B. I. News on the 'Net, May 18-24, 2015

Memorial Day Ceremony on Beaver Island

At the Veteran's Memorial

The hearty island people were not going to have the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial moved or canceled due to a little liquid sunshine, known to most as spring rain. It was a little chilly with the wind out of the east and a little foggy. It was too wet to set up the sound equipment so everyone was encouraged to move up closer to the memorial bricks. The approximately one hundred attendees joined the seventeen veterans, and braved the chill, the wind, and the fog, to remember the reason for this holiday.

The Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Ron Stith

Meg Works lead the group in the "Pledge of Allegiance."

"God Bless America" was lead by Kathy Speck

Alvin LaFreniere recited the names and a short bio for each Islander who died in service of our country.

Bob Anderson spoke about the American Indians who will be remembered here.

Bob Hoogendoorn gave a closing prayer and then played "Taps"

Video of ceremony HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 25, 2015

Memorial Day. A day to remember all those who have served. It's raining, it's pouring. I won't say the old man is snoring, but I will note that Joe is still sleeping. It's been raining steady all night and my rain gauge is showing one full inch so far. It's still coming down in buckets. The rain is so badly needed as most of northern Michigan has been extremely dry and offered a huge fire danger. This should certainly help that. Right now it's 50°, wind is at 11 mph from the east, humidity is at 100%, pressure is falling from 1018 mb, and visibility is at 3.5 miles. Today: Rain showers in the morning, then numerous rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds at 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon with gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows around 60°. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

NOTE: We are heading off-island Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday so that Henry B. Nine (for those who don't know, that's what I named this tumor on my brain) can get his portrait taken again and doctor appointments. I may not be able to get the weather posted tomorrow, but I will try.

On this date of May 25, 1935 - Babe Ruth hit his final home run, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.

Did you know that the 'black box' that houses an airplanes voice recorder is actually orange so it can be more easily detected amid the debris of a plane crash?

Word of the day: politesse (pol-i-TES, po-lee-) which means formal politeness or courtesy. From Old French politesse (cleanness, polished state), from Italian politezza (polish, smoothness), from Latin polire (to polish). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pel- (skin or hide), which also gave us pelt, pillion, and film. Earliest documented use: 1683.

Gail's Walk, Sunday, May 24, 2015

Twenty people came out to participate in today's walk, scheduled for this weekend in memory of Gail Weede. A total of $370 was raised to increase the fund to help those with health issues.

Gathering for the Gail's Walk

An off they go....

Video clip of Gail's Walk



The First Beaver Island Birding Festival

The first and foremost part of this story is that these are people that are interested in birds and specifically birds on Beaver Island. There were several field trips that were full. There were three presentations on Saturday, May 23, 2015, with a minimum of fifty attendees at each of the presentations. This is obviously a method that might be quite helpful in extending the season of visitors to Beaver Island. There are migrating bird during these days of late May, and there are migrating birds in late August, September, and October, depending on the weather.

Each of the three birding presentations was live streamed on Beaver Island TV at http://beaverisland.tv. Several people viewed at least one of these presentations on this website.

The presentations began at noon or a little after with Kay Charterr, Executive Director of Saving Birds Thru Habitat, presented information on Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s Backyard Certification Program.

Books available for discounted purchase

Kay Charter awaits the beginning of the presentations

Pam Grassmick introduces Kay Charter's presentation

Kay's presentation centered upon how you could provide habitat for birds. Kay answered questions quite effectively.

Link to Video of Kay Charter's Presentation

The next presentation was by Dr. Greg Butcher, U.S. Forest Service International Programs and Migratory Species Coordinator, on "Michigan's Connection to the Tropics.” 

Greg Butcher presentation began at 4 p.m.

Greg Butcher was quite animated and he also plugged the need for habitat for birds. He also answered quite a few questions.

Link to Video of Greg Butcher's Presentation

Dr. Nancy Seefelt followed with “Avian Research in the Beaver Archipelago of Northern Lake Michigan.”

Nancy Seefelt's research around the Beaver Island Archipelago was informative and interesting. Using modern technology the pathways of migration and movement can be exciting!

Link to Video of Nancy Seefelt's Presentation

The Worst and the Best Runs in a 28 Year Career

by Joe Moore

Well, it must be confession time, because this paramedic has nothing to gain and nothing to lose regarding the many patient encounters that have occurred over the last twenty-eight years.  That doesn’t mean that the EMS stories about rural EMS on Beaver Island is over, but it does mean that every single run is not a mundane experience.  Some of them are quite routine, and all you are doing is providing a method to get an emergency patient to the hospital.  Some of them are very depressing because you do everything that you can do, and the patient still dies.  Some of them are so exhilarating, and these are the ones that keep you responding to emergencies of your friends and neighbors.

Let’s get to the worst runs first.  BIEMS is paged to a residence down the west side of the island.  This is a somewhat short run compared to the ones that happen down at the south end of the island, but a few minutes by emergency response vehicle gets me to the residence.  Already in the driveway is another paramedic who is a friend to the patient and his wife.  I enter the house and hear them saying, “Up here,” meaning up on the second story of the house finding the patient in bed.  The assessment of the patient has already been begun by the family’s paramedic friend, so I suggest that he continue as lead paramedic, and he nods.

The patient is complaining of pressure in the area below the sternum, but in a location that could be considered chest pain as well as the pain area of the intestines, gall bladder, and other abdominal organs.  The vital signs are taken and are pretty much in the normal range for someone in pain.  Our protocols suggest that the patient should be treated as if he is having a heart attack until we can reasonably rule out a heart attack.  An aspirin is given.  A nitroglycerin tablet is given.  Oxygen is placed with a nasal cannula at two liters per minute.  The nitroglycerin table does not relieve the pressure.  The IV is started and run with just a very slow drip to give an access to provide intravenous drugs if necessary.  The SAMPLE history (Signs and Symptoms, Allergies, Medications, Previous medical history, Last Meal, and Events leading up to this episode)  doesn’t reveal anything except that this pressure has been building up since lunch, and it is now about 7 p.m. in the evening.  The patient did not eat dinner yet.
We load the patient up and begin the process of getting the patient from the second floor down to the ground floor before loading him in the ambulance.  Luckily there is a ramp, and the ambulance cot is able to maneuver the ramp with one of the EMTs backing down the ramp, and yet another EMT behind him making certain that the EMT on the bottom of the inclined cot does not trip and have our patient riding a roller coaster down to the ground.  We arrive safely down to the bottom and begin wheeling the patient across the grass and paver pad walkway.  All the while, the paramedic friend is running down the walkway to make certain the door of the ambulance gets opened and ready to receive the patient.

While we are bumping down the walkway on the way to the ambulance, the male patient in his late fifties lets out a big “BUUURRRRP.”  He is loaded into the ambulance, and the paramedic friend climbs into the ambulance and asks me, “Are you okay?  Where are we going? I’ll meet you there.”

I respond, “We are headed to the medical center.  I don’t think that this is cardiac, but we’ll see you there.”  The paramedic drives away ahead of the ambulance.  “I’m calling the medical center provider on the radio,”  I say.  “Beaver Island Rural Health Center provider on call; We are transporting one patient to the rural health center.  We request that you meet us there.”

Now, the roadways are quite bumpy, so we go quite slowly to keep from jostling our patient.  We hit another big bump, and the patient burps again.  While we are in route to the medical center, a 12-lead EKG is done after a short stop of the ambulance to get it.  The 12-lead does not indicate anything serious going on with the patient’s heart, so I ask him, “How is the pressure now?  You said it was a four on the scale of zero to ten at the house.  What is it now?”
The patient responds, “I don’t feel that it’s there anymore.  Well, if it’s there, it’s certainly it’s very low, a zero or a one.”

So, we arrive at the medical center, and the friend paramedic is already there.  He has already provided a report to the provider there, and he begins speaking about a “one millimeter rise of the ST segment that could indicate a cardiac event.”  The patient is brought into the exam room, still on the ambulance cot, and another 12-lead EKG is performed that is interpreted in the same way as the first by both the paramedic friend and the provider.  I’m thinking to myself, “Why don’t we ask the patient how he is doing?,” so I report that the patient burped twice and says that he no longer has any pressure or, at least he doesn’t have the pressure he had before.

Now, the next step is pretty clear to me, but the other paramedic and the provider decide that the patient is having a heart attack, and a call to the doctor by the provider seems to confirm this decision.  The decision is to have the patient flown off the island and taken to the hospital to take the tests necessary to determine that this is not a heart attack.  The arrangements are made for the flight, and the patient is not complaining about having to go, so I step back and don’t say anything.
The next thing I know, the provider is right in my face and speaking to me.  I don’t know where I was during that short period of time.  I just wasn’t there, and I only came back to reality when the provider asked me about starting a nitro drip.  All I could get out of my mouth was, “That’s not in our protocol anymore.”

