B. I. News on the 'Net, March 2-31, 2020


lssued Morch 31, 2020

The Health Department or Northwest Michigan, in collaboration with the Northern Michigan  Public Health Alliance (NMPHA), issues the following advisory to protect the health of the public in the 31- county NMPHA region :

Northern Michigan Counties are seeing an influx of individuals who are seeking shelter from areas with significant COVID-19 community spread or returning from travel outside of these counties. While we understand the desire to seek shelter in our communities with fewer COVID cases, this potenially poses an unnecessary risk to all residents of Northern Michigan.

The increased population to the northern Michigan area places a substantial strain on our communities as travelers seek supplies  such as groceries and toiletries, as well as potentially needing health care in the event.they become sick. During this public health crisis, many rural communities may not be equipped with personnel, supplies or resources for a surge in population.

If you still choose to travel to your seasonal home or return home from travel, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, in addition to the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance, is advising that you abide by the following guidelines:

  1. If you are sick, stay at home and do not leave your residence.
  2. If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider for assistance.
  3. All individuals traveling to seasonal homes or returning home from areas with community spread should self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to your destination.

4. Following the 14-day self-quarantine period, please obey the Governor's "Stay at Home" order and do not go out unless absolutely necessary.

5, All residents, whether full time or seasonal, should adhere to the Governor's Stay at Home order and only venture out to obtain essential supplies and services when absolutely necessary. If you do need to go out, please adhere to social distancing protocols and limit the number of people going out for supplie sor services.

By following these simple guidelines, the risk for spreading COVID-19 lowers significantly, thus protecting everyone who lives, works, and plays in beautiful northern Michigan.

Antrim Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego County residents who need resources can call 211 or utilize the Health Department's free Community Connections program by calling 1·800-432-4121.

Lisa Peacock, RN,MSN, WHN-PBC, Health Officer

Video Report from BITV

March 2020

Month Unique visitors Number of Visits Bandwidth
January 805 1334 309 MB
February 460 893 294 MB
March 640 1113 379 MB

Over the first quarter of 2020, BITV has had a total of 1905 unique visitors, with 3340 visits, and total bandwidth used of 982 MB. This report comes from the website host.

The hits on this website page is in the 30-40 range during the week, Monday through Friday, but usually jumps up on Saturday and Sunday to 86 and 205 respectively.

Video server #1 Statistics

ID of Video

Unique IPs Views Data transfer


384 736 17.2 GB

BINN video

225 360 26,4 GB

Archived video

142 158 1,8 GB

Total of 743 Unique IPs, 1254 views, and data transfer of 45.4 GB

Video Server #2 Live Streamed Video

The live streamed server has had 621 views, 244 viewers, and 64 hours of video watched.

The majority of the viewers are, of course, from Michigan at 431 views, next is Florida with 65 views, followed by 36 from Nevada, and 32 from Indiana.There are viewers in fourteen different states, and a few from Ireland.

So, in this first quarter, Beaver Island TV has been used by many, and the editor has been busy working to provide this service to the community. Many thanks to Dawn Marsh for her help in getting this information out to the public.

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It's been a busy quarter for Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

From Chamber Director Paul Cole

March 31, 2020

These are difficult times, and every community across the world is adjusting and responding to significant changes, including our small island. In the face of immense uncertainties and challenges, Beaver Islanders remain strong, resilient, and caring with small acts of kindness still happening daily. Our Beaver Island community continues to support each other whether it is through an anonymous gift of a take out dinner, a mailed in tip to their regular waitress, or a phone call to ask if we are okay. Everyone is doing whatever he or she can to see that we continue to support each other through these days of isolation. The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce would like to take a moment and thank all of the island business and services that continue to serve the community by doing their part during this unparalleled time.

Powers Hardware continues to provide tools, supplies, and guidance on projects. During this time we can use our responsible social distancing to tackle those needed home projects.

Island Energies is helping keep us fueled in our cars and homes. We can still hit the road to enjoy the Island while we are socially distancing by spending some of our time connecting with the beautiful island nature and spending time with our families. They are also continuing to provide pick up food and essentials to help keep us going.

Shamrock Restaurant continues it’s service to our community by providing great take out meals with a regular menu and is adding fantastic specials throughout the week.

Dalwhinnie’s Deli is providing us with breakfast and lunch take out orders filled with home baked freshness and care 5 days a week.

McDonough’s Market continues to provide those high quality provisions, with customer service that is above and beyond during this critical time. They’ve recently revamped their entire operation to provide you with your order of groceries safely in the parking lot and have posted their isles of supplies on Facebook.

Whiskey Point Brewery is still opening weekly for take out original and special island craft beer and wine.

Island Airways continues to provide Beaver Island with the essential and necessary services to keep us going and supported. They are providing transportation to and from the island, mail, UPS, prescription and grocery deliveries, and are at the ready for air ambulance service if needed.

Fresh Air Aviation is continuing to meet essential transportation and service needs for the Island community at this time.

Beaver Island Boat Company is gearing up to provide essential services later this week to get those spring supplies to our Island community.

PABI/WVBI is providing us with great music and information to keep our Island community updated and entertained.

Roberts John Service continues to provide all of your plumbing and electrical needs during a time where home maintenance is especially important.

Northern Islander whose wonderful articles and updates about the Island community will help keep us informed and together.

Eager Beaver Clean & Store, LLC,  continues to meet all of your  laundry needs.

Beaver Island Medical Center, EMS, and Fire department, staff and volunteers are on the frontlines, and on call 24/7 to provide immediate, competent, and caring emergency services.

Public Safety- our Law Enforcement keeping us safe and secure.  

Beaver Island Community School teachers, staff, and board are ensuring that the needs of our Island children are being met by providing quality education for students in virtual formats.

Township boards are continuing to guide and inform the public while working diligently on community goals.

U. S. Postal Service is always open, efficient, and friendly, and there to keep us informed and connected with the rest of the world during these times.

Beaver Island Transfer Station is continuing to handle the Islands waste needs in a friendly, efficient manner.

These businesses, and many, many, others, along with the Islanders behind them, help keep us running. It’s a good reminder that while all of these changes may be jarring, the Island business and people who run them care about this community, and always have. The truth is that this list could go on and on, because everyone in our Island community has been doing their part to keep us safe, even if that is by staying home, and for that we want to make sure to say THANK YOU! This is what makes our Island special.

Beaver Island will continue to practice social distancing, and the public and private sectors have helped set up protocols that prioritize safety while still providing essential services. If you are a resident currently on the mainland and choose to return to your Island home, the Chamber thanks you for following CDC guidelines and observing a two-week quarantine for your community's safety.

Soon, we will welcome spring to the shores of Beaver Island. Temperatures will rise, flowers will bloom. Eventually, this pandemic will pass, and life will return to its usual rhythm. When it’s safe, know that the Chamber will do everything in its power to support the business and the Island community as we transition back to normality.

Until then, we will work together to weather this storm together. We will continue to lift our hands in a kind wave as we pass each other on the road, we will continue to work hard and lift each other up. Most importantly, we will protect each other by staying apart now, so that we may come together later. These are trying times but we will get through this together. Thank you to each and every Islander for their resilience and support.

Walter Daniels, RIP

1923 - 2020

Walter “Wally” Daniels, 96, Cheboygan, Michigan, passed away peacefully March 29, 2020, at home.

Walter was born October 26, 1923, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Felix and Mabel (Tipler) Daniels. He was a member of St. Mary and St. Charles Catholic Church in Cheboygan, Michigan. Walter married Fannie Louise Maddix of De Pere, WI, January 15, 1944.

Walter was an excellent bowler, golfer, and was a life-long avid fisherman and hunter which he enjoyed up to the age of 94.

During World War II, he served as a Marine in the South Pacific. He was badly injured in a jeep rollover accident (legs crushed) during the war and spent much of 1943 in a body cast in Oakland Naval Hospital, mustering out of the Marines early 1944. He began a career in paper making with the Hoberg Paper Co. (Charmin) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Charmin Paper Co. was bought by Procter & Gamble in 1956. After being promoted, he and his family transferred to Cheboygan, MI in 1961 where he retired as Paper Making Specialist Manager in 1985. After his retirement, he and Fannie would go out to Pops Bakery Shop for coffee and donuts after church. Pop (Wallace Rash) was a baker by trade but had bought land to build a restaurant along with dreams of building a golf course. Walter, having a background in landscaping from his youth and a lot of free time on his hands, started drawing out a potential course on napkins. What started out on napkins became the Rippling Rapids Golf Course over the years with Walter building all eighteen greens by hand. After his first wife passed away in 2002, he married Lynne (Rash) Pelcha Oct 25, 2003.

Walter is survived by his wife: Lynne Rash-Daniels, Cheboygan, MI, children: Walter (Sally), Maineville, OH; Linda Daniels-Goodrich, Gloucester, VA, stepson: Michael (Courtney) Pelcha, Indian River, MI; brothers-in-law: Tim Rash, John (Patricia) Rash, Peter (Janine) Rash; his grandchildren: Gina (Scott) Wollangur, Janice (Scott) Holden, Walter (Tiffany) Daniels III, Janelle (Billy) Cook, Todd (Brenda) Goodrich, Paula (Mike) Provo, Adam (April) Goodrich, great-grandchildren: Tricia (Josh) Dunn, Kelsi (Kyle) Reger, Tyler Cunningham, Jordan Cunningham, Ellie Cannady, Kinsey Daniels, Mikey Cook, Mark Goodrich, Carl (Daniel) Goodrich-Gonzalez, Eric Goodrich, Nick (Kim) Goodrich, Breanna Goodrich, Dylan Goodrich, Kara Goodrich, Lacy Nixon, great great-children: Tara Goodrich, Oliver Goodrich; many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, first wife Fannie, an infant son Felix V. Daniels: his brother Thomas, sisters, Leola VanderLinden and Edith Amerson, sisters-in-law: Shirley (Jim) Stammer,  Loula Maddix- Wildfong, Effie (Al) Trepanier and brothers-in-law: James Maddix, Walter Maddix and William Rash.

Entombment will be at Ft. Howard Mausoleum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A celebration of life will be scheduled later.

Memorials or gifts may be made to the Cheboygan County Humane Society cheboyganpets@hughes.net or Hospice of the Straits, 722 South St, Cheboygan, MI 49721.

(Editor's Note: This is Courtney Moore Pelcha's father-in-law Wally.)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 31, 2020

Yup, slept in. Seems like when you're quarantined you lose track of days and time. So, right now I'm showing 33°, feels like 31°, wind is from the NE at 6 mph, humidity is 83%, dew point is 29°, pressure is 30.15 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be cloudy with a high of about 39°. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight it will still be cloudy with a slight chance of a rain showers. Lows around 34° and winds light and variable.

ON THIS DATE in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers.

In 1889, to honor of the centenary of the French Revolution, the French government planned an international exposition and announced a design competition for a monument to be built on the Champ-de-Mars in central Paris. Out of more than 100 designs submitted, the Centennial Committee chose Eiffel’s plan of an open-lattice wrought-iron tower that would reach almost 1,000 feet above Paris and be the world’s tallest man-made structure. Eiffel, a noted bridge builder, was a master of metal construction and designed the framework of the Statue of Liberty that had recently been erected in New York Harbor.

Eiffel’s tower was greeted with skepticism from critics who argued that it would be structurally unsound, and indignation from others who thought it would be an eyesore in the heart of Paris. Unperturbed, Eiffel completed his great tower under budget in just two years. Only one worker lost his life during construction, which at the time was a remarkably low casualty number for a project of that magnitude. The light, airy structure was by all accounts a technological wonder and within a few decades came to be regarded as an architectural masterpiece.

The Eiffel Tower is 984 feet tall and consists of an iron framework supported on four masonry piers, from which rise four columns that unite to form a single vertical tower. Platforms, each with an observation deck, are at three levels. Elevators ascend the piers on a curve, and Eiffel contracted the Otis Elevator Company of the United States to design the tower’s famous glass-cage elevators.

The elevators were not completed by March 31, 1889, however, so Gustave Eiffel ascended the tower’s stairs with a few hardy companions and raised an enormous French tricolor on the structure’s flagpole. Fireworks were then set off from the second platform. Eiffel and his party descended, and the architect addressed the guests and about 200 workers. In early May, the Paris International Exposition opened, and the tower served as the entrance gateway to the giant fair.

The Eiffel Tower remained the world’s tallest man-made structure until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. Incredibly, the Eiffel Tower was almost demolished when the International Exposition’s 20-year lease on the land expired in 1909, but its value as an antenna for radio transmission saved it. It remains largely unchanged today and is one of the world’s premier tourist attractions. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT there is a word for the na na nas and la la las in song lyrics that don't have any meaning? It's vocable. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY plenary (PLEN-uh-ree) which means:
1 : complete in every respect : absolute, unqualified
2 : fully attended or constituted by all entitled to be present
In the 14th century, the monk Robert of Brunne described a situation in which all the knights of King Arthur's Round Table were present at court by writing, "When Arthures court was plener, and alle were comen, fer and ner.…" For many years, plener (also spelled plenar) served English well for both senses that we reserve for plenary today. But we'd borrowed plener from Anglo-French, and, although the French had relied on Latin plenus ("full") for their word, the revival of interest in the Classics during the English Renaissance led scholars to prefer purer Latin origins. In the 15th century, English speakers turned to Late Latin plenarius and came up with plenary. (Plenarius also comes from plenus, which is the source of our plenty and replenish as well.) (merriam-webster.com)

Erosion on the NE Side of Beaver Island

March 30, 2020

BINN did a story on the erosion issues on the East Side of Beaver Island, but it seemed necessary to check out some shoreline on the northeast and north part of the island as well. Not surprising, the sandy bluffs are where there is erosion issues in the highest degree, just like on the East Side of Beaver Island. None of the homes that were checked were in any danger at this time, but the wind and the waves have worked really hard to erode the sand dunes.

A few examples of the erosion seen on this trip:

View a gallery of photos for this trip HERE

View video of this trip HERE

Holy Cross Bulletin for April

March 30, 2020

Carlisle Road Deer

March 30, 2020

Although these deer do not come by Carlisle Road every day during the daytime, it is surely nice to see this group of deer have survived the crazy winter. The mom and her two little ones were joined on this day by three others. They were checking out the ground under the bird feeders first and were finally scared away by the traffic on King's Highway.

"Hey, Mom, how come we aren't running away from that human?"

"Okay, we will, but those sunflower seeds were tasty."

"Can we play, too? .......No, head across the road and down Jimmy's driveway."

And they did!

Birds and Fog

March 30, 2020

The last few days may seem to be boring to some while they are locked up in the house with coronavirus on their minds. There is still a lot to see on Beaver Island during this "Stay Home, Stay Safe" period of time. While not connecting with many people, saying "Hello" from a distance still seems to make sense, and the Beaver Island wave as you go by is still a cultural habit and makes all feel better.

Going out to take pictures is still self isolation, and over the last few days it make sense.

View a small gallery of fog and birds HERE

The first loon of the season??

Fog across the harbor

Beaver Island Bald Eagle

Courtesy of Wings of Wonder

March 30, 2020

The Beaver Island Bald Eagle is now fully recovered. We are just waiting for the Corona Virus quarantine to be over and it is safe to bring him back up to the island where he can fly free once again. In the meantime he seems rather content to enjoy this 'holiday' and all the daily free meals.

View video clip provided by Wings of Wonder HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 30, 2020

Cloudy skies this morning, 36°, feels like 30°, wind is from the NNW at 8 mph, humidity is 89%, dew point is 33°, pressure is rising from 29.88 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today: flurries or snow showers are possible early. Overcast. Temperature in the mid 30s. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight, considerable cloudiness, low around 31°, winds from the north at 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1981, President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr.

The president had just finished addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel and was walking with his entourage to his limousine when Hinckley, standing among a group of reporters, fired six shots at the president, hitting Reagan and three of his attendants. White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head and critically wounded, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy was shot in the side, and District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahanty was shot in the neck. After firing the shots, Hinckley was overpowered and pinned against a wall, and President Reagan, apparently unaware that he’d been shot, was shoved into his limousine by a Secret Service agent and rushed to the hospital.

The president was shot in the left lung, and the .22 caliber bullet just missed his heart. In an impressive feat for a 70-year-old man with a collapsed lung, he walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power. As he was treated and prepared for surgery, he was in good spirits and quipped to his wife, Nancy, ”Honey, I forgot to duck,” and to his surgeons, “Please tell me you’re Republicans.” Reagan’s surgery lasted two hours, and he was listed in stable and good condition afterward.

The next day, the president resumed some of his executive duties and signed a piece of legislation from his hospital bed. On April 11, he returned to the White House. Reagan’s popularity soared after the assassination attempt, and at the end of April he was given a hero’s welcome by Congress. In August, this same Congress passed his controversial economic program, with several Democrats breaking ranks to back Reagan’s plan. By this time, Reagan claimed to be fully recovered from the assassination attempt. In private, however, he would continue to feel the effects of the nearly fatal gunshot wound for years.

Of the victims of the assassination attempt, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and D.C. policeman Thomas Delahanty eventually recovered. James Brady, who nearly died after being shot in the eye, suffered permanent brain damage. He later became an advocate of gun control, and in 1993 Congress passed the “Brady Bill,” which established a five-day waiting period and background checks for prospective gun buyers. President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law.

After being arrested on March 30, 1981, 25-year-old John Hinckley was booked on federal charges of attempting to assassinate the president. He had previously been arrested in Tennessee on weapons charges. In June 1982, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. In the trial, Hinckley’s defense attorneys argued that their client was ill with narcissistic personality disorder, citing medical evidence, and had a pathological obsession with the 1976 film Taxi Driver, in which the main character attempts to assassinate a fictional senator.

His lawyers claimed that Hinckley saw the movie more than a dozen times, was obsessed with the lead actress, Jodie Foster, and had attempted to reenact the events of the film in his own life. Thus the movie, not Hinckley, they argued, was the actual planning force behind the events that occurred on March 30, 1981.

The verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity” aroused widespread public criticism, and many were shocked that a would-be presidential assassin could avoid been held accountable for his crime. However, because of his obvious threat to society, he was placed in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, a mental institution. In the late 1990s, Hinckley’s attorney began arguing that his mental illness was in remission and thus had a right to return to a normal life.

Beginning in August 1999, he was allowed supervised day trips off the hospital grounds and later was allowed to visit his parents once a week unsupervised. The Secret Service voluntarily monitored him during these outings. In 2016, he was given a conditional release to move in with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 2018, a judge ruled he can now live within 75 miles of Williamsburg, provided he meets regularly with his psychiatrist and social worker, among other conditions. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT you have Morton's toe if your second toe is bigger than your big toe?

WORD OF THE DAY laissez-faire (less-ay-FAIR) which means:
1 : a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights
2 : a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action
The French phrase laissez faire literally means "allow to do," with the idea being "let people do as they choose." The origins of laissez-faire are associated with the Physiocrats, a group of 18th-century French economists who believed that government policy should not interfere with the operation of natural economic laws. The actual coiner of the phrase may have been French economist Vincent de Gournay, or it may have been François Quesnay, who is considered the group's founder and leader. The original phrase was laissez faire, laissez passer, with the second part meaning "let (things) pass." Laissez-faire, which first showed up in an English context in the first half of the 19th century, can still mean "a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs," but it is also used in broader contexts in which a "hands-off" or "anything-goes" policy or attitude is adopted. It is frequently used attributively before another noun. (merriam-webster.com)

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m.

March 29, 2020

Father Jim Siler

View video of this service HERE

Christian Church 11 a.m.

March 29, 2020


Pastor Lee Bracey

Pastor Bracey's Sermons for the last two Sundays

Don't Let Anything Steal Your Blessings, March 22, 2020

Dealing With Worry, March 29. 2020

View video of this service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 29, 2020

I'm showing 40°, feels like 28°, wind is from the east at 16 mph, humidity is 97%, dew point is 40°, pressure is falling from 29.40 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Expect rain this morning with showers continuing into this afternoon. High of 44°. Wind from the SE at 10 to 20 mph.Tonight expect rain showers and then a few snow showers overnight. Low near 35°. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. A good day to stay in....oh yeah, we have to do that anyhow.

ON THIS DATE in 1973, Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam as Hanoi frees the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. America’s direct eight-year intervention in the Vietnam War was at an end. In Saigon, some 7,000 U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees remained behind to aid South Vietnam in conducting what looked to be a fierce and ongoing war with communist North Vietnam.

In 1961, after two decades of indirect military aid, U.S. President John F. Kennedy sent the first large force of U.S. military personnel to Vietnam to bolster the ineffectual autocratic regime of South Vietnam against the communist North. Three years later, with the South Vietnamese government crumbling, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered limited bombing raids on North Vietnam, and Congress authorized the use of U.S. troops. By 1965, North Vietnamese offensives left President Johnson with two choices: escalate U.S. involvement or withdraw. Johnson ordered the former, and troop levels soon jumped to more than 300,000 as U.S. air forces commenced the largest bombing campaign in history.

During the next few years, the extended length of the war, the high number of U.S. casualties, and the exposure of U.S. involvement in war crimes, such as the massacre at My Lai, helped turn many in the United States against the Vietnam War. The communists’ Tet Offensive of 1968 crushed U.S. hopes of an imminent end to the conflict and galvanized U.S. opposition to the war. In response, Johnson announced in March 1968 that he would not seek reelection, citing what he perceived to be his responsibility in creating a perilous national division over Vietnam. He also authorized the beginning of peace talks.

In the spring of 1969, as protests against the war escalated in the United States, U.S. troop strength in the war-torn country reached its peak at nearly 550,000 men. Richard Nixon, the new U.S. president, began U.S. troop withdrawal and “Vietnamization” of the war effort that year, but he intensified bombing. Large U.S. troop withdrawals continued in the early 1970s as President Nixon expanded air and ground operations into Cambodia and Laos in attempts to block enemy supply routes along Vietnam’s borders. This expansion of the war, which accomplished few positive results, led to new waves of protests in the United States and elsewhere.

Finally, in January 1973, representatives of the United States, North and South Vietnam, and the Vietcong signed a peace agreement in Paris, ending the direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War. Its key provisions included a cease-fire throughout Vietnam, the withdrawal of U.S. forces, the release of prisoners of war, and the reunification of North and South Vietnam through peaceful means. The South Vietnamese government was to remain in place until new elections were held, and North Vietnamese forces in the South were not to advance further nor be reinforced.

In reality, however, the agreement was little more than a face-saving gesture by the U.S. government. Even before the last American troops departed on March 29, the communists violated the cease-fire, and by early 1974 full-scale war had resumed. At the end of 1974, South Vietnamese authorities reported that 80,000 of their soldiers and civilians had been killed in fighting during the year, making it the most costly of the Vietnam War.

On April 30, 1975, the last few Americans still in South Vietnam were airlifted out of the country as Saigon fell to communist forces. North Vietnamese Colonel Bui Tin, accepting the surrender of South Vietnam later in the day, remarked, “You have nothing to fear; between Vietnamese there are no victors and no vanquished. Only the Americans have been defeated.” The Vietnam War was the longest and most unpopular foreign war in U.S. history and cost 58,000 American lives. As many as two million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians were killed. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Crepuscular rays are rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. AKA what your aunt might have called "God's rays." (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY quixotic (kwik-SAH-tik) which means:
1 : foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
2 : capricious, unpredictable
If you guessed that quixotic has something to do with Don Quixote, you're absolutely right. The hero of Miguel de Cervantes' 17th-century Spanish novel El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (in English "The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha") didn't change the world by tilting at windmills, but he did leave a linguistic legacy in English. The adjective quixotic is based on his name and has been used to describe unrealistic idealists since at least the early 18th century. The novel has given English other words as well. Dulcinea, the name of Quixote's beloved, has come to mean "mistress" or "sweetheart," and rosinante, which is sometimes used to refer to an old, broken-down horse, comes from the name of the hero's less-than-gallant steed, Rocinante. (merriam-webster.com)

From the BI Cultural Arts Association

March 28, 2020

Dear Baroque on Beaver Lovers,           

On Beaver Island there are still patches of snow where the plows pushed it together.  There is little ice in the harbor, so Mother Nature is showing all the normal signs of the coming of Spring.  However, there is also something very serious in the air and that is Covid-19.  I’m sure you are all sick of hearing about it.  Though at this time we don't have the information we need to make important decisions about the 2020 Festival, please know the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff is of the utmost importance to us.  With that said, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association has met, discussed the future, and decided WE WILL NOT CANCEL THE FESTIVAL at this time, but continue to evaluate the situation and make a determination when we have a better sense of what is going on. 

