B. I. News on the 'Net, May 27-June 10, 2019

Baptism Mass from Holy Cross

June 9, 2019

This past Sunday was a very special day for one young lady. This was the day of her baptism. The service took place during the regular Sunday morning Mass at Holy Cross Church.

The reader on Saturday was Pinky Harmon, and the celebrant on Saturday and Sunday was Father Jim Siler.

Pinky Harmon doing the readings....Father JIm giving the sermon.

The church was almost empty just before the beginning of the Sunday Mass service, but the baptismal font and the Easter Candle were both ready for the special addition to the church and parish.

The special service began right at 9:30 a.m. with the first third of the three parts of the special baptism rites.

The reader of the service was Ann Partridge.

This story ends with the pictures of the baptism.

View video of the two services HERE

Both of the services were live streamed.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 10, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 51°, feels like 46° with the wind from the WNW at 12 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is 29.89 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Pollen levels are low today at 0.7 while the top allergens are grasses and dock. Marine forecast as follows: ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots in the morning. Patchy fog early in the morning. Numerous showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the morning.
Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday West wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 2002, Clint Messina, 21, of Lacombe, Louisiana, is arrested and charged in the attempted murder of a police officer after driving into a patrol car while attempting to flee from sheriff’s deputies. Soon after, police discovered that he was already a wanted man.

At about 3:30 a.m. on March 27, Messina and an associate, Rose Houk, 31, stole a Krispy Kreme doughnuts delivery truck in Slidell, Louisiana. The Krispy Kreme deliveryman had left the engine of the truck running and its rear doors open while he went into a convenience store to make a delivery. Upon returning to find the truck and the hundreds of doughnuts inside missing, the deliveryman called police, who pursued and caught up to the vehicle. Messina and Houk then led police on a 15-mile chase, leaving a trail of doughnuts behind them as they fled. The incident was the subject of nationwide media attention and, as it involved cops and doughnuts, kept late-night comedians busy for several days.

Eventually, Messina and Houk abandoned the vehicle and attempted to get away on foot. Houk didn’t make it and was arrested, but Messina, who was driving, managed to escape. Both were eventually charged with auto theft and resisting arrest by flight. Afterward, Lt. Rob Callahan of the Slidell police joked, “We’re glad he’s off the streets, but this unfortunately means we’re going to have to stop staking out all the local doughnut shops looking for him.” On a more serious note, he added, “We all had a lot of fun with the doughnut truck incident, but this is a sobering reminder that police officers put their lives on the line whenever they initiate a pursuit.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland? While Scotland proudly boasts the Loch Ness Monster, one of the world’s most famous fabled creatures, the country opted to make another mythical beast its national animal: the unicorn. Although this might seem like an odd choice, Visit Scotland explains that unicorns played an integral role in the country’s history. Back in the 12th century, William I used the “proud beast” in the Scottish royal coat of arms.

WORD OF THE DAY nebulated (NEB-yuh-ley-tid) which means having dim or indistinct markings. The adjective nebulated comes from Late Latin nebulātus, past participle of nebulāre “to cloud, obscure,” a derivative of the noun nebula “mist, cloud.” Nebula is the Latin result of the Proto-Indo-European root nebh- (with many variants) “cloud.” The neuter noun nebhos yields Greek néphos “cloud, clouds,” Slavic (Polish) niebo “sky, heaven,” Hittite nebis “heaven.” The root nebh- and the suffix -el yield Middle Welsh nyfel “cloud” and Greek nephélē “cloud, clouds,” corresponding to Latin nebula. The Germanic form of the root, neb-, and the suffix -l- form German Nebel “fog, mist” and Old Norse niflheim “the world of darkness,” ruled over by the goddess Hel. Nebulated entered English in the late 15th century.

Christian Church Bulletin

June 9, 2019

Video Issues

by Joe Moore

One of the most frustrating situations occurred to the editor of this website yesterday. The graduation ceremony was recorded with every intention of posting that video on this website. There were other plans for the video as well. In the middle of the moving of the video from the video camera and the laptop computer, something really strange happened. As the video was being copied from the card to the computer, a pop-up window came on the screen. This pop-up stated that the version of Windows being used on this computer "was not genuine."

The Windows operating system on this laptop came with the laptop when it was purchased. The pop-up wanted me to verify the information to prove that this version was actually a Genuine Windows version. This was very easy to do. I clicked and opened the System folder on the laptop, copied the genuine Windows message and pasted that message in the box on my screen. I then clicked on the send button.

The next thing that I discovered was that the one of the files was missing from the folder that had the graduation video. It simply was not there. The file had disappeared from both the laptop folder and SD card folder.

I have spent more than twelve hours trying to Undelete, trying to Recover Data, using six different programs and moving to three different computers. The file is just gone. It shows up in these programs as a file with 21 minutes of video, but the file is simply empty, black screen and no sound.

The only thing that I can figure out is that the pop-up was a virus that deleted whatever was being copied on my computer at the time that I clicked on the box. I haven't completely given up hope, but I will have to seek some help to see if there is any way to recover that one file.

So the video techno guy here is frustrated and has given up for the rest of the night. It is now 8:30 p.m., and enough is enough for one day. It may never be recovered.

If all this isn't enough to stress out the video techno guy, one more disaster hit. That laptop that was hit with that pop-up also lost the backup of the video that I always do. It had to have happened at the same time.

BITA Meeting Scheduled

May 14 2019 reg meeting minutes draft

Agenda and Notice June 11 2019 Regular Meeting

Mornings Like This

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 9, 2019

Yesterday was a perfect graduation day as the class of 2019 received their diplomas. Today isn't nearly as perfect, but we'll take it. Right now we have cloudy skies, 57°, feels like 55° due to the east wind blowing at 8 mph, humidity is at 65%, pressure is at 30.08 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. There's a 50% chance of rain for today. Pollen levels for today are medium at 5.8. Top allergens are grasses and dock. Marine forecast as follows:
Today East wind 5 to 10 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Periods of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Monday Night West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1856, in an extraordinary demonstration of resolve and fortitude, nearly 500 Mormons leave Iowa City and head west for Salt Lake City carrying all their goods and supplies in two-wheeled handcarts. Of all the thousands of pioneer journeys to the West in the 19th century, few were more arduous than those undertaken by the so-called Handcart Companies from 1856 to 1860.

The secular and religious leader of the Mormons, Brigham Young, had established Salt Lake City as the center of a new Utah sanctuary for the Latter-day Saints in 1847. In subsequent years, Young worked diligently to encourage and aid Mormons who made the difficult overland trek to the Great Salt Lake. In 1856, however, a series of poor harvests left the church with only a meager fund to help immigrants buy wagons and oxen. Young suggested a cheaper mode of travel: “Let them come on foot with handcarts or wheelbarrows; let them gird up their loins and walk through and nothing shall hinder or stay them.”

Amazingly, many Mormons followed his advice. On this day in 1856, a band of 497 Mormons left Iowa City, Iowa, and began the more than 1,000-mile trek to Salt Lake City. They carried all their goods in about 100 two-wheeled handcarts, most of which were heaped with the maximum load of 400 to 500 pounds. Each family usually had one cart, and the father and mother took turns pulling while any children old enough helped by pushing.

The handcart immigrants soon ran into serious problems. The Mormon craftsmen who had constructed the handcarts back in Iowa City had chosen to use wooden axles instead of iron in order to save time and money. Sand and dirt quickly wore down the wood, and water and heat made the axles splinter and crack. As the level terrain of the prairies gave way to the more rugged country of the Plains, the sheer physical challenge of hauling a 500-pound cart began to take its toll. One British immigrant who was a skilled carpenter wrote of having to make three coffins in as many days.

Some of the pilgrims gave up. Two girls in one handcart group left to marry a pair of miners they met along the way. The majority, however, struggled on and eventually reached the Salt Lake Valley. Over the course of the next four years, some 3,000 Mormon converts made the overland journey by pushing and pulling heavy-laden handcarts. Better planning and the use of iron axles made the subsequent immigrations slightly easier than the first, and some actually made the journey more quickly than if they had used ox-drawn wagons. Still, once the church finances had recovered, Young’s followers returned to using conventional wagons. The handcart treks remained nothing less than heroic. One Mormon girl later estimated that she and her family had each taken over a million steps to reach their goal, pushing and pulling a creaking wooden handcart the entire way.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the longest wedding veil was the same length as 63.5 football fields? When Maria Paraskeva, a woman from Cyprus, got married in August 2018, her goal wasn’t just to say “I do.” She was also determined to set a record. “My dream as a child has always been to break the Guinness World Record title for the longest wedding veil,” she explained. She fulfilled her dream by wearing a lace veil that stretched 22,843 feet and 2.11 inches, or as long as 63.5 football fields.

