B. I. News on the 'Net, March 30-April 5, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 6, 2015

Ok, this morning I'll be trying to get over to the dentist again. We'll see how that goes at 8:00. In the meantime, it's lightly snowing. Right now it's 26 outside with a wind chill of 18, wind is at 7 mph from the east, humidity is at 96%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, and visibility is at 2.3 miles. For today: Snow. Highs in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Snow likely. Lows around 30. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of April 6, 1971 - Carly Simon and James Taylor first met at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles.

Did you know that over a third of all pineapples come from Hawaii?

Word of the day: quiescent (kwee-ES-uhnt, kwy-) which means still; inactive; not showing symptoms. From Latin quiescere (to rest), from quies (quiet). Earliest documented use: 1605.

Eagle Overhead

Just before dusk tonight, April 5, 2015, an eagle flew right over the post office building--the camera jumped out of the bag and snapped three pictures before the eagle disappeared into the dusky haze.

Community Easter Brunch

The Beaver Island Christian Church sponsors this Community Easter Brunch every year after the Easter Services are over. This year it was scheduled for 11:30 a.m., but got going about ten minutes to twelve. The members of the community attended with just a little shy of seventy members, which is pretty good considering that a large number of community members are in the southern part of the U.S. and/or on Spring Break.

There was French Toast with pecans, veggie salad, Lil's Breakfast Caserole, Scrambled Eggs, Ham, Rolls, Fresh and frozen fruit. There was plenty of goodies to eat, good company, and a grand time was had by all!

Short video clip of the Brunch


Happy Easter!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 5, 2015

Happy Easter! Extra points if you're wearing an Easter bonnet today, and double that if you also are wearing white gloves. Remember when that was a big deal on Easter? Of course if you do remember that it also means you're old like me. If you hid Easter eggs outside, I'm afraid they are now frozen solid. It's 23 with a windchill of 16, wind is at 8 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 1021 mb, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of April 5, 1614 - American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

Did you know that originally in 1886 Coca Cola was introduced as an 'intellectual beverage' to boost brain power?

Word of the day: panoply (pan-uh-plee) which means 1. a wide-ranging and impressive array or display: the dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession; the panoply of European history. 2. a complete suit of armor.
3. a protective covering. 1570s, from Greek panoplia "complete suit of armor," from pan- "all" (see pan- ) + hopla (plural), "arms" of a hoplites ("heavily armed soldier"); see hoplite. Originally in English figurative, of "spiritual armor," etc. (a reference to Eph. vi); non-armorial sense of "any splendid array" first recorded 1829.

Ice and Open Water at Gull Harbor

April 4, 2015

Panorama of Gull Harbor

Open water seen out from Gull Harbor

Zoomed in pictures of the ice mountains

Normal view of ice mountains

Happy Easter from Holy Cross

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 4, 2015

Sometimes the bed wins as was the case this morning, besides it's spring break and a holiday weekend. Right now it's 14 and feels like 6 on my back deck, wind is at 5 mph from the NNW with gusts up to 20 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is at 9.3 miles. Today: Breezy. Mostly sunny until noon then partly cloudy until about 6 p.m. when the sun returns. West winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy until midnight then a chance of light showers until about 2 a.m. West winds 10 to 20 mph becoming southwest 5 to 15 mph by midnight and light and variable after midnight.

On this date of April 4, 1818 - The U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.

Did you know that the ancient Greeks first grew carrots as a form of medicine and not a food?

Word of the day: oology (oh-ol-uh-jee) which means the branch of ornithology that studies birds' eggs. Oology is a combination of the Latin combining form oo-, from the Greek term ōión meaning "egg," and the combining form -logy used in the names of sciences or bodies of knowledge.

