B. I. News on the 'Net, March 1-10, 2019

Mass from Holy Cross

March 10, 2019

Saturday afternoon, Brian Foli reading and Father Jim giving the sermon

Sunday morning, Patrick Nugent reading, Father Jim praying

View video of both services HERE

Dog Days

by Cindy Ricksgers

Charlevoix County COA Dinner

March 10, 2019

Today's COA Dinner was prepared by the Dahlwhinnie's and consisted of corned beef and cabbage, with carrots and a roll. The dessert was like an apple crisp. There was also water and coffee to go along with the dinner, and the usual chocolates on the tables. The high school common's area had the tables was for St. Patrick's Day. The COA representative for Beaver Island, Kathie Ehinger, spoke about her office hours and a few other topics and took questions for those present.


Overall, dressed in green winner, PJ

Runners up

View a short video clip of the dinner and talk HERE

Beaver Island TV

March 10, 2019

Today's broadcast is a continuation of the historical society tapes and interviews as part of the oral history of the island. This is available to anyone, anywhere, at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at 2 p.m.

Interview of Robert Cole, August 2001

Interview of Phil Gregg, September 2006

Interview of Johnny Andy Gallagher 1991

J.S. Bach, Tape 1 and Tape 2, July 2002

John and Maureen Runberg McCann June 2011


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Christian Church Bulletin

March 10, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 10, 2019

Guess what? It's snowing AGAIN! It's also 29°, feels like 24°, light snow, humidity is at 96%, wind is from the east at 7 mph, pressure is at 29.32 inches, and visibility is 3 miles. We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 pm tonight. Plan on slippery road conditions and reduced visibility along with blowing and drifting snow.

ON THIS DATE Robert Kearns, who patented a design for a type of windshield wiper and later won multi-million dollar judgments against Chrysler and Ford for using his concept without permission, is born on March 10, 1927, in Gary, Indiana. Kearns’ invention, the intermittent windshield wiper, enabled wipers to move at timed intervals, rather than constantly swiping back and forth. Intermittent wipers aided drivers in light rain or mist and today are a standard feature of most cars. Kearns’ real-life David versus Goliath story about taking on the auto giants was made into a movie titled “Flash of Genius” that opened in 2008 and starred Greg Kinnear.

Kearns was raised near Detroit, Michigan, and later worked as a professor of engineering at Wayne State University. He first patented his wiper design in 1967 and tried to license his invention to various automakers but failed to make a deal with any of them. Then, in 1960, Ford debuted the first intermittent wiper; other car companies eventually followed suit. In the late 1970s, Kearns sued Ford for patent infringement and went on to take legal action against more than two dozen other automakers.

The ensuing legal battles lasted more than a decade and consumed Kearns, who often acted as his own attorney. Kearns’ quest cost him his marriage and also may have contributed to a nervous breakdown he suffered. In 1990, a jury ruled that Ford was guilty of non-deliberate patent infringement and Kearns was later awarded some $10 million. He also went on to win a $20 million judgment against Chrsyler. Kearns’ lawsuits against other automakers were dismissed for technical reasons.

Kearns died at the age of 77 from cancer on February 9, 2005, in Maryland.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the electric chair was invented by a dentist.

WORD OF THE DAY: temporize (TEM-puh-rahyz) which means to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting. The current, somewhat negative, meaning of temporize, “to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting,” is a relatively modern development of Middle French temporiser “to pass the time, await one’s time,” from Medieval Latin temporizāre “to delay,” equivalent to Medieval Latin temporāre “to delay, put off the time.” All of the medieval words are derivatives of Latin tempor-, the inflectional stem of tempus “time,” which has no certain etymology. Temporize entered English in the 16th century.

BIRHC Seeks Help

One of the serious issues facing the BIRHC Board and manager is that there is not much available for monthly rental for the new providers. As they may need to sell their homes at their previous location before they are able to purchase one or build one here on the island, the living quarters become a really important thing for the new providers that have been hired and will be living on the island.

If you know of a monthly rental possibility or if you have a monthly rental home to offer, please contact the Beaver Island Rural Health Center at 231-448-2275, or email at donna@biruralhealth.org

Beaver Island Airport Commission Documents

Feb 9 Agenda BIAC

Feb 9 BIAC meeting minutes DRAFT

BIAC 2019 Budget

BIRHC Board Meeting 10 a.m., 3/9/19

Some quick notes about the BIRHC meeting:

The dental services will not be starting in March. They will likely begin on or around April 28, 2019. The board approved the manager's investigation of electric medical records and authorized the subcription to the program if and when the manager gets all the details worked out. with a cost of $500 per provider, this will allow interchangeable records with Charlevoix Hospital and Northern Michigan Hospital. Lab reports would automatically be placed in the patient's records along with other reports from other physicians and nurses as well as xrays, etc.

A member of the board has resigned due to health issues, and the board passed a resolution of thanks that will be mailed to the board member. The replacement will be made without posting and based upon recommendations of the board. The board also approved the movement of funds from a bank account to a certificate of deposit to earn more interest.

The board has a new to the island provider who will be moving to the island in about one week. This will complete the two provider staffing on the island for the BIRHC. This provider's name was not given out at the meeting.

The information was approved to be given to the radio station and the newspaper, but no reference was made to BINN and the ability to video interview. That will be up to them to ask. Offers have previously been ignored.

This was a relatively short meeting with only obtaining a quorum by a video link, allowing one board member to attend wia this video link. There will be some discussion and preparation of a bid document for the possible staining of the cedar shake siding, with a great deal of discussion on this issue.

Scanned documents 1

Scanned documents 2

View video of this meeting HERE

MAMUN 2019 / Kalamazoo, MI

DAY 3 - Finishing

The 6 BICS Model UN delegates are wrapping up their work in this large-scale simulation. They have logged 30 hours in parliamentary procedure, proposing solutions to complex global issues, amending those resolutions, refining those amendments, and, ultimately, either approving or disapproving that work into which they put so much thought, study, and compromise.

Every day is tough after dinner, and that post-dinner struggle is a little more real every day. Laboring through the end of General Assembly or Plenary on day 3 is work of sheer will to finish.

There are just a few more hours tomorrow morning before we take off and head back north. This was to be the first year we would get to stay all of the way through the wrap up of the crises and closing ceremony, too, but another winter storm threatens to keep us from home. (Winter is also intent on finishing.) So, alas, we will leave Kalamazoo at noon like we always do -- exhausted and proud.

And that exhaustion feels so good because it is the kind you experience when you've pushed ahead, all of the way to the end. That's why it is attended by a feeling of accomplishment and that good kind of pride.

It is good to finish the work we have the blessed opportunity to do.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 9, 2019

Our youngest, Andrea, is coming home today for her first visit in three years! We're pretty excited to see her - and the boyfriend. Going to be a busy day!

Right now we have clear skies, 12°, there is a 30% chance of snow, humidity is at 96%, wind is from the ESE at 7 mph making it feel like 1°, pressure is 30.21 inches and visibility is 9 miles. For today look for snow later on in the afternoon. The high will be around 33°.

ON THIS DATE in 1959, the first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City.

Eleven inches tall, with a waterfall of blond hair, Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. After seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls to play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there was an important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls to imagine the future.

Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German comic strip character. Originally marketed as a racy gag gift to adult men in tobacco shops, the Lilli doll later became extremely popular with children. Mattel bought the rights to Lilli and made its own version, which Handler named after her daughter, Barbara. With its sponsorship of the “Mickey Mouse Club” TV program in 1955, Mattel became the first toy company to broadcast commercials to children. They used this medium to promote their new toy, and by 1961, the enormous consumer demand for the doll led Mattel to release a boyfriend for Barbie. Handler named him Ken, after her son. Barbie’s best friend, Midge, came out in 1963; her little sister, Skipper, debuted the following year.

Over the years, Barbie generated huge sales–and a lot of controversy. On the positive side, many women saw Barbie as providing an alternative to traditional 1950s gender roles. She has had a series of different jobs, from airline stewardess, doctor, pilot and astronaut to Olympic athlete and even U.S. presidential candidate. Others thought Barbie’s never-ending supply of designer outfits, cars and “Dream Houses” encouraged kids to be materialistic. It was Barbie’s appearance that caused the most controversy, however. Her tiny waist and enormous breasts–it was estimated that if she were a real woman, her measurements would be 36-18-38–led many to claim that Barbie provided little girls with an unrealistic and harmful example and fostered negative body image.

Despite the criticism, sales of Barbie-related merchandise continued to soar, topping 1 billion dollars annually by 1993. Since 1959, more than 800 million dolls in the Barbie family have been sold around the world and Barbie is now a bona fide global icon.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in the great fire of 1666, half of London was burnt down but only six people were injured.

WORD OF THE DAY eyewinker (AHY-wing-ker) which means an eyelash. Eyewinker is a very rare noun, originally Scottish and now mostly an American regionalism. Eye needs no explanation; winker has several meanings: "eyelash, eyelid, eye, something that gets in the eye and makes one blink." Eyewinker entered English in the early 19th century.

BICS Board Meeting Packet

3.11.19 Public Board Packet

BICS Committee Meeting Dates 2019

Special St. James' Public Works Committee Scheduled

Notice of Special Meeting March 12, 2019

Waste Management Committee Minutes

2018 WMC Minutes November 21

Approved Minutes Waste Management 122018

Approved Minutes Waste Management January 2019

WTC regular meetings 2019

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

March 8th, 2019

HUGE THANK YOU to the Book Fair Volunteers!
Reading Month is off to a great start! Between the wonderful decorations, the book-themed food, the guest readers in the classroom, and the book fair, our community volunteers have done a wonderful job of promoting literacy at BICS! Thank you! Merci beaucoup! Muchas gracias!

