B. I. News on the 'Net, March 12-25, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 25, 2018

Clear skies again (still NOT boring), 21°, feels like 10°, wind is at 11 mph from the east, humidity is at 69%, pressure is steady at 30.48 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of March 25, 1983, the Motown "family" stages a bittersweet reunion performance.

Technically, the 25th anniversary of Motown Records should have been celebrated nine months later, in January 1984, but that was only one of several details glossed over in staging the landmark television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. Filmed before a rapturous live audience on March 25, 1983, the Motown 25 special is perhaps best remembered for Michael Jackson’s performance of “Billie Jean,” which brought the house down and introduced much of the world to the “moonwalk.” There were other great performances that night, too, but there were also moments that revealed cracks in the joyous-reunion image that Motown chief Berry Gordy sought to portray.

The most glaring breakdown in decorum came during what could have been the evening’s greatest triumph: the reunion of Diana Ross and the Supremes. When Ross, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong performed together that night for the first time in 13 years, they took to the stage with something closer to 20 years’ worth of unresolved resentment among them. Early in their performance of “Someday We’ll Be Together,” as Diana slowly moved upstage, Mary and Cindy had the audacity to keep stride alongside her. Diana turned around and angrily pushed Mary back—a move that was carefully edited out of the later broadcast but which prompted Smokey Robinson and others to take the stage and form an impromptu chorus/demilitarized zone between the warring Supremes.

The “Battle of the Bands” medley between the Temptations and the Four Tops was a much bigger creative success, though the biggest individual names in the Temptations—Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin—were absent due to squabbling within the group, leaving Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams as the only original Temptations on stage that night. Also missing from the stage that night was a man whose name was then unfamiliar to all but the most obsessive Motown fans, but whose contribution to the label’s success was monumental. The late James Jamerson, whose bass guitar formed the foundation of almost every great Motown record of the 1960s, was in the building that night, but as a paying member of the audience seated in the back rows. His own troubles with alcohol abuse played a part in his estrangement from the Motown “family,” but so did a decades-long history of what he and fellow members of the Funk Brothers—the Motown backing band—felt was a lack of appreciation and respect for their role in creating the famous Motown sound.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are no longer any living wolverines in the Wolverine State. There was one discovered in Huron County in 2004, the first one spotted in 200 years, but it has since passed on and has now been stuffed and mounted.

WORD OF THE DAY: artless (ART-les) which means: 1) without guile; sincere; simple 2) free of artificiality 3) lacking art or skill. From art, from Latin ars (art) + less, from Old English leas (without). Earliest documented use: 1586

St. James Township Meetings

Budget Hearing, Annual Meeting, and Special Meeting

Township Supervisor McNamara, Clerk Alice Belfy, and Trustee Travis Marting

St. James Board members who were present at this meeting included Alice Belfy, Travis Martin, and Kathleen McNamara. Calling into the meeting on conference call were Jeff Powers and Diane McDonough. A quorum was present physically and the whole board was present using technology.

This three in one meeting time happened efficiently one right after the other. The major change that should be noted is the meeting time for the St. James Township Board for this new fiscal year. The meeting time was changed from the previous 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month to 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. This passsed with a vote of 3 ayes, and 2 nays, but it still passed. All of the budgets, minutes, and recreation plan with grant approval matching funds passed. You can view these documents down below.

View video of three meetings HERE

BICS Health Occupations Students Compete

At another competition taking place during Spring Break, the Health Occupations' students from our local public school went to the state competition. Their instructor is Kathie Ehinger, who is a licensed paramedic in the State of Michigan, as well as the person in charge of the school lunch program, and the owner of Daddy Franks, a seasonal fast food restaurant and ice cream parlor.

At the state and regional competition from their instructor:

John placed 4th at regionals in Sports Medicine. This qualified him to compete at States. John also participated in community service hours. He donated 5 hrs on Friday helping time events. Great job John with his 1st year in HOSA!
Sveta placed 7th at regionals in Sports Medicine. This qualified her for States. While at States, Sveta earned her way on stage during the awards ceremony for recognition for 7+hrs of community service. She donated her time Friday helping time at events.
Susi placed 3rd at regionals in Clinical Nursing. This qualified her for States. At States, Thursday Susi placed in Top 20 to advance her to the second round. Friday she took her skill’s test. Great job Susi with your first year in HOSA!
Skylar placed 6th at regionals in Sports Medicine. This qualified her for States. At States she also participated in community service by donating 5 hrs on Friday helping time an event. Great 1st year Skylar!
I am so beyond proud of these students. Their hard work paid off. Their experience participating in HOSA is so educational and fulfilling. Next year they will all take on World competition!
But for this year, Brennan Jones is going to Texas to compete at the HOSA WORLD Competition! Great job! I'm so proud of your hard work! You won 2nd place in the State of Michigan for Clinical Nursing!

Brennan Jones, 2nd Place Clinical Nursing

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 24, 2018

Pink colors at the edge of the harbor, clear skies - looks like another perfect island spring day being made. Right now it's 21°, feels like 10°, wind is at 11 mph from the east with gusts up to 17 mph, humidity is at 69%, pressure is steady at 30.48 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows around 15°. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker hits a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, resulting in an enormous oil spill. Though there were no human victims of the crash, hundreds of miles of pristine coastline became coated with oil and thousands of sea birds, mammals and fish perished in the disaster.

The Valdez was delivered to Exxon in 1986 and named after the Alaskan port terminal where oil was sent out to the main 48 states. It was capable of carrying 200,000 tons of crude oil and was usually manned by a 20-person crew. On the night of March 23, the ship left port in Valdez at about 9 p.m. Captain Joseph Hazelwood was in charge, but handed over the piloting of the ship to Third Mate Greg Cousins shortly into the journey. Just after midnight, there was a miscommunication on a change of course as the Valdez maneuvered its way through a narrow shipping lane between Bligh Reef and Busby Island in Prince William Sound.

The Valdez ran aground on the reef, puncturing the ship’s hull and sending oil spilling into the sound. Unfortunately, the response to the spill was not ideal. There was a limited attempt to use dispersants by helicopter, but there was only a small supply of them available near the site. Also, some reports suggested that dispersants, chemicals applied to the oil to push it below the surface (where it causes the most damage), were ineffective. Booms and skimmers, equipment that prevents the spread of oil in water and manually removes oil from the water, were not available for use until a full day after the spill. Unfortunately, even after the booms and skimmers were finally brought into service, they often broke down and were thus also not completely effective.

Overall, the Valdez spilled close to 30 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound over several days. Beaches in the Knight Island chain were covered in oil. The primary victims of the oil were sea birds. Some estimate that as many as 250,000 of the birds were killed, as well as several thousand sea otters and hundreds of seals and bald eagles. Salmon and herring egg losses were also extensive. In total, about 800 miles of coastline were damaged by the oil.

The Valdez accident led to a long series of lawsuits and legislative changes. Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which included a clause banning the Valdez from Alaska. A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, awarded millions of dollars in damages against Exxon to the affected Alaskan communities as well as a $5 billion punitive-damage award. On appeal, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that the judge had to reduce the award. When the judge reduced it only slightly, Exxon appealed again and even many years after the incident, the ultimate resolution was still in doubt. Captain Hazelwood was accused of being intoxicated at the time of the accident, but such allegations were never fully proven. He was, however, convicted of negligence, fined and ordered to perform community service.

After undergoing $30 million in repairs, the Valdez was renamed Sea River Mediterranean and returned to service, but is no longer used in Alaska.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Sault Ste. Marie, founded in 1668, was the first European settlement in the Midwest, and the third-oldest one west of the Appalachians.

WORD OF THE DAY: oriflamme (AWR-uh-flam) which means any flag, banner, or standard, especially one that serves as a rallying point or symbol. Originally an oriflamme was the banner or ensign that the French kings received before going into battle from the abbot of Saint-Denis, the site of a Benedictine abbey founded c626 in a city of the same name, located northeast of Paris, and named after Saint Denis, a martyr of the 3rd century who is venerated as a patron of the French people. Oriflamme means “golden flame” in Old French, from Latin aurea flamma “golden flame,” referring to the golden flames on the red background of the banner. Oriflamme entered English in the 15th century.

BIRobot Team Competes

Even though the school is on Spring Break, the BIRobot team went down to Grand Valley University, downtown, and spent the day competing with other teams. The event was live streamed, and BINN capture the majority of the live streamed competition that included the BIRobot team. However, all the matches did not get live streamed, so there was no way to capture them. The last three of the day could not be captured as the live stsream quit working.

The Beaver Island Robotics team was recognized as a good team, but the final standings were not available due to the end of the live stream.

View several of the competitions HERE

View final rankings HERE

Vince Pickardt Passed Away

Vince poses for his EMS ID card

Vince flying back after evacuating an EMS patient.

Vince Pickardt of Beaver Island passed away down in Traverse City last night, March 22, 2018. Vince had quite a few friends on the island, and they should be made aware of his passing away.

