecast is for partly cloudy day with only a 1% chance of rain until about 8 p.m. tonight.

Word of the day: zilch (zɪltʃ) noun; nothing at all Zilch is zero or nearly zero. This is a slangy term for nothing at all. If you have nothing in your bank account, you have zilch. If you no money in your pockets, you have zilch. People usually use this word when they're being humorous or informal. A CEO would be unlikely to say zilch when speaking to shareholders. A friend who beats another friend 3-0 in air hockey is likely to say "I win, three to zilch!" Zilch can also be called aught, a goose egg, nada, naught, nil, nix, null, zip, or zippo.

On this day: In 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes patents the "Type-writer"; in 1894, The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertinl in 1972, The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin; In 1974, 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space; in 2016, United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their "Brexit" referendum.

Timeout for Art: A New Venue

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

June 22, 2017

For those wanting a Phyllis update, she is still in a great deal of pain, and the pain medicine just barely takes the top off the level of pain. On a scale of one to ten, her pain is about a six after the pain pill kicks in. This first night after release was spent in a motel in Petoskey. A little later, we'll be calling to get a flight back to the island. We are going to ask that visitors be kept to a minimum when we return home. There is a medical reason for this. We cannot handle any respiratory infection possibilities right now. She is already congested, and it hurts to cough, so give her a few days, and give her a phone call instead of a visit. When this changes, we'll let everyone know. On to the weather....On to the weather......

Right now at 6:30 a.m. it's 58 degrees and overcast on Beaver Island. The high is expected to be close to 70 with a low of 57. The pressure is 29.77 with a visibility of ten miles. It's most cloudy at 8500 feet and overcast above that. The dewpoint is 56 with a humidy of 94%. Rain showers are forecasted with light rain on and off all day. There is a 90% chance of rain at 4 pm this afternoon.

Word of the day: pasha (PA-shuh, PASH-uh, puh-SHAH) noun: A person of high rank or importance From Turkish pasa, from Persian padshah, from pati (master) + shah (king). Pasha was used as a title of high-ranking officials in the Ottoman Empire. Earliest documented use: 1648. For right now, my pasha will be Phyllis Jean Gregg Moore.

On this day:

On this day 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.

(Courtesy of history.com)

Car Accident on the Island

On June 18, 2017 at approximately 3:05 a.m. the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island were dispatched to the area of Kings Hwy S. of Old Church Crest for a single vehicle roll-over accident.

The driver of the vehicle, Nathan Lavasseur age 28 of Beaver Island, was Southbound on Kings Hwy when the vehicle went off the road rolling over.

This accident is still under investigation.

Walleye Pond Harvest

(pictures and video by Levi Connor)

"Good haul from the walleye pond, " said Levi Connor


Thank you, Levi!

Beaver Island Eco-Fair This Saturday

You can view the bios and the complete schedule of events


Weather by Joe

June 21, 2017


In Petoskey at the moment, praying that Phyllis' leaky lung has decided to cooperate with the doctor's and nurses. So far, as of 7 a.m., she is still hooked up to her "garden hoses" which are the cause of a great deal of pain. An x-ray was supposed to happen at 5 a.m. to find out the answers to the question: "When will Phyllis be allowed out of the hospital?" Phyllis has been assured by the hospitalist physician and by her surgeon that the pain will lessen a great deal once the hoses are removed. Here's to hoping that happens today, but we'll let you all know as soon as we know. On to the weather....

Right now on Beaver Island it is 50 degrees, a bit cooler than expected. The high temeprature for today is expected to be close to 70 with a low of 55. Right now at 7 a.m., the pressure is 29.94 with visibility of ten miles. It's fairly clear with some sunshine. The dewpoint is 50 degrees and the humidity is 99%. There is barely a slight chance of rain today, but that increases to 50% chance tomorrow.

Word of the day: estival (s-tuh-vuh l, e-stahy-vuh l) pertaining to or appropriate for summer. Considering the summer solstice is today, the estival weather should provide us with some warmth and sunshine.

On this day in 1788, the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

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.

(courtesy of the history.com)

Just a Glance

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island Water Trail

planning meeting on Monday, June 19

(Pictures and video by Deb Bousquet)

Harry Burkholder made a presentation.

This meeting took place yesterday. Several island community members attended as you can see in the gallery of photos. View gallery HERE.

View video of the meeting HERE

Local committee seeks public input on how to best accommodate and promote a formal water trail system around the iconic island community in northern Lake Michigan.

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich.June 7, 2017 – Public input on a water trail planning effort for Beaver Island will be gathered at an open house on Monday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center.

A water trail is a recreational paddling route along a lake, river, canal or bay designed to serve people using small boats like kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). Interest in water trails has exploded along with the rising popularity of paddlesports, and Michigan now boasts approximately 2,850 miles of coastal water trails — covering nearly every mile of coastline on both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas — as well as about 1,280 miles of inland water trails.

At 54 square miles, Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan, located about 30 miles offshore from the City of Charlevoix in northwest Lower Michigan. The island’s rich history includes Native American and European settlers and industries such as fishing and logging. Today, it is a popular tourist destination well suited to create and leverage a formal system of water trails.

The June 19 open house will include an introduction to the water-trail planning process and information on universal accessibility for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Attendees will be asked to help identify potential access sites and identify community assets that could be featured as part of the water trail system.

The Beaver Island Water Trail planning effort is largely funded by grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) and Charlevoix County. Additional funding is being provided by Peaine Township, St. James Township and the Beaver Island Association, with in-kind support provided by the Preservation Association of Beaver Island.

The project is being led by the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a nonprofit community development organization based in Traverse City. LIAA has extensive experience helping communities leverage their recreational assets for economic development, and recently published a state guidebook on water trails, the Michigan Water Trails Manual, available to download for free at www.michiganwatertrails.org/manual. For more about LIAA visit www.liaa.org.  


