B. I. News on the 'Net, May 1-7, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 7, 2017

There is nothing better than that very first sip of coffee in the morning! That's my statement of fact for the day. This morning we have clear skies, it's 36°, feels like 28°, wind is at 11 mph from the NW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 67%, pressure is rising from 29.88 inches, and visibility is 10.0 miles. Today: Sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight: Clear. Widespread frost after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Evening. Today: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet. Tonight: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Areas of frost. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of May 7, 1847 after a report by physician Nathan Smith Davis, members of the AMA met in Philadelphia as a national professional medical organization, the first of its kind in the world, going on to establish uniform standards for medical education, training, and practice, the world's first national code for ethical medical practice. Ever since, the AMA Code of Medical Ethics dictates professional conduct for practicing physicians.

Did you know that the typewriter was invented in 1829? From ideafinder.com:

"The evolution of the typewriter is part of the ongoing history of the human need to communicate. Gradually a machine emerged that revolutionized the work of the writer. In 1867, Christopher Sholes, Carlos Glidden and Samuel Soule invented the first practical mechanical typewriter machine.

The idea behind the typewriter was to apply the concept of movable type developed by Johann Gutenberg in the invention of the printing press century to a machine for individual use. Descriptions of such mechanical writing machines date to the early eighteenth century. In 1714, a patent something like a typewriter was granted to a man named Henry Mill in England, but no example of Mills’ invention survives.

In 1829, William Burt from Detroit, Michigan patented his typographer which had characters arranged on a rotating frame. However, Burt’s machine, and many of those that followed it, were cumbersome, hard to use, unreliable and often took longer to produce a letter than writing it by hand.
Finally, in 1867, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin printer-publisher-politician named Christopher Latham Sholes, with assistance from Carlos Glidden and Samuel Soule, patented what was to be the first useful typewriter. He licensed his patent to Remington & Sons of Ilion, New York, a noted American gun maker. In 1874, the Remington Model 1, the first commercial typewriter, was placed on the market.

Based on Sholes’ mechanical typewriter, the first electric typewriter was built by Thomas Alva Edison in the United States in 1872, but the widespread use of electric typewriters was not common until the 1950s.

The electronic typewriter, a typewriter with an electronic "memory" capable of storing text, first appeared in 1978. It was developed independently by the Olivetti Company in Italy and the Casio Company in Japan."

Word of the day: oleaginous (oh-lee-AJ-uh-nuh s) which means 1) having the nature of qualities of oil. 2) containing oil. 3) producing oil. Oleaginous has always meant “oily, fatty, greasy” to describe plants, fruits, vegetables, fish, and stones. Oleaginous acquired its uncomplimentary sense “smarmy, unctuous” in the 19th century. Oleaginous entered English in the 17th century.

Dr. Lisa Ferris-McCann

Lisa Ferris-McCann, paramedic, paramedic instructor, Beaver Island family, and just an all around wonderful person, who holds property in the form of a condo at Harbor View II, who is the daughter of Omar McCann, and cousin to Kathy Tidmore, has received her doctorate after getting her Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership in Education from Sienna Heights Univeristy.

This lady taught two paramedic classes on Beaver Island, one in 1999 and the second in 2005. Lisa is responsible for the development of Advanced Life Support for our local Beaver Island EMS. Without her educational efforts, Beaver Island would never have gotten the education necessary to move to the advanced level.

Lisa has been working in Washington, D. C., as the Associate Director, Military Programs, for the American Council on Education.

More information will be posted when received.

Interview with New Historical Society Director

May 6, 2017

Lori Taylor-Blitz has been hired as of January 2017 as the new director of the Beaver Island Historical Society. She worked from her home near Escanaba most of the winter, but has been on the island since the middle of April 2017. BINN interviewed her and gave her the opportunity to introduce herself to the island people.

Her contact information for email is: loritaylorblitz@gmail.com, and phone number is 448-2259. She is spending lots of time learning down at the Print Shop Museum.

Video interview


Some Less Dramatic Wildlife Pictures

May 5, 2017

Mushroom hunting on this sunny, warm day did not produce any mushrooms, but there was still plenty to see. The usual stops were made to see Barney's beaver and Gull Harbor bunny, just so the day wasn't seemingly wasted. Garden is ready for planting. What more could be more appealing for springtime?

