B. I. News on the 'Net, March 28-April 3, 2016

Snowy Sunday, April 3, 2016

View gallery of pictures on this snowy Sunday HERE

Mass from Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning

View excerpts from this Mass HERE

The Saddest Day

A fictional story by Joe Moore

In the mail came an envelope.  The envelope was part of a pile of bills, and I didn’t want to deal with them right away, so they were placed on my end table by my chair. 

I was worn out emotionally and tired physically from a busy day that included an emergency involving a psychiatric patient.  This kind of patient is just so demanding of patience, swallowing of provider pride, and preventing escalation of the situation into handling a combative patient.   The worst really did happen in my mind.  A person that I know and care about has to be sent to a hospital for a Community Mental Health evaluation with the outcome unknown.

Read the story HERE

The 52 Lists Project #14

by Cindy Ricksgers

 Phyllis' Daily Weather

for April 3, 2016

On an up note, we're not buried in snow. It seems to have gone around us to this point. On the down side, it's still dang cold! Right now I'm showing 22°, wind chill of 13°, wind at 7 mph from the west with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 1007 mb, and visibility is 9.8 miles. The Weather Advisory I posted last night is in effect until 11 p.m. tonight. Today: Snow is likely in the morning, then snow in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. West winds at 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon. Tonight: Snow in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Lows around 19°. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of April 3, 1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.

Did you know that the naming of tropical storms and hurricanes officially began in 1953? That practice ended in 1978 when both male and female names were included. Interested in learning more about hurricanes? Go to www.nhc.noaa.gov

Word of the day: brevity (BREV-i-tee) which means the quality of expressing much in a few words. Brevity can be traced to the Latin brevis meaning "short." It entered English in the early 1500s.

Sharing Solutions Through Island Exchanges

Please join us at the Beaver Island Community Center on Thursday, April 28th from 3-5:30 p.m. for an Open House with the Office of Great Lakes, Maine's Island Institute, and Maine islanders.

 Meeting Objectives: 1) Information sharing-to summarize the major project activities to date, including progress towards advancing the Beaver Island priority issue areas and longer term coordination opportunities; and 2) Engagement-to seek support, interest, and involvement by Beaver Islanders and others to assist with project components going forward.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for April 2, 2016

Mother Nature hasn't had a hot flash and is still giving us her cold shoulder. Right now I'm showing 28°, windchill of 21°, wind is at 6 mph from the west, humidity is at 70%, pressure is rising from 996 mb, and visibility is at 9.1 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph, shifting to the north with gusts to around 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around 19°. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of April 2, 1792 - The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act to regulate the coins of the United States. The act authorized $10 Eagles, $5 Half Eagles, $2.50 Quarter Eagle gold coins, silver dollars, dollars, quarters, dimes and half-dimes to be minted.

Did you know that wind doesn't make a sound until it blows against an object?

Word of the day: asterism (AS-tuh-riz-uh m) which means a group of stars; a constellation. Asterism derives from the Greek term asterismós meaning "a marking with stars." It entered English in the late 1500s.

April Fool

by Cindy Ricksgers

Sandhill Cranes

With a visit to Barney's Lake planned, the editor stopped at the boat launch area there and carefully walked to the bench just off to the left. There were sounds of the Sandhills down near the south end of the lake, so sitting very still and waiting seemed to be in order. Hope to see the sandhills or an eagle or an osprey was the real reason for this trip down there. All of a sudden a gun discharged somewhere to the southwest. A total of seven shots were heard with no idea where they were originating. After five shots these sandhills took off from the south end of Barney's Lake heading straight north and flew right over the head of editor Joe Moore. Luckily, no other shots were heard, but a hasty retreat was still in order.

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

Historians have also linked April Fools’ Day to ancient festivals such as Hilaria, which was celebrated in Rome at the end of March and involved people dressing up in disguises. There’s also speculation that April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox, or first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled people with changing, unpredictable weather.


A New Tick Arrives in Northern Michigan

View article HERE

COA Roast Beef Sunday Dinner

April 10, 2016

Ten April Vacations

Beaver Island Included

View article HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for April 1, 2016

The ground is covered with the white stuff, it's 32° outside, wind chill makes it 24°, wind is at 11 mph from the NW with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 996 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the morning, then isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with numerous rain showers and isolated snow showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with isolated snow showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of April 1, 1826 - Samuel Mory patented the internal combustion engine.