Meanwhile, Festival Director Matthew Thomas, Music Director Robert Nordling, Choral Director Kevin Simons, Operations Director Allison Kistler, and Librarian Laura Schipper have all been hard at work to create a fantastic festival this year, and they will continue their efforts.  As of now, we will move forward toward what we know will be another superb Baroque on Beaver Festival for 2020.

Thank you as always for your support and love for Beaver Island and Baroque on Beaver.  We are truly blessed to have you as part of our community.  Please keep yourself and your family safe, and fingers crossed that we will gather to celebrate great music and each other’s company this summer.

For the BICAA Board,

Tamara McDonough

Dorothy Gerber Strings Practice Challenge

March 28, 2020

Two Beaver Island students in this program were recognized in the practice challenge. They were Sophie McDonough and Elish Richards.

View the edited video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 28, 2020

It's 35° this morning, feels like 30°, wind is from the east at 8 mph, humidity is 89%, dew point is 32°, pressure is falling from 29.88 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Expect cloudy skies and occasional rain showers today. High around 40°. Winds will continue from the east at 10 to 20 mph. 70% chance of rain. Tonight will be windy with periods of rain. Low of 37°. Winds from the east at 20 to 30 mph with higher wind gusts possible.

ON THIS DATE in 1979, at 4:00 a.m., the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously overheat.

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was built in 1974 on a sandbar on Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, just 10 miles downstream from the state capitol in Harrisburg. In 1978, a second state-of-the-art reactor began operating on Three Mile Island, which was lauded for generating affordable and reliable energy in a time of energy crises.

After the cooling water began to drain out of the broken pressure valve on the morning of March 28, 1979, emergency cooling pumps automatically went into operation. Left alone, these safety devices would have prevented the development of a larger crisis. However, human operators in the control room misread confusing and contradictory readings and shut off the emergency water system. The reactor was also shut down, but residual heat from the fission process was still being released. By early morning, the core had heated to over 4,000 degrees, just 1,000 degrees short of meltdown. In the meltdown scenario, the core melts, and deadly radiation drifts across the countryside, fatally sickening a potentially great number of people.

As the plant operators struggled to understand what had happened, the contaminated water was releasing radioactive gases throughout the plant. The radiation levels, though not immediately life-threatening, were dangerous, and the core cooked further as the contaminated water was contained and precautions were taken to protect the operators. Shortly after 8 a.m., word of the accident leaked to the outside world. The plant’s parent company, Metropolitan Edison, downplayed the crisis and claimed that no radiation had been detected off plant grounds, but the same day inspectors detected slightly increased levels of radiation nearby as a result of the contaminated water leak. Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh considered calling an evacuation.

Finally, at about 8 p.m., plant operators realized they needed to get water moving through the core again and restarted the pumps. The temperature began to drop, and pressure in the reactor was reduced. The reactor had come within less than an hour of a complete meltdown. More than half the core was destroyed or molten, but it had not broken its protective shell, and no radiation was escaping. The crisis was apparently over.

Two days later, however, on March 30, a bubble of highly flammable hydrogen gas was discovered within the reactor building. The bubble of gas was created two days before when exposed core materials reacted with super-heated steam. On March 28, some of this gas had exploded, releasing a small amount of radiation into the atmosphere. At that time, plant operators had not registered the explosion, which sounded like a ventilation door closing. After the radiation leak was discovered on March 30, residents were advised to stay indoors. Experts were uncertain if the hydrogen bubble would create further meltdown or possibly a giant explosion, and as a precaution Governor Thornburgh advised “pregnant women and pre-school age children to leave the area within a five-mile radius of the Three Mile Island facility until further notice.” This led to the panic the governor had hoped to avoid; within days, more than 100,000 people had fled surrounding towns.

On April 1, President Jimmy Carter arrived at Three Mile Island to inspect the plant. Carter, a trained nuclear engineer, had helped dismantle a damaged Canadian nuclear reactor while serving in the U.S. Navy. His visit achieved its aim of calming local residents and the nation. That afternoon, experts agreed that the hydrogen bubble was not in danger of exploding. Slowly, the hydrogen was bled from the system as the reactor cooled.

At the height of the crisis, plant workers were exposed to unhealthy levels of radiation, but no one outside Three Mile Island had their health adversely affected by the accident. Nonetheless, the incident greatly eroded the public’s faith in nuclear power. The unharmed Unit-1 reactor at Three Mile Island, which was shut down during the crisis, did not resume operation until 1985. Cleanup continued on Unit-2 until 1990, but it was too damaged to be rendered usable again. In the four decades since the accident at Three Mile Island, not a single new nuclear power plant has been ordered in the United States. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the chart you look at when you have an eye exam has a name? It's called a Snellen chart. Snellen charts are named after the Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen, who developed the chart in 1862. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY derogate (DAIR-uh-gayt) which means:
1 : to cause to seem inferior : disparage
2 : to take away a part so as to impair : detract
3 : to act beneath one's position or character
Most of us encounter derogatory, the adjective meaning "expressing a low opinion," more frequently than we do derogate, its less common verb relation, but the verb is older; it first appeared in English in the 15th century, while derogatory wasn't adopted until the early 16th. Both words can be traced back to the Late Latin word derogatus, which is the past participle of the verb derogare, meaning "to detract" or "to annul (a law)." Derogare, in turn, derives from the Latin word for "ask," rogāre. Other derogate relatives include derogative, derogation, and derogatorily. (merriam-webster.com)

Hello from Hawaii

by Cindy Ricksgers

Snowmen and Snow Angels

by Mike Moore

Well, with snow comes snowmen, and snow angels. Trying not to get impales by icicles. Avoiding yellow snow. Stepping far away from brown snow, and wondering what the dog ate, or maybe someone returning something purchased last night from a bar?

And, yes, the making and use of snowballs.

The teachers were really concerned about snowball fights. I get it, sometimes there’s chunks of ice in there, and whatnot.

However, there was a worse fate than being hit with a snowball.

You could get whitewashed.

A kid would tackle you and rub snow roughly on your face. It was awful. Like 15 grit sandpaper cutting you up. Your hot tears would combine and freeze the whole thing into a mask of pain.

Anyhow, we got a lecture one day that went like this.

“You will NOT throw snowballs. If you do, you will wish you didn’t!”

These words hung in the air. Teachers sneered and gritted their teeth.

Someone snapped a photo of one of the teachers, and sent it to Clint Eastwood. Clint studied it for weeks. At first he was saying, “Go ahead pal, make my day if it’s convenient.” After seeing the photo, he was able to adjust his look and delivery.

We went outside. I got hit in the back by some ninja-kid who disappeared into the ether. Like every three minutes. Kids told on each other. Nothing was seen by a teacher.

We got another lecture.

Clint Eastwood got tougher.

At lunch recess, snowballs were flying everywhere. Now, it is certainly true that it was mostly boys, but I don’t know if it was ONLY boys.

I don’t even remember if I threw one. I know I had one at the ready. However, at the end of recess came the reckoning.

Long before Guantanamo Bay, there was considerable interrogation taking place in the elementary classroom. Kids tried to make deals. You couldn’t plead the 5th. There wasn’t good cop / bad cop. There was scary Sister, and “I think I just had an accident” Sister.

In those days, your parents trusted the teachers more than they trusted you!

The boys were made to get into a line. Sister was in another room. We were alone, and too scared to speak. The girls sat. Some laughed quietly from the pressure before being silently “shushed” by a friend trying to keep the girls out of this. Most just trembled with eyes forward.

One by one, the boys would go into a room with Sister. You’d hear a muffled voice, and then a SLAM!

Or maybe two. It might have been an echo. We haven’t talked about this since it occurred, so I’m not sure.

A kid would leave. There were kids who would cry. Other kids would have a goofy grin, but snap a look over their shoulder every few seconds. Some just had wide eyes that screamed, “Don’t talk to me!”

I was the last in line.

She opened the door.

My life flashed.

“Go back to class.”

I was spared! How could this be?!

I decided to keep quiet about the whole thing.

Somehow the other boys found out.

Ever wish you could have been spanked by a nun?

Me neither, except one week when I was reminded of this “unfairness” by having a very clean whitewashed face each day.

Sometimes what’s behind door #1 is preferable- even when it scares the poop out of you.

But, like a boy named Sue, I got stronger.

Eventually, I’d do other things that would help my buddies to forget about my unspanked backside.

However, never forget that lesson about door #1...

From Peaine Township Clerk

Please provide a reminder in regards to the Peaine Township Proposed Budget Public Hearing, Annual Meeting of Electors, and Special Meeting, tomorrow at noon. Please see info below.

Also, please note that a link to meeting documents is on the homepage of the Peaine Township Website. If you click on the link for the March 28th, 2020 Meetings (under News and Announcements on the homepage), you will find all of the draft budgets and a separate meeting packet for each of the three meetings. This should allow remote participants to follow along as each meeting progresses.

Peaine Township Annual Public Hearing - Proposed Budget, Annual Meeting of Electors and Special Meeting March 28, 2020

Consistent with Executive Order 2020-21 whereby the Governor directed that residents remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible please attend the Public Hearing for the Budget/Annual Meeting of Electors/Special Meeting for the Budget remotely using the call information provided on the Notice and Agenda. 

Due to the high number of users utilizing remote meeting platforms, you may experience delays or difficulties in calling in or accessing the online meeting platform.  Please keep trying to access the online meeting platform if you do not succeed the first few times.  The Township will make reasonable efforts to ensure the platform is open and accessible before conducting a remote meeting.  Please contact the Township by phone or email if you experience any difficulty in accessing the conference call meeting.

Peaine Road fund 2020 - 2021 draft budget

Special Meeting Packet

Meeting Packet Proposed Peaine Budget Public Hearing1

Meeting Packet Peaine Annual Meeting of Electors2

Peaine Road Fund

View video of this meeting HERE

Additional Budget Documents for St James Annual Meeting

Four of the five board members were at this meeting. On called in on the phone. The public was allowed to call in to this meeting. Those present kept the six feet personal space requirements. Supervisor McNamara was at the end of the table toward the harbor, Clerk Julie Gillespie was at the end of the second table closest to the lighthouse, Paul Cole was near the center of the two table, Jessica Anderson was at the desk, and Joe Moore was behind the camera. All kept the proper distancing throughout the meeting.

DRAFT Budget WManagement 2020 2021 (2)

airport commission budget for adoption

dock_sewer_street_funds for adoption march 28 2020

View video for the annual meeting and budget hearing HERE

List of Beaver Island Essential Services

March 27, 2020

Welcome to the April Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

March 27, 2020

Font Lake Overflow

March 27, 2020

This is officially Spring, so a quick trip and walk out by Font Lake to check the overflow efforts was in order. On March 26, 2020, Editor Joe Moore did just that. Starting on the Font Lake side of Donegal Bay Road and following the run off creek to check out the overflow methods was part of the order of this Thursday. The pictures and video show that the current overflow procedures are working quite well and the flow is definitely running with spring run-off waters.

Looking out toward Font Lake from the pools of water.

One of the pools of water coming up from Font Lake run-off

Bales of straw holding back and slowing the overflow.

Run-off going under Donegal Bay Road and Indian Point Road

Going into the campground and checking out the flow into Lake Michigan

Some more bales of straw on the creek on the Lake Michigan side of the roads.

The run-off creek showing the amount of the overflow

The waterflow going over the edge of the bluff down to Lake Michigan

Pile of logs for firewood for the campground and a bulldozer left after cutting trees.

View video of this walk to check the overflow HERE


by Mike Moore

The fun part of getting older is not remembering which stories you’ve told, and which you haven’t. For the reader this can range from curious disinterest to fascination. For the storyteller, it’s brand new each time! And away we go!

It was a time when the school playground (it was on the Palmer side of the school then) was the most important place in the world. There was a slide that had a fireman’s pole to slide down. There was a set of monkey bars on one end of a rectangular monster of a jungle gym. There were swings of course. For a good while there was a teeter totter- a device that you’d sit on while a bigger kid sat on the other side. Then, the bigger kid would tell you to close your eyes and he’d run away, leaving you to fall suddenly onto broken ankles. And, there was a weird thing called a “bugaboo.”

The bugaboo, or whatever, was a huge spring in a center that was welded to four poles. Upon these four poles were four seats with handles. You sat and went up, down, left, right, in, out- in all sorts of vomit-inducing movements.

Getting off the thing was more dangerous. You’d get hit by the seat over and over again until the spring settled. There’s still kids that repeat words as a result.

Now, before I get into the story, a couple of quick notes.

Our teacher was Sr. Marie Eugene. She studied education as an understudy to drill sergeants. She quit because the drill sergeants were too subtle in their redirection. She taught K-3 in one room. She had a tattoo of Machiavelli’s “The Prince” on her right bicep that would wink at you when she prayed the rosary. (Ok, maybe a little exaggeration there, prison tattoos are sometimes hard to interpret). I’m sure she was a sweet lady. To us, though, she was the LAW. That woman could stop a riot with an eyebrow. God rest her soul.

Erick Kenwabikise was the greatest daredevil, and a celebrity of sorts to us. I remember the day he went down the fireman’s pole upside down! Scared Sr. half to death. We were amazed. The fireman’s pole went from boring to the coolest thing you could do- if you went upside down. So many double dog dares. So many warnings not to attempt.

Erick could jump from one end of the jungle gym to the monkey bars, swing himself upside down and then upright standing on top.

It was an impressive demonstration of courage and agility.

Until one day when he hit his forehead on the monkey bars. That was super scary.

Erick, if you’re reading this, I wonder if you remember that? You were actually showing the teacher what you could do after we all begged you to. I think something distracted you. You were in the air, you hit your head, and landed flat on your back. We grabbed the nun and told her to fix you. Spooky. Hope you don’t do that anymore. As we age, we need to lessen our demonstrations on jungle gyms for nuns. I only do that once or twice per month anymore. You were a beast on the jungle gym though- hope you’re half as nimble as you were!

Anyhow, our story begins with the first snowstorm of the year. It was a heavy wet snow, perfect for snowballs...

Snowballs, and corporal punishment.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 27, 2020

TV 9 and 10 webcam.......Powers' Hardware webcam

Some might refer to this as "pea soup fog" and I think they'd probably be right! Right now it's 30°, feels like 28°, humidity is 100%, dew point is 30°, wind is from the east at 5 mph, pressure is rising from 29.99 inches, cloud cover is 20%, and visibility is 0.2 miles. Expect a cloudy day with a high near 40°. Winds light and variable. Tonight the low will be around 33°, with winds from the east at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY The strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, slams southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami. Some 131 people were killed and thousands injured.

The massive earthquake had its epicenter about 12 miles north of Prince William Sound. Approximately 300,000 square miles of U.S., Canadian, and international territory were affected. Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, sustained the most property damage, with about 30 blocks of dwellings and commercial buildings damaged or destroyed in the downtown area. Fifteen people were killed or fatally injured as a direct result of the three-minute quake, and then the ensuing tsunami killed another 110 people.

The tidal wave, which measured over 100 feet at points, devastated towns along the Gulf of Alaska and caused carnage in British Columbia, Canada; Hawaii; and the West Coast of the United States, where 15 people died. Total property damage was estimated in excess of $400 million. The day after the quake, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared Alaska an official disaster area. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that an ideolocator is a "you are here" sign? (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY cordial (KOR-jul) which means:
1 a : showing or marked by warm and often hearty friendliness, favor, or approval : politely pleasant and friendly
b : sincerely or deeply felt
2 : tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate
Cordial shares the Latin root cor with concord (meaning "harmony") and discord (meaning "conflict"). Cor means "heart," and each of these cor descendants has something to do with the heart, at least figuratively. Concord, which comes from con- (meaning "together" or "with") plus cor, suggests that one heart is with another. Discord combines the prefix dis- (meaning "apart") with cor, and it implies that hearts are apart. When cordial was first used in the 14th century, it literally meant "of or relating to the heart," but this sense has not been in use since the 17th century. Today anything that is cordial, be it a friendly welcome, a compliment, or an agreement, comes from the heart in a figurative sense. (merriam-webster.com)

Public Statement COVID-19 March 26, 2020

Read this statement HERE

St James Township Annual Meeting Documents

Posted March 23, 2020 for March 28 meeting at 11 a.m. Updated on March 26, 2020

Consistent with Executive Order 2020-21 whereby the Governor directed that residents remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible please attend the Public Hearing for the Budget remotely using the call information provided on the Notice and Agenda.


2020.2021 St James Township General Appropriations Act

St James budget for adoption march 28.2020

2020.2021 General Appropriations Act

budget for adoption march 28.2020

DRAFT Minutes of 3.30.2019 BUDGET AND ANNUAL (1)

Motions for Annual Meeting 3.28.2020


View video for the annual meeting and budget hearing HERE

Northern Lights League Boys' Basketball

All League Team

1st Team

Sr.  Isaiah May, Maplewood Baptist ---- 74 pts. (Player of the year)

Sr. John Robert, Beaver Island ---- 60 pts.

Jr.   Micah Bailey, Maplewood Baptist ---- 56 pts.
Jr.  Joe Larson, Hannahville ---- 54 pts.
Sr. Jaron LaFlamme, Munising Baptist ---- 47 pts.

2nd Team

Sr.  Spencer Piippo, Maplewood Baptist ---- 38 pts.
Sr. Jordan Bugg, Grand Marais ---- 36 pts.
So. Gage Sagataw, Hannahville ---- 34 pts.
So. Marquis Harmon, Ojibwe Charter ---- 23 pts.

Jr.   Travis Johnson, Big Bay de Noc ---- 18 pts.

Honorable Mention

Jr.   Elisha Richards, Beaver Island

So. Pau Rosello Carreras, Ojibwe Charter
Jr.   Dominic Morse, Mackinac Island
Jr.   Thomas Howse, Grand Marais
So.  Symon Wilson, Munising Baptist

Jr.   Quintan DeLaat, Beaver Island

So. Brayden Willour, Big Bay de Noc
Fr.  Seth Mills, Paradise
8th   Matt Cowell, Mackinac Island

Good News from the Historical Society

March 26, 2020

Good news for our members, community and friends of Beaver Island. Over the fall and winter BIHS volunteers worked hard at digitizing an earlier edition of the Historical Society Cookbook. The new edition has all of the original recipes plus new recipes from our Island Families and longtime Summer Residents. Thank you for everyone's efforts!

The book order is currently at the printer and after our communities get the all clear to resume operations the cookbooks will be ready to distribute. The Historical Society is looking at an approximate date of a May 15 release date.

If you would like to pre-order an advance copy, please visit our website. The price will be $20.00 + tax and $3.50 for postage to mail off the island. The postage is an estimated media postage rate. If the postage is higher, we will contact you. Island in-person pick-up should be available at the museum May 15. This will be based on Island public health recommendations.

The original cookbook was published to help establish the Historical Society and convert the Print Shop into a museum. This new edition has a similar mission.... to help fund the construction of the new museum addition and the future restoration project of the Print Shop's original structure.

Please visit https://www.beaverislandhistory.org/store/ to place your order or email bihistory@tds.net to reserve a copy.

Budget Documents for Peaine Township 20-21

March 26, 2020

The Peaine Township Board will meet on March 28, 2020, at noon to have a budget hearing and their annual meeting. The documents for the budget are below:

Peaine General Fund Budget

2020 Notice-Budget Hearing & Annual Meeting Peaine Township

Draft Budget 2019-2021 BI Airport Commission

DRAFT Budget WM 2020 2021

Road fund 2020 - 2021 draft budget

WM Accompanying Notes for the 2020 2021 budget

Wm budget workbook 2020 2021 3 26 2020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 26, 2020

It's 36° outside this morning, drizzling, humidity is at 100%, dew point is 36°, wind is from the NW at 4 mph, pressure is rising from 29.83 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 4 miles. Today is going to be mostly cloudy with a high around 40°. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will be cloudy with a low of about 29°. Winds light and variable.

ON THIS DATE in 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. In 1952—an epidemic year for polio—there were 58,000 new cases reported in the United States, and more than 3,000 died from the disease. For promising eventually to eradicate the disease, which is known as “infant paralysis” because it mainly affects children, Dr. Salk was celebrated as the great doctor-benefactor of his time.

Polio, a disease that has affected humanity throughout recorded history, attacks the nervous system and can cause varying degrees of paralysis. Since the virus is easily transmitted, epidemics were commonplace in the first decades of the 20th century. The first major polio epidemic in the United States occurred in Vermont in the summer of 1894, and by the 20th century thousands were affected every year. In the first decades of the 20th century, treatments were limited to quarantines and the infamous “iron lung,” a metal coffin-like contraption that aided respiration. Although children, and especially infants, were among the worst affected, adults were also often afflicted, including future president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1921 was stricken with polio at the age of 39 and was left partially paralyzed. Roosevelt later transformed his estate in Warm Springs, Georgia, into a recovery retreat for polio victims and was instrumental in raising funds for polio-related research and the treatment of polio patients.

Salk, born in New York City in 1914, first conducted research on viruses in the 1930s when he was a medical student at New York University, and during World War II helped develop flu vaccines. In 1947, he became head of a research laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and in 1948 was awarded a grant to study the polio virus and develop a possible vaccine. By 1950, he had an early version of his polio vaccine.

Salk’s procedure, first attempted unsuccessfully by American Maurice Brodie in the 1930s, was to kill several strains of the virus and then inject the benign viruses into a healthy person’s bloodstream. The person’s immune system would then create antibodies designed to resist future exposure to poliomyelitis. Salk conducted the first human trials on former polio patients and on himself and his family, and by 1953 was ready to announce his findings. This occurred on the CBS national radio network on the evening of March 25 and two days later in an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Salk became an immediate celebrity.

In 1954, clinical trials using the Salk vaccine and a placebo began on nearly two million American schoolchildren. In April 1955, it was announced that the vaccine was effective and safe, and a nationwide inoculation campaign began. Shortly thereafter, tragedy struck in the Western and mid-Western United States, when more than 200,000 people were injected with a defective vaccine manufactured at Cutter Laboratories of Berkeley, California. Thousands of polio cases were reported, 200 children were left paralyzed and 10 died.

The incident delayed production of the vaccine, but new polio cases dropped to under 6,000 in 1957, the first year after the vaccine was widely available. In 1962, an oral vaccine developed by Polish-American researcher Albert Sabin became available, greatly facilitating distribution of the polio vaccine. Today, there are just a handful of polio cases in the United States every year, and most of these are “imported” by Americans from developing nations where polio is still a problem. Among other honors, Jonas Salk was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He died in La Jolla, California, in 1995. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW what a Brannock device is? It's the thing they use to measure your feet at the shoe store. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY ninja (NIN-juh) which means a person trained in ancient Japanese martial arts and employed especially for espionage and assassinations. Ninjas may seem mysterious, but the origin of their name is not. The word ninja derives from the Japanese characters nin and ja. Nin initially meant "persevere," but over time it developed the extended meanings "conceal" and "move stealthily." In Japanese, ja is the combining form of sha, meaning "person." Ninjas originated in the mountains of ancient Japan as practitioners of ninjutsu, a martial art sometimes called "the art of stealth" or "the art of invisibility." They often served as military spies and were trained in disguise, concealment, geography, meteorology, medicine, and also the arts of combat and self-defense we associate with modern martial arts. Popular legends still identify them with espionage and assassinations, but modern ninjas are most likely to study ninjutsu to improve their physical fitness and self-defense skills. (merriam-webster.com)

Public Statement COVID-19 March 25, 2020

View statement HERE

Bids for Lawn Care

St. James Township

March 25, 2020

Bid Submittal Form-1

Copy of Form Bid for Lawn Maintenance 2020(5204)

COVID-19 Strikes Family

March 25, 2020

by Editor Joe Moore

My brother Neil Feck is in ICU on a ventilator from the coronavirus. This is not just a "hoax" and it is not contained. He is in Munson Hospital, Traverse City, MI. If you have the opportunity, we'd appreciate some positive thoughts and prayers for him.