View a gallery that includes beaver, bunny, and heron to name a few HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 6, 2017

Furnace came on, so it's not all that warm out. Right now I'm showing clear skies, 38°, feels like 30°, wind is at 11 mph from the NW, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 29.72 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs around 50°. North winds 5 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Clear. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through Sunday Afternoon. Today: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy early int he morning, then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet. Tonight: North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Patchy frost. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of May 6, 1682 - King Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, France. From famousdaily.com:

Paris. That is the center of France. It’s where the Eifel Tower is, where culture stems from, and of course where the French court was situated for hundreds of years. Louis XIV was a new breed of King; he reigned with absolute power in an absolute monarch as the longest ruling of France for over 72 years.

On this day May 6th, in 1682, Louis XIV moves the French court from Paris to Versailles. Despite Versailles being one of the most magnificent palaces in the world, this is not the reason why the Sun King decided to move the French court.

Much like the rest of Europe, the King had power, but he was supported by the families, the Dukes, and the many noble families who held armies of his own. By forcing powerful families to move to Versailles he controlled all of France and nobility like puppets. If you were not in court, you would lose favor with the King. Furthermore, it was the happening place. This massively extravagant palace since the French Revolution has not been habited, it also represents the contrast between the way the nobles lived versus the starving peasants of France.

Did you know that the only letter which doesn't appear in the Periodic Table is j? The letter 'J' is disadvantaged should names get drawn from Latin. That language doesn't have a 'J'.

Word of the day: milliner (MIL-uh-mer) which means a person who designs, makes, or sells hats for women. Milan, the name of the chief city of Lombardy, was formerly accented on the first syllable and the second syllable was unstressed. This accounts for the pronunciation of milliner, which meant originally, in the 15th century, “an inhabitant of Milan” and, a century later, “a designer, maker, and merchant of fine garments and accessories for ladies, especially of ladies’ hats.”

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 5, 2017

Overcast skies this morning, 39°, feels like 33°, wind is at 8 mph from the NE with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 29.89 inches, and visibility is 10.0 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds at 10 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Today: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of May 5, 1862 - The Battle of Puebla took place, near the city of Puebla during the French intervention in Mexico. The battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over the occupying French soldiers. The French eventually overran the Mexicans in subsequent battles, but the Mexican victory at Puebla against a much better equipped and larger French army provided a significant morale boost to the Mexican army and also helped slow the French army's advance towards Mexico City. There were a total of approx. 12,000 soldiers in the war, 8,000 French 4,000 Mexican. 462 French soldiers died in combat. Only 83 Mexican soldiers died in the battle.

The Mexican victory is celebrated yearly on the fifth of May. Its celebration is regional in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is celebrated as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It is not a federal holiday in Mexico. There is some limited recognition of the holiday in other parts of the country. In the United States this holiday has evolved into the very popular Cinco de Mayo holiday, a celebration of Mexican heritage.

A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico. Mexico celebrates Independence Day on the 16th of September, commemorating the beginning of the war of Independence (September 16, 1810, Grito de Dolores). Mexico also observes the culmination of the war of Independence, which lasted 11 years, on the 27th of September. (wikipedia)

Did you know that the cells of our skin are replaced regularly? Which brings up the question, why do scars and tattoos stay indefinitely? From Scientific American: The public information office of the Dermatology Associates of Atlanta provides this brief reply:

"The answer is really quite simple. The cells in the superficial or upper layers of skin, known as the epidermis, are constantly replacing themselves. This process of renewal is basically exfoliation (shedding) of the epidermis. But the deeper layers of skin, called the dermis, do not go through this cellular turnover and so do not replace themselves. Thus, foreign bodies, such as tattoo dyes, implanted in the dermis will remain."

James B. Bridenstine of the department of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center adds:

"Our skin is primarily made of the protein collagen, which is produced by cells known as fibroblasts. When the skin (or any other tissue, for that matter) is wounded, the wound-healing process initiates the generation of new fibroblasts to produce scar collagen, which is different from the collagen in normal skin. Even though individual cells within the skin periodically die and are replaced with new cells, the scar collagen remains. The only time when wounds will heal without producing scars is during the fetal stage of life, when the skin produces fetal collagen, a protein that is different from adult collagen. If we could find a way to turn on the production of fetal collagen after birth, then we could, presumably, perform scarless surgery.

