B. I. News on the 'Net, May 21-June 17, 2018

Live from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

There was no Saturday afternoon Mass this week with Father Jim Siler's absence, which made the attendance at the Pig Roast and fundraiser possible for those that would normally be at this service. Instead there was just one Mass this weekend at the normal Sunday time. Deacon Paul Fifer assisted Father Denny Stillwell for the Sunday service.

Father Denny provides an introduction and a little history

Jacque LaFreniere did the readings.

Deacon Paul read the Gospel.

Father Denny gave an interesting sermon and managed to connect a mustard seed to Father's Day.

View video of the service HERE

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project # 25

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 12:00 p.m., 6/17/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 17, 2018

Wonderful benefit for Gus last night. Joe was able to enjoy making music with Danny, Danny, Edward, and Hilary. I think everyone had a great time.

Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 71°, dew point is 68°, humidity is at 92% and it feels muggy, wind is from the south at 7 mph, pressure is rising from 29.90, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening the becoming mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Hazardous Weather Outlook: Thunderstorms are possible across eastern upper Michigan today, then become increasingly likely through tonight while also sinking into northern lower Michigan. A few of the storms may become strong to marginally severe late this afternoon and through this evening for portions of eastern upper michigan and northwest lower Michigan. The main threats will be for damaging winds to 60 mph, hail to one inch in diameter, and locally heavy rainfall.

Very warm temperatures and high humidity will likely produce heat indices around 100 degrees this afternoon into early evening across portions of Northern Lower Michigan...mainly along and south of M-55.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Patchy fog early in the morning, then areas of fog in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHt: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Areas of fog. Thunderstorms likely and a chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today will be at medium 6.7 with the top allergens being grasses, dock, and plantain.
UV REPORT: the haze today won't stop sunburn and the UV levels for today are very high at 8. Please minimize sun exposure and apply sunscreen.

ON THIS DATE of June 17, 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The copper and iron statue, which was reassembled and dedicated the following year in a ceremony presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland, became known around the world as an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy.

Intended to commemorate the American Revolution and a century of friendship between the U.S. and France, the statue was designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (who modeled it after his own mother), with assistance from engineer Gustave Eiffel, who later developed the iconic tower in Paris bearing his name. The statue was initially scheduled to be finished by 1876, the 100th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence; however, fundraising efforts, which included auctions, a lottery and boxing matches, took longer than anticipated, both in Europe and the U.S., where the statue’s pedestal was to be financed and constructed. The statue alone cost the French an estimated $250,000 (more than $5.5 million in today’s money).

Finally completed in Paris in the summer of 1884, the statue, a robed female figure with an uplifted arm holding a torch, reached its new home on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor (between New York City and Hudson County, New Jersey) on June 17, 1885. After being reassembled, the 450,000-pound statue was officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, by President Cleveland, who said, “We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.” Standing more than 305 feet from the foundation of its pedestal to the top of its torch, the statue, dubbed “Liberty Enlightening the World” by Bartholdi, was taller than any structure in New York City at the time. The statue was originally copper-colored, but over the years it underwent a natural color-change process called patination that produced its current greenish-blue hue.

In 1892, Ellis Island, located near Bedloe’s Island (which in 1956 was renamed Liberty Island), opened as America’s chief immigration station, and for the next 62 years Lady Liberty, as the statue is nicknamed, stood watch over the more than 12 million immigrants who sailed into New York Harbor. In 1903, a plaque inscribed with a sonnet titled “The New Colossus” by American poet Emma Lazarus, written 20 years earlier for a pedestal fundraiser, was placed on an interior wall of the pedestal. Lazarus’ now-famous words, which include “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” became symbolic of America’s vision of itself as a land of opportunity for immigrants.

Some 60 years after President Calvin Coolidge designated the statue a national monument in 1924, it underwent a multi-million-dollar restoration (which included a new torch and gold leaf-covered flame) and was rededicated by President Ronald Reagan on July 4, 1986, in a lavish celebration. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the statue was closed; its base, pedestal and observation deck re-opened in 2004, while its crown re-opened to the public on July 4, 2009. (For safety reasons, the torch has been closed to visitors since 1916, after an incident called the Black Tom explosions in which munitions-laden barges and railroad cars on the Jersey City, New Jersey, waterfront were blown up by German agents, causing damage to the nearby statue.)

Today, the Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most famous landmarks. Over the years, it has been the site of political rallies and protests (from suffragettes to anti-war activists), has been featured in numerous movies and countless photographs, and has received millions of visitors from around the globe.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States?

WORD OF THE DAY: paragon (PAR-uh-gon) which means a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence. The English noun paragon comes from Middle French, from Old Italian paragone “touch stone,” a derivative of the verb paragonare “to test on a touchstone or whetstone.” The Italian words perhaps derive from Greek parakonân “to sharpen, whet,” formed from the prefix and preposition para- “beside, alongside” and akonân “to sharpen, whet,” a derivative of akónē “whetstone, bone.” Paragon entered English in the mid-16th century.

Benefit Party for Steve "Gus" Connaghan

The musicians

This event was open to the public, and it was hosted by Marie Connaghan LaFreniere and Ann T. Partridge. Many hands made for some excellent food and an excellent gathering of island people. Music was played by Ed Palmer, Danny Johnsten, Danny Gillespie, and Joe Moore with the amazing vocals by Hilary Palmer. Everyone of these people did some singing, but Danny and Danny, Edward and Hillary were the primary one to perform. Joe Moore did a little harmony and played bass.

The whole night was live streamed on Beaver Island TV, making it available to any that knew about it and wanting to view what was happening at the party. Parts of the evening were recorded and just a few pictures were taken.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of some of the night HERE

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 6/17/18

Slideshow Ads on Facebook

by Joe Moore

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been attempting to put out some pictures and information about the island using facebook. This is usually attached to the "Latest updates" listing that we have put on this website. It just became apparent to me, that even though the subscribers have seen all these pictures before, they have not had the opportunity to view them in a slideshow with music. Although some call pictures set to music as a video, that does not fit the definition of video to the editor. In any case, here are two of the videos that were prepared for the month of June 2018 for facebook. You can see them by clicking on the link below:

View slideshows HERE

Posted on 6/16/18 at 12:00 p.m.

Vacation Bible School

Posted at 11 a.m., 5/22/18

Reposted on June 16, 2018. 8:45 a.m.

Judi Meister states that the website had a glitch for the registration website. It has been fixed and is now working.

This Week in Pictures

This is the first week that both the editor and his wife have been on the island for the regular work week in seven weeks. There were lots of chores to get done and many more to do, but there had to be some special moments to help make up for the missing seven weeks. So, here you go. Pictures taken from Monday through Friday this week are shown below. These pictures represent those moments.

Some of the most interesting skies have been seen this week.

One check on the ospreys at the microwave tower.

A windy day with winds from the east.

A recheck on the osprey nest.

Some fishermen and wild irish at Barney's Lake

Some more inidication of the windy nature of a couple of days this week.

A loon considering a nesting location on Barney's Lake

Lots of beautiful flowers and blossoms at Green's Lake and Miller's Marsh

Iron Ore Bay and Creek

The Southhead Lighthouse from below the hill.

Blossoms, information, and the northside of the lighthouse.

Cattail in swamp near Donegal Bay....Loons and baby on Font Lake

Ducklings and duck at Gull Harbor

Another interesting blossom

These were just a few of the pictures that were captured in a trip going to different locations on the island. Others were not as clear, and had to be left out of this collection. Hope you enjoyed it. The editor surely did!

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 6/16/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 16, 2018

Saturday, and a busy one. It's the day of a benefit for Gus Connaghan behind the Clean and Store on King's HIghway beginning at 4:00. Auction, and live music... can't get much better than that on a beautiful island summer day.

Right now we have clear skies, 58°, wind is at 3 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 96%, dew point is at 57°, pressure is steady at 29.94 inches, and visibility is 5 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. HIghs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.
TODAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in the late morning, then becoming north in the afternoon becoming southeast early in the evening. Patchy fog through the day. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today are medium at 6.4. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain.
UV REPORT: UV levels will be high today at 7. Reduce sun exposure and apply sunscreen.

ON THIS DATE of June 16, 1884 the first roller coaster in America opens.

On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.

Coney Island, a name believed to have come from the Dutch Konijn Eilandt, or Rabbit Island, is a tract of land along the Atlantic Ocean discovered by explorer Henry Hudson in 1609. The first hotel opened at Coney Island in 1829 and by the post-Civil War years, the area was an established resort with theaters, restaurants and a race track. Between 1897 and 1904, three amusement parks sprang up at Coney Island–Dreamland, Luna Park and Steeplechase. By the 1920s, Coney Island was reachable by subway and summer crowds of a million people a day flocked there for rides, games, sideshows, the beach and the two-and-a-half-mile boardwalk, completed in 1923.

The hot dog is said to have been invented at Coney Island in 1867 by Charles Feltman. In 1916, a nickel hot dog stand called Nathan’s was opened by a former Feltman employee and went on to become a Coney Island institution and international franchise. Today, Nathan’s is famous not only for its hot dogs but its hot dog-eating contest, held each Fourth of July in Coney Island. In 2006, Takeru Kobayashi set a new record when he ate 53.75 hot dogs with buns in 12 minutes.

Roller coasters and amusement parks experienced a decline during the Great Depression and World War II, when Americans had less cash to spend on entertainment. Finally, in 1955, the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, signaled the advent of the modern theme park and a rebirth of the roller coaster. Disneyland’s success sparked a wave of new parks and coasters. By the 1970s, parks were competing to create the most thrilling rides. In 2005, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, introduced the Kingda Ka roller coaster, the world’s tallest (at 456 feet) and fastest (at 128 mph).

By the mid-1960s, the major amusement parks at Coney Island had shut down and the area acquired a seedy image. Nevertheless, Coney Island remains a tourist attraction and home to the Cyclone, a wooden coaster that made its debut there in 1927. Capable of speeds of 60 mph and with an 85-foot drop, the Cyclone is one of the country’s oldest coasters in operation today. Though a real-estate developer recently announced the building of a new $1.5 billion year-round resort at Coney Island that will include a 4,000-foot-long roller coaster, an indoor water park and a multi-level carousel, the Cyclone’s owners have said they plan to keep the historic coaster open for business.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Red or Swamp Milkweed has the most intoxicating summer smell? check it out!

WORD OF THE DAY: stanchless (STAWNCH-lis) which means incessant. English stanchless is an awkward, uncommon word. Its meaning is obvious: “unable to be stanched.” Stanch comes from the Old French verb estanchier “to close, stop” and is probably from an unattested Vulgar Latin verb stanticāre, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns, the present participle of stāre “to stand”) and the causative suffix -icāre ; stanticare means “to make stand or stop.” Stanchless entered English in the 17th century.

Turtles Laying Eggs

Lots of turtles have been moving across the roads and in and out of the swamp as well as the inland lakes. Many have posted on facebook about stopping for turtles, getting out to help a turtle across the road, as well as the proper way to move a turtle without getting bit. In any event, this picture is by far and away the best turtle picture that was posted. This picture was taken by Greg Doig. Excellent work, Greg!

Interview of Gene Masta in August 2010

Shamus Norgaard continued the oral history interviews that were started by Robert Cole. This interview was done with Gene Masta at his home here on Beaver Island. Gene is the one with the beautiful garden yard on McDonough Road, but the pathway can be accessed from the park across Donegal Bay Road from the Beaver Island District Library.

View video of this interview HERE

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 6/15/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 15, 2018

Friday morning already! This week sped past me. Vernor's and I are becoming good friends as long as I use a straw to drink it. Still having that shaky feeling, but I AM feeling a bit better. I'm just guessing that the farther away I am from having a chemo appointment the better I'll be. On the 26th I'll repeat the whole thing again. This is so interesting if nothing else.

It's 51° outside this morning, wind is at 4 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 90%, dew point is 47°, pressure is rising from 30.07 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. A 20% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s.outheast winds at 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorm in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight.
TODAY: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
UV REPORT: Levels will be very high at 8 today. Minimize sun exposure and apply sunscreen.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today will be medium at 6.4. Top allergens are grasses and dock.

ON THIS DATE of June 15, 1215 the Magna Carta is sealed.

Following a revolt by the English nobility against his rule, King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter.” The document, essentially a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws. Although more a reactionary than a progressive document in its day, the Magna Carta was seen as a cornerstone in the development of democratic England by later generations.

John was enthroned as king of England following the death of his brother, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, in 1199. King John’s reign was characterized by failure. He lost the duchy of Normandy to the French king and taxed the English nobility heavily to pay for his foreign misadventures. He quarreled with Pope Innocent III and sold church offices to build up the depleted royal coffers. Following the defeat of a campaign to regain Normandy in 1214, Stephen Langton, the archbishop of Canterbury, called on the disgruntled barons to demand a charter of liberties from the king.

In 1215, the barons rose up in rebellion against the king’s abuse of feudal law and custom. John, faced with a superior force, had no choice but to give in to their demands. Earlier kings of England had granted concessions to their feudal barons, but these charters were vaguely worded and issued voluntarily. The document drawn up for John in June 1215, however, forced the king to make specific guarantees of the rights and privileges of his barons and the freedom of the church. On June 15, 1215, John met the barons at Runnymede on the Thames and set his seal to the Articles of the Barons, which after minor revision was formally issued as the Magna Carta.

The charter consisted of a preamble and 63 clauses and dealt mainly with feudal concerns that had little impact outside 13th century England. However, the document was remarkable in that it implied there were laws the king was bound to observe, thus precluding any future claim to absolutism by the English monarch. Of greatest interest to later generations was clause 39, which stated that “no free man shall be arrested or imprisoned or disseised [dispossessed] or outlawed or exiled or in any way victimised…except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.” This clause has been celebrated as an early guarantee of trial by jury and of habeas corpus and inspired England’s Petition of Right (1628) and the Habeas Corpus Act (1679).

In immediate terms, the Magna Carta was a failure–civil war broke out the same year, and John ignored his obligations under the charter. Upon his death in 1216, however, the Magna Carta was reissued with some changes by his son, King Henry III, and then reissued again in 1217. That year, the rebellious barons were defeated by the king’s forces. In 1225, Henry III voluntarily reissued the Magna Carta a third time, and it formally entered English statute law.

The Magna Carta has been subject to a great deal of historical exaggeration; it did not establish Parliament, as some have claimed, nor more than vaguely allude to the liberal democratic ideals of later centuries. However, as a symbol of the sovereignty of the rule of law, it was of fundamental importance to the constitutional development of England. Four original copies of the Magna Carta of 1215 exist today: one in Lincoln Cathedral, one in Salisbury Cathedral, and two in the British Museum.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture. Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country.

WORD OF THE DAY: nacreous (NEY-kree-uhs) whcih means resembling nacre or mother-of-pearl; lustrous; pearly. The English adjective nacreous is a derivative of nacre “mother-of-pearl.” Nacre comes from Middle French nacre, from Medieval Latin nacchara, nacara, nacrum. Other Romance languages have similar forms: Old Italian nacacra, nacchera, Catalan nacre, and Spanish nácar, all meaning “mother-of-pearl.” The further origin of nacre is uncertain: the most common etymology is that it comes from Arabic naqqāra “small drum,” or from Arabic naqur "hunting horn," a derivative of the verb nakara "hollow out," from the shape of the mollusk shell that yields mother-of-pearl. Nacreous entered English in the 19th century.

Familiar Faces 12

By Joe Moore

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to the Murphy home on King’s Highway for a 41 year old male with chest pain,” dispatch paged.  “This patient was seen at the medical center earlier in the day, but the pain returned.  The medical center provider is the one who called for the transport.”

“5740 is enroute to the garage,” I reply on the radio.

“5742 is also enroute,” I hear on the radio.

So, we will have at least two EMT Specialists on the scene of the emergency that sound like it is probably a cardiac issue, but we don’t make that kind of decision until we arrive on the scene, do an assessment, and then come up with a diagnosis based upon the assessment and the physical condition of the patient. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted 2:15 p.m., 6/14/18

Timeout for Art: Return to Me

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 6/14/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 14, 2018

Slept in until 6:30!! Am "trying" a cup of coffee - will have to see how this goes. I'm thinking burgers for dinner as it looks like a gorgeous day for grilling out. Right now I'm showing 49°, wind at 2 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 89%, dew point is at 46°, pressure is 30.02 inches and rising, and visibility is 9.8 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Northwest wind at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.
P.S. as the weather heats up, check your air conditioners and make sure they are all working. Clean the fan blades in your fans, warm and humid weather is coming.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
UV FORECAST: UV levels today will be very high at 8. Minimize your sun exposure and apply sunscreen.
POLLEN FORECAST: Levels for pollen will be low to medium today at 3.9. Top allergens at grass, sorrel/dock.

ON THIS DATE of June 14, 1777, Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend.

With the entrance of new states into the United States after independence, new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. In 1818, however, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states.

On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. As instructed by Congress, the U.S. flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In the years after the first Flag Day, several states continued to observe the anniversary, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance. (Note: that would be today)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Although Michigan is often called the "Wolverine State" there are no longer any wolverines in Michigan?

WORD OF THE DAY: semaphore (SEM-uh-fawr) which means a system of signaling, especially a system by which a special flag is held in each hand and various positions of the arms indicate specific letters, numbers, etc. Semaphore came into English from French sémaphore, a device for making and transmitting signals by line of sight. From the point of view of a purist or pedant, semaphore is a malformed word. The Greek noun sêma means “mark, sign, token,” and its combining form, which should have been used in semaphore, is sēmat-, which would result in sematophore. The combining form -phore comes from the Greek combining form -phoros “carrying, bearing,” a derivative of the verb phérein “to carry, bear.” Semaphore entered English in the 19th century.

Posted at 8 a.m., 6/14/18

BICS Budget Hearing

June 20, 2018, 7 p.m.

62018 BICS Budget Hearing

Posted 6/13/18, 3:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Historical Society Has New Website

View the website HERE

Posted at 11 a.m., 6/13/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 13, 2018

It's raining, it's pouring, thunder and lighting, it's the whole, real deal and my old man is still snoring LOL I love the sound of rain on our metal roof. Not too awfully crazy about the light show though. Yesterday we began the journey back into a normal life, as Joe had his $2 Tuesday date with my mom at the Pub. I wasn't up to it b, ut I understand that there was a huge turnout including one directly from the auld sod. Sorry I missed it. Hopefully before the summer is over I'll make one of them.

As for the weather, I already mentioned it's raining heavily, 58°, dew point is 59°, wind is at 7 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 100% (it's a bit muggy), pressure is steady at 29.72 inches, and visibility is 1 mile. Whoa, this storm has some window rattlers in it. Sunrise will be at 5:51 am (if you can see it) and sunset will be at 9:32 pm.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning then mostly sunny with a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 70. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows around 50. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts to around 30 mph in the evening.
MARINE REPORT: Thunderstorms will move through eastern upper Michigan and portions of northern lower Michigan mainly north of M-72 this morning. A few storms across eastern upper Michigan may be strong to severe, producing large hail and damaging winds. Gale force wind gusts are expected on the nearshore waters bordering eastern upper and northeast lower Michigan this afternoon through early evening.
Locations impacted include... Waugoshance Point, Harbor Springs, Good Hart, Beaver Island, Cross Village, Gros Cap, Point Aux Chenes, Cecil Bay, The Mouth Of Little Traverse Bay and Sturgeon Bay.

POLLEN REPORT: Today the pollen levels are low-medium at 3.9. Top allergens are grasses and dock.

UV REPORT: UV levels for today at high at 7. Reduce sun exposure and apply sunscreen. You can still burn even if the sun isn't shining.

ON THIS DATE of June 13, 1971, “Pentagon Papers” damage credibility of Cold War policy.

The New York Times begins to publish sections of the so-called “Pentagon Papers,” a top-secret Department of Defense study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The papers indicated that the American government had been lying to the people for years about the Vietnam War and the papers seriously damaged the credibility of America’s Cold War foreign policy.

In 1967, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ordered his department to prepare an in-depth history of American involvement in the Vietnam War. McNamara had already begun to harbor serious doubts about U.S. policy in Vietnam, and the study–which came to be known as the “Pentagon Papers”–substantiated his misgivings. Top-secret memorandums, reports, and papers indicated that the U.S. government had systematically lied to the American people, deceiving them about American goals and progress in the war in Vietnam. The devastating multi-volume study remained locked away in a Pentagon safe for years. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a Defense Department employee who had turned completely against the war, began to smuggle portions of the papers out of the Pentagon. These papers made their way to the New York Times, and on June 13, 1971, the American public read them in stunned amazement. The publication of the papers added further fuel to the already powerful antiwar movement and drove the administration of President Richard Nixon into a frenzy of paranoia about information “leaks.” Nixon attempted to stop further publication of the papers, but the Supreme Court refused to issue an injunction.

