B. I. News on the 'Net, March 11-24, 2019

Beaver Island TV

March 23, 2019

Today's shortened broadcast will begin at about noon, and will be interrupted about 3:30 p.m. for live streaming of the Mass from Holy Cross at 4 p.m.

As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Celebrity Basketball with the Crockpot Cook-off

House Party 1993

Jewell Gillespie Award 1993

Agnes Bird Interview at Print Shop Museum


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Expired Subscriptions and Advertisements

March 23, 2019

Editor Joe Moore will begin closing out the overdue accounts at the end of this month. There are costs for operating a website, and loss of income is causing a great deal of financial issues with paying the monthly and yearly fees. Just a few of the expenses for the four websites operating at this time include yearly renewal fees for the domains of $400 approximately for, beaverisland.tv, beaverisland.news, beaverislandnewsarchives.com, and beaverislandnews.com. The monthly fees add up to about $800 per month for the ability to live stream, record and post videos, and post large numbers of photographs.

With the ongoing medical expenses and continuing operating expenses, even with over four hundred viewers, BINN and the four total websites will have to make some changes in the near future, and, one of those changes is limiting the viewing to paid subscribers, unless several subscribers renew soon.

So, as of March 31, 2019, those who have not renewed by payment of the fees, will be removed for access to the BINN website.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 23, 2019

Clear skies this morning and cold at 16°, wind is from the WSW at 2 mph, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 30.25 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be a sunny day with a high of 37°.

ON THIS DATE in 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.

During the late 1830s, it was a favorite practice among younger, educated circles to misspell words intentionally, then abbreviate them and use them as slang when talking to one another. Just as teenagers today have their own slang based on distortions of common words, such as “kewl” for “cool” or “DZ” for “these,” the “in crowd” of the 1830s had a whole host of slang terms they abbreviated. Popular abbreviations included “KY” for “No use” (“know yuse”), “KG” for “No go” (“Know go”), and “OW” for all right (“oll wright”).

Of all the abbreviations used during that time, OK was propelled into the limelight when it was printed in the Boston Morning Post as part of a joke. Its popularity exploded when it was picked up by contemporary politicians. When the incumbent president Martin Van Buren was up for reelection, his Democratic supporters organized a band of thugs to influence voters. This group was formally called the “O.K. Club,” which referred both to Van Buren’s nickname “Old Kinderhook” (based on his hometown of Kinderhook, New York), and to the term recently made popular in the papers. At the same time, the opposing Whig Party made use of “OK” to denigrate Van Buren’s political mentor Andrew Jackson. According to the Whigs, Jackson invented the abbreviation “OK” to cover up his own misspelling of “all correct.”

The man responsible for unraveling the mystery behind “OK” was an American linguist named Allen Walker Read. An English professor at Columbia University, Read dispelled a host of erroneous theories on the origins of “OK,” ranging from the name of a popular Army biscuit (Orrin Kendall) to the name of a Haitian port famed for its rum (Aux Cayes) to the signature of a Choctaw chief named Old Keokuk. Whatever its origins, “OK” has become one of the most ubiquitous terms in the world, and certainly one of America’s greatest lingual exports.

DID YOU KNOW THAT more than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call?

WORD OF THE DAY plumbeous (PLUHM-bee-uhs) which means resembling or containing lead; leaden. Plumbeous comes straight from the Latin adjective plumbeus “made of lead, leaden, (of coins) base,” a derivative of the noun plumbum. Plumbum is a noun of unknown etymology, and linguists have speculated on the connection between plumbum and Greek mólybdos with its variants mólibos and bólimos, which also have no reliable etymology. In ancient times lead was mined in Attica (i.e., the territory whose capital was Athens), Macedonia, Asia Minor (Anatolia), Etruria, Sardinia, Gaul (France), Britain, and Spain. Many scholars think that the Greek and Latin words derive from an Iberian (Spanish) language, and the Basque word for lead, berun, supports this. Plumbeous entered English in the 16th century.

Beaver Island TV

March 22, 2019

Today's broadcast includes some recently digitized video and some from the collection of the BIHS. This video can all be viewed by anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Jewell Gillespie Recognition 1993

Antje Price 1990

Arranmore Twinning Ceremony

Bernadette McCauley

Clare Left Cull 2000

Commercial Fishing on the Shirley K

Glen Felixson Interview

The broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 22, 2019

Cloudy skies, 32°, (mentally telling the coffee maker to hurry it up), feels like 22°, humidity is at 89%, wind is from the NNW at 10 mph with gusts to 17 mph, pressure is steady at 29.89 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Look for some sunshine today.

ON THIS DATE in 1947, James Patterson, one of the world’s top-selling novelists, is born. Best known for his thrillers, Patterson, the creator of the Alex Cross detective series and the Women’s Murder Club series, among others, has written books in a variety of genres, from historical fiction to young adult. His novels have sold an estimated 220 million copies around the world.

Patterson, who was raised in Newburgh, New York, graduated from Manhattan College in 1969 and later dropped out of Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in English literature. He moved to New York City and worked as a copywriter at an advertising agency while writing his first novel in his spare time. After multiple rejections, that book, a thriller titled “The Thomas Berryman Number” was published in 1976. It won an Edgar Award for best first mystery novel by a U.S. author; however, sales were modest.

Patterson continued to publish novels, with limited commercial success, until the 1993 release of his breakout hit “Along Came a Spider,” featuring African-American detective and psychologist Alex Cross. Patterson had another best-seller with 1995’s “Kiss the Girls,” also featuring Alex Cross. In 1996, Patterson, then a top executive at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, retired to write full time. That same year, he published the novel “Miracle on the 17th Green” with the assistance of a co-author. Patterson eventually began collaborating with a team of co-authors on almost all his books, allowing him to publish multiple best-sellers each year. He typically comes up with the idea for the book, pens a detailed outline then revises the chapters his co-author drafts. In 2010 alone, Patterson released nine titles, including his 17th Alex Cross novel as well as books in his “Maximum Ride” young-adult fantasy and science-fiction series, his “Witch and Wizard” children’s supernatural series and his Michael Bennett detective series.

Whatever their genre, Patterson’s books are known for being fast-paced with short chapters and little back story or description. Critics, including author Stephen King, have skewered Patterson’s writing. In 2010, Patterson told Time magazine: “I am not a great prose stylist. I’m a storyteller. There are thousands of people who don’t like what I do. Fortunately, there are millions who do.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT the electric chair was invented by a dentist? Alfred P. Southwick (1826–1898), was a steam-boat engineer, dentist and inventor from Buffalo, New York. He is credited with inventing the electric chair as a method of legal execution. He was also a professor at the University of Buffalo school of dental medicine, now known as the State University of New York at Buffalo.

In 1881, Alfred Southwick conceived the idea of electrical execution when he heard the story of an intoxicated man who touched a live electric generator. Given that the man died so quickly, Southwick concluded that electricity could be used as an alternative to hanging for executions.

WORD OF THE DAY earthshaking (URTH-shey-king) which means imperiling, challenging, or affecting basic beliefs, attitudes, relationships, etc. Earthshaking in its literal sense was modeled on epithets for the Greek god Poseidon (he caused earthquakes) and the Latin god Neptune. Ennosígaios and Ennosíchthōn, both meaning "earthshaker," were epithets for Poseidon in the Iliad and Odyssey. Latin Ennosigaeus is a pretty unimaginative borrowing. Earthshaking entered English toward the end of the 16th century; its usual sense "of great consequence or importance" dates from the 19th century.

