B. I. News on the 'Net, March 25-April 7, 2019

Beaver Island TV

April 7, 2019

Video from yesterday's ice breaking along with Dick and Amy Burris video, Phil Gregg video, and others will be shown today in the rebroadcast at http://beaverisland.tv

As always the broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere.

The broadcast will begin at 1:15 p.m.

BIRobot at Lake Superior State Competition

Skip McDonough and Lillian Gregg at Skip's Home on 12/18

Bristol Bay Breaks Harbor Ice 4/6/19

Dick Burris' Vehicles in Lake Geneserath

Secret Beach and Trips to the Outer Islands for Diane Hetherington

Launching of the Pipiqua 1989

Talent Show at Holy Cross Hall 1989


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Failed F Words

by Cindy Ricksgers

What is C. A. K. E.?

This is a cooperative effort of four Michigan counties; Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet. This is a cooperative invasive species management area. They even have a director. All the information about this organization can be surmised from the newsletter for the first quarter of 2019.

You can read it HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 7, 2019

Still foggy out, but at least the harbor has been opened as you can see the ice breaker tracks in front of the ferry. Now all we need is the wind from the right direction to blow all that broken ice out to the big lake. It's 36° this morning, feels like 30° thanks to the wind from the east blowing at 8 mph, humidity is at 98% and pressure is 30.05, visibility is 3 miles. Areas of patchy fog early. Cloudy with showers. Chance of rain 50% which will ramp up to 90% tonight. Allergy report says that today is a medium at 6.6. Top allergens are juniper, birch, and maple. Marine forecast: Today East wind 10 to 20 knots. Patchy fog through the day. Slight chance of showers early in the morning. Showers likely in the late afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight Southeast wind 15 to 20 knots. Patchy fog. Showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1961, President John F. Kennedy sends a letter to Congress in which he recommends the U.S. participate in an international campaign to preserve ancient temples and historic monuments in the Nile Valley of Egypt. The campaign, initiated by UNESCO, was designed to save sites threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

JFK believed that America’s participation in the project would reflect “the interests of the United States,” as well as the country’s interest in ancient Egyptian culture “from which many of our own cultural traditions have sprung” and the U.S.’s “deep friendship for the people who live in the valley of the Nile.” Kennedy possessed a personal interest in the sciences and history and, from the beginning of his presidency, set out to promote American scholarship in these areas. His administration also wanted to develop diplomatic ties with the Arab nations in the Middle East and North Africa.

In 1961, the total cost of preserving Egypt’s historic sites was estimated at $100 million; the U.S. contributed a total of $16 million toward the effort, which was used to help protect ruins from water re-routed for the dam or to relocate antiquities. Endangered sites helped by U.S. money included the 13th century temples at Abu Simbel dedicated to Ramses II and Queen Nefertari (not to be confused with Queen Nefertiti) and a temple at Philae called “the Pearl of Egypt.” In exchange for the preservation aid, the United Arab Republic (formed by Egypt and Syria in 1958) and Sudan agreed to let American archaeologists excavate areas outside of the Nile Valley and take some Nile Valley treasures back to U.S. museums.

Kennedy, assassinated in 1963, did not live to see any of the precious antiquities arrive in America. His widow, however, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, helped arrange to have Eqypt’s Temple of Dendur brought to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1965. The temple remains a centerpiece of the museum’s collections.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the United States has five percent of the world's population, but twenty-five percent of the world's prison population.

WORD OF THE DAY vade mecum (VEY-dee MEE-kuhm) which means something a person carries about for frequent or regular use. A vade mecum in English is something, especially a book or manual, that a person carries about for consulting. The English phrase comes from the Latin phrase vāde mēcum “go with me.” The first word, vāde, is the second person singular imperative of vādere “to go, advance, proceed,” from the same Proto-Indo-European root wadh- “to go” as the Germanic (English) wade. Mēcum ”with me,” and its kindred forms tēcum “with thee,” nōbiscum “with us,” and vōbiscum “with you,” are relics or fossils in Latin of an earlier stage in the language when “prepositions” (elements that precede the words governed) were “postpositions” (the elements followed the words governed). During imperial times, the anomalous mēcum and tēcum were strengthened, reinforced by the “regular” preposition cum, yielding cum mēcum and cum tēcum, which persist in modern Spanish as conmigo and contigo. Vade mecum entered English in the 17th century.

Mother Nature's April Fool's Joke

April 5, 2019

The deer were out and wandering around, but the snow flakes came down, making many wonder what in the world was going on. The flakes were huge, almost as if they were gathering together to come down in large groups. The snow was pretty to see, but most thought that Spring was on the way. Now, today and tonight on the 6th of April we have fog. You just never know what kind of weather you're going to get in the MUD season.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of huge snow flakes HERE


April 6, 2019

The Beaver Island team was chosen by the team rated as #2 to participate in the Quarter Finals. The BIRobot team perform very well in two quarter final matches with one win and one loss, so the tie breaker was the game that determined the teams that went on to the semi-finals.

BIRobot and their team was eliminated in the tiebreaker game.

View the quarter finals and the tie breaker HERE

Bristol Bay Breaks Harbor Ice

April 6, 2019

Quite a few people turned out this morning to watch the Bristol Bay break the harbor ice in preparation for the first run of the Emerald Island on April 10, 2019. Coming out of the fog, the Bristol Bay made the normal three passes into and back out of the harbor to make certain that the ice was broken up enough to allow the ferry to pass out of the harbor. The event was recorded on video, which will be posted shortly, but the event can be viewed through the gallery of pictures with the link below.

View a gallery of pictures of the morning HERE

Video clips of the visit of the Bristol Bay HERE

Apologies for the video where I misspoke the first run of the Emerald Isle. It's scheduled for April 10th.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 6, 2019

17.7 miles straight out from our harbor sits the Coast Guard ship Bristol Bay where she stopped for the night. Here's hoping that she'll be coming in here to clear the harbor as the ferry is suppose to start running on the 10th.

Right now I'm showing 29°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 97%, wind is from the NE at 1 mph, pressure is at 30.14 inches, and visibility is 4 miles. The current allergy report states that today the level is 7.7 (medium-high). The top allergens are juniper, birch, and maple. The marine forecast is: Today - Light winds. Patchy fog early in the morning. Showers likely in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight - East wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE the U.S. officially entered World War I.

Two days after the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare war against Germany, the U.S. House of Representatives endorses the declaration by a vote of 373 to 50, and America formally enters World War I.

When World War I erupted in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson pledged neutrality for the United States, a position that the vast majority of Americans favored. Britain, however, was one of America’s closest trading partners, and tension soon arose between the United States and Germany over the latter’s attempted quarantine of the British Isles. Several U.S. ships traveling to Britain were damaged or sunk by German mines, and in February 1915 Germany announced unrestricted warfare against all ships, neutral or otherwise, that entered the war zone around Britain. One month later, Germany announced that a German cruiser had sunk the William P. Frye, a private American vessel. President Wilson was outraged, but the German government apologized and called the attack an unfortunate mistake.

On May 7, the British-owned Lusitania ocean liner was torpedoed without warning just off the coast of Ireland. Of the 1,959 passengers, 1,198 were killed, including 128 Americans. The German government maintained that the Lusitania was carrying munitions, but the U.S. demanded reparations and an end to German attacks on unarmed passenger and merchant ships. In August, Germany pledged to see to the safety of passengers before sinking unarmed vessels, but in November sunk an Italian liner without warning, killing 272 people, including 27 Americans. With these attacks, public opinion in the United States began to turn irrevocably against Germany.

In 1917, Germany, determined to win its war of attrition against the Allies, announced the resumption of unrestricted warfare in war-zone waters. Three days later, the United States broke diplomatic relations with Germany, and just hours after that the American liner Housatonic was sunk by a German U-boat. On February 22, Congress passed a $250 million arms appropriations bill intended to make the United States ready for war. In late March, Germany sunk four more U.S. merchant ships, and on April 2 President Wilson appeared before Congress and called for a declaration of war against Germany. Four days later, his request was granted.

On June 26, the first 14,000 U.S. infantry troops landed in France to begin training for combat. After four years of bloody stalemate along the western front, the entrance of America’s well-supplied forces into the conflict marked a major turning point in the war and helped the Allies to victory. When the war finally ended, on November 11, 1918, more than two million American soldiers had served on the battlefields of Western Europe, and some 50,000 of them had lost their lives.

DID YOU KNOW THAT it's against the law in Kansas to catch fish with your bare hands?

WORD OF THE DAY plasticity (pla-STIS-i-tee) which means the capability of being molded, receiving shape, or being made to assume a desired form. Plasticity is made up of plastic and the noun suffix -ity. Plastic comes via Latin plasticus “for molding or modeling," from Greek plastikós with the same meanings. Plastikós is a derivative of the verb plássein, pláttein “to mold, form." Other derivatives from the Greek include plaster, from Medieval Latin plastrum “plaster (both medical and building senses),” ultimately an alteration of Greek émplaston “molded on, daubed”; plastid “an organelle of plant cells”; plastique (as in the explosive); and plastron "a piece of armor; part of a turtle's shell.” Plasticity entered English in the 18th century.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

April 5th, 2019

BI Robotics Team Competes in the District Competition in Sault St. Marie
Team BI Robot traveled to the Soo on Thursday in order to compete with schools across the UP and the Tip of the Mitt region in the district competition on Friday and Saturday. Their work over spring break seems to be paying off--they won their first two rounds on Friday morning!  Good luck Islanders!

Experience the Best of Beaver Island While Supporting School Sports
The 2019 Beaver Island Community School Sports Boosters Coupon Books are now available! The $25.00 booklet contains coupons for a wide range of gifts and services from more than 30 Island businesses totaling over $1000.00 in value. This project is coordinated by the BICS Sports Boosters. All proceeds from the sale of the booklet go directly to supporting athletic programs for the students of Beaver Island Community School. Contact the school for more information on where you can purchase your booklet!