Bishop Raica Transfered

March 25, 2020

From Father Peter Wigton:

"We will miss you Bishop Steven Raica! God’s blessings upon you. May you be always guided by the Blessed Mother and protected by her love. You will always be in our prayers."

From Father Jim Siler:

"God's plans for the good of his people are always manifested by the leadership of our Shepherds. Bishop Raica will be dearly missed; he will remain in our love and prayers for his episcopate and his new flock. Let us all come together in prayer that the Lord lead and guide our new shepherd whomever that may be according to his most holy will. Ave Maria!

The Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, welcomes Bishop Steven J. Raica to its diocese.

Weather by Joe

March 25, 2020

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is 37 degrees with wind from the E gusting to 2 mph. The pressure is 29.93 with visibility of three-quarters of a mile. It is cloudy with a dewpoint of 33. The humidity is at 83%.

TODAY, it is expected to rain and/or snow with a 70% chance changing to light rain this afternoon with a high about 41. Winds will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for 100% chance of rain mixing with snow. The low will be just above freezing with winds switching to the N at 5 to 10 mph.

YOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies early with chance of rain at 20%. This changes to partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. The high will be near 40, and winds will switch to the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.


gibe; verb; (JYBE); to utter taunting words; to deride of tease with taunting words

Confused about jibe and gibe? The distinction actually isn't as clear-cut as some commentators would like it to be. Jibe is used both for the verb meaning "to be in accord" or "agree" (as in "the results do not jibe with those from other studies") and for the nautical verb and noun referring to the act of shifting a sail from one side to the other ("jibe the mainsail," "a risky jibe in heavy seas"). Gibe is used as a verb and noun for derisive teasing or taunting. But jibe is also a recognized variant of gibe, so it too has teasing or taunting uses. Gibe has been used occasionally as a variant of jibe, but the use is not common enough to warrant dictionary entry, and is widely considered an error.


After being told by Defense Secretary Clark Clifford that the Vietnam War is a “real loser,” President Johnson, still uncertain about his course of action, decides to convene a nine-man panel of retired presidential advisors. The group, which became known as the “Wise Men,” included the respected generals Omar Bradley and Matthew Ridgway, distinguished State Department figures like Dean Acheson and George Ball, and McGeorge Bundy, National Security advisor to both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. 

After two days of deliberation the group reached a consensus: they advised against any further troop increases and recommended that the administration seek a negotiated peace. Although Johnson was initially furious at their conclusions, he quickly came to believe that they were right. On March 31, Johnson announced on television that he was restricting the bombing of North Vietnam to the area just north of the Demilitarized Zone. Additionally, he committed the United States to discuss peace at any time or place. Then Johnson announced that he would not pursue reelection for the presidency.

Also on this day: A Harris Poll reports that in the past six weeks “basic” support for the war among Americans declined from 74 percent to 54 percent. The poll also revealed that 60 percent of those questioned regarded the Tet Offensive as a defeat of U.S. objectives in Vietnam. Despite Gen. William Westmoreland’s assurances in late 1967 that the United States was making headway in the war, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong had launched a massive offensive during the Tet holiday that began in late January 1968. Although the communist forces were soundly defeated during this offensive, the scope and extent of the attacks won the communists a major psychological victory in the United States, where the events of Tet confirmed a growing disenchantment with the seemingly never-ending war for increasing numbers of Americans.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)



Notice from Island Energies, aka The Station

Hours Monday-Saturday 10-4. Closed Sunday.

Effective Monday, March 23rd
In light of current circumstances, we have unfortunately reached the point where we need to transition to curb-side service only until further notice. We will still be here to provide the supplies that you need. However, this is in the best interest of the health and safety of our customers, staff, families, and community. This is as new and strange to us as it is to you. Please be patient as we navigate this transition together. We don’t have every detail ironed out, but please be aware of the following:

1. Orders can be placed via phone at 231-448-2007 or email at islandenergies@gmail.com (include a phone number in all emailed orders).
2. Gas/Diesel sales will be pre-pay only.
3. Please pay with a credit/debit card (preferably by phone) and use check or cash only if necessary.
4. Existing House Accounts can still be used for gas/diesel/propane refills.
5. Please call ahead to allow as much advance notice as possible.
6. Our hours will remain 10-4 Monday-Saturday and CLOSED SUNDAYS until further notice.
7. More instructions (pick-up process etc) will be given as your order is processed.
Again, please be patient as we fine-tune this process.
Thank you


To All My Island Community!

Please stay Home, Stay Safe & Healthy. The more people do this, the sooner this will be over.

My COA Office will now be CLOSED to slow down the person to person contact. I will be OPEN only 1 day a week.
SO my schedule will be....
March 25th 8am- 1 pm
April 1st, 8am - 4 pm
April 8th, 8am - 4 pm
April 15th, 8am - 4 pm
You may come to my office by APPOINTMENT ONLY!! I want everyone to feel safe. Please call my cell phone to make an appointment 231-620-5199.
I will be selling Meal Vouchers these days to use at Dalwhinnies and the School. I also have Frozen homemade meals available, You may have up to 7 at a time.

The school will reopen April 7th for meals.
****If anyone wants Meals at the school the week they are back, April 7th, You need to let them know by this Thursday March 26th.

If you would want Meals Delivered to your house, Please follow these rules!
1. Call and schedule your meal with Dalwhinnies or the School.
2. Call the Transit to schedule a Meal pickup. Use this Number ONLY 844-792-6900
3. If you are paying with CASH, Please have it in an envelope, outside your door, for the Transit driver. Drivers WILL NOT have change.
4, If you have a Meal Voucher, Please set it outside for the Transit driver.
5. The transit driver will not be going into the home. They will knock, leave the food at the door, and leave.

Please call me if you wish NOT to come to my office, but would like to purchase meal vouchers.

Transit will also be delivering Groceries, Meals, Mail, Freight, Prescriptions Monday - Friday 11-2pm. This is only during the "Stay at Home Executive Order" THANK YOU TRANSIT AND DRIVERS! Same rules, Schedule a pick up! If you need your Mail picked up please call the post office, or write a note giving THE TRANSIT permission to do so.

I might not be in my Office for a few weeks, But I am Still Working For You. I will be available to you 24/7 during this scary time. PLEASE feel free to call me with questions about the virus, Emergencies, if you need food, groceries, prescriptions, or just to check in ....I Care!

Cell 231-620-5199 any time!
office 448-2124 leave a message.

Take Care and God Bless!
Kathie Ehinger

From Father Jim Siler

March 24, 2020

I hold each and everyone of you in my daily prayers Again public celebration of the Mass is suspended but Mass, confession and private prayer continue every day following social distant guidelines please see attached announcement from our Bishop.

Diocese of Gaylord Coronavirus-Related Frequently Asked Questions Update as of 11 a.m. on March 24, 2020
L15. Does the “shelter in place” Order by the governor mean that our churches will no longer be open for private prayer?
We encourage churches to remain open during the day. The church is an anchor of hope in this time of worldwide crisis.
L16. Do our priests, deacons and pastoral administrators also have to remain in their homes and not continue to administer the sacraments as needed?
Our priests, deacons and pastoral administrators are critical to the spiritual life of the faithful of this diocese and therefore will continue with their ministry and sacramental duties. However, if a priest, deacon or pastoral administrator are themselves quarantined or sick then this would not be the case for that person.
L17. May our priests continue to hear confessions?
Yes, with prudent arrangements that allow for safe social distancing as well as privacy.
L18. What are the effects of the Order on the Bishop’s previous suspension of public Masses?
Public Masses on Easter Monday, April 13, are also suspended. Also, Bishop Raica will issue a Decree of Dispensation to dispense the faithful from attending Mass on Easter Sunday, April 12.
L19. May our priests continue to anoint someone who is dying?
Yes; however, if a priest is himself quarantined or sick then this would not be the case for that priest.
CS5. Are our Catholic school buildings closed for an additional week, as is the case for public schools?
FT4. Is the diocesan pastoral center now closed?
Yes, diocesan staff will transition to work from home as appropriate, with provision for essential staff to work from the center as needed. The contact information for members of the diocesan staff is contained in the previous FAQ document.
HR24. What are the effects of the Order on parish or school or diocesan employees?
The parish, school or diocese must allow employees to work remotely unless they are “critical infrastructure workers,” as described in the Order. Once designated and notified, the parish, school or diocese can require these employees to perform some or all of their work on-site. Until notified, such designated employees must work remotely. The parish, school or diocese has until Monday, March 31, 2020 to make this designation. The Order does not address the handling of employees whose work is thus not needed at this time. See the previous FAQ document for information about these matters. We will update that FAQ information for anything further from the government

God Bless Fr. Jim Siler

St. James Township Governmental Building Closed

March 24, 2020

“In response to the coronavirus, township buildings are closed to the public until further notice.  I may be working from home, but will be checking messages.  You can check the township’s website for coronavirus updates and contact information for all township officials. Go to stjamestwp.org. Best wishes as we all deal with this health crisis.”

Kathleen McNamara, Supervisor
FOIA Coordinator
St. James Township, Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, MI

Charlevoix County COA

Community Mitigation Strategy
Updated 03/23/2020

Read this document HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 24, 2020

Good morning! Right now I'm showing 33°, cloudy skies, calm winds, humidity is 100%, dew point is 33°, pressure is at 30.18 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Expect cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon with a high of about 38°. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. The same extends into tonight with a low of 34°. \

ON THIS DATE in 1989, one One of the worst oil spills in U.S. territory begins when the supertanker Exxon Valdez, owned and operated by the Exxon Corporation, runs aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. An estimated 11 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the water. Attempts to contain the massive spill were unsuccessful, and wind and currents spread the oil more than 100 miles from its source, eventually polluting more than 700 miles of coastline. Hundreds of thousands of birds and animals were adversely affected by the environmental disaster.

It was later revealed that Joseph Hazelwood, the captain of the Valdez, was drinking at the time of the accident and allowed an uncertified officer to steer the massive vessel. In March 1990, Hazelwood was convicted of misdemeanor negligence, fined $50,000, and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service. In July 1992, an Alaska court overturned Hazelwood’s conviction, citing a federal statute that grants freedom from prosecution to those who report an oil spill.

Exxon itself was condemned by the National Transportation Safety Board and in early 1991 agreed under pressure from environmental groups to pay a penalty of $100 million and provide $1 billion over a 10-year period for the cost of the cleanup. However, later in the year, both Alaska and Exxon rejected the agreement, and in October 1991 the oil giant settled the matter by paying $25 million, less than 4 percent of the cleanup aid promised by Exxon earlier that year. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT mamihlapinatapai: the look shared by two people who both hope the other will offer to do something that they both want but aren't willing to do.

WORD OF THE DAY timorous (TIM-uh-rus) which means:
1 : of a timid disposition : fearful
2 : expressing or suggesting timidity
Timid and timorous don't just have similar spellings and meanings; they are etymologically related as well. Both words ultimately derive from the Latin verb timēre, meaning "to fear." The immediate ancestor of timid is Latin timidus (with the same meaning as timid), whereas timorous traveled to Middle English by way of the Latin noun timor ("fear") and the Medieval Latin adjective timorosus. Timid may be the more common of the two words, but timorous is older. It first appeared in English in the mid-15th century; timid came on the scene a century later. Both words can mean "easily frightened" (as in "a timid mouse" or "a timorous child") as well as "indicating or characterized by fear" (as in "he gave a timid smile" or "she took a timorous step forward"). (merriam-webster.com)

Listen to the MEA and Governor Whitmer Discussion

About School Closings and How to Take Care of the Issues

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and State Supt. Michael Rice joined MEA President Paula Herbart and other state education leaders in a teletownhall Monday to address questions surrounding statewide school closures.

Whitmer appeared on the teletown hall just minutes after completing a live televised press conference announcing her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for all Michiganders to remain in their homes except for essential personnel or to conduct essential business

Listen to this hour discussion HERE

Northern Lights Conference Names Girls Basketball All-Conference Teams

March 23, 2020

Two Lady Islanders were named to the Second Team All-Conference in girls basketball. The Lady Islanders named to this team were Sky Marsh and Elsie Burton. Congratulations, Lady Islanders!!

Elsie shoots a jumper......Sky shoots a jumper

From Sheri Richards, Realtor

March 23, 2020

A note to my wonderful clients:

All of us are constantly monitoring the ever-changing situation with regard to COVID-19. This unprecedented situation has no manual or guidebook; we are all in it together, figuring it out and making decisions on a day-by-day or even hour-by-hour basis. My first priority is the welfare of my staff, associates and customers. This being said, the door of the Beaver Island Real Estate One office is closed for the time being.

For most other states real estate and banking are considered "Essential Services", which means I will be able to facilitate and close transactions so all pending sales will still be able to close. What is unclear is how and if I will be able to show properties.

Real Estate One is researching to find out more details and then I will post an update for your information. Rest assured, I am still available to service your real estate needs, and look forward to working with you. The office phone is forwarded to my cell phone - 231-448-2449 or try me on my cell - 231-675-6717.

I can also be reached by email - s.richards.realtor@gmail.com

If there are any other needs you may have – emotional, physical, or financial, please reach out. I am ready and willing to assist in whatever way that I can. Best wishes to you all during this time of struggle.

Be well ~


March 23, 2020

Hello Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative,

We hope that you are safe and healthy in these challenging times.

Attached are files from the February 6, 2020 meeting in Charlevoix:

  • Final agenda
  • Meeting notes
  • List of state roles
  • Beaver Island management zones map
  • Special conservation zone option table

From the BI Rural Health Center

March 23, 2020

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center will continue to operate. Anyone needing medical attention is asked to call the Health Center (231.448.2275) first, no walk-ins will be accepted. ALL patients will be evaluated over the phone by the provider with on-site visits scheduled for those with acute illnesses or urgent needs. Testing for COVID-19 is available for those presenting pertinent symptoms.

If you are returning to the Island, please follow the CDC guidelines and self-isolate for 14 days. After 14 days continue to practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, and avoid non-essential travel.

If you are already on Beaver Island and feel that you, or someone else in your family, party or household, are experiencing flu-like symptoms, remain isolated in place (i.e., in your home or cottage) and contact the Health Center for further instructions. Avoid contact with all other persons. If you experience an emergency requiring urgent medical attention and/or are in respiratory distress, call 9-1-1. Please alert the dispatcher if anyone in your party or household has flu-like symptoms so that EMS responders can don appropriate personal protective equipment before entering.

Travel and self-isolation precautions will remain in effect for Beaver Island until they are lifted statewide by health officials and state government.

We will update this statement periodically as appropriate.

Shamrock Take Out Menu

March 23, 2020

Tonight is Pizza Night!

Let's support our local restaurants during this pandemic!

From Island Airways

March 21, 2020

These have been some dark days but there are some rays of hope mixed in the darkness (just like in this picture from last evening). We are all learning what our new normal is in these challenging days. This week Paul and I have faced a great deal of criticism for continuing to provide uninterrupted air service to Beaver Island. We have answered these critics simply stating, “It is essential that Beaver Island have food, medicine, and the ability to travel for urgent appointments.” It really is that simple. Beaver Island is not closing down or giving in to panic.

We have taken phone calls from panicked parents wanting to be sure their college students whose classes have been cancelled can come home……we will get them home. And calls from people asking “what if my grandmother in Grand Rapids gets ill? Can I get to her?” We will get you to her. “What if my kids are laid off from their job and need to move home?” We will get the kids home.

Isn’t this what Beaver Island is all about? When the rest of the world turns inside out we on Beaver Island take care of our own? We help each other? We are all in this together? The key word in all those questions is “HOME.” Beaver Island is home for some many – those of us who live here year-round, those who escape winter for a few weeks, those who were born and raised here and still call this home. We need to be open for business to get everyone where they need to be.

In the coming days and weeks, Paul and I will maintain our service. It is not just for us, or for our staff, but for our entire Island family.

Now for the story of the attached picture. Last night, after Paul had already flown then entire day, fought bad weather, cross winds that never let up, and had just gotten home and was unlacing his boots when the phone rang. Someone’s four-year-old was injured on the mainland and could we get Dad there. Paul was lacing his boots so fast it was unbelievable. “Let’s go” is all he said as he listened to my end of the call. He had the Apache ready so fast and we were on our way. If anyone thinks we are not taking this pandemic seriously please think about it from our point of view…..we are not only looking out for just the two of us but for all of us. How do we say no to anyone who wants to be home? Or who needs an emergency flight? Or what if it was your 4-year-old? I took this picture on that flight last evening.

These are dark days for sure but there are rays of hope. We are all in this together and this is another time for Beaver Island to shine and do what Beaver Island does best – take care of each other. Be welcoming. Be home.

It is also time that we all reach out and thank our fellow Beaver Island business owners for continuing to get the job done in these challenging times:

• McDonough family for making sure we have all the supplies we need and for being so well stocked.

• Hodgson family for continuing to provide carry out meals

• Martin family for keeping us fueled

• Jeff Powers for being sure we can do the home improvement projects we now have time for AND for taking care of the pets in our lives

• The Island contractors for continuing to build the Island’s future

• All the business owners, rental homeowners, and shops who are prepared to carry on for Beaver Island

We are all in this together!

Angel & Paul Welke
231 675 7882 mobile number
231 448 2374 home

From Fresh Air

March 23, 2020

Be rest assured that we are an essential service

The Governor of Michigan has issued a Stay at Home Order for non essential businesses effective midnight tonight but please be advised Transportation is considered an essential service and Fresh Air Aviation is still able to provide air service to our island communities as requested. We are here to serve you as needed and please do not hesitate to call with questions 231-237-9482 or 231-448-2089.

As per the Executive Order you are still able to travel between your residences in Michigan and other essential travel needs such as medical appointments or picking up supplies.

Our hours of operations at both our Charlevoix and Beaver Island locations will be reduced and based on demand so please make sure to call in advance if you need to pick up or drop off freight. Also be advised we will call you when your freight is available for pick up at the Beaver Island terminal such as UPS or Fedex.


Keith and Rachel Teague

Governor Whitmer Executive Order

All Michigan residents and most businesses are being advised to stay in their homes under an executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The executive order, released shortly before a Monday press conference, goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and will last for three weeks, ending April 13. Violation of the order is punishable by a misdemeanor.

Public schools will remain closed through April 13, Whitmer said.

Read the Executive Order HERE

Beaver Island Birding Events Canceled

March 23, 2020

After careful consideration for the health of birding participants, the Beaver Island Birding Trail's Warblers on the Water events are canceled for Memorial Weekend. It would be impossible to social distance in vans or on a boat. You will be receiving a full reimbursement from the Beaver Island Association via PayPal or by check for your scheduled field trips. If you have questions about the refund or the event, please contact us at: treasurer@beaverislandassociation.org

Spring has arrived and it may not feel as exhilarating as other years. At a time of so many unknowns with CORVID-19, spring migration and getting outdoors can have a healing effect. We hope you have an opportunity to take a quiet walk and enjoy the spring awakening and return of bird calls. Please plan on joining us in 2021 and follow our island's birds on our Facebook page.

All the very best to each of you!

The Beaver Island Birding Trail Committee and Field Trip Leaders


To Subscribers

by Joe Moore, editor of BINN

March 23, 2020

To all of you that have continued to support Beaver Island News on the 'Net as well as to new subscribers, we want you to know how much we appreciate your help in providing the news on a timely basis, "Today's News as Close to Today as Possible."

During this time of the pandemic, I have attempted to provide as much information as quickly as possible to all of you. I have just made a moral decision after talking to Father Jim Siler yesterday and Judi Meister from the Christian Church. The joint decision was to be able to provide the church services to everyone. This led me to do some serious thinking about how to do this without having any additional work. I am hoping that you all will not be upset with me for doing this because your support is the reason that I can make this offer.

I have set up a special login for those who are not subscribers. Everyone needs information in this pandemic situation, and they need the information in a timely manner. For the next two weeks at least, non-subscribers will have a login to this website for the purpose of getting essential information regarding the coronavirus, church service, and local business changes.

This information will be posted on the Beaver Island Forum.

I hope that this will not cause any problems for you, and I hope that you will support this decision.

Birds and the Harbor

March 22, 2020

A swan or a goose?

Ducks and geese

Waves and ice

Eagles on ice and in flight

A Message from the Health Department and the Hospitals

March 23, 2020

McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Munson Hospital Charlevoix, and the Northwest Michigan Health Department have sent out a letter to the communities of Northern Michigan regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The letter was signed by Drs. Andrew McDonagh, Jim Jakle, and Joshua Meyerson from NMH, CAH, and NWMHD respectively.

Read the letter HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 23, 2020

Cloudy skies this morning, 26°, wind is calm, humidity is 90%, dew point is 23°, pressure is at 30.14 inches, cloud cover is 91%, and visibility is 10 miles. Pretty much the same weather today and tonight.

ON THIS DATE in 1806, after passing a wet and tedious winter near the Pacific Coast, Lewis and Clark happily leave behind Fort Clatsop and head east for home.

The Corps of Discovery arrived at the Pacific the previous November, having made a difficult crossing over the rugged Rocky Mountains. Their winter stay on the south side of the Columbia River-dubbed Fort Clatsop in honor of the local Indians-had been plagued by rainy weather, thieving Indians, and a scarcity of fresh meat. No one in the Corps of Discovery regretted leaving Fort Clatsop behind.

In the days before their departure, Captains Lewis and Clark prepared for the final stage of their journey. Lewis recognized the possibility that some disaster might still prevent them from making it back east and he prudently left a list of the names of all the expedition’s men with Chief Coboway of the Clatsops. Lewis asked the chief to give the list to the crew of the next trading vessel that arrived so the world would learn that the expedition did reach the Pacific.

The previous few days had been stormy, but on March 22, the rain began to ease. The captains agreed to depart the next day, and they made a parting gift of Fort Clatsop and its furniture to Chief Coboway.

At 1 p.m. on this day in 1806, the Corps of Expedition set off up the Columbia River in canoes. After nearly a year in the wilderness, they had severely depleted the sizeable cache of supplies with which the expedition had begun–they set off on their return trip with only canisters of gunpowder, some tools, a small cache of dried fish and roots, and their rifles. The expedition had expended almost all of its supplies.

Ahead loomed the high, rugged slopes of the Rocky Mountains that had proved so difficult to cross in the other direction the previous year. This time, however, Lewis and Clark had the advantage of knowing the route they would take. Still, they knew the passage would be difficult, and they were anxious to find the Nez Perce Indians, whose help they would need to cross the mountains.

The months to come would witness some of the most dangerous moments of the journey, including Lewis’ violent confrontation with Blackfeet Indians near the Marias River of Montana in July. Nonetheless, seven months later to the day, on September 23, 1806, the Corps of Discovery arrived at the docks of St. Louis, where their long journey had begun nearly two and a half years before. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT those long stringy things you see when peeling a banana are named phloem bundles. Their job is to distribute nutrients up and down the banana as it grows. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY welkin (WEL-kin) which means:
1 a : the vault of the sky : firmament
b : the celestial abode of God or the gods : heaven
2 : the upper atmosphere
When it comes to welkin, the sky's the limit. This heavenly word has been used in English to refer to the vault of the sky for centuries, and it derives from an Old English word meaning "cloud." In current English, welkin is still flying high, and it is often teamed with the verb ring to suggest a loud noise or an exuberant expression of emotion, as in "the welkin rang with the sound of the orchestra" or "her hearty laugh made the welkin ring." These contemporary phrases echo an older use—the original words of a carol that once began "Hark, how all the welkin ring," which we now know as "Hark! The herald angels sing." (merriam-webster.com)

Governor Extends Bar and Restaurant Closure

March 22, 2020

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, Whitmer ordered bars, restaurants and other businesses remain closed through April 13 after her first executive order would have tentatively allowed restaurants and bars to reopen on March 30.

"COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge to our way of life as Michiganders," Whitmer said in a statement Saturday. "That's why we are making decisions based on science and facts to protect public health and keep people safe."

Notice from Island Energies, aka The Station

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020

In light of current circumstances, we have unfortunately reached the point where we need to transition to curb-side service only until further notice. We will still be here to provide the supplies that you need. However, this is in the best interest of the health and safety of our customers, staff, families, and community. This is as new and strange to us as it is to you. Please be patient as we navigate this transition together. We don’t have every detail ironed out, but please be aware of the following:

1. Orders can be placed via phone at 231-448-2007 or email at islandenergies@gmail.com (include a phone number in all emailed orders).
2. Gas/Diesel sales will be pre-pay only.
3. Please pay with a credit/debit card (preferably by phone) and use check or cash only if necessary.
4. Existing House Accounts can still be used for gas/diesel/propane refills.
5. Please call ahead to allow as much advance notice as possible.
6. Our hours will remain 10-4 Monday-Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday until further notice.
7. More instructions (pick-up process etc) will be given as your order is processed.

Again, please be patient as we fine-tune this process. Please share this, and pass it along to those who may not see this post.

Thank you

Disaster Waiting to Happen or Already Happening

Erosion of Bluffs of Beaver Island

March 21, 2020

If you built or purchased a house on the shoreline of the Lake Michigan Island called Beaver Island, you need to have someone check on that house if you are not here on Beaver Island right now. Some of these structures, even with previous measures taken, can NOT be photographed from the beach area because there is little to no beach area to walk on to get there.

While the rest of the world is concerned with the coronavisrus, and this is very important to prevent its spread to certain groups of older or immuno-compromised people, the water and the waves are doing a number on the water side of their property.

A short drive and talk with one member of the Beaver Island community that is facing these serious issues seemed logical. Pam Grassmick was willing to take me around and show me several of these issues. Thank you Pam!

Pam Grassmick talks about the erosion issue.

View video of this interview HERE

Above is an example of the erosion and washing away of the bluffs on Beaver Island.

According to many intelligent people, it is possible to have the water level of Lake Michigan increase nine to fifteen inches higher. Watch the videos and spend some time researching the areas of higher water levels of the Great Lakes as well as the wind and weather issues that face the Beaver Island community.

The erosion caused by waves and high water of the shoreline.

One of the methods tried to protect the shoreline, but the erosion is still winning.

View a gallery of photos taken along the bluff on the East Side HERE

View video of the walk and view the erosion issues HERE

Crazy Turkeys

March 21, 2020

The male turkeys are out competing for the hen turkeys, trying to outdo the other males by proudly presenting these best view of display. Having seen some males trying to chase away another male, it was very difficult to determine who was who. It was a little entertaining to watch them was the five males were trying to out-display each other as the hens all moved toward the turkey feeder and the other two males, who quickly began to display as well.

View a short video clip of these crazy turkeys HERE

From McDonough's Market

March 22, 2020

It has come to the point when we have had to make some tough decisions. We are very sorry for how these decisions may affect your everyday life. Our main prerogative is to keep our family, our staff, and our community protected.

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, we will be implementing new store hours and procedures. Monday - Saturday 10 - 4, Sunday, 11 - 1. We prefer, for the foreseeable future, that we receive orders by email or phone call. If you email, please leave a number where we can reach you. We will do your shopping and have it ready for you to pick up. If it is necessary, we are happy to deliver. This is all new to us, so we will be learning this new way together. You can pay as you normally would - House account, cash, check or credit card.
We should be able to let you know about availability of meat, produce and dairy when we review your order. Our shelves are still well stocked and we are ordering product daily.

The store phone number is 231 448 2733.

Store email is mcdonoughsmarket@gmail.com

Thank you for your understanding. The sooner we follow the social isolation rules, the sooner we can return to "normal". And we thank those of you that are already being diligent. Never more than now does "it takes a village" pertain to us!

Please forward or share with friends!

Christian Church Services

March 22, 2020

The Christian Church did not have a public service this morning either. The service was live streamed on Beaver Island TV.

Judi Meister and Dave Howell were readers, and the Minister was Lee Bracey.

View video of this service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

March 22, 2020

By order of the Bishop of Gaylord Diocese, the public Masses have been canceled. There was a Mass take place at Holy Cross, and it was live streamed. Father Jim Siler celebrated the Mass, did the readings as well as the prayers, and Editor Joe Moore recorded it.

View video of this Mass HERE

Public Church Services Canceled

March 22, 2020

The Beaver Island Christian Church joined Holy Cross Catholic Church in canceling the public church services held on Sunday mornings. How long this will last is not known at this time. In cooperation, both of the church services were live streamed on Beaver Island TV. If you missed them and want to view them, you can do so using the links provided on facebook, the Beaver Island Forum, and here.

The links in the individual stories will provide access to subscribers. The links below will work for anyone, whether a subscriber of not.

Mass at Holy Cross

Christian Church Service

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 22, 2020

Sunny skies, 21°, feels like 19°, wind is from the ESE at 7 mph, humidity is 65%, dew point is 11°, pressure is at 30.58 inches, 0% cloud cover, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be partly cloudy with sunshine and clouds mixed. Winds will be from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight partly cloudy with a low of 29°.

ON THIS DATE in 1983, the Pentagon awards a production contract worth more than $1 billion to AM General Corporation to develop 55,000 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Nicknamed the Humvee and designed to transport troops and cargo, the wide, rugged vehicles entered the spotlight when they were used by the American military during the 1989 invasion of Panama and the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s.

In 1992, a civilian version of the Humvee, known as the Hummer, went on sale. The hulking, attention-grabbing road warrior tipped the scales at some 10,000 pounds and got less than 10 miles per gallon. It was an early hit with Hollywood celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, who went on to own a fleet of Hummers. In December 1999, when the economy was strong and gas prices were relatively low, General Motors purchased the rights from AM General to market and distribute the Hummer. In 2002, the Hummer H2, a smaller (some 8,600 pounds), less expensive version of the original model, debuted.

The Hummer became a symbol of America’s super-sized lifestyle; however, the gas-guzzling vehicle was also a target of heavy criticism from environmentalists. According to a 2008 report on Salon.com, in August 2003, “Hummer-hating eco-vandals [struck] four car dealerships in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley, destroying, defacing and burning dozens of Hummers and other SUVs, while scrawling love notes like ‘Fat, Lazy Americans’ about the premises.”

In 2005, the Hummer H3, an even smaller (5,800 pounds), more fuel-efficient (16 to 20 miles per gallon) vehicle, was released. The following year, GM ended production of the original Hummer, due to low sales. In 2008, as Americans faced a growing economic crisis and rising gas prices, along with increasing environmental concerns, Hummer sales shrunk by more than 50 percent. In December 2008, GM, which was hard hit by the global recession and slumping auto sales, received a multi-billion-dollar federal bailout loan in order to stay afloat. On June 1, 2009, the auto giant, which until 2008 had been the world’s top-selling maker of cars and trucks, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The following day, GM announced that as part of its reorganization plans it would sell the Hummer brand to a Chinese machinery company. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the (#) button on a telephone is actually called an octothorpe. Stories abound about who first called the # sign an "octothorpe" (which can also be spelled "octothorp"). Most of those tales link the name to various telephone workers in the 1960s, and all claim the "octo-" part refers to the eight points on the symbol, but the "thorpe" remains a mystery. One story links it to a telephone company employee who happened to burp while talking about the symbol with co-workers. Another relates it to the athlete Jim Thorpe, and a third claims it derives from an Old English word for "village." If the plethora of theories leaves your head spinning, you might want to take the advice of the wag who asked (poetically), "Can we simply just say, / Ere it spoils your day, / It's the thorp between seven and nine?" (buzzfeed.com and merriam-webster.com)

WORD OF THE DAY lampoon (lam-POON) which means to make the subject of satire; ridicule. Lampoon can be a noun or a verb. The noun lampoon (meaning "satire" or, specifically, "a harsh satire usually directed against an individual") was first used in English in the 17th century and is still found in use, especially in the names of humor publications such as The Harvard Lampoon. Both the noun and the verb come from the French lampon, which probably originated from lampons, the first person plural imperative of the verb lamper, meaning "to guzzle." So what is the connection? Lampons! (meaning "Let us guzzle!") was a frequent refrain in 17th-century French satirical poems. (merriam-webster.com)

From BI Christian Church

March 21, 2020

Beaver Island Christian Church will not have their regular service tomorrow morning.

Joe Moore (BINN) will be live-streaming at 11:00 as Pastor Lee Bracey gives his message "In Times Like These". http://beaverisland.tv

Please join us in worship at that time. Pastor Bracey shared a post which says: With church doors shutting across America, it is time for us to show that the church has never been about the building.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 21, 2020

Mostly cloudy this morning, 17°, wind is calm, humidity is 63%, dew point is 7°, pressure is rising from 30.62 inches, cloud cover is 76%, and visibility is 10 miles. Expect partly cloudy skies for the rest of the day with light and variable winds. Tonight, a few passing clouds but mostly clear. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1865, journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his famous search through Africa for the missing British explorer Dr. David Livingstone.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT the time you run around cleaning frantically right before company comes over is actually called scurryfunge? (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY Incommunicado (in-kuh-myoo_nuh-KAH-doh) which means: without means of communication : in a situation or state not allowing communication. Incommunicado ultimately comes from Latin but made its way into English via the Spanish incomunicado. We borrowed the word (with a slightly modified spelling) from the past participle of the Spanish verb incomunicar, meaning "to deprive of communication." The Spanish word, in turn, derives from the Latin prefix in- and the verb communicare, meaning "to communicate." (merriam-webster.com)

Peaine Budget Hearing and Annual Meeting

March 28, 2020, at Noon

2020 Notice-Budget Hearing & Annual Meeting Peaine Township


March 20, 2020

UPDATE!! We are taking this 1 week at a time, or 1 day at a time.

March 23 - March 27th

Beaver Island Community School will be OPEN Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week, for Meal Vouchers, Home Delivery Meals. The school will be closed March 26th - April 6th.
I will have New menus in my office next week for April.

Dalwhinnie will be OPEN Wednesday, Thursday, Friday for Meal Vouchers and Home delivery meals, or a meal off the Menu. Please call them after 10 am to make your order.

ANYONE that would like MEALS DELIVERED to their HOUSE, even if you are not using vouchers, please call TRANSIT or my OFFICE 448-2124
ANYONE needing groceries, freight, mail, PLEASE call TRANSIT or my OFFICE and we will make sure this is done for you and delivered.

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL ME.... We want you to use our services!! We want you to feel safe and be safe!!

Kathie 448-2124
emergency cell 231 620 5199

From Beaver Island Christian Church

March 20, 2020

With deep regret, the Beaver Island Christian Church has decided to cancel our annual EASTER BRUNCH on Easter Sunday.

This was a very hard decision to make, but in the health interest of the community, it was decided that this was the best action to take.

We will miss celebrating Easter with the community! Our prayer for everyone is to stay healthy and pray for our nation. Reach out to those in need. Blessings!

Special St James Meeting

March 20, 2020, at 2 p.m.

The St. James Township Board met today at 2 p.m. to put in place some special resolutions and specific emergency authority to the supervisor, the clerk, and the treasurer to get business accomplished during this cornonavirus time of pandemic. Present in the building were: Supervisor Kitty McNamara; Clerk Julie Gillespie; Trustees Paul Cole and Joe Moore. The meeting was live streamed as well as recorded.

2020-02-20-02 Remote Attendance Resolution

2020-03-20-02 Emergency Measures Coronavirus Pandemic

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority
Public Statement regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

March 20, 2020

View this document HERE

From Island Energies (The Station)

March 20, 2020


Due to concerns regarding the spread of the COVlD-19 virus, we regret to inform yout hat we will be temporarily shortening our hours.

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 Our temporary hours will be
Monday -  Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am-3:00 pm

In the interest of the health and safety of our customers and staff we are asking you to limit your visits to no more than ONCE PER DAV, or less often.

Thank you, and stay safe.

From Island Treasures Resale Shop

March 20, 2020

Island Treasures Resale Shop is closed until this is over.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 20, 2020

This morning it's like we're in the middle of a snow globe. It's 32°, feels like 16°, snowing steady, humidity is 96%, dew point is 31°, wind is from the NW at 15 mph with gusts to 26 mph, pressure is rising from 29.74 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 1 mile. We are in a lakeshore flood advisory until 8 pm tonight. Since we're quarantined anyway, it's a good day to stay in read a book, clean closets, knit, binge watch tv, call loved ones, etc. Today it's going to be windy. Snow this morning will taper off but it will remain cloudy. Winds will be from the NNW at 20 to 30 mph and could occasionally gust over 40 mph. Tonight partly cloudy and winds. Winds will be from the north at 20 to 30 mph with occasional gusts over 40 mph.

ON THIS DATE According to scholars at the University of Paris, the Black Death is created on March 20, 1345, from what they call “a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius, occurring on the 20th of March 1345″. The Black Death, also known as the Plague, swept across Europe, the Middle East and Asia during the 14th century, leaving an estimated 25 million dead in its wake.

Despite what these 14th-century scholars claimed the most common ailment known as the Black Death is caused by the yersinia pestis bacterium. The plague was carried by fleas that usually traveled on rats, but jumped off to other mammals when the rat died. It most likely first appeared in humans in Mongolia around 1320. Usually, people who came down with the plague first complained of headaches, fever and chills. Their tongues often appeared a whitish color before there was severe swelling of the lymph nodes. Finally, black and purple spots appeared on the skin of the afflicted; death could follow within a week. Later, a pneumonic form of the plague developed that was less common but killed 95 percent of the people who contracted it.

After the nomadic tribes of Mongolia were devastated by the plague, it moved south and east to China and India. Wherever it went, the death toll was high. It is thought that the disease made its way to Europe in 1346. In one famous incident, the Tatars, a group of Turks, were battling Italians from Genoa in the Middle East when the Tatars were suddenly stuck down by the plague. Reportedly, they began catapulting dead bodies over the Genoans’ walls toward their enemy, who fled back to Italy with the disease. Although this account may not be true, it is certain that rats carrying the plague hitched rides on ships from Asia and the Middle East to Europe. In port cities everywhere, the Black Death began to strike. In Venice, 100,000 people died in total, with as many as 600 dying every day at the peak of the outbreak.

In 1347, the disease worked its way to France and Paris lost an estimated 50,000 people. The following year, Britain fell victim. Typically, countries would believe themselves to be superior and immune to infection when their neighbors came down with the plague, but soon found they were mistaken as the Black Death traveled across Eurasia, spreading devastation in its wake. By the time the worst was over in 1352, one third of the continent’s population was dead.

Devastation on this scale brought out the worst in people. Often, it was not the movement of stars that was blamed for the disease, but the minorities in the community. Witches and gypsies were frequent targets. Jewish people were tortured and burned to death by the thousands for supposedly causing the Black Death. Preachers claimed that the disease was God’s punishment for immorality. Many turned to prayer and those that did survive ascribed their good luck to their devotion, resulting in the rise of splinter religions and cults in the aftermath of the plague’s destruction. Alternatively, some resorted to useless home cures to try to avoid the disease, bathing in urine or menstrual blood in an attempt to deter it.

The plague popped up periodically until the 1700s, but never again reached epidemic proportions after the 14th century. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the tongue is the only muscle in one’s body that is attached from one end. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY fusty (FUSS-tee) which means:
1 British : impaired by age or dampness : moldy
2 : saturated with dust and stale odors : musty
3 : rigidly old-fashioned or reactionary
Fusty probably derives from the Middle English word foist, meaning "wine cask," which in turn traces to the Medieval Latin word fustis, meaning "tree trunk" or "wood." So how did fusty end up meaning "old-fashioned"? Originally, it described wine that had gotten stale from sitting in the cask for too long; fusty literally meant that the wine had the "taste of the cask." Eventually any stale food, especially damp or moldy food, was called "fusty." Those damp and moldy connotations were later applied to musty places, and later still to anything that had lost its freshness and interest—that is, to anything old-fashioned. (merriam-webster.com)

St. James Township Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing

Notice of Proposed 2020-2021 Budget Meeting

Notice of St James Township Annual Meeting 03.28.20

What Do You See?

March 19, 2020

Email medic5740@gmail.com for your answer.

Birds Coming Back

March 19, 2020

Carlisle Road has grackles, redwing blackbirds, and rock doves returning to the feeders. The Cardinals never left this winter, so must have had enough to eat. The harbor has lots of birds now as well. Hundreds of ducks, lots of geese, and, once in a while you see an eagle.

The seagulls are back...

Lots of geese on the harbor.

Some eagles on the ice.

Crazy Turkeys

March 19, 2020

Heard a tapping on the front deck, looked out and saw a turkey flying off just as the door was opened. Another one was on the railing of the front deck, and (s)he didn't want to leave. The male turkeys have been displaying and chasing each other around the front yard.

Father Jim Siler "Blessings"

March 19, 2020

Father Jim Siler did blessings at many point from the Holy Cross Catholic Church all the way to Whiskey Point, stopping at each house or business, giving the blessing. Father Jim walked the entire way to the point and back. BINN editor in a care kept ahead of Father Jim and took pictures and video of this special blessing.

View video of this trip HERE

Special St. James Meeting

March 19, 2020

The special meeting will take place on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 2 p.m.

2020-02-20-02 Remote Attendance Resolution

Notice of Special Meeting.March20.2020.docx

SJTBagn 03202020_special

BI Emergency Services Special Meeting

March 19, 2020

The meeting today was especially designed to handle the coronavirus issues in discussion. The basic Peaine Township telephone policy of attendance was used during this meeting. It was also approved for use by the BIESA. A committee will be meeting and getting an informational notice posted in the near future. Many aspects of the pandemic were discussed as well as they pertained to the island.


Tim McDonough, fire chief, Rick Speck, bookkeeper, Joe Moore, videographer, Gerald LaFreniere, and Angel Welke were present.

There were people who called in on the phone to participate in the meeting. They will be mentioned in the minutes of the meeting. Calling in as board members were Tammi Radionoff and Jim McDonough. Calling in for EMS was Cody Randall.

BIESA Board members present: Bob Turner, Bill Kohls, and Kitty McNamara.

View Fire Department Budget HERE

View BIEMS Budget HERE

View video of this meeting HERE


March 19, 2020

Dear Community Members,

Thank you for your contribution to the Islander Basketball teams.

The Free- Throw-A-Thon was a huge success, we raised over $3600 to help cover the cost of travel to the Boys and Girls Basketball Districts this year.

Although the Islander teams did not advance to the next round of the District tournament the teams were happy to have the opportunity to participate and truly enjoyed the experience.

We appreciate your generosity and willingness to support the athletic program year after year.

If you would like a letter for tax purposes please contact the school office 231-448-2744.


Seniors: Elsie Burton, Susi Myers, John Robert
Juniors: Quintan DeLaat, Zander Drost, Jessica LaFreniere, Skylar Marsh, Elisha Richards
Sophomores: Gage Anderson, Jared Robert, McKenna Turner
Freshman:Olga Burton
8th Graders: Aedan Cole, Micah Richards
Athletic Coaches/Staff: Dan Burton, Tammy LaFreniere, Kerry Smith

Special Peaine Township Meeting

March 19, 2020

Peaine Township had a special meeting today, and purposefully used the six feet distancing requirements of this coronavisure procedures. The purpose of the meeting was to pass a special procedure for meetings during this outbreak. The procedure allows for board members to call into the meeting, but not just board members. It allows for the public to call into the meetings.

The procedure does require more rules regarding the discussion of items, the identiy of the speakers during comments, as well as the identity of those who are attending the meeting. The final procedure was approved by the board members present with the Peaine Township lawyer on the call-in line. Electronic attendance to the meeting was approved for all those interested in the meeting.

The three Peaine Board members that were present at the Peaine Township Hall were: Bill Kohls, supervisor; Larry Kubic, treasurer; and Carla Marting, clerk. On the phone was the township lawyer, and in the audience Joe Moore from Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The meeting was live streamed on Beaver Island TV with five unique IP addresses viewing this meeting.

Bill Kohls................Larry Kubic.......................Carla Martin

2020 Remote Attendance Signed Resolution

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 19, 2020

Welcome to the first day of spring! Cloudy skies this morning. 33°, feels like 28°, wind is from the SE at 7 mph, humidity is at 85%, dew point is 29°, pressure is rising from 30.17 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. There's a 60% chance of on and off rain showers today. High of 38°, winds from the east at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight expect a steady to taper off to showers and become mixed with snow overnight. Low of 32°. East winds will shift to north at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

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

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

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

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

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

No weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. The U.S. declared an end to the war in Iraq on December 15, 2011, nearly ten years after the fighting began. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the tall chef's hat is called a toque. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY viridity (vuh-RID-uh-tee) which means
1 a : the quality or state of being green
b : the color of grass or foliage
2 : naive innocence
Viridity is simply a highfalutin way to say "greenness" in both its literal and figurative senses. Greenness goes all the way back to Old English grēnnes, from grēne ("green"), a word akin to Old English grōwan ("to grow"). Viridity did not enter the language until the 15th century, when it was adopted into Middle English as viridite. The ultimate source of viridity is Latin viriditas ("greenness"), itself drawn from the root viridis ("green"). Viridis is also the source (by way of Middle French verdoyant) of English verdant, as well as verdancy, yet another fancy synonym for "greenness." (merriam-webster.com)

Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Order Allowing Public Bodies to Meet Electronically 

March 18, 2020

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-15 to order a temporarily change to the Open Meetings Act to allow public bodies to conduct their meetings electronically, while also facilitating public participation, until April 15, 2020 at 11:59PM. 

“We are taking every measure we can to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and protect Michigan families, but recognize that public bodies still have an obligation to conduct business as usual,” Whitmer said. “During this crisis, we must ensure that public officials can do their job to meet the needs of residents, while also ensuring that meetings remain open, accessible and transparent to the public.”  

Under Executive Order 2020-15, public bodies that are subject to the Open Meetings Act, including boards, commissions, committees, subcommittees, authorities, councils, and nonprofit boards, can use telephone- or video- conferencing methods to continue meeting and conducting business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, so long as they follow certain procedures to ensure meaningful access and participation by members of the public body and the general public. 

In order to maintain the level of transparency that Governor Whitmer has sought under previous executive actions taken during her first month in office, public bodies must meet the following criteria when holding a public meeting electronically: 

  • Ensure two-way communication for members and the public to hear and address each other. 
  • Provide adequate notice to the public of the meeting. 
  • Post a public meeting notice on their website. 
  • Permit participants to record or broadcast the public meeting.  
  • Allow participants to address the public body during a public comment period. 

The order also temporarily authorizes public bodies, departments, and agencies to use technology to enable remote participation in public comment and hearings, and temporarily excuses school boards from monthly meeting requirements.  

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  

  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath  

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.    
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.    
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.    
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.    
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.  
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting. 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  

This press release will be translated and made available in Arabic and Spanish at www.michigan.gov/whitmerpressreleases

To view Executive Order 2020-15, click the link below:

EO 2020-15 Emergency Order - OMA.pdf

Culverts Donegal Bay Road and Indian Point Road

March 15, 2020

A quick trip out to check out the culverts for draining the Font Lake overflow shoed that there is plenty of run-off water, and, perhaps, more than the current culverts can handle. This editor has no engineering background, but, when the water fills the entire culvert except for the very top one inch, the culvert may not be big enough to handle the water flow.

