B. I. News on the 'Net, May 30-June 5, 2016

Golden Eagle? at Gull Harbor

Golden Eagle


Live Streaming Video----Did You Know?

by Joe Moore, editor, News on the 'Net

Did you know that the Sunday Mass from Holy Cross Church has been live streamed on the Internet ever since the beginning of Holy Week 2016? Did you know that anyone in the world can view the live streaming video on http://beaverisland.tv for free when the live stream event is taking place? Did you know that this live streaming video is presented for anyone to view free of charge? Did you know that the only income from the live streaming video is from donations? Did you know that many events on Beaver Island are live video on the Internet while the meeting, service, or event is taking place? Did you know that events can be live streamed from anywhere where there is Internet access?

How is Mass from Holy Cross live streamed on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The Internet connection at the Holy Cross rectory connects to a cable in the rectory kitchen. This cable is connected to a switch that plugs into the kitchen wall because the distance to the Holy Cross Church is too far for just one cable to cover. Another cable comes out of the kitchen through the door to the garage, across the garage ceiling and out the window. The same cable is stretched from the rectory garage across the lawn to the last window in the church that is closest to the Holy Cross Hall, and this cable continues up to the choir loft in the church. This cable is connected to a computer setup in the choir loft. Connected to the computer in the choir loft is a microphone and a video camera. When everything is connected, a signal is sent across the cable to the Internet router in the rectory which transmits the video singal through a phone line out to the whole world.

If you have a news event that you think might interest others, please contact Beaver Island News on the 'Net editor Joe Moore. He can be emailed at medic5740@gmail.com or phoned at 231-448-2416.

Beaver Island Christian Church Baccalaureate

for BICS Seniors, June 5, 2016

Two of the three seniors graduating this month from Beaver Island Community School attended the Baccalaureate Service at the Beaver Island Christian Church today, June 5, 2016. Emily Burton and Sarah Avery were dressed in their graduation attire including their cap and gown. Missing from the service this morning was Zack Bousquet because he was off the island.

Holy Cross Bulletin for June 2016

The 52 Lists Project #23

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Superintendent Evaluation Postponed

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 5, 2016

It's 55°, drizzling, wind is at 3 mph from the east, humidity is at 99%, pressure is falling from 1004 mb, visibility is 5.3 miles, pollen levels are low at .8, and the top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Today: Numerous rain showers. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the west with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Marine Forecast: East wind 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the morning then becoming west 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Numerous showers early in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of June 5, 1865 the first safe deposit vault was opened in New York. The charge was $150 a year for every $1,000 that was stored.

Did you know that flies always launch backwards for a quick getaway?

Word of the day: villatic (vi-LAT-ik) which means of or relating to the country or to a farm; rural. Villatic entered English from the Latin villāticus, and derives from vīlla meaning "farm; country house."

Community Center Movies

June 11, 2016

3 PM Matinee
Merida_disney  Brave (2012)

PG | 1h 33min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy |IMDb
 Storyline:  Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

Stars:Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
7 PM Feature Presentation

Daddy’s Home (2015)

PG-13 | 1h 36min | Comedy |   IMDb

Stepfather, Brad Whitaker is hoping for his stepchildren to love him and treat him like a dad. All is going well until the biological father, Dusty Mayron shows up, then everything takes a toll. His stepchildren start putting him second and their father first, and now Dusty will have to learn what being a good dad is about and pains and struggles. Brad will also experience once again what it’s like to be a stepdad.

Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini |
Trailer:  [url]http://s579243062.onlinehome.us/event/saturday-night-movie-daddys-home[/url]



B. I. Christian Church Bulletin

for June 5, 2016

Dennis Cull Home Arrives by Barge

The basement is ready for the Dennis Cull home with the basement floor poured yesterday, and today the house came on the barge towed in by the Wendy Anne today, June 4, 2016, a little after noon. Several people were at Whiskey Point and down at the St. James Marine dock to see it come in.

View a gallery of pictures of this event HERE


Friday Morning at Barney's Lake

This year is the first time that this photographer has seen herons in a tree. This is the second one in 2016.

After the walleye pond visit to photograph and video the harvest of the walleye fry, a hop, skip, and jump was made to Barney's Lake to check out the nesting loons. Another couple of pictures were also taken. One of a bird that is not identified, and one of a heron in the tree. Fascinating morning, this Friday morning was! And a trip out that way would not be complete without a trip past the osprey nest.