Vince grew up in New York, where he excelled in gymnastics. He had two brothers. Vince was a Viet Nam veteran who lost much of his hearing from the constant rumble of the airplanes that he worked in and serviced. He worked as an engineer and a scientist in New England, and has several papers to his credit on various things he developed, or theories he expounded on (I'm sorry, much of this was way over my head). For sport, he worked on race cars. After a divorce, he traveled around the country, which led him eventually to northern Michigan.

Long time Beaver Island resident, Vince has had a hand in many local projects over the years. A careful worker, he has assisted many of the local contractors here. He was often called upon for unusual repairs; it was widely known that when a problem seemed unsolvable,Vince could figure it out.

Vince built walkways and ramps for the Marine Museum, and designed and installed the unique netting that enclosed the walkway there. He worked at restoring old boats. He helped Roy Elsworth build his airplane. In recent years, he became involved with the EMS, and spent a great deal of time, and his own resources in advancing his education and abilities.

As a hobby, Vince built model boats and airplanes. Not content with just the models, he did extensive histories on the structure, service and demise of the actual vessels. The Beaver Island District Library has showcased his work, complete with written history, diagrams and cutouts of scaled-down humans, so that you could clearly see how crowded a vessel was, when it was in service.

Vince also took great pleasure in feeding the wild animals that visited his property, in gardening, and in landscaping.

Vince has a daughter, Kim, one grandson and one granddaughter. Vince was very proud of each of them.

St. James Annual Meeting Documents

March 24, 2018







St James Twp 2018-19 Proposed Budgets

Last Year's Documents



Consolidation Issue to Be Discussed

The Beaver Island Community Center will host a forum on the Pros and Cons of Township Consolidation on April 16, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. More information to follow on the make up of the presenters but there will be representatives from both sides of the issue along with an Independent moderator.

Changes for Spring Break

There have been some changes in hours for Spring Break. Of course, the school is closed until April 3, 2018. For this reason, the Beaver Island District Library has changed its hours from an 8:30 a.m. opening time to 10 a.m. opening, except on Saturday, which will stay at noon. The Island Treasures Resale Shop will be closed for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Easter weekend.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 23, 2018

Looks like another nice day (no, this is NOT getting boring). Clear skies, 21°, feels like 19°, wind is at 7 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 69%, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows around 15°. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 23, 1984, Michigan’s first test-tube baby was born.

On March 23, 1984, a woman from Hazel Park, Michigan gave birth to a baby boy who had been conceived with the aid of modern medical science. Doctors had removed four eggs from the woman and then used her husband's sperm to fertilize them. One fertile egg was then transferred back into the mother, after which the baby developed normally.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Michigan abolished the death penalty in 1846 for all crimes other than treason, becoming not only the first state but the first English-speaking government in the world to do so.

WORD OF THE DAY: deracinate (dih-RAS-uh-neyt) which means to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment. The root of deracinate “to uproot” is the Late Latin noun rādīcīna “root,” from Latin rādīx (stem rādīc-), from which English derives radical and eradicate. Latin rādīx comes from the Proto-Indo-European root wrād- (and its variants) “branch, root.” The noun wrādios becomes Latin rādius “staff, rod, beam, radius (of a circle), ray (of light),” from which, via French, English has ray (of light or energy). The suffixed form wrād-mo- becomes Latin rāmus “branch, twig,” from which English derives ramify and ramification. Proto-Indo-European wrād- becomes wrōt- in Germanic, from which Old Norse derives rōt, which becomes root in English. Deracinate entered English in the late 16th century.

Time for Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

Water’s Environmental And Cultural Impact

Coming to Beaver Island

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Exploring Water’s Environmental
And Cultural Impact Coming to Beaver Island

From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music. The Beaver Island Historical Society in cooperation with Michigan Humanities Council, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view June 23, 2018, through August 5, 2018, at the St. James Township Hall.
Beaver Island and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Michigan Humanities Council to host “Water/Ways” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Michigan from June 22, 2018, through April 7, 2019, an itinerary for Beaver Island is attached.
“Water/Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.
Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, “Water/Ways” will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water’s impact on American culture. With the support and guidance of state humanities councils, these towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs and facilitate educational initiatives to raise people’s understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.
“Water is an important part of everyone’s life and we are excited to explore what it means culturally, socially and spiritually in our own community,” said Lori Taylor-Blitz, director of the Beaver Island Historical Society.  “We want to convene conversations about water and have developed local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.”  Such free events include four exhibits: Water/Ways, The Michigan Water Heritage Project, Changing Waters: Research in the Great Lakes and the M.V. Chippewa Research Vessel owned by Central Michigan University, and a four day visit from The Madeline owned by the Maritime Heritage Alliance.  A premiere opening with keynote address speaker Dave Dempsey Senior Advisor of FLOW (For the Love of Water), a lunch-time speaker series called, “Picnic at the Point, a Water/Ways Symposium, and a Beaver Island PIRATE PARTY. 
“Water/Ways” is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.
“Water/Ways” was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.
The exhibitionis part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.  Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress.
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit www.sites.si.edu.
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Beaver Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 263, Beaver Island, MI 49782  Lori Taylor-Blitz, (231) 448-2254
Michigan Humanities Council: 119 Pere Marquette Drive, Suite 3B, Lansing, MI 48912  James Nelson, (517)372-7770

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

March 22, 2018

Spring Break March 23rd-April 3rd
Spring Break begins March 23rd. School will resume on April 3rd.

Good Luck to HOSA and BIRobotics!
Our Health Occupations students are competing in the state competition this weekend and the Robotics team is competing in the regional competition this weekend. Go Islanders!

Lego Club 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24th & March 31st
Lego Club at the Beaver Island District Library on Saturday March 24th  & March 31st at 1:00 pm. 

BICS Board Committee Meetings
            Policy Committee 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd
Finance Committee 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4th
Facilities Committee at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4th  
Curriculum Committee 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5th
Come and participate in the fun! 

College Visits for Sophomores & Juniors April 4th-6th
Sophomores and Juniors will be traveling to visit colleges April 4th-6th.  They will be stopping to see University Center Gaylord, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, and Ferris State University. 

Robotics District Competition in Marysville April 5th-8th
BICS BIrobot team will head to Marysville MI April 5th-8th to Compete in the districts competition. 

Have a Fantastic Spring Break!

Citizen of the Year Ten Years Ago

The Beaver Isand Chamber of Commerce had been recognizing those on the island that put in a great deal of extra help to this community for years, since 2001 with Don Vyse being the first Citizen of the Year. In this year of 2007, the Citizens of the Year included two individuals. They were Pam Grassmick and Father Pat Cauley. These short video clips were found on an external hard drive, and should be reshared for those who may not know about them.

Previous historical Citizens of the Year include: 2001 - Don Vyse , 2002 - BIEMS , 2003 - Connie Wojan & B I Hospice, 2004 - Phil & Lil Greg, 2005 - Jim Wojan, 2006 - John Fiegen, 2007 - Pam Grassmick & Father Pat, 2008 - BI Fire Dept. & Jim & Mary Gillingham, 2009 - Jeff Powers, 2010 - Pete LoDico, 2011 - Kathy Speck, 2012 - Joe Moore, 2013, Eric and Dana Hodgson,

View a few short video clips of Citizen of the Year 2008

A Visit to the Bradley and Fitzgerald

This video is in the collection of the Beaver Island Historical Society. It is a copyrighted film in 1995. The film's purpose is a visit to the Carl D. Bradley by Frank Mays in 1995 as well as a visit to the Edmund Fitzgerald.in 1994. The copyright is owned by Deepquest Publishing. An attempt to contact Deepquest result in a returned letter with no forwarding possible. The letter was mailed to the address found on the Internet at the Deepquest website. A phone call has been made to the number on the website and a message left, but no response so far. The online message did not work, so this limited ability to view this may come to an end if any contact comes from Deepquest Publishing.

The diving sub used to get the video and pictures

Frank Mays in 1995 describing the sinking of the Bradley

View video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 22, 2018

It really is sorta hard to be envisioning spring when there is a layer of frost on the ground. Oh well, we could have been on the east coast. At the moment I'm showing 16°, feels like 6°, wind is at 7 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 69%, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds at 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows around 17°. NOrthwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

ON THIS DATE of March 22, 1908, Louis L’Amour, the prolific author of scores of bestselling western novels, is born in Jamestown, North Dakota.

An indifferent student, L’Amour dropped out of high school at age 15. Over the next two decades, he traveled around the world working in an amazing variety of jobs. At various times, he tried his hand at being a cowboy, seaman, longshoreman, prizefighter, miner, and fruit picker. During World War II, L’Amour served time in Europe as an officer in the tanks corps.

