B. I. News on the 'Net, March 6-19, 2017

Beginnings of the Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

St. Patrick's Weekend Games

After the "Big Day" took place this year on Friday, the St. Patrick's Day Weekend games began quite late on Saturday afternoon. As some began gathering at noon and others at 1 p.m., the games were delayed somewhat until almost two p.m. That didn't deter any that were planning on participating.

BINN reporter, videographer, and photographer Cheryl Phillips was there to record the events in the street. All of the pictures and video were done by Cheryl Phillips with the editing done by Editor Joe Moore.

The photographs of the day are all over the facebook accounts of some of the participants, so the editor thought that the video should be the priortiy for BINN. Pictures will be presented later today, March 19, 2017. Here are links to the video.

Gathering to Prepare for the Games

View a large gallery of pictures of the Shopping Cart Race HERE

View video of the Shopping Cart Race HERE

View a gallery of Fish Toss and Tug O War HERE

View video of the Fish Toss HERE

View video of the Tug O' War HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 19, 2017

Hopefully Mother Nature will start kicking things into high gear since Spring is almost upon us. We've done our part... shoveling show, dealing with freezing drizzle, become champion shiverers, Olympic metal complainers of winter weather, so now we need Mother Nature to do her part. Here's hoping. Right now I'm showing 32°, wind is at 2 mph from the SE, humidity is at 95%, pressure is rising from 30.31 inches, and visibility is 5.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. South winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 19, 1748 - The English Naturalization Act passed granting Jews right to colonize in the U.S.

Did you know that dark roasted coffee beans contain less caffeine than medium roasted ones (the longer a coffee is roasted the more caffeine is burns off)

Word of the day: overwinter (oh-ver-WIN-ter) to pass, spend, or survive the winter. Old English had the verb oferwintran “to get through the winter,” but it became obsolete at the end of the Old English period (about 1150). Overwinter was formed anew at the end of the 19th century on the model of Scandinavian, e.g., Danish and Norwegian overvintre, Swedish övervintra ; Dutch overwinteren ; or German überwintern.

Beaver Island EMS and BIRHC Staff Busy Day

March 17, 2017

(Picture by Pam Moxham)

At approximately 8 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day, Beaver Island EMS was called to a personal injury accident near the Old Brother's Trail and King's Highway. There were two patients needing transport, but there was no way to transport them off the island due to the weather. These two patients were taken to the BIRHC. Not two hours later, BIEMS was paged to yet another emergency, which also was transported to the BIRHC. A little after noon, today, March 18, 2017, two ambulance took patients out to the township airport. By 12:45 p.m. both ambulances had made the transfer at the airport and called in clear of the township airport. Both called back in service by 1:30 p.m.

This was a challenge "met and handled by a network of team players .BIEMS , BIFD, BI Law Enforcement, BIRHC, USCG, and many volunteers."

This means that the original ambulance page until the patients were transported off the island was somewhere close to sixteen and a half hours. Great work by our EMS crews and the BIRHC staff!

Alumni Bball Tournament Final Game

The final game score with the win going to the Grey Team.

The winning team with Coach Myers

View a gallery of pictures of this game HERE

Two of the older alumni posing with trophies, Jared Wojan and Patrick McGinnity

View video of the Final Game HERE

Alumni Bball Tourney, Game 2

Final Score with Blue team winning

View a gallery of photos for this game HERE

View video of this game HERE

Alumni Bball Tourney, Game 1

BICS Cheerleading Squad

Final Score with Grey team winning

View a gallery of photos of this game HERE

View video of this game HERE

Chili and Crockpot Cook-off

St. Patrick's Day was the day scheduled for the Chili Cook-off and the Alumni Basketball Tournament, so beginning at 5 p.m., the food was all laid out, and what an amazing lay-out it was. There was only a lalf hour before the basketball games were scheduled to start, so only a few pictures were taken as the testing and judging eaters began to gather and consume the delicious food.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Here is a video of the foods available


Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 18, 2017

We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until noon today. This is due to freezing rain and drizzle. IF you have to be out driving, please be very careful!! Right now I'm showing 32°, thick fog, wind is at 3 mph from the east, humidity is at 99%, pressure is rising from 29.90 inches, and visibility is 1.2 miles.Today: Cloudy. Widespread fog in the morning. Areas of light freezing drizzle in the morning. Areas of drizzle through the day. Highs in the upper 30s. North winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Areas of drizzle in the evening. Lows int he mid 20s. North winds at 10 mph.

On this date of March 18, 1834 - The first railroad tunnel in the U.S. was completed. The first railroad tunnel constructed in the United States was the Staple Bend Tunnel , located near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It was built by the Allegheny Portage Railroad in 1831 and completed in 1834 but was no longer in service by the 1850s. In 1994 it was listed as a National Historic Landmark and can be visited at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. Early railroad tunnels like Staple Bend were difficult and laborious requiring thousands of man-hours to be built and often resulted in at least a handful of worker deaths due to not only few safety regulations in the 1800s but also the raw techniques used. For instance, the TNT used as blasting material at the time was often unstable with no precise way to control it and there was virtually no heavy equipment to speak of. Thus, it was all done by hand or raw TNT.

Did you know that coffee is generally roasted between 400 - 425F (the longer the beans are roasted the darker the roast)?

Word of the day: vaunting (VAWN-ting) which means 1) having a boastfully proud disposition: a vaunting dictator.. 2) marked by boastful pride: a vaunting air of superiority. Vaunting entered English in the late 1500s. It comes from Middle English vaunten, from Middle French vanter “to boast,” from Late Latin vānitāre. Vaunting shares its roots with Latin vānus “vain.”

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

March 8, 2017

Eagles Feasting on the Ice

Seen today on the ice, March 17, 2017, were several dead ducks. It is unknown whether the eagles are killing them for future meals or how the ducks have died. There are a couple of ducks dead on the ice near the Yacht Dock and a couple on the ice over by the Villa Cabins. Whatever the cause, the eagles may be seen feasing on these in the afternoons.

View a gallery of pictures of the eagles HERE


Beaver Island Represented in Charlevoix Event

Information and photos from Angel Welke

Beaver Island was represented by Beaver Island Boat Company (booth manned by Becky Byers their new marketing person), the Beaver Island Lodge (booth manned by Eric Hodgson and Vicky Fingeroot), and Island Airways (booth manned by Mary Delamater. and Angel Welke).   The Charlevoix Chamber folks estimated about 400-500 people (maybe more) attended.  The event was from 4-7 p.m..  All of 200+ Beaver Island brochures were gone by 6 p.m..    Information at the Island Airways booth included the Beaver Island Music Festival, the Beaver Island Historical Society, trails, golf course, camping, artists, and Beaver Island birding.  

The Island Airways booth was near one of the "Taste of Charlevoix" exhibits (Harwood Gold), and they handed out 350 Aussie meat pies. 

This is the second event in six months for all three businesses.  They went to the Traverse City Business Expo in November. 

This event was titled "Business Expo and Taste of Charlevoix. It took place on March 15, 2017, from 4-7 p.m.

No Live Streaming of St. Patrick's Games

Beaver Island News on the 'Net had been live streaming the St. Patrick's Day Games for many years. This is from a few years ago when we doing standard definition video. We've been doing HD video since then.

One year, we even live streamed the inside games besides the outside games.. In 2016, 150 unique IP addresses viewed the games live on the Internet.

