B. I. News on the 'Net, May 23-29, 2016

The 52 Lists Project #22

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 29, 2016

It's 58° outside this morning, wind is at 7 mph from the south, with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, visibility is 7.8 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 2.7, and the top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. Today: Partly sunny. A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 29, 1912 - Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA, for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job.

Did you know that while the sugary contents of vending machines may cause a slow death, the bulky dispensers themselves are responsible for the deaths of 10-13 people each year due to falling and crushing. There's a reason for that "no shaking" warning label!

Word of the day: metanoia (met-uh-NOI-uh) which means a profound, usually spiritual, transformation; conversion. Metanoia comes from the Greek metánoia meaning "change of mind, repentance." It entered English in the late 1500s.

Beaver Island Christian Church Bulletin

for May 29, 2016

Saturday, Rain

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 28, 2016

Today the island says it's final farewell to Bob Welke. Right now it's 63°, wind is at 8 mph from the south, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, visibility is 6.6 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 2.9, and the top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. Today: Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Isolated rain showers in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

On this date of May 28, 1937 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.

Did you know that your most active muscles are in your eye?

Word of the day: colophon (KOL-uh-fon) which means a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works. Colophon comes from the Greek kolophṓn meaning "summit, finishing touch."

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

The BI Emergency Services Authority had its regular monthly meeting on the last Thursday of May, May 26, 2016, at 2 p.m. Executive Director Kevin White was called away from the meeting by an emergency medical page for a patient. BIEMS has had three transport of patients in the last two days, two of them were serious emergencies and one was a non-emergency transport. All three patients ended up in the hospital, one in Charlevoix and two in Petoskey. The BIESA meeting continued and BINN videotaped the meeting. If you are interested in that meeting you can view the video HERE.

Somewhat Silly Situations

by Joe Moore

(The patients are fictitious, the situations are historical.)

"Station 57 EMS, respond to the Beaver Island Yacht Dock" to several persons in the water, unknown cause."

I had been teaching my Basic EMT class concurrently with some continuing education on environmental emergencies as the pager goes off.  "Should we go?" my students ask.  "We'll wait until the firsthand information comes from a unit on scene.  If a fire officer or the on-call paramedic radios for help, we'll all go.  The first radio traffic stated, "No serious injuries," so I continued to teach. 

The radio was quiet for a couple of minutes, and then we heard from Rob, the on-call paramedic, "BIEMS, we have seven patients who were in the water.  They need some help.  I NEED some help." 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Saturday Pig Roast

May 28, 2016

Thank You, Island Airways!

(Photo by Mary K McPherson)

Our local EMS service was busy yesterday, May 26, 2016, and our contractual air transport service, approved by both township boards, and partner to our local EMS, was available for both. N866JA is licensed by the State of Michigan by Beaver Island EMS as an emergency medical air transport vehicle. This is the only island based emergency medical transport vehicle, and it provides the quickest transport to the definitive care needed by most Beaver Island emergency patients.

The weather was dicey. Thank you, for your expertise, and your willingness to be available at a moment's notice to help residents and visitors get to the mainland and to the hospital in a timely manner.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 27, 2016

It's 53° outside this morning, patchy fog, wind is at 3 mph from the SE, humidity is at 98%, pressure is rising from 1013 mb, visibility is 1.6 miles, pollen levels at low-medium at 3.2, and the top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. Today: Partly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

On this date of May 27, 1668 - Three colonists were expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.

Did you know that it takes 1 alligator to make a pair of shoes and 3 for a pair of boots?

Word of the day: fard (fahrd) which means to apply cosmetics to the face. Fard was in use in late Middle English and stems from the Middle/Old French term farder meaning "to apply makeup."


by Cindy Ricksgers

Ospreys on Sloptown Road

The osprey pair on Sloptown Road are on top of the microwave tower as their nesting location. Across the street, they take turns eating after going fishing. This time the pictures captured are of the one osprey in the tree beginning his dinner prior to taking the rest of the fish up to his partner in the nest. There is a peek-a-boo picture of the osprey in the nest on top of the microwave tower in the gallery link below.