"Tattoos remain in the skin because the ink particles that produce the coloration are too large to be ingested by the white bloods cells that patrol the body and carry foreign bodies away from the skin. The new tattoo-removing lasers work because the laser energy pulverizes the ink into microfine dust particles that are small enough to be taken in by the white blood cells and carried away.

Word of the day: abrazo (ah-BRAH-thaw) which means an embrace, used in greeting someone. Spanish abrazo and Italian abbraccio, both meaning “a hug, an embrace” come from the Latin prefix (and preposition) ad- “to, at, near” and Spanish brazo and Italian braccio “arm” both come from Latin brachium. Abrazo entered English in the 17th century.

Community Appreciation Pig Roast

May 20, 2017

Beaver Island Transportation Authority

Agenda for May meeting...............Minutes from April meeting

The Best Beaver Island Beaver Picture

The best beaver picture on the island (credits purposefully refused)


Notice of Special Meeting:


The St. James Township
Planning Commission
Will meet immediately following the
Public Hearing scheduled for
7:00 PM Monday, May 8, 2017

St. James Township Hall
37735 Michigan Ave.
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2260

The purpose of this special meeting is toconduct regular planning commission business. As always, public attendance is encouraged.

What Did You Say 38

by Joe Moore

The pager goes off at a little after 3 a.m., and, although groggy, I jump out of bed.  I didn’t hear the page the first time; at least I didn’t here where or what.  I’d guess that’s why they always do a second page, and, if no one answers, they will do a third one.  I heard the second page.

“Beaver Island EMS,” the voice stated, “Respond to the Gravertian residence for a thirty-nine year old male patient who is unresponsive.  The patient is on the floor with CPR in progress.”

Read the rest of the story HERE

Evening Ride with Sunset

May 3, 2017



Barney's Lake had three herons

View a gallery of the ride and the sunset HERE

First Sailboat of the Season

(Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this photo)

The yachting season has begun on the island as of May 2, 2017, with the arrival of the first sailboat at the Beaver Island Municipal Dock. The dockmaster will have his beginning work at using the reservation system very soon, even with the issues from last year still in place.

St. James Township Meeting

May 3, 2017

Supervisor K. McNamara Green and Patrick Cull

Jeff Powers, trustee; and Diane McDonough, treasurer

Minutes April Regular Meeting 040517....Minutes of Special Meeting 042417

Agenda for May meeting.....Finance Report for May meeting

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 4, 2017

Obviously we slept in this morning and then somehow the coffee maker got unplugged so now we're waiting for those first cups. We have clear skies again this morning, it's 40°, feels like 36°, wind is at 5 mph from the south, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 30.01 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs around 60°. Light winds becoming west at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. MARINE REPORT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest early in the evening. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 4, 1942 - The United States began food rationing. From history.com:

"Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s subsequent entrance into World War II, it became apparent that voluntary conservation on the home front was not going to suffice this time around. Restrictions on imported foods, limitations on the transportation of goods due to a shortage of rubber tires, and a diversion of agricultural harvests to soldiers overseas all contributed to the U.S. government’s decision to ration certain essential items. On January 30, 1942, the Emergency Price Control Act granted the Office of Price Administration (OPA) the authority to set price limits and ration food and other commodities in order to discourage hoarding and ensure the equitable distribution of scarce resources. By the spring, Americans were unable to purchase sugar without government-issued food coupons. Vouchers for coffee were introduced in November, and by March of 1943, meat, cheese, fats, canned fish, canned milk and other processed foods were added to the list of rationed provisions.

Every American was entitled to a series of war ration books filled with stamps that could be used to buy restricted items (along with payment), and within weeks of the first issuance, more than 91 percent of the U.S. population had registered to receive them. The OPA allotted a certain amount of points to each food item based on its availability, and customers were allowed to use 48 ‘blue points’ to buy canned, bottled or dried foods, and 64 ‘red points’ to buy meat, fish and dairy each month—that is, if the items were in stock at the market. Due to changes in the supply and demand of various goods, the OPA periodically adjusted point values, which often further complicated an already complex system that required home cooks to plan well in advance to prepare meals.

