B. I. News on the 'Net, March 7-13, 2016

Strings Concert at 11:30 a.m. on 3/13/16

View Gallery of Pictures HERE

View Video of the performances HERE

Excerpts of Mass at Holy Cross 3/13/16

In preparation for Holy Week, News on the 'Net livestreamed the Mass from Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island today, March 13, 2016. The livestream worked just fine and was available live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv. The plans are to live stream each service from Holy Cross Church beginning with Palm Sunday and include Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter morning service. The purpose of providing this service was two-fold, but many additional reasons could be suggested. If you are away from home, BINN would like you to have some connection with your home during this special week at Holy Cross on Beaver Island. Another reason is that some on the island are unable to attend the services, but might want to participate through the Internet live stream.

Twenty-two individuals tuned in to watch the first live stream of a Holy Cross Mass. This is 22 unique IP addresses, but there is no way to know if more than one person was viewing at each IP address.

Excerpts of the Mass in video HERE

The 52 Lists Project #11

by Cindy Ricksgers

Think They'll Notice

These two spooning eagles are just sitting on the ice fairly close to from shoreline.

Small gallery of pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 13, 2016

Hopefully everyone remembered to reset their clocks last night. Spring forward. Colorful sunrise this morning, hopefully someone was out and about with a camera as none of the webcams in town were directed that way. Right now it's 36°, feels like 28°, wind is at 14 mph from the east with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: chance of rain in the evening, then rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of March 13, 1884 - Standard time was adopted throughout the U.S.

Did you know that a group of frogs is called an army?

Word of the day: saturnine (SAT-er-nahyn) which means sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn. Saturnine derives from the name of the planet Saturn, which in turn was named after the Roman god Saturnus. The original sense of the word had an astrological meaning, and referred to a person who was born under the influence of Saturn. Saturnine entered English early 1400s.

Time Change is Tonight

Before you go to bed tonight, make certain that you have changed the clocks in your house to reflect the "Spring Forward" rule for Daylight Saving Time in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March.

Spelling and Grammar

The official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight SavingS Time.

Saving is used here as a verbal adjective (a participle). It modifies time and tells us more about its nature; namely, that it is characterized by the activity of saving daylight. It is a saving daylight kind of time. Because of this, it would be more accurate to refer to DST as daylight-saving time. Similar examples would be a mind-expanding book or a man-eating tiger.

Nevertheless, many people feel the word savings (with an 's') flows more mellifluously off the tongue. Daylight Savings Time is also in common usage, and can be found in dictionaries.

Adding to the confusion is that the phrase Daylight Saving Time is inaccurate, since no daylight is actually saved. Daylight Shifting Time would be better, and Daylight Time Shifting more accurate, but neither is politically desirable.

Eagles on the Ice of the Harbor

View gallery of these pictures and others

Thanks to Yvonne Crandall for the phone call telling us about the eagles on the ice.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 12, 2016

It's 41° this morning although it feels like 33°, humidity is at 78.9%, pressure is rising from 30.08", wind is from the SW at 16 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of March 12, 1789 - The U.S. Post Office was established.

Did you know that the Amazon rainforest produces half the world's oxygen supply?

Word of the day: canoodle (kuh-NOOD-l) which is slang and means to caress, fondle, or pet amorously. Canoodle is of uncertain origin, but etymologists have suggested it may be a portmanteau of caress and noodle. It entered English in the mid-1800s.

The Working Life

by Cindy Ricksgers

Chili Cookoff, Alumni Basketball, Cheerleaders

Robotics Demo, and Parent Recognition

This was a busy night on a Lenten Friday afternoon and early evening with all of these things necessary to get in due to so many basketball games being canceled due to the weather. Lot and lot of good food combined with these other many things made the night really fun, interesting, and yummy.

Chili examples.......Lighthouse School participation......Lines of food


View a gallery of pictures Here

Video HERE

Sunset on March 11, 2016

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"Muggs" Bass Passes Away

Margaret O'Donnell Bass Dies

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Phyllis Gregg Moore wrote:

"There is a new angel in heaven today, with a bright, shiny halo and red hair. Beaver Island's much loved "Muggs" has shed her earthly bonds. She truly exemplified the character and integrity of a true Christian and everyone who knew her and met her, saw the Christian love she embodied, the love, giving of ones self, and the caring way of life she lived was so contagious. She was very devoted to her Lord and Savior and to her family. She lived life to the fullest. Muggs was many things to many people, but most of all she was light and love. Although there are many, many tears, along with them are smiles. It's impossible to think of Muggs and not smile. She brought all of us so much happiness. Her strength was amazing and something a lot of us truly envied. Muggs isn't gone, she will live on forever in our hearts and memories."


Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) Crackdown

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Traffic Enforcement Campaign

Sheriff Don Schneider joins with the OHSP in this traffic enforcement campaign to attempt to lower the number of traffic casualties and serious injuries due to alcohol use and lack of seat belt use during the next few weeks to cover March Madness basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods and St. Patrick's Day.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor by Bill Hirschey
(The following is the opinion of the writer and not BINN.)