After returning from the war, L’Amour began writing short stories and novels. His spare, flinty style caught the eyes of several editors, and L’Amour began to make a living as a writer. His big break came when a novel he wrote at the age of 46 became the basis for the popular John Wayne movie Hondo. Although L’Amour had not set out to become a writer of Westerns, he began producing more of what readers and editors clearly wanted. He wrote several other screenplay/novels, including the epic 1962 movie, How the West Was Won. By the mid-1970s, he had written 62 books, most of them Westerns.

L’Amour’s best-loved novels feature three pioneering families: the Sacketts, the Chantrys, and the Talons. L’Amour produced convincing and moving historical novels that spanned centuries and celebrated the strength and spirit of the American West. Most of his books also feature rough-hewn but intelligent men. “When you open a rough, hard country,” L’Amour once said, “you don’t open it with a lot of pantywaists.” In the tradition of classic Westerns like Owen Wister’s The Virginian, women primarily serve as love interests in need of protection.

Using extensive historical research to ensure authenticity, L’Amour avoided many of the simplistic cliches and racist stereotypes of earlier Westerns. Although he occasionally cast Indians as villains, he also offered sympathetic portraits that reflected an understanding and sympathy for different cultures and history.

Although he had written 108 books by the time he died in 1988, L’Amour considered himself a serious author and blamed the lack of critical respect on the fact that his books were Westerns. Still, having sold more than 225 million copies of his novels, L’Amour was one of the most popular and influential western authors of the 20th century. In recognition of his vivid depictions of America’s past, Congress awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal in 1983.

DID YOU KNOW THAT each unit on the Richter Scale is equivalent to a power factor of about 32? So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5!. Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction. S is the smallest that can be felt unaided.

WORD OF THE DAY: fatigue (fuh-TEEG)
1. weariness from bodily or mental exertion.
2. a cause of weariness; slow ordeal; exertion:
the fatigue of driving for many hours.
3. Physiology. temporary diminution of the irritability or functioning of organs, tissues, or cells after excessive exertion or stimulation.
4. Civil Engineering. the weakening or breakdown of material subjected to stress, especially a repeated series of stresses.
5. Also called fatigue duty. Military.
labor of a generally nonmilitary kind done by soldiers, such as cleaning up an area, digging drainage ditches, or raking leaves. the state of being engaged in such labor: on fatigue.
6. fatigues, Military. fatigue clothes.
7. of or relating to fatigues or any clothing made to resemble them: The guerrilla band wore fatigue pants and field jackets. She brought fatigue shorts to wear on the hike.
verb (used with object), fatigued, fatiguing.
8. to weary with bodily or mental exertion; exhaust the strength of: Endless chatter fatigues me.
9. Civil Engineering. to subject (a material) to fatigue.
verb (used without object), fatigued, fatiguing.
10. to become fatigued.
11. Civil Engineering. (of a material) to undergo fatigue.
Word origin and history for fatigue: n. 1660s, "that which causes weariness," from French fatigue "weariness," from fatiguer "to tire," from Latin fatigare, originally "to cause to break down," later, "to weary, fatigue, tire out," from pre-Latin adj. *fati-agos "driving to the point of breakdown," from Old Latin *fatis (of unknown origin, related to adv. affatim "sufficiently" and to fatisci "crack, split") + root of agere "to drive" (see act (n.)). Meaning "weariness from exertion" is from 1719.

Video Report January 'til March Today

The most viewed video clip so far this year is the one called "Snowy Owl on the Prowl" with 2538 views. The second most viewed clip is the "PreK and 1 Coin Drive" with 1890 views. Next comes the "Return from Hannahville" video clip with 1591 views. The next clip was "Shamrock and PetroQueen Sand Bay to Whiskey Point" with 1567 views. Three other clips had over 1200 views; "Parent Recognition," "Whiskey Point and Gull Harbor," and "Shoreline Walkabout." The next three have over 1100 views. They are: "Mobile Bay Visit," "Mobile Bay," and "Last Cold Sunday of 2017."

Many others have over a thousand views during these three months. In just the first three weeks of March, there have been 779 unique IP addresses viewing 2455 video clips. In addition to those clips viewed, the live streamed video has been viewed by 205 unique IP addresses with 87 viewing more than once.

This all adds up to 950 unique IP addresses viewing 2790 video clips, and using a bandwidth of 345.7 GB of bandwidth. It's been a busy first three weeks of March for video on Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

National Statements about EMS

Two comprehensive studies show that

"EMS improves patient's lives and our society."

(from http://www.jems.com/articles/print/volume-43/issue-3/departments-columns/management-focus/meaningful-metrics.html)

The EMS profession has long been plagued with the task of proving that what EMS does matters. Though very few studies exist that definitively justify the expense of our advanced EMS systems around the country, two important and comprehensive analyses were completed in 2009 and 2014 that addressed the issue of effectiveness.

The first study made the case that EMS unquestionably improves patient outcomes and health. The second declared that EMS was an essential public health service that results in economic good for society. The reports were profound, exhaustively researched, and firmly anchored in scientific analysis.

The first document was produced by the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC), the nationally designated assembly of EMS representatives and consumers, established by Congress, to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to the federal government.

NEMSAC is comprised of 25 national experts representing every segment of the EMS system. It’s the only advisory body for EMS at the federal level that exists by legislative mandate and is the sole statutory authority organized to provide official advice to the federal government.

The second report was conducted by a study team from the National Academy of Public Administration, commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS

Now, EMS knows that EMS matters, and that what EMS does improve patients’ lives and our society.

In fact, the most important time interval that correlates statistically to morbidity and mortality, is the total time from initial symptoms to definitive care (i.e., hospital care with physician intervention).

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 21, 2018

So much for the first full day of spring, it's dang cold out there! The high point is that there are only 12 weeks until summer. This morning we have partly cloudy skies, 16°, feels like 6°, wind is at 7 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 69%, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. HIghs int he lower 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows around 15°. North winds at 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 21, 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 England’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 there are no ants in Iceland, Greenland, and Antarctica? From National Geographic: "Ants have been called one of the most successful organisms on Earth. Their numbers boggle the mind. In terms of biomass (the amount of living matter), ants make up at least 15 percent of the terrestrial animal biomass. In tropical areas, such as the Amazon, this number increases to 25 percent or more of the terrestrial animal biomass. One hectare (about 2.5 acres) of land in the Amazon rain forest can contain eight million ants or more. A study in the savanna of Côte d'Ivoire showed that a hectare there harbored 20 million.

Ants are successful not only in terms of sheer numbers, but in their geographical coverage of Earth, as well. There are only a handful of spots where native species of ants do not exist—Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, parts of Polynesia, and a few other extremely remote islands in the Atlantic and Indian oceans."

WORD OF THE DAY: disjune (dis-JOON) which means breakfast. The rare word disjune is formed from the Old French prefix des-, dis-, which comes from the Latin prefix dis- “apart, asunder, in two, in different directions” (the prefix dis- is related to the Latin numeral duo “two”). The Latin prefix may also be used like the English prefix un- to express the reverse or negative of the positive, e.g., untie, undo. Old French desjeün is thus an “unfast.” The Old French element -jun, -jeün comes from the Latin adjective jējūnus “hungry, fasting” and by extension “poor, barren.” In Medieval Latin the noun jējūnum (the neuter singular of the Latin adjective jējūnus) means “middle part of the small intestine,” so called because the jejunum was often found empty after death. The etymology of Latin jējūnus is unknown. The noun disjune entered English in the late 15th century; its use as a verb dates from the late 16th century.

St. James Township Annual Meeting and Special Meeting

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Dancing and Tug of War at BICS

March 16, 2018

Brother Jim spent some time teaching and getting the students and staff of the Beaver Island Community School to get out on the gymnasium floor and do some dancing. With Danny and Danny playing in the background and providing the rhythms, the dancing commenced with very minimal teaching. It appeared as if fun was had by all. The time was well spent providing the students with some good, clean fun to the music of this traditional Irish band. After the dancing, there was a Tug of War in the gymnasium organized by Maeve Green which was also a lot of fun to watch as well as participate in.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the dancing and tug of war HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 20, 2018

Are you ready? At 12:15 it will be spring! Although the island has had a relatively mild winter, we're all still looking forward to spring, however, I'm not ruling out more snow and ice. We've been known to get blizzards into April and May so do not take out your bikini, or speedo, just yet. This morning it's 17°, feels like 7°, clear skies, wind is at 7 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 30.18 inches, and visibility is 8.9 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows around 16°. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 20, 1823, Ned Buntline, the “dime millionaire” and discoverer of Buffalo Bill, is born in Stamford, New York.

Perhaps more than any single writer, Ned Buntline was responsible for creating a highly romanticized and somewhat misleading image of the American West as the setting for great adventure and excitement. Born Edward Zane Carroll Judson, in 1845 he founded a sensationalistic magazine, called Ned Buntline’s Own, in Nashville, Tennessee-Ned Buntline became the best known of several pseudonyms he used during his career.

