B. I. Newson the 'Net, June 29-July 5, 2015

William “Bud” Cruickshank RIP

William “Bud” Cruickshank, 87, of Beaver Island, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at Grandvue medical Care Facility in East Jordan. He was born February 25, 1928, in Port Huron to Arthur and Mary M. (Willey) Cruickshank. He graduated from Port Huron High School in 1946, and earned a Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

Bud served in the US Navy during WWII during the Korean War.

He worked for General Motors retiring in 1984. Following retirement he made his home on Beaver Island.

On September 9, 1950, William married Barbara Milller in Port Huron and she survives. Bud is also survived by his sons, Dan of Grand Rapids, and Scott (Patricia) of Hesperia; daughter-n-law, Deborah of Royal Oak; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons, William Jr., Grant, and Brian.

The wake will be Tuesday at Bud's home. Funeral will be 1pm, Wednesday, July 8, at the Beaver Island Episcopal Church, Pastor HowardDavis officiating. Burial will take place at the Beaver Island Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Beaver Island AMVETS.

The Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is serving the family.

Around the Horn

by Joe Moore

Whether it's because Phyllis and I are getting older or whether it's really been so long that we can't remember, this was the first time around the island in quite some time. Apparently Sunday, July 5, 2015, was a good day to go around the island because we saw quite a few people in vehicles and quite a few people on Iron Ore Bay, as well as lots of pictures on facebook. The trip "around the horn" means a trip all the way around the island with many stops at places along the way. These stops included Mike Boyle's beach, CMU, Lake G, public access of Cable's Creek, Southhead Lighthouse, Iron Ore Beach and Creek, Miller's Marsh, Sloptown Microwave Tower, Barney's Lake, and a special dinner of roasted chicken, lettuce salad from the garden, and a pasta side dish that will never ever by made again. Yes, Joe was doing the cooking.

The purpose of the trip was to go around the island with our youngest Andrea Jo, since she will be moving out to Washington state for a Master's Degree program in Laboratory Sciences of the University of Washington. There wasn't a much better day to make this trip. The weather was gorgeous, the company wonderful, and the time to actually take four and a half hours to go around the island is usually not possible. Joe has had the last week off from being on-call, so this was a very good week to enjoy the 4th of July weekend and do things that haven't normally been done. Here are some pictures of the trip around the horn.

Obviously, wildflowers are everywhere and stops for pictures were absolutely necessary!

Cable's Creek has running water in July!

Beautiful flowers and then a stop at the lighthouse.

And a stop at Iron Ore Bay and Creek. Lots of people there, but pictures were not taken of people.

Across the road were these flowers

Obviously at Miller's Marsh where three cars of people joined us.

Having a conversation with the other visitors

Some flowers before we arrived at the Big Rock

More beauty and then a milkweed getting ready to blossom.

This was a very fun trip down and around the island. We took lots of time, got lots of pictures, and met lots of people. We passed lots of cars, bicycles, and motor bikes. We got home and were quite tired from climbing a lighthouse and walking in the bright sunshine. We highly recommend doing this more than once every couple years!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 6, 2015

We had some terrific weather for the weekend, didn't we? It's 62° outside this morning, wind is at 11 mph from the south, humidity is at 55%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of July 6, 1854 - In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.

Did you know that giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels?

Word of the day: accidence (AK-si-dens) which means 1. The fundamentals of any subject. 2. The branch of grammar dealing with inflections of words. 3. A book of fundamentals of a subject. From Latin accidentia (from Latin accidens), from accidere (to happen), from ad- (toward) + cadere (to fall). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kad- (to fall), which is also the source of cadence, cascade, casualty, cadaver, chance, chute, accident, occident, decay, recidivism, perchance, casuistry. Earliest documented use: 1434.

4th of July Fireworks

Beaver Island 4th of July Parade

The 4th of July Parade on Beaver Island was live streamed on http://beaverisland.tv beginning at 2:00 p.m., one-half and hour prior to the start of the parade. The Internet got a little overloaded once again this year with all the people having smart phones. Once again, the smart phone, walking past a business with open wifi, grabs one of the 255 addresses available in the router, but the router does not know that the person is just passing by. A wifi router address table gets filled up by these smart phones, and then won't automatically reset itself. The router is then unable to pass out any more addresses, gets bogged down with all the possible connections, and then begins to show a lack of Internet message. This year was no different than any other year as far as this issue is concerned. There may have been more people downtown this year than last year.

There were chairs all along the main street near the harbor from the public beach all the way to the Beaver Island Marine Dock.

The normal Island Airways missing man formation fly-over did not take place this year due to usage of the aircraft for emergencies and necessary flights, so the parade began with John Works cannon fire.

The parade start time was changed to 2:30 p.m due to the BI Boat Company schedule. The schedule for the day included the Beaver Islander leaving the island dock at 2:20 p.m., so the parade was scheduled for later than normal.

People came to the island by boat and plane, some with the flying services, some by float plane, some by boat, and some by jet ski.

And the cannon and the biplane fly-over started the actions downtown Beaver Island.

And the parade began......

You can see parade pictures HERE

Carnival After the Parade

It was so nice of Diane McDonough and her volunteers to put on the carnival this year. Great job!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 5, 2015

I swear the island has more folks here for the 4th than we've had before. It was a fun parade, carnival, and fireworks. Slept like the dead (Joe and Andrea are still out cold). Right now it's 54°, wind is at 5 mph from the SE, humidity is at 96%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 3.2 miles. Today: mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs around 80. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds at 10 mph. gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of July 5, 1969 - The Rolling Stones gave a free concert for 250,000 fans in London's Hyde Park to introduce Mick Taylor as their new guitarist.

Did you know that the 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had?