The “Pentagon Papers” further eroded the American public’s confidence in their nation’s Cold War foreign policy. The brutal, costly, and seemingly endless Vietnam War had already damaged the government’s credibility, and the publication of the “Pentagon Papers” showed people the true extent to which the government had manipulated and lied to them. Some of the most dramatic examples were documents indicating that the Kennedy administration had openly encouraged and participated in the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963; that the CIA believed that the “domino theory” did not actually apply to Asia; and that the heavy American bombing of North Vietnam, contrary to U.S. government pronouncements about its success, was having absolutely no impact on the communists’ will to continue the fight.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights?

WORD OF THE DAY: antigodlin (an-ti-GOD-lin) which means 1) lopsided or at an angle; out of alignment.
2) diagonal or cater-cornered.
Antigodlin is an adjective used chiefly in the American South and West. The origin of the word is unclear, but it may be a combination of the familiar prefix anti- “against, opposite” and godlin or goglin, a variant pronunciation of goggling, the present participle of goggle, in the archaic sense “to squint” and originally meaning “twisted to one side, cockeyed.” The form godlin may also be reinforced by the folk etymology “against God.” Antigodlin entered English in the early 20th century.

Posted at 7:30 a.m., 6/13/18

Peaine Township Meeting Agenda

June 13. 2018

Posted at 9:30 p.m., 6/12/18

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 10:00 p.m. 6/13/18

Two Special Meetings Regarding Airport Commission Business

37735 Michigan Avenue-St. James Township Hall

(Address correction posted at 11:45 a.m., 6/14/18)

061518 - SPECIAL MEETING - BIAC, June 15, 2018, 9 a.m.

061518 - SPECIAL (JOINT WITH PEAINE TOWNSHIP), June 15, 2018, 10 a.m.

Posted at 9:30 p.m., 6/12/18

Peaine Notice of Joint Meeting

Posted at 8:00 a.m., 6/13/18

What Happened to Me

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 6/12/18

Why No Weekly or Biweekly Rollover

by Joe Moore

For those subscribers that may have asked this question, I want to answer this. Life in general has been quite an adventure for Phyllis and I over the last seven weeks. It took seven weeks to complete the radiation treatments for the cancer battle. The chemotherapy now allows us to be back on the island for a couple of weeks, and our trip off now will be three days every three weeks until this portion of the treatments are over. This is one reason for the lack of turnover.

The second reason is not nearly as important, but it hit me this morning as I contemplated the work to change the Current News page. I wondered just how much news there might be accumulated in one month or four weeks. A print version of the news comes out once a month. So, the thought process is this; what would the print version of Beaver Island News on the 'Net look like if it were published only once a month? How much news would there be? How would the print version of the Beaver Island News be organzied? Would there even be an interest in an accumulation of four weeks of Beaver Island News?

Well, there is only one way to find out the answer to this, and that is to accumulate four weeks of news and figure out how this might work out. So, this is the reason for this one longer page of the news as presented by Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Who knows, maybe we should work on a printed version also?

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 6/12/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 12, 2018

...and another morning of being up before the sun. Sleeping in would be so nice if my body would let me. At the moment it's 53°, partly cloudy, wind is at 5 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 30.00 inches, dew point is 41°, visibility is 9.4 miles, sunrise will be at 5:52 am and sunset will be at 9:32 pm.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation 50%.
TODAY: Light winds becoming northeast 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: pollen levels for today will be at 6.5 which is considered medium. Top allergens are grasses and dock.
UV REPORT: UV levels will be at 8 (very high) today. Minimize sun exposure and apply sunscreen.

ON THIS DATE of June 12, 1876 a journalist headed for Little Big Horn files dispatch.

Marcus Kellogg, a journalist traveling with Custer’s 7th Cavalry, files one of his last dispatches before being killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Kellogg migrated with his family to New York in 1835. As a young man he mastered the art of the telegraph and went to work for the Pacific Telegraphy Company in Wisconsin. Sometime during the Civil War, Kellogg abandoned his career in telegraphy in favor of becoming a newspaperman. In 1873, he moved west to the frontier town of Bismarck in Dakota Territory and became the assistant editor of the Bismarck Tribune.

A chance event in the winter of 1876 began Kellogg’s unexpected path toward the Little Big Horn. While returning from a trip to the East, Kellogg was on the same train as George Custer and his wife, Elizabeth. Custer was on his way to Fort Abraham Lincoln, near Bismarck, where he was going to lead the 7th Cavalry in a planned assault on several bands of Indians who had refused to be confined to reservations. After an unusually heavy winter storm, the train became snowbound. Kellogg improvised a crude telegraph key, connected it to the wires running alongside the track, and sent a message ahead to the fort asking for help. Custer’s brother, Tom, arrived soon after with a sleigh to rescue them.

Ever since his days as a Civil War hero, Custer had enjoyed being lionized in the nation’s newspapers. Now, as he prepared for what he hoped would be his greatest victory ever, Custer wanted to make sure his glorious deeds would be adequately covered in the press. Initially, Custer had planned to take his old friend Clement Lounsberry, who was Kellogg’s employer at the Tribune, with him into the field with the 7th Cavalry. At the last minute, Kellogg was picked to go instead-perhaps because Custer had been impressed by his resourcefulness with a telegraph key.

When Custer led his soldiers out of Fort Abraham Lincoln and headed west for Montana on May 31, Kellogg rode with him. During the next few weeks, Kellogg filed three dispatches from the field to the Bismarck Tribune, which in turn passed the stories on to the New York Herald. (Leaving nothing to chance, Custer himself also sent three anonymous reports on his progress to the Herald.)

Kellogg’s first dispatches, dated May 31 and June 12, recorded the progress of the expedition westward. His final report, dated June 21, came from the army’s camp along the Rosebud River in southern Montana, not far from the Little Big Horn River. “We leave the Rosebud tomorrow,” Kellogg wrote, “and by the time this reaches you we will have met and fought the red devils, with what result remains to be seen.”

The results, of course, were disastrous. Four days later, Sioux and Cheyenne warriors wiped out Custer and his men along the Little Big Horn River. Kellogg was the only journalist to witness the final moments of Custer’s 7th Cavalry. Had he been able to file a story he surely would have become a national celebrity. Unfortunately, Kellogg did not live to tell the tale and died alongside Custer’s soldiers.

On July 6, the Bismarck Tribune printed a special extra edition with a top headline reading: “Massacred: Gen. Custer and 261 Men the Victims.” Further down in the column, in substantially smaller type, a sub-headline reported: “The Bismarck Tribune’s Special Correspondent Slain.” The article went on to report, “The body of Kellogg alone remained unstripped of its clothing, and was not mutilated.” The reporter speculated that this might have been a result of the Indian’s “respect [for] this humble shover of the lead pencil.”

That the Sioux and Cheyenne respected Kellogg for his journalistic skills is highly doubtful. However, his spectacular death in one of the most notorious events in the nation’s history did make him something of an honored martyr among newspapermen. The New York Herald later erected a monument to the fallen journalist over the supposed site of his grave on the Little Big Horn battlefield.

DID YOU KNOW THAT some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes. Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan's inland seas.

WORD OF THE DAY: blamestorming (BLEYM-stawr-ming) which means the process of assigning blame for an outcome or situation. Blamestorming was originally a colloquialism in American English, modeled on the much earlier (1907) brainstorming. Blamestorming entered English in the 1990s.

BICS Meeting Documents

June 11, 2018

53118 Special Finance Committee Mtg Notes

61118 Public Board Packet

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 11, 2018

Ok, ok, I'm up, don't know about being awake, but I'm up. Nap on and off most of the day and evening then I wake up at 4 am. Something is wrong with this picture.

Right now on the island we have clear skies, 49°, feels like 47°, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 79%, pressure is rising from 30.05 inches, and visibility is 9.5 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Hazardous Weather Outlook ***** Combination of warm temperatures, gusty east winds, and dry conditions will result in elevated fire danger across most of northern lower Michigan today. Critical fire weather conditions are expected across the interior counties. See ongoing red flag warning for details. *****
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Today pollen levels are rated at 7.2, which is medium. Top allergens are grasses and dock.
UV LEVEL: The UV level will be very high today at 8 so minimize sun exposure and apply sunscreen often.

ON THIS DATE of June 11, 1979, John Wayne, an iconic American film actor famous for starring in countless westerns, dies at age 72 after battling cancer for more than a decade.

The actor was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, and moved as a child to Glendale, California. A football star at Glendale High School, he attended the University of Southern California on a scholarship but dropped out after two years. After finding work as a movie studio laborer, Wayne befriended director John Ford, then a rising talent. His first acting jobs were bit parts in which he was credited as Duke Morrison, a childhood nickname derived from the name of his beloved pet dog.

Wayne’s first starring role came in 1930 with The Big Trail, a film directed by his college buddy Raoul Walsh. It was during this time that Marion Morrison became “John Wayne,” when director Walsh didn’t think Marion was a good name for an actor playing a tough western hero. Despite the lead actor’s new name, however, the movie flopped. Throughout the 1930s, Wayne made dozens of mediocre westerns, sometimes churning out two movies a week. In them, he played various rough-and-tumble characters and occasionally appeared as “Singing Sandy,” a musical cowpoke a la Roy Rogers.

In 1939, Wayne finally had his breakthrough when his old friend John Ford cast him as Ringo Kid in the Oscar-winning Stagecoach. Wayne went on to play larger-than-life heroes in dozens of movies and came to symbolize a type of rugged, strong, straight-shooting American man. John Ford directed Wayne in some of his best-known films, including Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962).

Off-screen, Wayne came to be known for his conservative political views. He produced, directed and starred in The Alamo (1960) and The Green Berets (1968), both of which reflected his patriotic, conservative leanings. In 1969, he won an Oscar for his role as a drunken, one-eyed federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Wayne’s last film was The Shootist (1976), in which he played a legendary gunslinger dying of cancer. The role had particular meaning, as the actor was fighting the disease in real life.

During four decades of acting, Wayne, with his trademark drawl and good looks, appeared in over 250 films. He was married three times and had seven children.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world?

WORD OF THE DAY: scrutator (skroo-TEY-ter) which means a person who investigates. English scrutator comes straight from the Latin noun scrūtātor “searcher (after something or someone hidden),” a derivative of the verb scrūtārī “ to probe, examine closely,” originally “to sort through rags.” Scrūtārī itself is a derivative of the (neuter plural) noun scrūta “discarded items, junk.” Scrutator entered English in the late 16th century.

Baccalaureate at Holy Cross, 6/10/18

Definition: a sermon to a graduating class; the service at which this sermon is delivered

The service for the graduating class from the Beaver Island Community School at Holy Cross Catholic Church took place on June 10, 2018, the day after the Graduation Ceremony. Eighteen individual IP addresses viewed this service that was live streamed on the Internet this Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. The Baccalaureate service for the Christian Church was this past Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Our readers on Saturday and Sunday

Linda Wearn...............Heidi Vigil

Class of 2018: Katie LaFreniere and Forrest Avery with Father Jim Siler

The parish said goodbyes to Tom Whitman and Jenna Wilk as well today, as both the graduates received the Beaver Island Blessing

View a gallery of pictures of Sunday service HERE

View video of the services HERE

Posted at 2 p.m., June 10, 2018

A Couple of Crazy Days

by Joe Moore

Chemotherapy is like poisoning under a doctor's order. Many, many side effects can be had by the patients who undergo this effort to kill the cancer. Some of the nicest people I've ever met are undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy due to the nasty disease. One of these is my wife. Right now she is sleeping on the couch, completely exhausted. As a former math teacher I can quantify the losses. More than 50% loss of sight, hearing, taste, smell, coordination, balance, sphincter control, and add to that nausea and vomiting. Here are a a couple of days in our history of this adventure.

An Interesting Two Days
By Joe Moore

We were so happy to be heading back to the island for the weekend, and the first twenty-four to thirty-six hours were quite amazing.  We had the opportunity to recharge our batteries.  We got home late Friday night and took the night to catch up on a few small chores, but mostly to relax and get some rest.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 8:15 a.m., 6/10/18

52 Lists for Happiness #24

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8 a.m., 6/10/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 10, 2018

It's so nice not to have to think about packing up again and heading off to Petoskey today. While the chemo is beating me down this time, I WILL win. Just fighting exhaustion, shakes, and lost of some things like hearing, sight, etc. It will all pass. In the meantime, I'm home and loving every minute of it. I may not make it to Mass today, sorry FrJim Siler, maybe Joe can bring me Communion this time.

Happy Anniversary to my brother and sister-in-law, Ron Gregg and Ann Gregg as they celebrate their wedding date today. It doesn't seem all that long ago we were all gathered at Greenfield Village for their big day. Congrats, you two, and many, many more!

Right now on the island it is 53°, clear skies, wind is at 8 mph from the east, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 30.06 inches, dew point is 50°, sunrise is at 5:52 and sunset will be at 9:30. visibility is 9.8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows around 50°. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Partly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: today the pollen levels will be medium at 7.2 and the top allergens are grasses and dock.

ON THIS DATE of June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite is struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a number of terms used today, including battery, conductor and electrician. He also invented the lightning rod, used to protect buildings and ships.

Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, to a candle and soap maker named Josiah Franklin, who fathered 17 children, and his wife Abiah Folger. Franklin’s formal education ended at age 10 and he went to work as an apprentice to his brother James, a printer. In 1723, following a dispute with his brother, Franklin left Boston and ended up in Philadelphia, where he found work as a printer. Following a brief stint as a printer in London, Franklin returned to Philadelphia and became a successful businessman, whose publishing ventures included the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard’s Almanack, a collection of homespun proverbs advocating hard work and honesty in order to get ahead. The almanac, which Franklin first published in 1733 under the pen name Richard Saunders, included such wisdom as: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Whether or not Franklin followed this advice in his own life, he came to represent the classic American overachiever. In addition to his accomplishments in business and science, he is noted for his numerous civic contributions. Among other things, he developed a library, insurance company, city hospital and academy in Philadelphia that would later become the University of Pennsylvania.

Most significantly, Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States and had a career as a statesman that spanned four decades. He served as a legislator in Pennsylvania as well as a diplomat in England and France. He is the only politician to have signed all four documents fundamental to the creation of the U.S.: the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), the Treaty of Paris (1783), which established peace with Great Britain, and the U.S. Constitution (1787).

Franklin died at age 84 on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia. He remains one of the leading figures in U.S. history.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany's of New York. Weighing between 800-900 pounds apiece they are composed of copper, iron and pewter?

WORD OF THE DAY: sennight (SEN-ahyt) which means a week. The archaic English noun sennight means literally “seven nights,” i.e. a week. The Old English form was seofan nihta ; Middle English had very many forms, including soveniht, sevenight, seven nyght, sennyght.

BICS Graduation 2018 Live Streamed

June 9, 2018

Posted at 3 p.m., 6/9/18

The Beaver Island Community School's 100th graduating class of 1918 had two student graduating, just like the 2018 graduating class. Katie LaFreniere and Forrest Avery graduated high school today at the 1 p.m. ceremony at the BIC Center. The graduating was live streamed and viewed by twenty individual unique IP addresses. The Valedictorian was Forrest Avery with Katie LaFreniere as the Salutatorian.

The superintendent mentioned that half of the graduating class was going to the University of Michigan and the other half had a full ride scholarship to college. Kitty McNamara was the graduation speaker.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the graduation HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 9, 2018

Ahhhh, there is NOTHING better than home, especially if it is on Beaver Island. Birds are singing off the decks, sun is starting to wake up, I'm feeling pretty good, just a wee bit shaky. All is right in my world.

Today is graduation day on the island. Congratulations to Katie LaFreniere and Forest Avery as they take their first steps out into adulthood. We look forward to hearing all about your life travels as time goes by.

Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 56°, nearest rain is about 12 miles to the northeast. wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 79%, dew point is 50°, pressure is steady at 30.15 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers in the morning. HIghs in the mid 70s. East winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers is 20%.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

ON THIS DATE of June 9, 1973 with a spectacular victory at the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat becomes the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win America’s coveted Triple Crown–the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. In one of the finest performances in racing history, Secretariat, ridden by Ron Turcotte, completed the 1.5-mile race in 2 minutes and 24 seconds, a dirt-track record for that distance.

Secretariat was born at Meadow Stables in Doswell, Virginia, on March 30, 1970. He was sired by Bold Ruler, the 1957 Preakness winner, and foaled by Somethingroyal, which came from a Thoroughbred line known for its stamina. An attractive chestnut colt, he grew to over 16 hands high and was at two years the size of a three-year-old. He ran his first race as a two-year-old on July 4, 1972, a 5 1/2-furlong race at Aqueduct in New York City. He came from behind to finish fourth; it was the only time in his career that he finished a race and did not place. Eleven days later, he won a six-furlong race at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, New York, and soon after, another race. His trainer, Lucien Laurin, moved him up to class in August, entering him in the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga, which he won by three lengths. By the end of 1972, he had won seven of nine races.

With easy victories in his first two starts of 1973, Secretariat seemed on his way to the Triple Crown. Just two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, however, he stumbled at the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, coming in third behind Angle Light and Sham. On May 5, he met Sham and Angle Light again at the Churchill Downs track in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. Secretariat, a 3-to-2 favorite, broke from near the back of the pack to win the 2 1/4-mile race in a record 1 minute and 59 seconds. He was the first to run the Derby in less than two minutes and his record still stands. Two weeks later, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, Secretariat won the second event of the Triple Crown: the Preakness Stakes. The official clock malfunctioned, but hand-recorded timers had him running the 1 1/16-mile race in record time.

On June 9, 1973, almost 100,000 people came to Belmont Park near New York City to see if “Big Red” would become the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown. Secretariat gave the finest performance of his career in the Belmont Stakes, completing the 1.5-mile race in a record 2 minutes and 24 seconds, knocking nearly three seconds off the track record set by Gallant Man in 1957. He also won by a record 31 lengths. Ron Turcotte, who jockeyed Secretariat in all but three of his races, claimed that at Belmont he lost control of Secretariat and that the horse sprinted into history on his own accord.

Secretariat would race six more times, winning four and finishing second twice. In November 1973, the “horse of the century” was retired and put to stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Among his notable offspring is the 1988 Preakness and Belmont winner, Risen Star. Secretariat was euthanized in 1989 after falling ill. An autopsy showed that his heart was two and a half times larger than that of the average horse, which may have contributed to his extraordinary racing abilities. In 1999, ESPN ranked Secretariat No. 35 in its list of the Top 50 North American athletes of the 20th century, the only non-human on the list.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Justify will make a run for the horse-racing record books Saturday as he attempts to win the Belmont Stakes and complete a historic sweep of the Triple Crown.

Justify would become just the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown and just the second undefeated horse to capture the elusive prize. Only Seattle Slew in 1977 has accomplished that feat. Majestic Prince in 1969, Smarty Jones in 2004 and Big Brown in 2008 went into the Belmont Stakes undefeated after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but were beaten as big favorites in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

All of those horses had more experience than Justify going into the Belmont. But Justify has already proven that historical norms don’t apply to him. He won the Kentucky Derby in just his fourth lifetime start, and in doing so, beat the dreaded Curse of Apollo as the first horse since 1892 to win the Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old.

American Pharoah is the last Triple Crown winner, having swept the series in 2015. Neither Nyquist or Always Dreaming, the Kentucky Derby winners of 2016 and 2017, were able to capture the middle jewel of the crown in the Preakness Stakes.

When a Triple Crown is on the line, the Belmont Stakes always gets elevated in the public’s mind and this year is no exception. According to ticketing site Vivid Seats, the average cost of a reserved seat for this year’s race is $314, up 145% from 2017. That beats the $300 average in 2014 when California Chrome, a horse who had grown a popular following, pursued the Triple Crown. The next year prices for American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win actually fell to near $260. With no crown on the line in 2016 and 2017 prices were less than half that, hovering near $120.

Justify is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for the Belmont. Hofburg is the second choice at 9-2; Bravazzo, the only other horse he will face who competed in both the Derby and Preakness, and Vino Rosso are next at 8-1.

But as low as Justify’s morning-line odds are, they are likely to be lower — perhaps even as low as 1-5 — by post time, which is set for 6:46 p.m. Eastern Saturday.