PABI Ice Classic

Photo Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Photos Friday, April 3, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Birds in the Harbor

The geese have been back for a little over a week. Some of the ducks stayed all winter, but some others have come back. The seagulls are beginning to show up. Recently, with the ice still covering the harbor, eagles have been seen on the ice of the harbor. Many have assumed that there had been fish caught in the ice or other food is available. No matter the reason, it is good to begin to see these birds that help us believe that Spring just might be about to arrive here on Beaver Island.

There were a lot more things to see near Paradise Bay today!

Long Time, No See

This statement is one of those that is reserved for someone or something that you have previously had good relations with, and, of course, you have not seen in quite a while. That is appropriate for the ice buoy marking the mouth of St. James Harbor near Whiskey Point. The ice buoy had been pulled under the ice and covered with snow for most of the winter. Just the top of it showed up yesterday, 4/2/2015, but it is fully visible today the 3rd of April. So, "Long time, no see!"

Visiting Providers at BIRHC

Dr Cotter, Dermatologist
Will be Seeing Patients
Friday, May 15, 2015

Call his office for an appointment
866 400 3376

call Betty, if you have questions 448 2275


Dr Jon VanWagnen, O.D.
Charlevoix Eye Center
Friday, May 29, 2015
9 am until 4 pm
Call his office for appointments
231 547 7800

Any additional questions call Betty 231 448 2275

Dr. Patrick Richmond, D.P.M., P.C., Petoskey Foot Specialists & Heel Pain Centers has offered to travel to Beaver Island to see patients if there is enough interest to make it worth Dr Richmond’s time.
Please call the Health Center 448-2275 if you would make an appointment to see Dr Richmond so we may determine if the need is great enough for Dr Richmond to make plans to see patients here on the island at the Clinic.

What's New at the Library?

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at: http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-40 There are ten new bestsellers, 13 new children's books, and 45 other new books. The new bestsellers this week include "The Girl on the Train: A Novel," "Station Eleven: A novel," and "Endangered."

Road Rally

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Player Production

April 25, 2015, 8 p.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 3, 2015

Winter's petticoat is snowing, and spring's is peeking all over the island. In Michigan this new season is referred to as the Mud Season, which can last several weeks. We're lucky that where we live on the corner of Kings Highway and Carlisle because we have pavement on both sides. Heard lots of mud horror stories yesterday at the store. Again, I'm so glad I live on the pavement for those who don't, rumor has it (it is April after all) that the hardware has ordered water-wings for cars and the marina will be having a sale on special XXX wide mud tires. Actually, today is cooler than yesterday so maybe the mud will dry up a bit. Right now it's 32 with a wind chill of 23, wind is at 11 mph from the NW, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 1008 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 17. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of April 3, 1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.

Did you know that the most eaten fruit in America is the banana?

Word of the day: martial (MAHR-shuhl) which means relating to war or warriors. After Mars, Roman god of war, who also gave his name to the planet in our solar system. Earliest documented use: 1425.

The NEW Community Message Board

Take a look - go to www.beaverisland.org and click Message Board (top right) and log in. Give it a try. Spread the word! Best wishes from THE ISLAND.      Steve West for the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

The Message Board Guiding Principles

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

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

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

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

Citizen of the Year

The Citizen of the Year nomination deadline is April 20.  Here is a link to the nomination form.


The awards banquet will be Friday May 15 at the Shamrock. The guest speaker will State Rep Triston Cole.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 2, 2015

Whoa! Mother Nature is having a hot flash and evidently the wind is trying to cool her off. The snow is quickly disappearing, thank goodness! I was going to venture down the road with the dogs but changed my mind because I was afraid they'd turn into living kites. Right now it's 44 but feels like 36, wind is at 20 mph from the south with gusts up to 18 mph, humidity is at 72%, pressure is steady at 1003 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Periods of rain and a chance of thunder-storms in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph shifting to the west 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 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 bees have 4 wings?

Word of the day: earthy (UHR-thee) which means 1. Relating to earth or soil. 2. Direct; uninhibited. 3. Coarse; unrefined. 4. Practical; down-to-earth. 5. Worldly, as opposed to heavenly. From Old English eorthe (earth). Earliest documented use: 1398.