So, arranged flights are completed, and a flight to Harbor Springs is to be made in the dark.  The patient is loaded back into the ambulance and is taken to the airport for a flight to the mainland.  I ask the other paramedic, the one who basically took over the call, to fly with me and help monitor the patient.  With the arrival and loading of the patient into the plane, I grab the headset with a noise cancelling microphone, so I can give a radio report.  As this was reported to the hospital as a heart attack with ST segment elevation, I report it as a STEMI, which stands for an ST segment heart attack on the radio to the hospital.  We land at Harbor Springs Airport, and turn the patient over to the ambulance crew there.  I give them the report, and we turn around and fly back to the island.  We did our job, but I was not feeling very good about this one.  The patient got to the hospital, but I wasn’t functioning at the top of my game.  I had not stood up to the other paramedic.  I had not stood up to the medical center provider, and I was questioning my evaluation of the patient and the treatment that I would have provided.  It was time to take some time off, and re-evaluate what I was doing and why I was doing it.
The patient came home two days later with no diagnosis of heart attack and with only the possibility of some gas or indigestion causing the issues the night before.  I should have suggested the treatment that I had wanted to try, but I couldn’t get myself to do that.  I wanted us to try a “GI cocktail” but no one, including me, put that into the discussion of treatment at the medical center.

The reason that this was the worst run in twenty-eight years was that I had begun to question my knowledge and had given up my position too easily.  Luckily, the patient turned out just fine, but I was not fine.  Too many questions came at me, from others and from me.  It just wasn’t worth the fight, and I decided that I needed to take some time off.  Even as I write this, I begin questioning myself with the why did I not step up and suggest that the diagnosis was wrong, and that I would do something differently than shipping the patient to the hospital.  Now, it doesn’t really matter, but the questions are still there.

The second worse ambulance run during my career so far was my first cardiac arrest many years ago.  The individual was driving down the west side of Beaver Island, and he did have a heart attack.  We were paged to the intersection of West Side Road and Fox Lake Road for a male patient in cardiac arrest with CPR in progress.  This was not a good day for the patient or the patient’s family, but I drove the ambulance lights and sirens for a priority one (life and death) response.
This goes way back to the beginning of my EMS career.  There was male registered nurse in charge of the Beaver Island Medical Center, and he had become a friend.  We had responded with the gift ambulance from Mackinac City to that location, and we both jumped out of the rig, went over to the patient who was laying in the road, and I began CPR.  I was doing mouth to mouth resuscitation and chest compressions while Mark, the RN, hooked up the EKG.  I was a basic EMT at this time, and I knew nothing about a cardiac rhythm, good or bad.  Mark looked over at me and said, “What are you doing?”

I answered between compressions, “I’m doing CPR.”

Mark answered, “I know that, but you are doing mouth to mouth when the bag with the bag-valve-mask (BVM) is sitting right next to you.  You don’t need to do mouth to mouth.  Use the BVM.”

Just as Mark finished his sentence, the air in the patient’s stomach brought a large quantity of vomit right into my mouth since I had not registered what he had said before this happened.  I ran to the ambulance spitting the crap out of my mouth on the way, and I grabbed the suction and returned to doing CPR using the BVM instead of mouth to mouth.  The BVM was hooked up to 100% oxygen, so there was nothing better available at that time.  I continue to do CPR, breaths and compressions, but I was getting tired.  A couple of my students ran up to me, and they started telling me about them finding this patient and about running about a half mile back to the house to call for the ambulance while the other one did CPR that I had taught them in school.  Gosh that felt pretty good to know that I had taught them and they had used it.  I should have felt pride, but with the patient’s vomit still dripping off my shirt, I didn’t feel so prideful at that moment.
Mark said, “Stop CPR,” so he could get a rhythm strip.  As the strip was printing out, I was getting ready to continue doing CPR.  Mark said, “Joe, we’re going to call this right now.  There is no electrical activity of the heart.  He’s in asystole.  There is nothing more that we could do for him.”

I was more than disappointed.  Here I thought that we might save this person’s life.  Mark said, “No more.  There’s nothing we can do.  He has died.”

I got up, walked behind a big tree, and vomited and vomited.  I don’t know whether it was the stress of the moment or the CPR or the mouth to mouth, but it didn’t matter.  I emptied my stomach on the ground and then walked back to the ambulance to rinse out my mouth. And then I learned how the rural EMS folks handle the death of a patient.

We loaded the patient into the back of the ambulance on the ambulance cot out of sight of the onlookers, and we put the patient into a body bag.  We drove the dead patient to the airport to fly him over to the funeral home.  Mark made all the arrangements after talking to the doctor on the other end of the phone.  I just watched, not so happy with what had happened.

Unfortunately, I’ve had to do this several more times over the last twenty-eight years, and I still don’t like it.  I haven’t had any other physical reactions like the first one, and I haven’t done mouth to mouth on anyone since.  I guess I learned my lesson the first time.  I finally learned what Mark was trying to teach me.  There are times that even doing the best that you can, the patient may still die.  You give them the best that you can provide, but the result isn’t in your hands.  It is in the hands and the will of someone greater than you, greater than death, greater than life itself.  Thank you, Lord, for teaching me to care and to learn that I can’t fix everything or everyone.

One more bad situation has happened to me several times that I find it necessary to talk about.  We have been paged to some serious emergencies over the years, and one of the most frustrating situations continues to happen.  Beaver Island did not require house numbers or numbers at the end of the driveways.  I believe it is required now, but the lack of the ability to find the residence where there is an emergency really drives all of our EMS people crazy.  If you are having the “big one” or something very serious is going on, it is pretty important for you to be able to get to that location to be able to use your skills.  There really isn’t anything more frustrating to the EMS provider than not being able to find the patient.
“Beaver Island EMS, respond to 32268 East Side Drive, for a patient in cardiac arrest.  CPR is in progress,”  Central Dispatch has paged us to this address.  It’s after dark on a early fall evening.  I’m driving my car down to the ambulance garage to wait for another EMT before we can respond to the call.  In less than two minutes, the ambulance gets under motion with me driving.  We are heading down the Kings Highway going lights and siren, trying to get to the residence as quickly as possible.  One of the first responders calls us on the radio and asks us to pick him up at the end of the highway.  We turn off the pavement and head across McCauley Road to the East Side and turn right onto the East Side Drive.  As we are heading south down the gravel road, we keep track of mailboxes and the cutesy signs that name the cottages on the water side of the road.

We see the numbers on the mailboxes and some are placed on posts.  We see 36300 and the numbers are continuing to decrease.  The last number we see is 33140, and then there are no other numbers on mailboxes, posts, or anywhere, and there are no names for the cottages.  All the cottages are now set back from the road quite a way, and there are no lights that can be seen through the trees even though it is after dark.  We slow down looking for any indication of which driveway to turn down.  We call on the radio to Central Dispatch, “Can you give us a name on the residence?”

The name given us does not give us a clue.  It’s at “Domino’s Hideaway,” is what Central tells us.  We don’t have any idea where that is.  All of a sudden, we see a mailbox with a number on it.  The number is 31446.  “Crap,” I say out loud.  “We missed it. It’s got to be one of those driveways that we passed that didn’t have a mailbox or a number.”  We have to turn around and head back north.

We just have to go in every driveway looking for a light on.  Luckily, we go in the third driveway, and the resident came out to greet us.  I said, “We’re looking for ‘Domino’s Hideaway,’” I yell at the person outside.  He tells us that it’s four driveways north of his and then turn left and down two houses.  We follow the directions given to us, and finally, finally we arrive at the residence.  It has taken us almost fifteen minutes to find the right house.  The chance of survival from a cardiac arrest after fifteen minutes is very low even if the CPR being done was perfect.  The patient does not survive, and we are once again frustrated because we didn’t get a chance to provide the care that we were trained to provide.  Time is our enemy when the heart stops beating.

Now for the best of the runs over the last twenty-eight years, I have to say the wonderful teamwork lays at the heart of all of these.  Perhaps the most rewarding run of my EMS career involved a cardiac arrest in the hardware store.  Early CPR was started by the hardware store employees.  BIEMS arrive very quickly after a page by Central Dispatch.  EMS took over the CPR, compressions and ventilations, and I remember the deputy at the time, who was also a paramedic, walked in the door with the AED and said, “Here’s the AED.  I’m sure you wanted it in here.”  He was completely correct.  That is exactly what this patient needed.  The pads were placed on the patient, and the AED charged and shocked.  This shock did not restore a heartbeat, but the automatic external defibrillator wanted to shock again.  I pushed the button after the machine charged and pressed the “Push to Shock” button.  I know that I shouted, “He has a pulse,” and we moved the patient into the back of the ambulance.  I will never forget the moment when the patient’s facial features came back to normal, and I recognized who he was.  The second moment happened shortly after the first one, and the patient reached up with his hand a pushed the mask off of his face, and looked around not knowing what had happened.

