B. I. News on the 'Net, May 4-May 31, 2021

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.

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.

St. James Township Meeting

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




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)

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


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

BI Airport Commission

June 1, 2021, at Noon at BI Airport

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.

Weather by Joe

May 28, 2021

Good morning with sunshine here on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! It's a little chilly out there this morning with the temperature right now at 8:30 a.m. of 46 degrees. It's interesting that a month ago, we'd have considered this temperature a warm morning. The humidity is at 67%. The pressure is 30.11. The wind is from the SSE at 4 to 6 mph. Visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 29 degrees, so not much chance of fog. It is technically listed as being partly cloudy.
TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of sunshine and clouds. The high will be in the mid to high 50's. The wind will be from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 40. The wind will be from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is foecast for mainly sunny skies with a high in the low 60's. The wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
In the first engagement of the French and Indian War, a Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeats a French reconnaissance party in southwestern Pennsylvania. In a surprise attack, the Virginians killed 10 French soldiers from Fort Duquesne, including the French commander, Coulon de Jumonville, and took 21 prisoners. Only one of Washington’s men was killed.
READ MORE: How 22-Year-Old George Washington Inadvertently Sparked a World War
The French and Indian War was the last and most important of a series of colonial conflicts between the British and the American colonists on one side, and the French and their broad network of Native American allies on the other. Fighting began in the spring of 1754, but Britain and France did not officially declare war against each other until May 1756 and the outbreak of the Seven Years War in Europe.
In November 1752, at the age of 20, George Washington was appointed adjutant in the Virginia colonial militia, which involved the inspection, mustering, and regulation of various militia companies. In November 1753, he first gained public notice when he volunteered to carry a message from Virginia Governor Robert Dinwiddie to the French moving into the Ohio Valley, warning them to leave the territory, which was claimed by the British crown. Washington succeeded in the perilous wilderness journey and brought back an alarming message: The French intended to stay.
In 1754, Dinwiddie appointed Washington a lieutenant colonel and sent him out with 160 men to reinforce a colonial post at what is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before Washington could reach it, however, it was given up without bloodshed to the French, who renamed it Fort Duquesne. Washington moved within about 40 miles of the French position and set about building a new post at Great Meadows, which he named Fort Necessity. From this base, he ambushed an advance detachment of about 30 French, striking the first blow of the French and Indian War. For the victory, Washington was appointed a full colonel and reinforced with several hundred Virginia and North Carolina troops.
On July 3, the French descended on Fort Necessity with their full force, and after an all-day fight Washington surrendered to their superior numbers. The disarmed colonials were allowed to march back to Virginia, and Washington was hailed as a hero despite his surrender of the fort. The story of the campaign was written up in a London gazette, and Washington was quoted as saying, “I have heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something charming in the sound.” Reading this, King George II remarked, “He would not say so if he had been used to hear many.”
In October 1754, Washington resigned his commission in protest of the British underpayment of colonial offices and policy of making them subordinate to all British officers, regardless of rank. In early 1755, however, British General Edward Braddock and his army arrived to Virginia, and Washington agreed to serve as Braddock’s personal aide-de-camp, with the courtesy title of colonel. The subsequent expedition against Fort Duquesne was a disaster, but Washington fought bravely and succeeded in bringing the survivors back after Braddock and 1,000 others were killed.
With the western frontier of Virginia now dangerously exposed, Governor Dinwiddie appointed Washington commander in chief of all Virginia forces in August 1755. During the next three years, Washington struggled with the problems of frontier defense but participated in no major engagements until he was put in command of a Virginia regiment participating in a large British campaign against Fort Duquesne in 1758. The French burned and abandoned the fort before the British and Americans arrived, and Fort Pitt was raised on its site. With Virginia’s strategic objective attained, Washington resigned his commission with the honorary rank of brigadier general. He returned to a planter’s life and took a seat in Virginia’s House of Burgesses.
The French and Indian War raged on elsewhere in North America for several years. With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in February 1763, France lost all claims to the mainland of North America east of the Mississippi and gave up Louisiana, including New Orleans, to Spain. Fifteen years later, French bitterness over the loss of their North American empire contributed to their intervention in the American Revolution on the side of the Patriots, despite the fact that the Patriots were led by one of France’s old enemies, George Washington.
lymphatic; adjective; (lim-FAT-ik)
1 a : of, relating to, or produced by lymph, lymphoid tissue, or lymphocytes
b : conveying lymph
2 : lacking physical or mental energy : sluggish
Did You Know?
Lymph is a pale liquid in the body that helps maintain fluid balance and removes bacteria from tissues. Today, we understand that lymph plays an important role in the body's immune system. In the past, however, it was commonly believed that an excess of lymph caused sluggishness—hence the "sluggish" meaning of lymphatic. The word lymph comes from Latin lympha (meaning "water" or "water goddess"), which itself may be a modification of the Greek word nymphē, meaning "nymph." Both lymph and its related adjective lymphatic have been used in English since the 17th century.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

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

From B.I. COA

May 27, 2021

Hello friends,
The Joke of the day presented by Google. I hope you all like this one.
What’s a pig’s favorite karate move? The answer is at the end of the Beaver Island Commission on Aging announcement. I think it is an easy one.
C.O.A. clients seeking any help with any home improvement construction projects, yard work, painting and so on. Basically things C.O.A. clients have trouble doing on their own and need assistance making repairs or what not, please pick up a project request form at the COA. On June 8, volunteers will be visiting the Island to do these projects. THIS IS A FREE SERVICE for COA clients.
I have been told that some of our C.O.A. clients do not use the Beaver Island Forum and/or Facebook and have missed many announcements. I am very sorry, though I guess this isn’t the medium to say that. Anyway, I am doing my best to remember to post information on the Beaver island Community Calendar and I am going to resume Friday phone calls to each person registered to the C.O.A. on Beaver Island. There is a good amount of people to call, so clients may not here from me until I reach the letter of the alphabet their last name begins with.
Friday, May 28, 2021 C.O.A. clients may pick up meal vouchers they pre-ordered for June or begin purchasing June meal vouchers. To place a meal voucher order ahead of time and skip the line call 231-448-2124. June events will be posted tomorrow also. I was also informed those fruit and vegetable boxes may be over as they were a pandemic only program. I will pass along more information once I know all the facts. Frozen meals are to end in June. I was told this is a disaster meal program done only during the pandemic. Call 231-44-2124 and I will explain how it all works.
School lunch menus for the first two weeks in June are ready to pick up at the C.O.A. they are hanging on the COA door today because I am headed to the south end for the rest of my shift. I will be back to office around 4-4:30 p.m. Please use the COA drop box to leave any orders request or place to return forms clients may have filled out when I am not in the office.
In observance of Memorial Day, the Beaver Island COA office is closed Monday, May 31.
Joke: What’s a pig’s favorite karate move? Answer: Pork Chop

Weather by Joe

May 27, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! It's chilly out there this morning with a temperature at 8:30 a.m. of 45 degrees. The humidity is 73%. There is a slight wind at 2 mph from the S.
Visibility is ten miles. It is partly cloudy with a pressure of 30.19.
TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of sun and clouds this morning becoming cloudy in the afternoon. There is a 15% chance of some rain. The high temperature today will be in the low 50's. The wind will be from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a low near 40. Wind will be from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 8%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for lots of clouds early in the day with some decrease of clouds throughout the day. The high temperature will be near 60. The ENE winds will be from 10 to 20 mph.
On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000.
On February 14, 1939, the 823-foot Bismarck was launched at Hamburg. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler hoped that the state-of-the-art battleship would herald the rebirth of the German surface battle fleet. However, after the outbreak of war, Britain closely guarded ocean routes from Germany to the Atlantic Ocean, and only U-boats moved freely through the war zone.
In May 1941, the order was given for the Bismarck to break out into the Atlantic. Once in the safety of the open ocean, the battleship would be almost impossible to track down, all the while wreaking havoc on Allied convoys to Britain. Learning of its movement, Britain sent almost the entire British Home Fleet in pursuit. On May 24, the British battle cruiser Hood and battleship Prince of Wales intercepted it near Iceland. In a ferocious battle, the Hood exploded and sank, and all but three of the 1,421 crewmen were killed. The Bismarck escaped, but because it was leaking fuel it fled for occupied France.
On May 26, the ship was sighted and crippled by British aircraft, and on May 27 three British warships descended on the Bismarck, inflicting heavy damage. By mid-morning, the pride of the German navy had become a floating wreck with numerous fires aboard, unable to steer and with her guns almost useless because she was listing badly to port. Soon, the command went out to scuttle the ship, and the Bismarck quickly sank. Of a 2,221-man crew, only 115 survived.
flotilla; noun' (floh-TILL-uh)
1 : a fleet of ships or boats; especially : a navy organizational unit consisting of two or more squadrons of small warships
2 : an indefinite large number
Did You Know?
Flotilla comes from the diminutive form of the Spanish noun flota, meaning "fleet." Flota derives via Old French from Old Norse floti and is related to Old English flota (meaning "ship" or "fleet"), an ancestor to English's float. Much like other words referring to groups of particular things (such as swarm), flotilla has taken on expanded usage to refer simply to a large number of something not necessarily having to do with nautical matters, often with humorous effect (e.g., "a flotilla of rather mature-looking male models" — Jed Perl, The New Republic).
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


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

Timeout for Art: Surface

by Cindy Ricksgers

May 26, 2021

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

Weather by Joe

May 26, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island. The trip to the mainland for Joe's eyes included a shot into the left eyeball of steroids to help with the floaters that continue to block his vision. He was able to read the music and play for the funeral yesterday, so there is some improvement in his vision. A month ago, he couldn't see the music to play the communion hymn. The eyes are seemingly better now that he can read the music.
Right now it is a warm 59 degrees with a slight wind from the S at 2 mph. It is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles. The 8 a.m. flight just took off from Welke Airport. The pressure is 29.77, and it's partly cloudy. The dewpoint is 50 degrees and humidity is at 80%.
TODAY, it is expected to have sunshine mixed with clouds. The high will be near 60, and the wind will switch to the NW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for generally clear skies with a low just below 40 degrees. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies in the morning becoming overcast in the afternoon. There is a slight chance of a rain shower, about 15%. The high will be in the mid-50's. Winds will be from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
At the end of a historic two-month trial, the U.S. Senate narrowly fails to convict President Andrew Johnson of the impeachment charges levied against him by the House of Representatives three months earlier. The senators voted 35 guilty and 19 not guilty on the second article of impeachment, a charge related to his violation of the Tenure of Office Act in the previous year. Ten days earlier, the Senate had likewise failed to convict Johnson on another article of impeachment, the 11th, voting an identical 35 for conviction and 19 for acquittal. Because both votes fell short–by one vote–of the two-thirds majority needed to convict Johnson, he was judged not guilty and remained in office.
At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Johnson, a U.S. senator from Tennessee, was the only senator from a seceding state who remained loyal to the Union. Johnson’s political career was built on his defense of the interests of poor white Southerners against the landed classes; of his decision to oppose secession, he said, “Damn the negroes; I am fighting those traitorous aristocrats, their masters.” For his loyalty, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him military governor of Tennessee in 1862, and in 1864 Johnson was elected vice president of the United States.
Sworn in as president after Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, President Johnson enacted a lenient Reconstruction policy for the defeated South, including almost total amnesty to ex-Confederates, a program of rapid restoration of U.S.-state status for the seceded states, and the approval of new, local Southern governments, which were able to legislate “black codes” that preserved the system of slavery in all but name. The Republican-dominated Congress greatly opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction program and passed the “Radical Reconstruction” by repeatedly overriding the president’s vetoes. Under the Radical Reconstruction, local Southern governments gave way to federal military rule, and African American men in the South were granted the constitutional right to vote.
In March 1867, in order to weaken further Johnson’s authority, Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act over his veto. The act prohibited the president from removing federal office holders, including cabinet members, who had been confirmed by the Senate, without the consent of the Senate. It was designed to shield members of Johnson’s cabinet, like Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, who was appointed during the Lincoln administration and was a leading ally of the so-called Radical Republicans in Congress. In the fall of 1867, Johnson attempted to test the constitutionality of the act by replacing Stanton with General Ulysses S. Grant. However, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to rule on the case, and Grant turned the office back to Stanton after the Senate passed a measure in protest of the dismissal.
On February 21, 1868, Johnson decided to rid himself of Stanton once and for all and appointed General Lorenzo Thomas, an individual far less favorable to the Congress than Grant, as secretary of war. Stanton refused to yield, barricading himself in his office, and the House of Representatives, which had already discussed impeachment after Johnson’s first dismissal of Stanton, initiated formal impeachment proceedings against the president. On February 24, the House voted 11 impeachment articles against President Johnson. Nine of the articles cited his violations of the Tenure of Office Act; one cited his opposition to the Army Appropriations Act of 1867 (designed to deprive the president of his constitutional position as commander in chief of the U.S. Army); and one accused Johnson of bringing “into disgrace, ridicule, hatred, contempt, and reproach the Congress of the United States” through certain controversial speeches.
On March 13, according to the rules set out in Section 3 of Article I of the U.S. Constitution, the impeachment trial of President Johnson began in the Senate. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase presided over the proceedings, which were described as theatrical. On May 16 and again on May 26, the Senate voted on the charges brought against President Johnson. Both times the vote was 35 for conviction and 19 for acquittal, with seven moderate Republicans joining 12 Democrats in voting against what was a weak case for impeachment. The vote fell just short of a two-thirds majority, and Johnson remained in office. Nevertheless, he chose not to seek reelection on the Democratic ticket. In November, Ulysses S. Grant, who supported the Republicans’ Radical Reconstruction policies, was elected president of the United States.
In 1875, after two failed bids, Johnson won reelection to Congress as a U.S. senator from Tennessee. He died less than four months after taking office, at the age of 66. Fifty-one years later, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Tenure of Office Act unconstitutional in its ruling in Myers v. United States.
desolate; adjective; (DESS-uh-lut)
1 : devoid of inhabitants and visitors : deserted
2 : joyless, disconsolate, and sorrowful through or as if through separation from a loved one
3 a : showing the effects of abandonment and neglect : dilapidated
b : barren, lifeless
c : devoid of warmth, comfort, or hope : gloomy
Did You Know?
The word desolate hasn't strayed far from its Latin roots: its earliest meaning of "deserted" mirrors that of its Latin source dēsōlātus, which comes from the verb dēsōlāre, meaning "to leave all alone, forsake, empty of inhabitants." That word's root is sōlus, meaning "lone, acting without a partner, lonely, deserted," source too of sole, soliloquy, solitary, solitude, and solo. Desolate also functions as a verb with its most common meanings being "to lay waste" and "to make wretched; to make someone deeply dejected or distressed."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

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.