Did you know that hummingbirds can't walk? Yes, they do have legs and feet, but because they spend so much time in the air, those appendages aren't strongly developed. They can do a strange sideway hop on a branch, but no walking.

Word of the day: ninnyhammer (NIN-ee-ham-er) which means a fool or simpleton. Ninnyhammer entered English in the late 1500s. Its first element, ninny, meaning "a fool or simpleton," may be a pet form of the proper name Innocent.

Hitting the Wall

by Cindy Ricksgers

Glen Arbor Sun Article

Mackinac Straits Line 5 “worst case” oil spill could stretch from Beaver Island to Michigan thumb


Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

March 31, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting

March 30, 2016

A small group of the dedicated attended the St. James Budget Hearing last night. This budget hearing included an extensive discussion and correction of the two budgets under discussion. The budget for April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016 was amended to reflect the actual amount of expenditures. During the discussion of the funds, the new budget for April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, was also discussed and modified.

The discussion during the budget hearing took the majority of the time even though there were a total of three meetings scheduled for this night beginning at 7 p.m. The budget discussion took approximately 90 minutes, and, after review and corrections, was ultimately passed for both amended and proposed budgets.

The annual meeting and the short special meeting followed the budget hearing. The annual meeting went by quite quickly with the board salaries determined, the township attorney, auditor, insurance, bank, assessor, land use policy, and yacht dock rates approved very quickly. The meeting dates were set as the traditional first Wednesday of the month for this next fiscal year with no conflicts due to holidays being noted. There were no reports. For public comment, Elaine West brought up the deteriorating steps at the Governmental Center and suggested that this should be fixed, and that it has been brought up year after year with nothing being done.

The annual meeting was following immediately for a special meeting whose only purpose was to appoint the Zoning Board of Appeals members. Appointed to these positions were Jim Wojan and Don Tritsch.

Other comments included Kitty McNamara Green providing information about the Michigan Township Association website regarding the information about running for township office.

Video of this meeting HERE

Video Report for March 2016

The total number of unique IP addresses that view the Beaver Island News on the 'Net video for the month of March was 453 unique locations. These viewers viewed 3,131 video clips, and used over 100 GB of bandwidth and memory.

Two hundred and thirty-one of the unique IP addresses viewed live streaming video from the events in the month of March of 2016 used almost 21 GB of bandwidth.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net is always willing to accept advertisers and donors who are willing to help support this video work. If interested, contact the editor at medic5740@gmail.com.

Open House with the Office of Great Lakes, Maine's Island Institute, and Maine Islanders

April 28, 2016, from 3-5:30 p.m.

Please join us at the Beaver Island Community Center on Thursday April 28th from 3-5:30 p.m. for an Open House with the Office of Great Lakes, Maine's Island Institute, and Maine islanders.

This will continue the discussion on  “Sharing Solutions between Beaver Island, Michigan and Maine Island Communities – Building Local Capacity through Community Exchanges”. The purpose of the project is to initiate and facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the Beaver Island community and similar island communities along coastal Maine.

Meeting Objectives:  1) Information sharing-to summarize the major project activities to date, including progress towards advancing the Beaver Island priority issue areas and longer term coordination opportunities; and 2) Engagement-to seek support, interest, and involvement by Beaver Islanders and others to assist with project components going forward.

As isolated island communities, we have much in common and would benefit from sharing solutions to our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges, which span multiple disciplines such as education, health care, and environment. Project partners anticipate that this project will lay the initial groundwork and galvanize interest among other island communities throughout the Great Lakes, with the potential to spur the creation of a broader, cross-region network of island communities.

Who should attend: community members, summer residents, business owners, local organizations, county and township officials, students, and anyone interested in the vitality of the Beaver Island community.

For further information contact Beaver Island Association board members or members of the “Maine Away Team”-Kitty McNamera, Ernie Martin, Bill McDonough, Patrick McGinnity, or Pam Grassmick.

Timeout for Art: Inspiration

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 31, 2016

It's not going to be a very pretty day today. Right now it's 36°, wind chill is 29°, wind is at 10 mph from the NE with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 98%, pressure is falling from 997 mb, and visibility is at 3.5 miles. Today: Areas of fog in the morning. Rain showers, drizzle and a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Rain showers with possible snow and thunderstorms likely in the evening. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of March 31, 2004 - Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.

Did you know that Scotland has the most redheads?