There is a definite road issue on the Indian Point Road where the culvert goes under the road. There was a big "bump" that seemed to be extending across the entire road. You can see that by the video of the road coming and going down Indian Point Road.

Indian Point Road--Font Lake Side......................Campground Side........

Font Lake Road----------Font Lake Side.........................Indian Point Road Side

View video clip of the trip out there HERE

Beautiful Beaver Island

March 18, 2020

by Johnny James Jamrock

Johnny James Jamrock did a video of Beaver Island for the Lake Geneserath Fishing Tournament this winter. He and his photographer came over for a day and a half to check out things on the island and to document the trip. The video was completed after this trip including the editing and the drone footage to make this excellent video.

Johnny James Jamrock

Drone picture

The videographers and photographers

View the video HERE

From the District Library

March 18, 2020

All of the NEA Big Read Events will be postponed until this fall. Dates to be determined.

Special Meetings Scheduled

March 18, 2020

Special Peaine Township Meeting, 3/19/2020, at 10 a.m.

View meeting notice HERE

Special BIESA Meeting, 3/19/2020, at 2 p.m.

View meeting notice HERE

Remote Attendance Resolution Peaine Township DRAFT

View the document HERE

Joint Press Release

March 18, 2020

from AFT Michigan, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards & MEA

Education Organizations Blast Inaction on COVID-19 School Support

Despite bipartisan support, legislation stalled on school employee pay and forgiveness for closure days

MICHIGAN — No action occurred today on a bipartisan solution to keep school employees paid and forgive school districts for the days of education missed due to the ongoing school closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Michigan Education Association, AFT Michigan, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators and Michigan Association of School Boards issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s adjournment without action on the issue:

“Over the past few days, our organizations — from both the labor and management sides of the education community — have worked together to find a legislative solution to ensure all school employees continue to be paid during this crisis. We agreed on an approach that would bring some certainty around pay and days/hours requirements to school districts and employees alike. These issues are interlinked and must be tackled together to address the needs of employees and districts, knowing that we will need to address the long-term needs of students when we know how long this crisis will last.

“We had significant, bipartisan support for our approach developed over days of conversations with lawmakers — something we greatly appreciate. We believe the majority of legislators want to deliver whatever level of certainty they can to students, parents, school employees and district leaders.

“Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey adjourned his chamber without taking action today. Leaving a bipartisan solution to an immediate problem on the table during a time of crisis is not in anyone’s best interests. We call on Sen. Shirkey to reconvene the Senate and address these issues for school employees and districts. They deserve nothing less, given the immense efforts overtaken since last Friday to continue engaging students in learning where possible and to ensure meals and other critical supports continue to flow to our students with the greatest need.”

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 18, 2020

It's 32° on the island right now, light snow, humidity is 79%, dew point is 26°, wind is from the SSE at 5 mph, pressure is falling from 30.17 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. High of 37°, winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 80%. Tonight we'll have mostly cloudy skies, low of 33°, and winds light and variable.

ON THIS DAY in 1852, in New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business, today one of the world's largest banks.

The discovery of gold in California in 1849 prompted a huge spike in the demand for cross-country shipping. Wells and Fargo decided to take advantage of these great opportunities. In July 1852, their company shipped its first loads of freight from the East Coast to mining camps scattered around northern California. The company contracted with independent stagecoach companies to provide the fastest possible transportation and delivery of gold dust, important documents and other valuable freight. It also served as a bank–buying gold dust, selling paper bank drafts and providing loans to help fuel California’s growing economy.

In 1857, Wells, Fargo and Co. formed the Overland Mail Company, known as the “Butterfield Line,” which provided regular mail and passenger service along an ever-growing number of routes. In the boom-and-bust economy of the 1850s, the company earned a reputation as a trustworthy and reliable business, and its logo–the classic stagecoach–became famous. For a premium price, Wells, Fargo and Co. would send an employee on horseback to deliver or pick up a message or package.

Wells, Fargo and Co. merged with several other “Pony Express” and stagecoach lines in 1866 to become the unrivaled leader in transportation in the West. When the transcontinental railroad was completed three years later, the company began using railroad to transport its freight. By 1910, its shipping network connected 6,000 locations, from the urban centers of the East and the farming towns of the Midwest to the ranching and mining centers of Texas and California and the lumber mills of the Pacific Northwest.

After splitting from the freight business in 1905, the banking branch of the company merged with the Nevada National Bank and established new headquarters in San Francisco. During World War I, the U.S. government nationalized the company’s shipping routes and combined them with the railroads into the American Railway Express, effectively putting an end to Wells, Fargo and Co. as a transportation and delivery business. The following April, the banking headquarters was destroyed in a major earthquake, but the vaults remained intact and the bank’s business continued to grow. After two later mergers, the Wells Fargo Bank American Trust Company–shortened to the Wells Fargo Bank in 1962–became, and has remained, one of the biggest banking institutions in the United States. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Whenever Charles Dickens was away from home, he would always realign the bed he was sleeping in to face Northwards, as he felt that this fostered and unlocked his creativity. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY abbreviate (uh-BREE-vee-ayt) which means to make briefer; especially : to reduce (a word or name) to a shorter form intended to stand for the whole. Abbreviate and abridge both mean "to make shorter," so it probably will come as no surprise that both derive from the Latin verb brevis, meaning "short." Abbreviate first appeared in print in English in the 15th century and derives from abbreviātus, the past participle of Late Latin abbreviāre, which in turn can be traced back to brevis. Abridge, which appeared a century earlier, also comes from abbreviāre but took a side trip through the Anglo-French abreger before arriving in Middle English as abreggen. Brevis is also the ancestor of English brief itself, as well as brevity and breviary ("a prayer book" or "a brief summary"), among other words. (merriam-webster.com)

From Charlevoix County

March 17, 2020

Effective at 7:00am on March 18, 2020, the Charlevoix County Building will be open to the public as “scheduled access only”. 

The public is being directed to visit the county website or call the departments directly to arrange for services or make appointments if an in-person visit is necessary. 

Operations of the courts, under their respective judges, will be considered “scheduled access”. 

This will assist in limiting persons within the building at any one time, yet allow for necessary business to take place.  All offices will be staffed and manned for their normal operating hours at this time.

McDonoughs' Market Update

March 17, 2020

A "Happy" St. Patrick's Day to all of you. Thinking about you and whatever struggles you are going through with all the closings and restrictions that we are experiencing right now. If we can all get on the same page and quit blaming and finger pointing and commenting that we are overreacting, I know we can get through this.

On that note, McDonough's Market has always helped out in times of need. For decades, we have delivered groceries, taken phone orders for pick up, opened after regular store hours and on holidays when we would be closed.. Of course, never under such circumstances, but we are still there for you. If you would like groceries delivered to your door, you can get your order to us and we will do that. If you would just like to call ahead and give us a list, we could have it ready for you to pick up at the door. If you can get your order to us in a timely manner that gives us time to get it together, we are happy to help. We are all in this together.

The store number is 231 448 2733. If an email address would be better to send a list, let me know. I will add a personal email other than the store's that would be more private. It would be very helpful if orders could be requested before 4:00.

If we see you in the store, it will be great to see your smiling face - 6 feet away!😉😉 Take care and stay safe!

The Essence of Beaver Island

March 17, 2020

by Corey Adkins

One of the amazing things about Beaver Island is the love and caring people that live here. Corey Adkins captured this video about the musicians joining together to visit those older Islanders that would not be attending any of the activities downtown. This video is on youtube, but Corey Adkins gave permission to BINN to share the video on this website and on Beaver Island TV. \

Today, being a special day for the Emerald Isle, and with all activities canceled in Ireland, it seemed appropriate to share this with all the subscribers to see an example of the love and caring people that do this wonderful work on Beaver Island. Thank you to all the musicians, and thank you to Corey Adkins for allowing us to share this video.

View the Essence of Beaver Island HERE

From St. James and Peaine Townships

March 17, 2020

Peaine and St James Townships are monitoring the status of recent state and federal actions aimed at implementing preventative measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 – COVID-19.  The goals of the township supervisors are to monitor what is going on locally and beyond and to understand township roles and responsibilities as this unusual health emergency progresses. The primary objective is to make sure that island residents and visitors are following CDC guidelines to self-protect and to protect the safety of our community as a whole.

The township supervisors have cancelled all non-essential township board and committee meetings for the next week. Supervisor Kohls has scheduled a Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority meeting for Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Peaine Township Hall and its agenda will include discussion of community response to COVID-19 situation. The public will be able to attend via phone conferencing by calling 415.464.6800 (participant code 49782#).  The meeting may be broadcast on beaverisland.tv.  Residents can check the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority website http://www.peainetwp.org/government_departments/emergency_services_authority/covid-19_information.php for updates and links to other valuable sites. 

What are Island Organizations and Essential Services Doing?

  • Beaver Island Rural Health Center has set up a special room and protocols to process individuals who think they may have the virus; they are following all protocols by CDC regarding emergency preparedness, establishing contacts with mainland hospitals in case patients need hospitalization. If patients are having symptoms, call first, don’t just stop in; call for instructions. For more information contact: tammy@biruralhealth.org or 231.448.2275
  • Beaver Island EMS is reviewing protocols for responding to calls which may include persons who have the virus and developing protocols for evacuation of infected patients if necessary. For more information contact: beaverislandems@gmail.com or (231)448-2578
  • Airlines serving the Island are implementing strict disinfection methods for aircraft and are following CDC guidelines for protection of their passengers and staff and the island community.  Both airlines are calling upon passengers to do the following: Do not travel if you have been or are currently ill, are showing any symptoms, or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19. For more information contact: Fresh Air Aviation or Island Airways directly. 

What can Islanders and Visitors Do?

  • Follow state and federal mandates related to halting the spread of the virus, particularly
  • Stay home as much as possible  
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Take everyday preventive actions:
    • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
    • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
    • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
    • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
    • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
    • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
    • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

These websites provide state and federal guidelines for dealing with the current health emergency.
Local – Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority http://www.peainetwp.org/government_departments/emergency_services_authority/covid-19_information.php
Regional – Health Department of Northwest Michigan http://www.nwhealth.org/
State - Michigan Department of Health & Human Services https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/
National – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html 

Download a PDF of this press release HERE

From the Boat Company

March 17, 2020

To our customers, visitors, employees, and community:


Beaver Island Boat Company is still planning to begin seasonal operations on April 15.

Keeping our customers and employees safe and healthy is a top priority for usat this time. We will continue to closely monitor the ever changing COVID 19 pandemic.

As of now:

  1. We are following guidance from the CDC to drive our decisions related to the virus.
  2. Instructing our employees to take proper hygienic steps as outtlined by the CDC when interfacing with customers and fellow employees.
  3. Reminding our employees of individual actions they can take to help curb the spread of COVD -19, including washnig handmore often, avoiding close contacwith people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surtaces.
When trips begin . we will be sanitizing high contact areas (i.e. handrails, door knobs, etc.), ticket counters and waiting areas between every lrip.

We will conitnue to monitor this situation very closely and make updates as needed to ensure we are doing everything we can for our customers, employees, and communities.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 17, 2020

A very different St. Patrick's Day on the island this year. We will celebrate the great day in our homes and pray that next year will be better. Right now it's 31° on the island, feels like 23°, wind is from the west at 12 mph with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 71%, dew point is 23°, pressure is rising at 30.03 inches, cloud cover is 31%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be mostly sunny with a few afternoon clouds and a high about 34°, winds will be from the west at 15 to 25 mph. Tonight partly cloudy skies becoming overcast. Low of 28°. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1804, Jim Bridger is born. Two months before Lewis and Clark begin their epic western expedition, Jim Bridger is born in Richmond, Virginia. Twenty years later, Bridger, heading West along the routes Lewis and Clark pioneered, became one of the greatest mountain men of the 19th century.

The son of a surveyor and an innkeeper, Bridger moved with his family to St. Louis in 1818. There, Bridger apprenticed to a blacksmith, learned to handle boats, and became a good shot and skilled woodsman. When the Ashley-Henry fur trading company advertised for “enterprising young men” to travel the Missouri River to trade with the Indians, Bridger was among the first to respond, and he was hired in 1822.

Though he lacked much formal education, Bridger demonstrated a brilliant ability for finding his way and surviving in the wilderness. As part of the Ashley-Henry team, he helped construct the first fur trading post on the Yellowstone River. At the age of 21, Bridger became the first Anglo definitely known to have seen the Great Salt Lake, though he mistakenly thought it was the Pacific Ocean at the time. He was adept at learning Indian dialects and culture, and he had a tremendous memory for geographical detail.

For several years Bridger worked as an independent trapper and in 1830 he joined with three partners to gain control of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Bridger never really enjoyed the life of the businessman, though, and he sold out in 1834. That same year, he married Cora, the daughter of a Flathead Indian chief, and she accompanied him on his fur trapping expeditions. Yet by 1840, Bridger had grown tired of the nomadic trapper life. He was convinced that the emigrant traffic through the West had become heavy enough to support a trading post. He founded Fort Bridger along the Green River section of the Oregon Trail, in present-day southern Wyoming.

Fort Bridger quickly became a regular stopping place for overland emigrants, and Bridger happily settled down with Cora, with whom he had three children. Bridger’s idyllic life did not last, though. Cora died, Indians killed one of his daughters, and a second wife died in childbirth. Bridger retreated to the mountains to trap and hunt after each of these tragedies, often living for a time with Indians. In 1850, he married the daughter of a Shoshoni chief, and thereafter he and his bride-whom he called Mary-divided their time between summers at Fort Bridger and winters with the Shoshoni.

In 1853, Mormons, resenting the competition from Bridger’s fort, tried to arrest him as an outlaw. He escaped into the mountains with Mary and his children, but a band of Mormons burnt and gutted the fort, destroying all his supplies. Concerned for his family’s safety, Bridger bought a farm near Westport, Missouri, where he left Mary and the children during all of his subsequent western journeys. He sold Fort Bridger in 1858, and spent the next decade working as a guide and an army scout in the early Indian wars.

By 1868, Bridger’s eyesight was failing, and he increasingly suffered from rheumatism. He retired to his Westport farm, where he cared for his apple trees and no doubt fondly recalled the rugged western mountains he had known so well. He died at the age of 76 on July 17, 1881. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The world’s first motel is in San Luis Obispo. Built in 1925. When opened, it cost $1.25 for a two-room bungalow with a kitchen and a private adjoining garage. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY crwth (KROOTH) which means an ancient Celtic stringed instrument that is plucked or bowed. Crwth, which comes to us from Welsh, is the name for an ancient Celtic instrument that is similar to a violin. In Middle English, the instrument's name was spelled crouth before metamorphosing to crowd, a word still used in some dialects of England to refer to a violin. Crwth can also refer to a swelling or bulging body, and we can speculate that it came to be used for the instrument because of the violin's bulging form. Other Celtic words for the violin also have meanings referring to rounded shapes. In Gaelic, for example, cruit can mean "harp" or "violin" as well as "hump" or "hunch." (merriam-webster.com)

From the B. I. Telecommunications Advisory Committee

March 16, 2020

The March 18th BITAC meeting has been canceled.

DRAFT Special BITAC Meeting Minutes 03052020

Cancellation of BITAC meeting

From Island Airways

March 16, 2020

Dear Fellow Beaver Island Residents,


We are performing all of the essential services needed to keep Beaver Island running – passenger flights, United States mail delivery, UPS & Federal Express package delivery, perishable food shipments, prescription pick-up and delivery, misc. freight delivery, and (hopefully not needed) air ambulance services. Beaver Island is our home and we will continue to serve our community!

As a precaution we are disinfecting the aircraft between each flight with CDC approved spray and wipe agents.

We do ask that our passengers and customers follow the current recommendations of health experts:

• Do not travel if you have been or are currently ill
• Wash your hands frequently
• Refrain from touching your face
• Practice social distancing

The Centers for Disease Control provide excellent resources on their website (www.CDC.gov).

We will keep you posted as we hear any updates. If you have any questions we have not addressed in this post, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at the following numbers:

• 231 448 2374 home
• 231 675 7882 Angel mobile phone
• 231 675 5297 Paul mobile phone
• angel@islandairways – email

Thank you for your support and consideration during this trying time.

Paul and Angel Welke

From the District Library

March 16, 2020

By Executive Order of the Governor, all Michigan libraries must close no later than 3 pm today and remain closed until March 30th. Sorry!

From Fresh Air

March 16, 2020

Fresh Air Aviation is committed to providing our island communities (Beaver Island, Mackinac Island, and Boblo Island) with continued air service during these uncertain times and will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving news and guidance regarding the coronavirus and our role as a transportation provider to these communities. At this time we have not received any restrictions to our ability to provide air travel but just as all businesses and industries are starting to feel the effect of the current times, Fresh Air Aviation does expect adjustments will be necessary to the current and future flights based on the potential for reduced demand. So please be advised that we may have to make modifications to currently reserved flights, the number of new flights available per day, as well as the number of days per week flights are available. If you need a flight in the near future, please try to contact as soon as possible to let us know your needs and we will do our best to provide a reasonable flight time to meet your needs. If you have a current flight and adjustment to that flight is necessary, we will do our best to reach out to you as soon as possible. 

As per CDC guidelines the best way to prevent illness is avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. So as a consideration to the isolated island communities we serve as well as our staff and their families, Fresh Air Aviation asks all our patrons that if you are showing any symptoms or suspect you have been exposed that you self-quarantine and limit travel so as not to unnecessarily expose our staff or communities to the virus until further notice. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. 


Keith and Rachel Teague, Owners – Fresh Air Aviation

Main office 231-237-9482   

Beaver Island local 231-448-2089   

St. Ignace office 906-285-6727

From Stoney Acre Grill

March 16, 2020

Friends -
As the situation continues to quickly evolve, and with recent announcements from the Governor of Michigan, We will be closed until further notice.

We know this is the right thing for our community, and we hope that we can all pull through this quickly, in good health and high spirits.

Thank you for your patronage

From the Shamrock

March 16, 2020

Friends -
As the situation continues to quickly evolve, and with recent announcements from the Governor of Michigan, we will be closed for dine in service until further notice.
We know this is the right thing for our community, and we hope that we can all pull through this quickly, in good health and high spirits.



We appreciate your patronage!

Editorial by Joe Moore

March 16, 2020

If you are looking for some things to do in this time of school, restaurant, and bar shutdown, I have a couple of books that I can recommend. First of all, I'm a western addict, so, you might know that these books are quite a common writing in the library. For a change, I have headed into the realm of somewhat different style of westerns, and I have a couple of series to recommend to you.

I'd like to explain why first before giving you the information. Most westerns are good guy versus bad guy stories with little character development and the same old storyline. These two series are somewhat different in that these series are inclusive of characters that show the perspective of the women in the stories. This opens up a wider area of character development and interchanges and conversations that are intriguing.

The first series is by C.J Petit and is entitled "Evans Family Saga." The storyline centers around the United States Marshall activities in the area of the country around Colorado, but also the trip getting there. The fifth book in the series is entitled "Bethan's Choice," and is specifically written about a women that wants to be a US Marshall.

The second series is by Carol Ervin and is entitled "Mountain Women Series." It starts with a logging and coal mining community and is written from a woman's perspective in these industries. The sixth book in the series is "Kith and Kin."

I am reading both of these series at this time, and I highly recommend them for those interested in the western genre with a slightly different twist. These are available from Kindle Books at Amazon.

Waste Management Committee Meeting Canceled

From Paul Cole, Chairman: "Due to the current state of the virus in the United States I have decided to cancel the waste transfer meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Social distancing is important at this time to reduce the risk of exposure and spread. Appreciate everyone’s ongoing work on this committee. Thank You."

View February minutes HERE

Governor's Order and CDC Recommendations

March 16, 2020

Michigan bars and restaurants will be ordered closed starting at 3 p.m. Monday, except for carry-out services, due to the coronavirus pandemic.Whitmer, by executive order over the weekend, prohibited gatherings of 250 people or more, with recommendations to cancel events with more than 100 people in a shared space. The social distancing efforts — keeping groups of people out of close proximity to one another — are considered by public health experts a key to helping prevent a huge spike in coronavirus infections,

The CDC has stated that there should be no gatherings of fifty plus people for the next two months.

These gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings and other types of assemblies.
"Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities," the CDC said in its new guidelines.
The CDC recommended organizers "cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States." The recommendation does not apply to some organizations like schools or businesses.

While this has plenty of implications for workers and business owners, the steps are being taken to slow the spread of this disease. There are very few exceptions being made. Some include the ability to provide take out food from the restaurants.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 16, 2020

28° this morning, feels like 24°, cloudy skies, wind is from the SSE a 7 mph, humidity is 68%, dew point is 19°, pressure is 30.38 inches, cloud cover is 91%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today there is a 50% chance for snow showers. High of 36° with winds from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight will have considerable cloudiness. Low of 32°. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT I Will Always Love You was originally written and recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton. It was written as a farewell to her mentor of seven years. Porter Wagoner. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY palpate (PAL-payt) which means to examine by touch especially medically. Palpate has been part of the English language since the 19th century. It was probably coined from the preexisting noun form palpation, which itself traces back to the Latin verb palpare, meaning "to stroke or caress." Other descendants of palpare in English include palpable (an adjective that might describe a tense moment that can be "felt"), palpitate (what the heart does when it beats so hard that it can be felt through the chest), and the verb palp ("to touch or feel"). Even feel itself is a distant cousin of palpitate, as both words can be linked to the same ancient root word that gave Latin palpare. (merriam-webster.com)

Christian Church Service

March 15, 2020

View video of this service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m.

March 15, 2020

With the current coronavirus safety precautions, there was almost an empty church at Holy Cross today. There were some there to help complete the live stream, and others there to respond to the prayers given. Special dispensation was obtained for these very few people present.

There were, however, one hundred twenty (120) unique IP addresses that viewed the live stream of the Holy Cross Mass today. This demonstrates the gladness and faith that many had in the possibility of viewing the service online. There are lots of other churches also live streaming services, so this is a good number of viewers that were thankful for this option.

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 15, 2020

Clear skies this morning, 23°, feels like 20°, wind is from the ENE at 6 mph, with gusts to 7 mph, humidity is 74%, dew point is 15°, pressure is 30.17 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles. Look for plenty of sunshine today. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight it begins to cloud up a bit. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1972, The Godfather—a three-hour epic chronicling the lives of the Corleones, an Italian-American crime family led by the powerful Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)—is released in theaters.

The Godfather was adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Mario Puzo, a novelist who grew up in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen and got his start writing pulp stories for men’s magazines. Controversy surrounded the film from the beginning: Soon after Paramount Pictures announced its production, the Italian-American Civil Rights League held a rally in Madison Square Garden, claiming the film would amount to a slur against Italian Americans. The uproar only increased publicity for the movie, which Paramount was counting to become a big-money hit after the success of Puzo’s novel.

The studio’s production chief, Robert Evans, approached several directors—including Sergio Leone and Costa Gavras—about The Godfather before hiring the relatively unknown Francis Ford Coppola, who was only 31 years old at the time. As an Italian American himself, Coppola strove to make the film an authentic representation of the time period and the culture, and to do justice to the complex relationships within the Corleone family, instead of focusing primarily on the violent crime aspect of the story. He worked with Puzo on the screenplay and persuaded Paramount to increase the budget of the film, which the studio had envisioned as a relatively meager $2.5 million.