View small gallery of osprey pictures HERE

Work at Veteran's Memorial Park

Placing New Bricks

Bob Tidmore, Jack Spanak, Greg Latta, and Brett Maudrie were working hard removing blank bricks and placing the new veterans' bricks in the walkway at the Beaver Island Veterans' Memorial Park yesterday, May 25, 2016. Here are a few pictures of this work.

Video clip of the brick work


Preparations for Memorial Day

at Holy Cross Cemetery

Brian Gallagher and Alvin Lafreniere placed American flags on the gravesites of all the veterans buried on the island, over 130 flags.  This year Michelle Grooters has offered to donate and place fresh flower on all the graves too. 

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 26, 2016

It's 59°, overcast, wind is at 5 mph from the ESE with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is falling from 1014 mb, visibility is 4.2 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 3.4, and the top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch. Today: Partly sunny. Chance of rain showers in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds at 10 mph.

On this date of May 26, 1965 - The Rolling Stones appeared on the television show "Shindig!" along with Jackie De Shannon, Sonny and Cher and Jimmy Rodgers.

Did you know that the first train reached a top speed of only 5 mph?

Word of the day: zoogenic (zoh-uh-JEN-ik) which means produced or caused by animals. Zoogenic entered English in the late 1800s. The combining form zoo- comes from the Greek zôion meaning "animal."

Timeout for Art: Just Art?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 25, 2016

Looks as though the clouds had a hard time waking up this morning as they are all lying on the ground. It's 52°, foggy, wind at 4 mph from the NW, humidity is at 99%, pressure is rising from 1017 mb, visibility is 0.7 miles, pollen levels are still medium-high at 8, and the top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch. Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of May 25, 1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.

Did you know that that in developed countries 27% of food is thrown away?

Word of the day: hypnagogic (hip-nuh-GOJ-ik, -GOH-jik) which means of or relating to drowsiness. Hypnagogic stems from the Greek terms hypnos meaning "sleep" and agogos meaning "leading." It entered English in the late 1880s.

Two Days

by Cindy Ricksgers

BIRHC Wellness Garden Silent Auction

Everything old is new again!  Or so it seems when you live here long enough.  ……... and so begins our 12th year of Silent Auctions at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center benefitting the Wellness Garden campus. Here are just some of the items:

Original Bruce Struik “Imagineering” art piece (for his memorial planting) donated by his daughters Marika and Libby

Carved wooden eagles (previously used) donated by new resident Joyce Logan

Beautiful reproduction of Jenkins oil painting of “Boy on the Beach” donated by The Quiet Moose in Petoskey

“Off the Island Getaway” after Labor Day:  includes 2 tickets on Island Airways, 2 nights Weathervane Terrace Inn,  dinner for 2 at the Weathervane Restaurant, return on the boat courtesy of BIBCO.

“Beautiful day in Traverse City!”  Allure Salon offering hair coloring, or cut plus manicure, or manicure and pedicure, then lunch at Amical! Travel with Fresh Air to Charlevoix!

“Change your old into new”:   one hour kitchen/bath design consultation from Sara Busby

“Gardener’s Delight”:  Shredder for composting leaves and small twigs donated by Charlevoix Ace Hardware  

“Tee off at BI Golf Course”   Take your old swing and make it new by going out for 4 rounds of golf courtesy of John Works (or use it with 3 others for a fun day!)                                                 

Darling little “Birds Nest”  sign to hang on your porch donated by Pinehill Nursery

Garden theme serving tray for outdoor dining donated by Meyers Hardware Petoskey

3 Canvas-wrapped photos of island birds  from Diane Wojan Scripps

Chicago Art Institute “Prairie Print” from Bruce Jacobson family Framed (1950’s)

Framed Beaver Island Aerial View poster from Dana D’Andraia

“Rock and Roll Party”  Brand new rock tumbler from Emily Kokotovic

Decorated Tea chests from Sylvia Harwood

3 large professionally framed photos of orchids from Bruce Struick’s estate

Jane Early “nuno felted”  fabric accessory

Original acrylic painting by local artist Judy Jones

AND  many other original island art pieces as well as our famed Farmer’s Market Basket of goodies for Homecoming Weekend!

