B. I. News on the 'Net, June 5-11, 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

June 11, 2017

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

June 11, 2017

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

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

Simeon Richards and Deacon Jim

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

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

The revolutionary treatise began with reverberating prose:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BICS Awards Ceremony and Open House

Open House Agenda

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the awards ceremony HERE

View a small gallery of Open House Pictures HERE

Video of Some of the Projects


(Pictures and video by Cheryl Phillips)

St. James Meeting

June 7, 2017

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 10, 2017

I am so humbled by the love and support from all of you. Thank you so much!

At the moment we have partly cloudy skies, 56°, wind is at 7 mph from the south, humidity is at 96%, pressure is falling from 29.81 inches, visibility is 9.4 miles, UV is very high at 9, and pollen levels are medium-high at 7.7 with the top allergens being grasses and dock.
WIND ADVISORY - Saturday until 8:00 p.m. Southerly winds will gust up to 45 mph.
Today: Partly sunny in the morning then clearing. Breezy. Highs in the mid 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph increasing to southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Breezy. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

Today: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less but building to 4 to 6 feet in the afternoon.
Tonight: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

ON THIS DATE of June 10, 1944 - The youngest pitcher in major league baseball pitched his first game. Joe Nuxhall was 15 years old (and 10 months and 11 days). (from en.wikipedia:) "Nuxhall was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio. During World War II, many regular baseball players were unavailable while serving in the military. Meanwhile, Nuxhall was the biggest member of the ninth grade class in nearby Hamilton, Ohio at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 190 pounds (86 kg)—a left-hander with a hard fastball, but not much control. He had already been playing in a semipro league with his father for a few years. Scouts looking to fill out the Reds' depleted roster were following Orville Nuxhall, Joe's father, in 1943. But they were informed that the elder Nuxhall was not interested in signing a professional contract because of his five children. The scouts then became interested in the son, who was only 14 at the time. After waiting until the following year's basketball season was over, Nuxhall signed a major league contract with the Reds on February 18, 1944. General manager Warren Giles intended to wait until school was over in June to add him to the team, but more of his players were inducted into the service in the spring. With permission from his high school principal, Nuxhall was in uniform with the team on Opening Day."

DID YOU KNOW THAT Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine? (from Snopes;) "yes, at one time there was cocaine in Coca-Cola. But before you’re tempted to run off claiming Coca-Cola turned generations of drinkers into dope addicts, consider the following: back in 1885 it was far from uncommon to use cocaine in patent medicines (which is what Coca-Cola was originally marketed as) and other medical potions. When it first became general knowledge that cocaine could be harmful, the backroom chemists who comprised Coca-Cola at the time (long before it became the huge company we now know) did everything they could with the technology they had available at the time to remove every trace of cocaine from the beverage. What was left behind (until the technology improved enough for it all to be removed) wasn’t enough to give a fly a buzz."

WORD OF THE DAY: hireling (HAHYUH R-ling) which means a person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work. Old English hӯrling translates the Latin adjective and noun mercēn(n)ārius “for hire, reward or pay; a hired servant, hireling” in Old English translations of the Gospels (a.d. c1000) in the Vulgate (the Latin translation of the Christian Bible edited or translated by St. Jerome a.d. c405). Hireling does not occur in Middle English but only reappears in the Coverdale Bible (1535), again translating Latin mercēn(n)ārius.

Transportation Authority Meeting Scheduled

June 13, 2017, at noon

Minutes, May 9, 2017 meeting...Agenda for June meeting

Special BIESA Meeting Called

Public Hearing on the Master Plan

The Joint Meeting of the St. James and Peaine Township Planning Commissions took place last night, June 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. The purpose of the meeting was for a public hearing on the Master Plan that has had three years of work by the hard working group interested in this process. This was the notice that was posted on this website and in the Petoskey News Review.

There were plenty of cars parked at the Peaine Township Hall for this public hearing indicating many interested persons. The Master Plan had gone through a public comment period which culminated in this public hearing. The next step is for the Planning Commission approved Master Plan to go to the township boards of Peaine and St. James for possible approval.