St. James Township Meeting

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

Math and Reality Don't Always Match

by Joe Moore

As a 64-year-old, the editor of BINN had never done any work on a flag pole.  Oh, I had raised and lowered flags from when I was fourteen years old in the Traverse City Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.  We met in a building that was on the old airport probably near where the car dealerships are now right off of Garfield.  I had saluted many flags and had even moved up in the ranks to be a cadet captain and had gone to encampment down at Selfridge Air Force Base.
However, I had never needed to replace the rope on a flag pole, so yesterday’s experience was my first time.  I went to the garage and got two wrenches to loosen the bolts holding up the flagpole.  That presented no problems, and I successfully was able to lay the flagpole down in the yard.  Nothing to this, right!

 Using all the mathematical and logical processes, I reasoned that the rope that had broken was the correct length.  It had just broken in a windstorm.  I measured the distance from the top of the flagpole down to the rope tie bracket and got twelve feet.  I measured the rope that had broken and got twenty-four feet.  That was logical, so I went to the hardware store and bought a fifty foot package of rope.  I also bought one foot of heavier rope just to see if it would work on the pulley on top of the flagpole.
Using the broken rope as my guide, I measured the new rope against the broken rope.  I got to the end of the broken rope, used my knife and cut it off with six inches extra for the new rope, just in case.  I then figured out that the distance between the two clips used to hold the flag would be determined by using the old rope as a model as well.  So, I began to measure off the old rope again, and tied a simple knot on the rope to mark the location of the clips.  Using a knife, I cut the clips off the old rope, located the knots on the new rope, and tied a bowline to hold each clip at the locations of both knots. 

It should be all set to go!  I used the rope and pulley to get the snaps at the top.  Then I stood the flagpole back up inserted the bolts, and just put the nuts on without tightening them.  I reached for the rope and attempted to tie it to the bracket.  Apparently six inches is not enough extra length to make the rope tie to the bracket.  Well, now we have piece of rope that is too short at twenty-four and a half feet, so the other piece is twenty-five and a half feet in length  because 50-24.5=25.5, right?
Now, let me explain that logic and mathematics do not always work in concert in a practical situation.  So, after doing the whole process again, using the second piece of rope, the piece that should be twenty-five feet, six inches length, it also is too short.  I still don’t know how that happened because the math should give me at least an additional foot of rope since the first try, right?

Well, there still wasn’t enough rope to do the tie to the bracket.  It was time to check the piece of rope that I had one foot of.  I vowed that if it would work, I’d buy thirty feet of rope to make certain that I got enough.  So, down to the hardware store I went.  Thirty feet six inches of heavier rope was sold to me for the flagpole.  I went through the whole process for a third time.  I guess the old saying “the third time’s the charm” is a true saying.  There was plenty of rope left over when the flag pole was righted and secured.  Plenty of rope left over after the flag was run up the flagpole.  As a matter of fact there was five feet too much rope.

One of the veterans came over to check out the job that I had done, and he cut off the extra rope.  Now, you explain to me how 24.5 feet of rope wasn’t enough, 25.5 feet of rope wasn’t enough, but 30 feet six inches of rope left five feet too much rope.  If you can figure it out, send me an email at medic5740@gmail.com

Anyway, the flag is flying at the Gregg residence, which was the reason for this adventure anyway.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 1, 2015

Welcome, April! I wondered if you were ever going to arrive. It's absolutely still outside this morning. It's 30, wind is at 3 mph from the east, humidity is at 97%, pressure is rising from 1019 mb, and visibility is at 8.4 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 40s. South winds about 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain in the evening, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Breezy. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds 10 to 25 mph.

On this date of April 1, 1978 - The Philadelphia Fury soccer team made its debut. The team was owned by Paul Simon, Peter Frampton, James Taylor and others.

Did you know that moths have no stomach?