Health Occupations Students in GR

This Great group of young Health Professionals are in Grand Rapids the next 2 days for the HOSA State Competition!! This means they placed Top in Regionals and qualified them for States. There is 5000 student from all over Michigan here competing in many different HOSA events. Susi & Brennan are competing in Clinical nursing against 36 other state winners. John, Skylar & McKenna are competing in Sports Medicine against 52 other state winners. Today is written exams. A tough day. These are very tough events. They will know by 11pm tonight if they are in the top 20 to compete tomorrow for their practical. WISH THEM LUCK!

For those of you who may not know, in the back left is John-Brady Robert, son of Johnny B and Debbie LaFreniere Robert, next is Skylar Marsh, daughter of Bob Marsh and Dawn Mooney Marsh. . Next to her is Brennan Jones, son of the late Randy Jones and Kim Connaghan Jones. Then in the front are Susi Meyers, daughter of Sarah Myers McCafferty and step -father, Danny McCafferty, Next is McKenna Turner, daughter of Rob and Ryann Turner and grand daughter of Bob and Maura Turner (from Marie LaFreniere).

Beaver Island TV

March 21, 2019

Today's rebroadcast will begin with the silent film clips from the 1950's and will be followed with interviews done in the 1990-92 period of time. All of these are from the BIHS collection.

1950's Silent Films

Grace Cole

Jewell Gillespie

Phil Gregg

Mary Bert McDonough

Ann Broder

The broadcast will begin at 10 a.m.

It can be viewed by anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 21, 2019

Cloudy and 33° outside, humidity is at 100%, wind is from the south at 1 mph, precipitation so far is 0.2 inches, pressure is steady at 29.95 inches, visibility is 0.2 miles. Expect a cloudy day with a high of 36° that should melt a few snow banks.

ON THIS DATE in 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his famous search through Africa for the missing British explorer Dr. David Livingstone.

In the late 19th century, Europeans and Americans were deeply fascinated by the “Dark Continent” of Africa and its many mysteries. Few did more to increase Africa’s fame than Livingstone, one of the United Kingdom's most intrepid explorers. In August 1865, he set out on a planned two-year expedition to find the source of the Nile River. Livingstone also wanted to help bring about the abolition of the slave trade, which was devastating Africa’s population.

Almost six years after his expedition began, little had been heard from Livingstone. James Gordon Bennett, Jr., editor of the New York Herald, decided to capitalize on the public’s craze for news of their hero. He sent Stanley to lead an expedition into the African wilderness to find Livingstone or bring back proof of his death. At age 28, Stanley had his own fascinating past. As a young orphan in Wales, he crossed the Atlantic on the crew of a merchant ship. He jumped ship in New Orleans and later served in the Civil War as both a Confederate and a Union soldier before beginning a career in journalism.

After setting out from Zanzibar in March 1871, Stanley led his caravan of nearly 2,000 men into the interior of Africa. Nearly eight months passed–during which Stanley contracted dysentery, cerebral malaria and smallpox–before the expedition approached the village of Ujiji, on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Sick and poverty-stricken, Livingstone had come to Ujiji that July after living for some time at the mercy of Arab slave traders. When Stanley’s caravan entered the village on October 27, flying the American flag, villagers crowded toward the new arrivals. Spotting a white man with a gray beard in the crowd, Stanley stepped toward him and stretched out his hand: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

These words–and Livingstone’s grateful response–soon became famous across Europe and the United States. Though Stanley urged Livingstone to return with him to London, the explorer vowed to continue his original mission. Livingstone died 18 months later in today’s Zambia; his body was embalmed and returned to Britain, where he was buried in Westminster Abbey. As for Stanley, he returned to Africa to fulfill a promise he had made to Livingstone to find the source of the Nile. He later damaged his reputation by accepting money from King Leopold II of Belgium to help create the Belgian-ruled Congo Free State and promote the slave trade. When he left Africa, Stanley resumed his British citizenship and even served in Parliament, but when he died he was refused burial in Westminster Abbey because of his actions in the Congo Free State.

DID YOU KNOW THAT "Typewriter" is the longest word that can be made using the keys on only one row of the keyboard.

WORD OF THE DAY palimpsest (PAL-imp-sest) which means a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text. English palimpsest comes via Latin palimpsēstus from Greek palímpsēstos “rubbed again, scraped again,” i.e., in reference to durable parchment (not papyrus) “erased (so as to be able to be written upon) again.” Palimpsests are important in recovering the texts of ancient manuscripts. At least two unique ancient texts have been recovered through modern techniques of decipherment: the first text is Cicero’s dialogue De Re Publica (“On the Republic, On the Commonwealth”), which was discovered in the Vatican Library in 1819 and published definitively in 1908. The second major find is the Archimedes Palimpsest, containing seven treatises by the Greek scientist and mathematician Archimedes (c287-212 b.c.), which was made legible after decipherment performed between 1998 and 2008. Palimpsest entered English in the 17th century.

Early Mexican Diving

by Dick Burris

In the very early 80s, Cozumel was just getting into professional diving tours; it appeared that there were only two dive shops there. The main dive shop was "Aqua Safari" which is still there until this day.

The dive boats were "converted veleros", They took the old sailing vessels and installed diesel engines in them. There was no hurry in those days; the boats clipped along at around 12mph. They would do a deep dive first, then go ashore for an "off gassing" break, usually it would be at Playa Maya or San Francisco beach which was a distance south, from San Miguel, where the dive clubs were.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

March 19, 2019 5:00PM

View minutes HERE

Notice of Municipal Dock Seasonal Slip Availability 2019

View notice HERE

Beaver Island Municipal Dock Seasonal Slip Availability

Notice:  one seasonal slip available for the 2019 boating season.

According to township policy, if the prior year seasonal user does not confirm their intent to retain the slip for the upcoming season, notice will be given of seasonal vacancy.   
Interested parties have until April 12, 2019 to register their interest in a seasonal slip rental.  A random lottery format will be used to select the seasonal boater for the upcoming season; this will be done by April 30, 2019. 
The harbormaster shall maintain a list of persons who are interested in seeking a seasonal slip. The list will be generated annually.
The Seasonal Slip Annual Interest Application and the full Policy can be picked up at the St James Township Governmental Center 37830 King’s Highway or downloaded from the St James Township website:   Municipal Dock Documents

Beaver Island TV

It's been a busy week so far, and I've finally realized that I can't be in two places at once. I wanted to video the inside games for St. Pat's Day, but needed to do my other job instead. I live streamed the outside St. Pat's Games, played for Mass, went to Donegal Danny's and live streamed music until 11 p.m., got up and played for Mass in the morning. Then I went to work on processing all of that video. I finished that on Monday including posting of hundreds of pictures. I live streamed and recorded the Oral History Meeting #6. I went to $2 Tuesday, after trying to protect the bird feeders from the turkeys, ducks, and squirrels. And, I managed to fall on my dupa while returning from the oral history meeting, take a few moon pictures, and the stomach virus finally hit me this morning full force. Anyway, some of this video is going to be rebroadcast today at http://beaverisland.tv

Beaver Island Ingenuity

What Do We Do on Beaver Island.......When You're Not Here

6th Oral History Meeting

BIRHC Board Meeting 3/18/19

Music from Donegal Danny's Pub 3/16/19

St. Pat's Day Games Downtown and Outside 3/16/19

The broadcast will begin at 11:30 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 20, 2019

Welcome to the first day of spring! Although it's kind of hard to tell by the high snow banks lining the roadways (and in my yard). It's showing 36° this morning, feels like 25°, wind is from the SSW at 13 mph with gusts up to 20 mph, humidity is at 75%, pressure is falling from 29.92 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Expect snow flurries through this afternoon.

