B. I. News on the 'Net, March 23-29, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 30, 2015

It's rather crunchy (new technical weather term) outside this morning. Yesterday we had rain, snow, sleet, and big winds. Everything seems to have stopped at the moment, but the roads are rather icy. I could hear a truck coming down the east side, turning at the four corners, and going past here as it crunched it's way through the icy snow on the roads. Right now it's 32 with a wind chill of 22, wind is at 14 mph from the west with gusts up to 19 mph, humidity is at 93%, pressure is rising from 1007 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. There is a special weather statement as of 4:30 this morning as follows: Slick travel in parts of the area this morning... Temperatures hovering around freezing combined with slushy snow accumulations on some roads will result in very slick travel early this morning. This will especially be the case across the higher terrain of northern lower and parts of eastern upper. If traveling across this area early today... slow down and use caution. Conditions will improve as the morning progresses and temperatures warm above freezing. Today: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely in the morning with little or no accumulation. Highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and light winds.

On this date of March 30, 1964 - "Jeopardy" debuted on NBC-TV.

Did you know that a fly's reaction time is 30 to 50 milliseconds?

Word of the day: saturnine (SAT-uhr-nyn) is an adjective which means the following 1. Sluggish. 2. gloomy. 3. Cold. From Latin Saturninus (of Saturn). From the ancient belief in astrology that those born under the planet Saturn’s supposed influence had its characteristics. Since Saturn was the farthest known planet at the time, it was believed to be the slowest and coldest. The planet received its name after the Roman god of agriculture. Earliest documented use: 1433.

Easter Egg Scramble

at the Community Center with photos by Deb Bousquet

The numbers were down partially because the school was on Spring Break.

Video of the event


From Peaine Supervisor Bill Kohls

Road Paving in Peaine

Attached to the email is my memo to the township board regarding road paving costs and other considerations.  Also attached are estimates prepared by Jim Vanek at the CCRC.  I did not, however, attach the survey referenced in the memo.  (The survey will be available at a later date when [presumably] people have had a chance to review and consider the memo.

Pete Plastrik will discuss the survey at the April 8th meeting and it’s likely that we will have at least one information meeting relating to roads/road paving.  I will invite Pat Harmon to any meetings dedicated to roads/road paving.

Personally, I think it’s important to have a thorough discussion, and I am hoping for wide dissemination of this memo.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Darkey Town Road.................East Side Road

Paid Een Og Road................Sloptown Road

Memo from Bill Kohls

Road financing

St. James Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

Peaine Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 29, 2015

It's much warmer this morning than it was yesterday when my goosebumps were producing great-grand-goosebumps due to all the shivering. Please keep all your fingers and toes crossed that the weather doesn't cut our power during the basketball game at 2:30. We want to see Izzo take the Spartans to the next bracket. Right now it's 23 with a wind chill of 11, wind is at 13 mph from the south with gusts up to 20 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is falling from 1023 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Snow in the afternoon. Windy. Highs around 40. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 45 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Snow and rain in the evening, then snow after midnight. Breezy. Lows around 30. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph shifting to the west with gusts to around 35 mph after midnight.

For today we are under a wind advisory until 6:00 p.m. tonight as follows: The National Weather Service in Gaylord has issued a Wind Advisory....which is in effect from 10 am this morning to 6 PM EDT
this evening.

* Winds: southwest winds will increase to 20 to 30 mph through late morning... with gusts of 40 to 50 mph this afternoon. The highest gusts will be near the Lake Michigan shore where occasional gusts to 55 mph are possible.

* Other hazards: a fast moving band of heavy snow is also expected after 2 PM. Combined with strong winds and accumulation up to 2 inches... a period of hazardous travel is expected.

* Impacts: strong winds may lead to some tree damage and power outages. In addition... combined with snowfall... a period of very low visibility and hazardous travel is expected into the afternoon.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph and/or wind gusts of 45 mph or greater are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

On this date of March 29, 1848 - Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam.