Saturday is Movie Day at the Community Center
Come on down to the Community Center this Saturday, March 23rd, for an afternoon and/or evening movie. Here’s what will be on the big screen:
4:00 pm—Aquaman   
7:00 pm—The Man Who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot

School Board Training Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The BICS School Board members will be engaging in a full-day training on Saturday. The board members are committed to offering the best education possible. Making sure they are well educated in the roles and responsibilities of being a board member is critical to the effectiveness of the school. We are thankful that the Michigan Association of School Boards is willing to send one of their top trainers to Beaver Island!

School Board Meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019
Please feel free to join us for the BICS School Board regular meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 8th. The board will also be meeting in a closed session from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm to talk about upcoming contract negotiations.

Tuesday April 9th SAT & PSAT Testing & Wednesday April 10th ACT WorkKeys
Next week BICS will be administering multiple tests to 9th-11th grade students. Please remember the importance of a good night’s sleep and healthy meals!

Get BI Fit!
The BI Fit program is now operational. If want to get on the treadmill or rowing machine, or just come and walk the gym, come by the BICS office and pick up a registration packet! Get in shape for your health, wellness, and longevity! Check out the BIFit page on the BICS website!

Have a Great Weekend!

BICS Robotics Team Doing Well

April 5, 2019

When the editor began watching the competition taking place up at Lake Superior State College, The BIRobot team was on a winning streak, having won the first three matches. Each robotics team is paired with two other teams in either a blue alliance or a red alliance. They compete against another three team alliance. In the end, there was a total of 60 qualifying competitions. BIROBOT won five out of eight matches, at one time being rate in the upper five teams based up points. While they are done for the night, they get a little time to make changes to the robot in the pits tonight, but then will be not allowed to do anything except stratgize for the rest of the night.

The competition begins again in the morning about 9 a.m. BINN recorded the last five matches, put them together into one video clip, and this can be viewed at the link below.

View video clips HERE

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Meeting Minutes

March 19, 2019

View meeting minutes HERE and agenda for the April 9, 2019 meeeting at noon HERE

BICS Board Meeting Packet

April 8, 2019

View packet HERE

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee

April 2, 2019 Minutes

View the minutes HERE

Beaver Island TV

April 5, 2019

Some Video from the Phil Gregg collection, the historical society collection, and the Beaver Island News on the 'Net collection will be broadcast today. As always, it is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Today's broadcast will begin at 11 a.m.

Talent Show from 1989 at the Holy Cross Hall with Ellen Welke, MC, and Patti McGinnigty

Wisdom of the Trees, Norgaard and Myers, from 2009 Museum Week

Dorothy Gerber Strings and COA Lunch from December 2018

6th Oral History Meeting 2019

Cantata for Christmas 2010

Claudia Schmidt and Martha Guth 2010

Glenn Felixson Interview


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Exceptions (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 5, 2019

Overcast skies this morning, 30°, wind is from the east at 7 mph making it feel like 22°, humidity is at 72%, pressure is falling from 30.19 inches, and visibility is 5 miles. Allergy report is 2.9 which is low-medium. The top allergens are juniper, birch, and maple. I guess that as the lake is slowly opening up I can start adding back the marine forecast even though our harbor is still filled with ice. Today: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Snow, light freezing rain and rain in the morning. waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Light winds. Cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1614, Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. The marriage ensured peace between the Jamestown settlers and the Powhatan Indians for several years.

In May 1607, about 100 English colonists settled along the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. The settlers fared badly because of famine, disease, and Indian attacks, but were aided by 27-year-old English adventurer John Smith, who directed survival efforts and mapped the area. While exploring the Chickahominy River in December 1607, Smith and two colonists were captured by Powhatan warriors. At the time, the Powhatan confederacy consisted of around 30 Tidewater-area tribes led by Chief Wahunsonacock, known as Chief Powhatan to the English. Smith’s companions were killed, but he was spared and released, (according to a 1624 account by Smith) because of the dramatic intercession of Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan’s 13-year-old daughter. Her real name was Matoaka, and Pocahontas was a pet name that has been translated variously as “playful one” and “my favorite daughter.”

In 1608, Smith became president of the Jamestown colony, but the settlement continued to suffer. An accidental fire destroyed much of the town, and hunger, disease, and Indian attacks continued. During this time, Pocahontas often came to Jamestown as an emissary of her father, sometimes bearing gifts of food to help the hard-pressed settlers. She befriended the settlers and became acquainted with English ways. In 1609, Smith was injured from a fire in his gunpowder bag and was forced to return to England.

After Smith’s departure, relations with the Powhatan deteriorated and many settlers died from famine and disease in the winter of 1609-10. Jamestown was about to be abandoned by its inhabitants when Baron De La Warr (also known as Delaware) arrived in June 1610 with new supplies and rebuilt the settlement–the Delaware River and the colony of Delaware were later named after him. John Rolfe also arrived in Jamestown in 1610 and two years later cultivated the first tobacco there, introducing a successful source of livelihood that would have far-reaching importance for Virginia.

In the spring of 1613, English Captain Samuel Argall took Pocahontas hostage, hoping to use her to negotiate a permanent peace with her father. Brought to Jamestown, she was put under the custody of Sir Thomas Gates, the marshal of Virginia. Gates treated her as a guest rather than a prisoner and encouraged her to learn English customs. She converted to Christianity and was baptized Lady Rebecca. Powhatan eventually agreed to the terms for her release, but by then she had fallen in love with John Rolfe, who was about 10 years her senior. On April 5, 1614, Pocahontas and John Rolfe married with the blessing of Chief Powhatan and the governor of Virginia.

Their marriage brought a peace between the English colonists and the Powhatans, and in 1615 Pocahontas gave birth to their first child, Thomas. In 1616, the couple sailed to England. The so-called Indian Princess proved popular with the English gentry, and she was presented at the court of King James I. In March 1617, Pocahontas and Rolfe prepared to sail back to Virginia. However, the day before they were to leave, Pocahontas died, probably of smallpox, and was buried at the parish church of St. George in Gravesend, England.

John Rolfe returned to Virginia and was killed in an Indian massacre in 1622. After an education in England, their son Thomas Rolfe returned to Virginia and became a prominent citizen. John Smith returned to the New World in 1614 to explore the New England coast. On another voyage of exploration in 1614, he was captured by pirates but escaped after three months of captivity. He then returned to England, where he died in 1631.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36.

WORD OF THE DAY anthophobia (an-thuh-FOH-bee-uh) which means an abnormal fear of flowers. Anthophobia, “an abnormal fear of flowers,” is surely one of the odder phobias, as opposed to acrophobia “an abnormal fear of heights” or arachnophobia “an abnormal fear of spiders” or—a good one!—chiroptophobia “an abnormal fear of bats (the flying mammal).” Anthophobia is composed of two Greek nouns: ánthos “flower” and the combining form -phobíā “fear.” Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) suffered from anthophobia, especially of a fear of roses, which has no technical name. Anthophobia entered English in the 19th century.

What Did You Say 62

By Joe Moore

“Well, Good Morning, Fred,” I said with a smile on my face.

This might seem to be an unusual greeting when I was paged to the local fishing dock for someone who had fallen.  This was a former EMS provider that I was talking to, but he was also the patient.  Apparently, the fall was from the dock into the fish tug and onto the steel deck of the open back end of the commercial fishing vessel.   There really wasn’t a good reason for this individual to be down on this particular dock, so I was really curious about what might have brought this about.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Naming Ceremony for Blue Connection to Be Held April 9, 2019

Posted on April 04, 2019

Lynn "Chick" Blue, '86, vice president for Enrollment Development, will be honored for her longtime dedication to students and support for Grand Valley during a naming ceremony for the Lynn M. Blue Connection on the Allendale Campus.

The ceremony will be held at the Blue Connection April 9 at 3 p.m. Remarks will be made by President Thomas J. Haas and Jodi Chycinski, director of Admissions.

The building is named in honor of Blue, who is the longest-serving employee at Grand Valley. She achieved the 50-year mark in September 2018. 

Blue has built a legacy of enriching the lives of students, helping many overcome academic and personal obstacles. She and her husband, Herb, are longtime supporters of the university. Together they established the Blue Working Family Endowed Scholarship to assist Michigan high school graduates who face financial barriers to attend college.

Blue was instrumental in designing the Connection, which opened in 2010 on the south end of campus. The building includes classrooms, study areas, the Disability Support Resources office, and dining.

She was hired as a clerk typist in 1968 and has held several positions at Grand Valley, including director of Records and Registration, registrar, and vice provost and dean for Academic Services. She was named vice president for Enrollment Development in May 2015, a newly created position focusing on enrollment management.

Credit:: Dottie Barnes in University Communications at Grand Valley State University

For those that may not know who this lady is, the editor went to Grand Valley, had contact with "Chick" for years. She is also the sister of Kathleen "Kitty" McNamara. "Chick" was just on the island, attending the St. Jams Township Annual Meeting.


by Dick Burris

"53" Fischer. Body shop-grinder 

I wanted a winter job, and found out I could probably get one at Fisher Body 2.

George Keeran a Lapeer man, was in the employment office of "Fisher 2" plant in Flint Michigan; he would hire people from Lapeer, so I got a job in the grinding room. He said he had the hire/fire part, and at one time he fired a guy,and the guy threw his lunch at him.

The job was to grind down the welds on several places on the bodies so that solder could cover the welds and that the trim could fit tight to the metal surfaces. We got so good with the HOT metal under the grinding wheel, that we could jab and aim it to hit each other; it felt like a bee sting when it hit.

The grinders were on "balancers" and were easy to use; there were also wire brushes on balancers too; they were to clean off the flux and smoke from the welding. The wire brushes as well as grinders that would run at 5400 rpm, which would drive pieces of wire deeply into the unprotected flesh, and even into the heavy grinder cords, which were very t hick. Sometimes the pieces of wire would penetrate deep enough into the electric cords to reach a HOT wire; and as it would be swinging around would occasionally touch skin, and give you a good poke! Most times when taken to the repair department, they would extract the piece of wire;and NO more shocks.

One time I took the grinder back the second time an Immediately got a shock. My remedy was just to cut the cord, and request a new one, "fixed!" We wore air injected hoods which were great protection for the upper part of our bodies.

