B. I. News on the 'Net, June 26-July 2, 2017

Mass from Holy Cross, July 1+2, 2017

There were a few people who viewed Mass over this weekend. Four unique IP addresses view Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m., and nine unique IP addresses viewed Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, so an additional thirteen viewed the services this weekend. There were a little under fifty people at the Saturday night Mass, but the church was overflowing with attendees this morning for Sunday Mass. The editor counted over a hundred twenty in the church just before Mass began this morning with several coming in just as the service started. The choir loft was filled up with people also, and the editor got a little busy doing the live streaming and playing the organ for the Mass parts.

Reader was Joan Banville; Reading the Gospel and giving the sermon was Deacon Jim Siler

The church was pretty full.

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

July 2, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful soup and salad and all your concern for Phyllis and her recovery. It is truly appreciated. We are all set for meals for the next couple of days. We also want to express our appreciation for our BIRHC provider Carolyn Space. Her creative and knowledgeable help has made Phyllis' recovery more bearable. Thank you, Carolyn! Phyllis is moving about the house, but is still confined to the house and is being kept away from anyone groups of people to prevent any infections, respiratory or others. As previously stated, she will be watching the parade live on http://beaverisland.tv We welcome phone calls and all prayers. Thank you all! On to the weather.....

Right now, at 7:30 a.m., it's 59 degrees out with an expected high of 68 and a low tonight of 53. The pressure is 29.91 with ten miles of visibility. While I can see the sunshine at this exact moment there are lots of clouds out there and mostly cloudy and headed to overcast. The dewpoint is 58 degrees with a humidity of 98%. There is a chance of a thunderstorm this morning around 10 a.m. of 44%. After that it looks like a nice day for the golf tournament and the 4th of July activities.

Word of the Day: smorgasbord noun (smawr-guh s-bawrd, -bohrd or, often, shmawr) an extensive array or variety; Phyllis and I have had a smorgasbord of excellent soups, salads, and main dishes, and we appreciate all of them.

On this Day:

On this day in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House.

In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African-American civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won thousands of supporters to the cause. Memorable landmarks in the struggle included the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955–sparked by the refusal of Alabama resident Rosa Parks to give up her seat on a city bus to a white woman–and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech at a rally of hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

As the strength of the civil rights movement grew, John F. Kennedy made passage of a new civil rights bill one of the platforms of his successful 1960 presidential campaign. As Kennedy’s vice president, Johnson served as chairman of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities. After Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, Johnson vowed to carry out his proposals for civil rights reform.

The Civil Rights Act fought tough opposition in the House and a lengthy, heated debate in the Senate before being approved in July 1964. For the signing of the historic legislation, Johnson invited hundreds of guests to a televised ceremony in the White House’s East Room. After using more than 75 pens to sign the bill, he gave them away as mementoes of the historic occasion, according to tradition. One of the first pens went to King, leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), who called it one of his most cherished possessions. Johnson gave two more to Senators Hubert Humphrey and Everett McKinley Dirksen, the Democratic and Republican managers of the bill in the Senate.

The most sweeping civil rights legislation passed by Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights Act prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public places such as schools, buses, parks and swimming pools. In addition, the bill laid important groundwork for a number of other pieces of legislation–including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which set strict rules for protecting the right of African Americans to vote–that have since been used to enforce equal rights for women as well as all minorities.

Weather by Joe

July 1, 2017

Some more nice people have delivered meals, muffins, and cookies. This is such a wonderful part of this process, it can't be truly appreciated more! Phyllis slept about five hours last night in bed. The medications are doing their job, but the pain is still there, just more tolerable. She is still being kept by her Warden from any public events due to the germs and viruses going around including some respiratory infections and throat infections. The one thing we don't want is for her to get sick on top of her recovery from this surgery. We hope you understand that. So, currently you will not be seeing Phyllis for the 4th of July celebration. She will be watching the parade from home. On to the weather....

Right now on Beaver Island at 7 a.m., it is 57 degrees with the pressure at 29.79 and visibility at ten miles. (I believe this never gets higher than 10) The dewpoint is at 55 degrees and humidity is 91%. The sky is overcast at 1400 feet. The high temperature today is to be 66 degrees with a low of 56 degrees overnight. There is a 15% chance of rain today increaseing to over 50% by 7 a.m. Sunday. For those coming for the Golf Tournament on July 3, 2017, it appears that it will be nice and clear.