Word of the day: bunkum (BUHNG-kuh m) which means 1. insincere speech making by a politician intended merely to please local constituents. 2. insincere talk; claptrap; humbug. 3. empty talk; nonsense. Americanism; after speech in 16th Congress, 1819-21, by F. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (N.C. county in district he represented)

Moments of Absolute Clarity

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 4, 2015

What a beautiful, clear morning to begin the 4th of July! Special thanks to all the soldiers and their families, past and present, for all they've done so that we could celebrate our independence. Right now it's 53°, wind is at 3 mph from the NW, humidity is at 91%, pressure is rising from 1013 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds. Sunset is at 9:34 to be shortly followed by fireworks!

On this date of July 4, 1776 - The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress in America.

Did you know that crocodiles continually grow new sets of teeth to replace old ones?

Word(s) of the day: e pluribus unum which means "out of many, one" and is the motto of the United States. It has been on our currency since 1795.

A Community Cookout Planned

Survey Results for Road Paving in Peaine Township

Bill Kohls Memo Regarding Roads

4th of July Golf Tournament

The Annual 4th of July Golf Tournament began this morning at approximately 9 a.m. on July 3, 2015, with seventeen teams signed up to play, but only sixteen teams showed up. This tournament has blossomed into the major fund raising event for the Beaver Island Golf Course. With some golf course closing due to the change in the population age of golfers, Beaver Island is fortunate to still have an open golf course.

Somewhere between 70 and 80 golfers were on the golf course beginning to arrive near 8 a.m. and finishing up with prizes and a hot dog lunch with macaroni salad, baked beans, and chips. The winners of the golf tournament were two married couples; Patrick and Sara McDonald, and Bill and Karen Disch with a score of five under par, 30.

The winning team pose for pictures.

All gathered around as Kevin Stipp, event organizer, provided the rules for the golf tournament.

After hearing the rules, registered players headed out to their assigned start hole to wait the shotgun start.

John Works and his daughter Meg Works prepare the cannon.

Let the tournament begine!

John and Meg pose for a quick photo.

The lunch provided by the Beaver Island Golf Course.

The trophy for the members of the winning team.

Picture of the scoreboard

John Works thanks all for participating.

Kevin Stipp and John Works announce the winners.

Patrick and Sara McDonald, and Bill and Karen Disch, win with score of 30.

Prizes for longest drives on certain holes and closest to the pin on second shot on others were presented to the winner for each hole.

See you next year for yet another 4th of July Golf Tournament!

Beaver Island Loon Report!

Updated Story

After the rescue of the Loon on West Side Dr., I decided to check out some of the lakes for a Loon Report to the island.

Greene's Lake still had a loon on nest July 2. There is a second loon on the lake, presumably the mate who was calling when a young eagle soared out of the trees being harassed by a small bird. I believe the loon rescued was from this lake.

Fox Lake on July 5 had a pair with two young chicks. Hurray! They also have an eagle, adult, hanging around and made some calls when they spotted it in a tree. I was in a kayak, and didn't see it until it soared out over me and the loons. They weren't happy!

Barney's Lake on July 4 still had a pair with two chicks.

Font Lake has two pairs, one with two chicks near the south end of the lake and one with one chick on the north end.

Lake G. has a pair with one chick.

So please be aware of the following: Eagles are a major threat to chicks. If the adults are disturbed- from boating too close, etc.., they may try to draw off the perceived threat and leave the chicks untended. The chicks are then open to predation from the eagles. The eagles have been seen on all the inland lakes. So please keep your distance. The loons will call when they feel threatened. IF you hear them calling, you are too close.

Secondly, if you find a landed loon on a road, woods or wherever, try to catch it in a towel or coat, wrap and keep the head under the wrap. It's bill is sharp and long and it will try to stab you. Release it into the nearest large water- one of the inland LAKES (not ponds or streams) or Lake Michigan. Watch to see that it is swimming and diving. OR CALL ME 448-2220 and I will rescue. Please call me in either event and let me know.

Thirdly, Loons are fish eaters. If you are fishing too, they are after the same prey as you. Please keep your distance. They are excellent divers and underwater swimmers- swimming up to 60+yards from where they dive. If something bad happens and you both end up on opposite ends of the fishing line, it could be very stressful for you both. So please be careful.

Loons are a threatened species and under protection. It is illegal to harass loons. If you see anyone harassing a loon, call the DNR, call me, call the deputy.

It has been several years since we had a successful fledging of loons on the island. Let's hope this year will be wildly successful. So far we have 8 chicks and one more on nest!

*****Note that Tom Hawkins has some beautiful photos of the loons on the north end of Font. It would be wonderful if he would allow some to be printed in the paper!

***** Loon rescue: The evening of June 25, I received a call from Ron Wojan, that there was a loon in the middle of West Side Drive. Mark and I grabbed a jacket and drove down to rescue it. Just north of Green’s Bay Rd/Green’s Lake Rd. we found a very tired adult loon in the middle of the road. There was a blood trail behind it. Mark distracted the loon and I covered it with the jacket and picked it up. Then we took it up to Green’s Lake, as it was the closest body of water. While uncovering it, I thought I had hold of it’s bill, but when the head popped out, I realized I had mistaken the wing for the bill. It started to poke at us and grabbed Mark’s thumb and held on. Eventually, we persuaded it to release the thumb and got it into the water, where it happily swam away, flapping its wings. We watched it for a bit and saw it dive and swim, apparently well.
The blood, I think, was from its feet scraping in the road.
How did it get there? Well, it could have been forced into the trees by an eagle or other bird believing it to be a threat. Once in the trees, it cannot maneuver and crashed, luckily on the road where it could be seen and rescued.
Why can’t it just take off? Loons are very well adapted for water living and cannot stand on dry land nor take off into flight. They need a significant “run way” on water just to get airborne. Even if the lake is large enough for the flight to happen, sometimes the lake is too small, or closely wooded so the loon must circle the lake to gain enough altitude to get above the trees.