This letter is in regard to the recent showing(s) of National Geographic television series entitled “The Boonies-Living Off the Grid.”  I watched the various episodes and as a citizen, resident, taxpayer, etc, of Beaver Island “came away” very disgusted with National Geographic and their portrayal of our home.

Personalities aside, Dan Burton, I would suspect was doing what he was paid to do.  National Geographic made “us” and the island out to be one of the most outcast, primitive “off the grid” places in America.  At no time did they mention that Mr. Burton, in his quest to survive the winter, was within walking distance of a Spartan grocery store that was rated #1 in the State of Michigan last year. In addition, we never saw, or more importantly, the millions of viewers never saw, our K-12 top-rated school with its facilities and sports programs including basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams, as well as other clubs and activities.

Nor was anything shown of our four churches, community center with theater, etc, post office and bank within walking distance, and our excellent and well staffed medical center and EMS, two superior quality airlines, the Beaver Island Boat Company, the numerous restaurants, motels, gift shops, a very top-notch Do-It-Best Hardware store.  Nor did it show the highly rated veterinary office on those premises.  Nor was there any mention of our outstanding volunteer fire department, gasoline service station, the county garage with personnel and equipment to maintain the streets and roads, two top-of-the-line marinas, the general contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc, available.  And it doesn’t end here as you and I, the “rest of us” know, three automotive repair shops, car rentals, and full time deputy sheriff.

At the present time, a great deal of the economy of the island is based upon tourism, retirees, etc.  This or these presentations certainly didn’t portray our island as being a great place to visit or spend a vacation.  No mention was made of the beautiful beaches open to the public, the birding and walking trails, the hunting for deer, turkey, grouse, squirrel and rabbits, and the outstanding sport fishing with guides available.

The program should have been prefaced with the following:


I’m also wondering why our Chamber of Commerce hasn’t made any comments about this.  I’d really like to see this letter passed on to the National Geographic channel.

Not Today

by Cindy Ricksgers

Historical Society Schedule for 2016

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 11, 2016

It's reading 32° this morning, wind is at 3 mph from the west, humidity is at 87%, pressure is rising from 1029 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the mid 40s. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of March 11, 1986 - Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model.

Did you know that the word 'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel?

Word of the day: psittacism (SIT-uh-siz-uh m) which means mechanical, repetitive, and meaningless speech. Psittacism comes from the Latin word for "parrot," psittacus. It gained traction in English in the late 1800s.

Great Lakes Monthly Lake Levels Report for the Month of February 2016

Previously broadcast on WVBI

Every month the Corps of Engineers in Detroit publishes reports on the Great Lakes water level for all five lakes and summarized the inflows to the lakes from rain,  snow plus inflows  from Canada and flows out the Chicago River  and Lake Ontario.

Every  February the Corps also publishes a review of the previous years data and last year was one of the more interesting on record.   We all remember that Lake Michigan experienced record low water levels in January 2013 but the water levels  quickly rose 3-feet in 2013 and 2014.  Last July the lake peaked at 579.79 feet above sea level, the highest level since August of 1998.  In the November-December time frame the lake levels slightly  increased only the 12th time that has happened in the 98 years that records have been kept.  When you consider the rise and fall of Lake Michigan remember that each inch of water represents 390 billion gallons of water. 

For the month of February the precipitation to Lakes Michigan-Huron was near average.  The lake is 11-inches above it’s long term average,  39-inches above the record lows and 22-inches below the March record low in 1986. 

Bob Tidmore

Timeout for Art: Stay on the Bus

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 10, 2016

I'm showing that we're right at 32° this morning and it feels like 25°, wind is at 7 mph from the NNW, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is 9.4 miles. Today: Cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of March 10, 1893 - New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before.

Did you know that the average golf ball has 336 dimples?

Word of the day: pinnate (PIN-eyt) when means resembling a feather, as in construction or arrangement; having parts arranged on each side of a common axis. Pinnate stems from the Latin pinna meaning "feather, wing, fin." It entered English in the late 1600s.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

(Posted at 10 pm, 3/9/16)

March 9, 2016

View Video of the Meeting Here

Sunday Senior Dinner with Suzuki Strings

Book Review

by Joe Moore

"Viejo and the Ranger" by Cliff Hudgins is not just another western. Although starting in Virginia in the years after the Civil War, it quickly moves to Texas. The main character is a preacher's son, who returns to his home from his job in his successful general store to find his entire family has been killed, and, by the local, not so lawful, law enforcement officers. The story progresses as the main character becomes just like the murderers that took his family, but the story takes a very interesting turn when the Texas Ranger and Viejo manage to meet up with him. This story will evoke every possible emotion as you read it. As you approach the end, you will be in tears, and then you will be overwhelmed with joy and happiness as the last page is read.

This is, by far, the right book to read during the Lenten season, and it will keep you completely immersed in it from the first chapter to the end.

Beaver Island Community School Wins Sumdog Math Contest!

The students in grades K-7 participated in the Sumdog Math Contest for Charlevoix-Emmet county.  BICS won 1st place in the contest!  As the winning school, BICS was awarded 30 free subscriptions to the website, which will give teachers and students additional features and will unlock more fun math activities.