Perhaps most importantly, Coppola and Puzo fought to cast Marlon Brando in the coveted role of Vito Corleone. At the time, Brando’s career had been in decline for a decade, and he had become notorious for his moody on-set behavior, most notably during the filming of 1962’s Mutiny on the Bounty. When Paramount insisted that Brando do a screen test, the legendary actor complied because he wanted the role so badly. Reading his lines from hidden cue cards, Brando turned in a phenomenal, intuitive performance as the Godfather, winning an Academy Award for Best Actor (which he declined to accept). Combined with Coppola’s meticulous direction and memorable performances by the rest of the film’s cast, including Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, Brando’s star turn propelled the film to record-breaking box-office success, as well as three Academy Awards, for Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Godfather has remained a perennial choice on critics’ lists of the all-time best films in history. In 2007, it ranked second on the American Film Institute (AFI)’s list of the greatest movies of all time, behind Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941). Its sequel, The Godfather: Part II, was released in 1974 and won six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. A third installment, The Godfather: Part III (1990), received some positive reviews but was generally considered to be the weakest of the three films. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT During WWII, a U.S. naval destroyer won a battle against a Japanese submarine by throwing potatoes at them. The Japanese thought they were grenades. (thefactsite.com) From destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass written by Ernest A Herr comes this:

On 5 April 1943, DesRon 21 was returning from a night of shelling Japanese shore installations deep in the New Georgia area of the Solomon Islands. Our destroyer, the O’Bannon, as part of this force, picked up a radar contact that turned out to be a large Japanese submarine cruising on the surface and apparently unaware of our presence. The Japanese lookouts undoubtedly were fast asleep.
We approached rapidly and were preparing to ram the sub. Our captain and other officers on the bridge were trying to identify the type of sub and decided, at the last minute, that it could be a mine layer. Not wanting to blow up ourselves along with the sub, the decision was made that ramming was not a wise move. At the last moment, the rudder was swung hard to avoid a collision and we found ourselves in a rather embarrassing situation as we sailed along side of the Japanese submarine.

On board the sub, Japanese sailors, wearing dark shorts and dinky blue hats, were sleeping out on deck. In what could be considered a rude awaking, they sat up to see an American destroyer sailing along side. Our ship however, was far too close to permit our guns lowered enough to fire and since no one on deck carried a gun, not a shot was heard. Ditto on the Japanese sub, no one there had a gun either. In this situation, no one seemed sure of the proper course of action and it probably would not have been covered in the manual anyway. Therefore everyone just stared more or less spellbound.

The submarine was equipped with a 3-inch deck gun and the sub’s captain finally decided that now was probably a good time to make use of it. As the Japanese sailors ran toward their gun, our deck parties reached into storage bins that were located nearby, picked out some potatoes and threw them at the sailors on the deck of the sub. A potato battle ensued. Apparently the Japanese sailors thought the potatoes were hand grenades. This kept them very busy as they try to get rid of them by throwing them back at the O’Bannon or over the side of the sub. Thus occupied, they were too busy to man their deck gun which gave us sufficient time to put a little distance between our ship and the sub.

Finally we were far enough away to bring our guns to bear and firing commenced. One of our shells managed to hit the sub’s conning tower but the sub managed to submerge anyway. At that time our ship was able to pass directly over the sub for a depth charge attack. Later information showed that the sub did sink. When the Association of Potato Growers of Maine heard of this strange episode, they sent a plaque to commemorate the event. The plaque was mounted in an appropriate place near the crews mess hall for the crew to see. Well, it was the crew’s battle.

The story was picked up by the papers back in the States and, shortly thereafter, a full blown account of the event was covered by a story in the READERS DIGEST. Conversations with a crew member that served years later revealed that, while the plaque was still located in the crew’s mess hall, no one seemed to pay much attention to it nor knew much about it. I guess the crew was interested in making history but not particularly interested studying it.

WORD OF THE DAY minutia (muh-NOO-shee-uh) which means:a minute or minor detail — usually used in plural.
Minutia was borrowed into English in the 18th century from the Latin plural noun minutiae, meaning "trifles" or "details," and derived from the singular noun minutia, meaning "smallness." In English, minutia is most often used in the plural as either minutiae (pronounced \muh-NOO-shee-ee) or, on occasion, as simply minutia. The Latin minutia, incidentally, comes from minutus, an adjective meaning "small" that was created from the verb minuere, meaning "to lessen." A familiar descendant of minutus is minute. (merriam-webster.com)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 14, 2020

Cloudy skies this morning, 28°, feels like 23°, wind is from the NNW at 7 mph, dew point is 19°, humidity is 67%, pressure is rising from 30.48 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. It will be overcast today with winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Partly cloudy tonight with winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Please note (and pass on to those who aren't on the internet) that Father Jim Siler posted: BY MANDATE OF BISHOP RAICA OF THE DIOCESE OF GAYLORD, ALL PUBLIC MASSES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL APRIL 6TH OR FURTHER NOTICE. WE WILL BE LIVE STREAMING SUNDAY MASS at 9:30 on http://beaverisland.tv
The church as always will remain open 24/7 for private prayer. Adoration times will be posted throughout the week days. God bless you all Fr. Jim Siler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT The Marshal Mathers foundation for at-risk and disadvantaged youth, was founded by Eminem. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY hoise (HOYZ) which means: lift, raise; especially : to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle.
The connection between hoise and hoist is a bit confusing. The two words are essentially synonymous variants, but hoist is far more common; hoise and its inflected forms hoised and hoising are infrequently used. But a variant of its past participle shows up fairly frequently as part of a set expression. And now, here's the confusing part: that variant past participle is hoist! The expression is "hoist with (or by) one's own petard," which means "victimized or hurt by one's own scheme." This oft-heard phrase owes its popularity to William Shakespeare's Hamlet in which the titular character says, "For 'tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petar[d]." (A petard is a medieval explosive. The quote implies that the engineer—the person who sets the explosive device—is blown into the air by the explosion of his own device.) (merriam-webster.com)

From the Diocese of Gaylord

March 13, 2020

The church as always will remain open 24/7 for private prayer. Adoration times will be posted throughout the week days.

God bless you all,

Fr. Jim Siler

Read the Bishop's letter HERE

Editorial by Joe Moore

March 13, 2020

For any of you that don't know, I live in a home with an immuno-compromised person. Even though it has been a year since the end of chemotherapy, the immune system of my wife is not back to normal or even close to normal. We/ve been dealing with pneumonia over the last couple of weeks as well as very low level of platelets, and other respiratory issues.

Our trip, to the mainland yesterday, showed that there was improvement in the platelet level, and normal levels in the blood in most other categories. We are, however, still somewhat sick with the cold or the flu, not sure which at this time. Both of us are going to do what is recommended for those over sixty with respiratory issues.

We are not going to be participating in the St. Paddy's Day activities this weekend. The sum total of the News on the 'Net video for this weekend will include the normal weekly live streams from Holy Cross, and the Sunday service recorded video at the Christian Church. If there are any pictures or video taken of the weekend's activities, they will be short, sweet, and to the point. There will not be any live streaming of these activities, nor any long term videos taken.

From Beaver Island COA

March 13, 2020

ALL Charlevoix Senior Center Buildings, Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Office will be CLOSED to the Public. The Charlevoix COA Office will be OPen for Phone calls and Emails.







Governor Whitmer Bans Events of 250 or More

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is banning all events with more than 250 in attendance beginning Friday evening until April 5.

The order bans more than 250 people from assembling in the same shared space beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

Industrial or manufacturing facilities, mass transit facilities and stores are exempt from the rule. The order likely will affect services at many churches across the state.

“This is about protecting the most people we can from the spread of coronavirus,” Whitmer said. “My administration will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread, and to ensure our children, families, and businesses have the support they need during this time.”

Michigan has 12 presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, including 10 announced Thursday evening.

Whitmer already ordered a three-week closure of all K-12 schools across the state from March 16 to April 5. Most colleges and universities have closed and moved their classes to online for several weeks.

Child care facilities, including those attached to K-12 schools, will be allowed to remain open during the three-week school closure.

Pat Boyle, RIP

March 13, 2020

From Susan Boyle Heynig...

Sad news. I’m very sad to tell you my brother Pat Boyle passed away unexpectedly yesterday from a heart attack. He was living in Petoskey.

Pat was the youngest of the 13 children of Jack and Beatrice Boyle. He was 62 years old.

Pat was a beautiful artist and a talented mason.

We will miss our baby brother. It is comforting to know he joins our parents and siblings Grace, John and Sharron and his nephew Tom and is at peace.

Plans are being made for a family memorial service for Pat this summer on the Island.

Michigan Governor Closes Schools

March 13, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16,2020, until Sunday, April 5, 2020, in an effort to slow the outbreak of COVID-19. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020.

From BICS:

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities at BICS on Friday, March 13th @ 2:30 pm

Due to an abundance of caution, today's kids concert with Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim will be open to only school students and their immediate family members.

We are sorry for this inconvenience, stay healthy and have a great weekend!

From Charlevoix County COA

March 13, 2020

As seniors are at the highest risk for COVID-19, ALL Charlevoix County Senior Centers are CLOSED to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. We will continue to serve seniors it will just look differently. Please find the attached information related to the mitigation strategy for the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging related to COVID-19 effective Monday, March 16, 2020 in regards to programs and services offered by the Commission on Aging. This strategy is based on recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and are in place until further notice.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

COA Mitigation Plan for Covid19 3 13 20

MDHHS, Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 3 11 2020

Eagles Feasting on Sucker

March 13, 2020

While it was not obvious what kind of fish this was to the editor, Dr. Jeff Powers identified it as a sucker, but it is a big fish that the eagles are feasting on. This was happening out on the ice in the harbor this morning. Thank you to Denise McDonough for providing us with a heads-up, so pictures and video could be obtained.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the eagles HERE

Invasive Species' Plans

March 13, 2020

Beaver Island Archipelago Terrestrial Invasive Species Administration (2)

Beaver Island Archipelago Terrestrial Invasive Species Strategy (2)

NEW Terrestrial Invasive Species Ordiance - DRAFT 1-22-2020 (2)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 13, 2020

I slept like the dead last night so I'm running a bit late. Right now I'm showing 35°, feels like 20°, mostly cloudy skies, winds are from the west at 18 mph with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is 74%, dew point is 27°, pressure is rising from 29.67 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today expect windy weather and mostly cloudy skies. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with winds from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph with occasionally gusting over 40 mph.

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT Times Square was originally called Longacre square until it was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly built Times Building. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY ambidextrous (am-bih-DEK-strus) which means:
1 a : using both hands with equal ease or dexterity
b soccer : using both feet with equal ease : two-footed
2 : designed or suitable for use by the left or right hand
3 : unusually skillful : versatile
4 : characterized by duplicity : double-dealing
Latin dexter originally meant "related to or situated on the right side," but since most people do things better with the right hand, dexter developed the sense of "skillful" (as demonstrated by our word dexterous). In 1646, English physician and author Sir Thomas Browne combined dexter with the Latin prefix ambi- (meaning "both") to form ambidextrous: "Some are ... ambidextrous or right-handed on both sides," he wrote. The word can also describe the kind of mental agility demonstrated by one with multiple diverse talents, such as the ambidextrous leader who successfully works with a diverse team to meet goals. (merriam-webster.com)

From BIRobot at BICS

March 12, 2020

A bit back we posted about a SpaceX pressure system failure and noted that things don't always go as planned. We received word yesterday minutes after placing are 2020 bot SkipJack Betty (along with our tools and supplies) on a flight to the mainland that our District Competition in Escanaba is indefinitely postponed due to concerns about COVID-19. It is unclear to us whether our team will be able to attend an event there or some other event at a later date. For now, we continue to prepare for our second scheduled event in Alpena on March 27-28, but that event is officially postponed as well. We looking at ways to continue our efforts in the face of this very unusual development. After all, when a good robotics team is presented with a problem, we look for a way to solve it. We adapt and carry on.

Our 2020 bot and team are ready to compete after many weeks of work, including an especially busy last several weeks of build sessions where we often worked into the wee hours of the morning. Our machine, named Skipjack Betty (for some of our supporters who passed away after build season began), includes a novel game piece mechanism, an R2D2 like arm for manipulating the control panel in this year's game and a lift mechanism incorporating an on board tube bending system. We will look for an opportunity to display its unique capabilities in some demonstrations at our school.

We thank our parents and mentors for all of their hard work getting the team ready to compete. Some have worked extraordinary hours including Adam Anderson, former team members Kai Drost and Erin Wiser, Josh Garret, KaiLonnie Dunsmore, Sheri Richards and Kevin and Theresa McDonough. Thanks also go to Robert's John Service and McDonough Construction who let us use their shop facilities and to our 5th & 6th grade teacher Debbie Robert who delivered one of our build session dinners.

We are very grateful to our sponsors for supporting our efforts so far this season. Because teaching our team members the skills involved in effective capital formation (in our case fundraising)--planning, focus on the value proposition, communicating and interacting with potential customers (donors), tracking results and following up--are a core part of our mission (and because we must complete our fundraising efforts to be ready for the 2021 season), our fund raising efforts will continue even as we standby to see what happens with the rest of our 2020 competition schedule. Team members are already looking at organizing early summer competitions among Northwest Michigan and UP teams or, in our, case Northern Lights League members with robotics teams. Please know that we will continue to work hard to deliver value from your investment in our efforts and that we plan to carry on with our other program features (including our very popular Summer Robotics Camp, Robot Movie Festival, Independence Day Parade participation, community service and outreach). But, given how hard we've all been working, we may take a few days to recover with some good snowbank time. If we can find one.

Weather by Joe

March 12, 2020

Right now at 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 37 degrees. The pressure is 29.84 with visibility of 5 miles. It's cloudy, the dewpoint is 35 degrees with relative humidity of 97%.

TODAY, it is expected to get to 40 degrees with possible dense fog in the morning. It will be overcast with showers on and off. Winds will be from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies and damp with rain showers early. It will become partly cloudy later with a low of 31 degrees. Wind switches to the SW at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40. Chance of rain is 70% with accumulation up to a quarter of an inch.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy and windy day. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s. Winds will be from the W with gusts up to 40 mph, but normally 20 to 30 mph.


Though today there is almost nothing as ubiquitous as a bottle of Coca-Cola, this was not always the case. For the first several years of its existence, Coke was only available as a fountain drink, and its producer saw no reason for that to change. It was not until March 12, 1894 that Coke was first sold in bottles.

Originally developed as a non-addictive substitute for morphine, then marketed as a non-alcoholic "temperance drink," Coca-Cola was invented by John Pemberton, a druggist in Columbus, Georgia, in 1886. It was soon popular throughout the region, and the rights to the brand passed to Asa Griggs Candler. Candler's nephew had advised him that selling the drink in bottles could greatly increase sales, but Griggs apparently wasn't interested. The first person to bottle Coke was Joseph A. Biedenharn, owner of a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Correctly determining that bottles could boost sales, Biedenharn put the drink into Hutchinson bottles, a common and reusable glass bottle that bore no resemblance to the modern Coke bottle. He sent Candler a case, but Candler continued to stick with fountain sales.

Five years later, Candler finally sold the national bottling rights to Coke—excluding the right to bottle it in Vicksburg—to two brothers from Chattanooga. Still convinced that bottling would not be a major source of revenue, Candler sold the bottling rights for a dollar and reportedly never collected even that. The contract stipulated that a bottle of Coke would cost 5 cents and had no end date, a legal oversight that resulted in the price remaining the same until 1959. In 1915, the bottlers put out a call for a new design, one so distinctive that one could recognize it if it were in pieces on the ground or by feeling it in the dark. The winning design, produced by the Root Glass Company of Terre Haute, Indiana, gave the world the iconic contoured bottle we know today.


retronym; noun; (RET-roh-nim); a term that is newly created and adopted to distinguish the original or older version, form, or example of something (such as a product) from other, more recent versions, forms, or examples; such as analog watch; snail mail

Remember way back when cameras used film? Back then, such devices were simply called cameras; they weren't specifically called film cameras until they needed to be distinguished from the digital cameras that came later. Similarly, the term desktop computer wasn't often used until laptops became prevalent. A lot of our common retronyms have come about due to technological advances: acoustic guitar emerged to contrast with electric guitar, and brick-and-mortar store to distinguish traditional stores from online retailers. Retronym was coined by Frank Mankiewicz, an American journalist and former president of National Public Radio, and was first seen in print in 1980.

St. James Township Board Meeting

March 11, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

Board members present were Supervisor Kitty McNamara, Clerk Julie Gillespie, and trustees Joe Moore and Paul Cole. Calling in to the meeting was Treasurer Diane McDonough.

There were only three members of the public in the audience along with the two deputies Cynthia Pryor and Jessica Anderson. The meeting lasted approximately one and a half hours.

SJTBagn03112020 Agenda

Other meeting documents are down below in a separate entry.

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

March 11, 2020, at 7 p.m.

View the packet for the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

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BICS Board of Education Special Closed Meeting

March 12, 2020, at 5 p.m.

The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education is having a special closed meeting with the topic to be Safety and Security Planning. The meeting date and time are listed above as well as in the following notice.

View meeting notice HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 11, 2020

I can't guarantee that I'll be posting tomorrow as we have an early flight off-island for doctor appointments. Anyhow, right now it's lightly snowing, 31°, feels like 28°, wind is from the SSE at 4 mph, humidity is 95%, dew point is 29°, pressure is 30.09 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 2 miles. Today expect snow showers and light winds. Cloudy tonight.

ON THIS DAY in 1888, one of the worst blizzards in American history strikes the Northeast, killing more than 400 people and dumping as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas. New York City ground to a near halt in the face of massive snow drifts and powerful winds from the storm. At the time, approximately one in every four Americans lived in the area between Washington D.C. and Maine, the area affected by the Great Blizzard of 1888.

On March 10, temperatures in the Northeast hovered in the mid-50s. But on March 11, cold Arctic air from Canada collided with Gulf air from the south and temperatures plunged. Rain turned to snow and winds reached hurricane-strength levels. By midnight on March 11, gusts were recorded at 85 miles per hour in New York City. Along with heavy snow, there was a complete whiteout in the city when the residents awoke the next morning.

Despite drifts that reached the second story of some buildings, many city residents trudged out to New York’s elevated trains to go to work, only to find many of them blocked by snow drifts and unable to move. Up to 15,000 people were stranded on the elevated trains; in many areas, enterprising people with ladders offered to rescue the passengers for a small fee. In addition to the trains, telegraph lines, water mains and gas lines were also located above ground. Each was no match for the powerful blizzard, freezing and then becoming inaccessible to repair crews. Simply walking the streets was perilous. In fact, only 30 people out of 1,000 were able to make it to the New York Stock Exchange for work; Wall Street was forced to close for three straight days. There were also several instances of people collapsing in snow drifts and dying, including Senator Roscoe Conkling, New York’s Republican Party leader.

Many New Yorkers camped out in hotel lobbies waiting for the worst of the blizzard to pass. Mark Twain was in New York at the time and was stranded at his hotel for several days. P.T. Barnum entertained some of the stranded at Madison Square Garden. The East River, running between Manhattan and Queens, froze over, an extremely rare occurrence. This inspired some brave souls to cross the river on foot, which proved a terrible mistake when the tides changed and broke up the ice, stranding the adventurers on ice floes. Overall, about 200 people were killed by the blizzard in New York City alone.

But New York was not the only area to suffer. Along the Atlantic coast, hundreds of boats were sunk in the high winds and heavy waves. The snowfall totals north of New York City were historic: Keene, New Hampshire, received 36 inches; New Haven, Connecticut, got 45 inches; and Troy, New York, was hit by 55 inches of snow over 3 days. In addition, thousands of wild and farm animals froze to death in the blizzard.

In the wake of the storm, officials realized the dangers of above-ground telegraph, water and gas lines and moved them below ground. In New York City, a similar determination was made about the trains, and within 10 years, construction began on an underground subway system that is still in use today. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Only primates, humans, and opossums have opposable thumbs. Out of these, the opossum is the only one with no thumbnail. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY Byzaqntine (BIZ-un-teen) which means:
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient city of Byzantium
2 architecture : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of architecture developed in the Byzantine Empire especially in the fifth and sixth centuries featuring the dome carried on pendentives over a square and incrustation with marble veneering and with colored mosaics on grounds of gold
3 Christianity : of or relating to the churches using a traditional Greek rite and subject to Eastern canon law
4 often not capitalized a : of, relating to, or characterized by a devious and usually surreptitious manner of operation
b : intricately involved : labyrinthine
Today, the city that lies on the Bosporus Strait in Turkey is named Istanbul, but it was once known as Constantinople (a name given to it when it became the capital of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire), and in ancient times, it was called Byzantium. Its history is exotic—filled with mystics, wars, and political infighting—and over time the word Byzantine (from Late Latin Byzantinus, the name for a native of Byzantium) became synonymous with anything characteristic of the city or empire, from architecture to intrigue. The figurative sense referring to a devious manner of operation first appeared in the late 1930s. It was popularized by frequent use in reference to the Soviet Union, whose secrecy and despotism were equated by Westerners with what went on in the old Byzantine Empire. (merriam-webster.com)

Mother Nature's Ice Art

March 10, 2020

Mother Nature decided to provide the island with some rain, which turned to freezing rain, and then finally to snow. The ice covered any structures that were not inside a building for a while this morning. The ice continued to slowly melt off the trees, showing diamonds in the sky and reflections of the sunlight. Little tiny icycles were also seen on the trees. Mother nature provided plenty to intrigue a photographer, but the captures on a digital camera did not provide the same beauty as Mother Nature herself.

St. James Township Board Meeting Documents

for March 11, 2020. 5:30 p.m.

Rescheduled 3-4-20 to 3-11-20 Regular Board Meeting

SJTBagn03112020 Agenda



Bills for approval 020520-030620

Dock Budget 0320

Gen Fund Budget 0320

Payroll 0220

Road Budget 0320

Sewer Budget 0320

DRAFT Minutes of 02052020 Regular[30077]

Our Town, Our Island

At CMU Biological Center

March 10, 2020

Please see the attached updated 2020 course/workshop schedule at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.  

Registration is now open for CMUBS courses and/or non-credit workshops available to students, working professionals and the general public. 

You can now register via the CMUBS website for non-credit workshops.   

Apply now at https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/se/cmubs/students/Pages/Application-for-Non-CMU-Students-Workshop.aspx 

See se.cmich.edu/CMUBS for more information about summer courses and an updated events schedule for this coming summer. 

Housing is available at the station for students taking classes, researchers and faculty.  Housing consist of barracks style dorms, campground cabins or you can camp in the campground.  Note: Register early to save on room and board rates! 

Feel free to contact John the station manager with any questions: gordo2jj@cmich.edu   

Random Rambling Thoughts

March 10, 2020

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 10, 2020

During the night we had rain, freezing rain and a dash of snow. Right now it's 26°, feels like 14°, cloudy skies, wind is from the NNW at 12 mph with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is 90%, dew point is 24°, pressure is rising from 30.06 inches, cloud cover is 100% and visibility is 10 miles. Today the high should be around 33° with winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight there's a 60% chance for some snow showers after midnight.

ON THIS DAY in 1926, Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman, the first Book-of-the-Month Club selection, is published by Viking Press.

The book was written by English novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, who had intended to become a musicologist, not a writer. To that end, she edited a 10-volume work called Tudor Church Music. Warner claimed she became a poet and fiction writer accidentally when she ran across a piece of paper with “a particularly tempting surface.” She was intensely interested in established religions and the occult and used her knowledge of witchcraft in Lolly Willowes, a story about a widow who scandalizes her relations by moving to a town involved in witchcraft.

The Book-of-the-Month Club’s 4,000-plus members were not pleased with the novel. However, Warner was used to being controversial. As an openly gay woman in the early 1900s, she was the object of much hostility throughout her life. Warner later published 144 short stories in the New Yorker, as well as more novels, poetry, and translations. She died in 1978 in Dorset, England. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT There is a statue of Tesla in Silicon Valley that radiates free Wi-Fi. It was done as an homage to his vision for wireless communication. It also houses a time capsule to be opened in 2043 on the 100th anniversary of the inventor's death. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY escapade (ESS-kuh-payd) which means a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct. When it was first used in English, escapade referred to an act of escaping or fleeing from confinement or restraint. The relationship between escape and escapade does not end there. Both words derive from the Vulgar Latin verb excappare, meaning "to escape," a product of the Latin prefix ex- and the Late Latin noun cappa, meaning "head covering or cloak." While escape took its route through Anglo-French and Middle English, however, escapade made its way into English by way of the Spanish escapar ("to escape") and the French escapade. (merriam-webster.com)

BICS Board of Education Meeting

March 9, 2020, at 7 p.m.