Despite the fact that ration books were explicitly intended for the sole use by the named recipient, a barter system developed whereby people traded one type of stamp for another, and black markets began cropping up all over the country in which forged ration stamps or stolen items were illegally resold. By the end of the war, restrictions on processed foods and other goods like gasoline and fuel oil were lifted, but the rationing of sugar remained in effect until 1947."

Did you know that a soap bubble is 10,000 times thinner than the average human hair?

Word of the day: coruscant (kuh-RUHS-kuh nt, KAWR-uh s, KOR -) which means sparkling or gleaming; scintillating; coruscating. The Latin adjective coruscus “flashing, gleaming” and its derivative coruscāre, come from the same Proto-Indo-European root (s)ker-, (s)krē- (with other variants) “to jump around, leap.” In Langobardic (the Germanic language of the Lombards) skerzan “to leap with pleasure” (in Middle High German scherzen “to jump for joy,” modern German scherzen "to joke, jest") was adopted into Italian as the verb scherzare “to joke, jest” and the noun scherzo. Coruscant entered English in the 15th century.

A Little Timeout for Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

The Langford Prank

by Dick Burris

Langford Prank:

 I had bought a load of logs from Bobby Graves; he set then off in a big pile with his log truck boom.
 I took my "cant hook" and rolled some down; for some reason it looked like there were far less logs than it did on the stacked previous pile.

 Don Langford, our friend and buddy, a little later bought one of these 8 cord loads, and had it delivered off the road near his driveway.  Don being a perfectionist became my target for the prank I became obsessed with.

  Two stories about Don:
 We poured a floor for his garage; and when he mounted the garage door (exactly word for word according to the instructions), he came to a perplexing dilemna,  The instructions said to scribe the bottom of the door, and plane it to fit the concrete it was to rest on. The floor was so flat that he couldn't slide a putty knife under it anywhere.  He actually was bothered by this, and asked me what he should do about it. The explanation satisfied him.

   When we had finished the floor, we had burned the concrete sacks in a barrel.   When they were completely burned, Dave Gladish, my helper, dumped the ashes in the driveway.   I noticed a pensive expression on Don's face as he viewed the incident. Dave hadn't a clue on what had transpired! The next morning, Dave told me, "Look, Don cleaned all of the ashes off the driveway!"

  His firewood for his fireplace was cut exactly 16 1/4" long, and stacked so tight in a pile, that it would almost hold water.

   Anyway, back to the story. One morning, when we were at my log pile I gave Dave a couple of plastic bags, and asked him to help me fill them with sawdust.  He asked what was I going to doing with it.   I told him, "Don't ask, to just humor me."

We stopped at Don's driveway log pile; I spilled a bunch of logs down, and ahead of the bottom ones strewed sawdust out about 16" apart, the full length of the logs.   Then we drove off to work.  I figured we’d wait a couple of days, then tell him that we'd done this.

Well, being forgetful, about three weeks later, we saw Don's wife in the grocery store.  I told her, "Oh my God, I forgot to tell Don that we were the ones that did it!"
She went into hysterics, as did we, for about 5 minutes. His wife said she had moved out of the bedroom because Don left the window open, and it was cold in the room, to catch the culprits that had done it.  He had also made many trips down there checking on the logs.

Don was peeved about it, but got over it.  I told him it was all my fault, that Dave just went along with it. Don said that he was relieved that is wasn't  someone stealing from him. He told people at church that they would have given them wood if they'd just asked; they didn't have to steal it!

Fractured Fairy Tales

Don't forget to get your tickets to the 4th - 6th Grade Play (WITH SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES BY THE PRESCHOOL - 3RD GRADERS!) Tickets are $6 each and on sale at the Beaver Island Community Center! The program begins at 7 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 3, 2017

Whoo hoo!! We have clear skies! It's 35°, feels like 30°, wind is at 5 mph from the west, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 30.02 inches, and visibility is 6.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds. MARINE REPORT Today: NOrthwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 3, A ski-modified U.S. Air Force C-47 piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher of Oklahoma and Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict of California becomes the first aircraft to land on the North Pole. A moment later, Fletcher climbed out of the plane and walked to the exact geographic North Pole, probably the first person in history to do so.