The contest lasted one week and students went online to answer as many math problems as possible.  Each student receives a point for each correct answer. The school with the most points wins!

Beaver Island had 7 of the Top Ten Winners of the entire contest.  First place, with 921 correct answers, was Mackenzie Martin.  Elisha Richards took third place with 847. Anderson Brissette, Michah Richards, Gage Anderson, Will Nix and Chris Vanthof were all Top Ten Winners. Congratulations to all!

Our students proved once again that.....

Math is Fun!  Math is Everywhere!

Although the contest is over, students are encouraged and able to continue to use the Sumdog website. (from Connie Boyle)

Our New Lives

by Cindy Ricksgers

CBS News-Mugs Bass Story

from November 9, 2010

Read it Here

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 9, 2016

During the night massive amounts of snow vanished, although like the phoenix, they may rise again before winter is truly gone. Right now we can enjoy this spring-like weather. It's lightly raining and I'm showing 44° right now, with a windchill of 38°, wind is at 12 mph from the SW with gusts up to 27 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is rising from 1006 mb, and visibility is at 2.2 miles. Today: Patchy fog in the morning. Rain showers in the morning then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.

On this date of March 9, 1959 - Mattel introduced Barbie at the annual Toy Fair in New York.

Did you know that the hyoid bone in your throat is the only bone in your body not attached to any other? The hyoid bone is a very special bone in the human head which is unique in that it is not attached to any other bones in the body; rather, it is supported by a network of muscles and ligaments, which trap it like a fly in amber directly below the tongue. The primary role of the bone is to support the weight of the tongue, allowing people to articulate words while speaking, and enabling the production of a wide range of vocalizations.

Word of the day: catawampus (kat-uh-WOM-puh s) which means askew; awry. Catawampus is of uncertain origin, though its first element, cata- likely derives from the adverb cater meaning "diagonally." The second element may be related to the Scottish term wampish meaning "to wave about or flop to and fro." It entered English in the mid-1800s.

Beaver Island Primary Results

St. James Township had 112 votes cast. Peaine Township had 109 votes cast. The total primary participants for Beaver Island was 221.

St James Township Republican Party Results

Ted Cruz

John Kasich

Marco Rubio
Donald Trump

St James Township Democratic Paty Results

Hilary Clinton
Martin O'Malley
Bernie Sanders

Peaine Township Republican Party Results

Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Marco Rubio
Donald Trump

Peaine Township Democratic Party Results

Hilary Clinton
Bernie Sanders

Total Results for Beaver Island

Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Marco Rubio
Donald Trump
Uncommitted Repub
Hilary Clinton
Martin O'Malley
Bernie Sanders
Uncommitted Demo


Beaver Island  Compared to State of Michigan Primary Results
Beaver Island
State of Michigan
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Marco Rubio
Donald Trump
Hilary Clinton
Bernie Sanders


Pictures Around the North End

A ride around the northern end of the island including Donegal Bay and Gull Harbor on March 7th and 8th provided some nice memories recorded as pictures. You can view the gallery below.

Gallery of Pictures

The Farmhouse on Beaver Island

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 8, 2016

If the island could talk, it would be crying, "I'm melting, I'm melting". It's almost unbelievable how fast the snow and ice have disappeared although the muddy roads bring it all into perspective quite quickly. I'm so glad we live on the pavement. Right now it's 37° and feels like 31°, wind is at 8 mph from the SE, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1012 mb, and visibility is at 8.5 miles. Today: Chance of rain showers in the morning, then numerous rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gust to around 30 mph.

On this date of March 8, 1894 - A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S.

Did you know that sheep, goats, and octopuses pupils are rectangular? The reason these animals have rectangular pupils is because this is what helps them avoid predators. Rectangular pupils tend to get very narrow during day time, which gives animals a greater accuracy of depth perception in their peripheral vision. Traditionally seen as prey, thanks to their eyes these animals are able to avoid predators.

Word of the day: isonomy (ahy-SON-uh-mee) which means equality of political rights. Isonomy derives from the Greek terms ísos meaning “equal” and nómos meaning “law.” It entered English around 1600.

BICS Students in Art Show

There was an art show across in Charlevoix. Sarah Avery , Zack Bousquet , Emily Burton, Sharon Schwartzfisher, and Elizabeth Wiser had art in the art show There were 10 top Winners, and Sarah Avery one was one of them. Then Sarah Avery got honorable mention, so did Sharon Schwartzfisher, and daughter Elizabeth Wiser. Zack Bousquet had a piece of art in show also.

A small gallery of cell phone pictures are HERE

Geometry Class String Art

Mrs. Boyle's String Art

Mrs. Boyle's High School Geometry class has been working on designs that may have curves in them, but can only be constructed by strings strung in straight lines. Here is an album of those string art shapes.

Geometry String Art Album HERE

Off We Go!