USPS Error

May 25, 2021

Well, on April 7, 2021, a bird feeder was ordered using a Facebook link. There was no indication that this bird feeder was coming from China. The bird feeder did arrive in Chicago on May 13, 2021, and left that facility the same day. Now, obviously, there was a sorting error of some kind because the package was then sent to New York state, passing through the Queens sorting facility. The thought is that it was sorted to go to Beaver Island, New York.

Someone noticed this obvious error in New York, and sent the package on to Indianapolis on May 24, 2021. Indianapolis sent it to Grand Rapids on the 25th of May. So, the bird feeder might be here this week on Beaver Island sometime this week. It is the opinion of this editor that the head of the post office did not do such a good job by making all the changes in the system that allows this type of error to happen.

It took six weeks to get through the system and arrive in Chicago. It was misrouted to New York, AND it hasn't arrived after twelve days of shuffling the package from city to city. Not such a great job done on this system by its leader.

This is the second package that was not received in a reasonable period of time. The first one was never received, had been assigned the wrong tracking number, and had to be refunded. The second one mentioned above is still in transit after 35 days after it was ordered. This is certainly not the local post office error, but is a definite glitch in the whole system. If the editor had done this, he'd have been fired.

The package left Grand Rapids this morning enroute to the destination.

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.

At the Historical Society

posted on May 25, 2021

Weather by Joe

May 25, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's pretty cloudy out there this morning. It's 67 degrees out there at 8 a.m. with 88% relative humidity. The wind is from the SSW at 8 mph. The visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 57 degrees, so there isn't much fog in the air.
TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with peeks of sunshine later. There is a chance of a shower or a thunderstorm.. The high will be in the mid-70's, and wind will be from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming cloudy after midnight. A shower or thunderstorm is possible. The low will be in the mid-50's. The wind will continue from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine and clouds mixed. The high will be near 60. Winds will switch to the WNW, but continue to be windy at 15 to 25 mph.
Four years after the United States won its independence from England, 55 state delegates, including George Washington, James Madison and Benjamin Franklin, convene in Philadelphia to compose a new U.S. constitution.
The Articles of Confederation, ratified several months before the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, provided for a loose confederation of U.S. states, which were sovereign in most of their affairs. On paper, Congress—the central authority—had the power to govern foreign affairs, conduct war, and regulate currency, but in practice these powers were sharply limited because Congress was given no authority to enforce its requests to the states for money or troops. By 1786, it was apparent that the Union would soon break up if the Articles of Confederation were not amended or replaced. Five states met in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss the issue, and all the states were invited to send delegates to a new constitutional convention to be held in Philadelphia.
On May 25, 1787, delegates representing every state except Rhode Island convened at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania State House for the Constitutional Convention. The building, which is now known as Independence Hall, had earlier seen the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the Articles of Confederation. The assembly immediately discarded the idea of amending the Articles of Confederation and set about drawing up a new scheme of government. Revolutionary War hero George Washington, a delegate from Virginia, was elected convention president.
During three months of debate, the delegates devised a brilliant federal system characterized by an intricate system of checks and balances. The convention was divided over the issue of state representation in Congress, as more populated states sought proportional legislation, and smaller states wanted equal representation. The problem was resolved by the Connecticut Compromise, which proposed a bicameral legislature with proportional representation in the lower house (House of Representatives) and equal representation of the states in the upper house (Senate).
On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.
Beginning on December 7, five states—Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut—ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve un-delegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press. In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789.
On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution–the Bill of Rights–and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States. Today the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written national constitution in operation in the world.
bumbershoot; noun; (BUM-ber-shoot)
: umbrella
Did You Know?
Umbrellas have plenty of nicknames. In Britain, brolly is a popular alternative to the more staid umbrella. Sarah Gamp, a fictional nurse who toted a particularly large umbrella in Charles Dickens's novel Martin Chuzzlewit, has inspired some English speakers to dub oversize versions gamps. Bumbershoot is a predominantly American nickname, one that has been recorded as a whimsical, slightly irreverent handle for umbrellas since the late 1800s. As with most slang terms, the origins of bumbershoot are a bit foggy, but it appears that the bumber is a modification of the umbr- in umbrella and the shoot is an alteration of the -chute in parachute (since an open parachute looks a little like an umbrella).
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

From B. I. COA

May 24, 2021

Hello friends,
Here is today’s joke. I think it is an easy one. What kind of music do bunnies like best? Answer is at the end of this Beaver Island Commission on Aging announcement.
Reminder from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, (Monday, May 24) at the beaver Island Food Pantry, COA clients are invited to bring their own shopping bags to pick up food items donated to the pantry by Central Michigan University. Please swing by and see what is available. This is a free service for all COA clients on Beaver Island.
On Tuesday, June 8, a group of service volunteers from Lake Louise Christian Community Camp will be on Beaver Island to assist Commission on Aging clients with some projects. This group has been to the island before and has assisted in some construction projects for COA clients on Beaver Island. Interested Beaver Island Commission on Aging clients are asked to stop by the COA office to fill out an information form for the home project they seek help with.
June events will be posted later this week. I would like to thank all COA clients and island residents for their continued patience and support as I adjusted into my role in the height of a pandemic. I look forward to beginning in person activities soon.
Joke: What kind of music do bunnies like best? Answer: Hip Hop

Hope Continues

May 23, 2021

The osprey was in the tree again last night. There was no calling or any noise or peeps, so there is no way to know if the osprey is nesting elsewhere, or just waiting in the dead tree, but it was good to see the bird still here on the island.

Day 2 in a row, hope reigns eternal.

There were lots of pictures taken yesterday. Several were taken a Gull Harbor, Barney's Lake, the harbor, and on Sloptown Road. You can view the gallery below.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Weather by Joe

May 24, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Joe is off to see a retinal specialist for his eyes today. Hoping for a solution to the vision problem.
Right now at 7:30 a.m. it is 55 degrees with relative humidity of 70%. The pressure is 30.08. There is a slight wind from the NE at 2 mph. It is cloudy and visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have cloudy skies with a chance of rain in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 60's. Winds will be from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for variably cloudy skies with a chance of thunderstorms. The chance of rain is 50%. The low will be in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies early with partial clearing later. The high will be in the low 70's. The wind will blow 15 to 25 mph from the SW.
In a demonstration witnessed by members of Congress, American inventor Samuel F.B. Morse dispatches a telegraph message from the U.S. Capitol to Alfred Vail at a railroad station in Baltimore, Maryland. The message—“What Hath God Wrought?”—was telegraphed back to the Capitol a moment later by Vail. The question, taken from the Bible (Numbers 23:23), had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellworth, the daughter of the commissioner of patents.
Morse, an accomplished painter, learned of a French inventor’s idea of an electric telegraph in 1832 and then spent the next 12 years attempting to perfect a working telegraph instrument. During this period, he composed the Morse code, a set of signals that could represent language in telegraph messages, and convinced Congress to finance a Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph line. On May 24, 1844, he inaugurated the world’s first commercial telegraph line with a message that was fitting given the invention’s future effects on American life.
Just a decade after the first line opened, more than 20,000 miles of telegraph cable crisscrossed the country. The rapid communication it enabled greatly aided American expansion, making railroad travel safer as it provided a boost to business conducted across the great distances of a growing United States.
chouse, verb; (CHOWSS)
: cheat, trick
Did You Know?
"You shall chouse him of Horses, Cloaths, and Mony," wrote John Dryden in his 1663 play Wild Gallant. Dryden was one of the first English writers to use chouse, but he wasn't the last. That term—which may derive from a Turkish word, çavuş, meaning "doorkeeper" or "messenger"—has a rich literary past, appearing in works by Samuel Pepys, Henry Fielding, Sir Walter Scott, and Charles Dickens, among others, but its use dropped off in the 20th century. In fact, English speakers of today may be more familiar with another chouse, a verb used in the American West to mean "to drive or herd roughly." In spite of their identical spellings, the two chouse homographs are not related (and the origin of the latter is unknown).
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Mass from Holy Cross

May 23, 2021

Sunday Mass from Holy Cross begins at 12:15 p.m. with our priest from Charlevoix, Father Peter Wigton. Father Peter will be on the island through Tuesday this week. This service was live streamed on Beaver Island TV.

Celebrant Father Peter Wigton......Reader Ann Partridge...

Our Cantor today, Sheri Timsak, sang "How Beautiful" for Offertory. Beautiful job, Sheri!

View video of the service HERE

B.I. Christian Church Service

May 23, 2021

The Christian Church Service begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning until the beginning of June when it will begin at 9:30 a.m. This service was live streamed on Beaver Island TV.

Paster Steve Miller

Sue Oole, Kathy Speck, and Alan Vicstein made announcements

Sue Oole and Bev Vicstein did the readings

The sermon title

View video of the service HERE

Edward R. McDuffie, RIP

July 9, 1934 ~ May 17, 2021 (age 86)


Edward Rees McDuffie, 86 of Bellaire passed away Monday, May 17, 2021 at home.  He was born July 9, 1934 in Cincinnati, OH the son of Roy and Elizabeth (Babbitt) McDuffie.

   Ed was a lifelong Firefighter and EMT.  He started out in Bellaire in 1970, and became the fire Chief from 1977 until 1990.  He was a Michigan Firefighter training instructor for many years and very passionate about educating Firefighters.  He served as the Antrim County Emergency Service Chairman, Bellaire District Fire Authority Chairman, on the Antrim County Arson Team, and was a board member of the Regional Training Center in educating Firefighters and Fire Officers.  Ed was instrumental in acquiring Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) for cardiac arrest and in obtaining a Compressor to fill Air Bottles for all fire departments in Antrim County.   He also coordinated the purchase of the Mobile Command Post for large scale emergencies in the county. 

   When not serving his community in the above mentioned ways, Ed was educating the youth of Bellaire.  He was a dedicated teacher in the Bellaire Public Schools before retiring after many years of faithful service.  Ed also educated the public with his knowledge of Torch Lake and the surrounding areas.  He and Mary Kay authored “Torch Lake – The History of WAS-WAH-GO-NING”, capturing over 10,000 years of history, geology, and stories of survival in the great north woods.   

   Ed was a long term member of the Torch Lake Yacht Club.  Always committed to service, he became a member of the “Rusty Zippers”, a group of retired club members who did tasks around the club and enjoyed each other’s company.  Ed enjoyed photography.  He liked both taking the photos and spending time in the dark room developing them.  He was a voracious reader and student of nature.  He also enjoyed spending time at deer camp in the U.P. and target shooting.     

   Surviving is his son Michael (Tina) McDuffie of Ellsworth, wife Chris VanLooy, 7 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Mary Kay McDuffie, son Tom McDuffie, daughter Katherine “Trina” McDuffie Pung, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.

   A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 25th at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church in Bellaire with Fr. Chet Collins officiating.   The family will receive friends Monday, May 24th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Interment will take place on Thursday, May 27th at 11 a.m. in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.

   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Bellaire District Fire Department, PO BOX 483, Bellaire, MI 49615.

   Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Edward R. McDuffie, please visit our floral store.


May 24, 2021
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bellaire Chapel
106 South Bridge Street
Bellaire, MI 49615
Funeral Mass
May 25, 2021
11:00 AM
St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church (Bellaire)
3088 S. M-88 Highway
Bellaire, MI 49615


May 22, 2021

Yes, the osprey addict is at it again. Once again the osprey is in the dead tree on Sloptown Road, and, for this editor, the happiness cannot be explained. It just exists. There is nothing in the nest on top of the microwave tower as this picture was taken. No other osprey was seen. It's just good to see this raptor in the same area as before. Perhaps, there is a nest somewhere else?? Hope reigns eternal.