Model United Nation Students Shaping the World!
The BICS Model United Nations students are in Kalamazoo for the MAMUN conference. This year, BICS students are representing Canada. Check out the BICS website for more information. What an amazing experience!

Saturday is Movie Day at the Community Center
Come on down to the Community Center this Saturday, March 9th, for an afternoon and/or evening movie. Here’s what will be on the big screen:
3:00 pm—Pope Francis, A Man of His Word
5:00 pm—Ralph Breaks the Internet             
7:00 pm—Creed II

BICS Monthly Board Meeting Monday, March 11th, 7:00 pm
Come join in the fun. The school board meets in Connie Boyle’s room.

Get BI Fit!
The BI Fit program is now operational. If want to get on the treadmill or rowing machine, or just come and walk the gym, come by the BICS office and pick up a registration packet! Get in shape for your health, wellness, and longevity! Check out the BIFit page on the BICS website!

Charlevoix Circle of the Arts—
Spotlight on Innovation Art Show March 9th through April 6th
Beaver Island Community School Juniors and Seniors Kai Drost, Susi Myers, Sharon Schwartzfisher, Sveta Stebbins, Riley Williamson and Erin Wiser are displaying artwork in this show which runs through Spring Break.  Check it out when you are on the mainland!

March 14th through 16th BIRobot FIM District Competition in Muskegon
Thursday March 14th our BIRobot team will travel to Muskegon for their first competition of the season. Go Islanders!

Have a Great Weekend!

Jewell Gillespie Receives Award 1993

Jewell Gillespie at Michigan Heritage Awards in 1993, receiving his award.

The island resident, Jewell Gillispie, received the Michigan Heritage Award in 1993. The event began with Islanders playing music on a second stage, and then the awards were presented. After the awards, Island musicians, including Dan Gillespie, Cindy Gillespie (Cushman), and Richie Gillespie (and others) performed on stage with Jewell dancing to celebrate his award.

View video from the BIHS collection HERE

Video Report for February

Five hundred and thirty unique IP addresses viewed videos or live streams for the month of February 2019. They viewed 2,476 clips of live stream events, using 99.1 GB of bandwidth. Of these, 300 unique IP addresses viewed 1875 clips that were recorded, using 69.3 GB or bandwidth. The live video received 254 unique viewers, viewing 587 total events or rebroadcasts, using 29.1 GB of bandwidth. The rest were viewing of older video clips.

The plans this month of March are to live stream as many events as possible and record them as well. The plan also includes a daily rebroadcast of historical video combined with recorded video on Beaver Island TV. The four websites include:

http://beaverisland.tv for live streaming video and rebroadcast video.

http://beaverisland.news which gives links to the other three websites.

http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com for previous years of Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

http://beaverislandnews.com for all of the current news and news for 2019.

The most viewed video clips for the month of February included the "Sounds of Silence" video clip by Becca Foli with 1782 views; the "January 2019" pictures clip with Goodtime Boys music with 1431 views; and the "COA Sunday Dinner at BICS" and "Kelly Point Blue Ice" videos with over 1100 views each.

Beaver Island TV

March 8, 2019

Today's broadcast will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

What Do We Do on Beaver Island, When You're Not Here (DVD produced and edited by Joe Moore, narrated by Jim Stambaugh)

Sister Agnes Clare at Marywood, August 2003

Rose Connaghan, July 2008

Rod Nackerman and Cousin Ed McCauley, July 2009

Robert Cole Interview, August 2005

Rod Nackerman and Katherine Ricksgers, June 2001


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

MAMUN 2019 / Kalamazoo, MI


Niche: a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment

Well, maybe not ALways comfortable.

Sometimes (perhaps even much of the time), finding a niche involves a whole lot of testing, trying, reaching, and re-doing.

Today, our 6 BICS Model UN students each worked in their own way to find their own suitable place. (Looking at the etymology of the word "comfort", I see that it means "to strengthen", so it seems their uncomfortable work was, in fact, a labor toward comfort.)

The complex art of achieving some level of consensus among parties with diverging and converging interests provides opportunity for many strengthening activities.

Supporting the endeavors of leaders, monitoring processes, researching, articulating, inquiring, ensuring adherence to shared standards, coordinating demands -- all of these pursuits require individuals who are willing to test, try, reach, and do.

And today, all of these students labored (for 10 hours, mind you) to strengthen the group, and in so doing, strengthened themselves.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 8, 2019

Wow! Thank you all for the lovely thoughts and comments yesterday. For those who don't know exactly what remission is, it's that my cancer has stopped growing/moving and isn't doing a thing. (after months of checking). Yes, I still have cancer, but as I said, it isn't doing anything. We'll go back to the hospital in July for more tests and to make certain that all is calm. If it is, then I'll only have to go every six months. Thank you again!

...and another brisk morning. I'm showing 6°, clear skies, wind is at 4 mph from the WSW, pressure is falling from 30.19 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be mostly sunny with the highs in the mid to high 20s. A storm is expected for Sunday so be prepared for that.

ON THIS DATE in 1957, following Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Egyptian territory, the Suez Canal is reopened to international traffic. However, the canal was so littered with wreckage from the Suez Crisis that it took weeks of cleanup by Egyptian and United Nations workers before larger ships could navigate the waterway.

[On October 29, 1956, Israeli armed forces pushed into Egypt toward the Suez Canal after Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-70) nationalized the canal in July of that same year, initiating the Suez Crisis. The Israelis soon were joined by French and British forces, which nearly brought the Soviet Union into the conflict, and damaged their relationships with the United States. In the end, the British, French and Israeli governments withdrew their troops in late 1956 and early 1957.

The catalyst for the joint Israeli-British-French attack on Egypt was the nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser in July 1956. The situation had been brewing for some time. Two years earlier, the Egyptian military had begun pressuring the British to end their military presence (which had been granted in the 1936 Anglo-Egyptian Treaty) in the canal zone. Nasser’s armed forces also engaged in sporadic battles with Israeli soldiers along the border between the two countries, and the Egyptian leader did nothing to conceal his antipathy toward the Zionist nation.

{The 120-mile Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, took 10 years to construct and opened in 1869. The canal was developed by Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps, who in the 1880s made an unsuccessful attempt to develop the Panama Canal.}

Supported by Soviet arms and money, and furious with the United States for reneging on a promise to provide funds for construction of the Aswan Dam on the Nile River, Nasser ordered the Suez Canal seized and nationalized. The British were angry with the move and sought the support of France (which believed that Nasser was supporting rebels in the French colony of Algeria) and Israel (which needed little provocation to strike at the enemy on its border) in an armed assault to retake the canal.

The Israelis struck first, on October 26, 1956. Two days later, British and French military forces joined them. Originally, forces from the three countries were set to strike at once, but the British and French troops were delayed.

Behind schedule, but ultimately successful, the British and French troops took control of the area around the Suez Canal. However, their hesitation had given the Soviet Union–also confronted with a growing crisis in Hungary–time to respond. The Soviets, eager to exploit Arab nationalism and gain a foothold in the Middle East, supplied arms from Czechoslovakia to the Egyptian government beginning in 1955, and eventually helped Egypt construct the Aswan Dam on the Nile River after the United States refused to support the project. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971) railed against the invasion and threatened to rain down nuclear missiles on Western Europe if the Israeli-French-British force did not withdraw.

The response of President Dwight Eisenhower’s administration was measured. It warned the Soviets that reckless talk of nuclear conflict would only make matters worse, and cautioned Khrushchev to refrain from direct intervention in the conflict. However, Eisenhower (1890-1969) also issued stern warnings to the French, British and Israelis to give up their campaign and withdraw from Egyptian soil. Eisenhower was upset with the British, in particular, for not keeping the United States informed about their intentions. The United States threatened all three nations with economic sanctions if they persisted in their attack. The threats did their work. The British and French forces withdrew by December; Israel finally bowed to U.S. pressure in March 1957. In the aftermath of the Suez Crisis, Britain and France found their influence as world powers weakened.]

The Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas across Egypt, was completed by French engineers in 1869. For the next 88 years, it remained largely under British and French control, and Europe depended on it as an inexpensive shipping route for oil from the Middle East.

In July 1956, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the canal, hoping to charge tolls that would pay for construction of a massive dam on the Nile River. In response, Israel invaded in late October, and British and French troops landed in early November, occupying the canal and other Suez territory. Under pressure from the United Nations, Britain and France withdrew in December, and Israeli forces departed in March 1957. That month, Egypt took over control of the canal and reopened it to commercial shipping. Ten years later, Egypt shut down the canal again following the Six Day War and Israel’s occupation of the Sinai peninsula. It remained closed for eight years, ending when Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat reopened it in 1975 after peace talks with Israel.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Toto was paid $125 per week while filming The Wizard of Oz.

WORD OF THE DAY regina (ri-JAHY-nuh), -JEE-) which means queen. The Latin noun rēgīna “queen” is obviously related to the Latin noun rēx (inflectional stem rēg-) “king,” but how rēgīna is derived from rēx is tricky. There is also a deceptive resemblance between rēx and rēgīna and Sanskrit rā́jan- “rajah, king” and rā́jñī- “queen, ranee” (rēgīna and rā́jñī- are not directly related). There is a definite connection, however, between Latin rēx (rēg-), rēgīna and the Celtic words for king, e.g., Old Irish rí (from rīks), and its stem ríg (from rīg-os). Rígain, the Old Irish word for queen, is cognate with rēgīna. Regina dates from Old English times.

BITA Meeting Documents

Agenda and Notice March 2019 Regular Meeting

Jan 15 2019 reg meeting minutes draft

St. James Township Documents for Meeting

Notice of Proposed 2019-2020 Budget

Notice of rescheduled March 6, 2019 regular board meeting to March 13, 2019

Notice of St James Township Annual Meeting 03.30.19

Ash Wednesday Mass from Holy Cross

The beginning of Lent at Holy Cross was celebrated with Father Jim Siler at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2019. This traditional provision of ashes on the forehead is accompanied by "Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.." This causes two trips up the aisle of the church, one for the ashes and the other for communion.