WORD OF THE DAY Delphic (DEL-fik) oracular; obscure; ambiguous. English Delphic comes via Latin Delphicus from the Greek adjective Delphikós, a derivative of the plural noun Delphoí, the name of the inhabitants of Delphi and of the historic city itself. The many dialect forms of the name, especially Aeolic Bélphoi, point to a form gwelphoi with an original labiovelar (a sound combining a velar, such as k or g, and a bilabial, such as w), as in Latin quis, quid “who, what” and English quick and Gwendolyn. Gwelphoi is a Greek derivative of the Proto-Indo-European root gwelbh- “womb” (the city was so named from its shape). Gwelbh- is also the source of the Greek noun adelpheós (Attic adelphós) “brother,” whose first letter a- is a much-reduced form of sem- “one,” related to Greek homós “same” and English “same.” Adelph(e)ós therefore means “born of the same womb.” Delphic entered English at the end of the 16th century.

BICS Graduation at the BIC Center

June 8, 2019

It was a beautiful sunny day for the BICS Graduation Ceremony. Held at the the Community Center and beginning at 1 p.m., the program would began with the Strings students with Mrs. Sheri Richards playing Pomp and Circumstance.

The adults were waiting for the procession to begin.

And then the procession began with the Class of 2020 and the presentation of the flowers to the Class of 2019.

Sveta Stebbins.................Kai Drost............Quinn Jones.....Riley Williamson

Turner Jones...........Erin Wiser.............Brennan Jones

The Class of 2019

There was the Pledge of Allegiance and then a welcome and thank yous by Wil Cwikiel, Superintendent/Principal.

Next, came the Salutatorian Farewell Address by Riley Williamson

The Valedictorian Farewell Address was given by Erin Wiser.

Mr. Cwikieel introducd Quinn Jones.

Quinn Jones welcomd the first Commencement Speaker

Judi Meister, retired BICS teacher was the first Commencement speaker

Mrs. Meister's address included some individual comments to each of the graduates, and was a very personal speech to each of them. The graduates were attentive to her as she directly adressed each one. Ths pictures were taken of each of the graduates as Mrs. Meister spoke directly to each one.

Judi Meister ended her speech with four important items for the graduates to consider and "You've got this!:

Kai Drost introduced the second Commencement speaker.

Mr, Tristan Cole, State House representative gave the second speech.

The next activity was the presentation of the diplomas as each student's name was called and each received the diploma for graduation from the Beaver Island Community School. Those adults on the stage included the two Commencement speakers, the Principal/Superintendent, and two board members; School Board President Susan Myers and School Board Vice President Andrew Stebbins. The presentation of diplomas was follwed by the turning of the tassels.

Mr. Cwikiel announced the Class of 2019 and the graduates recessed to the Senior Class Song, "Look Ma I Made It."

View video of the graduation ceremony HERE

(There was a serious disaster with some of the video. Some was lost, and recovery is being worked on.)

Weather by Joe

June 8, 2019

Right now on Carlisle Road the temperature in the sunny morning at 8:30 a.m., is 65 degrees. The relative humidity is 57% with the atmospheric pressure was 30.11. Visibility is ten miles. The wind is light and variable.

TODAY, it is expected to stay sunny and have a high of 73. The wind will be out of the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a low of 51. The wind will continue but switch to the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. There is only a 10% chance of rain.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 50% chance of showers with about a quarter inch of rain starting in the afternoon. The high will be in the low sixties. Winds will be from the E at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day:

Quibble; verb; (KWIB-ul); to find fault by raising trivial or frivolous objection; to engage in a petty quarrel; to subject to minor objections or criticisms

In addition to functioning as a verb, quibble also exists as a noun meaning "an evasion of or shift from the point" and "a minor objection or criticism." Both forms of the word arrived in English in the mid-17th century. Presumably (though not certainly) quibble originated as a diminutive of a now obsolete word, quib, which also meant "quibble." In fact, although language experts may quibble over this, there is a possibility that quib can be traced back to the plural of the Latin word qui, meaning "who," which was often used in legal documents

On this Day:

James Earl Ray, an escaped American convict, is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

On April 4, 1968, in Memphis, King was fatally wounded by a sniper’s bullet while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Motel Lorraine. That evening, a Remington .30-06 hunting rifle was found on the sidewalk beside a rooming house one block from the Lorraine Motel. During the next several weeks, the rifle, eyewitness reports, and fingerprints on the weapon all implicated a single suspect: escaped convict James Earl Ray. A two-bit criminal, Ray escaped a Missouri prison in April 1967 while serving a sentence for a holdup. In May 1968, a massive manhunt for Ray began. The FBI eventually determined that he had obtained a Canadian passport under a false identity, which at the time was relatively easy.

On June 8, Scotland Yard investigators arrested Ray at a London airport. Ray was trying to fly to Belgium, with the eventual goal, he later admitted, of reaching Rhodesia. Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) was at the time ruled by an oppressive and internationally condemned white minority government. Extradited to the United States, Ray stood before a Memphis judge in March 1969 and pleaded guilty to King’s murder in order to avoid the electric chair. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Three days later, he attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming he was innocent of King’s assassination and had been set up as a patsy in a larger conspiracy. He claimed that in 1967, a mysterious man named “Raoul” had approached him and recruited him into a gunrunning enterprise. On April 4, 1968, however, he realized that he was to be the fall guy for the King assassination and fled for Canada. Ray’s motion was denied, as were his dozens of other requests for a trial during the next 29 years.

During the 1990s, the widow and children of Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke publicly in support of Ray and his claims, calling him innocent and speculating about an assassination conspiracy involving the U.S. government and military. U.S. authorities were, in conspiracists’ minds, implicated circumstantially. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover obsessed over King, who he thought was under communist influence. For the last six years of his life, King underwent constant wiretapping and harassment by the FBI. Before his death, Dr. King was also monitored by U.S. military intelligence, who may have been called to watch over King after he publicly denounced the Vietnam War in 1967. Furthermore, by calling for radical economic reforms in 1968, including guaranteed annual incomes for all, King was making few new friends in the Cold War-era U.S. government.

Over the years, the assassination has been reexamined by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the Shelby County, Tennessee, district attorney’s office, and three times by the U.S. Justice Department. All of these investigations have ended with the same conclusion: James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King, Jr. The House committee acknowledged that a low-level conspiracy might have existed, involving one or more accomplices to Ray, but uncovered no evidence definitively to prove this theory. In addition to the mountain of evidence against him, such as his fingerprints on the murder weapon and admitted presence at the rooming house on April 4, Ray had a definite motive in assassinating King: hatred. According to his family and friends, he was an outspoken racist who told them of his intent to kill King. Ray died in 1998.

Special Telecommunications Committee Meeting Scheduled

View meeting notice HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting Agenda

for Monday, June 10, 2019

View agenda HERE

Cable’s Bay Anchorage

By Dick Burris

Cable Bay, being eleven miles closer to Charlevoix, I used to make runs from this point; Bea Parker was going to go shopping, on one of our trips. I was in the boat waiting for Dave Gladish running the motor on a 8' pram, Bea sat on the front seat, and Frea, Dave's daughter, on the middle seat. Of course, Shelden Parker, Bea's husband, was on shore observing the oncoming fiasco.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Men's Golf League Results

Week of June 5, 2019

This is the first week of the Men's Golf League, which meets and competes on Wednesday nights through the summer. The first week helped get the rust removed from the golf clubs and the golfers. The positions don't really mean much when there is only one week into the summer.

Beaver Island Development Corporation


View brochure HERE

St. James Township Meeting

June 5, 2019

This board meeting agenda was a full one, and the meeting lasted slightly over two hours. The agenda stated that the board needed to go into closed session for a portion of the meeting to speak to their attorney.


View the agenda HERE

2019 Beaver Island Mac Party

Beaver Island Historical Society Report

Documents for June 5, 2019 Regular St. James Meeting (posted earlier)

Government Building Beaver Island Proposal


Session 1 Webinar- B and W (1)

StJTwp - Schedule of Wages 2019 revised

Tele Ad Com attachments 05212019

Draft Tele Ad Com Min 05212019

DRAFT Minutes of 05012019

View video of the meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

June 7, 2019

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is 52 degrees with an atmospheric pressure of 29.97. The relative humidity is 90%.. Visibility is ten miles. There is no wind blowing at this time.

TODAY, we expect a high in the 70's with sunshine most of the day. Winds will be light an variable. There is very little chance of rain today.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a clear sky with a low near 50. No rain in the forecast. Winds will remain light and variable.

TOMORROW, the forecast is the same as today's, but the wind will be coming from the east at 5 to 10 mph.

WORD OF THE DAY: bombast; noun; (BAHM-bast); pretentious inflated speech or writing

The original meaning of bombast in English was "cotton or other material used as padding or stuffing." It is derived through Anglo-French bombés or bombace, from a Medieval Latin word (of various forms, including bambax and bombax) meaning "cotton plant, cotton fiber or wadding." Bombax was once thought to be a corruption of bombyx, a Latin (and ultimately Greek) word that means "silkworm" or "silk," although etymologists weren't certain why the shift from silk to cotton occurred. It turns out, however, that bombast's origins are more direct and unassuming: the Latin bombax is not a product of the silky bombyx but was borrowed from the Middle Greek bámbax, pámbax, which in turn probably traces back to the Middle Persian pambak ("cotton"). Bombast is no longer used in the sense of cotton padding or stuffing, but the word has been retained in modern English in a figurative sense referring to speech or writing that is stuffed or padded with pretense and unnecessary verbiage.