The patient was taken via ambulance and air transport vehicle to the hospital.  Beaver Island EMS got a very nice letter from the cardiologist congratulating us on the skills that were performed correctly and on our success.  He further stated that it was quite unusual for a cardiac arrest in a remote location would survive, but our patient not only survived and was alive, but he also had not received any neurological deficit, no brain damage, and was a completely whole person, and he got to spend thirteen more years with his family.  I am very proud that I had a hand in this most positive outcome.

I also need to express the very many thanks to the crew that responded on that day.  They are all friends and the patient was a friend as well.  Mike, Bev, Jim, Gerald, and any that I missed.  I have been proud to be an EMS provider alongside some of the most caring EMS people that I have encountered anywhere.  Thank you for your service to your community, and thank you for caring enough to take the many hours for the education and skill training.

Another absolutely rewarding situation occurred once again without any possibility of transporting a patient off the island to a hospital.  It was a very foggy day which continued into a very foggy night.  On the mainland that just means that the ambulance has to drive a little slower, but eventually the ambulance gets to an emergency room in a hospital.  On Beaver Island, we don’t always have that luxury.  This night was one of those nights.  No luxury, no transport, no emergency room.

Thank goodness that we have a rural health center and providers that we love to work with for the benefit of our patients.  The patient had a very fast heartbeat.  Normal pulse rates are in the range of 60-100 beats per minute for the majority of adults.  This patient had a pulse rate in the 160-170 range.  The patient was pale and sweaty.  The patient was headed on a downhill slope, and the hill was steep and he was approaching a cliff with a very deep crater at the end. 
The patient was young, in his late forties or early fifties, to have any cardiac issues.  He was the father of some of my favorite students that had graduated from Beaver Island Community School.  He was having a serious cardiac emergency called SupraVentricular Tachycardia (SVT) which had come on about three hours ago, had ended once after sitting down and relaxing in a quiet environment, and then started going faster again in the same place just sitting in a chair.  He called 911 when he got sweaty and was weak and light-headed.

BIEMS responded to his home with the emergency response vehicle arriving within two minutes of the page.  After getting his vital signs and an EKG, it was determined that, with the fog, the patient should go to the medical center, a better environment than the patient’s living room, for any treatment and a wider variety of medications for treatment of his condition.  The patient refused to go in the ambulance.  He would get to the medical center by his own personal vehicle.  The patient’s wife agreed to drive him directly to the medical center.  We disconnected the EKG monitor wires, leaving the electrodes stuck to his skin, so we could hook him back up when we got to the medical center.  We drove the short distance to the medical center to await the patient after calling the medical center provider on the phone and asking that she meet us there.  We got to the medical center, placed the patient in the treatment room for cardiac conditions,  had the patient hooked up to their cardiac monitor, had run another 12-lead EKG, hooked the patient to low flow oxygen, and had started an IV all before the provider arrived.

When the physician’s assistant arrived, one look at the patient and the verbal report given caused a quick call to the medical control physician.  The doctor wanted the patient transported immediately, but was informed that there was no physical way to get the patient to the hospital.  The fog prevented any flight by even the Coast Guard helicopter.  There was no way to fly into any Beaver Island Airport, and the fog prevented any aircraft from taking off from any airport north of Cadillac including the Upper Peninsula.  We had another one of those Beaver Island situations where whatever treatment the patient was going to receive would have to take place right here on the island.  Normally, this treatment would take place in a hospital emergency room or in a cardiovascular unit in a hospital.  Instead the treatments would have to take place in our little clinic treatment room.

After talking to the doctor in the Charlevoix ER, he transferred medical control of this patient to McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.  The next phone call was to the hospital in Petoskey.  The next thing that we knew, the house supervisor nurse at Northern was calling us on the phone asking questions, and the cardiologist on call was advising us on the treatment plan for this patient.  Both of these individuals seemed sincerely interested and completely aware of our location and our limitations for transport.  The treatment plan was determined jointly between these two individuals, the provider at the medical center, and I had very little to do with the plan, but I did recognize that this plan was part of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) promoted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and part of the curriculum for ACLS that I as instructor of that program knew fairly well.

What was truly interesting is that these professionals accepted my skills without question.  The next steps were part of the plan.  The ACLS protocol for SVT, a very fast heart rate that does not allow the chambers of the heart to fill properly before squeezing the blood out of them, involves some very specific treatments.  The treatments are different if the patient is not stable, but this patient was stable, and we had some time to try all the possibilities.  The first one is described quite well as taking a deep breath and then push down like you are trying to push out a big solid ‘turd.’  We had tried this three times at the patient’s home, but there is no reason not to try this again.  The fancy names for this treatment is ‘vagal maneuvers.’  These vagal maneuvers did not do anything to the patient’s heart rate.

The next step in the ACLS protocols for SVT is to make certain that you have a good IV, then use a drug that basically ‘chemically stops the heart.’  The idea here is that there is a loop in the electricity of the heart and there is no time for the heart to reset itself.  The plan is to stop the conduction of the electrical impulses inside the heart to give the heart a chance to reset itself.  We used a syringe to draw up the 6 mg of Adenosine.  A second syringe is used to draw up 20 milliliters of fluid.  Since the half-life of this drug is very short it needs to be pushed into the heart quickly in order to be able to do its job.  That job is to stop the electrical activity of the heart, to chemically defibrillate the heart, to temporarily stop the beating of the heart.  The hope is that this stopping will allow the normal pathway of the electrical activity to resume and ‘short circuit’ the electrical loop.  Okay, we’re both ready.  We both have the needles of our syringes in the same IV port right close to the vein with the IV catheter in it. I have the Adenosine in my syringe and Kate, the medical center provider, has the fluid.  “On the count of three, we both push the medication,” I say.  “One, Two, Three.”  The drug and the following fluids are pushed quickly into the patient’s vein and arrive in the heart quickly.  The cardiac monitor strip is printing while we wait for the drug to do its job.

Kate says, “It slowed the rate for just a short time, and now its creeping right back up to the 160s.  We both look at the EKG printout to make certain that there is no underlying atrial fibrillation, a quivering of the top of the heart.  There isn’t anything there that suggests that we shouldn’t go on to the next step.  This time, I draw up 12 mg of the Adenosine drug. Kate draws up her 20 ml of normal saline, the fluid that is chemically the same as the fluid part of the blood.  Once again it is, “One, Two, Three,” and the drug and the fluid pushes the drug quickly to the heart.  Once again a period of time with no heart beat, then a slow heart beat, and then accelerating heart beats back up to 170 beats per minute.  We have not been successful a second time.  We will be trying the third time in a few minutes, and while we are drawing up the 12 mg of Adenosine again and the NS fluid, the phone rings.  It is the house supervisor nurse from Northern Michigan Hospital, and she asks, “How are things going?” 
Kate lets me do the talking while she walks to the medical center pharmacy to get the next drug in the protocol.  I explain to the nurse that we are getting ready for the third dose of Adenosine, and that we’ll move on to the next step if necessary.  The nurse says, “Good, you’re following ACLS guidelines, so the next drug will be Cardizem as a bolus.  I’m going to contact the cardiologist on-call and have him contact you.  Keep doing what you are doing,” and she hung up.

So, another 12 mg of Adenosine was drawn up into the syringe in my hand, and another 20 ml of NS fluid was drawn up by Kate.  She had brought in a whole box of Cardizem in case this didn’t work.  One last try with a “one, two, three” and the drug was pushed in quickly, and once again it did not work the way we wanted it to work.  The pulse slowed for a short time and then returned to the 160-170 beats per minute.  It was time to step up to the next step.  Instead of stopping the electrical activity and hoping it would start back up with a slower rate, we were going to use calcium-channel blockers to slow the sinus pacemaker and inhibit atrioventricular conduction to get the pulse rate down to something more normal, say 60-100 instead of 168.  We were going to actually slow the rate of the heart.

As we were preparing the Cardizem, drawing it up  after mixing and calculating the dose of approximately 25 mg, the phone rang again.  This time Kate spoke with the cardiologist who suggested that this dose should work and that we could do a repeat dose if it did not.  In any case, a cardizem drip should be started and run.  So, not only were we doing an IV drug not in the typical paramedic drug box, but we were also going to set up an IV pump and run the drug in at a specific rate per minute.  I couldn’t contain myself any longer and spoke out loud, but not in front of the patient, “Kate, this is so cool.  You realize that we are providing a patient on Beaver Island with the same treatment that he would be receiving in the cardiovascular floor at the hospital, and that this is the same care he would be getting from his cardiologist?  How cool is that?”