Did you know that there are over 4,300 known species of ladybugs?

Word of the day: bevy (be-vē) which means 1. a large group or collection <a bevy of girls> 2. a group of animals and especially quail. Middle English bevey First Known Use: 15th century.

Another Nice Hike

by Joe Moore

Some of you have had a laugh or two about some of the adventures that this editor has been involved in. Well, today was another one of those days. If you read about the adventure yesterday with the undercarriage of the car caught up on the frozen snow drifts as we were on our way to Gull Harbor from the Skip McDonough side, you already know that we were stuck out there and pretty much stranded. The only telephone number that we could remember in this stressful situation was McDonough's Market, and we were rescued by Jim McDonough.

Today was a very busy day for BINN. There was the Annual Meeting of Peaine Township, the Annual Meeting of St. James Township, the Easter Egg Scramble, and the serious desire to get out to Gull Harbor to get some pictures of the ice mountains. The ice from over by Hog Island had blown in to make huge piles of ice at Gull Harbor. We had seen them from a distance yesterday, but after the rescue, we just went home to recover from the embarassment.

As is the practice of the editor of BINN when having others do video work at some events, the editor needed to verify that the event was being covered and to check to see what might be going on at the St. James Annual Meeting. A quick look into the township hall revealed about fifty spectators and the BINN reporter running a video camera. All right! Now we can head out to Gull Harbor to check out the ice. Being very careful and driving the "red bomb," I wanted to be sure that I did not need to call for help after getting stuck. Making sure that I kept the tires on the high spots of the frozen drifts, I sucessfully made it out to Gull Harbor past the first sign and all the way to the second sign. I parked the car, shut it off, and began my exploration of the ice.

Walking as carefully as you can walk on ice in a pair of tennis shoes, the ice mountains were within reach. A long hike, being very slippery, was necessary to get anywhere close to the piles of ice. There were chunks of ice in piles with some of them the size of pretzels, and there were chunks of ice the size of a large motor boat. some were piled on top of each other at least ten feet high. Some were twelve inches thick, thirty feet long and eight feet wide. The view was amazing with the bright sunshine reflecting off the ice, and the blue shadows showing the truth of "blue ice." Some were very irregularly shaped and looked like piles of icy snowballs stacked like cordwood.

The sun was shining, and the surface of the ice seemed to have a very thin layer of semi-liquid water. It was as if the temperature was right near thirty-two at the ice surface. This made the ice very slippery.

As I approached the northwestern end of the ice mountains, the height decreased a great deal and came much closer to the shoreline. I wanted to get close to the ice chunks to get some idea of how high these piles of ice really were. Getting farther from shore, I wasn't frightened of falling through the ice. I was worried about falling and getting hurt. As I began to walk out, I noticed that my steps were becoming shorter, and it became increasingly difficult to maintain my balance. My feet were slipping almost on every step. I got close enough to get some of the approximate dimensions given above, but decided it was a good idea to head back before I fell on my backside or injured myself. So back, zigging and zagging, toward the shore I walked.

I was congratulating myself for getting out near the ice mountains and getting some fairly interesting pictures. I began looking around to see if there was an easier way back to shore. There really wasn't any shortcut and a straight line would have had me marching through standing water. Carefully, ever so carefully, I walked. Now, my normal step is somewhere around thirty inches, but on the ice out at Gull Harbor, I would guess my feet moved forward about eight inches with each step. I got all the way back to the very last little rise before the shore when the left foot went out from under me.

"Crap!" I yelled as the right foot also slipped on the ice and down I went. Let me tell you the ice is hard, and the beauty of the ice changed into something different immediately. It was me against the ice. The anger with my clumsiness overshadowed the sunshine reflecting off the ice. My mind went back to the snowshoe adventure to Font Lake. "This can't be nearly as difficult as trying to stand up in a three foot snowdrift," I thought. The next thought was exactly the same though. How do I get up? "Well, just stand up, stupid," I said to no one. The next thing I knew I was on my back on the ice. I imagined from a distance looking like a huge turtle with his legs in the air. In my case, it was two legs and two arms. Sitting up wasn't easy because both of my gloves were slipping on the ice. That fall actually hurt.