If a stone grinder wheel broke at 5400 rpm, it would be almost impossible to ease off the trigger cuz the vibration would be so intense! You wouldn't want to lose your grip on such a monster!

For some reason the Forman gave me the job of "relief Man" There were several different grinding, Wire brushing, and tin painting jobs on my line. The tin painting was brushing on a paste of granulated liquid lead.

Being a "relief man" made you a target for the veterans' pranks. I had to be FAST at all  jobs, or suffer the consequences.

Ernie, the seasoned painter on the other side, he started to wash off my paint with the water hose; Which he regularly did with his partner on the other side. I was able to stop this cuz had studied a system to wash ALL of his paint off, while doing mine at the at the same time; so I took him into the solder pit; then stopped. It never happened a second time.

Some of them took too much time on relief, and in one occasion I relieved three at one time to catch up. This didn't happen too often, cause I dealt with the habitual delinquents.

Beaver Island TV

April 4, 2019

The broadcast today will begin at 11 a.m., and, as always, is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Beachcomber House Party for Museum Week 2014

Launching the Pipiqua at Beaver Haven Marina 1989

Talent Show from 1989 at the Holy Cross Hall with Ellen Welke MC and Patti McGinnity dancing

Oral History Meeting #4 2019

Oral History Meeting #5 2019

2nd Annual Christmas Cantata 2002

4-6 Grade Play 6/10/16

Agnes Bird Interview at the Museum


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Dogs (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Virginia I. Palmer

Virginia I. Palmer, 88 passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on March 27, 2019, at Boulder Park Terrace Nursing Facility in Charlevoix.

Virginia was born on Beaver Island to Clarence and Lorraine (Boyle) Palmer. She was raised there and attended school there too.

After graduation Virginia moved to Hayward, California where she attended the University School of Nursing and obtained her Registered Nursing degree. She lived and worked in Hayward for many years.

Virginia returned to Charlevoix in 2016 and resided at Pine River Place for 2 years before moving to Boulder Park Terrace.

Virginia was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Mary’s Church in Charlevoix. She was fond of music, especially the old-fashioned country and home kind. She was friendly to those around her but liked her privacy.

Surviving are her sisters Evelyn (Tom) Oleksy of Charlevoix, Roberta Palmer of Traverse City, brother Edward (Mary) Palmer of Beaver Island, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Perry, Russell, Grace, Robert, Irene, and Mary Anne.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island with Fr. Jim Siler officiating. Interment in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery will follow. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Memorial donations can be given to St. Mary's Church and School.

Arrangements have been handled by the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 4, 2019

Chilly morning. I'm showing 18° but the township airport has 28°, so take your pick. Wind is from the SW and taking the snowbanks down quickly. Humidity is at 54%, pressure is rising from 30.45 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are 0.0 out of 12. Today is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as yesterday. There's a chance of snow showers overnight tonight.

ON THIS DATE Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old.

In the months before his assassination, Martin Luther King became increasingly concerned with the problem of economic inequality in America. He organized a Poor People’s Campaign to focus on the issue, including a march on Washington, and in March 1968 traveled to Memphis in support of poorly treated African-American sanitation workers. On March 28, a workers’ protest march led by King ended in violence and the death of an African-American teenager. King left the city but vowed to return in early April to lead another demonstration.

On April 3, back in Memphis, King gave his last sermon, saying, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop … And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”

One day after speaking those words, Dr. King was shot and killed by a sniper. As word of the assassination spread, riots broke out in cities all across the United States and National Guard troops were deployed in Memphis and Washington, D.C. On April 9, King was laid to rest in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to pay tribute to King’s casket as it passed by in a wooden farm cart drawn by two mules.

The evening of King’s murder, a Remington .30-06 hunting rifle was found on the sidewalk beside a rooming house one block from the Lorraine Motel. During the next several weeks, the rifle, eyewitness reports, and fingerprints on the weapon all implicated a single suspect: escaped convict James Earl Ray. A two-bit criminal, Ray escaped a Missouri prison in April 1967 while serving a sentence for a holdup. In May 1968, a massive manhunt for Ray began. The FBI eventually determined that he had obtained a Canadian passport under a false identity, which at the time was relatively easy.

On June 8, Scotland Yard investigators arrested Ray at a London airport. He was trying to fly to Belgium, with the eventual goal, he later admitted, of reaching Rhodesia. Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe, was at the time ruled by an oppressive and internationally condemned white minority government. Extradited to the United States, Ray stood before a Memphis judge in March 1969 and pleaded guilty to King’s murder in order to avoid the electric chair. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Three days later, he attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming he was innocent of King’s assassination and had been set up as a patsy in a larger conspiracy. He claimed that in 1967, a mysterious man named “Raoul” had approached him and recruited him into a gunrunning enterprise. On April 4, 1968, he said, he realized that he was to be the fall guy for the King assassination and fled to Canada. Ray’s motion was denied, as were his dozens of other requests for a trial during the next 29 years.

During the 1990s, the widow and children of Martin Luther King Jr. spoke publicly in support of Ray and his claims, calling him innocent and speculating about an assassination conspiracy involving the U.S. government and military. U.S. authorities were, in conspiracists’ minds, implicated circumstantially. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover obsessed over King, who he thought was under communist influence. For the last six years of his life, King underwent constant wiretapping and harassment by the FBI. Before his death, Dr. King was also monitored by U.S. military intelligence, which may have been asked to watch King after he publicly denounced the Vietnam War in 1967. Furthermore, by calling for radical economic reforms in 1968, including guaranteed annual incomes for all, King was making few new friends in the Cold War-era U.S. government.

Over the years, the assassination has been reexamined by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the Shelby County, Tennessee, district attorney’s office, and three times by the U.S. Justice Department. The investigations all ended with the same conclusion: James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King. The House committee acknowledged that a low-level conspiracy might have existed, involving one or more accomplices to Ray, but uncovered no evidence to definitively prove this theory. In addition to the mountain of evidence against him–such as his fingerprints on the murder weapon and his admitted presence at the rooming house on April 4–Ray had a definite motive in assassinating King: hatred. According to his family and friends, he was an outspoken racist who informed them of his intent to kill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He died in 1998.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Title 14, Section 1211, of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, makes it illegal for U. S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles.

WORD OF THE DAY multiverse (MUHL-ti-vurs) which means a hypothetical collection of identical or diverse universes, including our own. Multiverse, a combination of the common prefix multi- and (uni)verse, nowadays means “a hypothetical collection of identical or diverse universes, ours included,” a sense first suggested in 1952 by the Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger (1887–1961). Multiverse, however, was coined by the American psychologist and philosopher William James (1842–1910). Multiverse to James was an alternative to or an opposite of universe and meant “the universe imagined as lacking order, unity, or a single ruling and guiding power.” James used multiverse in a lecture “Is Life Worth Living?” in 1895.

Margaret M Evans

September 9, 1930 ~ March 28, 2019 (age 88)

Margaret Mary (Ricksgers) Evans was born on Beaver Island, Michigan on September 9, 1930.  She passed away on March 28, 2019 at home in Alger, Michigan.  

   Margaret was one of six children born to George and Otelia (Schmidt) Ricksgers.  She was born and raised on Beaver Island in the same farm house that belongs to the family.

   Margaret moved to Pontiac, Michigan and worked at GM till she met her husband (Donald Evans).  Margaret and Donald had eight children, Barry James, Kim Richard, Robert Allen, Shirley Yvonne, Gregg Michael, Gail Ann, Mary Jean and Joan Maureen (William).  She has 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

  Her children were her life after she became a single Mom of eight.  She moved to Pontiac, were she raised her family. Margaret didn’t drive or have a vehicle for several years so she relied on her sister Katherine and walked everywhere.  Once she got her driver’s license and a vehicle, she went back to work at GM where she retired from. 

  Margaret is preceded in death by her son Kim Richard, her parents George and Otelia, her Step-mother Florence, sister Katherine and brothers Henry, Alfred, Robert, and Kenneth.

  A funeral mass will be held Saturday, May 4, at noon, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Fr. Jim Siler officiating.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of service.  Interment will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Beaver Island.  

  Please sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

St. James Township Board Meeting

April 3, 2019

View packet for this meeting HERE

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

What Do You Mean She's Yours?

April 3, 2019

The turkeys seem to be in their mating season with all of the displays by the males, but on this one day, these three were fighting, or at least having a disagreement about something. The editor had just thrown corn out for the group of hens in the yard, but across the street something else was happening.

What did you say?

And around and around they went pushing and shoving, but not displaying.

There were three turkeys involved, but it's a little hard to identify all three in the pictures.

Deer in Driveway

Monday, April 1, 2019

What are you looking at?

What do you mean it's not open now?

That's okay, I'll be back tomorrow and bring some friends.

This deer was just standing in the driveway at the transfer station after closing. Several cars just sped on by, not even seeing the deer, or not caring if there was one. The editor had to stop and just enjoy the moment.

Cookbooks (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island TV

April 3, 2019

Today's broadcast will begin at 10 a.m., and is available, as always, to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast may be interrupted, depending upon the timing of the video clips for the live stream of the St. James Township meeting at 5:30 p.m., which means it may stop at 5 p.m. until the meeting is over, then continue.

E Olson and L Nicholson 2011 interviewed by Bill Cashman

Music for St. Pat's Day at Donegal Danny's 2019, Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim

Mass from Holy Cross for St. Patrick's Day

Peaine Annual Meeting 2019

St James Annual Meeting 2019

Will Cweikil interview about BIFIT and interview with the superintendent/principal 2019

Catherine Bales 2001

House Party 1993

1st Responder Recognition and Thank You Dinner 9/12/15

Carl D Bradley Presentation 7/22/14

AMVETS American Indian Dedication of Bricks 8/1/15

Anishinabi Presentation 2015


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 3, 2019

Cloudy skies, 31°, feels like 18°, wind is from the west at 20 mph, humidity is at 70%, pressure is at 29.97 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Air quality index is at 41 which is good. Still waiting on the Coast Guard to come open the harbor, shouldn't be as difficult this year as the water is now just past the Point. Today will be cloudy with the wind remaining around 20 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet’s arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Although ultimately short-lived and unprofitable, the Pony Express captivated America’s imagination and helped win federal aid for a more economical overland postal system. It also contributed to the economy of the towns on its route and served the mail-service needs of the American West in the days before the telegraph or an efficient transcontinental railroad.