Word of the day: intransigent (in-TRAN-si-juh nt) which means refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible. Intransigent finds its roots in the Latin term trānsigere meaning "to come to an agreement." It entered English in the late 1800s.

Beaver Island Senior Meeting with Nancy Ferguson

March 30, 2016

Approximately fourty-two (42) people attend the meeting in the Hangout, the upstairs of the Community Center, for a meeting about the loss of senior services to seniors on Beaver Island. Based upon the information provided, senior services were lost. One family losing services times by more than one-half, as well as loss of Arthritis Exercise Program that went from three days per week back to one day per week. It was also determined that there is a serious lack of communication from the CC COA as it relates to Beaver Island, and a, seemingly less than positive view, of the Beaver Island Community regarding the voted taxes. "Please relate to the commission that Beaver Island did not vote "no" because senior services weren't important. Beaver Island voted "no" because the return to the island of tax dollars was inconsistent with the amount of money sent to the CC COA.

It was also noted that none of the letters or emails sent to the CC COA had been acknowledged, and there was no communication coming back to the island about the meeting with ideas presented and options offered at the January 2016 meeting with Shirley Gillespie. The meeting was video recorded and will be available shortly by the link given below:

View Video of the Meeting HERE

Bob Tidmore Presented this Information at the meeting today:

COA Brochure and Hi-Lites March 2016

BINN promised to provide this information online at a meeting today, March 30, 2016, and here it is.

COA Brochure

Hi-Lites March 2016

April 2016 (Thanks to Ann Partridge)

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 30, 2016

It's 39° outside this morning, feels like 31°, partly cloudy, wind is at 13 mph from the south with gusts up to 19 mph, humidity is at 70%, pressure is falling from 1018 mb, visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of sprinkles in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gust to around 25 mph. Tonight: Rain showers. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds at 10 mph shifting to the northwest after midnight.

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

Did you know that rubber bands last longer when kept refrigerated?

Word of the day: valetudinarian (val-i-tood-n-AIR-ee-uh n) which means a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments. Valetudinarian stems from the Latin word for "state of health," valētūdō, which in turn derives from the verb valēre, "to be well." It entered English in the late 1600s.

Sandhills and Other

After a phone call stating that the osprey was back, a trip was made to try and get a picture, but the osprey was not seen on this trip. The previous call had said that the sandhill cranes were back, and on that trip also no sandhills were seen. Just bad luck is probably the real issue because on the trip to see the osprey, the sandhills were photographed in the field off Sloptown Road, and eagle was seen at Barney's Lake along with the spring calls of the redwing blackbirds.

Gallery of pics

Owl, Hawk, Ducks

McDonough's Market seemed to be the place to observe a snowy owl sleeping during the bright sunny day today. According to Jim McDonough, the owl has been on top of the propane truck since 8 a.m. this morning, March 29, 2016. These pictures were taken around 2 p.m. today. After that a drive in the neighborhood produced another bird, and a trip out to check on the ospreys, who are NOT here yet, took a turn to Barney's Lake to get a picture of a couple of ducks. No Sandhills were seen.