(This will possibly include homemade bread, dessert, jam, pickles,  eggs, maple syrup, cheese, bacon,  wine, and beer all made by Beaver Islanders)

These items will be ready for bidding beginning June 15, 2016,,  many with an “or BUY NOW!”  feature so come into the Lobby.  Check out our website biruralhealth.org  (click on Wellness Garden for photos) then get your bids in.  Each item will have different end dates so there are many chances to win throughout the summer weeks. Auction will wrap-up on August 15th.

Thank for your interest and participation in this year’s Silent Auction,    

Leonor Jacobson

Museums Open this Weekend

Both Museums will be open from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday beginning this weekend.  Museum Open Houses are Saturday June 18, 2016, from 1:00 – 3:00PM.  Summer Daily Hours will begin on Sunday, June 19; 2016: MondaySaturday 11:00-5:00 and Sunday Noon-3:00

More Moneymaking Mayhem

by Joe Moore

BIEMS had another patient.  This patient was seen at the BIRHC by the FNP.  This lady had chest pressure and shoulder pressure.  You see, older female patients catch up to men with their higher rate of cardiac disease--decreasing estrogen is the cause. 

This 80 year old lady has also been a previous patient for the BIRHC and BIEMS.  She has a history of heart trouble, and we know she has previously had a heart catheterization.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Two Special School Board Meetings Scheduled

May 26, 2016, 3:30 pm How to Select Engineer for Roof Leak Resolution

June 8, 2016, 7 p.m. Evaluation of Superintendent

What Next?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 24, 2016

Ahhh, clouds are beginning to appear so our stretch of warm, sunny days are probably coming to an end. The rain is needed as the forests and fields are terribly dry. Right now I'm showing 55°, wind at 10 mph from the south, humidity is at 58%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, visibility is 9.9 miles, pollen levels are medium-high at 7.4, and the top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch. Today: Sunny in the morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of thunderstorms and isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 24, 1964, On "The Ed Sullivan Show," a taped Beatles performance was played. The Beatles performed "You Can't Do That" from the set of "A Hard Day's Night."

Did you know that volleyball was invented in 1895?

Word of the day: gormless (GAWRM-lis) which means lacking in vitality or intelligence; stupid, dull, or clumsy. Gormless is a variation on the earlier term gaumless, based on the Scots and Northern English gaum meaning "heed, attention."

Memorial Day Activities

One thing we do every Memorial Day is remember the veterans who had ties or bonds to the island that passed away last year.   If anyone has a name of an individual that they want us to remember please email the AMVETS with their name and branch of service.


Also every year Brian Gallagher and Alvin Lafreniere place American flags on the gravesites of all the veterans buried on the island, over 130 flags.  This year Michelle Grooters has offered to donate and place fresh flower on all the graves too.  This is the first time this has been done and the AMVETS want to thank Michelle for so honoring our deceased veterans. 

Bob Tidmore, Post 46

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 23, 2016

My computer is having some sort of hissy fit, so I'm going to try and do this via my iPad. Another beautiful day, but we are still under a fire warning so please be careful. Right now I'm showing 52 degrees, wind at 7 mph from the south, humidity is at 63 %, pressure is at 1017 and rising, visibility is 9.5 miles, pollen levels are high at 9.7, and the top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch. Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of May 23, the Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St Charles, Missouri.

Did you know that 'Topolino' is the name for Mickey Mouse in Italy.

Word of the Day: senescence (such-NES-Huns) which means the process or state of growing old. From Latin. Earliest documented use 1695.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Happy EMS Week-Stop the Bleeding

Beaver Island EMS celebrated the end of National EMS Week with some training from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians called Stop the Bleeding, a training program with portions taken from the PreHospital Trauma Life Support program. The offical name of the course is B-Con, which stands for Bleeding Control. This course was adapted from several other programs, namely, U. S. military Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Guidlines, and is co-sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. All of these programs are leaders in the care of a trauma patient.

The program is a 2.5 hour program that includes practical skill training for controlling bleeding. Each participant receive continuing education credits of one credit of lecture on Controlling Bleeding and two credits of practical skill credits on Controlling Bleeding. The course was taught by National Association of EMTS instructor Joe Moore, EMT-P, paramedic instructor.

In addition to the training program today, the BIEMS attendees were treated to a pizza lunch to help celebrate EMS Week. Thank you to all the EMS providers who attended the program and gained current skills related to trauma care involving serious bleeding.