ON THIS DATE in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson notifies Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he will use federal authority to call up the Alabama National Guard in order to supervise a planned civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

Intimidation and discrimination had earlier prevented Selma’s black population–over half the city–from registering and voting. On Sunday, March 7, 1965, a group of 600 demonstrators marched on the capital city of Montgomery to protest this disenfranchisement and the earlier killing of a black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, by a state trooper.

In brutal scenes that were later broadcast on television, state and local police attacked the marchers with billy clubs and tear gas. TV viewers far and wide were outraged by the images, and a protest march was organized just two days after “Bloody Sunday” by Martin Luther King, Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). King turned the marchers around, however, rather than carry out the march without federal judicial approval.

After an Alabama federal judge ruled on March 18 that a third march could go ahead, President Johnson and his advisers worked quickly to find a way to ensure the safety of King and his demonstrators on their way from Selma to Montgomery. The most powerful obstacle in their way was Governor Wallace, an outspoken segregationist who was reluctant to spend any state funds on protecting the demonstrators. Hours after promising Johnson–in telephone calls recorded by the White House–that he would call out the Alabama National Guard to maintain order, Wallace went on television and demanded that Johnson send in federal troops instead.

Furious, Johnson told Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach to write a press release stating that because Wallace refused to use the 10,000 available guardsmen to preserve order in his state, Johnson himself was calling the guard up and giving them all necessary support. Several days later, 50,000 marchers followed King some 54 miles, under the watchful eyes of state and federal troops.

Arriving safely in Montgomery on March 25, they watched King deliver his famous “How Long, Not Long” speech from the steps of the Capitol building. The clash between Johnson and Wallace–and Johnson’s decisive action–was an important turning point in the civil rights movement. Within five months, Congress had passed the Voting Rights Act, which Johnson proudly signed into law on August 6, 1965.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

WORD OF THE DAY wellspring (WEL-spring) which means a source or supply of anything, especially when considered inexhaustible. Wellspring from its earliest records has meant both “source or headspring of a river or stream” as well as “source of a constant supply of something.” The extended, metaphorical sense appears earlier, in the Old English version of the Cura Pastoralis (Pastoral Care) of St. Gregory the Great (a.d. c540-604) that was commissioned by King Alfred the Great (a.d. 849-899). The literal sense of wellspring, “source of a stream or river,” first appears in the Catholic Homilies (c990) composed by Aelfric “Grammaticus” (c955-c1025).

Forest Health Survey Notice

When individuals say invasive species can have a profound impact on recreation, home values, and diversity most of us think about phragmites but there are many other plants, insects, and aquatic species that can cause permanent harm to Beaver Island. Beech Bark Disease is an example of one forest invasive pest which has become well established on the island over the past decade. The non-native scale insect comes from Europe and was first introduced into Nova Scotia in the late 1800s.

A multi-agency invasive species team will be on Beaver Island beginning March 25th for the purpose of surveying the island's forests for Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and assessing the status of the Emerald Ash Borer. Mature hemlock is very vulnerable to Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. If this pest becomes established, most of these trees will be killed. It has been detected in Allegan, Oceana, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. More information on forest pests can be found by clicking: https://www.michigan.gov/invasives/0,5664,7-324-68002_71241---,00.html

If you see these dedicated professionals along the roadsides, in the woods, or in town, give them that warm island welcome.   

Pam Grassmick

Beaver Island Association

DRAFT Minutes of March 13, 2019 Regular St. James Board Meeting 

View document HERE

Approaching a Full Moon

and Spring on the same day.

A little hazy and cloudy, but the moon peeked through to show how close to a full moon it is.

Spring and the full moon will occur on the same day. Last time it happened was 1981.

(A Little) Timeout for Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

Oral History Meeting

March 18, 2019

The last planned Oral History meeting took place last night at the St. James Township Hall, beginning around 7 p.m. Ed Wojan told everyone that there was a lot of information gathered and will continue to be gathered, but there was some difficulty in confirming the accuracy. The proposal now is to continue to go through the Beaver Beacons from the 50's, 60's, and 70's and get some family gatherings together to record memories and stories. While some of the stories have been told about what was not actually observed, it is important to gather as much information as possible to not leave out things that are important in the history of this period of time.

Editor Joe Moore has obtained and turned over two lists of the graduates of the Beaver Island School, one from the school and one compiled at the historical society. There are some differences in these lists. A lot of information is being taken from the Beaver Beacons, considered the most accurate information available, but confirmation is still requested. A large amount of information is being compiled and will be made available to all, so that it can be verified and/or changed.

Project Manager Ed Wojan


View the two lists of graduates HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 19, 2019

29°, feels like 28°, light snow, humidity is at 97%, wind is from the ESE at 5 mph, pressure is rising from 30.29, and visibility is 7 miles. Today? On and off snow showers. It's almost spring. Warmer today than it was yesterday.

ON THIS DATE in 2003, the United States, along with coalition forces primarily from the United Kingdom, initiates war on Iraq. Just after explosions began to rock Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, U.S. President George W. Bush announced in a televised address, “At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” President Bush and his advisors built much of their case for war on the idea that Iraq, under dictator Saddam Hussein, possessed or was in the process of building weapons of mass destruction.

Hostilities began about 90 minutes after the U.S.-imposed deadline for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or face war passed. The first targets, which Bush said were “of military importance,” were hit with Tomahawk cruise missiles from U.S. fighter-bombers and warships stationed in the Persian Gulf. In response to the attacks, Republic of Iraq radio in Baghdad announced, “the evil ones, the enemies of God, the homeland and humanity, have committed the stupidity of aggression against our homeland and people.”

Though Saddam Hussein had declared in early March 2003 that, “it is without doubt that the faithful will be victorious against aggression,” he went into hiding soon after the American invasion, speaking to his people only through an occasional audiotape. Coalition forces were able to topple his regime and capture Iraq’s major cities in just three weeks, sustaining few casualties. President Bush declared the end of major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Despite the defeat of conventional military forces in Iraq, an insurgency has continued an intense guerrilla war in the nation in the years since military victory was announced, resulting in thousands of coalition military, insurgent and civilian deaths.

After an intense manhunt, U.S. soldiers found Saddam Hussein hiding in a six-to-eight-foot deep hole, nine miles outside his hometown of Tikrit. He did not resist and was uninjured during the arrest. A soldier at the scene described him as “a man resigned to his fate.” Hussein was arrested and began trial for crimes against his people, including mass killings, in October 2005.

In June 2004, the provisional government in place since soon after Saddam’s ouster transferred power to the Iraqi Interim Government. In January 2005, the Iraqi people elected a 275-member Iraqi National Assembly. A new constitution for the country was ratified that October. On November 6, 2006, Saddam Hussein was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging. After an unsuccessful appeal, he was executed on December 30, 2006.

No weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.

DID YOU KNOW THAT 71% of office workers stopped on the street for a survey agreed to give up their computer passwords in exchange for a chocolate bar.

WORD OF THE DAY obscurantism (uhb-SKYOOR uhn-tiz-uhm) which means opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge. English obscurantism ultimately comes via the French noun obscurantisme from Latin obscūrant-, the stem of obscūrāns, present participle of obscūrāre “to dim, cover in darkness,” a derivative of the adjective obscūrus "dim, dark, dingy; insignificant, doubtful," the obvious source of English obscure. Obscūrus is a compound of the preposition and prefix ob, ob- “to, toward, in front of“ (and in compounds usually having a sense of confrontation or opposition), and the unattested adjective scūrus. Scūrus is a Latin development of the Proto-Indo-European root (s)keu-, (s)kū- “to hide, cover.” The Germanic form of this root, skeu-, has a derivative noun skeujam “cloud, cloud cover” that becomes skȳ in Old Norse, adopted into English as sky. Obscurantism entered English in the 19th century.