Word of the Day: sericeous, adjjective; (suh-RISH-us) covered with fine silky hair. The plant was small and delicate, with narrow sericeous leaves.

In the writings of the ancient Greeks, there is mention of the Sēres, an eastern Asian people who made what the Greeks called sērikos fabrics. Historians now believe that the Sēres were the Chinese, from whom the ancient Greeks first obtained silk. The ancient Romans wove the Sēres' name into their language, creating sericum, the Latin word for silk. The English word silk is also assumed to be spun—with some significant alterations from Old English to Middle English—from the same Greek fiber. Both silk and silken have been in the English language for many, many centuries, but scientists wanted a new term to describe the silky hairs on some leaves and bodies, and so they adapted the Late Latin word sericeus ("silken") to create sericeous, a word that appears almost exclusively in technical contexts. (merriam-webster.com)

On this Day:

At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. A few thousand Hong Kongers protested the turnover, which was otherwise celebratory and peaceful.

In 1839, Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its interference in the country’s economic, social, and political affairs. One of Britain’s first acts of the war was to occupy Hong Kong, a sparsely inhabited island off the coast of southeast China. In 1841, China ceded the island to the British with the signing of the Convention of Chuenpi, and in 1842 the Treaty of Nanking was signed, formally ending the First Opium War.

Britain’s new colony flourished as an East-West trading center and as the commercial gateway and distribution center for southern China. In 1898, Britain was granted an additional 99 years of rule over Hong Kong under the Second Convention of Peking. In September 1984, after years of negotiations, the British and the Chinese signed a formal agreement approving the 1997 turnover of the island in exchange for a Chinese pledge to preserve Hong Kong’s capitalist system. On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was peaceably handed over to China in a ceremony attended by numerous Chinese, British, and international dignitaries. The chief executive under the new Hong Kong government, Tung Chee Hwa, formulated a policy based on the concept of “one country, two systems,” thus preserving Hong Kong’s role as a principal capitalist center in Asia.

Osprey and Loon Update

Osprey feeds two hatchlings, one dead hatchling found on the ground

View a small gallery of pictures of the adults and hatchlings HERE

A report by Jacque LaFreniere prompted a quick trip out to Barneys Lake. She reported one hatchling for the loons on the lake. It was very difficult to get a picture with all of the loons way down on the north end of the lake, but it was possible to see one little one down by the two adults.

One loon hatchling riding on mom's back

Then while head home, this bird crossed the roadway and was headed into hiding by a driveway.


Video Report for June 2017

377 unique IP addresses viewed 2192 video clips using 115.5 GB of bandwidth for June 2017. 306 viewed 2017 of the current video clips. 61 viewed historical clips. 41 unique IP addresses view the live streaming video during the month of June.

Beaverisland.tv has 250 unique IP visitors during the month of June. Beaverislandnewsarchvies.com had 1813 unique IP visitors during the month of June. It was a busy month.

What Did You Say 46

by Joe Moore

Spending thirty years of your life doing community service in the emergency medical field has its many rewards.  The feelings of knowing that you helped another member of your community can not be described.  This Beaver Island community has many examples of people stepping up and helping their neighbors.

With my wife having a lobectomy due to lung cancer, we have had the return of the help from several community members.  Many have called and offered to help in many different ways, but the most helpful seems to have been related to meals.  We have had people bring soup, dinners, and gift boxes at the local grocery store.  This has been very helpful, and the thanks simply cannot match the appreciation that we feel.  What a great place to live, this is!

Read the rest of the story HERE

4th of July

According to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, this is the schedule of happenings on Beaver Island for the 4th of July:

Parade Theme – “Red White & Blue
1:30 - Line up on Main starting at Holy Cross Church
2:00 - Parade Begins
John Works Cannon
Island Airways Missing Man Formation Flyover

3:00 - 4:30 Kids Carnival
Dusk – Fireworks

2017 Eco-Champion

Karen Turnbbull said, "The Eco-Fair will be awarding THIS YEARS Eco-Champion to Pam Grassmick. Pam has been so instrumental in so many ways to protecting and defending the ecological resources of our ISLAND. Please come to cheer her on!"