Weather by Joe

May 23, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road on Beaver Island! It surely feels like it's going to rain today. Its 51 degrees with humidity at 94%. The wind is at 2 mph from the SE, and weather machine says partly cloudy right now with a pressure of 30.10.
TODAY, it is expected to have cloudy skies with a high near 60 degrees. The wind will switch to the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is less than 10%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a high near 50. Wind will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is less than 10%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for a high in the low 60's. Cloudy skies will have wind from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is less than 20%.
On May 23, 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana.
Bonnie Parker met the charismatic Clyde Barrow in Texas when she was 19 years old and her husband (she married when she was 16) was serving time in jail for murder. Shortly after they met, Barrow was imprisoned for robbery. Parker visited him every day, and smuggled a gun into prison to help him escape, but he was soon caught in Ohio and sent back to jail. When Barrow was paroled in 1932, he immediately hooked up with Parker, and the couple began a life of crime together.
After they stole a car and committed several robberies, Parker was caught by police and sent to jail for two months. Released in mid-1932, she rejoined Barrow. Over the next two years, the couple teamed with various accomplices to rob a string of banks and stores across five states—Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico and Louisiana. To law enforcement agents, the Barrow Gang—including Barrow’s childhood friend, Raymond Hamilton, W.D. Jones, Henry Methvin, Barrow’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche, among others—were cold-blooded criminals who didn’t hesitate to kill anyone who got in their way, especially police or sheriff’s deputies. Among the public, however, Parker and Barrow’s reputation as dangerous outlaws was mixed with a romantic view of the couple as “Robin Hood”-like folk heroes.
Their fame was increased by the fact that Bonnie was a woman—an unlikely criminal—and by the fact that the couple posed for playful photographs together, which were later found by police and released to the media. Police almost captured the famous duo twice in the spring of 1933, with surprise raids on their hideouts in Joplin and Platte City, Missouri. Buck Barrow was killed in the second raid, and Blanche was arrested, but Bonnie and Clyde escaped once again. In January 1934, they attacked the Eastham Prison Farm in Texas to help Hamilton break out of jail, shooting several guards with machine guns and killing one.
Texan prison officials hired a retired Texas Ranger, Captain Frank Hamer, as a special investigator to track down Parker and Barrow. After a three-month search, Hamer traced the couple to Louisiana, where Henry Methvin’s family lived. Before dawn on May 23, Hamer and a group of Louisiana and Texas lawmen hid in the bushes along a country road outside Sailes. When Parker and Barrow appeared, the officers opened fire, killing the couple in a hail of bullets.
All told, the Barrow Gang was believed responsible for the deaths of 13 people, including nine police officers. Parker and Barrow are still seen by many as romantic figures, however, especially after the success of the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.
gadfly; noun; (GAD-flye)
1 : any of various flies (such as a horsefly, botfly, or warble fly) that bite or annoy livestock
2 : a person who stimulates or annoys other people especially by persistent criticism
Did You Know?
The history of gadfly starts with gad, which now means "chisel" but which formerly could designate a spike, spear, or rod for goading cattle. Late in the 16th century, gad was joined with fly to designate any of several insects that aggravate livestock. Before too long, we began applying gadfly to people who annoy or provoke others. One of history's most famous gadflies was the philosopher Socrates, who was known for his constant questioning of his fellow Athenians' ethics, misconceptions, and assumptions. In his Apology, Plato describes Socrates' characterization of Athens as a large and sluggish horse and of Socrates himself as the fly that bites and rouses it. Many translations use gadfly in this portion of the Apology, and Socrates is sometimes referred to as the "gadfly of Athens."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

From Jacque LaFreniere

May 21, 2021

Last year we had planned to celebrate 50 years of Fr. Pat's priesthood, but COVID stopped that plan. So we are once again planning, May 30th directly after mass at Welke's Hanger, a celebration for Fr. Pat. Sign up sheet for food will be at McDonoughs.
We would also like to give him a gift- probably a gift card. If you would like to contribute contact Joan LaFreniere or me (Jacque). I will order a gift card online so we can collect donations towards it up until Saturday. I will have a card available also and will make sure all donors names are included.

Thank you all


Near or at Gull Harbor

May 21, 2021


May 21, 2021

The day yesterday had lots of ducks doing what ducks do, swimming, diving, feeding, and leaving behind their gifts for the plants. These two decided to pose for photos and were just sitting there doing nothing.

Sandhill Cranes

May 21, 2021

It had been a few days since the sandhills were in the fields. There was discussion that they might be back in the woods nesting or something social like that, but last night the cranes were all back on the edges of the woods. Perhaps that is where their food source is at this time of year. OR, perhaps they knew of the coming rain and wanted to be close to the shelter of the tree.

Weather by Joe

May 22, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! We got about an eighth of an inch of rain overnight with a little thunder thrown in for good measure. It is 59 degrees at 8:30 a.m. Humidity is at 99%. There is a slight breeze out there showing at 5 mph. The pressure is 30.26 and visibility is less than one mile because the dewpoint is 58 degrees.
TODAY, it is expected to have morning fog with mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon. A stray shower is possible and thurnderstorm may also occur. The high will be near 70 degrees. SW winds will be from 10 to 20 mph are expected.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly to mostly cloudy with the same chance of rain or thunderstorms as today. The low will be in the low 50's. Wind will switch to the WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 17%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy in the afternoon. It will be cooler with a high near 60. The wind will switch to the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.
With hunger and discontent spreading among the civilian and military populations of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a crisis mounts within its government, as Hungarian Prime Minister Istvan Tisza resigns at the request of the Austrian emperor, Karl I, on May 22, 1917.
A great power in decline when World War I broke out in 1914, Austria-Hungary was a predominately agricultural society but was not agriculturally self-sufficient. The war had cut off the empire’s two main sources of food, Russia and Romania, and the military effort cut domestic production significantly: by 1917, Austria’s output of wheat had fallen to less than half of its 1913 total, and that of rye and oats had fallen even more. To make matters worse, Hungary—Austria’s less powerful partner in the so-called Dual Monarchy—had closed its frontier with Austria in 1914 and ceased to consider its agricultural produce as a common resource, choosing instead to sell whatever surplus it had to the army and to Germany. Defeat on the battlefield against Russia in the first years of war forced Austria-Hungary to rely heavily on its ally, Germany, to keep them in the war effort, and the Italian entrance into the war in 1915 forced the Austrians to fight on yet another front, to the south.
On November 21, 1916, Emperor Franz Josef died; he was succeeded by his great-nephew, Karl I, who assumed supreme command of the army, dismissing longtime chief of the general staff, Conrad von Hotzendorff. Though the new emperor promised to institute reforms and build consensus within the Dual Monarchy, his efforts led initially to disorder and dissent. Karl’s liberalism posed a direct challenge to the Hungarian government and its prime minister, Ivan Tisza. His reformist opposition within Hungary, Party of Independence, led by Mihaly Karolyi, favored a total break with Austria when the compromise between the two nations came up for renewal in 1917.
Socialists and revolutionaries supported Karolyi, who organized major demonstrations in Budapest on May 1, 1917. Meanwhile, though he had urged restraint in 1914, Tisza was by now associated in the mind of the Hungarian public with the aggressive prosecution of a war effort many had come to see as hopeless, and had begun to lose much-needed support. At the emperor’s request, he tendered his resignation on May 22, 1917. He was succeeded by Moritz Esterhazy, who expressed his desire to build “Hungarian democracy”; the new deal between Austria and Hungary, signed in December, would last just two years, not the expected 20. Still blamed for the continued war effort, and its impending failure, Tisza was assassinated on October 31, 1918, by Magyar members of the Communist Red Guard.
Meanwhile, barely a week after Tisza’s resignation in May 1917, Austria-Hungary experienced the first of a series of mutinies within its army. Led by nationalist groups, the first mutiny involved a group of Slovenes; no sooner had it been suppressed than others broke out, led by Serbs, Rusyns (or Ruthenians) and Czechs.
heliacal; adjective; (hih-LYE-uh-kul)
: relating to or near the sun — used especially of the last setting of a star before and its first rising after invisibility due to conjunction with the sun
Did You Know?
The word heliacal rose in the mid-16th century. Its source is the Greek word hēlios, meaning "sun." Helios is also the Sun god of ancient Greece. Heliacal often suggests a relationship between a star and the sun as they appear to the human eye in the sky. It is also used in reference to the ancient Egyptian year, which began on the date when Sirius (or the Dog Star) first appeared on the eastern horizon at sunrise. English speakers have referred to this year as the heliacal year or the Sothic year. (Sothic comes from "Sōthēs," the Greek word for Sirius.)
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, May 21, 2021 

Island Cleanup Returns!

Today our K-12th grade students took to the roads of Beaver Island to pick up trash and debris as a way of saying “Thank You” to the residents of Beaver Island who support our school. The weather was very kind and the kids covered miles and miles of roadway across the entire Island. Thank you students, parents, teachers, staff, and everyone involved. Now, let’s hope everyone will keep the trash off the roadways for the rest of year to keep our Island BEAUTIFUL!  

Can Sorting on Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

It’s that time again—time to sort cans to raise money for student activities! The next can sorting event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Transfer Station. This sorting event will be a bit different than the last two years, as we have to go back to sorting individual brands by distributor. We will need to have lots of careful hands on deck to ensure that the sorting is done properly so we get the maximum return on our investment of time. See you at 5:00 pm next Wednesday, May 26th at the Transfer Station!

Vaccinations for Beaver Island Youth

We had a great response from parents and we have more than enough interest to make it possible to make vaccines available for students on the Island. The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW) have worked out the details on when to send the vaccines over to Beaver Island for our 12+ students and other residents who have not yet been vaccinated.  

Reminder to parents of 12 + year old students. If you have not done so already, please call the BIRHC at (231) 448-2275 to schedule your child’s appointment to get the vaccine. Thanks again for your interest in vaccinating your child. If you have any questions, or would like me to send the BIRHC your number so they can contact you, please let me know.

Track and Field Day Next Friday!

Another tradition that we are rekindling this year is Track and Field Day. We will have an afternoon of athletic events on Friday, May 28th. All events will be outside. Parents are welcome to come and cheer on our K-12 Islanders!

Beaver Island is for the Birds!

The Beaver Island Birding Trail is offering two presentations to learn more about Beaver Island’s bird life during the Warblers on the Water event Memorial Day weekend. Masks and physical distancing will be required and restrictions on the number of occupants will be followed.

· Saturday, May 29th at 4:00 pm--Dr. Nancy Seefelt will present “Avian Migration—Amazing Journeys!

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

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

Masks On in School

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

Snacks in School!

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!

Mark Your Calendar for End of the Year Activities! 

Although we are still planning the details of our end of the year activities in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here are some dates of activities that we want you to put on your calendar! As these are planned, we will have more information regarding specific timing, location, and attendance protocols.

· May 28—Track and Field Day (Noon to 3:20 pm)

· May 31—No School—Memorial Day

· June 3—Academic Awards (3:00 pm)

· June 5—Junior-Senior Celebration “Bash”

· June 10th-11th—Half Days/Exam Days

· June 11th—Last Day of School

· June 12th—Senior Parade (12:30) and Graduation Ceremony (1:00 pm)  

Have a Great Weekend!

Wilfred Cwikiel, Superintendent-Principal
Beaver Island Community School
(231) 448-2744

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.

Weather by Joe

May 21, 2021

Well, it's already 73 degrees at 8:30 a.m., so it's definitely going to be a warm day today. The humidity is 75%. The wind is from the S at 6 mph, and the pressure is 30.20. Visibility is ten miles. The last rain we had on the 19th amounted to two tenths of an inch according to the rain gauge.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy in the morning becoming cloudy in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.


TONIGHT, it is forecast for light rain early with showers overnight with high in the mid-60's. Winds will continue from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.


TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy with a high near 70. Wind will continue from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 24%.



In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.
Barton, born in Massachusetts in 1821, worked with the sick and wounded during the American Civil War and became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless dedication. In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln commissioned her to search for lost prisoners of war, and with the extensive records she had compiled during the war she succeeded in identifying thousands of the Union dead at the Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp.
She was in Europe in 1870 when the Franco-Prussian War broke out, and she went behind the German lines to work for the International Red Cross. In 1873, she returned to the United States, and four years later she organized an American branch of the International Red Cross. The American Red Cross received its first U.S. federal charter in 1900. Barton headed the organization into her 80s and died in 1912.



altruism; noun; (AL-troo-iz-um)


1 : unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others
2 : behavior by an animal that is not beneficial to or may be harmful to itself but that benefits others of its species
Did You Know?
Altruism refers to a quality possessed by people whose focus is on something other than themselves, and its root reveals the object of those generous tendencies. Altruism derives from the French word autrui, meaning "other people." Autrui, in turn, developed from the Old French term autre, which means "other" and which itself comes from Latin alter, also meaning "other." That Latin source eventually caused a curious thing to happen. Under the influence of alter, the French autrui gave rise to the altrui- of both the French altruisme and the English altruism. The English term has been in service since at least the mid-1800s.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

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

Ducklings and Goslings

May 20, 2021

In one group yesterday, of course without a camera, a group of seventeen goslings were sighted with several geese swimming in the harbor. With so many ducks and geese here most of the winter and spring, there will be many more ducklings and goslings in the harbor area. Here are a couple of pictures taken in the harbor last everning of the duckling and goslings.