Brian Foli did the readings......Father Jim Sileer read the Gospel

View video of the Ash Wednesday service HERE

14th Annual Ice Classic on Beaver Island

Photo by C. H. Johnson


BEAVER ISLAND, MI – Do you have the skill?
Lake Michigan’s largest inhabited island hosts the “Beaver Island Ice Classic” plunge contest in Paradise Bay once again.  Participants get to predict when the official Beaver Island Ice Classic Buoy will sink through the ice and fall into Lake Michigan.
Tickets to enter your carefully researched and scientifically supported prediction are just $5 each or five for $20. The entrant that makes the best prediction of when the tower buoy goes through the ice will receive half of the entry fees. The other half goes to support the Preservation Association of Beaver Island-which operates both the Beaver Island Community Center and WVBI.
Your research can begin by having a look of the record of past winners shown below.
•        2018 6:15 PM April 23
•        2017 11:22 AM April 13
•        2016 No ice
•        2015 3:40 PM April 15
•        2014 11:01 AM April 28
•        2013 12:18 PM April 11
•        2012 No Ice
•        2011 12:20 PM April 10th
•        2010-4:10 PM March 18
•        2009-1:58 PM April 9, 2009
•        2008-11.34 PM on April 8
•        2007- 2:52 PM on March 28th
•        2006- 8:29 PM on March 29th

The contest is underway. The rest of your path to prediction-Whether it’s using induction, deduction, the scientific method, weather data and patterns, NASA satellites…the Beaver Island Ice Classic leaves to you.  Entry forms are available at the BIC Center or by calling 231.448.2022.  The best part? The Beaver Island Ice Classic is not just for “Islanders,” this contest is open to all.

A live webcam feed of the buoy (look to the right of the “Emerald Isle” ferry) can be seen at https://biccenter.org/2019-pabi-ice-classic/, which means wherever you live in the United States you can buy a ticket and log in and see if the buoy has sunk.

This is the fourteenth time the organization has held the event. The buoy is environmentally safe, built by “Islanders,” and is removed after every spring “sinking” to be freshened up for the next season’s fundraiser.

Beaver Island is a remote Island 32 miles from Charlevoix, MI in Northern Lake Michigan.  It can only be reached by air in the winter months when the Ice Classic is taking place.

Many years ago, spring time offered Islanders in the past a chance to “sink their old cars” because of the cost for shipping scrap to the mainland, Michigan being high.  When the cars would start going down through the ice, Islanders at the time knew that spring was here and the ships would start bringing trade and supplies soon.  It was a celebration to end the long secluded winters!

Today the Preservation Association of Beaver Island continues that celebration in an environmentally friendly manor.  Help Beaver Island Celebrate the upcoming 2019-Spring by calling the Beaver Island Community Center (231.448.2022) and help preserve the culture and tradition of “America’s Emerald Isle.”

Participants must be at least 18 and must make their bets by April 10, or until the buoy sinks through the ice. All proceeds benefit local projects of Preservation Association of Beaver Island.

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative Meeting Notes

February 21, 2019; 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Oral History Meeting 5

March 4, 2019

The oral history meetings have continued into March of this year with attempts to verify information from two or more sources. There was even a conflict in the lists of graduates when comparing the BIHS lists and the BICS lists. There is a need now to determine whether the list should include the students enrolled during their senior year or if/when they graduated. The same individuals that attended the previous meeting were at this fifth meeting.

The project is moving along, but help is needed in the confirmation of the information that has now been uncovered. Some of the information will be summarized and be made available for this purpose.

View video of this meeting HERE

MAMUN (Mid-American Model United Nations) 2019 / Kalamazoo, MI

A Gem of a Nudge and a Wealth of Experience

Six Beaver Island high school students are in Kalamazoo for the remainder of this week, participating in a gigantic game (simulation). Those students, their grade, and their year of participation in Model UN are as follows: Quinn Jones, 12th grade, 2nd year / Riley Williamson, 12th, 3rd / Elsie Burton, 11th, 1st / Elisha Richards, 10th, 2nd / Quintan DeLaat, 10th, 1st / Jared Robert, 9th, 2nd.

Our 6 BICS delegates are representing Canada in the Security Council, and the economic, political, legal, science & technology, and human rights committees. A couple hundred high school students from around the Midwest have converged to discuss, debate, and pass resolutions to address problems like:
• The question of Palestine
• Agriculture development, food security and nutrition
• Prevention of an arms race in outer space
• Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable
peace and sustainable development in Africa
• Rights of indigenous peoples
• and the situation in Myanmar

This is a challenging and intimidating experience for all of them in many ways, but they push themselves to problem solve and collaborate anyway. Often, though, I need to nudge them to help them to push far enough into uncomfortable territory. It is a widening of the classroom, where nudging and challenging are, hopefully, a regular part of their educational experience. The discomfort and anxiety are not bad; they are an important part of the growth.

If I want to throw faster, I have to work the appropriate muscles. If I want to stretch further, I have to extend the appropriate muscles. And if I want to think better, it is my brain that needs the attention. This is likely to be every bit as uncomfortable as the lifting and stretching – probably more – but the fitness of my mind will outlast the fitness of my body by a long shot.

These students are engaged in rich work – the kind that gives me hope for the uncertain future into which you and I, aged, peer.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 7, 2019

#1 - Thank each and everyone of you for all the thoughts and prayers through the past two years. Yesterday we were told that I'm officially in remission! There's a 20% chance the cancer could come back but I'm not going to focus on that. The power of prayer is enough for me So, thank you, thank you, thank you!!

This morning I'm showing -3°, calm, humidity is at 87%, pressure is rising from 30.27 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.Today look for partly cloudy skies and the high will be 15°.

ON THIS DATE On this day in 1876, 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone.

The Scottish-born Bell worked in London with his father, Melville Bell, who developed Visible Speech, a written system used to teach speaking to the deaf. In the 1870s, the Bells moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where the younger Bell found work as a teacher at the Pemberton Avenue School for the Deaf. He later married one of his students, Mabel Hubbard.

While in Boston, Bell became very interested in the possibility of transmitting speech over wires. Samuel F.B. Morse’s invention of the telegraph in 1843 had made nearly instantaneous communication possible between two distant points. The drawback of the telegraph, however, was that it still required hand-delivery of messages between telegraph stations and recipients, and only one message could be transmitted at a time. Bell wanted to improve on this by creating a “harmonic telegraph,” a device that combined aspects of the telegraph and record player to allow individuals to speak to each other from a distance.

With the help of Thomas A. Watson, a Boston machine shop employee, Bell developed a prototype. In this first telephone, sound waves caused an electric current to vary in intensity and frequency, causing a thin, soft iron plate–called the diaphragm–to vibrate. These vibrations were transferred magnetically to another wire connected to a diaphragm in another, distant instrument. When that diaphragm vibrated, the original sound would be replicated in the ear of the receiving instrument. Three days after filing the patent, the telephone carried its first intelligible message–the famous “Mr. Watson, come here, I need you”–from Bell to his assistant.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the first Fords had engines made by Dodge.

WORD OF THE DAY: Heiligenschein (HAHY-li-guhn-shahyn) which means in German means “halo (around a saint’s head), nimbus, aureole,” literally, “saint's shining, saint’s light.” The optical effect is also called Cellini’s halo, after the Italian artist and writer Benevenuto Cellini (1500-71) who first described the phenomenon. Heiligenschein entered English in the 20th century.

From the CCCOA Meeting Minutes

Or why did the COA Office move?

"Discussed options for BI COA Office location change due to issues with PABI: 

    • Rent Increase 17%
    • Other options offered by other Islanders: Office space in school, office space at Sheriff’s Dept, office space at new County Building, space at Deputy house, etc.
    • PABI telling COA Staff and dictating:
      1. Shoveling, opening and closing of center process, not able to leave between 9a-1p, not able to use our half of office any other time than 9a-2p."

So this was the reason for the move?

St. James Meeting Rescheduled

March 6, 2019

The normally scheduled meeting for St. James Township Board was scheduled for tonight at 5 p.m., but the meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 5 p.m. instead of tonight.

Madeline Island - La Pointe, WI

There has been a serious setback on another Great Lakes Island, this one in Wisconsin. The Town of La Pointe suffered a significant fire overnight - losing all of their fire fighting and EMS equipment. The fire was discovered at 2 a.m., and it caused a complete loss of the vehicles and the equipment for this sister island. In this community, both the EMS and Fire Department mean a lot to the community. An emergency town board meeting has been called to try to determine a course of action for Madeline Island.

Lisa Potswald, Town Administrator, Town of La Pointe, PO Box 270, La Pointe, WI  54850


Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department News Release

March 6, 2019

Felonious Assault/ Stabbing

Peaine Twp. - Beaver Island

On March 1, 2019, at approximately 9:00pm the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office responded to a stabbing that occurred on Kings Hwy in Charlevoix County, Peaine Twp.

The Beaver Island Sheriff's Department deputy arrived and ascertained two men had a verbal fight that escalated into a physical altercation ending with Gregg Evans 60 years old of Beaver Island stabbing the other man.

Evans was taken into custody where he was booked and lodged at the Charlevoix County Jail and later charged by the Charlevoix County Prosecutor with Assault with the Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder. Evans was arraigned, and bond was set. Evans has since posted bond and was released from custody.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Beaver Island EMS who responded to the medical center.

The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

OIC Detective Robert W. Scholey, MCJ, 1000 GRANT ST. CHARLEVOIX, MI 49720

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department News Release

Counterfeit $100 Bills

March 4, 2019

Sheriff Chuck Vondra and the Charlevoix Sheriff's Office is investigating cases of counterfeit hundred dollar bills being passed throughout the county.

