B.I. News on the 'Net, March 14-20, 2016

52 Lists Project #12

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 20, 2016

Happy First Day of Spring! (although this morning it's debateable, depending if you celebrated too much yesterday or if this mornings temperature doesn't really remind you of the season.) Right now I'm showing 23°, clear skies, wind at 3 mph from the west, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 1024 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated snow showers in the evening and then scattered snow showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of March 20, 1961 - Ricky Nelson recorded "Hello Mary Lou."

Did you know that cats have a peripheral vision of 285 degrees?

Word of the day: renascent (ri-NAS-uh nt, -NEY-suh nt) which means being reborn; springing again into being or vigor. Renascent, like its linguistic cousin renaissance, can be traced to the Latin nāscī meaning "to be born." It entered English in the mid-1600s.

St. Patrick's Day Games 1 p.m. Saturday

The Beaver Island St. Patrick's Day Games took place on Saturday, March 19, 2016, beginning around 1 p.m. on the main drag down by the hardware store, the Erin Motel, the Shamrock and the Beaver Island Boat Company. Thanks go out to the Erin Motel for the Internet access and to the Chamber of Commerce for the back-up Internet connection. Thank you also to the Lakesports for use of their outside electricity. These games were live streamed on the Internet with the live feed beginning near noon and ending somewhere around 3:30 p.m. Seventy people or more viewed the live stream on the Internet today. There were 133 visits for viewing the live stream of the video for the games today.

There were the typical games today, which all started with the Shopping Cart Race. There were several stops along the way beginning with the tire run, dressing in required clothing as quickly as possible, passing the orange from under your chin without using your hands, guessing an item like in Pictionary, jumping rope, singing a song as a group into a microphone, picking a ping pong ball out of a nasty mixture, taking a green shot, then finishing with the cooperative four person ski walk. Here are some pictures of the Shopping Cart Race.

View album of pictures of the Shopping Cart Race HERE

Deb Bousquet's Shopping Cart Race Pictures HERE

Video of the Shopping Cart Race HERE

After the Shopping Cart Race, the traditional Fish Toss comes next. The grand champion of the event from last year was not present this year due to an injury in the family, so there were many opportunities for a new champion for the men. Holding on to a frozen fish, figuring out how best to send it flying, and then completing the process for the longest toss of the fish--at least, that is the idea.

View album of pictures of the Fish Toss HERE

Deb Bousquet's Fish Toss Pictures HERE

Video of the Fish Toss HERE

The last outside game is the Tug of War with the Hayseeders against Fish Chokers, and this year the participants were in equally matched for a while until the larger mass of one team won out.

View a few pictures of the Tug of War HERE

Deb Bousquet's Tug of War Pictures HERE

Video of the Tug of War HERE

Happy St. Patrick's Day

View small gallery of images HERE


The Beaver Island Friends of Veterans held a raffle on a basket including all the goodies for a good old-fashioned corned beef dinner, a bottle of Jamison, Guinness and few Irish goodies on Friday, November 18. The drawing was held at 7:30 PM at Stoney Acres. The lucky winner of the basket was Joe Fredricks of Grand Rapids.

We would like to thank all who bought tickets on this basket.  The proceeds will be used to help sponsor the many projects the organization holds in the community.

Susie Fisher

Susie Fisher is currently in the hospital and not up to visitors, but I am sure she would appreciate a card or a prayer. She may be moved to another hospital when possible.

Mary "Susie" Fisher
c/o Lutheran Hospital
Room 357
7950 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Ft. Wayne, IN 46804

Corner #16

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 19, 2016

Chilly this morning at 26°, feels like 16°, but the skies are clear for the games this afternoon. Wind is at 10 mph from the east, humidity is at 74%, pressure is rising from 1026 mb, and visibility is 10+ miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the upper 30s. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows around 15°. Light winds.

On this date of March 19, 1931 - The state of Nevada legalized gambling.

Did you know that Monopoly is the most played board game in the world?

Word of the day: desiccate (DES-i-keyt) which means to become thoroughly dried or dried up. Desiccate stems from the Latin word siccus meaning "dry." It entered English in the mid-1500s.

Leaving Beaver Island

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 18, 2016

It's a wee bit invigorating this morning at 30°, windchill 21°, wind is at 11 mph from the NE, humidity is at 85%, pressure is rising from 1017 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Isolated snow showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 30s. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows around 17°. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 18, 1881 - Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Gardens.

