B. I. News on the 'Net, May 4-10, 2015

CMU Continues Smallmouth Bass Study

Central Michigan University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources continues their study of smallmouth bass population dynamics in northern lake Michigan.  CMU and MDNR began tagging smallmouth bass in the Beaver Archipelago in 2005.  The study now includes smallmouth bass at Wilderness State Park (since 2009) and Grand Traverse Bay (since 2014).  If you catch a tagged smallmouth bass or have any questions, please contact Tracy Galarowicz (CMU, 989-774-1336, galar1tl@cmich.edu) or John Clevenger (MDNR, 231-547-2914 ext. 236, ClevengerJ@michigan.gov). 

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 11, 2015

Busy weekend with all the "Happy": birthday and Mother's Day. Both were terrific but it makes Monday even more Mondayish (note that new word). Right now it's 43 and feels like 35, wind is at 14 mph from the east with gusts up to 29 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is falling from 1016 mb, and visibility is at 6.0 miles. Today: Drizzle and periods of rain in the morning, then rain showers, and drizzle and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Areas of fog through the day. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of rain showers again after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph after midnight.

On this date of May 11, 1957 - The Everly Brothers made their debut on "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville, TN.

Did you know that 44% of people have broken a bone?

Word of the day: shadchan (SHAHT-khuhn) which means a matchmaker or a marriage-broker. From Yiddish shadkhan, from Hebrew. Earliest documented use: 1890.

The More You Think You Know, the More You Have to Learn

by Joe Moore

We are paged to the medical center for a 60 year old female.  She had arrived at the medical center with severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, lower left back pain, and a fever.  She had a history of high blood pressure, but had not taken her medication for three days. 

Read more of this story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 10, 2015

Wishing all the Mothers, Mothers-in-laws, adopted Moms, soon-to-be Moms, Mrs. Moms, Mr. Moms, surrogate Moms, Moms who have left too soon, Moms who we don't see often enough, Grand Moms, Great Grand Moms, and even Great, Great Grand Moms a blessed and Happy Mother's Day! (hopefully I didn't forget anyone). It's 43 outside this morning, wind is at 5 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. East winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. A 50% chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph.

On this day of May 10, 1908 - The first Mother's Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia.

Did you know that 53% of women don't leave home without makeup on. (I am not one of them).

Word of the day: riparian (ri-PAIR-ee-uh n) which means as an adjective of, inhabiting, or situated on the bank of a river 2. denoting or relating to the legal rights of the owner of land on a river bank, such as fishing or irrigation
As a noun 3. (property law) a person who owns land on a river bank. 19th century: from Latin rīpārius, from rīpa a river bank.

Hummers are Back

Glad to see the hummingbirds back!

Another Wendy Anne Trip

Heading out

Heading out last Wednesday night.

Returning on Saturday night.

(Return photo by Bob Tidmore. Thank you!)

BICS to Search for New Superintendent/Principal

In a joint letter signed by Riley Justis and Judith Gallagher dated May 7, 2015, the letter announced the desire of Mr. Justis to search for another employment opportunity. The current superintendent, Riley Justis, will be serving BICS until August 11st of this year. Mr. Justis, we wish you success, happiness, and joy in your future endeavors. For the school board, we wish you success in finding a replacement.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 9, 2015 (Phyllis' Birthday)

A damp morning, but that's ok because we badly need the moisture. Right now it's 42, wind is at 5 mph from the northwest and gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 1020 mb, and visibility is 9.3 miles. Today: Rain showers in the morning ...then a chance of more rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 60. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 9, 1944 - Jimmie Davis became the Governor of Louisiana. He wrote the song "You Are My Sunshine."

Did you know that the US produces 19% of the world's trash?

Word of the day: credence (kreed-ns) which means belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim. something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence. Credence shares its origin with word credible in the Latin verb crēdere meaning "to believe." It entered English in the 1300s.

From AMVETS Post 46

In Preparation for Memorial Day

This Memorial Day we want to continue with the tradition of remembering those Veterans from Beaver Island who passed away since the last Memorial Day.   We’ll try and remember everyone but if we can always use help so please send the name of those you want us to recognize to: amvetspost46@yahoo.com

Lets also take time to thank those men and women from the Island currently serving in the Armed Forces so please send the names, branch of service and current duty location to the above e-mail address and we will recognize them at the ceremony on Monday the 25th.

Vacation Bible School

Ted Hughes Presentation

May 16, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 8, 2015

Nice warm morning outside. Yes, Buck, I went out barefoot this morning. It's already 59 on our back deck, wind is at 13 mph from the south with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 78%, pressure is falling from 1016 mb, and visibility is at 9.3 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the morning...then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon (we badly need the rain). Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and scattered thunderstorms in the evening...then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows int he lower 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of May 8, 1914 - The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Did you know that the most popular toothbrush color is blue?

Word of the day: futilitarian (fyoo-til-i-TAR-ee-uhn) which means as an adjective: 1. Devoted to futile pursuits. 2. Holding the belief that human striving is useless. As a noun: 1. A person devoted to futile pursuits. 2. One who believes that human striving is useless. A blend of futile and utilitarian. Earliest documented use: 1827.

Singers of United Lands

Program at BICS

The program done on May 7, 2015, by the group called Singers of United Lands, was completed at the Beaver Island Community School for the students in grades K-12. Pictures and video of this presentation were completed by Deb Bousquet. This group will perform at the Beaver Island Community Center on Friday night, May 8, 2015, beginning at 8 p.m. BICS students get in free, and their parents get half off!