Charlevoix Munson Hospital received one of the counterfeit bills back in December, another bill was recovered at the Boyne Falls School.

The counterfeit one hundred dollar bills have small Chinese symbols on the backside of the bill. The same bills have been passed at numerous locations in Emmet County.
The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office has developed a suspect and conducted a search warrant in the dissemination of the counterfeit bills and will be requesting charges through the prosecutor's office.

The Sheriffs Office wants to remind businesses to carefully inspect any hundred dollar bills taken as payment to ensure they are legitimate.

Beginning of Lent

March 6, 2019

Here are some answers to the most common questions asked about Lent and Ash Wednesday:

Ash Wednesday is marked 46 days before Easter Sunday. Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent – which is the period of self-restraint and abstention for Christians prior to Easter. It marks the first day of fasting, repentance, prayer and self-control.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or the dictum "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

Thus, the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are: Every person 18 years or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The fasting rules for Ash Wednesday are the same for the Fridays during Lent-No meat. Even though some eggs grow up to be chickens, which are meat, while they are still eggs they are fine to eat on Ash Wednesday. ... Although if you gave up eating eggs then no you cannot eat eggs.

Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays during the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, but seafood is allowed.

From Pope Francis: "The Lenten journey begins today, Ash Wednesday. I invite each of you to live this time in an authentic spirit of penance and conversion, like a return to the Father, who awaits us all with open arms."

Weather by Joe

March 6, 2019

Right now on Beaver Island it is bitter cold with a temperatrue of -10 degrees. There is barely a breath of wind right now. The pressure is 30.08 and visibility is ten miles. There are scattered clouds at 3100 feet, and the dewpoint is -24 degrees. It's dry and cold, folks. Try your best to stay warm out there.

TODAY, it is expected to "warm" up to 16 degrees with about a 20% chance of afternoon snow flurries. The winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to remain at a 20% chance of flurries, but be partly cloudy with a low of about 3 degrees. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a sunny day with a high of 16 degrees. Winds will continue from the W at 5 to 10 mph.


abcedarian; adjective; (ay-bee-see-DAIR-ee-un) of or pertaining to the alphabet; rudimentary

The history of abecedarian is as simple as ABC—literally. The term's Late Latin ancestor, abecedārius (which meant "alphabetical"), was created as a combination of the letters A, B, C, and D, plus the adjective suffix -arius; you can hear the echo of that origin in the pronunciation of the English term (think "ABC-darian"). In its oldest documented English uses in the early 1600s, abecedarian was a noun meaning "one learning the rudiments of something"; it specifically referred to someone who was learning the alphabet. The adjective began appearing in English texts a few decades after the noun.

The children recited an abecedarian chant, beginning with "A is for apple" and ending with "Z is for zebra."


Now the most common drug in household medicine cabinets, acetylsalicylic acid was originally made from a chemical found in the bark of willow trees. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries in folk medicine, beginning in ancient Greece when Hippocrates used it to relieve pain and fever. Known to doctors since the mid-19th century, it was used sparingly due to its unpleasant taste and tendency to damage the stomach.

In 1897, Bayer employee Felix Hoffman found a way to create a stable form of the drug that was easier and more pleasant to take. (Some evidence shows that Hoffman’s work was really done by a Jewish chemist, Arthur Eichengrun, whose contributions were covered up during the Nazi era.) After obtaining the patent rights, Bayer began distributing aspirin in powder form to physicians to give to their patients one gram at a time. The brand name came from “a” for acetyl, “spir” from the spirea plant (a source of salicin) and the suffix “in,” commonly used for medications. It quickly became the number-one drug worldwide.

Aspirin was made available in tablet form and without a prescription in 1915. Two years later, when Bayer’s patent expired during the First World War, the company lost the trademark rights to aspirin in various countries. After the United States entered the war against Germany in April 1917, the Alien Property Custodian, a government agency that administers foreign property, seized Bayer’s U.S. assets. Two years later, the Bayer company name and trademarks for the United States and Canada were auctioned off and purchased by Sterling Products Company, later Sterling Winthrop, for $5.3 million.

Bayer became part of IG Farben, the conglomerate of German chemical industries that formed the financial heart of the Nazi regime. After World War II, the Allies split apart IG Farben, and Bayer again emerged as an individual company. Its purchase of Miles Laboratories in 1978 gave it a product line including Alka-Seltzer and Flintstones and One-A-Day Vitamins. In 1994, Bayer bought Sterling Winthrop’s over-the-counter business, gaining back rights to the Bayer name and logo and allowing the company once again to profit from American sales of its most famous product.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Memo for March

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the March 2019 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter. 

Though Beaver Island has many unique needs, we feel that many of the COA aging services that are provided on the mainland can be replicated on Beaver Island either though collaborations, similar nutritional program set up and limited services similar to what is currently offered by other medical providers.  We have heard you when you have expressed that Beaver Island should be provided the same services and programs as on the mainland and we are actively reevaluating our services and programs on Beaver Island to better match the mainland.

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program to date is still only being utilized by less than a handful of residents and for homemaking (cleaning) only.  We have not received any requests for reimbursement for CNA services.  There continues to be a misconception as to what is included in the Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program even though it is outlined in every program packet.  “The Commission will reimburse the provider who renders service to Beaver Island seniors citizens (those 60 and older) up to $80 monthly per household in TOTAL for any personal care, homemaker services, or respite care services. Seniors choose their own providers.  The intent of the program is to reimburse services that keep seniors independent and in their own homes.  


Personal Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath, or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry, roller set style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Oral Care (brush teeth, soak, and wash dentures) Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and laying out clothes for night and morning), Colostomy Care (empty bag, replace), Catheter Care(wash), Toileting, Assist with TED hose. Homemaking duties may include: Bed linens changed, make the bed, dust wash dishes, take out the trash, clean kitchen, clean stove, clean refrigerator, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathroom, grocery shop, errands, bring in mail and laundry. Respite Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry roller set, style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and lay out clothes for night and morning), Toileting, Light housekeeping, Assist with eating and light meal prep.”

We will be reevaluating this program with BI staff over the next couple of months due to the continued confusion about what is offered and other issues that BI seniors are having with the program.

We have recently had 2 individuals express interest in the Wellness Check program with partnered with the Sheriff’s Department on. 

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

March 18, 2019 at the Charlevoix Senior Center at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month. 

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

9a-2p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday May through September.  Wednesday’s hours are 2p-7p for Wednesday Night Dinners May through September (there is not lunch or Home Delivered Meals that day).

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is now located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours will be 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month October through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.   The PABI Community Center President has provided us with rental information and costs for the COA to utilize the Community Center for programs for seniors that we have provided to seniors in the past at that location.  This is under current review.  As I have said before, we value our relationship with the PABI Community Center and will continue to utilize this location if it is in the best interests of the BI Seniors and is fiscally responsible.  Any questions regarding the PABI Community Center and their plans need to be directed to the PABI Community Center President and staff going forward please.

Meal Voucher Program update:

We have begun reevaluating this program with BI staff and current collaborators and will continue to do so over the next couple of months.  We anticipate a complete renovation of this program to better serve the seniors, create less confusion so less mistakes are made when using the program and to more accurately reimburse the participating nutritional providers for their participation in the program.  I will keep you posted on the upcoming changes.

REMINDER: The COA offices and all of our Senior Centers are open when Schools are closed.  The COA Offices only close if Charlevoix County closes.  We keep the senior centers open as we want our aging community to be able to access hot meals, be able to deliver Home Delivered Meals to our community with the greatest need and to provide a warm building with entertainment on these days.  Charlevoix Transit is free so we encourage our aging community to utilize transit on these days for road safety.

REMINDER: The volunteer group, through the Northern Michigan Community Action Agency, who has done taxes at our Charlevoix Senior Center in the past, is going to now be doing them at the First Baptist Church on M66 in Charlevoix.  They will be doing tax preparation, open to the public, walk in basis from Tuesday, February 12, 1019 through Tuesday, April 9, 2019 on Tuesdays ONLY from 9a-1p – These dates and times have been updated from last month’s update.  There will be an appointment option available but individuals would need to call the Northern Michigan Community Action Agency in Traverse City for more information and appointments.  Please refer anyone wanting free taxes done to this resource.

Lastly, as a reminder when sharing the COA updates please make sure the information is current and correct.  Please share this information with anyone you feel needs it and as always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

March Senior Hi-Lites

Tape for Diane Hetherington 2001

This video comes from the collection of video of Dick and Amy Burris. The purpose of this tape was to provide Diane Hetherington a video of all the activities that she was unable to participate in due to her serious illness. These video clips are fascinating because they range from trips to the islands of the archipelago; Garden, High, Gull, North and South Fox; as well as lots of other events including a trip to Mackinac Island with the Beaver Islander going under the Mackinac Bridge. There is also a trip to a "secret" beach, diving on a a wreck, and other events. All of the tape was captured and digitized and it is well worth watching because it gives us all a look into many things that we may never get a chance to see otherwise.

Watch this old collection of video HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

March 3, 2019

Sunk in Lake Geneserath

Dick Burris has written several stories about his adventures in diving and in other situations as well. One of his stories talks about a couple of vehicles that broke through the ice on the North Arm of Lake Geneserath. Dick's story talks about how he dove down and helped these people get the chain or cable on the vehicle to be able to pull them out of the lake.

The actual date that this occured is April 24, 1994. The diving was done by Dick Burris. The towing of the vehicles out of the lake was done by Bob Graves' logging truck. There were quite a few spectators down at the public access on this particular day to watch this recovery of vehicles.

Here is Dick's story previously posted on BINN:

Lake Geneserath Salvage

by Dick Burris


Lake Geneserath salvage:

During the winter two trucks had ventured onto the ice only to break through, and stay there until spring. They went back later and fished out the chain saws from the pickup box.