Quiet Quick Quips

by Joe Moore

(The patients in these stories are fictional, the circumstances are real.)

Quiet Quick Quips
By Joe Moore

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to the rural health center for a patient that needs transport to the airport.”
The above notice over the radio by Central Dispatch is one that is without any patient information.  We don’t know how old the patient is.  We don’t know whether this is a serious emergency or a minor emergency .   Do I drive lights and sirens to the rural health center, or can I take my time?  Is the person’s life hanging by a thread, or is this a broken arm?

Read the rest of the story HERE

Sky, Water

by Cindy Ricksgers

A Day of Fun

Outside Track and Field Day at BICS

On Friday, June 3, 2016, the students of the Beaver Island Community School are organized into 'teams' of multi-age track and field teams who 'compete' in some traditional track and field events and in others that are not so traditional. It is meant to be an afternoon of fun. This tradition has been going on every other year for at least twenty years. Pictures and video were completed by Deb Bousquet..

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the day HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 4, 2016

It's a bit damp today (thank goodness, nothing like Texas is getting!). Right now it's 55°, wind is at 9 mph from the east, humidity is at 86%, pressure is falling from 1016 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are medium-high at 7.5, and the top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Today: Mostly cloudy. Isolated rain showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Numerous rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Marine forecast: East winds 10 to 15 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the morning, then scattered showers in the morning. Numerous showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: East winds 10 to 15 knots. Numerous showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of June 4, 1942 - The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the Pacific.

Did you know that a humming bird flaps its wings up to 90 times a second (5,400 times a minute)?

Word of the day: natatorium (ney-tuh-TAWR-ee-uh m) which means a swimming pool, especially one that is indoors. Natatorium stems from the Late Latin natātōrium meaning "swimming place," formed on the basis of the Latin verb natāre meaning "to swim." It entered English in the late 1800s.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Walleye Pond Work

June 3, 2016

Heather Hettinger

Three Beaver Island Wildlife Club members; Don Tritsch, Jordan Marsh, and Levi Connor; were out at the Walleye Pond on the Fogg property back behind the grain bins today to attempt to harvest the walleye that have hopefully grown from the size of a mosquito to the inch and a half minnows that can be planted in Lake Geneserath. The DNR representative who helped stock the pond with 50,000 mosquito-ized fry is HeatherHetteringer, Fisheries Management Biologist from Central LakeMichigan Management Unit. Heather comes from the Traverse City office of the Fisheries Division.

It's been a few years since this walleye rearing pond has been successful, and, unfortunately, so far this year, the pond hasn't been very successful. Today, with four nets set, only twenty-six walleye fry were harvested from the pond.

Walleye fry with tadpoles

The nets were reset today with some hope that the fry were all hiding down in the deeper end of the pond. A follow-up netting will take place at a later date. It is possible that this experimental pond might need to be netted sooner instead of waiting the thirty-seven days after planting. Some huge number of mosquito-sized walleye were planted in Lake Geneserath that many days ago. Since there were only a small number of the fry, Heather decided not to drive them all the way down the island. Instead, after the tadpoles were removed from the bucket, Heather took the walleye fry and placed them in Fox Lake.

View a gallery of photos of the work HERE


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 3, 2016

"Oh, what a beautiful morning" should give you a huge hint. Right now it's 50° outside, wind is at 1 mph from the east, humidity is at 97%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, visibility is 7.6 miles, pollen levels are medium at 7.1, and the top allergens are mulberry, oak, and grasses. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds becoming northwest at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds. Marine Report for our area for today: Light winds. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of June 3, 1784 - The U.S. Congress formally created the United States Army to replace the disbanded Continental Army. On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress had created the Continental Army for purposes of common defense and this event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army.

Did you know that a full moon is 9 times brighter than a half moon?

Word of the day: olykoek (OL-i-koo k) which means doughnut. Olykoek is an Americanism with roots in New York Dutch. It is formed on the basis of the Dutch oliekoek meaning "oilseed cake," equivalent to olie, "oil," plus koek, "cake."

Buck Ridgeway Passes Away

In an early morning phone call this morning, June 2, 2016, his son called to let us know that Buck Ridgeway passed away last night. Buck is known by many people on Beaver Island. He worked diligently for the Port St. James Association for years. He was the spark and the mechanic for the workings of the Men's Summer Golf League and the men's fall league. Buck was an amazing golfer and an amazing friend to many.

Charles E. "Buck" Ridgeway, Jr.