The Pony Express debuted at a time before radios and telephones, when California, which achieved statehood in 1850, was still largely cut off from the eastern part of the country. Letters sent from New York to the West Coast traveled by ship, which typically took at least a month, or by stagecoach on the recently established Butterfield Express overland route, which could take from three weeks to many months to arrive. Compared to the snail’s pace of the existing delivery methods, the Pony Express’ average delivery time of 10 days seemed like lightning speed.

The Pony Express Company, the brainchild of William H. Russell, William Bradford Waddell and Alexander Majors, owners of a freight business, was set up over 150 relay stations along a pioneer trail across the present-day states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Riders, who were paid approximately $25 per week and carried loads estimated at up to 20 pounds of mail, were changed every 75 to 100 miles, with horses switched out every 10 to 15 miles. Among the riders was the legendary frontiersman and showman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917), who reportedly signed on with the Pony Express at age 14. The company’s riders set their fastest time with Lincoln’s inaugural address, which was delivered in just less than eight days.

The initial cost of Pony Express delivery was $5 for every half-ounce of mail. The company began as a private enterprise and its owners hoped to gain a profitable delivery contract from the U.S. government, but that never happened. With the advent of the first transcontinental telegraph line in October 1861, the Pony Express ceased operations. However, the legend of the lone Pony Express rider galloping across the Old West frontier to deliver the mail lives on today.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the average person spends 6 months of their lifetime waiting on a red light to turn green.

WORD OF THE DAY arduous (AHR-juh-wus) which means 1) hard to accomplish or achieve: difficult; 2) marked by great labor or effort: strenuous; 3) hard to climb: steep. "To forgive is the most arduous pitch human nature can arrive at." When Richard Steele published that line in The Guardian in 1713, he was using arduous in what was apparently a fairly new way for English writers in his day: to imply that something was steep or lofty as well as difficult or strenuous. Steele's use is one of the earliest documented in English for that meaning, but he didn't commit it to paper until almost 150 years after the first uses of the word in its "strenuous" sense. Although the "steep" sense is newer, it is still true to the word's origins; arduous derives from the Latin arduus, which means "high," "steep," or "difficult."

Christian Church Bulletin

March 31, 2019

Freighter Stuck in Ice

March 31, 2019

by Paul Welke

From the editor:  I saw this story on facebook and thought immediately how thought patterns can sometimes be aligned.  I’ve been checking the marine traffic website to see if a USCG vessel might be headed toward Beaver Island to break the ice in the harbor.  I do that check several times each day.  On this past Sunday morning, I noticed the freighter out in the lake north of the Beaver Island Archipelago with the USCG vessel heading towards that freighter from the Straits of Mackinac. 

Today, I find that Paul Welke and Jordan Marsh were also thinking about this same thing, and Paul Welke flew up there to take a look, and Jordan Marsh took pictures.  I was wishing that I could fly up there to check it out, and Paul and Jordan did that exact thing. 

“Early Sunday morning after takeoff on the north runway for Charlevoix I noticed a freighter stuck in the ice about a mile north of Hog Island, about 3 or 4 miles south of the steamer channel, from my vantage point it appeared dangerously close to shallow water. After returning from Charlevoix it was about 10am before I could fly up there to see what the situation was.

View at gallery of pictures HERE

It appeared that once it became stuck the northerly gale force winds blew the whole ice shelf (boat included) south stopped only by Hog and Hat Islands. When I arrived it was just underway moving northwestward about 3 knots. Assisted by USCG Cutter Bristol Bay (I believe). In the picture of the small and barren Hat Island looking north you can just see where it sat through the night which is about 1 mile north and about a 1/2 mile north of shallow water (marked by the ice pressure ridge), I can only imagine how stressful the situation was for the crew. All’s well that ends well. Thank Jordan Marsh for your assistance in taking these pictures.”

Bristol Bay track on 3/31/19 in the morning.

Beaver Island TV

April 2, 2019

The April Fool's joke on the editor just began early in the morning with the failed attempt to re-install Windows 10 Professional on the computer for my wife. No such luck. Then a call to HP support, which required a call back twice, a subscription to support for a year due to the computer outside the warranty period, and, finally the need to send the computer over to a repair shop in Charlevoix to get a new harddrive. Hopefull, this will come back in a day or so working, so the April Fool joke wasn't nearly as seriously unfunny as it was. Then, the next issue was the TV in the bedroom, (yes, we have two for those times when we disagree on what to watch). This TV and VCR and modem would not work. Eventually, between phone calls, I figured out that the issue was the power strip that everything was plugged into. Funny, how some plugs in the power strip worked and others did not. Not really funny, scary actually, so that had to be thrown out and another one purchased and installed. I had enough technology issues yesterday that no further April Fool's jokes were needed.

And then, the snow started coming down and the wind was blowing and a single digit wind chill made it nature's April Fool joke because we were thinking Spring. Ha, ha, ha!

Anyway, the broadcast yesterday worked for a bit, but did not finish up due to another tech glitch with external hard drives being knocked to the floor by the cat, unplugging them, creating errors on the screen that covered up the broadcast of those videos that did remain plugged into the broadcast computer. Anyway, today WILL be better.

This broadcast will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will be available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv and will include:

BICS 5th and 6th Grade Play 4/29/2011

Citizen of the Year 2011, 4/30/11

An Evening of Music from August 2011

Baroque on Beaver Sunday 2011

John Kenwabikise Interview 2009

BICS Spring Musical 2011

Beaver Island Ingenuity 2008


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Books (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

From CC Comission on Aging

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 April 2019 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter. 

Though Beaver Island has many unique needs, we feel that many of the COA aging services that are provided on the mainland can be replicated on Beaver Island either though collaborations, similar nutritional program set up and limited services similar to what is currently offered by other medical providers.  We have heard you when you have expressed that Beaver Island should be provided the same COA services and programs as on the mainland and we are actively reevaluating our COA services and programs on Beaver Island to better match the mainland.

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program to date is still only being utilized by less than 10 of residents and for homemaking (cleaning) only, though we have had an addition 3 people come onto the program this month.  We have not received any requests for reimbursement for CNA services to this date.  We are pleased that Beaver Island Homemaking contractors are contacting the COA directly now to better understand what homemaking services are covered by the COA.  There continues to be a misconception by seniors as to what is included in the Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program even though it is outlined in every program packet.  “The Commission will reimburse the provider who renders service to Beaver Island seniors citizens (those 60 and older) up to $80 monthly per household in TOTAL for any personal care, homemaker services, or respite care services. Seniors choose their own providers.  The intent of the program is to reimburse services that keep seniors independent and in their own homes.  Anything a senior asks to be done outside of what is outlined below for COA service and costs are the responsibility of the senior.


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 will be making changes to this program for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019 since our re-evaluation has brought to light more problems and once these proposed changes are approved by the County Commissions I will share them with you.  We are choosing to wait until the new fiscal year as changes will affect the budget and changes to this program were not budgeted for the 2018/2019 fiscal year and require County Commissioner approval.

We have not had any individuals express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month. 

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

April 15, 2019 at the COA Building 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 now located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours will be 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month October 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.    

The COA has a new Food Service Manager starting on Monday, April 8, 2019.  His name is Paul Tate and he is coming to us from the Antrim County COA.  Paul brings 8 years of experience as a Food Service Manager, working with COA Nutritional Programs and is excited to bring a fresh perspective to our entire program.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Our re-evaluation of this program has brought to light many problems and challenges.  From April 1, 2019 until the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2019 the only changes to the existing program will be:

Holding the seniors who purchase the meal vouchers accountable for the use and misuse of the vouchers in lieu of financially penalizing the participating Nutrition providers.  Nutrition providers are still held accountable to their existing Nutrition Provider Agreement responsibilities.

 The Senior accountability will look like:

Changing the Home Delivered Meal pick up time from Noon to 11am to better accommodate the Nutritional providers.

All other aspects of this program currently will stay as is and the current Nutrition Provider Agreements will remain as is.

The Dalwhinnie and the Beaver Island School are still the only Nutrition Providers working with the COA to provide meals for the aging community on Beaver Island.

We will be making changes to this program for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019 since our re-evaluation has brought to light more problems and once these proposed changes are approved by the County Commissions I will share them with you.  We are choosing to wait until the new fiscal year as changes will affect the budget and changes to this program were not budgeted for the 2018/2019 fiscal year and require County Commissioner approval.

REMINDER: The COA offices and all of our Senior Centers are open when Schools are closed.  The COA Offices only close if Charlevoix County closes.  We keep the senior centers open as we want our aging community to be able to access hot meals, be able to deliver Home Delivered Meals to our community with the greatest need and to provide a warm building with entertainment on these days.  Charlevoix Transit is free so we encourage our aging community to utilize transit on these days for road safety.

REMINDER: The volunteer group, through the Northern Michigan Community Action Agency, who has done taxes at our Charlevoix Senior Center in the past, is going to now be doing them at the First Baptist Church on M66 in Charlevoix.  They will be doing tax preparation, open to the public, walk in basis from Tuesday, February 12, 1019 through Tuesday, April 9, 2019 on Tuesdays ONLY from 9a-1p.  There will be an appointment option available but individuals would need to call the Northern Michigan Community Action Agency in Traverse City for more information and appointments.  Please refer anyone wanting free taxes done to this resource.

Our Re-evaluation of our Services on Beaver Island has really given us the opportunity to involve seniors and collaborative partners input and concerns.  We are actively working to improve the existing services and programs and creating some new collaborative services and programs for Beaver Island seniors for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019 and once these additional services and programs are approved by the County Commissioners I will share them with you.

