B. I. News on the 'Net, March 16-22, 2015


Michigan’s Five Birding Trails Offer Wildlife-Viewing Adventure

Those looking for an outdoor adventure this spring are encouraged to give birding trails a try! With increasing popularity, birding trails are popping up along Michigan’s scenic roadways. Now with five different trails to explore, for the beginning birder or the seasoned veteran, wildlife-viewing hot spots have never been easier to find and enjoy.
With prime birding areas noted along well-known driving routes, a birding trail is like a treasure hunt for those looking to get out and enjoy Michigan’s outdoors. Birding trail stops are typically in county parks, nature preserves or Department of Natural Resources' state parks or wildlife areas – allowing access to all who are interested. Visits in May and June will provide the greatest opportunity to witness both migrant and nesting birds. Routes also include many options for amenities such as restaurants, hotels and campgrounds.
Five birding trails, each offering unique experiences, are located around the state:
  • Superior Birding Trail – Along Michigan’s oldest birding trail, bird species and other wildlife can be found at 10 sites along 150 miles in the Upper Peninsula, from Seney National Wildlife Refuge to Whitefish Point.

  • Sleeping Bear Birding Trail – This new trail is 123 miles long, running from Manistee to Traverse City along the scenic M-22 highway and Lake Michigan shoreline, and contains more than 35 birding sites including a “bonus loop.”

  • Beaver Island Birding Trail – “The Emerald Isle of Michigan Birding,” this new trail is located entirely on Lake Michigan’s largest island, encompassing 35 sites on over 100 miles of roads.

  • Saginaw Bay Birding Trail – This new, 142-mile trail follows the Lake Huron shoreline, stretching from Port Crescent to Tawas Point State Park with more than 20 birding sites.

  • Sunrise Coast Birding Trail – Soaring along the Lake Huron coast, Michigan’s newest trail features 28 sites along its 296-mile route from the Au Sable River in Oscoda to Mackinaw City.
Birding trails promote wildlife viewing and conservation education, and provide economic benefit to local communities. Birding is a great way to enjoy the diversity of Michigan’s wildlife and habitats and to build an appreciation of the state’s unique natural resources. These trails are made possible through the efforts of, and partnerships between, Michigan Audubon chapters, government agencies, land conservancies, private industries and many dedicated individuals working together to create more opportunities to experience the outdoors and visit local communities.

For more information, visit the Michigan Audubon Society birding trail website or www.michigan.gov/wildlife.

Dish Network Employment Opportunity

 

Dish Network contacted the Chamber of Commerce about their plans to offer improved TV Satellite service on Beaver Island. We agreed to forward the employment information below.          Steve West  3-23-2015

AREA DISH is offering YOU a great opportunity to become a team member for one of the top rated regional service providers of DISH Network. As a technician you will experience FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE while earning a great living at AREA DISH. 

Duties:  AREA technicians will be performing new satellite installations, trouble shooting for existing dishes and providing the customer with exceptional customer service.

Qualifications:  Candidates should be comfortable with light construction and safely using power tools. Technicians must possess the skills to educate the customer on their new service and offer them other entertainment options such as wall mounts and other products Basic computer skills; basic electronics and/or audio/video knowledge is preferred.

Requirements: Ability to stand for long periods of time on a ladder, lift over 70 lbs. at times, crawl into small spaces, work in all climates and conditions. Willingness to work flexible schedules including weekends, holidays and evenings. While this position is part time, we need to know that you are available when our customers are too.   

Our pre-employment process includes a criminal background search, driving record check and drug screen. High school diploma or GED required; college or technical/vocational school a plus. Hourly wage based on experience. Paid training. Post completion of your training, you will be issued a GPS equipped company vehicle to utilize each day you work. We pay for both the fuel and maintenance of this vehicle.

How to Apply: Please send a resume to careers@aeidish.com or visit www.aeidish.com/careers to fill out an online application. Call 920-425-2990 with any questions regarding this posting. EOE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

A Really Nice Story About the BI Lighthouse School

Read article HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for March 23, 2015

So much for spring being here the past few days, it's still cold enough to have to wear our winter coats. I'm so looking forward to being able to take the dogs out with my coffee and sit out there for a bit minus the winter coat. Right now it's 10 and feels like zero on my back deck, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 1030 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 13. Light winds.

On this date of March 23, 1775 - American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give me death!"

Did you know that house cats have 18 claws?

Word of the day: expectorate (ik-SPEK-tuh-rayt) which means 1. To spit.
2. To eject by coughing. From Latin expectorare (to expel from the chest), from ex- (out) + pectus (br east). Earliest documented use: 1601.

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter for 2015

Wonderful Interview with Mary Scholl

HERE is the Interview

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for March 22, 2015

It was nice and warm snuggled in bed, it certainly does not feel like spring here on the island. Right now it's 12 outside, wind is at 2 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 1029 mb, and visibility is at 4.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 20s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 10. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of March 22, 1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.

Did you know that pelicans consume around a 1/3 of its body weight in a single meal?

Word of the day: gibber (jib-er, gib-) which means to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly. Gibber entered English around 1600 and is of uncertain origin. It is perhaps related to the obsolete word gib meaning "caterwaul, to utter long wailing cries."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for March 21, 2015

Our back deck has a light coating of the white stuff and here I'd been so excited that it was finally coming out from under the snow. Oh well, this is light and will (hopefully) be gone once the sun comes up. Right now it's 30 and feels like 22, wind is at 10 mph from the NW, humidity is at 95%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.1 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Snow in the morning, then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Little or no accumulation. Highs around 30. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows around 11°. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 21, 1788 - Almost the entire city of New Orleans, LA, was destroyed by fire. 856 buildings were destroyed.

Did you know that snakes can't bite in rivers or swamps (they would drown otherwise)?

Word of the day: Epicurean (ep·i·cu·re·an) adj. Devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure, particularly the enjoyment of gourmet food. First known use of epicurean was in 1586.

Annual 5th and 6th Grade Play

Hurry up and Wait

7 pm March 20, 2015

Twenty people or more at 20 unique IP addresses watched the Fifth and Sixth Grade play tonight on the Internet live during the performance of the program Hurry Up and Wait. The Beaver Island Community Center auditorium was full with chairs set up in front of the normal seating. The production was hilarious and the eight performers did an excellent job, as did Deb LaFreniere Robert and Pam Moxham. Congratulations and a real good job high fives go to: Gage Anderson, Jared Robert, Elisa Richards, Raleigh Brandt, Mackenzie Martin, Emmy Antkoviak, Skylar Marsh, and Jessica LaFreniere.

After a short introduction by Deb Robert, the Hayowenta Powerpoint was shown from 2014, and then the program began. There were five scenes: Traffic Jam, Have We Got a Deal for You, Testing, Party of Two, and The Doctor Is In.

Pictures are HERE

Video can be viewed HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for March 20, 2015

Happy First Day of Spring! It's 28 on my back deck and feels like 20, wind is at 7 mph from the south, humidity is at 64%, pressure is falling from 1018 mb and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. There is a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Chance of rain in the evening, then rain likely after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

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

Did you know that most cows produce more milk when they listen to music?

Word of the day: duoliteral (doo-uh-LIT-uhr-uhl) which means having two letters. From Latin duo (two), from Greek duo + littera (letter). Earliest documented use: 1828. (Happy now, Michelle LaFreniere?)

WINTER WAKE - 2015 


Celebrate the “Passing” of Winter with a PIG-ROAST, POT LUCK, BONFIRE.
 
Prizes, and other Fun Activities 

Easter Brunch at Gregg Fellowship Center

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for March 19, 2015

Yesterday the island lost one of her own. This morning the sky is totally saturated with glistening stars and it reminded me of something I had told my son when he was little that when someone dies the first star you see that night is them waving to you. I wasn't seeing the first star of the evening this morning, but what was there from the entire night. I think that if Mike were still a young boy I would have said, "look, all the other stars have come out to meet her and share stories." We will truly miss you, Maryann Palmer Ferguson, a kind, thoughtful, funny, caring woman. You added so much to the lives of those who knew you and you won't be forgotten as we have so many, many wonderful memories of you.

