B. I. News on the 'Net, June 18-July 1, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 1, 2018

Wow! I managed to sleep in until 5 am! That seldom happens. Still terribly warm outside. At the moment we have clear skies, 72°, dew point is 72°, wind is at 4 mph from the south, humidity is at 90%, so it's muggy out, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is 8.9 miles.
WE ARE UNDER A HEAT ADVISORY UNTIL 8 PM THIS EVENING Please be careful if you must be outside today.

TODAY: Partly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 50%. Heat index readings around 99°.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Numerous showers and thunderstorms in the evening then scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 60%.
TODAY: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Isolated showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Numerous showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
MONDAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 1, 1887 Clay Allison, eccentric gunfighter and rancher, dies in a freak wagon accident in Texas.

Born around 1840 in Waynesboro, Tennessee, Allison seemed to display odd tendencies from a young age. When the Civil War broke out, he joined the Confederate Army but received a rare medical discharge for a condition that doctors called “partly epileptic and partly maniacal,” resulting perhaps from an early childhood head injury.

After spending some time as a cowhand for the famous Texas ranchers Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight, Allison started his own ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico. For a time, he got along well with the local residents, but his tendencies toward violent rages soon became apparent. In October 1870, Allison led an angry mob that seized an accused murderer named Charles Kennedy from the local jail and hanged him. Such vigilante justice was not unusual, but many townspeople were shocked when a wild-eyed Allison decapitated Kennedy and displayed his head on a pole in a local saloon.

In 1874, Allison’s dangerous reputation grew when he beat a famed gunfighter to the draw, coolly shooting his opponent squarely above the right eye. A year later, Allison joined another lynch mob and helped hang suspected murderer Cruz Vega from a telegraph pole. Again, merely killing the man did not satisfy Allison’s blood lust. He shot Vega’s corpse in the back and then dragged it over rocks and bushes until it was a mangled pulp.

In 1881, Allison married and moved his ranch to the Texas Panhandle. His wife eventually bore him two daughters, and perhaps family life mellowed him. His behavior, however, remained extremely eccentric, and he occasionally lapsed into violent rages. Once he rode nude through the streets of Mobeetie, Texas. On another occasion, he visited a dentist in Cheyenne, Wyoming, who began drilling on the wrong tooth. After having his bad tooth repaired by a different doctor, Allison returned to the offending dentist, pinned him down, and extracted a tooth with a pair of pliers.

On this day in 1887, Allison died while driving a freight wagon to his ranch north of Pecos, Texas. A sudden jolt threw Allison from the wagon and a wheel rolled over his head, crushing his skull and neck. In 1975, Allison’s remains were moved to a grave in downtown Pecos where a granite headstone made the questionable assertion that he was a “Gentleman and Gunfighter” who “never killed a man that did not need killing.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained?

WORD OF THE DAY: mind-pop (MAHYND-pop) which means a word, phrase, image, or sound that comes into the mind suddenly and involuntarily and is usually related to a recent experience. Mind-pop was coined by Austrian psychologist George Mandler (1924–2016). It was first recorded in 2000–05.

BIRHC Presentation

On Thursday evening, June 28, 2018, Dr. John Martin made a presentation regarding the Beaver Island Rural Health Center in the BICS high school commons area. Some of the items discussed included the relationship with EMS, the patient numbers, the new equipment, and questions were answered.

View video of the presentation HERE

Thank you to Pam Grassmich for the video work of this presentation.

Posted at 7:30 a.m., 6/30/18

BIESA Meeting

The emergency services authority met this past Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 2 p.m., with the whole group present. At the meeting were Bill Kohls, chair; Kathleen McNamara Green, treasurer; new member Donna Kubic, who was elected as secretary; Bob Turner, member; and Jim McDonough, member. Also present were EMS providers, finanacial manager Rick Speck, and other members of the public.

The meeting was very upbeat with many positives. Donations were discussed and capital outlay needs were underway.

View video of the meeting HERE

Thank you to Kevin Boyle for the video work of this meeting.

Posted at 7:30 a.m., 6/30/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 30, 2018

Posted at 6:30 a.m.

Holy cow! I don't ever remember taking the dogs out at 4 am and having being able to do it barefooted and no sweater. It's going to be a miserable, hot and humid one today, folks. Please plan ahead accordingly. Lots and lots of fluids and slather on the sunscreen.

How did the eye appointment go? Well, I don't have some dreadmocus disease taking my sight away, it's something called Dry Eye Infection. Just waiting on some eye drops to come over from the drug store. I'm just so grateful that it wasn't something worse.

We are in an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING FOR TODAY!! Just be smart and careful if you must be outside. Like cold temps in the winter, bring your pets in out of the heat and please check on your elderly neighbors.
At the present time, (4:45 am) it's 72°, clear skies, dew point is 70°, wind is at 9 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 1009 mb, and visibility is 7.8 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 90s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Heat index readings around 105°.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY NIGHT: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorm.

ON THIS DATE of June 30, 1936, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published.

In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O’Hara.

In tracing Pansy’s tumultuous life from the antebellum South through the Civil War and into the Reconstruction era, Mitchell drew on the tales she had heard from her parents and other relatives, as well as from Confederate war veterans she had met as a young girl. While she was extremely secretive about her work, Mitchell eventually gave the manuscript to Harold Latham, an editor from New York’s MacMillan Publishing. Latham encouraged Mitchell to complete the novel, with one important change: the heroine’s name. Mitchell agreed to change it to Scarlett, now one of the most memorable names in the history of literature.

Published in 1936, Gone with the Wind caused a sensation in Atlanta and went on to sell millions of copies in the United States and throughout the world. While the book drew some criticism for its romanticized view of the Old South and its slaveholding elite, its epic tale of war, passion and loss captivated readers far and wide. By the time Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937, a movie project was already in the works. The film was produced by Hollywood giant David O. Selznick, who paid Mitchell a record-high $50,000 for the film rights to her book.

After testing hundreds of unknowns and big-name stars to play Scarlett, Selznick hired British actress Vivien Leigh days after filming began. Clark Gable was also on board as Rhett Butler, Scarlett’s dashing love interest. Plagued with problems on set, Gone with the Wind nonetheless became one of the highest-grossing and most acclaimed movies of all time, breaking box office records and winning nine Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.

Though she didn’t take part in the film adaptation of her book, Mitchell did attend its star-studded premiere in December 1939 in Atlanta. Tragically, she died just 10 years later, after she was struck by a speeding car while crossing Atlanta’s Peachtree Street. Scarlett, a relatively unmemorable sequel to Gone with the Wind written by Alexandra Ripley, was published in 1992.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The moon is moving away from the Earth at a tiny, although measurable, rate every year. 85 million years ago it was orbiting the Earth about 35 feet from the planet's surface?

WORD OF THE DAY: armamentarium (ahr-muh-muh n-TAIR-ee-uh m) which means 1) the aggregate of equipment, methods, and techniques available to one for carrying out one's duties; 2) a fruitful source of devices or materials available or used for an undertaking. English armamentarium is taken straight from the Latin noun armāmentārium “armory, arsenal, storehouse for military equipment.” The base of the Latin compound noun is the neuter plural noun arma “arms, weapons,” from which the verb armāre “to fit or equip with weapons” derives. From the verb armāre and the suffix -mentum, used to form concrete objects, the noun armāmentum is formed. The resulting armāmentum is completed by the very common adjective and noun suffix -ārium (from -arius), showing location. Armamentarium entered English in the 17th century in the sense “arsenal.” The broader sense of armamentarium dates from the 19th century.

Wellness Garden Benefit

Beginning Monday, July 2nd tickets for our eighth annual "Crazy Eights Garden Tour"will be on sale at the Health Center. Please come to the lobby between 9 and 3pm to purchase your tickets. Only 40 spots available so buy early;  this is always a sold out event. 

A Vintage One-day Blowout sale of rarely or lightly used items will be for sale in the lobby of the Health Center,  on Sunday, July 8th from noon to 3pm.  Cash, check, or credit card purchases available. One day event only!

The on-going Crazy Eights Silent Auction will be in the lobby at BIRHC  throughout the summer with different end dates and "buy now!" options.  From artworks to services,  fishing charter to Labor Day weekend cottage rental,  and even a BOUNTY basket of homemade taste treats;  we've got you covered.!  Stop in M-F, and check it out; give us your best bid to guarantee your win! Just do it silently please.