Did you know that the brand Nokia is named after a place in Southern Finland?

Word of the day: amaranthine (am-uh-RAN-thin) which means 1) unfading; everlasting 2) of purplish-red color Amaranthine comes from the Greek word amáranton meaning "unfading flower," formed from the Greek maraínein, "to fade" and ánthos, "flower." It entered English in the mid-1600s.

BICS at Model UN

Story and Pictures by Adam Richards

MAMUN stands for Mid-American Model United Nations. There are about 500 high school students from around the Great Lakes region. Schools have delegations of students representing countries, with individuals responsible for particular committees (environmental, science and technology, political, human rights, and more).

It takes 5-8 students to "have" a country. Some schools have 1 and others have several. Students have been researching their country/countries,, getting to know not only what they are like on a cultural and economic level, but also how they have interacted and continue to interact with other states on the international level. . Students research very challenging documents which are a result of real, past UN procedures. . Each committee handles four issues, as well as resolutions regarding these issues. . As the committees go about debating and discussing the resolutions. There are also many amendments that arise.- through the impetus of the delegates.

The students with me are seniors Zack Bousquet and Sarah Avery - both in their second year, juniors Simeon Richards and Tessa Jones - also second year, sophomore Forrest Avery - second year, and fresh woman Sveta Stebbins first year.

t is tough to succinctly describe what exactly the kids are doing today as they bounce back and forth between plenary sessions and crisis groups, but needless to say: it is intense and gives their advisor chills. I would elaborate on the ways in which their diligent concern for accuracy, alliance, (simulated) state sovereignty, and personal interaction coalesce into a team with an engine but,,,I think I will let them do that. My role here is to ask them questions, point things out, make some reminders, steer them, kick their (figurative) rumpusses a bit, and help them to feel oriented to what the heck is going on.

They are doing well. I am really, really proud of them. It is not uncommon to hear people say that Beaver Island kids don't get enough exposure to the mainland, and they don't know how to make it or how to interact with others. Hmmmm... Maybe it would be more accurate to say that, IF someone has high anxiety, the quaintness of BI might increase their uncomfortability with unfamiliarity... Idk.

What I DO know is that I just sat down after watching every single one of our Libyans caucusing, questioning, and straight-up schmoozing with the best of 'em. They're passing notes, wheeling and dealing, bickering with purpose, supporting, doubting, and scribbling furiously. You'd never believe that they were from an town with the same number of inhabitants as there are peers doing the same international politickin'. I am really really proud of them.

Great Video-A Real Tear Jerker

The Essence of Beaver Island

View on YouTube

Environmental Bacteria Across Lake Michigan

Michigan case of bacterial bloodstream infection matches cluster in Wisconsin

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed that a blood culture isolate from a Michigan resident matches an ongoing outbreak in Wisconsin. MDHHS was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the match on Friday, March 11. The Wisconsin outbreak consists of bloodstream infections caused by a bacteria called Elizabethkingia anophelis. The Michigan case resulted in the death of an older adult with underlying health conditions in West Michigan.

“Michigan has worked closely with the CDC and Wisconsin Health Department to alert our provider community about the Wisconsin outbreak and to ensure early recognition of potential cases in our state,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of the MDHHS. “Timely diagnosis is key to ensuring patients receive appropriate treatment, and we will continue to provide updates and guidance as additional information becomes available.”

Elizabethkingia is a genus of bacteria commonly found in the environment and has been detected in soil, river water and reservoirs. However, it rarely makes people sick. Illness associated with Elizabethkingia typically affects people with compromised immune systems or serious underlying health conditions. Most outbreaks associated with Elizabethkingia are healthcare-associated. There are few reports of community-acquired infections.

Elizabethkingia infections are often difficult to treat with antibiotics.  These bacteria tend to be resistant to many of the antibiotics physicians may use to treat infections, so early recognition of the bacteria is critical to ensure patients receive appropriate treatment. The signs and symptoms of illness that can result from exposure to the bacteria can include fever, shortness of breath, chills or cellulitis. Confirmation of the illness requires a laboratory test.

To date, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health has detected 54 cases of Elizabethkingia infection among patients located in southeastern and southern Wisconsin.  The majority of these individuals are over the age of 65 years, and all have had serious underlying health conditions.  Seventeen of the patients have died, but it has not yet been determined whether the deaths were caused by the bacterial infection, the patients’ underlying health conditions, or both.