Now, on to the weather now that I've said my piece. It's 13 outside right now and feels like 7, wind is from the southeast at 5 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is steady at 1029 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A small chance of snow (20%) after midnight. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

On this date of March 19, 1831 - The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery.

Did you know that when 2 zebras stand side by side they usually face each other in opposite directions to keep an eye out for predators?

Word of the day: aerious (AY-ree-uhs) which means of or like air; airy. From Latin aereus/aerius, adjectival form of aer (air). Earliest documented use: 1594.

Community Players Presentation

Ice Shoves at Gull Harbor

Be very careful if you want to drive out to see these ice shoves in the Gull Harbor area. The Gull Harbor Road is really not passable for most cars, but four wheel drive higher trucks will have no problem getting there. There is open water between the shoreline and the piles of ice out from the shore. The ice between the shore and the ice shoves is not safe. Falling through and getting your feet wet is one thing, but getting injured is yet another.

They're Back

Close to twenty turkeys arrived at the Carlilse Road location this morning, March 19, 2015. Is this what good advertising does for you?

After being gone for eight weeks, the turkeys have begun to return to their feeding area near the intersection of Kings Highway and Carlisle Road. The return of the turkeys started with a group of five. It increased first to eight, then eleven. Today, March 18, 2015, the group included thirteen. The groups of turkeys have also shown themselves in town.

Count Down for the PABI Ice Classic

March 19, 2015

March 18, 2015

What's New at BI District Library

View New Books HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for March 18, 2015

It's a shivery morning, enough to cause goosebumps large enough to hang your hat on, but it will warm up. At least I sure hope so! Right now I have 11 with a wind chill of 4, wind is at 8 mph from the west, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 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: Mostly clear. Lows around 15 and light winds.

On this date of March 18, 1850 - Henry Wells & William Fargo founded American Express.

Did you know that greyhounds can see better than any other dog breed?

Word of the day: placentious (pla-SEN-shus) which means pleasing or inclined to please. From Latin placentia (pleasantness), from placere (to please). Earliest documented use: 1661.

Preparing for Advanced Life Support 1999-2000

 

This year did not make our lives less busy, but instead was the busiest year on record up to this time for emergency responses.  The few traumas that we had stick out in my mind more than the medical emergencies.  We had a 38 year old male patient, the father of one of my students at school, fall off his dock onto the side of his boat.  He had managed to get himself to the medical center and was seen by our visiting medical control physician.  An x-ray was taken and both the physician and the nurse practitioner thought they saw a pelvic fracture on the x-ray of the right side of the pelvis.  The patient kept complaining of burning to his right back buttock area, but denied any numbness or tingling in his legs.  He admitted to drinking a “couple of beers.”  His vital signs were all within normal limits, but he was convinced to be transported.  He was placed on his left side which was his position of comfort with a pillow behind his right buttock, and he was loaded onto the ambulance cot.  The patient received 45 mg of Toradol, (liquid motrin) by intramuscular injection prior to leaving the medical center.  The patient tolerated the flight well, and he was turned over to the Charlevoix EMS crew at the Charlevoix Airport after being flown by the local airline.

BIEMS has an ambulance on “stand-by” at all the local school’s soccer games.  We have been requested to provide this service by the school’s principal and athletic director.  Our visiting rival team from Mackinac Island was playing here on Beaver Island in October when a fourteen year old student from Mackinac collided with one of the Beaver Island players and fell to the ground landing on her left arm and hitting her head.  The patient complained of left shoulder pain and cervical spine pain (in her neck).  The pain in her arm was at the middle of her upper arm.  The patient’s history included a history of diabetes, Type II.  Our nurse practitioner was seriously concerned about the cervical neck pain.  The patient was able to move all four extremities even though she had limited motion in the left arm due to pain.  The collision happened at 10:15 a.m. and there was no way to get the patient off the island without the helicopter from the Traverse City Air Station of the United States Coast Guard.  We splinted this girl’s left arm with a rigid splint, a sling, and swathe.  We completely immobilized her spine using a cervical collar and a spine board.  The patient was given 30 mg Toradol as an intramuscular injection prior to leaving the medical center.  She was put on low flow oxygen as a precaution. We talked to the only available USCG Flight Surgeon who was stationed in Cape Cod, and he approved the medical evacuation of this patient by helicopter.  We transported the patient to the township airport to await the USCG.  While at the township airport, we checked the patient’s blood sugar and determined that it was within normal limits.  The USCG helicopter arrived at 12:45.  We turned the patient over to the Coast Guard EMT with the understanding that this patient would be flown to Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey where her parent’s would meet her in the emergency room.

BIEMS was paged to the medical center for another trauma at about 1:30 in the afternoon during deer season for a 63 year old male who had “hit his head on his truck door while trying to get in” the truck.  As a healthcare provider, we all want to believe our patient’s description of how this injury occurred.  I, for one, was not too sure about this one.  The patient stated that he went to his knees after hitting his head on the door, but he did not lose consciousness.  He had vital signs all within normal limits, so the nurse practitioner had tried to and had successfully sutured the 7 centimeter (approximately 2.5 inch) laceration on the top of his head.  The bleeding would not stop even with a pressure dressing over the wound and after suturing the wound closed.  It was time to get the patient over to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment.  The patient was able to move all extremities, and he denied any loss of consciousness, as well as any other pain.  The patient had walked into the medical center.  The patient was loaded on the ambulance cot inside the medical center, another pressure dressing was applied, and he was taken to the local airport to be flown to Charlevoix following our normal procedure.  He was turned over to the Charlevoix EMS crew at 2:20 p.m. that afternoon for further transport to the Charlevoix Emergency Room.

There was no larger undertaking made by any previous group of Beaver Island volunteers than to figure out a method of getting the two year paramedic program from Kellogg Community College (KCC) in Battle Creek, Michigan, transferred up to this island in the middle of Lake Michigan named Beaver Island, a full 32 miles away from our closest port and closest airport.  The mere suggestion of such a feat had several northern Michigan EMS people in disbelief, mainly our regional EMS coordinator.  He could not believe that this small group of volunteers would be able to pull this off.  We did, and this is how we did it.

We worked with Sam and Lyla to put together a schedule that could work for them and could work for us.  All of the people involved in this endeavor had full time jobs.  We couldn’t just quit our job and go to school.  We couldn’t just ignore our chores around the house or ignore the pager when it called us to an emergency.  We’d have to figure out a way around all of these things and still accomplish what we needed to do.

Our schedule began with Saturdays and Sundays in the off-season. Since all participants were already licensed at the EMT level or above, we could dispense with the first year of the paramedic program and move directly into the second year program.  During the months of February, March, April, and May we would cover the topics of Roles and Responsibilities of a Paramedic, Medical Legal, Patient Assessment, Communications, Respiratory Emergencies, Acid/Base Balance, Fluids, IV Therapy, Shock, and begin the Pharmacology.  After June arrived and for the rest of the summer, we would meet three days per week, adding Friday night to the schedule.  Our topics throughout the summer would be Pharmacology throughout June and most of July and Cardiovascular Emergencies including defibrillation, pacing, and EKG interpretation,  This took place during the busy summer tourist season. 

Once the local Beaver Island School was back in session in September, we continued our training.  Central Nervous System Trauma, Other Trauma, Acute Abdomen, Diabetes, Communicable Diseases and Disease Transmission, Behavioral Emergencies, Poisons and Poisoning, Geriatric, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics brought us up to the November deer season.  Environmental Emergencies, Hazardous Materials, and Stress Management were to round out our training, and our class was scheduled to end in January.  Wow that was to be a very stressful period of time in our lives, wasn’t it?  But, we needed to add a few more topics, spread this out over a longer period of time, schedule clinical time with EMS agencies and hospitals, and try to fit all of this in to meet the schedule requirements of several instructors and students.  We also had to work around the weather with driving from Battle Creek to Charlevoix, and, most importantly, we had to work around the weather between Charlevoix and Beaver Island across Lake Michigan in the fall and over two winter seasons. 