“He’ll be a really short price. The only real question in [betting the race] is are you with him or against him? I’m with him,” said Mike Beer, Daily Racing Form’s New York handicapper, on a Wednesday handicapping conference call. “He’s just a lot better than these horses.”

The one knock against Justify is his speed figures, a handicapping measure that attempts to quantify a horse’s performance across differing race tracks and surfaces. Even though he won the Derby convincingly, Justify’s speed figure for that race was lower than his previous win in the Santa Anita Derby. And his Preakness performance rated lower still.

“Leaving aside speed figures and declining trend, it was clear that was not a good performance in the Preakness after the way he dominated his other races and with authority,” said Andrew Beyer, racing columnist and inventor of the Beyer Speed Figures that are widely used by horse-racing handicappers.

“Clearly he is the one greatly talented horse in this field. And it seems crazy to take a stand against him. But after five races in three months is it possible his form is turning downward? There is that likelihood,” he said.

Because of the anticipated short price on Justify, neither Beer nor Beyer is willing to risk much of their bankroll on the race. But if there were to be an upsetter, it would be Vino Rosso for Beer and Tenfold for Beyer.

“If I go in a totally different direction than Justify I just might cast my lot with Vino Rosso. If he could get back to is Wood Memorial [a race he won by three expanding lengths] he would have a chance. I’ll give him a pass in the Derby [where he finished 10 lengths behind Justify].”

“I can’t love anybody but Tenfold would be my horse in here,” Beyer said. “Steve Asmussen (the trainer) likes to bring horses along slowly and this could be the one horse in this field who is cut out to be good horse and is on the upgrade. I could see him improving significantly over his Preakness [third-place finish].”

Justify will line up from post No. 1 against nine foes, 10 fewer than he faced in the Kentucky Derby. He will square off against four horses who he beat in the Derby but skipped the Preakness and three newcomers to the Triple Crown trail.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River?

WORD OF THE DAY: congeries (kon-JEER-eez, KON-juh-reez) which means a collection of items or parts in one mass; assemblage; aggregation; heap. English congeries comes directly from the Latin noun congeriēs “collection, pile, heap,” a derivative of the verb congerere “to collect, amass.” Congeries is a singular noun in Latin as it has always been in English. In the mid-19th century a new singular arose in English, congery, a back formation from congeries. Congeries entered English in the 17th century.

Evidence of Spring

June 8, 2018

Beaver Island's spring is completely obvious if you just take a little bit of a ride and take some time to look around instead of just speeding past. Beautiful day today as the editor and wife returned to the island this afternoon. The first trip in the last two weeks shows some beautiful examples of the beginning of the season. There is also a graduation for the two seniors of the BICS tomorrow, which is yet another example of the summer season beginning.

Three flowers that show us the beginning of the season.

View some other indicators in this album HERE

The album includes the loons, an eagle, a Caspian tern, a nesting bird, and then a questionable bird on the island in Barney's Lake where the loons had previously been sitting on the nest. If you can identify others, please email the editor. The sandhill crane is sitting on a nest out here also.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 8, 2018

The night after 8 hour chemo I get the weirdest dreams - more on the line of something an 9 or 10 year old boy would get. Last night topped them all off: I dreamed that my brother, Ron, Big Jim McDonough, and Kevin Green were discussing who could recognize their dad the easiest. All three fathers have passed on now but at the time they hadn't so I don't understand how this all worked but hey, it was a dream and I guess they don't have to be accurate. Anyhow, Ron says in typical little boy fashion, "Oh I could easily. It would be a Manhattan fart." Big Jim stated that his dad was much more basic and it would be a beer fart. Kevin firmly said, "My dad would have a homemade wine fart that can out rank the both of you!" Told you it was like something a preteen would dream about. Jim Wojan walked by as the boys were talking and said, "We Polish have you all beat. Nothing builds a better fart than sauerkraut and Polish beer!" From that point the dream leaped into something else. If I offended anyone I apologize. This chemo stuff is weird to the max.

Ok, today's weather at 250 magnification. Partly cloudy skies on the island, 46°, wind is at 3 mph from the NE, Humidity is at 92%, dew point is at 42%, pressure is rising from 30.09 inches, and visibility is 4 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. East winds at 10 mph.

TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

POLLEN REPORT: Today the pollen levels at 6.6 while the top allergens are grasses and dock.

ON THIS DATE OF JUNE 8, 1874, Chief Cochise, one of the great leaders of the Apache Indians in their battles with the Anglo-Americans, dies on the Chiricahua reservation in southeastern Arizona.

Little is known of Cochise’s early life. By the mid-19th century, he had become a prominent leader of the Chiricahua band of Apache Indians living in southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Like many other Chiricahua Apache, Cochise resented the encroachment of Mexican and American settlers on their traditional lands. Cochise led numerous raids on the settlers living on both sides of the border, and Mexicans and Americans alike began to call for military protection and retribution.

War between the U.S. and Cochise, however, resulted from a misunderstanding. In October 1860, a band of Apache attacked the ranch of an Irish-American named John Ward and kidnapped his adopted son, Felix Tellez. Although Ward had been away at the time of the raid, he believed that Cochise had been the leader of the raiding Apache. Ward demanded that the U.S. Army rescue the kidnapped boy and bring Cochise to justice. The military obliged by dispatching a force under the command of Lieutenant George Bascom. Unaware that they were in any danger, Cochise and many of his top men responded to Bascom’s invitation to join him for a night of entertainment at a nearby stage station. When the Apache arrived, Bascom’s soldiers arrested them.

Cochise told Bascom that he had not been responsible for the kidnapping of Felix Tellez, but the lieutenant refused to believe him. He ordered Cochise be kept as a hostage until the boy was returned. Cochise would not tolerate being imprisoned unjustly. He used his knife to cut a hole in the tent he was held in and escaped.

During the next decade, Cochise and his warriors increased their raids on American settlements and fought occasional skirmishes with soldiers. Panicked settlers abandoned their homes, and the Apache raids took hundreds of lives and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damages. By 1872, the U.S. was anxious for peace, and the government offered Cochise and his people a huge reservation in the southeastern corner of Arizona Territory if they would cease hostilities. Cochise agreed, saying, “The white man and the Indian are to drink of the same water, eat of the same bread, and be at peace.”

The great chief did not have the privilege of enjoying his hard-won peace for long. In 1874, he became seriously ill, possibly with stomach cancer. He died on this day in 1874. That night his warriors painted his body yellow, black, and vermilion, and took him deep into the Dragoon Mountains. They lowered his body and weapons into a rocky crevice, the exact location of which remains unknown. Today, however, that section of the Dragoon Mountains is known as Cochise’s Stronghold.

About a decade after Cochise died, Felix Tellez–the boy whose kidnapping had started the war–resurfaced as an Apache-speaking scout for the U.S. Army. He reported that a group of Western Apache, not Cochise, had kidnapped him.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the nation's first regularly scheduled air passage service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926?

WORD OF THE DAY: bacciferous (bak-SIF-er-uhs) which means bearing or producing berries. The English adjective bacciferous “bearing berries” comes from Latin bacca (also bāca) “fruit of a shrub or tree, nut,” a word of unknown origin. The Latin suffix -fer “carrying, bearing” is from a very widespread Proto-Indo-European root bher- “to carry,” source of Germanic (English) bear, Greek phérein “to carry, bear,” and Slavic (Polish) bierać “to carry.” Bacciferous entered English in the 17th century.

P.S, This only took me 1 4/5 minutes.

What Did You Say 52

By Joe Moore

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to the medical center for a log splitter accident.  The 58 year old male is being taken there,” dispatch paged.

This was way back in the history of Beaver Island EMS, probably in the early 90’s.  It was back when all we had was the level of Basic Life Support with some limited advanced life support capabilities.  We drove to the ambulance garage, which was attached to the old medical center building, and my wife was with me, since we had been out for a ride.

Read the rest of the story HERE

BITA Meeting Scheduled

Posted at 6;15 p.m., 5/7/18

June Agenda..................May Minutes

St. James Township Seek Clerk

Posted at 6;15 p.m., 5/7/18

Niko Chain

by Dick Burris

Wreck salvages:

The shipwreck Niko had a chain leading to an mushroom anchor.The anchor was at the end of more than four hundred feet of chain, that lead out from the shipwrec k. My trusty hacksaw was able to cut through both sides of a link to free it, so it could be lifted for salvage.

The salvage operation began with the "Lois", Don Coles fishing boat. On the Lois was a lifting capstan,which we used to lift thechain into the boat. Don, his sons, and Perry Fortier were on the deck of the Lois to distribute the chain as it was brought up from the twenty nine foot bottom land. My job was to go down and hook the chain, at the bottom with a rope, and lifted each time with the capstan; while the crew distributed it around the deck, to keep the boat trimmed equally in the water. Needless to say, there were a lot of trips to the bottom to hook the chain for the lifting.

Finally after placing 420 feet of heavy chain on deck, weighing approximately two ton; it was time to cut the chain, because the Lois had only about three inches of freeboard.

I had brought a cutting torch, so cutting the chain was an easy job. We dropped the other part of the chain in the lake, that was hooked to the mushroom anchor.

When we were back in Lapeer, where I was living at that time, I called Clyde Fogg, and told him that there was still about 90 feet of chain, and the anchor, left on the bottom. So the chain and anchor was brought up; and the mushroom anchor is now laying below the rudder displayed on the Fogg property in the harbor.

The chain was spread out on the Fogg property, and cut into four equal sections. Don Cole sometimes spreads one of the sections, out on his lawn.

The chain was hauled to Lapeer, and later, back to Beaver Island, where I used one of the sections for anchorage in Cable Bay for years; until the ice took it away one winter. I still look for it, to no avail.

Note: It took thirty minutes to hacksaw it underwater, and an almost an hour to hacksaw it on dry land. I think the water cleaned and lubricated it underwater, Was a mystery to me.

Square Dance Announced

June 30, 2018, 7 p.m.

Holy Cross Parish Hall

Danny, Danny and Brother Jim are providing the music and Brother Jim is calling the dances

We will welcome snacks and  appetizers to share.

Free Admission

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 7, 2018

Today is chemo day. I'm as ready as I'll ever be. We had a lovely visit with family yesterday when Jessi Smith and her mom, and Jessi's children came. They brought a bouquet of iris that smells so wonderful. If you didn't know, each color of iris has a different smell. Check it out. Courtney came over after her shift was done and we had dinner from Mim's together. Today won't be as exciting as the chemo is for eight hours and I usually am too tired for much. Oh well, it'll all work out and it won't be that many months before I can ring the chemo bell. On to the weather...

It's 50° on Beaver Island at the moment, partly cloudy skies, wind is at 5 mph from the south, humidity is at 93%, dew point is 48°, pressure is rising from 29.91 inches, and visibility is 9 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear Lows in the mid 40s. Northeast winds at 10 mph.

TODAY: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

POLLEN FORECAST: Levels today are medium-high at 7.3 while the top allergens are mulberry, oak,and grasses.

ON THIS DATE of June 7, 1866, thirteen years after American settlers founded the city named for him, Chief Seattle dies in a nearby village of his people.

Born sometime around 1790, Seattle (Seathl) was a chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes who lived around the Pacific Coast bay that is today called Puget Sound. He was the son of a Suquamish father and a Duwamish mother, a lineage that allowed him to gain influence in both tribes.

By the early 1850s, small bands of Euro-Americans had begun establishing villages along the banks of Puget Sound. Chief Seattle apparently welcomed his new neighbors and seems to have treated them with kindness. In 1853, several settlers moved to a site on Elliott Bay to establish a permanent town–since Chief Seattle had proved so friendly and welcoming, the settlers named their tiny new settlement in his honor.

The Euro-American settlers picked the site because of the luxuriant forest on the bluff behind the new village. The Gold Rush in California had created a booming market for timber, and soon most of the villagers were at work cutting the trees and “skidding” them down a long chute to a newly constructed sawmill. The chute became known as “skid road,” and in time, it became the main street in Seattle, though it kept its original name. When the Seattle business district later moved north, the area became a haven for drunks and derelicts. Consequently, “skid road” or “skid row” became lingo for the dilapidated area of any town.

Not all the Puget Sound Indians, however, were as friendly toward the white settlers as Chief Seattle. War broke out in 1855, and Indians from the White River Valley south of Seattle attacked the village. Although he believed the whites would eventually drive his people to extinction, Chief Seattle argued that resistance would merely anger the settlers and hasten the Indians’ demise. By 1856, many of the hostile Indians had concluded that Chief Seattle was right and made peace.

Rather than fight, Seattle tried to learn white ways. Jesuit missionaries introduced him to Catholicism, and he became a devout believer. He observed morning and evening prayers throughout the rest of his life. The people of the new city of Seattle also paid some respect to the chief’s traditional religion. The Suquamish believed the mention of a dead man’s name disturbs his eternal rest. To provide Chief Seattle with a pre-payment for the difficulties he would face in the afterlife, the people of Seattle levied a small tax on themselves to use the chief’s name. He died in 1866 at the approximate age of 77.

DID YOU KNOW THAT In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls?

WORD OF THE DAY: Dizneyfy (DIZ-nee-fahy) which means to create or alter in a simplified, sentimental, or contrived form or manner. Disneyfy is an Americanism formed from the name of Walt Disney, the cartoonist and moviemaker (1901-66), and the familiar verb suffix -fy. Disneyfy entered English in the second half of the 20th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 6, 2018

Thank you all for the lovely comments about my finishing radiation. One of the nice things about cancer is all the great folks you meet, the patients, nurses, and doctors. Ok, enough Pollyanna, the bad things are losing (thanks to chemo) hearing, balance, taste, and for me the absolute worst is my eyesight is going and I'm having a hard time dealing with that and it takes me over an hour to do the weather now so Joe might be having to take over until they get me fixed again. Oh well, it'll all work out. God's got me in his pocket.

On to the weather... it's partly cloudy, 41°, wind is at 1 mph from the south, humidity is at 91%, Dew point is 39°, pressure is 29.97 inches, and visibility is 7.8 miles.
TODAY: Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Lows around 50°, Southwest winds at 10 mph.

TODAY: Variable winds 5 to 10 kt early, becoming south this
morning, then increasing to 10 to 20 kt this afternoon. Slight
chance of showers this afternoon. Waves 1 ft or less building to 2 to 4 ft.
TONIGHT: South winds 10 to 15 kt becoming southwest this
evening, then diminishing to 5 to 10 kt and veering northwest
after midnight. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today are medium at 7, The top allergens are again mulberry, oak, and grasses.

ON THIS DATE of June 6, 1944 was D-Day.

Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.

With Hitler’s armies in control of most of mainland Europe, the Allies knew that a successful invasion of the continent was central to winning the war. Hitler knew this too, and was expecting an assault on northwestern Europe in the spring of 1944. He hoped to repel the Allies from the coast with a strong counterattack that would delay future invasion attempts, giving him time to throw the majority of his forces into defeating the Soviet Union in the east. Once that was accomplished, he believed an all-out victory would soon be his.

On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.

By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the land invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where 2,000 troops were lost and it was only through the tenacity and quick-wittedness of troops on the ground that the objective was achieved. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.

For their part, the Germans suffered from confusion in the ranks and the absence of celebrated commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was away on leave. At first, Hitler, believing that the invasion was a feint designed to distract the Germans from a coming attack north of the Seine River, refused to release nearby divisions to join the counterattack and reinforcements had to be called from further afield, causing delays. He also hesitated in calling for armored divisions to help in the defense. In addition, the Germans were hampered by effective Allied air support, which took out many key bridges and forced the Germans to take long detours, as well as efficient Allied naval support, which helped protect advancing Allied troops.

Though it did not go off exactly as planned, as later claimed by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery–for example, the Allies were able to land only fractions of the supplies and vehicles they had intended in France–D-Day was a decided success. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe.

The heroism and bravery displayed by troops from the Allied countries on D-Day has served as inspiration for several films, most famously The Longest Day (1962) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). It was also depicted in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (2001).

DID YOU KNOW THAT In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world?

WORD OF THE DAY: superluminal (soo-per-LOO-muh-nl) which means appearing to travel faster than the speed of light.
One of the Latin sources for the English adjective superluminal “faster than the speed of light” is the very familiar prefix and preposition super- “above, beyond.” The second Latin source is the adjective lūminōsus “filled with light, dazzling, luminous” a derivative of the noun lūmen “light, radiance,” from an assumed leuksmen or louksmen, a derivative of the root noun lux (stem luc-) “light.” The same root, leuk- (and its variant louk-) lies behind the Latin noun lūna “moon,” from an assumed louksnā. Superluminal entered English in the 20th century.

Memorial Day at the Cemetery

Posted on 6/5/18 at 5:15 p.m.

Becca Foli took some gorgeous pictures at the cemetery in memory of the special day that took place last week. The flowers and the flags were all placed on the gravesites, and these pictures are more powerful than any description that mgiht be written. Thank you for sharing, Becca!

Holy Cross Cemetery

St. James Township Meeting Minutes for May 2018

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 6/5/18





St. James Township Seeks BIAC Representative

Posted at 2 p.m., 6/5/18

Yard and Garden

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted on 6/5/18 at 11:30 a.m.

Amazing Clouds at the End of the Day

Posted at 9:45 a.m. 6/5/18

This picture is by Angel Welke of some amazing clouds at the end of a busy day at Welke Airport, Beaver Island on June 4, 2018. Note the clouds pointing at the sunset sky. Good eye, Angel, and amazing picture!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 5, 2018

Up and sort of awake so might as well tackle the weather. Tummy is calm (so far, and hope it stays that way). We tried Chee Ping's for dinner last night and won't go again. The service was horrible and the food was just ok.

Today is the last day of radiation and I'm more than ready to be done. Really like all the folks we've met down there - other patients, the nurses, and the doctors.

It's 45° on the island this morning and feels like 42°, mostly cloudy skies, dew point is 41°, humidity is at 87%, wind is from the northwest at 5.8 mph with gusts to 18.4 mph, pressure is at 29.83 inches, sunrise will be at 5.54 am and sunset will arrive at 9.27 pm.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs around 60°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear Lows around 40°. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early in the morning. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels will be medium at 7.1 while the top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses.

ON THIS DATE of June 5, 1968 Senator Robert Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Immediately after he announced to his cheering supporters that the country was ready to end its fractious divisions, Kennedy was shot several times by the 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. He died a day later.

The summer of 1968 was a tempestuous time in American history. Both the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement were peaking. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in the spring, igniting riots across the country. In the face of this unrest, President Lyndon B. Johnson decided not to seek a second term in the upcoming presidential election. Robert Kennedy, John’s younger brother and former U.S. Attorney General, stepped into this breach and experienced a groundswell of support.

Kennedy was perceived by many to be the only person in American politics capable of uniting the people. He was beloved by the minority community for his integrity and devotion to the civil rights cause. After winning California’s primary, Kennedy was in the position to receive the Democratic nomination and face off against Richard Nixon in the general election.

As star athletes Rafer Johnson and Roosevelt Grier accompanied Kennedy out a rear exit of the Ambassador Hotel, Sirhan Sirhan stepped forward with a rolled up campaign poster, hiding his .22 revolver. He was only a foot away when he fired several shots at Kennedy. Grier and Johnson wrestled Sirhan to the ground, but not before five bystanders were wounded. Grier was distraught afterward and blamed himself for allowing Kennedy to be shot.

Sirhan, who was born in Palestine, confessed to the crime at his trial and received a death sentence on March 3, 1969. However, since the California State Supreme Court invalidated all death penalty sentences in 1972, Sirhan has spent the rest of his life in prison. According to the New York Times, he has since said that he believed Kennedy was “instrumental” in the oppression of Palestinians. Hubert Humphrey ended up running for the Democrats in 1968, but lost by a small margin to Nixon.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo, it is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere?

WORD OF THE DAY: schlimazel (shli-MAH-zuhl) which means an inept, bungling person who suffers from unremitting bad luck. The old joke goes, “A schlemiel is someone who spills soup in a restaurant; a schlimazel is the guy he spills the soup on.” The first element of schlimazel comes from the Yiddish adjective schlim “bad, evil,” equivalent to German schlimm, Dutch slim “bad, sly, clever”(the Dutch word is the source of English slim). The second element, -mazel comes from Yiddish mazl “luck,” from Hebrew mazzāl “(celestial) constellation, destiny.” Schlimazel entered English in the mid-20th century.

Christian Church Bulletin

June 3, 2018

Posted on 6/5/18 at 2 p.m.