Audience participation is expected and appreciated.

BICS and Lighthouse School students and staff together for this program.

Video is available HERE

Diane McDonough Volunteers for 4th of July Carnival

At the St. James Township Board meeting public comment at the end of the meeting, Diane McDonough spoke up and requested support by the St. James Township Board to once again provide a 4th of July Carnival after the parade on the 4th of July. Diane stated that she was not interested in getting paid for this, but felt it was something that the island needed to make the day better for the kids. Her request was for financial support for the carnival, but she had no idea what games might need repair, and no idea where the folder for the former Youth Consortium might be. Diane's announcement was met with applause by those in the audience.

Thank you, Diane, for your interest in bringing back the 4th of July Carnival!

St. James Township Meeting

The St. James Township Board met at the township hall beginning at 7 p.m. on May 6, 2015. The regular board meeting agenda included the call to order, the Pledge of Allegiance, and approval of minutes for April 1, 2015, and the special meeting on April 16, 2015. This was followed by the approval of payments.

Three letters were read in the correspondence section with some comments made by Township Treasurer Jim Wojan. The Donegal Road improvement was discussed in this portion of the meeting instead of under Old Business. The dangerous structures in the township were reviewed and discussed the process to follow for each. Kitty McNamara Green reported on the progress of financial review for the township including the sewer system billing, and Kitty made several recommendations.

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

The board agreed with Kitty's committee's recommendation for hiring a Sewer Billing Bookkeeper. The posting for this position should be available soon. The Request for Proposal for a township auditor was approved for posting. The bid for fuel oil and propane was rejected by the board and will be rebid in June. The pocket parks work was bid out, and the bid was awarded to L. Connaghan, whose bid included all labor as well as replacement plants. Bids for township lawn work were openen, discussed, and the bid was awarded to Jean Wierenga, the low bidder and the only one presenting the proper required insurance.

Under New Business, the board, after in depth discussion, agreed to approve the contract from the Michigan DNR for the computerized reservation system, which would pose no cost to the township. The board approved the contract for the fireworks for 4th of July. The board may be required to search for another person to take care of this project as Jim Wojan has done this for thirty-five years at no cost to the township. Thank you, Jim Wojan, for all you do for this community!

The use of the park area on the public restroom side of the road was approved for use by Camp Quality for a June 27, 2015, visit.

Public comment included the announcement by Diane McDonough to re-institute the 4th of July Carnival for kids.

Video of this meeting HERE

BICS Sports Awards

The BICS Sports Awards were presented on the evening of May 6, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. The program took place at the same time as the St. James Township Board meeting, and was videoed by Deb Bousquet.

The event began with a Welcome by Riley Justis, BICS Principal/Superintendent. Frank Solle presented a video of the fall and winter sports seasons. Kerry Smith, the Athletic Director, presented players with certificates and pins. Coach Mike Myers presented the soccer team awards for most improved offense and defense players, the most valuable offense and defense player, the "hustle award," and the Rookie of the Year award. Volleyball team awards were presented by Coach Kerry Smith and Assistant Coach Heather Cary. These included the "Hustle Award," the offensive player of the years, the defensive player of the year, the most improved player, and the most valuable player.

Girls Basketball Coach Tammy LaFreniere presented the girls basketball awards which included the most improved player, most valuable player, the 'hustle' award, and the Rookie of the Year award. Boys Basketball Coach Mike Myers presented the boys basketball awards. These included most improved offense and defense players, most valuable offense and defense player, the "hustle" award, and the Rookie of the Year award. All the coaches from basketball, soccer, and volleyball presented the Northern Lights League All-League Team Medals.

The sports awards ceremony ended with the presentation of the Bill Burns Memorial Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. The award was presented by Mike Myers and Meg Works.

Video of this event available HERE

Lonesome Paramedic

by Joe Moore

Even though I had two other paramedics on the island at this time, it seemed quite lonesome without my friends.  This is not to say that I wasn’t associating with the other two paramedics.  It’s just that for the last eleven years I had spent a great deal of time with these other two people.  One had taken medical first responder and basic EMT class from me, and together we all had taken the paramedic class.  So now without my good friends, I had to take over the business and the political end of BIEMS besides being the front man and a paramedic.

Read this story HERE

Tick and Lyme Disease Presentation

Dr. Jeffrey Powers has tested several dogs on Beaver Island, and there have been Beaver Island dogs that have tested positive for Lyme disease. This is a serious concern, not only for island pets, but also for island residents and visitors. Come to the presentation to learn about the ecology of ticks and Lyme disease on May 18, 2015, at noon at the Beaver Island Community Center.

BIEMS Trains on New Ambulance Cot

Funding Provided by Island Treasures Resale Shop

The wonderful ladies at the Island Treasures Resale Shop have raised money for needs of the island emergency services, the Beaver Island Fire Department and the Beaver Island EMS. Island Treasures is a resale shop with a wonderful program of re-selling items that one family no longer needs to another family for a small fee. With a large number of items of one dollar each, it seems quite unlikely that the amount of fundraising and the quality of the equipment could be improved to such a level. So, just for fun, it was determined that if the items sold from the resale shop ranged in price from less than a dollar to two dollars for each item, just how many items would have to be sold to purchased a powered cot for our local emergency medical service?

With that question in mind, lets take a look at the cot and its features. The most difficult part of any ambulance run is the lifting necessary for older members of the emergency medical service. How do you get a two hundred plus pound patient on an ambulance cot up to the level of the back door of the ambulance? How is this accomplished with EMTs that are not capable of lifting one hundred plus pounds each?