Unfortunately, BINN will not be live streaming these games in 2017. We simply cannot afford to continue to do this without a sponsor.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 17, 2017

Well, 'tis finally the Great Day, and I found it really great that I managed to sleep in. I can tell it was a terrific sunrise by the tint of pinks in the sky, but oh, that sleep was soooo nice. Right now I'm showing clear skies, 27°, feels like 19°, wind is at 9 mph from the SE, humidity is at 89%, pressure is falling from 30.10 inches , and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Snow and a chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Snow with possible freezing drizzle and drizzle in the evening, then a chance of snow with possible drizzle and freezing drizzle after midnight. Lows around 30°. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 17, 0461 - Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. Ireland celebrates this day in his honor. It's a three-fer in honor of St. Patrick today. So, on March 17, 1756 - St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time. The event took place at the Crown and Thistle Tavern. Last, but not least, on March 17, at the same Crown and Thistle Tavern, in 1762, the party included America's first St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is now the world's largest.

Did you know that 52% of Americans drink coffee? I'm not embarrassed to say that I'm one of them.

Word of the day: smaragdine (smuh-RAG-din) which means 1) emerald-green in color. 2) of or relating to emeralds. The Greek words smáragdos, máragdos “emerald” are not Greek in origin. Most likely the words are borrowed from Prakrit (any of the ancient or medieval Indic languages, e.g., Pali, the language of the Buddha, derived from Sanskrit) maragada- (from Sanskrit marakata), and are related to Akkadian barraqtu and Hebrew bāreqeth “gemstone, emerald,” from the Semitic root brq “to shine, flash.” Smaragdine entered English in the 14th century.

Timeout for Art: A Little Time

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 16, 2017

Temperature outside is 24° and falling, windchill is 15°, wind is at 8 mph from the west, humidity is at 74%. pressure is rising from 30.14 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles with clear skies. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 16, 1621 - Samoset walked into the settlement of Plymouth Colony, later Plymouth, MA. Samoset was a native from the Monhegan tribe in Maine who spoke English. From wikipedia: Samoset was a sagamore (subordinate chief) of an Eastern Abenaki tribe that resided at that time in what now is Maine. An English fishing camp had been established to harvest from the bountiful area now called the Gulf of Maine. Samoset learned some English from fishermen who came to fish off Monhegan Island and he knew most ship captains by name.

The Abenaki language is an Algonquian language related to the Massachusett language of the Nauset and Wampanoag people of the area around Plymouth Colony. Samoset was visiting the Wampanoag chieftain Massasoit at the time of the historic event.

On March 16, 1621, Samoset entered the encampment at Plymouth, greeted the colonists in English, and asked for beer. After spending the night with the Pilgrims, he left to return with five others, who brought deer-skins to trade. As it was Sunday, the colonists declined to trade that day, but offered them some food.

On March 22, 1621, Samoset came back with Squanto, the last remaining Patuxet tribesman, who spoke much better English than he. Squanto arranged a meeting with Massasoit.

In 1624, English Captain Christopher Levett entertained Samoset and other Native American leaders in the harbor of present-day Portland, Maine.

Samoset is believed to have died around 1653 in what today is Bristol, Maine.

From Mourt's Relation* in 1622 is this description of Samoset's visit:

Friday the 16th a fair warm day towards; this morning we determined to conclude of the military orders, which we had begun to consider of before but were interrupted by the savages, as we mentioned formerly; and whilst we were busied hereabout, we were interrupted again, for there presented himself a savage, which caused an alarm. He very boldly came all alone and along the houses straight to the rendezvous, where we intercepted him, not suffering him to go in, as undoubtedly he would, out of his boldness. He saluted us in English, and bade us welcome, for he had learned some broken English among the Englishmen that came to fish at Monchiggon, and knew by name the most of the captains, commanders, and masters that usually come. He was a man free in speech, so far as he could express his mind, and of a seemly carriage. We questioned him of many things; he was the first savage we could meet withal. He said he was not of these parts, but of Morattiggon, and one of the sagamores or lords thereof, and had been eight months in these parts, it lying hence a day's sail with a great wind, and five days by land. He discoursed of the whole country, and of every province, and of their sagamores, and their number of men, and strength. The wind being to rise a little, we cast a horseman's coat about him, for he was stark naked, only a leather about his waist, with a fringe about a span long, or little more; he had a bow and two arrows, the one headed, and the other unheaded. He was a tall straight man, the hair of his head black, long behind, only short before, none on his face at all; he asked some beer, but we gave him strong water and biscuit, and butter, and cheese, and pudding, and a piece of mallard, all which he liked well, and had been acquainted with such amongst the English. He told us the place where we now live is called Patuxet, and that about four years ago all the inhabitants died of an extraordinary plague, and there is neither man, woman, nor child remaining, as indeed we have found none, so as there is none to hinder our possession, or to lay claim unto it. All the afternoon we spent in communication with him; we would gladly have been rid of him at night, but he was not willing to go this night. Then we thought to carry him on shipboard, wherewith he was well content, and went into the shallop, but the wind was high and the water scant, that it could not return back. We lodged him that night at Stephen Hopkins' house, and watched him.

The next day he went away back to the Massasoits, from whence he said he came, who are our next bordering neighbors. They are sixty strong, as he saith. The Nausets are as near southeast of them, and are a hundred strong, and those were they of whom our people were encountered, as before related. They are much incensed and provoked against the English, and about eight months ago slew three Englishmen, and two more hardly escaped by flight to Monchiggon; they were Sir Ferdinando Gorges his men, as this savage told us, as he did likewise of the huggery, that is, fight, that our discoverers had with the Nausets, and of our tools that were taken out of the woods, which we willed him should be brought again, otherwise, we would right ourselves. These people are ill affected towards the English, by reason of one Hunt, a master of a ship, who deceived the people, and got them under color of trucking with them, twenty out of this very place where we inhabit, and seven men from Nauset, and carried them away, and sold them for slaves like a wretched man (for twenty pound a man) that cares not what mischief he doth for his profit.

Saturday, in the morning we dismissed the savage, and gave him a knife, a bracelet, and a ring; he promised within a night or two to come again, and to bring with him some of the Massasoits, our neighbors, with such beavers' skins as they had to truck with us.

*The booklet Mourt's Relation (full title: A Relation or Journal of the Beginning and Proceedings of the English Plantation Settled at Plimoth in New England) was written primarily by Edward Winslow, although William Bradford appears to have written most of the first section. It was written between November 1620 and November 1621 and describes in detail what happened from the landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims on Cape Cod in Provincetown Harbor through their exploring and eventual settling of Plymouth Colony. The book describes their relations with the surrounding Native Americans, up to what is commonly called the first Thanksgiving and the arrival of the ship Fortune in November 1621. Mourt's Relation was first published and sold by John Bellamy in London in 1622. This significant tract has often been erroneously cited as "by George Morton, sometimes called George Mourt" (hence the title Mourt's Relation).

Did you know that 1 plain milk chocolate bar has more protein than a banana?

Word of the day: analphabetic (an-al-fuh-BET-ik) which means 1) illiterate. 2) not alphabetical. From Greek analphabetos (not knowing the alphabet), from an- (not) + alphabetos (alphabet), from alpha + beta. Earliest documented use: 1876.

Grandfather, Part 2

by Dick Burris

Grandfather #2:

We started phasing out of farming, and my dad used the heavily wooded acreages of the farm to hire a sawmill; a first step to doing what had made him rich before the depression. His Midas touch in farming allowed enough money for this to happen. Gramp again kept the saws sharp, and equipment working through this endeavor.  