What Did You Say 42

By Joe Moore

Back quite a few years ago, there was a group of public service workers that formed a bond.  This bond was completely made out of friendship and the love of the outdoors.  The beauty of the natural world, the desire to share it with friends, and the gorgeous surroundings of the Beaver Island outdoors matched the group’s motto.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 9, 2017

First of all, I want to thank all of you for the hugs, cards, messages, healing thoughts, gifts, and most of all for the prayers. I'm so blessed to have you all behind me shoring me up. Ok, at the moment the journey is sorta like climbing Mt. Pisgah, trudging up that giant sand dune and thinking, "once I'm at the top, I'm going to have a fabulous view of Donegal Bay." Since you all are on this journey along with me, I figured I'd share. So, here's how yesterday went. Our flight off-island was for 10 and the appointment with my doctors was to be at 2:30. At 7:00 am the nurse navigator called to say that they had discussed my case that morning and a Dr. Talbott would like to meet with us at 11:30. So we hustled. Got there in time to be told that since the cancer seems to be contained at the top of my right lung, he would be doing a lobectomy (removal of the effected lobe - top lobe on my right side) on Monday morning. Yes, you read that right, THIS Monday. Note to Deacon JIm, I might miss Mass a couple times. The entire rest of the day was in preparation for Monday. (For those who think hospitals move slow, we'd like to say that when they want to they can sure hustle things along quickly). From 11 to 4 I had all sorts of lab work done, chest x-rays, arterial blood gas draws,an appointment at the Karmonos Oncology and met Dr. Coppola and my nurse navigator, Jeanne Melton, there. Finally, back to Dr. Talbot's office to be told we're all set. We hustled back to Charlevoix and caught the 5:30 flight now. Now, due to all this, my last weather report will be Sunday morning for the unforeseeable future. According to my doctor, I'll be in the hospital for 5 to 7 days, then six weeks of no driving, no physical activity, and then three whole months to completely heal up. You aren't going to have to wait that long for the weather, but I do know it's going to be at least a week, as I'm not taking my computer with me, just my phone. So... there you are, my summer itinerary. Just think of the report I can do in the fall, "how I spent my summer vacation". Boy, that was long-winded. On to the weather...

At the moment we have mostly cloudy skies, 54°, wind is at 2 mph from the NW, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 29.83, visibility is 9.7 miles, UV level is still high at 6, pollen levels are medium at 5.4 with the top allergens being grasses and dock.
Today: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers. Highs around 70. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated rain showers in the evening. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.
MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect From Saturday Morning Through Late Saturday Night
Today: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Isolated showers early in the morning and again in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight:Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 9, 1943 - The withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by the U.S. Congress. So I was curious as to what wikipedia had to say on this subject:

"During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments with the vote of the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943 :

In the History of the U.S. Tax System, the U.S. Department of Treasury describes tax withholding.

'This greatly eased the collection of the tax for both the taxpayer and the Bureau of Internal Revenue. However, it also greatly reduced the taxpayer's awareness of the amount of tax being collected, i.e. it reduced the transparency of the tax, which made it easier to raise taxes in the future.'"

DID YOU KNOW THAT about 90% of the worlds population kisses?

WORD OF THE DAY: gateau (ga to) which means a rich cake, typically one containing layers of cream or fruit. Mid 19th century: from French gâteau ‘cake’.

A Quiet? Night at Barney's Lake

After a fun round of golf with some great guys, a trip to Barney's Lake On Wednesday night was in order. As the evening continued with the sun beginning to set, there was lots of wildlife to see. You can view it in this gallery HERE.