On this day in 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, leads the first successful ascent of Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley) the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.

Stuck, an accomplished amateur mountaineer, was born in London in 1863. After moving to the United States, in 1905 he became archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Yukon, Alaska, where he was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alaska’s difficult terrain to preach to villagers and establish schools.

In March 1913, the adventure-seeking Stuck set out from Fairbanks for Denali with three companions, Harry Karstens, co-leader of the expedition, Walter Harper, whose mother was a Native Indian, and Robert Tatum, a theology student. Their arduous journey was made more challenging by difficult weather and a fire at one of their camps, which destroyed food and supplies. However, the group persevered and on June 7, Harper, followed by the rest of the party, was the first person to set foot on Denali's south peak, considered the mountain’s true summit. (In 1910, a group of climbers had reached the lower north peak.)

Stuck referred to the mountain by its Athabascan Indian name, Denali, meaning “The High One.” In 1889, the mountain, over half of which is covered with permanent snowfields, was dubbed Densmores Peak, after a prospector named Frank Densmore. In 1896, it was renamed in honor of Senator William McKinley, who became president that year.

Mount McKinley National Park was established as a wildlife refuge in 1917. Harry Karstens served as the park’s first superintendent. In 1980, the park was expanded and renamed Denali National Park and Preserve. Encompassing 6 million acres, the park is larger than Massachusetts. In 2015, the mountain was officially renamed Denali. 

Hudson Stuck died in Alaska on October 10, 1920. Today, over 1,000 hopeful climbers attempt to scale Denali each year, with about half of them successfully reaching their goal.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 6, 2019

What a beautiful morning. Sunny, cloudless skies, 47°, humidity is 91%, wind is from the west at 1 mph, pressure is 29.93 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. It's going to be a gorgeous day! Pollen levels are at 7.1 (medium). Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Light winds. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the go-ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history: Operation Overlord, code named D-Day, the Allied invasion of northern France.

By daybreak, 18,000 British and American parachutists were already on the ground. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion. At 6:30 a.m., American troops came ashore at Utah and Omaha beaches.

The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where the U.S. First Division battled high seas, mist, mines, burning vehicles—and German coastal batteries, including an elite infantry division, which spewed heavy fire. Many wounded Americans ultimately drowned in the high tide. British divisions, which landed at Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches, and Canadian troops also met with heavy German fire.

But by day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches and were then able to push inland. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.

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

For their part, the Germans suffered from confusion in the ranks and the absence of celebrated commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was away on leave. At first, Hitler, believing that the invasion was a feint designed to distract the Germans from a coming attack north of the Seine River, refused to release nearby divisions to join the counterattack and reinforcements had to be called from further afield, causing delays.

He also hesitated in calling for armored divisions to help in the defense. In addition, the Germans were hampered by effective Allied air support, which took out many key bridges and forced the Germans to take long detours, as well as efficient Allied naval support, which helped protect advancing Allied troops.

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT the first computer was invented in the 1940s?

These days, supercomputers are everywhere—and they really don’t need much space at all. Have an Xbox One posted up in your living room? That’s a supercomputer. A laptop-tablet hybrid in your bag? That’s a supercomputer, too. (Don’t even get us started on the thing in your pocket…) But when supercomputers first came around, they needed much, much more space. Just take a look at the world’s first one: The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).

Originally built at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering, in 1946, ENIAC weighed 60,000 pounds and took up a room larger than most studio apartments (1,500 square feet). Shortly after construction, ENIAC was sent off to the military, where it was used to calculate ballistic trajectories (translation: launch missiles) with frightening accuracy. Today, computer experts at Penn credit ENIAC with heralding in the “dawn of the information age.”

WORD OF THE DAY bastion (BAS-chuhn, -tee-uhn) which means anything seen as preserving or protecting some quality, condition, etc. The English noun bastion still looks French. It comes from Middle French, from Upper Italian bastione “rampart, bulwark, bastion,” an augmentative noun formed from bastita “fortified,” from the verb bastire “to build,” from Medieval Latin bastīre, possibly of Germanic origin and akin to bastille “tower, small fortress, bastion.” Bastion entered English in the late 16th century.


by Cindy Ricksgers

EcoFest Brochure and Schedule

EcoFest Schedule HERE

Beaver Island Historical Activities for 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 5, 2019

According to the radar, there are storms south of us but nothing headed this way (at the moment). Right now we have cloudy skies, 49°, although it feels like 45°, thanks to an east wind at 10 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is 29.72 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Pollen levels for today are at 5.2 which is medium. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Marine forecast as follows:
Today East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming northeast with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Patchy fog early in the morning. Chance of showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1968, at 12:50 a.m. PDT, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a presidential candidate, is shot three times in a hail of gunfire in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Five others were wounded. The senator had just completed a speech celebrating his victory in the California presidential primary.

The shooter, Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, had a smoking .22 revolver wrested from his grip and was promptly arrested. Kennedy, critically wounded, was rushed to the hospital, where he fought for his life for the next 24 hours. On the morning of June 6, he died. He was 42 years old. On June 8, Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, also the final resting place of his assassinated older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

Robert Kennedy, born in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1925, interrupted his studies at Harvard University to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was legal counsel for various Senate subcommittees during the 1950s and in 1960 served as the manager of his brother’s successful presidential campaign.

Appointed attorney general by President Kennedy, he proved a vigorous member of the cabinet, zealously prosecuting cases relating to civil rights while closely advising the president on domestic and foreign issues. After Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, he joined President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration but resigned in 1964 to run successfully in New York for a Senate seat. Known in Congress as an advocate of social reform and defender of the rights of minorities, he also voiced criticism of the war in Vietnam.

In 1968, he was urged by many of his supporters to run for president as an anti-war and socially progressive Democratic. Hesitant until he saw positive primary returns for fellow anti-war candidate Eugene McCarthy, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on March 16, 1968. Fifteen days later, President Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey became the key Democratic hopeful, with McCarthy and Kennedy trailing closely behind. Kennedy conducted an energetic campaign and on June 4, 1968, won a major victory in the California primary. He had won five out of six primaries and seemed a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination and, some thought, the presidency.

Shortly after midnight, he gave a victory speech to his supporters in the Ambassador Hotel and then, while making his way to a press conference by a side exit, was fatally wounded by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Sirhan was arrested at the scene and indicted for first-degree murder. A mentally unstable drifter, his motives in killing Kennedy have never been clear. Some journalists have alleged that Sirhan was part of a larger assassination conspiracy, supposedly brought on by Kennedy’s promise to end the Vietnam War if elected president. These conspiracists cite forensic evidence and witness testimony that they say proves the existence of additional shooters who were not detained.

In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted and sentenced to die. In 1972, his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment when the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty. Since 1983, he has repeatedly been denied parole by prison officials who consider him a serious threat to public safety.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Superman Didn’t Always Fly. The original comic book Superman could leap tall buildings in a single bound. But then he had to come right back down to Earth—because he didn’t fly. It wasn’t until the 1940s, when animators for a new animated series decided it would be too difficult to routinely draw him bending his knees, that it was decided that Superman could take off into the air. Readers got to see smooth animation and a superhero gained a new power.

WORD OF THE DAY appellative (uh-PEL-uh-tiv) which means a descriptive name or designation, Appellative comes from the Late Latin grammatical term appellātīvus “pertaining to a common noun” and nōmen appellātīvum "a common noun" (in contrast to nōmen proprium “a proper noun”). Appellātīvus is a derivative of the verb appellāre “to speak to, address, call upon, invoke.” Appellative in the sense “descriptive name," as Great in Alfred the Great, is a development in English dating from the first half of the 17th century. Appellative in its original Latin sense entered English in the early 16th century.

Celebration for Connie Boyle

Southhead Lighthouse Purchase Agreement

June 4, 2019

It was previously reported that the Charlevoix County Commissioners had approved the agreement at their meeting held here on Beaver Island. It was also previously reported that the Charlevoix School District had approved the sale at their meeting in May as well. The following is a copy of the purchase agreement for those that are interested.

Read the Agreement HERE

Great Lakes Water Levels at Record Highs

Contact: Lynn M. Rose, 313-226-4680; 313-300-0662 (cell), Lynn.M.Rose@usace.army.mil

DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that based on preliminary data, new record high monthly mean water levels were set on Lakes Erie, St. Clair and Superior in the month of May. Additionally, record high water levels are possible on all the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair this summer.

Persistent wet conditions across the Great Lakes basin this spring has fueled the recent rises. Precipitation in May was 21% higher than average over the Great Lakes basin as a whole, and contributed to extremely high water supplies to the lakes. The new record May levels are between one and three inches higher than the previous records for the month set in 1986.