Participants in the NAEMT Bleeding Control program (L to R) Brian Meade, Pam Moxham, Deb Bousquet, Tammy LaFreniere, Jenna Wilk, Tom Whitman, Kevin White, and Bob Hamil down in front. Gerald LaFreniere and Karen Whitecraft also participated in the program, but wer not present for the picture.

Birds at the Feeder

May 21, 2016

Citizen of the Year Banquet 2016

The 15th Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet was held at the Shamrock last night, May 21, 2016. It began with beer and wine and relaxing enjoyment with just under sixty attendees. A slideshow ran through out the early evening and through dinner. After the prime rib or chicken dinner and dessert, the guest speaker at the Citizen of the Year award banquet was Amanda Wilkin, the Executive Director of the Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). She spoke on the need to market the area including Charlevoix and Beaver Island. She suggested that Charlevoix's economy was dependent on Beaver Island's success.

Chamber President Rachel Teague not only welcomed the attendees at the beginning of the award ceremony, but also read excerpts from the nominating letters for many of those that were nominated. She then went on to mention that two awards would be given, one for an individual and another for a group. Each awardee receieved comments from their nomination letters, some humorous, some serious.

Dick Burris was the recipient of the individual COY Award for 2015, and the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids was the recipient of that award as the group recipient.

Rachel Teague introduces Amanda Wilkin

Amanda Wilkin speaks on Marketing Charlevoix and Beaver Island

Rachel Teague reads excerpts from nomination letter and announces the winners

Group winners of Citizen of the Year, the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids

Individual winner of Citizen of the Year, Dick Burris

View a gallery of pictures of the attendees HERE

View a gallery of photos from the night HERE

View video of the night's presentation HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

for May 22, 2016

Happy EMS Week!

BIDL Board Member Joe Moore

Joe Moore is the treasurer of the Beaver Island District Library Board of Directors.  He has taught on Beaver Island for more than thirty years in the community school here, and he continues to teach emergency medical classes on the island.  This is Joe's thirtieth year serving the island in EMS.  His wife Phyllis is the former librarian, prior to Patrick McGinnity, and Joe continues to support the efforts of this important institution for the island.

The Vieho Series of Westerns

Written by Cliff Hudgins (Author)

This series of Westerns portray the wild west and the hills showing young people in serious trouble caused by either American Indians, raiding Mexican outlaws, and wayward cowpokes mostly in Texas, and blends in some interesting Christian values at the same time.

The series has six books and introduce many characters that portray law and order values, and each of the main characters run into a walking old man who gives them history and some counseling for safety.  This character is named "Viejo" in some books and "Grandfather" in others.  It can also mean "old man, old lady, buddy, etc."  I believe the true definition in these books refer to a wise man who may in fact be an angel in the flesh.  No matter what the meaning of the word, the Westerns capture your attention with drama and violence with the nastiness of some people being overcome in the end.  The good guys go through a lot of bad situations, but come out winning in the end.

In addition to this series, there are several other books, the tenth one on the way, that are a good read.  If you like Western writers, give Cliff Hudgins a try.  You don't have to start at book one. but, if you do, you'll want to read them all.

Celebrating EMS Week

A Blast from the Past

Back in the days when Bev and Mike Russell were living on the island with Bev an EMT, and Mike a first responder on the way to EMT, we worked diligently to get our vehicles up to day and in a position to respond. The ambulance that we had was a rig from East Jordan EMS that they basically gave to us for a total cost of $2000. It took a few hundred more to get the right lettering on it and get it set up as our primary rig. After working with the Limited Advanced 57 Alpha 1 for a while, our EMS group decided it was time to get a new ambulance, AND an emergency response vehicle. The plan was to to get a brand new van chasis, have it modified with four wheel drive, and then have a used box put on it, painted, labeled properly, and get moving in the direction of advanced life support, which is the current primary rig named 57 Alpha 2, and still in use today. Mike and Bev Russell were an integral part of moving forward. Then in 1999, we began a paramedic program being taught right here on Beaver Island by Steve and Lisa Rose. All went to school for eighteen months and four of the group of eight that started the program, completed the program in 2000. Here are a couple of pictures of the EMS vehicles licensed back then in 2000-2002.