The answer is the powered ambulance cot. The lifting of the patient is completed using a battery-powered, hydraulic-equipped ambulance cot. Instead of using people power to lift the patient, hydraulic power is used and electric energy from the battery produces the lift.

The back doors of a BIEMS ambulance.

The powered cot in the back of the BIEMS ambulance.

Deb Bousquet, Donna Kubic, Kevin White, and Joe Moore learn how to make the cot work for them.

More training opportunities will take place as the season gets into the swing of summer.

If each of these four EMS providers were to have to raise the money necessary to purchase the cot, they would have to raise approximately $4000 each. A pretty daunting task this would be! Instead, BIEMS wishes to thank the Beaver Island Island Treasures Resale Shop and its staff of volunteers for their efforts to protect the island's EMS patients and the island's EMS providers by selling 8,000 $2 items, or 16,000 $1 items, or more items than this if the price is less than one dollar. This is a pretty amazing gift to the Beaver Island Community by the resale shop ladies!

Thank you, Island Treasuers Resale Shop, for your incredible work!

Thank you Island Treasures ladies for your generous donation to Beaver Island EMS!

(This training took place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 7, 2015

It's going to be another beautiful Beaver Island day! Of course, they all are, even those with what my Dad called "liquid sunshine". Please remember it is very, very dry out in the woods, so please don't be burning anything! Right now it's 50 on our back deck, wind is at 5 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 86%, pressure is falling from 1020 mb, and visibility is at 9.3 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows around 60. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of May 7, 1992 - A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring the U.S. Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified as the 27th Amendment.

Did you know that the most popular snack food is potato chips?

Word of the day: astringent (uh-STRIN-juhnt) which means as an adjective:
1. Contracting or constricting. 2. Caustic; pungent. 3. Stern; austere. As a noun: A substance that constricts body tissues. From Latin astringere (to bind fast), from ad- (toward) + stringere (to bind). Ultimately from the Indo-European root streig- (to stroke or press), which is also the source of strike, streak, strict, stress, strain, and strait. Earliest documented use: 1541.

New BIRHC Provider

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 6, 2015

Have you noticed how good I'm getting at this sleeping in thing? It's 45 outside this morning, wind is at 5 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 1016 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 6, 1889 - The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz.

Did you know that 22% of people skip lunch daily?

Word of the day: hauteur (hoh-TUHR) which means haughty manner or spirit; arrogance. From French hauteur (haughtiness, height), from Latin altus (high). Ultimately from the Indo-European root al- (to grow or to nourish), which also gave us adolescent, adult, old, alumnus, altitude, enhance, coalesce, and prolific. Earliest documented use: 1628.

Peaine Special Election Results

A total of 121 votes were cast.

The only proposal was the State Proposal: YES 22 NO 99

St. James Special Election Results

May 5, 2015

A total of 124 votes were cast.

St. James Township Operating Millage YES 72 NO 52

Beaver Island Airport Millage YES 75 NO 48

St James Landfill Millage YES 87 NO 33

St. James Vote for State Proposal YES 46 NO 78

Reverend Bobby Whitlock Injured in Accident

Reverend Bobby Whitlock, he was injured in an accident today when his van was rear-ended by a semi. He is in ICU at the hospital. His wife Nancy asks for no phone calls or visits at the present time, but please add him to your prayers.

MLive photo, read article here

Mailing address for cards for Bob Whitlock: 4512 S. Quarterline, Muskegon MI 49444

BIRHC Early Bird Brochure

New Michigan Pipeline Secrecy Bill Slammed;

Industry Proposal Would Hide Safety Records

Legislation Would Conceal Pipeline Inspections, Put Great Lakes At Risk

LANSING—Citizens groups sharply criticized proposed legislation introduced today that would permanently block public access to pipeline safety records in Michigan, including for high-risk pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac operated by the controversial Canadian oil conglomerate Enbridge, Inc.  

The sweeping bill, House Bill 4540, which would amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, goes beyond federal rules governing pipeline records disclosure.  It would exempt virtually all oil and natural gas pipeline information from public disclosure and is being sought by Enbridge, responsible in 2010 for the nation’s largest inland oil spill near Kalamazoo.  

“Enbridge has a questionable safety record and desperately wants to keep critically important pipeline safety information from the public,” said Nic Clark, Michigan Director of Clean Water Action. “This bill exploits the public’s legitimate concerns over national security to cloak the real purpose for Enbridge, which is to keep secret its safety and other records.” 

Enbridge’s twin Line 5 pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac have been the subject of intense public interest since it was revealed in early 2014 that the Eisenhower-era lines pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes and northern Michigan communities and businesses.  A special task force of state officials assembled last June is expected to issue a report this month on the pipelines.  The Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force, however, has been meeting behind closed doors, releasing only press releases and presentations.  Meanwhile, Enbridge and the task force have kept most documents secret under an elaborate arrangement involving a password-protected website fashioned by Enbridge. 

“Enbridge wants a blanket exemption from disclosing critical pipeline safety records and that’s not acceptable,” said Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of FLOW, a water policy and education center based in Traverse City. “At any moment, a pipeline spill could contaminate the Great Lakes and collapse the northern Michigan tourist economy.  We need to know more, not less, about the safety of Enbridge’s pipelines and all pipelines in Michigan.”

The proposed legislation was introduced today by state Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth). An Enbridge lobbyist has been working behind the scenes in recent weeks to line up support to exempt pipelines from Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, which requires public disclosure of most public records.  