A blow by blow description of each class would bore the reader, but let’s suffice it to say that the weather did play a part in some of the classes.  We sometimes had to spend really long 12 hour days to make up the scheduled time that was missed due to the inability of the instructors to get to the island.  I had to teach a couple of classes since I am an instructor/coordinator with lecture notes faxed to me from Battle Creek.  I put in several extra hours making sure that my lecture was covering the appropriate material.  I struggled to make PowerPoint presentations when I had time.  I asked for help from my fellow classmate Bev.  We worked around all the obstacles that God and the politicians managed to place in our way.   A great big thank-you needs to be given to two KCC paramedic instructors who went, by far and away, above and beyond the call of duty, to provide us with the instruction, skill, and abilities to successfully pass the State of Michigan paramedic exam.  I believe that before the class was over, these two paramedic instructors had become more than friends to each other, but more than friends to the Beaver Island EMS group as well.  Before April of 2000, four very proud Beaver Island EMS paramedics got off an airplane to the cheers of our community.  We were now individually licensed to provide the advanced level of training that we wanted to provide to our community.  We had a few more hoops to jump through, however.  We had to figure out how to make this small, rural, volunteer agency into an advanced life support agency.  Thank goodness we had some very dedicated volunteer including Mike and Bev who did most of the work in the background while I was the front man.

An important piece of legislation had been passed to allow an equipped agency with advanced level equipment to provide advanced level treatment when the agency had a paramedic available.  This was known as the Bennet Bill.  We applied for, and successfully received Bennet Bill advanced life support status.  We needed a vehicle and a cardiac monitor, a lockable, secure drug safe, and extra equipment, exactly the extra equipment that would go into an advance life support ambulance without the ambulance cot.  Our plan was to have two ambulances, both licensed at the basic life support level, available to go to different locations on the island with the advanced life support vehicle going wherever advanced life support treatments were needed.  Mike and Bev put in many hours making all of this happen.  Bob and I also helped, but Mike and Bev were the ones who did all of the paperwork, scheduled all the appointments, and really pushed to get us ready to provide advanced life support to our community.  My hat is off to both Mike and Bev.

We can’t forget the wonderful grant that was provided to us by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.  This group has helped Beaver Island many times over the years, and this opportunity did not pass them by.  We received a grant from them for the purchase of the cardiac monitor that we needed to be able to provide the advanced life support that we so desperately wanted to provide to our island community.  They stepped up and made sure that we had enough money to get the monitor that we wanted along with the training equipment that we needed to maintain our skills.  Many thanks go to our friends at the Grand Traverse Band for their help in accomplishing our goal.  We could never have accomplished this goal without your help.

From Stoney Acres

From Waste Management Committee

Anna Steinbach Dies


Time has come to a standstill for 90 year old Anna Steinbach. She was preceded in death by her husband Fritz, and left behind daughters Annelene (Robert Bartell) Pinkston and Karen (Thomas Cullimore) Steinbach; grand-children Ty (Mandy) Pinkston and Tina (David Lawlor) Pinkston; and great-grandson Scott Pinkston.

Anna was a woman of the earth and was well known for her ability to grow just about anything that would bloom. All types of flowers just seemed to give her their maximum effort. She was also known for her tremendous ability to supply an endless amount of baked creations (her Buttercream Cake) that could rival any chef. She was a member of the Lansing Leiderkranz Club for 59 years and enjoyed her summer home on Beaver Island for 48 years. Anna came from a generation that knew tremendous hardship, yet always tried to think of others. Goodbye sweet lady.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, March 16, 2015 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will be held at Eagle Eye following the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Capital Area Humane Society 7095 West Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman East Lansing.  On line condolences may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lsj/obituary.aspx?pid=174403656#sthash.36ry8KeU.dpuf

     

Links

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

Click Here to view video

Peaine Township Meeting

December 10, 2014

Link to video of the meeting

February 11, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

January 7, 2015

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

2/4/15

Video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022

Activities............................Movies

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.

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

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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What an Unique Contest!

If you want to see some really interesting and unique pictures taken by Andrea Jo Moore, you should click on the link below to view the fish toss pictures from the St. Pat's Day Games last Saturday, March 14, 2015.

View fish toss pictures HERE

BICS St. Pat's Assembly

Brother Jim and Danny Johnsten came to provide the BICS students and staff with some St. Patrick's Day spirit, music, and fun. The school allows the students to dress up and become part of the weekend celebration of St. Patrick's Day in conjunction with the St. Patrick's Day Games held downtown on the weekend. This program was on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Brother Jim teaches the students some hand movements to go along with songs to make them fun.

Then some kinesthetic learning called dancing.

Video of the program HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for March 17, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone! Just a wee bit chilly this morning with the temperature at 24 and the windchill at 16, the good news is that there is no minus sign in front of either of those numbers. Wind is at 7 mph from the west with gusts up to 27 mph, humidity is at 80%, pressure is rising from 1022 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Sunny in the morning then partly sunny with scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 17°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 17, 0461 - Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. People celebrate this day in his honor be they Irish or not. And on this date 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 sharks never stop moving even when they sleep or rest?

Word of the day: arterious (AHR-tir-ee-uhs) which means of or relating to the arteries or a main road or channel. From Latin arteria, from Greek arteria (windpipe, artery). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to raise or lift), which is also the source of air, aira, aura, and meteor. Earliest documented use: 1578.

The 10th Annual PABI Ice Classic is on the FINAL COUNTDOWN! 



ONLY FIVE MORE DAYS
 to guess the date and time the PABI buoy will go through the ice on Paradise Bay, signaling the start of spring on Beaver Island!! The correct-or closest-guess wins half the total purse. The other half goes to help support your Community Center. 

Tickets are $5 each or six (yes six) for $20 and are available at the Community Center, from any PABI Board Member or by calling 231 448-2022

Off-Island and want to play or get more info?! Just send an email to: iceclassic@tds.net and we'll get right back to you! 

Previous winning guesses and prize amounts: 

2014 11:01am April 28 Stan Buell of Holland, MI $527.50 

2013 12:18 pm April 11 Brian Tidmore Santa Monica, CA $700  

2012 No Ice! 

2011 12:20 pm April 10 Mike Niles, Big Rock, IL $1,046 

2010-4:10 pm March 18 $700.00 

2009-1:58 pm April 9, 2009 $1,100 

2008-11.34 pm on April 8 $1,200 

2007- 2:52 pm on March 28 $1,200! 

2006- 8:29 pm on March 29 $600!

The Beaver Island Community Center....
at the heart of a good community!

Wildlife Moving

The small group of turkeys returned across Carlisle Road today. While we were feeding over fifty turkeys last year, we have not had any in two months. Today, March 16, 2015, eight turkeys showed up across the road near the intersection of Carlisle Road and Kings Highway. Of course, they were fed quite a banquet of corn and cracked corn, so they will probably be back. With the movement and return of the turkeys, it seemed logical that the deer would also be moving around, so a trip was made down the East Side Road to check on the deer.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 16, 2015

Warm morning, at least much warmer than it's been for months, it's 36 outside although it does feel like 30 thanks to the wind chill. Wind is at 6 mph from the west with gusts up to 20 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1010 mb, and visibility is at 7.5 miles. Today: Cloudy. Rain in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Rain and snow. Lows in the mid 20s. North winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northwest 10 to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 16, 1963 - "Puff The Magic Dragon" was released by Peter, Paul and Mary. (You'll be humming this all day)

Did you know that you can tell the sex of a horse by its teeth (most males have 40, females 36)?

Word of the day: abstentious (abs-TEN-shus) which means self-restraining, especially in eating or drinking. From Latin abstinere (to hold back), from ab- (away) + tenere (to hold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ten- (to stretch), which also gave us tense, tenet, tendon, tent, tenor, tender, pretend, extend, tenure, tetanus, hypotenuse, pertinacious, detente, countenance, distend, extenuate, and tenable. Earliest documented use: 1839.