Left to right:: Rig from EJ, new/used echo car, and new rig

Back of the echo car before Phil Gregg made us a drug safe from wood in his shop.

Before this above book was published in 1994, Dr. David Steward Smith, former USCG Commander, came to Beaver Island to teach our EMS group in the skills of Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, and Land Search and Rescue. Here's a little excerpt from his website:

"July 1981 to Present, Expert Witness Experience:

Retained or consulted in over 500 cases with aquatics, boating or Jones Act litigation.  Have assisted defense or plaintiffs’ counsel in cases involving accident reconstruction/analysis including (but not limited to): boat collisions, capsizings and groundings; jet skis/Wave Runners;  murder by drowning; drowning progressions-signs of drowning; drowning in swimming pools, lakes and at beaches; cervical spine injuries on boats, in above ground and in ground pools as well as at beaches, plus diving from boats; pool/beach design and construction: water skiing and tubing; white water rafting; aquatic accidents at, in or below hydro electric plants and low head dams; water and boat rescues; life guarding procedures; alcohol and environmental stressors/factors including hypothermia; signs and warnings; reconstruction of water and boating accidents; personal flotation devices; human factors.  The foregoing includes numerous reports, depositions and courtroom testimonies"

Pictures from the Water Rescue training by Dr. Smith

The need to be prepared for car crashes was also on the radar, so research was done to determine which piece of equipment was to be the start on the joint efforts between BIEMS and Beaver Island Fire Department. Once the equipment was purchased, joint training took place. This is before the firefighter training of Firefighter I that took place years ago. Below are pictures from the extrication training that took place on the island.

Cutting the posts and flopping the roof

Below is a picture of BIEMS and BIFD messing around after the extrication training:

How was the group messing around? An extricated patient would never be carried in this way.

Biomimicry - Sustainable Design Inspired by Nature

Gretchen Hooker

Thursday June 23rd @7pm

Biomimicry - Sustainable Design Inspired by Nature

Join Biomimicry specialist Gretchen Hooker for this free public lecture on Biomimicry. Defined as "an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies", biomimicry is emerging as a definitive model for creating sustainable and resilient solutions to many planetary problems. 

As Program Manager for the Biomimicry Institute, Gretchen manages the development of educational resources that serve the Institute’s design challenges and education outreach efforts. Before joining the Institute, Gretchen served as the founding director of the Sustainability Center at Montana State University, where she built a broad-based collaboration of students, faculty and staff to lead institutional change. She has also served in as a designer, writer, and co-curator for various sustainable design exhibits and publications. A designer and nature nerd at heart, her passion is creating educational content and strategic programming that builds design and ecological literacy. Gretchen is a certified Biomimicry Specialist and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Gretchen is presenting this free lecture as part of the Island's first annual "How Beaver's Can Save The World!" eco-adventure event, happening Saturday June 25th from 12-5pm. For more information and to register, please visit:



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

January 28, 2016

Video of the meeting HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 31, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

April 28, 2016

Video of this meeting available HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

January 11, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

February 8, 2016

Video is available HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 14, 2016

Link to Video of the 2.5 Hour Meeting

BICS Holds Title I and Parent Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

April 18, 2016

Video for most of the meeting is HERE

May 9, 2016

View video of the board meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

January 13, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

January 21, 2016

View video of this short meeting HERE

February 10, 2016

Video available HERE

March 9, 2016

View Video of the Meeting Here

April 13, 2016

View Video HERE

May 11, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

View video of the meeting HERE

December 2, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

View video of this meeting HERE

February 3, 2016

Video can be viewed HERE

March 2, 2016

Video of the meeting available HERE.

March 30, 2016

Video of this meeting HERE

April 6, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

April 12, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

May 4, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Beaver Island History Story on Kindle

A 17,000 word book about James Jesse Strang

Read the story HERE

Happy EMS Week to Beaver Island EMS!

The EMS Week seemed a good time to interview the Executive Director of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services, Kevin White. There were a few questions provided. How and why did you get involved in EMS? How did you end up as Executive Director? Who is on the EMS team? And what would you like to say to the public?

Video of the Interview Below


BIRHC-The Health News, No. 10

Celebrating EMS Week---Recent Rural Research

by Joe Moore

(The patients in this story are fictional, the circumstances are real.)

