B. I. News on the 'Net, June 13-June 30, 2021

Weather by Joe

June 30, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road , it is 60 degrees with a dew point of 61 degrees, which mean fog. The visibility is less than a tenth of a mile. The pressure is 30.04. Humidity is 99%.
TODAY, it is expected to have areas of fog this morning, followed this afternoon by cloudy skies. The high will be in the low 70's. The winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a low in the mid-50's. Wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies in the morning clearing to most sunny skies in the afternoon. The high will be in the lower 70's. Wind will be from the N at 10 to 15 mph.
After a slow two-day march, the wounded soldiers from the Battle of the Little Big Horn reach the steamboat Far West.
The Far West had been leased by the U.S. Army for the duration of the 1876 campaign against the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes of the Northern Plains. Under the command of the skilled civilian Captain Grant Marsh, the 190-foot vessel was ideal for navigating the shallow waters of the Upper Missouri River system. The boat drew only 30 inches of water when fully laden and Marsh managed to steam up the shallow Big Horn River in southern Montana in June 1876. There, the boat became a headquarters for the army’s planned attack on a village of Sioux and Cheyenne they believed were camping on the nearby Little Big Horn River.
On June 28, Captain Grant and several other men were fishing about a mile from the boat when a young Native American on horseback approached. “He wore an exceedingly dejected countenance,” one man later wrote. By signing and drawing on the ground, the tribesman managed to convey that there had been a battle but the men did not understand its outcome. In fact, the Native American was Curley, one of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer’s Crow scouts. Three days earlier, he had been the last man to see Custer and his 7th Cavalry battalion before they were wiped out during the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
The following day, Grant received a dispatch from General Terry, who had found Custer’s destroyed battalion and the surviving soldiers of the 7th Cavalry. Terry ordered Grant to prepare to evacuate the wounded soldiers. Slowed by the burden of carrying the wounded men, Terry’s force did not arrive until June 30. Grant immediately received the 54 wounded soldiers and sped downstream as quickly as possible. With the Far West draped in black and flying her flag at half-mast, Grant delivered the wounded to Fort Abraham Lincoln near Bismarck, North Dakota, at 11:00 p.m. on July 5.
The fast and relatively comfortable transport of the wounded by steam power undoubtedly saved numerous lives. Yet, Grant was also the bearer of bad news. From Fort Abraham Lincoln, General Terry’s report of the disaster was telegraphed all over the country. Soon the entire nation learned that General Custer and more than 200 men had been killed along the Little Big Horn River.
hale; adjective; (HAIL)
: free from defect, disease, or infirmity : sound; also : retaining exceptional health and vigor
Did You Know?
English has two words hale: the adjective that is frequently paired with hearty to describe those healthy and strong, and the somewhat uncommon verb that has to do with literal or figurative hauling or pulling. (One can hale a boat onto shore, or hale a person into a courtroom with the aid of legal ramifications for resistance.) The verb comes from Middle English halen, also root of our word haul, but the adjective has a bifurcated origin, with two Middle English terms identified as sources, hale and hail. Both of those come from words meaning "healthy," the former from Old English hāl, and the latter from Old Norse heill. Middle English hail is also the source of the three modern English words hail (the verb, interjection, and noun) that have to do with greeting.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Quick Trip Around the Horn

June 28, 2021

In search of loons and beavers, the editor took a quick trip around the island yesterday that ended shortly after noon.  There were lots of regular things to see on this trip, but the search for loons and beavers was not truly successful, but there the things that popped up as the drive was purposefully 25 mph and below.  Trying to select a few of these things didn't seem quite fair to the others, so the entire gallery of photos is presented below.

View a gallery of photos HERE

This was the most unusual roadside blossom, not near any evidence of human planting, just alongside the road.

Weather by Joe

June 29, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! There are clouds out there this morning, but it's a nice 69 degrees at 8 a.m. The humidity is at 93%. The pressure is 30.06. Visibility is ten miles. There is no wind showing in the tops of the trees.
TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with a chance of showers this afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. The winds will be light and variable. The high will be in the low 70's.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for showers early. Chance of rain is 60%. Winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 70's. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
On June 29, 1941, the Germans, having already launched their invasion of Soviet territory, invade and occupy Lvov, in eastern Galicia, in Ukraine, slaughtering thousands.
The Russians followed a scorched-earth policy upon being invaded by the Germans; that is, they would destroy, burn, flood, dismantle and remove anything and everything in territory they were forced to give up to the invader upon retreating, thereby leaving the Germans little in the way of crops, supplies, industrial plants, or equipment. (It was a policy that had proved very successful against Napoleon in the previous century.) This time, as the Germans captured Lvov, the Soviet NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB secret police, proceeded to murder 3,000 Ukrainian political prisoners.
Lvov had had a long history of being occupied by foreign powers: Sweden, Austria, Russia, Poland, and since 1939, the Soviet Union, which had proved especially repressive. The German invaders were seen as liberators, if for no other reason than they were the enemy of Poland and Russia—two of Lvov’s, and Ukraine’s, enemies. But release from the Soviet grip only meant subjection to Nazi terror. Within days, administrative control of Ukraine was split up between Poland, Romania and Germany. Some 2.5 million Ukrainians were shipped to Germany as enslaved laborers, and Ukrainian Jews were subjected to the same vicious racial policies as in Poland: Some 600,000 were murdered. (Ukrainian nationalists also had blood on their hands in this respect, having gone on the rampage upon the withdrawal of Russian troops by scapegoating Jews for “Bolshevism,” killing them in the streets.)
oaf; noun; (OHF)
1 : a stupid person : boob
2 : a big clumsy slow-witted person
Did You Know?
A long time ago in England, it was believed that elves sometimes secretly exchanged their babies for human babies. This was used as an explanation when parents found themselves with a baby that failed to meet expectations or desires: these parents believed that their real baby had been stolen by elves and that a changeling had been left in its place. The label for such a child was auf, or alfe, (meaning "an elf's or a goblin's child"), which was later altered to form our present-day oaf. Although the linguistic history is not entirely clear, auf is likely from the Middle English alven, elven, meaning "elf" or "fairy." Today, the word oaf is no longer associated with babies and is instead applied to anyone who appears especially unintelligent or graceless.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

3 Days of Fog

June 28, 2021

As most of the readers know, fog is the serious weather condition that prevents flying.  Beaver Island and/or Charlevoix had fog for three days. What does this mean?  Besides the inconveniences, the fact is that three days of mail and three days of packages and freight pile up in Charlevoix awaiting the weather to clear.  One of the amazing things that happened  during this three day fog is that Island Airways made certain that prescriptions were able to come across to the island by ferry boat, so that all would have access to their medications or supplies.

I'm not certain what might be a true representation of the amount of freight waiting in Charlevoix, but just imagine the floor of the post office covered with only simple walkways for moving from place to place.  Imagine a garage stuffed full of items that needed to brought over to Beaver Island.

Here's a photo of just some of the freight sitting on the tarmac of Welke Airport on Beaver Island:

Island Airways Summer 2021 Update

June 28, 2021

Metal Baler Arrives on Barge

June 28, 2021

The Wendy Anne and the barge arrived at about 3:30 p.m.with the metal baler/logger to complete the compaction of metal at the transfer station!  This is the culmination of a lot of work and planning on the part of the waste management committee, both townships, Darrell Butler Jr and his brother Doug Butler.

Truck and Metal Bailer headed off to the Transfer Station

Getting ready to pull into the Transfer Station

Pulling in and lining up with the two track back to the metal pile

The baler will be transported to the transfer station property where work will likely begin tomorrow to crush the many years of accumulated metal.  Once work is completed there, the baler will be moved to Butler Auto Salvage property in Peaine Township where the accumulation of junk cars will be dealt with.  

View video of the Metal Baler Arrival HERE

Weather by Joe

June 28, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! The sun is shining and it's daylight in the swamp. It's 64 degrees out there at 8:30 a.m. Humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30.06 and there is no wind blowing yet. It's a little cooler, at 58 degrees down at Greene's Bay. We got three-quarters of an in of rain yesterday with the rain all night long. This was desperately needed for many people, and not so good for first time visitors.
TODAY, it is expected to have some sun with clouds in the morning with more clouds in the afternoon. The high will be in the 70's with the wind from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a low near 60. Winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies in the morning with a 40% chance of rain in the afternoon. Winds will be light and variable. The high will be in the lower 70's.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist during an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. The killings sparked a chain of events that led to the outbreak of World War I by early August. On June 28, 1919, five years to the day after Franz Ferdinand’s death, Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially marking the end of World War I.
The archduke traveled to Sarajevo in June 1914 to inspect the imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, annexed by Austria-Hungary in 1908. The annexation had angered Serbian nationalists, who believed the territories should be part of Serbia. A group of young nationalists hatched a plot to kill the archduke during his visit to Sarajevo, and after some missteps, 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip was able to shoot the royal couple at point-blank range, while they traveled in their official procession, killing both almost instantly.
The assassination set off a rapid chain of events, as Austria-Hungary immediately blamed the Serbian government for the attack. As large and powerful Russia supported Serbia, Austria asked for assurances that Germany would step in on its side against Russia and its allies, including France and possibly Great Britain. On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and the fragile peace between Europe’s great powers collapsed, beginning the devastating conflict now known as the First World War.
After more than four years of bloodshed, the Great War ended on November 11, 1918, after Germany, the last of the Central Powers, surrendered to the Allies. At the peace conference in Paris in 1919, Allied leaders would state their desire to build a post-war world that was safe from future wars of such enormous scale. The Versailles Treaty, signed on June 28, 1919, tragically failed to achieve this objective. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s grand dreams of an international peace-keeping organization faltered when put into practice as the League of Nations. Even worse, the harsh terms imposed on Germany, the war’s biggest loser, led to widespread resentment of the treaty and its authors in that country—a resentment that would culminate in the outbreak of the Second World War two decades later.
whilom; adjective; (WYE-lum)
: former
Did You Know?
Whilom shares an ancestor with the word while. Both trace back to the Old English word hwīl, meaning "time" or "while." In Old English hwīlum was an adverb meaning "at times." This use passed into Middle English (with a variety of spellings, one of which was whilom), and in the 12th century the word acquired the meaning "formerly." The adverb's usage dwindled toward the end of the 19th century, and it has since been labeled archaic. The adjective first appeared on the scene in the 15th century, with the now-obsolete meaning "deceased," and by the 19th century it was being used with the meaning "former." It's a relatively uncommon word, but it does see occasional use.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Service at Holy Cross

June 27, 2021

The fog prevented the arrival of Father Peter Wigton for the Mass from Holy Cross. Patrick Nugent led the service held at Holy Cross beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Patrick Nugent led the service.

Bill McDonough and Jacque LaFreniere were the readers.

Patrick Nugent finishing the service.

View video of the service HERE

Christian Church Service

June 27, 2021, @ 9:30 a.m.


Judi Meister makes announcements......Pastor is in tennis shoes

Bob and Alana Anderson did the readings

Pastor giving the children's message

Pastor Johnson gives the message.

View video of the service HERE

Episcopal Mission Service

June 27, 2021, @ 8:30 a.m.

View video of this service HERE

Art and Design, Interview of Patrick McGinnity

posted June 27, 2021

View the video at this link HERE

A Few Things About Peonies

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

June 27, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island. It's a nice day for ducks. It's still rainy and wet outside this morning at 8 a.m. the temperature is 58 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.73, and we have a slight wind at 2mph from the E, and visibility is listed as 7 miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have rainfall in the morning with cloudy skies in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is given as 60%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a low in the mid-50's. Winds will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for some sun in the morning with clouds in the afternoon and a chance of showers. The high will be in the mid-70's with the wind switching to the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
On June 27, 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.
desiccate; verb; (DESS-ih-kayt)
1 : to dry up or become dried up
2 : to preserve (a food) by drying : dehydrate
3 : to drain of emotional or intellectual vitality
Did You Know?
Raisins are desiccated grapes; they're also dehydrated grapes. And yet, a close look at the etymologies of desiccate and dehydrate raises a tangly question. In Latin siccus means "dry," whereas the Greek stem hydr- means "water." So how could it be that desiccate and dehydrate are synonyms? The answer is in the multiple identities of the prefix de-. It may look like the same prefix, but the de- in desiccate means "completely, thoroughly," as in despoil ("to spoil utterly") or denude ("to strip completely bare"). The de- in dehydrate, on the other hand, means "remove," the same as it does in defoliate ("to strip of leaves") or in deice ("to rid of ice").
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

July 30, 2021

You can schedule your appointment HERE

Fog and More Fog

June 26, 2021

There were a large number of people taking the ferry over the last two days.  The fog moving from Beaver Island out over the lake and in Charlevoix has prevented the normal flight schedules to and from the island.  This does put a glitch in some people coming to the island, and it certainly does effect the arrive of the mail, but most of the islanders are used to the fact that Mother Nature can throw a wrench in the works anytime she chooses to do so.

So, two days of fog and today's rain may put a little schedule pressure on everyone, but the fog does not stop the motions and workings of Beaver Island.  Hopefully, the packages and the mail building up in Charelvoix will not back up the arrival for yet another day, but Mother Nature does what Mother Nature does.

Beaver Island Sustainability Fair


The Sustainability Fair did take place today.  The location of the lunch and afternoon activities took place at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.  There was a large amount of information provided to those that attended this location. The only complaint that the editor heard throughout the entire full day, which continues tonight, was that there seemed to be a lot of down time between some of the presentations.  Some making this type of comment were headed out the door.  Others made the comment that they couldn't hear the speaker, particularly when they did not use the microphone.  Finally, someone said, "The elders are having trouble hearing."  This caused most all to use the microphone.