Eagles on the Ice

Thanks for the phone call, Yvonne! We got there just before they left, 3 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2015.

St. Patrick's Day Games

February 14, 2015

View video of the games

Pictures of the games

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center


Back by popular demand, this seminar will introduce attendees to estate planning and its goals; wills; living trusts; probate court administration of decedents' estates; techniques used to avoid probate; using powers of attorney to plan for disability;  writing a letter of instruction to survivors; and how to get started with preparing an estate plan.
Theodore E. Hughes, Michigan Assistant Attorney General for Law (Retired), is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law and has practiced in the area of estate planning,  a subject which he has taught at the Thomas Cooley Law School and the MSU Evening College.
Mr. Hughes has co-authored eight nationally-published books on estate planning and settlement. For 25 years he appeared as the guest estate planning attorney on WKAR radio's "Newstalk."
The Community Center and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring this event.  Are you a parent of young children who would like to have a babysitter available during the presentation? Please call Audrey with Friends of the Library at 231 448-2280 to let us know.  If there is any demand for this, we will provide it.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Message Board

In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce decided to start an internet Beaver Island Community Message Board. The group plans to have the board operational before the end of March. Anyone in the community will be able to post a wide variety of information.

“Our goal is to provide the Beaver Island community with an opportunity to send and receive information about Beaver Island in a positive internet environment,” said Chamber President Rachel Teague.

The Guiding Principles for “The Board,” as Chamber directors hope it will be nick named are shown below. More information will follow soon. 

Our Guiding Principles

March 2015 

Our goal is a kind, considerate, constructive and informative message board.

The Beaver Island Community Message Board (The Board) is provided as a place for everyone to use to communicate events like births, fun events, deaths, a special sale or price, opportunities to serve, open houses, opportunities to join, meetings and much more. The board is a place for civil informative communication about the Island so many of us love – Beaver Island, MI.

The board is not a place for political discussion at the local, state, national or international level. It is not a place for rumors, to criticize, reprimand or accuse.

Your must register with your actual first and last name, email address and phone number. The email address and phone will not be public. You may choose to include them in your posts.

Posts outside our guiding principals will be deleted - three strikes and you’re out. The World Wide Web is huge. There is room for just about any post somewhere. Some posts and contributors may not fit here.

 

Announcements/Ads

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.

5th and 6th Grade Play Announced

The 5th & 6th Graders are performing “Hurry up and Wait” by Burton Bumgarner.  It contains 6 separate scenes depicting 6 ways in which we are asked to “Hurry up and Wait!”  The play will be held on Friday, March 20th at 7pm at the BI Community Center.  Tickets will be on sale as of February 1st.  $5.00 each.

This year’s 5th & 6th graders include:  

Jared Robert

Gage Anderson

Emmalee Antkoviak

Raeleigh Brandt

Jessica LaFreniere

Skylar Marsh

Mackenzie Martin

Elisha Richards

All proceeds, from both the play and the Raffle will go toward funding the 5th & 6th Grade trip to Camp Hayowentha as well as the 7th & 8th grade Trip to Washington DC.

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

Winter Schedule 2014-2015


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
12:00 until 4:00

Open for shopping and donations

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

 
or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

Note: There will be a $10.00 fee on any returned (bounced) checks written to Charlevoix County Transit

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

March 21
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

March

22:  Steve Finch
29 (PalmSunday)-Pastor Bob Whitlock
April 3:  Good Friday service @ 6:30 p.m.
April 5 (Easter)-Pastor Bob Whitlock
April 5: 11:30--Community Easter Brunch--everyone welcome

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.

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center


Back by popular demand, this seminar will introduce attendees to estate planning and its goals; wills; living trusts; probate court administration of decedents' estates; techniques used to avoid probate; using powers of attorney to plan for disability;  writing a letter of instruction to survivors; and how to get started with preparing an estate plan.
Theodore E. Hughes, Michigan Assistant Attorney General for Law (Retired), is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law and has practiced in the area of estate planning,  a subject which he has taught at the Thomas Cooley Law School and the MSU Evening College.
Mr. Hughes has co-authored eight nationally-published books on estate planning and settlement. For 25 years he appeared as the guest estate planning attorney on WKAR radio's "Newstalk."
The Community Center and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring this event.  Are you a parent of young children who would like to have a babysitter available during the presentation? Please call Audrey with Friends of the Library at 231 448-2280 to let us know.  If there is any demand for this, we will provide it.

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides. http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Thanks to our generous island sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 

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.

From the Beaver Island Association

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert guides.  

http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.htm 

Thanks to our generous 2015 sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. 

The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Beaver Island Community Center, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 
_________________
The Beaver Island Association 
P.O. Box 390 
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Gail's Walk Scheduled

 

Stoney Acres St. Pat's Dinner

St. Pats Weekend!
Stoney Acre Grill & Donegal Danny's Pub!

Fantastic Corned Beef and Cabbage!

The Grill's Corned Beef and Cabbage
Irish Lamb Stew
House Corned Beef Reubens and Stacked Sandwiches
Yellow Lake Perch
And the Whole Bloody Menu as Well!

What a wonderful family dinner at Stoney Acres! Music, good company, good food; what more could you ask?

Some wonderful pumpkin pie for desert is the answer.

Sunday Bloody Mary Bar. Free Dogs (to a good home)
Pizza in the eve and, as always, bad decisions

Donegal Danny's Pub! The next best thing to Ireland!

This Winter's Ice Classic

Lots of ice in the harbor this year. The tower is closer to the shore and that is usually the first part to melt but then who knows.   Tickets at the Community Center and McDonough's and if you are off island and want to participate in the contest send an e-mail to Iceclassic@tds.net  and we'll get back to you on how to get tickets.

The winner gets 1/2 of the amount and the remainder goes to support your Community Center.

Fourteen Years of Existence for BIEMS—We Need Advanced Life Support!

by Joe Moore

The first call in January of 1999 was another one of those situations that we had encountered which proved once and for all that rural areas need advanced life support.  There had been many calls in the last fourteen years that turned out well because our health center provider had been available to help and provide the advanced care for the patient.  This was not always true, and those patients without the advanced care were not always positive outcomes.  The lack of advanced care did not always have any bearing in the survivability of the patient.  The real problem with lack of advanced care came from the EMS crew themselves.  We knew what we could do to help our patients IF advanced care was available, but more importantly, we knew what we could NOT do if advanced care was NOT available.  This year was the turning point in the history of Beaver Island EMS because we would do anything necessary to move from a basic ambulance service to an advanced level of care ambulance.  We would beg, borrow, and/or steal if necessary to get this job done.  But first, here are some of the reasons why we felt that way.

Our chronically ill 48 year old female who lived down at Fox Lake had called dispatch for help on this cold January morning at 10 a.m.  The roads were snow covered, but it was daylight, and going slowly down the West Side Road was the only way we were going to get there safely.  She had shortness of breath this morning which was brought on by “the cold that I have had since yesterday.”  She was unable to get up and go to the bathroom.  She could not walk more than two or three feet.  She had a loose, congested, but unproductive cough.  She had a history of an enlarged heart, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Yet she continued to smoke cigarettes.  She had diminished breath sounds with wheezes in both lungs with possibly absent breath sounds in the base of her left lung.  We had no provider available to be able to help this patient with some advanced care.  We first put her on a nasal cannula because she was afraid of having “too much oxygen” which might cause her to “stop breathing.”  Her oximeter reading was 85% on this low level of oxygen.  Her vitals were pulse 120 and regular, respirations 32, and blood pressure 148/90.  We changed the oxygen over to a non-rebreather mask at 12 liters per minute, and her vital signs improved with pulse down to 100, respirations down to 24, and a 97% oximeter reading.  This was all the treatment we could provide in our basic ambulance.  We transported her to the local airport and flew with her over to Charlevoix.  The total time from page to turning the patient over to the Charlevoix crew was one hour and forty minutes due to the snow on the roadway.