Buntline’s goal in life was straightforward: he wanted to make as much money as possible writing stories that the public would pay to read. He filled the pages of Ned Buntline’s Own with all manner of outrageous stories, having a particular affinity for nautical adventures. An incorrigible womanizer (he married seven times), in 1846 he killed a jealous husband who suspected him of seducing his wife. Although Buntline had acted in self-defense, townspeople sympathetic to the dead man hanged Buntline from an awning post in the public square. Luckily, Buntline’s friends cut the rope before he strangled and he was spirited out of town.

Buntline relocated to New York, where he resumed publishing his magazine. Though he had once dreamed of becoming a serious writer, he was desperate to make a living so he began to write more for a mass audience. Buntline’s popular adventures were wildly successful, and he churned out dozens of melodramatic “shocking” stories over the course of only a few years. By the time he was in his late 20s, Buntline had earned the title “King of the Dime Novels” and was making an excellent living.

After traveling to San Francisco in 1869, Buntline realized he could easily adapt his stock adventure plots to a setting in the American West. At about the same time he met a handsome young scout and buffalo hunter named William Frederick Cody. Buntline claimed to have given Cody the nickname “Buffalo Bill,” though Cody said he earned the name years before as a hunter for the railroads.

Buntline’s decision to write a dime novel starring Buffalo Bill Cody made the relatively unknown scout into a national media star. Buntline’s book The Scout of the Plains grossly exaggerated Cody’s western adventures, but the public loved the thrilling tale. Always the promoter, Buntline turned the novel into a play that he staged in Chicago. In 1872, Buntline convinced Cody to travel to the city and play himself in the production. Cody was a poor actor, but his participation brought in people and money.

Cody broke with Buntline after a year, but the national fame he gained because of Buntline’s work eventually allowed “Buffalo Bill” to create his famous Wild West show. Buntline churned out other western dime novels, and he eventually became the nation’s top literary money earner, surpassing the income of writers like Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. Buntline prized his wealth, but he remained scornful of his own work. “I found that to make a living I must write ‘trash’ for the masses, for he who endeavors to write for the critical few, and do his genius justice, will go hungry if he has no other means of support.”

Buntline died at his home in Stamford, New York, in 1886. He was 63 years old and had written more than 400 novels and countless other short stories and articles.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the name LEGO came from the Danish, "LEg GOdt," which means "play well."

WORD OF THE DAY: pullulate (PUHL-yuh-leyt) which means to breed, produce, or create rapidly. The English verb pullulate derives from the Latin verb pullulāre “to sprout, put forth shoots, bring forth,” a derivative of the noun pullus “young animal, foal.” The Latin words derive from the Proto-Indo-European root pau-, pōu-, pū- (with various suffixes) “little, small, few.” The suffixed forms pau-o- and pau-ko form Germanic (English) few and Latin paucus “small, slight,” respectively (the Latin adjective is also the source of Spanish and Italian poco). The suffixed form pō-los yields Greek pôlos “foal, young girl, young boy,” and Germanic (English) foal. The suffixed form pu-er- forms Latin puer “boy” and puella “girl” (from assumed puerla). Pullulate entered English in the early 17th century.



The St. James Township Board held a public input session to gain insight on potential improvements to its north shore campground in preparation for submission of a grant request to the Michigan DNR Recreation Passport Grant program. 

The input session was Monday, March 19, 2018 at Noon at the Beaver Island Community School located at 37895 King’s Highway, Beaver Island, Michigan.  Lunch was provided. Preliminary campground improvement plans were presented, and the Board had planned to receive public input concerning the plan. 

The draft plan will be posted to the township website for further public comment.

Aaron Nordman

Aaron E. Nordman, P.E., Civil Engineer, from Charlevoix presented the plan for the St, James Campground, which included brining in power, drilling a well, and adding restroom(s) and shower(s) with a drainfield. In addition, there would be electricity brought in and some camping sites would be designated as possible RV camp sites. In addition, stairs would be placed down by the Jiminy Crick to allow access to the beach for campers and to allow access to the campground by those using the water trail.

Mr. Nordman showing the plan

The plan................

Some community members and board members were present

Timeline.................................Estimate of costs

View video of the presentation and discussion HERE

Eagle in the Sunshine

Just a quick reminder of the beauty of nature in this busy month of March

Interview of Central Drug New and Historical Owner

The BIRHC hosted a meet and greet for the new owner of Central Drug store in Charlevoix and a thank you for John Ochs, who has owned the store for many, many years. The new owner is Tyler Steffey. Tyler and John will work together, "As much as he wants to work," Tyler said. "A couple of days per week."

This interview was completed on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the meet and greet by Bob Hamil. Thank you, Bob!.


Mass from Holy Cross

March 18, 2018

The sun shines through the windows as a promise.

Heid Vigil did the readings on Saturday afternoon for the service. Joan Banville did the readings for Sunday morning. Father Jim Sile read the Gospel and gave the sermon. The Lenten services were to help prepare us for the coming week, called Holy Week in the Catholic Church. Next Sunday is named Palm Sunday and is the beginning of that week.

Father Jim gives the final blessing.

View video of this service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 19, 2018

Obviously we slept in, but we're up now (sorta - waiting for the coffee to kick in). This morning we have clear skies, 22°, feels like 21°, wind is at 13 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 30.09 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows around 14°. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 19, 1916, eight Curtiss “Jenny” planes of the First Aero Squadron take off from Columbus, New Mexico, in the first combat air mission in U.S. history. The First Aero Squadron, organized in 1914 after the outbreak of World War I, was on a support mission for the 7,000 U.S. troops who invaded Mexico to capture Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

On March 9, 1916, Villa, who opposed American support for Mexican President Venustiano Carranza, led a band of several hundred guerrillas across the border on a raid of the town of Columbus, New Mexico, killing 17 Americans. On March 15, under orders from President Woodrow Wilson, U.S. Brigadier General John J. Pershing launched a punitive expedition into Mexico to capture Villa. Four days later, the First Aero Squadron was sent into Mexico to scout and relay messages for General Pershing.

Despite numerous mechanical and navigational problems, the American fliers flew hundreds of missions for Pershing and gained important experience that would later be used by the pilots over the battlefields of Europe. However, during the 11-month mission, U.S. forces failed to capture the elusive revolutionary, and Mexican resentment over U.S. intrusion into their territory led to a diplomatic crisis. In late January 1917, with President Wilson under pressure from the Mexican government and more concerned with the war overseas than with bringing Villa to justice, the Americans were ordered home.

DID YOU KNOW THAT trench coats, standard issue among salary men and robust American capitalists, were first worn in the deep battlefield dugouts during World War I, from which they derived their name.

WORD OF THE DAY: dornick (DAWR-nik) which means a small stone that is easy to throw. Dornick is an Americanism dating back to 1830–40 from Irish dornóg “small stone, handful,” from dorn “fist.”

Easter Brunch Scheduled

Christian Church Bulletin

March 18, 2018

52 Lists for Happiness #12

by Cindy Ricksgers

St. Patrick's Day Games

View Ground Level Video of the games HERE

Thanks to Bob Hamil for doing this video.

On about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018, Editor Joe Moore headed downtown to determine a location to video the games. Downtown already were the Island ladies getting everything set up and ready for the games to begin. Those that were down there early on were Kelly and Jessica, with Heather and Hilary coming in a little bit later. The view from the deck above the Beachcomber shows the emptiness of the roadway with the games all set up. At 1 p.m. there were a few more people, but it eventually grew to the crowd shown in the picture below.

Quite a few more people by 1:30 p.m.

View a gallery of pictures of the Pre-game time HERE

The first event was the shopping cart race. There was a choice of carts to be made. One was a real shopping cart more like something from a Kmart or Walmart as well as the traditional cart used for years. Something else was knew for this year. There was a donation of made by each team (amount determined by the ladies), and the winners were to get an amount of the moneys collected.

View a gallery 1 of photos of the shopping cart race HERE

In the middle of the racing, a visitor group arrived and created quite the impression.

View a small gallery of visitors' photos HERE

View a gallery 2 of photos of the shopping cart race HERE

View video of the shopping cart race HERE

The winner is announced.

The winners gather for pictures and then receive their cash.

Somewhere along about in this time period, something happened and the live stream was lost. It is still unknown what caused this. Was it a power outage, the squirrel falling off the treadmill, a reseting of the cell phone tower, or a St. Patrick's spirit overwhelming the radio waves. Whatever it was, the live stream was interrupted. It was to happen twice more during the live broadcast. One other tech person suggested it could be the cold temperature, but the streams have worked in freezing temperatures and snow before. Perhaps, he is right, but no matter, it came right back up after a restart of the program and the computer.

While on the topic of the live stream, it might be noted that there have been many previous times that the games have been live as well. This is always viewed at http://beaverisland.tv by anyone in the world. On this particular day, one hundred and four (104) unique IP addresses viewed the games. Since it's impossible to know how many people were watching at each IP address, the assumption is that more than 104 people watched the games live on the Internet.