Another Way to Explore the Island

Posted here and on the BI Forum on 6/4/18

There are lots of sources of information about Beaver Island.

The Chamber of Commerce website is one at http://beaverisland.org

There is a look back into the past of the island available to everyone in the world. A little idea about what Beaver Island was like ten years ago, created by Phyllis Moore, can be viewed at http://beaverislandtour.com and is hosted by the former owner of the Beaver Beacon and wonderful photographer Jeff Cashman.

There are many, many videos available to show interested persons about the events that happen on Beaver Island, as well as text stories and pictures. Examples include 4th of July parade and fireworks, St. Patrick's Day games, school sports events, township board meetings, AMVETs activities, and many others. These can be viewed free of charge at http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com.

There are many events that can be viewed live by anyone in the world with Internet access when they are live streamed at http://beaverisland.tv

For two years, the majority of the church services of Holy Cross Parish have been available live on the Internet, as has the Christmas Concert and the Christmas Cantata, many school sports events for many years, other school events including plays when permission is given, and many public meetings and presentations. Plans are being made to live stream some of the oral history videos of the Beaver Island Historical Society.

There is a news service on the island that has been providing text stories, pictures, and video for many years, since 1999, and is actually predating the only newspaper now printed, and that news service is Beaver Island News on the ‘Net (BINN). This news service has posted thousands of pictures on the http://beaverislandnews.com website.

There are many other wonderful photographers on the island, such as Becca Foli, Cynthia Johnson, Gregg Doig, just to mention a few. BINN is always willing to post pictures of these other photographers.

Three of these websites can be accessed from one website address: http://beaverisland.news

Check them out if you are interested in Beaver Island and enjoy!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 4, 2018

Not even trying coffee with my tummy this morning. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, side effects from chemo are NOT fun. I talked to the wife of one of the visiting ministers at the Christian Church over Thanksgiving and she was telling me that she'd lost seventy (70) pounds during chemo. While I'd love to lose a bunch of weight, this is NOT how I want to do it. Even the anti-nausea pills aren't working. Will ask the doctor about it.

Anyhow...it's partly cloudy on the island, 50°, feels like 47°, dew point is 48°, humidity is at 92%, pressure is at 29.81 inches, wind is at 6.9 to 10.4 from the west.
TODAY: Partly sunny with isolated rain showers. HIghs in the mid 60s. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale force gusts are expected over Whitefish Bay...the St. Marys River...and portions of northern Lake Huron today into tonight. See current marine forecasts for further details.
TODAY: West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Isolated showers early in the morning. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels are medium today at 5.5. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses.

ON THIS DATE of June 4, 1919, The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

The women’s suffrage movement was founded in the mid-19th century by women who had become politically active through their work in the abolitionist and temperance movements. In July 1848, 240 woman suffragists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York, to assert the right of women to vote. Female enfranchisement was still largely opposed by most Americans, and the distraction of the North-South conflict and subsequent Civil War precluded further discussion. During the Reconstruction Era, the 15th Amendment was adopted, granting African American men the right to vote, but the Republican-dominated Congress failed to expand its progressive radicalism into the sphere of gender.

In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association, led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was formed to push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Another organization, the American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Lucy Stone, was organized in the same year to work through the state legislatures. In 1890, these two societies were united as the National American Woman Suffrage Association. That year, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote.

By the beginning of the 20th century, the role of women in American society was changing drastically; women were working more, receiving a better education, bearing fewer children, and several states had authorized female suffrage. In 1913, the National Woman’s party organized the voting power of these enfranchised women to elect congressional representatives who supported woman suffrage, and by 1916 both the Democratic and Republican parties openly endorsed female enfranchisement. In 1919, the 19th Amendment, which stated that “the rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex,” passed both houses of Congress and was sent to the states for ratification. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land. Eight days later, the 19th Amendment took effect.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.

WORD OF THE DAY: atavism (AT-uh-viz-uhm) which means a reversion to an earlier type; throwback. The Latin noun behind the English noun atavism is atavus “great-great-great grandfather; ancestor.” Atavus is formed from atta “daddy,” a nursery word widespread in Indo-European languages, e.g., Greek átta “daddy,” and the possibly Gothic proper name Attila “little father, daddy.” The second element, avus “(maternal) grandfather,” also has cognates in other Indo-European languages, e.g., Old Prussian (an extinct Baltic language related to Latvian and Lithuanian) awis “uncle,” and, very familiar in English, those Scottish and Irish surnames beginning with “ O’,” e.g., O’Connor “descended from Connor”). The Celtic “ O’ ” comes from Irish ó “grandson,” from early Irish aue, and appearing as avi “descendant of” in ogham (an alphabet used in archaic Irish inscriptions from about the 5th century). Atavism entered English in the 19th century.

Car Wash for Caitlin

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 6/3/18

Susan Myers, president of the Board of Education for BICS stated, "We have some awesome, kindhearted, and hardworking kids on Beaver Island. The car wash was a big success. Thanks to everyone who brought in their vehicle."

Our BICS students and the adults of the community gathered with the Sports Boosters to raise some money in a Car Wash for Caitlin. This was a pretty amazing group of students and adults that met at the school for this fundraiser.

View a gallery of photos by Susan Myers HERE

Mass from Holy Cross 4 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Posted at 6:15 p.m., 6/3/18

Saturday aftetnoon and Sunday morning Mass were well attended and included six who view the live stream of the services. The Saturday reader was Pinky Harmon. The Sunday reader was Heidi Vigil. Our celebrant was our local priest Father Jim Siler, the only priest ordained in the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.

Pinky Harmon...............Heidi Vigil

Father Jim reading the Gospel

View video HERE

52 Lists for Happiness #23

Posted at 12:45 pm, 6/3/18

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 3, 2018

(Posted at 7:45 a.m.)

...and back we go to Petoskey this afternoon. Funny, that after living in a motel for six weeks, it begins to feel like home and the bed becomes comfortable. IF all goes according to plan, this will be our last full week there. I have radiation on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday is off, Thursday is chemo, and then we get to come home for almost 21 days before another chemo. I'm more than ready to be done. At the moment my white cells are very low so I have to wear a mask, I'm not holding up a bank. Sun is just starting to rise so I'd better get on with the weather.

It's lightly raining out (my dad always said "it never rains on Beaver Island, that's liquid sunshine), 54°. wind is at 2 mph from the south, humidity is at 69%, dew point is 47°, pressure is falling from 29.80 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 58F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
TONIGHT: Cloudy with occasional light rain...mainly this evening. Low 48F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

The National Weather Service in Gaylord has issued A Gale Watch...
which is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday morning.
TODAY: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Rain showers early in the morning, followed by areas of light rain and drizzle with possible fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered showers and areas of drizzle. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels are medium today at 5.3. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses.

ON THIS DATE of June 3, 1800, John Adams, the second president of the United States, becomes the first president to reside in Washington, D.C., when he takes up residence at Union Tavern in Georgetown.

The city of Washington was created to replace Philadelphia as the nation’s capital because of its geographical position in the center of the existing new republic. The states of Maryland and Virginia ceded land around the Potomac River to form the District of Columbia, and work began on Washington in 1791. French architect Charles L’Enfant designed the city’s radical layout, full of dozens of circles, crisscross avenues, and plentiful parks. In 1792, work began on the neoclassical White House building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue under the guidance of Irish-American architect James Hoban, whose White House design was influenced by Leinster House in Dublin and by a building sketch in James Gibbs’ Book of Architecture. In the next year, Benjamin Latrobe began construction on the other principal government building, the U.S. Capitol.

On June 3, 1800, President Adams moved to a temporary residence in the new capital as construction was completed on the executive mansion. On November 1, the president was welcomed into the White House. The next day, Adams wrote to his wife about their new home: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but wise men ever rule under this roof!” Soon after, Abigail Adams arrived at the White House, and on November 17 the U.S. Congress convened for the first time at the U.S. Capitol.

During the War of 1812, both buildings were set on fire in 1814 by British soldiers in retaliation for the burning of government buildings in Canada by U.S. troops. Although a torrential downpour saved the still uncompleted Capitol building, the White House was burned to the ground. The mansion was subsequently rebuilt and enlarged under the direction of James Hoban, who added east and west terraces to the main building along with a semicircular south portico and a colonnaded north portico. Work was completed on the White House in the 1820s and it has remained largely unchanged since.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Vernors ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.

WORD OF THE DAY: doss (dos) which means to sleep or lie down in any convenient place. The origin of the English verb doss is obscure. It is most likely derived from the Latin noun dossum, a variant of dorsum “the back (of the body),” a noun of unclear origin. The verb endorse comes from Medieval Latin indorsāre “to write on or sign the back of a document”; the adjective dorsal “having a back or located on the back” is most likely familiar as an anatomical term, especially referring to the fin of a shark or a dolphin. Doss entered English in the late 18th century.

10th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert and Music School

Posted on 6/2/18 at 9:45 a.m.

The 10th annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert will be held on Saturday July 7th at "Reddeer", King's Highway. The Eve Glen Mc.Donough Music School will be held on July 5,6, and 7 at " Reddeer", King's Highway with Morning and afternoon sessions. The instructors are Ruby John and John Warstler. Ruby and John have taught several workshops throughout Michigan. All donations from the10th Annual Glen Mc Donough Memorial Concert are given to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Schorarship Fund for music lessons and the Eve Glen Mc Donough Music School.

View video of the 2017 concert HERE, page 1

View video of the 2017 concert HERE, page 2

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 2, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Welcome to June where summer officially begins! Sleeping in our own bed is heaven, in fact, Joe is still working hard at proving that it's more comfortable than a motel bed.

At the moment it's 48° on Beaver Island, clear skies in a lovely shade of blue, wind is at 7 mph from the east north east, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 30.10 inches, dew point is 43°, UV index is low, and visibility is 10+ miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT; East wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels are medium-high at 8.1. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses.

ON THIS DATE of June 1, in 1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ends his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. The following year, Ruth, a larger-than-life figure whose name became synonymous with baseball, was one of the first five players inducted into the sport’s hall of fame.

George Herman Ruth was born February 6, 1895, into a poor family in Baltimore. As a child, he was sent to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a school run by Roman Catholic brothers, where he learned to play baseball and was a standout athlete. At 19, Ruth was signed by the Baltimore Orioles, then a Boston Red Sox minor league team. Ruth’s fellow teammates and the media began referring to him as team owner Jack Dunn’s newest “babe,” a nickname that stuck. Ruth would later acquire other nicknames, including “The Sultan of Swat” and “The Bambino.”

Ruth made his Major League debut as a left-handed pitcher with the Red Sox in July 1914 and pitched 89 winning games for the team before 1920, when he was traded to the New York Yankees. After Ruth left Boston, in what became known as “the curse of the Bambino,” the Red Sox didn’t win another World Series until 2004. In New York, Ruth’s primary position changed to outfielder and he led the Yankees to seven American League pennants and four World Series victories. Ruth was a huge star in New York and attracted so many fans that the team was able to open a new stadium in 1923, Yankee Stadium, dubbed “The House That Ruth Built.”

The southpaw slugger’s final season, in 1935, was with the Boston Braves. He had joined the Braves with the hope that he’d become the team’s manager the next season. However, this dream never came to pass for a disappointed Ruth, who had a reputation for excessive drinking, gambling and womanizing.

Many of the records Ruth set remained in place for decades. His career homerun record stood until 1974, when it was broken by Hank Aaron. Ruth’s record of 60 homeruns in a single season (1927) of 154 games wasn’t bested until 1961, when Roger Maris knocked out 61 homers in an extended season of 162 games. The Sultan of Swat’s career slugging percentage of .690 remains the highest in Major League history.

Ruth died of throat cancer at age 53 on August 16, 1948, in New York City. His body lay in state at Yankee Stadium for two days and was visited by over 100,000 fans.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.

This morning, more than 350 million people devoured a bowl of Kellogg's Corn Flakes. All told, more than 128 billion bowls of Corn Flakes are consumed each year. While perusing the cereal box, peering over the bowl and gripping a spoonful of the stuff, few of these sleepy diners know that two men created those famously crispy, golden flakes of corn. John Harvey Kellogg, one of America's most famous physicians, and Will Keith Kellogg, John's longtime lackey and whipping boy, were brothers from the Michigan hamlet of Battle Creek. Together, they introduced and mass-marketed the concept of "wellness."

And in so doing, they transfigured breakfast.

In early 1906, at the advanced age of 46, Will Keith Kellogg acrimoniously left his brother John's employ at the famed Battle Creek Sanitarium, a medical center and grand hotel -- a "university of health" that treated the wealthy ill and the worried well and promoted wellness or, as the doctor called it, "biologic living."

Will marched across the street and founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, the original name of the Kellogg Company, which today enjoys more than $14 billion a year in net sales of breakfast cereals, snacks and other manufactured foods in 180 nations around the globe.

Flaked cereals were initially developed by the Kellogg brothers as a health food for "invalids with poor digestion." Dr. Kellogg specialized in treating people with chronic flatulence, constipation, indigestion, all from consuming of the then-typical American diet of greasy fried foods, salted or cured meats, creamed vegetables, spicy pickles and condiments, and too much caffeine and alcohol. No wonder Walt Whitman once called stomachaches "the great American evil."

WORD OF THE DAY: brontide (BRON-tahyd) which means a rumbling noise heard occasionally in some parts of the world, probably caused by seismic activity.

Brontide is an uncommon word, probably formed from the Greek noun brontḗ “thunder” and the suffix -ide, a variant of -id (“offspring of”) occurring originally in loanwords from Greek, and productive in English especially in names of dynasties (e.g., Attalid) and in names of periodic meteor showers, with the base noun usually denoting the constellation in which the shower appears (e.g., Perseid). Brontḗ appears in brontosaurus “thunder lizard” and is from the same Proto-Indo-European root bhrem- (with a variant brem-) “to growl” as Latin fremitus “dull roar,” Old High German breman and Old English bremman, both meaning “to roar,” and Slavic (Polish) brzmieć “to make a sound.” Brontide entered English about 2000.

B I Sports Boosters Car Wash

BI Sports Boosters will be hosting a
Tomorrow (Saturday) from 10:30-2:00 at BICS
Free Will Donation
Come on out and have these thoughtful and hard-working group of kids wash your car and help Caitlin Boyle Fight Cancer at the same time! 100% if the proceeds will go DIRECTLY TO CAITLIN BOYLE!

Here we go Islanders! Here we go!

Walleye Fry Released at Lake Geneserath

June 1, 2018

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 6/1/18

Walleye fry after releasse

Heather Hettinger (Fisheries Management Biologist) brought the walley fry to the island to be introduced once again directly into Lake Geneserath. With volunteers Jeff and Levi Connors, Gary and Tina Morgan, the walleybe fry were given an opportunity to conform to the temperature of the lake before they were released at Lake G.

Acclimating the walleye fry

Gary Morgan and Heather Hettinger

Levi Connor releasing the fry

Heather, Levi, Jeff, and Tina

Thanks to Gary and Tina Morgan for the pictures!

St. James Township Documents for June 2018

Posted at 3:15, 6/1/18



060118 - SEWER USE


Agenda10_June 6, 2018

Full Time Employee Benefits


StJTwp - Schedule of Wages


Waste transfer 2018 - 2019 draft budget


Kaz to Kohls

Congratulations! Susi and Brennan!

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 6/1/18 (Photo by Susi)

Two of our Beaver Island Community School students have successfully passed the National Registry of Emergency Medicatl Technicians exam for Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). This success will certify them by the NREMT as EMR. This will qualify them to license in the State of Michigan as medical first responders. This is a very difficult exam, and these two deserve a pat on the back for their learning the textbook knowledge necessary to be successful.

In some agencies, this would qualify them to function as cadets until such time as they are able to license. The minimum age for licensing in Michigan is eighteen.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 1, 2018

Lovely dinner last night with Bob and Alaina Anderson at Scovie's. Our first time there, but probably not the last. Great meal, great visit, great folks. Today we get to go home ~~ hopefully it won't be foggy like yesterday was. I'm not too partial ro flying in fog. Today is doctor day and hopfully next week is my last for radiation. I'll still have chemo and blood draws but at least it won't be on a daily basis.

On the island there are mostly cloudy skies, it's 52°, wind is at 10 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 84%, pressure is at 29.81 inches, dew point is 54°, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT:Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TODAY:North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: the current pollen levels are medium at 6.7 while the top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses.

ON THIS DATE of June 1, 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN’s launch, TV news was dominated by three major networks–ABC, CBS and NBC–and their nightly 30-minute broadcasts. Initially available in less than two million U.S. homes, today CNN is seen in more than 89 million American households and over 160 million homes internationally.

CNN was the brainchild of Robert “Ted” Turner, a colorful, outspoken businessman dubbed the “Mouth of the South.” Turner was born on November 19, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as a child moved with his family to Georgia, where his father ran a successful billboard advertising company. After his father committed suicide in 1963, Turner took over the business and expanded it. In 1970, he bought a failing Atlanta TV station that broadcast old movies and network reruns and within a few years Turner had transformed it into a “superstation,” a concept he pioneered, in which the station was beamed by satellite into homes across the country. Turner later bought the Atlanta Braves baseball team and the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and aired their games on his network, TBS (Turner Broadcasting System). In 1977, Turner gained international fame when he sailed his yacht to victory in the prestigious America’s Cup race.

In its first years of operation, CNN lost money and was ridiculed as the Chicken Noodle Network. However, Turner continued to invest in building up the network’s news bureaus around the world and in 1983, he bought Satellite News Channel, owned in part by ABC, and thereby eliminated CNN’s main competitor. CNN eventually came to be known for covering live events around the world as they happened, often beating the major networks to the punch. The network gained significant traction with its live coverage of the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and the network’s audience grew along with the increasing popularity of cable television during the 1990s.

In 1996, CNN merged with Time Warner, which merged with America Online four years later. Today, Ted Turner is an environmentalist and peace activist whose philanthropic efforts include a 1997 gift of $1 billion to the United Nations.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture. It also has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country.

WORD OF THE DAY: concupiscent (kon-KYOO-pi-suhnt) which means lustful or sensual or eagerly desirous. Not many Latin words are as easy to break down into their component parts as concupiscent is. The first element is a variant of the preposition and prefix cum “with,” here used as an intensive prefix (“thoroughly”). The second element is the Latin root cup- “desire.” The third, -isc, is the inceptive (also called inchoative) suffix (“beginning to …”). The final element is -ent, the inflectional stem of the present participle; concupiscent literally means “beginning to strongly desire” or simply "desirous." Concupiscent entered English in the 14th centur

St. James Township Board Regular Meeting Schedule

St. James Public Works Committee Meeting

Posted at 2 p.m., 5/31/18

June 1, 2018, at 2 p.m.

Read notice HERE

Video Report for May 2018

Posted at 11:45 a.m., 5/31/18

Most of this month was spent in Petoskey by the editor and his wife doing the most important medical treatments that are very necessary, but even with this twenty day absence, there was plenty of video work and plenty of the views that you can read about below.

Total views for the three possible websites were 2,146. These were viewed mainly on beaverislandnews.com, but some were live stream views, and others were archive views. 380 unique IP addresses viewed 2064 clips, using 65.8 GB of bandwidth. For live streaming, 70 unique IP addresses viewed 120 events of live video on beaverisland.tv. For the archives, 58 unique IP addresses viewed 60 video clips.

Archive report

During the month of May 2018, the Beaver Island News on the 'Net archives were viewed by 924 unique IP addresses visiting over 1500 times, and using just under one GB of bandwidth.

Current News

This month the Beaver Island News on the 'Net current postings on our main website was visited by 1055 unique IP addresses, visiting 4, 464 times, viewing 6, 645 pages. Bandwidth usage was 2.5 GB for the text and pictures.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 31, 2018

Good morning! We slept like logs - that Italian food must be the culprit. Anyhow, we're both up and awake. Tonight we're meeting Bob and Alaina Anderson for dinner so we'll be able to have a nice visit

Right now on Beaver Island it is foggy (you can see that in the photos), 61°, wind is at 8 mph from the SW, humidity is at 80%, pressure is at 29.51 inches, and visibility is 1.3 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy. Rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Patchy fog through the day. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Patchy fog in the evening. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: There is a chance for thunderstorms for most of northern Michigan through daybreak, and then again into this afternoon and evening.Severe storms are not expected.
In addition, locally heavy rain of greater than an inch remains
possible into this morning, generally along and east of Interstate 75. This could result in ponding of water in low lying and flood prone areas.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog through the day. Showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the morning.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Areas of fog. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: Thanks to the rain, pollen levels for today are low at 1.9. Top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry.