Skipping back to one of Gramps favorite stories; there was a river running past the house where he lived in Indiana, so he rigged up a log with a weight on the end to hold it underwater. He sculptured the log with a toothy snake mouth, and the body of a huge snake. The snake, he had painted green and the mouth was red. He designed it to lift when he pulled a rope on shore. Any passer-by on the river would be subjected to this treat if Gramp saw them coming. some he said, even jumped over board, when it lurched out of the water.

His favorite story on this device, was about a rowboat carrying, "two Jews and a ni..er" (How he knew they were Jews, always puzzled me). The Black man was evident. This story went; as they passed by, very close to the, soon to emerge serpent; he pulled the rope, and up popped the the snake! The punch line was, "If you ever see"d a n..ger turn white!" followed by his laughter

My dad took Gramp to Florida with him to their winter home. One day when they were out of the house, they ran into a black gentleman. Immediately Gramp spotted this gentleman and commenced to tell the "snake" story. My dad said he was mortified to see the story unfold, and really wished he was anywhere other than there. Anyway he said the black gent was smiling from ear to ear; I could imagine why, his broad smile for two reasons. First reason was that dad was so humiliated, and the second reason being, that the story teller had no clue that he had just grossly insulted his new friend!

Gramp chewed tobacco and always had grown his own in his gardens. He processed the chew himself, by adding licorice to it; the final product looked like it came from a "thundermug". One day I took one (plug) of the tobacco to grade school with me, and slipped it into the lunch box of my buddy. I can still remember being chased down the road, with pieces of the plug being hurled at me.

Dad was building cabins at Houghton Lake, after we quit working the farm. We would load up both trucks with building materials, and head north to build cabins to sell to vacationers. Gramp always rode with me in the truck. We were going through Bay City; there was no Highway 75 there at that time. So we were crossing the bridge; and started to pass a slow auto; the auto speed up, and I couldn't pass, then I thought I'd drop behind, an get back in the lane; he also slowed down, and it was two lane bridge..I didn't like this (Cat and mouse game). So I told Gramp to spit on his windshield. Gramp then, quickly conjured  up a mouthful of nasty tobacco juice, and spewed it in a large spot of his driver part of the windshield. Verification was in my passenger rear view mirror; He was stopped there as long as I could see him in the mirror.

On one of our truck rides I had found an molded aluminum can of "Atlas" beer. I asked Gramp if he wanted to drink it. Of course, he said,"YAAAH". I had no opener in the truck, but found a spike. We had been practicing driving a spike in boards by wrapping a cloth on the head end and slamming it into the board. My thought was, I could project a hole in the cap of the beer this way. We were still going down the road when the nail burst through, and beer sprayed, even on the windshield and all over gramps face; with both of us guiding it into his mouth, the flow was suddenly contained.

One day my dad and my two brothers went to work building a cabin a distance from where we were staying on Houghton Lake. We had a boat on shore for fishing. I was the cook, so gramps and I stayed behind and cleaned up. When we were finished,we decided to leave with the cab over engine truck. It was loaded with long lumber, and was pretty heavy on the back. There was not much room to park so I was backing down a grade; and all of a sudden the front wheels left the ground; causing a loud "whoops!" From the passenger seat. I looked out of the door, and it was about six or seven feet to the ground; so I just jumped out, and came back with a ladder for gramps.

I told gramps we had to get the other truck to pull the front of our the truck down; and get the materials to the job before they were needed. It was a short jaunt across the section of lake to the building site, so the motor went on the boat. The lake was rough that morning, and Gramp said he couldn't swim, so I dropped an inner-tube over him, and away we went. He holding the inner-tube under his arms. One of the brothers brought the other truck, and helped to right our truck, and the lumber was delivered.

Gramp smoked a pipe and was forever building fires to keep the leaves in check. There was nothing that struck fear to our hearts more, than to hear a "woops!"; and we knew there would be a "forest fire" in the making! Out would come the rakes, water hose , and any other tool we could find to contain the fire. Dad constantly found jobs for gramps to deter these hazards.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 15, 2017

Only FIVE days until Spring!! Partly cloudy skies this morning, it's 14°, feels like 4°, wind is at 7 mph from the NW, humidity is at 67%, pressure is rising from 30.22 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly sunny in the morning then mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated snow showers in the evening. Lows around 15°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 15, in 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated.

Although March (Martius) was the third month of the Julian calendar, in the oldest Roman calendar it was the first month of the year. The holidays observed by the Romans from the first through the Ides often reflect their origin as new-year celebrations.

The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.

the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theater of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, "The Ides of March are come", implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Aye, Caesar; but not gone." This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to "beware the Ides of March." The Roman biographer Suetonius identifies the "seer" as a haruspex named Spurinna.

Caesar's death was a closing event in the crisis of the Roman Republic, and triggered the civil war that would result in the rise to sole power of his adopted heir Octavian (later known as Augustus). Writing under Augustus, Ovid portrays the murder as a sacrilege, since Caesar was also the Pontifex Maximus of Rome and a priest of Vesta. On the fourth anniversary of Caesar's death in 40 BC, after achieving a victory at the siege of Perugia, Octavian executed 300 senators and knights who had fought against him under Lucius Antonius, the brother of Mark Antony. The executions were one of a series of actions taken by Octavian to avenge Caesar's death. Suetonius and the historian Cassius Dio characterised the slaughter as a religious sacrifice, noting that it occurred on the Ides of March at the new altar to the deified Julius.

Did you know that Franklin Mars invented the Snickers Bar in 1930?

Word of the day: cimmerian (si-MEER-ee-uh n) which means 1) very dark; gloomy. 2) of, relating to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness. Cimmerian, also spelled Kimmerian, comes from the Latin plural noun Cimmeriī, a borrowing from the Greek plural noun Kimmérioi. In the Odyssey the mythical Cimmerians lived at the edge of Oceanus that surrounds the earth in a city wrapped in mist and fog, where the sun never shines, near the entrance to Hades. The historical, “real” Cimmerians are mentioned in Assyrian sources (Gimirri), the Hebrew Bible (Gomer in Genesis 10:2), and by the Greek historian Herodotus (5th century b.c.). Herodotus says that the Cimmerians were nomads driven south from the steppes of southern Russia by the Scythians through the Caucasus Mountains, turned west, and c676 b.c. overthrew the kingdom of Phrygia (in west central Turkey), whose last king was Midas. The connection between myth and history is that there are variant readings for Homer’s Kimmérioi—Cheimérioi, “Wintry People, Stormy people”; and Kerbérioi “Cerberus’s People,” both of which were displaced by the historical Cimmerians. Cimmerian entered English in the 16th century in reference to the nomads, and in the 19th century in reference to the Homeric people.

Transfer Station-Recycling List and Prices and Hours

Joint Township Meeting, St. James Minutes

March 6, 2017


by Dick Burris


My inspirational wife Amy directed me into another story, and the realization that this man is my basic mentor!! My Grandfather was by trade, a blacksmith. He was a very gentle man with love for a simple life; and I never heard him criticize anyone. He was a "story teller" and shared his stories with anyone that would listen. (I think I inherited this trait from him).

When he would be telling his stories to someone with my dad nearby; my dad would state the coming line under his breath, as he knew all of the stories, word for word, as they always were the same as told before.
"Gramps" as we all knew him, was a gregarious individual, that would engage a friendship/conversation with any stranger that he encountered. By the time we met any of the new neighbors, Gramp had been there first (like Kilroy), and he had no wheels to his advantage.

Gramps moved to Hesperia Michigan from Gary Indiana, he would always relate the exact location by the line, "across from the gristmill".