Rural EMS IS Different!

Who do I think I am making a statement like this? You're just a hick from the boonies aren't you?  Yes, I am, and I'm darn proud of it.  I have been volunteering in rural EMS for almost 30 years. This story is about a situation that happened ten years ago.

Today is an unusually cold October day.  I have plans on this day, a Saturday, to go out into the woods to help a friend cut wood.  As usual, I also have plans to go to the ambulance garage to fix a suction unit whose battery has given its last efforts for clearing an airway.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the summer schedule on June 7th..  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuedays through Saturdays.

Celebrating EMS Week

Healthcare NOT FAIR is satirical, educational web series about American healthcare. This week, a tribute to EMS providers in honor of EMS week, that offers a glimpse into how we would like patient handovers to be handled in the ED. This is a video.

Healthcare NOT Fair, Episode 8, "A Tribute to EMTs


Spring Has Sprung

A Heron in the Eagle Tree

Out in Gull Harbor, the road is covered with water and really provides an interesting habitat for bird and other animals. Today, a trip to look for eagles in the eagle tree, took all by surprise because on a branch in the eagle tree was a heron. This heron was preening itself in the top of the eagle tree.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

"Mating and Nesting

I am always amazed to see a huge, gangly, and awkward heron land gracefully at the top of trees where it nests in colonies. The male arrives at the nesting site before the female and gathers materials for the nest. With at lot of displaying and shrieking, he presents his gifts to the female and she weaves them into a nest. The nest is built on a platform of sticks or an old nest is repaired (old nests are often used for years). The female lays 3-6 greenish-bluish eggs in the nest which is lined with leaves, and other plants. When a Blue Heron joins its mate on the nest, a greeting ceremony always takes place to appease the sitting heron. If food is not readily available, the parents will only feed one or two aggressive chicks; the rest might starve or be physically kicked out of the nest. When food is plentiful, they may put food right near the weakest chick. (See video of Great Blue Herons from the webcam at Cornell:  Normally,  the parents feed the chicks by regurgitating fish into their mouths."

(from http://www.birdinginformation.com/birds/herons-bitterns-egrets/great-blue-heron/)

Wouldn't it be really cool if the herons decided to nest in this tree at Gull Harbor?

Video clip of Heron in Eagle Tree


Osprey Nest Harrassed by Eagle

Everything on Sloptown Road was peaceful. One of the osprey pair was in the tree eating some fish and breaking the fish into two pieces.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

All of a sudden, an eagle appeared high in the sky and began circling high above the osprey nest that's on top of the microwave tower. The osprey in the tree began to warn his mate in the nest, and then mid-call took off and headed to the nest to protect the nest.

View short clip of warning call


Osprey from tree came to the nest to protect its contents.

Two ospreys on the nest to protect the contents.

Once the eagle flew away, the osprey from the tree leaves and only one is there to protect the nest.

How Do You Celebrate EMS Week?

One of the things that rural EMS providers do has been stated in a previous story on this website named, "Courtesy Transports." So one of things that your local BIEMS is doing this week is providing at least one courtesy transport. What is a courtesy transport? If you didn't read the story, the gist of this is simple. The local EMS group helps someone get where they need to go without being paged, without being call to an emergency, and without any bill. This is a very normal situation in the rural communities. Helping a neighbor is a definite situation that stands out in this community of Beaver Island. So a courtesy transport means just that, helping out a neighbor. Thank you, BIEMS, for you desire to help those in your community..

Another part of EMS Week celebration is the notification of some people in the community about what the laws of the State of Michigan state regarding who can legally transport an emergency patient. Obviously, BIEMS is the only licensed emergency medical transport service on Beaver Island. Until such time as another agency is licensed, patients need to be transported by the BIEMS ambulance according to the PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT), Act 368 of 1978. Section 333.20924, Business or service of transportation of patients; licensed ambulance required; exceptions: "a person shall not furnish, operate, conduct, maintain, advertise, or otherwise be engaged or profess to be engaged in the business or service of the transportation of patients in this state unless the person uses an ambulance licensed under this part."