Harry Burkholder, Executive Director
Land Information Access Association (LIAA)
(231) 929-3696

Weather by Joe

June 20, 2017

Headed over to Petoskey today to have a visit with Phyllis and to try to find out where we stand and when she might get released. This is day nine of hospitalization for her. I'm sure she's ready to come home, but, so far, we still don't know when she'll be released. As of this morning, she still has two tubes in her back, and IV, and oxygen by nasal canula. Even if she is released today, we will spend the night in Petoskey to make sure all is well before we head back home. On to the weather......

The front and back deck are both wet, so we received a small amount of rain overnight, probably a touch over a tenth of an inch. Right now at 7:15 a.m., it's 55 degrees with a light and variable wind with gusts to 3 mph. The pressure is 29.94 with visibility of ten miles. It's overcast at 9000 feet. The dewpoint is 54 degrees and the humidity is 97%. There's a 25% chance of rain today beginning around 11 a.m. going on into late afternoon. Keep your umbrellas handy.

Word of the day: chagrin (shuh-GRIN) noun: Distress caused by disappointment or humiliation. verb tr., intr.: To feel or cause to feel chagrined. From French chagrin (sad, sorry, shagreen: rough skin) Earliest documented use: 1656. The chagrin in waiting for Phyllis' release disturbs us both.

On this day: It's hard to imagine that this happened more than forty years ago.

On this day 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 three 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 has produced such hits as American Beauty (1999), Gladiator (2001) and Shrek (2001).

Special St. James Meeting

June 19, 2017

The board unanimously passed the wage recommendations presented to them by the WMC.

View video of the meeting HERE

Whiskey Point Lens Room

In preparation for the Whiskey Point Lighthouse lens to be put on display, the water side corner of St. James Township Hall closest to the Coast Guard Boathouse, now CMU owned, has been remodeled to allow a display of the fresnel lens. The building has been modified, but there will have to be some more work by someone qualified to move and work on the lens to get it placed in the display area. Here are some pictures of the modifications of the hall.

View of the corner of the hall from inside

View out the window of the display area looking toward town from the bay window.

View of the outside of the hall and the display area bay window and the access through the handicap ramp.

Tony Connaghan, contractor, inside the display room.

Connaghan Construction did the work on this display area. They can be reached at 231-448-2454 or through cellphone at 616-843-5381 or by email at tonyconnaghan@gmail.com


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

June 19, 2017

Phyllis still has a leak in her lung, so the tubes can't come out yet. She also has developed some kind of infection. The doctor is supposed to call to give the information first hand. It's been a full week since her surgery, but it's looking like a total of 7-10 days from the surgery instead of the 5-7 days suggested prior to the surgery. On to the weather.....

The temperatures were lower than most expected for mid-June and the one-third inch of rain put a limit on the activities yesterday, along with periods of light fog. This morning the temperature is 57 degrees, somewhat cooler than yesterday. The high temperature is to be 64 with a low tonight in the upper forties or low fifties. There is a 20% chance of rain with mostly cloudy skies. The pressure is 29.36 with a visibility of ten miles. The clouds are scattered at 800 feet, but overcast at 8500. The dewpoint is 57 degrees with a 99% humidity. Although the suggestion is that it will become partly cloudy, right now it is definitely looking like rain at 7:45 a.m

Word of the Day: animus (AN-uh-muss) noun 1. a usually prejudiced and often spiteful or malevolent ill will 2. basic attitude or governing spirit Sometimes the animus of the board could not be overcome.

On this day:

On this day in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviets, are executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. Both refused to admit any wrongdoing and proclaimed their innocence right up to the time of their deaths, by the electric chair. The Rosenbergs were the first U.S. citizens to be convicted and executed for espionage during peacetime and their case remains controversial to this day.

Julius Rosenberg was an engineer for the U.S. Army Signal Corps who was born in New York on May 12, 1918. His wife, born Ethel Greenglass, also in New York, on September 28, 1915, worked as a secretary. The couple met as members of the Young Communist League, married in 1939 and had two sons. Julius Rosenberg was arrested on suspicion of espionage on June 17, 1950, and accused of heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Ethel was arrested two months later. The Rosenbergs were implicated by David Greenglass, Ethel’s younger brother and a former army sergeant and machinist at Los Alamos, the secret atomic bomb lab in New Mexico. Greenglass, who himself had confessed to providing nuclear secrets to the Soviets through an intermediary, testified against his sister and brother-in-law in court. He later served 10 years in prison.

The Rosenbergs vigorously protested their innocence, but after a brief trial that began on March 6, 1951, and attracted much media attention, the couple was convicted. On April 5, 1951, a judge sentenced them to death and the pair was taken to Sing Sing to await execution.

During the next two years, the couple became the subject of both national and international debate. Some people believed that the Rosenbergs were the victims of a surge of hysterical anti-communist feeling in the United States, and protested that the death sentence handed down was cruel and unusual punishment. Many Americans, however, believed that the Rosenbergs had been dealt with justly. They agreed with President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he issued a statement declining to invoke executive clemency for the pair. He stated, “I can only say that, by immeasurably increasing the chances of atomic war, the Rosenbergs may have condemned to death tens of millions of innocent people all over the world. The execution of two human beings is a grave matter. But even graver is the thought of the millions of dead whose deaths may be directly attributable to what these spies have done.”

On this day in music history: Loretta Lynn records "Honky Tonk Girl" in 1960.

 EAB Monitoring Traps To Go Up This Week

Beaver Island remains under an Emerald Ash Borer quarantine along with Isle Royale and Charity Island. "Don't Move Firewood" signage is at all points of entry and under the watchful eye of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the island airlines. The biggest threat to the introduction of EAB is from firewood being transported to the island. Emerald Ash Borers are native to Asia and are so aggressive that ash trees die within 2-3 years after they become infected. Millions of ash trees are being lost in the US and Canada. Ash trees provide an excellent source for wood products and food for wildlife; it is also a plant of cultural significance to Native Americans for their baskets. 