St James Township General Fund Budget & Notes

AMENDED BUDGET 2018 – 2019 & PROPOSED BUDGET 2019 – 2020



Read minutes HERE

Waste Managment Committee Minutes

March 5, 2019

The WMC met on March 5, 2019, and these draft minutes were received on March 18, 2019, via email from the WMC Secretary. The budget for the coming year has not yet been approved, and discussion of the budget will take place at the April, 2, 2019 meeting of the WMC.

Read the minutes of the March 5th meeting HERE

Familiar Faces 20

by Joe Moore

While waiting at the airport for my daughter to come visit, I saw another one of my former students.  This student was not only in my classroom, but had also been in the back of my ambulance with me responsible for his physical condition.
So, within a few minute period of time, I was in the presence of three of my former EMS patients.  That was a little overwhelming considering that all of these former patients were under thirty years old, while I am well over sixty on my way to seventy.

Read the rest of the story HERE

St. Patrick's Day Mass from Holy Cross

March 17, 2019

Brian Foli reading on Saturday

St. Patrick on St. Patrick's Day

Kitty McNamara reading on Sunday.......Jared and Father on the Great Day!

View video of the services HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 18, 2019

If you're reading this you're a survivor of St. Pat's on Beaver Island : It's 18° outside this morning, mostly cloudy skies, humidity is at 93%, wind is from the north, pressure is steady at 30.25 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Partly cloudy all day with a high of about 35°.

ON THIS DATE nearly 300 students in Texas are killed by an explosion of natural gas at their school on this day in 1937.

The Consolidated School of New London, Texas, sat in the middle of a large oil and natural gas field. The area was dominated by 10,000 oil derricks, 11 of which stood right on school grounds. The school was newly built in the 1930s for close to $1 million and, from its inception, bought natural gas from Union Gas to supply its energy needs. The school’s natural gas bill averaged about $300 a month. Eventually, officials at Consolidated School were persuaded to save money by tapping into the wet-gas lines operated by Parade Oil Company that ran near the school. Wet gas is a type of waste gas that is less stable and has more impurities than typical natural gas. At the time, it was not completely uncommon for consumers living near oil fields to use this gas.

The Consolidated School of New London, Texas, sat in the middle of a large oil and natural gas field. The area was dominated by 10,000 oil derricks, 11 of which stood right on school grounds. The school was newly built in the 1930s for close to $1 million and, from its inception, bought natural gas from Union Gas to supply its energy needs. The school’s natural gas bill averaged about $300 a month. Eventually, officials at Consolidated School were persuaded to save money by tapping into the wet-gas lines operated by Parade Oil Company that ran near the school. Wet gas is a type of waste gas that is less stable and has more impurities than typical natural gas. At the time, it was not completely uncommon for consumers living near oil fields to use this gas.

The exact cause of the spark that ignited the gas was never found, although it is now known that the gas could have been ignited by static electricity. As a result of this incident, wet gas was required to be burned at the site rather than piped away.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the first FAX machine was patented in 1843, 33 years before Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone.

WORD OF THE DAY bracketology (brak-i-TOL-uh-jee) which means a system of diagrammatically predicting and tracking the process of elimination among sequentially paired opponents in a tournament, especially an NCAA basketball tournament. Bracketology combines bracket, in the sports sense of “a diagram for tracking advancement in a tournament,” and -ology, a word-forming element indicating “branch of knowledge, science.” The term playfully elevates the sports pastime to a discipline or science. Stages of sports tournaments have been termed brackets since the early 1900s, from bracket as a “grouping” in the late 1800s, a sense informed by pairs of typographical brackets for enclosing text or numbers. The tree-diagram structure of NCAA basketball tournament brackets indeed calls up such typographical brackets, named after the original architectural bracket, a type of L-shaped support projecting from a wall. Entering English in the 16th century, the word bracket may derive from a Romance word meaning “breeches,” the architectural devices perhaps resembling a pair of legs or the codpieces historically worn on breeches. That could make bracketology, with a liberal literalism, "the study of pants” or “the study of jockstraps.”

Living Solitarily

by Cindy Ricksgers

St. Patrick's Day Music at Donegal Danny's

March 16, 2019

With Union Guns playing at the Beachcomber, there was a division of the audince, but, at about 11 p.m., the group of customers increased in the Pub, and there wasn't anywhere to video the band. The place was packed shortly before 11, and the camera was just seeing the back of the heads of people. The live stream was terminated when there was nothing to record, but the backs of heads.

The band

Danny, Cindy, and Jewell

Brother Jim and Shawnie

Some of the attendees

Some dancers

View video of some of the music HERE

Happy St. Patrick's Weekend

March 16, 2019

Gathering for the games to begin

View a small gallery of pictures of the gathering HERE

A little before noon, the Island ladies began setting up for the shopping cart race. It took a while for the participants and the spectators to arrive, but soon it was "Let the games begin." Here are the individual parts of the games in picture, but not in the order of their occurrence.

View a gallery of pictures of all the teams participating HERE

So, the teams had to run through a set of car tires, jump into the cart, and head down the street. Then there were balloons to break, trays of beer cups to take across the roadway after spinning five times, sip beer from an ice cube tray with a straw, and climb into garbage bags and hop to the finish line. Several teams participated, and some had a much harder time than others, which you can see in the gallery above.

View video of the shopping cart races HERE

The winning team

After the shopping cart races, the next competition is the Fish Toss, broken into two divisions: men and ladies. The idea is quite simply really. Grab onto a frozen fish with ice on the outside, and then try to throw it the farthest down the roadway in front of the Beachcomber and the Shamrock.

A couple of examples of the men's toss

View a gallery of men tossing the fish HERE

A couple of examples of the Ladies' fish toss

View a gallery of ladies tossing the fish HERE

View video of the fish toss HERE

The other traditional game is the Tug O' War. Two teams grab the rope, and on a signal from the starter, they attempt to pull the other team over the line. Normally this is fairly easy since one side is on a slight downhill. "Pull....Pull!!.....Pull!!!!" There is always a two out of three winner.

The tug of war....

View video of the Tug O War HERE

After the tug of war, inside the games go...The Shamrock dance floor becomes the new location for the games inside the building. These were not able to be captured on video by the editor as he had another job to do at this same time.

Christian Church Bulletin


A Busy Weekend

by Joe Moore

What an amazing St. Patrick's Day Celebration was had on Saturday, March 16, 2019! It was a busy day for BINN Editor Joe Moore. The live streaming on Saturday consisted of the St. Patrick's Day Games downtown in front of the Shamrock and Beachcomber, live streaming of the Saturday afternoon Mass from Holy Cross Catholic Church, and live streaming from the Donegal Danny's Pub of the music of Danny, Danny, Brother Jim, Cindy Cushman, Jewell Cushman, and Shawnie McDonough. The variety of musical sounds was quite wide with sound of the guitar, Irish drum, bass guitar, two violins, Irish flute, and penny whistle.

The live streaming setup downtown started at or near noon and ended with tear down near 3:30 p.m. There was a desire to live stream the inside games, but church called at 4 p.m. and warming up at home was a pretty important and necessary occurence. Mass ended at 5 p.m. Then, waiting for the dinner hours to end, at 8 p.m., the setup at Donegal Danny's occured and the live stream lasted until tear down a little after 11 p.m.