The moral to this story is simple. If someone, who is not a licensed EMS agency, suggests that they provide "emergency evacuations" of patients, then they are in violation of the section of the law mentioned above. If they continue to do so, they will find themselves liable for anything that happens during the transport and likely to be a defendent in a lawsuit. Those that are doing this know who they are.

What else does EMS do to celebrate EMS Week? Well, today, May 17, 2016, the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service, the Beaver Island Fire Department, and the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department were paged to respond to an overturned kayak between Beaver Island and Garden Island. Many people responded. The fire department officer responded to the CMU boat at Whiskey Point preparing to go out to provide rescue for those in need. At the moment that the three agencies were preparing to leave the dock, it was reported that all seven people were on the shore on the north shore of Beaver Island. Island Airways had an aircraft in the air to provide spotting for the rescue attempt The ambulance and crew and deputy sheriff responded to this north shore location on the back beach to provide help and treatment as needed. The BIRHC was placed on standby for the possible hypothermia patients that may have been in the water. The patients were assessed by BIEMS, and it was determined that no transport was necessary. Apparently, all the ones in the water were doing fine and no further treatment was needed.

CMU boat ready to go...ambulance was ready......"Head to the north shore"

Plane ready for spotting


Ambulance on scene.......BIRHC on standby

Video of Water Rescue Call




BIDL Summer Reading Olympics to Start

Beaver Island District Library’s Summer Reading Olympics program will start on June 20, 2016.
What can be more important than a child’s education? Did you know that children who don’t read over the summer don’t maintain their reading level, but actually reduce their ability? So what can parents do?
Sign your child up for Beaver Island District Library’s Summer Reading program! It’s free and easy to join: just sign up and start reading! Children will earn rewards and entries into a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.
Children who read 20 minutes a day, keep a reading log, and write a review of the books they read will earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold medals, based upon their total minutes read. Readers can bring their logs and reviews to the library weekly to “check in” and receive a prize! For young readers, a parent or older sibling can read to them and it will count as well!
Beaver Island District Library and the Teen Advisory Board are also planning summer events for the various grade levels. Some events include workshops (such as a Writer’s Workshop and Drawing Manga/Anime), game nights, reading with elders (including senior citizens and elder mentors), summer Rainy Day Read Ins and Book swaps.
Each medal earned, each review written, and each BIDL event attended will earn the reader an additional chance at the Grand prize at the end of the summer.
Contact the Beaver Island District Library for more information or to sign up for this exciting program.
Also, stop by and check out the book sale this summer! Inexpensive reads in a variety of subjects.

Forester Mike Merriweather-June 2nd

At the Community Center: June 2nd from 3-5 p.m.  Forester, Mike Merriweather will come to Beaver Island to discuss forest health and how to write a forest contract for best logging practices when deciding to harvest timber from your property. 

Mike Meriwether has worked for the Antrim Conservation District for the past 20 years. He is actively involved in forest management, timber harvesting, wildlife food plots, and resource management of the lands. Mike issues wood cutting permits for county lands and works with landowners to negotiate surface damages from gas exploration activities in the county. Mike Meriwether works to fulfill forest management objectives by providing technical assistance to non-industrial, private forest landowners. He provides management plans and assists residents with all tree health needs.

1st Annual Lake G Fishing Tournament

Holy Cross Bulletin May 2016

BICS Lunch Menu May 2016

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter 2016

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule

SAVE THE DATE!    Garden Tour Benefit   Wednesday, July 13th

SAVE THE DATE!    Garden Tour Benefit   Wednesday, July 13th
Another fun day of visits to several new Beaver Island gardens is in the works and we hope you can join us!  Good food (at the Lodge), good company (no more than 40 tickets sold), and gracious hosts who make it all possible, will complete the day.  Our volunteers are making this event better each year and we want to remind you that the proceeds (as well as our silent auction) will support our continuous efforts to beautify the Wellness Garden encompassing the BIRHC and Forest View campuses. A surprise speaker, and of course prizes, will be part of the lunch event. Transportation provided as usual and included in the ticket price! Look for more information as it becomes available through BIRHC, WVBI, and the news forums, as well as News On the Net. Mark your calendars, see you then,     The Wellness Garden Benefit Committee


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

Charlevoix Summer Transit
Summer Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Except Holidays)

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the summer schedule on June 7th..  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuedays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting



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