View a gallery of pictures of owl, eagle and ducks HERE

Playing with Fire

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 29, 2016

It's fixing to be a beautiful, island day. Right now it's 27°, blue skies, wind is at 2 mph from the NW, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 1028 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of March 29, 1848 - Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam.
On March 29th 1848, papers reported that Niagara Falls ran dry. During a weather related occurrence, a south-west gale blowing off of Lake Erie caused ice to jam and dam up at the mouth of the Niagara River causing the water flow to be severely restricted. This caused the water over the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls to be reduced to a trickle for approximately thirty (30) to forty (40) hours. The roar of the Falls fell silent.
In latter part of March 1848, a gale force wind had been blowing from the south-west for several days before the ice dam occurred. On March 29th 1848, the weather was clear with an air temperature of 7º Celsius (46º Fahrenheit). The wind was blowing very strongly from the south-west. This wind which was blowing over the entire fetch of Lake Erie combined with massive amounts of Lake ice which was in turn pushed into the mouth of the Niagara River. So much ice that the River could not handle it all so it began to jam up at the entrance. The jam became so dense with hundreds of thousands of tons of ice, that it became a water dam which severely restricted the water.
One of the first residents to notice the deafening silence was farmer, Jed Porter of Niagara Falls, New York. During the late evening of March 29th, he left home for a stroll along the river near the American Falls and realized the thundering roar of the Falls was absent. A closer examination revealed the amount of the water flowing over the Falls had been greatly diminished.
Residents awoke on the morning of March 30th to an eerie silence and realized something was amiss. People were drawn to the Falls to find that the water flow of the Niagara River had been reduced to a mere trickle. Thomas Clark Street, the owner and operator of the large Bridgewater Mills along the Canadian shore at Dufferin Islands was awakened by one of his employees at 5 a.m. on March 30th reporting the mill had been shut down because the mill race was empty.
By the morning of March 31st, more than 5,000 people had gathered along the banks of the river. All the mills and factories dependant upon water power were stilled.
The river bed was quickly drying. Fish and turtles were left floundering on now dry land. A number of people made their way into the gorge to the riverbed. Here they saw articles that had been laying on the river's bottom and had been hidden for hundreds of years. Souvenirs picked up included bayonets, guns barrels, muskets, tomahawks and other artifacts of the War of 1812.
Other spectators were able to walk out onto the river bed that had only hours earlier been a torrent of rapids and would have resulted in certain death. It became a tourist and media event. People on foot, on horseback or by horse and buggy, crossed the width of the Niagara River. It was a historical event that had never occurred before and has never been duplicated since.
A squad of soldiers of the U.S. Army Cavalry rode their horses up and down the river bed as an exhibition.
Below the Falls, workers from the Maid of the Mist were able to venture out onto the river bed and blast away rocks which had normally been a navigation hazard to the Maid of the Mist boat since its inception in 1846. The gorge resonated with the sounds of many explosions as those rocks which normally would have scraped the hull of the boat were removed.
The sudden silencing of the roar of the Falls had caused much anxiety and fear amongst the residents and visitors. Some believed that this event was the beginning of a doomsday scenario.
On the morning of March 31st the Falls remained silent. Many thousands of people attended special church services on both sides of the border.
With each passing hour, the level of fear and anxiety among the residents grew proportionately until the night of March 31st, when a loud low pitched growl and grown was heard coming from upstream. This announced and was quickly followed by the return of the normal flow of water along the Niagara River. A wall of water surged forward at surprising speed, covering again perhaps forever what had been exposed for but a brief historic moment in time. The return of the roar of the Falls, reassured the residents that all was going to be alright and that they could now breathe a huge sigh of relief and return to their normal activities.

Did you know that the electric chair was invented by a dentist?

Word of the day: tessellate (TES-uh-leyt) which means to form or arrange in a checkered or mosaic pattern. Tessellate can be traced to the Latin tessella, "small square stone." It entered English in the late 1700s.

Robin in a Tree

Charred Earth

by Cindy Ricksgers



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

January 28, 2016

Video of the meeting HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

January 11, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

February 8, 2016

Video is available HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 14, 2016

Link to Video of the 2.5 Hour Meeting

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

January 13, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

January 21, 2016

View video of this short meeting HERE

February 10, 2016

Video available HERE

March 9, 2016

View Video of the Meeting Here

St. James Township Meeting Video

View video of the meeting HERE

December 2, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

View video of this meeting HERE

February 3, 2016

Video can be viewed HERE

March 2, 2016

Video of the meeting available HERE.

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Conserving the Beaver Island Archipelago

Read this document HERE

Petroqueen Makes First Trip of 2016

March 28, 2016

Bud and Nathan Martin headed out of the harbor this afternoon for the first trip of the season of the Shamrock and the Petroqueen on the way up to the UP. This is the first trip of the 2016 season for Island Energies and Martin Gas and Oil. It is quite easily described as the earliest trip ever for the fuel supplier on Beaver Island. Whether this is a factual statement or not will have to be judged by those that keep track of this sort of thing. It is certainly much earlier than the ferry season by at least a week or more.

The pictures in the gallery show the vessels in the harbor out past Gull Harbor and our past Garden Island.

Gallery of Photos

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 28, 2016

I fiddled with it, and fiddled with it and finally got it (my computer) to turn on. My guess is that one of the cats jumped up on my desk and did something to it. Anyhow, it's working now, so I don't have to go into severe withdrawal. It's 36° outside this morning and feels like 28°, wind is at 12 mph from the NW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Cloudy in the morning then becoming partly sunny. A 50% chance of rain showers and flurries. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. North winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of March 28, 1797 - Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine. NOTE: it seemed appropriate to mention this as it is Monday morning and the traditional day for laundry.