Gratefully Submitted by Leonor Jacobson 

Posted at 3 p.m., 6/29/18


Statue Returned

Sheriff Chuck Vondra of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office reports that at approximately midnight last night, June 29, 2018, Deputies on Beaver Island noticed the missing statue had been returned to its rightful location.  The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating who took the statue and how it was returned.  If you have any information, please call their office at 231-547-4461.

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 6/29/18

Winter Beaver House Dive

by Dick Burris

Will have to consider myself lucky; in the late sixties I donned my wetsuit and explored a beaver house underwater, and under the ice. I noticed the branches with leaves on the ceiling of the ice, which the beavers had left for winter feeding; although they do, in the winter, fell trees for repair to their dams; then went to the entrance of their house, which was a long slit at the bottom of the structure. I was tempted to reach in but realized the CHEW potential, so thought better of that.

Along the bottom could see the excrement (round balls about the size of golf balls.) I guess in that cold water mine would be about the same. Guess after reading the article of the aggression of the species, can really consider my self lucky, in the animals environment. "been there done it" and sure as hell wouldn't do it again.

Picture from the Internet

Postedat 9:15 a.m, 6/29/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 29, 2018

Well, yesterday was filled with highs and lows. The high parts were that they had neglected to tell us that the worst part of the chemo was over. It seems that I only needed three rounds of it soooo, being down to one chemo med and some other stuff, instead of taking 8 hours we were out of there in about 2. The low was that Joe had a dentist appointment in Charlevoix in the midst of the chemo so he took off for there and made it across the bridge before it opened. Walked into his appointment 2 minutes late only to be told that someone came in early so they gave his time away. He is NOT a happy camper about that and now has to make a new appointment that will merge with my chemo treatments. Today I have just one visit to an eye specialist to find out what the heck is going on with my vision. An old librarian who can't seem to focus at all.So frustrating. Anyhow, we are hoping for a quick and easy fix for this one. Then we head home to the fur babies and our own bed!

Clear skies on the island this morning, 66°, dew point is 59°, wind is at 10 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 79%, pressure is rising from 29.94 inches, visibility is 7.1 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds at 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 6 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph after midnight.
EDT SATURDAY...Straits of Mackinac within 5 nm of Mackinac Bridge including
Mackinac Island-St Ignace to False Detour Channel-
5NM East of Mackinac Bridge to Presque Isle Light MI including
Bois Blanc Island-
Presque Isle Light to Sturgeon Pt MI Including Thunder Bay
National Marine Sanctuary-Sturgeon Pt to Alabaster MI-
Grand Traverse Bay south of a line Grand Traverse Light to
Norwood MI-Seul Choix Point to 5NM West of Mackinac Bridge-
Norwood MI to 5NM West of Mackinac Bridge including Little
Traverse Bay-Sleeping Bear Point to Grand Traverse Light MI-
Point Betsie to Sleeping Bear Point MI-
Manistee to Point Betsie MI-
Whitefish Bay (U.S. Portion)/Whitefish Point to Point Iroquois MI-
St. Marys River Point Iroquois to E. Potagannissing Bay-Chippewa-
Mackinac-Emmet-Cheboygan-Presque Isle-Charlevoix-Leelanau-Antrim-
Otsego-Montmorency-Alpena-Benzie-Grand Traverse-Kalkaska-Crawford-
339 AM EDT Fri Jun 29 2018

This hazardous weather outlook is for northern Lower Michigan...
eastern Upper Michigan...and adjacent nearshore waters of Lake
Michigan...Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

.DAY ONE...Today and tonight.

There is a small chance for thunderstorms tonight across
primarily eastern upper Michigan. An isolated severe storm is
possible, with damaging winds to 60 mph and large hail to 1 inch
in diameter.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday.

There is another low possibility for thunderstorms Saturday and
Saturday night, before chances increase Sunday and Sunday night.
There remains the potential for a few of these storms to result in
damaging winds and large hail as well, particularly across eastern
upper Michigan and northwest lower Michigan.

Heat indices of 100 to 105 degrees are expected across northern
Lower Michigan Saturday, especially east of Interstate 75.

TODAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
SATURDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Patchy fog. . Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAtE of June 29. 2003, Katharine Hepburn–a four-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress and one of the greatest screen legends of Hollywood’s golden era–dies of natural causes at the age of 96, at her home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Hepburn was born into a well-to-do New England family, the daughter of a prominent surgeon, Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn, and his wife, Katharine Houghton, a suffragist and birth control advocate. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1928 and became a stage actress; her role in the 1932 Broadway production The Warrior’s Husband led to a Hollywood screen test and a contract with RKO studios. In Hepburn’s debut film, A Bill of Divorcement (1932), she starred opposite John Barrymore and was directed by George Cukor, who would become her close friend and helm many of her films (including 1933’s Little Women, 1935’s Sylvia Scarlett, 1938’s Holiday and 1949’s Adam’s Rib).

Heralded as a fresh, unconventional beauty and a talented actress, Hepburn won her first Best Actress Oscar for only her third film, Morning Glory (1933). A string of films made with RKO had mixed degrees of success, and Hepburn began earning a reputation as arrogant and self-absorbed on set, though she was always meticulously prepared for her roles. She also refused to play by the rules governing typical Hollywood starlets at the time, appearing publicly in pantsuits and without makeup and refusing to sign autographs or grant interviews. After modest successes with Stage Door (1937) and Bringing Up Baby (1938), Hepburn decided to buy out her contract with RKO, a move that gave her unusual control over her career for that time.

Her faltering image was revived by the success of The Philadelphia Story, which had originally been written for Hepburn to play on Broadway and was then adapted into a hit 1940 movie co-starring Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Several years later, Hepburn met the actor Spencer Tracy while co-starring with him in Woman of the Year (1942). Though Tracy, a devout Catholic, remained married, the two began a romantic relationship that would last until Tracy’s death nearly three decades later. (Hepburn had divorced her husband of six years, Ludlow Ogden Smith, in 1934.) On-screen, they acted in nine films together, including Adam’s Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). Tracy died just weeks after shooting was completed on the last film, for which Hepburn would win her second Best Actress Oscar.

Hepburn was awarded her third Oscar for her starring turn in A Lion in Winter (1968). She continued to appear in films and on television (including an Emmy-winning performance in 1976’s Love Among the Ruins) throughout the next three decades, winning a fourth Best Actress statuette for 1981’s On Golden Pond. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards in her lifetime (a record that would stand until 2003, when Meryl Streep received her 13th nomination), Hepburn never attended the awards show to collect her honors in person. In 1986, she broke her longtime silence about her relationship with Tracy (his widow had died in 1983) in a televised tribute to the actor. She read aloud a poignant letter she had written to him about his drinking, and about their last years together. She later included the letter in her best-selling 1991 autobiography Me: Stories of My Life.

In her final screen appearance, in 1994’s Love Affair (a remake of the classic 1939 film), Hepburn appeared frail but composed as ever in her portrayal of the aristocratic aunt of Warren Beatty’s character. In 1999, the American Film Institute (AFI) named Hepburn as the greatest female actress in the history of American cinema. When she died on June 29, 2003, the lights on Broadway were dimmed for an hour to mark the passing of one of entertainment’s brightest stars.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A Costa Rican worker who makes baseballs earns about $2,750 annually. The average American pro baseball player earns $2,377,000 per year.

WORD OF THE DAY: flexitarian [flek-si-TAIR-ee-uh n] which means 1) a person whose diet is mostly vegetarian but sometimes includes meat, fish, or poultry. 2) of or relating to flexitarians or their diet. Flexitarian was first recorded in 1990-95. It’s a portemanteau of the words flexible and vegetarian.

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Agenda

June 28, 2018, 2 p.m.

View agenda HERE

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 6/28/18, Received at 12:04 p.m. on this date

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 28, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

As per usual, the night prior to chemo is my can't sleep night. Believe me, I've been trying for hours so might as well just do the weather and hope it makes me sleepy. Have to be at the hospital by 8 am for an 8 hour chemo. Fun, fun, fun. I get to spent those hours in a huge recliner with my knitting, books, and crossword puzzle. Thanks to Connie Boyle, Caitlin Marie, and Neil Boyle I have a headset so I can quietly "read" my books. I'm putting the can't sleep thingy down to nerves as the side effects each time become worse than the time before. I'll survive but I don't have to like the process.