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for March 7, 2016

Monday morning, it's ok, have coffee, it's thawing out, plus I'm up and breathing... all in all, looks to be a good day. Right now I'm showing 37° with a wind chill of 29°, wind is at 12 mph from the SW with gusts up to 30 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is rising from 1010 mb, and visibility is at 4.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Rain likely in the evening, then a chance of rain after midnight. Areas of fog through the night. Lows in the lower 40s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

On this date of March 7, 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone. I have to wonder what he would think of how his telephones have evolved into the so popular cell phone.

Did you know that in a deck of cards the king of hearts is the only king without a moustache? Not because of superior personal hygiene. He originally had one, but it was lost in the reproduction of the original design. A similar mistake caused his axe to become a sword.

Word of the day: autoschediasm (aw-toh-SKEE-dee-as-uh m) which means something that is improvised or extemporized. Autoschediasm can ultimately be traced back to the Greek terms autós meaning "self" and schédios meaning "near, casual, offhand." It entered English in the mid-1800s.

Sheriff Don Schneider to Retire

announces his intention not to run for re-election and to retire at the end of this term after serving the citizens of Charlevoix County for over thirty-five years at the Sheriff’s Office.

Schneider’s career at the Sheriff’s Office began in October 1981 as a Deputy Sheriff.  In January of 1986 he was promoted to Sergeant and January 1997 was appointed Undersheriff by former Sheriff George T. Lasater.  Schneider served in that position for over twelve years until Sheriff Lasater’s retirement. Schneider ran for Sheriff in 2008 and was elected for two terms.

Sheriff Schneider is both humbled and honored to have been placed in the trust of the good citizens of Charlevoix County over his long career.

Sheriff Schneider is placing his full support and endorsement of Undersheriff Chuck Vondra to assume the honored position of Sheriff in the coming election.  Vondra has been his appointed Undersheriff for the past two terms and has done an exemplary job which has prepared him to be the best candidate for County Sheriff, without question.  Sheriff Schneider asks for your support for Chuck Vondra.

James R. Aman Obituary

James R. Aman
March 28, 1956 - March 6, 2016

James Robert Aman of Plymouth, passed away peacefully Saturdayafternoon at the age of 59. James is survived by his beloved wife Katherine, his loving daughter Jill (Sidney IV) Hutcherson, his two grandchildren Sidney V, and Ava Hutcherson, his father William (June) Aman, and his two beagles Sammie and Lucy. James was preceded in death at a very young age by his father James Stasky and his mother Sylvia Aman.

Besides being an amazing husband, Dad, and grandpa, Jim was the ultimate outdoorsman. He loved camping, fishing, hunting, and target shooting. He also loved animals - especially his two beagles. He was a proud truck driver and member of the hutch paving team. He loved to drive, whether it be his big red dump truck, Tahoe, moped, or his old boat, "The Fish Popper."

Jim was the type that would do good deeds for anyone and very much believed in earning good karma. When you find the opportunity to pay it forward, think of Jim and just do it!

Visitation for James will be Tuesday, March 8, from 3-8pm at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main Street, Plymouth, 48170. His Funeral Service will be Wednesday, March 9, at 3pm at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society

March Beauty and Spring Run-Off Begins

Ducks and more ducks......Baby waterfall...............Chunky ice and icebergs

Interesting ice at Gull Harbor......Eagles on the ice in the harbor

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Three Video Clips of Spring

Spring Run-Off 1


Spring Run-Off 2


Waves and Icebergs


Paul Niehaus, Mentor

At the MSTA Michigan Science Teachers Association conference this weekend.

Paul is in a session mainly about the seasons and was building a model to help explain and understand what makes the seasons. This helps fight the misconception that we have the seasons because they think that in summer the earth is closer to the sun. When in reality it is closer in the winter. We get the seasons because of the tilt of the earth.

1st Annual Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament

Approximately forty (40) people signed up for the Lake G Ice Fishing Gathering down the island toward the south on Lake Geneserath sponsored by the Beaver Island Wildlife Club. There was some preparation necessary, and several of the younger ones headed down there as well. It was definitely a successful day of ffishing on Lake G.

Thanks to Jeff Powers for the photos.

View a gallery of pictures by Jeff Powers HERE

BICS Students Compete in Robots Competition in Standish

Based up a facebook post that was placed there at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2015, the Beaver Island group is in the final four. Each group in this final grouping is made up of three teams, so there are really twelve teams in the final four grouping. An update will be posted if the information comes available.

(Taken from facebook post by J. Anderson)

Made the semifinals and 1 win in there with BIROBOT. And they are on their way to the FINALS! Way to go BIRobots!

Looks like the BIRobots (and their Blue Alliance) took 2nd Place! Here We Go Islanders! Here We Go!

View the twitter feed for the BIRobots

The Most Frustrating Patient Evacuation

by Joe Moore

(Another fictional story of rural EMS)

The Most Frustrating Patient Evacuation
By Joe Moore
(This is a fictional patient.)