The Cardizem bolus of medication was given, and the pulse rate decreased, but did not come down below the 120 rate, so the IV drip of the medication was the next step based upon the nurse and/or cardiologist in Petoskey.  I’m not sure how many paramedics in the urban area have time to set up a cardiac drug drip before arriving at a hospital.  I’m sure that these same paramedics encounter the drips when transporting patients during facility to facility transfers, but there certainly aren’t many doing so in an emergency.  The patient in the ambulance would more often get to the hospital before this step in the ACLS protocols.  It has been at least three years since either Kate or I had used the IV pump for a patient.  I had some experience with the pump and knew that the primary issue with this particular pump was making certain that the special administration set of tubing was completely emptied of air, so Kate added the drug to the 100 ml bag of NS fluid, and I made certain that there were no bubble of air in the tubing.  We hooked it up and ran it at 10.  While most paramedic or nurse readers would be interested in the mixing process and what the 10 means, most of the other readers wouldn’t really care, so that will be left out of this writing.  The IV pump tubing was connected to the regular IV tubing and taped in place.  The patient was now receiving an IV drug at a very accurate measured dose.

At this point the pulse rate was still above 120, but our hopes were that this IV drip medication would bring it down.  It must have been quite an interesting process going on inside this patient’s heart.  We stayed with the IV drip for a while, and about every 20 minutes, the heart rate decreased five beats per minute.  It was pretty amazing to watch and be a part of this emergency.  We watched and took vital signs and maintained the low flow oxygen by nasal cannula.

After about two hours, the heart rate was bouncing between 85 and 90 beats per minute.  Additional phone calls had been made to Valley Med, an air transport out of Iron Mountain in the UP.  Our local weather had not improved, and Valley Med predicted that the fog would continue until about 11 a.m. which was quite a few hours away.  The US Coast Guard would not be able to fly until the fog cleared also.  We were just stuck here on Beaver Island, but we were fixing the patient’s cardiac issue.  At some point the cardiologist and the medical center provider had a conversation about what to do.

It was determined by their joint discussion that the patient should be given one dose of 60 mg of Cardizen by pill and sent home with the addition of this medication twice per day until the patient scheduled an appointment with the cardiologist.  Amazingly enough, in the following week, the patient visited the cardiologist and was cleared from this emergent condition.  What a wonderful outcome for the patient and for Kate and me to have shared in this experience with this patient and this family!

BIEMS had previously had a patient with the same condition, much earlier in our history.  With this patient, the Adenosine had worked on the second dose, the short circuit loop had been stopped when the heart stopped all activity and scare even those experienced in the procedure.  Luckily the complete lack of electrical activity and the complete lack of beating of the heart had resumed after the third dose of Adenosine, and no further treatment was needed.  And YES, it was also another one of those times when there was no way to transport the patient off the island.  Excitement abounds in rural EMS, especially on the isolated island in Lake Michigan named Beaver Island.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 24, 2015

Another beautiful morning on Beaver Island. Right now it's 58°, wind is at 9 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 63%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny in the morning then becoming cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Rain in the evening, then rain and a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Rain may be heavy at times after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph.

On this date of May 24, 1764 - Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced "taxation without representation" and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.

Did you know that Superman dates back to June 1938 (he first appeared in Action Comics No. 1)?

Word of the day: yestreen (ye-STREEN) which means during yesterday evening. Yestreen entered English in the 1400s. Its first element, yester, is a cognate with the German term gerstern, and is akin to the Latin hesternus meaning "of yesterday."

Men's Summer Golf League Delayed

The men's summer golf league was scheduled to begin on June 3, 2015. Due to some work on the golf course, this league start will be delayed on week and will start on June 10, 2015.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 23, 2015

Obviously it was perfect sleeping weather last night for us and today looks like it's going to be about perfect too. Right now it's 42°, feels like 36°, wind is at 11 mph from the south, humidity is at 69%, pressure is steady at 1026 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy frost in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of May 23, 1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established. The organization's name was changed to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920.

Did you know that the makers of the board game Monopoly print over 50 billion dollars worth of Monopoly money every year?

Word of the day: apothegm (AP-uh-them) which means a short, pity, instructive saying. Apothegm stems from the Greek term apophthéngesthai meaning "to speak out." It entered English in the mid-1500s.

Donald R McCafferty Obituary

Donald R. McCafferty, age 81, of Hegewisch, passed away on Monday, May 18th. Husband to Rosalyn (nee, Gall), father to Catherine-deceased (Rob), Donald, MaryBeth (Dan) and Sean (Angela). Grandfather to Shane, Cade and Keegan. Brother to John (Bing), Arthur (Lano), Francis, Ladonis and Eugene.

Donald lived his life as someone who was always there for anyone in need. He worked as a carpenter to serve his family and was a veteran of the Korean War.

A memorial service is planned to be held on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 from 1:00 pm. – 5:00 p.m. at Opyt’s Funeral Home located at 13350 S. Baltimore Avenue, Chicago, IL.

Burial will take place on Beaver Island, MI at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to www.woundedwarriorproject.org

In Honoring the Birding Festival This Weekend

An osprey in the nest with mate in the tree. Wouldn't you like to see what else is in the nest?

This one is harder to identify. What do you think this is? email your answer to medic5740@gmail.com

Mary Anne Palmer Ferguson Obituary

Mary Anne Ferguson, 63, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey.

Mary Anne was born in 1951 to the late Clarence and Lorraine (Boyle) Palmer of Beaver Island.

She graduated from high school on Beaver Island in 1970. That same year she joined “The Ghost Riders” band as their drummer.

In 1976, she attended National Beauty College in Canton, Ohio, and became a licensed cosmetologist.

In 1978, she started her own licensed home cleaning service, working in the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area.

Mary Anne is survived by her ex-husband, Roger Ferguson; son, Eric Ferguson (Marilyn) and three grandchildren, Eric Jr., Alex and Aaron of Murrieta, Calif.; daughter, Traci of Lansing; three sisters, Virginia Palmer of Hayward, Calif., Evelyn Olesky (Tom) of Charlevoix and Roberta Palmer of Traverse City; brother, Edward Palmer (Mary) of Beaver Island; many nieces and nephews; and very close friend, Ruthie Gregg of Petoskey.

Mary Anne loved and enjoyed all things related to nature. Two of her favorite pastimes were mushroom hunting and collecting a variety of stones, especially Petoskey and pudding stones, with her friend, Ruthie. Mary Anne also enjoyed all kinds of music, especially Irish and old traditional music.

She was a very kind, humble, loving person with a great sense of humor. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Beaver Island Community School Special Board Meeting

View video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 22, 2015

Still dealing with chilly weather in the mornings. Right now we're showing 31° on the back deck. Good thing Joe covered the garden again last night. Wind is at 3 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 90%, pressure is rising from 1023 mb, and visibility is at 7.8 miles. Today: Clear. Areas of frost early. Highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds up to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear with patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of May 22, 1967 - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" premiered on PBS.

Did you know that police dogs are trained to respond to commands in foreign languages (usually German or Hungarian)?

Word of the day: acerbate (AS-uhr-bayt) which means verb tr.: To irritate or to aggravate. From Latin acerbus (bitter). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ak- (sharp), which is also the source of acrid, vinegar, acid, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, eager, oxygen, mediocre, paragon, acuity, and acidic. Earliest documented use: 1657.

Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting Called

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 21, 2015

Slept in. Actually I woke at 5, looked at the clock and rolled over, looked again at 6, and rolled over, at 7 I decided that maybe I'd better get up and let the dogs out. It's much warmer than yesterday morning at 39°, clear skies, wind at 5 mph from the southwest with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 86%, pressure is falling from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs around 60°. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear with lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of May 21, 1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as "swift walkers."

Did you know that a standard 747 jumbo jet has 420 seats?

Word of the day: espouse (i-SPOUZ) which means verb tr.: 1. To adopt or support a cause, idea, belief, etc. 2. To take as spouse: marry. From Old French espouser, from Latin sponsare (to betroth), from sponsus (betrothed). Ultimately from the Indo-European root spend- (to make an offering or perform a rite), which is also the source of sponsor, spouse, respond, and riposte. Earliest documented use: 1477.