Family history said that he and his wife lived in a boxcar, when they arrived in Michigan. His wife died shortly afterward; her maiden name was Landsiedel.

I don't know how he acquired the property in Hesperia, but Burris Lake is on this property. Gramp's children lived there and the daughter's family still live there.

Grandad's children's names were, Ermond (Jack), Fred, and Nola Burris (DeLong).

Jack and Fred moved to the Detroit area; Jack was our father. He took gramps with him to Birmingham Michigan, which was a good alliance, cuz dad kept the financial ball rolling, while Gramp was a "Jack of all trades" and kept the mechanical projects in check.

During the depression their interdependency balanced heavily on Gramps, for he could keep the farm machinery intact; although Dad had many talents, repair certainly was NOT one of them!

One time a pump-jack rod broke, down in the well, at the farm. And we had no water for the livestock or anything else. Gramp fired up the forge and designed a "Chinese Finger" type of Chuck, that slid over the broken rod, and on the uplift locked on; then with a block and tackle device, brought it back to the surface to be re-attached.

Gramp always did freebies for neighbors, fixing things that were broke, furnishing garden products, and aiding them with advice on gardening. He definitely had a green thumb, for he kept a huge garden to supply food for canning..His berries and grapes were beyond belief. The boysenberries were almost the size of golf balls.

The gardening success, across the field from the farm, (where we lived) can be attributed to his use of so much cattle manure he brought from the farm.

One day the ski was black to the west, with an oncoming storm, we were headed for a torrential rainstorm; There went Gramp with two buckets of water out to the garden.

I queried the reasoning for this in vain; but who is going to argue with his phenomenal gardening success.

Dad was so good about supplying Gramp with all of the supplies he needed for every thing that he was doing. This being said; one day my dad told us that we we're leaving forks around, and being lost, and told us we'd have to find them. The search ended after looking all over. Brother Bob brought Dad to the broom closet, opened the door; Lo and behold there were 6 shiny fishing spears Gramp had made for some of the neighbors.
I think dad just shook his head and bought more forks for us to use.

Gramp was also a bee keeper and kept us in honey, he was forever falling out of trees, but that didn't stop him; One "WOOP!" And off he'd go to the next project.

It was always funny to me when he'd get on his bee attire, and smoker, to harvest the honey. Usually inside his mask there would be some bees flying around, but that never seemed to deter his venture; every so often there would be an, "OUWOO!" And he'd keep on working.

 I went out to some hives that Gramp had built, it was chilly and the bees were slowly just moving around inside. I thought to myself, "What an amazing thing this is??", and I must share this with my brother Jack, whom I adored.

Well, it was later in the day and quite a bit warmer, when I decided to cut Brother Jack in on my new find. Jack was apprehensive, but stood there beside me, as I lifted he top lid. OUT came the bees in droves; and we fled, I went a few feet and laid on the ground and played dead; the bees flew at Jack cuz he was running. He ran straight to Gramp (the bee keeper) for protection. Gramp cuffed him along side the head, and said, "You little booger you've been in my bees."

Gramp had built a wooden tool box; which I have 'til this day in our cabin. I of course wanted to see what he would do if I filled it with snakes. Will I did, and waited until the time was right; he walked over and flipped open the hinged top. There was a "WOOP!", and with both hands he was flipping the snakes out of it. I suspect he knew that I had done it, but he too was a trick player, so I lucked out.

What Did You Say? 32

By Joe Moore

There is no more honorable thing to do than to put yourself in a position to help your fellow man.  Those that do so in any form within the legal boundaries of the United States have my full respect.  There may be those that do some things that might be morally correct, but legally not-so-much.  If this doesn’t seem to make sense, perhaps an example would help you understand.

If you go down and do missionary work in Haiti, most people will understand that this is an honorable effort to make a difference in the world.  If you go work in your local food pantry to make certain that those without the ability to feed their families end up with the chance to help them eat, most will recognize this as an effort to help your fellow man.  But, some other situations are not so obvious. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

St. James Finance Committee Meetings

March 15 and 20 are meetings about St. James Township insurance.

Artifacts to Memories: Metal Bed Frame

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 14, 2017

Brisk out there this morning at 7°, windchill of -4°, clear skies, wind is at 7 mph from the NE, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 30.36 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Scattered snow showers in the morning. Highs around 18°. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 9°. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of March 14, 1914 - Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes.

Did you know that John Cadbury founded the Cadbury chocolate company in England in 1842 producing the first chocolate bars? For a truck-load of information on Cadbury please go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadbury.

Word of the day: uliginous (yoo-LIJ-uh-nuhs) which means 1) slimy. 2) marshy, swampy, water-logged. 3) growing in muddy places. From Latin uligo (moisture). Earliest documented use: 1576.

Early Spring Walk

A trip down to check on the Jacobson's cross-the-road waterfall revealed absolutely nothing to take a picture of. All that could be seen was the ice covering the water that was running, and the sound was so muted that the camera could not pick it up. A continuing trip up the East Side Road showed a somewhat open and dry driveway to the Little Sand Bay protected area right across the road from hole number one of the Beaver Island Golf Course. It was decided that a nice walk down to Little Sand Bay might be in order, and that turned into a very nice way to spend a little time on a Monday afternoon.

Join a walk to Little Sand Bay HERE

Video clip of the walk


BIESA Meeting Schedule

March 2017

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 13, 2017

Partly cloudy skies this morning, 14° with a windchill of 3°, wind is at 7 mph from the east, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 40.43 inches, and visibility is 4.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Lows around 11°. East winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Chance of snow in the morning then snow in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 20s. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. (Only nine, that's right, NINE days until spring!)

On this date of March 13, 2012 - After 244 years of publication, Encyclopædia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition. With less than 1% of revenue coming from print versions, Jorge Cauz, Britannica's president, indicates there simply is not sufficient demand for the print publication. In the last 11 years demand has plummeted due to competition from Wikipedia and Britannica's own digital version.

With a $1,395 price tag for the print version, many people have switched to the online version of Britannica or free sources such as Wikipedia. Critics of Britannica are often quick to point out that Wikipedia is regularly updated by tens of thousands of users on a wider range of topics. Britannica remains confident that their customers will appreciate their style of articles and the expert contributors. (en.wikinews.org)

Did you know that no two spider webs are the same?

Word of the day: lodestar (LOAD-stahr) which means someone or something that serves as a guiding principle, model, inspiration, ambition, etc. From Old English lad (way) + star. A lodestar is called so because it’s used in navigation, it shows the way. Earliest documented use: 1374.

Charlevoix County COA Luncheon

March 12, 2017

The monthly CC COA Sunday Dinner was today, March 12, 2017, from 11 a.m. til noon. The meal was delicious. There was salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy with mushrooms, broccoli, a dinner roll with butter, and an apple/peach dessert along with coffee, tea, or milk.

A good social gathering on Sunday after church with a good meal.

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Sunday Drive and Donegal Deer

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Donegal Deer Clip

Christian Church Bulletin

March 12, 2017

Mass from Holy Cross

March 12, 2017

The beautiful sunrise without an overcast sky allowed the priest from Charlevoix to come over to provide the service this morning. On this "Spring Ahead" morning there wasn't any fog, snow, or terrible winds, so the weather was not going to be much of an issue. Father Peter Wigton was our visiting priest with Deacon Jim Siler reading the gospel. Patrick Nugent was the lector doing the readings.

Patrick Nugent..............Deacon Jim Siler.........Father Peter Wigton

View excerpt from Mass HERE

Three people viewed the live stream of today's service.