Anyhow, right now on the island it's clear skies, 62°, dew point is 55°, wind is at 6 mph from the south, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 29.81 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. UV levels will be very high today at 8 so please slather on the sun screen and limit your sun exposure. Pollen levels are low at 0.6 with the predominant allergens being grass, sorrel/dock, and plantain.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of June 28, 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.

The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors’ pioneering designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe’s MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris. The project was eventually code-named “Opel.” In January 1953, GM debuted the Corvette concept car at its Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It featured a fiberglass body and a six-cylinder engine and according to GM, was named for the “trim, fleet naval vessel that performed heroic escort and patrol duties during World War II.” The Corvette was a big hit with the public at Motorama and GM soon put the roadster into production.

On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette came off the production line in Flint. It was hand-assembled and featured a Polo White exterior and red interior, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, a wraparound windshield, whitewall tires and detachable plastic curtains instead of side windows. The earliest Corvettes were designed to be opened from the inside and lacked exterior door handles. Other components included a clock, cigarette lighter and red warning light that activated when the parking brake was applied–a new feature at the time. The car carried an initial price tag of $3,490 and could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 11 or 12 seconds, then considered a fairly average speed.

In 1954, the Corvette went into mass production at a Chevy plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Sales were lackluster in the beginning and GM considered discontinuing the line. However, rival company Ford had introduced the two-seater Thunderbird around the same time and GM did not want to be seen bowing to the competition. Another critical development in the Corvette’s survival came in 1955, when it was equipped with the more powerful V-8 engine. Its performance and appeal steadily improved after that and it went on to earn the nickname “America’s sports car” and become ingrained in pop culture through multiple references in movies, television and music.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep his head cool. He changed it every two innings?

WORD OF THE DAY transmundane (trans-muhn-DEYN) which means reaching beyond or existing outside the physical or visible world. Transmundane was first recorded in 1770-80. It combines Latin trans- “beyond” and mundane, which finds its roots in the Latin word meaning “world.”

Peaine & St. James Townships Special Joint Meeting

June 15th, 2018 at 10:00am at the St. James Township Hall

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

Draft Minutes Regular Meeting May 31, 2018 @ 2:00pm

Sunday and Monday Pictures

A ride seemed in order, and a trip down to Lake Geneserath was needed, so Phyllis was kidnapped, and off the editor headed. The trip was a little more extensive that Phyllis figured it would be, but some of the same spots were part of the reason.

Lady Slippers

Showy Lady Slippers

It is the season for the wild flowers to show their beauty.

More flowers for the season

Miller's Marsh

Caspian Tern at Barney's

Loon on Barney's Lake

Frog at Barney's Lake

Minnows in the shallows at Barney's Lake

Posted at 3:15 p.m., 6/27/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 27, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Trying to do this in the dark so I don't wake Joe. He deserves a sleep in after I spent yesterday afternoon sicker than a dog. I think it's nerves in anticipation of chemo on Thursday. Feel so much better this morning. Probably can't say the same for Joe's baseball cap but it DID save the car interior. Three doctor appointments this morning then have the afternoon free.

It's partly cloudy on the island this morning, 60°, dew point is 52°, wind is at 5 mph from the east, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 29.84 inches, and visibility is 9.4 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the morning then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of showers is 50%.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds.
TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Areas of fog. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 27, 1985 after 59 years, the iconic Route 66 enters the realm of history on this day in 1985, when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials decertifies the road and votes to remove all its highway signs.

Measuring some 2,200 miles in its heyday, Route 66 stretched from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, passing through eight states. According to a New York Times article about its decertification, most of Route 66 followed a path through the wilderness forged in 1857 by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Edward Beale at the head of a caravan of camels. Over the years, wagon trains and cattlemen eventually made way for trucks and passenger automobiles.

The idea of building a highway along this route surfaced in Oklahoma in the mid-1920s as a way to link the state to cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. Highway Commissioner Cyrus S. Avery touted it as a way of diverting traffic from Kansas City, Missouri and Denver. In 1926, the highway earned its official designation as Route 66. The diagonal course of Route 66 linked hundreds of mostly rural communities to the cities along its route, allowing farmers to more easily transport grain and other types of produce for distribution. The highway was also a lifeline for the long-distance trucking industry, which by 1930 was competing with the railroad for dominance in the shipping market.

Route 66 was the scene of a mass westward migration during the 1930s, when more than 200,000 people traveled from the poverty-stricken Dust Bowl to California. John Steinbeck immortalized the highway, which he called the “Mother Road,” in his classic 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Beginning in the 1950s, the building of a massive system of interstate highways made older roads increasingly obsolete, and by 1970, modern four-lane highways had bypassed nearly all sections of Route 66. In October 1984, Interstate-40 bypassed the last original stretch of Route 66 at Williams, Arizona, and the following year the road was decertified. According to the National Historic Route 66 Federation, drivers can still use 85 percent of the road, and Route 66 has become a destination for tourists from all over the world.

Often called the “Main Street of America,” Route 66 became a pop culture mainstay over the years, inspiring its own song (written in 1947 by Bobby Troup, “Route 66″ was later recorded by artists as varied as Nat “King” Cole, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones) as well as a 1960s television series. More recently, the historic highway was featured prominently in the hit animated film “Cars” (2006).

DID YOU KNOW THAT All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job in case their pants split?

WORD OF THE DAY: farouche (fa-ROOSH) which means
1) French. sullenly unsociable or shy.
2) French. fierce.
The adjective farouche, accented on the second syllable, shows that it is still an unnaturalized borrowing from French. The Old French adjective faroche, forasche derives from the Late Latin forāsticus “belonging outside or out of doors” (i.e., not fit to be inside), a derivative of the adverb and preposition forās (also forīs) “(to the) outside, abroad.” A similar semantic development can be seen in savage, from Middle French salvage, sauvage, from Medieval Latin salvāticus (Latin silvāticus) “pertaining to the woods.” Farouche entered English in the 18th century.

Summer Reading

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 6/26/18

Brennan Jones Headed to Nationals

This morning Brennan Jones left for Dallas, Texas! Brennan is representing Beaver Island's Health Occupations Students of America in Clinical Nursing at the WORLD COMPETITION! Brennan won second place at the competition aat the state level this spring. It's a great personal accomplishment to get there. Brennan put in a lot of hard work, self discipline, knowledge and study. The whole island should be proud of him. Thank you Jenna Wilk and Tom Whitman for being his escorts.

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 6/26/18

Brennan at the World Competition

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 6/27/18

Square Dance at Holy Cross Parish Hall

There will be a Square Dance at the Holy Cross Hall on June 30, 2018, at 7 pm. Danny, Danny and Brother Jim are providing music, and Brother Jim will call the dances. This will be a real blast from the past and loads of fun. All are welcome! If you would like to bring snacks or appetizers to share, that would be much appreciated. Free admission!! So, mark your calendars. Looking forward to a fun evening !

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 6/26/18

AMVETs Breakfast Scheduled

AMVETS Breakfast this Sunday 8:00 AM till noon.

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, coffee, juice.

Free will donation.

Proceeds go to support Island Veterans in need and our Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park.


Posted at 8:45 a.m., 6/26/18

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Morgans

Gary and Tina Morgan were married fifty years ago, June 22, 1968, at St. Leo the Great in Flint, Michigan. They celebrated with their family at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Beaver Island, this past Sunday morning.

The Morgan family:

Joe(Laura), Joseph P, Nicky, Lilly
Aaron, Faith, Roman

Congratulations to Gary and Tina and the whole family!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 26, 2018

Well, our mini vacation is over (sigh) and we head back to Petoskey this afternoon to begin another round of chemo. Can you read my excitement between the lines? Frankly, I'd rather stub my little toe on the corner of the platform bed than do chemo again, but have to do it if I want to beat this ugly disease. We'll be back on the island Friday. There may be a couple days in there that Joe will have to do the weather, as chemo tends to really clean the floor with me. Oh well, there's millions worse off so I can't complain. I'll lay around and eat bonbons while watching reruns of Bonanza.