I have, over the years, made presentations at conferences and local and regional training programs that speak about the absolute difference of rural EMS.  This geographical location requires three legs to get a patient to the hospital:  a local island based EMS, an air transport across thirty-two miles of water to the mainland, and a mainland EMS ambulance to get the patient to the hospital.   My opening teaser question is this:  What do you do if you can’t transport your emergency patient?  This usually gets their attention and I hear comments like:  “What do you mean you can’t transport the patient?”  Then I open up the ball with the next questions:  “What is the longest time you’ve been responsible for a patient in the prehospital environment?  Every one in EMS, please raise your hand. Lower your hands when I give your answer. Lower your hand if your answer is one hour?  Two hours?  (Lots of hands go down.) Three hours?  (Most hands are down now.)  I get all hands down when I add the following:  “If you are on a patient transfer for more than three hours take your hands down.” (All hands are down now, even in a group of two hundred people.)  “How would you like to be responsible for your emergency patient for sixteen hours?  Twenty-four hours? Or More?”  (Now I have their attention.)  This is rural EMS from this geographical location.  Here is an example of one emergency evacuation, the most frustrating one in thirty years.

I am paged to the local doctor’s office for a 68 year old male who may have accidentally overdosed on warfarin, probably caused by dementia.  My patient has been tested with a finger-poke machine and has a reading four times higher than a normal reading .  The reads “meter greater than eight.”This makes the blood clotting time more than eight times normal clotting time.

Vitals signs suggest that the patient is in shock with a blood pressure lower than any normal person of this age group.  The pulse rate is higher than normal, and I want to get this patient to definitive care as quickly as possible.  The doctor has an IV in place running at the keep open rate.  The patient has pain in the abdomen on palpation, and these and other assessments suggest that immediate transport is needed possibly due to internal bleeding.  The doctor has given the patient a pain-relieving drug. I am very worried about this patient, one of my neighbors, and the patient’s outcome if immediate transport is not initiated.

The weather is nasty, and the patient has dementia.  Not exactly a very good combination.   The fog is thick and visibility is low.  The evacuation from this island paradise may be difficult, but the doctor’s office manager has already made arrangements for the emergency aircraft evacuation using an USCG helicopter.  I get a phone call from the local air transport service.  They have prepared the locally owned and licensed EMS air transport vehicle, have filed an instrument flight plan, and are ready to evacuate the patient. We are ready to evacuate the patient.

“The Coast Guard will be here in forty-five minutes,” the doctor states.  “There is also another air transport aircraft enroute.  I want you to transport this patient by whichever one gets here first.”

This makes perfect sense except the arrival time of these aircraft is eliminating not only the Platinum Ten Minutes, but the Golden Hour, and any other memory tool that I have learned.  My response is, “There is another option, the local air transport service.”

“No, we have made the arrangements, and the family agrees with our transport arrangements,” the doctor states. 

I immediately walk out to talk to the patient’s daughter, and I make the same statement about another option.  “No, we will go with the doctor’s plan.”

I am standing there in the dark about why, so I ask why.  “That doesn’t matter.  You will follow the orders of the physician in charge of the patient.”

The patient is loaded onto our ambulance cot, placed in the ambulance, and driven eight miles to the airport.  I am in the back with the patient, who says, “I’m going to the local hospital, aren’t I?  Do I really have to go?”

I remember that this patient has dementia and tell him, “We are getting you to the hospital because that’s where you need to be.  We are going where your doctor and your daughter have decided that you need to go.”

Monitoring the patient’s vital signs and cardiac rhythm and turning up the IV to add fluid to the patient’s circulatory system seems needed.  He is resting comfortably as we pull into the airport and move the patient into the airport terminal building to keep warm.  We also don’t know which method of air transport is going to occur.  We continue our patient monitoring and then the Coast Guard helicopter lands.

The Coast Guard EMT comes in to get a report, and states, “I can’t take responsibility for this patient because he needs fluid to maintain his blood pressure.  You will have to come along with us.  There is no way all this equipment can go either.  You, your patient on a folding cot, oxygen if needed, and that IV are the only things you can bring with you.”

“I can’t bring my cardiac monitor with auto blood pressure capability and any other monitoring devices?” I truly complained.

“No, you can’t due to weight restrictions.  We need to get moving because the weather is closing in.  Get your patient on a folding cot and get moving,” the Coast Guard EMT said.

I knew he was just repeating what his captain and engineer had told him.  We used a blanket lift to move the patient from the ambulance cot to a folding cot after removing the monitoring equipment.  I grabbed an oxygen saturation monitor, made sure the IV continued to be running, and we loaded the patient into the helicopter.  All I had to monitor the patient was the little finger-clip monitor.  At least I would be able to monitor the patient’s oxygen levels and his pulse rate.

I was told to climb into the helicopter and told to sit on the cold metal deck.  I shivered as I thought to myself, “What the heck am I doing?  This is stupid.”  At least the patient had some blankets and a folding cot between the deck and him.  If this patient crashed, I would be out of luck, and the patient would be out of luck also.

The helicopter took off and climbed to about three hundred feet off the ground.  We flew at this low altitude for a little less than an hour over the water headed not to the closest airport, but to an airport sixty miles away.  I held my breath and prayed for my patient.  I also said a prayer for myself since I had nothing with me to help my patient except an IV running, oxygen if it was needed, and a little finger probe monitor.  We actually had to climb to get over the shoreline for the city airport.