Lastly, as a reminder when sharing the COA updates please make sure the information is current and correct.  Please share this information with anyone you feel needs it and as always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 2, 2019

Joe was generous to loan me one of his computers to do the weather, etc. this morning. Mine is headed to the mainland for a new motherboard as it was fried. It was beyond fixable and needs replacement. Hopefully, I'll have it back in a couple of days. Cloudy skies this morning, 33°, no wind at the moment, pressure is at 29.84 inches, humidity is at 95%, visibility is under 10 miles. For today look for morning snow showers. Highs around 40°. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight showers early. Low of 29°. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 2005, John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century, dies at his home in the Vatican. Six days later, two million people packed Vatican City for his funeral, said to be the biggest funeral in history.

John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, 35 miles southwest of Krakow, in 1920. After high school, the future pope enrolled at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University, where he studied philosophy and literature and performed in a theater group. During World War II, Nazis occupied Krakow and closed the university, forcing Wojtyla to seek work in a quarry and, later, a chemical factory. By 1941, his mother, father, and only brother had all died, leaving him the sole surviving member of his family.

Although Wojtyla had been involved in the church his whole life, it was not until 1942 that he began seminary training. When the war ended, he returned to school at Jagiellonian to study theology, becoming an ordained priest in 1946. He went on to complete two doctorates and became a professor of moral theology and social ethics. On July 4, 1958, at the age of 38, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Krakow by Pope Pius XII. He later became the city s archbishop, where he spoke out for religious freedom while the church began the Second Vatican Council, which would revolutionize Catholicism. He was made a cardinal in 1967, taking on the challenges of living and working as a Catholic priest in communist Eastern Europe. Once asked if he feared retribution from communist leaders, he replied, “I m not afraid of them. They are afraid of me.”

Wojtyla was quietly and slowly building a reputation as a powerful preacher and a man of both great intellect and charisma. Still, when Pope John Paul I died in 1978 after only a 34-day reign, few suspected Wojtyla would be chosen to replace him. But, after seven rounds of balloting, the Sacred College of Cardinals chose the 58-year-old, and he became the first-ever Slavic pope and the youngest to be chosen in 132 years.

A conservative pontiff, John Paul II's papacy was marked by his firm and unwavering opposition to communism and war, as well as abortion, contraception, capital punishment, and homosexual sex. He later came out against euthanasia, human cloning, and stem cell research. He traveled widely as pope, using the eight languages he spoke (Polish, Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin) and his well-known personal charm, to connect with the Catholic faithful, as well as many outside the fold.

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter s Square by a Turkish political extremist, Mehmet Ali Agca. After his release from the hospital, the pope famously visited his would-be assassin in prison, where he had begun serving a life sentence, and personally forgave him for his actions. The next year, another unsuccessful attempt was made on the pope's life, this time by a fanatical priest who opposed the reforms of Vatican II.

Although it was not confirmed by the Vatican until 2003, many believe Pope John Paul II began suffering from Parkinson's disease in the early 1990s. He began to develop slurred speech and had difficulty walking, though he continued to keep up a physically demanding travel schedule. In his final years, he was forced to delegate many of his official duties, but still found the strength to speak to the faithful from a window at the Vatican. In February 2005, the pope was hospitalized with complications from the flu. He died two months later.

Pope John Paul II is remembered for his successful efforts to end communism, as well as for building bridges with peoples of other faiths, and issuing the Catholic Church's first apology for its actions during World War II. He was succeeded by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict XVI began the process to beatify John Paul II in May 2005.

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you somehow found a way to extract all of the gold from the bubbling core of our lovely little planet, you would be able to cover all of the land in a layer of gold up to your knees.

WORD OF THE DAY fantod (FAN-tahd) which means 1) a state of irritability and tension 2) fidgets 3) an emotional outburst: fit. "You have got strong symptoms of the fantods; your skin is so tight you can't shut your eyes without opening your mouth." Thus, American author Charles Frederick Briggs provides us with an early recorded use of fantods in 1839. Mark Twain used the word to refer to uneasiness or restlessness as shown by nervous movements—also known as the fidgets—in Huckleberry Finn: "They was all nice pictures, I reckon, but I didn't somehow seem to take to them, because … they always give me the fantods." David Foster Wallace later used "the howling fantods," a favorite phrase of his mother, in Infinite Jest. The exact origin of fantod remains a mystery, but it may have arisen from English dialectal fantigue—a word (once used by Charles Dickens) that refers to a state of great tension or excitement and may be a blend of fantastic and fatigue.

St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

Beaver Island TV

April 1, 2019

We start today's broadcast with the annual meetings of the two townships and budget meeting of the ESA and nd with historical videos.

Peaine Annual Meetings 2019

BIESA Budget Meeting 2019

St James Annual Meetings 2019

Secret Beach and Trips to Outer Islands for Diane Hetherington

Spartan Ad for McDonoughs

Grace Cole Interview 1991

Jewell Gillespie Interview 1991

Bishop Baraga Presentations 2018

Born to Be Wild (school play) 5/18/18

Phill Gregg 1992

Raising the Anchor of the Baltimore 1992

As always, this broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at 11 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Aim (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

April 1, 2019

Well, Phyllis' computer took a dive yesterday with no warning. Most of the day was spent trying to get it back up and running. The computer guy here on Carlisle Road is stumped, but today is another day. So the computer pulled an April Fool's Day joke on us yesterday, just one day early. We'll be working on that and checking on any others that may have occurred overnight.

Right now on Beaver Island, it is 17 degres with the sun shining at 8 a.m. The pressure is 30/16 and visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 9 degrees and the humidity is 74%. There are no clouds listed at the weather station.

TODAY, it is expected to get to 37 degrees. We have a 50% chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have the snow flurries switch to rain with a low temperature of 31 degrees. winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 38. There is a 20% chance of precipitation, and winds will continue from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

WORD OF THE DAY: hoodwink; verb; (HOOD-wink) to deceive by false appearance : dupe

A now-obsolete sense of the word wink is "to close one's eyes," and hoodwink once meant to cover the eyes of someone, such as a prisoner, with a hood or blindfold. (Hoodwink was also once a name for the game of blindman's buff.) This 16th-century term soon came to be used figuratively for veiling the truth. "The Public is easily hood-winked," wrote the Irish physician Charles Lucas in 1756, by which time the figurative use had been around for quite a while—and today, the meaning of the word hasn't changed a wink.

All would be wise to remember that we're especially likely to be hoodwinked on April Fools' Day.


On this day in 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other.

Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.

These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish and a gullible person.

April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.

Did you know that unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it?

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 31, 2019

It's 21° outside this morning with mostly cloudy skies although it feels like 6° thanks to the WNW wind at 20 mph.humidity is at 72%, pressure is rising from 30.11 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are at medium 6.0 of 12. Today will be partly cloudy with a high of about 30°.

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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT one in every four Americans has appeared on television?

WORD OF THE DAY etiquette (ET-ih-kut) which means the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life. The French word étiquette means "ticket" or "label attached to something for identification." In 16th-century Spain, the French word was borrowed (and altered to etiqueta) to refer to the written protocols describing orders of precedence and behavior demanded of those who appeared at court. Eventually, etiqueta came to be applied to the court ceremonies themselves as well as the documents which outlined the requirements for them. Interestingly, this then led to French speakers of the time attributing the second sense of "proper behavior" to their étiquette, and in the middle of the 18th century English speakers finally adopted both the word and the second meaning from the French.

Townships' Annual Meetings

March 30, 2019

Peaine Township

Peaine Township Board had its group of meetings required as their annual meetings at the Peaine Township Hall beginning at 10 a.m. The meetings lasted approximately thirty minutes. Voting electors attending the meeting totaled two, equal to the number of reporters present.

View meeting packet HERE

View video of this group of meetings HERE

St. James Township

The St. James Township Annual Meetings took place at 11 a.m. Clerk Julie Gillespie was ill at home, but she checked in and participated over a cellphone connection. This meeting also was not a long meeting, but there were a few more attendees to this meeting.

View the meetings' packet HERE

View video of this group of meetings HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 30, 2019

It's 30° outside this morning, clear skies, IF there were wind, it would be from the SSE. Humidity is at 66%, pressure is falling from 29.86 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Now that spring has arrived, we can add back in the pollen level which is at medium level: 6.0 of 12. Today will be mostly cloudy; chilly with a high of 35°.

ON THIS DATE 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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are above national average: 50.

WORD OF THE DAY nadir (NEY-der, NEY-deer) which means the lowest point; point of adversity or despair. Nadir comes via Middle French and Late Latin nadir “point opposite the sun, point opposite the zenith” from Arabic naẓīr (as-samt) “opposite (the zenith).” Arabic samt is the source of zenith. Nadir (and zenith) entered English in the late 14th century.

Familiar Faces 13

by Joe Moore

The afternoon is rainy with the night before getting a little over an inch of rain.  The rain today is coming in spurts, but when it comes down, it comes down with a vengeance.  The saying, “When it Rains, it pours,” comes to mind today.  This brings to mind also a special situation in the local EMS as well.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to the medical center.  There is a patient enroute to that location who is having difficulty breathing.  The patient will be there in about three minutes,” dispatch paged our local EMS.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Emergency Services Authority Budget Meeting

March 28, 2019

View EMS and Fire Budgets HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Both budgets were approved as presented with the statement that they can be amended as needed in the future.

Fire Damages Island Tourist Center

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Fire on Drummond Island

Beaver Island TV

March 29, 2019

Today's collection of videos come from the BIHS collection and the Phil Gregg collection, except for a couple that were done by BINN.

Phil Gregg Roast 2000

Henry Hill Interview by Robert Cole 1999

Allie Shivery McDonough 2003

An Explosion in Development by Dave Gladish 1995

The Ordination of Jim Siler, the historical day for Holy Cross Parish 9/4/2017

Paul Welke Receives and Award 5/11/16

Phil Gregg Slide Presentation 1992

As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will start at 10 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

March Video Report

With just two days left in the month of March, this year of 2019, the video report is showing an increase in action. A total of unique IP addresses of 490 viewed 2466 video clips or video events, using 105.1 GB of bandwidth. This is a fairly large increase from the previous year. The regular up to date video recordings received views from 271 unique IP addresses, viewing 1851 video clips or video events, using 73.6 GB of bandwidth.