Right now we have clear skies on the island, it's 57°, dew point is at 45°, wind is at 8 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 64%, pressure is rising from 30.16 inches, and visibility is 10+ miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
TODAY: East wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of June 26, 1948, U.S. and British pilots begin delivering food and supplies by airplane to Berlin after the city is isolated by a Soviet Union blockade.

When World War II ended in 1945, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though located within the Soviet zone of occupation, was also split into four sectors, with the Allies taking the western part of the city and the Soviets the eastern. In June 1948, Josef Stalin’s government attempted to consolidate control of the city by cutting off all land and sea routes to West Berlin in order to pressure the Allies to evacuate. As a result, beginning on June 24 the western section of Berlin and its 2 million people were deprived of food, heating fuel and other crucial supplies.

Though some in U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s administration called for a direct military response to this aggressive Soviet move, Truman worried such a response would trigger another world war. Instead, he authorized a massive airlift operation under the control of General Lucius D. Clay, the American-appointed military governor of Germany. The first planes took off from England and western Germany on June 26, loaded with food, clothing, water, medicine and fuel.

By July 15, an average of 2,500 tons of supplies was being flown into the city every day. The massive scale of the airlift made it a huge logistical challenge and at times a great risk. With planes landing at Tempelhof Airport every four minutes, round the clock, pilots were being asked to fly two or more round-trip flights every day, in World War II planes that were sometimes in need of repair.

The Soviets lifted the blockade in May 1949, having earned the scorn of the international community for subjecting innocent men, women and children to hardship and starvation. The airlift–called die Luftbrucke or “the air bridge” in German–continued until September 1949, for a total delivery of more than 1.5 million tons of supplies and a total cost of over $224 million. When it ended, the eastern section of Berlin was absorbed into Soviet East Germany, while West Berlin remained a separate territory with its own government and close ties to West Germany. The Berlin Wall, built in 1961, formed a dividing line between East and West Berlin. Its destruction in 1989 presaged the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and marked the end of an era and the reemergence of Berlin as the capital of a new, unified German nation.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Dueling is legal is Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors?

WORD OF THE DAY: benedict (BENi-dikt) which means a newly married man, especially one who has been long a bachelor. Benedict is a familiar correction of Benedick (Benedicke), the former confirmed bachelor newly married in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing (1600). Benedict as a common noun entered English in the 19th century.

Posted at 8 a.m.

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

for June 2018

View them here

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 6/25/18

Beaver Island Association Meeting Announced

July 9, 2018, at 4 p.m.

Island Current, BIA Newsletter HERE

Beaver Island Studio Announces Classes and Dates

There are some fun and exciting things coming up. July 10th is a free Plein Air (outdoor) painting day at Beaver Island Gallery. July 24th is a one day Pastel workshop with Christine Bodnar. Museum Week Art show sign-up's have started for the Week of July 16th. Monday morning open studio painting/art will start July 2nd. There will be a paint night in August (exact date TBA). Also, an ink painting class in August (date TBA).

Please, sign up soon. Email Calstipp@yahoo.com, or 2115 or website contact info at BeaverIslandStudio.com

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 25, 2018

Been up since 4, have tea, am awake and since I am, I might as well do the weather and whatnot. Jon Bonadeo says I'm the first thing he reads in the morning so guess I'd better get busy and earn my keep.

Right now we have clear skies, 51°, dew point is 46°, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 30.20 inches, visibility is 9.6 miles, UV levels will be very high today at 8, so slather on the sunscreen, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.0 with the predominant pollen being grass, sorrel/dock, and plantain.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows around 50°. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY NIGHT: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 25, 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT The Olympic flag's colors are always red, black, blue, green, and yellow rings on a field of white. This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet.

WORD OF THE DAY: scupper (SKUHP-er) which means
1) British. Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.
2) British. Military. to overwhelm; surprise and destroy, disable, or massacre.
The origin of the verb scupper is uncertain. It originated as military slang (“to surprise and slaughter; utterly defeat”). The verb scupper may be a development from the noun scupper “an opening in a ship's side even with the deck to allow water to flow away,” but the semantic development is unclear. Scupper entered English in the 19th century.

Christian Church Bulletin

June 24, 2018

Posted at 6:45 p.m., 6/24/18

Mass from Holy Cross

June 24, 2018

Saturday afternoon Mass was at 4 p.m. this week to allow plenty of time for visitors to make the 5:20 p.m. boat on Saturday. The reader was Audrey Biehlman. Our local parish priest Father Jim Siler was back on the island for this weekend's services.

Audrey Biehlman, reader, and Father Jim Siler

Sunday service was at the normal 9:30 a.m. time. The reader was Joan Banville.

Father Jim Siler prays........Joan Banville readsss..........Father Jim reads the Gospel

The gifts were brough up by Gary and Tina Morgan.

Father Jim reads the announcements.

View the video of the services HERE

Posted at 5:45 p.m., 6/24/18

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #26

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted 2 p.m., 6/24/18

Pirate Party at Whiskey Point

June 23, 2018

The Beaver Island Historical Society Pirate Party took place yesterday from 4-8 p.m. at Whiskey Point. There were fun games, light refreshments, great camaraderie and a Contra Dance beginning at 6 p.m. which will end about 8 p.m. Live Music was by the Cut Finger Band. The contradance had to be moved to the Episcopal Church due to the rain lingering over Whiskey Point. To kick off the pirating they had a treasure hunt planned. It was all intended for good family fun! The treasure map was found on a visit any of these fine mates: Beaver Island Public Library, Daddy Franks, Print Shop Museum, Power's Do-It-Best Hardware, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Island Ferry Dock, Realty One, Dalwhinnies, Happy Paddle, Marine Museum, or the Toy Museum.

Pirate flags and dressed up like pirates

The gathering from the roadway

The gathering looking back toward the light

Bounce house and games for kids

A few in costumes

The Cut Finger Band and dancers warm up before heading to the Episcopal Church.

View a video clip HERE

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 6/24/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 24, 2018

Waiting on the water so I can have a nice cup of tea as coffee and I are no longer getting along. In the meantime, I have a reminder for those of you who are on the island today. The Beaver Island Historical Society is having a farewell reception for Melvin and Elvina Napont today at the Print Shop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They are moving shortly to East Jordan. Not taking the house this time! If you don't know, the Napont home was built on High Island and slid across the ice when they moved to Beaver many, many years ago.

We have mostly cloudy skies this morning, 58°, wind is at 5 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 90%, pressure is rising from 29.87 inches, dew point is 52°, and visibility is 9.5 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. A 50% chance of rain showers. Highs around 70°. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
UV levels will be high today at 7 so don't forget your sunscreen...and use it!
POLLEN levels will be medium today at 4.9. Top allergens remain grasses, dock, and plantain.

ON THIS DATE of June 24, 1675 King Philip's War begins. (I have an interest in this as my ancestors on my Dad's side lived in Swansee at the time.)

In colonial New England, King Philip’s War begins when a band of Wampanoag warriors raid the border settlement of Swansee, Massachusetts, and massacre the English colonists there.

In the early 1670s, 50 years of peace between the Plymouth colony and the local Wampanoag Indians began to deteriorate when the rapidly expanding settlement forced land sales on the tribe. Reacting to increasing Native American hostility, the English met with King Philip, chief of the Wampanoag, and demanded that his forces surrender their arms. The Wampanoag did so, but in 1675 a Christian Native American who had been acting as an informer to the English was murdered, and three Wampanoag were tried and executed for the crime.

King Philip responded by ordering the attack on Swansee on June 24, which set off a series of Wampanoag raids in which several settlements were destroyed and scores of colonists massacred. The colonists retaliated by destroying a number of Indian villages. The destruction of a Narragansett village by the English brought the Narragansett into the conflict on the side of King Philip, and within a few months several other tribes and all the New England colonies were involved. In early 1676, the Narragansett were defeated and their chief killed, while the Wampanoag and their other allies were gradually subdued. King Philip’s wife and son were captured, and on August 12, 1676, after his secret headquarters in Mount Hope, Rhode Island, was discovered, Philip was assassinated by a Native American in the service of the English. The English drew and quartered Philip’s body and publicly displayed his head on a stake in Plymouth.

