B. I. News on the 'Net, May 25-31, 2015

BICS Class of 2015

Individual Pictures and Video for this class of four HERE

Video from Sunday Ride

(See story below)

Video of some island locations on the West Side HERE


An Editorial by Joe Moore

Joseph Edwin McCann Jr. Obituary

Joseph Edwin McCann Jr., 66, of Charlevoix, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. He was born November 23, 1948, in Petoskey to Captain Joseph Edwin and Margaret “Bowery” (Gallagher) McCann. He was a life resident of Charlevoix.

Joe was employed by the Medusa Portland Cement Company for over twenty-five years. He was a member of Saint Mary's Church and the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club. He was a life member of the NRA. Joe enjoyed riding motorcycles and belonged to the Loose Wheels Motorcycle Club. He was also a long time member of the Alano Club in Charlevoix.

He is survived by his sister, Kathryn (Robert) Tidmore of Beaver Island; brother, James O. McCann of New Orleans, La.; nieces and nephews, Anne (Jeff) Schramm, Brian (Jean Chi) Tidmore, Margaret (Rodney) Schreiner, Michael McCann; great-nieces and nephews, Jack, Joe, Caspian, and Abigail.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Tuesday, June 2, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be 11 am, Wednesday, June 3, at Saint Mary's Church in Charlevoix, the Reverend Matthew Wigton officiating. Burial will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlevoix Alano Club, 106 Mason Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

Sunday Ride

An extended trip down the West Side Road to Miller's Marsh was in order today since it had been several months since the last trip that direction and that far away from town. The first stop was the Big Birch to verify what had been posted on facebook. It was so sad to see the destruction on the island's favorite tree. Someone had taken a chain saw and made some really big heart-shaped gouges in the tree with intitials. The person or persons responsible for this should receive some very stiff penalty, although it's unlikely that anyone will be caught unless they are turned in by another person.

The lens cap on the camera went into the chainsaw cut two centimeters, just shy of one inch.

Some wildflowers at Fox Lake.

The lake level is up with water covering the grass that you could walk on last year.

An unfortunate fisherman snag........the beauty of the water in the sun

More wildflowers on the way to Green's Lake on Green's Lake Road

Loon at Green's Lake

Coming in for a landing.....

Leaving and landing a short distance away, and then off for good.

Thought that this might be a rock, but it's not.

Geese and goslings at Miller's Marsh

Loon at Barney's Lake

Dragonfly at Barney's Lake

2015 Emerald Ash Borer Program Notice

Beaver Island remains under an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine along with Isle Royale and Charity Island.  “Don’t Move Firewood” signage is at all points of entry and under the watchful eye of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the island airlines.  On June 4th and 5th, volunteers will be working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to place Emerald Ash Borer traps around the island.  The large purple triangles with lures will be placed on ash trees and remain until August.
Emerald Ash Borers are native to Asia and are so aggressive that ash trees die within 2-3 years after they become infected. Millions of ash trees are being lost in the US and Canada. Through an intergovernmental agreement between the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Commission, technical and entomological services over the past 6 years have resulted in no Emerald Ash Borers being found. 

Doe and Newborn Fawn

This evening we were sitting in our living room reading, and this doe and very wobbly fawn spent over half on hour not fifteen feet from our window just off the deck.�  Very cool to be so close for so long!
Bob & Alana Anderson

Thanks for sharing this experience!

Emily Boyle Graduates from Interlochen Arts Academy

Emily Boyle, former BICS student and former member of the BICS class of 2015, attended Interlochen Arts Academy for her senior year to participate in creative writing programs not available at BICS. Emily graduated from Interlochen on May 30, 2015.

Congratulations, Emily! Congratulations, Judy and Kevin!

(Thank you, Kevin Boyle, for sharing your pictures)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 31, 2015

It sure doesn't "feel" as though June is on our doorstep. Right now it's 44° and feels like 38°, wind is at 11 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 1028 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. THERE IS A FREEZE WATCH FOR TONIGHT UNTIL 8 AM JUNE 1. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. NOTE: No weather tomorrow morning as I have an 8:00 flight off-island for my last dental appointment. I can tell you that it will be about the same as today, including the freeze watch.

On this date of May 31, 1884 - Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented "flaked cereal."

Did you know that the human eye can detect more shades of green that any other colour?

Word of the day: agog (uh-GOG) which means 1. highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation, etc. 2. in a state of eager desire; excitedly. Agog may come from the Middle French en gogues meaning "in jest." It entered English in the mid-1400s.