In the early 20th century, American explorers Robert Peary and Dr. Frederick Cook, both claiming to have separately reached the North Pole by land, publicly disputed each other’s claims. In 1911, Congress formally recognized Peary’s claim. In recent years, further studies of the conflicting claims suggest that neither expedition reached the exact North Pole, but that Peary came far closer, falling perhaps 30 miles short. In 1952, Lieutenant Colonel Fletcher was the first person to undisputedly stand on the North Pole. Standing alongside Fletcher on the top of the world was Dr. Albert P. Crary, a scientist who in 1961 traveled to the South Pole by motorized vehicle, becoming the first person in history to have stood on both poles. (from this day in history)

Did you know that 40% of Amsterdam commuters get to work by bicycle? The high level of bicycle ridership in Amsterdam is due to a variety of bike-friendly transportation policies. The city boasts an extensive system of bicycle paths that allow riders to bypass traffic signals and shortcut through neighborhoods. Residential neighborhoods restrict speed limits to 30 kilometers per hour to improve safety. Bike parking facilities are located citywide, while vehicle parking downtown is highly restricted.

Word of the day: minatory (MIN-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee) which means menacing; threatening. The English adjective minatory has always stuck pretty closely to its Latin source, minārī “to threaten,” a derivative of the noun minae “threats, menaces.” Another derivative in Latin is the Late Latin noun minātor, “one who drives cattle with threats, drover.” This “country” usage persisted in French, in which the verb mener, a direct descendant of Latin minārī, means “to lead.” Minatory entered English in the 16th century.

Another Quick Ride

It's $2 Tuesday, so the ride for today had to be a fairly quick one. The ride took in the Barney's Lake around down Sloptown and back to Carlisle Road. A little bit was seen on this quick trip, but enough to make the gas worth the trip. This trip finished a little before 3 p.m. There were cars and trucks just speeding by, but these were available for all to see. Here are some pictures in no particular order, and one video clip of the osprey eating a fish.

Osprey feeding on Sloptown

Loons on Barney's......??? on Sloptown

Sandhill or Heron?? flying over.....Deer by Barney's Lake

Osprey feeding clip 

Artifacts to Memories: Things I Can't Let Go

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 2, 2017

Finally things are beginning to move for Henrietta. I will be having a CT biopsy on May 11th at 8 a.m. (no weather that day). I have this picture in my mind of Henry, with his feet up on my one remaining brain cell, chatting with Henrietta. She, on the other hand, is about to become Poor Pitiful Pearl and be tied to the railroad tracks. My doctor will make sure she's taken care of and poor, old Henry will just have to be a celibate recluse. Anyhow, I'm feeling just fine. Obviously still have a somewhat warped sense of humor.

Ok, on to the weather. Overcast skies this morning, the sky is still drooling, it's 39°, feels like 33°, wind is at 8 mph from the SW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 97%, pressure is steady at 29.23 inches, and visibility is 4.6 miles. Today: Patchy fog in the morning. Numerous rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect From 10 am This Morning Through Late Tonight. Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 28 knots becoming northwest 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Scattered showers through the day. Waves 2 feet or less building to 4 to 6 feet. Tonight: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

On this date of May 2, 1974 - Former U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals. From the NY Times:

"In the most scathing language contained in the opinion, which was written by Associate Judge J. Dudley Digges, the court maintained, 'It is difficult to feel compassion for an attorney who is so morally obtuse that he consciously cheats for his own pecuniary gain that Government he has sworn to serve, completely disregards the words of the oath he uttered when first admitted to the bar; and absolutely fails to perceive his professional duty to act honestly in all matters.'"

Did you know that the original name of Bank of America was Bank of Italy? American banker A.P. Giannini founded the Bank of Italy in 1904. It later became the Bank of America—which, by the 1930s, was the world’s largest commercial bank. By the time of his death in 1949, Bank of America had more than 500 branch banks, with more than $6 billion in deposits.