The BICS Board and Superintendent

The attendees

View Board packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

District Basketball with the Islanders in Pellston

The Beaver Island Islanders played at 7 p.m. tonight against Alanson in the district basketball tournament. The Islanders played well and play hard, but lost to Alanson. The score was 59 for Alansonand 38 for Beaver Island. Thanks to Tara Palmer Pop for the photo.

Real Estate One Top Sales Agent

Beaver Island's Sheri Richards

Sheri Richards received three awards from Real Estate One:

1. Real Estate One President’s Circle Award for reaching the pinnacle of success in listings, sales, and customer service for 2019.
2. 2019 Business Growth Award, Charlevoix, in recognition achieving exceptional growth of business of the past 12 months.
3. Real Estate One Top Office Producer. Volume and Units Sold, Charlevoix

Congratulations, Sheri!!

Peaine Meeting

March 11, 2020, 7 p.m.

2020 March Peaine Regular Agenda

Island Currents - The BIA Newsletter - Spring 2020

View the newsletter HERE

Michigan Governor Declares

March as Nutrition Month

March 9, 2020

View news release HERE

BICS HOSA in Traverse City

March 9, 2020

Susi Myers McCafferty is moving on to the practical skills testing in the HOSA competition today in Traverse City. There are four BICS students participating in the State Competition:

HOSA STATE COMPETITION HAS BEGUN!! Grand Traveres Resort. 4730 students here from all over Michigan. Wish these Health students, the best as they compete to go to NATIONALS!


The BICS HOSA instructor is Kathie Ehinger.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 9, 2020

It's 48° outside this morning, feels like 42°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is from the SSW at 12 mph with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 52%, dew point is 31°, pressure is 29.89 inches, cloud cover is 76%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today we have a 90% chance of rain showers that will evolve into a more steady rain by afternoon. Tonight expect a mix of wintry precipitation, then mainly snow showers overnight.

ON THIS DAY in 1841, at the end of a historic case, the U.S. Supreme Court rules, with only one dissent, that the African slaves who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery, and thus are free under American law.

In 1807, the U.S. Congress joined with Great Britain in abolishing the African slave trade, although the trading of slaves within the U.S. was not prohibited. Despite the international ban on the importation of African slaves, Cuba continued to transport captive Africans to its sugar plantations until the 1860s, and Brazil to its coffee plantations until the 1850s.

On June 28, 1839, 53 slaves recently captured in Africa left Havana, Cuba, aboard the Amistad schooner for a life of slavery on a sugar plantation at Puerto Principe, Cuba. Three days later, Sengbe Pieh, a Membe African known as Cinque, freed himself and the other slaves and planned a mutiny. Early in the morning of July 2, in the midst of a storm, the Africans rose up against their captors and, using sugar-cane knives found in the hold, killed the captain of the vessel and a crewmember. Two other crewmembers were either thrown overboard or escaped, and Jose Ruiz and Pedro Montes, the two Cubans who had purchased the slaves, were captured. Cinque ordered the Cubans to sail the Amistad east back to Africa. During the day, Ruiz and Montes complied, but at night they would turn the vessel in a northerly direction, toward U.S. waters. After almost nearly two difficult months at sea, during which time more than a dozen Africans perished, what became known as the “black schooner” was first spotted by American vessels.

On August 26, the USS Washington, a U.S. Navy brig, seized the Amistad off the coast of Long Island and escorted it to New London, Connecticut. Ruiz and Montes were freed, and the Africans were imprisoned pending an investigation of the Amistad revolt. The two Cubans demanded the return of their supposedly Cuban-born slaves, while the Spanish government called for the Africans’ extradition to Cuba to stand trial for piracy and murder. In opposition to both groups, American abolitionists advocated the return of the illegally bought slaves to Africa.

The story of the Amistad mutiny garnered widespread attention, and U.S. abolitionists succeeded in winning a trial in a U.S. court. Before a federal district court in Connecticut, Cinque, who was taught English by his new American friends, testified on his own behalf. On January 13, 1840, Judge Andrew Judson ruled that the Africans were illegally enslaved, that they would not be returned to Cuba to stand trial for piracy and murder, and that they should be granted free passage back to Africa. The Spanish authorities and U.S. President Martin Van Buren appealed the decision, but another federal district court upheld Judson’s findings. President Van Buren, in opposition to the abolitionist faction in Congress, appealed the decision again.

On February 22, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing the Amistad case. U.S. Representative John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts, who served as the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829, joined the Africans’ defense team. In Congress, Adams had been an eloquent opponent of slavery, and before the nation’s highest court he presented a coherent argument for the release of Cinque and the 34 other survivors of the Amistad.

On March 9, 1841, the Supreme Court ruled that the Africans had been illegally enslaved and had thus exercised a natural right to fight for their freedom. In November, with the financial assistance of their abolitionist allies, the Amistad Africans departed America aboard the Gentleman on a voyage back to West Africa. Some of the Africans helped establish a Christian mission in Sierra Leone, but most, like Cinque, returned to their homelands in the African interior. One of the survivors, who was a child when taken aboard the Amistad as a slave, eventually returned to the United States. Originally named Margru, she studied at Ohio’s integrated and coeducational Oberlin College in the late 1840s, before returning to Sierra Leone as evangelical missionary Sara Margru Kinson. (history,com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT 50% of apartments in Los Angeles don’t come with a fridge. This is legal, as fridges are considered an “amenity”, and therefore landlords are not required to provide one. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY devise (dih-VYZE) which means:
1 a : to form in the mind by new combinations or applications of ideas or principles : invent
b : to plan to obtain or bring about : plot
2 : to give (real estate) by will
There's something inventive about devise, a word that stems from Latin dividere, meaning "to divide." By the time devise began being used in early Middle English, its Anglo-French forebear deviser had accumulated an array of senses, including "divide," "distribute," "arrange," "array," "digest," "order," "plan," "invent," "contrive," and "assign by will." English adopted most of these and added some new senses over the course of time, such as "imagine," "guess," "pretend," and "describe." In modern use, we've disposed of a lot of the old meanings, but we have kept the one that applies to wills; devise has traditionally referred to the transfer of real property (land), and bequeath to personal property. These days, this devise is most often recognized as applying generally to all the property in a person's estate. (merriam-webster.com)

Is This Spring?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Service 3/8/2020

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

March 7+8, 2020

There was a slight technology glitch during the Mass on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., but the regular Sunday morning Mass took place at Holy Cross at 9:30 a.m. Deacon Paul Fifer was present for both services, read the Gospel, and gave the sermon at both. Deacon Paul did the readings on Saturday, and Joan Banville did the reading on Sunday morning.

Saturday afternoon

Sunday morning

View Excerpts of Saturday Mass HERE

View Sunday Mass HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 8, 2020

Another beautiful day on the island! Right now it's 40°, feels like 32°, wind is from the south at 13 mph, with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is 61%, dew point is 28°, pressure is falling from 30.09 inches, 0% cloud cover, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be mostly sunny with a high of about 42°. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight it will be partly cloudy with a low around 40°. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1669, Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily in modern-day Italy, begins rumbling. Multiple eruptions over the next few weeks killed more than 20,000 people and left thousands more homeless. Most of the victims could have saved themselves by fleeing, but stayed, in a vain attempt to save their city.

Mount Etna dominates the island of Sicily. Rising 11,000 feet above sea level in the northeast section of Sicily, it can be seen from just about every part of the 460-square-mile island. The geologic history of Mount Etna demonstrates that it has been periodically spewing ash and lava for thousands of years; the first recorded eruption of the volcano was in 475 BCE. It is the most active volcano in Europe. In 1169, an earthquake just prior to an eruption killed 15,000 people on Sicily. Despite the dangers of living near an active volcano, the eruptions made the surrounding soil very fertile, so many small villages developed on the slopes of the mountain.

When Etna began to rumble and belch gas on March 8, the residents nearby ignored the warning signs of a larger eruption. Three days later, the volcano began spewing out noxious fumes in large quantities. Approximately 3,000 people living on the slopes of the mountain died from asphyxiation. Even worse, Etna was soon emitting tremendous amounts of ash and molten lava. The ash was sent out with such force that significant amounts came down in the southern part of mainland Italy, in some cases nearly 100 miles away. Lava also began pouring down the south side of the mountain heading toward the city of Catania, 18 miles to the south along the sea.

At the time, the city of Catania had about 20,000 residents; most failed to flee the city immediately. Instead, Diego de Pappalardo, a resident of the city, led a team of 50 men to Mount Etna, where they attempted to divert the lava flow. Wearing cowhides soaked in water, the men bravely approached the lava with long iron rods, picks and shovels. They were able to hack open a hole in the hardened lava wall that had developed on the outside of the lava flow and much of the flow began to flow west out of the new hole. However, the residents of Paterno, a city lying southwest of Etna were monitoring these developments and quickly realized that this new flow direction could imperil their own city. They literally fought back the Catanians, while the lava breach hardened and filled again.

For several weeks, the lava pushed toward Catania and the sea. Still, the residents failed to evacuate the city. Apparently, they remained hopeful that the lava would stop or the city’s ancient defensive walls would protect them. Neither was the case—the walls were quickly swallowed by the extremely hot lava and nearly 17,000 people in Catania died. Most of the city was destroyed. Catania was not the only city affected—the eruption wiped out 14 towns and villages and left about 27,000 people homeless.

Following this disaster, it was decreed that interference with the natural flow of lava was prohibited in Italy, a regulation that remained in effect hundreds of years later. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT there is a company in the U.K. that offers “being hungover” as a valid reason for calling off work. They are allotted four hungover days per year. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY chapfallen (CHAP-faw-lun) which means
1 : having the lower jaw hanging loosely
2 : cast down in spirit : depressed
A variant spelling of the adjective chapfallen is chopfallen, a spelling that may help us to better understand this somewhat unusual word. The chap in chapfallen is a word that dates back to at least the 16th century. It refers to the fleshy covering of the jaw or to the jaw itself and is often used in the plural, as in "the wolf licked its chaps." If that phrase doesn't seem quite right to you, it is likely because you are more familiar with chops, an alteration of chaps, which is also used to refer to the jaw or the mouth. Fallen is the past participle of fall. Thus, to be chapfallen or chopfallen is, literally, to have one's jaw in a fallen or lower position, which is a physical sign of dejection. (merriam-webster.com)

Daytime Flyover

March 7, 2020

Three days ago, there was a nightime visitor to the Paradise Bay harbor area just after dark. Today, the visitor came during the daylight hours, just about 1:30 p.m. There is no way to be in more that one location at the time of the flyover, but with the help of others, Father Jim Siler, Deacon Paul Fifer, Sky Marsh, Jordan Marsh, and Phyllis Moore, a short edited video can show the flyover from more than one location as it was viewed by all of these mentioned as well as the editor.

Headed to Beaver Island Harbor from the Mackinac Bridge

Headed over the harbor

Headed back to base

View the edited video clip HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 7, 2020

Another beautiful day. Just a reminder, if all the pieces fall into place, head for the harbor as there just may be another fly-over at 1:30 coming from the bridge. Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead tonight! Right now I'm showing 25°, partly sunny, wind is from the south at 5 mph, humidity is 87%, dew point is 22°, pressure is 30.44 inches, cloud cover is 35%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1923, The New Republic publishes Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” The poem, beginning with the famous line “Whose woods these are, I think I know. His house is in the village though,” has introduced millions of American students to poetry.

Like most of Frost’s poetry, “Stopping by Woods” adopts the tone of a simple New England farmer contemplating an everyday site. But Robert Frost was very different from the narrators he created. Long associated with New England and farming, Frost was actually born in California in 1874, where he lived until his father, a journalist, died when he was 11. His mother brought him to Massachusetts, where he graduated as co-valedictorian of his high school class. He attended Dartmouth and Harvard but didn’t complete a degree at either school. Three years after high school, he married his fellow high school valedictorian, Elinor White.

Frost tried unsuccessfully to run a New England farm, and the family, which soon included four children, struggled with poverty for two decades. Frost became more and more depressed, perhaps even suicidal, and in 1912 he moved his family to England to make a fresh start. There he concentrated on his poetry and published a collection called A Boy’s Will in 1913, which won praise from English critics and helped him win a U.S. publishing contract for his second book, North of Boston (1914). The American public took a liking to the 40-year-old Frost, who returned to the U.S. when World War I broke out and bought another farm in New Hampshire. He continued to publish books and taught and lectured at Amherst, University of Michigan, Harvard, and Dartmouth, and read his poetry at the inauguration of President Kennedy. He also endured personal tragedy when a son committed suicide and a daughter had a mental breakdown.

Although Frost never graduated from a university, he had collected 44 honorary degrees before he died in 1963. (history.com)

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep. (poetryfoundation.org)

DID YOU KNOW THAT It’s not just humans who are right or left-handed. Most female cats prefer using their right paw and males are more likely to be left-pawed. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY sea change (SEE-CHAYNJ) which means:
1 archaic : a change brought about by the sea
2 : a marked change : transformation
In William Shakespeare's The Tempest, a sea change is a change brought about by the sea, as illustrated by the words of the sprite Ariel to Ferdinand, said to make the prince believe that his father has perished in a shipwreck: "Full fathom five thy father lies...; / Nothing of him that doth fade / But doth suffer a sea-change / into something rich and strange." This meaning of sea change is the original one, but it's now archaic. Long after sea change had gained its figurative meaning—that of any marked or permanent transformation—writers nonetheless continued to allude to Shakespeare's literal one; Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, and P.G. Wodehouse all used the term as an object of the verb suffer, but now a sea change is just as likely to be undergone or experienced. (merriam-webter.com)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

March 6, 2020

BICS Athletes would like to thank everyone who contributed the Free-Throw-a-Thon. We still have pledges coming in and will give you the final tally next week. The students attempted 1,300 free throws and sank 806 for a .62 %age. Thanks to your generosity, the students raised enough money to pay for the costs of having both Girls and Boys Basketball Teams participate in the MHSAA District Tournaments, and then some. All extra money raised will be set aside for next year’s athletic program. Thank you so much for your generosity!

HOSA State Competition in Traverse City March 8th-10th
BICS Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) will be traveling to Traverse City for the State Competition. Good luck as you compete with students across Michigan!

District Boys Basketball Competition March 9th @ Pellston
Our BICS Varsity Boys basketball team will be traveling to Pellston on Monday March 9th to take on the Alanson Vikings. Go Islanders!

BIROBOT District Competition in Escanaba March 12th-15th
BICS robotics team will travel to Escanaba for the District Competition.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities at BICS on Friday, March 13th!
Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim will be at the school to kick of Beaver Island’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities starting at 2:30 pm on Friday, March 13th. All community members are welcome for this kids concert where we will share some limericks, learn new songs and sing along to some Island favorites, and get our feet moving with some reels and line dances! Come on out and join in the fun!

March Menu Changes
We have a few small changes for the March Menus.  For breakfast we will be switching the 18th and 19th.  The 18th will now be Banana Boat Sundae and the 19th and the 20th will be cereal and breakfast bar. Lunch on the 19th will be calzones instead of pizza. Please let the office know if you would like to make any adjustments to your monthly order.

Career Safe OSHA General Industry Course Opportunity
Students in Mrs. Boyle's Advanced  Business Management Class will be taking a Career Safe OSHA General Industry course to earn their Industry Recognized Credential. All high school students are welcome to take this online course. It will take approximately 12-14 hours to complete the course. Non-BST students will need to complete the course at times that do not conflict with their other classes.  Students will check in with Mrs. Boyle as they complete sections of the course.  There are flyers in the office, or you can check out this link:
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Mrs. Boyle at connieb@beaverisland.k12.mi.us or (231-313-9053). Students or parents should let Mrs. Boyle know they want to register for this course by Friday, March 20. There is no cost to the student for this course, as all fees will be paid through the CTE (Career Tech Education) funds we receive from Char-Em ISD as part of our region-wide CTE millage.

March is Reading Month!
The March is Reading Month committee members decked the halls with book-related themes this week to promote literacy on Beaver Island. Events in March include guest readers (Senator Wayne Schmidt and Representative Triston Cole to name a few), a “pop-up” bookstore, book-themed menu items, and amazing decorations throughout the building. Thanks to generous support from Islanders, we will again be providing “book bucks” so that each student will have some extra cash to purchase books.

Reminder--Pre-Sale Book Orders Due on Tuesday, March 10th! Please make checks payable to BICS.

Have a Great Weekend!

Water Levels Remain High

March 6, 2020

Great Lakes water levels remain high going into the spring
DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that despite a dry month of February across the Great Lakes basin, water levels on each of the Great Lakes remain very high going into the spring. Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie set new monthly records for February 2020. The records were previously set on lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron in 1986, and in 1987 on Lake Erie.

Although 2020 started with wetter conditions, February was a fairly dry month for the Great Lakes basin with precipitation below average throughout the region. Also, a few cold air outbreaks during the month led to increased evaporation. Late winter and spring is usually a period of seasonal rise on all of the Great Lakes due to increased rainfall and runoff. Water levels typically peak in the summer or early fall. Significant erosion continues in many locations as water levels remain extremely high. Strong storm systems and resulting large waves have led to substantial erosion along much of the Great Lakes coastline.

“After months of generally wet conditions, February was finally drier across most of the Great Lakes.” said John Allis, chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, Detroit District. “However levels remain above or near record highs for this time of year, and we expect impacts to those along the coastline to increase as water levels now begin rising towards their seasonal peaks.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges those impacted by the high water levels in 2019 to prepare for similar or higher levels in 2020. The most recent six-month forecast of Great Lakes water levels still forecasts that water levels could peak very near last year’s record levels.

The Detroit District monitors and forecasts Great Lakes’ water levels and provides the data and analysis on their Website www.lre.usace.army.mil.

During response operations, Detroit District, Emergency Management Office conducts emergency operations to save lives and protect specific properties (public/ facilities or services,) which includes providing technical support and direct support during flood operations.
Assistance is supplemental to local and state efforts and normally at the request of the state’s governor or local municipality.

In addition, citizens of Indiana and Michigan may decide to work on personal construction projects to alleviate erosion or flooding, which could potentially impact the nation’s rivers, streams, wetlands and other aquatic resources that may require a permit from the Corps of Engineers’ Regulatory Office.
To find more information about Great Lakes high water, emergency management and the permit process visit this link: https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/About/Great-Lakes-High-Water/ which includes information about how to protect property and investments along the coast and related Corps programs and authorities.


Peaine Township Board of Review

March BOR 2020:
Will meet as follows:
Organizational: Tue Mar 3rd: 11:00 am

  • This is a quick meeting in which the board accepts the assessment roll as prepared by the assessor.  We will elect a chairperson and recording secretary and I can answer any questions you have in advance of the public appeal day.  I will have paperwork prepared for you and teleconference into this meeting.

Public Appeal Day: Friday March 13th 9am-9pm

  • We will work this as we have in the past…working straight through the lunch and dinner hour.  Pack a lunch and we will make arrangements for dinner.  As in the past, I anticipate being at the township hall by 9:30.  Be prepared to call the meeting to order and be ready for any early bird petitioners!  I will have paperwork there and ready for you, if needed.

All BOR meetings will take place at the Peaine Twp Hall: 36825 Kings Hwy, Beaver Island, MI


Thank you!

Bill Kohls, Twp Supervisor PO Box 117
Carla Martin, Twp Clerk PO Box 91
Eileen Woolford PO Box 38
Carol Burton 28599 Hideaway Trl
Sharon Misiak 26915 Kemper Rd
Sheri Richards (ALT) 27610 Sloptown Rd

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 6, 2020

We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until noon today. Everything is covered with clean, white, sticky snow. Right now I'm showing 25°, feels like 13°, cloudy skies, wind is from the north at 12 mph with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 87%, dew point is 22°, pressure is rising from 30.23 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 7 miles. 40% chance of snow showers this morning. Bright sunshine later. High near 30°. Winds from the north at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts possible. Tonight clear to partly cloudy. Low around 21°. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY The German company Bayer patents aspirin on March 6, 1899. Now the most common drug in household medicine cabinets, acetylsalicylic acid was originally made from a chemical found in the bark of willow trees. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries in folk medicine, beginning in ancient Greece when Hippocrates used it to relieve pain and fever. Known to doctors since the mid-19th century, it was used sparingly due to its unpleasant taste and tendency to damage the stomach.

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT A bolt of lightning can reach 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, which is 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY oleaginous (oh-lee-AJ-uh-nus) which means:
1 : resembling or having the properties of oil : oily; also : containing or producing oil
2 : marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality
The oily oleaginous slipped into English via Middle French oleagineux, coming from Latin oleagineus, meaning "of an olive tree." Oleagineus itself is from Latin olea, meaning "olive tree," and ultimately from Greek elaia, meaning "olive." Oleaginous was at first used in a literal sense, as it still can be. An oleaginous substance is simply oily, and an oleaginous plant produces oil. The word took on its extended "ingratiating" sense in the 19th century. (merriam-webster.com)

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Meeting Agenda

Feb 13 2020 BITA reg meeting minutes draft

March 10 2020 BITA regular meeting agenda

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

March 5, 2020

 LANSING, Mich. – As cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) increase in the United States and internationally, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories has increased its testing supplies to test more than 300 Michiganders for the virus, more than doubling its previous testing capacity.

The MDHHS lab received additional test kits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today. The kits are currently undergoing a validation process but should be ready for use by the end of the week.

“We want Michiganders to know that their state laboratory is ready and able to provide testing for COVID-19,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “We are currently able to provide same day turnaround for test results.”

The new test kits arrived following news from the CDC that testing criteria had expanded to include any persons, including healthcare workers, who have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset, or a history of travel to one of the affected geographic areas within 14 days of symptom onset. Affected areas include China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

The new testing criteria will allow Michigan and other states to confirm COVID-19 cases much quicker and slow the spread of this disease in the United States, Khaldun said.

In addition, the MDHHS state lab is in the process of surveying hospital labs across the state to determine which labs wish to begin providing testing. A Laboratory Leadership Service Fellow has been requested from CDC to help Michigan hospitals with the validation process.

To date, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan. As of March 4, eight people have been tested for COVOD-19 in the state; five by CDC and three by MDHHS.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, visit Michigan.gov/coronavirus or CDC.gov/coronavirus.

High Water Information

March 5, 2020

There may be a meeting in April 2020 to help discuss the options for property owners on the shoreline with danger of erosion causing serious damage to their home.

Megan Anderson, PEM

Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet County
Office of Emergency Management &
Homeland Security
P.O. Box 480
Petoskey, MI 49770

Living on the Coast Booklet

Factsheet Moving a Home due to High Water.Final

Thank you for sharing, Pam Grassmick!

St. Patrick's Day Activities

There are lots of things happening on Beaver Island in regards to this special day. You can view some of them from last year by going to the archives. The school will be having another music concert and possible dance on Friday, March 13, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. Getting ready for the big day!

Bald Eagle Update

March 5, 2020

The Beaver Island boy took his first few tentative flights yesterday. He is gaining back his strength and is looking good. We admitted a new patient yesterday...an immature Bald Eagle from the Elberta area.