So, I want you to picture how an inch worm moves. Then imagine a huge inch worm with legs slipping on the ice. The front part of the worm slides forward and stops, and the back end of the worm slowly moves up and kind of touches the front end. Well, that's how this editor moved for about twenty feet to the nearest scraggly trees where I could get something to hold on to. Once at the two trees, I could put one foot against the base of one of them and use the other to help me back to my feet. Yes, another adventure this had become!

I was finally back on two feet. I checked the camera to make certain that I hadn't damaged it in the falling, slipping and crawling. I checked my coat pocket to make certain that I didn't have to go back out onto the ice to find my video camera. Camera? Check. Video camera? Check. Okay, here we go. Heading back to the car seemed so easy once I had gotten off the ice. I really had to take smaller steps to make certain I didn't find any more ice. I didn't want to slip and fall again. How would I explain that to anyone that drove down the road. No one had seen my hilarious trip back off the ice. No one would ever know.

I got back to the car, and reached to open the door. It wouldn't open. I walked around the car to the driver's door. It was locked. Of course, the keys were in the ignition! I stood there trying to figure out how I could have opened the door of the car when I arrived and how the door could have been locked in the process. Somebody had to be playing a joke on me! This has got to be the best practical joke ever! I kept waiting for someone to pop out from somewhere saying, "Gotcha!"

Luckily, the fall did not damage anything. I checked to make certain that the camera worked. I checked to make certain that the video camera worked. I checked to make certain the cell phone hadn't come off my belt with all my crazy, adventurous trip out on the ice. Everything worked. I called my wife and told her that I had locked the keys in the car. I asked her to pick me up at Audrey's driveway, and I began walking down Gull Harbor Road with steps that must have resembled the tracks of a snake. I moved from one side of the road to the other to gingerly avoid the slippery ice. I wanted to walk in snow with my tennis shoes. I wanted to walk in mud with my tennis shoes. I wanted to walk on anything but ice. From the Garden Island end of Gull Harbor I walked and walked and just as I was about thirty feet from the driveway mentioned above, Ann and Dorothy Willis drove up with my wife just behind them. I have never been so glad that they didn't come along an hour earlier. I know my face was flushed with embarrassment even though they never saw my predicaments.

The resolution was interesting as well. Phyllis brought me to the Governmental Center, and I went in to ask the deputy to drive me back to the car. Phyllis had brought me another set of keys, so all I had to do was get back out there to get the car without getting another vehicle stuck. Deputy Ben drove me out to Gull Harbor. I got the car, and I drove it home. This will be my last trip to Gull Harbor for the winter until the snow and ice are completely gone.

Gull Harbor Ice Mountains

Video of two trips to Gull Harbor


Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Flags at Half Mast

(Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this informtion)

LANSING, Mich.-- U.S. flags within the state Capitol Complex and on all state buildings will be lowered to half-staff on Monday, March 30, 2015, to honor the service and sacrifice of service members killed during a training exercise earlier this month, including three Marines from Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder said. 

Snyder said the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of the Marines, including Staff Sergeants Marcus Bawol of Warren, Trevor Blaylock of Lake Orion and Andrew Seif of Holland, is a tragic loss for our country and our state.

“The crash is a reminder that the men and women serving our country make tremendous sacrifices and put themselves in harm’s way every day to keep us safe and protect our freedoms,” Snyder said. “We join their families and communities in mourning their loss and also recognizing with pride their bravery and dedication to our country. They are, unquestionably, heroes.”

The Marines were killed in a crash off the Florida coast on March 10, with their funerals or memorials services held on different dates. 