"As we expected, record highs were set in May on a few of our Great Lakes, and our June forecast shows additional record highs likely this summer," said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of Watershed Hydrology, Detroit District.

The Great Lakes region will continue to see the threat of coastal flooding and shoreline erosion especially during storm events. Localized water levels are often impacted by winds and can be significantly higher during storms. Water levels and flow rates in the connecting channels of the Great Lakes are also high and may, depending on winds and other atmospheric conditions, lead to localized flooding.

The Corps has authority to support communities in flood fighting by providing technical expertise, and in certain instances, provide flood fight supplies, such as sand bags and plastic sheeting. This assistance must be requested by state authorities. Communities should contact their county emergency management offices, who can begin coordination with the state and the Corps.

The Corps, Detroit District, in coordination with partners in Environment and Climate Change Canada, release the official six month forecast for the Great Lakes. The Monthly Bulletin of Water Levels for the Great Lakes is completed at the beginning of each month, with the latest edition covering the period from June to November. To find the Monthly Bulletin of Water Levels for the Great Lakes visit: https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/Great-Lakes-Information/Great-Lakes-Water-Levels/Water-Level-Forecast/

For additional information, contact Lynn Rose, director of public affairs at 313-226-4680 or Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology at 313-226-6442 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

To find more information about international outflow regulation activities visit:

Kevin Gillespie on TV 9 and 10

June 4, 2019

Kevin Gillespie has two food trucks and a new business called "Cheese and Company" which opened just recently. One truck in Traverse City and another is in Petoskey. This link takes you to the TV 9 and 10 interview with Kevin.

View video HERE

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging June 2019 Update

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the June 2019 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter

Kathie, Sheri and I in collaboration with Dale Boehm, The Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Lindsay Bauman have worked hard to have an audiologist come to Beaver Island for a hearing screenings for our aging community on Beaver Island on Tuesday, June 18.  Great Lakes Ear Nose and Throat Specialists will be doing basic hearing screenings at no cost.  Any additional services required or wanted will be at a cost to the client.  The appointment schedule filled up fast and we are excited to help bring this to Beaver Island.

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program to date this program is being utilized by 14 of residents and for homemaking (cleaning) and we have 1 combo Homemaking/Personal Care use.   We are pleased that Beaver Island Homemaking contractors are contacting the COA directly now to better understand what homemaking services are covered by the COA.  There continues to be a misconception by seniors as to what is included in the Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program even though it is outlined in every program packet.  “The Commission will reimburse the provider who renders service to Beaver Island seniors’ citizens (those 60 and older) up to $80 monthly per household in TOTAL for any personal care, homemaker services, or respite care services. Seniors choose their own providers.  The providers are not COA employees so the COA has nothing to do with the quality or supervision of the services.  The intent of the program is to reimburse services that keep seniors independent and in their own homes.  Anything a senior asks to be done outside of what is outlined below for service and costs are the responsibility of the senior.


Personal Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath, or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry, roller set style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Oral Care (brush teeth, soak, and wash dentures) Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and laying out clothes for night and morning), Colostomy Care (empty bag, replace), Catheter Care(wash), Toileting, Assist with TED hose. Homemaking duties may include: Bed linens changed, make the bed, dust wash dishes, take out the trash, clean kitchen, clean stove, clean refrigerator, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathroom, grocery shop, errands, bring in mail and laundry. Respite Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry roller set, style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and lay out clothes for night and morning), Toileting, Light housekeeping, Assist with eating and light meal prep.”

We will be making changes to this program for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019 since our re-evaluation has brought to light more problems and once these changes are approved by the County Commissions I will share them with you.

We have not had any individuals express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month. 

Reminder if you didn’t realize that you have had a choice all this time??   Beaver Island Seniors are welcome to be a part of the Charlevoix County Mainland Senior Centers and the services, activities, lunches/dinners and events provided at the centers through the COA.  When you schedule your appointments, shopping and family events on the mainland, look to coordinate your visit with the opportunities the COA is providing, and make an appointment to participate if it is required.  Otherwise, just show up.  Services, Activities, lunches/dinners and events are listed for all Senior Center locations in the attached Newsletter.  Appointments are required for Foot Clinics and some events so please call the center you would like to visit directly to see what is needed.  Contact names, phone numbers and addresses are also available on our Newsletter.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

June 17, 2019 at the COA Office at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month. 

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

9a-2p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday May through September.  Wednesday’s hours are 2p-7p for Wednesday Night Dinners May through September (there is not lunch or Home Delivered Meals that day).

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  Please do not contact Kathie outside of this time frame for services.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month August through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.    

  • The COA BI Volunteer Appreciation Dinner has been rescheduled to be included with the BI Senior Picnic in August.
  • June and July there will be no Sunday Dinner due to lack of a viable location and the additional summer crush at the participating restaurant(s).

Meal Voucher Program update:

The Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli has submitted a new Senior Menu to the registered dietitian though the Area Agency on Aging that works with the Commission on Aging and it has been approved and will be used this summer.

On Thursday, May 30, 2019,  Eric from Hodgson Enterprises, Inc spoke with Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island.  He is potentially reconsidering their participation in the BI Nutrition Program and may have one restaurant participating sometime this summer.  When we have a definite participation commitment and date as well as which restaurant(s) will be participating, we will let you know.  

REMINDER: The COA offices and all Senior Centers are open when Schools are closed.  The COA Offices only close if Charlevoix County closes.  We keep the senior centers open as we want our aging community to be able to access hot meals, be able to deliver Home Delivered Meals to our community with the greatest need and to provide a warm building with entertainment on these days.  Charlevoix Transit is free, so we encourage our aging community to utilize transit on these days for road safety.

Lastly, as a reminder when sharing the COA updates please make sure the information is current and correct.  Please share this information with anyone you feel needs it and as always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

View the CCCOA Newsletter "Highlights" HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 4, 2019

I feel a bit like Winnie the Pooh, "tut, tut, feels like rain" with the gray, cloudy skies this morning. Right now it's 50°, wind is from the SE at 3 mph making it feel like 49° humidity is at 66%, pressure is 29.95 inches, visibility is 5 miles, and there is a 20% chance of rain. Pollen levels for today are low at 2.2. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Marine forecast as follows:
Today South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Scattered sprinkles early in the morning, then slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday North wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT for every child born in Wales since April 2014, the Welsh Government have donated a fruit tree to Ugandan families, to celebrate the birth or adoption of every child.

WORD OF THE DAY fictioneer (fik-shuh-NEER) which means a writer of fiction, especially a prolific one whose works are of mediocre quality. The noun fictioneer is composed of the noun fiction and the noun suffix -eer denoting agency. The suffix is neutral in words like engineer and mountaineer, but it frequently has a pejorative sense, as in profiteer and racketeer. Fictioneer, too, has always had a hint of contempt in it: an early (1901) definition of fictioneer reads “a writer of ‘machine-made’ fiction.” Fictioneer entered English in the early 20th century.

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative Minutes

May 9, 2019 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Beaver Island Community Center


Attendees: Jennifer Kleitch, Bobbi Welke, Cynthia Pryor, Krys Lyle, Noah Jansen, Don Tritsch, Alvin LaFreniere, William Markey, Shari Richards, Pat Lederle, Bill Parsons, Matt Preisser, Paul Cole, Bill McDonough, Kevin Boyle, Seamus Norgaard, Ken Zick, Melissa Wiatrolik, Cynthia Johnson, Laurie Abel, Pam Grassmick, Mark Englesman, Lori Taylor-Blitz.
On the Phone: Lee Boisvert, Benjamin VanDyke
Opening comments, agenda edits, meeting minutes
One agenda item was moved from the afternoon to be included in the NLMIC review.
NLMIC review – who we are and how far have we come? – Revisit decision-making space

Read the rest of the draft minutes HERE

Graduation This Weekend

The Class of 2019

The invitation

The party schedule

June Bulletin for Holy Cross

June 3, 2019

Pirate Party and the "Huron Jewell"

June 2, 2019

Huron Jewell, a schooner

The Pirate Party Post

A few pictures of the Pirate Party

View a complete gallery of photos of the party HERE

View a tour of the schooner HERE

View a video of the Party HERE

View an interview of the Captain of the Huron Jewell HERE

View and interview of BIHS Director Lori Taylor-Blitz HERE

The Pirate Party was live streamed on Beaver Island TV for two hours at http://beaverisland.tv

Christian Church Service

June 2, 2019

Christian Church Bulletin

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

June 2, 2019

The Feast of the Axcension was celebrated this past Saturday and Sunday at Holy Cross. You can read about what this is, if interested, HERE.

The regular service times are 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Both services were live streamed at Beaver Island TV at http://beaverisland.tv. The reader for Saturday was Pinky Harmon, and the reader for Sunday was Ann Partridge. The celebrant was Father Jim Siler.

The lighting was perfect to capture the baptismal font.

Pinky Harmon doing the reading, and Father Jim, first reading the Gospel, and then singing.

Ann Partridge reading. Father Jim giving the sermon, and then praying.