Amadeo Giannini founded the Bank of Italy in San Francisco. The Bank of Italy served the needs of many immigrants settling in the United States at that time, a service denied to them by the existing American banks who were typically discriminatory and often denied service to all but the wealthiest. Giannini was raised by his mother and stepfather Lorenzo Scatena, as his father was fatally shot over a pay dispute with an employee. When the 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck, Giannini was able to save all deposits out of the bank building and away from the fires. Because San Francisco’s banks were in smoldering ruins and unable to open their vaults, Giannini was able to use the rescued funds to commence lending within a few days of the disaster. From a makeshift desk consisting of a few planks over two barrels, he lent money to those who wished to rebuild. Later in life, he took great pride in the fact that all of these loans were repaid.

In 1922, Giannini established Bank of America and Italy in Italy by buying Banca dell’Italia Meridionale, the latter established in 1918.

In 1928, Giannini merged his bank with Bank of America, Los Angeles and consolidated it with his other bank holdings to create what would become the largest banking institution in the country. He renamed the Bank of Italy on November 3, 1930, calling it Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association. The resulting company was headed by Giannini with Orra E. Monnette serving as co-Chair.

Word of the day: comestible (kuh-MES-tuh-buhl) which means (noun) an article of food (adjective) fit to eat; edible. From French comestible (edible, food), from Latin comedere (to eat up), from com- (intensive prefix) + edere (to eat). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ed- (to eat, to bite), which also gave us edible, obese, etch, fret, edacious, anodyne, esurient, prandial, and postprandial. Earliest documented use: 1483.

Just Before Dark on May Day 2017

Gull Harbor views, just before dark on this first day of May 2017.


Joint Planning Commission Meeting Notice

May 16, 2017

BICS HOSA Students' Interview

Beaver Island has some pretty fantastic students enrolled in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) at the Beaver Island Community School (BICS) with their instructor Kathie Ehinger, EMT-P. The first accomplishment was every single one of these students moved on from the regional competition to the State of Michigan HOSA Conference and Competition. For a very small K-12 school, that's a pretty amazing accomplishment for all five of them. Congratulations to Tessa Jones, Brenden Jones, Katie LaFreniere, Olya Stebbins, and Svetlana Stebbins!

At the State Competition of HOSA, Tessa scored in the top ten students in the state. Olya scored high enough to end up in second place in Clinical Nursing. Sveta scored high enough to end up in second place in Home Health Aid. Both Olya and Sveta will be heading to the national competition in Orlando, Florida. Say what? Yes, two students in the BICS HOSA program scored second in the state in their individual categories!

You can hear each student talk about their success in the following video clip.


St James Township Meeting Agenda

May 3, 2017

Peaine Township Special Meeting

May 1, 2017, 11 a.m.

Clerk Carla Martin; Supervisor Bill Kohls; Treasurer, Larry Kubic

(Pictures by Cheryl Phillips)

Trustees; Ernie Martin and Paul Welke

Meeting Notice

Airport Resolution

Contracts related to the Airport Resolution

Island Fellow Sponsorship Agreement

View video of the meeting HERE

What Do You See?

Sometimes a photographer sees something out there. Yes, out there in the distance, but it's too foggy or too misty or too windy to get your eyes to clear the image through the teary eyes. In this digital world, the pictures is taken with the hope that it will be able to be identified later. Such is the case in this picture. Tell me what you see. Email your answer to medic5740@gmail.com

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 1, 2017

As Brian Cole said yesterday after Mass, "That was the shortest summer ever!". He was right! Today is breezy and mostly cloudy, we've had .34 inches of rain since midnight, it's 38°, feels like 28°, wind is at 21 mph from the east with gusts to 33 mph, humidity is at 96%, pressure is falling from 29.51 inches, and visibility is 4.6 miles. Today: Rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then numerous rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph shifting to the south 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Numerous rain showers. Lows around 40°. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Afternoon. Today: East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon., then becoming south 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Rain showers early in the morning, slight chance of thunderstorms early in the morning. Numerous showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less in the afternoon. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Numerous showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of May 1, On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building’s lights. Hoover’s gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in New York.