Weather by Joe

May 20, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road at 9 a.m. it is already 69 degrees with humidity at 84%, pressure at 30.20, and a slight wind from the S at 2 mph. The dewpoint is 58 degrees, and visibility is ten miles. The sky is partly cloudy.
TODAY, it is expected to be some areas of patchy fog. Some chance of rain in the morning of 50% with cloudy skies in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 70's. Wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a stray shower or thunderstorm possible. The low will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be from the S at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a stray shower in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. The high will be near 70 degrees. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
At 7:52 a.m., American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris.
Lindbergh, a young airmail pilot, was a dark horse when he entered a competition with a $25,000 payoff to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. He ordered a small monoplane, configured it to his own design, and christened it the Spirit of St. Louis in tribute to his sponsor–the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce.
On May 20, 1927, a rainy morning, he took off from Roosevelt Field, but his monoplane was so loaded down with fuel that it barely cleared the telephone wires at the end of the runway. He flew northeast up the East Coast and as night fell left Newfoundland and headed across the North Atlantic. His greatest challenge was staying awake; he had to hold his eyelids open with his fingers and hallucinated ghosts passing through the cockpit. The next afternoon, after flying 3,610 miles in 33 1/2 hours, Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget field in Paris, becoming the first pilot to accomplish the solo, nonstop transatlantic crossing. Lindbergh’s achievement made him an international celebrity and won widespread public acceptance of the airplane and commercial aviation.
copious; adjective; (KOH-pee-us)
1 a : yielding something abundantly
b : plentiful in number
2 a : full of thought, information, or matter
b : profuse or exuberant in words, expression, or style
3 : present in large quantity : taking place on a large scale
Did You Know?
Copious dates to the 14th century, during the era of English known as Middle English. Like most terms entering the language then, it comes ultimately from Latin, from the word copia, meaning "abundance." (Cornucopia combines this same root with cornu, meaning "horn," to form the phrase "horn of plenty.") Latin copia combines the prefix co- and -op, * ops, meaning "wealth" or "power." (That asterisk means that ops is assumed to have existed or has been reconstructed by means of comparative evidence.) The latter also features in the history of opulent, meaning "wealthy" or "luxurious."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

A Known Bird and a Guess

May 19, 2021

The first two pictures are of a single loon on Barney's Lake that was making his/her way toward the camera. The third picture is of a bird that looked entirely different than the picture below. The lighting was different, but the guess is that it is a redwing blackbird singing in the treetop.

Baltimore Orioles Finally

May 19, 2021

These Baltimore Orioles have been around for almost ten days, and today, finally, a picture taken through a window from about ten feet away allowed them to be captured on the digital camera. Every time a move was made toward the window, they sensed danger and took off. The photographer learned that sometimes any picture through a glass is better than no picture at all. Finally!!

The hope is that these orioles will nest somewhere near the Carlisle Road location, so that the little ones may be photographed.

From B.I. COA

May 19, 2021

Hello friends,
I was informed there was a very large food and spices donation made to the Beaver Island food pantry from Central Michigan University biological station on Beaver Island.
All Beaver Island Commission on Aging clients are invited to shop these items for free from 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24, at Gregg Fellowship Hall. Clients are asked to bring their own shopping bags to this free food event.
For more information call the Beaver Island Commission on Aging at 231-448-2124.


May 19, 2021

from the Waste Management Committee, Sheri Richards

To all you Beaver Islanders out there... I just wanted to inform you that the scrap metal collection that the Waste Management Committee and Townships have been planning is upon us! The metal baler will be at the Transfer Station sometime around the 2nd week of June. ALL METAL TO BE PROCESSED in this round MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO THE BALER'S ARRIVAL - June 10th or so.
During the month of May all metal collections are 1/2 off at the Transfer Station. Bring that metal in today!!! Let's work together to keep our island beautiful. Thank you

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

From B. I. COA

May 18, 2021

Hello friends,
I am planning the Beaver Island Commission on Aging the 2021-2022 year budget and I have reviewed previous activities and events from the COA in the past. I would like to know which activities from the past clients would like to see again or suggestions for new activities. My goal is to have a diverse selection of activities available for the diverse age range of COA clients.
Current list includes:
1. Crafting days
2. Knitting/sewing or quilting
3. Balance, chair yoga classes
4. Ice cream social
5. Sept-April Sunday dinners
6. May-August Wednesday night cookouts (weather permitting)
7. Walking club
8. Sunsets at Donegal Bay
9. Trip to garden Island
10. Mainland day trip (Ideas include: Lunch at one of the county senior centers; visit farm markets in Charlevoix, Petoskey or Boyne City; Movie matinee; shopping trip; wine tasting tour; other)
11. Fishing trips; sunset cruises
12. Fall color tour
13. Pickle ball at county building
14. Attending summer Island events

Please call 448-2124 or email allenl@charlevoixcounty.org with recommendations or rejections. Must hear from you before Memorial Day. Again, please call 448-2124 or email allenl@charlevoixcounty.org with recommendations or rejections.
Grace and peace be with you,

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

Going Nowhere

by Cindy Ricksgers

May 19, 2021

Weather by Joe

May 19, 2021

Welcome to the April showers that we missed in April. It is raining out there this morning and coming down pretty heavy at 8:30 a.m. It is 57 degrees out there with humidity at 99%. The wind is currently from the S at 2 mph. The pressure is 30.18, and visibility is 7 mile.
TODAY, it is expected to rain early , remain cloudy, and continue some rain in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 100%. The wind will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph. The high will be in the mid-60's.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for temperatures in the mid-50's with rain after midnight. The wind will continue from the S but decrease to 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a chance or a shower or thunderstorm of 24%. The high will be near 70. Winds will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn, the infamous second wife of King Henry VIII, is executed on charges including adultery, incest and conspiracy against the king.
King Henry had become enamored of Anne Boleyn in the mid-1520s, when she returned from serving in the French court and became a lady-in-waiting to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
Dark-haired, with an olive complexion and a long, elegant neck, Anne was not said to be a great beauty, but she clearly captivated the king. As Catherine had failed to produce a male heir, Henry transferred his hopes for the future continuation of his royal line to Anne, and set about getting a divorce or annulment so he could marry her.
For six years, while his advisers worked on what became known as “the King’s great matter,” Henry and Anne courted first discreetly, then openly—angering Catherine and her powerful allies, including her nephew, Emperor Charles V.
In 1532, the savvy and ruthless Thomas Cromwell won control of the king’s council and engineered a daring revolution—a break with the Catholic Church, and Henry’s installation as supreme head of the Church of England. Many unhappy Britons blamed Anne, whose sympathies lay with England’s Protestant reformers even before the Church’s steadfast opposition turned her against it.
Jane Seymour
At Queen Anne’s coronation in June 1533, she was nearly six months pregnant, and in September she gave birth to a girl, Elizabeth, rather than the much-longed-for male heir. She later had two stillborn children, and suffered a miscarriage in January 1536; the fetus appeared to be male.
By that time, Anne’s relationship with Henry had soured, and he had his eye on her lady-in-waiting, the demure Jane Seymour.
After Anne’s latest miscarriage, and the death of Catherine that same month, rumors began flying that Henry wanted to get rid of Anne so he could marry Jane. (Had he attempted to annul his second marriage while Catherine was still alive, it would have raised speculation that his first marriage was valid after all.)
Henry had apparently convinced himself that Anne had seduced him by witchcraft, and also told Cromwell (Anne’s former ally, now her rival for power in Henry’s court) that he wanted to take steps towards repairing relations with Emperor Charles.
Arrest and Imprisonment
Seeing Anne’s weak position, her many enemies jumped at the chance to bring about the downfall of “the Concubine,” and launched an investigation that compiled evidence against her.
After Mark Smeaton, a court musician, confessed (possibly under torture) that he had committed adultery with the queen, the drama was set in motion at the May Day celebration at the king’s riverside palace at Greenwich.
King Henry left suddenly in the middle of the day’s jousting tournament, which featured Anne’s brother George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford, and Sir Henry Norris, one of the king’s closest friends and a royal officer in his household. He gave no explanation for his departure to Queen Anne, whom he would never see again.
In quick succession, Norris and Rochford were both arrested on charges of adultery with the queen (incest, in Rochford’s case) and plotting with her against her husband. Sir Frances Weston and Sir William Brereton were arrested in the following days on similar charges, while Queen Anne herself was taken into custody at Greenwich on May 2.
Duke of Norfolk
Led before the investigators (chief among them her own uncle, the Duke of Norfolk) to hear the charges of “evil behavior” against her, she was subsequently imprisoned in the Tower of London.
The trial of Smeaton, Weston, Brereton and Norris took place in Westminster Hall on May 12. At the conclusion of the trial, the court sentenced all four men to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Three days later, Anne and her brother, Lord Rochford, went on trial in the Great Hall of the Tower of London.
The Duke of Norfolk presided over the trial as lord high steward, representing the king. The most damning evidence against Rochford was the testimony of his own jealous wife, who claimed “undue familiarity” between him and his sister.
Trial of Anne Boleyn
As for Anne, most historians agree she was almost certainly not guilty of the charges against her. She never admitted to any wrongdoing, the evidence against her was weak and it seems highly unlikely she would have endangered her position by adultery or conspiring to harm the king, whose favor she depended upon so greatly.
Still, Anne and Rochford were found guilty as charged, and Norfolk pronounced the sentence: Both were to be burnt or executed according to the king’s wishes.
On May 17, the five condemned men were executed on Tower Hill, but Henry showed mercy to his queen, calling in the “hangman of Calais” so that she could be beheaded with the sword rather than the axe.
Anne Boleyn Execution
On the morning of May 19, a small crowd gathered on Tower Green as Anne Boleyn—clad in a dark grey gown and ermine mantle, her hair covered by a headdress over a white linen coif—approached her final fate.
After begging to be allowed to address the crowd, Anne spoke simply: “Masters, I here humbly submit me to the law as the law hath judged me, and as for mine offences, I here accuse no man. God knoweth them; I remit them to God, beseeching Him to have mercy on my soul.” Finally, she asked Jesus Christ to “save my sovereign and master the King, the most godly, noble and gentle Prince that is, and long to reign over you.”
With a swift blow from the executioner’s sword, Anne Boleyn was dead. Less than 24 hours later, Henry was formally betrothed to Jane Seymour; they married some 10 days after the execution.
While Queen Jane did give birth to the long-awaited son, who would succeed Henry as King Edward VI at the tender age of nine, it would be his daughter with Anne Boleyn who would go on to rule England for more than 40 years as the most celebrated Tudor monarch: Queen Elizabeth I.
rictus; noun; (RIK-tus)
1 : the gape of a bird's mouth
2 a : the mouth orifice
b : a gaping grin or grimace
Did You Know?
Rictus began its English career in the late 17th century as a technical term for the mouth of an animal, the new science of zoology clearly calling for some Latin to set its lingo apart from the language of farmers. In Latin, rictus means "an open mouth"; it comes from the verb ringi, meaning "to open the mouth." Zoologists couldn't keep the word to themselves, though. English speakers liked its sound too much, and they thought it would be good for referring to a gaping grin or grimace. James Joyce used the word in both Ulysses (1922) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), writing in the latter, "Creatures were in the field…. Goatish creatures with human faces…. A rictus of cruel malignity lit up greyly their old bony faces."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

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

Dead Turkeys

May 17, 2021

On a ride this day, at the end of Lake Drive, the three or four dead turkeys were found in the water. The editor contacted the Wildlife Club through Mark and Jacque LaFreniere in case some reason for the deaths might be determined.

View a short video clip HERE

Evening Grossbeak

May 18, 2021

A visitor to the feeders here on Carlisle Road, this grossbeak came back to the front feeder time after time, but he was quite skittish, and the picture had to be taken through a window because even the crack of the door had him flying away.

Even more skittish is the Baltimore Oriole that keeps visiting, but disappears at the least movement even in the house.

From B. I. COA

May 18, 2021

Hello friends,
I am planning the Beaver Island Commission on Aging the 2021-2022 year budget and I have reviewed previous activities and events from the COA in the past. I would like to know which activities from the past clients would like to see again or not and suggestions for new activities. My goal is to have a diverse selection of activities available for the diverse age range of COA clients.
Current list includes:
1. Crafting days
2. Knitting/sewing or quilting
3. Balance, chair yoga classes
4. Ice cream social
5. Sept-April Sunday dinners
6. May-August Wednesday night cookouts (weather permitting)
7. Walking club
8. Sunsets at Donegal Bay
9. Trip to garden Island
10. Mainland day trip (Ideas include: Lunch at one of the county senior centers; visit farm markets in Charlevoix, Petoskey or Boyne City; Movie matinee; shopping trip; wine tasting tour; other)
11. Fishing trips; sunset cruises
12. Fall color tour
13. Pickle ball at county building
14. Attending summer Island events
Please call 448-2124 or email allenl@charlevoixcounty.org with recommendations or rejections. Must hear from you before Memorial Day. Again, please call 448-2124 or email allenl@charlevoixcounty.org with recommendations or rejections. — Looking for recommendations.

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

Female Redwing Blackbird

May 18, 2021

Singing and chirping up a storm was this female redwing at Barney's Lake today.

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


On May 25th the Historical Society will have a meeting with the family historians who are writing a family chapter for an upcoming edition of the Beaver Island Journals of History. This is an opportunity to network with the other authors and find answers to your questions about pictures, chapter/word counts and other related topics.
Please call or email the museum (info below for the museum) or contact Jacque LaFreniere {448-2220} to confirm your interest in attending. Limited seating available, if needed the society will schedule other dates as well.
DATE: May 25, 2021
TIME: 5-7 PM
WHERE: Print Shop Conference Room
Lori Taylor-Blitz, Executive Director
Beaver Island Historical Society
PO Box 263
Beaver Island MI 49782

Osprey Still Here

May 18, 2021

The osprey is still here. It was seen today in the tree on Sloptown Road. There has been no action on top of the microwave tower, but hope lives eternal for a pair to nest here on the island.

Video from 2010

May 18, 2021

All of the video from the Beaver Island News Archives website from 2009 through part of 2011 was lost in a video server crash back in 2011, on a server hosted by Sprout Video. This company refused to attempt to recover all of that video, which, of course, is historical video from ten years ago. Slowly, but surely, some of this video will be recovered from the backups done on CD's, DVD's, and external hard drives. Some of which has been recovered will be posted here.