ON THIS DATE of May 31, 1859 Big Ben goes into operation in London, England.

The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time on this day in 1859.

After a fire destroyed much of the Palace of Westminster–the headquarters of the British Parliament–in October 1834, a standout feature of the design for the new palace was a large clock atop a tower. The royal astronomer, Sir George Airy, wanted the clock to have pinpoint accuracy, including twice-a-day checks with the Royal Greenwich Observatory. While many clockmakers dismissed this goal as impossible, Airy counted on the help of Edmund Beckett Denison, a formidable barrister known for his expertise in horology, or the science of measuring time.

The name “Big Ben” originally just applied to the bell but later came to refer to the clock itself. Two main stories exist about how Big Ben got its name. Many claim it was named after the famously long-winded Sir Benjamin Hall, the London commissioner of works at the time it was built. Another famous story argues that the bell was named for the popular heavyweight boxer Benjamin Caunt, because it was the largest of its kind.

Even after an incendiary bomb destroyed the chamber of the House of Commons during the Second World War, St. Stephen’s Tower survived, and Big Ben continued to function. Its famously accurate timekeeping is regulated by a stack of coins placed on the clock’s huge pendulum, ensuring a steady movement of the clock hands at all times. At night, all four of the clock’s faces, each one 23 feet across, are illuminated. A light above Big Ben is also lit to let the public know when Parliament is in session.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop # 6 or No.VI?

WORD OF THE DAY: palpebral (PAL-puh-bruhl, pal-PEE-bruhl) which means of or relating to the eyelids. The Latin noun palpebra (also palpebrum) “eyelid” is composed of the verb palpāre “to touch, stroke, caress” and -brum, a suffix forming nouns of instruments, e.g., candēlābrum “a stand for holding several candles, candelabra.” Palpāre derives from a complicated Proto-Indo-European root pāl- (from peǝl-) and its many variants, e.g., pel-, pelǝ-, plē-, etc. “to touch, feel, flutter, float.” A palpebra is “something that flutters (quickly).” The root is also the source of Latin palpitāre “(of a pulse) to beat, pulsate,” pāpiliō “butterfly, moth,” and Old English fēlan “to examine by touch,” English feel. Palpebral entered English in the mid-18th century.

Quick, Write Something

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted May 30, 2018 at 7 p.m.

8th Annual Garden Tour Benefit

The planning is done, the tickets are ready to go on sale. Sales will begin on Tuesday July 2nd in the Health Center lobby. The theme is “Crazy Eights" with lots of fun, laughs, prizes, fabulous food and of course,  most importantly,  beautiful gardens!
The tour route will be finalized soon, but count on St. James area gardens this year, lunch at the Lodge, and, as always, a surprise location.for dessert. Transportation around town will be provided by fellow garden partners from CMU. The summer is just heating up but let's hope for another lovely day because we go “rain or shine” !
So mark your calendars,  plan the day- long event in town on Tuesday,  July 24th, from 9am until about 3pm.

Call the Health Center with your credit card info beginning on July 2nd if you'd like to have a ticket held as only 40 spots are available.  No pre-sale tickets will be sold;  thank you for understanding! All profits benefit the maintenance of the Wellness Garden. Hope to see you there!

Leonor Jacobson, Jan Paul, Dana D'Andraia and Sally Stebbins for the Wellness Gardeners

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 30, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m. (after the snoring was over)

Joe's busy snoring away and hasn't noticed that the white noise machine has stopped for some reason. I'm leery of touching and waking him so letting him snore on.

Foot is still bothering me. It's swollen and lovely shades of black, blue, and yellow so yesterday we went to our doctor/provider Jean McDonough to get it looked at. Ended up getting x rays of it but because it was at the end of te day, we won't find out until later today if it's broken or a dandy sprain. Had a lovely dinner at Applebee's with Chris Heikka. It's so very nice to talk to someone who has walked in the same steps dealing with cancer. Thanks so much, Chris! In the meantime I'm behaving. Today is only radiation, no labs, no dr so we should be done by eleven at the latest.

Right now on the island it's 62°, clear skies, wind is at 3 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 79% so it feels a bit muggy, pressure is rising from 29.89 inches, and visibility is 8.2 miles. TODAY: Partly sunny. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and tonight across the entire outlook area. Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and early evening, especially along and southwest of a Traverse City to Standish line. Wind gusts to 60 mph and isolated tornadoes are the primary severe weather threats. In addition, locally heavy rain is possible this afternoon and tonight with any thunderstorm activity, with rainfall rates exceeding an inch per hour at times.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today are expected to be medium-high at 8.1 with the top allergens being oak, grasses, and mulberry.

ON THIS DATE of May 30, 1431, at Rouen in English-controlled Normandy, Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who became the savior of France, is burned at the stake for heresy.

Joan was born in 1412, the daughter of a tenant farmer at Domremy, on the borders of the duchies of Bar and Lorraine. In 1415, the Hundred Years War between England and France entered a crucial phase when the young King Henry V of England invaded France and won a series of decisive victories against the forces of King Charles VI. By the time of Henry’s death in August 1422, the English and their French-Burgundian allies controlled Aquitaine and most of northern France, including Paris. Charles VI, long incapacitated, died one month later, and his son, Charles, regent from 1418, prepared to take the throne. However, Reims, the traditional city of French coronation, was held by the Anglo-Burgundians, and the Dauphin (heir apparent to the French throne) remained uncrowned. Meanwhile, King Henry VI of England, the infant son of Henry V and Catherine of Valois, the daughter of Charles VI, was proclaimed king of France by the English.

Joan’s village of Domremy lay on the frontier between the France of the Dauphin and that of the Anglo-Burgundians. In the midst of this unstable environment, Joan began hearing “voices” of three Christian saints—St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret. When she was about 16, these voices exhorted her to aid the Dauphin in capturing Reims and therefore the French throne. In May 1428, she traveled to Vaucouleurs, a stronghold of the Dauphin, and told the captain of the garrison of her visions. Disbelieving the young peasant girl, he sent her home. In January 1429, she returned, and the captain, impressed by her piety and determination, agreed to allow her passage to the Dauphin at Chinon.

Dressed in men’s clothes and accompanied by six soldiers, she reached the Dauphin’s castle at Chinon in February 1429 and was granted an audience. Charles hid himself among his courtiers, but Joan immediately picked him out and informed him of her divine mission. For several weeks, Charles had Joan questioned by theologians at Poitiers, who concluded that, given his desperate straits, the Dauphin would be well-advised to make use of this strange and charismatic girl.

Charles furnished her with a small army, and on April 27, 1429, she set out for Orleans, besieged by the English since October 1428. On April 29, as a French sortie distracted the English troops on the west side of Orleans, Joan entered unopposed by its eastern gate. She brought greatly needed supplies and reinforcements and inspired the French to a passionate resistance. She personally led the charge in several battles and on May 7 was struck by an arrow. After quickly dressing her wound, she returned to the fight, and the French won the day. On May 8, the English retreated from Orleans.

During the next five weeks, Joan and the French commanders led the French into a string of stunning victories over the English. On July 16, the royal army reached Reims, which opened its gates to Joan and the Dauphin. The next day, Charles VII was crowned king of France, with Joan standing nearby holding up her standard: an image of Christ in judgment. After the ceremony, she knelt before Charles, joyously calling him king for the first time.

On September 8, the king and Joan attacked Paris. During the battle, Joan carried her standard up to the earthworks and called on the Parisians to surrender the city to the king of France. She was wounded but continued to rally the king’s troops until Charles ordered an end to the unsuccessful siege. That year, she led several more small campaigns, capturing the town of Saint-Pierre-le-Moitier. In December, Charles ennobled Joan, her parents, and her brothers.

In May 1430, the Burgundians laid siege to Compiegne, and Joan stole into the town under the cover of darkness to aid in its defense. On May 23, while leading a sortie against the Burgundians, she was captured. The Burgundians sold her to the English, and in March 1431 she went on trial before ecclesiastical authorities in Rouen on charges of heresy. Her most serious crime, according to the tribunal, was her rejection of church authority in favor of direct inspiration from God. After refusing to submit to the church, her sentence was read on May 24: She was to be turned over to secular authorities and executed. Reacting with horror to the pronouncement, Joan agreed to recant and was condemned instead to perpetual imprisonment.

Ordered to put on women’s clothes, she obeyed, but a few days later the judges went to her cell and found her dressed again in male attire. Questioned, she told them that St. Catherine and St. Margaret had reproached her for giving in to the church against their will. She was found to be a relapsed heretic and on May 29 ordered handed over to secular officials. On May 30, Joan, 19 years old, was burned at the stake at the Place du Vieux-Marche in Rouen. Before the pyre was lit, she instructed a priest to hold high a crucifix for her to see and to shout out prayers loud enough to be heard above the roar of the flames.

As a source of military inspiration, Joan of Arc helped turn the Hundred Years War firmly in France’s favor. By 1453, Charles VII had reconquered all of France except for Calais, which the English relinquished in 1558. In 1920, Joan of Arc, one of the great heroes of French history, was recognized as a Christian saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Her feast day is May 30.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States.

WORD OF ThE DAY: mump (muhmp, moomp) which means 1) to sulk; mope; 2) to grimace; 3) to mumble; mutter. The rare English verb mump is akin to the equally rare Dutch mompen “to mumble, grumble,” and the magnificent German verbs mumpfen “to chew with one’s mouth full” and mimpfeln “to mumble while eating.” The Germanic verbs most likely derive from a Proto-Indo-European root meuǝ- “be silent,” from which English also derives mum “silent,” Latin mūtus “silent, mute,” and Greek mustḗrion “secret rite, mystery,” a derivative of mústēs “an initiate,” a derivative of mueîn “to initiate, instruct, teach,” itself a derivative of múein “to close the eyes, mouth, or other opening” (lest one reveal what is not to be revealed). Mump entered English in the 16th century.

What Did You Say?  40

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 5/29/18

By Joe Moore

There have been many unusual emergency situations here on Beaver Island.  None of these involved diagnoses that were unusual in the mainland world of EMS.  The unusual part of the emergencies is usually related to the ability to transport the patient off the island, or the emergency responses might have been unusual, like being called to take care of a patient on another island in the archipelago.  These are even more unique than those that happen right here on Beaver Island.

What did you say?  Why are these emergencies unique?

Read the rest of the story HERE

Growing Up

by Dick Burris

When I was about twelve years old, my dad let me have a brown swiss calf to take care of for 4H, an agricultural club for young people. I don't know if I won any ribbons now. The calf was named Kabruppie, because of the sound it made when it was startled. Somehow I taught it to butt any person that turned their back on it. When it was a beefer it was pastured at the north farm with the rest of the herd. One day my father went up to count cattle, and he told me something knocked him down; he got up and turned around and there stood Kabruppie standing there waiting to be petted.

Every year there was a festive event called Lapeer day. There was always a parade. and I rode Kabruppie in the parade. A cow is a little harder to train than a horse, but everything went well for me at the parade.

At one time we had twenty-three Shetland ponies, they are very strange animals. Unlike a horse, they didn't seem to be home bodies, as when they decided to get loose and roam they would just keep going until they were found and herded them back home again. We had friends in Birmingham Michigan and they had kids that liked to ride ponies, so we took a pony named Babe down for them to ride. In a few days there came an urgent call that the pony had gone mad, and they wanted us to come down and pick it up.

They said that the police had tryed to capture it, and it ran them off. My dad came down for the rescue. When he arrived he was told that the pony was in the bushes, and to be very careful that it would attack. Dad got about fifteen feet from the bushes ond out charged the pony, ears back and open mouth with teeth bared. It got quite close,and dad said," Babe!."

Down went the ponies head. The ears went up. She was so glad to see someone that wasn't going to harass her. He brought the pony home, and all was well again.

Dad was starting to phase out farming, and first to go was the riding houses and ponies. Although I used a horse to herd cattle, I felt glad to see the extra work of taking care of them at an end. I didn't have the forethought to know that now I would have to herd cattle on foot.

I knew that the bull would challenge me. I thought what a mistake agreeing to sell the horse that I had been riding, but being a natural survivor, I took a three foot gaspipe with me to herd the cows back for milking. As I feared, on the way back, the bull stood on the other side of a tree trunk and pawed the ground and began snorting at me. I met the challenge by walking up to him and striking his nose with the gaspipe. He bellowed, twirled and sped away. I ran a few feet to one side. When I saw him running, I gave chase, as if I hadn't previously feared for my life. That was the last trouble with him, but still carried my trusty gaspipe.

We, later, when the cattle were in a big field where we could see them, trained our collie dog to bring them in. Later, the collie died but the cattle didn't know it, so we would just shout out, "Go get them!! and the cattle would come to the barn. The cattle did that from then on and seemed to be trained to the command as something they had to do.

Weather by Joe

May 29. 2018

Another week in the adventure here in Petoskey has begun. This week is a short week due to the holiday, so we are here for only four days. Phyllis is obviously sleeping or I wouldn't be posting this. There is one thing about chemotherapy that most people don't know about unless they have someone they love go through it--the chemo brain. Now, I've heard of this before, but I've never experienced it second hand. The first hand description is like walking through life like your trying to swim in wet concrete. I can describe this, like I said, second hand. There are no senses that are not effected. There are vision changes, loss of hearing (hopefully temporary for all these), loss of taste for all things, but especially for things you loved before, probably caused by a loss of smell, loss of the sensation of touch is the least effected, but sense of balance and speed of thought are decreased. There is no word to describe the complete and utter exhaustion.

So on to the weather.....

Right now on the island it is 60 degrees with winds from the ESE with gusts to 10 mph. The humidity is at 98% and the pressure at 30.05. The dewpoint is 62 degrees with visibility of ten miles.

TODAY: Expect partly sunny skies with winds from the E at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25. Highs will be near the 70s.

TONIGHT: Lows in the 60's with the same winds as the daytime.

WORD OF THE DAY: flummox verb (FLUM-uks) to confuse The chemo brain may flummox the patient during treatment.

No one is completely sure where the word flummox comes from, but we do know that early use can be found in Charles Dickens' 1837 novel The Pickwick Papers and that it had become quite common in both British and American English by the end of the 19th century. One theory expressed by some etymologists is that it was influenced by flummock, a word of English dialectical origin used to refer to a clumsy person. This flummock may also be the source of the word lummox, which also means "a clumsy person."


Heavy fog causes a collision of boats on the St. Lawrence River in Canada that kills 1,073 people on this day in 1914. Caused by a horrible series of blunders, this was one of the worst maritime disasters in history.

The Empress of Ireland left Quebec on May 28 with 1,057 passengers and 420 crew members on board. At 2:00 a.m. the following morning, the Empress was near Father Point on the St. Lawrence River when thick fog rolled in. A Norwegian coal freighter, the Storstad, was approaching as visibility was reduced to nearly nothing.

Although each ship was aware of the other, the Storstad failed to follow standard procedures for fog conditions, which call for stopping when visibility is drastically reduced. The Storstad only slowed, while the Empress came to a complete stop. The Storstad hit the Empress mid-ship and sliced through its hull. Captain Thomas Anderson of the Storstad made matters even worse by failing to reverse engines after the crash. He proceeded directly ahead, crushing many people on board and turning the Empress over onto its side. Anderson later told investigators he had feared reversing would have allowed water to rush into the hole.

This was a colossal error. The Empress sank in just 14 minutes, taking the great majority of its passengers with it. Only 217 passengers and 248 crew members survived the collision. The subsequent investigation placed most of the blame on Captain Anderson, but found the Empress had also ignored some critical precautions that would have saved many lives. Because of the risk of collision, the Empress should have sealed its watertight doors, which would have minimized damage from a crash; it did not.

Guess what folks? Phyllis did the weather at 5 a.m.

Some of the many fun things about having cancer: 1) you lose your hearing; 2) you lose your eyesight; 3) you get "chemo brain" (which is a truly diagnosed thing) So what's the fun there you ask? Well, I can't hear when someone wants the tv channel changed or any various other things. With the eyesight it's not quite as fun, but it is challenging. I'm learning to knit by touch rather than sight. Family will in overloaded with dishcloths this year because that's a pattern I don't need help with. Thank God I had the nuns for teachers who made absolutely certain we could type without watching the keyboard. As for the chemo brain... yesterday, I almost forgot my insulin at home, I forgot that i have a handicapped hanger in my knitting bag but hey, long walks built character. I forgot the room key when we went out for dinner, I can't tell directions nor order of letters when I type so it takes me 4 times as long. The biggest plus... I"m doing my part to keep Joe from being bored. So far it seems to be working.

On the island right now it's 58°, clear skies, wind is at 2 mph from the east, humidity is at 93% so it's a wee bit muggy, pressure is steady at 30.01 inches, and visibility is 8.3 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet
TONIGHT::East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for oday are medium-high at 8.2 and the top allergens are oak, grasses, and mlbery.

ON THIS DATE of may 29. 1953 at 11:30 a.m. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth. The two, part of a British expedition, made their final assault on the summit after spending a fitful night at 27,900 feet. News of their achievement broke around the world on June 2, the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, and Britons hailed it as a good omen for their country’s future.

Mount Everest sits on the crest of the Great Himalayas in Asia, lying on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Called Chomo-Lungma, or “Mother Goddess of the Land,” by the Tibetans, the English named the mountain after Sir George Everest, a 19th-century British surveyor of South Asia. The summit of Everest reaches two-thirds of the way through the air of the earth’s atmosphere–at about the cruising altitude of jet airliners–and oxygen levels there are very low, temperatures are extremely cold, and weather is unpredictable and dangerous.

The first recorded attempt to climb Everest was made in 1921 by a British expedition that trekked 400 difficult miles across the Tibetan plateau to the foot of the great mountain. A raging storm forced them to abort their ascent, but the mountaineers, among them George Leigh Mallory, had seen what appeared to be a feasible route up the peak. It was Mallory who quipped when later asked by a journalist why he wanted to climb Everest, “Because it’s there.”

A second British expedition, featuring Mallory, returned in 1922, and climbers George Finch and Geoffrey Bruce reached an impressive height of more than 27,000 feet. In another attempt made by Mallory that year, seven Sherpa porters were killed in an avalanche. (The Sherpas, native to the Khumbu region, have long played an essential support role in Himalayan climbs and treks because of their strength and ability to endure the high altitudes.) In 1924, a third Everest expedition was launched by the British, and climber Edward Norton reached an elevation of 28,128 feet, 900 vertical feet short of the summit, without using artificial oxygen. Four days later, Mallory and Andrew Irvine launched a summit assault and were never seen alive again. In 1999, Mallory’s largely preserved body was found high on Everest–he had suffered numerous broken bones in a fall. Whether or not he or Irvine reached the summit remains a mystery.

Several more unsuccessful summit attempts were made via Tibet’s Northeast Ridge route, and after World War II Tibet was closed to foreigners. In 1949, Nepal opened its door to the outside world, and in 1950 and 1951 British expeditions made exploratory climbs up the Southeast Ridge route. In 1952, a Swiss expedition navigated the treacherous Khumbu Icefall in the first real summit attempt. Two climbers, Raymond Lambert and Tenzing Norgay, reached 28,210 feet, just below the South Summit, but had to turn back for want of supplies.

Shocked by the near-success of the Swiss expedition, a large British expedition was organized for 1953 under the command of Colonel John Hunt. In addition to the best British climbers and such highly experienced Sherpas as Tenzing Norgay, the expedition enlisted talent from the British Commonwealth, such as New Zealanders George Lowe and Edmund Hillary, the latter of whom worked as a beekeeper when not climbing mountains. Members of the expedition were equipped with specially insulated boots and clothing, portable radio equipment, and open- and closed-circuit oxygen systems.

Setting up a series of camps, the expedition pushed its way up the mountain in April and May 1953. A new passage was forged through the Khumbu Icefall, and the climbers made their way up the Western Cwm, across the Lhotse Face, and to the South Col, at about 26,000 feet. On May 26, Charles Evans and Tom Bourdillon launched the first assault on the summit and came within 300 feet of the top of Everest before having to turn back because one of their oxygen sets was malfunctioning.

On May 28, Tenzing and Hillary set out, setting up high camp at 27,900 feet. After a freezing, sleepless night, the pair plodded on, reaching the South Summit by 9 a.m. and a steep rocky step, some 40 feet high, about an hour later. Wedging himself in a crack in the face, Hillary inched himself up what was thereafter known as the Hillary Step. Hillary threw down a rope, and Norgay followed. At about 11:30 a.m., the climbers arrived at the top of the world.