EAB traps and lures have arrived from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This week, BIA volunteers will be working with the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development (MDARD) to once again place Emerald Ash Borer traps in strategic monitoring locations around the island. The large purple triangles with lures will be placed on ash trees and remain until August. With technical and entomological services provided by the MDARD for the past 8 years, no EAB has been detected on Beaver Island.  Thanks everyone for your observations and care of our forests.

The Beaver Island Association

Mass from Holy Cross, Sunday, June 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Today's mass was provided by Father Peter, with Deacon Jim assisting and reading the gospel

Jacque LaFreniere was the lector....Deacon Jim read the Gospel

Father Peter gave the sermon and celebrated Mass.

View video of the service HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

June 18, 2017

Wellness Garden Auction

You're in luck today!   This auction begins both online and in person at BIRHC,  to raise funds for our Wellness Gardens.  If you see something you want to bid on please submit your offer via email to donna@biruralhealth.org  She will write in your bid amount asap.

If you want to know the most recent bid amount write her or call BIRHC  (231-448-2275) reception as someone can check it out for you. Be sure to give the Item name and # from the listing. Watch the end dates as we have weekly winners.  The final bids are taken at 3pm on the dates listed. Winners will be called and emailed that evening. There are a few “or buy now”  items available.  If you offer that price immediately  (and before someone else does!), you will claim your purchase that day.

Remember that the Wellness Gardens are not funded by tax dollars.  A group of 10+ volunteers work hard to continue enhancing our Medical Center and Forest View surroundings.  Come see these spots when you are in town.!

Enjoy browsing below:

Item #  1  “ THE GAMBLE HOUSE “   Large artistically decorated bird house donated by Jeff and Nancy Troudt.  Just needs your finishing touch!

Beginning bid :  $77.   or buy now $277

End date:  July 11th.  3pm


Mosaic top done by Sylvia Harwood, matching tea set included with this cute side table. Donated by Leonor Jacobson

Beginning bid :  $57     or buy now  $177

End date.:   July 7th. 3pm


You are in luck if you get these two “gems”.

Donated by Delores and Lloyd Cochran,  and beautified by Frank Solle’s photographs.

Bidding is on one , highest bidder can buy both for highest bid price EACH. Money raised from this will go towards Robert Gillespie Honorarium in the gardens.

Beginning bid:   $177 each. Or buy both now for $477

End date:   July 14th.  3pm

#  4  “PAY TO PLAY”

Charlevoix Ace Hardware has donated this Bean Bag Toss Game.  Enjoy on the Beach or the Yacht!  (Or at the Fall Football Tailgate )

Beginning bid:  $37.  or buy now $107

End Date: June 30th.  3pm

#. 5    “LUCKY US”

How fortunate are we to have these resident artists offering their art pieces

5a.   Kay Masini. “Flowers on the Table”  Layers of drawing,  paint and ink methods are used to create this beautiful batik-styled framed original  painting by Beaver Island's own legendary artist.

Beginning bid :  $127  or buy now $477

End date:  July 28th  3pm

5b. Lois Stipp.  “Cousin Katy’s  Laundry “  framed print from Beaver Island Gallery

Beginning bid :  $127.   or buy now $397

End date :  July  21st.  3pm

5c  Larissa Mcginnity. Set of 4 hand-thrown coffee mugs beautifully glazed in Beaver Island colors.

Beginning bid :   $37.  or buy now  $87

5d. Jane Early  fabric art piece

5e Laura Green mirror etching

“See Yourself on Beaver Island “

Beginning bid :   $37  or buy now $77

End date:  July 28th. 3pm

5f. Doris Larson  hand stamped flowers

Quilted hanging art piece

Beginning bid :  $37.    Or buy now  $107


This package  consists of 2 Island Airways tickets to Charlevoix  (or use as one round trip),  lunch/dinner  in town, time to go to Petoskey for fun, back to Charlevoix for overnight stay at the Weathervane Inn.

Use after Labor Day, good until next Memorial Day.

Beginning bid :   $77

End date:  August 4th 3pm


A First Aid kit will keep you and your guests set for those cottage-time cuts and stings.

Always good to keep on hand; donated by Charlevoix Ace Hardware.

Beginning bid :  $27. or buy now for $57

End date:  June 30th . 3pm


Marigolds, that is,   or any other flowers /herbs you care to fill these 2 coordinating  pots with.  Comes with bag of potting soil and two decorative inserts. Courtesy of Rite Aid in Charlevoix.

Beginning bid :  $37.  Or buy now $57

End date: June 23   3pm

#.9   “BET YOU CAN'T. ..!”

You can't imagine what Radio Shack Charlevoix  has given us this year… a DRONE!  Photo gives details. Stop in to see in person!

Beginning bid:   $37.   or by now $97

End date :   June 30th  3pm

#10:  “PUT A LITTLE IRISH ON THE TABLE” Nadra Johnson and Dana D’Andraia have put this together.

Bid on each one separately :

#  beginning bid :   TBA . End date July 28th

#.11  “Betting on a Healthy Picnic “

Family Food Fare has donated a cooler filled with healthy picnic snacks;  Izzi drinks,  

Lentil chips, Bhuja nut mix, Annie cheddar squares, and Kind bars.

Beginning bid : $37 or buy now $77

End date:  June 30th 3pm

#12. Bounty Basket of Island Goodies.: Farmers Market basket filled by many vendors :  Heidi Vigil, Jacque LaFreniere,  Nancy Frazee,  Darlene Dooley,  Patrick McGinnity,  Mary Acker, Dianne Tracey,  and Bruce Jacobson

See list at biruralhealth.org  or in lobby

Beginning bid :$57

End date August 4th

#13 “ LUCKY DAY TO BE ON BEAVER ISLAND “ Half day kayaking from Happy Paddle , Lunch for 2 at Paradise Bay Cafe , Two tickets for BI Music Festival, to be used at your discretion.

If you are lucky you might see the loons on Font Lake! A peaceful way to navigate the inland waterways, then on to casual lunch, and head out to the woods for a  musical evening.  Donated by Mark Engelsmann, Dale and Terry Keyes , and Dan and Carol Burton.