On a sunny mid-April day, a group of people gathered at the north arm of Lake Geneserath where a pickup owned by the Bob Graves Sawmill family had gotten about 100 yards out from the boat launch, and broke through. It was now on the bottom, sunken into about six feet of water and two feet of silt. Someone took a skiff out and located the truck and placed a buoy near it. About that time, a neighbor (Phil Wykoff) joined from the other side of the North Arm, where he lived. He was in his own boat and joined in on the salvage attempt. They went to boat ramp where the logging truck was set up to bring the truck out of the water and proceeded to pull the cable out to the pickup. It took them about an half hour to struggle it out the pickup.

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

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

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

Now the chain was secure to the bumper, and I handed the other end to the boat crew to hook to the cable, and I swam to shore.

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

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

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

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

That job done; I left my gear on, and went across to the other side of the north arm, (by road), and swam out with a cable and hooked on to Don Conner's truck. This was easy for Ernie Martin had run logs under it in the winter, with an attempt to bring it to the surface. I have much of this on an old 8mm cassette tape. (only surface video)

Posted at 10:45 a.m., 1/24/19

View video of the Graves' Lake G salvage HERE

(from Dick Burris collection with permission of Amy Burris)

Catherine Bales 2001

Another interview in the B.I. Oral History collection completed by Robert Cole.

View video of the interview HERE

Another Phone Scam

Sheriff Chuck Vondra would like to advise citizens of a telephone scam where the caller identifies themselves as the Social Security Administration calling to advise the citizen their social security number has been compromised and citizens are directed to push #1 for a representative who comes on the phone asking for the citizen’s social security number.  Please, do not talk to or give out any numbers to any person on the telephone.  The Social Security Administration will never call and would not ask you for your number.

Margaret Gallagher Zelly Schmidt 2003

Another interview in the B.I. Oral History collection completed by Robert Cole.

View video of the interview HERE

Weather by Joe

March 5, 2019

Right now on Beaver Island it is 6 degrees with very little wind. The pressure is 29.77 and visibility is ten miles. There are scattered clouds at 1200 feet. The dewpoint is -5 degrees with relative humidity at 81%. That doesn't mean that it is moist outside though. It means that the air is holding what it can, but that isn't very much. This is chapped lip weather.

TODAY, there is a 40% chance of snow showers in the afternoon. The high will be near 14 degrees. The winds will be from the W at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a low temeperature of -3 degrees. With the winds blowing from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph, it will be cold night. Chance of snow is only 20% with no accumulation expected.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high of 14 degrees. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph with the same small chance of snow as tonight.

Word of the Day: "Contemplative and sanalytical by nature" was the fortune cookie fortune last night.

Sananlytical means contemplative. A contemplative person thinks things over. He or she doesn't just rush from one activity to the next, but considers his or her choices, the possible results of different choices, etc. A contemplative person thinks about what something means--not just on the surface, but on different levels.
An analytical person likes to break a problem into pieces to solve it--or divide something into pieces to try to understand it. An analytical person likes to have steps to do. An analytical person is logical, or likes to make decisions by logic, rather than by a hunch or feeling

On this Day

On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.

In 1948, friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr founded a company in California to sell a slingshot they created to shoot meat up to falcons they used for hunting. The company’s name, Wham-O, came from the sound the slingshots supposedly made. Wham-O eventually branched out from slingshots, selling boomerangs and other sporting goods. Its first hit toy, a flying plastic disc known as the Frisbee, debuted in 1957. The Frisbee was originally marketed under a different name, the Pluto Platter, in an effort to capitalize on America’s fascination with UFOs.

Melina and Knerr were inspired to develop the Hula-Hoop after they saw a wooden hoop that Australian children twirled around their waists during gym class. Wham-O began producing a plastic version of the hoop, dubbed “Hula” after the hip-gyrating Hawaiian dance of the same name, and demonstrating it on Southern California playgrounds. Hula-Hoop mania took off from there.

The enormous popularity of the Hula-Hoop was short-lived and within a matter of months, the masses were on to the next big thing. However, the Hula-Hoop never faded away completely and still has its fans today. According to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, in April 2004, a performer at the Big Apple Circus in Boston simultaneously spun 100 hoops around her body. Earlier that same year, in January, according to the Guinness World Records, two people in Tokyo, Japan, managed to spin the world’s largest hoop–at 13 feet, 4 inches–around their waists at least three times each.

Following the Hula-Hoop, Wham-O continued to produce a steady stream of wacky and beloved novelty items, including the Superball, Water Wiggle, Silly String, Slip ‘n’ Slide and the Hacky Sack.

Holy Cross Bulletin

March 2019


Notice to all property owners in St. James Township

Please take notice that the St. James Township Board of Review will meet at the Governmental Center located at 37830 Kings Hwy, Beaver Island on March 4, 2019, at 11:00 AM to receive the assessment roll and review the records.

The Board of Review will meet at the Governmental Center located at 37830 Kings Hwy for two days to hear Assessment appeals on Monday, March 11, 2019, from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM; and Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  DOCUMENTATION supporting your appeal will be requested. 

St. James Township will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities.

Contact St. James Township Clerk, Julie Gillespie, 231-448-2761 or clerk.stjamestwp.bi@gmail.com

For Now

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross

March 3, 2019

The Masses from Holy Cross this weekend were at their regularly scheduled times of Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Some of the services were recorded, so the video of these can be labeled as excerpts even though only one portion of Sunday's service is not present. The operator of the video camera was busy playing the organ and forgot to push record on the camera.

The reader on Saturday afternoon was Brian Foli, and the reader on Sunday was Joanie Banville. Saturday's Mass was for the parish, and Sunday's Mass was for Phil Becker.

Brian Foli doing the reading..........the altar................Father Jim reading the Gospel

Joan Banville reading on Sunday........Father Jim and server in prayer

View video excerpts HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 4, 2019

This morning it's crisp, frosty, intense, hyperborean, bleak, and bitter cold outside. Actually, I'm showing -13°, thank goodness there is no wind to cause a wind chill temperature! Mostly cloudy skies this morning, humidity is at 76%, pressure is at 30.01 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. To narrow it down, it's dang cold out there. This cold wave is to last through Thursday. It won't be warming up much today so take care and stay warm. Don't forget the pets!

ON THIS DATE in 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States. In his famous inaugural address, delivered outside the east wing of the U.S. Capitol, Roosevelt outlined his “New Deal”–an expansion of the federal government as an instrument of employment opportunity and welfare–and told Americans that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Although it was a rainy day in Washington, and gusts of rain blew over Roosevelt as he spoke, he delivered a speech that radiated optimism and competence, and a broad majority of Americans united behind their new president and his radical economic proposals to lead the nation out of the Great Depression.

Born into an upper-class family in Hyde Park, New York, in 1882, Roosevelt was the fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt, who served as the 26th U.S. president from 1901 to 1909. In 1905, Franklin Roosevelt, who was at the time a student at Columbia University Law School, married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the niece of Theodore Roosevelt. After three years as a lawyer, he decided to follow his cousin Theodore’s lead and sought public office, winning election to the New York State Senate in 1910 as a Democrat. He soon won a reputation as a charismatic politician dedicated to social and economic reform.

Roosevelt supported the progressive New Jersey governor Woodrow Wilson in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, and after Wilson’s election in 1912 Roosevelt was appointed assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy, a post that Theodore Roosevelt once held. In 1920, Roosevelt, who had proved himself a gifted administrator, won the Democratic nomination for vice president on a ticket with James Cox. The Democrats lost in a landslide to Republicans Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, and Roosevelt returned to his law practice and undertook several business ventures.

In 1921, he was stricken with poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. He spent several years recovering from what was at first nearly total paralysis, and his wife, Eleanor, kept his name alive in Democratic circles. He never fully covered and was forced to use braces or a wheelchair to move around for the rest of his life.

In 1924, Roosevelt returned to politics when he nominated New York Governor Alfred E. Smith for the presidency with a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention. In 1928, he again nominated Smith, and the outgoing New York governor urged Roosevelt to run for his gubernatorial seat. Roosevelt campaigned across the state by automobile and was elected even as the state voted for Republican Herbert Hoover in the presidential election.

As governor, Roosevelt worked for tax relief for farmers and in 1930 won a resounding electoral victory just as the economic recession brought on by the October 1929 stock market crash was turning into a major depression. During his second term, Governor Roosevelt mobilized the state government to play an active role in providing relief and spurring economic recovery. His aggressive approach to the economic crisis, coupled with his obvious political abilities, gave him the Democratic presidential nomination in 1932.

Roosevelt had no trouble defeating President Herbert Hoover, who many blamed for the Depression, and the governor carried all but six states. During the next four months, the economy continued to decline, and when Roosevelt took office on March 4, 1933, most banks were closed, farms were suffering, 13 million workers were unemployed, and industrial production stood at just over half its 1929 level.

Aided by a Democratic Congress, Roosevelt took prompt, decisive action, and most of his New Deal proposals, such as the Agricultural Adjustment Act, National Industrial Recovery Act, and creation of the Public Works Administration and Tennessee Valley Authority, were approved within his first 100 days in office. Although criticized by many in the business community, Roosevelt’s progressive legislation improved America’s economic climate, and in 1936 he easily won reelection.

During his second term, he became increasingly concerned with German and Japanese aggression and so began a long campaign to awaken America from its isolationist slumber. In 1940, with World War II raging in Europe and the Pacific, Roosevelt agreed to run for an unprecedented third term. Reelected by Americans who valued his strong leadership, he proved a highly effective commander in chief after the December 1941 U.S. entrance into the war. Under Roosevelt’s guidance, America became, in his own words, the “great arsenal of democracy” and succeeded in shifting the balance of power in World War II firmly in the Allies’ favor. In 1944, with the war not yet won, he was reelected to a fourth term.