Concern Over Pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac

The aging Enbridge oil pipelines push nearly 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids a day through the Straits of Mackinac, which the company uses as a shortcut for its “Line 5” route from Superior, Wis., to Sarnia, Ontario. A July 2014 study by the University of Michigan called the Straits “the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes" and depicted the prospect of a plume from a million-gallon oil spill in the Straits stretching for 85 miles – from Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island to Mackinac Island to Rogers City down the Lake Huron shore.  The study being released on May 27 examines in detail the likely condition of the pipelines and makes recommendations on steps that must be taken by state officials to safeguard the Great Lakes and northern Michigan’s tourist economy.

Since 1988, Enbridge has had 15 documented failures on Line 5, spilling about 260,000 gallons of oil (enough to fill 29 oil tanker trucks). Canadian-based Enbridge also is responsible for the spill of one million gallons of heavy tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River watershed in 2010, the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.

The Governor’s Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force – chaired by Attorney General Bill Schuette and MDEQ Director Dan Wyant behind closed doors – is expected this spring to issue formal recommendations regarding Enbridge’s Line 5 and other oil pipelines in Michigan. For background on the Enbridge oil pipelines, visit: www.OilandWaterDontMix.org and www.FlowforWater.org/programs/enbridge-line-5-pipelines-in-the-straits-of-mackinac.

4th of July Parade and Carnival Start Time Changed

Beaver Island  -  In view of the 5th ferry run slated to arrive on Beaver Island at about 1:45 PM on July 4th Chamber of Commerce directors voted unanimously to delay the parade start until 2:30 PM. The new Kids Carnival managed by Chamber VP Diane McDonough will start at 3:00 PM.

What's New at the Library?

There are 15 new bestsellers, 18 new children's books, and 78 other new books, including one that is available online. The new bestsellers this week include "The Road to Character," "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania," and "Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: Into the West."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 20, 2015

Lots of frost this morning. Good thing Joe went out last night and covered his plants. Right now it's 32° and feels like 27°, wind is at 5 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, and visibility is at 9.1 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds at 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 20, 1899 - Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.

Did you know that clinophobia is the fear of going to bed?

Word of the day: parlay (PAHR-lay) which means verb tr.: 1. To use an initial asset into something more valuable. 2. To gamble an initial stake and winnings on a subsequent bet, race, contest, etc. noun: A bet that uses the earlier bet and its winnings as the new bet. An alteration of paroli (staking the double of the sum staked before), from French, from Italian paroli, plural of paraolo, perhaps from paro (equal), from Latin par (equal). Earliest documented use: 1828.

Rural EMS is Different--HOW?

by Joe Moore


(Many thanks to the patient involved in this emergency for his willingness to allow me to share his story.)

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday May 25,  2015

      10:00 AM 

Please Join Us For

A Memorial Day Observance at

The Veterans Memorial Park

AMVETS Post 46

Box 319

Beaver Island, M

A Quick Collection of Ticks

by Jeff Powers

Using the techniques learned yesterday, May 18, 2015


BICS Graduates at Banquet

with Banquet Speaker Jenna Wilk

Emily Jines, Hannah Robert, Jenna Wilk, Maddie Martin, Meg Works

Beaver Island Music Festival Receives Grant From Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Beaver Island Music Festival (BIMF) located at 28599 Hideaway Trail, Beaver Island, Michigan has been awarded a grant this Spring 2015 from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation to be used toward the purchase of an enclosed equipment trailer. BIMF is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 to promote variety and tradition of music and art.  BIMF creates opportunities for artists and strongly encourages community and family involvement in an outdoor environment combining nature, renewable energies, music, and artwork.  The main goal is to bring focus to the beautiful world that we live in (especially Beaver Island) by uniting art and musical talents with people. To date the Beaver Island Music Festival has brought over 650 talented artists, 190+ groups, to perform on the island covering many genera of music.

The trailer will be used to safely transport and store the valuable instruments and sound equipment belonging to musicians and artists that participate in the 3-day festival each July. The main priority is to protect these items that are key components to providing the amazing music that is heard by thousands of festival-goers every year.  When not being used for equipment transportation, the enclosed trailer will be a safe and secure place to store the sound and stage equipment, as well as other items required to produce the festival.  This trailer will also be offered for use throughout the year to support other events and programs.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Charlevoix County by building permanent endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership resources to serve the community. More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440.

More information about the Beaver Island Music Festival may be found at www.bimf.net or by calling 231-838-2883.  More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440

BICS Special Board Meeting Called

BICS Interim Administrator Job Posting

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 19, 2015

There's a bit of a bite to the air this morning, actually our entire county has a freeze warning! Right now it's 36° and feels like 28°, wind is at 12 mph from the west with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1017 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Cloudy. Patchy drizzle in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Widespread frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds at 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 19, 1974 - Erno Rubik invented the puzzle what would later become known as the Rubik's Cube.

Did you know that the Earth experiences over 50,000 earthquakes a year?

Word of the day: edify (ED-i-fy) which means verb tr.: To instruct in order to improve the mind or character. Via French from Latin aedificare (to build), from aedis (building) + facere (make). Earliest documented use: 1340.

Stop By and Thank Chris VanLooy

The BIRHC board and staff are having a little drop-by reception to thank Chris for coming back to help us these past months. Light refreshments from 3-5 pm in the community room on Tuesday, May 26.  Everyone is invited - come as you are. Hope you can come!

Tick Presentation at Community Center

Live Streaming of this presentation took place at Noon, May 18, 2015, at the Beaver Island Community Center. The presentation took place with approximately eighty people in the audience. The planned half hour presentation took almost an hour and a half with a wonderful question and answer period following the PowerPoint presentation with excellent information provided. The two presenters were Dr. Jennifer Sidge, DVM and PHD candidate (sidgejen@msu.edu) and Erik Foster, MS, (fostere@michigan.gov) from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This presentation was made possible and was coordinated by Dr. Jeff Powers.

Dr. Jeffrey Powers, DVM, introduced the presenters

Dr. Jennifer Sidge, DVM

The objectives of the presentation

Erik Foster, MS, of MDHHS

Additional resources can be found at these websites.

The question and answer period began.

Both presentations were very informative and provided much needed information considering the Jeff Powers, DVM, report of Lyme Disease in twelve of the fifteen dogs tested right here on Beaver Island.

Dr Jeff Powers answers a question.

Animated and obviously very knowledgeable answers to the questions posed by the audience

The audeince asked excellent questions, but also related the fact that at least one individual on Beaver Island had been infected with Lyme Disease and is currently being treated for that disease by the providers at BIRHC and confirmed by a dermatologist.

Video of the event HERE

Collecting Ticks Prior to the Presentation

Thanks to Jeff Powers for his photos of the collection.

Here are some pictures of the collection and a close up of a adult female deer tick:

Baccalaureate at the Beaver Island Christian Church for BICS Seniors

These pictures are courtesy of Deb Plastrik.

Our BICS graduating seniors

The cake for after the service by Patrick Nugent.

BICS Banquet and Senior Bash

The Banquet, Sunset Cruise, and the Senior Bash all took play this past Saturday beginning at approximately 6 p.m. with the Banquet. The Banquet is traditionally held at the Holy Cross Parish Hall, but this year it was not traditional. Instead of a full meal, this year the juniors decided that hors d'oeuvres and deserts would be the substance of the food presented. There also appeared to be a dance, making this more like a prom than previous Banquets. From the hall, the students went down to the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock and boarded the Emerald Isle for the Sunset Cruise. After the cruise, the students went back up to the Beaver Island Community School Gymnasium for some interesting games which included blown-up structures. The final part of the evening into the early morning included games and refreshments and snacks in the High School Commons.

There were a large volume of pictures taken by BINN reporter Deb Bousquet, who had to work at the Banquet as a junior parent. You can view the pictures HERE.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 18, 2015

We're starting out the week with a nice, clean, fresh Monday morning. All that rain last night, about 3/4 of an inch, washed away the dust. Right now it's 52°, wind is at 15 mph from the south, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 1009 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 18, 1652 - In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.

Did you know that per person France consumes the most cheese?

Word of the day: devolve (di-VOLV) which means verb tr., intr.: To transfer or be passed (duties, rights, powers, etc.) on to another. verb intr.: To deteriorate or degenerate. From Latin devolvere (to roll down), from de- (down) + volvere (to roll). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wel- (to turn or roll), which also gave us waltz, revolve, valley, walk, vault, volume, wallet, helix, and voluble. Earliest documented use: 1420.

Thank an EMT for National EMS Week


I see your people as you never see them.

Mighty and small they are beggars before me,
their faces all frightened, beseeching, bewildered and hopeful of help from one more frightened than any...

I see their pitiful nakedness, their limbs twisted,
their bodies tattered, their blood on the asphalt, their children crying. They trust me to help them. They know I will help them.