Beginning bid : $77.  

End date July 14th,  3pm

#  14. “LUCKY FROG?”   Yes, lucky enough to be in your garden!  Frog decor for your patio or garden donated by Pinehill


Beginning bid: $37.

End date : July 14th  3pm


…..especially for those trying to keep their back in shape!  800 lb. capacity hand cart/dolly donated by  Family Farm and Home in Charlevoix .

Beginning bid :  $57

End date : July 7th

#16.   “DO NOT GAMBLE ON…”

arranging that centerpiece without using this Floral Design book and glass vase!

Donated by Mary (Grand Valley Nursing Instructor )

Beginning bid :  $27

End date :   July 14th

Weather by Joe

June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers here on earth and in heaven! Sending positive thoughts out to them on this Sunday morning.

Phyllis is progressing slowly, but surely. She will need continuing prayers and positive thoughts as she continues down this difficult path. She still has two tubes in her back, and will be in the hospital, obviously, until these two tubes are removed. She will remain in pain until the tubes are removed. She thanks all who have taken the time to call, and all who have come to visit her. Not sure when she will be released at this point, but, since we live on an island, there's no rush. On to the weather.....

At 6:45 a.m., it is 62 degrees, with a high expected of 65 degrees, and a low tonight of 52. The pressure is 29.1 with a visibility of seven miles. It is cloudy and overcast at this time. The clouds are layered up to 12,000 feet. The dewpoint is 61 degrees with a humidity of 98%. We have a chance of rain around 10 a.m of 67% decreasing after that. The forecast is for occasional thunderstorms beginning around 8 a.m.

Word of the day: garner (GAHR-ner) 1. to gather into storage 2. to deposit as into a granary 3. to acquire by effort: earn 4. accumulate, collect Phyllis will garner her return to health by the slow process of healing.

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.

Loons on Font Lake

Pictures here are of the loons on Font Lake, taken by Connie Boyle. They obviously nested earlier than the loons on Barney's Lake, and there is another pair reported to be be on Font Lake as well as this pair. Thanks to Connie Boyle for sharing the pictures.

BICS Graduation from the BIC Center 1p.m. Saturday, 6/17/17

Today, June 17, 2017, was the Beaver Island Community School graduation ceremony at the Beaver Island Community Center. This graduating class has five members, Cameron John Bartlett, Tessa Cahterine Jones, Sabrina Summer Rose Kenwabikise, Simeon Manos Richards, and Olya Sophia Stebbins. The processional was the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" played by Mrs. Kate DeJonge as the graduates entered under flowers held by the junior class of 2017. Flowers were presented to the graduates by the juniors, and the graduates walked out to give the flowers to their parents to recognize their support. Olya Stebbins then led the Pledge. Judith Gallagher, current superintendent/principal welccomed all, which was followed by the Farewell Address by Valedictorian Simeon Richards. Sabrina Kenwabikise was walked to the podium by Simeon to introducte the Class Song, "Best Day of My Life." Cameron Bartlett then introduced the Commencement speaker, Mrs. Connie Boyle, who gave the Commencement Address.

The presentation of diplomas followed with Judith Gallagher, Susan Myers (Board President), and Andrew Stebbins (Board member) presented the diplomas to the five graduates. Tessa Jones announced the "Turning of the Tassels," and then the graduates processed out to the same song as the entrance.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of graduation HERE

Connie Boyles Commencement Speech

Notice to Subscribers

from the editor, Joe Moore

We at Beaver Island News on the 'Net have noticed that several subscribers and business advertisers have not paid their renewal fees for 2017. We would appreciate it if you would take the time to check your records to see if you are due to pay your renewal. While we will attempt to check the database and get notices out to you, we are quite busy with personal health issues and trips to the mainland to help resolve those issues.

Yoiur help in accomplishing this would be a great help to us as we move forward with the treatment phase of our medical issues.

Just had to pay the BMI music annual fee of $179, the ASCAP music annual fee of $250, the music fee for the Holy Cross hymnal music of $159, the video server fee of $255, and the monthly website of of $40, and the fee for beaverisland.tv and beaverislandnewarchives.com of $199. Would appreciate any support in the way of subscription renewal and/or donations to the live streaming project.

Photos Out and Around

While some may think that this website is all about loons and ospreys, and other birds of prey, there are other photos that catch the eye of the photographers for the website. Here are a few:

View a small gallery of photos HERE

Loon on Nest at Barney's Lake

While pictures and video on facebook confirm that the loons on Font Lake have hatchlings and are swimming and climbing on the parents' back, the loon is still on the nest at Barney's Lake. Perhaps the later nesting was caused by the higher water at Barney's Lake, possibly preventing an earlier nesting at the traditional nesting site.

Creeping Fog at Barney's Lake

June 15, 2017

Sitting and listening at Barney's Lake when the fog began creeping in. The video camera couldn't find a focus at one point due to the obscured image.


Weather by Joe

June 17, 2017

Happy Graduation Day for the Beaver Island Class of 2017! You can view the graduation from the Beaver Island Community Center live at 1 p.m. today at http://beaverisland.tv

Phyllis is still weak and in pain, but managed to talk to several visitors yesterday. Thank you to all who visited. It is quite possible that the chest tubes that are in her back will be removed later today. She is having a difficulty time coughing up secretions due to the pain with every cough. Her release date has not yet been determined, one day at a time. This might be Sunday or Monday, but none of this is definite. It will be based upon the ability to get rid of the secretions and her ability to walk to take care of her other bodily functions.

On to the weather......At 7:30 a.m., the temperature is 62 degrees, and the high is to be around 68 degrees and the low overnight will be 56. The pressure is 29.63 with visibility of ten miles. It's mostly cloudy with clouds quite high at 11,000 feet. The dewpoint is 61 degrees and the humidity is 97%. Overnight, we had about a quarter inch of rain. The forecast today is for mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain.