I Don't Get It

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 12, 2017

Hopefully you remembered to turn your clocks ahead for daylight savings time. If you didn't, you probably should or you'll be running late all day. Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 15° with a windchill of 9°, wind is at 3 mph from the NW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 30.45 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the morning then isolated snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 20s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows around 12°. East winds at 10 mph.

On this date of March 12, 2009 - It was announced that the Sears Tower in Chicago, IL, would be renamed Willis Tower, after insurance broker Willis Group Holdings. From money.cnn.com/2009: "While the company expects to rechristen the building sometime this summer, it's not clear whether the new name will stick with native Chicagoans.

"The Sears Tower has been an icon here for the last quarter of a century," said John Russick, senior curator at the Chicago Historical Society. "For the generation that grew up calling it the Sears Tower, it'll be hard for people to shift and start calling it something else," he said.

Indeed, many long-time Chicago residents still refer to the Standard Oil Building, now know as the Aon Center, as "Big Stan" Russick said. That building's name has been changed twice since it was built in 1973.

The Sears Tower was opened in 1973 and is 1,729 feet tall, including its antenna. It was originally named for retailer Sears, Roebuck & Co., which moved its headquarters to Hoffman Estates, Ill. in 1992.

Did you know that banana plants are the largest plants without a woody stem (they belong to the same family as lilies, orchids and palms)?

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 11, 2017


Nope, the cold did not vanish during the night although hopes were high. At the moment it's 16° with a windchill of zero. We have mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 17 mph from the WNW with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 30.37 inches, and visibility is 4.5 miles. Today: Numerous snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Highs around 19°. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Patchy blowing snow in the evening. Numerous snow showers. Lows around 8°. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of March 11, 1930 - U.S. President Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. He was also the first to have a funeral broadcast on the radio. William Howard Taft actually included quite a few "firsts". He was the first president to have a presidential automobile, converting the White House stables into garages; the first to occupy the Oval Office, which was operational as of October 1909; the first to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game; and the first to play golf as a hobby. Along with all of his "firsts," Taft was the last American president to have facial hair.

Did you know that there are 132 rooms in the US White House? That made me curious around other White House facts that I didn't know, but found interesting.
1. The White House has a total of 132 rooms. This includes: 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
2. The White House measures at 55,000-square feet, 70-feet high, 170-feet wide, and 85-feet deep. It is situated on 18 acres.
3. The White House has a total of six floors: two basements, two public floors, and two floors specifically for the First Family.
4. The White House was designed by Irish-American architect James Hoban after he won the architectural design competition to find the president's architect in 1792, according to Enchanted Learning. It was built by both paid and slave laborers from Scotland. The first cornerstone was laid in October of 1792 and it took eight years to complete.
5. The White House was being built while George Washington was in office. Washington himself never actually lived there.
6. 570-gallons of paint cover the outside of the White House, which cost taxpayers $283,000 to paint in 1994. The stone walls are still the same ones built under President Thomas Jefferson.
7. The White House has a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, and bowling lane.
8. Throughout history, the White House has had various other monikers including President's Palace, President's House and the Executive Mansion. Theodore Roosevelt declared White House the official name in 1901.
9. There are five full-time chefs working at the White House. There is room enough to hold 140 guests for dinner and 1,000 guests for hors d'oeuvres.
10. The President and the First Lady are charged for all of their meals, as well as toiletries, dry cleaning, and incidentals.
11. The White House has twin buildings - one in France and one in Ireland. The building in France is a tourist attraction and the building in Ireland is for the Irish Parliament.
12. Only two couples have been married at the White House -- Tricia Nixon, Richard Nixon's daughter, married Edward Cox; and Anthony Rodham, Hillary Clinton's brother, married Nicole Boxer, Senator Barbara Boxer's daughter.
13. There is a swimming pool beneath the press room. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a swimming pool built for polio therapy. President Nixon covered it and turned it into a press room. In July 2007 the room was redesigned and the tiled sides of the FDR pool remain. These tiles have been signed by the likes of Bono, Sugar Ray Leonard, and First Lady Laura Bush.
14. The White House is said to receive 65,000 letters per week, 2,500-3,500 calls per day, 1,000 faxes per day, and 100,000 emails per day.
15. Applications to tour the White House must be submitted 6 months before your trip, though the tour is free of charge.

Word of the day: canard (kuh-NAHRD) which means 1) a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor. 2) a duck intended or used for food. Canard is from Old French quanart “drake,” literally “cackler,” from the onomatopoeic caner “to cackle” and the suffix -art, a variant of -ard, as in mallard or braggart. Canard is all that is left of the Middle French idiom vendre un canard à moitié “to sell half a duck,” i.e., “to take in, swindle, cheat.” Canard entered English in the 19th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 10, 2017

Winter is back in full force, so bundle up, and hunker down. I'm trying to think of words to describe it... bracing, exhilarating, refreshing, nawww, how about dang cold? Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 13°, windchill of -4°, wind is at 19 mph from the NNW with gusts to 32 mph, humidity is at 75%, pressure is rising from 30.34 inches, and visibility is 9.1 miles. Today: Numerous snow showers in the morning then periods of snow showers in the afternoon. Areas of blowing snow through the day. Highs around 15°. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Numerous snow showers. Areas of blowing snow in the evening. Patchy blowing snow after midnight. Lows around 8°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of March 10, 1969 - James Earl Ray plead guilty in Memphis, TN, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998.

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is repainted every 7 years? So what's involved in doing that? Here's the facts from toureiffel.paris:

250,000 m2 of surface to paint ;
25 painters – all of them specialists in work on metallic structures at great heights and on towers, and completely unaffected by vertigo ;
60 tonnes of paint ;
the weight of eroded paint between two painting campaigns is estimated at 15 tonnes ;
50 kilometres of safety lines ;
2 hectares of safety nets ;
1,500 brushes ;
1,500 overalls ;
5,000 sanding disks ;
1,000 "scrub planes" (scrapers) ;
1,000 pairs of leather gloves ;
Budget : around 4 million Euros
Duration : around 18 months, without ever closing the monument to the public

Word of the day: foray (FOR-ay) which means 1) An initial attempt into a new activity or area. 2) A sudden raid, especially for taking plunder. Probably a back-formation from forayer (raider), from Old French forrer (to forage). Earliest documented use: 1400.

COA Sunday Dinner

BICS Board Packet

for March 13, 2017

Transportation Authority Meeting for March 2017

BICS Students at Model UN

by Adam Richards

MAMUN 2017!

We've made it to the Model UN conference in Kalamazoo. Had two good tours at GVSU's downtown campus. We went to the Cook-DeWitt Center for Health Sciences, and then the WGVU-PBS studios.

And now here we are. My Finns (because we are Finland this year) are in a regional caucus until 11pm, then up to their rooms to read the resolutions they'll be haggling and politicking over this week. And probably doing some math too.

"No matter what professions interest students, Model UN offers so much for them. Deliberation, compromise, acute attention to language, adopting perspectives other than their own, rigorous examination of global problems and needs, challenging their comfort zone, negotiating solutions, and more more more. This is a really, really wonderful opportunity for academic application and personal growth," said Adam Richards, BICS teacher.

Jason Lome's Fly-over the Harbor

The following link is a wonderful fly-over of the harbor area around Paradise Bay done very professionally by Jason Lome with his drone. This really shows the Beaver Island winter in the harbor area. Thanks for doing an excellent job, Jason!

View YouTube video HERE

'Old Freshwater Salts' Story

by Dick Burris

Great Lakes hygiene stories.