Doug and Terry Meaney's Surprise Party

The results of a little under the table planning took place beginning at 6 p.m. on May 30, 2015. There was a little plotting and planning that went into putting together a Surprise Birthday Party for this Beaver Island couple, Doug and Terry Meaney. Doug had just turned sixty and Terry will turn sixty in less than three weeks, so this surprise party was put together under the auspices that Hannah Robert had wanted to have one last Jerry's Pole Barn Party. The plotting included having some of the off-Island relatives attend the party as part of the surprise. It seems like everybody knew the real purpose of this party except Doug and Terry.

Decorations included some family pictures depicting this couple when they were much younger.

Tammy LaFreniere made a wonderful cake.

There were some great hors d'oeurves to snack on.

Family and friends attended and a grand social was had by all!

Terry and Doug

Tammy and her dad

Congratulations, Doug and Terry Meaney!

Video clip of the surprise


At the Library


Coming this Summer

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 30, 2015

It's raining, it's 47°, wind is at 9 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 96%, pressure is rising from 1014 mb, and visibility is at 8.4 miles. Today: Patchy fog in the morning. Rain showers in the morning, then rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of May 30, 1868 - Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.

Did you know that the first crossword puzzle appeared in 1913?

Word of the day: extemporize (ik-STEM-puh-rahyz) which means to speak or perform with little or no advance preparation. Extemporize can be traced to the Latin phrase ex tempore meaning "out of the time." It entered English in the mid-1600s.

Mating Carp at Gull Harbor

Video Clip by Phyllis Moore


The water is almost across Gull Harbor Road with all the rain. The carp were in the shallows getting it on.

The gulls were having a wonderful time chowing down on the results of these breeding carp.

Around the corner a heron was fishing, but didn't like our presence, so took to flight.

Protecting the Nest

Ospreys on Sloptown

Leaving the dead tree and heading back to protect the nest.

Not just one coming back to the nest, but a second one as well.

Must be a little crowded up there, so one adult osprey left the nest.

One adult left in the nest. Hard to see, but it's there.

Loon on Barney's Lake

Dragon Fly in flight

Water Lilly on the lake

Beaver Island Invasive Plant Control Notice

Beaver Island property owners are encouraged to attend a public township meeting regarding the control of documented invasive plants on private and public lands.
To learn more about the Sustain Our Great Lakes and Conservation Resource Alliance's invasive plant control efforts on Beaver Island, join us for hot dogs on Friday, June 5th, at 3:00PM, at the Peaine Township Hall.
Herbicide application will occur along the Great Lakes shoreline and interior wetlands, along roadsides and utility corridors of Beaver Island�  beginning in early June, and ending around the middle of September. Signs will be posted to indicate where work is being done at any given time.
If you are a property owner, you likely received a request for permission to treat your property. Hundreds of letters have been returned, with permission granted. Whether you readily signed, or hesitated to give permission, we would like the opportunity to explain procedures and answer questions.
Township officials, the herbicide contractor, and the Phragmites Administrator will be available to answer questions.
For further information contact:�  Cindy Ricksgers�  (231) 448-2960.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 29, 2015

There is absolutely nothing better than your very own bed and pillow! Right now it's 56°, wind is at 9 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 88%, pressure is falling from 1019 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then rain showers and scattered thunderstorms after midnight. Lows around 50°. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northwest after midnight.

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. They were on their lunch break, but management thought the dance too racy.

Did you know that the Colgate toothpaste company started out making starch, soap, and candles?

Word of the day: laissez-aller or laisser-aller (les-ay-ah-LAY) which means unrestrained freedom. From French laisser-aller (to allow to go). Earliest documented use: 1842.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting

May 28, 2015

Some of the audience

The five member board making up the ESA

The five member board is made up from three members from Peaine Township and two members from St. James Township. Left to right in the picture above are: Brad Grassmick, Jim McDonough, Bill Kohls, Donna Kubic, and Rick Speck.

The two items on the agenda were:

1. To consider and adopt a plan to manage the affairs of EMS.

2. To consider and take action with respect to a grievance.

Video of this event is available HERE

USCG Helicopter Visits BICS

On May 26, 2015, the United States Coast Guard helicopter landed on the soccer field behind the Beaver Island Community School to the delight of all students and staff. The Coast Guard pilot, swimmer, and two other crew members provided information about what they do and why they do it. Many different opportunities were presented to the students to learn about this helicopter and its crew.