“What Michigan needs is more transparency about the pipeline’s safety, potential harm, and alternative routes, not less,” said David Holtz, Chair of the Michigan Chapter of Sierra Club.  “Pipelines leak, and as we saw in Kalamazoo, when there’s a breach, it can be catastrophic. Yet Enbridge refuses to release any documents related to pipeline inspections and now wants the State of Michigan to sanction that secrecy.”

Enbridge’s efforts to close off access to pipeline safety documents through an exemption to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act comes on the heels of a report revealing that a two-year-old pipeline operated in Missouri by TransCanada suffered major corrosion, with 95% corrosion in one section of the pipe.   The report was based on documents obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

“In Missouri you have a 21st Century pipeline that had to be shut down and the only reason we know the details is because the law required the documents to be released publicly,” said Jim Lively, Program Director, Michigan Land Use Institute.  “In Michigan we have pipelines running through the Great Lakes, under extremely volatile conditions, and these pipelines were constructed in 1953 during an era where color television was the newest technology.  Yet Enbridge wants to keep the safety of these pipelines secret.”

Thousands of Michigan residents and visitors have signed a petition urging Governor Rick Snyder to order open public hearings on the oil pipelines in the Straits and alternatives to eliminate the risk of a catastrophic spill.

“We expect openness and transparency,” said Peggy Case, President of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation.  “What we are getting from Enbridge in this proposed legislation is defiance.”

(Can you imagine what would happen to the Beaver Island economy and tourism if the pipeline going through the Straits of Mackinac began leaking, and the owner was not required to report it to anyone?)

NEW Print Visitors Guide

The all new colorful 2015-16 print Beaver Island Visitors Guide is now available. A link to see and print the complete guide is available on the Chamber web site. www.BeaverIsland.org You can request a print copy by contacting the office at Chamber@BeaverIsland.org . If you need multiple copies please stop by the office to pick up a supply M-F 10-4. 231.448.2505. A copy of the cover of the 27 page guide is below.

Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Friday May 15 at the Shamrock

Cocktails at 6, Dinner at 7, awards to follow

Reservations necessary - 231.448.2278

Guest Speaker State Rep Triston Cole

 

  • Prime Rib with au jus and baked potato $23
  • Roasted Half Chicken with mashed potato and gravy $18
  • Pan Roasted Salmon with tzatziki sauce and wild rice $22

The Nominees Are:

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for May 5, 2015

The harbor is flat calm as you can see from Powers webcam and the sunrise is a misty, pink from Richie's webcam. Another beautiful island day although a touch chilly this morning. It's 34 on my back deck, wind is at 3 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 95%, pressure is rising at 1022 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. East winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

On this date of May 5, 1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.

Did you know that before 1850 golf balls were made of leather and were stuffed with feathers?

Word of the day: junto (JUHN-to) which means a small, usually secret group of people united for a common purpose, usually with political aims. Alteration of Spanish/Portuguese junta (committee, association), from Latin jungere (to join). Ultimately from the Indo-European root yeug- (to join), which also gave us yoke, junction, jugular, adjust, syzygy, subjugate, rejoinder, jugulate, and yoga. Earliest documented use: 1641.

Monday Night Ride

Hunting in the shallows of Barney's Lake

Traffic didn't bother this sandhill, just the sound of a car door opening.

Loons across Barney's Lake

Changing the buoys, the USCG Vessel Mackinaw

Length Overall

240'0

Beam

58'6

Draft

16'

Full Load Displacement (LT)

3,500

Maximum Speed

15 kts

Crew Complement

9 Officers
5 CPO's
41 Crew

Support

Outside Contractors & USCG

Mixed Gender Accommodations

2 Person Staterooms

Main Propulsion

Integrated Main Propulsion & Electrical Plant

Auxiliary/Emergency Generator

715kw

Propellers

ABB Azipod®  - Fixed Pitch, 10' Diameter

Level Ice Capability (ahead) @ 3 kts

32"

Level Ice Capability (astern) @ 2 kts

32"

Refrozen Brash Ice Capability (ramming

Up to 10'

Ridge Ice Capability (penetrate in < 4 rams)

10' within 30 min

Law Enforcement

(2) Medium Size Machine Guns and Various Small Arms

Aids-to-Navigation

Yes

Oil Spill Control

VOSS

Fuel Oil Capacity (gal)

130,896

Shaft Horsepower (shp)

Rated: 9,119 (3.4 MW/pod) Bollard: 211 RPM Power: 4,460 hp (3.33 MW/pod)

Fresh Water Capacity (gal)

>27,500 (10 days for 50 man crew using 50 gpd)

Maximum Range

4,000 NM @ 12 kts 9000 NM @ 9 kts predicted

Stopping Distance

< 1000'

Circumnavigate Beset 1000' Vessel in Heavy Ice (32" solid level)

Yes-within 12 minutes

Sewage Treatment, Trash & Hazmat Storage

Hold for 10 days (base on 50 person crew):

All Grey Water All Black Water Trash Compactor, Retails all trashes and separate: glass, plastics, & paper Retail all HAZMATS

Gnats in the sunshine at Gull Harbor

Sandpipers and immature redwing blackbirds??

BI Music Festival Schedule

School Board Vacancy

May 17-23 is National EMS WEEK

May 17-23 is National EMS WEEK, sponsored by ACEP, NAEMT and NAEMSE. This year's theme is "EMS Strong."

The American College of Emergency Physicians, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators will celebrate "EMS Strong."

NAEMSE is very proud to partner this special week and give thanks to all of you and your tireless efforts in serving our communities.
BINN says,"Thank you to all of Beaver Island's Emergency Medical Service personnel!"