Three months after his inauguration, while resting at his retreat at Warm Springs, Georgia, Roosevelt died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Following a solemn parade of his coffin through the streets of the nation’s capital, his body was buried in a family plot in Hyde Park. Millions of Americans mourned the death of the man who led the United States through two of the greatest crises of the 20th century: the Great Depression and World War II. Roosevelt’s unparalleled 13 years as president led to the passing of the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which limited future presidents to a maximum of two consecutive elected terms in office.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Pentagon has twice as many restrooms as necessary. When it was built, segregation was still in place in Virginia, so separate restrooms for blacks and whites were required by law.

WORD OF THE DAY pettifog (PET-ee-fog) which means to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters. The verb pettifog is a back formation from the noun pettifogger, originally “ambulance chaser, shyster, fixer.” Pettifogger is a compound of the adjective petty “of minor importance” and fogger “a middleman.” Fogger itself probably derives ultimately from Fugger, the name of a prominent family of German bankers of the 15th and 16th centuries. The family name became a common noun in German and Dutch, meaning “rich man, monopolist, usurer.” Pettifog entered English in the 17th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 3, 2019

March seems to be coming in like a lion as the saying goes. This morning is mostly cloudy, 7°, wind is from the WNW at 8 mph making the wind chill -6°, 10% chance of snow, humidity is at 70%, pressure is at 30.27 inches, and visibility is 8 miles. Today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 11°. (So glad I got a new winter coat!)

ON THIS DATE in 1887, Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, including her pioneering “touch teaching” techniques, the previously uncontrollable Keller flourished, eventually graduating from college and becoming an international lecturer and activist. Sullivan, later dubbed “the miracle worker,” remained Keller’s interpreter and constant companion until the older woman’s death in 1936.

Sullivan, born in Massachusetts in 1866, had firsthand experience with being handicapped: As a child, an infection impaired her vision. She then attended the Perkins Institution for the Blind where she learned the manual alphabet in order to communicate with a classmate who was deaf and blind. Eventually, Sullivan had several operations that improved her weakened eyesight.

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, to Arthur Keller, a former Confederate army officer and newspaper publisher, and his wife Kate, of Tuscumbia, Alabama. As a baby, a brief illness, possibly scarlet fever, left Helen unable to see, hear or speak. She was considered a bright but spoiled and strong-willed child. Her parents eventually sought the advice of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and an authority on the deaf. He suggested the Kellers contact the Perkins Institution, which in turn recommended Anne Sullivan as a teacher.

Sullivan, age 20, arrived at Ivy Green, the Keller family estate, in 1887 and began working to socialize her wild, stubborn student and teach her by spelling out words in Keller’s hand. Initially, the finger spelling meant nothing to Keller. However, a breakthrough occurred one day when Sullivan held one of Keller’s hands under water from a pump and spelled out “w-a-t-e-r” in Keller’s palm. Keller went on to learn how to read, write and speak. With Sullivan’s assistance, Keller attended Radcliffe College and graduated with honors in 1904.

Helen Keller became a public speaker and author; her first book, “The Story of My Life” was published in 1902. She was also a fundraiser for the American Foundation for the Blind and an advocate for racial and sexual equality, as well as socialism. From 1920 to 1924, Sullivan and Keller even formed a vaudeville act to educate the public and earn money. Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968, at her home in Easton, Connecticut, at age 87, leaving her mark on the world by helping to alter perceptions about the disabled.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Richard Versalle, a tenor performing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, suffered a heart attack and fell 10 feet from a ladder to the stage just after singing the line, "You can only live so long."

WORD OF THE DAY: melic (MEL-ik) which means intended to be sung. Melic comes from the Greek adjective melikós “lyric (poetry, poet),” a derivative of the noun mélos “limb (of a body), member, musical member, musical phrase, music, song.” Melic is not a common word, unlike its cousin melody, from mélos and ōidḗ “song” (the source of English ode). Melic entered English at the end of the 17th century.

Snow, Sunshine, and Ice

March 2, 2019

The snow and ice seemed to sparkle in the sunshine today. This is an attempt to capture the beauty of the sparkle from the sunshine on the ice and snow crystals. It was certainly gorgeous.

It didn't take too long for the wind to begin to blow the snow off the trees, but some stuck and kept our attention for most of the day.

Crockpot Cook-Off and Celebrity Basketball

March 1, 2019

The Beaver Island Community School opened up its doors to the entire community with the organizational skills of the Beaver Island Sports Boosters to put on an amazing event at the school with eating in the high school commons area with the crockpots set up in the high school hallway near the north end of the building. There were many different choices of the meals offered in the crockpots. Here is a photo gallery of some of the food.

View gallery HERE

Viw video of contents of the Crockpots HERE

View a small gallery of the early attendees HERE

The winner of the crockpot cook-off!

All of the food was amazing with the editor trying more than half of the possibile meals. The first place is shown above with Candice DeLaat. The second place was won by Beth Croswhite with her White Chicken Chili.

The first celebrity basketball game began at 6 p.m. with the Lady Islanders playing against the lady staff members with the addition of "Madame Richards' to the team. The game was fun to watch and quite a lot of interesting plays were observed.

View a gallery of photos of this game HERE

View video of this game HERE

The cheerleaders did a light show in the dark gymnasium.

View a gallery of photos of the light show Cheer HERE

View video of the light show Cheer HERE

The BIRobot team gave a demonstration.

View a gallery of photos of the demonstration HERE

View video of the demonstration HERE

Next up was John Works, Captain of the Beaver Island Fire Department as he spoke about the BIFD Fire Cadets.

Captain John Works

These were the celebrities to play the Islander Basketball team.

View video of the fire cadets HERE

View a gallery of photos of the basketball game Islanders versus fire cadets

View video of the game HERE

Familiar Faces 19

by Joe Moore

About two weeks ago, one person that I knew quite well passed away.  It’s the circumstances of his passing that this chapter is about.  He and his wife always came and provided us with some miniature dog treats for our little dogs at home.  We always waved, stopped and talked with them when we saw them on the island.  We’d joke about our history.  Unfortunately, we won’t joke about it anymore.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to the township airport for an aircraft that is overdue,” the Sheriff’s Department dispatcher called us and the deputy and fire department into service.  This was the first time that I had been involved in the search for a lost aircraft since my arrival on Beaver Island.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 2, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 17°, wind is from the NNE at 5 mph, wind chill is 10°, pressure is at 30.24 inches, humidity is 91%, and visibility is 5 miles. For today snow showers this morning. Peaks of sunshine later on. High of 26°. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 60%.

ON THIS DATE in 1793, Samuel Houston, the first president of the independent Republic of Texas, is born in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

When Houston was 14, his father died and his mother moved her nine children to the frontier village of Maryville, Tennessee. After working for a time in the Maryville general store, Houston joined the army at the age of 20. There he attracted the admiring attention of his commanding general, Andrew Jackson, and established a distinguished record in the War of 1812.

In 1818, intrigued by politics, Houston decided to abandon the military for the law. He completed an 18-month law course in six months. By the following year, he had become a district attorney in Nashville, where he could make important political connections. Five years later, he ran for Congress and won. The people of Tennessee reelected him for a second term and twice made him their governor. Houston’s personal life, however, suffered as his political fortunes soared. In 1829, his wife abandoned him. Despondent, he resigned the governorship and went to live with Cherokee Indians in Arkansas, serving for several years as their spokesman in Washington.

Houston’s interest in the fate of the Arkansas Cherokee led him to make several trips to the neighboring Mexican State of Texas. He became intrigued by the growing Texan movement for political independence from Mexico and decided to make Texas his new home. In 1836, he signed the Texas declaration of independence. Because of his previous military experience, his fellow rebels chose him as commander-in-chief of the revolutionary Texas army. Although his first efforts as a military strategist were failures, Houston led the Texan army to a spectacular victory over superior Mexican forces at San Jacinto in April 1836.

Celebrated as the liberator of Texas, Houston easily won election later that year as the first president of the Republic of Texas. He immediately let it be known that Texas would like to become part of the United States. However, American fears of war with Mexico and questions over the extension of slavery into the new territory interfered with annexation for a decade. Finally, the aggressively expansionist President James Polk pushed Congress to grant statehood to Texas in 1846. Again an American citizen, Houston served for 14 years as a U.S. senator, where he argued eloquently for Native American rights.

The divisive issue of slavery finally derailed Houston’s political career. His antislavery beliefs were out of step with the dominant southern ideology of Texas, and he staunchly resisted those who argued for southern secession from the Union during the 1850s. Nonetheless, his enduring popularity won him the governorship in 1859. When Texas voted to break from the Union in 1861, Houston refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy. The Texas legislature voted to remove Houston from office and replaced him with a pro-Confederacy governor.

Disillusioned, Houston retired to his farm near Huntsville. He died two years later, in 1863, while the fratricidal war he had sought to avoid continued to tear his beloved state and nation apart.

DID YOU KNOW THAT if a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

WORD OF THE DAY animus (AN-uh-muhs) which means a strong dislike or enmity; hostile attitude; animosity. In Latin the noun animus has many meanings: “the mind (as opposed to the body), the mind (or soul) that with the body constitutes a person, the mind as the seat of consciousness, the immortal part of a person (the soul)….” Animus comes from the same Proto-Indo-European source (anә- “to breathe”) as Greek ánemos “the wind.” The modern sense “strong dislike, enmity” is a development within English, appearing only at the end of the 18th century.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Nancy White Obituary

Nancy L. White passed away in Grand Rapids, MI on Monday, February 25, 2019.  Nancy was born in 1932 in Muskegon, MI to Roy and Gwendolyn Berglund. 