After the call for cases from Wisconsin, the MDHHS sent a Health Alert to providers on February 8, which asked providers and laboratories to review records for Elizabethkingia specimens identified since January 1, 2014. On February 29, the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories identified Elizabethkingia in a recently submitted blood sample. That isolate was then forwarded to CDC for additional testing. The MDHHS is facilitating medical record reviews and interviews.

The MDHHS will continue to work with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and the CDC to identify the source of the bacteria. Providers and laboratories should continue to immediately report the isolation of Elizabethkingia to the MDHHS by calling 517-335-8165, and retain available isolates for confirmatory testing by MDHHS BOL and CDC.

For case counts and more information about the Wisconsin outbreak, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/elizabethkingia.htm.

Timeout for Art: Another Perspective

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 17, 2016

“Céad Mile Fáilte” to one of the most special days of the year! Had a terrible time getting to sleep last night and as a result, really slept in this morning. It's 34° outside this morning and feels like 23°, there are a few little flecks of the white stuff being blown about by the wind which is at 21 mph from the SW with gusts to 34 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 999 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Rain and snow showers in the morning, then rain showers and snow showers likely in the afternoon. Little or no accumulation. Highs in the upper 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Rain and snow showers likely in the evening, then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the north after midnight. Gusts up to 25 mph.

On this date of March 17, 0461 - Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. Ireland celebrates this day in his honor. In 1756 - St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time. The event took place at the Crown and Thistle Tavern.

Did you know that Brazil is named after a tree?

Word of the day: hibernian (hahy-BUR-nee-uh n) of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland or its inhabitants; Irish. Hibernian derives from the Latin name for Ireland, Hibernia. It entered English in the early 1600s.

Holy Week Services

Beaver Island Christian Church

Good Friday Service 4:30 pm

Easter Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Easter Brunch 11:45 a.m.

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Holy Thursday 7 p.m.

Good Friday "Stations" at noon, followed by services

Easter Vigil 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Lighthouse Fellowship

Easter Sunday 10:00 a.m.

BI Robot Club Presentation to BICS Board

This group students with their adult helpers made an amazing accomplishment at the robotics competition. The placque and trophy was presented to the BICS Board after the presentation by Kevin Boyle and students. Here is the presentation:

Within the presentation above are a couple of links to help fund the robotics club in their activities. You can do so by making a donation or by purchasing a tee-shirt. Here are those links:

Become a sponsor

Buy a Tee-Shirt

You can also view a video clip of the competition at the following link:

Video Clip

BICS Board Meeting

March 14, 2016

The BICS Board of Education meeting took place on March 15, 2016, with all members present except Susan Myers, who was ill. The meeting was chaired by Jessica Anderson. The meeting began with the usual approval of minutes and was followed by a presentation regarding the BICS Art students showing at the old library in Charlevoix. This was following by a presentation about the robotics group and their successes at the competition. Both events were well received and both presentations included electronic slide shows. If and when the permission is given for use of these presentations, they will be posted here on BINN.

Link to Video of the 2.5 Hour Meeting

And How It Went

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 16, 2016

The sky is leaking this morning, and probably for a good share of the day. Right now I'm showing 37°, windchill of 26°, wind at 24 mph from the east with gusts up to 32 mph, humidity is at 93%, pressure is falling from 1001 mb, and visibility is at 8.4 miles. Today: Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then rain showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the mid 40s. East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 55 mph shifting to the southeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Cloudy. Rain showers likely in the evening, then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

On this date of March 16, 1963 - "Puff The Magic Dragon" was released by Peter, Paul and Mary.

Did you know that a group of owls is called a parliament?

Word of the day: skulduggery (skuhl-DUHG-uh-ree) which means dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery. Skulduggery is an Americanism that arose in the early 1700s. Beyond that, its origin is uncertain, though etymologists suggest that it may be related to the Scots word sculduddery meaning "fornication."

Easter Brunch Invitation

The Stone House on Beaver Island

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 15, 2016

I'm showing 34° this morning, foggy, wind at 5 mph from the NE, humidity is at 99%, pressure is at 1011 mb and steady, and visibility is at .5 miles. Today: Cloudy in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. Widespread fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 50s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with rain showers after midnight. Breezy. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 15, 44 BC - Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by high ranking Roman Senators. The day is known as the "Ides of March."