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for May 4, 2015

We finally got some much needed rain last night, along with a light show and sound effects. My rain gauge is showing almost an inch which should help a lot fighting the fire danger. Right now it's 46, feels like 43, wind is at 6 to 11 mph from the west, humidity is at 95%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 4 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. A 40% chance of rain showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of May 4, 1904 - U.S. Army engineers began work on the Panama Canal.

Did you know that sound travels 15 times faster through steel than air?

Word of the day: scop (shop, skop) which means a poet or minstrel. From Old English scop (poet, minstrel). Earliest documented use: 888.

I Fall to My Knees

by Cindy Ricksgers


     

Links

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

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

Video of the meeting is HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

 

St. James Township Meeting Video

March 4, 2014 Special Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

Video available HERE

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

St. James Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

 

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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

Activities............................Movies

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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This Old Cookbook--??+4

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Snappy Turtle Cookies

Sift together 1 and 1/2 cups of flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt: set aside

Cream 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed) with 1/2 cup of butter

Add 1 egg and 1 egg yolk (save the white of one egg)

Blend in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon of maple flavoring

Now add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Place in refrigerator to chill.

Arrange pecan halves in groups of 3 or 5 to resemble turtle head and legs.

Remove dough from refrigerator and shape dough into a ball. (a rounded tsp of dough)

Dip bottom of ball into egg white and press onto the nuts. Complete all the pecans with dough following these same directions.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Do not overbake.

Cool and frost backs of turtles.

Frosting

2 squares of unsweetened chocolate or 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate bits

Mel chocolate in 1/4 cup of milk and 1 Tablespoon of butter in the top of a double boiler.

When smoothly blended, remove from heat.

Add 1 cup of powdered, sifted sugar and beat until smooth and glossy. If too thin for frosting add more powdered sugar.

Place frosting on backs of turtles.

by David Roosevelt, 7 years old

Placebos, Tricks, Disasters, and Other

by Joe Moore

I am not familiar with how often urban ambulance services are called to the scene or home or a situation where the person wants help, but doesn’t really want to go to the hospital.  The readings I have had involve mostly those people who want to use the ambulance like a taxi ride to get to their doctor, or, if they don’t have one, to the emergency room.  I read most every week about the ER’s of our cities being overburdened by the clinical, non-emergency patients.  I read about patients waiting hours upon hours trying to get diagnosed and treated.  We have some people who want to be diagnosed and treated right in their home or right at the scene of the emergency.  BIEMS does not carry a hospital laboratory or an x-ray machine in the back of the ambulance.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Funeral for Rod Nackerman

Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

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

View Video of this meeting HERE.

Tree Planting at Beaver Island Community School

Gathering after school on April 29, 2015, several volunteers and PTA members planted trees in the cleared area on the south side of the school. Lot of older adults, parents, and even a few really young children ended up outside to plant the trees.

There were trees left over. If you are interested, contact Jacque LaFreniere.

Short video clip of the planting

 

Important Information regarding Lyme Disease and Black Legged Ticks on Beaver Island

by Jeff Powers, DVM

Click the document above to read it.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/emergingdiseases/Tick_testing_flow_chart_227376_7.pdf

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/emergingdiseases/Publication_Order_Form_357623_7.pdf

Flag Again Flying Over BI Post Office

The flag at the post office was lost in a wind storm. The US Post Office on Beaver Island needed a flag. The flag has been replaced, courtesy of AMVETS Post 46, Mark (Happy Paddle) Englesman and his nephew Brian. Great job!

(Picture and info from Bob Tidmore. Thanks,Bob!)

A few more pictures of the United States Post Office for Beaver Island, Michigan

Job Opportunity with CC Road Commission

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

Phil's Photos

Phil Becker had posted on the Beaver Island Forum that he had some really neat pictures of woodpeckers, but he didn't have anywhere to post them. Via private message the opportunity to post another photographer's pictures seemed fairly interesting, but this is definitely a great opportunity. Thank you Phil Becker for these photos! This is a standing invitation to continue to share your photos.

"The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens." (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pileated_Woodpecker/id)

BINN is happy to share these! Thanks!

Alex Kuligoski Graduates College

Recently Alex Kuligoski graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology. The graduation ceremony took place at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Congratulations, Alex!

Kristy Bousquet Graduates College

Recently Kristy Bousquet graduated college with a Bachelor's degree in sociology. The degree is for successful completion of the requirements for a B.S. in sociology at Grand Valley State University.The graduation ceremony took place at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Graduationa t Van Andel Arena

Kristy poses with her diploma.

Congratulations, Kristy!

Liam Thomas Pike Born Today

Liam Thomas Pike was born at 8:35 a.m. to Miranda and Jared Pike on April 28, 2015. Liam weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.

In the nursery

Liam with dad...........Liam with mom


Community Center (PABI) Job Available

Wendy Anne Getting Ready to Go

The tug and barge seemed to be in preparation for a trip to the mainland with the intention to bring fuel back to the island and to get Transfer Station containers off the island. The barge has lots of room on it as of the early evening of April 27, 2015.

 

 

 

 

Announcements/Ads

BINGO Announcement

National Day of Prayer Service Scheduled

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday May 7, 2015. Please join your fellow community members for a brief 30 minute ceremony at 12:00 noon at the AmVets Memorial Park to pray for our Government Leaders on all levels, National, State, and Local.