Word of the day: jovial (JOH-vee-uhl) which means cheerful; good-humored. From Latin jovialis (of Jupiter), from Jov- (Jupiter). The word Jupiter is from Latin Jovis pater (father Jove). The planet Jupiter is named after the Roman god Jupiter and those born under the influence of this planet were supposed to be good-humored. Ultimately from the Indo-European root dyeu- (to shine) that is also the source of diva, divine, Jupiter, Jove, July, Zeus, and Sanskrit deva (god). Earliest documented use: 1590.

Moving Ice Mountains

Interesting that the ice mountains at Gull Harbor had changed in shape and in location, and they were taller that the previous days.

Birding 101: 10 Birding Tips for Birders in Northern Michigan

Another great article pointing out the possibilities of birding on Beaver Island

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 31, 2015

Headed to the mainland tomorrow for a couple hours so I sure hope the weather continues to get better. I'm the proud holder of "Most Hail Mary's said between Beaver Island and Charlevoix". It's 19 outside this morning with a wind chill of 13, wind is at 5 mph from the east, humidity is at 91%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 9.0 miles. Today: Partly sunny in the morning, then cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs around 40. Northeast winds at 10 mph shifting to the northwest in the afternoon. Tonight: Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow in the evening. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds.

On this date of March 31, 1492 - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued the Alhambra edict expelling Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity.

Did you know that butterflies taste with their back feet?

Word of the day: mercurial (muhr-KYOOR-ee-uhl) which means 1. Fickle; volatile; changeable. 2. Animated; quick-witted; shrewd. 3. Relating to the metal, planet, or god Mercury. After Mercury, Roman god of commerce, thievery, eloquence, communication, etc. The planet is named after the god and in ancient astrology those born under the supposed influence of Mercury were ascribed his qualities. Earliest documented use: 1300.

This Old Cookbook-??

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 package of noodles.............1/2 cup milk

2 cans tuna..............1/2 cup of cracker crumbs

2 cans mushroom soup

Mix cooked noodles with tuna, soup, milk

Put in casserole dish and sprinkle with cracker crumbs

Cook in 350 degree oven.

by Shirley Graham, 7 years old

MaryAnne Palmer Ferguson RIP

Funeral Services will be held on Beaver Island, Saturday May 23rd at 3:30 P.M. at Holy Cross Church with the burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery. MaryAnne will be on the 11:30 boat out of Charlevoix if you want to meet the boat.

The Twenty-first Century Begins for BIEMS

by Joe Moore

I guess it is only fitting that the very first BIEMS run in the year 2000 was to involve a retired physician as patient, and our paramedic instructor as paramedic.  Our 65-year-old male physician patient was having chest pain that started while he was attending a prayer meeting this Saturday afternoon.  The patient presented himself to the medical center and stated, “I’ve had four doses of nitro spray.  It has relieved the pain somewhat.  It started as a nine on a scale of zero to ten, but is now down to about a three.”  The patient was given 325 mg aspirin by mouth at the medical center.  He was started on oxygen at 10 liters per minute and had an IV started with normal saline to keep his vein open.   His vital signs were pulse of 68 with an elevated ST segment shown on the ECG, lungs clear with respiration of 20, a blood pressure of 140/84, and skin pale, cool, and clammy.  Our friend had a history of open heart surgery five years ago and a heart attack only last year, after which they placed a couple of stints in his cardiac arteries. 

The patient had a fairly long list of medications that he was taking including Coumadin, a blood thinner usually given for people with atrial fibrillation.  Within ten minutes of BIEMS arrival, our retired physician was loaded onto the ambulance cot and was being transported to the local airport.  The BIEMS cot was loaded directly into the local airline’s aircraft, and our paramedic instructor climbed in with him.  He was the only licensed paramedic on the island on this, and therefore the best qualified person to transport our patient.  The patient reported that he was pain-free at this time.  In less than 20 minutes, the patient was loaded into the Charlevoix EMS Ambulance, and we accompanied the patient to the hospital.  Our friendly patient was moved from the BIEMS cot to the Charlevoix Hospital ER bed using a sheet lift, and a verbal report was given to the nurse in the ER.   Our friend was treated in the Charlevoix ER and then transferred up to Northern Michigan Hospital to be treated by a cardiologist.