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 28, 2015

What a fun game to watch last night as MSU moved on in the brackets. I do wish though that the powers that be would start these games earlier than 10 p.m. Oh well, it's over and the Spartans won. Hopefully that thought will be enough to warm us up this morning. Right now it's MINUS TWO with a wind chill of MINUS NINE! Sure hope Mother Nature has another hot flash soon. Wind is from the west at 5 mph, humidity is at 86%, pressure is rising from 1026 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the upper 20s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 17. South winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 28, 1967 - Van Morrison recorded "Brown Eyed Girl."

Did you know that fleas can accelerate 50 times faster than a space shuttle?

Word of the day: pepper-upper (pep-er-uhp-er) which means something, as a food, beverage, or pill, that provides a quick but temporary period of energy and alertness. Pepper-upper entered English language in the 1930s from the expression pep up, an Americanism from the early 1900s.

Stuck and Stranded

by Joe Moore

There was a lot of conversations going on about the piles of ice being pushed up at Gull Harbor. The BINN editor and his wife decided to take a little drive out to Gull Harbor and see what they could see. The roadway down past Jim McDonough's house looked pretty good, as did the downhill portion of the road out to the area called the Carwash. The corner was made easily and the ice shoves looked like mountains in the distance. The sun was shining, and it was reflecting off the ice shoves that could be seen in the distance. Excitement increased, and the object of their desire was in sight.

All of a sudden, the bottom of the car began scraping on the frozen snow in the middle of the road. Being a typical male, the editor was thinking, "We can make this. We just need to get past this pile of snow, and we are free and clear." Unfortunately, desire to arrive at the object of their desire was overridden by the scraping of the bottom of the car until the wheels no longer could move the vehicle. Stuck and standed on Gull Harbor Road was not what was in the minds of these dedicated photographers, but that's just exactly what happened. It was even very difficult to get the driver's door open to get out and look over the situation.

Opening the door was a chore unto itself. Shoving just a little at a time and plowing ice and snow with the door, the editor got the door partially open. Attempting to get through an opening much smaller that the editor was quite comical. Not as comical was the scrape on top of the editor's head right where the bald spot was beginning to reflect the less than warm sunlight. But, with a lot of frustration and a lot of less than appropriate language, the editor got out of the car just in time to notice that the windchill out on Gull Harbor was much below the insulation capability of the light jacket he was wearing. "It's dxxx cold out here today," was the response. Did you know that your brain doesn't work very well when you're not dressed for a near below zero windchill?

There wasn't a phone number to be had in the editor's head other than that of his 90 year old mother-in-law. Into the brain of a frozen, frustrated, and somewhat irate editor came the number of McDonough's Market. Calling there on a cellphone from within the somewhat warmer, running car was to be the salvation of this somewhat foolhardy idea. Thank you Jim McDonough for coming to our rescue!

Jim managed to get past us with his four wheel drive truck on the roadway. He crawled in the cold ice and snow and located a spot at the rear of our car where he could hook a chain hook. Then a towing strap came out. Boy, what a wonderful sight that was! With a little extra effort by his pickup truck and the red car in reverse, we bounced against ice boulders and ice ridges back and forth doing the best possible in steering the front wheel drive car in the reverse direction of original travel.

Tomorrow is yet another day, but should you consider going to look at the mountainous ice shoves out near Gull Harbor, come in from the Whiskey Point side and stop before you get stuck. We'll probably give that a try tomorrow. Hopefully, Jim McDonough will be available once again, just in case!

The object of our desires

2015-16 Beaver Island Visitor Guide Coming Soon

The new 2015-16 Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide. It will be in print in mid April. The photo is by Frank Solle.

March Usage Stats for BINN

In March, including live streaming video and on demand video within BINN, two hundred and seventy-five (275) unique IP addresses have accessed the video. The number of views included seven hundred fifty-four (754).The data transfer so far this month has been 128.6 Gigabytes, most of this from on demand video. Sixty-four (64) unique IP addresses have viewed the live streaming of events that take place on Beaver Island.