The purpose is to petition God on behalf of our leaders and those who are in authority over us. No matter what political party you may or may not belong too, no matter what your agreements or disagreements may be please take a moment and stand neighbor to neighbor as we honor our leaders with prayer that they may remain safe, be encouraged to commit to the oaths of office of which they hold, and make decisions for the people of this great nation who have entrusted them with their duties.

The guidance for assembly on this day is to gather at “the prominent flagpole” of the town of the prayer group. In the event of inclement weather, we will gather at the Community Center.

Background:
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Contact Patrick Nugent for more information: 448-2329

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”


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

 

BICS End of School Year Calendar

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

 
or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

10 a.m. service

May 10 – Baccalaureate for Lighthouse graduates – message by Steve Finch
May 17 – Baccalaureate for Community School graduates – message by Pat Nugent
May 24 – Pastor Howard Davis
May 31 – Pastor John Coney, LaGrange, IN

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center


Back by popular demand, this seminar will introduce attendees to estate planning and its goals; wills; living trusts; probate court administration of decedents' estates; techniques used to avoid probate; using powers of attorney to plan for disability;  writing a letter of instruction to survivors; and how to get started with preparing an estate plan.
Theodore E. Hughes, Michigan Assistant Attorney General for Law (Retired), is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law and has practiced in the area of estate planning,  a subject which he has taught at the Thomas Cooley Law School and the MSU Evening College.
Mr. Hughes has co-authored eight nationally-published books on estate planning and settlement. For 25 years he appeared as the guest estate planning attorney on WKAR radio's "Newstalk."
The Community Center and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring this event.  Are you a parent of young children who would like to have a babysitter available during the presentation? Please call Audrey with Friends of the Library at 231 448-2280 to let us know.  If there is any demand for this, we will provide it.

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides. http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Thanks to our generous island sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert guides.  

http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.htm 

Thanks to our generous 2015 sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. 

The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Beaver Island Community Center, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 
_________________
The Beaver Island Association 
P.O. Box 390 
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Gail's Walk Scheduled

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance

Road Rally

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

5th ANNUAL  GARDEN TOUR PLANNERS EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR'S JULY 15th EVENT


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

 

Monday Afternoon Ride

Spooning Seagulls...........Skimming Cormorants

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Ducks at Gull Harbor, some hiding, some socializing

A lone loon at Barney's Lake

Lots of blackbirds........a pair of loons: all at Fox Lake

A pair of young eagles?? on Old Fox Lake Road

Checking in on the osprey at the microwave tower

July 4th Parade Theme

Theme: “Once Upon A Time”


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

Jett Hyler Anderson Born

Thanks to Mary Beth Kur for this picture!

Thanks to Andrea Keehn Roster for this picture!

Jett Hyler Anderson, son of Jessica and Adam Anderson was born at 7:32 am this morning. Gage, Sienna, and Annika welcomed their brother Jett on April 26, 2015. He weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. This makes the Adam Anderson family equal with two boys and two girls.

Heron Near Rustic Villa Cabins

Fishing in the shallows and then something scare the ducks and the ducks scared the heron.

Then the heron started preaning itself in the weeds farther away.

The heron is perfectly happy to sit in these weeds, and show off.

National Day of Prayer Service Scheduled

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday May 7, 2015. Please join your fellow community members for a brief 30 minute ceremony at 12:00 noon at the AmVets Memorial Park to pray for our Government Leaders on all levels, National, State, and Local.

The purpose is to petition God on behalf of our leaders and those who are in authority over us. No matter what political party you may or may not belong too, no matter what your agreements or disagreements may be please take a moment and stand neighbor to neighbor as we honor our leaders with prayer that they may remain safe, be encouraged to commit to the oaths of office of which they hold, and make decisions for the people of this great nation who have entrusted them with their duties.

The guidance for assembly on this day is to gather at “the prominent flagpole” of the town of the prayer group. In the event of inclement weather, we will gather at the Community Center.

Background:
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Contact Patrick Nugent for more information: 448-2329

UpNorth Live---Stoney Acre Special

$40 deal for $20

View the special and restrictions HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

This month's school board meeting was scheduled later than normal due to the Spring Break on the school calendar. Then the weather and illnes played a part in the rescheduling of the meeting this week. The board met on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. for approximately two hours.

Video of the meeting is HERE

TWO Ospreys on the Nest

The question that was creating sadness with the less than positive thoughts was: Did the mate of the osprey on the nest die on the way back to the island? Where is (s)he? That question is answered, and we may actually be viewing the creation of some new baby ospreys. There are two ospreys in the nest.

You watch the video and see if you don't agree that we may actually be watching the creation of the new baby ospreys on the microwave tower on Beaver Island.

This Old Cookbook--??+3

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Apple Fritters with Cherry Sauce

1 cup flour.................2/3 cup of milk

3/4 teaspoon salt.................1 tablespoon of melted shortening

1 teaspoon sugar............3 cups finely diced apples

2 eggs separated

Sift dry ingredients............Beat egg yolks, and add milk and shortening

Stir dry ingredients into egg yolks, milk, and shortening.

Drop from tablespoon into deep fat thats at 375 degrees.

Brown on one side, then turn over and brown.

Cherry Sauce

Combine 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 cup of sugar and a dash of salt.

Stir in 1 and 1/2 cup of canned sour cherry juice.

Cook until thickened.

Add 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1 cup canned sour cherries.

Cool

Place cherry sauce over apple fritters and serve.

by Gary Courturier, 7 years old

No One Is Exempt from Needing EMS

by Joe Moore

Read about some historically correct, historical fiction about fictional patients of Beaver Island EMS.