Did you know that a group of kangaroos is called a mob?

Word of the day: wordmonger (WURD-muhng-ger) which means a writer or speaker who uses words pretentiously or with careless disregard for meaning. Wordmonger entered English in the late 1500s. The word monger means "a dealer in or trader of a commodity" or "a person who is involved with something in a petty or contemptible way" and it is frequently used in combination, as in the terms fishmonger and gossipmonger.

Obituary for Mary Margaret Isabelle Bass

Today we celebrate the life of Mary Margaret Isabelle Bass, loving wife, mother, god-mother, aunt and friend to many. She went to be with the Lord March 11, 2016. Known by most as Muggs Bass, she was the daughter of Frank and Nellie O’Donnell and sister to Charlie, Richie, Ronnie, Beverly and Carol-Ann. She is survived by her loving husband Bob Bass to whom she was married for 48 years, four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; in addition to her sisters and spouses Bev and Gary Cantwell, Carol and Doug Bunting, and brother, Richie. Doug and Gary we’re known to poke fun with Muggs often and each claims to be the favorite brother-in-law. The family declined to comment in regards to the claim. Were we to mention all of her nieces, nephews, God-children (Brenda Vistain, Colleen Sellers, Amy Uhll and Pam Grasskmick), cousins and friends, we’d have to add additional pages. Suffice it to say she was loved by more than many. She will be most remembered for her great Catholic faith in Jesus Christ. She sang and prayed for countless people during the hours of 3-4AM. She was also known to hold vigils by candlelight with her sisters, daughter-in-law and nieces before heading to town.

She desired to share this anonymous Irish Blessing:

“I wish you not a path devoid of clouds, nor a life on a bed of roses. Not that you might never need regret, nor that you should never feel pain, No, that is not my wish for you.

My wish for you is: That you might be brave in times of trial, When others lay crosses upon your shoulders. When mountains must be climbed, And chasms are to be crossed, When hope can scarce shine through. That every gift God gave you might grow along with you. And let you give your gift of joy to all who care for you.

That you may always have a friend who is worth that name. Whom you can trust, And who helps you in times of sadness, Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.

One more wish I have for you: That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you.

This is my wish for you and for all who care for you, Now and forever.”

And Muggs put this final touch on the blessing: “Now go hit the Pub and get over it!”

Visitation/Vigil & Funeral Information

Visitation & Vigil – Friday May 13, 2016

Holy Cross Catholic Church

6PM Visitation

7PM Vigil

Friends and Family are encouraged to come and share stories and memories

Muggs asked her son: “You know what the first three letters in the word funeral spell?”

Funeral & Procession Immediately Following – Saturday May 14, 2016

Holy Cross Catholic Church 11AM

Muggs requested that in lieu of flowers that you please make donations to:

Ellen Welke Fund – make checks payable to Holy Cross Catholic Church – send to: Holy Cross Catholic Church 37860 Kings Highway Beaver Island 49782

Beaver Island Hospice Care – Make checks payable to Beaver Island Hospice Care send to: Sandy LoDico – 27400 Paid Een Og Road Beaver Island 49782

Eight Senior Meals

The COA Senior Meals Program is still well underway with some pretty tasty options available. Six of these senior meals were consumed at Stoney Acre Grill and two at Dahlwhinnie's. The only reason for more at Stoney's was that there were more people at the table, and a photo was taken of all of them before the consumption of the food was begun. Thank you all for waiting for me to take the cellphone pictures!

The senior tickets for meals are available at the Community Center from Ann Partridge, and the food shown here was all excellent. The two with the applesauce are from Dahlwhinnie's. The rest are from Stoney.

View pictures of senior meals HERE

BICS Board Packet for 3/14/16

Monday: Report

by Cindy Ricksgers

Bypassing the Local EMS

An Editorial by Joe Moore

This article contains editorial material as well as the specific definitions and is a reply to some of the information that may be misunderstood by those making decisions about their personal or family emergency medical transport. As such, it is editorial in nature. You may choose to follow the propaganda or view the facts.