The idea for the Empire State Building is said to have been born of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to see who could erect the taller building. Chrysler had already begun work on the famous Chrysler Building, the gleaming 1,046-foot skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Not to be bested, Raskob assembled a group of well-known investors, including former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith. The group chose the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates to design the building. The Art-Deco plans, said to have been based in large part on the look of a pencil, were also builder-friendly: The entire building went up in just over a year, under budget (at $40 million) and well ahead of schedule. During certain periods of building, the frame grew an astonishing four-and-a-half stories a week.

At the time of its completion, the Empire State Building, at 102 stories and 1,250 feet high (1,454 feet to the top of the lightning rod), was the world’s tallest skyscraper. The Depression-era construction employed as many as 3,400 workers on any single day, most of whom received an excellent pay rate, especially given the economic conditions of the time. The new building imbued New York City with a deep sense of pride, desperately needed in the depths of the Great Depression, when many city residents were unemployed and prospects looked bleak. The grip of the Depression on New York’s economy was still evident a year later, however, when only 25 percent of the Empire State’s offices had been rented.

In 1972, the Empire State Building lost its title as world’s tallest building to New York’s World Trade Center, which itself was the tallest skyscraper for but a year. Today the honor belongs to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower, which soars 2,717 feet into the sky. (from history.com)

Did you know that the little hole in some sinks that lets the water drain out instead of flowing is called a 'porcelator'. That little hole has saved many a floor.

Word of the day: floriferous (flaw-RIF-er-uh s, floh-) which means producing blossoms; flower-bearing. The Latin adjective florifer “flower bearing” comes from two very common Proto-Indo-European roots, bher- “to carry, bear (in English)” and bhel- “to thrive, bloom (in English).” In English there was no clear distinction between flower and flour until the 18th century. Samuel Johnson (1709-84) in his Dictionary of the English Language (1755) used only the spelling flower and combined both senses into one entry. The Middle English meaning of flour comes from the metaphorical use of flower in the sense “the finest of its kind” (as in the flower of chivalry, or French fleur de farine “the flower of wheat”). Floriferous entered English in the 17th century.



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

The Chamber of Commerce of Beaver Island has posted this, and BINN found it on facebook. It's a very nice video, viewable on YouTube.

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 27, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

December 29, 2016

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February 23, 2017

View Video of this meeting HERE

March 30, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

January 11, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

February 8, 2017

View video of this meeting HERE

March 8, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Annual Meetings

View video of the meeting HERE

April 12, 2017


St. James Township Meeting Video

January 4, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

March 8, 2017

View video of March 8th meeting HERE

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-9pm
231 448-2022

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

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Christian Church Bulletin

April 30, 2017

Wet and Windy, Nasty Day

April 30, 2017

Cold, rainy, wet, windy, and lots of yucky at Gull Harbor

View short video clip below:


Eagle Attacks Duck

On the far side of the harbor near the log cabins, an eagle began chasing a duck, and dove down to try to catch it. The duck dove down and the eagle missed, even after a few tries.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

April 30, 2017

Father John Paul came over to the island and provided the service today at Holy Cross Church today at 9:30 a.m. Deacon Jim Siler was off the island on a pilgrimage. The lector today was Jacque LaFreniere.

Lector Jacque LaFreniere.............Father John Paul read the gospect and gave the sermon

View video of the service HERE

Video Report

for http://beaverisland.tv and News on the 'Net

Interested in which video clips were viewed most frequently, the editor did some checking on the actual number of views and the bandwidth used. The most viewed video clip for the month was the trip made by the Shamrock and Petroqueen as their first run of the year. The total number of views for April was 1113 using 7.9 GB or bandwidth. The next most viewed video clip was the BIROBOT qualifying competition at 888 views and 5.4 GB of bandwidth. The video in third place was the clip with 838 views and using 9.6 GB of bandwidth, titled "Ospreys and Sandhills."

There were many with over 700 views. They were Dicks Gift, Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt, Procession Before Mass, Miller's Marsh and Iron Ore, Waterfalls and Run-off, Eagle Here-Eagle There, Eagle Feasting on the Ice, and many more including the First Boat of the Season.

The total of unique IP addresses viewing in the month of April was 408, with 2307 video clip views, using 185.3 GB of bandwidth. This included fifty views of live streamed video, mainly Mass from Holy Cross, with thrity-one individuals able to participate in the services online.