"I was honored to be chosen as the 2017 Eco-Champion during the recent Beaver Island Eco-fair. It has been a great pleasure to have worked with many island community members and off-island partners over the years on various projects. Island property owners, seasonal or year-round, appreciate the natural resources and beauty found here. These are worthy of promotion, restoration, and protection. When we work together, we achieve amazing results.

Thank you to the Eco-fair organizers, Carol Burton and clan, Karen Turnball, and Seamus Norgaard. They did an fabulous job with a first rate line up of speakers from Governor Synder's Pipe-Line 5 Task Force to members of climate organizations, alternative home energy options, and a Flint family touched by the water crisis. The Eco-Fair was a thought provoking and inspirational event for those who attended.
Many thanks!"

Pam Grassmick

Straits Pipeline Information

Line 5 alternatives draft report available for public review

June 29, 2017

Nick Assendelft (Michigan Agency for Energy), 517-284-8300
Andrea Bitely (Attorney General), 517-373-8060
Ed Golder (Department of Natural Resources), 517-284-5815
Melody Kindraka (Department of Environmental Quality), 517-284-6716

Four feedback sessions scheduled around state; public can comment online

LANSING, Mich. – A draft report that analyzes possible alternatives to Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.’s Line 5 below the Straits of Mackinac is available to the public beginning today. The preliminary report can be found at the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines website.

A 30-day public comment period on the report developed by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc. opens July 6. Comments can be submitted online at the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines website, by email through the website, or by standard mail sent to Michigan Agency for Energy, Attn: Line 5 Pipeline Study, P.O. Box 30221, 7109 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing, MI 48917. After the initial 30-day comment period, the public will have another 15 days to reply to posted comments.

In addition to the comment period, one public information session and three public feedback sessions also have been scheduled in the Lansing area, Traverse City and St. Ignace (see details below).

While the draft report was prepared independently by Dynamic Risk for the State of Michigan, the work and judgment are the views of the contractor and not those of the State. The State recognizes there still are questions that need to be addressed before the report is fully developed and it will be submitting comments publicly on the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines website following the same schedule as members of the public. As explained in a statement accompanying the report, the State has already sought clarification regarding the “worst case” spill assumptions and the independent engineering analysis of the pipeline to better understand whether and how the report aligns with the Statement of Work.

The final alternatives report, expected to be submitted in the fall, will help to inform decisions by the State about the future of the pipeline. The public will have opportunities after the report is completed to make comments about those decisions. This comment process is intended to ensure the informational basis for any decision is robust and complete.

Dynamic Risk representatives will present the company’s analysis of alternatives at a public information session July 6 at Holt High School, 5885 Holt Road, Holt, beginning at 5 p.m. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the company representatives. The session will be livestreamed, though questions will not be able to be accepted electronically. A taped recording of the session will be made available online.

Three public feedback sessions are scheduled for later in July. No formal presentation will be made at the sessions but representatives from Dynamic Risk and the State will be present to hear comments:

  • Monday, July 24: Holt High School
    5885 Holt Road, Holt, beginning at 8 a.m.

  • Monday, July 24: Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College
    715 East Front St., Traverse City, starting at 6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, July 25: Little Bear East Arena
    275 Marquette St., St. Ignace, beginning at 6 p.m.

Attendees are advised that no weapons, noisemakers or signs will be allowed at the sessions. Large bags will be subject to search by security officers.

All four sessions are open to the public and all locations are handicapped-accessible. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to make comments on a first-come, first-served basis. Yielding time to another speaker will not be allowed. Speakers are asked to make comments at only one public session, to give everyone a chance to offer their thoughts.

The State last week terminated its contract with Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.) Inc., which was performing a risk analysis on the pipeline, due to a conflict of interest that arose with a DNV GL employee. Therefore, no risk analysis is being offered for public comment today. The State is exploring its options for gaining the necessary information and no decisions have been made at this time regarding how to proceed with a risk analysis.

Enbridge funded an escrow account that is to be used to fund both the risk and the alternatives studies. Control of the money and selection of the contractor lies solely with the State.

Line 5 is a 645-mile pipeline built in 1953 and runs from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Canada. It transports up to 540,000 barrels a day of light crude oil and natural gas liquids.