In February one of my family’s closest friends, a church member who had invited us for dinner many times, was going out to her car on the cold and icy evening about 6 p.m. This 63 year old woman had fallen on the ice in her driveway and managed to drag herself into her house to call 911.  She was found on the floor just inside the entryway to her house by the phone.  She had left upper leg and hip pain and pain in her left arm near her elbow.  She was able to move her elbow and had used that arm to prop herself up to be able to get to the phone and dial 911.  She had a history of hip replacement three years ago.  She had no allergies to drugs, but every pain medication made her nauseous and made her “blood pressure fluctuate.”  Her left leg was rotated externally and somewhat shortened as related to the other leg.  She had pulses in all extremities.  We splinted her legs together using a pillow in between and plenty of triangle bandages. (Do you get the idea that I really like triangle bandages?)  We placed her on a backboard for extra splinting and for ease of movement.  The patient was a widow with no family on the island anymore.  Patient was not willing to have any IV pain medication even though it was available.  We contacted the local airline, and they could not fly due to the snow and the blowing wind.  Visibility was not good.  We had to contact the USCG Air Station in Traverse City to see about getting a helicopter to transport our patient.  The USCG was not comfortable with the patient having an IV to monitor since their swimmer that night was only trained to the level of a first responder.  The medical control physician would have allowed our RN/EMT to give 60 mg of Toradol (liquid motrin), but our patient refused the intramuscular injection because she was afraid of vomiting.  She would take a “couple of Tylenol”, so we got permission from medical control for that.  Her vital signs remained fairly stable with a normal increase in pulse and blood pressure when we moved her.  Almost two hours after dispatch, we left the scene enroute to the township airport.  The helicopter had been delayed for a short time due to weather.  The helicopter did not need much in the way of a runway, thank goodness.  The airport runways were drifting badly with snow in the blowing wind.  The tarmac next to the terminal building was clear so the helicopter set down right close by the building.  We had the patient moved from the ambulance cot to a folding stretcher that would fit inside the helicopter.  We were ready to move right after the report was given.  The BIEMS crew braved the howling wind and carried the patient out to the chopper and loaded her in.  They took off from the Beaver Island Township Airport with her destination in question.  The snow storm might make it impossible to land in Charlevoix, so we could not notify her children of where she was be transported for about fifteen minutes when we heard the helicopter on the radio stating that they were able to land in Charlevoix and were, at that moment, landing.

We were dispatched to unknown medical situation after ten o’clock at night for a 32 year old female.  While we were enroute to the ambulance barn to get the rig, someone called in and asked the dispatcher for more information.  The dispatcher called back and radioed us, “They thought that the victim was sleeping, but now there is no pulse, and they are attempting to perform CPR.”  Upon arrival we observed a white female lying on her back on the bedroom floor next to the bed.  Her right arm was across her chest.  Obvious rigidity was present with her skin cold and red on the top surface.  Her eyes were open, and teeth clenched.  There was no pulse felt at the carotid artery, and there was no movement of her chest.  The patient had no life signs whatsoever.  Before any further treatment was attempted, contact was made with the medical control physician at Charlevoix Hospital.  Upon physician order, another assessment was conducted with the same result, and the patient was pronounced dead.  The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Deputy was on the scene, and he made contact with the Deputy Medical Examiner who concurred with the decision to not attempt life support measures.

BIEMS had the solemn duty now to gently load our friend and our neighbor, and for me a fellow musician, into a body bag, and remove her from the house to be placed at a location for safe-keeping until the morning when her body could be flown off the island, and prepared for burial.  This is another one of those services that BIEMS performs because someone has to do it. She was transported to the medical center and placed in the specific location for this purpose until the next morning when we again solemnly loaded her into the ambulance and took her to the airport.  This friend and musician had a history of alcohol abuse.  We could only guess at what was her cross to bear.  She was the best vocalist I have ever met, one who could sing equally well in classic rock, old time country music, classic opera, and heavy metal rock.  She was friendly to other musicians, and an excellent companion for her male friend to whom she was dedicated.  We were going to miss her for many reasons.  Sometimes this job just isn’t any fun at all.

In June, we were called to a 52 year teacher’s residence at just after noon.  He had fallen from a ladder, which was about eight feet high, onto a cement pad.  He was complaining of right hip pain, but he denied any loss of consciousness.  His skin was pink, warm, and dry, and he was alert and oriented with reactive pupils.  He denied any back, head, or neck pain, but the mechanism of injury suggested possible injury so he was log rolled onto the backboard.  His vital signs were heart rate of 90 and regular, respirations of 14, and blood pressure of 170/120, quite a high blood pressure.  We used a pillow splint to keep the legs from moving as well as the backboard.  He had a history of hip replacement on the affected side.  We used full spinal immobilization to get him ready for transport.  Immediately upon placement and immobilization on the backboard his hip pain diminished.  He had pulses, movement, and sensation in all his extremities, including the injured one.  The patient was at the local airport within 30 minutes and ready to be flown to the hospital using the local airline.  Even teachers are not exempt from accidents and the need to be transported in an emergency.

This June was a busy one.  This was when we first discovered that more than one emergency can happen on the same day.  There were to be lots of days like that during this year.  We were paged to a 74 year old woman, a wonderful lady member of the same church that we attended.  She believed she might be having an allergic reaction to the new medication that she was on.  She had been seen at the medical center earlier in the week for swelling of her feet and high blood pressure.  The medication she was concerned about was one to help with both conditions.  She had taken one about 45 minutes prior to calling EMS.  This medication, she believed, had caused her to have chills that caused her to shake and her asthma flared up.  Her husband stated that she had a similar reaction to a “water pill” about twenty-five years before.  EMS found the patient wrapped in blankets in her bed shaking.  Expiratory wheezing was heard especially in the right lower lobe of her lung.  She had a persistent, but unproductive cough, and pedal edema, the swelling of her feet was present.  Her oximeter reading was 86% on room air, and her temperature was 102 taken in her armpit.  Medical control was contacted, and an IV ordered.  She was placed on oxygen by non-rebreather mask, and helped to the ambulance cot.  She was loaded into the ambulance, and she was transported to the local airport for a local airline charter to the mainland accompanied by two BIEMS EMTs.

In July, a patient who lives way down at the southern end of Beaver Island called 911 because of abdominal pain.  She was a 54 year old female with a prior history of removal of her uterus and her appendix, so we could rule out both of those.  The patient was laying on her couch moaning.  She had pain in her back radiating around toward her left lower abdomen in the pelvic area. We started the patient on low flow oxygen.  An IV was started after vital signs obtained.  Vitals were pulse of 60, respirations of 24, and blood pressure of 172/100.  The patient’s skin was pink, warm, but moist.  Her respirations decreased with the oxygen administration of 4 liters per minute by nasal cannula.  We loaded the patient carefully onto the ambulance cot and placed the cot into the ambulance.  There was no change in the patient’s condition during transport of the flight over to Charlevoix.  Patient was still very uncomfortable upon arrival at the hospital.  She could find no position of comfort.  This was our first ambulance run with our new paramedic instructors, Sam and Laura.  We were on our way to becoming an advanced life support agency.  We discussed that this lady probably had a kidney stone that was causing her serious pain.  If we had been an advanced life support agency, we would probably given her some medication to ease the pain after calling medical control and getting an order.  We would be able to do this kind of treatment in about one more year of class, and completion of paperwork for licensing at the advanced life support level.  Every run from here on became a run where we wished we had that advanced level of licensure already.  We now knew what we could have done, but couldn’t do it until people were licensed as paramedics and until the agency was licensed to provide the advanced level of care that we wanted to provide.  There was so much more to learn in the paramedic class, but so much we wanted to do for our patients.  The true motive for going to school for 18 months, every other weekend, was to be able to provide the care that our patients needed, and the care we could not provide, without the advanced life support ambulance.