Next came the Fish Toss. There are two divisions in this game. It is divided between the Ladies' Fish Toss and the Men's Fish Toss. Now, the editor was not down on the ground, but the observation from the deck above the Beachcomber was that the winner of the Ladies' division beat everyone else including the men.

View pictures of the Ladies' Fish Toss HERE

View pictures of the Men's Fish Toss HERE

In the middle of all this, as you'll see in the gallery, another visitor took off and headed home.

Five decades for Brian Cole, so some sang him a song.


View Video of the Fish Toss HERE

Here are pictures of the Ladies' and Men's winners:

Next up was the traditional Tug O' War between the Fishchokers and Hayseeders, but the groups were mixed up a little bit this year, and the lines were much more difficult to see who was whom.

View a gallery of Tug O' War pictures HERE

View video of the Tug of War HERE

The winners of the Tug O' War celebrated along with the losers.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 18, 2018

I'm guessing that everyone who celebrated the Great Day, had a dandy time and isn't "suffering" too much this morning from the brown bottle disease. It was an absolutely perfect weekend. Mother Nature delivered big time. Right now I'm showing clear skies, 21°, wind is at 4 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 29.93 inches, and visibility is 6.3 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs around 40°. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows around 18°. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with guss to around 25 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 18, 1911, Irving Berlin copyrights the biggest pop song of the early 20th century.

A century ago, even before the phonograph had become a common household item, there was already a burgeoning music industry in the United States based not on the sale of recorded musical performances, but on the sale of sheet music. It was in the medium of printed paper, and not grooved lacquer or vinyl discs, that songs gained popularity in the first two decades of the 20th century, and no song gained greater popularity in that era than Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” Copyrighted on March 18, 1911, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” was the multimillion-selling smash hit that helped turn American popular music into a major international phenomenon, both culturally and economically.

It may seem like a rather grand claim to make about a simple, catchy tune, but then as now, simple and catchy were great virtues in the realm of pop music. Most people first encountered “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” when it was played on the piano by a friend or family member. This was the way that songs caught on in the era before radio, and part of what helped “Alexander” catch on was its relative lack of complexity. Though nominally a ragtime tune, anyone who plays the piano would quickly recognize the differences between it and a true rag like Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” which places some fairly significant demands on both the left and right hand. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” is a vastly simpler piece for an amateur to master, and this greatly encouraged sheet music sales, which topped 1.5 million copies in the first 18 months after its publication.

Though it gained worldwide popularity purely as a piece of printed sheet music, innumerable recorded versions of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” would soon follow, particularly after lyrics were added to what was originally an instrumental tune. Those lyrics—”Come on and hear, Come on and hear…”—and that tune are still familiar a century after they were written. Some of Irving Berlin’s later contributions to the American popular music canon—songs like “White Christmas,” “God Bless America” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business”—eclipsed even the massive success of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” It’s entirely possible, however, that those 20th-century classics would never have been written were it not for the commercial success that Irving Berlin achieved with the song he copyrighted on this day in 1911.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the flag of the Philippines is the only national flag (besides Bulgaria's) that is flown differently during times of peace or war? In fact, the law which support this change has also a clarification in the case the flag is in hanging position: “If the flag is in hanging position, the blue field shall be to the right (left of the observer) in time of peace, and the red field to the right (left of the observer) in time of war.”

WORD OF THE DAY: polemology (poh-luh-MOL-uh-jee) which means the analysis of human conflict and war, particularly international war. Polemology was first recorded in 1935–40. It comes from Greek pólemos “war” and -logy, a combining form used in the names of bodies of knowledge.

BICS Limericks and Music, 2 p.m. March 16, 2018

After a one year hiatus from this type of activity, the school brought back the St. Patrick's Day theme and had a limerick contest and Irish music. Danny and Danny and friends came to the school, set up their equipment and provided some great Irish music. In addition to the music, one parent demonstrated the Irish dancing and the older generation was not left out of this event. Ed Palmer got involved in not only playing his harmonica, but also did a little Irish dancing himself. Although not all the music was Irish, the entertainment value of the afternoon was par excellence.

The non-Irish music was was great way to get the audience involved. Brother Jim's teaching of the "Unicorn" song as well as the "Bear" song. A few other songs were done in the sing-along style and helped make many smile.

Brother Jim, Danny Johnsten, Danny Gillespie, and Mary Beth

The early audience that swelled into one much larger.

Brother Jim..........Danny, Edward, Mary Beth..........Our superintendent

Danny Gillespie and Mary Beth Kur Left

The superintendent read the six winning limericks.

Irish dancing demonstration by Bridget Wearn Martin

Edward Palmer dances.

View video of this part 1 of the program HERE

View video of this part 2 of the program HERE

Thanks to Bob Hamil for his video camera work on this!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! I have to admit that I did tip a few last night to practice for today (which is why I'm late in posting this). It's going to be a beautiful day for the games downtown. Right now I'm showing clear skies, 21°, wind is at 3 mph from the north, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 29.96 inches, and visibility is 7.4 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. HIghs in the upper 30s. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 17, 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 Contrary to the often used stereotype, Irish people are not in fact the biggest alcohol drinkers in the world. We’re actually fourth on the list after Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. We are, however, the biggest tea drinkers, consuming an average of 1,184 cups per person per year.

WORD OF THE DAY: craic (krak) which means fun and entertainment, especially good conversation and company. Craic is an Irish Gaelic spelling that represents the English pronunciation of English crack and was then taken back into English. English crack was apparently introduced from Scots into Irish English via Northern Ireland (Ulster) in the mid-20th century and was thereafter adopted into Irish Gaelic and Irish English. In Scottish English and in northern English dialect, crack has the sense “chat, gossip,” which may be the source of craic. Alternatively, craic may be a shortening of crack “witty remark, wisecrack.” Craic entered English in the 20th century.

BICS Weekly Update

March 16, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 16, 2018

Made it back to the island safe and sound. Now comes the waiting game. We know "something" is there, like a new baby, it needs a name, so now we wait for my oncologist to call us to come in where she tells us what's going on and what she recommends to do about it. In the meantime, I'm really enjoying my new book "Cancer on $5 a Day (chemo not included)" and am laughing my way through it. I know, I know, I have a really warped sense of humor, but it is getting me through all this.

Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, it's 16°, feels like 8°, wind is at 6 mph from the northwest, with gusts to 10 mph, pressure is steady at 30.13 inches, humidity is at 72%, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph shifting to the west 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows around 19°. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of March 16, 1802 the United States Military Academy is established.

The United States Military Academy–the first military school in the United States–is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science. Located at West Point, New York, the U.S. Military Academy is often simply known as West Point.

Located on the high west bank of New York’s Hudson River, West Point was the site of a Revolutionary-era fort built to protect the Hudson River Valley from British attack. In 1780, Patriot General Benedict Arnold, the commander of the fort, agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 6,000 pounds. However, the plot was uncovered before it fell into British hands, and Arnold fled to the British for protection.

Ten years after the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy in 1802, the growing threat of another war with Great Britain resulted in congressional action to expand the academy’s facilities and increase the West Point corps. Beginning in 1817, the U.S. Military Academy was reorganized by superintendent Sylvanus Thayer–later known as the “father of West Point”–and the school became one of the nation’s finest sources of civil engineers. During the Mexican-American War, West Point graduates filled the leading ranks of the victorious U.S. forces, and with the outbreak of the Civil War former West Point classmates regretfully lined up against one another in the defense of their native states.

In 1870, the first African-American cadet was admitted into the U.S. Military Academy, and in 1976, the first female cadets. The academy is now under the general direction and supervision of the department of the U.S. Army and has an enrollment of more than 4,000 students.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the directors of the film Despicable Me actually wrote their own language for the Ninions called Minionise?

WORD OF THE DAY: dreadnought (DRED-not)
1. A fearless person.
2. A battleship armed with all heavy guns.
3. A thick cloth.
4. A warm garment made of thick cloth.
5. A type of acoustic guitar with a large body and loud sound.
Literally “fear nothing”, from dread (fear), from Old English adraedan, ondraedan (fear) + nought (nothing), from naught, from na (no) + wiht (thing). Earliest documented use: 1573.

Peaine Township Board Meeting Minutes

March 14, 2018

St. James Notice of Truth in Taxation Hearing

St. James 2018 Budget Documents

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 15, 2018

We're off again today. I have to have two MRIs this afternoon. One on my brain to see if Henry has picked up a dance partner and the other on my abdomen to get a better look at my adrenal gland. So glad you're all along on this journey with me. Cancer is so much fun - lots of traveling, you learn new acronyms all the time like PET, MRI, etc, , you meet so many interesting folks - doctors, nurses, other patients, the list goes on and on. It is never a boring journey. HItting a lot of bumps this month it seems, so if the monologue bothers you, perhaps you need to mute me, as I'm going to continue to share what's happening to my body. Ok, enough of me...on to the weather:

Right now it's partly cloudy, 26°, feels like 16°, wind is at 12 mph from the northwest with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 29.77 inches, and visibility is 9.2 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 20% chance of snow showers. Lows around 15°. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 15, 44 BC, the ides of March: Julius Caesar is stabbed.