The totals for the first four months of 2017 were unique IP addresses, 1466; total clips viewed, 11,564; and bandwidth of 504.8 GB. The most popular clip of the year was the Conflict Resolution video with 2071 views and bandwidth of 11.1 GB. The second most popular so far this year was Eagles Feasting on the Ice with 1945 views and bandwidth of 11.4 GB.

Beaver Island Newss on the 'Net is continuing to do the Mass from Holy Cross live every Sunday. There will be many other live streamed events coming up in the month of May. The viewing of the video continues to escalate in numbers, and make information available as soon as it is received or recorded.

I Miss the Lists

by Cindy Ricksgers

Young Islanders in D.C.


In the past couple of months, several students who have gone on past D.C. trips have told me that they wish they could go back and do it again. To walk there, see things, BE.

Sometimes we want to relive a special experience.

As I think through the trip I planned and that is now finished, there are some things I would have done differently. I could have planned some different preparatory work; I could have formulated some guidelines differently.

Sometimes we want a do-over.

While I hopped over Lake Michigan to the island I began to let down. I didn't feel pent up (though I knew that I was), but all of that ~blue~ and clean, clear expanse -- my tiredness really set in as I came home.

Home is the Orient.

Tonight, all of the students can rest in their own beds with their special configurations of blankets and pillows which smell like them. They can walk room to room, passing familiar knick-knacks and photos. They return to their pets and their snack foods and their doors. They have their families.

Everything just as it was that teeny week before. Except them. (Sounds dramatic, don't it?) They're a bit different. Bet on it.

They've been somewhere.
They've seen something.
They've done something. Something unique to each of them, individually, and something to which and from which they will return for years to come. Bet.

View the pictures and the entire experience on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Young-Islanders-In-DC-1871401259801483/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

More Nature Pictures

Last Saturday in April 2017

Crossing Sloptown........Milller's Marsh

Ducklings at Barney's Lake

Heron at Barney's Lake

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Fake Phone Call from Boyne City


When the cellphoe rang last night, I was outside with the dogs. The number came up as from "Boyne City" and, since I know a few people from there, I answered it. The caller said that I had called him, which, of course, I knew was completely false. I've read about these scams where you are called and they record your voice to use it for theft from the banks and credit card companies. Anyway, I hung up on this person on the other end. Unfortunately, I did not remember what I had said to them. I can only hope that I didn't say something that they can get into voice recognition software, manipulate, and then use it to steal something from someone.

BICS HOSA Students

(Pictures by Kathie Ehinger)

Katie, Sveta, Olya, Tessa, and Brenden

Tessa Jones got top ten in Home Health Aid Sveta Stebbins, Home Health Aid, got second place at the state. Olya Stebbins second place, Clinical Nursing, at state also. Olya and Sveta get to go to Nationals.

Beaver Island HOSA is going to Nationals in Orlando, Florida!

Congratulations to you all!

Video of awards by Kathie Ehinger 

Video of awards by Olya Stebbins

Sveta and Olya get awards; both got second in the state for their category 

HOSA Michigan winners!
Olya, Clinical Nursing
Sveta, Home Health aid





BITA Meeting

Spring Serenade

The Spring Serenade will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 11:15 am , at the Beaver Island Community Center.

Harold E. Kruse Celebration of Life Service

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Harold E. Kruse on May 27, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Central Lake, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you live your life a Harold lived his. Let the love Jesus Christ shine through you every day.

Roy Elsworth Memorial

Roy Elsworth Memorial will be on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from noon to 4:00pm at the Circle M. All are welcome to join us in a luncheon and celebrating his amazing life, share stories & memories.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank each and every one of you all, for your condolences, prayers, love and especially for the outpouring of support & help.
Shari Wojciehowski, Duane & Roger Elsworth

New Chamber Event in May 2017

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

April 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

April 30, 2017

April 23 2017

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BICS Events Calendar 2017

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

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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

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 4:00. During those hours we will gladly accept your "gently used, barely used, like new " items. Please be sure that your donations be in season, clean, and in good repair. Thank you for your support !

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.


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