So thank you to Ron for calling, and for the others who also called or posted on the forum to help the bird.

Original Story

We have 8 Loon Chicks on Beaver Island  and one still on the nest! This is wonderful since we haven’t had this number in quite a long time. So I am asking that you be aware of Loons and their babies. Keep a distance. Any interference could open the chicks to predation from Eagles and others. I always stay at least 50 yards away. If you are fishing be wary (both you and the adults are after the same prey), so don’t cast your lines near them and move away from them.

The locations of the loons/chicks are Lake Geneserath (1 pair with 1 chick), Fox Lake (1 pair with two chicks), Font Lake (2 pairs with a total of 3 chicks), Barney’s Lake (1 pair with 2 chicks) and Green’s Lake (still on nest as of 7/2).

On another note… sometimes loons end up in the middle of a road. I had a call last Thursday (6/25) about a loon on West Side Dr. near Green’s Lake Road. So down the road I went. Most folks aren’t aware that Loons do not walk on land, cannot fly from land and must be physically moved to water. Using a coat, Mark and I captured the loon, (keeping the head covered to prevent it from stabbing us with its bill) and took it to Green’s Lake to release. There was a lot of blood on the road, so we wanted to check it out. I thought I had hold of it’s bill through the coat and we were unwrapping the body when the head popped out. I had hold of its wing instead! So it started to peck at my leg, and grabbed Mark’s thumb.  It seemed fine, despite the blood and I believe it was just from scratching its feet on the gravel road. Releasing it into the water, it quickly swam away, flapping wings and diving. All is well. Please call me (448-2220) if you find a misplaced loon and I’ll rescue it.

I checked on the loons at Green’s Lake the evening of July 2. One was on nest and the other began calling from the opposite end of the lake when a young eagle soared out over the lake (being chased by a small bird).

So that’s all for now. Please enjoy seeing the loons and chicks, but from a distance.

Jacque LaFreniere

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 2, 2015

Well, it's not exactly the picture perfect morning I was looking forward to for the 3rd of July, however things could look up. Excited that our youngest, Andrea, will be home today for a visit before packing up and moving to Washington state. Right now it's 55°, cloudy skies, wind is at 9 mph from the SW, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: the weather program I use says it's suppose to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s (we'll see how accurate it is). Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of July 3rd, 1930 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Did you know that a bear in hibernation loses up to 25% of its body weight?

Word of the day: fardel (FAHR-dl) which means 1. A bundle. 2. A burden. From Old French fardel, diminutive of farde (package, burden), from Arabic farda (piece, pack). Earliest documented use: 1300.

Steinbach Family, Friends of Beaver Island Fire Department

Coming off the Emerald Isle on July 2, 2015, was another wonderful addition to the Beaver Island 4th of July Parade. Karen Steinbach and her husband Tom Cullimore decided to honor Anna Steinback's memory and once again provide beauty to the parade for Beaver Island. What a wonderful idea!

Meet the Anna SteinbachFire Chief Car

Coming off the boat.....Sitting by the fence.....Tom Cullimore poses by the car

Karen Steinbach poses next to the fire chief car.

Quite a wonderful addition to the island parade!

Video of July 2nd Boat and the Fire Chief care coming off the boat HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting

The St. James Township Board met at the township hall at 7 p.m. on July 1, 2015, at 7 p.m. The agenda included reports on the Dangerous Structures, a report on the township subcommittee by McNamara, a report on the Yacht Dock, and a report on the Donegal Bay road project. There was also a report on UDA and Gary Voogt not paid in June. There was a discussion on collection options on delinquent sewer use accounts. The new FOIA policy was approved. There was input on a new township auditor and the reservations system at the yacht dock.

Discussion also took place about BIEMS use of an empty room in the Governmental Center and action was taken on the sewer billing resolution. This was followed by public comment.

Video of this meeting HERE

2015 Summer Men's League Week Four Results

Ivan & Buck
Jeff M. & Ryan
Dan & Rob
Ron W. & Larry L.
^Howard & Joe
^Gerald & Kirk
Chuck & Ernie
^Francis & Larry
^Ron S. & David

* Bye Week

^ Have had Bye Week

Week #4 Results
Team #1 beat Team #4 11-9
Team #2 tied Team #3 10-10
Team #5 tied Team #8 10-10 Score adjusted for sub
Team #7 beat Team #9 14-6


Week #5 Schedule
Team #1 vs Team #7
Team #3 vs Team #5
Team #4 vs Team #9
Team #6 vs Team #8
Team #2 BYE WEEK

Veteran's Invite for Parade

If you are a veteran and want to march in the parade please feel free to join us.  We will  form up in front of the Holy Cross Church around 2:15 on the 4th.

AMVETS Post 46
Beaver Island, MI

BICS Board Vacancy

Fifth Annual Garden Tour

From the Library

"Unfortunately the author we had scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) evening is unable to make it, so the event had to be cancelled.

We still have two more authors in the series, so plan to be there for Bonnie Jo Campbell on Saturday, August 15th at 7:00 pm and Charmi Keranen Thursday, September 24th also at 7:00 pm."

Also, Carol Aram will be hosting a children's story time on Wednesday mornings at 10:30, beginning July 8th. (July 15th will be guest hosted by Connie Wojan, though)

And finally, the library will be closed this Saturday in observance Independence Day.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Patrick S. McGinnity, Director
Beaver Island District Library

New at the District Library

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-53 ***

There are five new audiobooks.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

June 30, 2015

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority had a special meeting yesterday, June 30, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m. This meeting was held at the Peaine Township Hall where the meetings are usually held. Only four residents attended the meeting in addition to the board of five. Beaver Island News on the 'Net was present to video the meeting, but an emergency medical call pulled Editor Joe Moore away from the meeting. The video camera continued to roll, and the video is in two clips.