Weather by Joe

June 30, 2017

Phyllis had a check-up at the Rural Health Center yesterday. She is still under a quarantine, meaning that she cannot go out and around in large groups of people, so no 4th of July activities for her. We all know that you want to express your concern and show your love and give hugs, but that will have to wait for a while. Phyllis will appreciate the phone calls, however. Once again, many thanks to those of you who have provided food, soup, salads, dinner, cookies, and muffins. They are all appreciated. We certainly have been blessed by your outpouring of concern and your help! Thank you! On to the weather.....

Right now at 6:30 a.m. it is 60 degrees out there with overcast skies. The pressure is 29.73 with visibility of ten miles. The clouds are overcast at 3300 feet. The dewpoint is 58 degrees with humidity of 94%. Even though we had sprinkles yesterday, the rain gauge does not show any significant rain. The high temeprature is expected to be close to 70 with a low around 54. The forecast is for partly cloudy skies with a 15% chance of rain.

Word of the Day: irresistible adjective; (irɪˈzɪstəbəl) impossible to resist especially because of strength or attractiveness: The wonderful meals that have been given to us have all been delicious and irresistible.

On this Day: (For Phyllis who loves this)

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 on this day in 1936.

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.

Emergency Services Authority Minutes and Agenda

June 29, 2017

Agenda for June Meeting

Minutes of May 25, 2017 Meeting

Minutes of June 10, 2017 Special Meeting

Bid documents for Firehall Repairs

View video of this meeting HERE

Community Center Happenings

(received on June 28, 2017)

Weather by Joe

June 29, 2017

The morning finds Phyllis up early in a lot of pain, which has become the norm. The pain is mostly near her sternum and her spine on the right side. Thanks go out to our daughter Courtney. Yesterday, she signed for a new prescription at the surgeon's office, drove it to Central Drugs, got it filled, and sent it over on the plane. In her spare time, she also stopped at Gordon's Food in Petoskey and picked us up some meat that was on sale. Thank you, Courtney! Thank you to Island Airways for getting this over to the island! Thank you to those of you who have stepped up and cooked us meals! There are some great cooks here on Beaver Island, and we have had the benefit of their talents. We truly appreciate your efforts! On to the weather....

We got about a half inch of rain yesterday. It was the first time that the prediction was 100% and right on as far as the time. Sometimes you get lucky, I guess! Right now, just before 7 a.m., the temperature is 61 degrees with a high temperature of 70 and a low of 56. The pressure is 29.66 with visibility of ten miles. It is overcast at 2700 feet. The dewpoint is 61 degrees with humidity at 98%.. There's a 15% chance of rain from noon throughout the afternoon and evening. The radar shows a little rain over Lake Michigan, but the storm has moved on to the east side of the lower peninsula this morning. Looking back toward Wisconsin, there don't seem to be any major storms headed this way today.

Word of the Day: culminate (KUL-muh-nayt) 1 : (of a celestial body) to reach its highest altitude; also : to be directly overhead 2 : to rise to or form a summit 3 : to reach the highest or a climactic or decisive point Culminate was first used in English in the 17th century in the field of astronomy. When a star or other heavenly body culminates, it reaches the point at which it is highest above the horizon from the vantage point of an observer on the ground. The word derives from the past participle of the Medieval Latin verb culminare, meaning "to crown," and ultimately from the Latin noun culmen, meaning "top." As something culminates it rises toward a peak. These days the word is most familiar to English speakers in its figurative usage meaning "to reach a climactic or decisive point." The pain that Phyllis describes has reached its culmination since the surgery took place.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

My Friend Dave Gladish

by Dick Burris

He moved to Beaver Island
For a simple life to live,
Asked so little from this world,
But had so much to give.
His winning smile would be the start
Of a pun or joke, he would impart.
One day things went from bad to worst;
Most would quit, and surely curse.
We broke out laughing, things appeared so grave;
'Twas a blessing to spend these hours with Dave.
We visualize yet his friendly aire,
the witty thoughts he would gladly share .
So often now, I reminisce
Of our dear friend, we'll often miss.
Dave would help me, with each writing task,
For all I had to do was ask.
He would never reviewed his awe.
But rewrite the thing without a flaw.