All stories are based upon fact, but have fictional characters and fictional patients.

Read this HERE

10 Bogus Excuses People Use When They Steal Photos from the Web

From the beginning of digital revolution up to the current time, there have been those that believe that anything that they can copy is free game and may be used as if it was their own. This is not true. This article on the web really spell it out quite clearly.

Read the article HERE

The most important statement is pretty obvious. From the moment that the shutter release is pressed, the photo belongs to the person who pressed the shutter release. If that person is working for an news agency, organization, or business, then the ownership belongs to that company, organization, or news agency.

If you want to use a copy of that photograph, you need to get permission from the owner of the information. As an example, down below, there is an article that was in the newspaper. This newspaper was contacted and the permission to use the article was obtained from the newspaper. "CMU Beaver Island Bio Station-Researchers in China" was a CMU news release that was printed in that newspaper. But, BINN contacted the newspaper to make certain that they would not mind BINN posting their edited copy of the news release.

Another example is that if you go to the Beaver Island Birding Trail website, you will find a picture of an osprey holding a bass caught in flight. The Beaver Island Birding Trail got permission from Joe Moore, editor, BINN, who took this picture. The permission was for them to use it on their website. Permission was granted. This same photo was placed on the Beaver-Island-News-on-the-Net facebook page. It was used and copied by the photographer Joe Moore to his personal facebook page as well. This picture is the property of Joe Moore and BINN. Sharing this picture is possible, but not legal without permission. If this picture is stolen, meaning copied to someone else's facebook page without identifying the owner, then the picture is stolen.

Here is that photo:

Yet another example is that BINN has given permission to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce to use some photos from BINN. The important thing here is that permission was given, AND credit for the photo has been provided.

Phyllis Moore has posted something on her facebook page that is quoted here: "When someone shares my photos, I'm usually honored, however that does not apply when they do not give me credit for the photo. That is, quite simply, stealing. The picture is not theirs, it's mine, it will always be mine no matter how much time passes. One can not simply "copy and paste" a photo to their page. That is like going to meet the ferry, liking a particular car, and driving off in it. PLEASE give credit where credit is due."

Some people have used photos that were stolen from BINN without giving any credit where credit is due. These photos were photos of the St. Patrick's Day Games taken out in the public roadway. These pictures were stolen, posted on the web without credit given, and pretty much claimed them as their own. These pictures were taken by Andrea Jo Moore for Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The person involved was not cooperative, but eventually removed the photos after using them for years as their own pictures. They did not have permission from Andrea Jo Moore or from BINN. Here are those pictures:

Even though the digital world makes it easy to steal intellectual property such as video, photos, and other information or data, it is not legal to do so. Another example might be the on-demand viewing of video on BINN by a newspaper. If this newspaper does not attend a meeting videoed by BINN and is not a subscriber to BINN, but still accesses this video by whatever means, including using direct quotes from the video, then this newspaper has stolen the digital material and used it without permission.

There is a moral to this story. If you don't own something, don't represent yourself as the owner.

Merlin or Owl-Awaiting Breakfast

Earlier this morning around 8:30 a.m., April 23, 2015, there was a big bird sitting on top of the power pole. It was pretty overcast and not much light for taking pictures. One flash would have chased the bird away, so patiently waiting for a little more light was about all that could be done. Then these pictures were taken.

Unless the identification can be changed by someone more knowledgeable, this bird will be labeled a Merlin.

Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Menu for Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Friday May 15 at the Shamrock

Cocktails at 6, Dinner at 7, awards to follow

Reservations necessary - 231.448.2278

Salad starter with bread service

Choice of

  • Prime Rib with au jus and baked potato $23
  • Roasted Half Chicken with mashed potato and gravy $18
  • Pan Roasted Salmon with tzatziki sauce and wild rice $22

Hot fudge sundae

The Nominees Are:

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

BINGO Announcement

Beaver Island Men's Golf League Information

Charlevoix County Transit Spring 2015 Schedule

Beaver Island Birding Trail Presentation Update

Registration is not required for presentations; however, field trips do require registration and trips are nearing capacity.  All events are free. So if you haven't registered for a field trip, please do soon.  http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Following Greg Butcher's presentation on May 23rd at 4 p.m., Nancy Seefelt will be sharing her experiences related to bird research around the archipelago.  It is a fascinating presentation that she has shared with others around Michigan, so please mark your calendars.  

Nancy Seefelt is a Michigan native who grew up in Sterling Heights, near Detroit. After high school, she enrolled at Central Michigan University (CMU) and discovered Beaver Island when she took a class at the CMU Biological Station after her freshman year. Nancy received her M.S. degree from CMU and her doctorate from Michigan State University and currently holds a faculty position in the Biology Department at CMU During the summer field season, much of her research focuses on avian ecology, specifically the breeding biology of waterbirds (gulls, terns, herons and cormorants) in northern Lake Michigan and the stopover ecology of migrating songbirds along Michigan shorelines. The migration work involves censussing, mist netting, and remote acoustical monitoring; the acoustic monitors also track the sounds of migratory bats. In addition,Nancy monitors the breeding activities of the endangered Piping Plover as part of the recovery program for this species. As a vertebrate ecologist and evolutionary biologist, Nancy has been studying birds throughout the Beaver Island Archipelago for over 20 years.

Beaver Island Association's Newsletter 2015

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

BICS Plans BI History Adventure

from Deb Robert

Preliminary information on the Beaver Island History Adventure!