Next, there was the Sunday morning Mass from Holy Cross to live stream at 9:30 a.m. The next thing necessary is to process and post all of the video and pictures from this weekend. All in all, it was a great weekend, so far!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone! It's a balmy 13° outside this morning, we can't say that St. Patrick drove the snakes off the island but we can say they aren't around in this freezing cold. Mostly clear skies, humidity is at 91%, wind is calm, pressure is rising from 30.20 inches,and visibility is 10 miles. Partly cloudy today, the high will be about 33°.

ON THIS DATE in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family.

According to the Confessio, in Britain Patrick had another dream, in which an individual named Victoricus gave him a letter, entitled “The Voice of the Irish.” As he read it, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more. After studying for the priesthood, Patrick was ordained a bishop. He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.

Since that time, countless legends have grown up around Patrick. Made the patron saint of Ireland, he is said to have baptized hundreds of people on a single day, and to have used a three-leaf clover–the famous shamrock–to describe the Holy Trinity. In art, he is often portrayed trampling on snakes, in accordance with the belief that he drove those reptiles out of Ireland. For thousands of years, the Irish have observed the day of Saint Patrick’s death as a religious holiday, attending church in the morning and celebrating with food and drink in the afternoon. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade, though, took place not in Ireland, but the United States, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City in 1762. As the years went on, the parades became a show of unity and strength for persecuted Irish-American immigrants, and then a popular celebration of Irish-American heritage. The party went global in 1995, when the Irish government began a large-scale campaign to market St. Patrick’s Day as a way of driving tourism and showcasing Ireland’s many charms to the rest of the world. Today, March 17 is a day of international celebration, as millions of people around the globe put on their best green clothing to drink beer, watch parades and toast the luck of the Irish.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

WORD OF THE DAY green-eyed (GREEN-ahyd) which means jealous; envious; distrustful. Green-eyed means "jealous" and is probably most familiar from Shakespeare’s phrase green-eyed monster (Othello, 1604). In the ancient and medieval humoral theory, an excess of yellow bile, which was thought to give the skin a greenish tint, was associated with the element fire and produced a violent, short-tempered, vengeful character. Green-eyed in its literal sense entered English in the 16th century.

BITA Meeting

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019
12:00 PM

View notice and agenda HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 16, 2019

The island is gearing up to celebrate the great day this afternoon and late into the night. Games will be up town across from the Shamrock. Hopefully there will be a good turnout and that the weather will cooperate.

Right now we have cloudy skies, 25°, feels like 16° due to the WNW wind at 8 mph, humidity is at 74% pressure is rising from 30.10 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. We might be getting a light dusting of snow - maybe up to an inch - think of it as St. Patrick giving you his blessing

ON THIS DATE in 1903, JUdge Roy Bean, the self-proclaimed “law west of the Pecos,” dies in Langtry, Texas.

A saloonkeeper and adventurer, Bean’s claim to fame rested on the often humorous and sometimes-bizarre rulings he meted out as a justice of the peace in western Texas during the late 19th century. By then, Bean was in his 50s and had already lived a life full of rough adventures.

Born in Kentucky some time during the 1820s, Bean began getting into trouble at an early age. He left home in 1847 with his brother Sam and lived a rogue’s life in Mexico until he shot a man in a barroom fight and had to flee. He next turned up in San Diego, where he enjoyed playing the dashing caballero. Again he shot a man during a quarrel and was forced to leave town quickly. He fell into the same old habits in Los Angeles, eventually killing a Mexican officer in a duel over a woman. Angry friends of the officer hanged Bean in revenge, but luckily, the rope stretched and Bean managed to stay alive until the woman he had fought for arrived to cut him down. Bearing rope scars on his neck that remained throughout his life, Bean left California to take up a less risky life in New Mexico and Texas.

For about 16 years, Bean lived a prosperous and relatively legitimate life as a San Antonio businessman. In 1882, he moved to southwest Texas, where he built his famous saloon, the Jersey Lilly, and founded the hamlet of Langtry. Saloon and town alike were named for the famous English actress, Lillie Langtry. Bean had never met Langtry, but he had developed an abiding affection for the beautiful actress after seeing a drawing of her in an illustrated magazine. For the rest of his life, he avidly followed Langtry’s career in theatre magazines.

Before founding Langtry, Bean had also secured an appointment as a justice of the peace and notary public. He knew little about the law or proper court procedures, but residents appreciated and largely accepted his common sense verdicts in the sparsely populated country of West Texas.

Bean was often deliberately humorous or bizarre in his rulings, once fining a dead man $40 for carrying a concealed weapon. He threatened one lawyer with hanging for using profane language when the hapless man referred to the “habeas corpus” of his client. Less amusing was Bean’s decision to free a man accused of killing a Chinese rail worker on the grounds that Bean knew of no law making it a crime “to kill a Chinaman.”

By the 1890s, reports of Bean’s curmudgeonly rulings had made him nationally famous. Travelers on the train passing through Langtry often made a point of stopping to visit the ramshackle saloon, where a sign proudly proclaimed Bean to be the “Law West of the Pecos.”

Bean fell ill during a visit to San Antonio. He returned to Langtry, where he died on March 16, 1903. Lillie Langtry, the object of Bean’s devoted adoration, visited the village named in her honor only 10 months after Bean died.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt?

WORD OF THE DAY viator (vahy-EY-tawr) which means a wayfarer; traveler. Viator comes straight from Latin viātor “traveler,” formed from the noun via “track, road” and the noun suffix -tor signifying agency. Many occurrences of viātor are on epitaphs on Roman tombs from the “occupant,” asking travelers passing by not to deface the tomb with graffiti, or warning, “Look out! Your turn is coming!” Viātor was also a title of Mercury, the patron and protector of travelers and the escort of the dead to the underworld. A viātor was also an agent employed on official errands for magistrates, other public officers, and professional organizations. Viator entered English in the early 16th century.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

March 15, 2019


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Special thanks to Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim (Gillespie, Johnston, and Boynton), as well as special guest Cindy Gillespie Cushman, for rocking the halls of Beaver Island Community Schools today!  Singing, dancing, limericks, tug-o-war, oh my! We love you Danny, Danny, Brother Jim, and Cindy!

Experience the Best of Beaver Island While Supporting School Sports!

The 2019 Beaver Island Community School Sports Boosters Coupon Books are now available! The $25.00 booklet contains coupons for a wide range of gifts and services from more than 30 Island businesses totaling more than $1000.00 in value. This project is coordinated by the BICS Sports Boosters. All proceeds from the sale of the booklet go directly to supporting athletic programs for the students of Beaver Island Community School. Contact the school for more information on where you can purchase your booklet!

March 14th through 16th BIRobot FIM District Competition in Muskegon

To watch BICS own BIRobot battle it out at this year’s District Competition, go to https://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2019mimus#teams

Saturday is Movie Day at the Community Center

Come on down to the Community Center this Saturday, March 16th, for an afternoon and/or evening movie. Here’s what will be on the big screen:
4:00 pm—Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald       
7:00 pm—Instant Family

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!

Spring Break
Thursday March 21st is a half day of school for students. Then Spring Break will run from March 22nd until April 1st.  School will resume April 2nd.

Have a Great Weekend!