I was able to take a breath of relief when the patient was turned over to the mainland paramedics after my report was given.  Luckily the patient did not bleed to death in the helicopter.  Not so lucky, I was now stranded sixty miles away from home with some nasty weather continuing. 

This was not the best transport in my thirty year career, and I hope I never have to do this again.  Total transport time from EMS page until the turn over at the mainland airport: two hours.  

We could have had the patient monitored, I could have had all of my equipment with me in the local air transport, the patient would have been at the hospital, and I could have had my paperwork done and be back in my home in this amount of time if we had used the locally licensed air transport vehicle..

(Photoshopped picture)

Next time, the doctor can fly in the helicopter.

BICS BEST Class Competes Remotely

View small picture gallery HERE

The Titan Challenge is a business simulation competition through the Junior Achievement organization. It is hosted by Davenport University in Grand Rapids. Our Business Education, Services and Technology (B.E.S.T.) class and Advanced Business Management classes are both business Career Tech Ed classes, supported by the Char-Em Isd funds our school receives. This competition satisfies a number of state requirements for the programs.

This year our team was unable to travel to the competition, due to weather. Teacher Connie Boyle and the Titan administrator arranged the technology so the students could compete remotely. It was the first time a team had done that, and it was very successful.

Our team, Tessa Jones, Sarah Avery, and Olya Stebbins, performed very well, ending with a Performance Index score of 686, which was very high. They took second place in their pool of teams.  Approximately 50 teams competed.

While our team did miss out on the business motivational speaker, college campus tour and meeting other students, they were happy to be able to compete and a number of students and teachers stopped by the camera to see our team and say a few words.

A special thanks to our community volunteer, Mr. Kirk Welter, who helped prepare the students for the competition. A volunteer is required by the JA program, and we truly appreciate his time and expertise. Way to go Islanders!

(Thanks to Connie Boyle for providing this.)



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

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Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

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Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

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Meeting of July 30. 2015

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August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

January 28, 2016

Video of the meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

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Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

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BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

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June 29, 2015

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July 13, 2015

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August 28, 2015

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September 14, 2015

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November 9, 2015

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January 11, 2016

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February 8, 2016

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

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July 8, 2015

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September 9, 2015

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October 14, 2015

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January 13, 2016

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January 21, 2016

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February 10, 2016

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St. James Township Meeting Video

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November 4, 2015

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1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

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January 6, 2016

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January 20, 2016, at 1pm

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February 3, 2016

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Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

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Ron Wojan's Reply

To Ken Taylor:

Thank you for your courteous response to my letter regarding improvements to our Fire Station.  I disagree with most of what you said.  It is true that we have had problems with proper bookkeeping on the sewer project.  The keeping of minutes and bookkeeping has never been our strong point on Beaver Island. We have a small pool of year round residents from which to draw these board members. They are not accountants or lawyers.  The sewer fees and accounts to manage them should have engineered by a professional and not just dumped in the lap of the township officials to handle - which always seems to be the case.   

In regard to how things were handled, you are misinformed or you are surmising. The Contract Bids said that  "All additional work has to be submitted for approval by the Township Board".  I did not submit any additional work orders for their approval. Once the fire station improvements became a political football, I was determined to finish it without additional costs to the township.

I had trouble with the land by the well falling off and needed much deeper footings and much more foundation, subsequent fill,compacting , etc.

Given the controversy and not wanting to add to the political fodder, I elected to finish this job at my own expense. I wouldn't want you or anyone else to think we were doing something corrupt.  So the township is absolutely innocent of any wrong doing. I did submit a bill at this week's meeting for some items that were added by engineers after bids were let and for a drain and garage door opener that was not part of the bid.

Patti and I are happy to donate and give back about $15,000.00 to to our community on this project. Jim Wojan provided all the fill, took out all existing cement, helped move the tower etc, etc .  About $10,000.00 on his part. This has been going on for years . Local businesses and individuals giving back time and money for the good of the community, many times to the detriment of their own businesses. But, that's a story for another day.

Ryan Wellman Flyover

March 3, 2016 at 8:45 p.m.

Photo Gallery in the Dark

More Blue Ice

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Ken Taylor Responds

In no way am I against the Fire Hall improvements. It was my FOIA request. Infrastructure such as the Library, EMS, Fire Department, BIRHC, and Historical Society have always been on my list of support, whether it was voted millage or donations.  My concern was with the township board not doing their job correctly, above board, and fairly to everyone.  All contractors performing work for the township should be treated equally.  

Public meeting minutes should show any change orders that were accepted by the township board for all contractors, which seems not to have been in the case of the Fire Hall. This is not the fault of Ron Wojan Contracting, but of the way things are done by some current and past township board members.  The township board's behavior has gotten us in trouble before and will continue to do so if they don't adhere to good and fair practices.

Ken Taylor

Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial

Curriculum available for 4th through 8th grade teachers

The Department of Natural Resources is offering a fun way for teachers to integrate Michigan’s migratory birds into their science and social studies classes with a free new curriculum. 

The year 2016 marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds (also called the Migratory Bird Treaty), signed Aug. 16, 1916.