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 "starboard" comes from the Old English word for the paddles that Vikings used on the right side of their ships to steer: "sterobords." In that spirit, the left side became "larboard"-- from lade, "to load" and board, "side" (ships were loaded from the left side). But later the English thought that larboard sounded too close to starboard to they arbitrarily changed it to 'port".

WORD OF THE DAY: dekko (DEK-oh) which means a look or glance. It is hard to believe that dekko, originally British army slang meaning "to look; a look," is related to dragon. Dekko and dragon both ultimately come from the Proto-Indo-European root derk- (and its variant dṛk-) “to see, look.” The form derk- forms Greek dérkesthai “to look”; the variant dṛk- forms the Greek aorist (a kind of past tense) édrakon “I saw, looked,” the aorist active participle drakṓn “looking,” and the noun drákōn “serpent, (huge) snake,” also the name of a winged mythical monster, half reptilian, half mammalian, whose look could kill. In Sanskrit the root derk- forms the causative verb darśáyati “(he) makes see.” The Sanskrit root darś-, dṛś- develops into the Hindi root dekh- “to see,” which forms the infinitive dekhnā “to see,” and the imperative dekho “look, see.” Dekko entered English in the late 19th century.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

Peaine Township Meeting Agenda

March 14, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

Thanks to Bob Hamil for the video work.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Archives

The editor has been working very hard on getting the files uploaded for the entire year of 2017. The whole process came to end when the indexing program reached its limit of 50,000 files. This meant that there will have to be some things left out of the index. The first that will go from this index are the thousands and thousand of pictures taken and this may make it easier to do a search for specific topics. The pictures will still be available, but they will not be indexed. While working on this today, a copy of one of the 2008 musicals was found, and it is shared below. There was also a copy of a video of Kevin White, Miranda Rooy, and Cindy Gillsepie Cushman with Patti Cull performing Danny Boy. That one is on facebook, but I'm posting it below as another example of the 'blast from the past' list of things. It is about as appropriate as possible considering St. Patrick's Day is this Saturday.


Danny Boy with Kevin White, Patti Cull, Miranda Rooy, and Cindy Gillespie Cushman

Pi Day


What is this all about? It seems obvious to most mathematics teachers and their students that there should actually be a Pi Day, a Pi hour, and a Pi minute. Are you confused yet? Pi is a mathematical symbol that looks like an upside down two-legged, two dimensional table with a a wobbly table top.

Pi (π), the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, is used to represent the most widely known mathematical constant. By definition, pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In other words, pi equals the circumference divided by the diameter (π = c/d).

Today is March 14th, which begins the mathematical ratio, 3.14. The Pi hour would have been at 1 a.m., 3.141, Pi time should be one minute before two a.m. this morning, 3.14159, or written conventionally; 3/14, 1:59 a.m. and actually 26.53 seconds; 3.141592653, but the ration is never ending, so this number along with the idea of celebrating this day is quite irrational.

Whether you call it PI Day or not, BINN wishes you a wonderful day and a delightful evening! More than likely you were asleep when this actually occured!

Barney's Lake in March

Looking across the frozen lake....................Visited by a resident

There are some places that can become very difficult to reach in the winter time, but the hill at Barney's Lake was quite easily traversed to get down to the lake in the second week of March. While all Island people are getting ready for the "Big Day" coming this weekend, there are those that wanted to check out places that haven't been seen for a few months.

View video of Barney's Lake HERE

The Harbor from Rowley's

Longtime resdients Red and Pat Rowley have had to move aware due to health issues, but the editor had been down to their home several times in the past, but not in March through the snow. What a wonderful view of the harbor the Rowley's had.

Using a zoom, we get great views of Whiskey Point, Dahlwhinnie's, and the BIBCO dock and ferries.

Looking back at the house from the shoreline.

Beautiful walking back to the roadway.

View video of the harbor from this location HERE

Blast from the Past

April 15, 2008, "The Castaways"

This is almost ten years ago, but the kids from Pre-school through 12th grade participated in this program in April of 2008. This was done by Miranda Rooy as the music teacher. There are clips available on the beaverislandnewsarchives.com website along with several pictures. The clips have been put together here for this "blast from the past."

This time ten years ago, many hour were put into the rehearsal and the set of this program. It took place at the Holy Cross Parish Hall at 7 p.m. at night.

View a compilation of video clips HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 14, 2018

Mostly cloudy this morning, 21°, feels like 13°, wind is from the west at 7 mph, humidity is at 78%, pressure is rising from 29.99 inches, and visibility is 8.4 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. A 50% chance of snow showers. Lows around 14°. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 14, 1967 JFK's body is moved to a permanent gravesite.

On this day in history, the body of President John F. Kennedy is moved to a spot just a few feet away from its original interment site at Arlington National Cemetery. The slain president had been assassinated more than three years earlier, on November 22, 1963.

Although JFK never specified where he wanted to be buried, most of his family and friends assumed he would have chosen a plot in his home state of Massachusetts. Because JFK was a World War II veteran, he qualified for a plot at Arlington National Cemetery, but he also deserved a special site befitting his presidential status. The spring before he died, President Kennedy had made an unscheduled tour of Arlington and had remarked to a friend on the view of the Potomac from the Custis-Lee Mansion, reportedly saying it was so magnificent I could stay forever. After the assassination, the friend who accompanied JFK to Arlington that day relayed the comment to the president’s brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, who suggested the site to Jacqueline Kennedy, the president’s widow. Jackie, who was responsible for the final decision, toured the site on November 24 and agreed. “He belongs to the people,” she said.

During funeral preparations, the first lady asked if cemetery workers could erect some sort of eternal flame at the gravesite. Cemetery officials scrambled to put together a makeshift Hawaiian torch under a wire dome, covered by dirt and evergreen boughs. The flame was fed by copper tubing from a propane tank situated 300 feet away. After the graveside military ceremony on November 25, Jackie lit the first eternal flame and, a few days later, the gravesite was enclosed with a white picket fence. In December 1963, Jackie Kennedy returned to the grave and was photographed kneeling in prayer among a sea of wreaths and bouquets left by recent visitors.

JFK’s original gravesite attracted 16 million visitors in the first three years after his death. In 1967, the Kennedy family and Arlington officials chose to move JFK’s grave in order to construct a safer, more stable eternal flame and to accommodate the extensive foot traffic caused by tourists. The final resting place, which is only a few feet from the original site, took 2 years to construct, during which time JFK’s body was secretly moved and re-interred in a private ceremony attended by Jackie, his brothers Edward and Robert, and President Lyndon Johnson. The bodies of two of the couple’s children who died at birth were also moved to the new site from graves in Massachusetts. The makeshift propane gas line was replaced with a permanent natural gas line and furnished with a continuous electronic flashing spark that reignites the flame in case it is extinguished by rain or wind. The Kennedy family chose Cape Cod granite flagstones to surround the flame. They also paid the costs of the original burial, but the federal government funded construction of the final site and appropriates money for the plot’s upkeep.

In 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, also a victim of assassination, was buried near his brother. In 1994, Jackie Kennedy died after a battle with cancer and, although she had remarried and again been widowed, was laid to rest next to her first husband, JFK.

William Taft is the only other president besides JFK interred at Arlington.

DID YOU KNOW THAT cats are pretty amazing at jumping; they can jump up to seven times higher than the length of their tail?

WORD OF THE DAY: circumferential (ser-kuhm-fuh-REN-shuh l) which means surrounding; lying along the outskirts. Circumferential nowadays means only “surrounding, on the outskirts or periphery of.” In the late 17th century circumferential had the additional meaning “indirect, roundabout.” Circumferential entered English in the early 17th century.


Just Say Something

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 13, 2018

The sun is waking up - I'm not because my coffee hasn't kicked in yet. Right now I'm showing 27°, feels like 17°, wind is at 11 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 94 %, pressure is steady at 30.08 inches, and visibility is 5.1 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the morning, then isolated snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated snow showers. Lows around 17°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 13, On this day 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 there is an old law in Memphis, Tennessee (probably since recalled) that "a woman is not to drive a car unless a man warns approaching motorists or pedestrians by walking in front of the car that is being driven."

WORD OF THE DAY: limerick (LIM-er-ik) which means A form of humorous five-line verse, such as:

There once was a young man from Kew
Who found a dead mouse in his stew.
Said the waiter, “Don't shout
Or wave it about,
Or the rest will be wanting one too!”