Beaver Island School St. Pat's Activities and Community Concert

March 15, 2019

The attendees

Dan, Danny, Brother Jim, and Cindy

As part of the BICS activities for St. Patrick's Day, the students of the school write limericks. This year was no different, but all the limericks were posted on the wall near the gymnasium, so a picture of each was taken and put into the following gallery. You have the chance to pause the gallery or move forward or backward in this gallery of pictures. View limericks HERE

View a gallery of the band and the attendees HERE

After the concert of several Irish tunes and Island tunes, Brother Jim did some square dance calling for all those interested.

View a small gallery of the dancing HERE

The activities, the concert, and the dancing lasted about an hour and a half with fun being had by all those present.

View video of the afternoon HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 15, 2019

We lost a whole lot of snow yesterday in the thaw (and have about 1,467 medium sized lakes to prove it, along with some mud holes). Right now it's 33°, feels like 22°, wind is at 10 mph from the WNW with gusts to 17 mph, cloudy skies, humidity is at 91%, pressure is rising from 29.47 inches and visibility is 10 miles. We can expect to see a little afternoon snow today, up to an inch or so.

ON THIS DATE Julius Caesar, the ”dictator for life” of the Roman Empire, is murdered by his own senators at a meeting in a hall next to Pompey’s Theatre. The conspiracy against Caesar encompassed as many as sixty noblemen, including Caesar’s own protege, Marcus Brutus.

Caesar was scheduled to leave Rome to fight in a war on March 18 and had appointed loyal members of his army to rule the Empire in his absence. The Republican senators, already chafing at having to abide by Caesar’s decrees, were particularly angry about the prospect of taking orders from Caesar’s underlings. Cassius Longinus started the plot against the dictator, quickly getting his brother-in-law Marcus Brutus to join.

Caesar should have been well aware that many of the senators hated him, but he dismissed his security force not long before his assassination. Reportedly, Caesar was handed a warning note as he entered the senate meeting that day but did not read it. After he entered the hall, Caesar was surrounded by senators holding daggers. Servilius Casca struck the first blow, hitting Caesar in the neck and drawing blood. The other senators all joined in, stabbing him repeatedly about the head.

Marcus Brutus wounded Caesar in the groin and Caesar is said to have remarked in Greek, “You, too, my child?” In the aftermath of the assassination, Antony attempted to carry out Caesar’s legacy. However, Caesar’s will left Octavian in charge as his adopted son. Cassius and Brutus tried to rally a Republican army and Brutus even issued coins celebrating the assassination, known as the Ides of March. Octavian vowed revenge against the assassins, two years later Cassius and Brutus committed suicide after learning that Octavian’s forces had defeated theirs at the Battle of Philippa in Greece.

Antony took his armies east, where he hooked up with Caesar’s old paramour, Cleopatra. Octavian and Antony fought for many years until Octavian prevailed. In 30 B.C., Antony committed suicide. Octavian, later known as Augustus, ruled the Roman Empire for many more years.

DID YOU KNOW THAT 23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts?

WORD OF THE DAY fantods (FAN-tods) which means a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets. In chapter eight of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Huck, hiding on Jackson’s Island, spots a man sleeping on the ground: “It most give me the fantods.” Here the meaning of fantods is plain enough: "acute distress, fear, panic"; the meanings of fantods range between irritability, tension, an emotional fit or outburst, and physical or mental disorder—not at all specific. Fantods has no reliable etymology: it may be a jocular formation based on fantasy or fantastic. Fantods entered English in the 19th century.

Minutes of BIRHC Board Meeting

March 9, 2019

Ice and Issues

March 12, 2019

Although this set of cycles of ice hanging off the roof were quite interesting and a topic of conversation, they also had a tendency to cause some problems for a local business. The problem, of course, is that the ice causes a back up of water behind it, which pushes the water underneath the roofing and causes leaks inside the building. It's still pretty cool to look at though.

Side view

South and north view of the ice

St. James Township Board Meeting

March 13, 2019

All board members were present with Diane McDonough on the phone.

The meeting attendees

View the meeting packet HERE

View the meeting video HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

March 13, 2019

All board members were present with Ernie Martin on the phone.

Peaine meeting attendees

View the meeting packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Planning Committee Documents

Peaine Township Planning Committe Minutes 010819

Peaine Township Planning Committe Minutes 031219

Peaine Township Planning Committe Agenda 031219

Beaver Island TV

March 14, 2019

Today's broadcast is a combination of video from BINN and the BIHS collection. As always, it is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

St. Patrick's Games in 2018 from the ground level

This Place Matters on the Beaver Head Lighthouse at the south end 7/15/19

Beaver Island House Party 7/19/1996

BICS St. Patrick's Party 2018

Shamrock and PetroQueen arrive 2/28/19

The broadcast will begin at 11 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 14, 2019

Due to icy conditions, the Beaver Island School is on a two hour delay. Lots of thawing went on yesterday and it looks as though today will be the same. Right now it's 38°, feels like 28° thanks to the wind at 10 mph from the ESE, drizzling outside, humidity is at 97%, pressure is falling from 29.56 inches, and visibility is 5 miles. It's suppose to be rainy, drizzling all day. Remember that the side roads will be very slippery.

ON THIS DATE in 1879, Albert Einstein is born, the son of a Jewish electrical engineer in Ulm, Germany. Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity drastically altered man’s view of the universe, and his work in particle and energy theory helped make possible quantum mechanics and, ultimately, the atomic bomb.

After a childhood in Germany and Italy, Einstein studied physics and mathematics at the Federal Polytechnic Academy in Zurich, Switzerland. He became a Swiss citizen and in 1905 was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich while working at the Swiss patent office in Bern. That year, which historians of Einstein’s career call the annus mirabilis–the “miracle year”–he published five theoretical papers that were to have a profound effect on the development of modern physics.

In the first of these, titled “On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light,” Einstein theorized that light is made up of individual quanta (photons) that demonstrate particle-like properties while collectively behaving like a wave. The hypothesis, an important step in the development of quantum theory, was arrived at through Einstein’s examination of the photoelectric effect, a phenomenon in which some solids emit electrically charged particles when struck by light. This work would later earn him the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.

In the second paper, he devised a new method of counting and determining the size of the atoms and molecules in a given space, and in the third he offered a mathematical explanation for the constant erratic movement of particles suspended in a fluid, known as Brownian motion. These two papers provided indisputable evidence of the existence of atoms, which at the time was still disputed by a few scientists.

Einstein’s fourth groundbreaking scientific work of 1905 addressed what he termed his special theory of relativity. In special relativity, time and space are not absolute, but relative to the motion of the observer. Thus, two observers traveling at great speeds in regard to each other would not necessarily observe simultaneous events in time at the same moment, nor necessarily agree in their measurements of space. In Einstein’s theory, the speed of light, which is the limiting speed of any body having mass, is constant in all frames of reference. In the fifth paper that year, an exploration of the mathematics of special relativity, Einstein announced that mass and energy were equivalent and could be calculated with an equation, E=mc2.

Although the public was not quick to embrace his revolutionary science, Einstein was welcomed into the circle of Europe’s most eminent physicists and given professorships in Zurich, Prague and Berlin. In 1916, he published “The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity,” which proposed that gravity, as well as motion, can affect the intervals of time and of space. According to Einstein, gravitation is not a force, as Isaac Newton had argued, but a curved field in the space-time continuum, created by the presence of mass. An object of very large gravitational mass, such as the sun, would therefore appear to warp space and time around it, which could be demonstrated by observing starlight as it skirted the sun on its way to earth. In 1919, astronomers studying a solar eclipse verified predictions Einstein made in the general theory of relativity, and he became an overnight celebrity. Later, other predictions of general relativity, such as a shift in the orbit of the planet Mercury and the probable existence of black holes, were confirmed by scientists.