This was also the year in which we helped our chronic EMS patients the most.  Our asthma patient was transported many times with difficulty breathing episodes.  Several times we would enter the house to help her and note the smell of cigarettes.  There were two asthma patients living in that home.  Both of them should have quit smoking.  No one in that home should be smoking while oxygen is being used in the home.  Unfortunately, neither of the asthma patients or any others living in the home could or would quit smoking.  Whether the trigger for the asthma attack was a house full of smoke or a house full of stress or a house full of illness, the BIEMS ambulance crew made many trips down the island to to help this very ill, very young lady.  In her middle 30’s, it was very sad to see her so ill so often.  BIEMS tried to act like a social worker.  We tried to get her to move into town closer to the medical center so that her treatment could be more frequent and less emergent.  We tried to get the others in the house to go outside to smoke.  It is close to impossible, when you are a smoker, to not want a cigarette when someone else is smoking.  Smoking is a very social habit as well.  When someone else lights up, you have a tendency to reach for a cigarette also.  Both our asthma patients in this house continued to smoke feeding the damage to their lungs.

Our other chronic EMS patient still had not gotten her diabetes under control.  Most of the time, BIEMS could predict the events leading up to her state of insulin shock.  Insulin shock is when the blood stream does not carry enough sugar to the brain.  Since the brain basically needs two things to survive which are oxygen and sugar, having too little sugar available to feed the brain is not a good condition to be in.  Our chronic diabetic would take her insulin by injection in the morning and then go about her typical day.  The day would consist of a lot of outdoor work including energy burning work.  This kind of work burns up the sugar quite quickly.  With enough insulin in the body to help the body use up the sugar, pretty soon the sugar stores are quite empty.  This happened at almost the same time every day with this patient.  Just a little before noon, her sugar levels in her blood would drop to a point that even with a glucometer, a device to measure sugar levels, the reading would not register a number.  It would just read “low”.  This patient needed to eat lunch a little before noon to allow her body to build the sugar level back up to acceptable levels for her brain.  If she did not eat lunch on time, her sugar levels would drop, and we would find her in some interesting places. 

One of those places was simply sitting in her rocking chair by her computer.  We might get a phone call from a bystander who just happened to stop by and find her sitting in the chair unresponsive.  If no one found her, she might slide out of the chair and onto the floor completely unconscious with airway problems besides the sugar problem.  We once found her outside slumped over a picnic table or back further on her property unresponsive in the garden.  This patient was also interestingly abusive and combative while her sugar level was low.  If the insulin shock time period was only about one hour to one and one-half hours, the patient would be alert enough to shout obscenities at anyone coming in the door to help her.  Between one and one-half and two and one-half hours in insulin shock, the patient would be very combative, and we would have to restrain her in order to get an IV started and use the medical sugar called D50 injected into her veins to help her out.  If the insulin shock time period was greater than two and one-half hours, we usually found this patient completely unresponsive with airway problems caused by her own mucous.  At this point she also usually had her teeth clenched, and we were able to help her only by giving him medical sugar D50 through the IV.  Most of the time, the patient would wake back up within a couple of minutes after administration of the D50.  She would be angry at herself, angry with her significant other, or angry with us for being in her house.  We all knew that this was not the person that we came to help.  There is no one who wants to be ill or injured.  Her sugar level in her blood determined her response to our treatment.  We all knew that.

We had requested and had received permission for some special protocols to be able to provide this advanced treatment to certain patients on the island.  We had worked to get an Epi-pen protocol to help adults and children with serious allergic reactions.  We had worked to get a D50 protocol to allow us to take care of insulin shock patients.  We had worked to get the Automatic External Defibrillator protocol to allow us to help our cardiac arrest patients.  All of these protocols required us to have special training sessions at least every six months.  BIEMS tried to offer this training every four months to keep the information fresh in our minds.  We had done all this for the simple reason that we wanted to help our Beaver Island friends, neighbors, and visitors with the advanced skills that were most likely to occur and with the care that could make a difference in whether a patient lived or died.  We had pushed the envelope of patient care beyond the level that was generally accepted in the State of Michigan.  Rural EMS needs to continue to do this.  Rural EMS needs to get the patient care to the patient.  The only way to accomplish this, without a complete paramedic course and upgrade to advance life support, is to document the numbers of patients who are having a specific condition.  Once documented, you can then begin to approach your medical director with the requested treatment.  Of course, some one will have to design the training program that allows this to move forward.  Then you have to want this special protocol, push for this special protocol, and document the special protocol once you have it in place.  This is how most of the things mentioned above have become common practice in areas without advanced life support in Michigan.

Neighbors and Friends Have Emergencies, Too

by Joe Moore

The local airline’s owners are not exempt from emergencies, either.  They have just the same luck of the draw as the rest of my friends and neighbors.  I once had a teacher of EMS classes that made the statement that stuck with me through the years.  Even though there seems to be the perception that local EMS groups are the “bastard son of the fire department.”  We seem to be the ones that are always begging for funding while the fire department gets funding above and beyond.  In the last two or three years, BIEMS ambulance are beginning to show their age, but the fire department just purchased two brand new fire trucks called pumpers, and they have a new tanker on the way which should make it to the Island before the ferry boat stops running for the year.  Back to my teacher’s statement, “When the people in your community make derogatory comments about EMS, you can use my come-back.  Here it is.  “One of these days, I will have you in the back of MY ambulance.  We’ll see what is important to you on that day.”  It does seem to work, and even if it doesn’t work to make the other person think, it makes me feel better. 

My wife and I had a friend whose father’s name was Harvey.  We got paged to his residence for an 83 year old man who was complaining of shortness of breath for 4 or 5 days.  He couldn’t do anything including getting up to go to the bathroom without being out of breath right away.  He had walked into the medical center with great difficulty to see the nurse practitioner.  He was alert and oriented, and his pupils were equal and reactive to light.  He had a very low blood pressure of 64/46, a pulse of 68 which was irregular, and respirations of 22.  His pulse oximeter reading was 93 on room air.  His skin was pale, but warm and dry.  We applied a non-rebreather mask with 100% oxygen, and his oximeter reading went up to 98%.  His lungs were clear, and he had no chest pain, but his chief complaint was difficulty breathing.  He had no history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  We had no idea what his medical problems were, but we started an IV, loaded him onto the cot, into the ambulance, and transported him to the local airport for transport to the mainland hospital.  He arrived at Charlevoix Hospital in much the same condition that he presented to EMS.

Even though there was no miracle diagnosis made by EMS, this ambulance run was one of the most important for our local EMS.  It demonstrated to all of us, experienced and green EMTs alike, that we don’t always have the answers for helping the patient, but we have the right method of getting the patient to the right place to hopefully find the right treatment to resolve the emergency that our patient is experiencing.  These emergencies can happen to anyone at any time with no prior notice.  On this ambulance run were three firefighter Medical First Responders, one green EMT who had just graduated from class and become licensed, and three experience EMTs. Was this way too many people to be at the patient’s home?  Did all these people get in the way?  The answers to these questions are always NO in the rural EMS area of function.  If each rural EMS person were to only respond when (s)he was the primary and secondary person at the emergency,(s)he may only respond to five or six emergencies within a years time.  Rural EMS is not as busy as urban EMS.  We don’t have 10 responses in a twelve hour shift.  We might only have ten responses spread over two months in the winter season.  It is also possible to have two emergencies occurring at the same time on the same day during the winter season after not having a single run for the last 30 plus days.  Our skills must still be sharp.  We still need to know how to operate all of the equipment.  We still need to be able to provide excellent patient care.  So, even if ten people show up at an emergency scene, they are all welcome to observe.  If ten of your friends and neighbors showed up when you were having a problem, wouldn’t you be glad to know you had that many people concerned about you and your problem?  I know I would be delighted to have these caring, willing participants come to help me out.  Another reason to have as many people as possible arrive on the scene is that you never know when you will need that many people.  An example that sticks out in my mind is a run down the island to the Lake Generserath area for a lady with difficulty breathing.  The primary roads were plowed, but secondary roads were not plowed yet.  We managed to get to the residence without too much difficulty, but the snow was not shoveled from the unplowed road to the house.  While two or three were shoveling the area for loading the patient and the walkway, the others were in the house taking care of the patient.  It’s always handy to have a few extra hands to help make the situation easier for all concerned.