King Philip’s War, which was extremely costly to the colonists of southern New England, ended the Native American presence in the region and inaugurated a period of unimpeded colonial expansion.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Retired basketball sensation Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike each year than all the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

WORD OF THE DAY: edentate (ee-DEN-teyt) which means toothless. Edentate means “lacking teeth, toothless,” a neutral term; it is also used in taxonomic names for an order of mammals lacking front teeth, e.g. sloths, armadillos, another neutral sense. The origin of edentate is the Latin adjective ēdentātus, the past participle of the verb ēdentāre “to knock (someone’s) teeth out,” definitely not a neutral sense. Edentate entered English in the 19th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 23, 2018

Woke up and couldn't get back to sleep, so the dogs and I decided we might as well get up. Now they have decided that the hike from the bedroom was too much so they've gone back to sleep on the sofa. I'm on my own to do the weather.

At the moment it's 57°, mostly cloudy, wind is at 5 mph from the east, dew point is 50°, humidity is 76%, pressure is steady at 29.78, and visibility is 9.7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the morning then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of showers is 40%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers through the day. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. see the open lakes forecast for days 3 through 5.
POLLEN REPORT: Today pollen levels are low-medium at 2.9 with the top allergens being grasses, dock, and plantain.

ON THIS DATE of June 23, 1927 Newspaper reveals Coolidge will be adopted into Sioux tribe.

The Sioux County Pioneer newspaper of North Dakota reports on this day in 1927 that President Calvin Coolidge will be “adopted” into a Sioux tribe at Fort Yates on the south-central border of North Dakota.

In anticipation of the president’s upcoming visit to the Black Hills region of North Dakota, the Sioux County Pioneer reported that a Sioux elder named Chauncey Yellow Robe, a descendant of Sitting Bull and an Indian school administrator, suggested that Coolidge be inducted into the tribe. The article stated that Yellow Robe graciously offered the president a “most sincere and hearty welcome” and hoped that Coolidge and his wife would enjoy “rest, peace, quiet and friendship among us.”

Coolidge’s public policy toward Indians included the Indian Citizen Act of 1924, which granted automatic U.S. citizenship to all American tribes. On personal moral grounds, Coolidge sincerely regretted the state of poverty to which many Indian tribes had sunk after decades of legal persecution and forced assimilation. Throughout his two terms in office, Coolidge presented at least a public image as a strong proponent of tribal rights. However, U.S. government policies of forced assimilation remained in full swing during his administration. At this time, all Indian children were placed in federally funded boarding schools in an effort to familiarize them with white culture and train them in marketable skills. In the meantime, however, they were separated from their families and stripped of their native language and culture.

At the Sioux ceremony in 1927, photographers captured Coolidge, in suit and tie, as he was given a grand ceremonial feathered headdress by Sioux Chief Henry Standing Bear and officially declared an honorary tribal member.

DID YOU KNOW THAT In 1963, major league baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, an hour after Neil Armstrong set foot on the surface of the moon, Perry hit is first, and only, home run while playing for the San Francisco Giants.

WORD OF THE DAY: backstairs (BAK-stairz) which means:
1) secret, underhanded, or scandalous: backstairs gossip.
2) associated or originating with household servants. Backstairs was first recorded in 1635-45. It’s the adjectival extension of the noun back stairs.

Michigan Waterways Exhibit Keynote

At the BIC Center, 7 p.m., June 22, 2018

This program was organized by the Beaver Island Historical Society director, and it was a small group of speakers who began their talks with many thank-you's for those that had helped get this accomplished. All stated that Beaver Island was the most logical beginning to the exhibit's travels throughout the year. The exhibit will open June 23, 2018, and the exhibit can be viewed at the St. James Township Hall on Whiskey Point.

Discover the Great Lakes and world water with traveling museum exhibits

Water will take center stage in two exciting exhibits premiering in Michigan this week, brought by a partnership among the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Humanities Council, Cranbrook Institute of Science and Michigan State University.

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit will travel across the state, featuring ways water intersects with our world’s environment, history, economy and culture.

The Michigan Water Heritage Project will travel with Water/Ways, adding a Great Lakes focus and sparking conversations with communities about why healthy waters matter. The exhibit is generously funded by a grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

The exhibits will travel across Michigan and be hosted in six communities, premiering on Beaver Island June 23, 2018.

“It's really special to be able to host the Michigan premier of these exhibits in a community located in the heart of the Great Lakes,” said Lori Taylor-Blitz, Director of the Beaver Island Historical Society.  

The Beaver Island community is celebrating the exhibit with an opening event featuring keynote speaker Dave Dempsey, a noted Great Lakes scholar; a speaker series called “Picnic at the Point;” a Water/Ways Symposium; and a Beaver Island Pirate Party for children and the young at heart.  

Hop on the ferryboat to see the exhibits at the premiere, or mark one of the other locations on your calendar:

Beaver Island Historical Society
Beaver Island, MI
June 23 – Aug 5, 2018

On to the preseentation................

Approximately one hundred and thirty-five people attended the keynote with speakers from different organizations having an opportunity to provide information also.

Mark Englesman.....Shelly Kasperski.............John Allen

Keynote speaker Dave Dempsy

Karen Turnuill..........Shamus Norgaard...........Lori Taylor-Blitz

View the gallery of presenter pictures HERE

View the Keynote slides HERE

View video of the night HERE

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 6/23/18

Visit from the Madeline

As part of the historical society kick-off of the Michigan Waterways Exhibit, mentioned below, the Madeline has come to the island and is tied off to the end of the Beaver Island Yacht Dock nearest the berth of the Beaver Islander. This vessel has lots of history and information and has been taking visitors since its arrival.

The Madeline

Period costume.........Souvenirs for sale

Onboard and checking out the vessel

View video of the visit HERE

Posted at 3:45 p.m., 6/22/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 22, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

If you haven't tried it yet, take the time to have dinner at the Circle M. Chef Josh Runburg's magical abilities in the kitchen are remarkable. The food is beyond compare. The service is wonderful and all in all, we had a stupendous time. Tonight it's going to be left-overs and they are good too.

At the moment we have partly cloudy skies, 54°, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 83%, dew point is 47°, pressure is steady at 29.94 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. UV levels are very high at 8 so please minimize your sun exposure and lather on the sunscreen. Pollen levels are medium at 5.9. Top allergens are grass, sorrel/dock, and plantain.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers after midnight Lows in the mid 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: East winds at 10 kt, waves at 1 foot. High of 68°.
TONIGHT: East winds at 10 kt. Waves less than one foot. Low of 68°

ON THIS DATE of June 22, 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill, an unprecedented act of legislation designed to compensate returning members of the armed services–known as G.I.s–for their efforts in World War II.

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

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

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

The G.I. Bill became one of the major forces that drove an economic expansion in America that lasted 30 years after World War II. Only 20 percent of the money set aside for unemployment compensation under the bill was given out, as most veterans found jobs or pursued higher education. Low interest home loans enabled millions of American families to move out of urban centers and buy or build homes outside the city, changing the face of the suburbs. Over 50 years, the impact of the G.I. Bill was enormous, with 20 million veterans and dependents using the education benefits and 14 million home loans guaranteed, for a total federal investment of $67 billion. Among the millions of Americans who have taken advantage of the bill are former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, former Vice President Al Gore and entertainers Johnny Cash, Ed McMahon, Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a bear has 42 teeth?

WORD OF THE DAY: pellucid (PUH-LOO-sid) which means
1) clear in meaning, expression, or style: a pellucid way of writing.
2) allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent.
3) clear or limpid: pellucid waters.
English pellucid comes from the Latin adjective pellūcidus (the usual Latin spelling is perlūcidus) “very clear, transparent.” The Latin adjective lūcidus is thoroughly naturalized in English lucid, but the Latin prefix and preposition per- is worth explanation. In Latin per- is used to intensify adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, e.g., perbonus “very good, excellent,” perbrevis “very short,” perbene “very well,” perbellē “very charmingly,” and percelebrāre “to make thoroughly known.” The Greek prefix and preposition perí- serves the same purpose, as in Periklês (c495-429 b.c.), the Athenian statesman, from the adjective perikleês “very famous.” Pellucid entered English in the 17th century.