View video of the entire afternoon HERE

View a gallery of presenters, introducers, and speakers and singers HERE

Christian Church July 2021 Newsletter

June 26, 2021

View/download the newsletter HERE

Plant Identification

June 25, 2021

The plants on Beaver Island are somewhat mysterious to those that are not identification experts.  While this plant looks like it produces seeds that can move with the wind, similar to dandelions, it is obvious that is not one of those.  The seeds are at least two feet from the ground on a long stem and there are large numbers of them growing around the harbor area seen on the way to Whiskey Point. 

If you are willing and have the expertise to identify this plant, please send an email to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com

A Good Year for Kildeer and Geese

June 25, 2021

Driving slowly around the harbor last evening, it was pretty obvious that the kildeer and the geese nesting in the harbor area were having a good year at reproduction.  The small pool on the right as you are driving to the point, just before Hartel's home, showed a large number of kildeer feeding in this area.  Not far away, but close to the indian fishing dock next to Buddy Martin's dock, a group of forty-one geese were seen swimming in a group.

Killdeer and their reflection

View the many kildeer here

The dark early evening due to the cloudy skies made the pictures a little more difficult to get, but the numbers were not hard to determine.

Lots of geese playing follow the leader.

Men's Summer Golf League, Week 3

June 26, 2021

View  the results HERE

It seems that there are more men playing golf this year on the Wednesday night golf league.  With a total of 14 teams, this is one of the larger leagues in recent history.  The golf round of nine holes has definitely increased in time to complete it.  The average is completion of three holes in an hour.  It sometimes takes longer due to the fact that some of the golf balls end up in the rough or in the woods, and time is taken to look for those golf balls.

The current leaders in the league are Kevin Stipp and Mike Sowa.  The have a lead of two points over the next team of Brian Schild & Dave Swait.  In a close third is the team of Bob Evans and Joe Moore, just one additional point behind. 

In the lead of not, the afternoon and early evening on the golf course is a chance to relax and enjoy the outside!

Weather by Joe

June 26, 2021


Good morning from Beaver Island! Right now on Carlisle Road it is 63 degrees with fog. Visibility is a half mile. It's cloudy out there today. The pressure is 29.88. The dew point is 62 degrees with relative humidity at 98%. Flight wanted yesterday did not happen. We'll see how the rest of the day provides any flying.
TODAY it is expected for the fog to continue in the mroning with the showers beginning this afternoon. The chance of rain is 60%. The high will be in the lower 70's. The wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with periods of rain. The low will be near 60 degrees. The chance of rain is 90%. The winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain showers early. The chance of rain is 62%. The sky will remain cloudy after the rain stops. The wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.
In a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II, the St. Lawrence Seaway is officially opened, creating a navigational channel from the Atlantic Ocean to all the Great Lakes. The seaway, made up of a system of canals, locks, and dredged waterways, extends a distance of nearly 2,500 miles, from the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Duluth, Minnesota, on Lake Superior.
Work on the massive project was initiated by a joint U.S.-Canadian commission in 1954, and five years later, in April 1959, the icebreaker D’Iberville began the first transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Since its official opening, more than two billion tons of cargo, with an estimated worth of more than $300 billion, have moved along its canals and channels.
thesaurus; noun; (thih-SOR-us)
1 a : a book of words or of information about a particular field or set of concepts; especially : a book of words and their synonyms
b : a list of subject headings or descriptors usually with a cross-reference system for use in the organization of a collection of documents for reference and retrieval
2 : treasury, storehouse
Did You Know?
In the early 19th century, archaeologists borrowed the Latin word thesaurus to denote an ancient treasury, such as that in a temple. Soon after, the word was metaphorically applied to a book containing a treasury of words or information about a particular field. In 1852, the English scholar Peter Mark Roget published his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, in which he listed a treasury of semantically related words organized into numerous categories. This work led to the common acceptance of the term thesaurus to refer to "a book of words and their synonyms." The word developed another meaning in the 1950s, when thesaurus began being used in the field of word processing to refer to a list of related terms used for indexing and retrieval.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Barney's Lake Loon Nest

June 25, 2021

The loons haved nested on Barney's Lake on the west side of the lake, about 40 yards south of the beaver lodge.  The loon nest has been in this location since just after June 9, 2021.  Today, luckily, the loon is still on the nest protecting the eggs.  It's been a little over two weeks, so there is still some time before the hatching of the eggs.  Hopefully, boaters will stay far enough away that the loon can finish incubating the eggs on this nest.

The eggs will hatch at approximately thirty days after they are laid, so there should be some baby loons on Barney's Lake on or about July 9th or 10th.

Loon on the nest on July 25, 2021

Recent Special Township Meetings

Editorial by Joe Moore

Sometimes, it is just necessary due to time constraints to have business completed before the next regularly scheduled meeting.  The topics of these Peaine and St. James Townshiips' special meetings was just such and important topics.  The federal government is looking to help provide improved Internet for the most rural communities in the country.  In order to be able to apply for a grant,  you must have a professionally completed study.  That is the first step.  Then a grant application is needs to be prepared for the federal program to provide the money to implement the plan.

This all is part of the two year working of the BITAC in an attempt to improve the Internet for the major governmental agencies, including the school, medical center, and the two townships.  Every single discussion in the future plans for the island included a wish for fiber on the island to connect homes as well as a cable back to the mainland of fiber to provide the improved connections.  That's the dream solution to improve the Internet for the whole island.

The business partner working with the group of island agencies has become Great Lakes Energy, who will be a partner in the grant application.  The whole opportunity became available just recently with a deadline of August 17th for the grant application completion, so there is a rush to get the approval to begin the process with the study as well as the application for the grant.

Here are some of the documents for these proposals:

Beaver Island Grant Proposal (1)

NTIA Grant Summary

Pools of Service Project - June 2021 Update

So, the dream of a fiber back to the mainland, and a fiber network for the island, may just be that-a dream, but the federal government may have just provided the complete method to fulfill that dream, if the grant gets approved.  The island certainly needs this, and a more remote area is very difficult to find in the State of Michigan.  The grant was almost a perfect fit for Beaver Island.

As part of this process, there may be posted some links for the general public to complete a survey or a questionaire.  Please keep your eyes open for any chance to do this survey or questionaire.  The chances for getting the grant are improved based upon the survey's completion.

Hopefully, a news release will be coming out soon, so that everyone will be getting the information about this opportunity.

Weather by Joe

June 25, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! On Carlsle Road, there is fog outside that just rolled in a little after 8 a.m.. It's 74 degrees with humidity at 98%. A slight breeze from the west at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.82. It is cloudy with visibility less than one tenth of a mile.
TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with showers developing in the afternoon. The high will be near 70. Wind will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a lot in the low 50's. Winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain showers in the morning with steady rain in the afternoon. The high will be near 70. Wind will be from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Accumulation may be a quarter of an inch.
On June 25, 1876, Native American forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of General George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.
Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, Lakota Sioux leaders, 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 Native Americans as "wild." Meanwhile, the U.S. government increased its efforts to subdue the tribes. Within five years, almost all of the Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne would be confined to reservations.
affluent; adjective (AF-loo-unt)
1 : having an abundance of goods or riches : wealthy
2 : flowing in abundance
Did You Know?
Visualize with us: coffers overflowing, a cash flow more than adequate, assets that are fluid. The image conjured is the essence of the word affluent. Based on Latin fluere, meaning "to flow," affluent is all about flow. (The same image is echoed in other fluere descendants, such as confluence, fluctuate, fluid, influence, mellifluous, and superfluous.) The flowing of goods or riches wasn't the word's first purview, however; 16th century print examples of affluent tend to be about the abundance of such intangibles as "goodness" and "spirit." In the 17th century, the flow suggested by affluent varied greatly: streams, poisons, estates, and blood were all described with the word. In modern use, affluent most often describes wealthy people, or places where wealthy people live.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)



June 25, 2021 at 4:00PM 

Peaine Township Hall 

36825 Kings Hwy 

Beaver Island, MI 49782 


1) Beaver Island Broadband Consortium 

a) Resolution: Pools of Service-Increase in Funds Needed 

b) Request for Funding-Engineering Study by CCG Consulting 

c) Discussion-NTIA Grant Application 

2) Beaver Island Waste Management Fund/Beaver Island Transfer Station 

a) Request For Down Payment On Concrete Work Per Approved Bid 

3) Adjournment 

The Peaine Township Board will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon notice to the Township. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the Township by writing or calling the following: 

PO Box 26, Beaver Island, MI 49782 

peainetownship@gmail.com, 231-448-2389, 231-330-0614, or 231-448-3540 

View video of the meeting HERE

Notice of Special St. James Township Meeting

Thursday June 24, 2021 – 12:00 p.m.

View meeting notice HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

June 24, 2021


Good morning from Beaver Island! Here on Carlisle road at 8:00 a.m., it is already 69 degrees. The wind is blowing strong from the quarters of the S from SE to SW at 7 to 11 mph at ground level. The pressure is 29.75. Although it is officially partly cloudy, it appear here to be overcast. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to rain showers in the morning with thunderstorms later in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 70's. Winds will be from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for thunderstorms this evening. Then scattered thunderstorms later. The chance of rain tonight is 70%. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers in the morning and then cloudy in the afternoon. The high will be in the 70;s with the wind switching to the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.
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.
forswear; verb; (for-SWAIR)
1 : to make a liar of (oneself) under or as if under oath
2 a : to reject or renounce under oath
b : to renounce earnestly
3 : to deny under oath
4 : to swear falsely
Did You Know?
Forswear (which is also sometimes spelled foreswear) is the modern English equivalent of Old English forswerian. It can suggest denial ("[Thou] would'st forswear thy own hand and seal" — John Arbuthnot, John Bull) or perjury ("Is it the interest of any man … to lie, forswear himself, indulge hatred, seek desperate revenge, or do murder?" — Charles Dickens, American Notes). But in current use, it most often has to do with giving something up, as in "The feuding parties agreed to forswear violence" and "She refused to forswear her principles."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Timeout for Art: Other Things

June 23, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers

Just Less Than Full Moon

June 22, 2021

On Tuesday night the thought was to take a pictue of the almost full moon.  Why?  Well, this full moon has lots of different names. The full moon is to take place on Thursday afternoon, but the weather forecast may prevent viewing of this full moon with many names.

The Full Moon is the Strawberry, Mead, Honey, Rose, Flower, Hot, Hoe, or Planting Moon, Vat Purnima, Poson Poya, the LRO Moon, and a marginal Supermoon.

The editor is not sure of all the pronunciations or the meanings of all of these names.  That might be a good research project for those that are interested in such things.  If you are interested, you can look HERE.

Here is the view of the moon on June 22nd just before sunset:

Silent Auction and Buy It Now Sale

June 26, 2021, 12-3 p.m. @ Peaine Township Hall


Action listings

Weather by Joe

June 23, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 56 degrees with humidity at 86%. The pressure is 29.88. There is a light wind at 4 mph from the S. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have lots of sunshine. The high will be near 70, and winds will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low just above 60. The winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph from the SSW.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for variable clouds with showers and possible thundershowers. The chance of rain is 60%. The wind will continue to be strong at 15 to 25 mph from the SSW. The high will be near 70.
On June 23, 1940, Adolf Hitler surveys notable sites in the French capital, now German-occupied territory.
In his first and only visit to Paris, Hitler made Napoleon’s tomb among the sites to see. “That was the greatest and finest moment of my life,” he said upon leaving. Comparisons between the Fuhrer and Napoleon have been made many times: They were both foreigners to the countries they ruled (Napoleon was Italian, Hitler was Austrian); both planned invasions of Russia while preparing invasions of England; both captured the Russian city of Vilna on June 24; both had photographic memories; both were under 5 feet 9 inches tall, among other coincidences.
As a tribute to the French emperor, Hitler ordered that the remains of Napoleon’s son be moved from Vienna to lie beside his father.
But Hitler being Hitler, he came to do more than gawk at the tourist attractions. He ordered the destruction of two World War I monuments: one to General Charles Mangin, a French war hero, and one to Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape German-occupied Brussels. The last thing Hitler wanted were such visible reminders of past German defeat.
Hitler would gush about Paris for months afterward. He was so impressed, he ordered architect and friend Albert Speer to revive plans for a massive construction program of new public buildings in Berlin, an attempt to destroy Paris, not with bombs, but with superior architecture. “Wasn’t Paris beautiful?” Hitler asked Speer. “But Berlin must be far more beautiful. [W]hen we are finished in Berlin, Paris will only be a shadow.”
emeritus; adjective; (h-MEH-ruh-tus)
adjective ih-MEH-ruh-tus
1 : holding after retirement an honorary title corresponding to that held last during active service
2 : retired from an office or position
Did You Know?
In Latin, emeritus was used to describe soldiers who had completed their duty. It is the past participle of the verb emereri, meaning "to serve out one's term," from the prefix e-, meaning "out," and merēre, "to earn, deserve, or serve." (Merēre is also the source of our word merit.) English speakers claimed emeritus as their own in the late 17th century, applying it as both a noun and an adjective referring or relating not to soldiers but to someone who is retired from professional life but permitted to keep as an honorary title the rank of the last office they held. The adjective is frequently used postpositively—that is, after the noun it modifies rather than before it—and it is most commonly used to describe specifically those retired from a professorship.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BICS Graduation Speakers

June 22, 2021

The speakers for graduation from the Beaver Island Community School were the subject of the 2021 Graduation Ceremony and its speaker Deborah LaFreniere Robert. So, there are certain years that have no doubt of who the graduation speaker was. The reason for lack of doubt is that the names were recorded by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Jim Stambaugh
Joddy Croswhite
Judi Meister
Adam Chittle
Jim and Donna Stambaugh
Beth Croswhite
Father Pat
Adam Chittle
Adam Richards

Forest Powers

Adam Richards

Deb Robert
Kitty McNamara
Emily Gray
Adam Richards
Connie Boyle
Kitty McNamara
Judi Meister
Mike Myers
Deb Robert

Now, if these are not correct, the editor would like very much to correct the list. The editor is still looking for the list going back to 1975, so if you have any information, please email it to medic5740@gmail.com

St. James Township Press Release –

June 22, 2021

St. James Township of Beaver Island is pleased to announce that they are recipients of a grant awarded by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This grant award will fund two years of work supporting the Island’s Terrestrial Invasive Species program for the whole Beaver Island Archipelago. Funding and technical support for this project is being provided by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

“We’re excited about working with St James Township and helping continue invasive species control effort in the Beaver Island Archipelago.  This effort will be critical to maintain quality habitat for threatened and endangered species on the Islands,” states Christie Deloria, Great Lakes Coastal Program Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Kitty McNamara, St. James Township Supervisor is also very pleased with the announcement.  “We are so pleased that this grant will enable us to continue the great work that has taken place to date in the islands.  We have worked hard to establish a good Terrestrial Invasive Species platform and this grant will now provide the necessary funding to see us through to 2024.  While St. James Township is the recipient of the grant, we are working hand-in-hand with Peaine Township to implement this project.”