My friend two miles down on the Kings Highway was having problems on this early June morning.  I was awakened by a page at 4:30 a.m. for a 51 year old male with rectal hemmorage.  He had been having small amounts of blood passed, “spotting” since 9:30 p.m. last night, but at 4 a.m. there appeared to be about “two cups of blood” in the bedpan according to his wife.  The patient has a history of difficulty breathing and was on continuous oxygen at home at 3 liters per minute.  The difficulty breathing was “caused by the drug used to treat him in Arizona,” according to his wife.  The patient’s vital signs were pulse of 50 and irregular, respirations of 40, and a blood pressure of 94/62.  These were not normal, but we didn’t know what this patient’s normal vital signs were.  We removed the patient from his home oxygen and started the patient on oxygen by non-rebreather mask at 100%, and his vital signs improved somewhat to blood pressure of 102/60 and respirations of 30 with an oxygen saturation level of 95% on the oxygen which continued to vary between 85-95% possible indicating a varying amount of peripheral circulation in his hands.  We placed a blue pad under the patient on the ambulance cot and also placed a 5 inch by 9 inch dressing in the location to help absorb any further bleeding.  We put the patient in his position of comfort, which was at a 45 degree angle for his back so he was semi-sitting up for ease in breathing.  We carefully loaded the patient into the back of the ambulance and began transport to the local airport.  Forty minutes after the initial response, the aircraft took off with the patient, his wife, and two EMTs aboard for the trip to Charlevoix Airport where all accompanied the patient to the emergency room.  The BIEMS EMTs gave report and turned the patient over to the ER staff.  After hugs and kisses on the cheeks, the BIEMS EMTs returned to the Charlevoix Airport by taxi ride in the Charlevoix EMS ambulance. The crew was very understanding and patient with us as we didn’t want to leave our friend and neighbor there in the ER even though that is where he needed to be.  We went back to the island, and we quietly cleaned up the ambulance, restocked, and prepared for our next patient.

Another neighbor down the East Side called for help the very next morning at 1 a.m.  He was a 65 year old male with abdominal pain that had started the previous evening about 6 p.m.  The pain progressively worsened until it was unbearable by midnight and finally by 1 a.m. called for help.  His last meal was dinner on the previous day of chicken with pasta and carrots.  The pain was going in “waves”, it was coming and going, and was in the upper abcominal area.  He was taking medication for high blood pressure and was using insulin as a diabetic.  His vital signs were pulse of 80, respirations of 16, but faster when the pain hit, slower when the pain subsided, blood pressure of 148/98.  We placed the patient on oxygen at 2 liters per minute by nasal cannula because his oximeter reading was 98 on room air.  We started an IV with normal saline to keep a vein open.  When we inserted the IV catheter, we also drew blood tubes for lab so that he would not need to get poked with another needle immediately in the hospital.  We placed the patient on his side on the ambulance cot and transported him to the hospital by normal means using the local airport.  Total time from response to flight off was 40 minutes.  Again, this response brought out nine responders at one o’clock in the morning.  Nine people got out of bed to help this neighbor and friend.  They were not all needed, but no one got in the way.  No one made jokes about the patient.   Every one of the responders was there because of the concern for the health of the patient.  When we got back to the island, we did not have to do any cleaning or stocking because that work was all done for us.  We got back to the island, after turning the patient over to the Charlevoix EMS crew, on the return flight, and we were even able to get back in bed and sleep a few hours before having to get up to start the new day. 

Beaver Island’s own doctor Bill was the physician who had retired here on Beaver Island.  He was on the medical center board.  He was the one who, after being retired for many years, was available when our PA had been off getting educated.  He was also the one who helped out when our PA had been shipped off to duty in the National Guard for the first problems in Iraq during Desert Storm.  It was Doctor Bill’s turn to need the services of our local EMS.  We were paged to his home about 8:30 a.m.  He was a 68 year old male patient who was a large man, very tall and very heavy.  The night before, around 11:30 p.m., he had started to have some chest pain.  He had self-medicated with nitroglycerin which had provided no relief.  He had tried antacid with no relief.  He had taken some Tylenol with codeine with no relief.  His chest pain was over his left chest, “and I’m probably having a heart attack.  My pain level is about an 8 on the scale of 10.”  His vital signs were pulse of 64 and regular, respirations of 22, and blood pressure of 210/100 with pale, but warm and dry skin.  He was completely alert with reactive pupils.  We started an IV in his right arm, and the nurse practitioner (his neighbor) had brought over the drug bag from her house, authorized morphine with a dose of 3 mg.  We started the oxygen by nasal canula at 4 liters per minute, and then gave the morphine.  His pain level went down to a three on the ten scale with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain ever felt by the patient.  The patient was helped onto the ambulance cot with the “stand, turn, and sit” procedure used so often in EMS.  The doctor was taken by our normal local airlines to Charlevoix.   We again did not turn the patient over to Charlevoix EMS crew because we wanted to accompany our patient and friend to the hospital.  When we arrived, Doctor Bill allowed us to give our report.  “Good job on the report, but I’d like to mention a few more things,” Doctor Bill stated calmly, and he continued talking to the doctor in the ER as we gathered our things, checked with his wife to see if there was anything we could do to help her, and loaded our equipment back into the Charlevoix ambulance for our return flight to the island.  We had to wait until almost noon to get back to the island on this July day because the flights to and from the island were full with tourists and returning islanders who wanted to be on the island for the Fourth of July celebrations.  We finally got back to the island, and again, it was nice to have all the work except the electrical paperwork completed.

In September, one of our firefighter medical first responder’s father was having a problem at 4:30 a.m.  We responded to the northwest beach area of the island to a 70 year old male patient who had been awakened by the dog at 3 a.m. and could not get back to sleep due to the pain in his chest.  After getting out of bed, he became “lightheaded”.  He had a history of a “mild heart attack” about one week ago, and he was on new medication.  He was by himself at the island residence because his wife was presently in the hospital.  EMS found the patient lying on the couch under two blankets.  He was alert and oriented, denied any shortness of breath, and had an oximeter reading of 97% on room air.  He denied having chest pain currently on our arrival, stating that it happened earlier before our arrival.  We transported this patient to the medical center taking vital signs enroute.  Pulse was 64 and regular, respirations were 16, and blood pressure was 158/72.  Medical control was contacted by phone, and the decision was made jointly by the nurse practitioner and our medical control director, who was on duty, to not transport the patient to the hospital.  This was one of the hardest things for us since we had had developed the most efficient method of transporting a patient to the hospital.  For our medical director to not make use of this service was really foreign to us.  BIEMS learned that some emergency patients do not need to be transported.  Some can be diagnosed and treated right here on Beaver Island without taking them to the mainland.

Since that day, we’ve become an advanced life support EMS service here on Beaver Island, and have been for fourteen years.  Having had the experience of having a patient treated and released is not foreign to us now.  We’ve had plenty of experience of working together to provide the emergent care that our patients have needed.  Take the patient that needed to go to the hospital, but refused to be transported.  On the mainland, the EMS providers would do one of two things; either get a signed release from liability or get a law enforcement person to take the patient into custody.  While we have done both over the years, this patient wasn’t consenting to the air transport portion of the process of getting the patient to the hospital.  He has serious symptoms but he refused to fly in a licensed air transport vehicle, no matter who operated it.  He had heart attack symptoms of chest pain radiating to the shoulder.  He didn’t refuse the treatments which were provided, but he would not consent to the emergency air transport.  Without going into the details of why, the how we got him to go to the hospital is easy.  We made arrangements for him to fly over on a regular air taxi flight, but had an ambulance waiting for him on the mainland to take him to the hospital.

Another patient refused to be transported recently.  The patient had had stroke symptoms on one of the outer islands.  He had managed to have a friend make a cell phone call to 911, but then his “friend” left him to go back to their camp on the west side of the island.   Some wonderful citizens had a very fast boat that got us over to the outer island named High Island.  There was no information about the location, except somewhere along the East or North sides of the island.  This very fast boat took a paramedic and a basic EMT along with the boat captain and his friend.  We got there in the shortest time I’ve ever had for a trip to High Island.  We searched the entire east side of the island looking with binoculars along the shoreline, and then we turned around and headed back north  We went into the little indentation in the shoreline, and someone yelled, “I smell smoke.”