Did you know that giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels? Due to the high water content in the food they eat, giraffes have the ability to go weeks without drinking water -- though when they do, they do it in a big way, guzzling up to 12 gallons at a time. Giraffes are impressive, but in terms of endurance, kangaroo rats blow everybody else out of the water. Not that they need to be in the water either. Kangaroo rats never drink water. They live in arid environments, such as the Sonora Desert of the American Southwest, and are able to metabolize water from their food, which consists of primarily seeds.

Word of the day: cognomen (kog-NOH-muh n) which means 1) any name, especially a nickname. Cognomen derives from the Latin nōmen meaning "name." It entered English in the early 1800s.

Live Streaming Report for Holy Week

The plan for live streaming for this month of March 2016 was to provide anyone who might be homesick for the island an opportunity to view some of the events taking place on Beaver Island during this month that contains St. Patrick's Day as well as Holy Week and Easter. The St. Patrick's Day Games turned out to be quite successful in the live streaming with one hundred and thirty-three (133) viewers for the games.

Holy Week was also a success. Holy Thursday had eighteen (18) viewers. Good Friday had thirty-three (33) viewers. The Easter Vigil Service had twenty-seven (27) viewers, and Easter Sunday had twenty (20) viewers This represents almost one hundred more people viewing the Holy Cross Catholic Church Services than could make it to the services in person. These Holy Week Services are also available on demand for subscribers to the Beaver Island News on the 'Net website.

Easter Mass from Holy Cross

March 27, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

View Video of Easter Mass HERE

Easter Brunch at Gregg Fellowship Center

Approximately seventy-five (75) people from all three churches joined together on Easter Sunday morning for an Easter Brunch at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The new kitchen stove got its first use for making pancakes by John Runberg. Joe Moore scrambled eggs as usual. The wonderful sausage casserole made by Lil Gregg was also baked here. There were many dishes brought in by others including the vegan breakfast casserole, vegetarian salad, and frut salad, along with scrambled eggs, ham, sausage casserole, and hashrowns. A good feed was had by all, and all present could not go away hungry from this fantastic Easter Brunch.

View picturess of the event HERE

Easter Vigil Mass from Holy Cross

March 26, 2016 at 8 p.m.

View Video HERE

The 52 Lists Project #13

by Cindy Ricksgers

Easter Egg Hunt Activities

Gallery of Photos

Video available HERE

Beaver Island Robotics Team in Semi-Finals

March 26, 2016


BIRobot Wins Rookie Award

Good Friday Stations of the Cross and Service from Holy Cross

March 25, 2016

Video available HERE.

I'm Melting-ing-ing

The snow is still on some of the trees, but it has melted off many others. 3/25/16

Holy Thursday Service at 7 p.m., March 24, 2016

Mass including Passover and Washing of the Feet Video HERE

This mass was followed by a procession to the Convent where the chapel was set up to represent the Garden of Gethsemane, where all were invited to participate in adoration of the Eucharist.

Only nine new people viewed the Holy Week Holy Thursday Service, but that is nine more that were able to participate from afar. Overnight 130 video clips were viewed using 1.6 GB of bandwidth.

Another Northern Michigan Township Joins 25 Others

Passing a Resolution to Shutdown the Oil Pipeline Under the Straits

View Petoskey News Review Article HERE

Today's Rumor

Today's rumor is that one of the CCRC plow trucks got stuck. This prompted the school to close. This is a rumor because it has not been confirmed with any information coming from the school. An attempted phone call for confirmation was not answered. One look out the window would suggest that this closing is a good idea with four and a half inches on the level with drifting driven by strong winds. One place in the backyard today was drifted to fourteen inches. and this is a protected area.

Rumor confirmed via facebook message. Kids sent home at 10 a.m.

BICS Holds Title I and Parent Meeting

March 23, 2016, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Video of this meeting HERE

(Posted at 8:15 p.m., 3/23/16)

BIBCO Adds Early Boat

Eagle in the Harbor Area

There seems to be a lot more interesting birds in the harbor area this winter/spring than every before. More ducks, more eagles, and snowy owls have also been around the harbor area. This one was sitting in the tree at the house across from Wojan's..

View small gallery of pictures HERE


Open House

April 28th

Spring Break Fun

Thank You for Pam Nicholas

April 2, 2016, 2-4 p.m. at Community Center Hangout

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter 2016

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

April 2

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


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

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