The largest increase this year for March comes in the live stream or rebroadcast viewing by 208 unique IP addresses, and viewing 458 events or clips, and using 20.4 GB of bandwidth. This increase may very likely be from the rebroadcast of historical video clips from the oral history collection of the Beaver Island Historical Society, as well as from the archives of News on the 'Net.

The older video on the archives website had 33 unique IP viewers, viewing 157 video clips, and using 2.1 GB of bandwidth.

While the majority of viewers were from Michigan, there were viewers from thirty different states in the country, a few from Canada, and some from Europe as well. The live videos were viewed from 23 different states with Michigan leading the list. The recorded video was viewed from 20 states, which is an increase also.

None of this has been possible without the support of the subscribers to Beaver Island News on the 'Net, as well as a volunteer who has covered events, allowing for events taking place at the same time to be recorded, and one of them to be live streamed. Thank you so much to this volunteer!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 29, 2019

We have clear skies this morning and 37°. Humidity is at 76%, wind is from the SW, pressure is 30.16 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Expect a sunny day!

ON THIS DATE in 1865, the final campaign of the Civil War begins in Virginia when Union troops under General Ulysses S. Grant move against the Confederate trenches around Petersburg. General Robert E. Lee’s outnumbered Rebels were soon forced to evacuate the city and begin a desperate race west.

Eleven months earlier, Grant moved his army across the Rapidan River in northern Virginia and began the bloodiest campaign of the war. For six weeks, Lee and Grant fought along an arc that swung east of the Confederate capital at Richmond. They engaged in some of the conflict’s bloodiest battles at Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor before settling into trenches for a siege of Petersburg, 25 miles south of Richmond. The trenches eventually stretched all the wayto Richmond, and during the ensuing months the armies glowered at each other across a no man’s land. Periodically, Grant launched attacks against sections of the Rebel defenses, but Lee’s men managed to fend them off.

Time was running out for Lee, though. His army was dwindling in size to about 55,000, while Grant’s continued to grow–the Army of the Potomac now had more than 125,000 men ready for service. On March 25, Lee attempted to split the Union lines when he attacked Fort Stedman, a stronghold along the Yankee trenches. His army was beaten back, and he lost nearly 5,000 men. On March 29, Grant seized the initiative, sending 12,000 men past the Confederates’ left flank and threatening to cut Lee’s escape route from Petersburg. Fighting broke out there, several miles southwest of the city. Lee’s men could not arrest the Federal advance. On April 1, the Yankees struck at Five Forks, soundly defeating the Rebels and leaving Lee no alternative. He pulled his forces from their trenches and raced west, followed by Grant. It was a race that even the great Lee could not win. He surrendered his army on April 9, 1865,at Appomattox Court House.

DID YOU KNOW THAT cranberry is the only Jell-O flavor that contains real fruit flavoring.

WORD OF THE DAY metathesis (muh-TATH-uh-sis) which means the transposition of letters, syllables, or sounds in a word, as in the pronunciation aks for ask. In linguistics, metathesis is the transposition of two consecutive letters or sounds of a word, as in the now nonstandard pronunciation aks for ask (Old English has the verbs áscian and axian, and Middle English has asken and axen). Every well-disciplined schoolboy knows that in Greek quantitative metathesis is the change of long vowel + short vowel, e.g., ēo, to short vowel + long vowel, eō. Metathesis comes via Late Latin metathesis "transposition of the letters of a word," from Greek metáthesis “change, change of position, transposition,” a compound formed of the common Greek preposition and prefix metá, meta- “with, in the middle of, among” (metá is related to German mit and Old English mid “with,” as in the first syllable of midwife). Thésis “placing, location, setting” is a derivative of the verb tithénai “to put, place,” from the very common Proto-Indo-European root dhē- “to place, put,” and the source of Latin facere “to do” and English do. Metathesis entered English in the 16th century.

Beaver Island TV

March 28, 2019

With some of the memories being shared on facebook for a year ago, when the Kenwabikises got the fish tug stuck in the ice, it made the editor want to look back at some of the historical events. The decision was made to go back ten years to see what video could be rebroadcast. There were lots of interesting things that happened in 2009, so those are what are to be presented today at the broadcast that begins at noon today.

Adam Richards Interview in 2009

BICS Dedication of the New Building May 2009

George Anthony Presents his Book

Kevin O'Donnell Presents his Book and Performs

The Mongolian Dancers Perform at the Community Center

Music on the Porch from July 2009

As always, this video is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 28, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 37°, feels like 31° due to an 8 mph wind from the WSW, humidity is at 87%, pressure is at 29.89 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Mostly sunny today with a high around 38°.

ON THIS DATE at 4 a.m. in 1979, 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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT almonds are members of the peach family?

WORD OF THE DAY knackered (NAK-erd) which means exhausted; very tired. The verb knacker originally meant “to tire, kill, castrate,” a verb derived either from the noun knacker “a tradesman who buys animal carcasses or slaughters useless livestock” or from the plural noun knackers, a slang word for “testicles, courage.” Knackered in the sense “exhausted” entered English in 19th century.

Eagles, Eagles, and More Eagles

"Joe, there are a lot of eagles at the golf course. Thought you might want to be advised....."

"Absolutely, I'm headed out that way right now....."

Of the editor went to see what there was to see out at the golf course. There were eagles, eagles, and more eagles. A total of at least eight eagles were observed chowing down on a dead deer. On the other side of the road, not very far away, was a huge quantity of turkeys, and even two sandhill cranes. Even though the deer died, it provided food for several different eagles and few crows. There were adult eagles, and, perhaps, yearling eagles that you can see in the photos taken over a two hour period.

Several eagles feeding

Another eagle standing guard and observing

Some flew in and others flew away

Four eagles down on the ground

How many eagles do we see here?

How many total eagles? Not sure that can be answered.

View video of the eagles HERE


by Dick Burris

Gordon was a one-of-a-kind person. He was a gentle, sensitive, 265 pound accident happening continuously. Gordon was our mason tender, and always had surprises for us. People that knew him would just laugh when we asked them if they knew him.

Read the rest of the story HERE

"I Miss Those Days"

by Daniel R. Craig

It was always an exciting weekend. The caravan would form and off to our destination we would go. Three games of hockey at least, for the boys. Five or six if they defeated their opponents.

There's nothing like the smell of an ice rink.

Couching youth hockey is one of the greatest experiences I've been blessed with in life. It all started with a sore back, a pair of skates and determination. My back was sore , nothing major, just a nagging soreness. I believe it was from lifting at work. So at the age of thirty-one, my buddy convinced me to take up skating. So that I did. Two times around the rink and I could feel a tightness in my back.

It was awkward at first, but every day out I got better. The feel of gliding over the ice captured me. Then I picked up a hockey stick and a new world engulfed me. I was hooked. I became a "rink rat". Open skate, drop in hockey, competitive team hockey, then the coaching of youth hockey.

It's a feeling that's hard to explain unless you have been there. It starts when you pack your equipment for the ride to the rink. The mental preparedness kicks in. You hump your gear into the locker room where you are greeted by your fellow "warriors" preparing for battle. You follow a ritual as you don your gear. Hockey players are the most superstitious of athletes..lol. Once you step onto the ice, your troubles are gone and you enter another world.

I started coaching novice hockey with four, five, six year olds who never skated. Oh what a joy as I watched these children progress. I bonded with them. They were someone else's children but on the ice they were "my boys". The smiles, laughter, happiness on the ice and bench was priceless. There were also tears and heartbreak when defeated. You would counsel these "young warriors" and toughen them for the next round. It's all part of the game.

I was hard on them, but always there for them. I respected them and demanded respect from them. I guided these boys on the ice and watched as they grew into young men. But, my time had come to an end as they entered high school. I had watched them grow and mature. We had shared smiles and tears....but the time had come for the "young warriors " to move on. I couldn't be prouder of these young men. I was blessed to have been able to coach so many fine young "warrior's".

The memories always put a smile on my face......stay safe, smile, laugh, love

A big congratulations to Kelly O'Brian on a "National Championship "....way to go "young cuz".

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 27, 2019

It's 33° this morning, clear skies, feels like 25° thanks to a 10 mph wind from the SSW, humidity is at 57%, pressure is 30.26 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. It will be cloudy today with a high around 42°.

ON THIS DATE in 1912, Japanese cherry trees were planted along the Potomac.

In Washington, D.C., Helen Taft, wife of President William Taft, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, plant two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River, near the Jefferson Memorial. The event was held in celebration of a gift, by the Japanese government, of 3,020 cherry trees to the U.S. government.

The planting of Japanese cherry trees along the Potomac was first proposed by socialite Eliza Scidmore, who raised money for the endeavor. Helen Taft had lived in Japan while her husband was president of the Philippine Commission, and knowing the beauty of cherry blossoms she embraced Scidmore’s idea. After learning of the first lady’s interest, the Japanese consul in New York suggested making a gift of the trees to the U.S. government from the city of Tokyo.

In January 1910, 2,000 Japanese cherry trees arrived in Washington from Japan but had fallen prey to disease during the journey. In response, a private Japanese citizen donated the funds to transport a new batch of trees, and 3,020 specimens were taken from the famous collection on the bank of the Arakawa River in Adachi Ward, a suburb of Tokyo. In March 1912, the trees arrived in Washington, and on March 27 the first two trees were planted along the Potomac River’s Tidal Basin in a formal ceremony. The rest of the trees were then planted along the basin, in East Potomac Park, and on the White House grounds.

The blossoming trees proved immediately popular with visitors to Washington’s Mall area, and in 1934 city commissioners sponsored a three-day celebration of the late March blossoming of the trees, which grew into the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. After World War II, cuttings from Washington’s cherry trees were sent back to Japan to restore the Tokyo collection that was decimated by American bombing attacks during the war.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.