Charlevoix County COA March Update

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the March 2020 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program


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

We have had no one express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

Reminder if you didn’t realize that you have had a choice all this time??   Beaver Island Seniors are welcome to be a part of the Charlevoix County Mainland Senior Centers and the services, activities, lunches/dinners and events provided at the centers through the COA.  When you schedule your appointments, shopping and family events on the mainland, look to coordinate your visit with the opportunities the COA is providing, and make an appointment to participate if it is required.  Otherwise, just show up.  Services, Activities, lunches/dinners and events are listed for all Senior Center locations in the attached Newsletter.  Appointments are required for Foot Clinics and some events so please call the center you would like to visit directly to see what is needed.  Contact names, phone numbers and addresses are also available on our Newsletter.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

March 16, 20 at the Charlevoix Senior Center at 10am

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

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

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

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  Please do not contact Kathie outside of this time frame for services.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month August through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.    

  • Reminder: The BI COA Office has a computer available to be used by seniors on BI to access their Patient Portal with their Dr. Office; connect with Great Lakes ENT for Hearing Aid Adjustments, connect with Social Security, MY Free Taxes, Medicare and Medicaid resources along with a variety of other useful resources.  Use will need to be coordinated with Kathie.
  • Reminder: The COA BI Office now has Shelf Stable Snacks available for our Charlevoix County residents aged 60 years old and above to be available 1x a month for pick up. Selection will vary depending upon availability. Please contact Kathie for more information.
  • Reminder: The BI COA Office now has a Senior Resource Manual available for review.  Kathie is happy to make copies of information as needed.
  • Reminder: BI Home Delivered Meal clients are allowed to get an additional 5 meals sent to them to be used when the COA Office is closed or a Home Delivery is not possible due to weather.  Please contact Kathie for more information.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Renewal Agreements were signed and returned to the COA by the following establishments to date, so these are the only places on Beaver Island accepting Vouchers at this time:

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli

Other Updates:

  • As many of you already know, sadly the Charlevoix County will be losing Kathie as our Beaver Island Site Coordinator this Spring.  Her last working day will be April 24, 2020, unless employment is secured then it would be a two week to 30-day notice.  If you have not already, please let Kathie know what a wonderful job she did for the aging adults on Beaver Island!  Her position has been filled and Lonnie Allen will be at the next Sunday Dinner to introduce himself and begin some of his training.
  • Kathie has been working with the New Director for the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Tammy Radionoff, in establishing a Loan Closet for medical equipment.  There was a donation of 5 barely used wheelchairs, shower chair, bed side commode and a slide board.  Tammy has gone through the old equipment and we have enough to start loaning on the Island.  Sooo…Beaver Island Rural Health Center has a Loan Closet for Medical equipment and they can call 231-448-2275 to inquire.
  • Senior Snow Removal Program enrollment time frame has been extended until the end of the Program March 31, 2020 or until the budget has been expended.   

Those seniors who are age 60 or older will be required to complete an eligibility packet including the Snow Removal Self Declaration Form for the 2019/2020 season, provide proof of all income along with a copy of their proof of residency.  A completed packet will be the sole way of determining eligibility at this time.  Once the senior has completed the packet and returned it to the COA Office and eligibility has been determined, the senior will receive a letter informing them that they are enrolled in the program along with the designated vouchers.  If the eligible senior leaves their residence for a month or longer, they will not be eligible for the program until they return to the residence.  This program is for homeowners and independent residential rentals as a supplemental support to the costs of snow removal and does NOT apply to commercial buildings, assisted living facilities or apartment complexes to offset their costs of snow removal.

Other Updates Continued:

  • Reminder that as of October 1, 2109, if you are 60 years old or older, a BI Charlevoix County Resident of 5 months or more and have successfully completed the application process and become a member for the BI FIT program through the Beaver Island Community Schools, the COA will pay the Beaver Island Community Schools $25 towards your annual membership fee for October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.  This supports the COA’s goal for creating a healthy exercise option for aging adults on BI.
    • As the school BI FIT program started in September 2019 for an annual term, the COA has paid the School for any approved Senior Applications they took in September and the School will reimburse the Island senior their membership fee.  Please contact them directly.
    • BI FIT’s winter hours at BICS is Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-11am.  
  • Reminder: New BI Student Volunteer Service Learning Program through the Beaver Island Community School!

This application will be available at BICS and the BI COA office.  Seniors will be able to fill out the back to offer a volunteer opportunity to a student or students.  This could be raking leaves, lawn care, painting, shoveling snow, cleaning a garage, moving, building or fixing something, etc.   After approval, students will be able to get assigned and complete the project in exchange for volunteer hours required for graduation.

View COA Highlights HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 5, 2020

Lovely sunrise this morning over the harbor. Right now we have 29°, feels like 28°m wind is from the SE at 5 mph, humidity is at 885, dew point is 26°, pressure is 29.97 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today we have a 90% chance of snow showers with a high near 35°. Winds from the SE at 10 to 20 mph. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches. Snow tonight also with a low of 24°. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 25 mph with higher wind gusts possible. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

ON THIS DAY Thanks to Hollywood, America’s collective memory of the Vietnam War is now inextricably linked with the popular music of that era. More specifically, it is linked with the music of the late-'60s counterculture and antiwar movement. But opposition to the war was far from widespread back in 1966—a fact that was reflected not just in popular opinion polls, but in the pop charts, too. Near the very height of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, on March 5, 1966, American popular-music fans made a #1 hit out of a song called “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler.

Sadler was exactly what his name and uniform implied he was: a real-life, active-duty member of the United States Army Special Forces—the elite unit popularly known as the Green Berets. In early 1965, Sadler suffered a severe punji stick injury that brought a premature end to his tour of duty as a combat medic in Vietnam. During his long hospitalization back in the United States, Sadler, an aspiring musician prior to the war, wrote and submitted to music publishers an epic ballad that eventually made its way in printed form to Robin Moore, author of the then-current nonfiction book called The Green Berets. Moore worked with Sadler to whittle his 12-verse original down to a pop-radio-friendly length, and Sadler recorded the song himself in late 1965, first for distribution only within the military, and later for RCA when the original took off as an underground hit. Within two weeks of its major-label release, The Ballad of the Green Berets had sold more than a million copies, going on to become Billboard magazine’s #1 single for all of 1966.

While it would not be accurate to call “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” a pro-war song, it was certainly a song that enjoyed popularity among those who opposed the growing anti-war movement. A year after “Green Berets” came out, Buffalo Springfield would release the anti-war anthem “For What It’s Worth,” which continues to be Hollywood’s go-to choice for many films and television programs depicting American involvement in the Vietnam War. On this day in 1966, however, the American airwaves belonged to a clean cut, uniformed member of the U.S. Army and his anti-antiwar epic. (history.com)


Fighting Soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Silver Wings upon their chest
These are men America's best
100 men will test today
But only 3 win the Green Beret

Trained to live of nature's land
Trained in combat hand to hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage take from the Green Beret

Silver Wings upon their chest
These are men America's best
100 men will test today
But only 3 win the Green Beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request

Put Silver Wings on my son's chest
Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man he'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret

DID YOU KNOW THAT There is a village in Russia called Tsovkra where every resident can tightrope walk. It is a tradition that dates back over 100 years but no one knows how it started. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY filch (FILCH) which means to steal secretly or casually. "I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder-box: his thefts were too open; his filching was like an unskilful singer—he kept not time." So says Falstaff in William Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor. The Bard was fond of filch in both its literal and figurative uses; Iago, for example, says to Othello, "But he that filches from me my good name / Robs me of that which not enriches him / And makes me poor indeed." Filch derives from the Middle English word filchen ("to attack" or "to steal") and perhaps from Old English gefylce ("band of men, troop, army"). As a noun, filch once referred to a hooked staff used by thieves to snatch articles out of windows and from similar places, but this use is now obsolete. (merriam-webster.com)

Sunset from Whiskey Point

March 4, 2020

Whiskey Point from Public Beach

March 4, 2020

View a short clip of the beautiful harbor at night HERE

Snowy Owl Resting

March 4, 2020

Cynthia Johnson, the owl whisperer, stopped to talk and told about the owl on the former Cindy Cushman fill dock area. Having no camera, the editor headed back home to get a camera and try to get some pictures of the event suggested by the owl whisperer. Sitting down at the public beach area, the watching continued for a couple of hours.

It was almost as if the snowy owl was busy watching all the ducks swim by and fly by in the open waters by the public beach. Perhaps, it was even taking a nap and relaxing on the edge of the fill dock.

Hour after hour the owl waited. Then a goose decided to check out the fill dock area.


The owl didn't like the goose's company. The goose left to joins its mate, but the owl didn't like the presence of visitor, so she took off and left the fill dock area.

One of the amazing things about this snowy owl is that it flew very low across the water and became almost invisible as it crossed the harbor area.

The snowy owl was seen again over on the ice near Whiskey Point, but it didn't stay there very long. It flew off once again low over the water and disappeared.

View a video clip of the snowy owl HERE

Beaver Island Visitor

March 4, 2020, 7:35 p.m.

View combined video HERE

Thanks Dawn for sharing!

Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee

March 5, 2020, at 12 Noon

Holy Cross Bulletin March 2020

March 4, 2020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 4, 2020

Mostly cloudy skies, 31°, feels like 23°, wind is from the west at 9 mph, humidity is 77%, dew point is 25°, pressure is rising from 29.70 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. Mostly cloudy today with temps in the low to mid 30s. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Cloudy tonight also. Winds will switch to the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1957, the Standard & Poor's 500 is introduced. It is one of the primary American stock market indexes and is widely considered to be a barometer for the U.S. economy. The S&P 500 originally started as the Composite Index and only tracked a few dozen stocks. It expanded to the S&P 90 in 1926, and expanded again to 500 stocks in 1957. Originally published weekly, it eventually was able to disseminate stock information in real-time.

DID YOU KNOW THAT When Shakira was in second grade, she was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded like a goat. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY albeit (awl-BEE-it) which means even though; although. Albeit dates to the 14th century and comes from a Middle English word meaning, literally, "all (or completely) though it be." Its heritage is clear in its pronunciation, which is as though it were three words instead of one: all, be, it. In the early 20th century, albeit was accused of being archaic. That descriptor was never quite accurate; the word had mostly been holding steady at "not-terribly-common" since at least the mid-18th century. When albeit began to see a marked increase in use in the mid-20th century, several usage commentators proclaimed that it was making a comeback, and its "archaic" descriptor was fully recognized as no longer apt. (merriam-webster.com)


Beaver Island will come together to
read and celebrate Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Home Again

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 3, 2020

I'm off-island again this morning on a 9:00 flight. Hopefully back this afternoon. Right now I'm showing 31°, feels like 29°, wind is from the SSE at 6 mph, humidity is 97%, dew point is 31°, pressure is falling from 29.51 inches, cloud cover is 91% and visibility is 7 miles. Cloudy today with a 60% chance of snow showers developing this afternoon. High of 36°.

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT If you cut a starfish, it won’t bleed – it doesn’t have blood! Rather, they circulate nutrients by using seawater in their vascular system. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY rectitudinous (rek-tuh-TOO-duh-nus) which means:
1 : characterized by the quality of being honest and morally correct
2 : piously self-righteous
Rectitudinous comes to us straight from Late Latin rectitudin-, rectitudo (English added the -ous ending), which itself ultimately derives from the Latin word rectus, meaning both "straight" and "right." (Other rectus descendants in English include rectitude, of course, and rectilinear, rectangle, and rectify.) In one of its earliest known print appearances, in the year 1897, it was used in the phrase "notoriously and unctuously rectitudinous." Although rectitude often expresses an admirable moral integrity, rectitudinous has always had a less flattering side. It can suggest not only moral uprightness but also a displeasing holier-than-thou attitude. (merriam-webster.com)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 2, 2020

It's a beautiful morning in the neighborhood! Sunny skies, 31°, humidity is at 85%, dew point is 27°, wind is from the WSW at 5 mph, pressure is rising from 29.61 inches, cloud cover is 0, and visibility is 10 miles. Today temps should be nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Lows tonight of about 29° with winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. Geisel, who used his middle name (which was also his mother’s maiden name) as his pen name, wrote 48 books–including some for adults–that have sold well over 200 million copies and been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Seuss books are known for their whimsical rhymes and quirky characters, which have names like the Lorax and the Sneetches and live in places like Whoville.

Geisel graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was editor of the school’s humor magazine, and studied at Oxford University. There he met Helen Palmer, his first wife and the person who encouraged him to become a professional illustrator. Back in America, Geisel worked as a cartoonist for a variety of magazines and in advertising.

The first children’s book that Geisel wrote and illustrated, “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” was rejected by over two dozen publishers before making it into print in 1937. Geisel’s first bestseller, “The Cat in the Hat,” was published in 1957. The story of a mischievous cat in a tall striped hat came about after his publisher asked him to produce a book using 220 new-reader vocabulary words that could serve as an entertaining alternative to the school reading primers children found boring.

Other Dr. Seuss classics include “Yertle the Turtle,” “If I Ran the Circus,” “Fox in Socks” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

Some Dr. Seuss books tackled serious themes. “The Butter Battle Book” (1984) was about the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “Lorax” (1971) dealt with the environment.

Many Dr. Seuss books have been adapted for television and film, including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “Horton Hears a Who!” In 1990, Geisel published a book for adults titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” that became a hugely popular graduation gift for high school and college students.

Geisel, who lived and worked in an old observatory in La Jolla, California, known as “The Tower,” died September 24, 1991, at age 87. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The quietest place on earth, an anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories in Minnesota, is so quiet that the longest anybody has been able to bear it is 45 minutes. Inside the room it's silent. So silent that the background noise measured is actually negative decibels, -9.4 dBA. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY perquisite (PER-kwuh-zut) which means:
1 : a privilege, gain, or profit incidental to regular salary or wages; especially : one expected or promised
2 : gratuity, tip
3 : something held or claimed as an exclusive right or possession
Looking to acquire a job loaded with perquisites, or "perks" (a synonym of perquisites)? Don't give up the search! Make plenty of inquiries, send out an exquisitely crafted resume, and follow up with queries. Your quest may result in your conquering of the job market. After all, today's word perquisite derives from Latin perquirere, which means "to search for thoroughly." That Latin word, in turn, is from the verb quaerere, meaning "to ask" or "to seek." Seven other words in this paragraph are from quaerere as well—acquire, inquiries, exquisitely, queries, conquering, quest, and, of course, perk (which was formed by shortening and altering perquisite). (merriam-webster.com)

Sunset Over Paradise Bay

March 1, 2020

From the Playground

From the Point

Christian Church

March 1, 2020

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

February 29 and March 1, 2020

With quite a few vacationing island families combined with the crud going around, there were very few people attending Mass on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The coughing could be heard on the video as well.

Brian Foli did the reading on Saturday and on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Both services were live streamed as well as recorded. Father Jim Siler was the celebrant for both services. Twenty-three people viewed the live streams of the services this weekend.

Saturday service

Sunday service

View video of Saturday service HERE

View video of Sunday service HERE

Eagle Rescue

February 29, 2020

Photo from Nicole

What began as a morning sunrise boodle soon became an eagle rescue involved many. Becca Foli and Andrew Alavesteffer went out to get some sunrise pictures at Gull Harbor. An eagle was seen and getting close to the eagle did not seem to chase it off. Some amazing pictures were taken by both of these photographers, and they can be viewed on their facebook accounts.

Becca Foli said, “Andrew went to sunrise at Gull Harbor and spotted this injured eagle on the ice. He (the eagle) had crawled into the woods by the time I got there. We took lots of pictures, it looked like his wing was injured. We went to the hardware store to let the Wildlife Club know. KK called Nicole the (deputy) sheriff. She called DNR. DNR asked to have it captured and sent it over.”

The joint rescue was accomplished. The eagle was captured, transported to Welke Airport, and flown over to the mainland. The eagle was then transported down the Wings of Wonder for care.

Deputy Nicole Olson posted the following: Eagle update: "Arrived safely. Stable and eating on his own. Also apparently much spunkier than anticipated. Seems to be favoring the left wing... possibly shoulder area, will see a vet Monday."

The following is a compilation of videos taken by Andrew and Becca showing this rescue. All videos belong to them, and permission was obtained before posting this.

View the video HERE

An updated video of the rescued eagle was posted by Wings of Wonder. Permission to use that video obtained. (March 1, 2020)

View updated status HERE

District Basketball Fundraiser Results

February 28, 2020

BI News on the 'Net Editor Joe Moore, formerly a health occupations teacher at BICS, was sick for this fundraiser, so there was not any BINN person at the fundraiser tonigh to take picturest. Dawn Marsh set up the video camera to help capture the spirit of the event, even though she had to work concessions as well.

So, each basketball player was to shoot a total of one hundred free throws. The purpose was to either get pledges for each one made or donations to help cover the costs of trip to the district basketball tournament, something that isn't possible every year. One hundred free throw attempts make the percentage of successes exactly the same number of actual successes. Below is a table of those participating and their successes.

Islanders and Lady Islanders





























This makes the average shooting percentage of free throws for both the Islanders and the Lady Islanders over 60%.

View some video of the Free Throw-a-thon HERE

Waste Management Meeting Draft Minutes


View these minutes HERE

Welcome to the March Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

February 25, 2020

Received this in an email this morning and though it might be a good thing to share this with all subscribers. Winter services begin at 10 a.m. They are recorded on video and made available to all subscribers.

Beaver Island Birding Trail Festival—Warblers on the Water

May 22-24, 2020

The 7th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 22-24, 2020, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited, and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.

Transportation to the island is via ferry or air taxi. Lodging is available on the island, and transportation for the various field trips will be provided to registered participants. More information about transportation and lodging is available on the website.

Accomplished field trip leaders will guide participants to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Day weekend event. 

Featured speakers include Dr. Ed Leuck on “Carnivorous Plants and Orchids of Beaver Island,” and Dr. Beth Leuck on “Monarchs, Milkweeds, Mimicry, and Migration: The Story of Coevolution, an Endangered Biological Phenomenon, and the Decline of a Charismatic Butterfly.” Andrea and Terry Grabill will again lead a Windshield Birding Tour of Beaver Island, and during six other morning and evening field trips participants will explore birds in diverse habitats on the island. In addition, field trips to Garden Island and High Island are scheduled via chartered boats. A workshop taught by Dr.Nancy Seefelt on sketching birds will be offered on Sunday afternoon.

For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers. Information about transportation to and accommodations on Beaver Island can be found at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/accommodations.html, and for information about the island visit the Chamber of Commerce’s web site at http://beaverisland.org.

Peaine Meetings and Minutes February

planning commission 2 14 2020

Board of Review 2 21 2020-1


Library Board 2 21 2020

Peaine Minutes Sp Election Commission 2 14 2020

BIBCO Schedule 2020

February 19, 2020



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

The Transfer Station Winter Hours are 11:00 a.m til 5:p.m. Monday thru Saturday effective this Friday.

BI Waste Management Committee

Draft Agenda BIWMC February 18, 2020

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee Minutes February 11, 2020

wm meeting docs 2 18 2020


February 12, 2020

Again this year, St James and Peaine Townships will fund a spectacular fireworks display celebrating our country’s Independence Day. This year’s display will be shot off at dusk on Sunday, July 5, 2020 rather than the traditional 4th of July shoot. The change in date is the result of a difficult situation for the fireworks industry as customers who typically have their show on the closest Saturday to the 4th merge with customers who traditionally have their shows on the 4th every year. Add to this, the increased logistics and travel time required to do a shoot on the Island, and it is not surprising that companies were unable to provide a show here on the Saturday, the fourth.

The display will be shot from the traditional location on the south side of the harbor and will begin at dusk on Sunday the 5th of July. Great Lakes Fireworks (greatlakesfireworks.com) of West Branch will be providing the display this year with a lineup and variety of shells that surpasses that of last year. Great Lakes Fireworks provides shows for many northern Michigan communities – they even did a private shoot on South Fox Island last summer.

The Beaver Island ‘Big Parade’ is expected to be held on Saturday afternoon, the 4th of July. The Chamber of Commerce will soon be setting a theme for the parade. It is hoped that the ‘Boat Parade’ will be scheduled as a festive prelude to the fireworks on Sunday evening as residents and visitors gather in the harbor area to enjoy the pyrotechnic display.

St. James Township Campground to Start Renovations in the Spring

The St. James Township Campground, located just off Donegal Bay Road on Beaver Island, will begin a major renovation and addition of facilities this Spring.  Currently the campground is for rustic camping only with a policy of “first come first served’; has three pit toilets; and a manual water pump which services 10 lovely rustic camp sites on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.  Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

In March, bids will go out for the addition and development of a full-service bath house with flush toilets, sinks and showers for both men and women.  Six of the campsites will be upgraded to electric.  While the rest of the camp sites will remain rustic, there are future plans to expand the number of rustic campsites to include a group gathering site which can house multiple tents and campers.

The campground will be renovated with the plan to have the buildings and sites completed by the end of year, 2020. In the meantime, current rustic sites will be available throughout the summer.  Construction of the electric sites and bath house will begin after Labor Day and the campground will be shut down to camping at that time.  In 2021 then, there will be a new process instituted for the reservation of sites.  Additionally, a Campground Host will be on site to assist campers as needed.

The campground already has a Picnic Area with picnic tables and grills with some planned access to the Lake Michigan shore for swimming and small boating.  Due to the high-water issue in Lake Michigan, plans for the Beaver Island Water Trail, for pulling out kayaks and canoes at the campground, may be delayed until waters recede.  It is also the perfect location for Dark Sky viewing as the view to the north is unobstructed.  Plans for a Dark Sky viewing platform are also in the works for future implementation.

Located just one mile from the town of St. James on the Beaver Island Bike Trail, it is an accessible location for campers visiting the Island – well within walking and biking distance to shops, restaurants, museums, the ferry and other community attractions.

Go to www.stjamestwp.org for more information.  The current rate for a rustic camp site is $10 per night and this will not change until all renovations are completed.

Kathleen McNamara
St. James Township Supervisor
231 448-2014

St. James Township Clerk on Primary Election

February 7, 2020

March 10, 2020 will be a Presidential Primary Election.

There are absentee ballot applications available on the bulletin board at the Governmental Center and you can also request one from me at clerk.stjamestwp.bi@gmail.com

Here is a link to access a absentee ballot application online
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/Abse ... 5377_7.pdf

Also here is a link to the Secretary of State Election website:
https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-1 ... -,00.html
Julie Gillespie, St. James Township Clerk


The Great Lakes Islands' Alliance had a call-in meeting yesterday with the following agenda:

Proposed agenda

  • 10 min: Welcome/introductions (All)
  • 5 min: annual review of GLIA membership roster, attached (Matt)
  • 30 min: Steering Committee report-out (January 15 minutes attached)
    • SC vacancy (Michael C)
    • 2020 Summit money manager role (Michael C)
    • Surplus from 2019 Summit (Michael C)
    • Mott Project update (Lisa B)
    • New GLIA website (Mike G) – review/input requested, see DRAFT site: http://glianews.com/
  • 10 min: 2020 Islands Summit update (Peter H, Jordan K, Dave D, Mike G)
    • Final Summit sponsor flyer, attached
  • 5 min: Miscellaneous events/activities (as time allows)
    • Islands session at Jan 2020 Stewardship Network Conference
  • Other?

The documents emailed for this meeting are presented below:

GLIA Sponsorship Pager2020 Final

GLIA SC Minutes_Jan 15 2020

Copy of GLIA Roster



BIRHC Meeting Dates 2020

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

April 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

December 12, 2020

Beaver Island Telecom-munication Advisory Committee




St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.เธข  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.เธข เธข 

BICS Basketball Schedule

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule for 2020

Time is noon at the BI Airport

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE



February 3, 2020, at Noon

View minutes of this meeting HERE

Snowy Owl Battle

January 22, 2020

The Snowy Owls were seen in many locations over the months of late November and early December. Cynthia Johnson watched one fly over her truck with a duck in his talons. Cynthia followed the owl to down near the public beach, and got video of the owl being attacked by another snowy owl in what appears and attempt to steal the duck.

Cynthia Johnson sent the video to BINN, and some editing was done to the video to remove some shaky parts. In addition a few pictures from BINN and sound track was added as well.

View the edited video HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

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

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