Loons and Ducks

Common Loon with common stance

Loon swimming and fishing.........Mate on the nest at Barney's Lake

Ducks and ducklings near Gull Harbor

Lots to see at Gull Harbor

Posted at 8 p.m., 6/21/18

Osprey Pair on Tower

Where have you been? I've been calling and calling for you. I'm hungry, and I need a break.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Election Inspectors Sought



BICS Documents for June 20, 2018 Special Meeting

62018 School Board Vacancy Notice

2018-06-20_BICS_Budget Resolutions FY18FY19 (1)

6.20.18 Special Mtg-Budget Hearing

Posted 6/21/18, 2:45 p.m.

Flowers and Insects

A short drive and some of these were spotted along the loop from Barney's Lake Road to Sloptown Road. Pretty as well as an excellent showing of the dependency of one species on another.

Caspian Tern over Barney's Lake

Little bee on a flower................spider on a tulip

Bee on a marsh marigold...

moth or butterfly on cedar

Monarch in the weeds

Summer Solstice Mating Turtles

June 20, 2018

Summer Men's Golf League match over, BINGO happening at the Gregg Fellowship Center, the sun is shining, the weather is beautiful outside, so what do you do? Bet no one ever would suggest to drive to Barney's Lake to watch the "snapper" turtles mate. Believe it or not, this editor would, and did.

Starting out somewhere in less than six feet of water, there were two turtles splashing away on the surface of the water. They slowly, ever so slowly moved toward shore, but most of the time they remained in about two feet of water. This ended with the turtles in the reeds close to shore and then the turtles headed their own separate ways.

Arriving closer to shore

In the reeds

Heading out.........two different directions

View a large gallery of photos HERE

View video of this HERE

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 6/21/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 21, 2018

Posted at 9 a.m.,

Welcome to the first day of summer on beautiful Beaver Island. Today is also my mother's 71st wedding anniversary, so if you should see her, wish her a happy one. She says, "dad may be gone, but it's STILL my anniversary", so to celebrate we'll be heading to the Circle M for dinner tonight.
We've also had to deal with an internet glitch this morning. I was up at 4 to do the weather but couldn't connect. Had to wait for Joe to get up and do battle with it. NOW we are up and running even if the weather is late.

Right now I'm showing 59°, clear skies, wind is at 12 mph from the east, humidity is at 75%, dew point is 51°, pressure is steady at 29.97 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows around 50°. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.
TODAY: Wind will be from the east at 15 kt, waves to 2 feet
TONIGHT: East winds at 10 kt, waves to 1 foot.

ON THIS DATE of June 21, 1965, the Byrds’ debut album is released, Mr. Tambourine Man, marked the beginning of the folk-rock revolution. In just a few months, the Byrds had become a household name, with a #1 single and a smash-hit album that married the ringing guitars and backbeat of the British Invasion with the harmonies and lyrical depth of folk to create an entirely new sound.

Perhaps someone else could have listened to the bright guitar lines of the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride” and to Bob Dylan’s original “Mr. Tambourine Man” and had the idea of somehow combining the two, but neither of those recordings existed when the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn devised his group’s new sound. Newly signed to Columbia Records, the Byrds had access to an early demo version of “Mr. Tambourine Man” even before their label-mate Bob Dylan had had a chance to record it for his own upcoming album. On January 20, 1965, they entered the studio to record what would become the title track of their debut album and, incidentally, the only Bob Dylan song ever to reach #1 on the U.S. pop charts. Aiming consciously for a vocal style in between Dylan’s and Lennon’s, McGuinn sang lead, with Gene Clark and David Crosby providing the complex harmony that would, along with McGuinn’s jangly electric 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, form the basis of the Byrds’ trademark sound.

That sound, which would influence countless groups from Big Star to the Bangles in decades to come, had an immediate and profound impact on the Byrds’ contemporaries, and even on the artists who’d inspired it in the first place. “Wow, man, you can even dance to that!” was Bob Dylan’s reaction to hearing what the Byrds’ had done with “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Just days before the hugely influential album of the same name was released to the public on June 21, 1965, Dylan himself would be in a New York recording studio with an electric guitar in his hands, putting the finishing touches on “Like A Rolling Stone” and setting the stage for his controversial “Dylan goes electric” performance at the Newport Folk Festival just one month later.

Now you have an ear worm to keep you entertained on this longest day of the year

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Britain, banks are required to accept any check that's correctly made out, no matter what it's written on. It took the editor of the humor magazine Punch to put this rule to a test: he made a check out to a writer on the side of a cow.

WORD OF THE DAY: summerize (SUHM-uh-rahyz) which means to prepare (a house, car, etc.) so as to counteract the hot weather of summer. In the late 18th century, summerize meant “to spend the summer,” a sense rarely used nowadays. In the mid-19th century in the U.S. in colloquial usage, summerize acquired its usual meaning “to prepare for summer.”

"Choked Up"

by Daniel R. Craig

We've all been there. Never develop an attachment. Do the job, control the emotional part of your being. Most times its done. On others, we're only human and we meltdown.

Over the years, I believe I have maintained a good emotional status. My faith helps. But at times I walk away after working a patient I delivered to the caring hands of the E.R. staff. The young always hurt. I walk away not because I don't care. I need to reset. At times I hold back tears. At times they come. I maintain though. I go back and check on most of my patients I before exiting the E.R. for the most part. It's just me.

I create an attachment on first sight of a patient. Be it medical, trauma, psych, whatever. Once interaction develops , a somewhat of an attachment is created. The outcome looked good. Femur fracture reduced with a traction splint. Back pain but no neurological deficits. Good belly no mass or tenderness. Great airway and exchange. Coming down twenty feet out of a tree with a chain saw, we're lucky here!

I walk back into the trauma room to check on him. Everything is good. We grab hands in a "power shake".

He said, "Thank you, brother".

I smiled and said, "No problem my man".

I could see tears welling in his eyes. I got all "Choked up". I had to beat feet out of the E.R. The outcome was good. It could of been a lot worse! His graditude was from the heart and it got to me! All in a good way!

Stay safe, smile, laugh, love....."494"

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 6/21/18

Weather by Joe

June 21, 2018

Phyllis was up early, but the house had no Internet, and still doesn't. I'm rigging a hotspot using my cellphone to get this posted. TDS will be getting a phone call first thing after the office opens. Here goes the less than Phyllis weather. I took lots of pictures yesterday, but it will take a while to get them processed.

Right now it is 61 degrees with clear skies. Today should be mostly sunny with barely a fractional hundredth of a chance of rain. The wind is from the East at 20 mph. The humidity is at 75%. Visibility is ten miles,

Mostly sunny. Highs in the 68 to mid 70s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
Clear. Lows around 50. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

I'll let Phyllis finish this when we get Internet.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 20, 2018

Yesterday was lovely. I even managed to make it out for $2 Tuesday with Mom and Joe. Had a wonderful dinner with Mom, Joe, Ruthie, and Emily Ruddell. A tad busier than I'm used to and it wore me out. Slept like a log. Now if I could just wake up LOL Bingo is tonight. I'm giving it some thought although my eyesight isn't very good but haven't been since last year and it sounds like fun. We will see.

Right now it is 53°, clear skies, wind is at 2 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 88%, dew point is 50°, pressure is steady at 29.93 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Other weather items, the air quality is rated excellent for today. The nearest lightning is 358 miles away. UV is very high at 9 so minimize your time in the sun and please use sunscreen. Pollen levels at medium at 5.9 with the top allergens being grasses, sorrel/dock, and plantain.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Northwinds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the northeast after midnight. Gusts up to 20 mph.
TODAY: Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 20, 1975, Jaws, a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned three sequels.

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT Denmark has twice as many pigs as there are people?

WORD OF THE DAY: thigmotropism (thig-MO-truh-piz-uhm) which means oriented growth of an organism in response to mechanical contact, as a plant tendril coiling around a string support. Thigmotropism is a very rare word, restricted to biology, especially botany. All three of the components of the word come from Greek: thígma means “a touch”; trópos and tropḗ are both nouns meaning “a turning, turn”; and -ism comes from the Greek suffixes -ismós, isma, used to form nouns denoting the result of an action. Thigmotropism entered English in the early 20th century.