Just the thought of drinking water from the Great Lakes taxes my reasoning, because we often use the lake as a urinal. Then dip into it for camp water, when there is no well at the camp site.
One day while cruising with some friends; we were getting hungry. I didn't want to start the generator and do the "pots and pans" thing. So I Decided on canned soup;there was usually a case of vegetable  soup on board. So I elected to use our "pee bucket" as the warmer, I rinsed it, hung it over the exhaust pipe that was pumping hot exhaust water into the bucket. Then into it went three cans of veg soup. About 20 minutes later the 

Soup was hot after basking in a flow of hot water. We opened the cans and ate from them. There were some wide eyed looks from my guests ??? "those cans just came out of the pee bucket??"  I figured the 10+ gallons of hot water had washed our soup cans; and had never given it a thought. But guess I'd never thought of it their way.

There was a fisherman that had a trailer on a nearby island; he had brought some friends with him for an overnight stay. One of the passengers gave this account: 
The fisherman brought  out a frying pan with mouse droppings in it. He said,"youse guys are probably hungry, I'll make you some pancakes. He said he was starving, but didn't know if he was thaaat hungry. I would imagine the cook did indeed wash out the pan, before he fried the pancakes. Sharing time with "old freshwater salts" in not for the squeamish!!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 9, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, but the winds have died down a great deal. I think we're still anchored in the middle of northern Lake Michigan, but haven't been to the shore to see if we were blown off course during that wind storm. Right now it's 23°, windchill is 11°, wind is at 14 mph from the WNW with gusts up to 36 mph, humidity is at 69%, pressure is rising from 30.14 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered snow showers in the morning then isolated snow showers int he afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of snow showers. Lows around 10°. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 35 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 9, 1897 - A patent was issued to William Spinks and William Hoskins for cue chalk. Cue tip chalk (invented in its modern form by straight rail billiard pro William A. Spinks and chemist William Hoskins in 1897) is made by crushing silica and the abrasive substance corundum or aloxite (aluminium oxide), into a powder. It is combined with dye (originally and most commonly green or blue-green, like traditional billiard cloth, but available today, like the cloth, in many colors) and a binder (glue). Each manufacturer's brand has different qualities, which can significantly affect play. High humidity can also impair the effectiveness of chalk. Harder, drier compounds are generally considered superior by most players. (wikipedia)

Did you know that the world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand? They are between 29 and 33 mm (1.1 - 1.3 inches) in length, they have no tail, they have a wingspan of approximately 170 mm (6.7 inches) and they weigh 2 g (0.07 oz).

They have reddish/brown or grey upper parts with their underside being pale in colour. They have dark coloured relatively wide wings with long tips that enables them to hover.

Bumblebee Bats are found in areas in Sai Yok National Park in the Kanchanaburi Province of western Thailand. They have also recently been discovered in Myanmar.

Small colonies consisting of 10 - 100 individuals roost high up in limestone caves. When they roost they are spread out so that they are not touching each other. These caves are found in forested areas near rivers.

Bumblebee Bats feed on insects. They either take them from foliage or capture them in the air.

Word of the day: newspeak (NOO-speek) which means an official or semiofficial style of writing or saying one thing in the guise of its opposite, especially in order to serve a political or ideological cause while pretending to be objective, as in referring to “increased taxation” as “revenue enhancement.” Newspeak was coined by George Orwell in his novel 1984, which was published in 1949.

Wednesday for Example

by Cindy Ricksgers

St. James Township Board Meeting

Reschedule from March 1, 2017 to March 8, 2017

View video of March 8th meeting HERE

Joint Township Board Meeting, Peaine Minutes

for March 6, 2017

Peaine Township Meeting

for March 8, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 8, 2017

Still very windy, but the island hasn't blown away. Right now I'm showing 31° with a windchill of 18°, wind is at 26 mph from the SW with gusts up to 40 mph, humidity is at 64%, pressure is steady at 29.54 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. We are still under a Wind Advisory until 7:00 p.m. tonight. Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers and isolated rain showers in the morning then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Windy. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Breezy. Lows around 19°. West winds 15 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 8, 1917 - The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule. So what is the cloture rule? In 2015, Tom Murse wrote the following to explain cloture and its history:

Cloture is a procedure used occasionally in the U.S. Senate to break a filibuster. Cloture, or Rule 22, is the only formal procedure in Senate parliamentary rules, in fact, that can force an end to the stalling tactic. It allows the Senate to limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours of debate.

The Senate first adopted the cloture rule in 1917 after President Woodrow Wilson called for the implementation of a procedure to end debate on any given matter.

The first cloture rule allowed for such a move with the support of a two-thirds majority in the upper chamber of Congress.

Cloture was first used two years later, in 1919, when the Senate was debating the Treaty of Versailles, the peace agreement between Germany and the Allied Powers that officially ended World War I. Lawmakers successfully invoked cloture to end a lengthy filibuster on the matter.

Perhaps the most well known use of cloture came when the Senate invoked the rule after a 57-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Southern lawmakers stalled debate over the measure, which included a ban on lynching, until the Senate mustered enough votes for cloture.

The cloture rule was adopted at a time when deliberations in the Senate had ground to a halt, frustrating President Wilson during a time of war.

At the end of the session in 1917, lawmakers filibustered for 23 days against Wilson's proposal to arm merchant ships, according to the Senate Historian's office.

The delay tactic also hampered efforts to pass other important legislation.

Wilson railed against the Senate, calling it "the only legislative body in the world which cannot act when its majority is ready for action. A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible."

As a result, the Senate wrote and passed the original cloture rule on March 8, 1917. In addition to ending filibusters, the new rule allowed each senator an additional hour to speak after invoking cloture and before voting on a bill's final passage.

Despite Wilson's influence in instituting the rule, cloture was invoked only five times over the course of the following four and a half decades.

Invoking cloture guarantees that a Senate vote on the bill or amendment being debated will eventually happen. The House does not have a similar measure.

When cloture is invoked, senators are also required to engage in debate that is "germane" to the legislation being discussed. The rule contains a clause the any speech following the invocation of cloture must be "on the measure, motion, or other matter pending before the Senate."

The cloture rule thereby prevents lawmakers from merely stalling for another hour by, say, reciting the Declaration of Independence or reading names from a phone book.

The majority needed to invoke cloture in the Senate remained two-thirds, or 67 votes, of the 100-member body from the rule's adoption in 1917 until 1975, when the number of votes needed was reduced to just 60.

To being the cloture process, at least 16 members of the Senate must sign a cloture motion or petition that states: "We, the undersigned Senators, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, hereby move to bring to a close the debate upon (the matter in question)."

Cloture was rarely invoked in the early 1900s and mid-1900s. The rule was used only four times, in fact, between 1917 and 1960. Cloture became more common only in the late 1970s, according to records kept by the Senate.

The procedure was used a record 187 times in the 113th Congress, which met in 2013 and 2014 during President Barack Obama's second term in the White House.

Did you know that a woodpecker can peck 20 times a second?

Word of the day: allocute (A-luh-kyoot) which means to make a formal speech, especially by a defendant after being found guilty and before being sentenced in a court. Back-formation from allocution (a formal speech), from Latin allocution, from loqui (to speak). Earliest documented use: 1860.

Gull Harbor

March 7, 2017

Ice sculptures and wind with sunshine diamonds

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Eagles on the Harbor Ice

The phone rang and the tip came in on that phone, "There are eagles on the ice, and they're close to the shore." Off this editor went to get pictures of the eagles. There were several eagles on the ice at different locations.