View video of the service HERE

Huron Jewell Enters the Harbor

May 31, 2019

Visiting Beaver Island from Drummond Island was the "Huron Jewell," a schooner similar to those that sailed these waters in years past. This vessel came in and docked in preparation for the Pirate Party, scheduled for June 2, 2019, at the Beaver Island Yacht Dock, organized by the Beaver Island Historical Society.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video HERE

Ospreys Feeding

June 1, 2019

The ospreys are still nesting, but there is no way to know if the eggs are laid without disturbing the nest. Perhaps a drone could check out the nest without making the ospreys nervous, but they have been known to attack anything that gets close to the nest.

The ospreys are staying on the nest, maybe exchanging the guarding of the nest, but they obviously need to eat. These pictures of bringing the food to the nest for the mate show the exchange of food and the changing of the guard.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Fixing the Docks

June 1, 2019

Even though this editor worked down at the old Beaver Haven Marina, he doesn't remember ever having to fix all the pilings due to the winter ice causing havoc. Perhaps one or two sections might be an issue in the spring, but the bubbler system usually kept the ice from doing its damage.

"Dock damage on your lake is likely to start occurring when the air temperatures start to drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit for a week or more. Ice starts to form around the perimeter of the lake first and it moves its way inward. As cool water continues to float towards the top of the lake, ice thickens around the lake edge. Unfortunately, your dock sits close to the edge of the lake. This means that ice can build quite quickly around the dock pilings. The ice places extensive pressure against the wood as it builds. This can cause the pilings to crack or crush close to the water line of the lake. In rare cases, the ice can actually lift pilings up and out of the water if the ice becomes thick enough. " (from naturereflects.com)

The purpose of the bubbler system is to keep the ice from forming around the pilings and prevent the raise of the pilings by the pressure of the ice. One look at the pilings this spring at the Beaver Island Marina, the former Beaver Haven, made it obvious that the bubbler system wasn't functioning efficiently enough to prevent the movement of the pilings. The pilings were pushed up over the winter, making the attached docks very uneven. The way to fix this is to drive the pilings back to the proper position, and then check the dock connections to make certain that they are safe.

Working to fix the dock by driving pilings back down

While there is no guarantee that the power won't go out to defeat the bubbler system, and the cost of the bubbler system operation is expensive, that bubbler system is the only way to prevent all the extra and extensive work days necessary to fix the dock for the summer season.

View video of the pile driver and work HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 3, 2019

Beautiful, blue skies again this morning, 40°, west wind at 6 mph making it feel like 36°, humidity is at 84%, pressure is at 30.12 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. It may cloud up this afternoon, but the morning is looking terrific albeit chilly. Pollen levels for today are at 7.3, which is medium-high. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Marine forecast as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday South wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night East wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1937, in France, the duke of Windsor–formerly King Edward VIII of Great Britain and Northern Ireland–marries Wallis Warfield, the American divorcee for whom he abdicated the British throne in December 1936.

Edward, born in 1896, was the eldest son of King George V, who became the British sovereign in 1910. He served as a staff officer during World War I and in the 1920s made extensive goodwill trips abroad as Prince of Wales, a title bestowed on male heirs to the British throne. During the Depression, he helped organize work programs for the nation’s unemployed and was highly regarded by the public in the years leading up to his father’s death.

Edward, still unmarried as he approached his 40th birthday, socialized with the fashionable London society of the day and frequently entertained at Fort Belvedere, his country home. By 1934, he had fallen deeply in love with American socialite Wallis Warfield Simpson, who was married to Ernest Simpson, an English-American businessman who lived with Mrs. Simpson near London. Wallis, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1896 and brought up in Maryland, had previously married and divorced a U.S. Navy pilot. The royal family disapproved of Edward’s married mistress, but by 1936 the prince was intent on marrying Mrs. Simpson. Before he could discuss this intention with his father, George V died on January 20, 1936, and Edward was proclaimed king.

The new king proved popular with his subjects, and his coronation was scheduled for May 1937. His affair with Mrs. Simpson was reported in American and continental European newspapers, but due to a gentlemen’s agreement between the British press and the government, the affair was kept out of British newspapers. On October 27, 1936, Mrs. Simpson obtained a preliminary decree of divorce, presumably with the intent of marrying the king, precipitating a major scandal. To the Church of England and most British politicians, an American woman twice divorced was unacceptable as a prospective British queen. Winston Churchill, then a Conservative backbencher, was the only notable politician to support Edward.

Despite the seemingly united front against him, Edward could not be dissuaded. He proposed a morganatic marriage, in which Wallis would be granted no rights of rank or property, but Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin rejected this as impractical on December 2. The next day, the scandal broke on the front pages of British newspapers and was discussed openly in Parliament. With no resolution possible, the king renounced the throne on December 10. The next day, Parliament approved the abdication instrument, and Edward VIII’s 325-day reign came to an end. That evening, the former king gave a radio broadcast in which he explained: “I have found it impossible to carry on the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge the duties of King, as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love.” On December 12, his younger brother, the duke of York, was proclaimed King George VI. That day, the new king made his older brother the duke of Windsor.

By that time, Edward had already left for Austria, where he lived with friends apart from Mrs. Simpson as her divorce proceedings progressed. Her divorce became final in May 1937, and she had her name legally changed back to Wallis Warfield. On June 3, 1937, the duke of Windsor and Wallis Warfield married at the Chateau de Cande in France’s Loire Valley. A Church of England clergyman conducted the service, which was witnessed by only about 16 guests. Wallis was now the duchess of Windsor, but King George, under pressure from his ministers, denied her the title of “royal highness” enjoyed by her husband.

For the next two years, the duke and duchess lived primarily in France but visited other European countries, including Germany, where the duke was honored by Nazi officials in October 1937 and met with Adolf Hitler. After the outbreak of World War II, the duke accepted a position as liaison officer with the French. In June 1940, France fell to the Nazis, and Edward and Wallis went to Spain. During this period, the Nazis concocted a scheme to kidnap Edward with the intention of returning him to the British throne as a puppet king. George VI, like his prime minister, Winston Churchill, was adamantly opposed to any peace with Nazi Germany. Unaware of the Nazi kidnapping plot but conscious of Edward’s pre-war Nazi sympathies, Churchill hastily offered Edward the governorship of the Bahamas in the West Indies. The duke and duchess set sail from Lisbon on August 1, 1940, narrowly escaping a Nazi SS team sent to seize them.

In 1945, the duke resigned his post, and the couple moved back to France. They lived mainly in Paris, and Edward made a few visits to England, such as to attend the funerals of King George VI in 1952 and his mother, Queen Mary, in 1953. It was not until 1967 that the duke and duchess were invited by the royal family to attend an official public ceremony, the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to Queen Mary. Edward died in Paris in 1972 but was buried at Frogmore, on the grounds of Windsor Castle. In 1986, Wallis died and was buried at his side.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Samuel Jackson has a clause in his film contracts that allows him to play golf during film shoots whenever he wants.

WORD OF THE DAY fecund (FEE-kuhnd) which means very productive or creative intellectually. The English adjective fecund ultimately comes from Latin fēcundus “fertile, productive,” used of humans, animals, and plants. The first syllable fē- is a Latin development of the Proto-Indo-European root dhē(i)- “to suck, suckle.” From fē- Latin forms the derivatives fēlīx “fruitful, productive, fortunate, blessed, lucky” (source of the English name Felix and felicity), fēmina “woman” (originally a feminine participle meaning “suckling”), fētus “parturition, birth, conception, begetting, young (plant or animal), child,” and fīlius and fīlia “son” and “daughter,” respectively (and source of filial). Dhē(i)- appears in Greek as thē(i)-, as in thêsthai “to suckle” and thēlḗ “nipple, teat” (an element of the uncommon English noun thelitis “inflammation of the nipple”). Fecund entered English in the 15th century.

Your Help in Controlling Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard has been confirmed on the Keebler Trail and on a logging trail across from the south-end lighthouse. It is currently in bloom and you can have a positive impact on the control of this plant. We are in an early detection and rapid response phase and garlic mustard could early be controlled, if you act now. It is easier and cheaper to deal with this plant this spring vs. the expense of future control efforts which may not be effective.

Why care about this latest invasive: In some woodlands, dense stands of garlic mustard in the spring threaten showy spring blooming ephemerals like spring beauty, trilliums and trout lilies. Other research points toward potentially negative impacts on timber species and forest health. Many land managers consider it to be one of the most potentially harmful and difficult to control invasive plants in the region. Wildlife will not eat it and it degrades the forests. When it dominates the ground layer of the forests, the plant destroys fungi in the forest which is needed for the regeneration of woody plants.

What you can do: Learn to identify garlic mustard, especially if you are out on the trails.  
If you see this plant, it is now in bloom. Pull the plant out with the roots before it goes to seed and discard in a bag at the Transfer Station. It pulls easily.
If you see a patch that has gone to seed (July), do not walk or ride your bike through it as you will spread the seeds. One plant can produce up to 3,000 seeds.
Please document where you saw the garlic mustard and we will gps and enter it into the state database.

