B.I. News on the 'Net, May 29-June 4, 2017

Sunday Ride

June 4, 2017

The ride in the fog today was really longer than a normal ride, but the openings in the fog provided just a few opportunities to take some pictures. The fog just continues to block the view and provide plenty of issues for those trying to get on and off the island.

Whiskey Point Kildeer

Barney's Lake reflections

Fleeing ducklings

Loon on the nest at Barney's Lake

Large dragonfly

Wild Strawberry and wildflowers with insect visitors

Beautiful Lilacs across the road.

Mass from Holy Cross

June 4, 2017

Waking up to the thick fog over the lake, most parishioners knew that there would be no priest coming in this morning. Unless the priest came yesterday, there would be no mass this morning. That doesn't mean that a very nice communion service wouldn't take place, and that's just what happened. Deacon Jim Siler was the celebrant, dressed in his Pentacost red robe, with Ann Partridge doing the readings.

Deacon Jim Siler.............Ann Partridge

The Recessional

Video of the service can be viewed HERE

A Day Turns Around

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 4, 2017

It was a damp night as we received about 1/2 inch of rain. Right now it's foggy, 55°, wind is at 4 mph from the west, humidity is 98%, pressure is steady at 29.81 inches, visibility is 0.2 miles, and pollen levels are medium at 5.9.
Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog through the day. Highs around 70. West winds at 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Patchy fog. Lows in the lower 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Today: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog through the day. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 4, 1939 - The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK. It was actually a folding chair that had been mounted on wheels. Of course I wanted to learn more about it, so I went to ideafinder.com:
"The first shopping carts were put into service by grocery store owner Sylvan Goldman in 1937. Sylvan Goldman, born in 1898 grew up in the new Oklahoma Territory and went into wholesale produce with his brother. Oklahoma oil prices plunged in 1921. That wiped them out, so they went to California to study new methods for retailing groceries. They came back and set up a chain of self-service stores equipped with woven baskets customers could carry while they shopped.
It was a huge success. They finally sold out to the Safeway chain. This time, the Depression wiped out their Safeway stock. But "the wonderful thing about food is that everyone uses it—and uses it only once." The Goldmans dove back in. By the mid-‘30s they owned half of the Standard/Piggly-Wiggly chain. One night, in 1936, Goldman sat in his office wondering how customers might move more groceries. He stared idly at a wooden folding chair. Put a basket on the seat, wheels on the legs. . . Wait a minute. Why not two baskets, one above the other?

Goldman and a mechanic, Fred Young, began tinkering. Their first shopping cart was a metal frame that held two wire baskets. Since you have to be able to store shopping carts, the frames were designed to be folded and the baskets nested. Since they were inspired by the folding chair, Goldman called his carts "folding basket carriers." Basically, they were folding metal frames with handles and wheels. Customers could place hand-held baskets on the carriers, and take them off again at checkout. Goldman formed the Folding Carrier Basket Company (still in business today as Unarco)..

Goldman’s concept was simple: make shopping easier for the customer and they’ll visit the store more frequently, and buy more. Unfortunately, the customers didn’t want to use the carts. Young men thought they would appear weak; young women felt the carts were unfashionable; and older people didn’t want to appear helpless. So, Goldman hired models of all ages and both sexes to push the things around the store, pretending they were shopping. That, and an attractive store greeter encouraging use of the carts, did the trick.

By 1940 shopping carts had found so firm a place in American life as to grace the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Supermarkets were redesigned to accommodate them. Checkout counter design and the layout of aisles changed.

In 1946, Orla E. Watson, of Kansas City, MO, devised a plan for a telescoping shopping cart which did not require assembly or disassembly of its parts before and after use; this cart could be fitted into another cart for compact storage, hence the cart descriptor. Watson applied for a patent on his shopping cart invention in 1946, but Goldman contested it and filed an application for a similar patent. In 1949 Goldman relinquished his rights to the patent and granted them to Watson. In exchange, Goldman received licensing rights in addition to the three other licenses previously granted; Watson continued to receive royalties for each cart produced.