Word of the Day: haywire (HAY-wyre) 1. being out of order or having gone wrong 2. emotionally or mentally upset or out of control : crazy Sometimes this whole process of surgery and recovery causes us to go haywire.

On this day of June 17th,

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.

Osprey Hatchlings

June 16, 2017

Success at fishing at Barney's Lake

With some unusual action around the osprey nest last evening, a trip out there today before the thunderstorms seemed in order. First, the adult osprey was busy fishing on Barney's Lake. With success, the osprey flew quickly back to the nest. Then instead of sitting in a tree and eating part of the meal, the osprey flew directly up to the nest and then stayed on the antenna watching as the the other osprey appeared to feed. The hatchlings were being fed, and both adults were present during this process.

It was so bright out, the viewing screen could not be viewed, but the video shows them being fed.


Special St. James Meeting Scheduled

A special meeting is scheduled to consider the wage increases based upon the WMC recommendations.

Beaver Island Boat Company Notice

Attention! Tonight's 6/16/2017 Beaver Islander trip is canceled. The 5:30 pm departure from Charlevoix is canceled!

Thank You to Our New Video Supporters

Thank you Jeff Powers, and thank you to Laura Pratt for supporting our video efforts.

Spring Fishing Tournament

(Over free fishing weekend)

by Levi Connor

There were fewer numbers of participants this year on both sides of the tournament, kids and adults. However, fun was had by all. In the kids division the winners for longest fish were: 1st place Casey Ireland, 2nd place Broghan Becker, 3rd place Conor Ireland. The winners in the most fish division were: 1st place Broghan Becker, 2nd place Aaron Mandeville, 3rd place Casey Ireland.

In the adult division, the winner was Quinn Jones with a 17-1/4" largemouth bass.

Working with the Primary Care Providers, Part 2

by Joe Moore

Larry Miller Obituary

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

Larry was born on March 22, 194,1 in Saginaw to the late Lawrence and Gaytha (Culbert) Miller. Larry was a jet mechanic for TWA for 37 years.  He enjoyed spending his free time hunting, fishing, playing cards and working on cars. He was happy to spend his summers on the island and spend winters in Orange Beach, Alabama.

On August 25, 1963, in Saginaw, Larry married Ann (Malloy) Miller who survives. Also surviving are children, Lori (Lane) Custer of California, Shelley Miller of California and Jeffrey (Trisha) Miller of Colorado, 4 grandchildren, Aron, Garrett, Brittany, Tyler, 2 great grandchildren, Aubree, Dylan-Brielle, sister-in-law’s, Penny (Ivan) Young of Beaver Island, Denise Berry of Fenton, along with several nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents.

Interment will be held at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.  

Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

Weather by Joe

June 16, 2017

Phyllis walked down the hallway with help of two aides yesterday. She is being coached to cough, which causes her a great deal of pain. She still hurts a great deal. She has facebook messenger on her cellphone, but does not have facebook. She likes visitors, so if you are in Petoskey, please stop in and see her. Thank you to those who have already done so. A special shout out to Perry and Sandy Fortier for visiting and calling, and, of course, Courtney Moore Pelcha works there!

At 7:30 a.m. this morning, the temperature on the island is 56 degrees, a little cooler than yesterday. The high today is to be close to 74 with a low overnight of 58. The winds are taking a siesta right now with it being calm. The pressure is 29.4 with visibility of ten miles. The clouds have cleared. The dewpoint is 56 degrees with a 98% humidity. There is a 15% chance of showers today, but that increases a great deal for tomorrow. There is a 68% chance of thunderstorms and rain tomorrow.

Word of the day: Intrepid [in·trep·id] adj. 1. Resolutely courageous; fearless. Persistent in the pursuit of something. “A team of intrepid explorers.” Phyllis is intrepid in her desire to get well even though in pain.

Today in history:

On this day 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. In 2006, Takeru Kobayashi set a new record when he ate 53.75 hot dogs with buns in 12 minutes.

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.

Paul Nelson Passed Away

Paul F. Nelson of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully June 12, 2017, at the age of 92.  Paul was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Wilhelmina (Fedde) and Paul James Nelson.  He served in the Navy as a radioman during WWII, stationed on the island of Saipan.  Following his military career Paul attended the University of Detroit Dental School.  After graduating he moved to Grand Rapids and set up his dental practice, continuing his profession on the southeast side for 35 years. 

Paul was also proud to serve as the Supervisor of Ada Township during the 1980’s.  Paul loved to travel and following his retirement he moved to Beaver Island and also served on the Peaine Township Board.

Surviving are his three daughters, Christine (Terry) Brown, Priscilla (Glenn) Jones and Ingrid Nelson (J. Scott Timmer) and his three granddaughters, Hillary Krebs, Sydney Timmer, and Kinsley Timmer; and special friend Mary Lou Arnold.  A private memorial service will take place at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Island Historical Society of Michigan Inc., 26275 Main St., Beaver Island, MI 49782.  

Mary Kay Dorais Obituary

MARY CATHERINE age 95, devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Attic Angel Place. She was born on December 23, 1921, daughter of the late John and Mary (Sullivan) Dilworth in Detroit, Michigan. Mary Kay graduated from Visitation High School and then went on to earn a bachelors degree from the University of Detroit. On September 2, 1944 she married Thomas Dorais and they remained sweethearts for nearly 60 years and together they raised a loving family of 7 daughters and three sons.

Mary Kay was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and volunteered for many church and civic organizations. She had a variety of interests including gardening, bridge, golf, tennis, reading, movies, worldwide travel and was an avid sports fan, especially of Notre Dame Football. She cherished spending time with her beautiful family.