BICS to Host Beaver Island History Adventure

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the students and staff at Beaver Island Community School will participate in a morning of fun, historical adventures based around local BI History.  Students will be broken into multi-age "families" and will hike an approximately 2-3 mile trek, competing in historical challenges along the way.  It is hoped that this day will give students a chance to learn about and experience some of the same things that their ancestors did.

If you are available on that day, and would be interested in helping out, have a historically-based talent you would like to share, or would just like to join in the fun, please contact school at 448-2744.

Volunteers are needed in the following capacity:

Walking the route with students

Running a challenge station along the route (Staff will plan and gather materials ahead of time.)

Helping out with a craft/game/activity at the beginning of the route

Taking pictures

Making food

Set-Up and/or Clean-Up

Contact Person:  Debbie Robert

From the MIDNR

DNR encourages public to enjoy springtime baby animal sightings, but remember to leave wildlife in the wild

With the arrival of spring, wild animals are giving birth and hatching the next generation of Michigan’s wildlife. Baby red foxes appeared in dens during the last days of March and the first days of April.  Young great-horned owls have already hatched and are growing up in stick nests high above the ground. Mourning doves have made nests, and some have already laid eggs. The first litters of cottontails will appear soon.

Springtime brings with it an increase in sightings of nestlings and baby animals. The Department of Natural Resources encourages Michigan residents to get outside and enjoy the experience of seeing wildlife raising its young, but reminds them that it is important to remain at a distance.

"These are magical moments to witness but, unfortunately, sometimes the story has a different ending when people take baby wild animals out of the wild," said DNR wildlife technician Katie Keen. “Please resist the urge to try to help seemingly abandoned fawns or other baby animals this spring. Some people truly are trying to be helpful, while others think wild animals would make good pets, but in most cases neither of those situations ends well for the wildlife.”

"We appreciate the good intentions of those who want to help, but the animals are better off left alone than removed from the wild," Keen added.

The animals most commonly rescued by well-intentioned citizens include white-tailed deer fawns and raccoons.

“Spring is the time for fawns,” said DNR wildlife technician Holly Vaughn.  “Remember a fawn’s best chance for survival is with its mother.  Do not remove a fawn that is not injured from the wild.”

“Fawns rely on their camouflage coat to protect them from predators, while their mother stays off in the distance,” Vaughn added.  “The mother will not return if people or dogs are present. If you find a fawn alone, do not touch it, just quickly leave it alone. After dark the mother deer will return for her fawn.”

It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected from nearby predators. While fawns may seem abandoned, they almost certainly are not. All wild white-tailed deer begin life this way.

Most mammals have a keen sense of smell, and parents may abandon their young if humans have touched them. Other wildlife, such as birds, should not be handled either. Adult birds will continue to care for hatchlings that have fallen from their nest. If people move the hatchlings, the adults may not be able to locate and care for them.

The DNR advises:

  • It is illegal to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan. Every day an animal spends with humans makes it less likely to be able to survive in the wild.

  • Many baby animals will die if removed from their natural environment, and some have diseases or parasites that can be passed on to humans or pets.

  • Some "rescued" animals that do survive become habituated to people and are unable to revert back to life in the wild.

  • Eventually, habituated animals pose additional problems as they mature and develop adult animal behaviors. Habituated deer, especially bucks, can become aggressive as they mature, and raccoons are well-known for this too.

“If you find any baby animal, it should be left in the wild,” said Vaughn.  “The only time a baby animal should be removed from the wild is when you know the parent is dead or the animal is injured. Please contact a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator before removing the animal.”

For a list of licensed rehabilitators visit www.michigandnr.com/dlr or call your local DNR office.

Springtime brings sightings of baby animals, like this young fawn hidden in the tall grass. While fawns may seem abandoned, they almost certainly are not – deer often leave fawns unattended for long periods to help prevent them from being detected by predators

Visiting Providers at BIRHC

Dr Cotter, Dermatologist
Will be Seeing Patients
Friday, May 15, 2015

Call his office for an appointment
866 400 3376

call Betty, if you have questions 448 2275

 

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

Any additional questions call Betty 231 448 2275

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

From Peaine Supervisor Bill Kohls

Road Paving in Peaine

Attached to the email is my memo to the township board regarding road paving costs and other considerations.  Also attached are estimates prepared by Jim Vanek at the CCRC.  I did not, however, attach the survey referenced in the memo.  (The survey will be available at a later date when [presumably] people have had a chance to review and consider the memo.

Pete Plastrik will discuss the survey at the April 8th meeting and it’s likely that we will have at least one information meeting relating to roads/road paving.  I will invite Pat Harmon to any meetings dedicated to roads/road paving.

Personally, I think it’s important to have a thorough discussion, and I am hoping for wide dissemination of this memo.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Darkey Town Road.................East Side Road

Paid Een Og Road................Sloptown Road

Memo from Bill Kohls

Road financing

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter for 2015

Vacation Bible School

Please Join Us at…

Featuring…

“Weird Animals: Where Jesus’s Love is One-of-a-Kind”
June 30th, July 1st & 2nd
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For children ages 3 – 12.
(Arts & Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Imagination Stations, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church
***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 2nd…Details to follow.***

As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.
If you would like to make a donation to this program, please send it to the Beaver Island Christian Church, earmarked for VBS!

Brought to you by: Beaver Island Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the St. James Episcopal Mission

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 or debrob2@yahoo.com
Or
Kim Mitchell 448-2532 or beaverislandkim@gmail.com

***Volunteers Needed***

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

Language for Operational millage, Airport millage, and Transfer Station millage

This language was approved at the St. James Township Meeting on 2/4/15.


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