There were muskrats, an osprey, a diving tern, a clumsy takeoff of a loon. What an amazing bit of sounds going on around this small inland lake. Mesmerized, my only distractions were the cars zipping by. This was great place for a time of reflection. Here's a video with the view and the sounds of this beautiful view last night.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 8, 2017

Well, today is the big day. We're off at 10 and will find out the best way to get rid of Henrietta (the cancer on my lung). I know what I'd prefer, but we'll go with what the doctors suggest. Thank you all for the cards, thoughts, hugs, and prayers. We truly appreciate each one of them! It's very comforting to have a whole army behind us during this stressful time. Anyhow, on to the weather and it's looking to be another perfect island day. Right now I'm showing clear skies, 51°, wind is at 4 mph from the south, humidity is at 89%, pressure is falling from 30.01 inches, visibility is 8.7 miles, UV levels are very high at 8, so slather on that sunscreen, and pollen levels are medium at 6.9. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grass.
Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds.

MARINE REPORT: Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 8, 2004 - Nate Olive and Sarah Jones began the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They completed the trek at the U.S.-Mexico border on September 28.

DID YOU KNOW that the only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia. However, there is one active volcano on Australian territory, that being Big Ben on McDonald Island in the sub-Antarctic territory of Heard & McDonald Island.

WORD OF THE DAY: conflagration (kon-fluh-GREY-shuh n) which means a destructive fire, usually an extensive one. The con- in conflagration is an intensive prefix and does not mean “with,” which would be meaningless here. The noun flagration is obsolete in English, and the verb conflagrate is uncommon. The Latin verb flagrāre and its compound conflagrāre derive from the Latin root flag- “to burn,” the same root as the noun flamma “a flame” (from an unrecorded flagma). Flag- is the Latin development of a complicated Proto-Indo-European root bheleg- (some of its variants are bhelg- bhleg-) “to shine, flash.” Bhleg- is the root forming the Greek verbs phlégein and phlegéthein “to burn, scorch,” whose derivatives include phlégma “inflammation, morbid humor from an excess of heat, phlegm” and Phlegéthōn “the Flaming,” one of the rivers that surrounded Hades and flowed with fire. Conflagration entered English in the mid-16th century.

Vacation Bible School

June 27-29, 2017


Beaver Island Water Trail

planning meeting set for Monday, June 19

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

B. I. Christian Church Bulletin

June 4, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 7, 2017

Another beautiful Beaver Island day in the making. Hopefully, tomorrow will be the same, as we head to the mainland for a few hours to hear what my doctors say about treatment. In the meantime, it's 49°, clear skies, wind is at 2 mph from the west, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 30.17 inches, visibility is at 9.8 miles, UV levels will be very high today at 8, and pollen levels are rated medium at 7.2 with the top allergens being mulberry, oak and grasses.
Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. North winds at 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT: Today: LIght winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 7, 1929 - The sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome. The agreement signed 70 years ago by Benito Mussolini and Cardinal Gasparri, on behalf of the King Victor Emmanuel III and Pope Pius XI, restored the full diplomatic and political power of the Holy See of Rome. And today, all the world indeed "wonders" at the revived power of the Roman Catholic Church, the epitome of Church and State combined and a major player in global politics. Pope Pius XI himself commented on the concordat, and his restored power, in the first ten paragraphs of his encyclical Quinquagesimo Ante which is available online.

DID YOU KNOW that M&M's chocolate stands for the initials for its inventors Mars and Murrie.

WORD OF THE DAY: degauss (dee-GOUS) which means: 1) to demagnetize. 2) to erase a disk or other storage device. From gauss, a unit of magnetic field strength, named after the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). Earliest documented use: 1940.

Fishing Osprey

After watching this osprey seek fish for about forty-five minutes, and, after three efforts with the first two unsuccessful, this osprey was successful on the third try. It was either keep taking pictures at the lake or zip back and try to catch the osprey beginning to eat and maybe even deliver this fish to the nest for its partner. You can view the pictures in the gallery below.