The limerick may be the only traditional form in English not borrowed from the poetry of another language. Although the oldest known examples are in French, the name is from Limerick, Ireland. John Ciardi suggests that the Irish Brigade, which served in France for most of the eighteenth centiry, might have taken the form to France or developed an English version of a French form. ... The contemporary limerick usually depends on a pun or some other turn of wit. It is also likely to be somewhat suggestive or downright dirty." [Miller Williams, "Patterns of Poetry," Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1986]

New Search Engine

In case you did not notice, under the live streaming video notice up above, there is a new "Search the Website" box and ability to search for something that you may not be able to find by looking through this page. The search engine was placed on the website for a couple of reasons. One, emails suggested that some subscribers could not find a specific news story or video, and two, it was time to provide this on more than one of the websites operated by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

There had long been a search box on the Beaver Island News on the 'Net Archives website. with just shy of twenty years of operation. Lots of modern Beaver Island history is available on the archives website, but finding what you are interested in may actually be more difficult if you are not familiar with searching using a "Find" command. A search engine provided by Google was placed on the site several years ago, but just recently, the Google search changed to a situation where you were required to have advertisements, and the "for a fee" site only search became no longer available.

After an extensive search, another search program became available, and, after quite a large learning curve, the search box is now available. It is probably more valuable on the archives website due to many years of information available there, but it is also quite easy to find the proper page for something that you cannot easily find with just a quick look.

The database for this search is something that takes another extra bit of time for the editor, so most times, the search database will not be updated more frequently than every few weeks or months. Hopefully, this will provide you an opportunity for looking for something when you need to find it.

The search engine has been placed on both http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com and on this website. If you are looking for something and can't find it on this website, say for 2015 or 2016, try the archives website.

Around the Horn

March 11, 2018

The sun was shining. It was a beautiful day. The church services were over. The Senior lunch was an option, but there seemed to be something pulling the editor south. Then a nap took precendence. A dream of running spring water entered the imagination. Someone told us about an almost completely blocked Iron Ore Creek. The adventure began, and of the car headed south.

Lots of deer moving on our way south

The road was better than the trip down the island to capture the Mackinaw and the Shamrock/Petroqueen video of their sojourn. The mud was frozen going down the East Side Road. Lots and lots of dead trees and broken off trees were seen, and plowed driveways were noted. No tracks going into this one or that one. Just enjoy the view and the peace and the quiet.

Tracks were observed going in to the Southhead Lighthouse, but Iron Ore Bay called loudly, so on we went to see what we would see. We noticed that the mainland looked so much closer than normal. It must have had something to do with the wind direction, but the photo didn't show the same closeness. Arrival was in full sunshine.

Fox Islands looking closer than normal to the human eye, but not the same with a camera.

There was no culvert visible on the water side of the Iron Ore Creek on the bay

The ice and snow was covered with sand, and it was impossible to know which was sand and which was sand-covered snow.

The inland side of the culvert was visible, but no light coming through.

Ice covered creek with water moving underneath the ice.

View video of the creek here

There were others making the trip around the horn, some going east to west and others going west to east. A chat or two took place in the middle of the roadway, and a good time was had by all. Someone slipped on the icy snow, but all headed back to their vehicles. Someone even checked to make certain that all were okay. Thank you for checking on us!

The scary part was heading up the ice covered hills of the West Side Road, not only one hill, but several. Then the mud from the thawing was encountered, and sliding was not unusual. Coming out at the township airport showed a plane preparing for take-off and lots of deer on the airport property.

View small gallery of deer at the airport HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 12, 2018

My brother, Ron, and his daughter, Kayleigh, are coming home today for a quick visit. They are leaving on Thursday to escape to the warmer weather of their home in Tennessee. Mom is so excited to see her youngest! They will be in for a rude surprise, it's lightly snowing, 27° right now, feels like 17°, wind is at 11 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 29.98 inches, and visibility is 5.1 miles.
TODAY: Snow in the morning, then a chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds at 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of March 12, 2003, 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart is finally found in Sandy, Utah, nine months after being abducted from her family’s home. Her alleged kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell, a drifter who the Smarts had briefly employed at their house, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, were charged with the kidnapping, as well as burglary and sexual assault.

In the middle of the night on June 5, 2002, Elizabeth Smart, then 14 years old, was taken at knifepoint from her bedroom in her parents’ house in the upscale Federal Heights neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Her captor slid into the house undetected after cutting open the screen of an open window. Elizabeth’s younger sister, Mary Katherine, with whom she shared her bedroom, was the only witness to the kidnapping. Mary Katherine did not inform her parents until two hours after the incident, frightened that the man might return for her if she called out to alert them. She was initially unable to identify her sister’s attacker.

Elizabeth was taken to a crude campsite in the woods just three miles from her family’s home–close enough that she could actually hear the voices of searchers calling for her in the days following her abduction. There, it is alleged that Mitchell, who calls himself Emmanuel and professes to be a prophet with his own Mormon sect, sexually assaulted her.

After two months, Smart, who was forced to wear a wig and dress in a robe and veil, was taken to Salt Lake City and appeared in public, but was not recognized. From there, Mitchell and Barzee took Smart to San Diego, where they lived in a series of campsites and under bridges. Finally, the group returned to the Salt Lake City area and, just a couple of hours later, several people recognized Elizabeth. They reported their sightings to police, who immediately followed up on the lead and pulled over a car carrying Mitchell, Barzee and Smart.

Most of the early police investigation into Elizabeth’s disappearance had focused on another suspect, Richard Ricci, who had also once worked as a handyman in the Smart home. Serving time in prison for a parole violation during the investigation, Ricci denied having any involvement in the kidnapping. The trail grew cold after Ricci died in prison of a brain hemorrhage on August 30. Finally in early February 2003, Mary Katherine Smart told her parents she believed another former worker at the Smart home, who called himself Emmanuel, might be Elizabeth’s captor and the Smarts relayed the information to authorities. On February 3, believing that the police were not taking Mary Katherine’s tip seriously, the Smart family called their own press conference to release a sketch of Emmanuel. Several days later, a man contacted police to inform them that Emmanuel was his disturbed stepfather, Brian David Mitchell, and that he believed him to indeed be capable of kidnapping. In the days before finding Elizabeth, the Smarts continued to criticize police for failing to devote enough energy to following up on the lead.

When found, Smart, who called herself Augustine, most likely at the behest of Mitchell, initially denied to police that she was in fact Elizabeth Smart. Undeterred, police took her and her captors in separate cars to the Salt Lake City Police Department, where she was reunited with her family. On March 18, 2003, after Mitchell and Barzee were formally charged, Mitchell’s attorney announced that his client considered taking Elizabeth a call from God. It has since been reported that Mitchell believed Smart was his wife and that the young girl may have suffered from Stockholm syndrome during the nine-month ordeal, answering questions as to why she did not try to escape even though it seemed she had been presented with several opportunities.

Police later discovered that Mitchell had also attempted to kidnap Smart’s cousin several weeks after taking Elizabeth and added that crime to the list of charges against him. Mitchell was declared mentally unfit to stand trial in July 2005 and December 2006; Barzee, who filed for divorce from Mitchell in December 2004, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in the kidnapping in November 2009. On May 25, 2011, after being ruled competent to stand trial in March 2010 and convicted that December, Mitchell was sentenced to life in federal prison.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon?

WORD OF THE DAY: paseo (pah-SEY-oh) which means a slow, idle, or leisurely walk or stroll. The Spanish noun paseo “a stroll” is a derivative of the verb pasear “take a walk,” itself a derivative of pasar “to come past, go past.” Pasar comes from an assumed Vulgar Latin verb passāre “to pass, go on, extend,” which is formed from Latin passus, the past participle of pandere “to unfold, extend, spread out.” The Latin noun passus “a step, pace,” also derived from pandere, is the ultimate source of pace, i.e., “a step,” and the verb pass. Paseo entered English in the 19th century.

Shamrock and Petroqueen Near Dock

After working pretty hard at getting the barge and the tug into the dock, Bud Martin got very close. The Shamrock is tied up next to the old transport barge on Whiskey Point side, and the Petroqueen is directly behind the Shamrock. There was a lot of work that went into getting the barge and tug this far. The video clip above gives a little perspective to that.


Mass from Holy Cross

March 11, 2018

Deacon Paul Fifer from the Diocese of Gaylord and his wife were here for a visit, and Deacon Paul participated in both of the Masses, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The reader on Saturday was Kathleen McNamara Green. Deacon Paul read the Gospel and gave the sermon.

Father Jim Siler

On Sunday morning, Deacon Paul and Father Jim had a server, and Jacque LaFreniere was the reader.

View video of the service HERE

The 52 Lists for Happiness #11

by Cindy Ricksgers


Interesting Historical Perspective of EMS and Dental Practice on the Island

October 2003

This meeting was recorded as part of the BI Historical Society project.  It took place on October 21, 2003.  It represents an amazing group of island residents and summer residents as part of the BIRHC Board and a Peaine Township Hall full of interested persons.  Sometimes, the historical perspectives are most important, and this meeting shows the efforts and the desires of the community and board members at that time.