Three other treaties were signed shortly thereafter with Japan, Russia and Mexico. The Migratory Bird Treaty, the three other treaties signed later, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act form the cornerstones of efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial curriculum will take students in 4th-8th grades through the history of bird conservation and will introduce them to important environmental legislation and the concept of treaties signed between cooperating countries.

Students also will learn about the biology and natural history of 14 different Michigan birds, along with their fascinating conservation stories. Toward the end of the curriculum, students will apply their new knowledge in an energetic classroom discussion and finish with a culminating research project. 

Michigan 4th- through 8th-grade teachers interested in receiving the curriculum should register by April 1 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/migratorybird.

Letter to the Editor

by Ron Wojan

About our fire station addition:

I was the contractor on our new fire station addition. I was dismayed after working so hard to complete this project on such a tight budget, that there is controversy about the improvements to this much needed project. I feel the general public has the right to know all the facts surrounding this project. The original building was built in the 70's. It had the old T-111 siding which was rotten at the bottom and the windows were nearly falling out. The windows were manufactured by Norco and there have been problems with that manufacturer for some time. So, the township had to get something done with the building and get a more maintenance free building, which modern  materials could provide. An architect was hired and plans were made.

The plan was to bid it in three phases with future storage and expansion considered. Phase I consisted of repairs to the siding and windows in the existing building. We cut out the rotten siding up two feet and replaced the siding and substrate with womanized plywood. The siding would be maintenance free good quality vinyl with MDF trim which never needs painting, which will not chip, crack, peel, or rot.

Phase II was to put on an addition straight north. That was a 32 ft. x 36 ft. addition. We needed that addition to store equipment and the spring firefighting trucks inside. They are currently drained and outside. The ice rescue sled is upstairs in the furnace room of the existing building. It would take some time just to get it down from there. I thought we were going to need it last week when someone put a shanty on the harbor. There is not much ice this year. Also, it's very tight between trucks in the existing building. The fire trucks are much bigger and wider these days. You need to pull them out to clean them or work on them.

Phase Ill was to incorporate (now or in the future) a 32 ft. x 34 ft. addition toward the restrooms which were toward the lake. We then could get a ladder truck in there someday and we would have room to work and juggle equipment as necessary. These were all good plans. I think initially it was thought that it might not be possible to do all  3 phases.

The bid I submitted was $26,900.00 for Phase I, $45,547.00  for Phase II, and $51,554.00 for Phase Ill. This is public  information. So that's a total of $124,001.00. I know they were surprised that they could get that amount of improvement for that amount of money. I explained to them at the meeting that they would not get that price if done separately, because an extra outside wall would have to be eliminated later between Phase II and Phase Ill, and that the roofing of Phase II would have to be interrupted and redone when you  go  to Phase Ill. There are valleys coming into it. Also, a massive  header would be required between Phase II and Ill at a later date, in order to open the building up completely from one Phase to the other. If done initially, the support could be built into the truss system. It also would involve more work on siding, eaves trough, and several other items, if built in phases. 

At the meeting, it was  decided  that  if they  could swing it, they would take my advice and do the 3 Phases at the same time, a prudent decision, I feel, in everyone's best interest.

I billed St. James township extras for a couple of things that were elected to be done that were not part of the bid. I billed them $2,608.00 for good seamless gutters all the way around the entire building. My contract called for replacing the plastic gutters with equivalent ones on the road side only, but, again, I feel a prudent decision of the Township to do it right. Currently, I have a bill in for a commercial  garage door  opener that was not originally requested, and for extending drainage from the existing building and new building to the north side of the project, and for additional steel rod tie downs that the engineers required after bids were submitted, and a few other items I was not responsible for. The total   price on  these   is  $5,168.00. 

The grand  total  for   my  part  is $131,777.00. I feel this is a great value for the township and won't affect anyone's taxes at all. These current improvements have been done from the existing budget for the fire station. No additional  millage or taxes are required from the taxpayers. The average home owner on Beaver Island pays approximately $100.00 a year for our wonderful fire department. This would not be possible without our volunteer firefighters and  thousands of dollars raised by the auxiliary each year.

This is a great deal for our taxpayers and just one of many examples of the efforts made on the part of township officials and others to get these projects done in the most reasonable and economical way. Many projects have been handled in this way, such as various properties donated, Library building gifted, Beaver Island Rural Health  Center expanded, new boats, the city dump closed and new transfer station built. Also, there were airport improvements, yacht docks repaired, streets improved, and zoning developed. Most all of these projects involved money from grants and benefactors, resulting in big savings to the taxpayers. But those are all stories for another day. I would like to try to pass on some information that I am aware of that has happened here in the last 60 years, a lot of which the general public might not be aware of. It's an untold story of survival as a community, to become a progressive community, and at the same time, trying to keep it affordable for all of us.

Ron Wojan

Olga Burton Completes Math Topics

Ms. Roberts, Olga, Carol Burton

Congratulations to 5th Grader Olga Burton for completing her Aleks "pie" and earning this yummy treat! Olga completed 266 math topics to do this and will soon be moving on to the 6th grade topics! Here we go Islanders! Here we go!