Of these views, 176 were from here in Michigan, 18 from Florida, 17 from Illinois, 7 from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, 5 from the District of Columbia, nineteen other states or provinces had at least one viewer, but less than five.

The website had 313,806 hits; 217,455 files were viewed; 12,973 pages were viewed; 5,833 visits to the website; hits per day averaged 11,622; the average pages viewed per day averaged 480; over 1700 views of the special meeting video; and some access was attempted from 27 different countries.

If you do a Google, Yahoo, or Bing search for "Beaver Island News," today, the first entry is Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Pirating of Intellectual Property

Editorial by Joe Moore

The work on video projects for Beaver Island News on the 'Net is one that is quite time consuming. Beaver Island News on the 'Net hires two individuals to record video. The video must be recorded, tranferred from the camera, and moved to the computer. Then the time-consuming work really begins. The video must be edited, converted to a format that will work with most devices, and then uploaded to a video server. Then the video links must be organized on a webpage and linked to the main webpage. The time frame for processing one hour of video is somewhere between five and six hours of work with an additional number of hours for uploading that depends upon the Internet connection upload speed available. Frequently, the video uploads during the overnight hours, so is not included in the processing time.

So, processing time for the two hours of video of the recent Special Meeting of St. James Township took approximately ten hours of my time. It is divided in this way: two hours for recording the video and six hours of editing and processing. The video was uploaded overnight. In the morning, another hour and a half was spent in coding and creating of the webpages and the links. And, the video was available in a timely manner.

The investment in the equipment necessary to provide this service, and livestreaming of events when Internet access is available, required an investment of close to $16,000. All of this is done to provide subscribers with the event, the whole event, and nothing but the event. Commentary is seldom included unless necessary in something like an interview or a story in which the content is not obvious.

Recently, some individuals have made comments on the beaverisland.forum website regarding watching of the video-two hours of video. Since this video was made available only to the subscribers of Beaver Island News on the 'Net, it seems that some have pirated this intellectual property by viewing the video using another subscriber's username and password. The definition being used here for pirate is "to rob or plunder" and "use or reproduce (another's work) for profit without permission." At least two commenters on the Beaver Island Forum have referred to viewing the video and are NOT subscribers.

Also, one county newspaper has published an extensive article including quotations from throughout the meeting without having a reporter on the island at this meeting. While news reporting and dissemination of the news is important, I find that pirating has taken place of my work, and this is simply wrong. When one individual was contacted, the response was to denigrate my news service. When a second person was contacted, refusal to acknowlege access to the video was the response. None of the individuals have donated or subscribed, nor have they thanked me.

So, I have a request from my subscribers that I have never had to make before. If you are a subscriber to Beaver Island News on the 'Net, would you please, please, please, refrain from giving non-subscribers your username and password. I'm not suggesting that you not share Beaver Island News on the 'Net with your in-your-home family, but I do request that you not share it with those outside your in-your-home family. Why? The answer is simple. I provide this service at no profit to me or my family. Every dollar raised from subscriptions and livestreaming donations goes to covering the costs of providing this service or to investing in equipment that improves the service. Beaver Island News on the 'Net operates in the red every single year since we began doing video.

If your are one of those that pirated the video by viewing it without being a subscriber, you will hopefully do one of two things. Either send an online donation to the Live Streaming Project or subscribe to Beaver Island News on the 'Net. If you are the one that gave out your username and password, I'd appreciate it if you would not do this in the future. There is something more that you can do. You can encourage businesses to subscribe and advertise on Beaver Island News on the 'Net. These businesses are appreciated, and BINN would not exist without them. This business subscription and advertisement is the cheapest to be found anywhere at $12.50 per month.