The shopping cart has undergone many more changes as time has progressed. The shape has changed as ergonomic considerations were taken into account. For the most part, carts are bigger to hold more merchandise, thus enabling more sales. Although basic design hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years, the next generation of carts is still evolving, with even bigger upper and lower baskets. Some stores are starting to get cart accessories that hold two kindergarten-size kids.

Recent studies determined while the cartless retailers such as Sears and J.C. Penney have suffered slow sales in recent years, the retailers that do use shopping carts, among them Target and Home Depot, have had booming sales. In large part this could be attributed to the ease of shopping made possible by Sylvan Goldman's invention—the shopping cart.

DID YOU KNOW Switzerland eats the most chocolate equating to 10 kilos per person per year? From confectionerynews.com "Switzerland eats the most chocolate equating to 10 kilos per person per year."

WORD OF THE DAY notabilia (noh-tuh-BIL-ee-uh) which means matters, events, or items worth of note. In Latin of the classical period, notābilis was an adjective only, meaning “noteworthy, famous,” but also “notorious, infamous.” Late Latin developed the noun senses: first “noteworthy thing, important event” (plural notābilia) and later “eminent person” (plural notābilēs). Notabilia entered English in the mid-19th century.

Nesting Loon on Barney's Lake

June 3, 2017

A change in position must have been in order or a swap of responsibility.

Osprey Pair on Sloptown

June 3, 2017

One leisurely basking in the sunlight....The nest protector checking out the sounds from below.

Marine Railway

by Dick Burris

One of my first commercial jobs in the north was to do underwater work on a marine railway in Charlevoix, Michigan.  A group from Beaver Island were dismantling the marine railway to later install them in the harbor at Beaver Island.  Art Reibel, Bill Welke, and Wayne Chapman had taken on this quest.

Read the rest of the story HERE

What Did You Say 18

By Joe Moore

“Well, I don’t really want to go to the hospital,” the patient said.  “I’d just as soon die on Beaver Island.”

What did you say?

Yes, a patient actually said those exact words to me, and I’ve heard them more than once on Beaver Island as an EMT first and later as a paramedic.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 3, 2017

Starting the weekend on a very high note in this house. Got the results from the MRI I had the other day.... (insert drum roll here)...the cancer has not spread to my brain. Evidently, Henry (my existing tumor) wants to be an only child and isn't sharing his spot in my brain because he likes having his own room. Now to wait for the results from the PET scan.

Oh yeah, the weather. Right now I'm showing clear skies, 51°, wind is at 8 mph from the SE, humidity is at 67%, pressure is steady at 30.10 inches, visibility is 10.0 miles, pollen levels are medium at 7.2, and the UV level is very high for today so minimize your sun exposure and apply sunscreen.
Today: Partly sunny. A chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening then more after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

MARINE REPORT: Today: SE wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 3, 1991 - Willie Nelson began selling his "Who'll Buy My Memories - The IRS Tapes" album through phone orders. It was later released in stores. The album was made up of songs that had been seized by the U.S. government and would go towards paying off his $16 million tax bill.

DID YOU KNOW that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, compared to a human's 6 muscles each. A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog. Thirty-two individual muscles in each ear allow for a manner of directional hearing; a cat can move each ear independently of the other. Because of this mobility, a cat can move its body in one direction and point its ears in another direction. Most cats have straight ears pointing upward.

WORD OF THE DAY: athleisure (ath-LEE-zher) a style of clothing worn as athletic apparel but also suitable for casual, everyday wear. Athleisure is first recorded in the 1970s and is a portmanteau of athletics and leisure.

BICS Weekly Update and Open House

Weekly Update June 5-9th

Open House, June 8th, 3:15 p.m.

Notice to Subscribers

from the editor, Joe Moore

We at Beaver Island News on the 'Net have noticed that several subscribers and business advertisers have not paid their renewal fees for 2017. We would appreciate it if you would take the time to check your records to see if you are due to pay your renewal. While we will attempt to check the database and get notices out to you, we are quite busy with personal health issues and trips to the mainland to help resolve those issues.