Music on the Porch 1991 (30 years ago)

Father Pats 40th

Baroque on Beaver 2010

Christmas Cantata 2010

Weather by Joe

May 18, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it's daylight in the swamp!
Right now it is 58 degrees in the sun and and 84% relative humidity. The pressure is 30.28 and visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, we are expecting a sunshiny day with a high in the 70's. The wind will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming cloudy with a low of the low to mid-50s. There is a chance of showers tonight, but only 24%. Wind will be from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for light rain in the morning with showers in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-60's. Chance of rain is 70%. Winds will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph.
Abraham Lincoln, a one-time U.S. representative from Illinois, is nominated for the U.S. presidency by the Republican National Convention meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine was nominated for the vice presidency.
Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer and former Whig representative to Congress, first gained national stature during his campaign against Democratic Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois for a U.S. Senate seat in 1858. The senatorial campaign featured a remarkable series of public encounters on the slavery issue, known as the Lincoln-Douglas debates, in which Lincoln argued against the spread of slavery while Douglas maintained that each territory should have the right to decide whether it would become free or slave state. Lincoln lost the Senate race, but his campaign brought national attention to the young Republican Party. In 1860, Lincoln won the party’s presidential nomination.
In the November election, Lincoln again faced Douglas, who represented the Northern faction of a heavily divided Democratic Party, as well as Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge and Constitutional Union candidate John Bell. On November 6, 1860, Lincoln defeated his opponents with only 40 percent of the popular vote, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. The announcement of Lincoln’s victory signaled the secession of the Southern states, which since the beginning of the year had been publicly threatening secession if the Republicans gained the White House.
By the time of Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven states had seceded, and the Confederate States of America had been formally established, with Jefferson Davis as its elected president. One month later, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
peruse; verb; (puh-ROOZ)
1 a : to examine or consider with attention and in detail : study
b : to look over or through in a casual or cursory manner
2 : read; especially : to read over in an attentive or leisurely manner
Did You Know?
Peruse has long been a literary word, used by such famous authors as William Shakespeare, Alfred Tennyson, and Thomas Hardy, and it tends to have a literary flavor even in our time. Peruse can suggest paying close attention to something, but it can also simply mean "to read." The "read" sense, which is not especially new and was in fact included in Samuel Johnson's 1755 dictionary, has drawn some criticism over the years for being too broad. Some commentators have recommended that peruse be reserved for reading with great care and attention to detail. But the fact remains that peruse is often used in situations where a simple "read" definition could be easily substituted. It may suggest either an attentive read or a quick scan.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Both EMS and Fire Paged Today

May 17. 2021

EMS responded to twice today, and one of those responses was with the Beaver Island Fire Department. This is EMS Recognition Week, and News on the 'Net wishes to recognize all those EMS providers, our public service members including the fire department and the Sheriff's Department as well as the medical center staff, who all work for the betterment of the entire island that we call home. So, HAT'S OFF to our EMS and Fire Department!!

EMS was paged a little after 1:30 p.m. for a medical alarm. EMS responded and helped the individual with their issue. Fire and EMS were paged to a fire down by the East Side Bill Wagner Memorial Campground at about 3:30 p.m. All fire and EMS vehicles cleared at about 4:40 p.m.

Governor Whitmer proclaims May 16-22 as
Michigan EMS Recognition Week

LANSING, Mich. – As a thank you to the emergency medical service personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed May 16-22 as Michigan EMS Recognition Week.

“As an emergency medicine physician I know how important our EMS heroes are in the community and the critical role they plan when Michiganders are in need,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Michigan EMS professionals have gone above and beyond the call of duty during this pandemic and deserve our recognition for their tireless dedication.”

Michigan EMS providers stand ready to help residents in any type of emergency, completely focused on saving the lives of others. Their efforts help improve the survival and recovery rates of people who experience sudden illness or injury.

“Michigan EMS is proud to be serving on the front lines of the pandemic, providing lifesaving health care and public safety services to Michigan residents,” said Jack Fisher, president of the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services and executive director of Medic 1 Ambulance in Berrien County. “We stand ready to help Michiganders in need of medical assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and appreciate the recognition during EMS Week.”

EMS fills critical health care gaps by providing important out-of-hospital care, including preventative medicine, follow-up care and access to telemedicine. EMS agencies have played an essential role during the pandemic, reducing hospital stays by treating COVID-19 patients at home when possible.

Michigan is home to 28,820 EMS providers, 812 life support agencies and more than 3,867 licensed life support vehicles, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/ems.

USCG Visits on Training Mission

May 16, 2021

The USCG helicopter flew over the island yesterday on May 16, 2021, and, based upon the radio traffic on the marine frequencies, this was a training mission. Unless you just happened to be in the downtown area and outside looking up, you never would have known about this visit. It's an important mission to be able to fly to Beaver Island since the USCG is the last possible chance to get an emergent patient off the island. While we are lucky to have Island Airways' air ambulance, there are weather issues when it cannot fly. We are lucky to have the USCG helicopter as a backup.

Weather by Joe

May 17, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! Today we say goodbye to another Beaver Island angel! What a blessing to have know her!

It is 62 degrees in the sunshine this morning at 9 a.m. and 50 in the shade with 84% relative humidity. The pressure is 30.14 and visibility is ten miles. It is a beautiful day on Beaver Island!

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 clear skies with a low around 45 degrees with light and variable wind.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with a high near 70. Winds will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.



For the second time in two years, the Apache leader Geronimo breaks out of an Arizona reservation, sparking panic among Arizona settlers.

A famous medicine man, Geronimo achieved national fame by being the last American Indian to surrender formally to the United States. For nearly 30 years, Geronimo and his followers resisted the attempts of Americans to take away their southwestern homeland and confine them to a reservation. He was a fearless warrior and a master of desert survival. The best officers of the U.S. Army found it nearly impossible to find Geronimo, much less decisively defeat him.

In 1877, Geronimo was forced to move to the San Carlos, Arizona, reservation for the first time, but he was scarcely beaten. Instead, Geronimo treated the reservation as just one small part of the vast territory he still considered to belong to the Apache. Fed up with the strictures and corruption of the reservation, he and many other Apache broke out for the first time in 1881. For nearly two years, the Apache band raided the southwestern countryside despite the best efforts of the army to stop them. Finally, Geronimo wearied of the continual harassment of the U.S. Army and agreed to return to the reservation in 1884, much on his own terms.

He did not stay long. Among the many rules imposed upon the Apache on the reservation was the prohibition of any liquor, including a weak beer they had traditionally brewed from corn. In early May 1885, Geronimo and a dozen other leaders deliberately staged a corn beer festival. Reasoning that the authorities would be unlikely to try to punish such a large group, they openly admitted the deed, expecting that it would lead to negotiations. Because of a communication mix-up, however, the army failed to respond. Geronimo and the others assumed the delay indicated the army was preparing some drastic punishment for their crime. Rather than remain exposed and vulnerable on the reservation, Geronimo fled with 42 men and 92 women and children.

Quickly moving south, Geronimo raided settlements along the way for supplies. In one instance, he attacked a ranch owned by a man named Phillips, killing him, his wife, and his two children. Frightened settlers demanded swift military action, and General George Crook coordinated a combined Mexican and American manhunt for the Apache. Thousands of soldiers tracked the fugitives but Geronimo and his band split into small groups and remained elusive.

Crook’s failure to apprehend the Native American band led to his eventual resignation. General Nelson Miles replaced him. Miles committed 5,000 troops to the campaign and even established 30 heliograph stations to improve communications. Still, Miles was also unable to find the elusive warrior. Informed that many of the reservation Apache, including his own family, had been taken to Florida, Geronimo apparently lost the will to fight. After a year and a half of running, Geronimo and his 38 remaining followers surrendered unconditionally to Miles on September 4, 1886.

Relocated to Florida, Geronimo was imprisoned and kept from his family for two years. Finally, he was freed and moved with this family to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. He died of pneumonia at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1909.



divers; adjective; (DYE-verz)


: of an indefinite number greater than one : various

Did You Know?

Divers is not a misspelling of diverse—it is a word in its own right. Both words come from Latin diversus, meaning "turning in opposite directions," and both historically could be pronounced as either DYE-verz (like the plural of the noun diver) or dye-VERSS. Divers (now pronounced more frequently as DYE-verz) is typically used before a plural noun to indicate an unspecified quantity ("a certain secret drawer in the wardrobe, where were stored divers parchments" — Jane Eyre); it's a rather formal word and not commonly encountered. Diverse (usually dye-VERSS) is frequently called upon to emphasize variety. It means either "dissimilar" or "unlike" (as in "a variety of activities to appeal to the children's diverse interests") or "having distinct or unlike elements or qualities" ("a diverse student body").

Mass from Holy Cross

May 16, 2021

Celebrant was Father Peter Wigton....Reader was Sally Stebbins

View video of the service HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

May 16, 2021

David Howell did the announcements......Pastor Greg Steere

View video of the service HERE

Beautiful Sky Over Paradise Bay

May 15, 2021

Just before the sunset last night, the sky over Paradise Bay had a beautiful color with the sky and the sunshine combining to make these images.

Beaver Island Golf Course Gearing Up for Summer Season

May 16, 2021

The Beaver Island Golf Course is gearing up for a summer seson here on the island. The rumor is that the nine holes have all been mowed once already, and that the greens are getting ready for the beginning of another golf season at the BI Golf Course. Below is the price list for the course:

From Bryan Bledsoe

for EMS Week

Each year we post about EMS Week. Hospitals and helicopters deliver pizza, ball caps, pens, and other trinkets. For me, this has been a year of retrospective thought about the EMS that I know and remember. I have been involved in EMS in different ways for 47 years. Somehow this year is different. I read daily of the deaths of way too many EMS providers-many in the prime of their life. Social media has detailed the deaths and disabilities inflicted upon EMS providers by COVID-19, poor working conditions, poor pay, lack of respect, vehicle collisions, suicide, and similar things. I have known many of these providers. You read the posts of new bright-eyed EMTs and paramedics with the noble goal of helping humanity and who are excited about their first shifts and job performance. You fast forward to the experienced EMS providers who feel trapped by the profession they love. Some leave for nursing, medicine, fire departments, and even air conditioning repair. Others simply burn out. This year, instead of pizza, trinkets, bike rides, and similar nonsense; why not resolve to take better care of each other, our families, our co-workers, and ourselves. Besides, the pizza is usually cold.

Beaver Island TV in April

May 16, 2021

The month of April kept things going even during this COVID pandemic. There were 243 unique IP address visitors to this website during the month of April. The total visits was over 800 for the month. This averaged out to a little over 25 visits per day in April. This represents a consistency in viewing this website with increases on Sunday for church services.

The video server statistics are about the same as above, with the largest number of viewers on Sunday for the church services that are live streamed. Viewers are in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Texax, Florida, and even New York.

Shirley Sowa, RIP

Shirley Sowa will arrive into the harbor at 4:45 on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Visitation from 6-8 pm with rosary at 7 pm.
Monday, May 17, 2021, there will be a funeral mass at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church with family burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Our family requests that you observe social distancing and use of masks. Due to so many of us who have traveled to be here.

The Rosary and Funeral Mass can be viewed HERE

Meet and Greet

Please join us at the Little Sand Bay Preserve for a Meet and Greet on Thursday, May 20th at 10 a.m. with Kirk Acharya, Executive Director of C.A.K.E. Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, Shelby Harris, Beaver Island's Terrestrial Invasive Species Administrator, Elizabeth Lascala, and Hunter Torolski, DNR Invasive Species Interns. Hear about the latest in invasive species control plans for the Beaver Island archipelago. Equipment demonstrations and plant ID discussions will also be addressed. Little Sand Bay Stewards, Beth and Ed Leuck will be on hand to answer questions as well.

Weather by Joe

May 16, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! It's cloudy out there this morning. It's nice and warm at 8 a.m. at 50 degrees. The relative humidity is 97%. The pressure is 30.21. Visibility is ten miles. While the sun is not shining right now, it is certainly warming our day.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy this morning, but changing to partly cloudy in the afternoon. There is a slight chance of a rain shower. The high will be in the lower 60's. The wind will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for more clouds later in the evening with a low near 40. Winds will continue to be light and variable

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high in the 60's. Winds will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.



On May 16, 1868, the U.S. Senate votes against impeaching President Andrew Johnson and acquits him of committing “high crimes and misdemeanors.” He would not be fully acquitted of all charges until 10 days later, on May 26, 1868. 

In February 1868, the House of Representatives charged Johnson with 11 articles of impeachment for vague “high crimes and misdemeanors.” (For comparison, Presidents Trump and Clinton were each charged with two articles of impeachment. In 1974, Nixon faced three charges for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.) The main issue in Johnson’s trial was his staunch resistance to implementing Congress’ Civil War Reconstruction policies. The War Department was the federal agency responsible for carrying out Reconstruction programs in the war-ravaged southern states and when Johnson fired the agency’s head, Edwin Stanton, Congress retaliated with calls for his impeachment.

Of the 11 counts, several went to the core of the conflict between Johnson and Congress. The House charged Johnson with illegally removing the secretary of war from office and for violating several Reconstruction Acts. The House also accused the president of hurling slanderous “inflammatory and scandalous harangues” against Congressional members. On February 24, the House passed all 11 articles of impeachment and the process moved into a Senate trial.

The Senate trial lasted until May 26, 1868. Johnson did not attend any of the proceedings and was not required to do so. After all the arguments had been presented for and against him, Johnson waited for his fate, which hung on one swing vote. By a vote of 35-19, Johnson was acquitted and finished out his term. Presidents Johnson, Clinton and Trump are the only presidents for whom the impeachment process went as far as a Senate trial. Nixon resigned before the House of Representatives could vote on impeachment.



magnus opus; noun; (MAG-num-OH-pus)


: a great work; especially : the greatest achievement of an artist or writer

Did You Know?