Special St. James Meeting Scheduled

June 21, 2018, 9 a.m., Governmental Center

Agenda HERE

Posted at 2 p.m., 6/19/18

Good Things, and Bad

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 6/18/19


All events unless otherwise posted are freewill donations.

Sunday, July 15, 2018
“This Place Matters” A picnic at the
Beaver Head Lighthouse. 1-5

Monday, July 16
Heritage Park: History Fun Days 1-4
Print Shop: Music on the Porch 7-9

Tuesday, July 17
CMU Open House: Inside of Great Lakes Research at CMU Boathouse 10-4
Heritage Park: History Fun Days 1-4
Holy Cross Church: Drumming Circle, Baraga History & Pilgrimage 2-4
BICC: A Tribute to Barry Pischner and Beaver Island's Balladeers 7-9

Wednesday, July 18
“Picnic at the Point” USCG History with Frank Hacket 12-1
Fellowship Center: Art Show 12-4
Protar’s House: Living History & Tour 12-4
Community Center: Antiques Road Show 7-9

Thursday, July 19
Fellowship Center: Art Show 12-4
Protar’s House: Living History & Tour 12-4
Marine Museum: Meet the Fishing Families, and Boat Captains 12-4
BICS: State of the School Address and Party for the Playground 4-6
In the evening check out the Beaver Island Music Festival!

Friday, July 20
Jewell Gillespie Beach: Water Carnival with children activities
and Clark the Juggler. 11-1
Fellowship Center: Art Show 12-4
Protar’s Cabin: Living History 12-4
BICC: Frank Mays, The story of the Carl D. Bradley 7-9

Saturday, July 21
B.I. Library: A special story hour with Lori E. Taylor, author of Bamboozled on Beaver Island, will present a festive garden walk and a puppet show. 1-2:30
Holy Cross Hall: Bingo returns! Admission at the door 7-9:30

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 19, 2018

Managed to sleep until 6 am! Now waiting for the coffee to finish so I can get on with my day.

Partly cloudy out this morning, 55°, wind is at 7 mph from the east, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 30.06 inches, dew point is 54°, for folks with respiratory problems the air quality today is excellent, and visibility is 9.8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT: Report for the entire week so you can plan ahead...but keep in mind, it IS weather and this IS Michigan so things may change at the drop of a hat:

Today NE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Tonight NE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Mostly clear. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Wednesday Night NW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming ENE after midnight. Mostly clear. Waves 1 ft or less.

Thursday E wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Thursday Night Variable winds 5 kt or less. Clear. Waves around 1 ft.

Friday E wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday Night E wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers. Waves around 1 ft.

Saturday E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. A chance of showers. Waves around 1 ft.

UV Report: the levels for UVV are very high for today at 9. Minimize your sun exposure and apply sunscreen.

Pollen Report: today the pollen levels are low at 1.3. The predominant allergens are grasses, sorrel/dock, and plantain.

ON THIS DATE of June 19, 1856 the first Republican national convention ends.

In Music Fund Hall in Philadelphia, the first national convention of the Republican Party, founded two years before, comes to its conclusion. John Charles Fremont of California, the famous explorer of the West, was nominated for the presidency, and William Dewis Dayton of New Jersey was chosen as the candidate for the vice presidency.

In 1854, Congress moved to vote on the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, an act that would dissolve the terms of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and allow slave or free status to be decided in the territories by popular sovereignty. When it seemed the bill would win congressional passage, the Whig Party, which could not adequately cope with the issue of slavery, disintegrated. By February 1854, anti-slavery factions of the former Whig Party had begun meeting in the upper Midwestern states to discuss the formation of a new party. One such meeting, at Ripon, Wisconsin, on March 20, 1954, is generally remembered as the founding meeting of the Republican Party.

The Republicans, who called for the abolition of slavery in all U.S. territories, rapidly gained supporters in the North, and in 1856 their first presidential candidate, John Fremont, won 11 of the 16 Northern states. By 1860, the majority of Southern states were publicly threatening secession if a Republican won the presidency. On November 6, 1860, Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected president over a divided Democratic Party, and six weeks later South Carolina formally seceded from the Union. Within six more weeks, five other Southern states had followed South Carolina’s lead. On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began when Confederate shore batteries under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay.

The Civil War firmly identified the Republican Party as the official party of the victorious North. After the war, the Republican-dominated Congress forced a radical Reconstruction policy on the South, which saw the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, abolishing slavery and granting voting rights to African American men in the South. By 1876, the Republican Party had lost control of the South, but it continued to dominate the presidency, with a few intermissions, until the ascendance of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Mademoiselle Riego de la Blanchardiere is generally credited with the invention of Irish Crochet, publishing the first book of patterns in 1846. Irish lace became popular in Europe and America, and was made in quantity until the first World War? While the exact origins of Crochet are unclear as the skill was originally word of mouth, Lis Paludan theories that crochet evolved from traditional practices in Iran, South America or China, but there is no decisive evidence of the craft being performed before its popularity in Europe during the 19th century.WORD

WORD OF THE DAY: turophile (TOOR-uh-fahyl) which means a connoisseur or lover of cheese. Turophile a rare word not only in meaning but also in its spelling. The combining form -phile is very common in English, but the combining form turo- is unique: it comes from the Greek noun tȳrós, which is nearly always Romanized as tyro-, as in the technical term tyrosine (an amino acid). Tȳrós comes from a complicated Proto-Indo-European root tēu, tewe, teu, tū “to swell, coagulate, be or become thick”: for the Greeks cheese was “thickened milk.” The Latin word būtȳrum “butter” is a borrowing from Greek boútyron “butter,” literally “cow cheese.” Būtȳrum “butter” was adopted by the West Germanic languages, e.g., Old English butere, English butter, Dutch boter, Old High German butera, and German Butter. Turophile entered English in the 20th century.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Shirley K Rudder

by Dick Burris

"Shirley K" (fish tug) rudder:

Clarence Maudrie lost the rudder off of the Shirley K just off the coast guard station in the harbor of Paradise Bay in 45 feet of water.

The Sundew icebreaker was to come in with heating fuel for the island which was running out, and the harbor had been froze in.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

for June 17, 2018

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 6/18/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 18, 2018

We survived the heat and humidity of yesterday. NOT my kind of summer day, love me my a/c!! Thank you, Joe!!

Right now we have clear skies, it's 66°, wind is at 13 mph from the south, humidity is at 83%, dew point is 61°, pressure is rising from 29.83 inches, and visibility is 7.3 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Patchy fog through the day. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Chance of showers is 50%.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. NOrth winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Areas of fog early in the morning. Patchy fog in the morning. Scattered showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Thanks to all the rain, pollen levels for today are low at 1.3. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain.
UV REPORT: UV levels will be very high today at 8. Please minimize your outside time and apply sunscreen.

ON THIS DATE of June 18, the War of 1812 begins.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT a group of leopards is a leap?

WORD OF THE DAY: day-tripper (DEY-trip-er) which means a person who goes on a trip, especially an excursion, lasting all or part of a day but not overnight. Day-tripper has been used in English since the mid-1800s.

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

There was no Saturday afternoon Mass this week with Father Jim Siler's absence, which made the attendance at the Pig Roast and fundraiser possible for those that would normally be at this service. Instead there was just one Mass this weekend at the normal Sunday time. Deacon Paul Fifer assisted Father Denny Stillwell for the Sunday service.

Father Denny provides an introduction and a little history

Jacque LaFreniere did the readings.

Deacon Paul read the Gospel.

Father Denny gave an interesting sermon and managed to connect a mustard seed to Father's Day.

View video of the service HERE

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project # 25

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 12:00 p.m., 6/17/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 17, 2018

Wonderful benefit for Gus last night. Joe was able to enjoy making music with Danny, Danny, Edward, and Hilary. I think everyone had a great time.

Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 71°, dew point is 68°, humidity is at 92% and it feels muggy, wind is from the south at 7 mph, pressure is rising from 29.90, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening the becoming mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Hazardous Weather Outlook: Thunderstorms are possible across eastern upper Michigan today, then become increasingly likely through tonight while also sinking into northern lower Michigan. A few of the storms may become strong to marginally severe late this afternoon and through this evening for portions of eastern upper michigan and northwest lower Michigan. The main threats will be for damaging winds to 60 mph, hail to one inch in diameter, and locally heavy rainfall.