In May of this same year, BIEMS was paged to Lake Geneserath for a capsized boat.  The phone call had been placed by another resident on the lake who had seen two men fishing in a boat earlier.  When she looked out onto the lake a good while later, she saw the boat overturned with two men holding onto the capsized boat.    There were two men in the water when BIEMS, the fire chief, and the local deputy arrived at the lake.  The two men were on the far side of the lake away from the residence that reported the emergency.  The deputy and I searched driveway after driveway trying to find someone home that had a boat available to use to try to reach the men in the water.  We found a couple at home who had a boat in their garage.  The owner had just gotten the motor set up for the season.  The deputy and I acted like a tractor, and together we pulled the 16 foot aluminum boat and motor that was on a trailer from the garage.  We pushed the trailered boat across about 100 yards of lawn down to the water’s edge and into the water.  The deputy, the fire chief, an MFR-firefighter, and I went out to help the two men out of the water.  Both men were not able to pull themselves into the boat due to the coldness of their muscles and the hypothermia that each was suffering from. 

They had been in the cold water of the inland lake for about one hour.  It took twenty minutes to get them back to the shore near the launch point of the borrowed boat where the ambulance was waiting.  Both patients were cold and wet.  The men were wrapped in blankets and transported in a very warm ambulance to the medical center.  Here we began the process of passive rewarming for our patients.  We warmed blankets in the dryer.  We took IV bags and heated them in the microwave.  We placed warm IV bags in the groin, the armpits, and at the neck.  The core temperature was taken rectally.  (You can tell when a patient is very ill.  They don’t care about where you take the temperature, and they don’t care if you take their clothes off.)  Warmed towels and warmed blankets were replaced as needed to keep the temperature around them quite a bit higher than the air in the building.  Some of us working to assist them actually broke out in a sweat from the heat around the patients.  Of course, we also turned up the thermostat of the medical center as well. 

We even rigged a method of warming the oxygen that was given by non-rebreather mask.   We hooked up a humidifier to each oxygen tank after warming the fluid in the plastic humidifier jug that was attached to the regulator of the tank.  We then wrapped this plastic humidifier jug in hot packs designed to warm up anything that needed warming up.  We got a patient history on each patient.  Each patient’s skin was pink, but cold.  Both patients were alert and oriented, but only slightly confused.  Their vital signs were within normal limits for any 76 year old male and 85 year old male.  We continued the passive warming for about 40 minutes, and then arranged for two local airplanes to take the two patients to Charlevoix.  We arranged for two ambulances to meet us at the Charlevoix Airport also.

 We carefully loaded up one patient on the ambulance cot and another on a folding cot.  We replaced the IV bags with warmer ones.  We replaced the blankets and sheets with nice warm ones.  We loaded both patients into our very warm ambulance and drove to the local airport where both airplanes had been warmed up and were awaiting our arrival.  We flew both patients in separate airplanes to Charlevoix where both planes were met by a Charlevoix EMS Ambulance to transport the patients to Charlevoix Hospital.  Interestingly enough, the patient’s body temperature was close to normal when each arrived separately at the hospital.  Both patients were to arrive back on Beaver Island the next day to resume their spring fishing vacation.