You may recognize magnum (meaning "great") as a Latin word that shows up in altered forms in several English words, and perhaps you can also come up with a few words that are related to opus ("work"). Magnitude, magnanimous, opulent, and operate are some obvious relations of the two. Magnum opus, which entered English in the 18th century, retains the original Latin spelling and the literal meaning "great work." Although the term most often refers to literary, musical, or artistic productions, it has been used to describe many kinds of great works, including games, construction projects, and even surgical techniques.

Hope Continues as Osprey Seen in Tree

May 15, 2021

It's been close to thirty days since the osprey was seen on the tower and then in the dead tree across the street from the microwave tower. Tonight, just before dark, an osprey was seen in that same dead tree on the Sloptown Road across from the microwave tower. This raises the spirit of this editor as an osprey addict with hope that the partner may indeed arrive to begin another nesting season, allbeit quite late.

Men's Summer Golf League

Ron Wojan is asking that all men interested in playing in the Men's Summer Golf League contact him to get the teams and the playing schedule set up.

It is suggested that the league will begin playing on June 8, 2021, and players should check in with Ron as soon as possible to get the schedule together.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, May 14, 2021

A Beautiful Afternoon for Sports Awards!

Thanks to those who came out to the BICS soccer field on Tuesday for our annual sports awards. The weather was kind to us as the coaches provided a recap of the season. Highlights included everything from the Senior Girls BBall athletes honoring retiring Coach Tammy LaFreniere, to Senior Zander Holmes winning "rookie" of the year, to Elisha Richards receiving the coveted Bill Burns award. Thank you to the athletes, parents, family members, coaches, and AD Kerry Smith for making this year's athletics a success!

Future Vaccinations on Beaver Island

As of right now, there are no plans for additional clinics at Beaver Island Community School. However, depending on demand this summer when our seasonal residents get here, we may have something this summer. In the meantime, we have GREAT news--the Health Department and BIRHC are working together to have small lots of vaccine shipped over that can be administered at the clinic. If you know adults who would like to get either the Pfizer or the J&J vaccine, please have them call the BIRHC. See the note below regarding vaccinating 12+ year olds.

Vaccination Opportunity for Middle and High Schoolers  

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been determined to be safe for children 12 years and older. This is great news for schools! In an effort to make it convenient for BICS parents and students, the Health Department, the BI Rural Health Center, and BICS are working together so that students can get vaccinated on the Island. Instead of having a big clinic at the school where the HDNW staff come over, once we know how many students would like to get vaccinated, the HDNW will send vaccines to the BIRHC and will administer the shots at the Health Center. In order to move forward, we need to know how many parents are interested in getting their 12 and older students vaccinated. Please contact me either via e-mail or phone to let me know your plans so I can get a number to the HDNW and BIRHC. In order to keep this moving, please let me know your thoughts by Monday, May 17th.

Beaver Island is for the Birds!

The Beaver Island Birding Trail is offering two presentations to learn more about Beaver Island’s bird life during the Warblers on the Water event Memorial Day weekend. Masks and physical distancing will be required and restrictions on the number of occupants will be followed.

  • Saturday, May 29th at 4:00 pm--Dr. Nancy Seefelt will present “Avian Migration—Amazing Journeys!

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

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

Masks On in School

The CDC's recent guidance on mask wearing for people who have been fully vaccinated has created confusion and consternation--especially in schools. Because of the fact most of the people in our building are not vaccinated (i.e., our students), the recent uptick in student-aged students getting COVID in the region (and on Beaver Island), that students still have to wear masks, and the fact that we need to have adults modelling good mask-wearing behavior, students, faculty, staff, and guests will continue to wear masks when we are in the building as we have been doing. We are so close to the end of an incredibly successful school year. Let's stick together and finish strong!

Mark Your Calendar for End of the Year Activities! 

Although we are still planning the details of our end of the year activities in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here are some dates of activities that we want you to put on your calendar! As these are planned, we will have more information regarding specific timing, location, and attendance protocols.

  • May 21—Island Cleanup (Noon to 3:20 pm)

  • May 28—Track and Field Day (Noon to 3:20 pm)

  • May 31—No School—Memorial Day

  • June 3—Academic Awards (3:00 pm)

  • June 5—Junior-Senior Celebration “Bash”

  • June 10th-11th—Half Days/Exam Days

  • June 11th—Last Day of School

  • June 12th—Senior Parade (12:30) and Graduation Ceremony (1:00 pm)

Have a Great Weekend!

Enjoy the Beautiful Spring Weather

Wilfred Cwikiel, Superintendent-Principal
Beaver Island Community School
(231) 448-2744

Ducklings and Goslings Showing Up

May 15, 2021

The nesting ducks and the nesting geese seem to have had some success already this spring with the new ducklings and goslings showing up in the harbor area.

Killdeer in the Harbor Area

May 15, 2021

The kildeer may be nesting in the harbor area. One nest is known for certain. There may be others on the ground, so, hopefully, before mowing the yard, it would be a good idea to check to make certain that you will not be destroying a nesting kildeer's nest.

Killdeer have the characteristic large, round head, large eye, and short bill of all plovers. They are especially slender and lanky, with a long, pointed tail and long wings. Brownish-tan on top and white below. The white chest is barred with two black bands, and the brown face is marked with black and white patches. The bright orange-buff rump is conspicuous in flight. (from All About Birds)

Peaceful Barney's Lake

May 14, 2021

A very short drive from town, the peepers and wildlife can be seen at Barney's Lake. Making this loop almost every day keeps the peaceful atmosphere and the aura of the island quite alive, especially if there are not cars flying by and raising a dust cloud. A quick walk down the two track trail to the north end provided an amazing opportunity to just relax and enjoy the outdoors!

View a small gallery of pictures from North to South HERE

The seats on the north end of the lake

The ducks and the geese are nesting now.

The loons are on the lake, but have not nested yet.

The editor getting a little video.

A convention of turtles

The beaver lodge, but no beaver sightings.

Hello there! What are you doing here?

View a video of Barney's and the peepers singing HERE

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!

COVID Rules Lifted

May 15, 2021

Individuals fully vaccinated from COVID-19 no longer must wear masks indoors or outdoors or social distance in any setting, after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services “Gatherings and Face Masks” pandemic order was revised today to reflect new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The order goes into effect tomorrow, May 15, at 9 a.m. Local business and workplace mask-requirements requirements still apply. Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Mask Order, Michiganders who are outdoors will no longer need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Residents who are not vaccinated, or have not completed their vaccinations, must continue to wear a mask or face covering indoors. After July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire. Fully vaccinated is two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two weeks following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shot.

Weather by Joe

May 15, 2021

Home again, home again, jiggety, jiggety jig; and so happy to sleep in our own bed. Slept like a rock, and had a good rest; Thank you so much to you-know-who for the wonderful dinner that we had dropped off on our front deck. It was amazingly delicious and there is know way to show how much we appreciate your efforts.

Right now on Carlilse Road, Beaver Island, it is almost 50 degrees at 7:30 a.m. The sun is shining and the humidity is 69%. The pressure is 30.15, and visibility is ten miles. Technically, the weather station says it's cloudy, but we see sunshine.

TODAY, it is expected to be somewhat cloudy with a high in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower. The low will be in the mid-40's. The wind from SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is foecast for cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 24%. The high will be near 60. Winds will be light and varialbe.



The Seven Years' War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, officially begins when England declares war on France. However, fighting and skirmishes between England and France had been going on in North America for years.

In the early 1750s, French expansion into the Ohio River valley repeatedly brought France into armed conflict with the British colonies. In 1756–the first official year of fighting in the Seven Years' War–the British suffered a series of defeats against the French and their broad network of Native American alliances. However, in 1757, British Prime Minister William Pitt (the older) recognized the potential of imperial expansion that would come out of victory against the French and borrowed heavily to fund an expanded war effort. Pitt financed Prussia’s struggle against France and her allies in Europe and reimbursed the colonies for the raising of armies in North America.

By 1760, the French had been expelled from Canada, and by 1763 all of France’s allies in Europe had either made a separate peace with Prussia or had been defeated. In addition, Spanish attempts to aid France in the Americas had failed, and France also suffered defeats against British forces in India.

The Seven Years' War ended with the signing of the treaties of Hubertusburg and Paris in February 1763. In the Treaty of Paris, France lost all claims to Canada and gave Louisiana to Spain, while Britain received Spanish Florida, Upper Canada, and various French holdings overseas. The treaty ensured the colonial and maritime supremacy of Britain and strengthened the 13 American colonies by removing their European rivals to the north and the south. Fifteen years later, French bitterness over the loss of most of their colonial empire contributed to their intervention in the American Revolution on the side of the Patriots.



heinous; adjective (HAY-nus)


: hatefully or shockingly evil : abominable

Did You Know?

Humans have contrasted love with hate and good with evil for eons, putting love and good on one side and hate and evil on the other. The etymology of heinous reflects the association of hate with that which is evil or horrible. During the 14th century, English borrowed heinous from the Anglo-French haine (meaning "hate"), a noun derived from hair ("to hate"), a verb of Germanic origin that is related, like the English word hate, to the Old High German haz ("hate"). Over time English speakers came to use the word to reflect the sense of horror evoked by intense hatred.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors

Notice of Special Meeting

Please note that a special meeting of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors will be held on Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 4:00pm at the Peaine Township Hall (36825 Kings Hwy Beaver Island, MI 49782).

  • 1) Call to Order
    2) Roll Call/Declaration of Location of Board Members Participating Remotely
    3) Acquisition of New X-Ray Equipment in Compliance with the use of Federal Covid Funds
    4) Review and Presentation for Board Approval-Quote from FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc. for New X-Ray Equipment
    a) Justification from Managing Director, Tammy Radionoff
    b) Supporting Documentation from Dr. Martin
    c) Request Motion to Call the Question
    5) Public Comment
    6) Adjournment
*Pursuant to Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners Resolution #21-042, Resolution Declaring & Approving a Local State of Emergency within Charlevoix County, some board members will be participating remotely. To contact the board members who will be participating remotely, please use the information below.
Kellie Sopczynski: ksopczynski@versiti.org
Cody Randall: codyrandall21@live.com
Laurence Birch: laurencepbirch@gmail.com
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon notice to the Board. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the Board by writing or calling the following: PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782 peainetownshipclerk@yahoo.com or 231-448-3540

Visitation for John Runberg at Holy Cross May 13 at 6:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00. Funeral 11:00 a.m. on May 14, with burial following.

Family and friends of John and Joyce Runber gathered today at Holy Cross Church and Holy Cross Cemetery to say goodbye to John Runbert. The Mass took place at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 11 a.m. today, May 14, 2021. The service was well attended and many tears were present in the church today. Music was sung by Sheri Timsak, a beautiful soprano voice. Celebrant was Father Peter Wigton.

View video of the Mass HERE

Weather by Joe

May 14, 2021

Good morning from Charlevoix, Michigan, after a busy day yesterday with medical appointments and infusion! Headed back to the island this morning! Had a great visit from Andrea and Tyler, and truly thank them for all their help! A big shout out to thank Island Airways for all of their help as well! We are all truly blessed to have their great service to the island!

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is 41 degrees with sunny skies. There is a little breath of wind from the E at 2 mph. The pressure is 30.24 and visibility is ten miles. Technically, it is listed on the weather machine as partly cloudy. The dewpoint is 32 degrees with humidity at 61%.

TODAY, it is expected to be continue to be partly cloudy with a high in the low 60's. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for generally clear skies with light and variable winds and a low in the upper 40's.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunny skies with some afternoon clouds. SW winds will be in the forecast at 5 to 10 mph. The high will be near 60.



One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

Even before the U.S. government concluded purchase negotiations with France, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned his private secretary Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, an army captain, to lead an expedition into what is now the U.S. Northwest. On May 14, the “Corps of Discovery”—featuring approximately 45 men (although only an approximate 33 men would make the full journey)—left St. Louis for the American interior.

The expedition traveled up the Missouri River in a 55-foot long keelboat and two smaller boats. In November, Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trader accompanied by his young Native American wife Sacagawea, joined the expedition as an interpreter. The group wintered in present-day North Dakota before crossing into present-day Montana, where they first saw the Rocky Mountains. On the other side of the Continental Divide, they were met by Sacagawea’s tribe, the Shoshone Indians, who sold them horses for their journey down through the Bitterroot Mountains. After passing through the dangerous rapids of the Clearwater and Snake rivers in canoes, the explorers reached the calm of the Columbia River, which led them to the sea. On November 8, 1805, the expedition arrived at the Pacific Ocean. After pausing there for the winter, the explorers began their long journey back to St. Louis.

On September 23, 1806, after almost two and a half years, the expedition returned to the city, bringing back a wealth of information about the region (much of it already inhabited by Native Americans), as well as valuable U.S. claims to Oregon Territory.



blithesome; adjective (BLIGHTH-sum)


: with lightheartedness or unconcern : gay, merry

Did You Know?

Blithe had been bounding about in the language for six centuries before English speakers attached a -some to its tail to make blithesome. Poet Robert Greene appears to have been among the first to employ the extension. In his 1594 poem "A Looking Glasse for London and England" he wrote "these [large leather bottles] of the richest wine, / Make me think how blithesome we will be." The suffix -some has over the centuries produced a great number of adjectives (many less popular than they once were) but it typically does so by binding itself to a noun or a verb, as we see in irksome, awesome, fearsome, and bothersome. But blithesome came from blithe—also an adjective—and is in fact a synonym of that word. A few other -some words, such as gladsome and lonesome, were formed likewise.