View a small gallery of the fishing osprey HERE

June 2017 Bulletin for Holy Cross

St. James Township Documents

for meeting on June 7, 2017

Regular Meeting Draft Minutes............Resolution for Sewer Fund

Resolution for Yacht Dock..........May 15, 2017 Special Meeting


May 22, 2017 Special Meeting

June 7, 2017 Public Works Committee Meeting Notice

Only Tuesday

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 6, 2017

Oh, what a beautiful morning! Dang, that would make a catchy song, wouldn't it? Right now we have clear skies, 51°, wind is at 6 mph from the north with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 80%, pressure is rising from 30.09 inches, visibility is 10.0 miles, the UV is high today to reduce your sun exposure and apply sunscreen, and pollen levels are medium at 7.1.
Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Northeast winds 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

MARINE REPORT: Today: North wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: NOrth wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 6, 1942 - The first nylon parachute jump was made by Adeline Gray in Hartford, CT. (from patch.com;)
" Oxford was the home-town of a daring young women who achieved fame as the first person to make a test jump with a nylon parachute. Formerly, all parachutes were made of silk. The year as 1942 and the United States' supply of silk was in jeopardy as the country fought against the Axis powers. The Allies desperately needed a reliable supply of safe parachutes for the military. The lives of many airmen would depend on the success of the effort. On June 6, 1942, 24-year-old Adeline Gray made the first live jump using a nylon parachute. The test jump was at Brainard Field in Hartford. The Pioneer Parachute Company of Manchester, conducted the test before about 50 military officials, proving the safety of their new nylon chute material and design. Adeline was the daughter of German immigrants, Martin and Pauline Gray. As a child she had become interested in parachutes. As a young girl she was inspired by reading of about parachute jumps. After her historic leap, the St. Petersburg Times of Florida, quoted her, saying, "Back home in Oxford, I used to take an umbrella and jump off the hayloft holding it over my head like a parachute. But I ruined many umbrellas." At the time of her jump, she was the only woman licensed parachute jumper in Connecticut. She worked at Pioneer Parachute as a rigger, and eventually became head of the department. She also was known for her many parachute jumps at air shows across the country. Her fame as a dare-devil surprised local Oxford people, because she was known as a very shy girl. She worked in a local store to save money to purchase her own plane. During the war, she lived in Hartford and rode a bicycle to work in Manchester. After her famous jump, Adeline Gray was featured in True Comics. She became an advertising icon for Camel Cigarettes. The advertisements in LIFE magazine featured pictures of her historical live test of the parachute, and encouraged readers to test Camel cigarettes. A variety of ads were featured over the coming year -- sometimes with Gray portrayed in flight gear and sometimes in very feminine evening dress. This graduate of the local Oxford school system is noted for her contribution to the war effort, both by the courage of the historic jump and her work at Pioneer Parachute Company."

DID YOU KNOW honey is the only natural food which never spoils? (from smithsonianmag.com)
"...you don’t get a food source with no expiration date without a whole slew of factors working in perfect harmony.

The first comes from the chemical make-up of honey itself. Honey is, first and foremost, a sugar. Sugars are hygroscopic, a term that means they contain very little water in their natural state but can readily suck in moisture if left unsealed. As Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at Univeristy of California, Davis explains, “Honey in its natural form is very low moisture. Very few bacteria or microorganisms can survive in an environment like that, they just die. They’re smothered by it, essentially.” What Harris points out represents an important feature of honey’s longevity: for honey to spoil, there needs to be something inside of it that can spoil. With such an inhospitable environment, organisms can’t survive long enough within the jar of honey to have the chance to spoil.

Honey is also naturally extremely acidic. “It has a pH that falls between 3 and 4.5, approximately, and that acid will kill off almost anything that wants to grow there,” Harris explains. So bacteria and spoil-ready organisms must look elsewhere for a home–the life expectancy inside of honey is just too low.

But honey isn’t the only hygroscopic food source out there. Molasses, for example, which comes from the byproduct of cane sugar, is extremely hygroscopic, and is acidic, though less so than honey (molasses has a pH of around 5.5). And yet–although it may take a long time, as the sugar cane product has a longer shelf-life than fresh produce, eventually molasses will spoil.