I see their illness too in your big cities. Their fevers I feel
as you dream at midnight in little towns. They call to me
whose hearts are aching and whose dreams are shattered
and they touch me with their weariness.

Sometimes they seek me who are simply alone and
who cannot bear the night, and I am their servant too.

Fallen from tractors in fields I find them, and in stilled cars they are silent and pale on cold rainy nights. The crunching of glass under black heavy boots tells my coming. I fold them in blankets.

My beacons light up your streets as their babies are born. My wail carries down your boulevards, past your shiny glass walls, your stockyards and quiet farms, and your people look up from their work as I go by.
Time is metered in heartbeats.

I fight the battles to keep them alive.
I cover their eyes when they breathe no more.

My partner is a hero, but no one knows his name.

Author Unknown

Michigan Rural EMS is proud to recognize and support the
efforts of EMS professionals across Michigan.

Thank you for all you do to provide the highest quality prehospital care to those in your community!

In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS, its practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. At that time, EMS was a fledgling profession and EMS practitioners were only beginning to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.

EMS has evolved considerably over the years, and continues to expand its role to address thecurrent healthcare climate and meet community needs.  EMS Week is our opportunity to celebrate how far EMS has come, to remind communities  bout the professionalism, dedication

and sacrifice of EMS, and to look forward to the expanding role of the EMS profession in maintaining the health and safety of those they serve.

When Things Fall Apart

by Cindy Ricksgers

Charlevoix County Deputy Shot

May 17, 2015

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider reports Cpl. Fred Hasty is recovering from a gunshot wound which occurred yesterday shortly after 6:00pm in Boyne Valley Township.

Hasty underwent about a two hour surgery to repair the damage incurred.  Even though the wound was not life threating, damage was extensive, which will take several months to recover.

Sheriff Schneider is humbled by the outpouring of concern and prayers from both the community and fellow Law Enforcement Officers.

The Michigan State Police continue the investigation into the incident.

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider reports that on May 16, 2015 at approximately 6:06 p.m. Charlevoix County Sheriff's Deputies were conducting an investigation into a stolen pick-up truck from Boyne City.  The stolen vehicle was found on Addis Road in Boyne Valley Township.  Cpl. Fred Hasty, an evidence technician, was processing the vehicle when another Deputy spotted the suspect in a second vehicle.

The suspect refused to stop and pursuit was engaged.  The car was eventually stopped on a two-track on Addis Road.  The suspect refused to get out of the vehicle.  At that time, it was noted the suspect was armed.  The suspect subsequently fired his weapon at Cpl. Hasty, wounding him.  Cpl. Hasty and other Officers returned fire wounding the suspect.

Both Cpl. Hasty and the suspect were transported to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital.

The Sheriff's Office requested the Michigan State Police conduct the investigation into the incident.  Sheriff Schneider commends all the Officers at the scene for their bravery.

Any questions regarding this investigation will be directed to the Michigan State Police.

St. James Township Job Posting

for Sewer Billing Bookkeeper



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this 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

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

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

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Friday, April 24, 2015, at 3:30 p.m

Video of the meeting is HERE

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

May 12, 2015

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

March 4, 2014 Special Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

Video available HERE

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

St. James Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Ticks Are a Serious Problem This Year

BINN spoke with Jeff Powers, DVM, and he said, "I just recieved reports from the first round of ticks I submitted to the Michigan Department of Agriculture for identification. Over the last two years 100% of the ticks found on Beaver Island were Black Legged Deer Ticks, Ixodes scapularis. This underscores the importance of learning more about protecting yourself and your pets from lyme disease."

BINN Editor Joe Moore was bitten by a tick, but it was not on his skin for very long, just long enough to cause some concern on the part of the person bitten. The tick was removed, killed, and disposed of. This tick looked exactly like the ones shown below.

Thank you to Jeff Powers for these pictures and for the copy of the report below.

There is a scheduled tick presentation on Monday, May 18, 2015, at noon, at the Beaver Island Community Center.

Beaver Island Health Occupations Class Compete at State

In April 2015, Emily Burton and Emily Jines went down to the Health Occupations Students of America State of Michigan competition having moved forward from the regional competition. Their instructor is Kathie Ehinger, BIEMS paramedic and owner of Daddy Franks Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor


Emily Burton....................Emily Jines

Nothing quite like this on Beaver Island

Down in the big city..left, Emily Burton and Kathie Ehinger, right Emily Burton and Emily Jines

Congratulations to the two Emilys and their instructor for a job well done!

Students Attend CE Intermediate District Awards Banquet

Some additional students, besides the two above, attended the Charlevoix-Emmett Intermediate School District Career and Technical Education Banquet. These students and their parents were invited to attend the banquet where some additional awards were presented.

Katie LaFreniere and Courtney Smith received awards in Business Administration and Management.

Picture of Emily Burton and her mother Carol at the awards banquet

Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

And the winner is.........

Approximately fifty people attended the dinner for the Citizen of the Year. The weather kept the speaker for the Citizen of the Year Banquet on the mainland due to the fog. Also kept on the mainland was President of the Chamber of Commerce Rachel Teague. Steve West, Executive Director of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce announced this information as well as giving accomlades to Frank Solle and Elaine West for their pictures in the Beaver Island Visitor's Guide

. He then introduced former Chamber President Kathy Speck who read Rachel Teague's descriptions of the nominees.

The nominees were:

  • Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids
  • Richard Gillespie
  • Ed Wojan
  • Fire Department Auxiliary
  • Bud Martin
  • Pete Plastrik
  • Bill McDonough
  • Darrell Butler
  • Donna Kubic

And the winner of this year's Beaver Island Citizen of the Year is the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary.

Congratulations to all the volunteers of the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary and the Ladies of the Island Treasures Resale Shop!

BICS Special Board Meeting

on 5/15/15 at 2:30 pm

The main two purposes of this meeting were to appoint a board member to replace the leaving Dusty Cushman and to discuss the process of hiring an Interim Superintendent/Principal. There were fourteen people at the meeting in addition to the six board members.

The agenda of the meeting specified process and each individual interested in joining the Board of Education was given an opportunity to speak with five to eight minutes of time to be interviewed. The board of six then had the opportunity to discuss the qualifications of each candidate. Each member of the board of six then were asked to give the first two choices out of the five candidates. With the six board members, the individual with the most 'votes' was a prior member of the school board, Dawn Marsh, who received four votes with Mark Englesman and Andy Kohls each receiving three votes. So Dawn Marsh will be the individual to replace Dusty Cushman on the Board of Education.

There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education on May 21, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

Bill Kohls Requests Survey Completion

(This was posted on the Beaver Island forum, and I took it from there.)

On March 28th I distributed a memorandum to Peaine Township board which discussed the cost of paving approximately 7 miles of roads. That memorandum is available at http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/peainetwp.asp

The township board would appreciate your input on road paving and asks that you complete a survey which is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PeaineRoadPaving

You may address any questions relating to the survey to peainetownship@gmail.com

Thanks for your valuable input.

Bill Kohls

Repeat Customers

by Joe Moore

How many times do you respond to a home where the same person has the same problem over and over and over again?  Doesn’t that make you angry that they call for the same thing time after time?  Don’t you get tired of helping people that don’t know any better than to get them into the same problem time after time?
The answers to these questions may be different for someone else, but my answers are really very simple.  “As many times as they ask for help, no, it doesn’t make me angry, and no, I don’t get tired of helping people who have health issues.”  I simply can’t believe that anyone purposely gets sick, is ill, or gets hurt on purpose.  That’s just not part of my make-up.

Read the rest of the story HERE

BICS Athletic Awards

(Codes MVP=most valuable player; MIP=most improved player)

2014-2015 Master List Athletic Awards
Bill Burns
Bill Burns Nominees: Emily Burton, Madie Martin, Simeon Richards
Bill Burns Recipient: Emily Burton

MVP Offensive: Nick Williams & Alex Williams
MVP Defensive: Meg Works
MIP Offensive: Forrest Avery
MIP Defensive: Simeon Richards
Hustle Award: Zack Bousquet
Rookie of the Year: Connor Williams

MVP: Madelynn Martin
MIP: Sarah Avery
Offensive Player of the Year: Hannah Robert
Defensive Player of the Year: Meg Works
Hustle Award: Emily Burton

Girls Basketball:
MVP: Meg Works
MIP: Emily Burton
Hustle Award:  Elsie Burton
Rookie of the Year: Elsie Burton

Boys Basketball
MVP Offensive: Simeon Richards
MVP Defensive: Zack Bousquet
MIP Offensive: Quinn Jones
MIP Defensive: Forrest Avery
Hustle Award: Austyn Oliver
Rookie of the Year: John Robert

Northern Lights League Awards:
Soccer All League 1st Team: Alex Williams, Nick Williams
Soccer All-League Honorable Mention: Simeon Richards, Meg Works
Volleyball All-League 1st Team: Madie Martin, Hannah Robert
Girls Basketball All-League Honorable Mention: Meg Works & Emily Burton
Boys Basketball All-League Honorable Mention: Zack Bousquet, Simeon Richards

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

At the Feeder

At the Feeder

Hummer and Oriole

Wendy Anne and Barge Head Out Again

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for these pictures above

BINN picture of the Wendy Anne way out there.