She is survived by her children: Mark (Marcia) White, Kevin White, Brian (Sandy) White, Wendy Mushel, and Lisa White; grandchildren: Joshua, Andrew, Chelsea, Lori, Heather, and Nick; 11 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband John C. White and infant daughter Cathy; parents; sister Marilyn Bekkering, brothers, Ron Berglund, Tom Berglund, and Ed Berglund.  Nancy attended the Beaver Island Christian Church where she shared her faith and love of the Lord.  She enjoyed many years of family and friends at her lake home.  She loved gardening, swimming, reading, and watching the boat traffic in St. James Bay. 

A memorial gathering will be planned for a later date and a private burial will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery on Beaver Island, MI.  For those who wish, memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimer’s Association (Greater MI Chapter, 25200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Southfield, MI  48033-7443).

BICS Weekly Update

March 1, 2019

Today March 1st—Crock Pot Cookoff!
Join us for dinner tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In between bites of deliciousness, you can watch some awesome action when the Girls’ Basketball Team takes on the women faculty and staff and the Boys’ Basketball Team takes on the Volunteer Firefighters. Halftime entertainment includes a demonstration of bIrobot’s newest robot and the Cheerleaders’ fantastic light show. If you are cooking, please drop off your crockpot and ladle between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Be sure to label your crockpot and ladle! The games start at 6:00 p.m. Free will donation and all proceeds go to the BICS Sports Boosters!

BIROBOT at the Beaver Island Community Center Saturday, March 2nd
Join the BICS FRC robotics team bIrobot in an afternoon of fun on Saturday at the BIC Center as we explore both the Apollo space program and this year’s FRC competition Destination: Deep Space that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program’s first human landing on the Moon. We’ll start with a presentation of Apollo’s Daring Mission, a NOVA episode that explores the challenges, set-backs and triumphs of man’s first orbit of the moon on Apollo 8. Then, we’ll present live video from the first weekend of FRC Destination: Deep Space competitions from around Michigan and the world. The bIrobot team will be watching to prepare for their first competition event on March 14-16 and they’ll also be available to answer questions and explain the game. At 7:00 PM the team will reveal their 2019 robot that will be competing at the FIRST FRC Michigan District Events in Muskegon and Sault Ste. Marie followed by the feature film First Man, the story of Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong–the first human to walk on the surface of another celestial body.

BICS Titan Challenge Team Competition Results
The BICS Titan Challenge team from BEST Class (Business Education, Services & Technology) competed at Davenport University in Grand Rapids on Wednesday. The students representing our school were Riley Williamson, Zander Drost, Mackenzie Martin, and Eli Richards.  Our team did great!  In the competition, they play as a team and try to make the best business decisions possible to have their simulated company earn more money than the others. They need to set their price, decide how many units to produce, plan marketing, research and development and make charitable contributions. Then the team has to check their company and the industry reports each quarter. All of that in 4 minutes or less each time! Our team won 1st place, 2nd, and 1st in the 3 rounds. Everyone's top two round scores were combined for final ranking. BICS placed 9th out of 48 teams!  Thanks to mentor Kirk Welter, chaperone Gerald LaFreniere, and teacher Connie Boyle for making this event happen.

CNA Success!
For the past three weeks, Susi Myers and Brennan Jones have been working at gaining the skills to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. This is part of their Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) learning journey. This intensive training took place at Grandview Medical Center in East Jordan and included both coursework and hands-on practica with real patients. We are pleased to announce that both Susi and Brennan passed the training with flying colors. They will be taking their state board exams in a few weeks! Congratulations Susi and Brennan. Special thanks to BICS Health Occupations teacher Kathie Ehinger and chaperone Chris Heikka.

Mid-American Model United Nations Trip March 5th-10th
Six 9th- and 10th-graders are headed to Kalamazoo for the annual Mid-American Model United Nations simulation. Riley Williamson (4th year), Quinn Jones (3rd year), Elsie Burton (1st year), Quintan DeLaat (1st year), Elisha Richards (2nd year), and Jared Robert (2nd year) will be leaving the island the afternoon of Tuesday, March 5th and return the morning of Sunday, March 10th. This year, the students were given the country of Canada to represent. Past BICS teams have attended as delegates of Belarus, Libya, Finland, and Switzerland. In the week that they are in Kalamazoo, they will engage in approximately 40 hours of deliberation, debate, and the writing of resolutions on a wide-ranging collection of global issues. More than 500 students from the Midwest will be in attendance.

BI Fit Member Registration Packets Now Available—Exercise Sessions Begin March 4th!
Want to get on the treadmill or rowing machine?  Come by the BICS office and pick up a registration packet! Get in shape for your health, wellness, and longevity! Check out the BIFit page on the BICS website!

BICS Book Fair is Coming March 7th and 8th!
A dedicated group of bibliophiles are coordinating many activities to celebrate March is Reading Month! Mrs. Bouquet’s room will be transformed into an awesome book fair on March 7th and 8th.  There will be great reads for kids of all ages—so parents, neighbors, and friends are encouraged to peruse the tables for a new book. Thanks to some fundraising by a former PTA group, each BICS student will receive $10.00 in “Book Bucks” to go toward the purchase of a new book at the actual book fair. Special thanks to all the volunteers who are coordinating March is Reading Month!

Athletic Uniforms due in March 8th
Athletes--please have all of your uniforms turned in by next Friday, March 8th.

New Door Lock System will begin Monday, March 4th
Starting on Monday, March 4th BICS doors will be locked between the hours of 8:15 am and 3:00 pm.  To enter the school, please push the top button on the pad located to the right of the door.  You will then be buzzed in by staff.

Reminder for Drop off and Breakfast Times
Please remember that students are not to be in the school building until 7:30 am. Breakfast is served starting at 7:45 am. Thank you!

See you at the Cookoff!

Have a Great Weekend!

Crockpot Cook-Off and Celebrity Games

March 1, 2019


Peaine Township Hall

MARCH 18, 2019

9:00 AM

Greetings Everyone!

This kick-off meeting is intended to provide Land Information Access Association  (LIAA)  information from township officials and community stakeholders in the development of a new  Peaine Township Recreation Plan, in accordance with the guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

In an effort to keep our meeting running smoothly  we are providing the direct links to the current Recreation Plan and Master Plan (Chapter 6) for review.  Please come to the meeting prepared.
Feel free to forward this information to others who may be interested in participating.

Peaine Township Recreation Plan 2013-2018:

Master Plan:

Hard copies of the Master Plan and Recreation Plan can be viewed at:

**Beaver Island District Library:  Ask at the circulation desk.

**Peaine Township Hall: During office hours:

      Supervisor :Office hours - Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekly
      Clerk: Office Hours: Tuesday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, weekly

Comments may be submitted ahead of time if you are unable to attend the meeting. Please direct comments to krys@kryslyle.com and/or peainetownship@gmail.com

Attached please find Notice of the Meeting and an overview from LIAA, indicating a timeline for future meetings and outcomes.

Hope to see many of you at the March 18th meeting. 

Kind regards,

Krys Lyle
Peaine Township

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 1, 2019

Welcome to March! We're unable to tell that spring is supposedly on the way because our snow is still measured in feet, not inches. We have noticed that the days are getting longer though, which is a good thing. This morning we have clear skies, 5°, a 30% chance of "clean" snow, wind is from the west at 3 mph making it feel like -2°, pressure is 30.2 inches and visibility is 10 miles. For today expect show showers and a high of 24°.

Giving you all a heads up. Joe and I will be off-island on Monday and Tuesday. It's that time again where I have to go have a MRI, CAT scan, and whatever else they come up with to check on my cancer. Hopefully, this time they'll say it's in remission (the lung cancer) and that Henry (the brain tumor) has vacated. The only good thing is that we get to go have Chinese dinner in Petoskey . We will be home on Wednesday.

ON THIS DATE of March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order #10924, establishing the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State. The same day, he sent a message to Congress asking for permanent funding for the agency, which would send trained American men and women to foreign nations to assist in development efforts. The Peace Corps captured the imagination of the U.S. public, and during the week after its creation thousands of letters poured into Washington from young Americans hoping to volunteer.

The immediate precursor of the Peace Corps–the Point Four Youth Corps–was proposed by Representative Henry Reuss of Wisconsin in the late 1950s. Senator Kennedy learned of the Reuss proposal during his 1960 presidential campaign and, sensing growing public enthusiasm for the idea, decided to add it to his platform. In early October 1960, he sent a message to the Young Democrats that called for the establishment of a “Youth Peace Corps,” and on October 14 he first publicly spoke of the Peace Corps idea at an early morning speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The night before, he had engaged Vice President Richard Nixon in the third presidential debate and was surprised to find an estimated 10,000 students waiting up to hear him speak when he arrived at the university at 2 a.m. The assembled students heard the future president issue a challenge: How many of them, he asked, would be willing to serve their country and the cause of freedom by living and working in the developing world for years at a time?

The Peace Corps proposal gained momentum in the final days of Kennedy’s campaign, and on November 8 he was narrowly elected the 35th president of the United States. On January 20, 1961, in his famous inaugural address, he promised aid to the poor of the world. “To those peoples in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery,” he said, “we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required–not because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right.” He also appealed to Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

After March 1, thousands of young Americans answered this call to duty by volunteering for the Peace Corps. The agency, which was headed by Kennedy’s brother-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver, eventually chose some 750 volunteers to serve in 13 nations in 1961. In August, Kennedy hosted a White House ceremony to honor the first Peace Corps volunteers. The 51 Americans who later landed in Accra, Ghana, for two years of service immediately made a favorable impression on their hosts when they gathered on the airport tarmac to sing the Ghanaian national anthem in Twi, the local language.