Mar 19, 1943 - Jun 1, 2016

Services for Mr. Ridgeway will be scheduled at a later date in the Battle Creek area and on Beaver Island. Contributions may be given in his memory to help support the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Checks, made payable to the “Charlevoix County Community Foundation,” with BIRHC Endowment on the memo line, can be sent to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 718, East Jordan, MI 49727. Contributions can also be made online at www.c3f.org. For information about the Health Center and the services they provide to the community, please visit www.biruralhealth.org.

Charles (Buck) Ridgeway 73, of Beaver Island died on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Indiana University Health Center in Indianapolis, IN.

Buck was born on March 19, 1943 in Centerfield, OH to Charles and Wynona (Everman) Ridgeway. He graduated from Ri
chland High School in 1961, Grand Valley State University in 1969, and Western Michigan University in 1976. On September 4, 1964 he married Mary Ann Hazeleger in Kalamazoo, MI.

Buck was a 6th grade teacher for Athens Area Schools for 30 years, and he retired in 1997. He also worked for the Erie Lackawana Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Buck was an avid golfer and enjoyed following all of his grandchildren’s sports and school activities. He announced sporting events for Athens High School, coached several sports and was a train enthusiast. In his retirement Buck volunteered his time to organize golf leagues and tournaments for the Beaver Island Golf Course

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary Ann Ridgeway of Beaver Island; children Chuck (Danine) Ridgeway of Indianapolis, IN and Rob (Lisa) Ridgeway of Battle Creek, MI; grandchildren, Tyler and Brock Ridgeway of Homer, MI, Emily and Cecilia Ridgeway of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Margaret (Marvin) Miller; brother-in-law Dirk Hazeleger, and sister-in-law Susan Hazeleger. He was preceded in death by his parents, and mother and father-in-laws Dick and Henrietta (Van Maaren) Hazeleger.

Forest Management for the Property Owners Presentation

with Mike Merriweather

Forest Management:
Island property owners were invited to a public meeting, June 2, 2016, from 3-5 p.m. at the Community Center. Approximately ten people met with Mike Merriweather from the Antrim County Conservation District. Mike is a forester who works with private land owners who are seeking information about how to manage their wooded acreage or are contemplating selling timber. He discussed how to write a good contract and maintain your timber sale to ensure your forest remains productive. Mike works with individuals on wildlife habitat improvement, wetland enhancements, tree and disease identification, Qualified Forest Programs, and forest stewardship.

View video of this presentation HERE

Mike Merriweather, Don Tritsch, and Pam Grassmick

View gallery of slides and pictures HERE

Working with BICS School Improvement Plans (SIP)

June 8, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Turtle in the Road

What do you do when you see a turtle in the middle of the road?

This story is a true one that took place less than a half an hour ago on the King's Highway on June 2, 2016, around 12:30 p.m. Several vehicles went speeding by, but the one heading north stopped, and then he pulled over. This man walked out into the middle of the road and stood in the southbound lane of the Kings Highway to allow the turtle to continue to cross the road. Several other vehicles pulled over as well. Continuing to protect the turtle seemed to be the utmost important issue for this person. After the turtle got near the shoulder of the road, and before the man left, he picked up the turtle attempting to get the turtle off the roadway. The man got scratched by the turtle and dropped the turtle a short distance. The turtle was on his back. The man moved closer to the turtle and carefully flipped the turtle back into its normal walking and swimming position. The man's thought was of a story about starfish, and the quote "I made a difference with that one."

Defensive protective posture of the turtle in both roadway and in the grass.

St. James Township Board Meeting

June 1, 2016

The meeting began with the typical tasks of the Pledge, approval of the agenda, approval of minutes from two meetings, May 4th and 26th, and approval of payments. Nine people attended the meeting. There were reports on dangerous structures, an update on the Karns property; a report on the yacht dock, a report on the Gillespie versus St. James Township lawsuit, and an update on the audit. Under old business, a discussion took place regarding the pocket park fences. Under new business, Baroque on Beaver had a request, the township airport maintenance hanger storage was discussed. The meeting ended with public comment.

View video of the meeting HERE

Timeout for Art: Indian Doll

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 2, 2016

It's 53° outside this morning, clear skies (at the moment), wind is at 8 mph from the SW, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, visibility is 9.3 miles, pollen levels are medium today at 6.1, and the top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light. Now that boating season is upon us, I'll try to add the marine report for northern Lake Michigan from Norwood to just west of the Mackinac bridge including Little Traverse Bay. Today: West wind 18 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of June 2, 1953 - Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.