Yoiur help in accomplishing this would be a great help to us as we move forward with the treatment phase of our medical issues.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 2, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 43°, wind is at 3 mph from the NE, humidity is at 96%, pressure is rising from 30.11 inches, visibility is 9.4 miles. and pollen levels are medium at 7.2 This decrease is due to the rising relative humidity and weaker winds.
Today: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. Light winds.

MARINE REPORT: Today: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Isolated showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 2, 2003 - In Seville, Spain, a chest containing the supposed remains of Christopher Columbus were exhumed for DNA tests to determine whether the bones were really those of the explorer. The tests were aimed at determining if Colombus was currently buried in Spain's Seville Cathedral or in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. (from cbsnews.com - 19 May 2006)

"Spanish researchers said Friday they have resolved a century-old mystery surrounding Christopher Columbus's burial place, which both Spain and the Dominican Republic claim to be watching over. Their verdict: Spain's got the right bones.
A forensic team led by Spanish geneticist Jose Antonio Lorente has compared DNA from bone fragments that Spain says are from the explorer, and are buried in a cathedral in Seville, with DNA from remains that are known to be from Columbus' brother Diego, who is also buried in the southern Spanish city.

"There is absolute matchup between the mitochondrial DNA we have studied from Columbus' brother and Christopher Columbus," said Marcial Castro, a Seville-area historian and high school teacher who is the mastermind behind the project, which began in 2002. Mitochondria are cell components rich in DNA.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON?

WORD OF THE DAY: glocalize (GLO-kuh-lyz) which means to make a product or service available widely, but adapted for local markets. A blend of global and localize. Earliest documented use: 1989.

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

June 1, 2017

Headed to the mainland this morning for a PET scan and a MRI. We'll be back tonight, so behave yourselves! Right now I'm showing clear skies, 43°, feels like 39°, wind is at 6 mph from the SW, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 30.06 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Pollen levels will be medium high at 8.0. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers in the evening then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

MARINE REPORT: Today: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of June 1, 1980 - Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.

DID YOU KNOW dreamt is the only word that ends in mt?

WORD OF THE DAY centenarian (sen-tn-AIR-ee-uh m) which means a person who has reached the age of 100. Centenarian comes from the Latin adjective centēnārius “consisting of a hundred” but in classical Latin refers to measurements or solid things (e.g., 100-pound boulders for hurling in a ballista, an ancient artillery piece) but not to persons. The senses of “lasting a hundred years, a hundred years old" is a development in Late Latin. Centēnārius is a derivative of the adjective centēnī “a hundred each, a hundred,” and may be used for persons. It is all too easy (and reasonable) to think that centenarian should be spelled centennarian (i.e., with two n’s) on the analogy of centennial, bicentennial, etc., in which the -enn is a combining form from the noun annus “year.” Centenarian entered English in the mid-18th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 31, 2017

A bit chilly this morning for the last day of May. Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 49°, feels like 43°, drizzling, wind is at 14 mph from the SW with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 29.82 inches, and visibility is 9.3 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers. Highs in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the evening becoming light.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in Effect until 11 PM Tonight
Today: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: Southwest wind 5 to 15 knots. Gusty in the evening. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 31, 1859 - In London, Big Ben went into operation. (From history.com;)
"The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time on this day in 1859.

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

Denison’s design, built by the company E.J. Dent& Co., was completed in 1854; five years later, St. Stephen’s Tower itself was finished. Weighing in at more than 13 tons, its massive bell was dragged to the tower through the streets of London by a team of 16 horses, to the cheers of onlookers. Once it was installed, Big Ben struck its first chimes on May 31, 1859. Just two months later, however, the heavy striker designed by Denison cracked the bell. Three more years passed before a lighter hammer was added and the clock went into service again. The bell was rotated so that the hammer would strike another surface, but the crack was never repaired.

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

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

Did you know that the 3 most common languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English?