Some Facts about Emergency Air Transport-Part 1

Some Facts about Emergency Air Transport-Part 2

Some Facts about Emergency Air Transport-Part 3

Donations to EMS and St. James Township

Received this past week, two checks in the amount of $1000 each were sent as a donation by Ken and Judy Taylor. Beaver Island EMS is planning to dedicate this donation to purchase of training materials for the future medical first responder and emergency medical technicians classes to be offered on the island. The newest American Heart Association 2015 "CPR for Healthcare Providers" training materials have already been ordered, bringing the outdated training materials up-to-date.

the $1000 donation for the fire department was sent to Bill Haggard and St. James Township. Mr. Taylor had suggested that this money could go to pay the volunteers who are finishing the inside of the addition to the firehall, but this has not been determined at this time.

Thank you, Ken and Judy! Your donations are appreciated!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 14, 2016

It's lightly raining out, and hopefully taking the last of the snow (although I do know we'll get hit with more of the white stuff before winter is totally gone). Right now it's 35°, wind is at 3 mph from the ESE with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 1006 mb, and visibility is at 4.5 miles. Today: Patchy fog in the morning. Rain showers in the morning, then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Light winds.

On this date of March 14, 1900 - U.S. currency went on the gold standard with the ratification of the Gold Standard Act.

Did you know that a group of rhinos is called a crash?

Word of the day: apostasy (uh-POS-tuh-see) which means a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc. Apostasy can be traced to the Greek apostasis meaning "a standing away." It entered English in the mid-1300s.

Senior Dinner 3/13/16

Just shy of thirty people attended today's Senior Dinner at the Beaver Island Community Center beginning at 11 a.m. The number grew as the the diners were joined by parents and students and friends of the Beaver Island Community School Strings Program.for a Strings concert.

Strings Concert at 11:30 a.m. on 3/13/16

View Gallery of Pictures HERE

View Video of the performances HERE

Excerpts of Mass at Holy Cross 3/13/16

In preparation for Holy Week, News on the 'Net livestreamed the Mass from Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island today, March 13, 2016. The livestream worked just fine and was available live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv. The plans are to live stream each service from Holy Cross Church beginning with Palm Sunday and include Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter morning service. The purpose of providing this service was two-fold, but many additional reasons could be suggested. If you are away from home, BINN would like you to have some connection with your home during this special week at Holy Cross on Beaver Island. Another reason is that some on the island are unable to attend the services, but might want to participate through the Internet live stream.

Twenty-two individuals tuned in to watch the first live stream of a Holy Cross Mass. This is 22 unique IP addresses, but there is no way to know if more than one person was viewing at each IP address.

Excerpts of the Mass in video HERE

The 52 Lists Project #11

by Cindy Ricksgers

Think They'll Notice

These two spooning eagles are just sitting on the ice fairly close to from shoreline.

Small gallery of pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 13, 2016

Hopefully everyone remembered to reset their clocks last night. Spring forward. Colorful sunrise this morning, hopefully someone was out and about with a camera as none of the webcams in town were directed that way. Right now it's 36°, feels like 28°, wind is at 14 mph from the east with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: chance of rain in the evening, then rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of March 13, 1884 - Standard time was adopted throughout the U.S.

Did you know that a group of frogs is called an army?

Word of the day: saturnine (SAT-er-nahyn) which means sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn. Saturnine derives from the name of the planet Saturn, which in turn was named after the Roman god Saturnus. The original sense of the word had an astrological meaning, and referred to a person who was born under the influence of Saturn. Saturnine entered English early 1400s.

Eagles on the Ice of the Harbor

View gallery of these pictures and others

Thanks to Yvonne Crandall for the phone call telling us about the eagles on the ice.

Chili Cookoff, Alumni Basketball, Cheerleaders

Robotics Demo, and Parent Recognition

This was a busy night on a Lenten Friday afternoon and early evening with all of these things necessary to get in due to so many basketball games being canceled due to the weather. Lot and lot of good food combined with these other many things made the night really fun, interesting, and yummy.

Chili examples.......Lighthouse School participation......Lines of food


View a gallery of pictures Here

Video HERE

"Muggs" Bass Passes Away

Margaret O'Donnell Bass Dies

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Phyllis Gregg Moore wrote:

"There is a new angel in heaven today, with a bright, shiny halo and red hair. Beaver Island's much loved "Muggs" has shed her earthly bonds. She truly exemplified the character and integrity of a true Christian and everyone who knew her and met her, saw the Christian love she embodied, the love, giving of ones self, and the caring way of life she lived was so contagious. She was very devoted to her Lord and Savior and to her family. She lived life to the fullest. Muggs was many things to many people, but most of all she was light and love. Although there are many, many tears, along with them are smiles. It's impossible to think of Muggs and not smile. She brought all of us so much happiness. Her strength was amazing and something a lot of us truly envied. Muggs isn't gone, she will live on forever in our hearts and memories."