(Pictures by Deb Bousquet)

Here it comes!

The helicopter set down and shut down.

The students got the opportunity to sit inside the helicopter.

The crew posed for a picture.

The helicopter prepared to depart, and left to head back to Traverse City USCG Air Station.

Video of this event is available HERE.

Marjorie H. Stasinski

Marjorie passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at Heartland-Hampton, age 82.�  She was born January 8, 1933 in Bay City to the late Frank and Helen (Smielawski) Wachowiak.�  She married Edward Stasinski on June 1, 1957 and he predeceased her on August 15, 1987.�  Marjorie was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Stanislaus Church and enjoyed trips up-north, NASCAR, playing the accordion and hosting the holidays at her home.

Surviving are four children: Mary (Rocky) Hernedez, Robert ‘Bert” (Cheryl) Stasinski, Carol (John II) Runberg and Esther (Carl) Phillips, eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one brother in-law, Bro. Gregory Stasinski, many nieces and nephews.�  Marjorie was predeceased by a son, John Stasinski, one brother, Richard (Donna) Wachowiak and a sister, Nancy Aaron.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Stanislaus Church.�  Fr. Jerzy Dobosz will celebrate Mass and interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.�  Friends may call at the church only on Tuesday from 11:00 am until the time of Mass.�  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 28, 2015

Thick, thick fog in Charlevoix this morning. Hopefully, it will clear off quickly and we can get home. I'm more than ready for my own bed! Right now on the island it's 46°, wind is at 3 mph from the SSW, humidity is at 97%, and pressure is at 30.17. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Light winds. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds.

On this date of May 28, 1955 - "Billboard" reported that "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was the most popular song in the U.S.

Did you know that the blueprints for the Eiffel Tower covered more than 14,000 square feet of drafting paper?

Word of the day: soi-disant (swa-dee-ZAN) which means self-styled; so-called. From French soi-disant (self-styled, so-called) from soi (oneself) + disant (saying). Earliest documented use: 1752.

Torch Lake Cafe

Editorial by Joe Moore

Well, folks, I had to be on the mainland for a couple of days for some medical appointments for my wife, and we decided, after a good result for the appointments, that we would celebrate. We called our daughter Courtney and her husband Mike, and we invited them to drive over to Charlevoix. We decided to head down to Nick Olson's Torch Lake Cafe for dinner.

The dinner menu was amazing! We had choices from BBQ Ribs, New York Strip, Shrimp, Surf and Turf, Snow Crab, Norwegian Salmon, BBQ Chicken Breast, and Chicken Parmesan for the dinners and seven different burgers, all 1/2 pound from BBQ burger down to a Patty Melt. There were lots of appetizers and desserts as well, including my favorite Lemon Merringue Pie.

The fact of the matter is that the service was amazing, and the food was amazing also. The BBQ Ribs for Phyllis and me and the Surf and Turf for Courtney and Mike were terrific! If you are in the area, I strongly suggest that you figure out how to get down to Torch Lake Cafe and have a terrific dinner. The place was busy, and it should be busy, considering the quality of the service and the quality of the food. There are lots of choices in the sandwich department as well as pizza. You will not be disappointed.

Congratulations to Nick Olson on a fabulous dining experience in a homey atmosphere with lots of good conversation as well as excellent food! As far as our dining experiences go for this and several other trips, this trip to Torch Lake was the best!

Museum Week Planned

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 27, 2015

It's 58°, wind is at 12 mph from the SSW with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 992 mb, and visibility is at 8 miles. Today: Partly sunny with a chance of rain showers in the morning, then cloudy with rain likely or a chance of drizzle in the afternoon. Areas of fog through the day. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Rain likely or a chance of drizzle in the evening. Areas of fog in the evening, then patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of May 27, 1647 - Alse Young (Achsah Young or Alice Young), a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a "witch." It was the first recorded American execution of a "witch."

Did you know that the average iceberg weighs 20,000,000 tons?

Word of the day: laissez-faire or laisser-faire (les-ay-FAIR) which means 1. The practice of noninterference in the affairs of others. 2. The economic policy allowing businesses to operate with little intervention from the government. From French, literally “allow to do”. Earliest documented use: 1825.

Thank You, Christie VanLooy!