Weather by Joe

June 28, 2017

Have you ever been in an aircraft at a big airport and have the pilot say, "We are currently in a holding pattern. There will be a delay?" Well that is the way things are going here at the Moore household. Five hours of medicated sleep seems to be the norm here with Phyllis. Then serious pain wakes her up, she gets up, and continues to be miserable until the next dose of medications help to calm the pain and make it bearable. So, right now we are in a holding pattern while the healing takes place. On to the weather....

Right now at 7 a.m. it is 60 degrees with a pressure of 29.95. Visibility is ten miles with scattered clouds at 6000 feet. The dewpoint is 52 degrees with humidity at 75%. Our high temperature should by around 72 degrees and we have a 100% chance of rain.. The rain should be coming down by 4 p.m. today. The wind is picking up coming from the southwest.

Word of the Day: tristful (TRIST-ful) adjective meaning sad, melancholy; "I've been dreading the moment I wake. Waking is a tristful business for the woman who is in pain.."

On this Day:

On this day in 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.

(from history.com)

AMVETs 4th of July Breakfast Canceled

After much deliberation we have decided to cancel the 4th of July breakfast. We just don't have the membership to support the effort. We do, however, hope to have an event this summer or Labor Day weekend.

As always thanks for your support.

Bob Tidmore

Tuesday Already

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

June 27, 2017

Phyllis managed to spend a little more time in bed last night, and slept just a little longer. She managed to post on facebook this morning before this writer awoke. Keep your fingers crossed; she might be headed in the postivie direction even though she still has a great deal of pain. A phone call did go to the doctor, and we await the physician's decision on pain relief. On to the weather....

Right now, at 6:45 a.m. it is "Brrrr" 43 degress outside. It is expected to get up to almost 70 degrees today with a low in the high 50's tonight. Since it's almost July, perhaps a summer temperature might be on its way. The pressure is 29.99 with visibility of five miles. The dewpoint is 42 degrees with humidity at 98%. It's clear out there today with 0% chance of rain. The next rain is forecast for 4 p.m. tomorrow. We have the calm before the next storm today.

Word of the Day: Oxymoron n.pl. A phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, for example, “wise fool” or “to make haste slowly.” The oxymoron of Phyllis' condition is best described as a "failing improvement." Let's hope that is completely a wrong statement.

On this Day:

On June 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea. The United States was undertaking the major military operation, he explained, to enforce a United Nations resolution calling for an end to hostilities, and to stem the spread of communism in Asia. In addition to ordering U.S. forces to Korea, Truman also deployed the U.S. 7th Fleet to Formosa (Taiwan) to guard against invasion by communist China and ordered an acceleration of military aid to French forces fighting communist guerrillas in Vietnam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fantastic Beaver Island Publicity

 from the Chamber of Commerce

The July issue of Traverse Magazine has an eight (8) page cover feature about Beaver Island. On the cover of the popular magazine the feature is called out with “WORLD CLASS CARP FISHING, Beaver Island Flats.” Again big thanks to our member partners who help make these stories possible. The story titled Vision Quest is about sight casting to the elusive carp. Some quotes, “… arguably the greatest carp fishery on the planet. A healthy population of voracious smallmouth is ready to help pass the time.” A portion of the story and some of the photos will be available on www.MyNorth.com at a later date. The magazine will be on sale at McDonough’s Market in a couple of days.

Lake Geneserath Salvage

by Richard Burris as told to Amy Burris

Lake  Geneserath Salvage

During the winter two trucks had ventured onto the ice only to break through, and stay there until spring. They went back later and fished out the chain saws from the pickup box
On a sunny mid-April day, a group of people gathered at the north arm of the lake where a pickup owned by Bob Graves sawmill family had gotten about 100 yards out from the boat launch, and broke through. It was now  on the bottom, sunken into about six feet of water and two feet of silt .

Someone took a skiff out and located the truck and placed aa buoy near it.

About that time a neighbor (Phil Wykoff) joined from the other side of the North Arm, where he lived. He was in his own boat and joined in on the salvage attempt. They went to boat ramp where the logging truck was set up to bring the truck out of the water and proceeded to pull the cable out to the pickup.

It took them about an half hour to struggle the cable out  to the pickup.

I suited up with SCUBA gear and swam out to the back of the pickup and was to fasten a log chain to the  rear bumper of the truck. This did not  turn out to be an easy task,for it  was buried in the silt; to make matters worse it had a metal plate that almost reached the bumper, and was a job to force the thick chain and grab hook through between the plate and the bumper.