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

January 28, 2016

Video of the meeting HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

January 11, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

February 8, 2016

Video is available HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

January 13, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

January 21, 2016

View video of this short meeting HERE

February 10, 2016

Video available HERE

March 9, 2016

View Video of the Meeting Here

St. James Township Meeting Video

View video of the meeting HERE

December 2, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

View video of this meeting HERE

February 3, 2016

Video can be viewed HERE

March 2, 2016

Video of the meeting available HERE.

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
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Sat 9am-9pm
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Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) Crackdown

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Traffic Enforcement Campaign

Sheriff Don Schneider joins with the OHSP in this traffic enforcement campaign to attempt to lower the number of traffic casualties and serious injuries due to alcohol use and lack of seat belt use during the next few weeks to cover March Madness basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods and St. Patrick's Day.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor by Bill Hirschey
(The following is the opinion of the writer and not BINN.)

This letter is in regard to the recent showing(s) of National Geographic television series entitled “The Boonies-Living Off the Grid.”  I watched the various episodes and as a citizen, resident, taxpayer, etc, of Beaver Island “came away” very disgusted with National Geographic and their portrayal of our home.

Personalities aside, Dan Burton, I would suspect was doing what he was paid to do.  National Geographic made “us” and the island out to be one of the most outcast, primitive “off the grid” places in America.  At no time did they mention that Mr. Burton, in his quest to survive the winter, was within walking distance of a Spartan grocery store that was rated #1 in the State of Michigan last year. In addition, we never saw, or more importantly, the millions of viewers never saw, our K-12 top-rated school with its facilities and sports programs including basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams, as well as other clubs and activities.

Nor was anything shown of our four churches, community center with theater, etc, post office and bank within walking distance, and our excellent and well staffed medical center and EMS, two superior quality airlines, the Beaver Island Boat Company, the numerous restaurants, motels, gift shops, a very top-notch Do-It-Best Hardware store.  Nor did it show the highly rated veterinary office on those premises.  Nor was there any mention of our outstanding volunteer fire department, gasoline service station, the county garage with personnel and equipment to maintain the streets and roads, two top-of-the-line marinas, the general contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc, available.  And it doesn’t end here as you and I, the “rest of us” know, three automotive repair shops, car rentals, and full time deputy sheriff.

At the present time, a great deal of the economy of the island is based upon tourism, retirees, etc.  This or these presentations certainly didn’t portray our island as being a great place to visit or spend a vacation.  No mention was made of the beautiful beaches open to the public, the birding and walking trails, the hunting for deer, turkey, grouse, squirrel and rabbits, and the outstanding sport fishing with guides available.

The program should have been prefaced with the following:


I’m also wondering why our Chamber of Commerce hasn’t made any comments about this.  I’d really like to see this letter passed on to the National Geographic channel.

Historical Society Schedule for 2016

Great Lakes Monthly Lake Levels Report for the Month of February 2016

Previously broadcast on WVBI

Every month the Corps of Engineers in Detroit publishes reports on the Great Lakes water level for all five lakes and summarized the inflows to the lakes from rain,  snow plus inflows  from Canada and flows out the Chicago River  and Lake Ontario.

Every  February the Corps also publishes a review of the previous years data and last year was one of the more interesting on record.   We all remember that Lake Michigan experienced record low water levels in January 2013 but the water levels  quickly rose 3-feet in 2013 and 2014.  Last July the lake peaked at 579.79 feet above sea level, the highest level since August of 1998.  In the November-December time frame the lake levels slightly  increased only the 12th time that has happened in the 98 years that records have been kept.  When you consider the rise and fall of Lake Michigan remember that each inch of water represents 390 billion gallons of water. 

For the month of February the precipitation to Lakes Michigan-Huron was near average.  The lake is 11-inches above it’s long term average,  39-inches above the record lows and 22-inches below the March record low in 1986. 