So why does one sugar solution spoil, while another lasts indefinitely? Enter bees.

“Bees are magical,” Harris jokes. But there is certainly a special alchemy that goes into honey. Nectar, the first material collected by bees to make honey, is naturally very high in water–anywhere from 60-80 percent, by Harris’ estimate. But through the process of making honey, the bees play a large part in removing much of this moisture by flapping their wings to literally dry out the nectar. On top of behavior, the chemical makeup of a bees stomach also plays a large part in honey’s resilience. Bees have an enzyme in their stomachs called glucose oxidase (PDF). When the bees regurgitate the nectar from their mouths into the combs to make honey, this enzyme mixes with the nectar, breaking it down into two by-products: gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. “Then,” Harris explains, “hydrogen peroxide is the next thing that goes into work against all these other bad things that could possibly grow.”

For this reason, honey has been used for centuries as a medicinal remedy. Because it’s so thick, rejects any kind of growth and contains hydrogen peroxide, it creates the perfect barrier against infection for wounds. The earliest recorded use of honey for medicinal purposes comes from Sumerian clay tablets, which state that honey was used in 30 percent of prescriptions. The ancient Egyptians used medicinal honey regularly, making ointments to treat skin and eye diseases. “Honey was used to cover a wound or a burn or a slash, or something like that, because nothing could grow on it – so it was a natural bandage,” Harris explains.

What’s more, when honey isn’t sealed in a jar, it sucks in moisture. “While it’s drawing water out of the wound, which is how it might get infected, it’s letting off this very minute amount of hydrogen peroxide. The amount of hydrogen peroxide comes off of honey is exactly what we need–it’s so small and so minute that it actually promotes healing.” And honey for healing open gashes is no longer just folk medicine–in the past decade, Derma Sciences, a medical device company, has been marketing and selling MEDIHONEY, bandages covered in honey used in hospitals around the world.

If you buy your honey from the supermarket, that little plastic bottle of golden nectar has been heated, strained and processed so that it contains zero particulates, meaning that there’s nothing in the liquid for molecules to crystallize on, and your supermarket honey will look the same for almost forever. If you buy your honey from a small-scale vendor, however, certain particulates might remain, from pollen to enzymes. With these particulates, the honey might crystallize, but don’t worry–if it’s sealed, it’s not spoiled and won’t be for quite some time.

A jar of honey’s seal, it turns out, is the final factor that’s key to honey’s long shelf life, as exemplified by the storied millennia-old Egyptian specimens. While honey is certainly a super-food, it isn’t supernatural–if you leave it out, unsealed in a humid environment, it will spoil. As Harris explains, ” As long as the lid stays on it and no water is added to it, honey will not go bad. As soon as you add water to it, it may go bad. Or if you open the lid, it may get more water in it and it may go bad.”

So if you’re interested in keeping honey for hundreds of years, do what the bees do and keep it sealed–a hard thing to do with this delicious treat!

WORD OF THE DAY: brinkmanship (BRINGK-muh n-ship) which means the technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the greatest advantage especially by creating diplomatic crises. To those of a certain age, brinkmanship or brinksmanship instantly summons the shade of John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), President Eisenhower’s secretary of state (1953-59). Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-65) coined the term in 1956.

Beaver Island Historical Society, 60th Anniversary

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

Island Fellow Candidate Meet and Greet

All and sundry are cordially invited to a welcome event for the Island Fellow candidate at the Community Center June 13, 2017, between 10 and 11 a.m. Come out and meet Stefanie, who comes to us from Maine, and has education and experience in the communications and environmental writing fields. She has held a Communications Internship at Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, where she taught environmental writing, assisted with hands-on science programs, and did social media work. Stefanie also has a background in photojournalism and video production with Veggies for All, a nonprofit foodbank farm in Maine. She also managed social media for the organization, and got her hands dirty in the fields planting and tending crops. 

In related news, the Island Institute’s Island Fellows Program recently received a national award for the Outstanding Program of the Year from the Community Development Society. This is a phenomenal program, and one which we are excited to be bringing to Beaver Island!