Mary Kay is survived by nine of her children; Susan (Mike) Zerafa, Diane Broome, Thomas (Terri) Dorais, Nancy (Jim) McDonald, Mary Grace Dorais, Patricia Adolphs, Robert Dorais, Kathleen (Steve) Klei, and Karen Dorais; 28 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her loving husband, Thomas, Mary Catherine was preceded in death by two sons, Charles and Jimmy (in infancy); four loving brothers, Jack, Phillip, Robert and David Dilworth and a loving sister, Rosemary VanGoethem.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison at 11:00 a.m., Friday March 3, 2017, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Following the service there will be a luncheon in the church social hall. The family would like to extend a very special Thank You to the compassionate and loving staff at Attic Angel for their devoted care of Mary Kay. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church or Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com. Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761

- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/freep/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=184251326#sthash.T7K2ZCSF.dpuf

Chandler Wells Centerboard

by Dick Burris as told to Amy Burris

"The mural they had painted on the wall was done by Keith Grassmick."

A few years ago I had heard that there was a salvage operation of a centerboard from an abandoned schooner barge named "Chandler Wells" . It was abandoned in the shallows south of Whiskey Island.
She ran aground in the dark while picking her way through Beavers in tow of steamer KEYSTONE, then broke up in a storm the 24th and 25th. Two men who were left aboard as watchmen almost perished. She was a total loss. Bound Manistique, Ml, for Tonawanda. Reg out of Port Huron.

The two men were later rescued by a light house keeper from Beaver Island (before the Coast Guard was established there....

Read the story HERE

Weather by Joe

June 15, 2017

This morning, Phyllis is in a lot of pain on the right side where she had the surgery. She is not in bed all the time. They make her get up, but she is not walking yet by herself. She is hooked up to lots of tubes as well as medications and IV pump. She gets out of breath quite quickly. She spoke to me on the cellphone at 7:45 a.m. She had one island connected nurse last night, and will have another today. That seems unusual, but the island families have all been into healthcare.

At 7:30 a.m., it is 62 degrees, with the high expected at almost 70 degrees and a low of 56 degrees. It is overcast at the moment, but is to be come partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. The pressure is 29.44 with a visibility of ten miles. The clouds are scattered at 300 feet. The dewpoint is 61 degrees. The humidity is 97%. It is pretty wet outside from the rain yesterday, but the amount was about an eighth inch of rain. Since midnight, there has been .01 inches of rain.

Word of the day: sheepish (adjective) SHEEP-ish 1 : resembling a sheep (as in being meek or shy) 2 : embarrassed especially over being found out in a fault ......Phyllis is sheepish this morning as well as short of breath.

On this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin and his son tested the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm.

(From discovery.com) The American legend likely sprang from an article Franklin wrote for the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1752 describing a theoretical kite-lightning experiment. Supposedly, the genius of yore picked a stormy day to fly a silken kite, complete with a lightning rod and a key dangling on the end of the string. When the lightning struck the kite, the powerful bolt traveled down the string and charged the metal key. Franklin then touched the key and got zapped, thus proving the existence of electricity.

To test the stunt, MythBusters Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci reanimated Ben Franklin in the form of a ballistics gel dummy with a resistor nested in his torso to match a human's natural electrical resistance. They also outfitted Ben with a heart monitor to detect the amount of electricity the shocking key sent into the fake body. Any reading above 6 milliamps — the maximum charge of the average stun gun — would mean Ben's death sentence.

They then attached a kite to Ben, flew it inside a power-plant testing facility and jolted it with half a million volts of fake lightning. For comparison, a real lightning bolt may contain several hundred million volts.

Even with that fraction of electricity from the simulated lightning, that key would've been far too hot for the real Ben Franklin to handle. The heart monitor reading exceeded the 6 milliamp threshold, effectively killing off the myth.

First Annual Beaver Island Eco-Fair

June 24, 2017

BICS Board Meeting Documents

for June 12, 2017

BICS Board Financial Report

May 8, 2017 Regular Board Meeting Minutes

May 18, 2017 Special Board Meeting Minutes

May 24, 2017 Special Board Meeting Minutes

Regular Board Meeting Agenda for June 12, 2017

Weather by Joe

June 14, 2017

Phyllis was moved out of ICU last night into the cardiovascular unit into a normal room bed 252-1. She is doing better, but is still in a great deal of pain. She will be in the hospital for four to six more days depending on the healing and without any further complications in her condition. Thank you to all for their concern, friendship, and prayers for her continuing journey of healing! On to the weather......

At 7:15 a.m., it is 62 degrees with a suspected high around 70 and a low fo 60 degrees. The pressure is 29.62 with a visibility of ten miles. It mostly cloudy with some pieeks of the sun today with clouds at 4800 feet. The dewpoint is 51 with the humidity at 66%. The possibility of rain increases through the early evening tonight with a 73% chance of rain by 10 pm. The east wind may get to 10 mph with gusts slightly higher with a little over a half inch of rain possible.

Word of the day comes from the NY Times: incongruity \ˌin-kən-ˈgrü-ə-tē, -ˌkän-\ noun the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate At times the incongruity of the two sides made it impossible to negotiate a settlement.

In 1777, the Stars and Stripes were adopted on June 14, 2017.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend.

With the entrance of new states into the United States after independence, new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. In 1818, however, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states.

On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. As instructed by Congress, the U.S. flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In the years after the first Flag Day, several states continued to observe the anniversary, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.

Peaine Township Board Meeting Agenda

for June 2017

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Weather by Joe

June 13, 2017

As previously posted on facebook for Phyllis' facebbok friends, she spent the night in the Intensive Care Unit due to some issues caused by the eviction of Henrietta. The lobectomy went well according to the surgeon, but there were some issues with retention of CO2 and oxygenation which were revealed by the arterial blood gas labs. While her surgery was delayed by some emergency surgery needed by someone else, she got the surgery after a long wait. The ICU was in the middle of shift change as this is written, so a morning update will have to be posted via facebook.

Now, one to the weather....Right now at 7:15 a.m., the temperature on Beaver Island is 57 degrees. The pressure has risen to 30.04 and visibility is ten miles. It is currently clear with a dewpoint of 56 degrees and a humidity of 98%. The skies will become partly cloudy around noon with a 15% chance of rain. It's supposed to get up to 73 degrees today and back down to 57 tonight.

Word of the day: engender, in-JEN-der, to cause to exist or develop, to assume form. When engender was first used in the 14th century, it meant "propagate" or "procreate," but extended meanings soon developed. Engender comes from the Latin verb generare, which means "to generate" or "to beget." Generate, regenerate, degenerate, and generation are of course related to the Latin verb as well. As you might suspect, the list of engender relatives does not end there. Generare comes from the Latin noun genus, meaning "birth," "race," or "kind." From this source we have our own word genus, plus gender, general, and generic, among other words

On this day: In 1966, the Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation. Now considered standard police procedure, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you,” has been heard so many times in television and film dramas that it has become almost cliche.

The roots of the Miranda decision go back to March 2, 1963, when an 18-year-old Phoenix woman told police that she had been abducted, driven to the desert and raped. Detectives questioning her story gave her a polygraph test, but the results were inconclusive. However, tracking the license plate number of a car that resembled that of her attacker’s brought police to Ernesto Miranda, who had a prior record as a peeping tom. Although the victim did not identify Miranda in a line-up, he was brought into police custody and interrogated. What happened next is disputed, but officers left the interrogation with a confession that Miranda later recanted, unaware that he didn’t have to say anything at all.

The confession was extremely brief and differed in certain respects from the victim’s account of the crime. However, Miranda’s appointed defense attorney (who was paid a grand total of $100) didn’t call any witnesses at the ensuing trial, and Miranda was convicted. While Miranda was in Arizona state prison, the American Civil Liberties Union took up his appeal, claiming that the confession was false and coerced.

The Supreme Court overturned his conviction, but Miranda was retried and convicted in October 1966 anyway, despite the relative lack of evidence against him. Remaining in prison until 1972, Ernesto Miranda was later stabbed to death in the men’s room of a bar after a poker game in January 1976.

As a result of the case against Miranda, each and every person must now be informed of his or her rights when arrested.

Weather by Joe

June 12, 2017

A big thank you goes out to Paul Welke and Island Airways as the 4 p.m. flight was going to be in the middle of a thunderstorm yesterday. Paul flew us along with others for that flight and got us to Charlevoix ahead of the storm. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Today is the beginning of our adventure. We slept fitfully in a motel in Petoskey due to worry. We appreciate any all prayers and positive thoughts today. Now, as Phyllis would say, on to the weather. At 7:15 a.m. on Beaver Island it is 65 degrees with variable winds gusting to 8 mph. The high today is expected to be close to 80 with overnight low around 54. Yesterday, the island got just less than a half an inch of rain.

The atmospheric pressure is 29.80 with visibility of ten miles. There are some layers of clouds out there, but overcast at 6000 feet. The dewpoint is 63 degrees with humidity at 94%. According to the weatherman on TV there will be thunderstorms, but according to the weather bug there is about a 15% chance of rain, so you will have to just keep you eyes and ears open for rain and thunder today.

Word of the Day: appreciative [uh-pree-shuh-tiv, -shee-uh-, -shee-ey-] Word Origin and History for appreciative 1650s "feeling, expressing, or capable of appreciation" Phyllis and Joe Moore are appreciative of the many positive thoughts and prayers provided by friends and relatives.

On this day of June 12th, 1987, in one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany.

On this day in 1964 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison

The South African anti-apartheid activist spent 27 years in prison. In 1993, he received the Nobel Peace Prize and one year late he became President of South Africa.

On this day, our wonderful daughter-in-law Jessica Moore was born. Happy Birthday, Jessie!

Morning Calm

by Cindy Ricksgers




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.

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Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

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Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Annual Meetings

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April 12, 2017


May 1, 2017

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St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

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April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

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May 3, 2017

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June 7, 2017

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

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Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

June 11, 2017

Father John Paul was with us this morning from Charlevoix. He was assisted by Deacon Jim Siler, who also read the Gospel and gave the sermon. The reader today was Ann Partridge.

This was a Baccalaureate Mass for the BICS graduates, but only one was present. Two others were off the island and the third was not present, but no reason was given. So, Simeon Richards got the gifts directly, and the others will get the gifts later on. Congratulations to all the graduates!

Simeon Richards and Deacon Jim

Lector Ann Partridge......Deacon Jim Siler..............Father John Paul

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 11, 2017

Well, this is "it" for my morning reports for at least a week, if not longer. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to all those I'l miss while out of commission, especially to my daughter-in-law, Jessica Moore, whose birthday is tomorrow. (your card is in the mail) We'll have to see how recovery goes. We fly off at 4:00 and I have to be at the hospital by 9:45 tomorrow morning. I'm not particularly looking forward to the uncomfortable part of this whole process, however, it has to be gone through. If I wasn't diabetic, I could probably spend the next six weeks lying around, watching television, and eating bon bons. So, to make a long story short, thanks for everything to you all, and see you later. I'm hoping that Joe ( Joseph Moore ) will keep you posted as to what's going on.

Right now it's 58°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 12 mph from the SW, humidity is at 78%, pressure is steady at 29.80 inches, visibility is 10.0 miles, UV is very high at 8, pollen levels are medium at 6.6, and the top allergens are grasses and dock.
Today: Partly sunny.Slight chance of rain showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 80°. SW winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening and after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. SW winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening and after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. SW winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect Until 11 am This Morning.
Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less, then south 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less.
Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 11, 1776 - In America, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain. (from history.com:)

"The Continental Congress selects Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Roger Sherman of Connecticut and Robert R. Livingston of New York to draft a declaration of independence.

Knowing Jefferson’s prowess with a pen, Adams urged him to author the first draft of the document, which was then carefully revised by Adams and Franklin before being given to Congress for review on June 28.

The revolutionary treatise began with reverberating prose:

When, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Congress would not tolerate the Committee of Five’s original language condemning Britain for introducing the slave trade to its American colonies as a cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberty. Those distant people who never offended would have to wait another century and for another war before their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would begin to be recognized.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Internet was originally called ARPANet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) designed by the US department of defense? (from nethistory.info article by Ian Peter)

"It will help in discussing the beginnings of the Internet to define what the Internet is. Now you can get as many different definitions of what the Internet is as you can dictionaries. But for must of us, the simple description, a "worldwide system of interconnected networks and computers" is pretty good and adequate.

But when people get more technical, they tend to add to the definition terms such as "a network that uses the Transmission Control Protocol - Internet protocol" (or TCP/IP).

Many people have heard that the Internet began with some military computers in the Pentagon called Arpanet in 1969. The theory goes on to suggest that the network was designed to survive a nuclear attack. However, whichever definition of what the Internet is we use, neither the Pentagon nor 1969 hold up as the time and place the Internet was invented. A project which began in the Pentagon that year, called Arpanet, gave birth to the Internet protocols sometime later (during the 1970's), but 1969 was not the Internet's beginnings. Surviving a nuclear attack was not Arpanet's motivation, nor was building a global communications network.

Bob Taylor, the Pentagon official who was in charge of the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (or Arpanet) program, insists that the purpose was not military, but scientific. The nuclear attack theory was never part of the design. Nor was an Internet in the sense we know it part of the Pentagon's 1969 thinking. Larry Roberts, who was employed by Bob Taylor to build the Arpanet network, states that Arpanet was never intended to link people or be a communications and information facility.

Arpanet was about time-sharing. Time sharing tried to make it possible for research institutions to use the processing power of other institutions computers when they had large calculations to do that required more power, or when someone else's facility might do the job better.

What Arpanet did in 1969 that was important was to develop a variation of a technique called packet switching. In 1965, before Arpanet came into existence, an Englishman called Donald Davies had proposed a similar facility to Arpanet in the United Kingdom, the NPL Data Communications Network. It never got funded; but Donald Davies did develop the concept of packet switching, a means by which messages can travel from point to point across a network. Although others in the USA were working on packet switching techniques at the same time (notably Leonard Kleinrock and Paul Baran), it was the UK version that Arpanet first adopted.

However, although Arpanet developed packet switching, Larry Roberts makes it clear that sending messages between people was "not an important motivation for a network of scientific computers". Its purpose was to allow people in diverse locations to utilise time on other computers.

It never really worked as an idea - for a start, all the computers had different operating systems and versions and programs, and using someone else's machine was very difficult: but as well, by the time some of these problems were being overcome, mini-computers had appeared on the scene and the economics of time sharing had changed dramatically.

So it's reasonable to say that ARPANET failed in its purpose, but in the process it made some significant discoveries that were to result in the creation of the first Internet. These included email developments, packet switching implementations, and development of the (Transport Control Protocol - Internet Protocol) or TCP/IP.

TCP/IP is the backbone protocol which technical people claim is the basis for determining what the Internet is. It was developed in the 1970s in California by Vinton Cerf, Bob Kahn, Bob Braden, Jon Postel and other members of the Networking Group headed by Steve Crocker. TCP/IP was developed to solve problems with earlier attempts at communication between computers undertaken by ARPANET.

Vinton Cerf had worked on the earlier Arpanet protocols while at the University of California in Los Angeles from 1968-1972. He moved to Stanford University in late 1972. At the same time Bob Kahn, who had been the chief architect of the Arpanet while working for contracting form Bolt Beranek and Newman, left that firm and joined ARPANET.

In October 1972 ARPANET publicly demonstrated their system for the first time at the International Computer Communications Conference in Washington DC. Following that meeting, an International Networking Group chaired by Vinton Cerf was established.

Bob Kahn visited Stanford in the spring of 1973 and he and Vint Cerf discussed the problem of interconnecting multiple packet networks that were NOT identical. They developed the basic concepts of TCP at that time, and presented it to the newly established International Networking Group. This meeting and this development really rates as the beginning of the Internet.

Nobody knows who first used the word Internet - it just became a shortcut around this time for "internetworking". The earliest written use of the word appears to be by Vint Cerf in 1974.

By 1975 the first prototype was being tested. A few more years were spent on technical development, and in 1978 TCP/IPv4 was released.

It would be some time before it became available to the rest of us. In fact, TCP/IP was not even added to Arpanet officially until 1983.

So we can see that the Internet began as an unanticipated result of an unsuccessful military and academic research program component, and was more a product of the US west coast culture of the 1980s than a product of the post-war Pentagon era."

WORD OF THE DAY: aegis (EE-jis) which means protection; support. The aegis or an aegis is associated with Zeus in the Iliad and Odyssey in the phrase “aegis-bearing.” It is usually imagined as a goatskin cloak worn over the shoulders, or as a (goatskin?) shield worn over the left arm, the “shield arm” ( aíx, stem aig- means “goat” in Greek). Zeus also entrusts his aegis to Athena and Apollo to scatter their enemies and rescue their friends. The tragedian Aeschylus (525-456 b.c.) imagines the aegis as a storm cloud or hurricane wind (Greek kataigís means “squall, wind storm.”) This sense may be the original one because Zeus is the Greek development of Proto-Indo-European dyēus, the name of the god of the bright sky, and “aegis-bearing Zeus” may be “the sky god who holds the storm wind.” Aegis (in the sense “shield”) entered English in the 15th century.

BICS Awards Ceremony and Open House

Open House Agenda

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View a small gallery of Open House Pictures HERE

Video of Some of the Projects


(Pictures and video by Cheryl Phillips)

Vacation Bible School

June 27-29, 2017


Beaver Island Historical Society, 60th Anniversary

Monday, July 3, 2017, 5:30 PM - 9 PM at Holy Cross Parish Hall


Island Treasures Resale

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017,  the Resale Shop will welcome donors and shoppers at noon as we begin our summer schedule. The summer schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 4:00.

Charlevoix County COA Senior Highlights

June 2017

Vacation Bible School

June 27-29, 2017


BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

June 2017


Christian Church Bulletin

June 11, 2017

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BICS Calendar 2017-18

BICS Events Calendar 2017

9th Annual Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert


Eve Glen McDonough Music School

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