BINGO Announcement

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

Chamber of Commerce directors wish to thank Dawn Martin who suggested the theme idea. The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 1:00. Cannon fire by John Works.
July 4th 2015


BICS End of School Year Calendar

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays 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.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

10 a.m. service
May 24 – Pastor Howard Davis
May 31 – Pastor John Coney, LaGrange, IN

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.

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

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


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

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

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance

Road Rally

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


Spring is here and the Wellness Gardeners’ thoughts are turning toward the joys and tasks of maintaining and improving the BIRHC Wellness Garden.  The Annual Garden Tour Benefit, our sole fundraiser, celebrates its 5th year in 2015!  Again featuring gardens on the northern part of the Island, our tour includes six new gardens discovered with the aid and discerning eye of a well-known local landscaping professional.   This year’s tour builds on our successes -- access to unique and private spaces created by the hands of the gardeners themselves and described in their own words,  a presentation in a public space with its own unknown story, a delicious lunch at The Lodge, and a dessert tea at our final garden, all with transportation provided.  This year we plan to include a speaker with tips and information we all want to hear, either at lunch or tea.  So get your calendar out and mark the date:  Wednesday, July 15th (9:30 - 3 pm) the 5th Annual Garden Tour Benefit!  Tickets will be available to purchase beginning July 1st at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. 

AMVETS Request Help for Veterans Park

The Veterans Memorial Park needs the walk areas, the pads and the brick areas under the benches edged.  Does anyone have a power edger they could loan the AMVETS? or possibly do it for us?

Email at amvetspost46@yahoo.com or telephone at 231-448-3088

Bob Tidmore

What's New at the Library?


Bike Festival Scheduled

A little about the Bike Festival organizer:

I am a Traverse City cycling enthusiast and help organize a bike race called the Cherry-Roubaix which became a Michigan State Championship road race. I was looking to do something more fun I have visited Beaver Island a few times by boat.  A friend introduced me to Bill and Tammy Mcdonough 6 years ago and they thought the bike festival would be a great idea.  It started out with in 2010 with about 60-70 cycling friends and has grown to over 120. The locals on the island treat us like we are part of the family so I believe we will continue to do this as long as people are riding bicycles.

I am a technology sales rep currently working for Charter Communications.  A single father who will be 54 years old this year and have a special needs daughter who will be 14 this month.

John Sohacki

AMVETS Breakfast Canceled

The Memorial Day breakfast is cancelled for this year.   The individuals in charge of the breakfast concluded that we just don’t have enough people to conduct the event.  It takes over 30 people to cook the meals, serve the food and clean up the hall. 

Thanks for your support and we hope to have a breakfast July 5th.

Special School Board Meeting

Plan for Replacement of Superintendent/Principal

Thank You, CMU Students

Once again the CMU honor students and their teachers proved their desire to serve our community by working diligently spreading mulch, raking leaves and loading debris (in cold pouring rain) to spruce up the garden area between the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Forest View Community. From both organizations, thanks so much for your hard work!

Connie Wojan, BIRHC, and the Residents of Forest View

Red Cross Blood Drive July 30th


The annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive will take place on July 30 beginning at 12:30 PM at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.  Picture ID or Red Cross Blood card are now required in order to donate.
Both new and repeat donors are needed to make our goal.  The Red Cross will be sending two extra nurses this year to speed the process of donating. Calls to donors will be made in July. Please make time to save up to 3 lives with your donation. The life you save could be a child, a brother, sister, mother or father. Give something of the highest value that costs no money: the Gift of Life.

Connie Wojan

BICS Board Meeting

The May regular school board meeting took place on Monday, May 12, 2015, at the Beaver Island Community School. There were 28 adults present and 12 students present in the audience. The order of the agenda included a call to order and review of the goals for this night's meeting. This was followed by an opportunity for the public to comment on the agenda.

The students made a presentation about lunches and the request for approval of other liquids than water be allowed in the classrooms. The board created a committee to work on these issues.

Student make presentation.

The agenda was approved and the minutes of the previous meeting also approved. The school board president Judith Gallagher commented on the resignation of Riley Justis, the board of education vacancy, and the revised board of education goals and work on the administrator evaluation. This was followed by the finance committee report from April including a review of revenue and expenditures, consideration of new budget needs and realocations, and confirmation of the Char-Em ISD budget.

The policy committee reported on the policy of board policy adoption, the appointment of open board position policy, and the recommendation to pursue a comprehensive tutorial program. This was followed by the curriculum committee report regarding the Engligh language arts report and the next steps for implementation of the recommendations.

Riley Justis commented as administrator regarding Banquet, graduation, and spring events. This was followed by a public comment period, and the meeting then adjourned.

Video of this meeting is available HERE

CMU Continues Smallmouth Bass Study

Central Michigan University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources continues their study of smallmouth bass population dynamics in northern lake Michigan.  CMU and MDNR began tagging smallmouth bass in the Beaver Archipelago in 2005.  The study now includes smallmouth bass at Wilderness State Park (since 2009) and Grand Traverse Bay (since 2014).  If you catch a tagged smallmouth bass or have any questions, please contact Tracy Galarowicz (CMU, 989-774-1336, galar1tl@cmich.edu) or John Clevenger (MDNR, 231-547-2914 ext. 236, ClevengerJ@michigan.gov). 

The More You Think You Know, the More You Have to Learn

by Joe Moore

We are paged to the medical center for a 60 year old female.  She had arrived at the medical center with severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, lower left back pain, and a fever.  She had a history of high blood pressure, but had not taken her medication for three days. 

Read more of this story HERE

Hummers are Back

Glad to see the hummingbirds back!

Another Wendy Anne Trip

Heading out

Heading out last Wednesday night.

Returning on Saturday night.

(Return photo by Bob Tidmore. Thank you!)

BICS to Search for New Superintendent/Principal

In a joint letter signed by Riley Justis and Judith Gallagher dated May 7, 2015, the letter announced the desire of Mr. Justis to search for another employment opportunity. The current superintendent, Riley Justis, will be serving BICS until August 11st of this year. Mr. Justis, we wish you success, happiness, and joy in your future endeavors. For the school board, we wish you success in finding a replacement.

From AMVETS Post 46

In Preparation for Memorial Day

This Memorial Day we want to continue with the tradition of remembering those Veterans from Beaver Island who passed away since the last Memorial Day.   We’ll try and remember everyone but if we can always use help so please send the name of those you want us to recognize to: amvetspost46@yahoo.com

Lets also take time to thank those men and women from the Island currently serving in the Armed Forces so please send the names, branch of service and current duty location to the above e-mail address and we will recognize them at the ceremony on Monday the 25th.

Vacation Bible School

Singers of United Lands

Program at BICS

The program done on May 7, 2015, by the group called Singers of United Lands, was completed at the Beaver Island Community School for the students in grades K-12. Pictures and video of this presentation were completed by Deb Bousquet. This group will perform at the Beaver Island Community Center on Friday night, May 8, 2015, beginning at 8 p.m. BICS students get in free, and their parents get half off!

Audience participation is expected and appreciated.

BICS and Lighthouse School students and staff together for this program.

Video is available HERE

Diane McDonough Volunteers for 4th of July Carnival

At the St. James Township Board meeting public comment at the end of the meeting, Diane McDonough spoke up and requested support by the St. James Township Board to once again provide a 4th of July Carnival after the parade on the 4th of July. Diane stated that she was not interested in getting paid for this, but felt it was something that the island needed to make the day better for the kids. Her request was for financial support for the carnival, but she had no idea what games might need repair, and no idea where the folder for the former Youth Consortium might be. Diane's announcement was met with applause by those in the audience.

Thank you, Diane, for your interest in bringing back the 4th of July Carnival!

New BIRHC Provider

The BIRHC is happy to announce that Carolyn Space, Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified, will be joining the staff. Carolyn and her family will be moving here from Ohio. She has experience in many clinical settings, most recently as Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. We will announce when she is available to see patients here. Carolyn will join Sue Solle, FNP-C, as the Island's providers. 
We also want to thank our wonderful Chris VanLooy, Physician Assustant, who came out of retirement last fall to help us out during our search for a new provider. 