The project will enable Shelby Harris, the Beaver Island Terrestrial Invasive Species Administrator who works for both Beaver Island townships, to hire two Invasive Species Technicians for the summers of 2022 and 2023.  This team will be surveying the main island of Beaver Island and the outer islands including Garden, High and Hog Islands and identifying areas where invasive species control efforts are needed, as well as mapping locations of threatened and endangered species.

The team will be collaborating with personnel of the Michigan DNR,  the Michigan Natural Features Inventory group of the DNR, Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) groups in northern lower Michigan, the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Central Michigan University,  Land Conservancies and many interested Beaver Island organizations, especially the Beaver Island Association (BIA) and the Preservation Association of Beaver Island.  The group will be working with landowners, schools and other groups to provide public education messages to visitors, host public forums and provide informational pamphlets about invasive and threatened species in the Archipelago.

Pamela Grassmick, of the BIA, has been the focal point of the efforts of Invasive Species work for the past few decades in the Archipelago.  "The USFWS grant award recognizes the unique ecological attributes that define our archipelago. Beaver Island has rare species and is one of the highest scoring islands for biodiversity in Lake Michigan. By providing St. James Township with solid funding, it will protect high quality natural areas that could otherwise become quickly degraded by invasive species. The general well-being of the Island community is dependent on its environmental quality that supports a natural resource-based economy."

We all need to thank Pam for the outstanding work she and the BIA have done to keep the Invasive Species work going and in bringing focus to the Islands in the important work of protecting critical habitat for our rare and endangered species in the Beaver Island Archipelago.

Weather by Joe

June 22, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! At 8 a.m., it is 53 degrees with relative humidity at 98%. The wind is from the N at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.78. It is partly lcoudy with a little sunshine right now at the north end. The dewpoint is at 48 degrees, so there should be little fog, and visibility is tne miles.
TODAY, it is expected to a 50% chance of rain showers in the morning. The should be some sunshine this afternoon. The high will be in the low 60's. Wiinds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low near 50 and winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for interval of clouds and sunshine with a high of low 70's. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
During World War II, the U.S. 10th Army overcomes the last major pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island, ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. The same day, Japanese Lieutenant General Mitsuru Ushijima, the commander of Okinawa’s defense, committed suicide with a number of Japanese officers and troops rather than surrender.
On April 1, 1945, the 10th Army, under Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner, launched the invasion of Okinawa, a strategic Pacific island located midway between Japan and Formosa. Possession of Okinawa would give the United States a base large enough for an invasion of the Japanese home islands. There were more than 100,000 Japanese defenders on the island, but most were deeply entrenched in the island’s densely forested interior. By the evening of April 1, 60,000 U.S. troops had come safely ashore. However, on April 4, Japanese land resistance stiffened, and at sea kamikaze pilots escalated their deadly suicide attacks on U.S. vessels.
During the next month, the battle raged on land and sea, with the Japanese troops and fliers making the Americans pay dearly for every strategic area of land and water won. On June 18, with U.S. victory imminent, General Buckner was killed by Japanese artillery. Three days later, his 10th Army reached the southern coast of the island, and on June 22 Japanese resistance effectively came to an end.
The Japanese lost 120,000 troops in the defense of Okinawa, while the Americans suffered 12,500 dead and 35,000 wounded. Of the 36 Allied ships lost, most were destroyed by the 2,000 or so Japanese pilots who gave up their lives in kamikaze missions. With the capture of Okinawa, the Allies prepared for the invasion of Japan, a military operation predicted to be far bloodier than the 1944 Allied invasion of Western Europe. The plan called for invading the southern island of Kyushu in November 1945, and the main Japanese island of Honshu in March 1946. In July, however, the United States successfully tested an atomic bomb and after dropping two of these devastating weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, Japan surrendered.
miasma; noun; (mye-AZ-muh)
1 : a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease; also : a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere
2 : an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt; also : an atmosphere that obscures : fog
Did You Know?
In notes taken during a voyage to South America on the HMS Beagle in the 1830s, Charles Darwin described an illness that he believed was caused by "miasma" emanating from stagnant pools of water. For him, miasma had the same meaning that it did when it first appeared in English in the 1600s: an emanation of a vaporous disease-causing substance. (Miasma comes from Greek miainein, meaning "to pollute.") But while Darwin was at sea, broader applications of miasma were starting to spread. Nowadays, we know germs are the source of infection, so we're more likely to use the newer, more figurative sense of miasma, which refers to something destructive or demoralizing that surrounds or permeates.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Cemetery Walks and Stories

June 21, 2021

The Beaver Island Historical Society will be hosting Cemetery Walks again this summer. This year we would like to focus on stories about the ancestors interred in the cemeteries rather than a Genealogical view. If you are interested in telling some tales, please contact Jacque LaFreniere ASAP.
Email jacquel@tds.net or call 231-448-2220.

Art and Community in Practice

June 20, 2021

Nathan Altman purchased the property down by the yacht dock, the Municipal Marina South, that was previously the Beaver Boutique years ago. Yesterday, this sculpture was placed on the property, created by Nathan Altman. The steel sculpture named "The Inner Sun" was installed on his harborside property, and Nathan was holding a fire within to honor the Summer Solstice,

Thank you, Robert Cole, for your photo and information!


Call the Concession stand for Pizza (call ahead 448-2022), pretzels, breakfast sandwiches, drinks and lots more.

Weather by Joe

June 21, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! On Carlisle Road at 8 a.m., it is 57 degrees with relative humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.24, and the wind is from the N at 2 mph. We got three quarters of an inch of rain last night. The dewpoint is 56 degrees, so there may be some fog out there. Visibility is five miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have rain showers in the morning. It should remain overcast this afternoon and become windy. The high will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be from the NW at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. The chance of rain today is 40%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy skies with a low near 45 degrees. WNW winds will begin at 10 to 20 mph, but will decrease to less than 5 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies giving way to a little sunshine later in the day. There is a slight chance of a rain shower. The high will be in the upper 60's, near 70. The wind will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
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.
inveigle; verb; (in-VAY-gul)
verb in-VAY-gul
1 : to win over by wiles : entice
2 : to acquire by ingenuity or flattery : wangle
Did You Know?
Inveigle, a word that dates from the 16th century, refers to the act of using clever talk, trickery, or flattery either to persuade somebody to do something or to obtain something, but etymologically the word is linked to eyesight—or the lack thereof. Inveigle came to English from the Anglo-French verb enveegler, meaning "to blind or hoodwink someone," from the adjective enveugle, meaning "blind." Enveugle derives from the Medieval Latin ab oculis, a phrase which literally translates to "lacking eyes."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

From the Historical Society

June 20, 2021

Join us this summer for our popular lunch time speaker series! Starting this Wednesday we will host our first "Picnic on the Patio," and next Monday (June 28) will be the first "Marine Museum Mondays." These lunch time events will feature topics exhibited at the Museums. Wednesdays are at the Print Shop and Mondays at the Marine Museum, 12-1.

The first "Picnic on the Patio" session on Wednesday 6/23 will be about Elizabeth Whitney Williams, author of Child of the Sea. Wednesday also happens to be Williams 177th birthday. She was a child on Beaver Island during the Strang era and later became a lighthouse keeper on the Great Lakes.

Our guest presenter is Dyanne Tracy. Current members are eligible for a free copy of Child of the Sea.

Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or snack to enjoy on the patio during the presentation.

Live Streams This Weekend

June 20, 2021

Saturday's live stream of the King Strang Presentation had 26 viewers. Today's church services had a total of 36 viewers. These were people watching when they could not be present at these events.

A Duck Family on Vacation

June 20, 2021

Mass from Holy Cross Outside

June 20, 2021

The celebrant was Father Peter Wignton.

The reader

Father Peter gave an interesting sermon.

View video of the service HERE

Christian Church Service

June 20, 2021

Today at the Christian Church there was a family named Ryden that did the majority of the entire service. The pianist was David Ryden. The minister was Jennifer Ryden. There was special music by Ruth and Lillian Ryden, who played piano and guitar and sung a duet. The service was attended by over thirty visitors and church members. There were a few church members who were not here today due to trips to the mainland.

Judi Meister gave the announcements.

The pianist, David Ryden

Jennifer Ryden

The readers were Mary Jane and Greg Lawson.

Ruth and Lillian Ryden

View video of the service HERE

Here I Am

June 20, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

June 20, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m., here on Carlisle Road, it is 61 degrees with humidity at 78%. The pressure is 29.61 with visibility of ten miles. The wind is light at 2 mph from the W. It is two degrees cooler at the township airport. It is partly cloudy.
TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy becoming overcast in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 70's and winds will be light and variable.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain with a low near 50. The chance of rain is 70%. The wind will be from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for a windy day with winds from the NW at 20 to 30 mph. Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy in the afternoon. It will be cooler with a high in the mid-50's. There is a slight chance of a rain shower.
In Versailles, France, the deputies of the Third Estate, which represent commoners and the lower clergy, meet on the Jeu de Paume, an indoor tennis court, in defiance of King Louis XVI’s order to disperse. In these modest surroundings, they took the historic Tennis Court Oath, with which they agreed not to disband until a new French constitution had been adopted.
Louis XVI, who ascended the French throne in 1774, proved unsuited to deal with the severe financial problems he had inherited from his grandfather, King Louis XV. In 1789, in a desperate attempt to address France’s economic crisis, Louis XVI assembled the Estates-General, a national assembly that represented the three “estates” of the French people–the nobles, the clergy, and the commons. The Estates-General had not been assembled since 1614, and its deputies drew up long lists of grievances and called for sweeping political and social reforms.
The Third Estate, which had the most representatives, declared itself the National Assembly and took an oath to force a new constitution on the king. Initially seeming to yield, Louis legalized the National Assembly under the Third Estate but then surrounded Versailles with troops and dismissed Jacques Necker, a popular minister of state who had supported reforms. In response, Parisians mobilized and on July 14 stormed the Bastille—a state prison where they believed ammunition was stored—and the French Revolution began.
progeny; noun; (PRAH-juh-nee)
1 a : descendants, children
b : offspring of animals or plants
2 : outcome, product
3 : a body of followers, disciples, or successors
Did You Know?
Progeny is the progeny of the Latin verb prōgignere, meaning "to beget." That Latin word is itself an offspring of the prefix pro-, meaning "forth," and gignere, which can mean "to beget" or "to bring forth." Gignere has produced a large family of English descendants, including benign (meaning "mild" or "harmless"), congenital (meaning "inherent"), engine, genius, germ, indigenous, ingenuous, and malign. Gignere even paired up with pro- again to produce a close relative of progeny: the noun progenitor can mean "an ancestor in the direct line," "a biologically ancestral form," or "a precursor or originator."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Hunter Safety Class

June 19, 2021

Received this from Jacque LaFreniere:

Anyone who wishes to obtain a hunting license can take an online course at hunter-ed.com/Michigan. When you have completed the online portion you will be allowed to participate in the field day portion. I hope to be able to offer the field day portion on island but it requires a couple of things....first I need to have a good number of people ready and willing. That means they have completed the online version and passed it.
I am working on trying to find the instructors for the field day through the DNR who are willing to come to the island. The Beaver Island Wildlife Club will sponsor this.
So please contact me, Jacque LaFreniere, when you have completed the online course so I know how many to plan for. Of course you can take the field day portion off island as well if you can find an opening.

King Strang Presentation

June 19, 2021

This presentation was quite interesting to a former Social Studies teacher, and the husband of a former historical society worker. The presenter was quite young compared to those that have previously presented information about King Strang, but the sources (included below) were quite good.