During the next decade, Einstein made continued contributions to quantum theory and began work on a unified field theory, which he hoped would encompass quantum mechanics and his own relativity theory as a grand explanation of the workings of the universe. As a world-renowned public figure, he became increasingly political, taking up the cause of Zionism and speaking out against militarism and rearmament. In his native Germany, this made him an unpopular figure, and after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933 Einstein renounced his German citizenship and left the country.

He later settled in the United States, where he accepted a post at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He would remain there for the rest of his life, working on his unified field theory and relaxing by sailing on a local lake or playing his violin. He became an American citizen in 1940.

In 1939, despite his lifelong pacifist beliefs, he agreed to write to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of a group of scientists who were concerned with American inaction in the field of atomic-weapons research. Like the other scientists, he feared sole German possession of such a weapon. He played no role, however, in the subsequent Manhattan Project and later deplored the use of atomic bombs against Japan. After the war, he called for the establishment of a world government that would control nuclear technology and prevent future armed conflict.

In 1950, he published his unified field theory, which was quietly criticized as a failure. A unified explanation of gravitation, subatomic phenomena, and electromagnetism remains elusive today. Albert Einstein, one of the most creative minds in human history, died in Princeton in 1955.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and the chocolate bar in his pocket melted.

WORD OF THE DAY upper crust (UHP-er KRUHST) which means the highest social class. The noun phrase upper crust is perfectly plain, self-explanatory: it is the top crust on a loaf of bread or a pie, a meaning the phrase has always had. Other meanings have come and gone, e.g., "exterior layer or surface of the earth" (from the mid-16th through the mid-18th centuries), "a person’s head; a hat" (from about 1825 to 1850). The most common meaning of upper crust, "the highest social class," was originally an Americanism dating from the 19th century. Upper crust entered English in the 15th century.

BIFit During Spring Break

Hello everyone, with spring break and many of us being off Island for that time the BI Fit schedule has changed.  There will be no BI Fit hours March 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, and 30th.  For the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th the hours will be from 9:00 am until 10:00 am.  Thank you.

Beaver Island TV

March 13, 2019

Today's rebroadcast will include video from the Richard Burris collection as well as BINN video. The broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until it needs to be paused for the live stream of the St. James Township meeting at 5 p.m. If it is not finished with the playlist, it will be resumed after the meeting is over.

Oral History Meeting #4

Oral History Meeting #5

Dick Burris Lake G Salvage

Secret Beach, Trips to outer islands, trip under the Mackinac bridge, etc. Done for Diane Heatherington

St. Patrick's Day Games from 2018


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 13, 2019

Due to EXTREME icy road conditions, From Deborah LaFreniere Robert: due to the icy roads that are expected to continue all day there will be NO SCHOOL today. Cloudy, 35°, chance of rain 40%, humidity is at 94%, wind is from the south at 8 mph making it feel like 28°, pressure is at 29.92 inches and visibility is 4 miles. So glad the kids got off-island yesterday. Today, occasional rain and drizzle along with thawing temperatures. Roads are extremely slippery so stay indoors please!

ON THIS DATE in 1942, the Quartermaster Corps (QMC) of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.”

Well over a million dogs served on both sides during World War I, carrying messages along the complex network of trenches and providing some measure of psychological comfort to the soldiers. The most famous dog to emerge from the war was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918 and taken to the United States, where he made his film debut in the 1922 silent film The Man from Hell’s River. As the first bona fide animal movie star, Rin Tin Tin made the little-known German Shepherd breed famous across the country.

In the United States, the practice of training dogs for military purposes was largely abandoned after World War I. When the country entered World War II in December 1941, the American Kennel Association and a group called Dogs for Defense began a movement to mobilize dog owners to donate healthy and capable animals to the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army. Training began in March 1942, and that fall the QMC was given the task of training dogs for the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as well.

The K-9 Corps initially accepted over 30 breeds of dogs, but the list was soon narrowed to seven: German Shepherds, Belgian sheep dogs, Doberman Pinschers, collies, Siberian Huskies, Malumutes and Eskimo dogs. Members of the K-9 Corps were trained for a total of 8 to 12 weeks. After basic obedience training, they were sent through one of four specialized programs to prepare them for work as sentry dogs, scout or patrol dogs, messenger dogs or mine-detection dogs. In active combat duty, scout dogs proved especially essential by alerting patrols to the approach of the enemy and preventing surprise attacks.

The top canine hero of World War II was Chips, a German Shepherd who served with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. Trained as a sentry dog, Chips broke away from his handlers and attacked an enemy machine gun nest in Italy, forcing the entire crew to surrender. The wounded Chips was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and the Purple Heart–all of which were later revoked due to an Army policy preventing official commendation of animals.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a law passed in Nebraska in 1912 set hard rules of the road. Drivers in the country at night were required to stop every 150 yards, send up a skyrocket, then wait eight minutes for the road to clear before proceeding cautiously, all the while blowing their horn and shooting off flares.

WORD OF THE DAY diffidence (DIF-i-duhns) which means the quality or state of lacking confidence in one's ability, worth or fitness; timidity. Diffidence is a straightforward borrowing from the Latin noun diffīdentia “distrust, mistrust, lack of confidence.” In the Vulgate, the Latin version of the Bible prepared chiefly by Saint Jerome at the end of the 4th century a.d., diffīdentia also meant “lack of faith, disobedience (to God).” The original sense of diffīdentia, “distrust of other people,” is obsolete; the current sense “distrust of one’s own ability or worth,” shading off to “modesty, retiring nature,” dates from the mid-16th century. Diffidence entered English in the 15th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 12, 2019

Well, that was a short thaw. This morning I'm showing 4°! Clear skies, humidity is at 88%, wind is calm, pressure is at 30.25 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today look for sunshine and a high around 35°. Watch for a snow squall tonight.

ON THIS DATE in 1888, Chinese laborers were excluded from the United States.

Agreeing to cooperate with a policy unilaterally adopted by Congress six years earlier, China approves a treaty forbidding Chinese laborers to enter the United States for 20 years.

In the 1850s, large numbers of Chinese immigrated to the American West. Most came from the Pearl River Delta region of South China, where famine and political instability made if difficult for them to support the large extended families thought to be essential to happiness and success. When exaggerated reports of the California Gold Rush reached China, thousands of Chinese men booked passage for California. In contrast to many of the other immigrants to the American West, few of the Chinese immigrants intended to settle permanently in the U.S. They planned instead to work in the gold fields only until they had saved enough money to return to China and support their families.

Few Chinese, however, found wealth in the U.S. In order to pay for their passage across the Pacific, many Chinese immigrants became indentured servants. Arriving in America with a heavy load of debt, they were forced to work until they had paid back their debt. Chinese and Anglo employers alike took advantage of their plight, paying the immigrants just enough to keep their hopes alive but not enough to free them from debt.

By 1880, just over 100,000 Chinese lived in the United States, the majority of them in California. Most came in hopes of striking it rich in the gold fields, but they quickly learned to make money in whatever way they could. Despite the prevalence of local and state laws prohibiting them from owning certain mining properties or entering into specified businesses, many Chinese succeeded in finding niches. Groups of Chinese immigrants would occasionally band together and transform old mining claims, abandoned by Anglos, into paying operations. Others prospered in businesses like laundries or restaurants, which most Anglo men considered menial “women’s work.”