Weather by Joe

May 13, 2021

Off to the mainland today for Phyllis' infusion and oncololgy appointments. Wishing her a successful appointments and quick recovery from the immunotherapy.

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is 33 degrees with calm winds and sunshine. Pressure is 30.24, with humidity of 94%. Visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to continue to be basking in sunshine. mixed with the clouds. The high will be near 69 degrees with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for generally clear skies with a low near 40 degrees. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mainly sunny skies with a high near 60. Winds will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.


ON THIS DAY in 1607

Some 100 English colonists arrive along the east bank of the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Dispatched from England by the London Company, the colonists had sailed across the Atlantic aboard the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery.

Upon landing at Jamestown, the first colonial council was held by seven settlers whose names had been chosen and placed in a sealed box by King James I. The council, which included Captain John Smith, an English adventurer, chose Edward Wingfield as its first president. After only two weeks, Jamestown came under attack from warriors from the local Algonquian confederacy, but the Native Americans were repulsed by the armed settlers. In December of the same year, John Smith and two other colonists were captured by Algonquians while searching for provisions in the Virginia wilderness. His companions were killed, but he was spared, according to a later account by Smith, because of the intercession of Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan’s daughter.

During the next two years, disease, starvation, and more Native American attacks wiped out most of the colony, but the London Company continually sent more settlers and supplies. The severe winter of 1609 to 1610, which the colonists referred to as the “starving time,” killed most of the Jamestown colonists, leading the survivors to plan a return to England in the spring. However, on June 10, Thomas West De La Warr, the newly appointed governor of Virginia, arrived with supplies and convinced the settlers to remain at Jamestown. In 1612, John Rolfe cultivated the first tobacco at Jamestown, introducing a successful source of livelihood. On April 5, 1614, Rolfe married Pocahontas, thus assuring a temporary peace with Chief Powhatan.

The death of Powhatan in 1618 brought about a resumption of conflict with the Algonquians, including an attack led by Chief Opechancanough in 1622 that nearly wiped out the settlement. The English engaged in violent reprisals against the Algonquians, but there was no further large-scale fighting until 1644, when Opechancanough led his last uprising and was captured and executed at Jamestown. In 1646, the Algonquian Confederacy agreed to give up much of its territory to the rapidly expanding colony, and, beginning in 1665, its chiefs were appointed by the governor of Virginia.


exhilarate; verb; (ig-ZIL-uh-rayt)


: to make (someone) very happy and excited or elated

Did You Know?

Many people find exhilarate a difficult word to spell. It's easy to forget that silent "h" in there, and is it an "er" or "ar" after the "l"? It may be easier to remember the spelling if you know that exhilarate ultimately derives from the Latin adjective hilarus, meaning "cheerful." (This also explains why the earliest meaning of exhilarate is "to make cheerful.") Exhilarate comes from exhilaratus, the past participle of exhilarare, which is formed by combining ex- and hilarare, a verb that derives from hilarus and means "to cheer or gladden." If hilarus looks familiar, that may be because it's also the source of hilarious and hilarity (as well as hilariously and hilariousness, of course).

2021 Piping Plover    

LTBB Reservation High Island

May 6, 2021 Bill Parsons/Kevin Haynes

Timeout for Art: Surprise

by Cindy Ricksgers

Water Rescue Event

May 11, 2021

Beaver Island has quite the history regarding helping others who are on the water. Today, May 11, 2021, was just such a day in the water history around Beaver Island. Back with the island deputy sheriff's history, there was a rescue boat purchased and made available just for such situations as occurred yesterday. Someone's boat was out on the lake and not operable, no matter the reason.

Today, it was not an official rescue boat that went into operation, but just another caring Island resident who stepped up to the plate to hit the home run. The rescue boat was an original idea by Alan Muma, the deputy sheriff many years ago. This idea was picked up by several deputies after him, including Jim Owens, and then taken up by the fire department, but has officially been under the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department for many years.

There was definitely a connection on Tuesday as well, as these good people went out to help in a time of trouble. This community steps up to make certain that those in need get some help, no matter the need or the time of day.

As part of historical fact, originally, Beaver Island EMS and Rescue was set up as a volunteer agency with two divisions. Land and Water Rescue divisions seemed to make sense. So the ambulance represented the land rescue and the rescue boat covered the water. Both groups were integrated with fire department, EMS, and sheriff's department participants, and all worked well together to accomplish whatever tasks were needed, whether ground search and rescue, air search and rescue, or water search and rescue. It's a pretty amazing group of volunteers that took on this task set and completed it very well.

Now, today, the group was also made up of volunteers, and what a great dedicated job they did!

Pictures and video by Dawn Marsh

View video of the helpers and vessel helped HERE

Weather by Joe

May 12, 2021

Good morning from sunny Beaver Island! It is beautiful outside here with a temperature at 8:30 a.m. of 52 degrees in the sunshine and 38 in the shade. The humidity is low at 52%. The pressure is high at 30.24, visibility is ten miles, and there is a slight breath of wind from the E at 4 mph.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a high in the mid-50's. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies, a good dark skies night, with a low near 40. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it if forecast for another sunny day with a high near 60, Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.



On May 12, 1907, Katharine Hepburn, who due to her performances in such films as The Philadelphia Story and On Golden Pond, will become one of the most celebrated actresses of the 20th century, is born in Hartford, Connecticut.

The daughter of New England intellectuals who stressed rigorous exercise and independent thinking, Hepburn studied at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and went on to become a stage actress. She first gained notice on Broadway in 1932, for her performance in The Warrior’s Husband. After a screen test, Hepburn signed with RKO studios and landed her first role, in A Bill of Divorcement (1932), starring John Barrymore and directed by George Cukor, who would become Hepburn’s frequent director and one of her closest friends. Critics and fans alike immediately took note of the young actress, with her unconventional beauty and upper-crust New England accent, as a fresh presence on screen.

For Morning Glory (1933), only her third movie, Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress. It was the first of 12 Oscar nominations she would garner over the course of her career, a record that would stand until 2003, when Meryl Streep received her 13th nomination. Hepburn would win three more Oscars—for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), A Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981)—but never attended the ceremony to collect any of them.

Hepburn’s next few films with RKO had mixed results, and she became personally unpopular with many for her refusal to play along with the “rules” of fame and glamour that governed the industry. Fiercely independent and strong-willed, she wore trousers and no makeup, and refused to pose for pictures, grant interviews or sign autographs. By then recognized as one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood, Hepburn also earned a reputation for being arrogant and self-absorbed on-set. She appeared more sympathetic in Stage Door (1937) and Bringing Up Baby (1938), although audiences failed to respond to the second film, co-starring Cary Grant and now regarded as a beloved classic.

Though her career was stalled, Hepburn refused to give up; instead, she decided to change gears by buying out her contract at RKO. The change gave her far more control than other performers—and especially other actresses—in the age of the studio system. Hepburn returned to Broadway in 1938’s The Philadelphia Story, written especially for her by Philip Barry. Hepburn’s sometime lover, Howard Hughes, bought the screenplay rights for her, and she sold them to Louis B. Mayer at MGM on the condition that she star. With Grant and Jimmy Stewart signed on, the 1940 film was a huge hit.

In 1942, Hepburn played a political journalist who falls in love with a sportswriter in another hit, Woman of the Year. Her co-star in the film was Spencer Tracy, with whom Hepburn began a romantic relationship that would become one of Hollywood’s most celebrated love stories. A devout Catholic, Tracy was unwilling to divorce his wife, but he lived quietly with Hepburn for the next 27 years. The couple acted in nine films together, including Adam’s Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). Tracy died just weeks after shooting was completed on the last film. Hepburn, who had withdrawn from filmmaking for a period of several years to care for her ailing lover, didn’t publicly discuss the relationship until after Tracy’s widow died in 1983. She was married once, to the Philadelphia broker Ludlow Ogden Smith, from 1928 to 1934.

Hepburn continued to appear in films and on television through the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s, though she frequently announced that this or that performance would be her last. She also returned to Broadway late in her career, winning praise for her roles in Coco (1969), A Matter of Gravity (1976) and The West Side Waltz (1981). In 1991, she published a bestselling autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, which impressed fans with its characteristic forthrightness and brisk candor. Hepburn made her final screen appearance in 1994’s Love Affair, a remake of the classic 1939 film. She died on June 29, 2003, at the age of 96.



veracity; noun; (vuh-RASS-uh-tee)


1 : conformity with truth or fact : accuracy

2 : devotion to the truth : truthfulness

3 : power of conveying or perceiving truth

4 : something true

Did You Know?

Veracity has been a part of English since the early 17th century, and we can honestly tell you that it derives from the Latin adjective vērāx ("truthful"), which in turn comes from the earlier vērus ("true"). Vērus also gives us verity ("the quality of being true"), verify ("to establish the truth of"), and verisimilitude ("the appearance of truth"), among other words. In addition, vērāx is the root of the word veraciousness, a somewhat rarer synonym and cousin of veracity.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Community School Sports Awards

May 11, 2021

The Sports Awards Ceremony took play on the soccer field at the Beaver Island Community School. The outdoor atmosphere and the the students' disciplined wearing of masks was noted by this editor. Everyone took the social distancing seriously, and a wonderful award ceremony followed with lots of accolades to our student atheletes. As a former teacher at this school, the editor was completely impressed by the students, the superintendent, the athletic director, and the coaches.

Safety came first, and that was quite impressive to those that have not had much contact with the school during these times of COVID.

The Sports Awards Ceremony was live streamed as well as recorded, and lots of pictView video of the ceremony HEREures were taken of those receiving their certificates and awards.

View video of the ceremony HERE

View gallery of pictures HERE



Rosemary McDonough Zajakowski

Rite of Committal
for Rosemary McDonough Zajakowski
June 12, 2021
10:00 AM
Holy Cross Cemetery
Beaver Island, MI 49782
It will be outdoors and Covid-appropriate.

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

St. James Township Public Works Committee

SJTPWCmin032421-Minutes March Meeting

SJTPWCagn042121-Agenda April Meeting

Island Currents - The BIA Newsletter - Winter 2021

View a PDF of the newsletter HERE

Zoning on Beaver Island

January 11, 2021 (Updated on the 12th)

There is a move to attempt to match the Zoning Ordinance of Beaver Island to match the Master Plan for the Island. In this process, there is a lot of work to be completed. Before moving forward into this process, it is necessary to know where zoning is now before changing it. This Zoning Ordinance is getting a little old and does need work. The plan needs to be and island wide plan, not just a single township plan. Hopefully, both St. James and Peaine Townships will work together to accomplish the needed work.

The zoning ordinance is available online, but this website will make it available HERE for anyone interested. This was a joint zoning ordinance dated in 2004, There have been changes to the Peaine Township Zoning as well as the critical dune requirements. Peaine Zoning was redone in 2017 and their critical dune ordinance addition was done in 2018.

Peaine Township Codified Zoning Ordinance

Critical Dune Amendments & MDEQ Approval Letter 01-25-18

It may also be noted that part of St. James and Peaine Townships are in the Port of St. James Authority, and, if in this property in these areas, their information is important as well.

View PSJA info HERE


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

Beech Leaf Disease

Added to Michigan’s invasive species watch list

View this information HERE

Warblers on the Water

May 10, 2021

Beaver Island WOW events have been scheduled during the Memorial Day Weekend. Sounds like an excellent opportunity to get some learning and birding completed.

Feeding Gulls and Others

May 11, 2021

Lots of gulls and crows along the shoreline in the harbor today. This gull was soaring in the breeze and took a dive with a splash and came up with lunch.

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

Weather by Joe

May 11, 2021

Good morning from Carlilsle Road, Beaver Island! We have partly cloudy skies with sunshine right now at 8 a.m. on Beaver Island. The temperature is 40 degrees with a variable wind from the N at 2 to 4 mph. The humidity is 90%, the pressure is 30.24, and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have cloudy skies become partly cloudy skies. The high will be in the low 50's. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clearing skies with a low in the upper thirites. The wind will continue at 10 to 15 from the NW.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunny skies with a high in the mid-50's. Winds will switch to the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.



During the second week of May 1919, the recently arrived German delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference, convened in Paris after the end of the First World War, pore over their copies of the Treaty of Versailles, drawn up in the months preceding by representatives of their victorious enemies, and prepare to lodge their objections to what they considered to be unfairly harsh treatment.

Presented with the treaty on May 7, 1919, the German delegation was given two weeks to examine the terms and submit their official comments in writing. The Germans, who had put great faith in U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s notion of a so-called peace without victory and had pointed to his famous Fourteen Points as the basis upon which they sought peace in November 1918, were greatly angered and disillusioned by the treaty. As Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau, Germany’s foreign minister, put it: This fat volume was quite unnecessary. They could have expressed the whole thing more simply in one clause—Germany renounces its existence.

Driven by French and British desires to make Germany pay for the role it had played in the most devastating conflict the world had yet seen, Wilson and the other Allied representatives at the peace conference had indeed moved away from a pure peace without victory. Germany was to lose 13 percent of its territory and 10 percent of its population. It was denied initial membership in the League of Nations, the international peace-keeping organization established by the treaty. The treaty also required Germany to pay reparations, though the actual amount ended up being less than what France had paid after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.

The real German objection to the Treaty of Versailles, however, was to the infamous Article 231, which forced Germany to accept sole blame for the war in order to justify the reparations. Despite much debate among the Allies themselves and over strenuous German protests—including by Brockdorff-Rantzau, who wrote to the Allies on May 13 that The German people did not will the war and would never have undertaken a war of aggression—Article 231 remained in the treaty. The Germans were given a deadline of June 16 to accept their terms; this was later extended to June 23. Pressured by the Allies and thrown into confusion by crisis within the Weimar government at home, the Germans gave in and accepted the terms at 5:40 p.m. on May 23.