BIRHC Early Bird Brochure

New Michigan Pipeline Secrecy Bill Slammed;

Industry Proposal Would Hide Safety Records

Legislation Would Conceal Pipeline Inspections, Put Great Lakes At Risk

LANSING—Citizens groups sharply criticized proposed legislation introduced today that would permanently block public access to pipeline safety records in Michigan, including for high-risk pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac operated by the controversial Canadian oil conglomerate Enbridge, Inc.  

The sweeping bill, House Bill 4540, which would amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, goes beyond federal rules governing pipeline records disclosure.  It would exempt virtually all oil and natural gas pipeline information from public disclosure and is being sought by Enbridge, responsible in 2010 for the nation’s largest inland oil spill near Kalamazoo.  

“Enbridge has a questionable safety record and desperately wants to keep critically important pipeline safety information from the public,” said Nic Clark, Michigan Director of Clean Water Action. “This bill exploits the public’s legitimate concerns over national security to cloak the real purpose for Enbridge, which is to keep secret its safety and other records.” 

Enbridge’s twin Line 5 pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac have been the subject of intense public interest since it was revealed in early 2014 that the Eisenhower-era lines pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes and northern Michigan communities and businesses.  A special task force of state officials assembled last June is expected to issue a report this month on the pipelines.  The Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force, however, has been meeting behind closed doors, releasing only press releases and presentations.  Meanwhile, Enbridge and the task force have kept most documents secret under an elaborate arrangement involving a password-protected website fashioned by Enbridge. 

“Enbridge wants a blanket exemption from disclosing critical pipeline safety records and that’s not acceptable,” said Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of FLOW, a water policy and education center based in Traverse City. “At any moment, a pipeline spill could contaminate the Great Lakes and collapse the northern Michigan tourist economy.  We need to know more, not less, about the safety of Enbridge’s pipelines and all pipelines in Michigan.”

The proposed legislation was introduced today by state Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth). An Enbridge lobbyist has been working behind the scenes in recent weeks to line up support to exempt pipelines from Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, which requires public disclosure of most public records.  

“What Michigan needs is more transparency about the pipeline’s safety, potential harm, and alternative routes, not less,” said David Holtz, Chair of the Michigan Chapter of Sierra Club.  “Pipelines leak, and as we saw in Kalamazoo, when there’s a breach, it can be catastrophic. Yet Enbridge refuses to release any documents related to pipeline inspections and now wants the State of Michigan to sanction that secrecy.”

Enbridge’s efforts to close off access to pipeline safety documents through an exemption to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act comes on the heels of a report revealing that a two-year-old pipeline operated in Missouri by TransCanada suffered major corrosion, with 95% corrosion in one section of the pipe.   The report was based on documents obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

“In Missouri you have a 21st Century pipeline that had to be shut down and the only reason we know the details is because the law required the documents to be released publicly,” said Jim Lively, Program Director, Michigan Land Use Institute.  “In Michigan we have pipelines running through the Great Lakes, under extremely volatile conditions, and these pipelines were constructed in 1953 during an era where color television was the newest technology.  Yet Enbridge wants to keep the safety of these pipelines secret.”

Thousands of Michigan residents and visitors have signed a petition urging Governor Rick Snyder to order open public hearings on the oil pipelines in the Straits and alternatives to eliminate the risk of a catastrophic spill.

“We expect openness and transparency,” said Peggy Case, President of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation.  “What we are getting from Enbridge in this proposed legislation is defiance.”

(Can you imagine what would happen to the Beaver Island economy and tourism if the pipeline going through the Straits of Mackinac began leaking, and the owner was not required to report it to anyone?)

NEW Print Visitors Guide

The all new colorful 2015-16 print Beaver Island Visitors Guide is now available. A link to see and print the complete guide is available on the Chamber web site. www.BeaverIsland.org You can request a print copy by contacting the office at Chamber@BeaverIsland.org . If you need multiple copies please stop by the office to pick up a supply M-F 10-4. 231.448.2505. A copy of the cover of the 27 page guide is below.

BI Music Festival Schedule

May 17-23 is National EMS WEEK

May 17-23 is National EMS WEEK, sponsored by ACEP, NAEMT and NAEMSE. This year's theme is "EMS Strong."

The American College of Emergency Physicians, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators will celebrate "EMS Strong."

NAEMSE is very proud to partner this special week and give thanks to all of you and your tireless efforts in serving our communities.
BINN says,"Thank you to all of Beaver Island's Emergency Medical Service personnel!"

Funeral for Rod Nackerman

Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

Eight interested community members and five authority members gathered at the Peaine Township Hall for the first meeting of the five members of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority. The board members are Bill Kohl, Rick Speck, (the first two on the formed ESA), Brad Grassmick, Donna Kubic, and Jim McDonough. The board set their regular meeting date as the last Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. The board has a large learning curve related to overseeing of the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service and the Beaver Island Fire Department.

View Video of this meeting HERE.

Job Opportunity with CC Road Commission

The Charlevoix County Road Commission will accept applications for Road Maintenance Worker/Truck Driver at their Beaver Island garage. Applicants shall be experienced in Construction and Utility Work, and shall possess a Class “A” CDL with Air Brake and Tanker endorsements. Applicants shall be required to take a road test in a Road Commission supplied vehicle. Applications shall be received at the Charlevoix County Road Commission office, 1251 Boyne Avenue, PO Box 39, Boyne City, MI 49712-0039 until 3:00pm May 15, 2015. Application forms are available at the Boyne City office, by calling (231) 582-7330 or online www.charlevoixcounty.org/ccrc.asp. The Charlevoix County Road Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Community Center (PABI) Job Available

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

Chamber of Commerce directors wish to thank Dawn Martin who suggested the theme idea. The Big Parade & Island Airways Flyover, featuring the missing man formation at 2:00. Line up for the parade starting at Holy Cross Church starting at 1:00. Cannon fire by John Works.
July 4th 2015

BINGO Announcement

Beaver Island Men's Golf League Information

Charlevoix County Transit Spring 2015 Schedule

Beaver Island Birding Trail Presentation Update

Registration is not required for presentations; however, field trips do require registration and trips are nearing capacity.  All events are free. So if you haven't registered for a field trip, please do soon.  http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Following Greg Butcher's presentation on May 23rd at 4 p.m., Nancy Seefelt will be sharing her experiences related to bird research around the archipelago.  It is a fascinating presentation that she has shared with others around Michigan, so please mark your calendars.  

Nancy Seefelt is a Michigan native who grew up in Sterling Heights, near Detroit. After high school, she enrolled at Central Michigan University (CMU) and discovered Beaver Island when she took a class at the CMU Biological Station after her freshman year. Nancy received her M.S. degree from CMU and her doctorate from Michigan State University and currently holds a faculty position in the Biology Department at CMU During the summer field season, much of her research focuses on avian ecology, specifically the breeding biology of waterbirds (gulls, terns, herons and cormorants) in northern Lake Michigan and the stopover ecology of migrating songbirds along Michigan shorelines. The migration work involves censussing, mist netting, and remote acoustical monitoring; the acoustic monitors also track the sounds of migratory bats. In addition,Nancy monitors the breeding activities of the endangered Piping Plover as part of the recovery program for this species. As a vertebrate ecologist and evolutionary biologist, Nancy has been studying birds throughout the Beaver Island Archipelago for over 20 years.

Beaver Island Association's Newsletter 2015

This newsletter succeeds in proving information about activities and improvements of the island ecologies and non-native, invasive species. It provides information about changes in laws in Michigan. There is truly a lot of good information in this newsletter. It is presented here with permission of the BIA.

BICS Plans BI History Adventure

from Deb Robert

Preliminary information on the Beaver Island History Adventure!

BICS to Host Beaver Island History Adventure

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the students and staff at Beaver Island Community School will participate in a morning of fun, historical adventures based around local BI History.  Students will be broken into multi-age "families" and will hike an approximately 2-3 mile trek, competing in historical challenges along the way.  It is hoped that this day will give students a chance to learn about and experience some of the same things that their ancestors did.

If you are available on that day, and would be interested in helping out, have a historically-based talent you would like to share, or would just like to join in the fun, please contact school at 448-2744.

Volunteers are needed in the following capacity:

Walking the route with students

Running a challenge station along the route (Staff will plan and gather materials ahead of time.)

Helping out with a craft/game/activity at the beginning of the route

Taking pictures

Making food

Set-Up and/or Clean-Up

Contact Person:  Debbie Robert

Visiting Providers at BIRHC

call Betty, if you have questions 448 2275


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

Any additional questions call Betty 231 448 2275

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

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


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

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