The meeting began with a question about EMS on-call expenses. There was a a discussion of the to-do list from counsel, followed by a short follow up on a complaint by Kathie Ehinger. There was a discussion of the licensing issues regarding BIESA versus BIEMS licensing. There was a discussion of the meeting dates. For July-October the meetings will take place on the last Thursday of the month. For November and December, these dates coincide with holidays, so they will have to be posted for a different date.

Vince Pickardt was present in relation to his grievance, and his notification of two more grievances. The specifics of his grievance were not discussed in the public meeting. The issues in his grievance needed to be presented to Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority, and he stated that he understood the process.

Several options regarding emergency medical services provision in the community were discussed with no options left off the table. Some options included downgrading the agency license to Basic Life Support, changing state law to allow BIRHC providers to function in the BLS ambulance, and outsourcing of the EMS service to a mainland company.

Video of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 30, 2015

Wow! First day of July already! It seemed like June only just arrived and now it's gone. Today is another two-fer and we have to make a trip to the mainland tomorrow morning on the 8:00 flight, be back tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, it's 51°, wind is at 9 mph from the NW, humidity is at 96%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is at 8.5 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy drizzle in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. North winds at 10 mph. Tomorrow night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.

On this date of July 1, 1847 - The U.S. Post Office issued its first adhesive stamps.

Did you know that when born a baby giraffe is 1.8m (6ft) tall?

Word of the day: ramble (RAM-buhl) which means verb intr.: 1. To talk in an aimless manner. verb intr.: 2. To walk in an aimless manner. noun: A leisurely, sometimes lengthy walk. Probably from Middle Dutch rammelen (to wander about in heat, used of animals). Earliest documented use: 1443.


June 30, 2015

(edited USCG News Release)

A rescue crew from Air Station Traverse City conducted a medical evacuation of an 86-year-old woman from Beaver Island, Tuesday.

There is no Coast Guard imagery at this time and the woman's name is not being released.

An Operations Watchstander at the Air Station received a call from Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie at about 1:50 p.m. requesting assistance with a medical emergency on Beaver Island. Due to the weather conditions and low ceiling, it was determined that a plane or boat would not be feasible.

The helicopter crew launched at about 2:20 p.m. and arrived on scene at Beaver Island Airfield within a half hour. Because of the low ceiling and visibility of about one-quarter mile, the helicopter crew had to utilize low altitude flying techniques which require them to fly at a reduced speed and at a lower altitude.

The crew met Beaver Island EMS at the airfield and transferred the woman into the helicopter.. She was then flown back to the Traverse City Air Station. A Beaver Island EMS paramedic accompanied the patient in the helicopter. Northflightl EMS then transferred her to Munson Hospital.

View USCG Interview and video HERE

BICS Board Meeting

June 29, 2015

Ten members of the community joined seven board members to meet at BICS on June 29, 2015. The meeting purpose was to approve the budget for the 2015-2016 school year, to determine who would be board president with Judy Gallagher taking the interim administrator position, to approve the contract for the interim administrator, to approve the school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year, and to approve a posting for open position(s). The board elected Susan Myers as president, which opened the Secretary position, and elected Judy Boyle as secretary. The budget and all other items were approved. The board also passed an emergency policy change regarding Freedom of Information Requests as required.

Video can be viewed HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 30, 2015

Ok, so today, the last day of June, isn't going to be a fabulous as the past two days, but let's just get the wet stuff over with so the rest of the week and the weekend can go back to the sunny summer days we know and love. Right now it's 57° outside, wind is at 3 mph from the SW, humidity is at 98%, pressure is steady at 1009 mb, and visibility is at 4.6 miles. Today: Chance of rain showers in the morning then rain showers and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Rain showers with possible thunderstorms and drizzle in the evening then scattered rain showers and patchy drizzle after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds at 15 mph.

On this date of June 30, 1953 - The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. It sold for $3,250.

Did you know that toads only eat moving prey?

Word of the day: sorb (sorb) which means 1. To take up and hold by absorption. 2. To take up and hold by adsorption. Back-formation from absorb, from Latin absorbere, from ab- (away) + sorbere (to suck). Earliest documented use: 1909.

Beaver Island 4th of July

Gerrish Family Concert for the Community

You/ve seen them perform at Museum Week's Music on the Porch. The Gerrish Family is doing this concert at the Gregg Fellowship Center on July 6, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be a benefit for the Beaver Island Historical Society. It will be given for a freewill donation. See you at this concert by very talented family members of all ages and for all ages.

Barney's Lake Loon Eggs Have Hatched

The two adult loons appear to be celebrating and happy after teaching the young ones how to dive.

Another Barney's Lake hunter

Wildflowers near the canoe launch area

Even the water plants are celebrating.

A young osprey on the edge of the nest

4th of July AMVET's Breakfast

AMVETS Post 46
4th of July Breakfast 
Holy Cross Hall
Sunday   July 5, 2015
8:30 AM – Noon
Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, 
Sausage, Coffee,
Juice/Milk, Fruit Cup
Free Will Donation

Please note the due to the avian flu there will be a limited amount of scrambled eggs.

All profits go to the support of a $1,000 scholarship for graduates of our school, to support island veterans, and the upkeep and maintenance of the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 29, 2015

Another beautiful Beaver Island day looks to be in the works. It's 55°, wind is at 6 mph from the SW with gusts up to 16 mph, humidity is at 47%, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Sunny in the morning then partly sunny with scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of June 29, 1767 - The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts. The acts imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America.

Did you know that an arrow frog has enough poison to kill over 2,200 people?