Did you know that cucumbers are 96% water?

Word of the day: pierian (pahy-EER-ee-uh n) which means of or relating to poetry or poetic inspiration. Pierian is from the placename Pieria, the reputed home of the Muses in Greek mythology. It entered English in the late 1500s.

Video Report for May 2016

Five hundred eleven (511) unique IP addresses accessed the video services of Beaver Island News on the 'Net. This is equivalent to the same number of households with Internet access, but does not specify how many people have watched the videos. How many video clips were viewed in May? That answer is four thousand one hundred and three (4103) video clips were viewed during the month of May 2016. Total bandwidth used for viewing the videos on demand was 173.1 GB, not counting the live streamed video.

One hundred ninety-four unique (194) visitors went to http://beaverisland.tv to view the live streamed video. Twenty-four of these visited more than once in the month of May 2016. The bandwidth used was 1.6 GB for the live streaming video.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net is attempting to expand the live streams and recording of video for more events each month. To provide these services, we are looking for a location to be able to provide live streams using a wireless antenna system. So far, our efforts to do this have been met with resistance, but we will continue to work on this for the public. This is all done as a public service for all.

Get Up and Go

4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Play on June 10, 2016

First of June on Fox Lake Road

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for June 1, 2016

Welcome to June! It is a dark, cloudy, damp day which, I guess, is better than a dark and stormy night, maybe. Right now I'm showing 56°, light rain, wind is at 15 mph from the SE, humidity is at 79%, pressure is falling from 1017 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 2.5, and the top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the morning, then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of showers is 70%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50%.

On this date of June 1, 1954 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Linus' security blanket made its debut.

Did you know that a flea can jump 350 times its body length?

Word of the day: tickety-boo (TIK-i-tee-BOO) which means fine; ok. Tckety-boo is of uncertain origin, but it may be an expressive alteration of the phrase that's the ticket. It entered English in the 1930s. (Have to admit that I've never heard this word before).

When Encountering Michigan’s Snakes

"It is best to leave them be," states MI DNR

Michigan is home to 18 different species of snakes, 17 of which are harmless to humans

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources gets many questions this time of year about Michigan's snakes.  Michigan is home to 18 different species of snakes, 17 of which are harmless to humans.

“Whether you think snakes are terrifying or totally cool, it is best just to leave them be,” said DNR wildlife technician Hannah Schauer.  

One snake that can cause quite a stir is the eastern hog-nosed snake. When threatened, hognose snakes puff up with air, flatten their necks and bodies, and hiss loudly. (This has led to local names like "puff adder" or "hissing viper.") If this act is unsuccessful, they will writhe about, excrete a foul-smelling musk and then turn over with mouth agape and lie still, as though dead. Despite this intimidating behavior, hog-nosed snakes are harmless to humans.

Another snake the DNR gets many questions about is the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, the only venomous species found in Michigan. This snake is quite rare and protected as a species of special concern here in Michigan due to declining populations from habitat loss. As its name implies, the massasauga rattlesnake does have a truly segmented rattle on its tail. It should not be confused with the other, harmless species of Michigan snakes that do not have segmented rattles but also will buzz their tails if approached or handled.

The massasauga rattlesnake tends to be a very shy snake that will avoid humans whenever possible. They spend the vast majority of their time in wetlands, hunting for mice and aren’t often seen. 

“When encountered, if the snake doesn't feel threatened, it will let you pass without revealing its location,” said Schauer. “If you do get too close without realizing it, a rattlesnake will generally warn you of its presence by rattling its tail while you are still several feet away. If given room, the snake will slither away and likely will not be seen again.”

Rattlesnake bites, while extremely rare in Michigan, can and do occur. Anyone who is bitten should seek professional medical attention. 

To learn more about the massasauga and snake safety tips, visit http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/emr/index.cfm.

Michigan snakes do not attack, chase or lunge at people or seek out human contact. If a snake is observed, stay at least 3 feet away from the head to avoid getting bit. Handling or harassing snakes is the most common cause for humans getting bit. Simply put, if left alone, Michigan snakes will leave people alone.

Wondering what other kinds of snakes we have here in Michigan and how to tell the difference between them? Find out with the "60-Second Snakes" video series on the DNR’s YouTube channel.

To learn more about Michigan's snakes, visit mi.gov/wildlife (click the “Wildlife Species” button and select “Amphibians and Reptiles”).

Consider reporting any reptile or amphibian sightings to the Herp Atlas research project to help monitor amphibian and reptile populations in Michigan and protect these important residents for future generations. Visit the Michigan Herp Atlas website at www.miherpatlas.org for more information.

Serving Students Selflessly

By Joe Moore
(The patients are fictional, but the circumstances are real.)

There are a great many teachers in this county who would do anything for their students short of getting fired.  They are selfish in that way because they know that if they get fired, they will no longer be able to help students.  The same is true in public education no matter whether we are talking about kindergarten or college paramedic programs.  A true teacher is there to provide help for his students no matter what issues may come up in the classroom or out of the classroom. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

BINGO Wednesdays

This Tuesday

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 31, 2016

This year is just flying past. It's hard to believe that this is the last day of May already. It's 48°, clear skies, wind is at 5 mph from the NE, humidity is at 85%, pressure is rising from 1017 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, the pollen conditions aren't available. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

On this date of May 31, 1859 - In London, Big Ben went into operation.

Did you know that your brain uses 25% of all the oxygen your breathe?

Word of the day: mugwump (MUHG-wuhmp) which means a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, especially in politics; a person who is neutral on a controversial issue. Mugwump dates from the 1800s and is an artificial 19th-century revival of Massachusett, the extinct Algonquian language of the Massachusett and Wampanoag American Indians. Mugwump is a syncopated form of muggumquomp meaning “war leader.”

The Brutality and Beauty of Nature

On the trip on Monday evening, the stop at Barney's Lake was quite eventful, and there was a lot to see. Nesting loon, fishing osprey, and the brutality of a water snake having dinner near the boat landing. It's quite amazing, nature that is!

This bite seems a little too big, but this snake is definitely not giving up.


Blossoms Seen on Monday's Drive

View a small gallery of blossoms HERE

Nesting Loons on Barneys Lake?

View a gallery of Loon pictures taken on 5/30/15 HERE


Osprey Update, 5/30/16

One osprey in the nest, the mate at Barney's Lake fishing

While there is no proof at this time, the osprey on the nest is probably protecting the eggs.

View a gallery of the osprey bringing fish back to the nest HERE

Beaver Island AMVETS, Post 46 Memorial Day Service

1 p.m. Today, Memorial Day, at Veterans' Memorial Park

View Gallery of pictures HERE

The veterans participating in the service today

The USCG Flyover

Bob Tidmore thanked Kathy Speck for her service and Jim Wojan for his work on the flags.

Jeff Powers got a view from above

Alvina NaPont gave a Native American Welcome and lead the Pledge of Allegiance

Sheri Timsak lead the whole group in "America the Beautiful" verses 1&2

Bob Anderson read the names of the Beaver Island Veterans that had passed away in the last year with a bell ring for each.

Alvin LaFreniere read the names of the Islanders who had died in service of our country, and each was followed by one ring of the bell.

Bob Anderson gave a prayer

This was followed by a rifle salute. taps, and dismissal.

Thanks to Dana and Eric Hodgson for their generous offer to purchase a hamburger and fries for veterans and their significant others after the Memorial Day Ceremony Monday…and to Dave Chandler for his offer to buy the first round of drinks.
Also thanks to all of those who attended our Memorial Day Ceremony to honor veterans.

AMVETS Post 46
Beaver Island, MI

Thoughts on Memorial Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

Great Lakes Island Escapes

The Great Lakes Basin is the largest surface freshwater system on Earth. The more than 30,000 islands dotted throughout the basin provide some of the best ways to enjoy the Great Lakes.  While the vast majority of these islands can only be reached by private boat or plane, a surprising number of islands—each with its own character and often harboring more than a bit of intrigue in its history—can be reached by merely taking a ferry ride, or crossing a bridge, offering everyone the chance to experience a variety of island adventures.

Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure explores in depth over 30 of the Great Lakes Basin islands accessible by bridge or ferry and introduces more than 50 additional islands.  38 chapters include helpful information about getting to each featured island, what to expect when you get there, the island’s history, and what natural and historical sites and cultural attractions are available to visitors.  Each chapter lists special island events, where to get more island information, and how readers can help support the island. Author Maureen Dunphy made numerous trips to a total of 135 islands that are accessible by ferry or bridge in the Great Lakes Basin. On each trip, Dunphy was accompanied by a different friend or relative who provided her another adventurer’s perspective through which to view the island experience.

Great Lakes Island Escapes covers islands on both sides of the international border between the United States and Canada and features islands in both the lakes and the waterways that connect them.  Anyone interested in island travel or learning more about the Great Lakes will delight in this comprehensive collection.

For more information, or to purchase a copy, please visit the Wayne State University Press website at wsupress.wayne.edu.

Memorial Weekend Mass+

May 29, 2016, from Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island

Since the beginning of Holy Week 2016, Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been providing a live video and audio feed on the Internet of services taking place at Holy Cross Catholic Church. This is being provided as a public service.

"I thought, " editor Joe Moore said, "that if I were homesick for Beaver Island, what would I want to see? If I were in Florida or Arizona or California, and I wanted a little bit of home, what could News on the 'Net do to help? The answer was not only to live stream events and video tape meetings. Why not see what we can do to help provide church bulletins and then why not provide the church service?"

That's just what Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been doing since the start of Holy Week 2016. During Holy Week, 130 people throughout the United States viewed these Holy Week Services. The live stream equipment is set up and ready to stream any service held at the Holy Cross Church.

What do you have to do to view the live stream of the "Mass from Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island"? First, you must know that the regular Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. is planned to be available to anyone in the world on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv.

Next, you need a computer with access to the Internet. You may need a set of headphones or an amplified speaker system, depending upon your computer's sound system.

Last, sit down and enjoy the beauty of the Holy Cross Church and its weekly Mass.

You can view the Memorial Weekend Mass HERE, not live, but recorded



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

January 28, 2016

Video of the meeting HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 31, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

April 28, 2016

Video of this meeting available HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

January 11, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

February 8, 2016

Video is available HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 14, 2016

Link to Video of the 2.5 Hour Meeting

BICS Holds Title I and Parent Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

April 18, 2016

Video for most of the meeting is HERE

May 9, 2016

View video of the board meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

January 13, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

January 21, 2016

View video of this short meeting HERE

February 10, 2016

Video available HERE

March 9, 2016

View Video of the Meeting Here

April 13, 2016

View Video HERE

May 11, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

View video of the meeting HERE

December 2, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

View video of this meeting HERE

February 3, 2016

Video can be viewed HERE

March 2, 2016

Video of the meeting available HERE.

March 30, 2016

Video of this meeting HERE

April 6, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

April 12, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

May 4, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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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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Community Calendar

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

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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

for May 30, 2016

Memorial Day - although it has come to denote the beginning of summer, a time to "open" the cottage, a long weekend, it is to remember those who have died defending out country. Just one person volunteering to make a stand, strengthens the resolve of so many others. Let's take some time today to think about, and remember, those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

Beautiful morning with clear skies, it's 54°, wind is at 8 mph from the SW, humidity is at 96%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, visibility is 8.7 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 2.7, and the top allergens are oak, grasses, and mulberry. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 50. West winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

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

Did you know that your liver has over 500 functions?

Word of the day: doughty (DOU-tee) which means steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant. Doughty traces to the Old English dohtig meaning "worthy."


On pair of sandhill cranes just off the Kings Highway on the east side of the road near Katie Ricksgers' house were busy eating and guiding two baby cranes through the field. It was fascinating to watch as they moved in the opposite direction of the humans that were watching them.

The 52 Lists Project #22

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

Beaver Island Christian Church Bulletin

for May 29, 2016

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

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

Work at Veteran's Memorial Park

Placing New Bricks

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

Video clip of the brick work


BIRHC Wellness Garden Silent Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Framed Beaver Island Aerial View poster from Dana D’Andraia

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

Decorated Tea chests from Sylvia Harwood

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

Jane Early “nuno felted”  fabric accessory

Original acrylic painting by local artist Judy Jones

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

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

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

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

Leonor Jacobson

Two Special School Board Meetings Scheduled

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

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

Happy EMS Week-Stop the Bleeding

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

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

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

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

BIDL Board Member Joe Moore

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

The Vieho Series of Westerns

Written by Cliff Hudgins (Author)

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

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

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

Biomimicry - Sustainable Design Inspired by Nature

Gretchen Hooker

Thursday June 23rd @7pm

Biomimicry - Sustainable Design Inspired by Nature

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

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

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


BIDL Summer Reading Olympics to Start

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

Forester Mike Merriweather-June 2nd

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

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

1st Annual Lake G Fishing Tournament

Holy Cross Bulletin June 2016

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter 2016

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule

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

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


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

Charlevoix Summer Transit
Summer Hours

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

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Bank Hours Change

January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

July thru August
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Beach Rangers

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting



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