We got in a little closer and the captain said, “There!  There’s the smoke.  We’ll beach the boat and get in there to find him.”  Getting right up to the sandy shore proved easy enough putting the bow on the shore.  The older paramedic took a little time to get down off the boat after climbing up onto the front deck and sliding down the front side of the boat.  The younger EMT by a few years had no problems at all and took off toward the smell and sight of the smoke.  We found our kayaker patient down around the point on the north side of the northeast point about forty yards to the west.  He had been very wet, and he was very cold.  He was slurring his speech.  We built up the fire and brought blankets to help him warm up.  We dried his socks and shoes by placing them near the fire.  We had him take off his pants and shirt, and we propped them using branches by the fire to get them dried.  The patient was hypothermic.

It was going to be dusk in about an hour, but we needed to get this man dry and warm.  When his clothes were dry, we helped him get dressed and wrapped him in blankets and walked him to the boat.  He was a little unsteady on his feet, so we walked alongside and helped him get there.  The captain’s father had showed up with a smaller boat, so the kayak and the camping gear went into that boat that would take a little longer to get back to Beaver Island.  We completely covered him from head to toe with blankets making sure that he would be out of the cool breeze as the sun was beginning to set. The patient was helped up into the boat and was placed on the deck.  We took two hot packs from our jump kit and wrapped them in gauze.  We called on the radio and requested the medical center provider to meet us at the medical center.  We asked for more help to meet us at the dock.

In less than a half hour we were passing the Whiskey Point Light and entering Paradise Bay, the harbor on the north end of Beaver Island.  It was dusk.  The ambulance met us at the St. James Marine dock.  We walked the hobbling patient to the cot, loaded him onto the cot, covered him with dry blankets, and headed to the medical center.  We replaced the hot packs in his armpits, placed two more down by his groin, and put one on each side of his neck.  A complete patient assessment had been done on this short trip to the medical center, the medical center provider had been contacted on the way in the harbor, so we were met at the back door.  We wheeled the patient into the exam room, and immediately replaced the cold damp blankets with warmed blankets that the extra EMTs and MFRs had placed in the dryer. We kept replacing the blankets as they cooled with more warm blankets. 

The patient has slurred speech, had walked like he had lost coordination, and would not consent to air transport to the mainland.  He refused to leave his kayak and his camping gear on the island.  No amount of talking could convince him to go to the hospital.  After getting a refusal of transport form signed, all the while telling the patient that he could call 911 again if he needed us.  The EMS people hung around until the patient’s body temperature was close to normal.  His vital signs became normal also.  The patient needed a warm place to spend the night, so motel room arrangements were made.  I transported him to the motel after being released from the medical center.  I also agreed to pick him up in the morning after arranging for his stuff to get down to the boat dock.  He still had the same symptoms when I picked him up in the morning including the lack of coordination and the slurring of speech.  I had him call someone to meet him on the other side of the water in Charlevoix to help him with his equipment.  He handed me the phone, and I told the person on the other end of the phone to make sure he got to a doctor or to the ER for evaluation.  That’s the best our EMS could do.  We’ll all wonder how this man turned out with his symptoms.  Did they ever improve?  Or, was he destined to have this condition for the rest of his life?

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

BICS End of School Year Calendar

Vacation Bible School

Please Join Us at…

Featuring…

“Weird Animals: Where Jesus’s Love is One-of-a-Kind”
June 30th, July 1st & 2nd
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For children ages 3 – 12.
(Arts & Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Imagination Stations, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church
***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 2nd…Details to follow.***

As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.
If you would like to make a donation to this program, please send it to the Beaver Island Christian Church, earmarked for VBS!

Brought to you by: Beaver Island Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the St. James Episcopal Mission

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 or debrob2@yahoo.com
Or
Kim Mitchell 448-2532 or beaverislandkim@gmail.com

***Volunteers Needed***

From Holy Cross

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day: “Patrick,” an award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), with Gabriel Byrne ( The Usual Suspects), as the voice of Patrick offers a dramatic new look at one of the best loved icons of world religion. The story of St. Patrick is part adventure and a tale of spiritual awakening. Filmed entirely on location in Ireland featuring an Emmy nominated soundtrack will be shown at 430pm. Saint Patrick’s Day in the Church. Running time: 60 minutes.

 

The Green Flag--The Irish Flag

March Mass Intentions

Fundraising Dinner for Donna Gillespie

Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub

4-8 pm, March 8, 2015

You still have two hours to get there and help out Donna Gillespie's family.

Salad and deserts.........pasta and ground beef and turkey...........Three sauces

A couple of chefs working in the kitchen

The three options for sauces are: Mushroom and Bell Pepper, Marinara, and Stoney Alfredo.

The restaurant and the pub were packed at 5:30 p.m., but there are still a couple of hours for you to get out there and help out. This is for a very good cause, and the support will be appreciated.

BICS Alumni Basketball Tournament and Chili/Soup Cook-Off

March 6, 2015

What a wonderful gathering of island people! This was the best collection of soups and chilis ever in the Cook-Off history! The support by island residents was amazing! The basketball could be summed up by this quote: "I've never laughed so hard at a basketball game in my life." As the saying goes, "A good time was had by all."

Thirty-nine unique IP addresses watched the event using http://beaverisland.tv.

The Grand Prize Winner is the only chili/soup that has a larger picture attached to it.

Besides the soups and the chili, there were rolls and biscuits as well as cookies and cupcakes. Lots of excellent food was prepared.

Video clip of the soups and chilis

 

Congratulations to last night's Chili/Soup Cook Off Winners!
1st Place: Brian Antkoviak's VENISON CHILI
2nd Place: Pam Moxham's GAZPACHO
3rd Place: Susan Avery's MUM'S BEST CHILI


People's Choice Award went to Mark Pearson's TEXAS HOT CHILI

Alumni Basketball Game 1 and Halftime

Alumni Basketball Game 2 and Halftime

Alumni Championship Game Cook-off Announcements, and Awards

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

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St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

Special St. James Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

10 a.m., March 4, 2015

The first motion was made by Supervisor Bill Haggard to keep this meeting open to the public and to wave the client/lawyer privilege regarding the topics of this meeting. This motion was passed unanimously by the board members present.

Township Lawyer Graham on the phone.....Lawyer and Auditor on the right

Plenty of interest shown by the audience

Lawyer......Stephen Peacock, CPA........Gary Voogt....

Here is a copy of the document packet that each board member had to refer to during this special meeting. The meeting was regarding the sewer system, the accounting practices of the township, and changes necessary to move forward in finances and accounting in St. James Township. It became apparent that there has been something wrong in the methods of accounting, related to the sewer fund, going back as far a 2002, making thirteen years of errors that need to be corrected.

There was a large quantity of emotional frustration floating around in the background during this meeting. Although accusations were seemingly held at bay in the public meeting, there were insinuations apparent during these two hours of meeting. The video of the entire two hour meeting will be available when processed, and subscribers to Beaver Island News on the 'Net will have access to this video.

All of the discussion led up to two motions made at the end of the meeting that authorized the auditing firm the authority to access, inspect, and go back into the records as necessary to get the township in a position to comply with the State of Michigan requirements for these individual funds, but specifically, the Sewer Fund, using whatever means necessary, including the authority to use law enforcement, if necessary, to get this information.

The second accomplishment in a motion was to have the auditing firm inspect the recommended changes in Quickbooks to make certain that these errors in accounting would not continue. There appeared the hint of resolution in the air, but the emotional frustrations were still present including anger and hurt.

Video available HERE

History of the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids

A Short History

(Provided by Dee Gallagher)

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

Language for Operational millage, Airport millage, and Transfer Station millage

This language was approved at the St. James Township Meeting on 2/4/15.


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