Beaver Island TV

In May of 2017, Beaver Island TV had 203 unique visitors with 319 visits total. This included forty to fifty viewing the weekly Mass from Holy Cross with the rest viewing the Beaver Island Birding Trail pressentations at the end of the month. It is also possible that some of these unique visitors were just checking out the website during the weeks prior to the birding presentations. So far, in the month of June, visitors are mostly from Michigan including Munising, Beaver Island, and Traverse City.



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

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Annual Meetings

View video of the meeting HERE

April 12, 2017


May 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

View video of May 10th Peaine Meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

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April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

May 3, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

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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Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 5, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies, 50°, wind is at 5 mph from the NW, humidity is at 95%, pressure is rising from 29.94 inches, visibility is 9.7 miles, and pollen levels are medium at 5.4. Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows around 50°. North winds 5 to 15 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Today: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 5, 1981 - In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

DID YOU KNOW THAT stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand?

WORD OF THE DAY: vim (vim) which means lively or energetic spirit; enthusiasm; vitality. Vim began as an American colloquialism but became standard on both sides of the Atlantic within a generation. It is the accusative singular of the irregular Latin noun vīs (stem vīr-) “power, force.” Latin vīs is related to the Latin noun vir “man (i.e., a male person), husband.” The same Proto-Indo-European root wir-, wīr- in Latin vir appears in English wergild and werewolf. Vim entered English in the mid-19th century.

Sunday Ride

June 4, 2017

The ride in the fog today was really longer than a normal ride, but the openings in the fog provided just a few opportunities to take some pictures. The fog just continues to block the view and provide plenty of issues for those trying to get on and off the island.

Whiskey Point Kildeer

Barney's Lake reflections

Fleeing ducklings

Loon on the nest at Barney's Lake

Large dragonfly

Wild Strawberry and wildflowers with insect visitors

Beautiful Lilacs across the road.

Mass from Holy Cross

June 4, 2017

Waking up to the thick fog over the lake, most parishioners knew that there would be no priest coming in this morning. Unless the priest came yesterday, there would be no mass this morning. That doesn't mean that a very nice communion service wouldn't take place, and that's just what happened. Deacon Jim Siler was the celebrant, dressed in his Pentacost red robe, with Ann Partridge doing the readings.

Deacon Jim Siler.............Ann Partridge

The Recessional

Video of the service can be viewed HERE

A Day Turns Around

by Cindy Ricksgers

Nesting Loon on Barney's Lake

June 3, 2017

A change in position must have been in order or a swap of responsibility.

Osprey Pair on Sloptown

June 3, 2017

One leisurely basking in the sunlight....The nest protector checking out the sounds from below.

Marine Railway

by Dick Burris

One of my first commercial jobs in the north was to do underwater work on a marine railway in Charlevoix, Michigan.  A group from Beaver Island were dismantling the marine railway to later install them in the harbor at Beaver Island.  Art Reibel, Bill Welke, and Wayne Chapman had taken on this quest.

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What Did You Say 18

By Joe Moore

“Well, I don’t really want to go to the hospital,” the patient said.  “I’d just as soon die on Beaver Island.”

What did you say?

Yes, a patient actually said those exact words to me, and I’ve heard them more than once on Beaver Island as an EMT first and later as a paramedic.

Read the rest of the story HERE

BICS Weekly Update and Open House

Weekly Update June 5-9th

Open House, June 8th, 3:15 p.m.

Notice to Subscribers

from the editor, Joe Moore

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

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

BI Development Corporation Raffle

Vacations, Vacations, Vacations...

Three Exciting Adventures are being raffled.



Island Treasures Resale

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

Charlevoix County COA Senior Highlights

June 2017

Vacation Bible School

June 27-29, 2017


BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

June 2017


Christian Church Bulletin

June 4, 2017

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BICS Calendar 2017-18

BICS Events Calendar 2017

9th Annual Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert


Eve Glen McDonough Music School

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

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