Word of the day: connate (KON-ayt, ko-NAYT) which means 1. Congenial. 2. Congenital. From Latin connasci (to be born with), from com- (with) nasci (to be born). Earliest documented use: 1641.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this meeting HERE

May 28, 2015

Video of this event is available HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

BICS Board Meetings

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

May 12, 2015

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

View video May 21st Meeting HERE

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

SUMMER HOURS: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm
Sun 10am – 6pm


  • YOGA   M, W & F 9:30am

No experience needed - all ages and sizes welcome.
Basic Vinyasa, Mon & Fri: Flow through a sequence of postures to open and energize your entire body.
Yin Restorative,Wed:Bring balance & flexibility to the body through seated postures & passive stretching.


This certified program emphasizes range-of-motion, flexibility, balance and joint mobility. It works!


  • Saturday Movies 3pm & 7pm

From New Releases to Timeless Classics, escape to a cool matinée or evening flick – with great popcorn!

  • Other Movie showings

We might show an extra movie during the week…if it’s raining, or really hot, or we’re not getting ready for a concert or other activity!

  • Family Activities

Learn how to pan for gold, go on a birding field trip, learn some Beaver Island photo tips, and more!
Checkwww.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org and the Center for updated schedules!


Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

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

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Community Calendar

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Barb Schwartzfisher Passes Away

Barbara Varnum Schwartzfisher’s Memorial Services

Beaver Island, MI
Beaver Island Community School
July 7th 11:30am Memorial Service
Luncheon to follow

Manistique, MI
Church of the Redeemer
July 10th 12-2pm Visitation
Memorial Service to follow


Barbara Louise Varnum-Schwartzfisher, 55, of Beaver Island, Michigan passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at her home on Beaver Island.

She was born October 24, 1959 in Manistique, Michigan the daughter of Charles and P. Sharon (McNally) Varnum and attended Manistique area schools.  She was a graduate of Manistique High School with the Class of 1977.  She continued her education at Lake Superior State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science.  She also worked on her Master’s Degree at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Under the watchful eye of her late father, State Representative Charles H. Varnum, Barb grew up learning how to work with people and solve complex problems; and as a result of her father’s early mentoring, Barb was recognized as a people person and a problem solver throughout her work life.

Her first job was on behalf of the State of Michigan Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 where she taught clients how to find and secure employment.  She later accepted a position with Congressman Robert Davis where she successfully ran the congressman’s last two political campaigns.  In that position, she distinguished herself as a case worker and political consultant.

Following the Congressman’s retirement, Barb became the Director of the Emmet County Senior Center and was an integral part of the team that built the new senior center in Petoskey.

Barbara then accepted a position as the Executive Director for the Beaver Island Transportation Authority and held that position for many years until she recently accepted the position of Director of the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority in Alpena.

While living on Beaver Island, Barb served as President of the Beaver Island School Board and worked hard to pass a mileage for a new school.  She oversaw the construction of the new Beaver Island School and was proud of the fact that Beaver Island was the only school system in the State of Michigan to pass a mileage that year.

Wherever Barb worked, she added value and established herself as a patient leader/problem solver who could remove roadblocks in her path to getting the job done.

Barb loved to spend time as a mentor to family and friends.  She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her husband David, especially in warmer climates.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 23 years, David Schwartzfisher of Beaver Island; daughters, Olivia Schwartzfisher of Holland, MI and Sharon Schwartzfisher of Beaver Island; son, David Schwartzfisher of Petoskey, MI; mother, Sherry Varnum of Manistique, MI; brother, Mitchell Charles Varnum of Escanaba, MI; uncle, Fred McNally of Escanaba, MI; along with her cousins, Sally McNally, Don McNally, and Winnie Butrum.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Varnum; her maternal grandparents, Don and Louise McNally; and her paternal grandparents, Henry and Mae Varnum.

The Memorial Service will be held at 11:30am, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Beaver Island Community School.  A luncheon will follow the service, at Holy Cross Hall.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.

Memorial donations may be directed to the 21st Century Learning Foundation at Beaver Island Community School.

Barbara, you were much loved and will be sorely missed.  Your dad, Charles would be proud.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com

Mixed Doubles Golf Outing

1st Mixed-Couples Beaver Island "Pinehurst" Golf Outing!  
June 28, 2015
We had a great turnout for our 1st outing of the year.
10 teams played in today's Outing.
The weather was fantastic, the bugs behaved themselves
and the golf was not bad either.

Nel Worsfold and Frank Solle won the Outing with a 41.

Annette Dashiell and Joe Moore tied Theresa and Larry
Laurain with 42's.
Doris and Lars Larson came in 4th with a 44.
We'd like to thank everyone who played today and hope to see them
in our upcoming outings.
The next Outing will be on July 19th at 1:30 p.m.
Please signup on the sheet in the clubhouse.
Thanks again to everyone who participated and to 
Jennifer for taking care of the "bookwork" in the


Staying Afloat

by Cindy Ricksgers

A June Evening on the Island

Adult woodpecker (on bottom) feeds young woodpecker (on top of feeder)

Osprey in dead tree on Sloptown, no action in the nest

What are you lookin' at?

Playing around with camera settings while viewing the sunset

A nice evening! Better with friends!

Fresh Air Aviation Adds New Plane

The Queen has Arrived!

Come Experience "Queen Air" Service to Beaver Island and beyond!

The largest, fastest, and most luxurious aircraft to ever service Beaver Island on a daily basis is now here. Fresh Air Aviation announces the addition of its Beechcraft Excalibur Queen Air to our fleet. The Queen is a true cabin class aircraft that provides first class comfort and safety at affordable prices. The Queen will service the daily needs of Beaver Island and also provide quick efficient travel to destinations of your choice within the lower 48 states.