On September 22, 1961, Kennedy signed congressional legislation creating a permanent Peace Corps that would “promote world peace and friendship” through three goals: (1) to help the peoples of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; (2) to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; and (3) to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

By the end of 1963, 7,000 volunteers were in the field, serving in 44 Third World countries. In 1966, Peace Corps enrollment peaked, with more than 15,000 volunteers in 52 countries. Budget cuts later reduced the number of Peace Corps volunteers, but today more than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in over 70 countries. Since 1961, more than 180,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps, serving in 134 nations.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Egyptians in 2000 BC used contraceptives? Pessaries are objects or concoctions inserted into the vagina to block or kill sperm. By 1850 B.C., Egyptians used pessaries made of crocodile dung, honey, and sodium carbonate.

WORD OF THE DAY: tergiversate (TUR-ji-ver-seyt) which means to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate. Tergiversate comes from the Latin verb tergiversārī “to keep turning one’s back on a task, show reluctance.” The Latin noun tergum means “back (of a human or animal),” and the verb versārī “to keep moving about” is a derivative of vertere “to turn.” Tergiversate entered English in the 17th century.

Glenn Felixson Interview at Yacht Dock

This interview took place down at the yacht dock on Glenn's last day working on the dock as harbormaster. The interview includes adventures in the river near Chicago, as well as on the Great Lakes and Beaver Island.

View this interview HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Agnes Bird Interview

The is another of oral history digitized tapes from the Beaver Island Historical Society archives. This project was started by Robert Cole and continued by others. This is an interesting interview, even more so than some of the others. Take the time to watch it if you have an interest in history.

View this interview HERE

Yet Another Reason to Not Transport Firewood

The following article is surely another reason to not transport firewood.  Also, Oak Wilt attacks red oaks which is the tree species that the island has and needs. With both townships passing the Wood Transport Ordinance, signage is needed at all ports of potential entry. Also getting the word out about not transporting wood to the islands is needed on all fronts.  The Emerald Ash Borer team is planning on being on Beaver Island March 25 and 26th for a survey.

Showcasing the DNR: Battling oak wilt disease

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

In state forests and on urban streets, the oak is a mighty tree. Towering nearly 100 feet tall, it can live up to 150 years and offers plenty of shade under its heavily-leafed, spreading branches.
But oaks – especially trees in the red oak family – face a threat from a disease known as oak wilt, caused by a fungus with microscopic spores that can infect and kill a red oak within weeks.
“The leaves begin to turn brown, with parts of them still green,” said James Wieferich, a forest health specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “When the leaves start dropping in the middle of summer, that’s when we get a lot of oak wilt calls.”
Wieferich said there’s good news and bad news about oak wilt.
The bad news: you cannot save a red oak that is already showing symptoms.
The good news: simple actions, such as refraining from pruning oak trees between April 15 and July 15 and covering accidental bark wounds with paint, can help keep healthy trees from being infected.
On city streets, those steps help keep tree loss to a minimum. In state forests, plows and selective cutting help keep the disease at bay.
People who spot a tree with symptoms of oak wilt – in the city or the forest – are encouraged to check the DNR’s interactive oak wilt map at Michigan.gov/ForestHealth to report it.
So, what is this infection that can take down a towering oak?
Oak wilt is caused by the fungus Bretziella fagacearum. It spreads from tree to tree by underground root contact, through tiny, sap-feeding beetles that carry spores from fungal pads on infected trees into wounds on healthy oaks.
Spores also can be found on recently cut firewood from trees that died of oak wilt. This is one of the reasons why the DNR and other agencies advise against moving firewood.
Oaks in the red oak family, including black oak, northern red oak and northern pin oak, are most susceptible to the disease, which kills trees by interrupting the flow of sap.
Trees in the white oak group are less susceptible because they have a different internal cell structure that prevents rapid spread of the infection through the tree. Trees in the white oak group have rounded leaf edges and include white oak and swamp white oak.

The highest risk of infection occurs from April 15 through July 15, but it is prudent to avoid pruning or injuring oak trees until they have lost leaves for the winter.
If pruning or removing oaks cannot be avoided during the high-risk period, or a tree gets damaged, immediately cover wounds with tree-wound paint or latex-based paint. Treating tree wounds with paint is not usually recommended; doing so to combat oak wilt is the exception.
Infected trees will usually begin to display symptoms beginning in June through September. The symptoms include the leaves showing two colors during these months and rapid leaf drop from the tree’s upper crown.
Those trees are usually easy to spot in a backyard. DNR staffers also are keeping an eye out for oak wilt in state forests and taking measures to stop its spread.
“We prioritize our treatment efforts in new areas where there is not a lot of oak wilt,” said Scott Lint, a forest health specialist with the DNR.
Those areas include Otsego and Cheboygan counties in northern Michigan. In the Upper Peninsula, control efforts are focused on Menominee, Iron and Dickinson counties.
Other priority spots include state campgrounds and trail access sites where people come to enjoy the woods.
“For the rest of the state forest, we prioritize by the quality of the oak,” Lint said. “We tend to prioritize high-quality northern red oak rather than pin oak.”
Once an infection is spotted in a priority area, DNR staffers bring in a piece of heavy equipment known as a vibratory plow. It creates a deep trench to separate the roots of the infected tree from trees outside the perimeter.
“All of the trees within that circle have the potential to become infected and die,” Lint said.
Other oak trees within the circle are cut down. Sometimes they are salvaged for timber; other times they are left in place.
Within a treated area, new trees that sprout from stumps are likely to die from oak wilt because they are connected to the infected underground root system, where the disease can linger for a few years.  The roots of new oaks that generate from seeds aren’t deep enough to become infected. 
“Once we do the plowing, we have removed the risk of oak wilt spreading,” Lint said. “New seedlings that originate from seed will grow in that same area uninfected.”
Tips to avoid oak wilt:

  • Don’t prune oaks from mid-April through the summer.
  • If oak trees must be pruned or removed during the risk period, or a tree gets damaged, immediately cover wounds with tree-wound paint or latex-based paint.
  • Don’t move firewood, especially if it comes from oak wilt-killed trees, as it can harbor the fungus.
  • If firewood is suspected of being tainted by oak wilt, cover it with a plastic tarp all the way to the ground, leaving no openings. This keeps beetles away so they can’t move spores onto healthy trees. Leave wood covered until the fall of the year following tree death to keep the disease from spreading.

If the presence of oak wilt is suspected:

Whether in the forest or in urban areas, land managers and property owners taking a few relatively simple steps can prevent oak wilt infection and keep oaks towering over our backyards, city streets and forests for decades into the future.

Observation Platform Proposed

There is a proposal to build an observation platform, on the bluff, on Peaine Township prpperty, where Mrs. Redding’s Trail turns and heads south. The proposal is being made by Bonnie-Cull Rice. This project is to have no cost to the townships, and will be brought before the Peaine Planning Commission on March 12, 2019, at 7: 00 p.m..

View the plan of the proposal HERE

Hungry Wildlife

February 27, 2019

Looking out the breakfast room window on and off all day, today and yesterday, and the day before, it was noticed the fighting between the birds and squirrels for the food from the bird feeder here on Carlisle Road. There are ducks, turkeys, blue jays, cardinals, chickedees, and squirrels all attacking the bird feeders anyway they are able to do so. When the turkeys are on top of the snowbanks, pecking at the feeders, the ducks and the other birds are trying to get at the food that falls down to the ground.

The ducks are trying to chase away the turkeys. The turkeys are trying to chase away the ducks. The squirrels are chasing away every other species. The pictures in the gallery show these chases and the swarming that is taking place around the feeders.

View the gallery of photos HERE

BI Fit Begins Operations on March 4th!

Interview with Wil Cwikiel at the BI FIT area in the BICS Gymnasium HERE

BI Fit is a unique community collaboration between Island residents and the Beaver Island Community School (BICS) that creates the opportunity for Island residents to exercise in the BICS gymnasium. In addition to walking the perimeter of the gym, members can work out on various exercise equipment, including a treadmill, exercise bike, and a rowing machine in the BI Fit Zone.

Use of the gym is limited to specific times when trained volunteers are on hand to ensure safety and anyone using the equipment must be a member of BI Fit. Membership requirements include paying an annual fee ($15.00 for the remainder of this school year), signing a membership agreement, completing a member participant waiver/consent for emergency treatment form, and having a Michigan State Police background check.

Exercise sessions begin the week of March 4, 2019. Membership registration packets are available now at the BICS office or at the BI Fit tab on the Beaver Island Community School website (www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us). Get a membership packet to fill out today so you can start exercising on March 4th!

Special thanks to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and private donations of time, money, and equipment. Also, a huge thanks to the many volunteers who have contributed their time to become BI Fit Exercise Monitors. BI Fit would not be possible without this outpouring of support!

We hope you enjoy BI Fit. We are here to provide a place that fosters health, wellness, and longevity. Have Fun!

BI Fit Membership Packet HERE

View video of the interview with Wil Cwikiel in the BIFIT exercise area HERE

Interview with Wil Cwikiel

February 26, 2019

The initial interview with the principal/superintenedent of the Beaver Island Community School was done to introduce Wil Cwikiel to the community, particularly those who did not have much connection to the school. You can view this interview done in August 2017 HERE

Today's interview was to reintroduce our BICS Superintendent/Principal to those that haven't had much contact with the school, and to ask about the progress made at the school since the first interview. Discussion took place about the teaching staff, administrative staff, janitorial staff, teacher aides, and, of course, the principal himself. There was also discussion about the school board members and the cooperative relationships that have to be present in a small school district with about 5.5 students per teach for class size. There was also discussion about the successes as well as the challenges of a small out-of-formula school district.

Thank you to Wil Cwikiel for allowing this interview and for the positive attitude and friendly discussion during the interview!

View this interview HERE










Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates


BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates


Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

December 2018

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 12/2/18

Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

November 25, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

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

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