Bob Tidmore

Book Review

by Joe Moore

"Viejo and the Ranger" by Cliff Hudgins is not just another western. Although starting in Virginia in the years after the Civil War, it quickly moves to Texas. The main character is a preacher's son, who returns to his home from his job in his successful general store to find his entire family has been killed, and, by the local, not so lawful, law enforcement officers. The story progresses as the main character becomes just like the murderers that took his family, but the story takes a very interesting turn when the Texas Ranger and Viejo manage to meet up with him. This story will evoke every possible emotion as you read it. As you approach the end, you will be in tears, and then you will be overwhelmed with joy and happiness as the last page is read.

This is, by far, the right book to read during the Lenten season, and it will keep you completely immersed in it from the first chapter to the end.

Beaver Island Community School Wins Sumdog Math Contest!

The students in grades K-7 participated in the Sumdog Math Contest for Charlevoix-Emmet county.  BICS won 1st place in the contest!  As the winning school, BICS was awarded 30 free subscriptions to the website, which will give teachers and students additional features and will unlock more fun math activities.

The contest lasted one week and students went online to answer as many math problems as possible.  Each student receives a point for each correct answer. The school with the most points wins!

Beaver Island had 7 of the Top Ten Winners of the entire contest.  First place, with 921 correct answers, was Mackenzie Martin.  Elisha Richards took third place with 847. Anderson Brissette, Michah Richards, Gage Anderson, Will Nix and Chris Vanthof were all Top Ten Winners. Congratulations to all!

Our students proved once again that.....

Math is Fun!  Math is Everywhere!

Although the contest is over, students are encouraged and able to continue to use the Sumdog website. (from Connie Boyle)

CBS News-Mugs Bass Story

from November 9, 2010

Read it Here

Beaver Island Primary Results

St. James Township had 112 votes cast. Peaine Township had 109 votes cast. The total primary participants for Beaver Island was 221.

St James Township Republican Party Results

Ted Cruz

John Kasich

Marco Rubio
Donald Trump

St James Township Democratic Paty Results

Hilary Clinton
Martin O'Malley
Bernie Sanders

Peaine Township Republican Party Results

Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Marco Rubio
Donald Trump

Peaine Township Democratic Party Results

Hilary Clinton
Bernie Sanders

Total Results for Beaver Island

Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Marco Rubio
Donald Trump
Uncommitted Repub
Hilary Clinton
Martin O'Malley
Bernie Sanders
Uncommitted Demo


Beaver Island  Compared to State of Michigan Primary Results
Beaver Island
State of Michigan
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Marco Rubio
Donald Trump
Hilary Clinton
Bernie Sanders


Pictures Around the North End

A ride around the northern end of the island including Donegal Bay and Gull Harbor on March 7th and 8th provided some nice memories recorded as pictures. You can view the gallery below.

Gallery of Pictures

BICS Students in Art Show

There was an art show across in Charlevoix. Sarah Avery , Zack Bousquet , Emily Burton, Sharon Schwartzfisher, and Elizabeth Wiser had art in the art show There were 10 top Winners, and Sarah Avery one was one of them. Then Sarah Avery got honorable mention, so did Sharon Schwartzfisher, and daughter Elizabeth Wiser. Zack Bousquet had a piece of art in show also.

A small gallery of cell phone pictures are HERE

Geometry Class String Art

Mrs. Boyle's String Art

Mrs. Boyle's High School Geometry class has been working on designs that may have curves in them, but can only be constructed by strings strung in straight lines. Here is an album of those string art shapes.

Geometry String Art Album HERE


BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

In an email, Bob Tidmore notified me that two new transit bus drivers have been hired and effective immediately, the transit bus is back on its Monday through Friday schedule.

Preparing the Community Calendar

BINN is beginning the preparations for the 2016 Beaver Island Community Calendar. The events that are already scheduled for the coming year will be gladly be posted on the calendar. Any organization that has dates can be posted, but they have to be sent to the editor. Joe Moore said, "I have to be aware of the activity in order to post information about the activity." Save your dates now, so there are fewer conflicts!

Bank Hours Change

Starting in January the Beaver Island Branch of Charlevoix State Bank will be starting their winter hours. The hours for January, February, March and April will be Tuesday and Friday from 9am until 2pm. The bank will be closed on January 1st for the New Years Day holiday.

Beach Rangers

Beach Rangers, now is the time to start walking the beaches and recording any dead birds, and fish found.   Recently found were 4 Red Neck Grebes on Donegal Bay. Contact me if you wish to participate and are willing to walk the beaches this fall.
Jacque, 448-2220

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

April 2

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the winter schedule.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Thursdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

March 19

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




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