Word of the day: puffery (PUHF-uh-ree) which means
1) undue or exaggerated praise. 2) publicity, acclaim, etc., that is full of undue or exaggerated praise. The word puffery has always meant “excessive, fulsome praise.” In the US puffery has legal or quasi-legal status. In 1957 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that puffery was “frequently used to denote the exaggerations reasonably to be expected of a seller as to the degree of quality of his product, the truth or falsity of which cannot be precisely determined." And in 1984 the FTC stated that puffery, e.g, all that French on a restaurant menu, does not authorize enforcement by the FTC: "The Commission generally will not pursue cases involving obviously exaggerated or puffing representations, i.e., those that the ordinary consumers do not take seriously." Puffery entered English in the 18th century.

Rain Today?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 30, 2017

Cloudy skies, 50°, feels like 46° thanks to the 10 mph wind from the SW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 29.81 inches, and visibility is 7.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to about 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers. Lows in the mid 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect until 8:00 pm tonight.
Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning, then 25 knots in the afternoon. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Isolated showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of May 30, 1911 - Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500. At the time, it was known as International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race. Harroun's average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.

DID YOU KNOW that most birds need gravity to swallow? For example, birds of the family Phasianidae, which includes chickens and quail, can't swallow water in microgravity. They drink by filling their mouth with water and tilting their head back so that gravity will make the water flow down their throat. That won't work in space. The Russians did multiple experiments with quail, in space. They found that they had to spend an inordinate amount of time hand-feeding them with paste.

Pigeons are an example of a bird that can drink in microgravity, because they can drink with their head down.

WORD OF THE DAY: platitude (PLAT-i-tood) which means a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound. Platitude came to English from the French term literally meaning “flatness.” It entered English in the early 1800s.

Birding 101

Birding 101 presented by Darrell Lawson

As this presentation got under motion at the Hangout of the Community Center, the fog began to roll in. The Emerald Isle arrived in the fog. Then the fog cleared for a bit. Then the fog came back in, so that the Emerald Isle had to leave in the fog as well. The fog was not conducive to going out to Gull Harbor to actually look for birds, so that was not part of the afternoon's activities. Perhaps the most informative program in the entire Birding Festival, this Darfell Lawson made several suggestions about birding reference materials and how to use the binoculars as well.

View a gallery of photos of this presentation HERE

View video of the presentation HERE

Beaver Island Memorial Day Remembrance Service

May 29, 2017

The flags at the Veteran's Memorial Park

Bob Tidmore, Leader of the Remembrance Service

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the service HERE

Birding in Antarctica

Penguins and Prions: Birds and Wildlife of the Seventh Continent presented by Cathy Theisen

Presenter Cathy Theisen, veterinarian

This was a fascinating presentation by an experienced presenter with lots and lots of slides and pictures of the birds and wildlife as well as the ice formations. This presentation kept about forty people entranced throughout.

View a gallery of photos of this presentation HERE

View video of this presentation HERE

Pushing On

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross

May 28, 2017

This Memorial Weekend found the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island full of over a hundred and twenty attendees. A special service was planned and was a little longer due to the baptism of Vivian Olivia Cary.

Lector Kathleen McNamara Greendid the readings, and Deacon Jim Siler read the Gospel and gave the sermon.

Father Peter Wigton

Baptism of Vivian Olivia

View video of the service HERE

Roy Elsworth Memorial

Roy Elsworth Memorial wias on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from noon to 4:00 pm at the Circle M. All were welcome to join us in a luncheon and celebrating his amazing life, share stories & memories.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank each and every one of you all, for your condolences, prayers, love and especially for the outpouring of support & help.
Shari Wojciehowski, Duane & Roger Elsworth

View a video of pictures and memories HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 29, 2017

You've heard of "pea soup fog"? Well we sure have it this morning thanks to the almost one inch of rain we received yesterday. I took pictures from the harbor webcams and from the island airways one and you literally can't see much. Since it's Memorial Day, it's a good day to think and reflect.

Right now I'm showing fog, 48°, wind is ranging from 6 to 10 mph from the SW, humidity is at 97%, pressure is rising from 29.66 inches, and visibility is 0.3 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Widespread dense fog in the morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the evening then mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in Effect From May 29, 12:00 pm until May 30, 5:00 am.
Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots in the afternoon. Patchy fog early in the morning. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves to feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of May 29, 1912, fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia for dancing the Turkey Trot. They were on their lunch break, but management thought the dance too racy.