The following is a good information link to educated yourself about this plant and the negative effects it poses to our forests and native plants. www.tworiverscoalition.org/garlic_mustard.asp

Thanks for you help in controlling invasive species on Beaver Island!  
Pam Grassmick
Beaver Island Association

Claudia Schmidt at 1984 Winnipeg Folk Festival

Claudia Schmidt, a former Beaver Island business owner, The Old Rectory, and, currently, a professional singer, was seen in video performing at the 1984 Winnipeg Folk Festival. She sings "Old Devil Time" by Pete Seeger. Her voice, as well as she, have matured over time, and her voice is missed here on Beaver Island.

View video of her 1984 singing HERE

Weather by Joe

June 2, 2019

Right now on Beaver Island, it is 47 degrees with suneshine. The pressure is 29.82, and visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 39 degrees with a humidity of 79%. The day is expected to stay sunny with a high of 56 degrees. There is very little chance of precipitation. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day:

circumspect adjective (SER-kum-spekt) careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences; prudent

Circumspect mplys looking before you leap, and puts a unique spin on being careful in the face of risk or danger. Circumspect, which descends from Latin circum- ("around") and specere ("to look"), implies the surveying of all possible consequences before acting or deciding (as in "he is circumspect in business dealings"). Cautious suggests fear of danger and the exercise of forethought that it prompts (as in "a cautious driver"). Wary emphasizes suspiciousness and alertness in sensing danger and cunning in escaping it (as in "keep a wary eye on the competition"). Chary implies a cautious reluctance to give, act, or speak freely (as in "she is chary of signing papers without reading them first").

On this Day in 1924: The Indian Citizenship Act

With Congress’ passage of the Indian Citizenship Act, the government of the United States confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country.

Before the Civil War, citizenship was often limited to Native Americans of one-half or less Indian blood. In the Reconstruction period, progressive Republicans in Congress sought to accelerate the granting of citizenship to friendly tribes, though state support for these measures was often limited. In 1888, most Native American women married to U.S. citizens were conferred with citizenship, and in 1919 Native American veterans of World War I were offered citizenship. In 1924, the Indian Citizenship Act, an all-inclusive act, was passed by Congress. The privileges of citizenship, however, were largely governed by state law, and the right to vote was often denied to Native Americans in the early 20th century.

Beaver Island Food Pantry Food Drive

June 1, 2019

The BICS 4th and 5th grade class is asking for donations of food to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 1, 2019

Partly cloudy skies this morning, 48°, wind is from the ENE at 6 mph making it feel like 46°, humidity is 73%, pressure is at 29.86 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels for today are medium at 6.7. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest early in the evening. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Sunday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT people don’t sneeze in their sleep due to their brain shutting down the reflex.

WORD OF THE DAY disinvent (dis-in-VENT) which means to undo the invention of; to reverse the existence of. Disinvent is an obvious compound of the prefix dis-, here having a reversing force, and the verb invent. It is quite rare, first appearing in the second half of the 19th century (for the “disinventing” of the telegraph). In the 20th century disinvent has been applied to the impossibility of “disinventing” nuclear or chemical weapons.

Special St. James Meeting on Lake Levels

May 30, 2019

DEQ Application Project Description


DRAFT Minutes of 05302019 Special

View video of the meeting HERE

BICS Economics Presentations

May 31, 2019

For this school year of 2018-2019, the students of the Civics and Economics classs have been required to present topics of their own choice and answer questions of community members as part of their education program. The instructor is Adam Richards. The first semester required two presentations of Civics topics, and the secong semester required two topics that were tied to an Economics principal. There have been obvious growth in the students throughout this year in many areas, but public speaking is just one of many.

All four of these presentations were recorded by BINN, and the first two are available for viewing in the Archives 2019. Three of the presentations were live streamed on beaverisland.tv. The first two and last were all live streamed by Editor Joe Moore. The third was only recorded due to medical appointments on the mainland, and could not be live streamed. This video includes no less than 24 hours of video total with each session being about 1.5 hours with two sessions per each of the four marking periods.

The video presented at the links below include the topics presented in March 2019 and in May 2019. Thanks to Nick DeLaat for recording the video in March.

View a gallery of photos from the May presentations HERE

The attendees and the presenters

Mr. Richards, May 28th presentations

Presenters on May 28th

Mr. Richards, May 30th presentations

May 30th preseentations

View video of the March presentations HERE

View video of the May presentations, night 1 HERE

View video of the May presentations, night 2 HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 31, 2019

Partly cloudy, 46°, feels like 45° due to the ESE wind at 4 mph, humidity is 68%, pressure is 29.85 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels for today are at 6.6, medium. Top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Light winds becoming southeast 5 to 10 knots in the morning, then becoming northeast 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Light winds. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1889, in a river valley in central Pennsylvania, heavy rain and a neglected dam lead to a catastrophe in which 2,209 people die and a prosperous city, Johnstown, is nearly wiped off the face of the earth.

Johnstown, located at the confluence of the Little Conemaugh River and Stony Creek, was 14 miles downstream from Lake Conemaugh, a reservoir turned recreational lake that was owned and maintained by the prestigious South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. The sporting club, which catered to a wealthy clientele from nearby Pittsburgh, included Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick on its membership rolls. Lake Conemaugh was held back by the South Fork Dam, a large earth-fill dam that was completed by the club in 1881. By 1889, the dam was in dire need of repairs.

When several days of heavy rain struck the area in late May 1889, club officials struggled to reinforce the neglected dam, which was under tremendous pressure from the swollen waters of Lake Conemaugh. The dam began to disintegrate, and on May 31 the lake’s water level passed over the top of the dam. Realizing that the dam’s collapse was imminent, club officials sent riders down the valley to evacuate area residents. However, flooding was a familiar occurrence in the valley, and few Johnstown residents heeded the riders’ desperate warnings. Most just took the same simple precautions they did when Little Conemaugh River flooded: They moved their belongings to the second story of their homes and settled down to wait out the storm.

At 3:10 p.m., the South Fork Dam washed away, drowning several laborers who were struggling to maintain it. Club officials on high ground watched awe-struck as 20 million tons of water went roaring down the valley toward Johnstown. The deluge swept through the communities of South Fork, Mineral Point, Woodvale, and East Conemaugh, accumulating debris, including rocks, trees, houses, barns, railroad cars, animals, and people, both dead and alive. By the time it reached Johnstown, at 4:07 p.m., the flood appeared as a rolling hill of debris more than 30 feet high and nearly half a mile wide. In a terrible swoop, the northern half of the city was swept away, sending some 1,500 demolished Johnstown buildings tumbling down with the roaring torrent.

It took 10 minutes for the waters of Lake Conemaugh to pass through Johnstown, and 2,000 people were drowned or crushed in the torrent. A few survivors were washed up along with numerous corpses several miles down the valley. At the old Stone Bridge in Johnstown, debris piled 40 feet high caught fire, and some 80 huddled survivors of the flood perished in the flames. A total of 2,209 died as a result of the disaster.

Among the survivors of the calamity, there was a scarcely an individual who had not lost a friend or relative in the Johnstown Flood. Despite the great scale of the tragedy, reconstruction of the devastated community began almost immediately, and Clara Barton and the American Red Cross constructed shelters for homeless residents while well-wishers around the country sent tons of relief supplies. The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club was widely criticized for its failure to maintain the South Fork Dam, but no successful lawsuits were ever brought against the organization.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The Flintstones was the most profitable network cartoon franchise for 30 years, that’s before The Simpsons came along.

WORD OF THE DAY persiflage (PUR-suh-flahzh) which means light, bantering talk, or writing. The origin of persiflage all comes down to sound. English persiflage is borrowed from French persiflage, derived from persifler “to banter” and -age, a noun-forming suffix. Persifler combines per-, an intensive prefix meaning “thoroughly,” and siffler “to whistle, hiss.” Siffler in turn comes from Late Latin sīfilāre, from Latin sībilāre, also “to whistle, hiss.” This perfectly expressive verb yields English sibilate “to hiss” and sibilant “hissing,” which, in phonetics, characterizes such sounds as the -s- and -zh- in persiflage. We can well imagine how the teasing repartee, for example, of two sweethearts in a romantic comedy, sizzles with sibilant sounds, but for all the “hissing” of persiflage, its raillery is light and good-natured. Persiflage entered English in the mid-18th century.

2019 Warblers on the Water In Review

May 30, 2019

The 6th Annual Warblers on the Water event is successfully over. The participants explored the birding opportunities on Beaver Island and had a wonderful adventure on High Island.