There are those that might suggest that BINN pirates intellectual property by recording events on Beaver Island. Let me assure you, the reader and viewer, that there is not any profit in providing this type of service for Beaver Island. Every event livestreamed or recorded loses money. Every event livestreamed or recorded is done as a service to allow subscribers unable to attend the event with an opportunity to participate in the event.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 27, 2015

There isn't anything much better than that very first sip of coffee on a cold morning. The calendar might say spring, but it sure doesn't feel like it at the moment. Right now it's 9 with a wind chill of -2 (yes, you read that correctly), wind is at 7 mph from the NW with gusts up to 22 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 1020 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny with occasional flurries in the morning. Highs around 20°. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 5. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 27, 1945 - Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys recorded "It’s Only a Paper Moon."

Did you know that the average lifespan of a squirrel is 5 to 9 years?

Word of the day: festinate (verb: FES-tuh-nayt, adjective: -nayt, -nit) which means verb tr., intr.: To hurry or hasten. adjective: Hurried or hasty. From Latin festinare (to hasten). Earliest documented use: 1616.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 26, 2015

Mother Nature must have had that one hot flash, when we had those few days of warmer weather, but now we seem to be back into the cold, icy, yuck (notice that technical term). Right now it's 33 with a wind chill of 24, wind is at 11 mph from the SW with gusts up to 30 mph, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 35 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers in the evening and a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows around 9. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 26, 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis.

Did you know that shrimps are all born male but slowly grow into females?

Word of the day: leechdom (LEECH-duhm) which means a remedy or medicine. From Old English laecedom (medicine, healing), from laece (physician). The word for the bloodsucking parasite has a different origin. Earliest documented use: 900.

Soo Locks Open

despite bitter winter weather conditions with abundant snow and ice

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened on-time Wednesday, March 25, initiating the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season. The Edwin H. Gott, a 1,004-foot freighter, was the first ship to enter the Poe Lock at 11:05 a.m.., said Jason Wojnaroski, lockmaster. It was followed by the Roger Blough also going upbound.

 “We are truly proud of our hard-working men and women at the Soo Area Office for braving harsh winter weather conditions to complete critical maintenance at the locks allowing us to open for the 2015-2016 shipping season.” said Lt. Col. Michael L. Sellers, district engineer. “The Soo Locks, as one of the most important responsibilities of the Detroit District, serves as a critical conduit for transporting commodities as part of an important waterborne transportation network, reaching across the world,” said Sellers.

The locks were closed on Jan. 15 and underwent critical repairs and maintenance during the winter shutdown. Crews have battled the elements to put the Poe Lock back into operation at the scheduled time. The MacArthur Lock, located beside the Poe, will continue undergoing maintenance for several weeks.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system that includes 94 harbors and the Great Lakes connecting channels that join lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie.

For more details, contact Lynn Rose, Detroit District public affairs officer, 313-226-4680. Detroit District photos are available on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Detroit-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/144354390916

and Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/detroit_district

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 25, 2015

The storm is heading for the south end of the island according to radar and should be coming north as I write this. Right now it's 25 with a wind chill of 15, wind is at 10 mph from the east, humidity is at 75%, pressure is falling from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Light freezing rain, light sleet and snow in the morning then a chance of drizzle in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph shifting to the southwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts around 35 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of drizzle in the evening. Lows around 30. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph after midnight. We have two weather alerts for freezing rain and snow, so if you have to be out driving, please be very careful.

On this date of March 25, 1911 - In New York City, 146 women were killed in fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. The owners of the company were indicted on manslaughter charges because some of the employees had been behind locked doors in the factory. The owners were later acquitted and in 1914 they were ordered to pay damages to each of the twenty-three families that had sued.

Did you know that the Giant Pacific Octopus can squeeze its entire body through a hole the size of its beak?

Word of the day: autochthon (o-TOK-thun) which means 1. A native; an aborigine. 2. Something, as a rock, formed or originating in the place where found. From Greek autochthon (of the land itself), from auto- (self) + chthon (earth, land). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhghem- (earth), which also sprouted human, homicide, humble, homage, chamomile, exhume, inhume, chthonic, disinter, chameleonic, and Persian zamindar (landholder). Earliest documented use: 1538. The opposite of this term is allochthon.