Did you know that a lobsters blood is colorless but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue?

Word of the day: true-blue (troo-bloo) which means unwaveringly loyal or faithful; staunch; unchangingly true. There are several theories about the origin of the phrase true-blue. One is that the phrase derives from the blue cloth made in Coventry, England, in the late Middle Ages (ca. 1500). The dyers of the town had a reputation for producing cloth that didn't fade with washing but remained colorfast, or “true.” The phrase is also associated with the Covenanters (Scottish Presbyterians) of the 17th century, whose flag, a white St. Andrew’s Cross on a blue field (still the national flag of Scotland), was in opposition to the red scarves of the Royalist cavalry. The sense of “steadfast loyalty” was adopted especially by conservative political parties. The phrase entered English in the 17th century.

Birding Peru; Penguins to Piping Guans with Brian Allen

This program took place Saturday, May 27th at 4:30 p.m. in the Hangout of the Beaver Island Community Center. Brian Allen spoke to a group of just under twenty today with emphasis on the beauty of Peru and the many birds that are quite unique there.

Brian Allen

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Video of the presentation will be available when processed.



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

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Annual Meetings

View video of the meeting HERE

April 12, 2017


May 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

View video of May 10th Peaine Meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

May 3, 2017

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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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

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Eagle and Osprey Presentation, 5 p.m., May 26th

Jerry Weinrich

Approximately forty adults attended the Eagle and Osprey presentation today at 5 p.m. at the Community Center, upstairs in the Hangout. The room was pretty full, and the presentation was made by a very knowledgeable man who has been doing the Eagle studies for forty years. The presenter was Jerry Weinrich, a retired DNR wildlife biologist. His presentation included several pictures of eagle nests from above. These were taken while they were doing the surveys for the studies. They flew over looking for nests, and then flew over again to see how many eaglets were in the nest.

The majority of the presentation was about eagles with just a short presentation on ospreys. He noted that Beaver Island is the only Great Lakes island with a pair of nesting ospreys.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the presentation HERE

BICS Weekly Update

May 29-June 2

Short Walk at Gull Harbor

May 26, 2017

Carp in the ponds along with a snake

A walk along the trail at Gull Harbor revealed lots of birds, some which were too quick to capture on the camera. In addition to the birds, the new growth of vegetation was revealed along with the moving life in the pond.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Circle M Opening Friday, May 26th

Tonight, May 25, 2017, the Circle M chefs, the Runberg boys Josh, John, and Dan;, prepared the new dishes for the rest of the help, so they would all have an idea of what the dishes looked like and how they tasted. The new items of food are absolutely amazing. There wasn't one single dish that this editor liked better than another. They all have their unique flavors, and the dishes look amazing. The Circle M opens tomorrow, May 26th, at 5:30 p.m. for the summer season.

Video with Josh, Dan, and Brighet 

The new dishes

Hawaiian Tuna dish.......Cheese dish.......Chicken Parmesan

Beef tips........Mack'n'cheese bites........Cowboy Burger

BIESA Meeting

May 25, 2017

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Cyber Security Presentation

May 25, 2017

Beginning at about 10 a.m. this morning, Christopher Sorensen, was on the island to help anyone who had questions about this topic. Ransomware, hackings and identity theft are everyday news it seems.
Most of us know someone who's email or facebook was hijacked. Many of us have experienced fraudulent credit card activity. And who hasn't forgotten their password?

Chris Sorensen, Senior Cyber Security Researcher for GE Digital brought his 10-plus years as a Cyber Security Specialist to Beaver Island for some informational sessions with the BICS students (at the school), and Island Seniors and community at large (at the BIC Center).

In short, he teaches people how to prevent identity theft, secure their home networks, avoid online scams, and protect themselves and their family on the internet.