The piston twin engine 800 hp "Queen" cruises at a speed of 215 mph offering flight times to Detroit and Chicago of 1 hour and 1 hour 15 mins respectively while offering a variety of seating configurations accommodating up to eight passengers in leather seated comfort and style. Originally built in the 1960 for use by the US Army and restored to modern standards in 2014/2015, no expense was spared during its transformation process to make her a wonderful blend of nostalgia and modern aviation technology rendering its users a fantastic flying experience. You will immediately be drawn in by its beautiful new exterior paint scheme, then fall in love with her as you enter the spacious cabin with center isle and luxury leather seating. “Under the hood” the mechanic in you will be very impressed with the fresh overhaul of its IO720 400 hp engines and three bladed propellers that insure a smooth, quiet ride. All flight systems such as its landing gear and flaps have also been completely overhauled to “factory” standards for the utmost safety and reliability.

We needed a special aircraft that could not only perform well on long range trips but the short 11 minute hops to Beaver Island as well. A machine that not only flew passengers but could move freight or people on stretchers too. That is not any easy order to fill on any level. But after nearly 2 years of research the 8,000 max takeoff weight of Queen Air stood out from the rest as the best candidate with its firm design foundation based on military specs and years of solid performance in the private sector. Its secret attribute was that it had to have the “Excalibur” engine conversion.  With these “bullet proof” engines it took the original Queen with less desirable power plants and turned it into a phenomenal piston powered cabin class twin delivering exceptional performance, safety, and economy. Fresh Air Aviation serves a niche flying clientele and this aircraft fits that niche to a tee!

Charters to Detroit, Chicago, the East Coast, Minneapolis, and St. Louis are only the beginning for this aircraft. Patrons of Fresh Air Aviation can also enjoy fantastic local air tours, including lighthouses of the Great Lakes as well as special “date night dinner” packages to places like Mackinac Island and sports escapes to Detroit and other cities for the “Big Game”. It’s easy! Envision where and when you would go if you had your own dream plane. Then simply call Fresh Air Aviation to make your dream come to life.

Beaver Island had its King. Now it’s time for a Queen to rule!
Ride her once and you’ll understand why!

(Pictures and story from Fresh Air Aviation)

Beaver Island Association

Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability


Monday, JULY 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center

Charlevoix Area Hospital Hosted An Open House

Charlevoix Area Hospital hosted an open house at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center on Friday, June 26, 2015, from 4-7pm. The open house was a casual, friendly event for folks to stop in and talk to staff. Lyn Jenks, CAH CEO, gave a brief presentation at 5:30 p.n. with an update on new and expanding hospital services, the fundraising campaign underway, and CAH changing relationship with Munson Healthcare.

......Bernadette Cole talks with Donna Kubic............CAH Cathy Fischl, Marketing and PR...........Chelsey Townsend, CAH Foundation, Executive Director

Cindy Ricksgers..............Skip McDonough..............Gerald LaFreniere

Lyn Jenks, CEO CAH

Snacks at the Open House

Lyn Jenks began her presentation.

Video Clips of the Open House and the Presentation HERE




7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on saturday, July 11, 2015, at "Reddeer," Kings Highway, Beaver Island. All proceeds from the free will donation got to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for music students who have a genuine interest in having music lessons. Five scholarships have been awarded this year so far.

We welcome all musicians to join us. For more information, please call Eleanor McDonough in Charlevoix at 231-547-6722.

Bring you lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful musical evening.

Eleanor McDonough, 301 May Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon. � Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm. � Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

28-Pastor Randy Weener, Grand Rapids

July 5--Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!! Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.


Spring is here and the Wellness Gardeners’ thoughts are turning toward the joys and tasks of maintaining and improving the BIRHC Wellness Garden.  The Annual Garden Tour Benefit, our sole fundraiser, celebrates its 5th year in 2015!  Again featuring gardens on the northern part of the Island, our tour includes six new gardens discovered with the aid and discerning eye of a well-known local landscaping professional.   This year’s tour builds on our successes -- access to unique and private spaces created by the hands of the gardeners themselves and described in their own words,  a presentation in a public space with its own unknown story, a delicious lunch at The Lodge, and a dessert tea at our final garden, all with transportation provided.  This year we plan to include a speaker with tips and information we all want to hear, either at lunch or tea.  So get your calendar out and mark the date:  Wednesday, July 15th (9:30 - 3 pm) the 5th Annual Garden Tour Benefit!  Tickets will be available to purchase beginning July 1st at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. 

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

Chamber of Commerce directors wish to thank Dawn Martin who suggested the theme idea. The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 2:30. Cannon fire by John Works.
July 4th 2015. Kids Carnival managed by Chamber VP Diane McDonough will start at 3:00 PM



BIRHC Seeks Medical Professional Listings

Are you a Medical Professional? Would you be willing to help out in the event of a major emergency on the Island? The Beaver Island Rural Health Center would like to update its list of medical personnel here, whether you are here year-round or only for a visit. Please call Donna Kubic at 448-2275 with contact information and your availability. Thank you very much.

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department News Release

News Release

On June 25, 2015, at approximately 20:12 hours, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island was dispatched to the area of Sloptown Road near King’s Highway for a single vehicle rollover accident.

The driver of the vehicle, Jewell Gillespie-Cushman age 19 of Beaver Island, was traveling West on Sloptown Road in a 1995 Ford Ranger when he lost control of his vehicle, hitting a tree then rolling the vehicle over.  The vehicle landed on its roof with the driver inside.  Gillespie-Cushman was wearing his seatbelt.

Gillespie-Cushman was transported to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center where he was treated for a laceration to his arm.

The accident remains under investigation, but speed and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Podiatrist to Visit the Island

Dr. Patrick Richmond, Podiatrist, will be returning to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center to see patients on Monday, July 20. Call us at 448-2275 to make an appointment.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library will now be staying open until 8 pm on Thursday evenings and opening at 11 am Saturday mornings.