News of the success was rushed by runner from the expedition’s base camp to the radio post at Namche Bazar, and then sent by coded message to London, where Queen Elizabeth II learned of the achievement on June 1, the eve of her coronation. The next day, the news broke around the world. Later that year, Hillary and Hunt were knighted by the queen. Norgay, because he was not a citizen of a Commonwealth nation, received the lesser British Empire Medal.

Since Hillary and Norgay’s historic climb, numerous expeditions have made their way up to Everest’s summit. In 1960, a Chinese expedition was the first to conquer the mountain from the Tibetan side, and in 1963 James Whittaker became the first American to top Everest. In 1975, Tabei Junko of Japan became the first woman to reach the summit. Three years later, Reinhold Messner of Italy and Peter Habeler of Austria achieved what had been previously thought impossible: climbing to the Everest summit without oxygen. Nearly two hundred climbers have died attempting to summit the mountain. A major tragedy occurred in 1996 when eight climbers from various nations died after being caught in a blizzard high on the slopes.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore?

WORD OF THE DAY: excogitate [eks-koj-i-teyt] which means 1) to think out; devise; invent. 2) To study intently and carefully in order to grasp or comprehend fully. Excogitate comes from Latin excōgitātus, the past participle of excōgitāre meaning “to devise, invent, think out.” It entered English in the 1520s.

Super Highway to Paradise

Posted on 5/28/18 at 7:45 p.m.

Presentation by William Olson, 6/17/2006

This is a continuation of oral history project from the Beaver Island Historical Society begun by Robert Cole and continued by Shamus Norgaard. This presentation begins with a showing of a pistol that was engraved with the last name of Strang.

Video of this may be viewed HERE

Memorial Day at Veteran's Memorial, 11 a.m.

Posted at 1:15 p.m., May, 28, 2018

The ceremony began with a USCG helicopter flyover.

Then came the opening remarks by Bob Tidmore.

Katie LaFreniere and Forest Avery, Beaver Island Community School seniiors, lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Sheri Timsak lead two verses of America the Beautiful. Jim Latta read the names of veterans who had passed away in the last year. Alvin LaFreniere read the names of Islanders who gave all in the service of our country. Jim Latta lead the group in a prayer. There was a rifle salute, and then dismissal.

View a gallery of photos of the ceremony HERE

View video of the ceremony HERE

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Posted at 9 a.m., 5/29/18

Jacque LaFreniere, reader.....Father Jim Siler, Celebrant

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross, 4 p.m. Saturday

Posted at 9 a.m., 5/29/18

Kitty McNamara, reader.....Father Jim Siler Celebrant

Saturday was a busy day for the parish with a funeral in the morning with commital, followed by a luncheon at the Parish Hall, and then the regular Saturday afternoon service.

View video of the service HERE

Weekend Wildlife

Posted at 8:15 a.m. 5/28/18

One short ride to Gull Harbor, Barney's Lake, and the Sloptown Road loop made the wildlife addict smile. The weather was perfect, perhaps close to seventy degrees with sunshine, and lots of mosquitos. Lots of others were out looking at the beauty that surround those on the island. Here are few examples.

Loon on the Nest

At Gull Harbor

In the budding trees

On Sloptown

Back at Barney's Lake

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 28, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Congratulations to our youngest daughter, Andrea Jo Moore, who just secured her first professional job in her field of medical research at Harborview Medical Center. Harborview is the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center for the states of Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The state department of health has a five tier system for designating the capabilities of hospitals to care for trauma patients. Level 1 is the highest level of care. We are so proud of you, Andrea. (Incidentally, she was hired full-time before she defended and graduated from the University of Washington at Seattle. She's due to graduate in August). Pretty darn cool in our book. Meanwhile, Courtney and her husband, Michael, are keeping busy. Courtney works for McLaren Northern Michigan so we see her most days that we're there for radiation and chemo. Michael, in spite of being wheelchair bound, works at the family golf course. It's pretty impressive watching him hoist himself up on one of those huge green mowers and drive it using PVC pipe. Michael and Jessica are just as busy with him teaching school and she as the Education Program Coordinator for Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Their daughters are growing like weeds. Ok, that's the update on us. On to the weather...

At the moment, we have clear skies and 57°, wind is at 4 mph from the east, humidity is at 60%, pressure is steady at 29.92 inches, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph in the evening, then becoming light.

MARINE REPORT: Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and early evening, mainly in the southeast portion of the forecast area, roughly from just south of Alpena to the Saginaw Bay area. The main severe weather threat is for strong/gusty winds.
TODAY: Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Widespread fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

POLLEN REPORT: Today the pollen levels are medium-high at 8.2. Top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry.

ON THIS DATE of May 28, 1863, The 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the most famous African-American regiment of the war, leaves Boston for combat in the South. For the first two years of the war, President Abraham Lincoln resisted the use of black troops despite the pleas of men such as Frederick Douglass, who argued that no one had more to fight for than African Americans. Lincoln finally endorsed, albeit timidly, the introduction of blacks for service in the military in the Emancipation Proclamation. On May 22, 1863, the War Department established the Bureau of Colored Troops to recruit and assemble black regiments. Many blacks, often freed or escaped slaves, joined the military and found themselves usually under white leadership. Ninety percent of all officers in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) were white.

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the idealistic scion of an abolitionist family, headed the 54th. Shaw was a veteran of the 2nd Massachusetts infantry and saw action in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley and Antietam campaigns. After being selected by Massachusetts Governor John Andrew to organize and lead the 54th, Shaw carefully selected the most physically fit soldiers and white officers with established antislavery views. The regiment included two of Frederick Douglass’s sons and the grandson of Sojourner Truth.

On May 28, 1863, the new regiment marched onto a steamer and set sail for Port Royal, South Carolina. The unit saw action right away, taking part in a raid into Georgia and withstanding a Confederate attack near Charleston, South Carolina. On July 18, 1863, Shaw led a bold but doomed attack against Fort Wagner, South Carolina, in which he was killed and the 54th suffered heavy casualties.

The story of Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts was immortalized in the critically acclaimed 1990 movie Glory, starring Mathew Broderick, Denzell Washington, and Morgan Freeman.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first air-conditioned car in 1939?

WORD OF THE DAY: estimable (ES-tuh-muh-buhl) which means deserving respect or admiration; worthy of esteem. The English adjective estimable comes via French estimable from Latin aestimābilis, a derivative of aestimāre “to value, price, estimate the money value of.” The etymology of aestimāre is unclear, but it may be related to Latin aes (stem aer-) “copper, bronze, brass,” from Proto-Indo-European ayes-, ayos- “metal, copper,” from which Sanskrit derives áyas- “metal, iron,” Gothic aiz “bronze,” German Erz “ore” (the Erzgebirge, “Ore Mountain Range,” lies between Saxony, Germany, and Bohemia, Czech Republic), Old English ār “ore, copper, brass,” and English ore. Estimable entered English in the 15th century.

Christian Church Bulletin

May 27, 2018

Posted at 6:45 p.m., 5/27/18

52 Lists for Happiness #22

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 6:30 p.m.

Weather by Joe

May 27, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Good morning, everyone! While sleep was not so easy to get last night due to issues beyond my control, the morning sunshine is peeking through the clouds. There was an altercation with a cat last night. It had something to do with tripping over the cat, twisting an ankle, and falling against the cabinet on the opposite wall of the living room. Phyllis is limping, had a low blood sugar episode, and is just not having a good day.

On to the weather--Right now it's 57 degrees outside at 7:15 a.m.with just a breath of wind from the SSW with gusts to 3 mph. The pressure is 29.28 with visibility of seven miles, the dewpoint is 53 degrees, and the humidity is 87%. The forecast for today is a high of 65 degrees with partly cloudy skies. The winds will be from the SSW at 5-10 mph. There is a 20% chance of precipitation. Tonight has the same chance of precipitation with a low of 50 degrees. It will stay partly cloudy and there will be light and variable winds.

Marine forecast for today. Light winds. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight, light winds. Mostly clear. Waves two feet or less.

Pollen report: pollen levels for today are at 8, which is medium high. Top allergens oak, grasses, and mullberry.

Word of the Day: arrogate, verb (AIR-uh-gayt) to claim or seize without justification, to make undue claims to having, to claim on behalf of another. Arrogate comes from Latin arrogatus, a past participle of the verb arrogare, which means "to appropriate to one's self." The Latin verb, in turn, was formed from the prefix ad- ("to" or "toward") and the verb rogare ("to ask"). You may have noticed that arrogate is similar to the more familiar arrogant. And there is, in fact, a relationship between the two words. Arrogant comes from Latin arrogant- or arrogans, the present participle of arrogare. Arrogant is often applied to that sense of superiority which comes from someone claiming (or arrogating) more consideration than is due to that person's position, dignity, or power. Exanple: The city council has accused the mayor of arrogating decision-making authority to himself that rightly belongs with the council.

On this day: On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000.

On February 14, 1939, the 823-foot Bismarck was launched at Hamburg. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler hoped that the state-of-the-art battleship would herald the rebirth of the German surface battle fleet. However, after the outbreak of war, Britain closely guarded ocean routes from Germany to the Atlantic Ocean, and only U-boats moved freely through the war zone.

In May 1941, the order was given for the Bismarck to break out into the Atlantic. Once in the safety of the open ocean, the battleship would be almost impossible to track down, all the while wreaking havoc on Allied convoys to Britain. Learning of its movement, Britain sent almost the entire British Home Fleet in pursuit. On May 24, the British battle cruiser Hood and battleship Prince of Wales intercepted it near Iceland. In a ferocious battle, the Hood exploded and sank, and all but three of the 1,421 crewmen were killed. The Bismarck escaped, but because it was leaking fuel it fled for occupied France. On May 26, it was sighted and crippled by British aircraft, and on May 27 three British warships descended on the Bismarck and finished it off.

Early Evening at Barney's Lake

May 25, 2018

Posted at 09:15, 5/26/18

Caspian Tern over the lake

Loon on the nest even with the high water

Other birds calling....

View video of the tern and the loon HERE

Birding Festival Ebird Presentation

Posted at 09:15, 5/26/18

Eric Myers, presenter

Dr. Eric Myers is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable user of the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology’s eBird application/ This app allows birders to upload information about the birds they observe. Eric will give hands-on instructions about eBird and explain its value to researchers. This event was free and open to the public.

This is one national location for posting information and pictures of the birds that are observed. It is an interesting place to keep track of the bird populations, migrations, and unique birds seen in any area.

View video of the presentation HERE

Birding Festival Eagle Presentation

Posted at 09:15, 5/26/18

Bill Parsons, presenter

Bill Parsons, wildlife biologist for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, presented on Bald Eagle research occurring in the Beaver Island Archipelago. This presentation included some of the history including the 1836 treaty with the United States prior to Michigan becoming a state. Bill Parsons is not a member of the tribe, but has been doing this research for many years for the tribe.

Over fifty interested people attended this presentation that was open to the public free of charge as part of the birding festival this weekend. The one hour presentation was fascinating with many in the audience learning new information about the locally banded eagles and their movements, nesting, and eaglets.

Attendance in the auditorium for the presentations.

View video of this presenation HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 26, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Trying to embrace heartburn in the morning hours. So far it isn't happening. Oh well, at least we're home safe and sound and not out traveling on crazy roads. Yesterday afternoon we got a thundering good rain, all of .43 inches worth. It's going to help keep the dust down this weekend.

At the moment, it's partly cloudy on the island. 61°, wind is at 8 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 29.68 inches, and visibility is 4.5 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy dense fog in the morning. Slight chance of rain showers in the morning then scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening then scattered rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds at 10 mph in the evening, becoming light.

I added both the Marine Report and Pollen Report back in, but do YOU all want them to stay? Let me know.

MARINE REPORT: Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected through the period across much of northern Michigan. There is a small chance that storms this afternoon and evening could become severe with hail to one inch in diameter and wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph possible.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less. Patchy fog early in the morning. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

POLLEN REPORT: Thanks to the rain, the pollen levels have dropped to medium at 6.7. The top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry.

ON THIS DATE of May 26, 1962, the British Invasion has an odd beginning.

If you’d told a randomly selected group of American music fans in the spring of 1962 that a British act would soon achieve total dominance of the American pop scene, change the face of music and fashion and inspire a generation of future pop stars to take up an instrument and join a band, they would probably have scratched their heads and struggled to imagine such a thing. And if any image popped into their heads, it wouldn’t have been of young lads playing guitars in mop tops and Nehru jackets. The Beatles, after all, were complete unknowns at this point. No, if there was any image that would have come to mind, it would have been of middle-aged men playing the clarinet in bowler hats and stripey waistcoats. Up to that point, after all, the single, solitary Briton ever to have reached the top of the American charts in the rock and roll era was a man by the name of Mr. Acker Bilk. His instrumental single, “Stranger On the Shore” provided the first, false hint of the British Invasion to come when it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 26, 1962.

Mr. Acker Bilk was a jazz clarinetist dressed in the throwback garb of an Edwardian dance hall player—hardly the stuff that trends are made of, but the pleasing sound of his Stranger On The Shore

As popular as it was however, the song that went to #1 on this day in 1962 did not set off a prolonged period of "Acker Bilk-mania.” “Stranger On The Shore” proved to be the only significant hit for Mr. Acker Bilk, whose greatest legacy is possessing the honor of being the very first British artist to top the American pop charts—something that would happen 173 more times over the course of the next 35 years.

DID YOU KNOW THAT MIchigan ranks first in state boat registrations?

WORD OF THE DAY: ferly (FER-lee) which means something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror. (This would be me in the morning with my first look in the mirror before coffee) Nowadays ferly is used only in Scottish English as a noun meaning “a wonder, a marvel,” and a verb “to wonder.” The Old English source is the adjective fǣrlīc “sudden,” a derivative of the noun fǣr “fear” (akin to German Gefahr “danger” and gefährlich “dangerous”).

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 25, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Only seven more radiation treatments! So, two more weeks! I won't be cured by any means, but at least the radiation on a daily basis will be over and done. We will probably see my doctor today about it. I'm ready, more than ready, to spend the majority of the week on the island instead of vice versa. I still have lots of chemo to do - probably to the end of August. UGH, but I'll do it just so I can stick around and bug Joe and all of you guys
Yesterday, after radiation (and a nap) we took a ride up to Cross Village again and ate lunch at Legg's Inn. What a nifty place. The server was a gal named Angel who had taken a class on the island and she was so knowledgeable about Legg's Inn that it was even more fun. Afterwards, we drove below the bluff and I finally, after many years on Facebook, got to meet my cousin, Peg Muzzall. What fun that was. It was a surprise so we didn't stay long, but how nice it was to finally meet face to face.
Courtney stopped over after work and we kidnapped Joe for dinner. He has refused to go to Mim's (who knows what his reason was) anyhow, he liked it - a lot - give it a 10.
All in all it was a great day along with beautiful weather. If I wasn't so lazy I'd drag my phone out and upload the photos of the woods I took that are literally carpeted with trilliums.

Anyhow, on to the weather... right now it's raining on Beaver Island, 55°, wind is at 13 mph from the south with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 29.89 inches, and visibility is 6 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. A 20% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 80°. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

MARINE REPORT: This hazardous weather outlook is for northern Lower Michigan...eastern Upper Michigan...and adjacent nearshore waters of Lake Michigan...Lake Huron and Lake Superior. .DAY ONE...Today and tonight. Some rumbles of thunder will be possible early this morning and again late this afternoon into tonight for all of northern Michigan. Severe storms are not expected.

TODAY:Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming west 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Isolated thunderstorms possible early in the morning. Slight chance of showers through the day. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT:Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

POLLEN REPORT: Pollen for today are medium-high at 9.3, Top allergens for today are oak, grasses, and mulberry.

ON THIS DATE of May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hits his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years. This was one of Ruth’s last games, and the last home run of his career. Ruth went four for four on the day, hitting three home runs and driving in six runs.

George Herman Ruth was born February 6, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the first of eight children, but only he and a sister survived infancy. Ruth’s father was a saloon keeper on Baltimore’s waterfront, and the young George, known as “Gig” (pronounced with soft g’s) to his family, caused trouble from an early age. At seven, his truancy from school led his parents to declare him incorrigible, and he was sent to an orphanage, St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. Ruth lived there until he was 19 in 1914, when he was signed as a pitcher by the Baltimore Orioles.

That same summer, Ruth was sold to the Boston Red Sox. His teammates called him “Babe,” short for baby, for his naiveté, but his talent was already mature, and he was almost immediately recognized as the best pitcher on one of the great teams of the 1910s. He set a record between 1916 and 1918 with 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in World Series play, including a 14-inning game in 1916 in which he pitched every inning, giving up only a run in the first.

To the great dismay of Boston fans, Ruth was sold by the Red Sox to the New York Yankees before the 1920 season by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, so that Frazee could finance the musical No, No, Nanette. Ruth switched to the outfield with the Yankees, and hit more home runs than the entire Red Sox team in 10 of the next 12 seasons. “The Sultan of Swat” or “The Bambino,” as he was alternately known, was the greatest gate attraction in baseball through the 1920s until his retirement as a player in 1935. During his career with the New York Yankees, the team won four World Series and seven American League pennants. After getting rid of Ruth, the Red Sox did not win a World Series until 2004, an 85-year drought known to Red Sox fans as “the Curse of the Bambino.”

Ruth died of throat cancer on August 16, 1948. His record for career home runs was not broken until Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run on April 8, 1974, 39 years later.

DID YOU KNOW THAT California has issued 6 drivers licenses to people named Jesus Christ?

WORD OF THE DAY: pasquinade (pas-kwuh-NEYD) which means a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place. English pasquinade comes via French pasquinade from Italian pasquinata “a satire, lampoon,” a derivative of Pasquino, supposedly the name of a local Roman schoolmaster (or tailor, or shoemaker, or barber), and the nickname given to a 3rd-century b.c. fragment of statuary discovered in 1501 (now known to be Menelaus carrying the body of Patroclus). Cardinal Oliviero Carafa (1430-1511), an Italian cleric and diplomat, set the fragment up at the corner of his palace (the Palazzo Orsini, now the Palazzo Braschi), near the Piazza Navona, and began or encouraged the yearly custom to “restore” the fragment on the feast of St. Mark (April 25th) and clothe it in the costume of a mythological or historical character. University professors and their students paid “homage” to the statue by posting Latin verses ( pasquinate) on the fragment. Over time these verses became anonymous satires written in Romanesco (the Italian dialect of Rome). Pasquinade entered English in the 17th century.

Life Among the Mormons

Shirley Gladish for Museum Week 1995

Posted 5/24/18 at 9:30 p.m.

Shirley Gladish, former BIHS Director

View video of this presentaion HERE

St. James Posting for Park Gardener

Posted 5/24/18 at 11:45 a.m.

Wildlife Club Announces Fishing Tournament

Posted at 10 a.m. 5/24/18

Coyote at Whiskey Point?

Posted 5/24/18 at 9:45 a.m.

Through the fog the other morning, Cynthia Hector Johnson captured a misty picture at Whiskey Point.

Thanks for sharing!

Happy EMS Week

Posted 5/24/18, 9:30 a.m.

Michigan House Representative Tom Cochran offered a resolution to declare May 20-26, 2018, as EMS Week in the State of Michigan.  The resolution reads:

House Resolution No. 348.

A resolution to declare May 20-26, 2018, as Emergency Medical Services Week in the State of Michigan.

Whereas, Emergency medical services (EMS) is a vital public service; and

Whereas, Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and

Whereas, EMS plays a critical role in public outreach and injury prevention, and is evolving in its role as an important member of the healthcare community; and

Whereas, First responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics stand ready to provide compassionate, lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

Whereas, Emergency medical responders are supported by emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, educators, administrators, researchers, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, and others; and

Whereas, The member of EMS teams, both career and volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives, that the members of this legislative body declare May 20-26, 2018, as Emergency Medical Services Week in the State of Michigan. We recognize the value and the accomplishments of EMS practitioners.

Link: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/resolutionintroduced/House/pdf/2018-HIR-0348.pdf

Thank YOU for all YOU do every day for the citizens of our great State.  Happy EMS Week!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 24, 2018

Watched Survivor and probably stayed up too late, but was glad to see Wendell win. Easy to get hooked on these crazy programs. Family had a bit of emergency in Traverse City yesterday so were unable to come visit, they will try the first week in June. Courtney stopped over after work and had dinner with us. We tried the Bob Evans turkey dinner for 4, which is take out only. It was very good, but for heaven's sake Bob Evan's people stop being so stingy with the cranberry sauce (my favorite on turkey) I swear it was maybe, if I'm generous, 10 cranberries for 4 people. We'll know better next time. Beyond that, the check up with oncology went ok. She added more meds. Joe said we can now open a drug store. Had to do a quick run to Charlevoix as I was almost out of insulin and that's sort of important. Anyhow, on to the weather...