Easter Egg Scramble

Weight Restrictions ON

From Peaine Township

Weight restrictions are now in effect on Beaver Island.  Let's all protect our newly paved Kings Highway and other paved roads from heavy vehicle damage.  The frost will soon be out of the ground and spring will be here. Thank you.

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

at Community Center Tonight

The Beaver Island Community Center is honored to host a poignant presentation by Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg, Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm. Martin was invited to the Island by the Beaver Island Lighthouse School to share his stories of survival during the Holocaust. All are welcome to hear this inspirational tale of the human spirit at the Center Tuesday night.

The following is the introduction to an article from “The Voice” serving northern Macomb and St. Claire counties:

The official definition of the Holocaust, as provided by the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, MI is simple and horrific.

“The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews and five million other persons by the Nazi regime and its collaborators,” according to the Center’s website.

Genocide on that scale is barely imaginable to contemporary Americans.

As the survivors of Nazi rule in Germany, 1933-1945, grow old and die, direct human links to the horrors of the Holocaust become harder to forge.

Beaver Island residents have a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from 86-year old survivor Martin Lowenberg, a current Southfield, MI resident.

Please join us at the Community Center Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm for Martin’s personal story.

For the full “The Voice” article:

For more info on the Holocaust Memorial Center:

From Island Treasures

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 24, 2015

Another cold morning, not one to go out without bundling up. It's 10 and feels like 3 thanks to the wind chill, wind is at 5 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 90%, pressure is steady at 1028 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Enjoy the weather today as it's looking to be pretty nasty tomorrow. Today: Sunny. Highs in the upper 30s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Southeast winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 24, 1989 - The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound after it ran aground.

Did you know that giraffes can't cough?

Word of the day: seism (SY-zuhm) which means earthquake. From Greek seismos, from seiein (to shake). Earliest documented use: 1883.

Michigan’s Five Birding Trails Offer Wildlife-Viewing Adventure

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

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

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

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

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

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



Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

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

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

Click Here to view video

Peaine Township Meeting

December 10, 2014

Link to video of the meeting

February 11, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

January 7, 2015

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE


Video of the meeting HERE

March 4, 2014 Special Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

Video available HERE

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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


Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Dish Network Employment Opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

A Really Nice Story About the BI Lighthouse School

Read article HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 23, 2015

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

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

Did you know that house cats have 18 claws?

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

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter for 2015

Wonderful Interview with Mary Scholl

HERE is the Interview

Annual 5th and 6th Grade Play

Hurry up and Wait

7 pm March 20, 2015

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

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

Pictures are HERE

Video can be viewed HERE


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

Easter Brunch at Gregg Fellowship Center

Community Players Presentation

Ice Shoves at Gull Harbor

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

They're Back

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

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

Count Down for the PABI Ice Classic

March 19, 2015

March 18, 2015

What's New at BI District Library

View New Books HERE


Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders


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

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

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

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

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


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

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

Gail's Walk Scheduled


Preparing for Advanced Life Support 1999-2000


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Stoney Acres

From Waste Management Committee

What an Unique Contest!

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

View fish toss pictures HERE

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

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

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

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

Previous winning guesses and prize amounts: 

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

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

2012 No Ice! 

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

2010-4:10 pm March 18 $700.00 

2009-1:58 pm April 9, 2009 $1,100 

2008-11.34 pm on April 8 $1,200 

2007- 2:52 pm on March 28 $1,200! 

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

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

Wildlife Moving

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

Eagles on the Ice

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

St. Patrick's Day Games

March 14, 2015

View video of the games

Pictures of the games

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

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

Beaver Island Community Message Board

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

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

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

Our Guiding Principles

March 2015 

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

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

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

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

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BICS End of School Year Calendar

Vacation Bible School

Please Join Us at…


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

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

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

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

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

***Volunteers Needed***

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

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

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

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