So BIDL hours are as follows:

Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 11-5

What's New at the Library?

Click here to view the information

4th of July Golf Tournament

Calling All Bookies

Calling all Bookies (the kind that LOVE BOOKS, not gambling...:)!!
BOBI (Bookies of Beaver Island) Meets at The Beaver Island District Library

Summer is here at long last! We think Mother Nature understands this now and will act accordingly for us all to enjoy some great weather :) The undeniable sign of summer; EIGHT dynamic people at BOBI last night, and a lively discussion of " A Fall of Marigolds"!
We decided the author would have benefited by having us as consultants, but despite that, overall the book was a good read.
Lots of talk about who is reading what, and book idea swaps. We are a diverse group in our tastes, which adds to the fun as we read outside our comfort zones.

Coming up...
For our Tues, July 28, 7pm meeting: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien 

About young men in the Vietnam war---from a new angle.
(Already in at BIDL, if you need a copy, please check with Patrick, MG, or Kathy to sign out-we have 2 copies and BOBI has priority on these books until our meeting, so please reading return promptly when you finish so everyone has a chance)

For our Tues, Aug 25, 7pm meeting: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

This author was just at BIDL for a reading, and everyone loved her!
A novel about life in the U.P.

For our Tues, Sept 22, 7pm meeting: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

It has everything from elephant behavior to human parent/child relationships.

For our Tues, Oct 27, 7pm meeting: Lost In Shangri-La by Michael Zuckoff

Stranded on an island with Stone-Age natives...

We tried to pick a good variety of books, and had plenty of suggestions to choose from. Hope to see everyone on July 28th! And an early Happy 4th to all!
Brenda Welter

Scheduled Events at the Community Center

Hummers in the Backyard

Up in the top of a tall pine tree surveying his territory

On one feeder in the red maple tree

After watching these hummingbirds in the backyard, it became obvious that territorial areas are established by one hummer, and, even though not captured in pictures, chasing other hummers away seems to be as important as going to each of the four feeders that are in the yard. The movements are so quick, that a capture of this dive bombing and territorial protection was impossible. Fascinating, but impossible.

Men's Summer Golf League Results for Week 3

Jeff M. & Ryan
Ivan & Buck
Dan & Rob
Ron W. & Larry L.
Gerald & Kirk
Ron S. & David
Chuck & Ernie
Howard & Joe
Francis & Larry
* Bye Week
Team #8 beat Team #1 14-6
Team #2 beat Team #9 12-8
Team #3 beat Team #7 11-9
Team #4 beat Team #6 13-7

1984 Roll Off Truck – Accepting Bids

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee is accepting bids for the used roll off truck at the BI Transfer Station.  This truck is a :

  • 1984 GMC Brigadier
  • 373,542 miles
  • Can haul 10 – 40 yard containers
  • Everything is operational. 
  • Truck was used at Beaver Island Transfer Station until fall of 2014
  • Hydraulics in good working order.

If the winning bid is a mainland purchaser, the cost of transporting the truck to Charlevoix is the responsibility of the winning bidder.   The Committee reserves the right to reject bids.

Please submit bids to:
Beaver Island Waste Management Committee
C/O Beaver Island Transfer Station
PO Box 355
Beaver Island MI 49782

If you have any questions, please contact:
Brad Swearingen, Manager
Beaver Island Transfer Station
231 448 2228

Accepting Bids for the Cement Work at the Beaver Island Transfer Station

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee is accepting bids for the following work:

  •  Cement Pad for Roll Off Containers
  • 40 foot x 60 foot x 8 inch poured, reinforced cement pad
  • Pad to be used for holding 40 yard roll off containers
  • Located on SE side of property
  • Excavating work required
  • Cement Pad Adjacent to Compactor
    • 15 foot x 20 foot reinforced pad adjacent to compactor at rear of transfer station
  • Replace Retaining Wall
    • Retaining wall at rear of transfer station

The Committee reserves the right to reject bids.

Please submit bids to:
Beaver Island Waste Management Committee
C/O Beaver Island Transfer Station
PO Box 355
Beaver Island MI 49782

If you have any questions, please contact:
Brad Swearingen, Manager
Beaver Island Transfer Station
231 448 2228

A Ride on the Summer Solstice

Yesterday was a three in one kind of a day. The day was the summer solstice, the anniversary of one special lady, and Father's Day all in one. There were many ways to celebrate, but a few fewer since being an on-call paramedic. All of these were special, and all were very important, but the ride was just as important. As aging seniors all understand, the environment is out there, and there is beauty, if you take the time to look. Here is a little of that beauty.

The loon still on the nest at Barney's Lake

Wildflowers at Barney's Lake

Observation of the osprey on Sloptown Road


Wildflowers along Sloptown Road

Wildflowers along the Kings Highway

Making a difference with just one turtle. Made it across the Kings Highway without getting squished.

Appreciation of the beauty around the island is a wonderful way to spend the three in one kind of day. The highlights included dinner and this trip around Barney's Lake, Sloptown, and Kings Highway. The vegetable garden can wait one more day.

WVBI Broadcast Begins

Your Beaver Island radio station  WVBI went live tonight, 100.1 on your FM dial.  Music, local news, events and much more 24/7. Check it out!

(Editor's note: Sitting inside my house listening to some great tunes on 100.1 on the FM dial at 9:30 p.m., June 21, 2015.)

Congratulations, WVBI!

Summer Solstice

Some parts of the U.S. are already sweltering, but summer doesn't officially start until this weekend. Sunday marks the summer solstice, or first day of the season, in the Northern Hemisphere. It's also the longest day of the year.

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, happens when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun and usually occurs on June 21st, but can also occur on 20 and 22 June.. This year, the actual time the summer solstice begins is 12:38 p.m., June 21, 2015.