By June of this year, we were ready to begin the process of licensing as an advanced life support agency.  We four paramedic students, having passed our exams in April, had received our paramedic licenses.  It was now time to get all the paperwork done for the Bennett Bill.  This bill would allow us to function as an advanced life support (ALS) agency for two years while we completed a development plan to become a full time ALS agency.  We responded to an emergency for a 43 year old male patient who wandered into the deputy’s substation residence with a severe head laceration.  He stated that he tripped over a table and fell striking his head on the corner of the wood stove.  This had happened about three hours ago.  He went to sleep for a while and decided to get some assistance now.  He was able to walk even though he stated that he had consumed at least a 12-pack of beer.  His vital sings were within normal limits.  He was oriented, and his pupils were reactive to light and of equal size.  We transported the patient to the medical center where the nurse practitioner advised the patient that he should go to the mainland to be treated.  BIEMS contacted the local airport.  They were not able to fly due to the weather.  BIEMS contacted Northflight.  They were not able to fly due to the weather either.  Our last resort was to contact the USCG Air Station in Traverse City.  The Flight Surgeon would not put a crew at risk in the poor weather for “only a laceration.”  Patient care was turned over to the nurse practitioner with a stable patient and a pressure dressing was applied to the wound on the head.  BIEMS could not transport the patient anywhere due to the weather. 

We had several runs with our chronic patients that have been mentioned earlier in this writing.  They are not going to be written about again this year because nothing much had changed except the weather and the year.  In the early evening at about 7 p.m. in July, we were paged to an address on Donegal Bay Road.  There we found a 38-year-old male patient complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain.  The patient stated, “My heart is pounding out of my chest.”  He further stated that he has had this problem for about a month and has been having these symptoms on and off for a month.  The pain came on while he was lying in his bed.  He tried to sit up and could not sit up.  He tried to sleep and he couldn’t sleep.  The pain was in his left chest.  He was concerned that he might die from a heart attack since cardiac problems ran in his family. 

He stated that he had not eaten at all today, and only had water to drink all day.  The patient denied having any alcoholic beverages or any drug usage that day.  He smoked about a half of pack of cigarettes per day.  He continued to describe his pain as starting in the front of his left chest, but now it is radiating to his back.  His vital signs were a little abnormal with a pulse rate of 128 and regular, respirations of 18, and a blood pressure of 1760/114.  His temperature taking orally was 99.4 degrees.  An IV was started to provide a route for drug therapy if needed and to keep the vein open.  He was alert and oriented with an oxygen saturation of 95%.  His lungs were clear in all fields.  After oxygen was applied, his saturation went up to 98-100%.  The patient stated he had been coughing up yellow/green mucous for about two days. 

He was loaded onto the ambulance cot and taken to the medical center to be evaluated by the nurse practitioner.  He was given a baby aspirin to chew which did not cause any change in pain complaint.  He was given .4 mg of nitroglycerin under his tongue which did not cause any change in his pain level either.  The patient was loaded back into the ambulance to be taken to the local airport.  Enroute to the airport, the patient stated that it was still hard to breath.  We noted no accessory muscle use, no nasal flaring, and no retractions in his chest.  He was showing sinus tachycardia on the monitor.  The patient, on the BIEMS ambulance cot, was loaded into the local airline’s aircraft and flown to Charlevoix with further transport to Charlevoix Hospital by normal means.

In July, we were called an emergency at the medical center for a 50-year-old male patient who was complaining of acute pain in the right upper abdomen radiating to the right flank.  This patient had a previous history of kidney stones.  There had been a decrease in urine output for the day with a strong odor.  Pain medications had been taken four times today.  He had been treated with pain medication and an anti-nausea drug last night.  His vital signs were all within normal limits with his skin warm and dry.  His abdomen was soft, but there was tenderness in the upper right quadrant.  The stethoscope revealed normal bowel sounds.  There was a great deal of pain on palpation of the right flank. 

An IV of normal saline was started and run at about 150 ml per hour.  The medical control physician ordered pain medication and anti-nausea medication tonight as well, and the patient received both medications before leaving the medical center.    The patient was transported by normal means to Charlevoix Hospital by local airline.