WORD OF THE DAY impedimenta (im-ped-uh-MEN-tuh) which means baggage or other things that retard one's progress, as supplies carried by an army. Scores of millions of Americans will smile (or moan) at the recollection of reading (with the assistance of a pony or trot) Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War in their sophomore year high school Latin class, and seeing their old friend (or nemesis) impedīmenta “baggage train, traveling equipment” loaded with ablatives absolute and subjunctives in indirect discourse. Impedīmenta is a neuter plural noun formed from the verb impedīre “to restrict, hobble, impede” and -mentum, a neuter noun suffix for concrete objects. Impedīre is a compound of the preposition and prefix in, in- “in, into” and ped-, the inflectional stem of the noun pēs “foot”; impedīmenta therefore being the things that get caught in your feet, weigh you down. Impedimenta entered English at the end of the 16th century.

MARCH 30, 2019 @ 11:00AM at St. James Hall



New Kid

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island TV

March 26, 2019

Had to use the computers yesterday for another purpose, so no rebroadcast took place on Monday. Tuesday's broadcast includes:

Historical Society Construction Plans

Interview of Paul Cole

BIFIT Interview with Will Cweikil and Superintendent Interview 2019

Agnes Bird Interview at the Print Shop Museum

Earl Gallagher Interview

3rd Annual Last Pole Barn Party, Tape 1, 1/26/2002

Beaver Island Ingenuity 2008

As always this video is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will start at 10:30 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 26, 2019

I feel like I could probably just copy yesterdays report. This morning it's clear skies, 16°, humidity is at 84%, wind is from the west, pressure is at 30.45 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today look for partly cloudy skies and a high of 36°.

ON THIS DATE in 1955, Black music gets whitewashed, as Georgia Gibbs hits the pop charts with “The Wallflower (Dance With Me, Henry)”

For its time, the mid-1950s, the lyrical phrase “You got to roll with me, Henry” was considered risqué just as the very label “rock and roll” was understood to have a sexual connotation. The line comes from an Etta James record originally called “Roll With Me Henry” and later renamed “The Wallflower.” Already a smash hit on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart, it went on to become a pop hit in the spring of 1955, but not for Etta James. Re-recorded with “toned-down” lyrics by the white pop singer Georgia Gibbs, “Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower)” entered the pop charts on March 26, 1955, setting off a dubious trend known as “whitewashing.”

In addition to replacing “Roll” with “Dance,” the lyrics of the Georgia Gibbs version omitted lines like “If you want romancin‘/You better learn some dancin,'” but its most important change was more subtle. Even in an era when radio audiences rarely saw the faces of the singers they listened to, the rhythmic and vocal style of the Georgia Gibbs record made it as obviously white as the Etta James record was black. And while many Americans might have preferred the Etta James version to the Georgia Gibbs cover had they heard the two in succession, they would rarely have the opportunity to do so. Pop radio was almost exclusively white radio in 1955 America, and middle-of-the-road artists like Nat “King” Cole and the Ink Spots were rare exceptions to this rule.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Coca-cola was originally green?

WORD OF THE DAY skimble-scamble (SKIM-buhl-skam-buhl) which means rambling; confused; nonsensical. The rare adjective skimble-scamble shows the same, common vowel alteration in a reduplicated word as in mish-mash or pitter-patter. The reduplicated word is the verb scamble, of unknown etymology, and now obsolete or dialectal, meaning “to struggle or scramble with others for food or money tossed to a crowd,” now replaced by scramble. The lexicographer Samuel Johnson was not keen on skimble-scamble, calling it a “cant word,” one of his favorite terms of abuse. Skimble-scamble entered English at the end of the 16th century.

March 2019 BINN Photos in Ad


Docking Fees for St. James Township

View seasonal rates HERE

View individual rates based upon vessel length HERE

Peaine Township Board Regular Meeting

March 13th, 2019 at 7:00PM

View minutes of this meeting HERE

Proposed Budget Public Hearing and Annual Meeting of Electors-Peaine

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:00am.

View meting notice HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

March 24, 2019


Dock Assistant(s) for the 2019 Boating Season.

View job posting HERE



            PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Tuesday, March 28, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Beaver Island District Library, 26400 Donegal Bay Road, Beaver Island, Michigan, the District Library Board of the Beaver Island District Library will hold a public hearing to consider the Library's proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. 

            The Board may not adopt its proposed budget until after the public hearing.  A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Library, 26400 Donegal Bay Road, Beaver Island, Michigan.  All interested parties will be given an opportunity to be heard at the public hearing regarding the proposed budget.  

            The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing. 

              This notice is given by order of the Beaver Island District Library Board.          

                                                            BEAVER ISLAND DISTRICT LIBRARY BOARD

Notice of Special Meeting:

The Beaver Island District Library
 Board of Trustees
Will meet
Thursday, March 28th, 2019, at 9:00 am

26400 Donegal Bay Rd.
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2701

The purpose of the special meeting is to conduct regular Library business following the Budget Hearing. As always, public attendance is encouraged.

Eagle as Predator

The gracefulness and beauty of the eagles

The eagles have to eat also.

And, the predator has been successful.

Gull Harbor in the Early Spring

March 24, 2019

During the warm weather, it is not unusual to make a trip to Gull Harbor to look in the eagle tree, check out the water level, and watch the spawning fish, and just enjoy the natural area in the sunshine. Yesterday, the weather was not so warm, the sun was shining, but the wind was making it really chilly. It was a windburn day. While watching the March Madness games on TV, the overwhelming urge pushed the editor to get dressed and head out to the Gull Harbor area to see what it looked like in the early spring, really still winter-like conditions.

The snowshoes were placed in the trunk in case they were needed. The camera was checked for battery and SD card, and the trip to Gull Harbor was begun from Carlisle Road. The first thing noticed was that the roadway going to Gull Harbor was only one car wide as discovered when meeting another vehicle coming out the Gull Harbor Road, so backing up was necessary and a couple of minute wait was on the agenda. The backup necessary was all the way to the intersection by the lighthouse.

This road is not plowed by the Charlevoix County Road Commission, so it was easy to understand the width of the roadway with snowbanks on each side. It provided time to change the lens on the camera and to get warmed up with the heater beginning to put out some warmth. A wave and a smile passed both ways from each vehicle, and the red car headed down the narrow roadway through the ruts of snow and mud. Using a previously agreed upon location and permission, the red car was parked in a driveway, and it was time to make a decision. Snowshoes or no snowshoes, that was the question.

Ruts of truck tracks went toward the north. There appeared to be ice in some spots as well as some snow drifts. The decision was made, and the snowshoes were left in the trunk. The walk began.

Slip sliding and then down to the mid-calf crusty depths, the walk began. It was much more demanding that this old man would have thought prior to making the decision to do it. Lots of uneven walking put a lot stress on the old ankles. Luckily, no falls were included in this trek, but plenty of words escaped the lips when the uneven ground tried its best to cause a fall. While the walk was less than a half mile north, it caused a great deal of heavy breathing, and took a couple of stops to give the body a chance to recover.

The editor thought, "Why am I doing this?? Just to see what is there??"

Well, yes, I had snowshoed this area a few times in the past, so I did know what the area looked like in the winter, even years ago when the water was this high before. I just had to know if there were eagles in the eagle tree in the early spring. Was this spot used as a resting place with a great view of the area and possible prey below?

As the area was approached, the woods opened up to a cold tundra of frozen water reaching north. Nothing was in the eagle tree. The wind was blowing right into my face. The thoughts were easily jumping into my mind that this was a complete waste of time, and a lot of effort for nothing. A quick rest was called for, so a downed tree was a good opportunity to sit down with the legs screaming from the efforts.

As I sat there, I began to notice the quiet. This was what the walk was all about. Peace, quiet, and a chance to just relax in the outdoors on this island that I love. No, I wasn't born here, but this is the place that I want to live out my remaining years. The peaceful place of Gull Harbor, even in the winter conditions, began to clear the anger and the frustration from my mind and body.


Out of literally nowhere, this is what I saw enter the Gull Harbor area......

View the gallery of pictures HERE

As the peacefulness came, so did the realization of the beautiful surroundings and the gorgeous late afternoon.

Gull Harbor

Looking back toward Paradise Bay

The young eagle was just the icing on the cake to a wonderful walk, even if that walk, took a little toll on the physical efforts of the editor. It was now time to walk back to the car.

Almost back to the car, I noticed the car in the driveway of the owner of the house. I had just opened the door of my car when the owner said, "I wondered whose car that was, Joe. I was worried someone had had an accident or some problem."

"Just a walk to Gull Harbor and back," I said back.

This is just one more reason for loving this beautiful island. The people keeping a watch out for others is one of the great things about this place, just one..............

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 25, 2019

Clear skies and a chilly morning. I'm showing 18°, humidity is at 69%, wind is from the SSW at 1 mph, pressure is at 30.38 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Sunny skies today with a high of 34°.

ON THIS DATE Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Kills 146 in New York City.

In one of the darkest moments of America’s industrial history, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down, killing 146 workers, on this day in 1911. The tragedy led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of factory workers.

The Triangle factory, owned by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, was located in the top three floors of the 10-story Asch Building in downtown Manhattan. It was a sweatshop in every sense of the word: a cramped space lined with work stations and packed with poor immigrant workers, mostly teenaged women who did not speak English. At the time of the fire, there were four elevators with access to the factory floors, but only one was fully operational and it could hold only 12 people at a time. There were two stairways down to the street, but one was locked from the outside to prevent theft by the workers and the other opened inward only. The fire escape, as all would come to see, was shoddily constructed, and could not support the weight of more than a few women at a time.

Blanck and Harris already had a suspicious history of factory fires. The Triangle factory was twice scorched in 1902, while their Diamond Waist Company factory burned twice, in 1907 and in 1910. It seems that Blanck and Harris deliberately torched their workplaces before business hours in order to collect on the large fire-insurance policies they purchased, a not uncommon practice in the early 20th century. While this was not the cause of the 1911 fire, it contributed to the tragedy, as Blanck and Harris refused to install sprinkler systems and take other safety measures in case they needed to burn down their shops again.