Chris speaks regularly about technology issues and writes a monthly column for the local newspaper. “Tech Time” features tips and tricks for keeping your family safe and secure on the Internet. See some examples here: http://www.trentontrib.com/?s=Sorensen

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

If you missed the round-the-coffee-table cyber discussion, you can view video of the entire presentation here on News on the 'Net.

View video of the presentation HERE

BIEMS Gets Emergency Response Vehicle Today

May 25, 2017

This emergency resonse vehicle for the paramedics arrived on today's Emerald Isle ferry trip with the boat arriving at approximately 1:45 pm. Down to the meet the ferry were Brian Meade and Cody Randall. Brian Meade needed to leave before the vehicle came off the ferry due to the BIESA meeting at 2 p.m. This vehicle was purchased with grant moneys from the Grand Traverse Band and Charlevoix County Community Foundation. More information on this will be provided at a later date.


The new echo car

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Flags for Memorial Day

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the two cemeteries with Kate Smith singing "God Bless America"

Thanks to Brian and Dee Gallagher for some of these pictures.

Green Project Named for Joyce Bartels

View story HERE

"HASLETT, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s a way to save energy and money…but for the Haslett Community Church, installing a solar panel roof means a whole lot more than just “going green” especially for Elizabeth Bartels."

Birding Presentations Changed

(Note changes below)

All presentations take place at the Community Center. No registration is required for presentations, free, and appropriate for all age groups.

The festivities begin on Friday night, May 26th at 5 p.m.: “Michigan Eagles and Ospreys, A Bird's Eye View” presented by Jerry Weinrich at 5 p.m.

Jerry Weinrich will speak on his dream job conducting a census of the eagle and osprey populations in the Northern Lower Peninsula. As a wildlife biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment for 30 years, Jerry has the distinction of coordinating the longest-running, large scale census of eagles and ospreys anywhere in the country. He has produced amazing aerial views, not only of nests with fledglings inside, but birds in flight as well. The eagle population, Weinrich says, is on the rise — up from 30 nesting pair in the Lower Peninsula when he started to 407 now. There are about 120 pair of nesting osprey, he said. Currently, Beaver Island is the only Great Lakes Island with a pair of nesting Osprey.
Weinrich hopes those who attend will walk away from the program with an appreciation of how well the eagles are doing.
Moved to Saturday:
Saturday, May 27th at 4:30 p.m.-Birding Peru; Penguins to Piping Guans with Brian Allen. In the Spring of 2010, Brian was invited to Peru on a trip sponsored by Kolibri Expeditions to explore the feasibility of doing ecotourism in the Satipo Valley in the east central region of the Andes Mountains. Brian says that this program will show some of the stunning scenery and some of the scariest roads for birding he has ever experienced! He will take us to some of the last retreats of the Black-spectacled Brush Finch, the endemic Pardusco, and the gorgeous Golden-backed and Yellow-scarfed Tanagers.

Sunday, May 28th at 1 p.m.-Penguins and Prions: Birds and Wildlife of the Seventh Continent presented by Cathy Theisen. The continent of Antarctica is a fascinating, uninhabited land of ice and snow. Not a single land mammal lives here, although it boasts a rich collection of both bird and marine mammal life. Join Dr. Cathy Theisen on the trip of a lifetime to the bottom of the globe, and learn about the fascinating animals and the adaptations that allow them to live here. Examine some of the effects of human disruption, and some of the greatest restoration successes of this fragile wilderness.

Moved to Sunday, May 28th:
From 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., the BIBT festivities will include Birding 101 presented by Darrell Lawson.

Interested in exploring skills helpful to beginning birders? Join Darrell Lawson, President of the Petoskey Audubon Club, for a beginning birding presentation at the Community Center. Darrell will cover field guide selection, optics selection, tips for learning bird songs, bird habitats, and identification pitfalls to avoid. Darrell is an avid birder who loves sharing his passion.

More information on the speakers and events can be found on http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org







Island Treasures Resale

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017,  the Resale Shop will welcome donors and shoppers at noon as we begin our summer schedule. The summer schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 4:00.

Charlevoix County COA Senior Highlights

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Vacation Bible School

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9th Annual Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert


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