It also shows and entirely different viewpoint from the modern history regarding both of these entities and the BIRHC board and management.  In this historical meeting the board made certain that the medical knowledge was represented on the committee and advisors related to the dental practice negotiation.  This medical knowledge was seen as necessary for the committee, and that the advisor should be someone knowledgeable in the field.

Discussion also took place about the requirements of the Open Meeting Act and the number of board members present to require the meeting be open to the public.  The decisions were determined to have to be made in an open meeting. Accusations about violation of the Act were presented at this meeting, and these issues continue even today.  The statement was made that the BIRHC is obligated to follow the Freedom of Information Act.  

The board and its leadership in 2003

Joe Moore, Director of EMS, and Angel Welke, on the phone, gave a report on the progress of local licensing of an aircraft for emergency transport of patients.


Some heated discussion took place with Jerry Sowa asking pointed questions about proedures with Don Spencer replying.

Gerald LaFreniere on the board asking about the motions made with Paul Nelson talking about negotiation with the dentist.

The committee to negotiate with the dentist, Dr. Wendy White, was formed to include medical people with Dr. Nelson as an advisor.

Questions are asked about public input and Open Meetings Act and FOIA

Dr. White asks about others coming to provide care: "Will they need to pay based upon census?"

Eula Thomas asks a question.

View video of this historic meeting HERE

Early Elementary Raises Funds

The early elementary students are hosting a coin drive! We need your help. Please empty your change jars in one of our drop boxes. All proceeds will go to Caitlin Boyle’s Medical Fund. Watch our video to find out more about the project and how it works. Come on Beaver Island, let’s “be the change”.




Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Annual Meetings

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

for February 2018


St. James Township Meeting Video


View video of this meeting HERE

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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BIRHC Board Meeting

March 10, 2018

This story was written and completed last night, but a notification was received that the story had been modified outside of my computer. You may talk about being quite numbed by a statement like this. Was it a hack? Who would want to hack Beaver Island News on the 'Net? Anyway, the server immediately erased the modification made without my knowledge, and this story disappeared. Mysterious, isn't it?

With the memorial service taking place yesterday, the normal 10 a.m. starting time was moved to 9 a.m., so those wishing to attend could make the service. Perhaps, the most interesting part of this meeting was the decision to decrease the number of board members from nine to seven. It was determined to do this by attrition, so the next two expiring terms would not be replaced. These two terms will be Connie Wojan and Denny Cook as stated in the meeting.

Another important report was given about the status of the dental services on the island. The negotiations are still underway, but it is likely that the dental care services will be available in July or August, based upon the negotiations and the completion of another dental facility on the mainland that possibly makes equipment available.

Here is the news release passed out at the meeting: (Note that there is one mistake in this paper. The meeting date was the 10th of February.)

View video of the meeting HERE

Many thanks to Pam Grassmick for her video work at this meeting.

Dick Burris Memorial Gathering at Holy Cross at 11 a.m.

This service was quite an amazing glimpse into the life of Richard E. Burris. First of all, the entire service had been written by Dick Burris more than forty years ago. Imagine writing your own funeral service!

Even the music was picked by Dick Burris, and the songs were played from the Internet connection or had been downloaded in advance. Tammy McDonough was in charge of playing the songs from her Apple device and playing it using the microphone in the choir loft so all could hear it.

The sermon, the readings, the music, and the prayers were written by Dick Burris. Cynthia Hector Johnson read the memorial posted on facebook and on this website including a wonderful poem written by Robert Cole.

The front of the church near the altar.

Some diving buddies of Dick

The lectern

Father Jim describes the service as written by Dick Burris.......Jacque LaFreniere does the scripture readings.

Cynthia J read the memorial message and poem

Father Jim Siler read the sermon and comments written by Dick Burris.

View video of the service HERE

Aidan Gallagher, Tour Video and Interview September 2002

Robert Cole interviews Adidan Gallagher on his first trip to Beaver Island from Arranmore. This interview is part of the oral history project by the Beaver Island Historical Society. The tour included the Print Shop Museum as well as the Holy Cross Cemetary. The tour is followed by an interview about life on Arranmore.

View video of the interview and tour HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

March 9th, 2018

Lego Club 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10th    
Lego Club at the Beaver Island District Library on Saturday March 10th at 1:00 pm.

BICS Board Committee Meetings Next Week
Finance March 12th 8:30 a.m.
Regular Board Meeting March 12th 7 p.m.
Come and participate in the fun! 

3rd-6th Grade Basketball Starts March 12th
March 12th is the beginning of the Elementary basketball season.  If your child is planning on attending please have their permission slips turned in to the office by Monday morning.

BICS Competes in Quiz Bowl March 16th
Area schools compete in an academic Quiz Bowl competition hosted by North Central Michigan College in Petoskey and organized by Dave Snyder. NCMC provides the classrooms and lunch in the college cafeteria! The competition consists of a tournament with games where two teams at a time buzz in answering challenging questions from many different categories. Each team consists of 4 or more students. There are usually 5 competitions throughout the school year. BICS adviser, Mrs. Connie Boyle, selects 4 high school students to compete. They are students who do well in their academic studies at BICS and are interested in team competition

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities & Concert March 16th
Come join in the fun!  On Friday, March 16th 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, see a demonstration of traditional Ceili dancing by Bridget Martin and enjoy a lively concert by Danny, Danny & Brother Jim!  Please spread the word!  Everyone is welcome! Come one!  Come all! Cead Mile Failte’!

Have a Fantastic Weekend!

Interview of Anna Dowell Hammond 4-1-2004

This is another digitized video in the oral history project of the the Beaver Island Historical Society. This interview was completed by Robert Cole. Anna Dowell Hammond lived in Ireland and went to school on Arranmore. she talks about the Beaver Island people being so much like the people on Arranmore. Her father was from Glasgow and her mother from Arranmore. The parents separated and the sons went with the father and the daughters went with the mother. She lived in a convent. She describes Robert Cole as "the face of Ireland."

View this interview HERE

Richard E. "Dick" Burris--In Memoriam

Dick Burris -- In Memoriam
The island says goodbye this week to one of it’s most beloved members, Dick Burris. A fixture on Beaver since moving there in 1973, Dick seemed to live more in one life than most people could in
several. A legendary bricklayer, stonemason, and concrete wizard, his beautiful craftsmanship can be seen in dozens of homes, fireplaces, grottos, benches and other structures around the island; as well as throughout his hometown of Lapeer, MI, where he was born on March 27, 1929, growing up on a farm. He later served in the US Army at the age of 27, when he was already married with four kids.

Dick was also a veteran diver who explored shipwrecks and reefs around the Beaver Island archipelago and much further away as part of his many travels to the Caribbean islands, Cuba, Mexico, Central America, and South America. He could tell you the location and history of every wreck around northern Lake Michigan and beyond as if it were written on the back of his burly hand. He attacked life, work, and adventure with equal passion; and as many of his friends remember, shared his skills, knowledge, wisdom and stories with great generosity. He gave a lot of people a hand up in their trade when they were coming up the ladder, and was a friend and mentor to so very many. Dick donated his time and expertise to countless projects and organizations around the island over the decades, always giving, always available when needed.

He was rarely if ever seen without a smile. When asked how he kept one on his face so often, he said “My smile comes from a constant loop of good memories running through my mind.” His body was as strong as his spirit, with him still laying stone and pouring concrete at the age of 87. Some may remember a photo of him carrying a cement mixer on his shoulder at a job site, a testament to the stuff he was made of. Time and the wear and tear of the masonry business may have bent his posture some, but no one could deny how tall he walked as a man and human being.

This remembrance can’t begin to encompass all that Dick was and did in his long life. Everyone that knew him has a story or several about him, unique to the way he touched them with his character, his sense of humor, and the way he lived his life. He never stopped eating up life with the appetite of a man who couldn’t get enough of it, a dynamo that it seemed would never slow down. About the prospect of retiring, he once said, “You’ll read my retirement notice in the obituaries.”

Dick Burris was father to Jean Ann, Arnold, Susie, Roger, Danny, Sandra, Sherry, and Galen, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He leaves behind his wife Amy, who worked, loved, lived, and laughed alongside him every step of the way over nearly two decades together. A memorial and celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 11 am, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. Memorial contributions can be made to the Beaver Island Hospice in memory of Dick.

And finally, a little poem in honor of our dear friend...

The things you built will never fall --
with stones and brick and concrete, all.
You dove great depths in exploration
of history’s ships and God’s creation.

You built a life with grit and song.
Your smile was as bright as your hands were strong.
You ran toward adventure, straight and true,
from the shores of Cuba to the peaks of Peru.

You gave of yourself to all that needed,
and many learned from your wisdom, when heeded
You lived a long life, but never got old.
When they cast you, Dick, they broke the mold.

~ Robert Cole



Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

Island Treasures Resale

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

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


March 2018 Bulletin from Holy Cross


Christian Church Bulletin

March 11, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule


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