Added to this delinquency were Blanck and Harris’ notorious anti-worker policies. Their employees were paid a mere $15 a week, despite working 12 hours a day, every day. When the International Ladies Garment Workers Union led a strike in 1909 demanding higher pay and shorter and more predictable hours, Blanck and Harris’ company was one of the few manufacturers who resisted, hiring police as thugs to imprison the striking women, and paying off politicians to look the other way.

On March 25, a Saturday afternoon, there were 600 workers at the factory when a fire broke out in a rag bin on the eighth floor. The manager turned the fire hose on it, but the hose was rotted and its valve was rusted shut. Panic ensued as the workers fled to every exit. The elevator broke down after only four trips, and women began jumping down the shaft to their deaths. Those who fled down the wrong set of stairs were trapped inside and burned alive. Other women trapped on the eighth floor began jumping out the windows, which created a problem for the firefighters whose hoses were crushed by falling bodies. Also, the firefighters’ ladders stretched only as high as the seventh floor, and their safety nets were not strong enough to catch the women, who were jumping three at a time.

Blanck and Harris were on the building’s top floor with some workers when the fire broke out. They were able to escape by climbing onto the roof and hopping to an adjoining building.

The fire was out within half an hour, but not before over 140 deaths. The workers’ union organized a march on April 5 to protest the conditions that led to the fire; it was attended by 80,000 people.

Though Blanck and Harris were put on trial for manslaughter, they managed to get off scot-free. Still, the massacre for which they were responsible did finally compel the city to enact reform. In addition to the Sullivan-Hoey Fire Prevention Law passed that October, the New York Democratic set took up the cause of the worker and became known as a reform party.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

WORD OF THE DAY optics (OP-tiks) which means the way a situation, action, event, etc., is perceived by the public or by a particular group of people. The noun optics originally referred to that branch of physics dealing with light or other electromagnetic radiation and with the sense of sight. The now common sense “the way a situation, action, or event is perceived by the public or in a particular context, especially a political one,” was originally an Americanism first recorded in 1973. Optics entered English in the 16th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

March 24, 2019

With Spring Break in full swing, the attendance and the participants in both services this weekend were down. Father Jim Siler did his own readings on Saturday, but Sunday had a server and a reader. The reader on Sunday was Jacque LaFreniere.

Father Jim Siler reading on Saturday

Server and reader on Sunday....Jacque LaFreniere.........

View video of the services HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 24, 2019

Clear skies, 33°, feels like 25°, wind is from the WSW at 10
mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is at 30,27 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Look for sunny skies today with a high of about 34°.

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT according to many language experts, the most difficult kind of phrase to create is a palindrome, a sentence or group of sentences that reads the same backward and forward. A few examples:

Red rum, sir, is murder.

Ma is as selfless as I am.

Nurse, I spy gypsies. Run!

A man, a plan, a canal - Panama.

He lived as a devil, eh?

WORD OF THE DAY isolato (ahy-suh-LEY-toh) which means a person who is physically or spiritually isolated from their times or society. The rare English noun isolato comes directly from the Italian adjective and noun isolato “isolated; an isolated person.” The Italian word is the past participle of the verb isolare “to shut off, cut off, isolate,” a derivative of the noun isola “isle, island” (there is no Latin verb īnsulāre). Isola is a regular Italian development of Latin īnsula, a noun of unknown etymology, meaning “island, an island as a place of exile, tenement house,” all of which can be pretty bleak. Isolato entered English in the mid-19th century.

What Did You Say 54

By Joe Moore

Many, many years ago is a place not so far away, a person was having a serious issue inside the confines of their skull.  Of course, they did not know that anything was going on in there.  At least they weren’t aware that their actions and their speech could not be interpreted as normal by anyone else around them.

We were paged to the south end of Beaver Island for this patient that was having these issues.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to South End Road for a 78-year-old female patient.  She is exhibiting unusual behavior.  The issue is unknown at this time.  Respond Priority One to this residence,” dispatch paged.
I keyed my radio and said, “Enroute to the garage.”

Read the rest of the story HERE



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

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

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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March 23, 2019

Editor Joe Moore will begin closing out the overdue accounts at the end of this month. There are costs for operating a website, and loss of income is causing a great deal of financial issues with paying the monthly and yearly fees. Just a few of the expenses for the four websites operating at this time include yearly renewal fees for the domains of $400 approximately for, beaverisland.tv, beaverisland.news, beaverislandnewsarchives.com, and beaverislandnews.com. The monthly fees add up to about $800 per month for the ability to live stream, record and post videos, and post large numbers of photographs.

With the ongoing medical expenses and continuing operating expenses, even with over four hundred viewers, BINN and the four total websites will have to make some changes in the near future, and, one of those changes is limiting the viewing to paid subscribers, unless several subscribers renew soon.

So, as of March 31, 2019, those who have not renewed by payment of the fees, will be removed for access to the BINN website.


BIFit During Spring Break

Hello everyone, with spring break and many of us being off Island for that time the BI Fit schedule has changed.  There will be no BI Fit hours March 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, and 30th.  For the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th the hours will be from 9:00 am until 10:00 am.  Thank you.

Health Occupations Students in GR

This Great group of young Health Professionals are in Grand Rapids the next 2 days for the HOSA State Competition!! This means they placed Top in Regionals and qualified them for States. There is 5000 student from all over Michigan here competing in many different HOSA events. Susi & Brennan are competing in Clinical nursing against 36 other state winners. John, Skylar & McKenna are competing in Sports Medicine against 52 other state winners. Today is written exams. A tough day. These are very tough events. They will know by 11pm tonight if they are in the top 20 to compete tomorrow for their practical. WISH THEM LUCK!

For those of you who may not know, in the back left is John-Brady Robert, son of Johnny B and Debbie LaFreniere Robert, next is Skylar Marsh, daughter of Bob Marsh and Dawn Mooney Marsh. . Next to her is Brennan Jones, son of the late Randy Jones and Kim Connaghan Jones. Then in the front are Susi Meyers, daughter of Sarah Myers McCafferty and step -father, Danny McCafferty, Next is McKenna Turner, daughter of Rob and Ryann Turner and grand daughter of Bob and Maura Turner (from Marie LaFreniere).

Early Mexican Diving

by Dick Burris

In the very early 80s, Cozumel was just getting into professional diving tours; it appeared that there were only two dive shops there. The main dive shop was "Aqua Safari" which is still there until this day.

The dive boats were "converted veleros", They took the old sailing vessels and installed diesel engines in them. There was no hurry in those days; the boats clipped along at around 12mph. They would do a deep dive first, then go ashore for an "off gassing" break, usually it would be at Playa Maya or San Francisco beach which was a distance south, from San Miguel, where the dive clubs were.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

March 19, 2019 5:00PM

View minutes HERE

Notice of Municipal Dock Seasonal Slip Availability 2019

View notice HERE

Beaver Island Municipal Dock Seasonal Slip Availability

Notice:  one seasonal slip available for the 2019 boating season.

According to township policy, if the prior year seasonal user does not confirm their intent to retain the slip for the upcoming season, notice will be given of seasonal vacancy.   
Interested parties have until April 12, 2019 to register their interest in a seasonal slip rental.  A random lottery format will be used to select the seasonal boater for the upcoming season; this will be done by April 30, 2019. 
The harbormaster shall maintain a list of persons who are interested in seeking a seasonal slip. The list will be generated annually.
The Seasonal Slip Annual Interest Application and the full Policy can be picked up at the St James Township Governmental Center 37830 King’s Highway or downloaded from the St James Township website:   Municipal Dock Documents

Forest Health Survey Notice

When individuals say invasive species can have a profound impact on recreation, home values, and diversity most of us think about phragmites but there are many other plants, insects, and aquatic species that can cause permanent harm to Beaver Island. Beech Bark Disease is an example of one forest invasive pest which has become well established on the island over the past decade. The non-native scale insect comes from Europe and was first introduced into Nova Scotia in the late 1800s.

A multi-agency invasive species team will be on Beaver Island beginning March 25th for the purpose of surveying the island's forests for Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and assessing the status of the Emerald Ash Borer. Mature hemlock is very vulnerable to Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. If this pest becomes established, most of these trees will be killed. It has been detected in Allegan, Oceana, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. More information on forest pests can be found by clicking: https://www.michigan.gov/invasives/0,5664,7-324-68002_71241---,00.html

If you see these dedicated professionals along the roadsides, in the woods, or in town, give them that warm island welcome.   

Pam Grassmick

Beaver Island Association

DRAFT Minutes of March 13, 2019 Regular St. James Board Meeting 

View document HERE

Oral History Meeting

March 18, 2019

The last planned Oral History meeting took place last night at the St. James Township Hall, beginning around 7 p.m. Ed Wojan told everyone that there was a lot of information gathered and will continue to be gathered, but there was some difficulty in confirming the accuracy. The proposal now is to continue to go through the Beaver Beacons from the 50's, 60's, and 70's and get some family gatherings together to record memories and stories. While some of the stories have been told about what was not actually observed, it is important to gather as much information as possible to not leave out things that are important in the history of this period of time.

Editor Joe Moore has obtained and turned over two lists of the graduates of the Beaver Island School, one from the school and one compiled at the historical society. There are some differences in these lists. A lot of information is being taken from the Beaver Beacons, considered the most accurate information available, but confirmation is still requested. A large amount of information is being compiled and will be made available to all, so that it can be verified and/or changed.

Project Manager Ed Wojan


View the two lists of graduates HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

St James Township General Fund Budget & Notes

AMENDED BUDGET 2018 – 2019 & PROPOSED BUDGET 2019 – 2020



Read minutes HERE

Waste Managment Committee Minutes

March 5, 2019

The WMC met on March 5, 2019, and these draft minutes were received on March 18, 2019, via email from the WMC Secretary. The budget for the coming year has not yet been approved, and discussion of the budget will take place at the April, 2, 2019 meeting of the WMC.

Read the minutes of the March 5th meeting HERE



Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting 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

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates


BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates


Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

March 2019

Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin



BICS Calendar 2017-18

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