Beaver Island has clear skies, 58°, wind is 7 mph from the south, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 30.15 inches, and visibility is 8.6 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. Light winds becoming southwest 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Patchy dense fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: Today the pollen levels will be medium-high at 9.3. Top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch.

ON THIS DATE of May 24, 1883, after 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date.

John Roebling, born in Germany in 1806, was a great pioneer in the design of steel suspension bridges. He studied industrial engineering in Berlin and at the age of 25 immigrated to western Pennsylvania, where he attempted, unsuccessfully, to make his living as a farmer. He later moved to the state capital in Harrisburg, where he found work as a civil engineer. He promoted the use of wire cable and established a successful wire-cable factory.

Meanwhile, he earned a reputation as a designer of suspension bridges, which at the time were widely used but known to fail under strong winds or heavy loads. Roebling is credited with a major breakthrough in suspension-bridge technology: a web truss added to either side of the bridge roadway that greatly stabilized the structure. Using this model, Roebling successfully bridged the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls, New York, and the Ohio River at Cincinnati, Ohio. On the basis of these achievements, New York State accepted Roebling’s design for a bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan–with a span of 1,595 feet–and appointed him chief engineer. It was to be the world’s first steel suspension bridge.

Just before construction began in 1869, Roebling was fatally injured while taking a few final compass readings across the East River. A boat smashed the toes on one of his feet, and three weeks later he died of tetanus. He was the first of more than two dozen people who would die building his bridge. His 32-year-old son, Washington A. Roebling, took over as chief engineer. Roebling had worked with his father on several bridges and had helped design the Brooklyn Bridge.

The two granite foundations of the Brooklyn Bridge were built in timber caissons, or watertight chambers, sunk to depths of 44 feet on the Brooklyn side and 78 feet on the New York side. Compressed air pressurized the caissons, allowing underwater construction. At that time, little was known of the risks of working under such conditions, and more than a hundred workers suffered from cases of compression sickness. Compression sickness, or the “bends,” is caused by the appearance of nitrogen bubbles in the bloodstream that result from rapid decompression. Several died, and Washington Roebling himself became bedridden from the condition in 1872. Other workers died as a result of more conventional construction accidents, such as collapses and a fire.

Roebling continued to direct construction operations from his home, and his wife, Emily, carried his instructions to the workers. In 1877, Washington and Emily moved into a home with a view of the bridge. Roebling’s health gradually improved, but he remained partially paralyzed for the rest of his life. On May 24, 1883, Emily Roebling was given the first ride over the completed bridge, with a rooster, a symbol of victory, in her lap. Within 24 hours, an estimated 250,000 people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, using a broad promenade above the roadway that John Roebling designed solely for the enjoyment of pedestrians.

The Brooklyn Bridge, with its unprecedented length and two stately towers, was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world.” The connection it provided between the massive population centers of Brooklyn and Manhattan changed the course of New York City forever. In 1898, the city of Brooklyn formally merged with New York City, Staten Island, and a few farm towns, forming Greater New York.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode?

WORD OF THE DAY: antemeridian (an-tee-muh-RID-ee-uhn) which means 1) occurring before noon 2) of or relating to the forenoon. The Latin adverbial phrase ante merīdiem means “before midday, before noon.” The noun merīdiēs is a dissimilation of medīdiēs “middle of the day, midday, south,” formed from the adjective medius “middle, middle of” and the noun diēs “day.” The Roman polymath Varro (c116-c27 b.c.) wrote that he saw the archaic or dialectal form medīdiēs on a sundial in Praeneste (modern Palestrina), a town east southeast of Rome. Antemeridian entered English in the 16th century.

Evan E. Steger Dies

Posted 5/23/18 at 1 p.m.

Evan E. Steger, III, age 80 of Indianapolis IN, passed away May 21, 2018. He was born in Indianapolis to the late Charles Franklin and Alice (Hill) Steger on October 24, 1937. Evan graduated from Shortridge High School in 1955, Wabash College in 1959 and Indiana University School of Law in 1962. He practiced law for 40 years with the law firm of Ice Miller, LLP. Evan was a member of Indianapolis and American Bar Associations as well as the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Indianapolis Lawyers Club. He was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was proud Eagle Scout.

Evan married his wife, Suzy Gillespie on July 18,1964 who survives him. He also is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Anne (Andrew) Steger-Wilson with granddaughters, Lydia and Audrey and Emily (Kevin) Kirk and grandchildren, Aidan and Katie.

Evan and his family enjoyed vacationing on Beaver Island, Michigan where they have maintained a home for many years.

Family and friends will gather on Tuesday, May 29th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel with a Memorial service following on Wednesday May 30th at 10:00am in the Northminster Presbyterian Church, of which he was a member.

You are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com to share a personal memory of Evan or, in lieu of flowers, make a memorial contribution to Northminster Presbyterian Church or Wabash College or your favorite charity.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 23, 2018

Thanks to Jeff Power's webcam, posted at 7:15 a.m.

Beaver Island has fog this morning, 44°, wind is at 1 mph from the south, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 30.12 inches, and visibility is 5 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. HIghs in the mid 70s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around 50. Light winds.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Areas of fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Today pollen levels are high at 9.2. Top allergens ate oak, mulberry and birch.

ON THIS DATE of May 23, Curley is buried at Little Big Horn.

The Crow scout Curley, the last man on the army side to see Custer and the 7th Cavalry alive, is buried at the National Cemetery of the Big Horn Battlefield in Montana.

Born around 1859 near the Little Rosebud River, Montana, from an early age Curley had participated in fights with the Crow’s hated enemy, the Sioux. Like many of his people, Curley viewed the Anglo-American soldiers as allies in the Crow war with the Sioux. When he was in his late teens, he signed on as a cavalry scout to aid the army’s major campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne in the summer of 1876.

Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry arrived in the Powder River country of southern Montana in early June 1876. As Custer proceeded toward the Little Big Horn Valley, he found increasing signs that a large number of Indians lay ahead. On June 22, Curley and five other Crow scouts were detached from a different unit and sent to Custer to bolster his Arikara scouts.

On the morning of June 25, Curley and the other scouts warned Custer that a massive gathering of Indians lay ahead that far outnumbered his contingent of 187 men. Custer dismissed the report and made the unusual decision to attack in the middle of the day. Both the Crow and Arikara scouts believed this would be suicidal and prepared to die.

Right before the battle began, however, Custer released the Crow scouts from duty. All of the scouts, except for Curley, obeyed and rode off to relative safety. However, since the hills were now swarming with small war parties of Sioux and Cheyenne, Curley initially thought he would be safer if he remained with the soldiers. As the fighting gradually began to heat up, Curley reconsidered. He left Custer and rode to the east. Concealing himself in coulees and ravines, Curley avoided attack and made his way to a ridge about a mile and a half to the east. There he watched much of the battle through field glasses, the last man from the army side to see Custer and his men alive. When it had become clear that Custer’s army was going to be wiped out, Curley abandoned his looking post and rode away to warn the approaching Generals Terry and Gibbon of the disaster.

In the weeks following the battle, Curley provided an accurate and valuable account of the final moments of Custer’s 7th Cavalry. Unfortunately, some interviewers later pushed the eager-to-cooperate Curley to revise his account and others simply misrepresented his testimony to fit their own theories. Consequently, for many years Curley was dismissed as a liar. Later historians, however, have vindicated the accuracy of Curley’s initial story.

Little is known about Curley’s life after the Little Big Horn, but at some point he moved to the Crow Agency in Montana where he died of pneumonia on May 21, 1923. Two days later, he was buried at the National Cemetery at the Little Big Horn Battlefield.

DID YOU KNOW THAT one survey reports that 33% of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on the answering machine while they are away.

WORD OF THE DAY: flubdub (FLUHB-duhb) which means pretentious nonsense or show; airs. There is no etymology other than “fanciful coinage” or “of unknown origin” for flubdub. It is used as a common noun but first appears in print as a surname in 1885.

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

2018 Community Appreciation Event

Posted at 3:15 p.m., 5/22/18

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Beaver Island Golf Course



4-5 person team best ball golf tournament begins at 2:00

$100 team registration includes meal. Please call John Works to reserve your team. Deadline for sign up is May 31st. Mixed teams welcome.

Details: 231.448.2301- B I Golf Course


With Frank D’Andraia – everyone welcome – equipment provided

Family PIG ROAST picnic:  4:00 to 6:00

Bring lawn chairs - Adults $10 - children $5. Beer, wine, canned soda provided by the Chamber of Commerce. Donations accepted – additional proceeds will go toward the Chamber’s development of a visitors phone app.

Christian Church Bulletin

May 20, 2018

Posted at 11 a.m., 5/22/18

What's Happening

Posted at 11 a.m., 5/22/18

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 22, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Had a lovely dinner last night with Marie LaFreniere, along with Pete and Sandy LoDico They all head back to the island today while we head to the hospital for another radiation treatment. Beautiful sunrise this morning.

Clear skies on the island this morning, it's 42°, wind speed is calm from the north, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 30.04 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: HIghs in the upper 60s. Light winds. Sunny,
TODAY: Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Today's pollen levels are medium at 5.8 with the top allergens being oak, mulberry, and birch.

ON THIS DATE of May 22, 1455 the War of the Roses began.

In the opening battle of England’s War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London. Many Lancastrian nobles perished, including Edmund Beaufort, the duke of Somerset, and the king was forced to submit to the rule of his cousin, Richard of York. The dynastic struggle between the House of York, whose badge was a white rose, and the House of Lancaster, later associated with a red rose, would stretch on for 30 years.

Both families, closely related, claimed the throne through descent from the sons of Edward III, the king of England from 1327 to 1377. The first Lancastrian king was Henry IV in 1399, and rebellion and lawlessness were rife during his reign. His son, Henry V, was more successful and won major victories in the Hundred Years War against France. His son and successor, Henry VI, had few kingly qualities and lost most of the French land his father had conquered. At home, chaos prevailed and lords with private armies challenged Henry VI’s authority. At times, his ambitious queen, Margaret of Anjou, effectively controlled the crown.

In 1453, Henry lapsed into insanity, and in 1454 Parliament appointed Richard, duke of York, as protector of the realm. Henry and York’s grandfathers were the fourth and third sons of Edward III, respectively. When Henry recovered in late 1454, he dismissed York and restored the authority of Margaret, who saw York as a threat to the succession of their son, Prince Edward. York raised an army of 3,000 men, and in May the Yorkists marched to London. On May 22, 1455, York met Henry’s forces at St. Albans while on the northern road to the capital. The bloody encounter lasted less than an hour, and the Yorkists carried the day. The duke of Somerset, Margaret’s great ally, was killed, and Henry was captured by the Yorkists.

After the battle, Richard again was made English protector, but in 1456 Margaret regained the upper hand. An uneasy peace was broken in 1459, and in 1460 the Lancastrians were defeated, and York was granted the right to ascend to the throne upon Henry’s death. The Lancastrians then gathered forces in northern England and in December 1460 surprised and killed York outside his castle near Wakefield.

York’s son Edward reached London before Margaret and was proclaimed King Edward IV. In March 1461, Edward won a decisive victory against the Lancastrians at the Battle of Towton, the bloodiest of the war. Henry, Margaret, and their son fled to Scotland, and the first phase of the war was over.

Yorkist rivalry would later lead to the overthrow of Edward in 1470 and the restoration of Henry VI. The next year, Edward returned from exile in the Netherlands, defeated Margaret’s forces, killed her son, and imprisoned Henry in the Tower of London, where he was murdered. Edward IV then ruled uninterrupted until his death in 1483. His eldest son was proclaimed Edward V, but Edward IV’s brother, Richard III, seized the crown and imprisoned Edward and his younger brother in the Tower of London, where they disappeared, probably murdered. In 1485, Richard III was defeated and killed by Lancastrians led by Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Henry Tudor was proclaimed King Henry VII, the first Tudor king. Henry was the grandson of Catherine of Valois, the widow of Henry V, and Owen Tudor. In 1486, he married Edward IV’s daughter Elizabeth of York, thereby uniting the Yorkist and Lancastrian claims. This event is seen as marking the end of the War of Roses; although some Yorkists supported in 1487 an unsuccessful rebellion against Henry, led by Lambert Simnel. The War of Roses left little mark on the common English people but severely thinned the ranks of the English nobility.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are cells in the human body called Faggot cells which cause leukaemia. The word Faggot was used in archaic English to refer to a bundle of any unit and mostly commonly wood sticks.

WORD OF THE DAY: cynosure (SAHY-nuh-shoor) which means 1) something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc.: the cynosure of all eyes. 2) something serving for guidance or direction. In Greek Kynósoura means “dog’s tail” and is also the name of the constellation Ursa Minor (also known as the Lesser Bear, Little Bear, and especially in American usage, the Little Dipper). The first element of Kynósoura is the genitive singular of the Greek noun kúōn “dog, bitch, shepherd dog, watchdog.” Greek kúōn (and its stem kun-) come a very wide spread Proto-Indo-European noun kúwōn (stems kwon-, kun-) “dog,” source of Sanskrit śvā́ (also śuvā́) (stem śun-), Old Prussian sunis, Germanic (German) Hund “dog,” (Old English) hund, (English hound). Greek ourā́ “tail” is akin to Greek órrhos “rump” (from orso-) comes from Proto-Indo-European orsos “buttocks, rump, tail,” source of Germanic (German) Arsch and English arse (ass in American English). Cynosure entered English at the end of the 16th century.

Nicholas Joseph VandenHeuvel Obituary

Nicholas Joseph VandenHeuvel, age 63, passed away in Petoskey, Michigan on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on August 13, 1954, to Frank and Jane (Vidro) VandenHeuvel. Nick graduated from Kent City High School in 1972 and was a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed woodworking and was always willing to lend a hand when needed. He loved living on Beaver Island the past several years where he had established many friends.

Nick is survived by his sons, Jarod (Jessica) VandenHeuvel and Josh VandenHeuvel; his grandchildren Lily, Jacksen and Kenley; his siblings, Bonnie VandenHeuvel, Joy (Chuck) Rowland, Tom (Jerry) Piper, Tom VandenHeuvel, Wendy (Gordy) Hansen and Ed (Terry) Anderson; and several nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank VandenHeuvel and mother, Jane Anderson.

As Nick had wished, cremation has taken place and there will be a Celebration of Life at the Sparta Eagles on June 3rd from 3-5pm. Inurnment will be in Idlewild Cemetery in Sparta, Michigan. Those wishing to make a donation in Nick’s name may do so to the family to assist with final expenses.

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2018

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 5/20/18

What Did You Say 35

By Joe Moore

Sitting here working on the website, and came across some pictures that I had forgotten.  It’s pretty amazing to think about some things in your life that have nothing to do with anything important like saving lives, like playing music.

So, I stopped working online and started looking through pictures, yes, the kind you can hold in your hand.

What did you say?

Read the rest of the story HERE

Basic Training Life

by Dick Burris

Basic training life;

In my short Army life, there was some adventure. I left a strenuous career of concrete work when drafted into the Army. Actually, it was like a boy scout retreat; and I have to say it was the most fun thing I ever did in my life.

Bill Bradshaw was with me from induction until the end of basic training. Our names in the "Bs" had us close together in formations. We had a cadre that called cadence like a chicken, (hut hut hut hawaaa). We thought it sooo funny; I would be marching behind him, and do the "hut hut hawaa" without moving my lips; until I could see his neck turning red, then I'd stop so he didn't catch hell for laughing.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Beaver Island Birding Trail Festival—Warblers on the Water

May 25-27, 2018

Beaver Island Birding Trail Festival—Warblers on the Water

May 25-27, 2018

The 5th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 25-27, 2017, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.

Transportation to the island is via ferry or air taxi. Lodging is available on the island, and transportation for the various field trips will be provided to registered participants. More information about transportation and lodging is available on the website.

Expert speakers, researchers, and field guides will lead workshops and field trips to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Weekend event.

Featured speakers include Bill Parsons, wildlife biologist with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, who will present, “Bald Eagle Research in the Beaver Island Archipelago.” Andrea and Terry Grabill will lead us on better birding techniques, Dr. Beth Leuck will share information on the Piping Plover recovery efforts in the Great Lakes with emphasis on the archipelago, and Dr. Nancy Seefelt, a biology professor at Central Michigan University, will present "Nesting Waterbirds in the Beaver Archipelago."  Great field trips around Beaver Island are scheduled, including one lead by Dr. Ed Leuck and Elliot Nelson called Birding and Botanizing at French Bay. In addition, a featured field trip to Garden Island is scheduled.  We are also pleased to announce that the Emmy Award-winning film, Green Fire: Also Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, will be available for viewing during the weekend.

For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html.  Information about transportation to and accommodations on Beaver Island can be found at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/accommodations.html, and for information about the island visit the Chamber of Commerce’s web site at http://beaverisland.org.

Kick off  Memorial Day Weekend and summer with a birding trip to one of Michigan’s most scenic and pristine locations-- Beaver Island-- where there are “no crowds, no traffic; just good birding.”

Beaver Island Virtual Tour

This website was started by Phyllis Moore as part of the beginnings of Beaver Island News on the 'Net. When Phyllis turned the News website over to her husband Joe, the Beaver Island Tour website was continued by Jeff Cashman and hosted by Island Design. The website is currently up to date for just less than ten years ago. There have been many changes since then, but the historical aspect of this look into the history of Beaver Island makes it just as valuable as it was then.

Visit beaverislandtour.com HERE

Matt Fogg Trip to the Island

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this photo.

Freight being brought to the island by the tug Wendy Anne and barge.

Kevin O'Donnell Composition

An amazing composition by Kevin O'Donnell shows the dedication and effort that goes into the capture of this photo.

"A night of remarkable clarity. I walked around the island (Cana Island, Door County, Wisconsin) looking for other compositions and discovered that if I repositioned my camera and lights by 3:00 am I could capture the entire Milky Way in a perfect arch over the lighthouse.

Good Morning, Monday

Wake up, it's Monday, and another beautiful photo by Becca Foli.

Meanwhile, Sunset on the Island

May 20, 2018

The simple beauty of a Beaver Island sunset, captured by Roberta Mooney-Griggs.

The Mooney family is having a reunion on the island right now, and this photo is one of a collection of a trip around the island.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 21, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

People had said that the second round of chemo would be worse. They didn't lie. Yesterday I felt terrible, it was certainly my first "down" day where I would cry at the drop of a hat. Poor Joe having to put up with a soggy, short, feeling sorry for herself, wife. (Do NOT feel sorry for me, I did this to myself
with 50 plus years of smoking) Feeling much better this morning with the sun coming up and coffee in my hand. Islanders coming over today so we'll get together this evening. Something nice to look forward to. Thanking my lucky stars that all I have this week is radiation (and I think labs) both are way, way better than a round of chemo.

As for the weather, Beaver Island has clear skies, 36°, wind is at 1 mph from the east, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 30.24 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy frost in the morning. HIghs in the upper 60s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 40s. LIght winds.
TODAY: Light winds becoming east 5 to 10 knots in the morning. Sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels are medium-high today at 9.3. Top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch.

ON THIS DATE of May 21, 1881 the American Red Cross was founded.

In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.

(A bit of background information first) Clara Barton was an American nurse, suffragist and humanitarian who is best remembered for organizing the American Red Cross. Following the outbreak of the Civil War, she independently organized relief for the wounded, often bringing her own supplies to front lines. As the war ended, she helped locate thousands of missing soldiers, including identifying the dead at Andersonville prison in Georgia. Barton lobbied for U.S. recognition of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and became president of the American branch when it was founded in 1881. Barton continued her humanitarian work throughout several foreign wars and domestic crises before her death in 1912. Barton was born in Massachusetts and worked briefly as a schoolteacher. She became a clerk in the U.S. Patent Office in 1854, but lost the job when the Democrats won the presidency in 1856.

While tending the wounded at the Battle of Antietam, Clara Barton worked so close to the battlefield that a bullet once tore through her sleeve and killed a man she was treating.