We were now up and running as an ALS agency whenever we had a paramedic available.  We had five paramedics available on this day and all responded.   We were called to his residence in early August for this patient having a seizure.   I was the first paramedic on scene. The previous Saturday night, he had fallen and struck his head again, and he was again treated at the medical center for a laceration to his head.  He had been intoxicated last Saturday night.  The people staying near his house stated he had been stumbling and falling since last Saturday night.  He had numerous bruises to his chest, face, arms, and legs.  Witnesses state that he had four seizures this morning lasting about five minutes each.  When he would wake up after one his seizures, he would refuse any medical help.  He would refuse to be taken to the medical center.  Upon BIEMS arrival, the patient was found on the floor actively seizing with full body involvement called grand mal.  His airway was opened, and he was quickly transferred from the floor to the ambulance cot.  The patient had been incontinent and his pants were wet.   His first set of vital signs, taken in his house, indicated a heart rate of 132, respirations of 28, and a blood pressure without a stethoscope of 172.  His skin was pink, but wet and warm.  He was moaning.  His pupils were equal and reactive to light.  We loaded the patient into the back of the ambulance and immediately obtained a 12-lead EKG. 

While one paramedic did the EKG, another paramedic started an IV of Ringers Lactate, which had some added electrolytes, in his right arm.  As soon as both were established and completed, the patient had yet another grand mal seizure that lasted about two minutes.  His airway was difficult to maintain, but it was opened again.  The patient was given 5 mg of Valium slow IV push to help control his seizures.  Oxygen was administered by non-rebreather mask at high flow.  We continued the assessment and noticed that the patient had a condition known as “raccoon eyes”.  This condition is usually an indication of a fracture of the base of the patient’s skull.  We began transportation of the patient to the local airport.  Enroute, we obtained a blood sugar which was within normal levels.  The patient did not have normal reflexes in his feet.  We loaded the patient into the local airline’s aircraft and flew with him to Charlevoix.  Now, since we were ALS, we needed to go directly to the hospital with the patient accompanying him in the Charlevoix EMS ambulance.  The patient was turned over to the RN in the ER at Charlevoix Hospital, and a verbal report was given to the ER physician, who happened to be the physician who visited Beaver Island on a regular basis.

The next emergency was quite unusual in several respects.  We were called to meet a boat coming into the Beaver Island Marine with a “sick” woman aboard.  The boat was not at the marina when we arrived so we pulled the ambulance up as close to the filled-in dock as possible.  The patient, we learned on the radio, was a 62-year-old male, who had taken a “Dramamine” while out in the boat.  That’s all we knew until the boat roared up to dock.  We learned that twenty minutes after taking the “Dramamine”, he began feeling tightness in his throat so he took “Pseudoephedrine” and immediately began to feel worse.   The patient vomited, and then he became difficult to arouse.  He was quite lethargic.  The patient’s friend stated that he was allergic to red die, and “Pseudoephedrine” is red.  We needed to strap the patient to a backboard in order to get her out of the boat and onto the dock. 

The nine people who responded each had a role to play with some responders doing the medical treatment and other taking care of the movement of the patient from inside the boat to finally up on the dock.  With four people in the boat and four people out of the boat on the dock, the process of moving the patient was not very difficult, just risky.  One slip and our patient could end up in the water.  The patient was moved into the ambulance with ease.  The patient became slightly more responsive and complained about difficulty breathing, and he was actually gasping to breathe.  Vital signs were obtained with a pulse of 99, respirations of 20, and a blood pressure of 88 by palpation (without a stethoscope.)  An Epi-pen was immediately administered in the upper, outside of his leg. 

The IV was started of normal saline, and, per protocol, 25 mg of Benadryl slow IV push was administered.  The patient continued to experience difficulty breathing.  A pulse oximeter reading of 86% was obtained.   The patient’s vital signs were not very good.  Her new vitals were pulse of 115 and irregular with a faint radial pulse, blood pressure was not obtainable, and her respirations were gasping.  Her skin was pale, cool, and wet.  He was barely conscious and barely responsive to pain.  Report was radioed to medical control.  BIEMS received the following order, “Give one amp of epinephrine 1:10000 IV push.”  The dose was unusual since that is the dose used for a cardiac arrest patient.  The order was repeated to the physician over the radio, “Your order was for one amp of epi 1:10,000 IV push.”  The doctor confirmed his dosage. 