This event was made possible with the strategic help from a small army of dedicated people and field trip leaders. First, I would like to thank the Preservation Association board for the use of their staff and facility over Memorial Weekend. The Community Center is the perfect venue for hosting presentations. We had assistance from the County Transit with Dyanne Tracy driving field trip leaders and participants to birding hot spots. Captain Mike Weede of the Resolute with First Mate, Molly, and Captain Bob Turner of the Kelly Anne with First Mate, Micah Richards, navigated the waters to High Island where birders enjoyed a day of serenity, food, fellowship, and birds. Carol Burton needs to be recognized for her work organizing the Bloomquist's performance during dinner at the Shamrock. Paul Cole offered the use of his van while tasty treats were provided for all presentations by Lisa Gillespie, Michelle LaFreniere, and Sheri Richards. A shout out to the Beaver Island Boat Company for the round trip transportation of the field trip leaders. Bill Markey, Paul Cole, and Dicky McEvoy gave a fabulous over view of Beaver Island's night sky and the process for a International Dark Sky Designation. Terry and Andrea Grabill, Darrell Lawson, and Dr. Nancy Seefelt are to be commended for their efforts enhancing participants understanding of the natural world.

I'm often asked by people what birds are seen. Photos are being shared on the Beaver Island Birding Trail Facebook page by participants. They are beautiful and capture some great memories. The News on the Net website has the birding and the Beaver Island Dark Sky presentations posted.

Thank you to the Beaver Island community for their welcoming attitude to birders. Many first time visitors complimented the wonderful people and impressive natural resources. Have a great summer one and all!

Pam Grassmick
Beaver Island Association

Beaver Island Telecommunications Committee Documents

Draft Tele Ad Com Min 05212019

Tele Ad Com attachments 05212019

This group is working to improve the Internet connections for the island.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 30, 2019

Partly cloudy this morning, 51°, wind is from the WSW at 9 mph making it feel like 48°, humidity is at 84%, pressure is 29.68 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels for today are at 8.3, which is medium-high. Top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. The marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest early in the evening. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1430, at Rouen in English-controlled Normandy, Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who became the savior of France, is burned at the stake for heresy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Slovakia they have Christmas Carp that live in the family bathtub for a few days before they are eaten.

WORD OF THE DAY foment (foh-MENT) which means to instigate or foster. English foment ultimately comes from the Latin noun fōmentum “a soothing dressing or compress (hot or cold), a remedy, alleviation.” Fōmentum is a contraction of an earlier, unrecorded fovimentum or fovementum, a derivative of the verb fovēre “to keep warm, protect from the cold, refresh, ease.” The Latin neuter suffix -mentum is used to form concrete nouns from verbs, such as armāmentum “sailing gear, tackle,” from armāre “to fit out with equipment or weapons.” Foment entered English in the 15th century.

BICS Open House

May 29, 2019, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Kindergarten Graduation and Awards Ceremony at BICS

Ms. Green and the two kindergarten graduates

Today, May 29, 2019, the two kindergarteners graduated. This was done shortly after three p.m. in the school gymnasium. In addition to this there were Citizen of the Year and Student of the Year Awards given for Middle School as well as High School, and the valedictorian, salutatorian, and honors students were recognize and given their cords for graduation. Beth Crosswhite did the announcements of the scholarships received by some of the seniors. The entire program can be viewed HERE

View a gallery of photos of these ceremonies HERE

The three highesst seniors this year.

View video of the graduation and Awards HERE

Information regarding lake water levels
Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:00 pm

View the official notice HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 29, 2019

Sunny, blue skies, 50°, wind is from the WSW at 5 mph making it feel like 49°,humidity is 92%, pressure is 29.75 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.Pollen levels for today are at medium-high, 7.6. Top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. The marine forecast is as follows:
Today Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Since Hillary and Norgay’s historic climb, numerous expeditions have made their way up to Everest’s summit. In 1960, a Chinese expedition was the first to conquer the mountain from the Tibetan side, and in 1963 James Whittaker became the first American to top Everest. In 1975, Tabei Junko of Japan became the first woman to reach the summit. Three years later, Reinhold Messner of Italy and Peter Habeler of Austria achieved what had been previously thought impossible: climbing to the Everest summit without oxygen. More than 300 climbers have died attempting to summit the mountain.

Everest’s deadliest day occurred on April 25, 2015, when 19 people were killed in an avalanche at base camp following a 7.8 earthquake, which killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000 in Nepal.

A major tragedy occurred in 1996 when eight climbers died after being caught in a blizzard high on the slopes in an incident made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air. Krakauer's book did nothing to stem the tide of people willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a chance to summit Earth’s highest mountain. Traffic jams have been reported near the top, and a fistfight broke out in 2013 between three European climbers and more than 100 Sherpas, over what the guides deemed to be rude and dangerous behavior during an attempted ascent. Meanwhile, the deaths keep coming, including 11 so far in 2019.

DID YOU KNOW THAT all dogs are banned from Antarctica since April 1994. This ban was made because of concern that dogs might spread diseases to seals.

WORD OF THE DAY equity (EK-wi-tee) which means the quality of being fair or impartial. Equity comes via Old French equité from Latin aequitāt-, stem of aequitās “evenness, uniformity, justice, fairness, impartiality.” Aequitās is a noun derivative of the adjective aequus “even, level, flat, just, impartial, reasonable,” of unknown origin. Aequus is the ultimate source of many other familiar English words, including equal, equality, equable, equitable, equation, and equator, as well as the combining form equi-, as in equipoise. Latin also used aequus in compounds, ultimately yielding such English words as equanimity, literally “even mind,” equilateral “having equal sides,” equilibrium “equal weight,” equinox “equal (day and) night,” and equivalent “having equal power.” Equity entered English by the early 14th century.

May 2019 BINN

Lots and lots of pictures to be put to music, AND a very busy month!

View the video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 28, 2019

Cloudy skies again this morning, 44°, wind is from the NE at 10 mph making it feel like 39°, humidity is at 95%, pressure is 29.82 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low today at 2.4. Top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. The marine forecast is as follows: ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT TODAY...
Today Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots early in the morning. Scattered showers early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1754, in the first engagement of the French and Indian War, a Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeats a French reconnaissance party in southwestern Pennsylvania. In a surprise attack, the Virginians killed 10 French soldiers from Fort Duquesne, including the French commander, Coulon de Jumonville, and took 21 prisoners. Only one of Washington’s men was killed.

The French and Indian War was the last and most important of a series of colonial conflicts between the British and the American colonists on one side, and the French and their broad network of Native American allies on the other. Fighting began in the spring of 1754, but Britain and France did not officially declare war against each other until May 1756 and the outbreak of the Seven Years War in Europe.

In November 1752, at the age of 20, George Washington was appointed adjutant in the Virginia colonial militia, which involved the inspection, mustering, and regulation of various militia companies. In November 1753, he first gained public notice when he volunteered to carry a message from Virginia Governor Robert Dinwiddie to the French moving into the Ohio Valley, warning them to leave the territory, which was claimed by the British crown. Washington succeeded in the perilous wilderness journey and brought back an alarming message: The French intended to stay.

In 1754, Dinwiddie appointed Washington a lieutenant colonel and sent him out with 160 men to reinforce a colonial post at what is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before Washington could reach it, however, it was given up without bloodshed to the French, who renamed it Fort Duquesne. Washington moved within about 40 miles of the French position and set about building a new post at Great Meadows, which he named Fort Necessity. From this base, he ambushed an advance detachment of about 30 French, striking the first blow of the French and Indian War. For the victory, Washington was appointed a full colonel and reinforced with several hundred Virginia and North Carolina troops.

On July 3, the French descended on Fort Necessity with their full force, and after an all-day fight Washington surrendered to their superior numbers. The disarmed colonials were allowed to march back to Virginia, and Washington was hailed as a hero despite his surrender of the fort. The story of the campaign was written up in a London gazette, and Washington was quoted as saying, “I have heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something charming in the sound.” Reading this, King George II remarked, “He would not say so if he had been used to hear many.”

In October 1754, Washington resigned his commission in protest of the British underpayment of colonial offices and policy of making them subordinate to all British officers, regardless of rank. In early 1755, however, British General Edward Braddock and his army arrived to Virginia, and Washington agreed to serve as Braddock’s personal aide-de-camp, with the courtesy title of colonel. The subsequent expedition against Fort Duquesne was a disaster, but Washington fought bravely and succeeded in bringing the survivors back after Braddock and 1,000 others were killed.

With the western frontier of Virginia now dangerously exposed, Governor Dinwiddie appointed Washington commander in chief of all Virginia forces in August 1755. During the next three years, Washington struggled with the problems of frontier defense but participated in no major engagements until he was put in command of a Virginia regiment participating in a large British campaign against Fort Duquesne in 1758. The French burned and abandoned the fort before the British and Americans arrived, and Fort Pitt was raised on its site. With Virginia’s strategic objective attained, Washington resigned his commission with the honorary rank of brigadier general. He returned to a planter’s life and took a seat in Virginia’s House of Burgesses.

The French and Indian War raged on elsewhere in North America for several years. With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in February 1763, France lost all claims to the mainland of North America east of the Mississippi and gave up Louisiana, including New Orleans, to Spain. Fifteen years later, French bitterness over the loss of their North American empire contributed to their intervention in the American Revolution on the side of the Patriots, despite the fact that the Patriots were led by one of France’s old enemies, George Washington.