View a gallery of pictures of the eagles HERE

Here are a few that seemed to show the feeding patterns of the eagles out there today.

Let's have lunch on the fish......I'm looking for some......Let's go after them

I'm taking mine to go...

Beaver Island Master Plan

with updates from 03/06/17 Joint Township Board Meeting

This plan will be made available to the public for at leaast 63 days to give an opportunity for public comment.


Artifacts to Memories: This Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

What Did You Say? 8

by Joe Moore

What Did You Say 8

Many, many times the question above is asked even though the person asking it has already decided that they know the answer, OR they are completely surprised by statements made and want the statement repeated.
How would you react if someone told you that you were going to fly in the middle of a snow storm without being able to see a single thing?  Wouldn’t you ask that same question?  How would you react if someone was going to rob you?  Would you not wonder if they had actually said what was said?

There doesn’t have to be any really negative consequences for these statements.  I was once asked, “Are you interested in retiring?  We’ll give you a ten thousand dollar bonus if you’ll retire.”

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 7, 2017

Woke up during the night to thunder. lightening, and rain. I immediately rolled over and went back to sleep until 6:30. Unbelievable outside right now. If it's not nailed or tied down, it might end up somewhere on the mainland. It's 55°, wind is at 14 mph from the south with gusts to 29 mph, humidity is at 97%, pressure is steady at 29.35 inches, and visibility is 6.4 miles. We are under a WIND ADVISORY until 4 pm this afternoon. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Windy. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of March 7, 1939 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians recorded "Auld Lang Syne." Robert Burns sent a copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, "The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man." Some of the lyrics were indeed "collected" rather than composed by the poet; the ballad "Old Long Syne" printed in 1711 by James Watson shows considerable similarity in the first verse and the chorus to Burns' later poem, and is almost certainly derived from the same "old song".

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On old long syne.

On old long syne my Jo,
On old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On old long syne.
It is a fair supposition to attribute the rest of the poem to Burns himself.

There is some doubt as to whether the melody used today is the same one Burns originally intended, but it is widely used in Scotland and in the rest of the world.

Singing the song on Hogmanay or New Year's Eve very quickly became a Scots custom that soon spread to other parts of the British Isles. As Scots (not to mention English, Welsh and Irish people) emigrated around the world, they took the song with them.

A manuscript of "Auld Lang Syne" is held in the permanent collection of The Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. (from wikipedia.org)

Did you know that a newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in tall?

Word of the day: politick (POL-i-tik) which means to engage in (usually partisan) political activity. Back-formation from politicking (engaging in partisan political activity), from politic (pragmatic, shrewd), from Old French politique (political), from Latin politicus (political), from Greek politikos (political), from polis (city). Earliest documented use: 1892.

Joint Township Board Meeting

Regarding the Master Plan

Tonight, March 6, 2017, at 7 pm, the two township boards met at the Peaine Hall regarding the Master Plan. With some minor changes, both the St. James and the Peaine Township Boards approved the Master Plan put together by the Joint Planning Commissions of the two townships with the help of LIAA with the lead being Harry Burkholder. Joining the group by phone due to the bad weather were Jeff Powers and Harry Burkholder. The table at the front of the room was pretty full. The audience was basically made up of the planning commission members.

View video of this meeting HERE

Here is a direct link that can be shared out to download the draft Master Plan:
The link also resides on the website, along with another link for people to submit comments on the draft plan. That page can be found here:
 Thanks to Krys Lyle for these links.

Christian Church Bulletin

March 5, 2017

Charlevoix Bridge Closures

Overnight US-31 bascule bridge closures in Charlevoix to begin March 27

March 6, 2017 -- As part of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) ongoing repair work on the US-31 bascule bridge in Charlevoix, 12 overnight closures will begin Monday, March 27.

The bridge will be locked in the up, or open, position during the closures, preventing any US-31 traffic from using the bridge. The closures, scheduled for 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly from March 27 to April 7 barring any unforeseen circumstances, will require an official detour of through-traffic via M-66, M-32, and US-131 through East Jordan, Boyne Falls, and Petoskey.

"We know these closures will be an inconvenience to motorists, which is why we've worked with the City of Charlevoix, local employers, and local emergency services agency to schedule them at a time to minimize the impact," said MDOT Gaylord Transportation Service Center (TSC) Construction Engineer Ben Gowell. "We're working with our contractor, Anlaan Corp., to give everyone as much notice as we can in advance of the detour."

The work is part of a $1.9 million investment to repair the bridge substructure and steel, as well as upgrade the electrical and mechanical components. The project also includes replacing the traffic warning gates and the electrical switches needed to ensure the bridge operates smoothly and properly, reconstructing the bridge approaches, and painting the steel superstructure. Work began in early January, and is on schedule for completion by May 25.

BICS National Honor Society Hosts "Frozen" Fun Night

The NHS students ran a Frozen-themed Fun Night for the elementary students Friday night. A great time was had by all! Thank you to all my NHS students who worked hard to make the night a success: Brennan, Forrest, Kai, Katie, Riley, Simeon, and Quinn.

We raised approximately $70 for the BI Animal Fund and food items for the BI Food Pantry.

Thank you to all the elementary students and their parents for their participation and donations! ~Connie Boyle, NHS Adviser

View small gallery of pictures HERE

Turn Around and It Will Change

The weather, that is

This year's winter weather has been something just barely less than completely strange and confusing. One day the snow is coming down so heavy that you can't see across the harbor. The next the plows try to get the snow out of the roadways so that peope can get around and do some errands and go to church. The next day the temperature and the dewpoint are the same temperature, and the entire island is fogged in. The snow pictures are in the story down below about the heaviness of the white stuff on the branches with the trees completely covered in some cases. There is also a picture of the waterfall down across the road from the Jacobsons. There wasn't much flowing and the water didn't make much noise while it was coming down somewhat slowly.

Today with the warmer temperatures, the water flow is still under a snow cover, but the sounds are much different from the trickle sounds on Saturady. Since this video was taken on Monday, March 6, 2017, with warm temperatures forecast for the next few days, the flow will probably melt the snow cover and provide us all with the soothing sounds of a waterfall.

Clip 1 Waterfall


Clip 2 Waterfall Drainage

Clip 3 Township Airport Fog

"Not such a good day for..........flying"



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Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 6, 2017

Overcast skies this morning, 35°, with a windchill of 28°, wind is at 10 mph from the SE, humidity is at 89%, pressure is at 30.00 inches and falling, visibility is at 5.4 miles.. Today: Cloudy. Areas of fog. Chance of drizzle. Highs in the lower 50s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Rain showers likely and a chance of drizzle in the evening, then rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Areas of fog in the evening.

On this date of March 6, 1854 - At the Washington Monument, several men stole the Pope's Stone from the lapidarium. I'd never heard of the Pope's Stone so decided to educated myself. Here's what I found in the Catholic Journal:

One of the more vivid stories of the Washington Monument is the theft of the Pope’s Stone in 1854, apparently by members of the anti-Catholic, anti-Papist Know-Nothing Party.

It all began with the American nativist movement of the mid-19th century. The nativists sometimes called themselves, ironically enough, Native Americans. They were opposed to the new waves of immigrants, legal or illegal, from countries such as Ireland and Italy. Up until then, most European settlers had been Protestants from such places as Britain and Germany. The newcomers were often Catholic, and grindingly poor besides, such as the Irish fleeing the potato famine.

By the early 1850s these feelings had coalesced into the American party, usually called Know-Nothings. The party acquired the nickname from its “secret” meetings and “hidden” signs, more appropriate to a childrens’ clubhouse than to a political party, and from their habit of answering “I know nothing,” when asked about their activities. The Know-Nothings were very successful for a brief time, especially in the 1856 elections, winning many local and state offices, and even sending members to Congress.