Very warm temperatures and high humidity will likely produce heat indices around 100 degrees this afternoon into early evening across portions of Northern Lower Michigan...mainly along and south of M-55.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Patchy fog early in the morning, then areas of fog in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHt: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Areas of fog. Thunderstorms likely and a chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today will be at medium 6.7 with the top allergens being grasses, dock, and plantain.
UV REPORT: the haze today won't stop sunburn and the UV levels for today are very high at 8. Please minimize sun exposure and apply sunscreen.

ON THIS DATE of June 17, 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The copper and iron statue, which was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland, became known around the world as an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy.

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT: Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States?

WORD OF THE DAY: paragon (PAR-uh-gon) which means a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence. The English noun paragon comes from Middle French, from Old Italian paragone “touch stone,” a derivative of the verb paragonare “to test on a touchstone or whetstone.” The Italian words perhaps derive from Greek parakonân “to sharpen, whet,” formed from the prefix and preposition para- “beside, alongside” and akonân “to sharpen, whet,” a derivative of akónē “whetstone, bone.” Paragon entered English in the mid-16th century.

Benefit Party for Steve "Gus" Connaghan

The musicians

This event was open to the public, and it was hosted by Marie Connaghan LaFreniere and Ann T. Partridge. Many hands made for some excellent food and an excellent gathering of island people. Music was played by Ed Palmer, Danny Johnsten, Danny Gillespie, and Joe Moore with the amazing vocals by Hilary Palmer. Everyone of these people did some singing, but Danny and Danny, Edward and Hillary were the primary one to perform. Joe Moore did a little harmony and played bass.

The whole night was live streamed on Beaver Island TV, making it available to any that knew about it and wanting to view what was happening at the party. Parts of the evening were recorded and just a few pictures were taken.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of some of the night HERE

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 6/17/18

Slideshow Ads on Facebook

by Joe Moore

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been attempting to put out some pictures and information about the island using facebook. This is usually attached to the "Latest updates" listing that we have put on this website. It just became apparent to me, that even though the subscribers have seen all these pictures before, they have not had the opportunity to view them in a slideshow with music. Although some call pictures set to music as a video, that does not fit the definition of video to the editor. In any case, here are two of the videos that were prepared for the month of June 2018 for facebook. You can see them by clicking on the link below:

View slideshows HERE

Posted on 6/16/18 at 12:00 p.m.

This Past Week in Pictures

This is the first week that both the editor and his wife have been on the island for the regular work week in seven weeks. There were lots of chores to get done and many more to do, but there had to be some special moments to help make up for the missing seven weeks. So, here you go. Pictures taken from Monday through Friday this week are shown below. These pictures represent those moments.

Some of the most interesting skies have been seen this week.

One check on the ospreys at the microwave tower.

A windy day with winds from the east.

A recheck on the osprey nest.

Some fishermen and wild irish at Barney's Lake

Some more inidication of the windy nature of a couple of days this week.

A loon considering a nesting location on Barney's Lake

Lots of beautiful flowers and blossoms at Green's Lake and Miller's Marsh

Iron Ore Bay and Creek

The Southhead Lighthouse from below the hill.

Blossoms, information, and the northside of the lighthouse.

Cattail in swamp near Donegal Bay....Loons and baby on Font Lake

Ducklings and duck at Gull Harbor

Another interesting blossom

These were just a few of the pictures that were captured in a trip going to different locations on the island. Others were not as clear, and had to be left out of this collection. Hope you enjoyed it. The editor surely did!

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 6/16/18



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule


The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

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Vacation Bible School

Posted at 11 a.m., 5/22/18

Reposted on June 16, 2018. 8:45 a.m.

Judi Meister states that the website had a glitch for the registration website. It has been fixed and is now working.

Turtles Laying Eggs

Lots of turtles have been moving across the roads and in and out of the swamp as well as the inland lakes. Many have posted on facebook about stopping for turtles, getting out to help a turtle across the road, as well as the proper way to move a turtle without getting bit. In any event, this picture is by far and away the best turtle picture that was posted. This picture was taken by Greg Doig. Excellent work, Greg!

Interview of Gene Masta in August 2010

Shamus Norgaard continued the oral history interviews that were started by Robert Cole. This interview was done with Gene Masta at his home here on Beaver Island. Gene is the one with the beautiful garden yard on McDonough Road, but the pathway can be accessed from the park across Donegal Bay Road from the Beaver Island District Library.

View video of this interview HERE

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 6/15/18

Familiar Faces 12

By Joe Moore

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to the Murphy home on King’s Highway for a 41 year old male with chest pain,” dispatch paged.  “This patient was seen at the medical center earlier in the day, but the pain returned.  The medical center provider is the one who called for the transport.”

“5740 is enroute to the garage,” I reply on the radio.

“5742 is also enroute,” I hear on the radio.

So, we will have at least two EMT Specialists on the scene of the emergency that sound like it is probably a cardiac issue, but we don’t make that kind of decision until we arrive on the scene, do an assessment, and then come up with a diagnosis based upon the assessment and the physical condition of the patient. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted 2:15 p.m., 6/14/18

BICS Budget Hearing

June 20, 2018, 7 p.m.

62018 BICS Budget Hearing

Posted 6/13/18, 3:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Historical Society Has New Website

View the website HERE

Posted at 11 a.m., 6/13/18

Peaine Township Meeting Agenda

June 13. 2018

Posted at 9:30 p.m., 6/12/18

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 10:00 p.m. 6/13/18

BICS Meeting Documents

June 11, 2018

53118 Special Finance Committee Mtg Notes

61118 Public Board Packet

St. James Township Seek Clerk

Posted at 6;15 p.m., 5/7/18

Square Dance Announced

June 30, 2018, 7 p.m.

Holy Cross Parish Hall

Danny, Danny and Brother Jim are providing the music and Brother Jim is calling the dances

We will welcome snacks and  appetizers to share.

Free Admission

Another Way to Explore the Island

Posted here and on the BI Forum on 6/4/18

There are lots of sources of information about Beaver Island.

The Chamber of Commerce website is one at http://beaverisland.org

There is a look back into the past of the island available to everyone in the world. A little idea about what Beaver Island was like ten years ago, created by Phyllis Moore, can be viewed at http://beaverislandtour.com and is hosted by the former owner of the Beaver Beacon and wonderful photographer Jeff Cashman.

There are many, many videos available to show interested persons about the events that happen on Beaver Island, as well as text stories and pictures. Examples include 4th of July parade and fireworks, St. Patrick's Day games, school sports events, township board meetings, AMVETs activities, and many others. These can be viewed free of charge at http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com.

There are many events that can be viewed live by anyone in the world with Internet access when they are live streamed at http://beaverisland.tv

For two years, the majority of the church services of Holy Cross Parish have been available live on the Internet, as has the Christmas Concert and the Christmas Cantata, many school sports events for many years, other school events including plays when permission is given, and many public meetings and presentations. Plans are being made to live stream some of the oral history videos of the Beaver Island Historical Society.

There is a news service on the island that has been providing text stories, pictures, and video for many years, since 1999, and is actually predating the only newspaper now printed, and that news service is Beaver Island News on the ‘Net (BINN). This news service has posted thousands of pictures on the http://beaverislandnews.com website.

There are many other wonderful photographers on the island, such as Becca Foli, Cynthia Johnson, Gregg Doig, just to mention a few. BINN is always willing to post pictures of these other photographers.

Three of these websites can be accessed from one website address: http://beaverisland.news

Check them out if you are interested in Beaver Island and enjoy!

10th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert and Music School

Posted on 6/2/18 at 9:45 a.m.

The 10th annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held on Saturday July 7th at "Reddeer", King's Highway. The Eve Glen Mc.Donough Music School will be held on July 5,6, and 7 at " Reddeer", King's Highway with Morning and afternoon sessions. The instructors are Ruby John and John Warstler. Ruby and John have taught several workshops throughout Michigan. All donations from the10th Annual Glen Mc Donough Memorial Concert are given to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Schorarship Fund for music lessons and the Eve Glen Mc Donough Music School.

View video of the 2017 concert HERE, page 1

View video of the 2017 concert HERE, page 2


Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Church Bulletin for May 2018


Christian Church Bulletin

May 20, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv