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BICS Graduation 2021

June 12, 2021

View video of the Commencement HERE

Program for the Commencement 2021

Class of 2021

Graduates sitting

Graduation attendees

Staff and Board attendees

Staff 2021

The graduates took flowers to their parents.....

Skylar Marsh lead the whole group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Cwikiel got things started.....Bill Kohne spoke a little and then sang a Country song.

Jessica LaFreniere gave the Salutatorian Address

Elijah Richards gave the Valedictorian Address

Jupiter Antkoviak introduced the Graduation Speaker

Deborah Roberts, teacher, gave the Graduation Address

The presentation of diplomas took place next with each of the nine BICS Class of 2021 graduates.

Elijah Richards

Jessica LaFreniere

Jupiter Antkoviak

Quintin DeLaat

Zander Drost

Zander Holmes

Skylar Marsh

Mackenzie Martin

Serenity Tognetti

Quintan DeLaat lead the seniors in the turning of the tassels.

Turning of the tassels

The Class of 2021 heads out onto the soccer field.

Off they go into the air on the soccer field.

Headed back in for pictures.

Another successful BICS Graduation in some of the most challenging couple of years in its history. The Class of 2021 had to give up a lot during this COVID pandemic, but they all did so with acceptance if not joyful smiles.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Beaver Island Sustainability Fair


(To avoid confusion, the name of the park was changed.)

Weather by Joe

June 12, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! It looks like we may have gotten close to a quarter inch of rain overnight. At 8 a.m., it is 59 degrees with humidity at 98%. The pressure is 29.73, and the wind is light at 1 mph from the W. The visibility is ten miles with partly cloudy skies.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy early with expected thunderstorms in the afternoon. The high will be in the lower 70's. The wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for some cloudy skies with a low in the lower 50's. Winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high near 80. The winds will switch back to the W at 5 to 10 mph.
ON THIS DAY, the BICS Class of 2021 will have it graduation!

Congratulations graduates!

On June 12, 1987, in one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany.
In 1945, following Germany’s defeat in World War II, the nation’s capital, Berlin, was divided into four sections, with the Americans, British and French controlling the western region and the Soviets gaining power in the eastern region. In May 1949, the three western sections came together as the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), with the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) being established in October of that same year. In 1952, the border between the two countries was closed and by the following year East Germans were prosecuted if they left their country without permission. In August 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected by the East German government to prevent its citizens from escaping to the West. Between 1949 and the wall’s inception, it’s estimated that over 2.5 million East Germans fled to the West in search of a less repressive life.
With the wall as a backdrop, President Reagan declared to a West Berlin crowd in 1987, “There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.” He then called upon his Soviet counterpart: “Secretary General Gorbachev, if you seek peace—if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe—if you seek liberalization: come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Reagan then went on to ask Gorbachev to undertake serious arms reduction talks with the United States.
Most listeners at the time viewed Reagan’s speech as a dramatic appeal to Gorbachev to renew negotiations on nuclear arms reductions. It was also a reminder that despite the Soviet leader’s public statements about a new relationship with the West, the U.S. wanted to see action taken to lessen Cold War tensions. Happily for Berliners, though, the speech also foreshadowed events to come: Two years later, on November 9, 1989, joyful East and West Germans did break down the infamous barrier between East and West Berlin. Germany was officially reunited on October 3, 1990.
Gorbachev, who had been in office since 1985, stepped down from his post as Soviet leader in 1991. Reagan, who served two terms as president, from 1981 to 1989, died on June 5, 2004, at age 93.


virtuoso; noun; (ver-choo-OH-soh)

1 : one who excels in the technique of an art; especially : a highly skilled musical performer (as on the violin)
2 : an experimenter or investigator especially in the arts and sciences : savant
3 : one skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts

4 : a person who has great skill at some endeavor

Did You Know?
English speakers borrowed the Italian noun virtuoso in the 1600s, but the Italian word had a former life as an adjective meaning both "virtuous" and "skilled." The first virtuosos (the English word can be pluralized as either virtuosos or, in the image of its Italian forbear, as virtuosi) were individuals of substantial knowledge and learning ("great wits," to quote one 17th-century clergyman). The word was then transferred to those skilled in the arts and to skilled musicians, specifically. In time, English speakers broadened virtuoso to apply to a person adept in any pursuit.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Men's Summer Golf League

June 11, 2021

The Men's Summer Golf League began with fourteen teams this past Wednesday night. This means that there were only two extra holes on this nine hole golf course called the Beaver Island Golf Course. This made for a longer than usual wait on each hole by some of the teams with once a backlog of two teams awaiting the team playing one of the holes.

Now matter how long the wait was, it took just over three hours to play the nine hole course for one group of two teams. There are some new players this year and that makes for some new teams as well. The highest score was over 50, and the lowest score was below 40. Here is the list of information of the teams and their first week's scores.

View the teams and their first week's results HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

June 14, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

View the public board packety HERE

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 1:00PM

Peaine Township Hall
36825 King's Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782

(State of Michigan Face Masks and Social Distancing Guidelines to Apply)



A. Budget Report (Tilly)
B. Transfer Station & Recycle Center Manager Report (Marsh)


A. Single Stream Recycling and Public Service Announcement Plans  (Tilly)
     B. Credit Card Machine/Charges (Moore)
     C. Metal Bailer and Public Incentives (Cole/Tilly)
D. Consultant (Richards)




Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, June 11, 2021

Mr. Cwikiel's Weekly Upday

Elementary Accolades!

Thank you parents, family members and friends who came out to the soccer field yesterday to cheer on our elementary students! In addition to the ceremonial “graduations” to mark the transition from pre-school to Kindergarten and from sixth grade to middle school, our elementary teachers gave a shout out to the individual talents, skills, and quirks of our amazing elementary students. What started out as a year of uncertainty and concern ended with a huge measure of success. Thank you parents, students, faculty, and staff for making this a great year!

Celebrate our Seniors—Parade and Graduation Tomorrow!

Please plan to join us starting at 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 12, 2021 to start our graduation celebration with the second annual BICS Senior Graduation Parade! The members of the Class of 2021 will walk from the Post Office to Gillespie Park and then up the hill into the BICS school doors for the last time as students. Parents and family members—please walk around the sides of the school to take your seats on the soccer field. Your student’s senior yard sign will be next to the row we’ve reserved for your family to sit. Seating for community members who are joining in the celebration will be located behind senior families.

We need Islanders to line the parade route to celebrate our Seniors. Please spread the word and have everyone join us along the parade route ready to make noise before 12:30 pm on Saturday. The 2021 Commencement Ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday. If the weather is conducive, the event will be on the soccer field and all community members are welcome. In case of inclement weather, we will move into the gymnasium, where attendance will be limited to family members of the graduates. Congrats Seniors!

Cyber-Security Summer Camp at BICS!

Interested in cyber-security? If so, and you will be in 6th through 12th grade next year, please join the BICS robotics team (bIrobot) for an in-person Cyber Security Summer Camp offered in cooperation with the Michigan CyberPatriot Program. Cyber Campers will learn important skills in cyber safety and cyber-security and will be well positioned to join the BI robot Cyber Patriot competition team this fall.

The camp will meet for five sessions from 9:00 am to 11:00 am each day starting Monday June 21st, with Friday being a mini-competition day. After the Friday competition, in accord with bIrobot tradition, there'll be a pizza lunch! The camp will be offered in tandem with a virtual camp being offered to students across the state, so cyber-campers will have the opportunity to interact with students on the mainland as well as each other. Camp will be led by cyber-security expert and longtime Cyber Patriot coach (and Island summer resident) Chris Sorensen with assistance from bIrobot lead mentor and BICS volunteer Programming & Robotics Class teacher Kevin Boyle.

No prior experience is required. If you have summer visitors who might be interested, they are welcome, too. Enrolment is limited, so please sign up early to secure your slot. BICS students interested in joining the bIrobot team this fall are encouraged to attend as we plan to add participation in the Cyber Patriot program to our continued participation in FIRST's First Robotics Competition.  

To sign up, see the bIrobot website at: https://birobot.org/cyber-security-summer-camp/. If you have any questions, e-mail them to cyber@birobot.org.

Summer Greenhouse Volunteer Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder to those of you who have signed up to help manage and maintain the greenhouse over the summer--the initial planning meeting is scheduled for this Sunday (June 13th) at 2:00 pm at the school. The more the merrier, so if you didn’t sign up but want to help, show up at the school at 2:00. After the calendar is set, you will tour the greenhouse!

Another Year, Gone.”

In the words of the great headmaster Albus Dumbledore, “Another year, gone.” This has been a tumultuous year for this country and for the world. But through resilience, collaboration, and grit, the people of Beaver Island supported each other and made this a wonderful school year. Just because school is officially out does not mean the learning has to stop. I encourage all students to keep reading, do math whenever you can (e.g., calculate miles per hour or estimate the grocery bill as you are filling the cart), be curious and ask questions, and get out and observe and enjoy this beautiful Island we call home!

Have a Great Summer!

Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary

From the Birding Trail Website

June 11, 2021

Boblinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Savannah and Grasshopper Sparrows are in decline due to the loss of appropriate grassland habitat. These bird species nest on the ground in fields from May-July. If hayfields are mowed early in the summer-before August 1st- grassland birds will lose their nests and chicks. By waiting a little longer to mow the fields, these birds have a chance to complete their nesting season. The Boblink travels between Beaver Island fields and winters in southern South America. They produce only one brood a year. (Photos of Eastern Meadowlark with food for young and Boblink by Tom Hawkins) 

Four Hours on Barney's Lake

June 10, 2021

This editor took quite an adventure yesterday that didn't involve any walking except from the parking area to the boat lauch area at Barney's Lake. Now, in case anyone does not know this, a trip to Barney's Lake is in a schedule for almost everyday, twice a day, for this editor. The loop is Barney's Lake Road, Sloptown Road, King's Highway to the point and back home. The osprey and raptor addiction has turned into an addiction to take pictures of anything in the wild.

Yesterday, the editor did a rowboat adventure, rowing the entire perimeter of this small inland lake. However small, the blisters on the hands testify to the aching back of this adventure. The reason for the trip was presented to you in a previously written, evening posted, picture of a beaver the night before. Since viewing the beaver lodge twice every day for what seems like forever, a closer view was desired, and that was the first destination in this adventure.

No, there were no beaver sighted in the warmth of the daytime, but a beaver tail slap did take place shortly after the attempted, quiet arrival near the beaver lodge.

Anchored and quietly awaiting any movement around the lodge whatsoever, the wind began to move the boat toward the north, and a quick plan developed in the editor's brain, small as some think it is. Why not row the boat around the entire lake? Why not see the shoreline of the west side of the lake, the north end of the lake, the south end of the lake, since walking there is so difficult? So, off the rowboat headed with an out-of-shape old man at the oars.

Off to the north end of the lake.

There have been many walks along the east side of this inland lake. Memory even jumps out about a crazy winter camp-out there with another teacher and a deputy sheriff. You will just have to imagine this since the editor's memory is so shaky, and a pledge prevents speaking about it. The northern end of the lake is not so easy to get to using your feet, but is easy using the oars of a boat or the paddles of a kayak. It is interesting to see the sand dunes along which the lake abuts due to having a higher level than in previous years. Could that be because of the beavers blocking any run-off?

Well, no beavers nor any evidence of beavers was seen in the north end of the lake, but an interesting inlet off the lake to the northwest provided the most quiet, serene, and peaceful time with no road noise or any human sounds except the hard breathing of the rower. Time to head back along the shoreline of the east side of this lake.

Well, a short conversation with another retired BICS teacher about the lack of any nesting loons on Barney's Lake came to mind, so the rowing took on a continued purpose. How about we search for a loon nest on the most western shore of the lake? Just then off to the south, a loon stood up, flapping its wings, and then diving into the water from a relatively bright green, island-like spot just south of the beaver lodge. This is the rowing that caused the blisters. Moving at a slow, but steady, speed along the western shoreline, and eventually using the beaver lodge as concealment, and, with a small camera with a dying battery, there, in front of my eyes, was a nesting loon.

Nesting loon

This made the blisters and the aching back worth the efforts of this old man. Now, the picture is not terrific, and the video was terrible because it was so bright out the screens of the cameras could not be seen, but the excitement of finding a nesting loon this year on this lake was amazing. Not getting very close, but zooming in with the camera, this picture is proof that the nest is there.

Now, with the swampy portion of the lake being more to the south, the aching back of the editor said, "That's enough for today," but the brain said, "You said your were going to row the perimeter of the lake going to the both ends to see what you cannot see by walking!"

The brain won the contest of will, and off to the southern most part of Barney's Lake was rowed. Now, rowing in the grass-like weeds is not easy, and only about halfway through did the back begin to tell the brain to shut-up and, "That's enough!"

All this tall grass and weeds along the southern and eastern shoreline make it impossible to see much of anything from the gravel road on the east side of the lake, but the serenity was very much worth the effort of this rowing the perimeter of the lake on the side unable to be accessed easily by walking.

Another memory popped into the editor's head as this southern rowing adventure was coming to an end. The memory of walking on the property, with permission of course, on the Boyle property trying to get to western side of the lake to view the beaver lodge, popped up, and that memory of not being able to get anywhere near the beaver lodge due to swampy conditions was no longer overwhelming the old man.

View a little video of the adventure HERE

Have you heard this statement before? If wishes were horses, beggars would ride! Well, you can't tell an old man anything new. After a short break for dinner cooked by the editor, the brain said, "Let's go back and see the beavers!" The back said no, but you know who won out again.

Oars and an even more capable camera in the car, as well as the great expectations of knowing what might be seen in the early evening, a return trip to Barney's Lake was in order. As usual, the approach to Barney's Lake included seeing a few deer and some sandhill cranes, but the arrival at the lake was truly a waste of time.

As the editor pulled in very secrettively and quietly, the sounds of many young people drifted through the trees, as the approach this time was from the south. Yes, there were people on the lake. As a matter of fact there was a canoe paddling right toward the loon nest area. Now, you know that with all this people noise that there will be no beavers to be seen. The dozen or so young people were accompanied by a couple of adults, and one adult paddled right toward the loon nest. You can only imagine the thoughts going through this editor's brain. You can imagine the words that would not be acceptable that were in this editor's thoughts. They were not nice words or nice thoughts. And, the thoughts were not improved by finding eight kids sitting on the upside-down hull of the rowboat that I had used earlier in the day.

Now, as a retired teacher, the editor kept all of these thoughts and nasty words to himself, not saying anything about the frustrations that were felt, the efforts made earlier in the day to stay away from the loon nest, giving the loon plenty of distance and respect for its privacy.

The nesting loon before the intrusion

No words necessary....

The editor did take the time to explain to the other adult with the kids sitting on the rented rowboat that the editor used earlier in the day. The explanation included the facts that the loons were not on the nest the day before, that the nesting had just begun in the last twenty-four hours, and that disturbing the nesting loon would not be seen as acceptable behavior.

Then, more quietly than ever, the editor made a retreat, and asking for forgiveness for the negative thoughts as well as the anger that was hidden from view. The lake does not belong to this editor. The public has a right to use this lake. The kids need some great experiences.

And, hopefully, the loon will not be disturbed enought to leave the nest!! Needless to say, there was no beaver sighting this evening.

Weather by Joe

June 11, 2021


Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! We got a little, much needed rain last night! The rain gauge measured it at just under an eighth of an inch. The temperature at 8 a.m. is 58 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.73, and the wind is from the NE at 4 mph. It is cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to stay cloudy this morning becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. A stray thundershower is possible today. The high will be near 70. The winds will be from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 17%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming cloudy with clouds increasing after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%. The low will be 56. The wind will be from the E at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for steady rain in the morning continuing into the afternoon. The high will be near 70. Wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.


Five days after the D-Day landing, the five Allied landing groups, made up of some 330,000 troops, link up in Normandy to form a single solid front across northwestern France.
On June 6, 1944, after a year of meticulous planning conducted in secrecy by a joint Anglo-American staff, the largest combined sea, air, and land military operation in history began on the French coast at Normandy. The Allied invasion force included 3 million men, 13,000 aircraft, 1,200 warships, 2,700 merchant ships, and 2,500 landing craft.
Fifteen minutes after midnight on June 6, the first of 23,000 U.S., British, and Canadian paratroopers and glider troops plunged into the darkness over Normandy. Just before dawn, Allied aircraft and ships bombed the French coast along the Baie de la Seine, and at daybreak the bombardment ended as 135,000 Allied troops stormed ashore at five landing sites. Despite the formidable German coastal defenses, beachheads were achieved at all five landing locations.
At one site—Omaha Beach—German resistance was especially strong, and the Allied position was only secured after hours of bloody fighting by the Americans assigned to it. By the evening, some 150,000 American, British, and Canadian troops were ashore, and the Allies held about 80 square miles.
During the next five days, Allied forces in Normandy moved steadily forward in all sectors against fierce German resistance. On June 11, the five landing groups met up, and Operation Overlord—the code name for the Allied invasion of northwestern Europe—proceeded as planned.
poignant; adjective; ( POY-nyunt)
1 a : painfully affecting the feelings : piercing
b : deeply affecting : touching
c : designed to make an impression : cutting
2 a : pleasurably stimulating
b : being to the point : apt
3 : pungently pervasive
Did You Know?
Poignant comes to English from French, and before that from Latin—specifically, the Latin verb pungere, meaning "to prick or sting." Several other common English words derive from pungere, including pungent, which can refer to, among other things, a sharp odor. The influence of pungere can also be seen in puncture, as well as punctual, which originally meant simply "of or relating to a point." Even compunction and expunge come from this pointedly relevant Latin word.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver on Barney's Lake

June 9, 2021

So, the obsession may have been transferred from the osprey to the Beaver on Barney's Lake, and the possibility of seeing this swimming and beaver tail splashing mammal. The following picture was taken just before dark last night out by the many islands to the south of the public boat launch. The beaver was not very happy with my presence, but just took its time swimming between the island with the tall grass.

Weather by Joe

June 10, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! Phyllis is off today to get her medical issues helped with an infusion, labs, and an oncology appointment. Courtney is taking her today.

Right now, at 7:30 a.m., it is 63 degrees with visibility of ten miles. The pressure is 30.04 with partly cloudy skies. The sun is shining this morning. The dew point is 50 degrees and humidity at 58%, so there is not likely to be any fog out there today. The whole island is very DRY. Please be careful with a very high fire danger out there.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 80. The wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy becoming cloudy overnight with a 70% chance of thunderstorms overnight. The low will be just under 60 degrees. The wind will continue from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly to mostly cloudy skies in the morning with a chance of a thunderstorm of 50%. The wind will continue from the ENE, but increase to 10 to 15 mph.
On June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects ambient electrical charge in a Leyden jar, enabling him to demonstrate the connection between lightning and electricity. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a number of terms used today, including battery, conductor and electrician. He also invented the lightning rod, used to protect buildings and ships.
Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, to a candle and soap maker named Josiah Franklin, who fathered 17 children, and his wife Abiah Folger. Franklin’s formal education ended at age 10 and he went to work as an apprentice to his brother James, a printer. In 1723, following a dispute with his brother, Franklin left Boston and ended up in Philadelphia, where he found work as a printer. Following a brief stint as a printer in London, Franklin returned to Philadelphia and became a successful businessman, whose publishing ventures included the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard’s Almanack, a collection of homespun proverbs advocating hard work and honesty in order to get ahead. The almanac, which Franklin first published in 1733 under the pen name Richard Saunders, included such wisdom as: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Whether or not Franklin followed this advice in his own life, he came to represent the classic American overachiever. In addition to his accomplishments in business and science, he is noted for his numerous civic contributions. Among other things, he developed a library, insurance company, city hospital and academy in Philadelphia that would later become the University of Pennsylvania.
Most significantly, Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States and had a career as a statesman that spanned four decades. He served as a legislator in Pennsylvania as well as a diplomat in England and France. He is the only politician to have signed all four documents fundamental to the creation of the U.S.: the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), the Treaty of Paris (1783), which established peace with Great Britain and the U.S. Constitution (1787).
Franklin died at age 84 on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia. He remains one of the leading figures in U.S. history.
majuscule; noun; (MAJ-uh-skyool)
noun MAJ-uh-skyool
: a large letter (such as a capital)
Did You Know?
Majuscule looks like the complement to minuscule, and the resemblance is no coincidence. Minuscule appeared in the early 18th century as a word for a lowercase letter, then later as the word for certain ancient and medieval writing styles which had "small forms." Minuscule then acquired a more general adjectival use for anything very small. Majuscule is the counterpart to minuscule when it comes to letters, but it never developed a broader sense (despite the fact that its Latin ancestor majusculus has the broad meaning "rather large"). The adjective majuscule also exists, as does its synonym majuscular. Not surprisingly, the adjectives share the noun's specificity, referring only to large letters or to a style using such letters.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Minutes of Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting

Meeting on May 27, 2021 @ 4:30 p.m.

Next meeting June 17, 2021, according to the minutes.

View/Download the document HERE

Weather by Joe

June 9, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! Joe is off to the mainland to get to the Secretary of State's office in Charlevoix. Finally got an appointment to take care of things for the green Intrepid.
Right now at 7:15 a.m. it is 64 degrees with visibility of seven miles. The pressure is 30.07. Relative humidity is 100%, which might mean some fog in some places. The dew point is 62 degrees, which might help explain some patchy fog. Yesterday, we got a sprinkle of moisture that evaporated as fast as it came down.
TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of sun and clouds with a high near 80. Winds will be from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few passing clouds with a low near 60. The wind will switch to the E at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high near 80. The winds will decrease to 5 t0 10 mph but will continue from the E.
On June 9, 1915, United States Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns due to his concerns over President Woodrow Wilson’s handling of the crisis generated by a German submarine’s sinking of the British passenger liner Lusitania the previous month, in which 1,201 people—including 128 Americans—died.
Germany’s announcement in early 1915 that its navy was adopting a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare concerned many within the government and civilian population of the United States—which maintained a policy of strict neutrality during the first two years of World War I. The sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, caused an immediate uproar, as many believed Germany had sunk the British cruiser deliberately as a provocation to Wilson and the U.S.
Bryan, as secretary of state, sent a note to the German government from the Wilson administration, lauding the ties of friendship and diplomacy between the two nations and expressing the desire that they come to a clear and full understanding as to the grave situation which has resulted from the sinking of the Lusitania. When the German government responded by justifying their navy’s action on the basis that the Lusitania was carrying munitions (which it was, a small amount), Wilson himself penned a strongly worded note, insisting that the sinking had been an illegal action and demanding that Germany cease unrestricted submarine warfare against unarmed merchantmen.
"The Government of the United States is contending for something much greater than mere rights of property or privileges of commerce," Wilson wrote. "It is contending for nothing less high and sacred than the rights of humanity, which every Government honours itself in respecting and which no Government is justified in resigning on behalf of those under its care and authority."
Objecting to the strong position taken by Wilson in this second Lusitania note, and believing it could be taken as a precursor to a war declaration, Bryan tendered his resignation on June 9, 1915, rather than sign it. The note and two more similar ones were sent to Germany, which was persuaded to curb the submarine policy over the course of 1916 rather than risk further antagonizing the U.S.
Bryan’s resignation marked a significant turning point, as the Lusitania crisis had convinced his successor, Robert Lansing, that the U.S. could not remain neutral forever, and would indeed eventually have to enter the war against Germany. As it unfolded, Germany resumed its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare in February 1917; two months later, Wilson went before Congress to ask for a declaration of war.
enjoin; verb; (in-JOIN)
1 : to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition
2 a : forbid, prohibit
b : to prohibit by a judicial order : put an injunction on
Did You Know?
Enjoin has the Latin verb jungere, meaning "to join," at its root, but the kind of joining expressed by enjoin is quite particular: it is about linking someone to an action or activity by either requiring or prohibiting it. When it's the former at hand—that is, when enjoin is used to mean "to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition"—the preposition to is typically employed, as in "they enjoined us to secrecy." When prohibition is involved, from is common, as in "signs enjoin attendees from photographing the event." In legal contexts, enjoining involves prohibition by judicial order, through means of an injunction, as in "the judge enjoined them from selling the contract."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beautiful Sky Before Sunset

June 8, 2021

The gorgeous reflections of the sun on the clouds tonight made it worth taking a trip to Donegal Bay to check on the sunset sky. There were lots of cars up by the old swimming pool, so the picture of the sky was taken down by the St. James Township property there near the corner. Then a trip into town to get some pictures of the sky as seen from the downtown area and the point made it worth the trip too.

Taken by Barney's Lake

Taken at Donegal Bay

Taken in town.

Baby Raccoons

June 8, 2021

These two little baby raccoons were seen in the middle of Kings Highway right in front of the former Carol LaFreniere's home just before 9 p.m.. They appeared to be lost. The picture was taken out the window as the editor passed them. With a turn around at the Governmental Center to check on them, they were no longer in the road and not seen again.

Peaine Township Meeting

June 8, 2021, @ 7 p.m.

View/download the meeting packet HERE

The regular monthly meeting of the Peaine Township Board took place this evening at 7 p.m. Four of the five board members were present: Doug Tilly, supervisor; Carla Martin, clerk; Vicky Smith, treasurer; and Ernie Martin, trustee; were all present. Missing was Travis Martin, trustee. On the phone was the Peaine Township lawyer to answer questions about two items on the agenda related to the township airport.

Attending the meeting was a BIHS representative to give a report, Cynthia Johnson, Joe Moore, editor of BINN, and Pam Grassmick.

View video of the meeting HERE


June 8, 2021

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority invites you to one or both of two PUBLIC MEETINGS to be held on June 24th to get your input on the future of our Beaver Island ferry system. 

View/download the meeting notice HERE

Invasive Species Workers

June 8, 2021

Shelby Harris, director; Interns; Hunter Torolski and Liz LaScala...........

Editor Joe Moore met these young invasive species works at Shelby Harris' office today at 2 p.m. The interns were taking a breaking from a walk around the island over the next two weeks to check for phragmites and any other invasive species.

View video of the interview HERE

Wendy Ann and Barge Return

June 8, 2021

View video clip HERE

The Squirrel Wars

June 8, 2021

by Joe Moore

I have been working all spring to attempt to foil the efforts of the huge population of squirrels this year. I purposefully have worked with blue plastic, completely flat, sleds. So, if you are driving by Carlisle Road and Kings Highway, and wonder about the funny-looking blue covering of the tree next to the house, this is the only successful squirrel barrier that I have ever made. So far, it appears that I am winning this war against the destructive, plastic-chewing, feeder-destroying squirrels.

Now, I also needed to use a couple of scraps of the blue sled remnants to provide a slippery launch pad to prevent the full out speed and jump along the porch railing made several tries by the squirrels.

Now, I'm not about to brag about this because the extra work involved trimming the branches on the mulberry tree and hours upon hours of work to defeat these rodents' destruction. I have watched the rodents attempt to climb up the side of the house, attempt to climb up the window nearest the tree, and all forms of climbing on things. I also have gone through several containers of vasoline to slow down their climbing of the shephard's crook that holds some feeders.

It is quite possible that some rodent may get past these many barriers, so no bragging will take place. Let's hope that the efforts and expense will be worth it.

Weather by Joe

June 8, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! We are in the middle of a drought, and want to suggest to all that the fire danger is a truly dangerous situation, so please be careful!
Right now, at 8 a.m., it is 64 degrees with humidity at 98%. The pressure is 29.87. Our last rain was two-tenths of an inch on June 5th. The dew poiint is 65 degrees, so there may be some patchy fog out over the lake. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy to cloudy. There is a chance of a stray thunderstorm. The chance of rain is 15%. The high will be near 80. Wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a 15% chance of a stray thunderstorm. The low will be near 60. The wind will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for clouds in the morning decreasing during the day. The high will be in the high 70's. Winds will switch to the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
In Medina, located in present-day Saudi Arabia, Muhammad, one of the most influential religious and political leaders in history, dies in the arms of Aisha, his third and favorite wife.
Born in Mecca of humble origins, Muhammad married a wealthy widow at 25 years old and lived the next 15 years as an unremarkable merchant. In 610, in a cave in Mount Hira north of Mecca, he had a vision in which he heard God, speaking through the angel Gabriel, command him to become the Arab prophet of the “true religion.” Thus began a lifetime of religious revelations, which he and others collected as the Qur’an. These revelations provided the foundation for the Islamic religion. Muhammad regarded himself as the last prophet of the Judaic-Christian tradition, and he adopted the theology of these older religions while introducing new doctrines. His inspired teachings also brought unity to the Bedouin tribesmen of Arabia, an event that had sweeping consequences for the rest of the world.
By the summer of 622, Muhammad had gained a substantial number of converts in Mecca, leading the city’s authorities, who had a vested interest in preserving the city’s pagan religion, to plan his assassination. Muhammad fled to Medina, a city some 200 miles north of Mecca, where he was given a position of considerable political power. At Medina, he built a model theocratic state and administered a rapidly growing empire. In 629, Muhammad returned to Mecca as a conqueror. During the next two and a half years, numerous disparate Arab tribes converted to his religion. By his death on June 8, 632, he was the effective ruler of all southern Arabia, and his missionaries, or legates, were active in the Eastern Empire, Persia and Ethiopia.
During the next century, vast conquests continued under Muhammad’s successors and allies, and the Muslim advance was not halted until the Battle of Tours in France in 732. By this time, the Muslim empire, among the largest the world had ever seen, stretched from India across the Middle East and North Africa, and up through Western Europe’s Iberian peninsula. The spread of Islam continued after the end of the Arab conquest, and many cultures in Africa and Asia voluntarily adopted the religion. Today, Islam is the world’s second-largest religion.
bumptious; adjective; (BUMP-shus)
: presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive : obtrusive
Did You Know?
While we've uncovered evidence dating bumptious to the beginning of the 19th century, the word was uncommon enough decades later that Edward Bulwer-Lytton included the following in his 1850 My Novel: "'She holds her head higher, I think,' said the landlord, smiling. 'She was always—not exactly proud like, but what I calls Bumptious.' 'I never heard that word before,' said the parson, laying down his knife and fork. 'Bumptious indeed, though I believe it is not in the dictionary, has crept into familiar parlance, especially amongst young folks at school and college.'" The word is, of course, now in "the dictionary"; ours notes that it comes from the noun bump and the -tious of fractious.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Joint Township Planning Commission Meeting

June 7, 2021

The commissioners of both townships

Steve Schnell

Both the St. James and the Peaine Township Planning Commissions met tonight at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. There were ten people in the audience in addition to the 12 people viewing the live stream on Beaver Island TV. The presenter was from Housing North. His name is Steve Schnell, Charlevoix County Housing Ready Director. The website for Housing North is http://housingnorth.org and Steve's email is steve@housingnorth.org with phone number 231-330-7070.

All members of the two commissions

The presenter

The audience at the beginning of the joint meeting.

This meeting was just a little under two hours in length with quite a bit of discussion and quite a few questions asked and some of them answered.

View video of this meeting HERE

From the Beaver Island Association:

Two Interns have been hired for the summer through a grant from the Department of Natural Resources administered by Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmett (C.A.K.E.) Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Their focus is to assist Beaver Island with surveys and the control of invasive species. Kirk Achyarya, Executive Director for C.A.K.E., spent a week orienting the interns to Beaver Island and the island's priority invasive species. Elizabeth Lascala and Hunter Torolski are knowledgeable and certified in the control of invasive species and are a valuable asset to property owners along with our new Terrestrial Invasive Species Administrator, Shelby Harris.

Liz and Hunter began their Lake Michigan hike around Beaver Island to document invasive phragmites and narrow-leaf cattails today, June 7th.. If you see this duo out walking the shoreline, please give them a big friendly Beaver Island welcome. Harris is working on a new website for the townships to assist with identification and treatment of invasive species that threaten the island's ecosystems and property values. 

Stay tuned for more updates as Liz and Hunter will share their findings at the upcoming Beaver Island Association's Annual Meeting TBA.

Power is Out to the Whole Island

June 7, 2021

A little before 1:30 p.m., the power went out to the whole island. The many posts on facebook suggest that it is a widespread problem. Great Lakes Energy is aware, and is supposedly working on the problem. Not sure why the generators did not kick on to feed the important places like the medical center. The medical center generator did not come on either, so the Carlisle Road area is without power for now with no estimated time for return of the power.

Now, even more interesting is that the cellphone hot spot is unable to connect to the website where this is to be posted. Is it possible that the power outage is even more widespread than just Beaver Island? More will be posted when the website can be posted to.

Power came back on at 2:35 p.m.

Video Statistics for May

June 7, 2021

In May 2021, there were a little over 200 viewers of the Beaver Island TV website. These people viewed the website 720 times during the month. The viewers watched for a total of 192 hours. These statistics are for the live streamed events.

The total visitors to the Beaver Island TV included over 900 visits made by 620 unique IP addresses. These represent the total visits to this website. It has been a busy month for May.

“Best Harbor 2021” Contest Winners

2021 GRAND WINNER: Charlevoix, Michigan (Region: Great Lakes)

FINALISTS included Beaver Island

Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan. The Island is reached only by air or boat. It has two airports, one public and one private. Beaver Island Boat Company operates a scheduled automobile ferry service from Charlevoix during most of the year. Daily service is available from May through September, and the ferry is closed from January through March. Recreational opportunities abound in the insular harbor, beaches, inland lakes and the State forest that includes much of the Island. A golf course, nature trails, restaurants, hotels, a marina and other amenities are available.

Weather by Joe

June 7, 2021

Good morning from a sunny Carlisle Road here on Beaver Island. It is already 73 degrees out there at 8 a.m. The pressure is 29.71 with a wind from the S at 3 mph. The humidity is 80%. It is technically partly cloudy. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be a mixture of sun and clouds becoming cloudy in the afternoon. There is a 15% chance of a stray thundershower in the afternoon. The high will be near 80. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a low near 60 and SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is just above 10%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a 15% of a stray thundershower. The high will be in the high 70's, and wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
In an event that would have dramatic repercussions for the people of India, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a young Indian lawyer working in South Africa, refuses to comply with racial segregation rules on a South African train and is forcibly ejected at Pietermaritzburg.
Born in India and educated in England, Gandhi traveled to South Africa in early 1893 to practice law under a one-year contract. Settling in Natal, he was subjected to racism and South African laws that restricted the rights of Indian laborers. Gandhi later recalled one such incident, in which he was removed from a first-class railway compartment and thrown off a train, as his moment of truth. From thereon, he decided to fight injustice and defend his rights as an Indian and a man.
When his contract expired, he spontaneously decided to remain in South Africa and launch a campaign against legislation that would deprive Indians of the right to vote. He formed the Natal Indian Congress and drew international attention to the plight of Indians in South Africa. In 1906, the Transvaal government sought to further restrict the rights of Indians, and Gandhi organized his first campaign of satyagraha, or mass civil disobedience. After seven years of protest, he negotiated a compromise agreement with the South African government.
In 1914, Gandhi returned to India and lived a life of abstinence and spirituality on the periphery of Indian politics. He supported Britain in the First World War but in 1919 launched a new satyagraha in protest of Britain’s mandatory military draft of Indians. Hundreds of thousands answered his call to protest, and by 1920 he was leader of the Indian movement for independence. Always nonviolent, he asserted the unity of all people under one God and preached Christian and Muslim ethics along with his Hindu teachings. The British authorities jailed him several times, but his following was so great that he was always released.
After World War II, he was a leading figure in the negotiations that led to Indian independence in 1947. Although hailing the granting of Indian independence as the “noblest act of the British nation,” he was distressed by the religious partition of the former Mogul Empire into India and Pakistan. When violence broke out between Hindus and Muslims in India in 1947, he resorted to fasts and visits to the troubled areas in an effort to end India’s religious strife. On January 30, 1948, he was on one such prayer vigil in New Delhi when he was fatally shot by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist who objected to Gandhi’s tolerance for the Muslims.
Known as Mahatma, or “the great soul,” during his lifetime, Gandhi’s persuasive methods of civil disobedience influenced leaders of civil rights movements around the world, especially Martin Luther King, Jr., in the United States.

solipsism; noun; (SOH-lip-sih-zum)


: a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing; also : extreme egocentrism

Did You Know?
French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) can be blamed for the idea that if one whittles away beliefs about which one cannot be certain, one will eventually land at the existence of the self as a singular certainty; however, he cannot be blamed for either the word solipsism or the theory it refers to. (Descartes avoided falling into solipsism by positing that ideas known with the same clarity as the existence of the self is known must also be true.) Philosophical application of the word likely owes something to the French translation of a satiric work written by Venetian scholar Giulio Clemente Scotti in 1645 called Monarchia Solipsorum —in French, La Monarchie des Solipses. The pertinent term is a composite of the Latin solus ("alone") and ipse ("self").
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

June 6, 2021

Welcome back, Judi Meister! Sharon Blanchard was the pianist.

Mary Jane and Greg Lawson did the readings

Pastor Gene Drenth led the service and gave the sermon.

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

June 6, 2021

Joan Banville did the readings.......Father Peter Wigton was the celebrant.

View video of the service HERE

Junior-Senior Bash

June 5, 2021

The normal and traditional activities for the graduating class continue to be changed due to the COVID pandemic. A huge shout-out to the Circle M for their efforts to make this event a great success! Instead of the traditional dinner at the hall for "Banquet," the dinner was held at the Circle M. All reports suggest that this was a great gathering and lot of fun for the seniors.

Out at the Circle M

The traditional trip on the ferry was also slightly different, but this was due to the weather. With gusting winds and a blustery day, even though quite warm, the trip out on the ferry was not a calm sunset cruise. It was great to see the BI Boat Company using the Beaver Island for this tradition. Here is the vessel outside the harbor last night.

The details on the rest of the evening will have to be gleaned from the juniors and seniors themselves as this retired old teacher will reminisce on past events, and was probably in bed long before their night ended.

Weather by Joe

June 6, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! It's 7:30 a.m., and it's already 74 degrees. It's 69 degrees at Greene's Bay. Humidity is 72%. The pressure is 29.64 and there is a light wind at 2mph from the W. It's windier at Greene's Bay. We got two-tenths of an inch of rain yesterday. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 80. It will be windy from the wind from the SW at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts are possible.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy skies. The low will be in the 60's. Winds will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is listed as 10%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mixed morning of cloudy skies and partly cloudy skies. It will be cloudy in the afternoon with a chance of rain of 15%. The high will be in the upper 70's. Wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
On June 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the go-ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history: Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northern France, commonly known as D-Day.
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 series Band of Brothers (2001).
glean; verb; (GLEEN)
1 : to gather grain or other produce left by reapers
2 : to gather information or material bit by bit
3 a : to pick up after a reaper
b : to strip of the leavings of reapers
4 a : to gather (something, such as information) bit by bit
b : to pick over in search of relevant material
5 : find out
Did You Know?
Glean comes from Middle English glenen, which traces to Anglo-French glener, meaning "to glean." The French borrowed their word from Late Latin glennare, which also means "to glean" and is itself of Celtic origin. Both the grain-gathering sense and the collecting-bit-by-bit senses of English's glean date back at least to the 14th century. Over the years, and especially in the 20th and 21st centuries, glean has also come to be used frequently with the meaning "to find out, learn, ascertain." This sense has been criticized by folks who think glean should always imply the drudgery involved in the literal grain-gathering sense, but it is well established and perfectly valid.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Coming up in June at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center

June 5, 2021

Fri June 11 – Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccinations. We will be administering more Pfizer vaccines and once the vial is opened, we must use all doses within 6 hours or dispose of them. If you are interested, please call 231-448-2275 for an appointment.

Sat June 19 – Plant Sale (featuring other garden-related items !) 11am to 2pm at the BIRHC Wellness Garden. If you have items you’d like to offer for sale, call Barb Rahn at 231-448-2035. Proceeds benefit the Wellness Garden, which is free and open for everyone to enjoy.

Mon June 21 – Dr. Patrick Richmond, Podiatrist will be seeing patients at the Health Center from 8:30am - 4:00pm. Call 231-448-2275 for an appointment.

Sat June 26 - Bill Johnson Memorial Silent Auction, 12pm – 3pm at Peaine Township Hall. A fundraiser in BIRHC Board Member Bill's honor to complete landscaping improvements at the BIRHC. No healthcare tax dollars are used for these projects. To donate items or make a monetary contribution, contact Leonor at 231-448-2894 or leonor.jacobson@gmail.com.

Have a safe and healthy summer!


Posted on June 5, 2021

Meeting is June 10, 2021, @ 4 p.m. @ Peaine Township Hall

View Agenda HERE

Visiting Vessel

June 4, 2021

Huron Jewell anchored in Paradise Bay

Loons on Barney's Lake

June 4, 2021

Finally a Beaver

June 4, 2021

Barney's Lake, June 4, 2021, the search to see a beaver is, hopefully, brought to an end, but will continue daily by this editor. The swimming activity and the posture of this animal suggest that it is a beaver. Its size also suggest that it is a beaver. What could be seen of its tail suggests that it is a beaver. Its destination also suggests that it is a beaver.

The editor has been looking here twice daily every day to try to capture a picture of a beaver. The muskrats and the beavers seem to look alike from a distance, only if you cannot see the tail. Of course, the muskrat and the beaver do not pose for a picture side by side to make the comparisons easy. So, if a biologist sees this picture, the editor would love to know if its identification is correct.

Swimming toward the lodge

Near the shallows

Zoomed in pictures of the head.

Weather by Joe

June 5, 2021

It's pretty cloudy out there right now at 8:30 a.m. and windy too. The temperature here on Carlisle Road is 62 degrees with 68% relative humidity. The pressure is 29.57. The dew point is 51 degrees, and visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy or partly cloudy, but there is a chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon. The high will be in the low 70's. Winds will be from the SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered showers and/or thunderstorms. The low will be near 60. The wind will continue from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies mixed with sun. The high will be near 80. The wind will continue from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.
On June 5, 1944, more than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries placed at the Normandy assault area, while 3,000 Allied ships cross the English Channel in preparation for the invasion of Normandy—D-Day.
The day of the invasion of occupied France had been postponed repeatedly since May, mostly because of bad weather and the enormous tactical obstacles involved. Finally, despite less than ideal weather conditions—or perhaps because of them—General Eisenhower decided on June 5 to set the next day as D-Day, the launch of the largest amphibious operation in history. Ike knew that the Germans would be expecting postponements beyond the sixth, precisely because weather conditions were still poor.
Among those Germans confident that an Allied invasion could not be pulled off on the sixth was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was still debating tactics with Field Marshal Karl Rundstedt. Runstedt was convinced that the Allies would come in at the narrowest point of the Channel, between Calais and Dieppe; Rommel, following Hitler’s intuition, believed it would be Normandy. Rommel’s greatest fear was that German air inferiority would prevent an adequate defense on the ground; it was his plan to meet the Allies on the coast—before the Allies had a chance to come ashore. Rommel began constructing underwater obstacles and minefields, and set off for Germany to demand from Hitler personally more panzer divisions in the area.
Bad weather and an order to conserve fuel grounded much of the German air force on June 5; consequently, its reconnaissance flights were spotty. That night, more than 1,000 British bombers unleashed a massive assault on German gun batteries on the coast. At the same time, an Allied armada headed for the Normandy beaches in Operation Neptune, an attempt to capture the port at Cherbourg. But that was not all. In order to deceive the Germans, phony operations were run; dummy parachutists and radar-jamming devices were dropped into strategically key areas so as to make German radar screens believe there was an Allied convoy already on the move. One dummy parachute drop succeeded in drawing an entire German infantry regiment away from its position just six miles from the actual Normandy landing beaches. All this effort was to scatter the German defenses and make way for Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy.
didactic; adjective; (dye-DAK-tik)
1 a : designed or intended to teach
b : intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment
2 : making moral observations
Did You Know?
Didaktikós is a Greek word that means "apt at teaching." It comes from didáskein, meaning "to teach." Something didactic does just that: it teaches or instructs. Didactic conveyed that neutral meaning when it was first borrowed in the 17th century, and still does; a didactic piece of writing is one that is meant to be instructive as well as artistic. Parables are generally didactic because they aim to teach a moral lesson. Didactic now sometimes has negative connotations, too, however. Something described as "didactic" is often overburdened with instruction to the point of being dull. Or it might be pompously instructive or moralistic.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, June 3, 2021

Principal/Superintendent Wil Cwikiel

Congrats to our Secondary Student Honorees!

Thanks to all who joined us yesterday afternoon for our Secondary School Academic Awards celebration. In addition to awards from each of the academic departments, there were several school-wide awards presented. Here's a run-down of the award recipients: MS Citizen of the Year--Sophie McDonough, HS Citizen of the Year--Elisha Richards, MS Student of the Year--Alyssa Martin, HS Student of the Year--McKenna Turner, Secondary Exceptional Growth--Aidan Dean, Salutatorian for the Class of 2021--Jessica LaFreniere, Valedictorian for the Class of 2021--Elisha Richards. There were three scholarships from the Community Foundation Awarded yesterday. Zander Holmes is the recipient of the MARSP Scholarship ($1,000) and the Eary/Conrad Family Memorial Scholarship ($500), and Quintan DeLaat is the recipient of the Beaver Island 21st Century Kitty McNamara Scholarship ($1,000). Jupiter Antkoviak is the recipient of the Taylor Certificate of Achievement and Scholarship award ($2,000). In addition to these accolades, the Beaver Island Auxiliary of the Charlevoix Elks Lodge gifted each senior with a dinner for two at the Circle M restaurant. Special thanks to our entire community for supporting our students and Beaver Island Community School throughout this tumultuous but very successful year!

Back by Popular Demand for one Night Only—BICS Bash!

Although it might look a bit different due to COVID-19, we are able to bring our 8-12th graders together this year for the annual end of the year event known as Senior Bash. In addition to the rules and expectations on the permission forms that were sent out, here are some reminders for our 8th-12th graders and their parents:

1)      Only BICS students who have already submitted their permission forms can participate in Bash events.

2)      Juniors and Seniors and their guests should be at the Circle M at 5:30 pm on Saturday for dinner and to take pictures. The lilacs around the old Rectory are in full bloom and will make for some great photos!

3)      All students participating in Bash (including 8th through 10th graders and the Juniors and Seniors) need to be at the boat dock by no later than 8:00 pm. If you want to take pictures at the Point, please do so before 8:00 pm.

4)      After the boat docks, students will have 10 minutes to get from the dock to the School.

5)      At school, we will have games set up outdoors and in the gymnasium, and snacks and the Senior Videos in the High School commons. Students and chaperones must wear masks when inside the school building.

6)      Prizes will be awarded at 11:45 pm.

7)      Parents--please plan on picking up your student at 12:00 midnight

Elementary Awards Assembly at 10:00 am on June 10th

Please join us for the upcoming elementary Awards Assembly on June 10th at 10:00 am. This will be an opportunity to celebrate the social and academic growth of our elementary students over the past year. The assembly will be held outside on the soccer field—bring your picnic blankets so families can sit on the lawn outdoor-concert style. If the weather is nasty, we will move the event to June 11th at 10:00 am.

Celebrate our Seniors!

Please plan to join us starting at 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 12, 2021 to start our graduation celebration with the second annual BICS Senior Graduation Parade! The members of the Class of 2021 will walk from the Post Office to Gillespie Park and then up the hill into the BICS school doors for the last time as students. We need Islanders to line the parade route to celebrate our Seniors. Please spread the word and have everyone join us along the parade route ready to make noise before 12:30 pm on Saturday. The 2021 Commencement Ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday. If the weather is conducive, the event will be on the soccer field and all community members are welcome. In case of inclement weather, we will move into the gymnasium, where attendance will be limited to family members of the graduates. Congrats Seniors!

Cyber-Security Summer Camp at BICS!

Interested in cyber-security? If so, and you will be in 6th through 12th grade next year, please join the BICS robotics team (bIrobot) for an in-person Cyber Security Summer Camp offered in cooperation with the Michigan CyberPatriot Program. Cyber Campers will learn important skills in cyber safety and cyber-security and will be well positioned to join the BI robot Cyber Patriot competition team this fall.

The camp will meet for five sessions from 9:00 am to 11:00 am each day starting Monday June 21st, with Friday being a mini-competition day. After the Friday competition, in accord with bIrobot tradition, there'll be a pizza lunch! The camp will be offered in tandem with a virtual camp being offered to students across the state, so cyber-campers will have the opportunity to interact with students on the mainland as well as each other. Camp will be led by cyber-security expert and longtime Cyber Patriot coach (and Island summer resident) Chris Sorensen with assistance from bIrobot lead mentor and BICS volunteer Programming & Robotics Class teacher Kevin Boyle.

No prior experience is required. If you have summer visitors who might be interested, they are welcome, too. Enrolment is limited, so please sign up early to secure your slot. BICS students interested in joining the bIrobot team this fall are encouraged to attend as we plan to add participation in the Cyber Patriot program to our continued participation in FIRST's First Robotics Competition.  

To sign up, see the bIrobot website at: https://birobot.org/cyber-security-summer-camp/. If you have any questions, e-mail them to cyber@birobot.org.

Masks On in School

The CDC and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan clarified their guidance and the requirement is that schools continue to follow the mask wearing protocol that has been so successful in keeping schools safe this year. We are so close to the end of school—one more week! Let's stick together and finish strong!

End of the Year Snacks!

One of the great traditions at the end of the school year is students bringing in snacks. Since it has been well established that COVID-19 is not transmitted via food, parents are welcome to send home-made snacks for end of school year celebrations! The only requirement is that you bring enough to share with the office staff!

Mark Your Calendar for End of the Year Activities! 

·  June 5—Junior-Senior Celebration “Bash”

·  June 10—Elementary Awards Assembly at 10:00 am

·  June 10th-11th—Half Days/Exam Days

·  June 11th—Last Day of School

·  June 12th—Senior Parade (12:30) and 2021 Commencement Ceremony (1:00 pm)
Have a Great Weekend!

Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary

Transportation Authority Meeting

Tuesday June 8, 2021, @ Noon

June 8 2021 regular meeting agenda

May 4 2021 minutes draft

Dana DeVries Obituary

Posted June 4, 2021

Dana DeVries, also known as Max to his family, passed away Friday, May 21 at Holland Hospital.
He was born September 25, 1970 in East Grand Rapids, and spent his early years in Pennsylvania before moving back to East Grand Rapids. He attended Hope College where he met his wife Lisa. After graduation, he spent several years in the mountains of Colorado before returning to Michigan to be closer to family and to start a family of his own.
Dana was a man of words, a writer, an avid gamer, and a lover of books. Not one to color within the lines, he put his own unique spin on everything, including the way that he taught Sunday School lessons. A lover of music, he moved through life with a soundtrack, most often the music of Billy Joel.
Dana is survived by his wife, Lisa; their three children: Ben, Tristan, and Tyler; his father, Brian DeVries; his siblings Rebecca (Mark) Monteforte, Rachel (Mike) Mraz, JB DeVries, and Sam DeVries, as well as his mother-in-law, Judi Meister, and his sister-in-law Kim (Brad) VandenHeuvel. He was preceded in death by his mothers, Fredericka Johns and Eileen DeVries.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the awesome staff in the ICU at Holland Hospital for the amazing care that he received during his stay.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for later this summer.

Craig Owen Petrak Obituary

Posted on June 4, 2021


Craig Owen Petrak, age 53 of Middleville Michigan lost his battle with cancer May 21, 2021.

Craig was born September 5, 1967, to Curt and Joan Petrak. Joan often describes Craig as the most active child she has ever encountered, often calling upon her mother to confirm he was a "normal" boy. Curt was gifted with the patience of Job and rarely ever lost his temper when Craig and crew "borrowed" the telephone truck for necessary vehicle rescue missions. Their patience expanded beyond just this on many occasions but less is more here.

Craig grew up on Beaver Island where he was in the top 4 of his class, (of four). He enjoyed summers full of boats, boodles, and bonfires, all of which helped get him through the very long winters with nothing much more to do than reminisce with friends on summer shenanigans while playing smear and pulling each other's vehicles out of snow banks. His addiction to cars most surely started on the Island and he ran an unofficial rental car service for many years, though he never did charge for the rental, chances are if you needed a car for a few days, he had one you could use.

While Craig had many (mis)adventures in his younger years, he had his best adventures with his children, with endless trips to Beaver Island, Disney World, camping, Nascar races (he was a Gordon fan till the end) and even a trip cross country. What goes around comes around and Craig was gifted with a busy boy much like himself who knew oh so many new and improved ways to heighten one’s blood pressure, lucky for him he was then blessed with a daughter who loved shopping more than mischief so it helped even out that blood pressure! Chase and Addison were his whole world and it showed in all the many days of fishing and hunting he endured, even though they weren’t his favorite pastime or the countless number of times he watched The Country Bear Jamboree at Disney with Addison because she wasn’t ready to ride the rides with mom and Chase. (He may hold a world record for the most times on It’s A Small World in one day with his girl.)

In all seriousness, Craig was the definition of a true friend, he was loyal, dependable and kind hearted, to say he will be missed would simply be an understatement.

Craig is survived by his parents: Curt and Joan; children: Chase and Addison; their mother, Danielle; unofficial third child, Taylor Johnson; brother, Christopher; sister, Jane Merriam; as well as his niece, Jeanette (Spencer) Cantu; and nephews: Mitchell Merriam, Allen, Owen and Dale Petrak; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and brother-in-law, Lyle Merriam.

Craig’s family will receive friends on Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10:00 to 11:45 AM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home where his memorial service will be conducted at 12:00 Noon. A luncheon will follow at Thornapple Valley Church, 2750 S. M-43 Highway, Hastings, at 1:30 PM. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Craig’s family.
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BICS Secondary Awards Ceremony

June 3, 2021

List of Awards HERE

Master of Ceremony, Principal/Superintendent Wil Cwikiel, also gave the Art Awards

Faculty presents English and Mathematics awards

Connie Boyle presents a mathematics award named for her.

Faculty presents Science and Social Studies awards

2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Elijah Richards........Jessica LaFreniere

View a gallery of all awardees and all presenters HERE

Patrick Nugent presented gifts to the seniors from the Elks Club of Charlevoix and Beaver Island.

View video of the secondary awards ceremony HERE

Weather by Joe

June 4, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, where the sun is shining once more! The temperature at 7:45 a.m. is 54 degrees. The pressure is 29.83, and visibility is ten miles. The dew point is 55 degrees with humidity at 95%.


TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of sunshine and clouds. The high will be in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for mainly clear skies with a low near 60. The winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies in the morning become mostly cloudy by the afternoon. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is listed at 24%.
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting 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. Eight days later, the 19th Amendment took effect.
Despite the passage of the amendment and the decades-long contributions of Black women to achieve suffrage, poll taxes, local laws and other restrictions continued to block women of color from voting. It would take another 50 years for all women to achieve voting equality.
rigmarole; noun; (RIG-uh-muh-rol)
1 : confused or meaningless talk
2 : a complex and sometimes ritualistic procedure
Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, the term Rageman or Ragman referred to a game in which a player randomly selected a string attached to a roll of verses and read the selected verse. The roll was called a Ragman roll after a fictional king purported to be the author of the verses. By the 16th century, ragman and ragman roll were being used figuratively to mean "a list or catalog." Both terms fell out of written use, but ragman roll persisted in speech, and in the 18th century it resurfaced in writing as rigmarole, with the meaning "a succession of confused, meaningless, or foolish statements." In the mid-19th century rigmarole (also spelled rigamarole, reflecting its common pronunciation) acquired the sense referring to a complex and ritualistic procedure.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Lilacs and Other Tree Blossoms

June 3, 2021

The sound of Spring is heard in the quiet areas of Beaver Island with the cooing rock doves, the singing birds, and peepers around the lakes. In addition to the these sounds, there are the goregeous blossoms of the apple trees, other trees, and the lilac bushes. These also provide some truly beautiful smelling flowers besides the beauty of the flowers themselves.

Take some time to stop and smell the spring flowering trees! You will be amazed at what you may have missed by not taking the time to do so.

Dark purple lilac

View a gallery of blossoming trees and bushes HERE

At the Historical Society

June 2, 2021

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduced the presenters

James Speer, Ph.D, for Indiana University

Matt Becker, Ph. D., for Brigham Young University

View video of this presentation HERE

Sample core

Some pictures of logs sampled in 2019

St. James Township Meeting

June 2, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.




2021-06-02-01 Resolution Approving Grant St James

Declaration of Taking St James Twp

Dock Fund Bills 5.6.21-6.2.21

DRAFT May 5, 2021 minutes

GF bills 5.6.21-6.2.21

Road bills 5.6.21-6.2.21

Sewer Fumd bills 5.6.21-6.2.21


View video of the meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

June 3, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island. right now there are some big clouds to the north of Beaver Island, but the sun is shining here at 8:30 a.m. It's 65 degrees with relative humidity at 66%. The pressure is 29.66 with wind from the S at 6 mph. It's 60 degrees at the township airport, but visibility is ten miles. The island needs rain because it is so dry with a high fire danger.
TODAY, it is expected to have a mixture of clouds and sunshine. The high will be near 73 degrees with a SW wind at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies and a low in the 50's. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is low at 24%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high in the mid-70's. Wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 12%.
On June 3, 1940, the German air force bombs Paris, killing 254 people, most of them civilians.
Determined to wreck France’s economy and military, reduce its population, and in short, cripple its morale as well as its ability to rally support for other occupied nations, the Germans bombed the French capital without regard to the fact that most of the victims were civilians, including schoolchildren. The bombing succeeded in provoking just the right amount of terror; France’s minister of the interior could only keep government officials from fleeing Paris by threatening them with severe penalties.
Despite the fact that the British Expeditionary Force was on the verge of completing its evacuation at Dunkirk, and that France was on the verge of collapse to the German invaders, the British War Cabinet was informed that Norway’s king, Haakon, had expressed complete confidence that the Allies would win in the end. The king, having made his prediction, then fled Norway for England, his own country now under German occupation.
peach; verb; (PEECH)
1 : to inform against : betray
2 : to turn informer : blab
Did You Know?
If you guessed that the origin of this verb peach has something to do with a slightly fuzzy fruit, you are unfortunately incorrect. The fruit peach is an unrelated word that traces back to the Latin phrase malum persicum, literally meaning "Persian fruit." The verb blossomed from Middle English apechen ("to accuse"), itself an offspring of the Anglo-French verbs apecher and empecher, both meaning "to ensnare." Empecher is also an ancestor of the English verb impeach, meaning "to bring an accusation against." Both of these English verbs can be traced back to Latin impedicare, meaning "to shackle the feet," and that word is itself rooted in ped-, pes, meaning "foot."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive to Expand High-Speed Internet Access For Michiganders 

June 2, 2021

Creation of Michigan High-Speed Internet Office will bring high-speed internet access to more residents,  homes, and small businesses across the state 

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer today issued Executive Directive 2021-02 to help bridgehe digital divide by establishing the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI) to make high-speed internet more affordable and accessible. With high-speed internet becoming a necessity in our educational, professional, and personal lives, the new office will be dedicated to coordinating and advancing the State’s efforts to ensure that every home and business in our state has access to an affordable, reliable high-speed connection that meets their needs and the skills to use it effectively. Governor Whitmer announced the new office at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Club, part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan.   

“COVID-19 has only confirmed how the lack of high-speed internet access can cause too many Michiganders to struggle in their ability to engage in online learning, to use telemedicine to seek needed healthcare, to search for a new job or to take advantage of all the online resources,” said Governor Whitmer. “A fully connected Michigan is essential for our state to reach its economic potential in the 21st century global economy.”  

Over $2.5 billion in potential economic benefit is left unrealized each year due to the digital divide. The divide includes both the hundreds of thousands of households that have not yet been reached by high-speed internet infrastructure, as well as the estimated 865,000 households that are disconnected due to the cost of subscribing to service or purchasing an appropriate device, a lack of digital skills, or other related barriers.   

“Internet access is the most critical, enabling infrastructure that we can invest in.  Whether you’re a student, an entrepreneur, a senior citizen, a farmer, a manufacturer, a job seeker, or any other Michigander, more opportunities and resources are available to you when you and your family are connected,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “There is bipartisan consensus that we need to close gaps in internet access and adoption. This is our generational opportunity to leverage the tremendous resources that are being made available at the federal level to develop the innovative partnerships that will achieve the goal of getting every home and business the high-speed connection they need.”   

MIHI will be housed inside the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). With its focus on aligning Michigan’s economic and workforce development activities, LEO is well positioned to help MIHI develop the necessary infrastructure to bring service to each home and business in our state.  MIHI will be responsible for developing the State’s high-speed internet strategy and coordinating its funding and implementation. Under the directive, the department will designate a Chief Connectivity Officer to serve as head of the office.  

“Expanding high-speed internet access and affordability will help ensure that Michigan remains a world leader in innovation,” said LEO Acting Director Susan Corbin. “We need to make major investments to support digital inclusion and this office will be focused on leveraging every dollar available through the American Recovery Plan and other federal programs.”  

Gaps in high-speed internet availability, affordability, adoption, and use  disproportionately impact communities of color, those in rural areas, and low-income households. Evidence demonstrates that increasing opportunities to get connected have a range of benefits, including: 


High-speed internet connections help students earn higher grades and build the digital skills they will need to succeed in higher education and the workforce.  Students who miss out on digital skills are less likely to be interested in careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math. Regardless of socioeconomic status, students without a high-speed connection at home are less likely to attend college or university. 

Health Outcomes Telemedicine has long been recognized as a way to increase access to care in areas where reaching a provider’s office in-person can be challenging or to make it possible to consult with a specialist without having to travel to a major medical center.  In addition, there is evidence that telemedicine reduces hospitalizations of nursing home patients and reduces health care costs. 

Small Businesses 

Small businesses that have websites have higher annual revenues and are more likely to have recently hired one or more employees than similar businesses that aren’t online. Those that use social media weekly are three times more likely to have hired recently than those that don’t. 


Increased access to the internet can help address issues of isolation among older adults. Studies have shown that isolation is associated with worse health outcomes and even premature death among adults age 50 and over. 

Civic Engagement Broadband is essential for the modern electorate to have access to educational materials about candidates and issues on ballots, as well as information on voter registration and precinct locations.   

Climate Change Advanced grid technologies such as sensors, advanced metering infrastructure, grid monitoring and control systems, and remote reconfiguration and redundancy systems will be used to detect and solve problems remotely.  

Rural Development Gaining high-speed internet connections can help support economic development in virtually all sectors of rural economies, ranging from farming to manufacturing to tourism and recreation.  Rural communities that lack connectivity struggle to recruit businesses and retain population.  

"Affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access can provide new opportunities for Michiganders 50 and over to use telehealth and other technologies that improve the quality of life and enable more people to age in place, where they prefer to be," said Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director. "Broadband can support devices that make home health care a viable option for people with limited mobility or who live in rural areas far from health care facilities. Finally, increased access to the Internet, smart phones and computers can help address issues of isolation among older adults." 

“As a nonprofit organization, Connected Nation Michigan has been working with the State since 2009 to help close the digital divide.  I am excited for today’s announcement, as so many previous efforts have recommended a state high-speed internet office and it has finally come to fruition,” said Eric Fredrick, Vice President for Community Affairs for Connected Nation Michigan. “Having this single point of contact will help to create a more digitally equitable state and ensure every Michigander has what they need to succeed in a digital economy.” 

“Bridging the digital divide is a critical need for our state’s rural communities, Main Street businesses and agriculture sector, and we appreciate Governor Whitmer’s commitment to ensure state government is unified in its approach to tackling this challenge,” said Chuck Lippstreu, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. “We look forward to working with the new Office of High-Speed Internet to share agriculture’s unique perspective and do our part to connect Michigan.” 

The Michigan High-Speed Internet Office is just the latest effort from the Whitmer Administration to expand high-speed internet access and affordability.   In October 2020, Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist announced the formation of the Connecting Michigan Taskforce, an interagency working group that has helped align the efforts related to high-speed internet access across state agencies and departments.  

That same month, Governor Whitmer also signed into law the Broadband Expansion Act of Michigan, which codified the Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) grant program that, to date, has announced $12.7 million in grant awards that will help connect more than 12,200 homes and businesses.  Additional grant awards will be announced later this month.   Earlier this year, the Michigan Infrastructure Council also launched the “Dig Once” Project Portal that is designed for infrastructure asset owners to document infrastructure and utility work, which will help improve coordination and was called for both in the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report published in 2016 and the Michigan Broadband Roadmap published in 2018. 

During the Whitmer Administration, Michigan-based companies have secured significant federal grant funding, including $363 million through the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, $4.8 million through the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, and $32.6 million through the United States Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program. $25 million in funding provided by the CARES Act was used to support device purchasing and distance learning, and another $29.75 million to establish an educational equity fund. 


A copy of Executive Directive 2021-02 can be found here:  

Weather by Joe

June 2, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! The sun is shining and it's "daylight in the swamp." It's 55 degrees out at 9 a.m. with a dew point of 49 degrees and humidity at 66%, so there is not likely any fog out there. The pressure is 30.07, and officially called partly cloudy. The last rain is listed as May 22nd. It's really dry out there.
TODAY, it is expected to get to the mid-70's today and have a mix of sunshine and clouds. The wind is from SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few passing clouds with a low near 50 and light and variable winds.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for a continuation of the sunshine and clouds. The high will be be near 70. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
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.
colleague; noun; (KAH-leeg)
: an associate or coworker typically in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office and often of similar rank or status : a fellow worker or professional
Did You Know?
Which of the following words come from the same source as colleague: college, legacy, collaborate, allegation, collar, relegate, delegate? It might be easier to guess if you know that the ancestor in question is legare, a Latin verb meaning "to choose or send as a deputy or emissary" or "to bequeath." All of the words in the list above except collaborate (which comes from the Latin collaborare, meaning "to labor together") and collar (from collum, collus, Latin for "neck") are descendants of legare.
(for Merriam Webster and history dot com)

From Jacque LaFreniere

June 1, 2021

I am looking for a volunteer to mow some of the trails at Barney's Lake Preserve. The grass is getting tall and with the high population of ticks want to mow the grass down. Please contact me if willing and can do this as volunteer work.

Jacque LaFreniere, trail and preserve steward of Barney's Lake Preserve.

BI Airport Commission

June 1, 2021, at Noon at BI Airport

The Beaver Island Airport Commission met at 12:22 p.m. today with a quorum of four, including Kathleen McNamara, Ernie Martin, Joe Moore, and Dave Paul. The purpose of this meeting was to pass some resolutions related to the issues spoken in the agenda. All resolutions and motions mentioned in the agenda were passed by the BIAC at today's meeting. The Resolution of Taking was the primary resolution for the day and the others were supportive to that. All resolutions and motions were passed with all four commission members voting "Aye." The airport manager, Rachel Teagie. made informational presentations about the these resolutions and motions.

Video of the meeting is available at the link below.

View video of the commission meeting HERE

View the packet of information from this meeting HERE




Sunday Presentations by Drs. Leuck

Sunday, May 30th at 1:30 pm—Dr. Beth Leuck presented “Monarchs, Milkweeds, Mimicry, and Migration: The Story of Co-Evolution, and Endangered Biological Phenomenon and the Decline of a Charismatic Butterfly”

View video of Beth Leuck's presentation HERE

Sunday, May 30th, at 3:00 pm—Dr. Ed Leuck presented “Orchids and Bog Plants of Beaver Island”

View video of Ed Leuck's presentation HERE

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 31, 2021

This ceremony was attended by nearly one hundred people. It took place at the Veteran's Post 46 Park. The Beaver Island Veteran's participated as did the Class of 2021, and Sheri Timsak.

The group that did the 21 gun salute.

The flags at half mast.

The flags near to masts.

The leader of the ceremony

Sheri Timsak sang "God Bless America"

The Class of 2021 led the Pledge of Allegiance

The non-veteran participants.

Alvin LaFreniere read the Beaver Islanders who had given their all to our country.

Island Airways flyover.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of the ceremony HERE

Short video clip of those present for the ceremony HERE

Thank you to Karl Bartells for helping me today!

Seventeen unique IP addresses viewed the live stream of the ceremony. BINN is happy to provide this as a public service.

St. James Township Meeting

June 2, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.




Male Turkey Breeding Battle

May 9, 2021

Normally, the adult male turkeys are displaying and showing of for the hens, but on Sunday, the males got just a little bit more active and frustrated with one another. The males are now busy chasing each other away in competition for the female hen attention.

View a short video of the fith here

Weather by Joe

June 1, 2021

Well, the storm missed the north part of Beaver Island last night, and a light sprinkle was all that Carlisle Road received, not even enough for the rain gauge to measure. It's 54 degrees at 8 a.m. The humidity is 90%. The pressure is 30.02. The dewpoint is 49 degrees. Visibility is ten miles. The sun is shining here right now.
TODAY, it is expected to provide us with lots of sunshine. The high will be near 70. The winds will be light and variable.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for some clouds with low in the upper 40's. Winds will continue to be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy later in the day. A stray shower is possible. Chance of rain is listed as 15%. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. The will be in the lower 70's.
On June 1, 1900, future President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou are caught in the middle of the Boxer Rebellion in China.
After marrying in Monterey, California, on February 10, 1899, Herbert and Lou Hoover left on a honeymoon cruise to China, where Hoover was to start a new job as a mining consultant to the Chinese emperor with the consulting group Bewick, Moreing and Co. The couple had been married less than a year when Chinese nationalists rebelled against colonial control of their nation, besieging 800 westerners in the city of Tientsin. Hoover led an enclave of westerners in building barricades around their residential section of the city, while Lou volunteered in the hospital. Legend holds that, during the ensuing month-long siege, Hoover rescued some Chinese children caught in the crossfire of urban combat.
After an international coalition of troops rescued the Hoovers and spirited them and other westerners out of China, Herbert Hoover was made a partner at Bewick, Moreing and Co. He and Lou split their time between residences in California and London and traveled the world between 1901 and 1909. They then returned to the U.S. and, after serving as secretary of commerce under Presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge from 1921 to 1924, Hoover headed the American Child Health Association and served as chairman of the Federal Street and Highway Safety Commission. During World War I, Lou chaired the American Women’s War Relief Fund and worked on behalf of other war-related charitable organizations. Both Hoovers, inspired by their experience in China, were active in helping refugees and tourists stranded in hostile countries.
In 1928, Hoover ran for president and won. Unfortunately, the couple’s charitable reputation was soon tarnished by Hoover’s ineffective leadership in staving off the Great Depression, and Lou’s ostentatious White House social functions, which appeared heartless, frivolous and irresponsible at a time when many Americans could hardly make ends meet. As the Depression deepened, a growing number of shanty towns full of destitute unemployed workers sprang up in city centers; they became known as Hoovervilles.
anfractuous; adjective; (an-FRAK-chuh-wus)
: full of windings and intricate turnings : tortuous
Did You Know?
Plots and paths can be anfractuous. They twist and turn but do not break. Never mind that the English word comes ultimately from the Latin verb frangere, meaning "to break." (Frangere is also the source of fracture, fraction, fragment, and frail.) But one of the steps between frangere and anfractuous is Latin anfractus, meaning "coil, bend." The prefix an- here means "around." At first, anfractuous was all about ears and the auditory canal's anfractuosity, that is, its being curved rather than straight. Anfractuous has been around for centuries, without a break, giving it plenty of time to wind its way into other applications; e.g., there can be an anfractuous thought process or an anfractuous shoreline.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Warblers on the Water

June 1, 2021

The Warblers on the Water event is now history but the memories remain. The Community Center hummed with birders, visitors, and islanders alike learning new information from three excellent presentations on amazing bird migrations, the iconic Monarch Butterfly, and orchids found on Beaver Island. Dr. Nancy Seefelt, Dr. Beth Leuck, and Dr. Ed Leuck shared their vast knowledge of not only the topics but as importantly on how they applied to the Beaver Island experience.

For those who snagged a coveted spot on the field trips, many reported adding to their life list of birds. Dr. Nancy Seefelt, Darrell Lawson, and Linnea Rowse from Michigan Audubon engaged participants in birding the island’s various habitats. Individuals were also able to view a federally endangered species, the Dwarf Lake Iris, in bloom. We will be sharing photos from the field trips over several days.

This event could not happen without support from the community and island businesses. Thank you to Bob Sramek who supported the event with a “Breakfast for Birders” at Dalwhinnies on Saturday morning. The friendly staff and great food set the stage for a fun weekend.  Island Airways and the Beaver Island Boat Company graciously provided transportation for the expert field trip leaders. The Beaver Island Community Center furnished a comfortable venue for the birding presentations. The Beaver Island Community School and Burton’s Car Rental need to be recognized for the use of vans to transport birders around the island. Thank you one and all.

Warblers on the Water is sponsored by the Beaver Island Association.

Photos on the wing-courtesy of Tom Hawkins.



A Great Lakes Jewell

Copyright 2007

This was a project of the Beaver Island Association. The video and pictures take us back to the times when John Works was the Peaine Supervisor, Don Vyse was the St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Cashman was the Beaver Island Historical Society Director. It's great to see and hear these people, particularly those that are no longer with us. The kids are all grown up now. This is worth the time to watch the video.

View the video HERE

Interesting Duck in Harbor

May 30, 2021

After an amazing dinner grilled and delicious, a long ride was taken to Fox Lake and back by Barney's Lake, to the point and then home, the rock in the harbor that was covered with water last year, is sticking up in the harbor. Next to that rock, a duck was providing an interesting display. Was this a quick shower? Was a display of some kind? Not sure why, but it certainly was entertaining to watch. Here are a couple of pictures of the activity that was interesting.

As you might be able to see, the light was beginning to decrease, so the color is not very evident. Quite interesting to watch the antics as they took place.


for the Beaver Island Historical Society

View the notice HERE

Joe's Junk Website Up

February 1, 2021

Hello Islanders!
My 100 year Joe's Junk clean-up project has officially started. After coordinating with the townships and others, our website is now public and we need your help with inventorying. Feel free to go to joesjunk.org and answer a few questions about your junk.

When we have a good idea of how much junk there is, we can approach potential buyers and coordinate logistics. But we need your help. And tell your neighbors and friends to help too. I recently learned there was a toxic clean-up job here in the 70's. It took years and made the harbor look awful. Let's avoid that. Join us today! Go to joesjunk.org. And remember, IT'S NOT ABOUT BLIGHT OR BLAME. IT'S ABOUT OUR WATER.

Barbara Rahn

B. I. Community School Meetings

January 27, 2021

2021 Meetings Schedule

Committee of the Whole Mtg 2021


will hold its 2021 meetings on the following dates at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Airport

Feb 1st, April 19th, August 16th , and October 25th - 2021

Public Meeting Dates



St. James finance and pwc meeting dates 2020-2021

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


Weather by Joe

May 31, 2021

It's cloudy this morning on Carlisle Road with the temperature at 8 a.m. at 53 degrees. The relative humidity is 73%. The pressure is 30.07, and there is no wind. The visibility is ten miles, and the dew point is 38 degrees, so there is not likely any fog to deal with.
TODAY, it is expected to stay cloudy and perhaps have showers this afternoon. The high will be in the mid-60's The chance of rain is 30%. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a stray rain storm or thunderstorm early. Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. The low will be in the mid-40's. Chance of rain is 24%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine and clouds mixed. The high will be in the high 60's, perhaps near 70. Wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high Elizabeth Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time on May 31, 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.
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, Elizabeth 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.
elegiac; adjective; (el-uh-JYE-ak)
adjective el-uh-JYE-ak
1 a : of, relating to, or consisting of two dactylic hexameter lines the second of which lacks the arsis in the third and sixth feet
b (1) : written in or consisting of elegiac couplets
(2) : noted for having written poetry in such couplets
c : of or relating to the period in Greece about the seventh century b.c. when poetry written in such couplets flourished
2 : of, relating to, or comprising elegy or an elegy; especially : expressing sorrow often for something now past
Did You Know?
Elegiac was borrowed into English in the 16th century from Late Latin elagiacus, which in turn derives from Greek elegeiakos. Elegeiakos traces back to the Greek word for "elegiac couplet," which was elegeion. It is no surprise, then, that the earliest meaning of elegiac referred to such poetic couplets. These days, of course, the word is also used to describe anything sorrowful or nostalgic. As you may have guessed, another descendant of elegeion in English is elegy, which in its oldest sense refers to a poem in elegiac couplets, and now can equally refer to a somewhat broader range of laments for something or someone that is now lost.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


by Cindy Rickgers

June 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

View/Download the Newsletter HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

May 30, 2021

Father Patrick Cawley's 51st year since his ordination was celebrated today at Holy Cross Church with the celebrant Father Pat. The church was full of people of at least 130 people church and 30 additional viewers of the live stream. This was a "Jubilee" (50 years as a priest) that was postponed a year due to the COVID pandemic.

Father Pat Cauley doing the opening prayers.

Pinky Harmon and Jacque LaFrenier did the readings.

Father Pat giving his history and a sermon.

Father Pat read a poem at the end of the service.

Jacque LaFrenier thanked Father Pat for his celebration here on the island.

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

May 30, 2021

Sharon Blanchard played hymns on the piano.

Finally, we all got to meet Vivian Bracey, Lee Bracey's wife, and a pre-school teacher.

Vivian taken without her knowledge.........Vivian posing for a picture..........

Pastor Lee Bracey

View video of the service HERE

Craig O. Petrak, RIP

September 5, 1967 - May 21, 2021

Weather by Joe

May 30, 2021

Another beautiful day on Beaver Island with the sun shining here on Carlisle Road. It is 55 degrees with relative humidity at 53%, a pressure of 30.16, and a light breeze from the S at 2 mph. The dewpoint is 32 degrees, so not much chance of fog. The technical condition is partly cloudy. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a high in the mid-60's. Winds will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a low of 48. The wind will continue from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of showers later in the day. The chance of rain is 30%. The high will be in the upper 60's. The wind will be from the SW increasing to 10 to 15 mph.


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.
Joan of Arc: Soul on Fire
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.


nettle; VERB; (NET-ul)
1 : to strike or sting with or as if with nettles
2 : to arouse to sharp but transitory annoyance or anger
Did You Know?
If you've ever brushed against nettles, you know those weeds have sharp bristles that can leave you smarting and itching. The painful and irritating rash that nettles cause can last for days, but at least it is a rash with a linguistic silver lining. The discomfort caused by nettles can serve to remind one that the verb nettle is a synonym of irritate. Nettle originated as a plant name that we can trace to the Old English word netel. Eventually, people likened the nagging itch caused by the plant to the nagging aggravation of being annoyed, and nettle became a synonym of vex, peeve, and of course irritate.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Barney's Lake

May 28. 2021

Normally, the Barney's Lake loop does not include a stop to view a rabbit. Deer, yes; loons, yes; ducks, yes; herons, yes; sandhills, possibly. Last night the rabbit decided to pose for several pictures right by the public access site.

The loons must be getting ready to nest as the antics of this pair suggests this. It's not a definite biological fact, but it seems over the years that the one is making gestures and body movements that might be this.

View all pictures from May 28th HERE

Weather by Joe

May 29, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island. On Carlisle Road this morning at 8:15 a.m., it is 48 degrees with humidity at 73 %. The pressure is 30.16. This high pressure is keeping the rain at bay. The last rain was a week ago with only an eighth inch. This makes everything really dry and causes a high fire danger on the island for this busy weekend. Please be careful with any fires and any cigarette butts. Visibility is ten miles, and the dew point is ten degrees below the temperature, so fog is unlikely.
TODAY, it is expected to remain sunny with a high near 64. Winds will be light and variable.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies, a low near 40 with light and variable wind.
TOMORROW. it is forecast for sunshine with a few clouds. The high will be in the low 60's The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
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 over 10 in 2019.
inroad; noun; (IN-rohd)
1 : an advance or penetration often at the expense of someone or something — usually used in plural
2 : a sudden hostile incursion : raid
Did You Know?
Inroad is a combination of in and road, both of which are pretty mundane, as far as words go. But the first-and-oldest-meaning of inroad hints at a meaning of road other than the "way for traveling" one. Beginning back in the days of Old English, road referred to an armed hostile incursion made on horseback. (Raid comes from this use of road and also formerly specified incursions on horseback.) Road, as well as inroad, has lost its violent connotation. While inroads are often made at the expense of someone or something, they are at times simply advances, as when an artist is said to be "making inroads into a community."
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(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Yellow Lady's Slippers

Cypripedium parviflorum, commonly known as yellow lady's slipper[ or moccasin flower,is a lady's slipper orchid native to North America. It is widespread, ranging from Alaska south to Arizona and Georgia. It is just beginning to blossom here on Beaver Island, but is just one more thing that you will not see if you are driving down the King's Highway at more than 35 mph. These are the first of these flowers to be seen this year.

These yellow Lady's slippers were seen alongside the roadway on King's Highway, but you have to drive slowly to be able to see them as well as other wildflowers.

The identification of these wildflowers was done using a phone app called Plant Snap. Not sure if these are correct.

Showy Phlox.........Japanese Rose

Devon (Cook) Byron Announces

Rylie Jerimiah Byron 7#12oz. 19-1/4" long was born last night at 10:48pm. He's doing great and momma beart is also. He has red hair just like his big brothers.

Raven Near Barney's Lake

May 27, 2021

A relatively large bird flew across Barney's Lake Road landing in a pine tree. It was getting less light outside, and the camera didn't want to focus. Manual focus was necessary. This raven just sat there as the editor got out of the car with the beeping of the open door not bothering the bird at all.

Here are some raven facts from All About Birds:

  • The Common Raven is an acrobatic flier, often doing rolls and somersaults in the air. One bird was seen flying upside down for more than a half-mile. Young birds are fond of playing games with sticks, repeatedly dropping them, then diving to catch them in midair.
  • Breeding pairs of Common Ravens hold territories and try to exclude all other ravens throughout the year. In winter, young ravens finding a carcass will call other ravens to the prize. They apparently do this to overwhelm the local territory owners by force of numbers to gain access to the food.
  • Common Ravens are smart, which makes them dangerous predators. They sometimes work in pairs to raid seabird colonies, with one bird distracting an incubating adult and the other waiting to grab an egg or chick as soon as it’s uncovered. They’ve been seen waiting in trees as ewes give birth, then attacking the newborn lambs.
  • They also use their intellect to put together cause and effect. A study in Wyoming discovered that during hunting season, the sound of a gunshot draws ravens in to investigate a presumed carcass, whereas the birds ignore sounds that are just as loud but harmless, such as an airhorn or a car door slamming.

Heron at Barney's Lake

May 27, 2021

Editor's note: You will not even have a chance to see something like this if you are driving fast and throwing up dust.

Beautiful Sky from Donegal Bay

May 27, 2021

The silence of the trip through Buddy Martin's Trail was rewarded with the view from the Western shore. It was pre-sunset, but it was just as beautiful.

Peaine Board Meeting

May 11, 2021, @ 7 p.m.

Peaine Township Board Minutes 4 13 21 reg meeting


Peaine Township May Packet

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

May 10, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

View/download packet HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Transit Spring/Summer 2021 Hours

Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Collage Concert

Streamed live on 22 May 2021

View the concert HERE

Beaver Island Deer Information

May 2021


Tails and Tales

Parents and Teachers!
The Beaver Island District Library is planning to provide materials to kids this summer under the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CLSP) theme of Tails and Tales. These materials will be in the form of packets which will include reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more. There are 6 themes and we will provide materials every two weeks on a new theme.
If you wish to sign up your child, please contact the library before June 1. These will be Grab and Go packets. We will have several levels, including Prek-1st graders, Elementary (2nd – 5th grades), teens (6th-12th) and adults! Yes, if you are interested in your own reading program, we will provide materials for you too! Many of the suggested activities can be multi-generational, so you can do them together!
Let’s get excited about reading and plan a wonderful and safe summer for your children and for yourself!
Contact the library at 231-448-2701 to sign up.

St. James Special Meeting

May 27, 2021, at Noon

All of the items on the agenda for this meeting were approved at today's meeting at noon. The documents for this meeting are available below.

Special Meeting May 27, 2021


Notes for Meeting -5272021

Dock Fund 4.8.21-5.5.21

Draft Amended Minutes 3.3.21 Regular Meeting Minutes

Draft Minutes , April 7 2021 regular meeting

GF Bills 4.8.21-5.5.21

Road Fund 4.8.21-5.5.21

Sewer Fund 4.8.21-5.5.21

Painting Bid

The lighthouse was not yet approved, due to more needed research.

St. James Township - REC Grant Alternative Proposal

St. James Twp. Gravel Project Bid Tabs (2021)


From B. I. Chamber of Commerce

May 27, 2021

With the recent changes by the governor allowing no limits on outdoor gatherings the Chamber of Commerce board has decided to move ahead with a “normal” parade.
Last year’s drive by parade was a great time with wonderful turnout and we appreciate everyone’s  support. We are open to any themes for the parade and ask if you have a idea to please email the chamber with your idea by Wednesday June 2nd so the board can vote on them and let the public know by Friday June 4th. The parade will start at 1:00 as usual and line up starting at Holy Cross church as in past years.
Fireworks this year will be on July 5th. Several board members from both townships worked last fall with many fireworks providers to secure July 4th but did not have success unfortunatly. This is a goal for 2022 and the townships are looking at possible solutions to make it happen. Appreciate your understanding on this matter and please know that a lot of effort went into to trying to secure fireworks for the 4th but unfortunately it wasn’t successful.
Looking forward to a wonderful 4th of July on our beautiful Island! If you have a theme idea for the parade please let me know by Wednesday June 2nd.
Paul Cole
Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

Evening Skies Around the Island

The sky over Beaver Island has been so different for the last few days, it is really quite unbelievable. There were many different sights as well on the short loop to Barney's Lake, Sloptown Road, to the point and then back to Carlisle Road.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Sandhills at Barney's Lake

These Sandhill Cranes were out on one of the islands there at Barney's Lake.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Red Blood ‘s\Supermoon’ Lunar Eclipse

Stream provided by Griffith Observatory

It was too cloudy for this editor to get anything last night and early this morning except clouds, and they were dark clouds with just an inkling of light. This link, below, is of the Griffith Observatory, possibly in California, view of the lunar eclipse.

View the video HERE

Volleyball and Basketball from 2007

May 26, 2021

It's pretty obvious that Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been doing video work for more than eleven years. The fact of the matter is that while the editor was still teaching at the Beaver Island Community School, the obsession with pictures and video became like an infection that simply could not be prevented or cured. In the winter of 2007, the school had a server that was called the 'M' drive, where all the files could be saved into a section that was used for individual personal files and folders. In searching for some video in the old CD's, DVD's, and external hard drives, the video from volleyball and a little basketball showed up on a CD titled "M;drive Video Clips."

These video clips were each quite short. If you want to look back to see who was playing in these games fourteen years ago, you can view the video collection of clips at the link below.

View Sports Video from 2007 HERE

From B. I. COA

Scavenger Hunt winner

Dian King was drawn as the grand prize winner for the scavenger hunt. A $50 gift card to McDonough’s Market.  

Dian solved all clues for the COA Scavenger Hunt focused on Downtown Beaver Island then and now:

  1. A place for energy; now a distant memory; those gone but names not forgotten are etched in stone beneath the gazes of old glory; to find the treasure find the center where islanders remember. Answer Veterans Memorial Park
  1. Before a performance or announcer was here; this place for supplies and gear often was defined by its slogan, the place you want to find once rhymed with bricks and ore, but to quote Edgar Allen Poe; it is never more. If you know what to say, then visit the Beaver Island C.O.A.  Answer: Dick’s store
  1. If you answered clues one and two correctly then you are on a roll. To find the next clue find the place that over time has sat on each side of the block. Once you know what I mean, then cross over to the small pocket and stroll to paradise where you will find your goal. Answer: Shamrock to Paradise Bay Park
  1. I was told it burned twice, I guess it was nice, and maybe daily you could get some fries before its demise, but I don’t think you would find a ukulele there, though the name rhymes with the musical instrument. Know the name? Return to the C.O.A. to finish the game. Answer: Shillelagh

    Grace and peace be with you,

    Lonnie Allen

    Site Coordinator, Beaver Island COA

    Charlevoix County Beaver Island

    Building coordinator/Maintenance assistant

    (231) 448-2124


June COA Calendar

June Lunch Menu for the School Lunches

June Calendar with Lunches Listed

From Shelby Harris, Invasive Species Specialist

May 25, 2021

Hello BI Community! I wanted to reach out and inform you all that we have a new Terrestrial Invasive Species (TIS) Program on the island, extending from the Phragmites Ordinace of 2008 that was a huge success.
I myself am the Administrator for both townships here on the island and this year will be joined by DNR interns Hunter & Liz (pictured below) along with our amazing TIS Council of fellow islanders and any who wish to volunteer!
More information can be found on the township webpages under “Invasive Species Watch” and more information will be coming and shared. Or feel free to comment any questions or concerns, call/text (231) 330-0422 or email invasivespadm.bi@gmail.com

This week we are focusing on effectively pulling Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) which has invaded a few areas of the island- most likely unknowingly from home gardens or boots/tires carrying seeds. This invasive biennial plant can be found along road & trail sides, in yards and throughout some forests & savanna areas. Like most invasives it will take over large areas replacing native plant life if left unmanaged. Please if you see anything you may think to be garlic mustard reach out to us!
If found on private land and you would like our assistance, we ask for owners to fill out the CAKE-CISMA owner consent form pictured below. You may return this form as listed, email me or drop off the form at the TIS Admin office located at the St. James Township Building, (the Governmental Center), 37830 Kings Highway, (shared with the EMS Department, kitty corner to the school in town). Copies of the form will also be located there.

Circle M Opens

May 25, 2021

Last evening, after a trip to the mainland for the editor's eyes and a shot in the left eyeball, the Moore's ordered take-out from the Circle M. The burger was huge and the waffle fries were great. The pork tenderloin was tender and very tasty. In other words, the food was great as was the service. Here are the menus.

BINN understands that they will be closed on Tuesdays for the rest of May.

More Video Recovered

St Patricks Night Music 2013

Music on the Porch 2014

Snowshoe Adventure 2015

Snowshoe Adventure December 2010

Kay Charter 2015

Islander Reunion July 2014

House Party July 2014

Holiday Hilarity 2 2010

Welke Airport Hangar Party October 2015

Claudia and Martha 2010

Dominican Sisters Return 2010

Cantata Saturday 2013

BICS Holiday Program December 2010

St. James Campground Information

May 21, 2021

Probably the most important statement from the information letter is that THIS MAY CHANGE! The plan is for the campground to open on June 4, 2021, with the campsites on the water side of the road open for camping as well as the picnic area and public area just inside the campground.

Some Additional Video from 2010

May 20, 2021

As has been mention previously, a lot of video was lost in the 2009-2011 period of time on a server owned by Sprout Video. They could not or would not attempt to recover that video. BINN is attempting repost that video now as it is located on the old external hard drives and CD's and DVD's.

BICS Holiday Program December 2010

Bird Lady August 2010

B on B August 2010

B on B August 2 2010

B on B August 7 2010

Airport Commission Meeting November 2010

Special Joint Meeting of the St. James & Peaine Township Planning Commissions will be held on Monday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m.

To: The residents and property owners of St. James & Peaine Townships, Charlevoix County, Michigan, and any other interested parties. 

Please take notice that a special joint meeting of the St. James & Peaine Township Planning Commissions will be held on Monday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. 
Where: PEAINE TOWNSHIP HALL 26184 King’s Highway Beaver Island, Michigan 49782 
Conference Call Number: 415-464-6800 Pass Code: 49782# 

AGENDA JOINT MEETING of St. James and Peaine Township Planning Commissions 
I. Call to Order 
II. Approval of Agenda 
III. Steve Schnell discussion of housing issues 
IV. Public Comment 
V. Adjournment  


Lori Taylor-Blitz, Secretary
St. James Planning Commission
(906) 361-2031

View the agenda HERE

From the Diocese of Gaylord

May 20, 2021

Revised COVID-19 Guidelines/FAQs (5-18-21)

The new Gatherings and Face Mask Order goes into effect on May 15, 2021 at 9:00 am and the order will remain in effect through May 31, 2021. The below information will replace all others on the diocesan website; please disregard previous notices. 

Dispensation from Mass

  • The Dispensation from the obligation of attending Sunday and Holy Day Mass is lifted effective the weekend of May 29-30, 2021.  All who are able are invited to return to in-person worship.  There are serious reasons why some may not be able to return to in-person celebrations, and they would therefore be dispensed from attending in accord with our traditional teachings (i.e. illness, family situations, impossibility, etc.).

Church Capacity

  • Social distancing during liturgical celebrations is no longer required. 
  • Signage/rope/tape may be removed from church pews.
  • Please create space in your churches, as you are able to do so, to accommodate those who wish to continue social distancing. 

Vaccination Status

  • Priests who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to tell their parishioners their vaccination status; this is so parishioners may fully understand why they may or may not be able to perform certain duties.
  • Do not ask parishioners or staff about the vaccination status. 

Non-liturgical Gathering Guidelines

  • Indoor gatherings at non-residential venues are permitted with no more than 25 persons gathered. 
  • Outdoor gatherings at non-residential venues are permitted with 300 or fewer persons gathered. 

Facial Coverings

  • Face masks are to be worn by parishioners and staff who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Priests who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face masks when appropriate. 
  • Servers who are not fully vaccinated are to wear face masks.

Holy Water Fonts

  • Holy water fonts may be filled and used by the faithful at the discretion of the pastor. The outside and lip of the font should be cleaned regularly. 


  • All hymnals and re-useable worship materials may be returned to the pews and gathering spaces.
  • Bulletins may be distributed after Mass by Ushers.
  • Other materials, such as CSA, may be distributed and/or made available.
  • Collection baskets may be passed through the assembly if that has been the parish practice.
  • Have hand sanitizer and masks available for parishioners who may want to use them upon entering the church.


  • The assembly may sing as is customary for the parish.
  • The use of hymnals is permissible.
  • Music ministry (choirs, instruments, etc.) should be reinstated. 

Cleaning Requirements

  • Continue cleaning of the church on regular basis.

The Holy Eucharist

  • The priests, deacons, Eucharistic Ministers should say “The Body of Christ” to each individual Communicant.  Saying it once for all is no longer acceptable. 
  • Those distributing Holy Communion are to sanitize their hands after they have received holy Communion from the priest and before distribution to the faithful.
  • Non-vaccinated priests and Eucharistic Ministers are to wear face masks when distributing Holy Communion.

Ritual Adaptations

  • The presentation of wine and hosts may continue during the Offertory.
  • The Sign of Peace may be reinstated for those within the same family/household at the discretion of the priest.  The deacon or priest is directed to announce at the prescribed time: “Respecting our need to distance, let us offer the sign of peace to those in your household.”  Encourage those wishing to share the Sign of Peace with those outside of their household to use a simple visual sign, such as a nod of their head or wave. 

Distribution of Holy Communion

  • The distribution of the Precious Blood continues to be suspended at this time.  Please make special arrangements for parishioners who may not be able to receive the host.

The Sprinkling Rite

  • The Rite for the Blessing and Sprinkling of Water may take place when appropriate.


Infant Baptism

  • May be celebrated during or outside of Mass.
  • Baptism is by pouring. (No immersion.)
  • With the exception of the infant/children present; non-vaccinated priests and participants are to wear masks.


  • Wedding Masses are able to continue following Mass protocols.
  • Priests and wedding participants who are not vaccinated are to wear masks. 
  • Celebrations/luncheons are permitted in parish halls following indoor gathering guidelines of 25 or fewer attendees.

Outdoor Weddings:

  • Outdoor weddings are not permitted.

Anointing of the Sick

  • Anointing of the Sick is to be celebrated individually.
  • Non-vaccinated priests and persons are to wear masks.
  • The celebrant must practice hand hygiene before laying on of hands and after anointing.


  • Funeral Masses are able to continue following Mass protocols. 
  • Priests and funeral participants who are not vaccinated are to wear masks. 
  • Funeral luncheons are permitted in parish halls following indoor gathering guidelines of 25 or fewer attendees.

Mass Outdoors

  • Outdoor masses are permitted, at the priest’s discretion. 
    • Masses must be held on parish grounds.


  • Individual confessions are to be encouraged and may continue.
  • Communal penance services with individual absolution may continue.
  • Non-vaccinated priests and participants are to wear masks and social distancing guidelines must be followed to the extent possible. 

Wedding, Confirmation, First Holy Communion and other liturgical rehearsals

  • Non-vaccinated priests and participants are to wear masks.

Devotional events

  • Churches should remain open for private prayer according to their regular schedules. 
  • Adoration chapels may be open.

Children’s Liturgy

  • Remains suspended through the remainder of this academic year; will resume in the fall of 2021.

RCIA, Faith Formation and Sacramental Prep

  • Non-vaccinated priests and participants are to wear masks.

Parish Hall Rentals

  • Are not permitted at this time.

Parish Festivals/Carnivals/Picnics

  • Outdoor parish gatherings are permitted following the Non-Liturgical Gathering Guidelines of 300 or less attendees.
  • Consumption of food/beverage is permitted only while seated and only in designated areas following the guidelines in place in the Gatherings and Face Mask Order.

Bake Sale/Craft Fair/Public Lectures

  • Activities are permitted following the Non-Liturgical Gathering Guidelines, indoors 25 or fewer, outdoors 300 or less attendees.
  • Non-vaccinated persons are to wear masks. 

Blood Drives & CPR Classes

  • Blood drives and CPR classes are permitted.
  • Non-vaccinated persons are to wear masks.


  • BINGO remains suspended until further notice in all church facilities.

Revisions will continue to be provided as Department of Health and Human Services update the Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order.


Dispensation from Attending Sunday Mass Lifted (5-14-21)

Bishop Hurley has published the following letter to the faithful regarding the lifting of the dispensation. Click here for Printable PDF.


May 14, 2021

Dear Friends in Christ:

I am thankful that the time has come, for all who are able, to return to in-person celebrations of Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (including the Saturday/Vigil).

With this in mind, I am lifting the dispensation from that obligation, effective the weekend of May 29-30, 2021. All who are able are invited to return to in-person worship.

Our virtual celebrations have been a great blessing to us over these past months, and I want to thank all who have made them possible. Yet, we know that no digital experience could ever take the place of being physically present, and no virtual celebration fulfills our Sunday obligation. Our churches are safe places, and with the vaccines that are available and encouraged, we are in a different time in which the general dispensation is no longer necessary or advisable in light of our obligation to come together to “Keep Holy the Sabbath Day.”

There are, of course, serious reasons why some may not be able to return to in-person celebrations, and they would therefore be dispensed from attending in accord with our traditional teachings (i.e. illness, family situations, impossibility, etc.). For those who are unable to be physically present due to these rare circumstances, the virtual celebration of the Mass will still be available as it was prior to the onset of the pandemic, at the discretion of the local pastor.

I am grateful to our pastors, and all God’s people, for their flexibility, fidelity and generosity in support of the mission of the Church. As we begin to gather together with as few restrictions in our parish churches as possible, I warmly welcome back those who are returning at this time.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley

Apostolic Administrator

Dead Cars

May 19, 2021

Do you have a vehicle that is not running? Would you like to get rid of it? All unwanted vehicles with a title are currently being collected by Darrell Butler. A metal baler will be on-island to crush and transport these scrap vehicles in JUNE/JULY. Please contact Darrell to arrange for your vehicle to be disposed of - (231) 675-1708

Peaceful Fox Lake

May 17, 2021

A short drive down the Old Fox Lake Road to visit Fox Lake was a peaceful trip. There was next to no traffic on the road on the way out there and on the way back toward town.

Beautiful spring flowers on the way to Fox Lake

View a gallery of pictures of the lake HERE

View a short video clip of Fox Lake HERE

B. I. Historical Society Fundraising Raffle

May 18, 2021

St. James Public Works Committee

May 19, 2021, at Governmental Center, at 11 a.m.

View agenda HERE

View minutes of previous meeting HERE

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee

Peaine Township Hall
36825 King's Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 1:00PM

(State of Michigan Face Masks and Social Distancing Guidelines to Apply)


II. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES for April 20, 2021

A. Budget Report (Tilly)
B. Transfer Station & Recycle Center Manager Report (Marsh)


A. Single Stream Recycling and Public Service Announcement Plans  (Tilly)
     B. Credit Card Machine/Charges (Moore)
     C. Metal Bailer and Public Incentives (Cole/Tilly)
D. Consultant (Richards)

      55 Gallon Drums (Rosema)



View minutes of the previous meeting HERE

View financial document for budget HERE

The Beaver Island Waste Management Committee had a quorum today for their meeting. The updates were provided to the committee from Manager Bob Marsh. There is a half price period for turning in metal at the transfer station that lasts through the end of May. It is likely that beginning in June, there will be a metal crusher here working at the transfer station and no metal will be taken back to the pile while the crusher is set up and operating. Thus, the end of May is the time for getting half price metal deal for the transfer station. So, get your metal to the transfer station in the next two weeks.

In addition, the single stream project is moving along, but the first glitch is that no bid was received for the electrical work, so Doug Tilly will be working on this issue. The clearing should begin soon and the cement work may start as early as next week. So the single stream recycling project is moving along.

The committee authorized the signing of a contract for the expense of $5000 for an analysis of the transfer station including the whole operation. This contract and work will not take place until September, but a visit by the company may take place in July and the contract may be signed then.

For those that are concerned about the dust. It was decided to have the manager order three pallets of chloride to offer for sale to property owners who wish to help keep the dust down near their homes. The price and the delivery date are based upon the availability of the chloride and the delivery schedule of the company and the boat company. The manager has the ability to spend up to $2000, as necessary, to get this project under motion. The manager will set the limit on the amount to be sold to any one property owner and the period of time between sales to the same property owner.

The quorum at the meeting today included Brock Rosema, Joe Moore, Sheri Richards, Doug Tilly, and Paul Cole. Absent were Travis Martin and Frank D'Andria.

Picking Up Paradise

Beaver Island Farmer's Market

May 15, 2021

Announcing the opening of the Downtown Beaver Island Farmer's Market. The market will be open on Sundays, between 11am - 3 pm. The first Sunday will be June 20, 2021
  • The market will be located next to Daddy Frank's on Kings Hwy, across from the Emerald Isle Hotel.
  • The market is open to all food and craft vendors.
  • There will be a website and facebook page.
To confirm enough space, we ask vendors to sign up by filling out our registration form. This will give us information for the vendor profiles, that will be used on the Facebook Page, Instagram and and Website. Please click this link to fill out the form. http://bit.ly/BIFM2021
For questions, please call me or private message me.
Looking forward to a great summer!

2021 Piping Plover    

LTBB Reservation High Island

May 6, 2021 Bill Parsons/Kevin Haynes

Clean Up Chances

May 7, 2021

There is an excellent set of opportunities and lots of individuals working hard to get Islanders the opportunity to clean up some messes on their property this year. An all out effort is underway for metal clean up and other items as well as hazardous materials. Both townships and private individuals are working together to help the island get this accomplished. The Beaver Island Waste Management Committee, a committee of both townships, as well as Joe's Junk webstie, and the transfer station are all working together to get this done.

Please take advantage of these opportunities, and help clean up the island and remove the trash that is just sitting arround and rusting or molding.

St. James Township Board Meeting

5:30 p.m., May 5, 2021

Addendum BIORA Maps and Business Names-1

BIORA MGT Plan 2021-1

BITA Transportation Plan Update-1

LWC Procedures Watercraft Control

Maple St.-Font Lk Rd.-Donegal Bay Rd. Gravel Project Bid (2021)-1



Terrestrial Invasive Species Program - BI April 2021 Summary


PUP Flyer

resolution social district signed

BIDL Board Member Application Dianna Loder Behl 4.30.21

englesman planning commission application

maintenance employee summer 2021agreement.docx




View Video of the meeting HERE

Holy Cross Parish Financials

May 5, 2021



Bill Johnson Memorial Silent Auction
June 26, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Beaver Island,

Nine months ago, we lost a great man, Bill Johnson, who ceaselessly worked to make improvements in our lives and those of others. Bill “grew up” on Beaver Island and, no matter where he lived, he always considered the Johnson Eastside Drive residence his “get-away” home. Bill demonstrated his love of the island in many ways, and his strong commitment to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) certainly was one such endeavor.  As a Board member, his relentless work on ensuring top quality medical and dental services, his upgrading of financial systems, his interest in ensuring the building was well maintained, and his desire to make the outside landscape more inviting are just a few of the numerous contributions Bill made to the Health Center.

As a tribute to Bill, his friends will be holding a Silent Auction / One Day Sale to raise funds for the BIRHC landscape improvements he so wanted to have completed. (NOTE: The healthcare tax dollars raised by the community will not be included in this fund.)

When:  Saturday, June 26th, from 12pm - 3pm
Where: Peaine Township Hall, Beaver Island

Bill’s family has already made a generous contribution of bulbs and soon-to-be planted irises. The funds we raise from the Auction will help buy the hidden necessities such as mulch, fertilizer, replacement shrubs, and continued maintenance.

For those of you who would like to honor Bill, we'd appreciate your support, which may include donating items for the Auction or a monetary contribution (check, cash, or Visa).  Of course, we’d also love to see you there on June 26th!

To donate items or make a credit card donation, please contact Leonor Jacobson

We must have your items by June 22nd in order to price them and prepare them for display. We would be delighted to receive business services, art objects, gently used decor, antiques, etc. A donation of a unique experience would also be a great fundraiser, such as dinner for two at a restaurant, airline tickets, ferry tickets, a wine and cheese basket, etc.

Please send monetary donations to:
Leonor Jacobson, Committee Chair
29616 East Side Drive
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Thank you for your interest in helping improve the lives of our Beaver Island community. Bill was dedicated to all of us, and his family is committed to continuing with his vision for the BIRHC.

Beaver Island Historical Society Deservess Applause

April 29, 2021

In the recent past, the BIHS has come up with an amazing solution to the current COVID problems of gatherings of people by making Zoom meetings with some pretty terrific presnters.

Dianna Stampler ~ Ladies of the Lights

BIO:  Since 1997, Dianna has been presenting lively and upbeat programs about the area’s historic lighthouses, ghost towns, islands and other unique destinations and activities in her home state of Michigan. Dianna is a passionate professional speaker, with a degree in communications from Western Michigan University and 20+ years experience in radio broadcasting and public speaking.

An established freelance writer, Dianna is a regular contributor to Michigan Blue Magazine and Grand Rapids Family Magazine, Michigan Home & Lifestyle Magazine and has also been published in Michigan Living, Michigan Travel Ideas, Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Guide, Country Lines, Tasters Guild International and Grand Rapids Magazine, among others.

She is a member of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association, Michigan Maritime Museum, Historical Society of Michigan and is on the board of the Michigan Hemingway Society. She also sits on the Ferris State University Hospitality Advisory Board, is publicist for the Michigan Brewers Guild and is Executive Director of both the Kent County Hospitality Association and Michigan Craft Distillers Association. Over the years, she’s been involved in countless organizations such as the Michigan One Room Schoolhouse Association, Allegan County Tourist Council, Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance and Downtown Market Grand Rapids Board.


In honor of Women's History Month the Historical Society hosted: Ladies of the Lights on Sunday, March 21, 2021 @ 4 PM.

Ladies of the Lights: They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights make up this presentation. The program includes readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as handouts including the list of featured ladies and additional reading references for attendees.

View video of this presentation HERE

Keewaydinoquay of Garden Island: A Story of Hope and Healing by Sara Warber, MD. Sara L. Warber, MD, Clinical Professor Emerita of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, who studied and sometimes lived with Keewaydinoquay over fourteen years while also training to become a physician. Grandmother Kee, as she was known to the people who gathered around her on Garden Island and elsewhere, generously shared her life-changing perspectives with all who came to her with an open heart. On Earth Day 2021, you are invited to dip into this story of teacher and student, intergenerational friendship, and Nature's gifts of healing. ** J

Please use swarber@umich.edu,  The website is www.mutualreawakening.org 

View video of this presentation HERE

Both of these impressive presentations included a question and answer period at the end with the attendees able to ask questions and make comments. The presentations impressed this editor, both in content and completeness. Great job, BIHS!


Coming: Saturday, June 26

WE ARE BEAVER ISLAND RESILIENT! WE MADE IT THROUGH THE COVID WINTER and now wish to gather in person, outdoors, so we can carefully celebrate together.

Come join us on Saturday June 26 for our 6th ANNUAL BEAVER ISLAND SUSTAINBILITY FAIR. We'll kick off our day at 9:30 am with "Urban Grazing" walk and talk with expert Island grower and urban plot gardener Heidi Vigil. We’ll converge at 10:30 am at Paradise Bay Park (newly christened “HeadGate Park”) across from the Shamrock for an opening ceremony, including a Native American Water Blessing with "Grandmother Moon", and Irish Blessing, a new poetry offering by or own Island Poet Bard Robert Cole, life long resident, historian of Island Culture.

At 12:30 we will shift to Heritage Park for an outdoor picnic luncheon and demonstration raised bed garden construction with season extension tips by expert organic gardener and teacher Larry Dyer. We’ll highlight the Resilience of Native American Cultures and their contributions to Beaver Island featuring Anishinaabe Speakers, and Irish Island resilience with live music from both of these cultures.

At about 3:00 pm in Heritage Park we’ll learn about the Beaver Island Sustainability Initiative, with Island-lover Sara Millies-Lucke offering her research and suggestions for "Lowering our Carbon Footprint" on Beaver Island; and Islander Shelby Harris describing her goals as the Island new Invasive Species coordinator, and introducing her team who will be working to preserve Beaver Island’s ecology. We’ll take a dinner break after this, reconvening at 7 pm at Donegal Bay Pavilion for a Dark Sky Dance & Night Sky Viewing Evening!

MORE NEWS TO COME, SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS! And visit Beaver Island Sustainability Fair Face Book page for updates and a complete schedule of events to come.

Beaver Island Sustainability Fair History: We started out in 2016 as “the Beaver Island Eco-Fair” with the theme “Beavers Can Save the Word” – with a Field Trip excursion to prove it led by Nathan Ayers, with Dan Burton and Seamus Norgaard assisting. We explored active Island Beaver Dams and the amazing ecological roles these large toothed-rodents play in soil-building, water purification, and ground water restoration. Did you know that Beavers were actually parachuted into drought-ridden areas out West to help recharge the groundwater supply?

For the next 4 years the renamed “Beaver Island Sustainability Fair” continued to grow, through the guidance of Carol Burton (Patron of the Arts in Rural Communities), Karen Turnbull (formerly of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation), Seamus Norgaard (Tara’s Meadow Education & Retreat Center), and Lori Taylor-Blitz (Beaver Island Historical Society.) In 2019 we had over 100 people attend a highly-celebrated “Strawberry Moon” Native Whitefish and Frybread Feast organized by Mary Kenwabikisi.

When Covid hit us in 2020 we persevered, offering Covid-safe virtual webinars celebrating local Island Food Growers (Bill and Virgin Detwiler, Laura Green, Larry and Maryann Dawson, Jacque and Mark LaFreniere, Kevin Green, and many others!). We also highlighted and honored traditional Island Energy providers Travis Martin of Island Energies, and solar and geothermal innovators Doug Tilly, John Robert, and Billy McDonough of McDonough’s Market. This summer we are determined to gather “in the flesh” again on Saturday June 26, in safe outdoor venues, for another fun celebratory and educational event! 

6th Annual Beaver Island Sustainability Fair

Tara's Meadow Education and Retreat Center nonprofit (www.tarasmeadow.com) is the key organization that sponsored last year's Local Foods and Clean NRG webinars. Tara's Meadow applied for the Charlevoix Co Community Foundation (C3F) grant that helped fund last year's webinars, and is applying for additional funds from C3F this year. In lieu of an actual "Sustainability Organization" on the Island, Tara's Meadow's has stepped forward to fill this gap, and intends to use any C3F funds we might receive this year to nurture an ongoing "Beaver Island Sustainability Initiative." The goals of this initiative are to advance Local Foods, Clean NRG, and Healthy Ecosystems on the Island. These goals were originally established by an ad hoc committee of Islanders and part time Islanders that put on the first Beaver Island Sustainability Fair 7 years ago. 


MY ROLE: I'm the director of the Tara's Meadow nonprofit and Sally Wagoner is our Assistant Administrator. As you know I am a summer Beaver Island resident only, and am busy in the Winter as part time college professor. I have been working on natural resource and environmental issues on Beaver Island for over 10 years now. I am an active participant in the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative (NLMIC) -- an innovative team effort led by the DNR Wildlife Division to come up with a plan to manage the Beaver Island Archipelago's public lands. I've also been working with the ah ad hoc committee that has put together an annual "Beaver Island Sustainability Fair" for the past 6 years. (Seamus Norgaard)

Beaver Island By 16 Foot Boat

A Restless Viking Production

A little history and a little geography, although not completely correct, is part of this video about a trip to Beaver Island from the mainland in a sixteen foot boat. Over to the island on one day, and back to the mainland on the next. It is worth watching.

View the video HERE

Dark Sky Project-List of Locations

April 7, 2021

Guide to Beaver Island Dark Sky Viewing Areas
These locations are accessible to the public for night viewing in the same way as daytime visits. Some locations have become inaccessible because of high water. It is advisible to visit sites during daylight for familiarity
Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites
ref. Wojan/Cashman Map 2018
List includes ownership and comments on qualities, viewing angles, access and light pollution problems encountered.
BI Dark Sky sites on the Big Lake will have visible light domes over towns and cities on the horizon. Inland sites will have less.
Private Property policy; you have to know somebody.
There are some very good Dark Sky Sites on private property but the BIDSP can only advise that you obtain permission from the property owners before entering private property.
LTC - Little Traverse Conservancy
SoM - State of Michigan
StJ - St James Township
Peaine - Peaine Township
Associations (you gotta know somebody)
Whiskey Point - St. James Twp - All directions
car lights town lights
Potentially one the best viewing areas but until something is done about the excessive light pollution it remains marginal
Gull Harbor - St James Twp- NE to SW
general astronomy, meteor showers, n. lights
seasonally flooded, car lights
Sucker Point - Lookout Point Association All directions
Excellent sky quality with friendly neighbors.
Sucker Point Lake Drive- excellent sky quality
Northeast only, summer sunrises,
Moon and Planet risings
Aurora Borealis. Very dark
Car lights
St. James Township campground - NW to NE
Excellent sky quality but a limited view to mostly north
A prime location for viewing Northern Lights
Donegal Bay Township beach - St. James township
South to North, excellent sky quality
Perfect for sunsets, meteor showers, northern lights, overhead
viewing, and Zodiacal Light. Car lights from the road can be
Donegal Bay pavilion - Port St. James Assoc. - SW - NW
sunsets, meteor showers, western sky
Excellent sky quality but has lighting issues
pavilion has newly installed lighting car lights
McCauley Point - State of MI - 360° All directions
Excellent sky quality with locations with zero lights
1/4 mile trail
Barneys Lake Nature Preserve - LTC - excellent sky quality
Barney's Lake is in a bowl that blocks all light sources
except for the airport beacon when it's operating or the
occasional rare car on the road
Bonners Landing - State of MI - 360° all directions
Excellent sky quality and very dark
The road down the bluff is private so parking is
recommended on top. Less than a 1/4 mile
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Use the two-track road opposite the runway near the
Coffee Shop. Even with the standing lights at the airport
there is good viewing in all directions. A convenient
The Big Field St of MI Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Excellent sky quality with zero light sources.
Reach by the two track road north of Miller's Marsh and stop at the "Y". You're there.
Light domes from Traverse City MI can be visible
Camp #3 Clearing. Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Reached by following Camp#3 Trail (Road) south past
Fire Tower Rd and Green's Lake to where the sky opens up.
Probably the remotest viewing area on the list but with
zero light sources or visible light domes it's probably the
darkest. Partially tree covered but is situated alongside
Tower Ridge swamp with viewing lanes through the trees.
Iron Ore Bay west/Point Betsy - State of MI - NE to NW
high water has reduced usable area
all directions, very dark - north limited
Iron Ore Bay beach - Townships - E to W. Excellent sky quality
Light domes from Traverse City and Green Bay WI lend
Grandeur to viewing the sky over Lake Michigan, but the
lights from the few houses are not a problem. Both sites
on Iron Ore Bay are a long way from town but well worth
it. Outstanding.
Beaver Head Light House - Charlevoix County -
Overhead sky quality is excellent with zero light sources. The
horizons are blocked but the Beaverhead light house
silhouette in the view can be very special
Cables Bay Beach - State of MI - NE to SW
Very dark - north limited
1/4 trail from bridge
Wagners Campground - State of MI, Peaine twp - NE to SE
Excellent for viewing planet and moonrises over Lake
Michigan and the Mainland. Lightdomes from Traverse
City toThe Soo
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve #1 featured viewing area.
Probably the most convenient but extremely dark viewing
area with the biggest sky. It's considered the best Beaver
Island Dark Sky Viewing Area outside of the Sanctuary. By
the house is very good but there is a short trail to the field
viewing area to the north that has zero light sources
Harbor Beach - Township -
Even with the town lights and the car lights the view of the
sky here is good and familiar constellations and planets can
be identified. Room for lots of improvement.
Whiskey Point - STJ, Central Michigan U., Remains the best example of the need for improvement in the sky quality in the Harbor. Too many unnecessary, unshielded light fixtures withthe wrong color bulbs.

All I've Ever Known: Margaret Gallagher's Story

Made in 1992 by John Callister for BBC

View this video HERE

My thatched cottage without modern immenites....

Documentary I produced for the BBC in 1992 that has proven to be very popular from its first broadcast, and continues to attract interest from across the world in 2020. Margaret Gallagher from Belcoo, County Fermanagh, N. Ireland, enjoys her rural lifestyle, living without modern amenities. This was shot on 16mm film. It reached one million views by June 2019 without any advertising and those numbers continue to climb in 2020. Fantastic! Many thanks to all viewers and especially those who have left such kind comments. I was in touch with Margaret in 2019 and she is thrilled at the response. John Callister callister.tv

CMU Biological Center to Offer Classes this Summer

2021 Summer Classes FLYER

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2021 CMUBS Course Schedule

Beaver Island Music Festival 2021

Join our team! Buy a shirt to help our cause today! 

Help keep the music alive! Join the BIMF Team. Together we have the power to accomplish some pretty incredible things. We see it every day! The campaigns you support, the causes you rally behind, and the projects you bring to life, are what keeps the beat going. We need your help to support musicians and the cultural arts to keep the music flowing. You're doing something amazing by purchasing a Team BIMF t-shirt to support us in the work we are doing.

Since 2003 the Beaver Island Music Festival, an annual community-based event, has grown a vibrant cultural community on a remote Lake Michigan island. PARC is dedicated to creating ways to retain and support artists, personnel, festival goers, and community members who have been affected by the many cancellations by trying to minimize the devastating economic impact. We plan to continue events, either in person or by creating new platforms, that will support the mission of our organization and make sure this vital asset to our rural and isolated community does not disappear. These artists represent the cultural history and spirit of the island with a combination of traditional and current music. The Festival means much more than a set of musical performances. It is a way of bringing people to Beaver Island every year to experience the natural beauty, community spirit, enjoy talented musicians, and support an island that depends on summer visitors for its economic resilience. In the coming months we will need your support to keep moving forward into 2021. Beaver Island Music Festival 2020 will become BIMF 2021 with artists returning for a stronger festival. For more information https://bimf.ne

Order your t-shirt HERE

WWTV/WWUP- Preserving History: Saving the Squaw Island Lighthouse

This was an amazing video done by Corey Adkins. The call to him came from Brian Cole, and the project to restore the Squaw Island Lighthouse is quite the amazing and wonderful project documented by Corey Adkins. It can be viewed at the following link:

View the video HERE

Help Clean Up the Island

February 26, 2021

Link to the Joes' Junk website HERE

BI COA Announces Addition

Beginning on March 1, 2021, there will be another location available for seniors to get senior meals. Some island seniors have been waiting for this announcement for quite a while and are quite happy about it. Joining in for the senior meals is the Shamrock Restaurant owned by Hodgson Enterprises. This will be joining the other locations of Dahlwhiine's and the school lunch program.


Hello friends,

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging on Beaver Island is pleased to announce that on March 1, 2021, the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant will accept COA meal vouchers.

The Shamrock’s COA menu will be available daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2p.m. and dinner is available from 5-8 p.m.

Also, from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. on Saturday and Sunday the Shamrock will offer COA breakfast during and its regular lunch menu During their weekend brunch.

For questions about the menu or hours call the Shamrock at 448-2278 or information about COA meal vouchers call 448-2124.

I would like to remind all COA clients using the meal voucher program that only one voucher per day can be used. Please do not eat at one establishment for breakfast, lunch or dinner and then go to another establishment for another meal. These actions will not be tolerated by the COA. Questions about the policy can be directed to Lonnie at 448-2124 or the main office in Charlevoix at (231) 237-0103.
Grace and peace be with you,

Lonnie Allen
Site Coordinator, Beaver Island COA
Charlevoix County Beaver Island
Building coordinator/Maintenance assistant
(231) 448-2124

A Video from the Past

copyright 2004 by Phillip Michael Moore

About seventeen years ago, the director of Beaver Island EMS was Joe Moore. His son Phillip Michael Moore was in a Master's Degree program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It just so happened that the video project for his degree was to be a documentary about BIEMS and the need for a local air ambulance. His video was very professionally done.

It also happened that his grandfather, Phil Gregg, happened to have a heart attack while Michael was on the island filming for this documentary. Lots of volunteer EMS people are shown in this video, along with some of the patients, of course with their permission. The documentary was completed in 2004, prior to the second paramedic class taught on Beaver Island, so some of the current EMS providers were not in this documentary.

At the time of the filming, BIEMS was a volunteer EMS agency with people getting paid only a small amount for each emergency to help cover their gas expenses for participating in an emergency call. Some of them are listed here: Jim Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The "32 Miles of Water" title of the documentary referred to the miles from Beaver Island to the mainland hospitals of Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The Beaver Island community is so fortunate to now have Island Airways with a FAA certified air ambulance that has been operating for more than ten years now. At the time this video was made, the only emergency flights were done by Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, Michigan, or the US Coast Guard helicopter, also out of Traverse City. Sarah McCafferty was the EMS director and then Danielle Dedloff when the BIEMS licensed the Welke Aviation 866JA Britten Norman Islander aircraft with the State of Michigan as an air transport vehicle under the BIEMS agency license. This is the most efficient method of getting a patient off Beaver Island and to a hospital when an emergency occurs.

The concern 17 years ago was the time necessary to get the patient to the mainland hospital with the Golden Hour being the popular EMS period of getting the patient to the operating room within this 60 minute period of time. With the flight time from Traverse City to Beaver Island being almost an hour, this Golden Hour was taken up just getting the aircraft here. Now, with the Island Airways aircraft here on the island, the time to Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport is less than 20 minutes or less than half the time to get the plane to the island from Traverse City.

The modern advanced life support agency, completed by a locally based air transport capability makes the island quite capable of transporting a patient within this Golden Hour, but only if the local aircraft and local pilot are available. Thank you, Paul Welke and Island Airways for you commitment to helping BIEMS accomplish this goal.

This video is seventeen years old, or thereabouts, but the accomplishments can still be applauded. Great job and thank you to all the volunteers that allowed this service to accomplish many successes. It has only been four and half years that the BIEMS is now a paid paramedic ALS agency, and the same challenges are still with us here today. The work of all those in the past to get this system set up in an efficient manner cannot be ignored. Great job to all the volunteers!

View this documentary from 2004 HERE

Ways to Give to BIRHC

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center raises only 28% of the funding it needs to operate from patient and insurance payments. The rest comes from property taxes, grants and donations.

There are several ways you can support the Health Center and the essential services it provides:

Amazon Smile

Did you know that much more funding than just patient payments are needed to support our health center operations? We are now a registered charitable organization on Amazon Smile! When you designate BIRHC as your charitable organization and shop through Smile.Amazon.com, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Health Center. Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know… same products, same prices, same service. Support the Beaver Island Rural Health Center by shopping at smile.amazon.com.

To do this, go to http://www.Smile.Amazon.com, and enter “Beaver Island Rural Health Center” as your charity of choice. Then shop under “Smile.Amazon.com” when purchasing products. Every bit counts!

AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.


The BIRHC Special Projects Fund

This fund is held with the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Its purposes are twofold: To fund new and improved programs and to serve as a contingency fund from which the board can borrow to operate the Health Center during times of negative cash flow. This is especially important due to the seasonal fluctuations of property tax receipts and patient revenue. The Special Projects Fund is always kept in liquid investments that do not vary with market conditions. This fund can be spent down to zero in emergency situations. To contribute to this fund click on the Charlevoix County Community Foundation link below and follow the site’s instructions. Specify “BIRHC Special Projects Fund” in the appropriate box on the page.

The BIRHC Endowment Fund

This fund is a permanent endowment fund also held at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. It was the brainchild of the late Dr. Phil Lange. It is invested under the direction of the Community Foundation’s Finance Committee, is designed to grow over time, and is subject to the Foundation’s spending policy, which provides an annual distribution to the BIRHC.  Because the fund is endowed, the principal can never be invaded. So donating to the BIRHC Endowment is a way to “do good forever.” The long-term goal of the BIRHC Board is to build a 1.5 million dollar endowment that could eliminate the current need to hold several yearly fundraisers in order to keep the Health Center doors open. Endowment Fund donations of $10,000 or more are recognized with engraved plaques on the “Legacy Tree” wall sculpture located in the reception area of the health Center. Gifts can be paid over up to five years.

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.

(from biruralhealth.org)

BITA Meeting Schedule

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Transfer Station Website Up and Running

August 19, 2020

View the website HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

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

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