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center board and staff, as well as community members, stopped in at the education/community room to thank Chris VanLooy for her service to the island. Chris was called out of retirement to help the rural health center and to provide some relief for Sue Solle for the fall 2014 through the spring of 2015. During this time Christie married Ed McDuffe, and they stayed on the island to help out after their ceremony. This is the third time that Chris has provided services to Beaver Island, and her dedication to the island people should be obvious to all.

Just a few of the people who stopped by for a snack and to give a hearty "Thank You!" to Christie VanLooy!

My Week Away and Other Distractions

by Cindy Ricksgers

Memorial Day Ceremony on Beaver Island

At the Veteran's Memorial

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

The Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Ron Stith

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

"God Bless America" was lead by Kathy Speck

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

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

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

Video of ceremony HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this meeting HERE.

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

BICS Board Meetings

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

Video of the meeting is HERE

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

May 12, 2015

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

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

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon �€“ Sat � 8am �€“ 5pm
Sun Closed� 

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


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Gail's Walk, Sunday, May 24, 2015

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

Gathering for the Gail's Walk

An off they go....

Video clip of Gail's Walk


The First Beaver Island Birding Festival

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

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

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

Books available for discounted purchase

Kay Charter awaits the beginning of the presentations

Pam Grassmick introduces Kay Charter's presentation

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

Link to Video of Kay Charter's Presentation

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

Greg Butcher presentation began at 4 p.m.

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

Link to Video of Greg Butcher's Presentation

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

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

Link to Video of Nancy Seefelt's Presentation


Donald R McCafferty Obituary

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

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

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

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

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

In Honoring the Birding Festival This Weekend

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

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

Mary Anne Palmer Ferguson Obituary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beaver Island Community School Special Board Meeting

View video May 21st Meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting Called

Concern Over Pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac

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

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

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





BINGO Announcement

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

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


BICS End of School Year Calendar

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

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Auditor's Report for St. James Township

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

4th of July Parade and Carnival Start Time Changed

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

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

The Worst and the Best Runs in a 28 Year Career

by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Men's Summer Golf League Delayed

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

Rural EMS is Different--HOW?

by Joe Moore


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

A Quick Collection of Ticks

by Jeff Powers

Using the techniques learned yesterday, May 18, 2015


BICS Graduates at Banquet

with Banquet Speaker Jenna Wilk

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

Beaver Island Music Festival Receives Grant From Charlevoix County Community Foundation

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

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

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

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

BICS Interim Administrator Job Posting

Stop By and Thank Chris VanLooy

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

Tick Presentation at Community Center

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

Dr. Jeffrey Powers, DVM, introduced the presenters

Dr. Jennifer Sidge, DVM

The objectives of the presentation

Erik Foster, MS, of MDHHS

Additional resources can be found at these websites.

The question and answer period began.

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

Dr Jeff Powers answers a question.

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

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

Video of the event HERE

Collecting Ticks Prior to the Presentation

Thanks to Jeff Powers for his photos of the collection.

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

Baccalaureate at the Beaver Island Christian Church for BICS Seniors

These pictures are courtesy of Deb Plastrik.

Our BICS graduating seniors

The cake for after the service by Patrick Nugent.

BICS Banquet and Senior Bash

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

Thank an EMT for National EMS Week


I see your people as you never see them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

When Things Fall Apart

by Cindy Ricksgers

St. James Township Job Posting

for Sewer Billing Bookkeeper

Ticks Are a Serious Problem This Year

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

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

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

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

Beaver Island Health Occupations Class Compete at State

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


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

Nothing quite like this on Beaver Island

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

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

Students Attend CE Intermediate District Awards Banquet

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

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

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

Beaver Island Citizen of the Year

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

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

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

The nominees were:

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

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

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

BICS Special Board Meeting

on 5/15/15 at 2:30 pm

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

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

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

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

Bill Kohls Requests Survey Completion

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your valuable input.

Bill Kohls

Bike Festival Scheduled

A little about the Bike Festival organizer:

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

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

John Sohacki

Red Cross Blood Drive July 30th

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

Connie Wojan

Vacation Bible School

New BIRHC Provider

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

BIRHC Early Bird Brochure

BI Music Festival Schedule

Funeral for Rod Nackerman

Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

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

View Video of this meeting HERE.

Job Opportunity with CC Road Commission

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

Community Center (PABI) Job Available

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”

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

BINGO Announcement

Beaver Island Association's Newsletter 2015

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

Visiting Providers at BIRHC

call Betty, if you have questions 448 2275


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

Any additional questions call Betty 231 448 2275

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

Donate to the Food Pantry

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

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

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