The cardiac monitor was immediately applied to this patient prior to the administration of the ordered drug.  The patient had a regular sinus rhythm, very normal prior to administration of the IV drug.  Immediately following the administration of the epinephrine 1:10,000 IV, the patient heart slowed, and then jumped to 140 beats per minute.  There was no change in her pulse oximeter reading so the patient’s breathing was assisted with a bag-valve-mask and 100% oxygen.  The patient was not tolerating the assisted ventilations very well, and she was conscious enough not to tolerate any airway adjunct.  She was acting like she might vomit.  Her blood sugar was measured with a glucometer, and a reading of 226 was obtained.  This patient was transported to the local airport and flown over to Charlevoix.  BIEMS personnel accompanied her to the hospital.  By the time the patient arrived in the ER at Charlevoix Hospital, her vital signs were all within normal limits.  The patient was monitored in the ER for a little over an hour and released to spend the night in a motel there in Charlevoix.

This year was the busiest year ever up to this point for our local EMS group.  There were some interesting statistics for viewing as I looked back over our record book.  We had successfully passed our paramedic exam in April.  We became an Advanced Life Support more than half-way through the year.  However, a full 82% of our ambulance runs for this year of 2000 were advanced life support runs.  Several of them were definitely life threatening emergencies requiring advanced life support.  We had our chronic patients who were always ALS.  We had heart attacks, severe allergic reactions, seizures, and many other emergencies that required our ALS skill and drugs.  We ended this year full of satisfaction with having successfully helped many people and having finally “gone ALS.”



Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

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

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

Click Here to view video

Peaine Township Meeting

December 10, 2014

Link to video of the meeting

February 11, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

January 7, 2015

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE


Video of the meeting HERE

March 4, 2014 Special Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

Video available HERE

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

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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

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for March 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

Easter Egg Scramble

at the Community Center with photos by Deb Bousquet

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

Video of the event


From Peaine Supervisor Bill Kohls

Road Paving in Peaine

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

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

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

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

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

Memo from Bill Kohls

Road financing

St. James Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

Peaine Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

Another Nice Hike

by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders


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

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

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

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

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


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

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

Gail's Walk Scheduled


Flags at Half Mast

(Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this informtion)

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

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

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

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

Stuck and Stranded

by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

The object of our desires

2015-16 Beaver Island Visitor Guide Coming Soon

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

March Usage Stats for BINN

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

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

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

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

Pirating of Intellectual Property

Editorial by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soo Locks Open

despite bitter winter weather conditions with abundant snow and ice

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weight Restrictions ON

From Peaine Township

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

Gull Harbor Ice Mountains

Video of two trips to Gull Harbor


Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

at Community Center Tonight

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

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

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

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

Genocide on that scale is barely imaginable to contemporary Americans.

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

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

For the full “The Voice” article:

For more info on the Holocaust Memorial Center:

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Michigan’s Five Birding Trails Offer Wildlife-Viewing Adventure

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dish Network Employment Opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

A Really Nice Story About the BI Lighthouse School

Read article HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter for 2015

Wonderful Interview with Mary Scholl

HERE is the Interview

Annual 5th and 6th Grade Play

Hurry up and Wait

7 pm March 20, 2015

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

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

Pictures are HERE

Video can be viewed HERE

Easter Brunch at Gregg Fellowship Center

Community Players Presentation

From Stoney Acres

From Waste Management Committee

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

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

Beaver Island Community Message Board

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

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

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

Our Guiding Principles

March 2015 

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

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

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

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

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

BICS End of School Year Calendar

Vacation Bible School

Please Join Us at…


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

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

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

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

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

***Volunteers Needed***

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

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

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

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