Micah Richards Completes Math Topics

Ms. Roberts, Micah, and Mr. Richards

Congratulations to 4th Grader Micah Richards for completing his Aleks "pie" and earning himself this yummy treat! Micah completed 197 math topics to do this and will soon be moving on to the 5th grade topics! Here we go Islanders! Here we go!

St. James Township Meeting

March 2, 2016

Editor Joe Moore was doing the video of the meeting, and immediately apologizes for some portions of the meeting that may not have made the video recording. After an emotional start to the meeting, there may have been a time that was left out of the recording. I apologize in advance if this actually occurred. The editor does not have time to re-watch the video to find out what was missing, due to commitments to BIEMS education programs. This meeting lasted over 2 hours.

If a visitor to the island just happened to attend the St. James Township Board meeting last night, March 2, 2016, they wouldn't have any idea about what was being done, would not understand the frustration and anger, and would certainly not understand the budget information and bill paying information being presented. They would have come away with more questions than answers, such as: what fund needs to pay back what fund? what is this borrowing from one fund for a short time to pay a payment for another fund? what is this emotional discussion about the job done on the fire hall? what really is the amount to be paid back from the Sewer Fund to the Road Fund? How will it be paid back?

Gosh, as editor, I have these same questions, and I've been to the last few township board meetings! The above paragraph is as editorial as this website will go on this subject, but one more statement needs to be made. If the board members, in general, are so angry that they are not able to communicate effectively with each other, how will they ever be able to communicate to the public in clear and concise statements?

The board meeting began a little after 7 pm since the clock on the wall had quit working. The meeting began with the Pledge as usual, which was followed by the approval of minutes from the two meetings on 2/3/2015, the special meeting and the regular meeting.

Payments were presented and discussed and questions were asked and answered and were also approved.

Correspondence included a FOIA requrest. The township lawyer had suggested that the board should NOT read the FOIA requests during the meeting because of the time it may take to do so. Copies of the FOIA request would be made available to the public as requested. An update on the dangerous structures was short. Haggard reported that the township attorney had not been in the office and could not be reached regarding this issue. Messages had been left for a return call when he gets back in the office.

A report was given to the township board regarding the fire hall project by Ron Wojan which became emotional showing both frustration and anger, which was accompanied by an emotional statement by Jim Wojan about his volunteer work for this project. Tim McDonough, Fire Chief, also made comments regarding the work and the reasons for the timeline extension as well as his involvement in the project. All three had negative things to say about the complaints and how much volunteer efforts have gone into this project, as well as other projects on the island.

Ron explained all three phases of the project, and why they were all completed. He stated that there seemed to be some controversy about this. Jim Wojan stated that his thousands of dollars of volunteer work had not received even a thank you from anyone and included moving the tower and other help. Tim McDonough spoke on the hours upon hours of volunteer work done by the fire department members in completing the inside including painting and planned work to seal the floor. (This editor publicly thanks all of these volunteers for their efforts to complete this project.)

The agenda spoke of an insurance update on the lawsuit, but not much was stated in regard to this.

Kitty McNamara gave a short report on the USDA Cool and Connection program including the letter of interest sent expressing interest in this possible broadband program. She also reported on the Invasive Species grant and asked for support to continue on this. Kitty also spoke about a letter to the COA in Charlevoix County requesting that they restore the funding for services. It was decided that Kitty would write a letter and have the entire board sign it.

Jim Wojan reported that the Yacht Dock Reservation System was required, and that Supervisor Haggard would be receiving a phone call on Thursday at 3 p.m. about the setup of the equipent and the training. Joe Moore volunteered to participate in this training and to become a resource person during this training and setup.

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority appointment was tabled until April 2016 meeting. M. G. Rowe was appointed to the Board of Review. Joe Moore was reappointed to the District Library Board.

There was a report by Elaine West on the Whiskey Point Lighthouse Project. There is a signage requirement that will be paid for from the donations and grant. The lens from the lighthouse will be provided to the township for display in the township hall. It was stated that the location would have to be determined yet, but that the lens viewing would have to be located where disabled individuals could view it.

There was a discussion about whether others, not in the current sewer district, could connect to the sewer system. This came up due to the interest of Daddy Franks. It was determined that there was no procedure in place to allow others outside the current district to apply for connection. The board decided that this needed to be researched and suggested that the current sewer employee investigate this for the board.

There was a somewhat long budget discussion with disagreements in the numbers that were presented from the tax collections amounts as well as the account names. There may be a work bee taking place next Wednesday and Thursday with the supervisor and the clerk.

The date for the annual meeting was set as March 30, 2016, at 7 p.m. to be immediately followed by the St. James Township Annual Meeting.

Jean Wierenga stated that the paperwork for running for office positions on the St. James Township Board was available including the petitions necessary. This paperwork needs to be filled out and returned by April 16, 2016.

Joe Moore asked that the repayment from one fund to another fund be specified clearly in the new 2016-2017 Budget, and the meeting adjourned at approximately 9:10 p.m.

The March 2016 Sewer Fund Report was placed on the table for the public, but was not discussed by the board.

Video of the meeting available HERE.



BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

April 2

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

March 19

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

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.

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.




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