NOW, to do this in two feet of silt. Was a big and nasty challenge. Using the bumper as a weight to submerge, I forced my arms and part of my body to get the chain to slide under the bumper; I was already in thin silt so, could not see, and every thing was by feel. At this point had to get DEEPER, in order to push the chain through the plate clearance and bumper, so that the grab hook could be attached back to the chain.

My arms were not long enough, so with my arm under the bumper, took the other hand and pushed my head down into the thick silt; which allowed my shoulder to get deep enough to thread the chain. "not a pleasant scenario" Every time I would exhale there was a (BLUB BLUB) and you wouldn't believe how silt stinks!! Now the chain was secure to  the  bumper and I handed the other end to the boat crew to hook to the cable, and swam to shore.

Reaching the shore I took off my mask. Someone said,"What the hell is on your face?''

I ran my hand over it and it was black silt. I did remember purging silt from the mask, but never thought of it sticking to my face.

I had told Bobby Graves of a stump near shore that could snag things, if not avoided; but he seemed to ignore it; and the pickup was snagged for about ten minutes, as the crane of the log truck had it full length out  of the  water freeing it.

As the truck came out of the water a door was open and about a foot of sludge oozed out of the cab.

That job done; I left my gear on, and went across to the other side of the north arm, (by road), and swam out with a cable and hooked on to the Conner's truck. This was easy for  Ernie Martin had run logs under it in the winter, with an attempt to bring it to the surface.

Weather by Joe

June 26, 2017

Two steps forward and a step and a half back would be the best way to explain the situation in the Moore household. Recovery is a long, slow, and painful process here. A simple ride in the car exhausts our patient. Improvements seem to disappear with just one bend down to pick up something. Once again a three hour sleep seems to be the extent of the pain relief time period. Patience is not one of the virtues found in this patient right now. Frustration would be the more appropriate word to describe things here. On to the weather.....

Right now at 6:45 a.m., it's 54 degrees outside with an overcast sky. The pressure is 29.94 with visibility of ten miles. The lower level of clouds are scattered at 800 feet with complete overcast at 4000 feet. The dewpoint is 53 with humidity at 97%. We've had about a tenth of an inch of rain since yesterday morning with rain coming in around 11 a.m..

Word of the day: pervicacious (pur-vi-key-shuh s) extremely willful; obstinate; stubborn ...word origin in 1625 from Latin pervicāc-, stem of pervicāx stubborn, willful: The pain Phyllis is experiencing is pervicacious.

On this day:

On this day in 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.

Bike Fest

June 23-25, 2017

(Pictures and information from Becca Foli)

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

Green route is 20 miles, Red route is 40 miles

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

View a gallery of Becca's photos HERE

Pictures Out and About

This weekend

Barney's Lake birds


Daisy and Lady Slippers

Crown Vetch

Osprey, adult and young

Dragonfly and wild iris

The Best-Laid Plans

by Cindy Ricksgers




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

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

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Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

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April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

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May 3, 2017

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June 7, 2017

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June 19, 2017

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Beaver Island Community Center


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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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

June 25, 2017

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

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

Deacon Jim and Father John Paul

View video of the service HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

June 25, 2017

Eco-Fair on B. I.

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

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View a little video of the EcoFair HERE

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

June 14, 2017

What Did You Say 44

by Joe Moore

Timeout for Art: A New Venue

by Cindy Ricksgers

Car Accident on the Island

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

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

This accident is still under investigation.

Walleye Pond Harvest

(pictures and video by Levi Connor)

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


Thank you, Levi!

Beaver Island Water Trail

planning meeting on Monday, June 19

(Pictures and video by Deb Bousquet)

Harry Burkholder made a presentation.

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

View video of the meeting HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Whiskey Point Lens Room

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

View of the corner of the hall from inside

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

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

Tony Connaghan, contractor, inside the display room.

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



Island Treasures Resale

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

Charlevoix County COA Senior Highlights

June 2017

Vacation Bible School

June 27-29, 2017


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Holy Cross Bulletin for

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Christian Church Bulletin

June 11, 2017

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9th Annual Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert


Eve Glen McDonough Music School

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