Today, Michael Michaelson made his presentation on King Strang.  This presentation was quite informal with questions asked and answered during the presentation.  Many of the things previously suggested about King Strang’s reign on Beaver Island were only tales with no truly researched proof.
Michael Michaelson had written a  thesis at Yale on structures of government during James Strang's reign on Beaver Island.  Drawing from interesting  sources at Yale, BYU, and the LDS Church History Library, he'll made the case that Strang's kingdom was more than a passing cult or a quirk of Michigan history; instead, Strang was a serious contender for Church leadership until, while, and after his exile to Beaver Island.
Finally, he shared a new theory of government on Beaver Island. He stated that it wasn't a kingdom in a literal sense, but a semi-democratic community bound by a common belief in Strang's connection to God.  Some of the  residents of the island during this time truly believed in the rules and enforcement of those rules, while others did not.  Was it really a follower of Strang that shot him, or someone posing as a follower?  Was it really just a chance that the USS Michigan was docked on this day or was there more reasons to have this vessel here to perhaps harass Strang?

View video of the presentation HERE

View the sources used HERE

Island Skies

June 18, 2021

Take some time in the early evening and just look up at the sky. Yes, there are beautiful sunsets seen from Donegal Bay and anywhere along the west side of the island, but sometimes the simple fact is that you can see some wonderful sights just by slowing down or stopping and looking up. Here are a few examples.

Island Beautiful Wild Iris

June 18, 2021

Gosh! There is nothing more beautiful than Beaver Island in early June. Besides the beautiful inland lakes, there is beautiful bird searching, and many gorgeous wildflowers including the showy lady slippers, wild marigolds, and many more. Here is the wild iris featured in a closeup picture. This one was seen at Fox Lake.

Fox Lake Beauty

June 18, 2021

There is nothing that matches the beauty of Fox Lake on a calm early evening! The lake was so beautiful last night, it was decided to make at least one of these pictures into a puzzle. Which one would you like to see made into a jigsaw puzzle?

Loon Nest on Barney's Lake

June 18, 2021

The grasses on the lake along with the wild irises make it more difficult to see the loon nest on Barney's Lake on the west side of the lake. The most important thing is that this loon is still on the nest protecting the eggs. The loon's partner is also on the lake ready to give a warning if needed.

Black Birds

June 19, 2021

Just about anywhere you look on Beaver Island this June, you see lots and lots of black birds. Some are crows, some are ravens, some are redwings, and some are grackles. The simple fact is that, from a distance, you can't tell which one is which one, and some are much less likely to stick around until you get close enough to be able to tell which is which.

Now, if they come to the feeders or are outside the house in the yard, it is usually easier to identify them. During a walk or a slow drive, it is not so easy, especially if they are up in the top of a tree. These pictures show the difficulty of telling which one is which without a pretty good zoom lens.

Common raven......Common Grackle.....Redwing black bird

It is so easy to just say, "There's a black bird," and take that as the end of the discussion. Now, a birder may be able to tell you which is which, and they can tell you what makes the difference between one or another. This editor is still trying to learn one bird from another, so the labels may not be correct.

Weather by Joe

June 19, 2021

Good morning from the Moore household here on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! Right now it is 61 degrees with sunshine at 8:15 a.m. The humidity is 83%, and there is no wind to speak of. The pressure is 29.64. Visibility is ten miles. It is 56 at Greene's Bay with a 3 mph wind from the N.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 70 with winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few passing clouds with a low just below 50. The wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mix of clouds and sun in the morning becoming cloudy in the afternoon. The high will 70 and winds will switch to the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, installed as emperor of Mexico by French Emperor Napoleon III in 1864, is executed on the orders of Benito Juarez, the president of the Mexican Republic.

In 1861, the liberal Mexican Benito Juarez became president of a country in financial ruin, and he was forced to default on his debts to European governments. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to carve a dependent empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juarez and his government into retreat.

Certain that French victory would come swiftly in Mexico, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juarez rounded up a rag-tag force of loyal men and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza, the 2,000 Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well-provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and began his assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers to the fewer than 100 Mexicans killed.

Although not a major strategic victory in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s victory at Puebla represented a great moral victory for the Mexican government and symbolized the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against threat by a powerful foreign nation. Today, Mexicans celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla as Cinco de Mayo. Six years later, under pressure from the newly reunited United States, France withdrew. Abandoned in Mexico, Emperor Maximilian was captured by Juarez’ forces and on June 19, 1867, executed.

abrupt; adjective; (uh-BRUPT)


1 a : characterized by or involving action or change without preparation or warning : sudden and unexpected

b : rudely or unceremoniously curt

c : lacking smoothness or continuity

2 : giving the impression of being cut or broken off; especially : involving a sudden steep rise or drop

Did You Know?

We'll break it to you gently: abrupt derives from abruptus, the past participle of the Latin verb abrumpere, meaning "to break off." Abrumpere combines the prefix ab- with rumpere, which means "to break" and which forms the basis for several other words in English that suggest a kind of breaking, such as interrupt, rupture, and bankrupt. Whether being used to describe a style of speaking that seems rudely short (as in "gave an abrupt answer"), something with a severe rise or drop ("abrupt temperature change"), or something that seems rash and unprecipitated ("made the abrupt decision to quit college"), abrupt, which first appeared in English in the 16th century, implies a kind of jarring unexpectedness that catches people off guard.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

From the Historical Society

June 18, 2021

Please join us Saturday June 19 at 3pm at the Print Shop to hear a riveting tale by Michael Michaelson on King Strang, on June 19, 2021, @ 3 p.m.
Michael Michaelson wrote his thesis at Yale on structures of government during James Strang's reign on Beaver Island.
Drawing from obscure sources at Yale, BYU, and the LDS Church History Library, he'll make the case that Strang's kingdom was more than a passing cult or a quirk of Michigan history; instead, Strang was a serious contender for Church leadership until, while, and after his exile to Beaver Island.
Finally, he'll share a new theory of government on Beaver Island: that it wasn't a kingdom in a literal sense, but a semi-democratic community bound by a common belief in Strang's connection to God.

Weather by Joe

June 18, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! It looks light we really need the rain. It's so dry the garden sand jumps right back into the hole when I try to dig one.
Right now on the island it is 69 degrees with humidity at 82%. The pressure is 29.5 with wind from the S at 2 mph at 8:15 a.m. The dewpoint is 59 degrees, so there will be no fog to keep the planes on the ground. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to clear off from the cloudy skies with peeks of sunshine. There is a 15% chance of a pop up thundershower. The high will be in the mid-70's, and wind will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for mainly clear skies with a low
approaching 50. The wind will switch to the NW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it it forecast for some clouds in the morning giving way to sunshine. The high will be in the low 70's. Wind will continue from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.
At Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history.
The Corsica-born Napoleon, one of the greatest military strategists in history, rapidly rose in the ranks of the French Revolutionary Army during the late 1790s. By 1799, France was at war with most of Europe, and Napoleon returned home from his Egyptian campaign to take over the reins of the French government and save his nation from collapse. After becoming first consul in February 1800, he reorganized his armies and defeated Austria. In 1802, he established the Napoleonic Code, a new system of French law, and in 1804 was crowned emperor of France in Notre Dame Cathedral. By 1807, Napoleon controlled an empire that stretched from the River Elbe in the north, down through Italy in the south, and from the Pyrenees to the Dalmatian coast.
Beginning in 1812, Napoleon began to encounter the first significant defeats of his military career, suffering through a disastrous invasion of Russia, losing Spain to the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsula War, and enduring total defeat against an allied force by 1814. Exiled to the island of Elba in the Mediterranean, he escaped to France in early 1815 and set up a new regime. As allied troops mustered on the French frontiers, he raised a new Grand Army and marched into Belgium. He intended to defeat the allied armies one by one before they could launch a united attack.
On June 16, 1815, he defeated the Prussians under Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher at Ligny, and sent 33,000 men, or about one-third of his total force, in pursuit of the retreating Prussians. On June 18, Napoleon led his remaining 72,000 troops against the Duke of Wellington’s 68,000-man allied army, which had taken up a strong position 12 miles south of Brussels near the village of Waterloo. In a fatal blunder, Napoleon waited until mid-day to give the command to attack in order to let the ground dry. The delay in fighting gave Blucher’s troops, who had eluded their pursuers, time to march to Waterloo and join the battle by the late afternoon.
In repeated attacks, Napoleon failed to break the center of the allied center. Meanwhile, the Prussians gradually arrived and put pressure on Napoleon’s eastern flank. At 6 p.m., the French under Marshal Michel Ney managed to capture a farmhouse in the allied center and began decimating Wellington’s troops with artillery. Napoleon, however, was preoccupied with the 30,000 Prussians attacking his flank and did not release troops to aid Ney’s attack until after 7 p.m. By that time, Wellington had reorganized his defenses, and the French attack was repulsed. Fifteen minutes later, the allied army launched a general advance, and the Prussians attacked in the east, throwing the French troops into panic and then a disorganized retreat. The Prussians pursued the remnants of the French army, and Napoleon left the field. French casualties in the Battle of Waterloo were 25,000 men killed and wounded and 9,000 captured, while the allies lost about 23,000.
Napoleon returned to Paris and on June 22 abdicated in favor of his son. He decided to leave France before counterrevolutionary forces could rally against him, and on July 15 he surrendered to British protection at the port of Rochefort. He hoped to travel to the United States, but the British instead sent him to Saint Helena, a remote island in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa. Napoleon protested but had no choice but to accept the exile. With a group of followers, he lived quietly on St. Helena for six years. In May 1821, he died, most likely of stomach cancer. He was only 51 years old. In 1840, his body was returned to Paris, and a magnificent funeral was held. Napoleon’s body was conveyed through the Arc de Triomphe and entombed under the dome of the Invalides.
calumny; noun; (KAL-um-nee)
1 : a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation
2 : the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another's reputation
Did You Know?
Calumny made an appearance in these famous words from William Shakespeare's Hamlet: "If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go." The word had been in the English language for a while, though, before Hamlet uttered it. It first entered English in the 15th century and comes from the Middle French word calomnie of the same meaning. Calomnie, in turn, derives from the Latin word calumnia, (meaning "false accusation," "false claim," or "trickery"), which itself traces to the Latin verb calvi, meaning "to deceive."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


June 17, 2021

Men's Summer Golf League

Results of Week 2

June 17, 2021

It's early in the league play with week two just completed yesterday. The lowest score for the average so far this summer is by Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith with 38.5, followed closely by Kevin Stipp and Mike Sowa, and then by Joe Moore and Bob Evans, with averages .5 and 1 stroke higher. The current leader of the league is Kevin Stipp and Mike Sowa, followed closely by Joe Mooe and Bob Evans, who are tied with Brian Schild and Dave Swait. The field is too close to even suggest who is in first, second, or third place so far.

View the scores and averages HERE

Why is the Bill Wagner Campground Named This?

June 17, 2021

Back in 1979, the Noyes family were teaching at the school. Barb taught English, and Jim taught Industrial Arts. As a project for the English students at the Beaver Island Community School, Barb Noyes had her students investigate and report on the island people. Here is the report on Bill Wagner from the archives at the Beaver Island Historical Society.

"Island People 1979

Bill Wagner

The island Department of Natural Resources Officer is Bill Wagner. His job keeps him moving all the time.

Every day he has to check the weather. Outside the station there are three water and snow sample cans. Two fo the cans contained acids and the other stays plain. There recording and three completed samples from each of the cans are sent to the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago monthly. The temperature is also recorded. There are temperature gauges that record the minimum and maximum termperatures daily. At the end of the month all the temperatures are averaged, and the averages are sent to the National Weather Bureau.

Outside in front of the station stands a Smoky the Bear Fire Danger sign. This is part of the National Fire Danger System. The High, Low, Moderate, and other fire danger readings are found by recording the amount of rainfall, how many days since the last rain, temperature. humidity, and wind speed. This sign is posted from about April through October, so people may see what the fire danger is. Mr. Wagner is responsible for fire prevention and inspection on all the out island also.

Firefighting is also a part of the job. The station is on the Island fire number. The DNR has some equipment, and the volunteer fire department has two fire trucks. Mr. Wagner also keeps track of bulldozers and other heavy equipment that is owned by the local people, so, in the case of fire, he will know what equpment is nearest and if it is working. Help is usually easy to come by when it comes to a fire. (It may be inexperienced help, but it is help.

All you have to do is drive through town with a siren on, and everyone follows. It works out well that way because the firefighters have all the help that they need in most cases. Here on Beaver Island we have been very fortunate as far as big fires go.

"We never had any big fires that I've been around to report, " says Mr. Wagner. "What went on before I got here, I have no idea.

Bill Wagner also maintains the State Forest Camp Ground on the east side of the island. There are twenty-five campsites, trash barrels, a pump for water, toilets, and tables. Wagner is also in charge of taking registration there.

We keep wagner pretty busy here on Beaver Island. In addition, he is trying to build a new house and run a farm on the side."

The BINN editor was fortunate to know Bill Wagner and his family. They also took a really strong effort to help establish the Beaver Island Christian Church along with many others. Any of the long time island families know of this family, respect their efforts, and are sorry that the family has moved off the island. Bill has passed away, and his wife Marge is in a retirement home of some kind.

Fire Danger High

June 17, 2021

The Michigan DNR has issued a "NO BURNING" warning for all of the upper Michigan area, which includes Beaver Island. There is to be NO BURNING in St. James Township. Peaine Township is listed as "Call the Fire Chief at 448-2733." This suggests that there may be consequences for your burning during this very dry period with high winds and low humidity.

This includes the entire island at this time, so please refrain from dumping ashes, burning trash, burning leaves or brush. No burning at all, please.

Weather by Joe

June 17, 2021


Slept in here on Carilsle Road this morning, but woke up to the sunshine at 8:45 a.m. I am fighting a very slow connection to the Internet today with text only showing up five seconds after it is typed with periods as long as fifteen seconds.
Right now it is 65 degrees in the sun with a slight breeze. The humidity is 58% with pressure at 29.80. It is 61 degrrees on Greene's Bay with partly cloudy skies. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of clouds and sun with a 20% chance of a stray thunderstorm. The high will be near 80, and winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered thunderstorms with a 40% chance of rain. The low will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mix of clouds and sunshine with a chance of a stray thunderstorm here. The high will be near 80 and the wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 25%.
With Paris fallen and the German conquest of France reaching its conclusion, Marshal Henri Petain replaces Paul Reynaud as prime minister and announces his intention to sign an armistice with the Nazis. The next day, French General Charles de Gaulle, not very well known even to the French, made a broadcast to France from England, urging his countrymen to continue the fight against Germany.
A military hero during World War I, Petain was appointed vice premier of France in May 1940 to boost morale in a country crumbling under the force of the Nazi invasion. Instead, Petain arranged an armistice with the Nazis. The armistice, signed by the French on June 22, went into effect on June 25, and more than half of France was occupied by the Germans. In July, Petain took office as “chief of state” at Vichy, a city in unoccupied France. The Vichy government under Petain collaborated with the Nazis, and French citizens suffered on both sides of the divided nation. In 1942, Pierre Laval, an opportunistic French fascist and dutiful Nazi collaborator, won the trust of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, and the elderly Petain became merely a figurehead in the Vichy regime.
After the Normandy invasion in 1944, Petain and Laval were forced to flee to German protection in the east. Both were eventually captured, found guilty of high treason, and sentenced to die. Laval was executed in 1945, but provincial French leader Charles de Gaulle commuted Petain’s sentence to life imprisonment. Petain died on the Ile d’Yeu off France in 1951.

harry; verb; (HAIR-ee)

1 : to make a pillaging or destructive raid on : assault
2 : to force to move along by harassing
3 : to torment by or as if by constant attack
Did You Know?
Was there once a warlike man named Harry who is the source for the English verb the name mirrors? One particularly belligerent Harry does come to mind: William Shakespeare once described how "famine, sword, and fire" accompanied "the warlike Harry," England's King Henry the Fifth. But neither this king nor any of his namesakes are the source for the verb harry. Rather, harry (or a word resembling it) has been a part of English for as long as there has been anything that could be called English. It took the form hergian in Old English and harien in Middle English, passing through numerous variations before finally settling into its modern spelling. The word's Old English ancestors are related to Old High German words heriōn ("to devastate or plunder") and heri ("host, army").
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Trudy Works Memorial Women's Golf Tournament

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021 AT 9:30 AM

On the last Tuesday of June is the annual fun golf tournament for women at the Beaver Island Golf course. If you're learning how to play golf or want to learn, here is a great opportunity to play golf with fun activities. No need for experience or major golf skills, yet there are some challenges for our experienced golfers too! The Trudy Works Memorial Golf Tournament check-in time is 9:30 am to sign-in, meet and receive treats. A shot gun start is 10:00 am. A luncheon with awards and prizes immediately follows when everyone finishes 9 holes of fun golf. Registration fee is $20. Your golf round is paid separately to the Beaver Island Golf Course. Early registration is requested by Tuesday, June 22nd. You can register at the golf course or contact Janice Freeman: cell- 248-953-3122 or BI phone - 231-448-2096 or email-freemanbilljan@cs.com.

Weather by Joe

June 16, 2021


Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! Well, many thanks go out to Gerald LaFreniere and Roberts John Service for coming to the rescue yesterday! When you don't have water for a day, you begin to realize how much you depend on it. The rescue included a lot of work including pulling up the well pipes, replacing the pump, as well as coming back at 8 p.m. to hook everything back up after the running of the pump for a couple of hours. Wow, it's great to live in a place that has such wonderful people! Now, the smell of bleach is still present, but there is great satisfaction on the simple ability to flush a toilet and run a dishwasher.

Right now at 8:30 a.m. on Carlilse Road it it 59 degrees. The relative humidity is 85%, and the pressure is 29.99. There is no wind out there with the trees standing tall with only a very slight breeze. It is officially partly cloudy, and, with a dewpoint ten degrees below the temperature, there shouldn't be any fog. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be quite sunny with a high near 70. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a low near 50. Wind will switch to the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for times of clouds and times of sunshine with a high near 75. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
On June 16, 1858, newly nominated senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln addresses the Illinois Republican Convention in Springfield and warns that the nation faces a crisis that could destroy the Union. Speaking to more than 1,000 delegates in an ominous tone, Lincoln paraphrased a passage from the New Testament: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
The issue dividing the nation was slavery’s place in the growing western territories and the extent of federal power over individual states’ rights. Lincoln declared that only the federal government had the power to end slavery. While the southern states relied on an economy and lifestyle dependent upon the labor provided by enslaved African Americans, the North opposed slavery. The northern states also considered industrialization and manufacturing the key to America’s economic future, not farming. The entrance of new states into the Union, such as Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, brought to a head unresolved conflicts over which government entity—state or federal—should make the final decision regarding slavery. For his part, Lincoln firmly believed that slavery was immoral and was wholly incompatible with the principles of the Declaration of Independence embodied in the phrase “all men are created equal.” However, Lincoln prioritized preserving the Union above all else.
After Lincoln’s speech, several of his friends expressed dismay at its “radical” content. Leonard Swett, a lawyer and friend of Lincoln’s, later wrote that Lincoln’s talk of using federal power to end slavery was “unfortunate and inappropriate,” although Swett admitted that in retrospect Lincoln was ultimately correct. At the time, the people of Illinois ultimately agreed with Swett: Lincoln lost the close Senate race of 1858 to the more moderate Stephen Douglas, who advocated states’ sovereignty. Lincoln’s eloquent speech, though, earned him national attention and his strong showing in the polls encouraged the people to back his ultimately successful bid for the presidency in 1860.


jocund; adjective; (JAH-kund)
: marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness
Did You Know?

Don't let the etymology of jocund play tricks on you. The word comes from jucundus, a Latin word meaning "agreeable" or "delightful," and ultimately from the Latin verb juvare, meaning "to help." But jucundus looks and sounds a bit like jocus, the Latin word for "joke." These two roots took a lively romp through many centuries together and along the way the lighthearted jocus influenced the spelling and meaning of jucundus, an interaction that eventually resulted in our modern English word jocund in the 14th century.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


June 15, 2021

Hello friends,

The Beaver Island Commission on Aging is adding more health and wellness activities along with social events as we move forward in summer 2021. If I did it correctly, COA clients may see scheduled events on the Community Calendar.

It has been a few weeks since I have shared a joke with everyone. I think I have found one that may provide a few laughs courtesy of Google. Why does Han Solo like gum so much? I’ll share the answer after the Beaver Island C.O.A. announcements.

The Beaver Island C.O.A. is hosting chair yoga at 10 a.m. weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Beaver Island Studio and Art Gallery.

At 9 a.m. – 1p.m. on Friday, June 18, all C.O.A. male clients are invited to stop by the C.O.A. office on Donegal Bay Road to pick up a mug cake kit in honor of Father’s Day. It is simple to make. Just add the mix to the mug then water and then microwave for 1 minute for you own personal chocolate cake.

Each Monday in July and August, beginning on July 12, Beaver Island Commission on Aging clients and their friends can join Lonnie Allen and the COA Walking Club for a walk from the Charlevoix County Building to the Harbor Lighthouse and back to the county building. Walkers are not required to traverse the entire route. Set your own pace and stop anytime. Let’s get out and get moving for an hour each Monday.

Don’t forget the Veterans Affairs Social from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. set for Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at the Beaver Island Studio and Art Gallery. Veterans, please join Charlevoix County Veteran Service officers Josh and Kaylee, as well as COA site coordinator Lonnie Allen for some donuts and coffee. We will be there to assist with any questions and concerns.

It is National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 18. To celebrate I would like to host an Ice Cream Social for the Beaver Island Commission on Aging Clients. The end goal is to provide a scoop of ice cream at little or no cost to our seniors. However, I am still working out logistics for this social event such as cost of ice cream and location. I’m looking for any ideas that could bring this event to fruition due to 2020-2021 budget restraints. Stay tuned for details and whether this event will happen this July.
I will continue to do my best to serve each Beaver Island Commission on Aging client to the best of my ability. I hope all of you have a wonderful summer.

Joke: Why does Han Solo like gum so much? Answer: Because it is Chewy.
Grace and peace be with you,

Lonnie Allen
Site Coordinator, Beaver Island COA
Charlevoix County Beaver Island
Building coordinator/Maintenance assistant
(231) 448-2124


Beaver Island Waste Management Committee

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 1:00PM

Peaine Township Hall
36825 King's Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782

(State of Michigan Face Masks and Social Distancing Guidelines to Apply)



A. Budget Report (Tilly)
B. Transfer Station & Recycle Center Manager Report (Marsh)


A. Single Stream Recycling and Public Service Announcement Plans  (Tilly)
     B. Credit Card Machine/Charges (Moore)
     C. Metal Bailer and Public Incentives (Cole/Tilly)
D. Consultant (Richards)




View video of the meeting HERE



Showy Lady's Slippers

June 14, 2021

(from US Forest Service)

Showy lady’s slippers are the tallest native northern orchid, and many believe they are the most stunning. The specific epithet reginae is the Latin meaning "queen", and once seen in the wild, it is easy to understand why. Plants consist of a stout, hairy, leafy stalk usually bearing one large flower (or up to three). The flower is six-parted, with a pouch, or labellum, that’s one to two inches long, spherical, or nearly so, with in-rolled edges, white suffused with deep rose to magenta. Petals and sepals are white, flat, and oblong. Leaves are large, elliptical, clasping, heavily ribbed, and hairy.

These perennials bloom between May and August, depending upon location; individual flowers generally last 7-14 days. They are reported to be pollinated by bees; two species of megachilid bees have been observed pollinating them. There are also reports of a small European skipper (a non-native butterfly common throughout much of the showy lady’s slipper’s range) getting trapped in the labellum, preventing pollination by the bees. There has been some speculation that this could lead to a decline of this species’ ability to set seed and reproduce.

Although the glandular hairs on the foliage of showy lady’s slippers can cause a rash, this has not discouraged people from collecting it from the wild; declines in wild populations are thought to be due, at least in part, to over-collecting. Plants dug from the wild usually do not survive, however, and historically, were difficult to cultivate until the late 1990s, when substantial progress was made in axenic culture from sterile seeds. This recent success in cultivating plants in nurseries gives orchid enthusiasts a way of enjoying the plants without harming wild populations. Other threats to the species include loss of wetland habitats, declining water quality, and herbivory by white-tailed deer.

Beaver Island Showy Lady's Slippers

Please DO NOT pick these or dig them up!!

What Do You See?

June 14, 2021

A trip out to the Gull Harbor flooded roadway resulted in a picture that was thought to be an eagle. What do you see when you look at that picture?

Is it an eagle?

Well, the big lens was taken out and the picture was taken at a slightly different angle. It was revealed in this picture after it was enlarged.

There is no doubt that this is not an eagle. Let's just say that the stump top was covered with a gull's waste products.

Veteran's Social on Beaver Island in July

June 15, 2021

Sunday Presentations by Drs. Leuck

Sunday, May 30th at 1:30 pm—Dr. Beth Leuck presented “Monarchs, Milkweeds, Mimicry, and Migration: The Story of Co-Evolution, and Endangered Biological Phenomenon and the Decline of a Charismatic Butterfly”

View video of Beth Leuck's presentation HERE

Sunday, May 30th, at 3:00 pm—Dr. Ed Leuck presented “Orchids and Bog Plants of Beaver Island”

View video of Ed Leuck's presentation HERE


Vacation Bible School

June 15, 2021

Vacation Bible School will be held this year!  

Participation is limited, so spread the word and sign up soon.

In addition to registering by email, there are registration forms at the library and at the community center.  Send completed forms to

VBS, Box 21, BI MI 49782  

Please register early.  Each child that is pre-registered will receive a gift certificate for a kiddy ice-cream cone from Daddy Frank's!

Weather by Joe

June 15, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it's daylight in the swamp. It's 57 degrees at the township airport, but 60 degrees in the sunshine. The humidity is at 78%. The pressure is 29.94, and the wind is at 2 mph from the W. Visibility is ten miles. It is officially partly cloudy, but mostly sunny here.
TODAY, it is expected to be sunny. The high will be near 75 with wind from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy with a low close to 50 degrees. Wind will be from the N at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for most sunny skies with a high near 70. The wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Representatives of Great Britain and the United States sign the Oregon Treaty, which settles a long-standing dispute with Britain over who controlled the Oregon territory. The treaty established the 49th parallel from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Georgia as the boundary between the United States and British Canada. The United States gained formal control over the future states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana; and the British retained Vancouver Island and navigation rights to part of the Columbia River.
In 1818, a U.S.-British agreement had established the border along the 49th parallel from Lake of the Woods in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west. The two nations also agreed to a joint occupation of Oregon territory for 10 years, an arrangement that was extended for an additional 10 years in 1827. After 1838, the issue of who possessed Oregon became increasingly controversial, especially when mass American migration along the Oregon Trail began in the early 1840s.
American expansionists urged seizure of Oregon, and in 1844 Democrat James K. Polk successfully ran for president under the platform “Fifty-four forty or fight,” which referred to his hope of bringing a sizable portion of present-day Vancouver and Alberta into the United States. However, neither President Polk nor the British government wanted a third Anglo-American war, and on June 15, 1846, the Oregon Treaty, a compromise, was signed. By the terms of the agreement, the U.S. and Canadian border was extended west along the 49th parallel to the Strait of Georgia, just short of the Pacific Ocean.
fealty; noun; (FEE-ul-tee)
1 a : the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord
b : the obligation of such fidelity
2 : intense fidelity
Did You Know?
In The Use of Law, published posthumously in 1629, Francis Bacon wrote, "Fealty is to take an oath upon a book, that he will be a faithful Tenant to the King." That's a pretty accurate summary of the early meaning of fealty. Early forms of the term were used in Middle English around 1300, when they specifically designated the loyalty of a vassal to a lord. Eventually, the meaning of the word broadened. Fealty can be paid to a country, a principle, or a leader of any kind—though the synonyms fidelity and loyalty are more commonly used. Fealty comes from the Anglo-French word feelté, or fealté, which comes from the Latin fidelitas, meaning "fidelity." These words are ultimately derived from fides, the Latin word for "faith."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

June 14, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

View the public board packety HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Special School Board Meeting

June 21, 2021, @ 6 p.m.

View meeting Notice HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

June 13, 2021

The Mass from Holy Cross was held outside at the pavilion behind the Convent. Father Peter Wigton was the celebrant and Leona Pease did the readings. It was a bright sun-shiny day with just a little wind, but enough to make the music stand and music be held.

View video of the Mass HERE

Christian Church Service

June 13, 2021

Judi Meister gave the announcements


Giving the children's message before they go to Sunday school.

Judi Meister played the hymns

Pastor Steve Boven

View video of the service HERE



A Great Lakes Jewell

Copyright 2007

This was a project of the Beaver Island Association. The video and pictures take us back to the times when John Works was the Peaine Supervisor, Don Vyse was the St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Cashman was the Beaver Island Historical Society Director. It's great to see and hear these people, particularly those that are no longer with us. The kids are all grown up now. This is worth the time to watch the video.

View the video HERE

Interesting Duck in Harbor

May 30, 2021

After an amazing dinner grilled and delicious, a long ride was taken to Fox Lake and back by Barney's Lake, to the point and then home, the rock in the harbor that was covered with water last year, is sticking up in the harbor. Next to that rock, a duck was providing an interesting display. Was this a quick shower? Was a display of some kind? Not sure why, but it certainly was entertaining to watch. Here are a couple of pictures of the activity that was interesting.

As you might be able to see, the light was beginning to decrease, so the color is not very evident. Quite interesting to watch the antics as they took place.


for the Beaver Island Historical Society

View the notice HERE

Joe's Junk Website Up

February 1, 2021

Hello Islanders!
My 100 year Joe's Junk clean-up project has officially started. After coordinating with the townships and others, our website is now public and we need your help with inventorying. Feel free to go to joesjunk.org and answer a few questions about your junk.

When we have a good idea of how much junk there is, we can approach potential buyers and coordinate logistics. But we need your help. And tell your neighbors and friends to help too. I recently learned there was a toxic clean-up job here in the 70's. It took years and made the harbor look awful. Let's avoid that. Join us today! Go to joesjunk.org. And remember, IT'S NOT ABOUT BLIGHT OR BLAME. IT'S ABOUT OUR WATER.

Barbara Rahn

B. I. Community School Meetings

January 27, 2021

2021 Meetings Schedule

Committee of the Whole Mtg 2021


will hold its 2021 meetings on the following dates at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Airport

Feb 1st, April 19th, August 16th , and October 25th - 2021

Public Meeting Dates



St. James finance and pwc meeting dates 2020-2021

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

Weather by Joe

June 14, 2021

At 8 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is 57 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.74. It is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles. We got a quarter inch of rain. Yesterday, we took video data DVDs to each of the BICS graduates of BICS. Phyllis went along for the ride and got to chat with some parents.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 73. The wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy skies with a low near 50. Wind will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with a high in the mid-70's. Winds will be from the N at 10 to 16 mph.
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.
deride; verb; (dih-RYDE)
verb dih-RYDE
1 : to laugh at or insult contemptuously

2 : to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule or criticism : to express a lack of respect or approval of

Did You Know?
Deride is a combination of the prefix de- ("make lower") and ridēre, a Latin verb meaning "to laugh." Ridēre echoes in other English words as well, some common and some obscure. In the former category we have ridicule and ridiculous. Ridicule functions as both verb ("to make fun of") and noun ("the act of making fun of"), while ridiculous describes what arouses or deserves ridicule or mockery. Obscure ridēre words include arride (it has an obsolete meaning of "to smile or laugh at," and also means "to please, gratify, or delight") and irrision, a synonym of derision, the close noun relation of deride. Also in the category of obscure ridēre words is risorius; this medical term refers to a narrow band of facial muscle fibers that reach to the corners of the mouth to make smiling possible.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Nesting Loon

June 11, 2021

Luckily the nesting loon on Barney's Lake was not chased off the nest by people getting too close to the nest, at least so far. Last evening, the editor made a trip out to the nesting area, but stayed quite a way away from the nest. The rowboat was much closer to the beaver lodge than the loon nest. The zoom lens was able to capture two really nice photos, even with the boat rocking and a rolling in the wind. It was quite exciting to be able to protective the loon is of the eggs in the nest.

Over fifty pictures were taken, but these two are the only one that were worth keeping and showing the subscribers. During this time of being in the area, one eagle flew over as the boat was launched, and the loon's partner provided a warning from the Northwest end of the lake. After the boat was back on the shore, another eagle flew over just as it was getting dark, and the same warning call came once again.

View a short video of the loon HERE

Weather by Joe

June 13, 2021

Yesterday was a rough day here with Phyllis have issues getting her legs to work. She collapsed onto the floor while getting up from the couch. A somewhat sad situation in which she could not get up. She is up today, but still has very weak legs.

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! Right now, at 8 a.m., there is a little sunshine. It is 62 degrees with 99% humidity. The pressure is 29.77, and there isn't any wind. We received less than a tenth of an inch of rain. It is officially cloudy out there, and the only problem is the visibility. It is reported to be quite low due to the humidity and the dew point.

TODAY, it is expected to have areas of dense fog this morning. There will be a mixture of sun and clouds with the high getting into the higher 70's. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for showers early and then cloudy overnight. There will be a 40% chance of rain. The low will be in the mid-50's. Winds will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph, but will decrease to less than 5 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sun with a few passing clouds. The high will be in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.


President Thomas Jefferson receives a subpoena to testify in the treason trial of his former vice president, Aaron Burr, on June 13, 1807. In the subpoena, Burr asked Jefferson to produce documents that might exonerate him.
Burr had already been politically and socially disgraced by killing former Treasury secretary and Revolutionary-era hero Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. After killing Hamilton, Burr, still Jefferson’s vice president, went into hiding. Burr then concocted a seditious plan to enlist the help of Britain and Spain to create a separate nation in the southwestern reaches of the American continent, including parts of Mexico, over which Burr would rule. The outrageous plan failed miserably when one of Burr’s co-conspirators, General James Wilkinson, betrayed Burr and alerted Jefferson to the plot. Burr was hunted down and arrested in 1806 and indicted for treason.
Jefferson expressed in his personal papers that he felt no love or loyalty to Burr despite their former political relationship. Burr had run a close and contentious election against the republican Jefferson in the 1800 campaign. After the election resulted in a tie, the vote went to the House of Representatives. Only after Alexander Hamilton reluctantly lobbied for Jefferson did the House select Jefferson for the presidency instead of Burr. This was only one of the many grievances Burr held against Hamilton that led to the fatal duel.
Jefferson refused to appear in Burr’s defense and released only a few of the documents Burr had requested, invoking his presidential right to protect the public interest. If Jefferson’s intent was to help get Burr convicted, his refusal to supply documentation backfired. In the end, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall found Burr not guilty by lack of evidence.
titanic; adjective; (tye-TAN-ik)
: having great magnitude, force, or power : colossal
Did You Know?
Before becoming the name of the most famous ship in history, titanic referred to the Titans, a family of giants in Greek mythology who were believed to have once ruled the earth. They were subsequently overpowered and replaced by the younger Olympian gods under the leadership of Zeus. The size and power of the Titans is memorialized in the adjective titanic and in the noun titanium, a chemical element of exceptional strength that is used in the production of steel.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BICS Graduation 2021

June 12, 2021

View video of the Commencement HERE

Program for the Commencement 2021

Class of 2021

Graduates sitting

Graduation attendees

Staff and Board attendees

Staff 2021

The graduates took flowers to their parents.....

Skylar Marsh lead the whole group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Cwikiel got things started.....Bill Kohne spoke a little and then sang a Country song.

Jessica LaFreniere gave the Salutatorian Address

Elijah Richards gave the Valedictorian Address

Jupiter Antkoviak introduced the Graduation Speaker

Deborah Roberts, teacher, gave the Graduation Address

The presentation of diplomas took place next with each of the nine BICS Class of 2021 graduates.

Elijah Richards

Jessica LaFreniere

Jupiter Antkoviak

Quintin DeLaat

Zander Drost

Zander Holmes

Skylar Marsh

Mackenzie Martin

Serenity Tognetti

Quintan DeLaat lead the seniors in the turning of the tassels.

Turning of the tassels

The Class of 2021 heads out onto the soccer field.

Off they go into the air on the soccer field.

Headed back in for pictures.

Another successful BICS Graduation in some of the most challenging couple of years in its history. The Class of 2021 had to give up a lot during this COVID pandemic, but they all did so with acceptance if not joyful smiles.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Men's Summer Golf League

June 11, 2021

The Men's Summer Golf League began with fourteen teams this past Wednesday night. This means that there were only two extra holes on this nine hole golf course called the Beaver Island Golf Course. This made for a longer than usual wait on each hole by some of the teams with once a backlog of two teams awaiting the team playing one of the holes.

Now matter how long the wait was, it took just over three hours to play the nine hole course for one group of two teams. There are some new players this year and that makes for some new teams as well. The highest score was over 50, and the lowest score was below 40. Here is the list of information of the teams and their first week's scores.

View the teams and their first week's results HERE

Four Hours on Barney's Lake

June 10, 2021

This editor took quite an adventure yesterday that didn't involve any walking except from the parking area to the boat lauch area at Barney's Lake. Now, in case anyone does not know this, a trip to Barney's Lake is in a schedule for almost everyday, twice a day, for this editor. The loop is Barney's Lake Road, Sloptown Road, King's Highway to the point and back home. The osprey and raptor addiction has turned into an addiction to take pictures of anything in the wild.

Yesterday, the editor did a rowboat adventure, rowing the entire perimeter of this small inland lake. However small, the blisters on the hands testify to the aching back of this adventure. The reason for the trip was presented to you in a previously written, evening posted, picture of a beaver the night before. Since viewing the beaver lodge twice every day for what seems like forever, a closer view was desired, and that was the first destination in this adventure.

No, there were no beaver sighted in the warmth of the daytime, but a beaver tail slap did take place shortly after the attempted, quiet arrival near the beaver lodge.

Anchored and quietly awaiting any movement around the lodge whatsoever, the wind began to move the boat toward the north, and a quick plan developed in the editor's brain, small as some think it is. Why not row the boat around the entire lake? Why not see the shoreline of the west side of the lake, the north end of the lake, the south end of the lake, since walking there is so difficult? So, off the rowboat headed with an out-of-shape old man at the oars.

Off to the north end of the lake.

There have been many walks along the east side of this inland lake. Memory even jumps out about a crazy winter camp-out there with another teacher and a deputy sheriff. You will just have to imagine this since the editor's memory is so shaky, and a pledge prevents speaking about it. The northern end of the lake is not so easy to get to using your feet, but is easy using the oars of a boat or the paddles of a kayak. It is interesting to see the sand dunes along which the lake abuts due to having a higher level than in previous years. Could that be because of the beavers blocking any run-off?

Well, no beavers nor any evidence of beavers was seen in the north end of the lake, but an interesting inlet off the lake to the northwest provided the most quiet, serene, and peaceful time with no road noise or any human sounds except the hard breathing of the rower. Time to head back along the shoreline of the east side of this lake.

Well, a short conversation with another retired BICS teacher about the lack of any nesting loons on Barney's Lake came to mind, so the rowing took on a continued purpose. How about we search for a loon nest on the most western shore of the lake? Just then off to the south, a loon stood up, flapping its wings, and then diving into the water from a relatively bright green, island-like spot just south of the beaver lodge. This is the rowing that caused the blisters. Moving at a slow, but steady, speed along the western shoreline, and eventually using the beaver lodge as concealment, and, with a small camera with a dying battery, there, in front of my eyes, was a nesting loon.

Nesting loon

This made the blisters and the aching back worth the efforts of this old man. Now, the picture is not terrific, and the video was terrible because it was so bright out the screens of the cameras could not be seen, but the excitement of finding a nesting loon this year on this lake was amazing. Not getting very close, but zooming in with the camera, this picture is proof that the nest is there.

Now, with the swampy portion of the lake being more to the south, the aching back of the editor said, "That's enough for today," but the brain said, "You said your were going to row the perimeter of the lake going to the both ends to see what you cannot see by walking!"

The brain won the contest of will, and off to the southern most part of Barney's Lake was rowed. Now, rowing in the grass-like weeds is not easy, and only about halfway through did the back begin to tell the brain to shut-up and, "That's enough!"

All this tall grass and weeds along the southern and eastern shoreline make it impossible to see much of anything from the gravel road on the east side of the lake, but the serenity was very much worth the effort of this rowing the perimeter of the lake on the side unable to be accessed easily by walking.

Another memory popped into the editor's head as this southern rowing adventure was coming to an end. The memory of walking on the property, with permission of course, on the Boyle property trying to get to western side of the lake to view the beaver lodge, popped up, and that memory of not being able to get anywhere near the beaver lodge due to swampy conditions was no longer overwhelming the old man.

View a little video of the adventure HERE

Have you heard this statement before? If wishes were horses, beggars would ride! Well, you can't tell an old man anything new. After a short break for dinner cooked by the editor, the brain said, "Let's go back and see the beavers!" The back said no, but you know who won out again.

Oars and an even more capable camera in the car, as well as the great expectations of knowing what might be seen in the early evening, a return trip to Barney's Lake was in order. As usual, the approach to Barney's Lake included seeing a few deer and some sandhill cranes, but the arrival at the lake was truly a waste of time.

As the editor pulled in very secrettively and quietly, the sounds of many young people drifted through the trees, as the approach this time was from the south. Yes, there were people on the lake. As a matter of fact there was a canoe paddling right toward the loon nest area. Now, you know that with all this people noise that there will be no beavers to be seen. The dozen or so young people were accompanied by a couple of adults, and one adult paddled right toward the loon nest. You can only imagine the thoughts going through this editor's brain. You can imagine the words that would not be acceptable that were in this editor's thoughts. They were not nice words or nice thoughts. And, the thoughts were not improved by finding eight kids sitting on the upside-down hull of the rowboat that I had used earlier in the day.

Now, as a retired teacher, the editor kept all of these thoughts and nasty words to himself, not saying anything about the frustrations that were felt, the efforts made earlier in the day to stay away from the loon nest, giving the loon plenty of distance and respect for its privacy.

The nesting loon before the intrusion

No words necessary....

The editor did take the time to explain to the other adult with the kids sitting on the rented rowboat that the editor used earlier in the day. The explanation included the facts that the loons were not on the nest the day before, that the nesting had just begun in the last twenty-four hours, and that disturbing the nesting loon would not be seen as acceptable behavior.

Then, more quietly than ever, the editor made a retreat, and asking for forgiveness for the negative thoughts as well as the anger that was hidden from view. The lake does not belong to this editor. The public has a right to use this lake. The kids need some great experiences.

And, hopefully, the loon will not be disturbed enought to leave the nest!! Needless to say, there was no beaver sighting this evening.

Beaver on Barney's Lake

June 9, 2021

So, the obsession may have been transferred from the osprey to the Beaver on Barney's Lake, and the possibility of seeing this swimming and beaver tail splashing mammal. The following picture was taken just before dark last night out by the many islands to the south of the public boat launch. The beaver was not very happy with my presence, but just took its time swimming between the island with the tall grass.

Minutes of Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting

Meeting on May 27, 2021 @ 4:30 p.m.

Next meeting June 17, 2021, according to the minutes.

View/Download the document HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 8, 2021, @ 7 p.m.

View/download the meeting packet HERE

The regular monthly meeting of the Peaine Township Board took place this evening at 7 p.m. Four of the five board members were present: Doug Tilly, supervisor; Carla Martin, clerk; Vicky Smith, treasurer; and Ernie Martin, trustee; were all present. Missing was Travis Martin, trustee. On the phone was the Peaine Township lawyer to answer questions about two items on the agenda related to the township airport.

Attending the meeting was a BIHS representative to give a report, Cynthia Johnson, Joe Moore, editor of BINN, and Pam Grassmick.

View video of the meeting HERE


June 8, 2021

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority invites you to one or both of two PUBLIC MEETINGS to be held on June 24th to get your input on the future of our Beaver Island ferry system. 

View/download the meeting notice HERE

Invasive Species Workers

June 8, 2021

Shelby Harris, director; Interns; Hunter Torolski and Liz LaScala...........

Editor Joe Moore met these young invasive species works at Shelby Harris' office today at 2 p.m. The interns were taking a breaking from a walk around the island over the next two weeks to check for phragmites and any other invasive species.

View video of the interview HERE

Joint Township Planning Commission Meeting

June 7, 2021

The commissioners of both townships

Steve Schnell

Both the St. James and the Peaine Township Planning Commissions met tonight at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. There were ten people in the audience in addition to the 12 people viewing the live stream on Beaver Island TV. The presenter was from Housing North. His name is Steve Schnell, Charlevoix County Housing Ready Director. The website for Housing North is http://housingnorth.org and Steve's email is steve@housingnorth.org with phone number 231-330-7070.

All members of the two commissions

The presenter

The audience at the beginning of the joint meeting.

This meeting was just a little under two hours in length with quite a bit of discussion and quite a few questions asked and some of them answered.

View video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting

June 2, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.




Coming up in June at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Sat June 19 – Plant Sale (featuring other garden-related items !) 11am to 2pm at the BIRHC Wellness Garden. If you have items you’d like to offer for sale, call Barb Rahn at 231-448-2035. Proceeds benefit the Wellness Garden, which is free and open for everyone to enjoy.

Mon June 21 – Dr. Patrick Richmond, Podiatrist will be seeing patients at the Health Center from 8:30am - 4:00pm. Call 231-448-2275 for an appointment.

Sat June 26 - Bill Johnson Memorial Silent Auction, 12pm – 3pm at Peaine Township Hall. A fundraiser in BIRHC Board Member Bill's honor to complete landscaping improvements at the BIRHC. No healthcare tax dollars are used for these projects. To donate items or make a monetary contribution, contact Leonor at 231-448-2894 or leonor.jacobson@gmail.com.

Have a safe and healthy summer!

Finally a Beaver

June 4, 2021

Barney's Lake, June 4, 2021, the search to see a beaver is, hopefully, brought to an end, but will continue daily by this editor. The swimming activity and the posture of this animal suggest that it is a beaver. Its size also suggest that it is a beaver. What could be seen of its tail suggests that it is a beaver. Its destination also suggests that it is a beaver.

The editor has been looking here twice daily every day to try to capture a picture of a beaver. The muskrats and the beavers seem to look alike from a distance, only if you cannot see the tail. Of course, the muskrat and the beaver do not pose for a picture side by side to make the comparisons easy. So, if a biologist sees this picture, the editor would love to know if its identification is correct.

Swimming toward the lodge

Near the shallows

Zoomed in pictures of the head.

Craig Owen Petrak Obituary

Posted on June 4, 2021


Craig Owen Petrak, age 53 of Middleville Michigan lost his battle with cancer May 21, 2021.

Craig was born September 5, 1967, to Curt and Joan Petrak. Joan often describes Craig as the most active child she has ever encountered, often calling upon her mother to confirm he was a "normal" boy. Curt was gifted with the patience of Job and rarely ever lost his temper when Craig and crew "borrowed" the telephone truck for necessary vehicle rescue missions. Their patience expanded beyond just this on many occasions but less is more here.

Craig grew up on Beaver Island where he was in the top 4 of his class, (of four). He enjoyed summers full of boats, boodles, and bonfires, all of which helped get him through the very long winters with nothing much more to do than reminisce with friends on summer shenanigans while playing smear and pulling each other's vehicles out of snow banks. His addiction to cars most surely started on the Island and he ran an unofficial rental car service for many years, though he never did charge for the rental, chances are if you needed a car for a few days, he had one you could use.

While Craig had many (mis)adventures in his younger years, he had his best adventures with his children, with endless trips to Beaver Island, Disney World, camping, Nascar races (he was a Gordon fan till the end) and even a trip cross country. What goes around comes around and Craig was gifted with a busy boy much like himself who knew oh so many new and improved ways to heighten one’s blood pressure, lucky for him he was then blessed with a daughter who loved shopping more than mischief so it helped even out that blood pressure! Chase and Addison were his whole world and it showed in all the many days of fishing and hunting he endured, even though they weren’t his favorite pastime or the countless number of times he watched The Country Bear Jamboree at Disney with Addison because she wasn’t ready to ride the rides with mom and Chase. (He may hold a world record for the most times on It’s A Small World in one day with his girl.)

In all seriousness, Craig was the definition of a true friend, he was loyal, dependable and kind hearted, to say he will be missed would simply be an understatement.

Craig is survived by his parents: Curt and Joan; children: Chase and Addison; their mother, Danielle; unofficial third child, Taylor Johnson; brother, Christopher; sister, Jane Merriam; as well as his niece, Jeanette (Spencer) Cantu; and nephews: Mitchell Merriam, Allen, Owen and Dale Petrak; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and brother-in-law, Lyle Merriam.

Craig’s family will receive friends on Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10:00 to 11:45 AM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home where his memorial service will be conducted at 12:00 Noon. A luncheon will follow at Thornapple Valley Church, 2750 S. M-43 Highway, Hastings, at 1:30 PM. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Craig’s family.
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Service Details

At the Historical Society

June 2, 2021

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduced the presenters

James Speer, Ph.D, for Indiana University

Matt Becker, Ph. D., for Brigham Young University

View video of this presentation HERE

Sample core

Some pictures of logs sampled in 2019

St. James Township Meeting

June 2, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.




2021-06-02-01 Resolution Approving Grant St James

Declaration of Taking St James Twp

Dock Fund Bills 5.6.21-6.2.21

DRAFT May 5, 2021 minutes

GF bills 5.6.21-6.2.21

Road bills 5.6.21-6.2.21

Sewer Fumd bills 5.6.21-6.2.21


View video of the meeting HERE

BI Airport Commission

June 1, 2021, at Noon at BI Airport

The Beaver Island Airport Commission met at 12:22 p.m. today with a quorum of four, including Kathleen McNamara, Ernie Martin, Joe Moore, and Dave Paul. The purpose of this meeting was to pass some resolutions related to the issues spoken in the agenda. All resolutions and motions mentioned in the agenda were passed by the BIAC at today's meeting. The Resolution of Taking was the primary resolution for the day and the others were supportive to that. All resolutions and motions were passed with all four commission members voting "Aye." The airport manager, Rachel Teagie. made informational presentations about the these resolutions and motions.

Video of the meeting is available at the link below.

View video of the commission meeting HERE

View the packet of information from this meeting HERE


Beaver Island Transit Spring/Summer 2021 Hours

Beaver Island Deer Information

May 2021


Tails and Tales

Parents and Teachers!
The Beaver Island District Library is planning to provide materials to kids this summer under the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CLSP) theme of Tails and Tales. These materials will be in the form of packets which will include reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more. There are 6 themes and we will provide materials every two weeks on a new theme.
If you wish to sign up your child, please contact the library before June 1. These will be Grab and Go packets. We will have several levels, including Prek-1st graders, Elementary (2nd – 5th grades), teens (6th-12th) and adults! Yes, if you are interested in your own reading program, we will provide materials for you too! Many of the suggested activities can be multi-generational, so you can do them together!
Let’s get excited about reading and plan a wonderful and safe summer for your children and for yourself!
Contact the library at 231-448-2701 to sign up.

St. James Special Meeting

May 27, 2021, at Noon

All of the items on the agenda for this meeting were approved at today's meeting at noon. The documents for this meeting are available below.

Special Meeting May 27, 2021


Notes for Meeting -5272021

Dock Fund 4.8.21-5.5.21

Draft Amended Minutes 3.3.21 Regular Meeting Minutes

Draft Minutes , April 7 2021 regular meeting

GF Bills 4.8.21-5.5.21

Road Fund 4.8.21-5.5.21

Sewer Fund 4.8.21-5.5.21

Painting Bid

The lighthouse was not yet approved, due to more needed research.

St. James Township - REC Grant Alternative Proposal

St. James Twp. Gravel Project Bid Tabs (2021)


Red Blood ‘s\Supermoon’ Lunar Eclipse

Stream provided by Griffith Observatory

It was too cloudy for this editor to get anything last night and early this morning except clouds, and they were dark clouds with just an inkling of light. This link, below, is of the Griffith Observatory, possibly in California, view of the lunar eclipse.

View the video HERE

From Shelby Harris, Invasive Species Specialist

May 25, 2021

Hello BI Community! I wanted to reach out and inform you all that we have a new Terrestrial Invasive Species (TIS) Program on the island, extending from the Phragmites Ordinace of 2008 that was a huge success.
I myself am the Administrator for both townships here on the island and this year will be joined by DNR interns Hunter & Liz (pictured below) along with our amazing TIS Council of fellow islanders and any who wish to volunteer!
More information can be found on the township webpages under “Invasive Species Watch” and more information will be coming and shared. Or feel free to comment any questions or concerns, call/text (231) 330-0422 or email invasivespadm.bi@gmail.com

This week we are focusing on effectively pulling Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) which has invaded a few areas of the island- most likely unknowingly from home gardens or boots/tires carrying seeds. This invasive biennial plant can be found along road & trail sides, in yards and throughout some forests & savanna areas. Like most invasives it will take over large areas replacing native plant life if left unmanaged. Please if you see anything you may think to be garlic mustard reach out to us!
If found on private land and you would like our assistance, we ask for owners to fill out the CAKE-CISMA owner consent form pictured below. You may return this form as listed, email me or drop off the form at the TIS Admin office located at the St. James Township Building, (the Governmental Center), 37830 Kings Highway, (shared with the EMS Department, kitty corner to the school in town). Copies of the form will also be located there.

St. James Campground Information

May 21, 2021

Probably the most important statement from the information letter is that THIS MAY CHANGE! The plan is for the campground to open on June 4, 2021, with the campsites on the water side of the road open for camping as well as the picnic area and public area just inside the campground.

B. I. Historical Society Fundraising Raffle

May 18, 2021

Beaver Island Farmer's Market

May 15, 2021

Announcing the opening of the Downtown Beaver Island Farmer's Market. The market will be open on Sundays, between 11am - 3 pm. The first Sunday will be June 20, 2021
  • The market will be located next to Daddy Frank's on Kings Hwy, across from the Emerald Isle Hotel.
  • The market is open to all food and craft vendors.
  • There will be a website and facebook page.
To confirm enough space, we ask vendors to sign up by filling out our registration form. This will give us information for the vendor profiles, that will be used on the Facebook Page, Instagram and and Website. Please click this link to fill out the form. http://bit.ly/BIFM2021
For questions, please call me or private message me.
Looking forward to a great summer!

Clean Up Chances

May 7, 2021

There is an excellent set of opportunities and lots of individuals working hard to get Islanders the opportunity to clean up some messes on their property this year. An all out effort is underway for metal clean up and other items as well as hazardous materials. Both townships and private individuals are working together to help the island get this accomplished. The Beaver Island Waste Management Committee, a committee of both townships, as well as Joe's Junk webstie, and the transfer station are all working together to get this done.

Please take advantage of these opportunities, and help clean up the island and remove the trash that is just sitting arround and rusting or molding.

Holy Cross Parish Financials

May 5, 2021



Bill Johnson Memorial Silent Auction
June 26, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Beaver Island,

Nine months ago, we lost a great man, Bill Johnson, who ceaselessly worked to make improvements in our lives and those of others. Bill “grew up” on Beaver Island and, no matter where he lived, he always considered the Johnson Eastside Drive residence his “get-away” home. Bill demonstrated his love of the island in many ways, and his strong commitment to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) certainly was one such endeavor.  As a Board member, his relentless work on ensuring top quality medical and dental services, his upgrading of financial systems, his interest in ensuring the building was well maintained, and his desire to make the outside landscape more inviting are just a few of the numerous contributions Bill made to the Health Center.

As a tribute to Bill, his friends will be holding a Silent Auction / One Day Sale to raise funds for the BIRHC landscape improvements he so wanted to have completed. (NOTE: The healthcare tax dollars raised by the community will not be included in this fund.)

When:  Saturday, June 26th, from 12pm - 3pm
Where: Peaine Township Hall, Beaver Island

Bill’s family has already made a generous contribution of bulbs and soon-to-be planted irises. The funds we raise from the Auction will help buy the hidden necessities such as mulch, fertilizer, replacement shrubs, and continued maintenance.

For those of you who would like to honor Bill, we'd appreciate your support, which may include donating items for the Auction or a monetary contribution (check, cash, or Visa).  Of course, we’d also love to see you there on June 26th!

To donate items or make a credit card donation, please contact Leonor Jacobson

We must have your items by June 22nd in order to price them and prepare them for display. We would be delighted to receive business services, art objects, gently used decor, antiques, etc. A donation of a unique experience would also be a great fundraiser, such as dinner for two at a restaurant, airline tickets, ferry tickets, a wine and cheese basket, etc.

Please send monetary donations to:
Leonor Jacobson, Committee Chair
29616 East Side Drive
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Thank you for your interest in helping improve the lives of our Beaver Island community. Bill was dedicated to all of us, and his family is committed to continuing with his vision for the BIRHC.

Beaver Island By 16 Foot Boat

A Restless Viking Production

A little history and a little geography, although not completely correct, is part of this video about a trip to Beaver Island from the mainland in a sixteen foot boat. Over to the island on one day, and back to the mainland on the next. It is worth watching.

View the video HERE

Dark Sky Project-List of Locations

April 7, 2021

Guide to Beaver Island Dark Sky Viewing Areas
These locations are accessible to the public for night viewing in the same way as daytime visits. Some locations have become inaccessible because of high water. It is advisible to visit sites during daylight for familiarity
Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites
ref. Wojan/Cashman Map 2018
List includes ownership and comments on qualities, viewing angles, access and light pollution problems encountered.
BI Dark Sky sites on the Big Lake will have visible light domes over towns and cities on the horizon. Inland sites will have less.
Private Property policy; you have to know somebody.
There are some very good Dark Sky Sites on private property but the BIDSP can only advise that you obtain permission from the property owners before entering private property.
LTC - Little Traverse Conservancy
SoM - State of Michigan
StJ - St James Township
Peaine - Peaine Township
Associations (you gotta know somebody)
Whiskey Point - St. James Twp - All directions
car lights town lights
Potentially one the best viewing areas but until something is done about the excessive light pollution it remains marginal
Gull Harbor - St James Twp- NE to SW
general astronomy, meteor showers, n. lights
seasonally flooded, car lights
Sucker Point - Lookout Point Association All directions
Excellent sky quality with friendly neighbors.
Sucker Point Lake Drive- excellent sky quality
Northeast only, summer sunrises,
Moon and Planet risings
Aurora Borealis. Very dark
Car lights
St. James Township campground - NW to NE
Excellent sky quality but a limited view to mostly north
A prime location for viewing Northern Lights
Donegal Bay Township beach - St. James township
South to North, excellent sky quality
Perfect for sunsets, meteor showers, northern lights, overhead
viewing, and Zodiacal Light. Car lights from the road can be
Donegal Bay pavilion - Port St. James Assoc. - SW - NW
sunsets, meteor showers, western sky
Excellent sky quality but has lighting issues
pavilion has newly installed lighting car lights
McCauley Point - State of MI - 360° All directions
Excellent sky quality with locations with zero lights
1/4 mile trail
Barneys Lake Nature Preserve - LTC - excellent sky quality
Barney's Lake is in a bowl that blocks all light sources
except for the airport beacon when it's operating or the
occasional rare car on the road
Bonners Landing - State of MI - 360° all directions
Excellent sky quality and very dark
The road down the bluff is private so parking is
recommended on top. Less than a 1/4 mile
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Use the two-track road opposite the runway near the
Coffee Shop. Even with the standing lights at the airport
there is good viewing in all directions. A convenient
The Big Field St of MI Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Excellent sky quality with zero light sources.
Reach by the two track road north of Miller's Marsh and stop at the "Y". You're there.
Light domes from Traverse City MI can be visible
Camp #3 Clearing. Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Reached by following Camp#3 Trail (Road) south past
Fire Tower Rd and Green's Lake to where the sky opens up.
Probably the remotest viewing area on the list but with
zero light sources or visible light domes it's probably the
darkest. Partially tree covered but is situated alongside
Tower Ridge swamp with viewing lanes through the trees.
Iron Ore Bay west/Point Betsy - State of MI - NE to NW
high water has reduced usable area
all directions, very dark - north limited
Iron Ore Bay beach - Townships - E to W. Excellent sky quality
Light domes from Traverse City and Green Bay WI lend
Grandeur to viewing the sky over Lake Michigan, but the
lights from the few houses are not a problem. Both sites
on Iron Ore Bay are a long way from town but well worth
it. Outstanding.
Beaver Head Light House - Charlevoix County -
Overhead sky quality is excellent with zero light sources. The
horizons are blocked but the Beaverhead light house
silhouette in the view can be very special
Cables Bay Beach - State of MI - NE to SW
Very dark - north limited
1/4 trail from bridge
Wagners Campground - State of MI, Peaine twp - NE to SE
Excellent for viewing planet and moonrises over Lake
Michigan and the Mainland. Lightdomes from Traverse
City toThe Soo
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve #1 featured viewing area.
Probably the most convenient but extremely dark viewing
area with the biggest sky. It's considered the best Beaver
Island Dark Sky Viewing Area outside of the Sanctuary. By
the house is very good but there is a short trail to the field
viewing area to the north that has zero light sources
Harbor Beach - Township -
Even with the town lights and the car lights the view of the
sky here is good and familiar constellations and planets can
be identified. Room for lots of improvement.
Whiskey Point - STJ, Central Michigan U., Remains the best example of the need for improvement in the sky quality in the Harbor. Too many unnecessary, unshielded light fixtures withthe wrong color bulbs.

All I've Ever Known: Margaret Gallagher's Story

Made in 1992 by John Callister for BBC

View this video HERE

My thatched cottage without modern immenites....

Documentary I produced for the BBC in 1992 that has proven to be very popular from its first broadcast, and continues to attract interest from across the world in 2020. Margaret Gallagher from Belcoo, County Fermanagh, N. Ireland, enjoys her rural lifestyle, living without modern amenities. This was shot on 16mm film. It reached one million views by June 2019 without any advertising and those numbers continue to climb in 2020. Fantastic! Many thanks to all viewers and especially those who have left such kind comments. I was in touch with Margaret in 2019 and she is thrilled at the response. John Callister callister.tv

Beaver Island Music Festival 2021

Join our team! Buy a shirt to help our cause today! 

Help keep the music alive! Join the BIMF Team. Together we have the power to accomplish some pretty incredible things. We see it every day! The campaigns you support, the causes you rally behind, and the projects you bring to life, are what keeps the beat going. We need your help to support musicians and the cultural arts to keep the music flowing. You're doing something amazing by purchasing a Team BIMF t-shirt to support us in the work we are doing.

Since 2003 the Beaver Island Music Festival, an annual community-based event, has grown a vibrant cultural community on a remote Lake Michigan island. PARC is dedicated to creating ways to retain and support artists, personnel, festival goers, and community members who have been affected by the many cancellations by trying to minimize the devastating economic impact. We plan to continue events, either in person or by creating new platforms, that will support the mission of our organization and make sure this vital asset to our rural and isolated community does not disappear. These artists represent the cultural history and spirit of the island with a combination of traditional and current music. The Festival means much more than a set of musical performances. It is a way of bringing people to Beaver Island every year to experience the natural beauty, community spirit, enjoy talented musicians, and support an island that depends on summer visitors for its economic resilience. In the coming months we will need your support to keep moving forward into 2021. Beaver Island Music Festival 2020 will become BIMF 2021 with artists returning for a stronger festival. For more information https://bimf.ne

Order your t-shirt HERE

WWTV/WWUP- Preserving History: Saving the Squaw Island Lighthouse

This was an amazing video done by Corey Adkins. The call to him came from Brian Cole, and the project to restore the Squaw Island Lighthouse is quite the amazing and wonderful project documented by Corey Adkins. It can be viewed at the following link:

View the video HERE

Help Clean Up the Island

February 26, 2021

Link to the Joes' Junk website HERE

Shamrock COA Menu

A Video from the Past

copyright 2004 by Phillip Michael Moore

About seventeen years ago, the director of Beaver Island EMS was Joe Moore. His son Phillip Michael Moore was in a Master's Degree program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It just so happened that the video project for his degree was to be a documentary about BIEMS and the need for a local air ambulance. His video was very professionally done.

It also happened that his grandfather, Phil Gregg, happened to have a heart attack while Michael was on the island filming for this documentary. Lots of volunteer EMS people are shown in this video, along with some of the patients, of course with their permission. The documentary was completed in 2004, prior to the second paramedic class taught on Beaver Island, so some of the current EMS providers were not in this documentary.

At the time of the filming, BIEMS was a volunteer EMS agency with people getting paid only a small amount for each emergency to help cover their gas expenses for participating in an emergency call. Some of them are listed here: Jim Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The "32 Miles of Water" title of the documentary referred to the miles from Beaver Island to the mainland hospitals of Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The Beaver Island community is so fortunate to now have Island Airways with a FAA certified air ambulance that has been operating for more than ten years now. At the time this video was made, the only emergency flights were done by Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, Michigan, or the US Coast Guard helicopter, also out of Traverse City. Sarah McCafferty was the EMS director and then Danielle Dedloff when the BIEMS licensed the Welke Aviation 866JA Britten Norman Islander aircraft with the State of Michigan as an air transport vehicle under the BIEMS agency license. This is the most efficient method of getting a patient off Beaver Island and to a hospital when an emergency occurs.

The concern 17 years ago was the time necessary to get the patient to the mainland hospital with the Golden Hour being the popular EMS period of getting the patient to the operating room within this 60 minute period of time. With the flight time from Traverse City to Beaver Island being almost an hour, this Golden Hour was taken up just getting the aircraft here. Now, with the Island Airways aircraft here on the island, the time to Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport is less than 20 minutes or less than half the time to get the plane to the island from Traverse City.

The modern advanced life support agency, completed by a locally based air transport capability makes the island quite capable of transporting a patient within this Golden Hour, but only if the local aircraft and local pilot are available. Thank you, Paul Welke and Island Airways for you commitment to helping BIEMS accomplish this goal.

This video is seventeen years old, or thereabouts, but the accomplishments can still be applauded. Great job and thank you to all the volunteers that allowed this service to accomplish many successes. It has only been four and half years that the BIEMS is now a paid paramedic ALS agency, and the same challenges are still with us here today. The work of all those in the past to get this system set up in an efficient manner cannot be ignored. Great job to all the volunteers!

View this documentary from 2004 HERE

Transfer Station Website Up and Running

August 19, 2020

View the website HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

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