Inevitably, the success and distinct culture of the Chinese immigrants made them an easy target for xenophobic Anglos. Wherever they went, however, the Chinese were treated with growing resentment. By the 1880s, many working-class Anglos began to accuse the Chinese of depriving them of jobs and undermining early efforts to unionize the western mining industry. Blatant racism fed Anglo hatred. One San Franciscan argued that God intended the Chinese to remain only in China, for “they are not a favored people, they are not to be permitted to steal from us what we have.”

The American government responded to these fears by limiting Chinese immigration with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first time that the U.S. excluded immigrants based on race and nationality. Significantly, the Exclusion Act only excluded Chinese laborers. The U.S. continued to welcome merchants, who promised to help Americans maintain lucrative trading ties with the vast Chinese population, and professionals who offered valuable skills. Immigrants from no other nation received such discriminatory treatment.

Six years later, the Chinese government agreed to the fundamental principles of the Exclusion Act. Under pressure from the U.S., the Chinese signed a treaty on this day in 1888 agreeing not to allow any laborers to immigrate to America. Only in 1943, when China became a valuable ally in the war against Japan, did the U.S. finally abandon this blatantly racist policy.

DID YOU KNOW THAT it costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.

WORD OF THE DAY: facetiae (FUH-see-shee-ee) which means amusing or witty remarks or writings. Facētiae is a Latin plural noun meaning “skillfulness, cleverness, wittiness.” It is a derivative of the adjective facētus “clever, good-humored, whimsical,” which has no reliable etymology. In the olden days, in less enlightened and progressive times than our own—say about 1850—facetiae was used in book catalogs as a euphemism for pornography (now also called erotica). Facetiae entered English in the 16th century.

Beaver Island Beaver

On the east side of Beaver Island, in the most unlikely place, Andrea said, "What is that?" We stopped and looked at the very wet area around the Cable's Creek, snow covered, very little water, location, and sure enough there was a young beaver. He wasn't very big, but it was obvious that he was looking for food, and trip to the south end stopped as we watched the little beaver. It's the first time that this editor has seen a beaver use his tail to push his head under a log to get some tasty morsel. Andrea Moore and Tyler Miller got the pictures, and the editor got a little bit of video. A wonderful encounter for the day could not have happened!


St. Patrick's Celebration at BICS

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities & COMMUNITY Concert

Come join in the fun! On Friday, March 15th the students and staff at BICS will celebrate the “Great Day” by dressing in the traditional Irish colors of green, orange and white!

At 2:00 pm all BICS students and staff will meet in the gym to announce the winners of the Limerick Contest, have a Tug-o-War, and enjoy a lively concert by Danny, Danny & Brother Jim! Please spread the word! Everyone is welcome!

Come one! Come all!

Cead Mile Failte’!

Ride Down East Side to Iron Ore Bay

Layers of snow on the branch.........I see you...........

Lots of deer ........Plenty of snow sculpture

View a gallery of photos HERE

Home for thd first time in three years, Andrea Moore, Tyler Miller, and Joe Moore decided to experiment with a trip down the East Side Road down to Iron Ore Bay, checking out CMU, and looking at the blue ice along the way. There was a quick stop on the way past the South Head Lighthouse and then on to the Iron Ore Bay and Creek. This was Tyler's first trip to the island and the winter time views were much more challenging to see due to the large snowbanks made by the plows. On the way back, we decided to stop at the lighthouse and see if the door to the light was open, thinking that there would be some great pictures available if there was a possibility that it was open.

It was not, but that was less frustrating than the partially melted snow and the snowbank which sucked the Dodge Intrepid into it as we were getting ready to leave. The car was stuck and slipped backward into the snowbank locking Tyler into the car on the passenger side front seat. We worked and worked and worked and simply couldn't get the car to go forward even with the pine boughs put in front and eventually behind the tires. We were all three getting a little tired at the digging of the snow with a pair of snow shoes from the trunk.

Amazingly enough, Verizon cell coverage was present just below the hill between the lighthouse itself and the Lighthouse School buildings. I called home and let Phyllis know that we were stuck, and that I'd call her back to contact a tow truck if we didn't get the car out. Just about at our last beliefs of getting free from the grabbing snow bank, along came Mike Martin and Joey Kenwabikise. They helped get us free after several attempts and then backed down the hill, so we could get a running start up the hill.

Well, Tyler had his first Beaver Island adventure and worked very hard to help get us out of the snow bank. We got home still in the daylight after a quick trip across McCaulley's and Paid Een Ogs Road, and in Sloptown Road. It was definitely an adventure, and many thanks to Mike and Joey for their help getting us out.

Thanks for you help today, getting us unstuck and taking turns taking pictures, Andrea and Tyler!

BIESA Minutes

BIESA draft minutes February 28, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 11, 2019

Whoo hooo! It's warming up outside. It's a balmy 26° right now that feels like 12°, thanks to a west wind blowing at 14 mph with gusts to 18 mph. Humidity is at 75%, pressure is rising from 30.08 inches and visibility is 10 miles.Expect another cloudy day along with some snow showers and a high of 28°.

ON THIS DATE in 1818, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is published. The book, by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is frequently called the world’s first science fiction novel. In Shelley’s tale, a scientist animates a creature constructed from dismembered corpses. The gentle, intellectually gifted creature is enormous and physically hideous. Cruelly rejected by its creator, it wanders, seeking companionship and becoming increasingly brutal as it fails to find a mate.

Mary Shelley created the story on a rainy afternoon in 1816 in Geneva, where she was staying with her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their friend Lord Byron. Byron proposed they each write a gothic ghost story, but only Mary Shelley completed hers. Although serving as the basis for the Western horror story and the inspiration for numerous movies in the 20th century, the book Frankenstein is much more than pop fiction. The story explores philosophical themes and challenges Romantic ideals about the beauty and goodness of nature.

Mary Shelley led a life nearly as tumultuous as the monster she created. The daughter of free-thinking philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, she lost her mother days after her birth. She clashed with her stepmother and was sent to Scotland to live with foster parents during her early teens, then eloped with the married poet Shelley when she was 17. After Shelley’s wife committed suicide in 1817, the couple married but spent much of their time abroad, fleeing Shelley’s creditors. Mary Shelley gave birth to five children, but only one lived to adulthood. Mary was only 24 years old when Shelley drowned in a sailing accident; she went on to edit two volumes of his works. She lived on a small stipend from her father-in-law, Lord Shelley, until her surviving son inherited his fortune and title in 1844. She died at the age of 53. Although Mary Shelley was a respected writer for many years, only Frankenstein and her journals are still widely read.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Elizabethan England, the spoon was so novel and prized that people carried their own folding spoons to banquets.

WORD OF THE DAY myopic (mahy-OP-ik), -OH-pik) which means unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted. Myopic ultimately comes from the Greek noun myōpía “nearsightedness,” which in Greek has no extended or metaphorical meaning. (The suffix -ic is English, not Greek, i.e., there is no Greek adjective myōpikós.) Myōpía is a compound formed of the verb mýein “to close the eyes or mouth,” which is close kin to the Latin mūtus “inarticulate, dumb, silent” (English mute). The same mýein appears in the noun mystḗrion “secret, secret rite” (English mystery) and its adjective mystikós “connected with the mysteries” (English mystic). The second element of myopia, -ōpía, is a combining form of ṓps (stem ōp-) “eye, face, countenance." Myopic in its original sense entered English at the end of the 18th century; the sense “unable or unwilling to act prudently” developed in English at the end of the 19th century.

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

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

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

BICS Board Meeting Packet

3.11.19 Public Board Packet

BICS Committee Meeting Dates 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.

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

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.



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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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

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)


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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.

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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.

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

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Holy Cross Church Bulletin

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