The world has partied for the solstice since ancient times. Stonehenge is home to one of the biggest observations of the summer solstice because legend says the stones were set up to align with the sun on the solstice. As such, thousands of people now gather there to do yoga and worship the sun every year. Yoga is also a solstice tradition in New York City's Time Square.

Many, if not all, of the native American tribes performed ceremonies focused on summer solstice. The sundance, believed to have originated with the Lakota tribe, is a ceremony that lasted 28 days, with a final four to eight days of intense festivity. Although the ceremonies varied in form from tribe to tribe, many had features in common, such as dancing, singing and drumming, prayer, meditation, the experience of visions, fasting, and skin-piercings. The Arapaho, Arikara, Asbinboine, Cheyenne, Crow, Gros, Ventre, Hidutsa, Sioux, Plains Cree, Plains Ojibway, Sarasi, Omaha, Ponca, Ute, Shoshone, Kiowa, and Blackfoot are among the tribes that celebrated.

The sundance was generally outlawed in the latter part of the nineteenth century because of the perceived aspects of self-torture. Typically, a dancer was pierced through the skin and connected by ropes and pegs to either a tree or a stake around which he would dance until the pegs or the piercings broke. Symbolic of death and renewal, the dancer was believed to be reborn mentally, spiritually, and physically. The ceremony as a whole spoke to the continuity of life; it was meant to convey a cycle of regeneration wherein all of nature is intertwined.

Not an uncommon belief for summer solstice, which has been celebrated by the ancients around the globe.

A Short History of Father's Day

Origins of Father’s Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

Father’s Day: Controversy and Commercialism

During the 1920s and 1930s, a movement arose to scrap Mother’s Day and Father’s Day altogether in favor of a single holiday, Parents’ Day. Every year on Mother’s Day, pro-Parents’ Day groups rallied in New York City’s Central Park–a public reminder, said Parents’ Day activist and radio performer Robert Spere, “that both parents should be loved and respected together.” Paradoxically, however, the Depression derailed this effort to combine and de-commercialize the holidays. Struggling retailers and advertisers redoubled their efforts to make Father’s Day a “second Christmas” for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards. When World War II began, advertisers began to argue that celebrating Father’s Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day may not have been a federal holiday, but it was a national institution.

In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

An Assessment of My Day Off

by Cindy Ricksgers

10th Annual Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing


The Outing was held on the Friday, June 19, 2015. The play started with a Shotgun start at 5:00 p.m. Six teams played with all teams starting on a different hole. There was an excellent meal provided to all participants. The meal included cold sliced ham, cold sliced cheese, and buns for a sandwich. This was accompanied by egg salad, Mary Ann's famous cole slaw, chips of different kinds, pineapple upside down cake and another chocolate cake, four different kinds of pop and two different kinds of cold beer. Thanks to Buck and Mary Ann Ridgeway for organizing the outing and for preparing the food!


1st Place was won by the team of Ron Wojan, Larry Laurain, Bob Evans, and Ivan Young  with a score of four under par. -4 (31)

2nd Place was won by Doris Larson, Nel Worsfold, Annette Dashiell, and Ruth Igoe with a score of three under par after a six stroke handicap.  -3 (38-6 H/C)

Other Teams that played:

Kevin Stipp-Mike Sowa   -3 (32)
Jeff Mestelle-Rob Latimer-Bill Kohls   +1 (36)
Joe Moore-Frank Solle-Howard Davis-Buck Ridgeway +1 (36)
Peter Igoe-Lars Larson-Paul Glendon-Bruce Jacobson +2 (37)

Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive:

Annette Dashiell won the closest to the pin on hole #4 (Chipped in)

Ron Wojan won closest to the pin on hole #4; Jeff Mestelle won closest to the pin on hole #6; and Kevin Stipp had the longest drive on hole #9.

The Escanaba-Beaver Island Connection

What in the world could connect the Upper Penninsula town of Escanaba and Beaver Island? They are about as physically separated as one island and one mainland community can be separated. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, BINN Editor Joe Moore found out the answer to this question.

View more of the story HERE

View video of the trip HERE

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

Garage Sale to Benefit the Community Center

BICS Graduation Video

2-camera edit of complete Graduation Ceremony


YMCA Camp Arrowhead – Beaver Island

Registration is now open for Camp Arrowhead! The YMCA of Northern Michigan is excited to extend our summer day camp program to Beaver Island. Camp Arrowhead runs from July 6th- August 7th (5 weeks). Families can sign up for one or more week(s) at a time. Camp runs Monday through Friday. Campers participate in activities such as sports & games, arts & crafts, archery, outdoor education, and so much more! Y camps foster a safe and nurturing environment where all children have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Registration forms are available at the Community Center and the Community School. Registration forms must be returned to the Community School.

More information: http://www.ymcanm.org/CampArrowhead.htm

Camp Hours/Prices
Half Day: 9:00-1:00 PM ($100/week)
Full Day:  9:00-4:00 PM ($135/week)

Explorers:     Ages 5 to 6                                                                            
Trailblazers:  Ages 7 to 8  
Pathfinders:  Ages 9 to 10
*Limited Counselor in Training (CIT) spaces available: Ages 11-15

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled

Glen McDonough Concert and Scholarships

7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 7th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on saturday, July 11, 2015, at "Reddeer," Kings Highway, Beaver Island. All proceeds from the free will donation got to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Scholarship Fund for music students who have a genuine interest in having music lessons. Five scholarships have been awarded this year so far.

We welcome all musicians to join us. For more information, please call Eleanor McDonough in Charlevoix at 231-547-6722.

Bring you lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful musical evening.

Eleanor McDonough, 301 May Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Museum Week Planned

At the Library

Coming this Summer

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