DID YOU KNOW THAT “Bluetooth” technology was named after a 10th century king, King Harald Bluetooth. He united Denmark and Norway – just like the wireless technology united computers and cell phones.

WORD OF THE DAY otiose (OH-see-ohs) which means being at leisure; idle; indolent. The many meanings of the English adjective otiose are pretty much the same as the Latin original, ōtiōsus. Ōtiōsus means “not busy with business or politics, leisurely, avoiding work or action, ineffectual, useless, peaceable, tranquil, vacant (land or public office).” Ōtiōsus is a derivative of the noun ōtium “spare time, leisure time, time off (from work or the army), inactivity, idleness, holiday, vacation, ease, rest, peace and tranquility.” Otiose entered English in the late 18th century.

Shirley K Rudder

by Dick Burris

Clarence Maudrie lost the rudder off of the Shirley K just off the Coast Guard station in the harbor of Paradise Bay in 45 feet of water.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Beaver Island Dark Skies Project

May 26, 2019

At 5:30 p.m., this presentation took place as part of the "Warblers on the Water" weekend at the BIC Center.

Paul Cole, Chamber Director introduces the program and the presenter.

Bill Markey, presenter of the Dark Skies Project

Some of the dark sky options

View video of the presentation HERE

Carl Misiak Memorial Service

May 26, 2019

Scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, the community met down at the Veteran's Memorial Park along with Sharon Misiak's family to say goodbye to Carl. The memorial was done in the format of the AMVET's ceremony with Father Jim Siler saying the prayers as well as the military farewell including the gun salute and TAPS.

Gathering for the service

Sharon Misiak and family

View a gallery of photos of the service HERE

View video of the service HERE

BI Christian Church Service

May 26, 2019

Minister giving the sermon......Singing a hymn

View video of the service HERE

Baccalaureate Mass from Holy Cross

May 26, 2019

This past Saturday afternoon, Mass took place as usual at the 4 p.m. scheduled time. The reader for this service was Brian Foli, and the celebrant was Father Jim Siler. Sunday morning was the Baccalaureate for the Beaver Island Community School students who are to graduate. All but one graduating senior attended this special service for the graduates.

The sunshine.........Father Jim Siler gives the sermon........Brian Foli read the paryers

Sunday Baccalaureate Service

This special service is for the BICS Graduates

The graduates process in and stand for the opening prayers.

Joan Banville did the reading, while Jared Robers and Father Jim listen.

Father Jim introduces the graduates and then says a prayer for them.

Joan Banville reads the prayers....

Denise Hoffman sings "How Beautiful" during communion.

The graduates during the recessional.

View video of the service HERE

Busy Weekend

May 27, 2019

With "Warblers on the Water" and many other activities, this weekend has been especailly busy. There were lots of events to video and take pictures of, and there were many others going on that could not be covered due to the limits of trying to be in more than one place at one time. There are several events that have yet to be posted, but, rest assured, that they will be posted as soon as the video is processed and the pictures are sized and prepared for posting. All of these events will be posted as they are completed up above this special one, "Memorial Day Service," which is just below this one.

Yes, Memorial Day takes precedence over the rest of the weekend!

Memorial Day

Hope you joined AMVETS Post 46 and other veterans for a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park.  The event started at 11:00 AM Monday, May 27th. We honored those veterans who passed away last year and reflect on those island veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their county.

AMVETS Post 46

The geese did a fly-over just a couple of minutes before the scheduled one.

The USCG helicopter did a fly-over to start the service at the Beaver Island Veterans' Memorial.

View a gallery of photos and labels HERE

View video of the service HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Meeting Minutes

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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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Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 27, 2019

Yes, I really, really slept in this morning. Cloudy skies, 48°, wind is from the ENE at 12 mph making it feel like 43°, there is a 60% chance of rain today, humidity is at 78%, pressure is at 30.15 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 7.6. Top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Rain showers likely in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE A boat carrying 937 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution is turned away from Havana, Cuba, on this day in 1939. Only 28 immigrants are admitted into the country. After appeals to the Unites States and Canada for entry are denied, the rest are forced to sail back to Europe, where they’re distributed among several countries including Great Britain and France.

On May 13, the S.S. St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Havana, Cuba. Most of the passengers—many of them children—were German Jews escaping increasing persecution under the Third Reich. Six months earlier, 91 people were killed and Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues were destroyed in what became known as the Kristallnacht pogrom. It was becoming increasing clear the Nazis were accelerating their efforts to exterminate Jews by arresting them and placing them in concentration camps. World War II and the formal implementation of The Final Solution were just months from beginning.

The refugees had applied for U.S. visas, and planned to stay in Cuba until they could enter the United States legally. Even before they set sail, their impending arrival was greeted with hostility in Cuba. On May 8, there was a massive anti-Semitic demonstration in Havana. Right-wing newspapers claimed that the incoming immigrants were Communists.

The St. Louis arrived in Havana on May 27. Roughly 28 people onboard had valid visas or travel documents and were allowed to disembark. The Cuban government refused to admit the nearly 900 others. For seven days, the ship’s captain attempted to negotiate with Cuban officials, but they refused to comply.

The ship sailed closer to Florida, hoping to disembark there, but it was not permitted to dock. Some passengers attempted to cable President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking for refuge, but he never responded. A State Department telegram stated that the asylum-seekers must “await their turns on the waiting list and qualify for and obtain immigration visas before they may be admissible into the United States.”

As a last resort, the St. Louis continued north to Canada, but it was rejected there, too. “No country could open its doors wide enough to take in the hundreds of thousands of Jewish people who want to leave Europe: the line must be drawn somewhere,” Frederick Blair, Canada’s director of immigration, said at the time.

Faced with no other options, the ship returned to Europe. It docked in Antwerp, Belgium on June 17. By then, several Jewish organizations had secured entry visas for the refugees in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. The majority who had traveled on the ship survived the Holocaust; 254 later died as the Nazis swept through the continent.

DID YOU KNOW THAT as of 1998, over 50% of Iceland’s population believed in the existence of elves.

WORD OF THE DAY decoration (dek-uh-REY-shuhn) which means a badge, medal, etc., conferred and worn as a mark of honor. English decoration is a straightforward borrowing from Late Latin decorātiō (inflectional stem decorātiōn-) “adornment, ornament,” a derivative of the verb decorāre. Decorāre in turn derives from decor- (inflectional stem of decus) “an ornament, splendor, honor.” Decus is related to the verbs decēre “to be acceptable, be fitting” and docēre “to teach,” i.e., “to make fitting.” Decoration entered English in the 16th century.

I Forget

by Cindy Ricksgers

Sharpen Your Birding Skills

There was a presentation on Sharpening Birding Skills with Andrea and Terry Grabill at the Community Center Saturday, May 25th at 5:30 p.m.. The event was free and open to the public. The presentation was appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

Terry Grabill is a life-long birder, having gained the handle of "Birdman" by his family in his early teens.  Along with his wife Andrea, Terry has dedicated countless hours and adventures to developing beginning birders with their "Beaver Island Group" program through Fremont Middle School, where Terry is an 8th grade science teacher.  Most of his own introductory birding experiences happened on Beaver Island.  Terry was a Central Michigan University student studying at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver in 1988 when he realized that there were other individuals, groups even, interested in birding. He has maintained life-long relationships with these people.  He and Andrea have developed young birders for 20 years with the groups they've brought to CMU's Biological Station and birding events down-state. 


Terry doing his presentation

View a gallery of photos from this presentation HERE

View video of this preseentation HERE

High Water at Gull Harbor

May 25, 2019

Without waders or a flotation type device, canoe, boat, etc, you are not going to be able to view the eagle tree in the Natural Area at Gull Harbor. These pictures were taken this morning. Two other vehicles were thinking about trying to take the water covered roadway. It was suggested that they might not want to try it.

More Osprey Pictures

May 25, 2019

Checking out the osprey nest each day, waiting for the nesting season.

Birds at the Feeder

May 25, 2019

There are the usual bluejays, chicadees, grackles, and others that come to the feeders on Carlisle Road, but here are a few of the newest arrivals that are being enjoyed through the breakfast room window.

The oriole, the cardinal, and the hummer are welcomed here.

Music at BICS Today 3 p.m.

Equipment is set up for the short concert at the BI Community School at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The performers are Ruth and Max Bloomquist, who play original and traditional folk music. With guitar and stand-up bass and two very nice voices, this concert was one of a great deal of enjoyment by all those who attended. The Bloomquists were to perform for the dinner at the Shamrock tonight for the Warblers on Water dinner, and will perform tomorrow on the porch at the Print Shop Museum.

View video of the performance HERE




Resale Shop

The summer schedule at Island Treasures Resale Shop will begin on Tuesday, June 4. The shop will be open Tues. through Sat. from noon until 4:00. Please tell your friends.

St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.  

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

June 15

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE

BIESA Meeting Dates


Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

June 3, 2019


Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

April 20, 2019


Contradance Summer 2019 Schedule

Dances start at 7 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church



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