With the outbreak of the Civil War, Barton saw the need for an efficient organization to distribute food and medical supplies to the troops. The network, Barton believed, had to be disentangled from the bureaucracy of the War Department and the U.S. Sanitary Commission. Her work of soliciting and distributing supplies and nursing the wounded was grueling and endless. She once complained to a friend, ‘I cannot tell you how many times I have moved with my whole family [the Army] of a thousand or fifteen hundred and with a half hour’s notice in the night.’ Her efforts, however, were much appreciated at battle sites, especially Antietam and Fredericksburg. At war’s end she set up an office to sort out the difficult business of locating and identifying prisoners, missing men, and the dead buried in unmarked graves. But the strain of her work took its toll, and she was ordered to Europe by her doctor for a rest cure in 1869.

While abroad Barton came into contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross. She participated in relief efforts during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-1871, but was forced into temporary retirement by ill health in 1872. After recovering, she campaigned to establish an American branch of the Red Cross, despite government resistance arising from fears of foreign entanglements. The U.S. Senate, after years of lobbying, finally ratified the Geneva Convention in 1882, forming the American Association of the Red Cross. Barton became its president. Her subsequent domestic program was impressive. The Red Cross provided relief at the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood in 1889 and after hurricanes in the Sea Islands off the southeastern coast in 1893. The organization also marshaled support for international campaigns, sending supplies to Russia during a famine in 1892 and to Armenia in 1896.

Barton, at the age of seventy-seven, distinguished herself again, this time in Cuba during the Spanish-American conflict. But her presence on the battlefield called her methods into question and widened a rift between the national Red Cross and its local chapters. Barton was unwilling to delegate responsibility and her inability to do so was a drawback sustained within the ranks of the Red Cross. Her inflexibility forced her to resign in 1904 from the organization she had founded and built. Barton nevertheless remained active and involved in relief work until her death at the age of ninety-one. Her energy and commitment to humanitarian causes over a forty-year period has made her a household name, a symbol of charitable self-sacrifice.

DID YOU KNOW THAT if placed end to end, all the Spam ever sold would circle the Earth more than ten times!

WORD OF THE DAY: adultescent (ad-uhl-TES-uhnt) which means a young adult or middle-aged person who has interests, traits, etc., that are usually associated with teenagers.

National EMS Week

to our Beaver Island EMS Providers

Posted 5/20/18, 6:15 p.m.

May 20-26, 2018, is the 44th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.

EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."  Whether celebrated with a company cookout or a catered lunch; an open house, an awards ceremony or even quiet reflection about what it means to be an EMS practitioner, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize EMS and all that its practitioners do for our nation.

Mass from Holy Cross 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Posted at 5:15 p.m., 5/20/18

Pentacost Sunday

Our reader for today was Brian Foli with our local priest Father Jim Siler doing the service for us. There was Mass Saturday at 4 p.m., but the fundraiser was live streamed, so this service was not.

Brian Foli............Father Jim

View video of the service HERE

52 Lists for Happiness #21

by Cindy Ricksger

Caitlin Boyle's Help Find a Cure Auction

4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 5/19/18

This fundraiser began at 4 p.m. with items set out on both sides of the big hangar at Welke Airport on big tables. There were lots of items ranging from fishing charters to hand made pottery, from gardening instruction to alcoholic beverages in a wheelbarrow, and from Charlevoix lodging and meals to flight instruction. Video clips will show you the amount and the items that were there for the silent auction.

The abovve picture shows the excellent attendance to this event. In addition, fifty unique IP addresses also viewed the event via live streaming including the Charlevoix Elks Club.

Danny Gillespie, Joddy Croswhite, and Ed Palmer provided music for the beginning of the event and continue throughout most of the silent auction time as well as the meal time. The food was amazing as well with hamburgers, brauts, and hotdogs; potato salad, cole slaw, and lettuce salad. Thanks to all those that helped set up, serve, cook, provide music, bar tend, sell tickets, pack up the prizes with the final bids, and the live auction as well those on the clean up crew. It was an amazingly well organized event!

Lots of food, and it was yummy!

The event continued to a little before 7:00 p.m. with clean up starting about then and continuing until almost 7:45 p.m.

View a gallery of pictures of the event including the live auctions HERE

Video added at 10:00 p.m., 5/19/18

View video of auction items HERE

View video of music, crowd, and Live Auction HERE

Some of those hard working people that made this great day happen!

There were many others including Paul and Angel Welke, for example, that are not in the picture. Lots and lots of love shown at this gathering!

Osprey Changing of the Guard

Posted 10:00 a.m., 5/19.18

The pictures show that one osprey had caught a fish and had begun dinner. The other mate was waiting on the nest. This might suggest that there are eggs on the nest that might need protection. After a bit of eating, the osprey in the tree flew up to the nest. The pair shared the locations for a couple of minutes, then the one who had been on the nest flew off with the remains of dinner. These birds are fascinating.....

View a small gallery of pictures of this HERE

Barney's Lake Loons

Posted 9:45 a.m., 5/19/19

A very quick trip to Barney's Lake and the loop to check on the birds. It looked like the female loon was checking out a possible nesting site while the male was out on the lake preening.

Born to Be Wild BICS Play

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 5/19/18

This production was performed to a full house at the Beaver Island Community Center. The program was hilarious and was performed with obvious joy by the group of Deb Robert's students. She announced that they would be headed to Camp Hayowentha on this next Monday.

There were thirty-five additional unique IP addresses that viewed the program on Beaver Island TV because it was live streamed by News on the 'Net. The program was also recorded and will be able to be viewed at the link below.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the performance HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

May 18th, 2018

Born to be Wild tonight!
The 4th and 5th graders have been working hard all week to prepare for tonight’s sold-out show. If you have tickets, make sure you are on time for the 7:00 pm curtain and be ready to laugh! If you don’t have tickets but would like to support this fundraiser for Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, stop by the Community Center at 6:30 pm buy tickets for prize drawings.

See the Weekly Update HERE along with schedule of events

BICS Board Meeting Packet

Posted on May 18, 2018, (the day received) at 1:30 p.m.

View the Board Packet HERE for the May 14, 2018, meeting

Amvets News

Posted 7:15 a.m., 5/16/18

We will not have an AMVETS breakfast again this Memorial Day, we just don’t have the personnel on the island this time of year. The plan is to conduct one over the 4th.

We will have a ceremony Memorial Day at the Veterans Park at 11:00 AM on Monday May 28th. I was successful with a request for a flyover from the US Coast Guard out of Traverse City. It will at 11:00 AM with the caveat that the aircrew will be a duty aircrew and could be diverted on a search and rescue case.  

As every Memorial Day we recognize those veterans who passed away since Memorial Day of 2017. If you would like a veteran recognized please email me with the name, branch of service and another comments you wish us to make.
Email the names to btidmore@tds.net

Dick McEvoy will be taking orders for bricks for the Veterans Park, if you have any questions please contact him.

Bob Tidmore

Beaver Island Birding Trail

The 5th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 25-27, 2018, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island.

Featured speakers include Bill Parsons, wildlife biologist with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, who will present, “Bald Eagle Research in the Beaver Island Archipelago.” Andrea and Terry Grabill will lead us on better birding techniques, Dr. Beth Leuck will share information on the Piping Plover recovery efforts in the Great Lakes with emphasis on the archipelago, and Dr. Nancy Seefelt, a biology professor at Central Michigan University, will present "Nesting Waterbirds in the Beaver Archipelago." 

Great field trips around Beaver Island are scheduled, including one lead by Dr. Ed Leuck and Elliot Nelson called Birding and Botanizing at French Bay. In addition, a featured field trip to Garden Island is scheduled.  We are also pleased to announce that the Emmy Award-winning film, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, will be available for viewing during the weekend.

All presentations are scheduled at the Beaver Island Community Center and are free and open to the public without registration.

The schedule of events can be found HERE

Dory Welke Funeral

Dolores P. Welke, age 85 years, of Archbold, passed away Saturday morning, December 16, 2017, at Fairlawn Haven Care Center in Archbold. She was born March 17, 1932, at Plymouth, MI, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Hulack. She married Donus E. Welke on June 21, 1952, and he preceded her in death on November 15, 2010. An Archbold area resident since 1962, she was a homemaker, cosmetologist, and a bookkeeper for Form Tool and St. Peter Catholic Church. She enjoyed piecing quilts as well as tending to her beautiful flower gardens, birding, walking trails and cooking. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold and the Altar Society.

She is survived by two children, Donus D. (Lisa) Welke of Gladwin, MI, and Dawn (LaMar) Gerig of Archbold; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother.

Friends may call at Short Funeral Home in Archbold from 4-8 PM on Thursday. Services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, MI at a later date with the interment in the Welke Cemetery on Beaver Island.

The Rosary will be recited at Holy Cross Church for Dolores (Dory) Welke on Friday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m.

The Funeral Mass is at Holy Cross Church at 11:00 a.m. on the 26th. Everyone will then process to the Welke Cemetery and then on to Holy Cross Parish Hall for a luncheon

58 Fisher 2 

by Dick Burris

(As told to Amy Burris; posted on 5/10/18, 2:15 p.m.)

Bob and I came to Fisher2, and hired on in the "trim shop" We were doing seat backs, We would do every other car as it came down the line. The front seat was installed with a suspended swinging hoist that inserted it into the front seat position to be bolted in down the line.
We had some guys on the line that worried that we were working to fast and the time keeper would notice this; so just to bug them, I checked to see if the time keeper was around; and he wasn't, so I sent Herbie and Bob away a few minutes, and did all three jobs, The seat loader was too slow, so I just grabbed the front seats and slid them in.

A few days later, here came the time keeper; (The only time I ever rode the line) I'd take a super long time, to fasten the seat back and put in the cushion; then would RUN to my next car, and do the same, taking the bolt men down the line; but giving them enough time to secure the seats. I kept this up until the time keeper left; then went back to normal. The Forman said he was really feeling sorry for me.

There's no way we were going to set the pace for those that were there all of the time; if they want a study, they ought to do it on the regulars.

WE had a chess game on a bench in our area. There was a general Forman that claimed he had studied the game intensively, and was bragging about it to Brother Bob. Bob challenged him on my behalf, to a game. I kept a mental vision of the board in my head while in the car with the seats. Then would check the board for his anticipated moves and make mine then, and back to the next car. I gave him back his queen once, and still beat him. He never graced our area again.

Someone turned up with a rubber snake, One of the guys told me to show it to Big John, being stupid, I did it. He was sitting on a box, looked like he was almost asleep when I did it. He sprung to his feet and headed my way; all I could do is hold it between us for protection, as he warned, "Get away with that thing, I gonna hurt you real bad!!"

Needless to say, I made like a tree, and "leaved". When Bob saw him in the wash room he caught hell for it. John said, "All you white boys look the same to . me" (Bob was four inches taller than me)

One time the foreman said he would like one of those (solid state radios). Bob said,"we'II git you one." So on lunch break we went through the opening into the finally assembly plant,and brought back a radio and put it in his desk. He showed up soon after the line started; and we told him the radio was in his desk. He headed for the desk and opened the doors a crack; and we could see his pant legs' bottoms quivering. He closed the doors and came to us, and said nervously,"! didn't think you guys would really do this! That's when we asked him if he needed a set of tires. He declined on that one. I have no idea if he had the nerve to go past the shop guards with it.

Finally in 1958, they decided to take urine samples from the employees to check for lead. The nurse handed Bob a small bottle, and told him to go into the other room for it; Bob stared at the bottle, then stared at the nurse and said,"YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!" The nurse then told him the room was a bathroom.

There was a guy there that had been in Jackson prison for killing people. And a few of the workers were bugging him. So one day I saw him coming at me with a knife; he apparently thought I was one of them; I grabbed a glue spray and advised him it wasn't me, and that if he took one more step, he was setting sprayed. Well he did, and I sprayed the brown gunk all over the front of him. He hurried back to his workplace, and I could see him trying to clean himself up.

Too many capers happened there, that I don't want to say in this article.

The rides to work were another adventure. Bob and I took turns driving; I had a 47 Plymouth, and he only a 57 Oldsmobile Interceptor with a 3 (barrel an hour) carburetor.
" Wicked Ruby," named after a song, could fly by my Plymouth; but the Interceptor just shot out in front as she tried to fly past it. The Olds could go 90mph in a 1/4 mile. It was the hottest car I ever drove, bar none; Even a Stingray couldn't touch it.

One day the Plymouth broke an oil line to the oil filter on the way to work and we were late; so Bob volunteered to hold the flowing end, with his finger under the hood. Well, being almost late we were going sometimes 80 mph, yes, we made it to work on time, but Bob was a basket case. The oil line was hot, and he had to keep switching fingers with a spurt of oil with each finger change.

Another day we were cruising about 50mph, and a kid threw a wet snowball; that almost broke our windshield. There was no traffic ahead or behind, so I just spun around and went to the horrified kids.

I said,"Which one of you threw that snow ball?"

And they all pointed to one. I washed his face with snow, and told him never to throw snowballs at the cars again, because it could break a window or cause an accident. They simultaneously agreed, and we were on our way again.



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule


The Beaver Island Water Trail

The Beaver Island Water Trail is active.  Check out the paddling guide.

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Eye Opening Questions 2

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 5/17/18

Before I go on with another editorial, I want to provide the subscribers a little bit of my background.  I was not born an Islander.  I was adopted as an Islander by Phil and Lil Gregg, Skip and Bud McDonough, and Russell and Joy Green, Walt and Vera Wojan, because I met Phyllis Gregg at Grand Valley State, fell in love, and got married.  I have raised three children here on Beaver Island, all of them attending and graduating from Beaver Island Community School.

I arrived on Beaver Island, and within six months, the nun principal, Sister Dennis Marie, contacted me because she had heard that I was a math whiz and a music teacher.  She was interested in having someone work with high school students who needed algebra. 

I completed my teaching certificate being able to teach Music K-12, with Music as my major, and group sciences as my minor with an emphasis in mathematics.  I did my directed teaching and my student teaching right here on Beaver Island under Sister Dennis Marie.  I taught in the Beaver Island Community School teaching every subject you can imagine, from grammar to music to physics.  I taught every subject except a separate, stand-alone class in reading.  I eventually settled into teaching 7th and 8th grade English Grammar, Spelling, and Transition Mathematics including a homeroom for 7th and 8th grades.

In high school, I taught high school band, music theory, music history, Algebra, and Geometry, and, with the advent of computers, had the first generation of computers including Commodore, Atari, and Apple IIe in my classroom.  With my interest in technology, I became the “go to” guy for technology in my later years of teaching.

I left the island for quite a bit of education attending the Middle School Math Program in Indian River, Teaching Reading in the Classroom, the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and the Life Space Crisis Intervention programs offered through the intermediate school district as well as a computer network administrator program offered through NCMC in Petoskey.  I taught Health Education at BICS for fifteen years, and was certified to teach sexuality education. 

I became interested in emergency medical services, and became an EMT in 1987, and EMT-Specialist and EMT Instructor in 1989, and a paramedic in 2000.  I have been certified to teach AHA Basic Life Support, AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support, AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Emergencies for PreHospital Providers, University of Miami Advanced Life Support, “Stop the Bleeding” of the National Association of EMTs, International Trauma Life Support, and have evaluated paramedics at the national level for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.  I have taught too many medical first responder programs and EMT programs during the school day and in the evening to adults, to count them.  I have taught even more CPR, ACLS, and other courses on and off the island.

I was certified at the level of Firefighter I and was the CCSD auxiliary member for more than ten years.  I would say that I have a firm and complete foundation in public services and emergency services.

I am proud to have been part of a team of volunteer EMS personnel who truly cared about their patients.  This is where this editorial is coming from.

The following is from an article by David Hassell for Forbes (modified by Joe Moore):

Four Steps To Build A Culture Of Open Communication

Here are four ways you can create an environment centered on open, two-way communication that builds cohesion.

1. Institute a Transparent Workplace

A common mistake administrators make is not sharing information across the organization. This demonstrates a lack of confidence and can lead to distrust. The best way to prevent this is to practice open, transparent communication.

2. Get Rid of “Us vs. Them” 

When administrators and staff aren’t communicating, administrators need to build practices that strengthen relationships between different stakeholders including the community.  You need to have a strong culture of open feedback and communication, but this is something you build over time by establishing genuine human connections.

Always look for ways to build connections between people.

3.  Make Your OKRs Public

To keep everyone aligned and focused on a set outcome, establish objectives and key results (OKRs). Always frame these within larger goals to show staff how their efforts support big-picture objectives, and make all OKRs public. 

4. Ask and Answer Specific Questions

Your staff members have tremendous insight into the inner workings of your organization, and the best way to tap into this intelligence is by asking the right questions. In addition to regular team meetings, a feedback tool that asks employees relevant questions can prove invaluable for recognizing achievements and identifying challenges.
By maintaining regular, direct communication with staff members and community members, you’ll gain valuable insights into the operations of each part of the system and be able to resolve issues quickly.

Building a culture of transparent communication will open doors throughout your organization and the community, and help your entire organization run more efficiently.


When I see certain things on Beaver Island that do not include a culture of transparent communication, or, in some cases, any communication at all, I become quite likely to write editorials about that type of situation.  In many cases, that upsets people, but it also begins to show the conflict of interest that is sometimes apparent to those that look at the situation objectively.

In some instances and in some organizations, the letters of interest for a position would be read aloud before the decisions were made, just like all the bids for government work are provided before the decisions are made.  If none of this information is made available to the public, how can this suggest anything except a lack of transparency?

How is this direct communication with the community?  It obviously isn’t. 

Then after an editorial is written, threats of lawsuits are sent with absolutely no knowledge or concern for the person who questioned the decision and provided reasons for their questioning.

So, the above is definitely something that I believe that one governmental entity should learn to do in all its future actions and future meetings.  Eventually, transparency and direct communication can improve relationships and accomplish many things.

Lastly, if your oath of office for whatever license or certification requires you to report violations, how can you be demeaned and threatened for doing so?  And, if the person that demands loyalty is the one that violates the rules, shouldn’t that person be called out for this violation?  Shouldn’t a professional step up and report this to the entire world, if it violates his oath?

“To refuse participation in unethical procedures, and assume the responsibility to expose incompetence or unethical conduct of others ……..”

Peaine Township Seeks Library Board Representative

Peaine Township
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Beaver Island District Library Board


The Peaine Township Board is seeking letters of interest for a Peaine Township representative on the Beaver Island District Library Board. Applicants should submit their letter of interest to:

William Kohls
Peaine Township Supervisor
P.O. Box 26
Beaver Island MI 49782

Letters of interest may also be submitted via email to peainetownship@gmail.com

Letters of interest must be received by June 7, 2018.

For additional information contact Peaine Township Supervisor, William Kohls at 616.540.1752 or at peainetownship@gmail.com.

Nick VandenHuevel Passes Away

Nick VandenHuevel passed away yesterday, May 15, 2018.

Sunset in May

May 12, 2018

Posted at 8 am, 5/13/18

The sky was red last night even from the King's Highway, Carlisle intersection. It's beauty was captured by Jared Pike in this photo taken at Donegal Bay. This is a gorgeous example of the beauty that can be seen here on Beaver Island.

Men's Golf League to Start

The Beaver Island Golf Course Men's Summer Golf League will begin on June 6, 2018. The golf league meets each Wednesday, except specific holidays if they occur on Wednesday. The teams are mad up of two men. The league will continue until September 5, 2018. This information comes from Ron Wojan, who is the primary contact person. If interested you can call Ron Wojan or Frank Solle.

St. James Special Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2018



Island Summit Final Reports

The Island Summit took place down at the CMU Biological Center on the east side of Beaver Island this past September from the 23-25. There were participants from twelve Great Lakes islands. These are the reports from that summit.

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

Please join early childhood educator, Kim Mitchell, for story time with your baby, toddler, or preschooler beginning Monday, September 11. 2017, at 10:30 a.m.. As well as reading stories, also included are songs, finger plays, movement, art, and free-play. Each week will focus on a specific theme along with activities to develop listening, socialization, gross and fine motor skill-building, creativity, as well as play-time while caregivers get a chance to socialize, and of course, check out books!

No cost is required, but registration is appreciated so enough materials are available, though visitors to the island are welcome to drop-in. Kim has taught toddler play groups for Lamaze and preschool and has numerous books, toys, and activities she would love to share. If interested, please contact Kim at beaverislandkim@gmail.com or call 448-2532.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library is pleased to announce new hours of operation intended to optimize the availability of our facility, staff, and resources to the school.

*Note also the new closing time for the school year.*

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

Weekdays during scheduled school breaks, the library will open at 10:00 and close at 5:00.

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

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Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Church Bulletin for May 2018


Christian Church Bulletin

May 20, 2018

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