The trouble with the Washington Monument began in 1852, when the February 7 Daily National Intelligencer of Washington, D.C. announced on page 4 the Pope’s intention to contribute a gift tablet, for installation inside the Monument, with the other such tablets on the Monument’s inner walls. The stone came from the Temple of Peace, also rendered as the Temple of Concord, in Rome. The stone was to bear the inscription, in English, of “Rome to America.”

Oddly enough, page 2 of The New York Times of January 30, 1852, and page 2 of The Daily Cincinnati Commercial of February 23, 1852, both claimed that the Vatican planned to send two stones. This was presumably changed, since only one arrived in Washington.

Soon the nativists were in full cry. Speeches were made and petitions were circulated. One such petition read, “ that the inscription, “ROME TO AMERICA’ upon it, bears a significance beyond its natural meaning…that this gift of a despot, if placed within those walls, can never be looked upon by true Americans, but with feelings of mortification and disgust.”

The stone finally arrived in 1854—–the exact date is uncertain. It was placed in a storage shed on the Monument grounds called the lapidarium. The stone was some 3 feet in length, 18 inches in height, and 10 inches thick. The lapidarium already contained many other gift stones from across the United States and the world, which had not been installed yet.

At first, the Know-Nothings demanded that a “protest stone” be placed above the Pope’s Stone in the Monument, as reported on page 2 of the March 9, 1852 New York Times. But then…..

On the night of March 5-6, 1854, at 1 AM to 2 AM, several men descended upon the grounds to steal the Pope’s Stone. What happened next was vividly described in the March 8, 1854 Daily National Intelligencer on page 1. The night watchman George Hilton was on duty in his watch box, so the men tied clothes-line cords around the box, and warned him to be quiet. The thieves also pasted newspapers over the box windows facing the lapidarium. Somehow they got the block into a handcart used by the workmen, and carried it off for dumping in the Potomac River.

This wasn’t as far a trip as it would be today. Back then, the Potomac was much wider than it is now, before the land reclamation of the 1870s and 1880s, and it flowed quite close to the southwest corner of the Monument.

Afterwards, the watchman came under suspicion. After all, he did have a double-barreled gun, and the pasted-over windows could be raised or lowered at will. He was fired from his job.

On March 9, 1854, on page 1, the Intelligencer announced that the Washington National Monument Society, in charge of the project, had put up a $100.00 reward for catching the thieves, raised on April 4 to $500.00. The crooks were never caught, however.

In 1873, the Papacy considered sending a replacement stone. According to page 1 of the March 3, 1873 Morning Republic (or Little Rock Daily Republican), of Little Rock, Arkansas, the Vatican initially “were so indigent [indignant?] over the matter that they refused to give another one.” However, “they have recently reconsidered the matter, and will forward another.” If one was ever sent, it is not in the Monument.

Then, years later, the September 30, 1883, page 1, Washington Post ran an interview with a local saloon-keeper, under condition of anonymity, who claimed he had been one of the men. If his account may be relied on, there were nine of them, and they were indeed Know-Nothings.

The saloon-keeper described the stone as having a gilt letter inscription. They took the stone just north of the Monument to a small pond called Babcock Lake (now filled in). From there, they somehow rowed out to the river, downstream to Long Bridge—about where the George Mason Bridge now stands. A friend gave the all clear from the bridge by waving a red lantern. They then broke off a few pieces for souvenirs, and dropped the rest into the river.

The saloon-keeper predicted, “If the dredges at work in the Potomac strike the right spot, they will fish up something that will create a sensation.” Nine years later, that is just what would happen.

On June 19, 1892, on page 2, The Washington Post ran an article on how the stone had now been found again. Divers were at work at the north end, or the District shoreline, of the Long Bridge, digging foundations for a new set of piers. A diver named Harry Edwards was using a large suction hose to clear away debris, when he uncovered the corner of a large slab of dressed stone.

Further clearing away revealed “a sharply cut and beautifully polished piece of variegated marble, striated in veins of pink and white…about six inches thick, and perhaps a foot and a half by three feet…”. One side had a damaged inscription:

“Ro—t—merica,” which was “cut deep in Gothic characters.”

There was a crowd of spectators by now. One of them, according to the Post article, was an elderly gentleman in out-of-date clothing, who pushed up to the stone, and struck it with his cane. “Where did that thing come from?” he snapped. When asked if he knew anything about it, he screamed, “It’s the Devil’s own work, and it’s come back from hell where it belonged to…”, at which point the old man ran off. Was he an elderly Know-Nothing?

At any rate, the stone was now stored in a small frame shanty nearby, for safekeeping. Just two days later, on June 21, 1892, page 5 of the Post ran the disheartening headline, “Stole the Pope Stone. The Mysterious Tablet Disappears a Second Time.” At 11:30 PM on the night of the 19th, the crew had left for a late supper, after first carefully locking the shanty door. Delayed by a rainstorm, they did not return until 1 AM. To their dismay, the stone was gone. A small window that had been left ajar for ventilation was now open.

The man in charge, a Captain Williams, had intended to give the stone to the Smithsonian Institution. The Post delicately quoted him as saying, “some blank thief made a sneak on it.” Nobody ever found out what had happened, although the local Evening Star of May 26, 1959, page B-1, mentioned an urban legend that the stone was buried under 21st and R Streets, N.W..

Much later, in 1982, the Vatican did indeed give another stone to replace the first. It is made of shiny white marble. It is now in the Washington Monument, at the 340 foot level, on the inside west wall of the stairway. The inscription is “A ROMA AMERICAE”—-Latin for “Rome to America.”

Did you know that chameleons can move their eyes in two directions at the same time?

Word of the day: fusillade (FYOO-suh-leyd, -Lahd, -zuh-) which means 1) a general discharge or outpouring of anything: a fusillade of questions. 2) a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms. Fusillade comes from the French verb fusiler “to shoot.” The suffix -ade is found in nouns denoting action or process or a person or persons acting, and is often found in French loanwords. Fusillade entered English in the late 18th century.

Crazy Turkeys

March 5, 2017

Is Spring Fever in the air? What is the cause of the somewhat crazy actions of the male tom turkeys in the driveway today? The only likelihood is that they are deciding whos' on first, who's on second, etc. It certainly is an interesting early afternoon here on Carlisle Road.

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View of the actions in the driveway by the crazy turkeys


Holy Cross Bulletin

March 2017

Live from Holy Cross

March 5, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

This first Sunday in Lent service was begun a little after 9:30 a.m. while some were just a little late due to the slippery roads. The celebrant was Father John Paul, who did make it over from Charlevoix after being delayed several days due to the interesting Beaver Island weather. The reader today was Joan Banville with the sermon given by our own Deacon Jim Siler.

Nine unique IP addresses viewed the morning's service on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

It has been a while since the priest from Charlevoix was able to get to the island and celebrate the Mass from Holy Cross.

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Video Report for February 2017

Four hundred seventy-three unique IP addresses viewed 3,074 video clips using 114 GB of bandwidth during the month of February 2017. Of this, forty-four unique IP addresses viewed 6.4 GB of live streamed video with a total viewing of 84 views during this month. Of this total viewership of 473 in the month, 408 unique IP addresses viewed 2944 video clips of current monthly view clips using 105.3 GB of bandwidth. Forty-six viewed some of the older video clips..

I Give Up

by Cindy Ricksgers




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