The Versailles Treaty was signed on June 28, 1919. Meanwhile, opposition to the treaty and its Article 231, seen as a symbol of the injustice and harshness of the whole document, festered within Germany. As the years passed, full-blown hatred slowly settled into a smoldering resentment of the treaty and its authors, a resentment that would, two decades later, be counted—to an arguable extent—among the causes of the Second World War.



importunate; adjective; (im-POR-chuh-nut)


1 : troublesomely urgent : overly persistent in request or demand

2 : troublesome

Did You Know?

Importunate has been part of the English language since the 16th century, and the synonymous importune arrived even earlier, in the 15th century. The seemingly superfluous inclusion of the suffix -ate in importunate is a bit mysterious; one theory is that English speakers modeled the adjective after words like obstinate. Importune and importunate come from Latin importunus. The prefix im- means "not," and importunus can be contrasted with Latin opportunus, which shares its meaning with and is the ancestor of our opportune, meaning "suitable or timely." The connection is obscure now, but opportunus itself harks back to the Latin phrase ob portum, meaning "[coming] to harbor." Importune, and later importunate, once meant "inopportune, untimely," but that sense is now obsolete.

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

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

View/download packet HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Another Interesting Visitor

May 10, 2021

The many animals visiting the Carlisle Road feeders seem to increase each and every day, but they are all welcome as long as they don't start setting up residence in the only residence on the property. Today, another visitor joined the groups and was welcomed with just a little bit of corn.

The Rocky Rackoon visitor is welcome as well. A little corn won't hurt a raccoon, as far as this editor knows.



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

Potato Soup

by Cindy Ricksgers

From the Beaver Island Wildlife Club

April 19, 2021

The Beaver Island Wildlife Club has trees and shrubs available for Island property owners to plant for wildlife. We currently have Black Elderberry, American Plum and American Hazelnut. Coming soon will be some apple trees. Please contact Jacque for a availability and to pick up. 231-448-2220. P.S. I will not hold trees or shrubs beyond a couple of days. So make arrangements to have someone pick up your trees if you are not on island. They should be plants soon and we ask that you protect them with fencing or grow tubes and care for them with water and fertilizer.

Things Missed at 30 mph

April 19, 2021

One thing seems obvious to this editor. There are reasons that some people drive slower than others here on Beaver Island. Yes, it is understandable when you need to get to the store or the post office before it closes. Yes, you need to get to work on time, and, yes, you need to get to that meeting on time. There is also a fine reason to drive much more slowly to take in the natural world around you.

At fifteen miles per hour, the heron in the picture in the story below would never have been seen, let alone photographed. The same is true for some other evidences of springtime here on Beaver Island. Even the editor was driving too fast when in route to Miller's Marsh and Fox Lake before that. It was only an oncoming car that reminded the editor about why the trip or boodle was even taking place. "Slow down. This ain't the mainland," is a slogan that needs to be put more in practice by this editor. First because no one else can see when the vehicle is going so fast and throwing dust into the air, and second, because you miss more than you see at the faster speeds.


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



Evening Grossbeak

May 10, 2021

Lots of birds at the feeders here on Carlisle Road, and lots of feeders, too. Purple finches and evening grossbeaks seem to wander in to see the feeders. Working on a new camera for photography, as well as a new program for editing the pictures.

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 10, 2021

View the link in document HERE

Christian Church Service

May 9, 2021

Dave Howell announcements.............Pastor Gene Drenth

Readers; Mrs. Burton and Mrs. Dawson

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross Church

May 9, 2021

Our celebrant was Father Peter Wigton.....our reader was Bill McDonough

The May Crowning took place after Mass.

View video of the service HERE

Island Boodle Trip

May 8, 2021

A trip around the island on a sunny day with the windows open and the beauty of nature simply can't be beat. Then, the opportunity to see things in perfect harmony at the inland lakes and to hear the peepers with complete relaxation was ecstacy. To make this trip on a Mother's Day weekend made it even more special.

While a lot of photo opportunities passed without any capture, there were lots of interesting sights and sounds and a complete opportunity for relaxation and the time to enjoy Mother Nature's bounty. The red tail hawk, the two eagles flying directly over our heads, the geese squawking, the wood ducks swimming, and the birds singing, made for a very good trip around the island.

Red tail hawk??

Spring Run-off

View a small gallery HERE

Weather by Joe

May 10, 2021

Good Monday morning from Carlilse Road, Beaver Island. The sun is shining this morning with a 38 degree temperature and a slight wind from the NE at 3 mph. The pressure is 30.10 with relative humidity of 97%. Visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of clouds and sun with a high near 50. NW wind will be at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy skies with a chance of frost. The low will continue around the freezing mark in the low to mid-30's. The wind will continue from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies. The high will be near 50 and the winds will continue from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.



On May 10, 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. No longer would western-bound travelers need to take the long and dangerous journey by wagon train.On May 10, 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. No longer would western-bound travelers need to take the long and dangerous journey by wagon train.

Since at least 1832, both Eastern and frontier statesmen realized a need to connect the two coasts. It was not until 1853, though, that Congress appropriated funds to survey several routes for the transcontinental railroad. The actual building of the railroad would have to wait even longer, as North-South tensions prevented Congress from reaching an agreement on where the line would begin.

One year into the Civil War, a Republican-controlled Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Act (1862), guaranteeing public land grants and loans to the two railroads it chose to build the transcontinental line, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific. With these in hand, the railroads began work in 1866 from Omaha and Sacramento, forging a northern route across the country. In their eagerness for land, the two lines built right past each other, and the final meeting place had to be renegotiated.

Harsh winters, staggering summer heat and the lawless, rough-and-tumble conditions of newly settled western towns made conditions for the Union Pacific laborers—mainly Civil War veterans of Irish descent—miserable. The overwhelmingly immigrant Chinese work force of the Central Pacific also had its fair share of problems, including brutal 12-hour work days laying tracks over the Sierra Nevada Mountains (they also received lower wages than their white counterparts). On more than one occasion, whole crews would be lost to avalanches, or mishaps with explosives would leave several dead.

For all the adversity they suffered, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific workers were able to finish the railroad–laying nearly 2,000 miles of track–by 1869, ahead of schedule and under budget. Journeys that had taken months by wagon train or weeks by boat now took only days. Their work had an immediate impact: The years following the construction of the railway were years of rapid growth and expansion for the United States, due in large part to the speed and ease of travel that the railroad provided.



shrive; verb; (shryve)


1 : to administer the sacrament of reconciliation to

2 : to free from guilt

Did You Know?

We wouldn't want to give the history of shrive short shrift, so here's the whole story. It began when the Latin verb scribere (meaning "to write") found its way onto the tongues of certain Germanic peoples who brought it to Britain in the early Middle Ages. Because it was often used for laying down directions or rules in writing, Old English speakers used their form of the term, scrīfan, to mean "to prescribe or impose." The Church adopted scrīfan to refer to the act of assigning penance to sinners and, later, to hearing confession and administering absolution. Today shrift, the noun form of shrive, makes up half of "short shrift," a phrase meaning "little or no attention or consideration." Originally, "short shrift" was the barely adequate time for confession before an execution.

Weather by Joe

May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there and to those that are missed! Happy Birthday to Phyllis Gregg Moore today! The sun is shining on us today here on Carlisle Road. With all the beauty and fresh air yesterday, this weather report is a little late. It's 9 a.m. and the temperature is 42, approaching 50 degrees with sunshine. There is a little wind from the W, and it's "dylight in the swamp." Pressure is 30.04 wutg visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it expected to remain sunny with partly cloudy skies and a high of 50. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy skies with temperature near freezing. Winds will continue from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for continued partly cloudy skies with the high near 50. Wind will continue from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.



On May 9, 1945, Herman Goering, commander in chief of the Luftwaffe, president of the Reichstag, head of the Gestapo, prime minister of Prussia and Hitler’s designated successor is taken prisoner by the U.S. Seventh Army in Bavaria.

Goering was an early member of the Nazi Party and was wounded in the failed Munich Beer Hall Putsch in 1923. That wound would have long-term effects; Goering became increasingly addicted to painkillers. Not long after Hitler’s accession to power, Goering was instrumental in creating concentration camps for political enemies. Ostentatious and self-indulgent, he changed his uniform five times a day and was notorious for flaunting his decorations, jewelry, and stolen artwork. It was Goering who ordered the purging of German Jews from the economy following the Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938, initiating an “Aryanization” policy that confiscated Jewish property and businesses.

Goering’s failure to win the Battle of Britain and prevent the Allied bombing of Germany led to his loss of stature within the Party, aggravated by the low esteem with which he was always held by fellow officers because of his egocentrism and position as Hitler’s right-hand man. As the war progressed, he dropped into depressions and battled drug addiction.

When Goering fell into U.S. hands after Germany’s surrender, he had in his possession a rich stash of pills. He was tried at Nuremberg and charged with various crimes against humanity. Despite a vigorous attempt at self acquittal, he was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged, but before he could be executed, he died by suicide by swallowing a cyanide tablet he had hidden from his guards.


paean; noun; (pee-un)


1 : a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph

2 : a work that praises or honors its subject : encomium, tribute

Did You Know?

According to the poet Homer, the Greek god Apollo sometimes took the guise of Paean, physician to the gods. The earliest musical paeans were hymns of thanksgiving and praise that were dedicated to Apollo. They were sung at events ranging from boisterous festivals to public funerals, and they were the traditional marching songs of armies heading into battle. Over time, the word became generalized, and it is now used for any kind of tribute.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

May 8, 2021

Good morning from Carlilse Road, Beaver Island! At just before eight in the morning, it is 41 degrees outside with some sunshine, officially partly cloudy according to the weather machine. The humidity is 87% and the atmospheric pressure is 30.09. The visibility is ten miles. The gauge shows no wind at the moment.

TODAY, it is expected to be near 50 degrees with a west wind at 5 to 10 mph. Partly cloudy skies with sun will be a welcome addition.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a temperature near freezing with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. There may be a few clouds, but no precipitation is expected.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine and clouds mixed with a high near 50. Wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.



On May 8, 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine during World War II.

The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark—the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany.

The main concern of many German soldiers was to elude the grasp of Soviet forces, to keep from being taken prisoner. About 1 million Germans attempted a mass exodus to the West when the fighting in Czechoslovakia ended, but were stopped by the Russians and taken captive. The Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners in the period just before and after the German surrender.

Meanwhile, more than 13,000 British POWs were released and sent back to Great Britain.

Pockets of German-Soviet confrontation would continue into the next day. On May 9, the Soviets would lose 600 more soldiers in Silesia before the Germans finally surrendered. Consequently, V-E Day was not celebrated until the ninth in Moscow, with a radio broadcast salute from Stalin himself: “The age-long struggle of the Slav nations… has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.”



frugal; adjective; (FROO-gul)


: characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources

Did You Know?

Those who are frugal are unwilling to (lavishly) enjoy the fruits of their labors, so it may surprise you to learn that frugal ultimately derives from the Latin frux, meaning "fruit" or "value," and is even a distant cousin of the Latin word for "enjoy" (frui). The connection between fruit or value and restraint was first made in Latin; the Middle French word that English speakers eventually adopted as frugal came from the Latin adjective frugalis, a frux descendant meaning "virtuous" or "frugal." Although English speakers adopted frugal by the 16th century, they were already lavishly supplied with earlier coinages to denote the idea, including sparing and thrifty.

(From Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

from Mr. Cwikiel

Friday, May 7, 2021

Thank you Parents and Board Members!

This week was “Teacher Appreciation Week.” All the educators in the building would like to thank the parents and board members who contributed to the week’s festivities, including cookies, popcorn, a pizza lunch, and today’s final raffle that included round trip tickets on Island Air, and gift certificates to The Shamrock and Delwhinnies! We appreciate being appreciated!

Sports Awards, 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 11th

Please join us to celebrate our athletes next Tuesday on the soccer field. All family members and athletic supporters are welcome. We will be practicing social distancing and sitting in family pods. The award presentations begin at 5:00 pm. In the case of inclement weather, we will move the awards to Wednesday, May 12th.

AP Exam Intensive!

Kudos to our hard-working juniors and seniors who rocked the AP exams this week! You could hear the brains working while the tests were being taken! Regardless of your final scores, the lessons you learned in these courses will help set you up for success in your future! 

Student Council Movie Night!

The Student Council is sponsoring an exclusive movie night today for BICS students only! Due to the inclement weather, the event will be held in the gym. There is a 25-people maximum number of participants allowed in the gym for this sort of gathering (including kids, parents, student council members, staff, etc.). Attendance will be on a first come basis—once the 25 capacity limit has been reached, the event will be closed. All participants must wear masks and social distance from others not in their immediate family throughout the entire event. For the PreK-6th graders, Abominable starts at 8:00 pm. For the 7-12 graders, Maze Runner will start at 9:45 pm (or so).

Beaver Island Community Vaccination Clinic—Second Dose Pfizer, Tuesday, May 10th

Last week’s vaccination clinic to administer the second dose of Pfizer has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 4th. Your appointment time will be the same time it was planned on May 4th. If you have not gotten your first dose and still want to get vaccinated, go to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan’s website (http://www.nwhealth.org) to schedule yourself for the next available clinic on the mainland. We will have school in-person on this day like our last clinic.

Beaver Island is for the Birds!

The Beaver Island Birding Trail is offering two presentations to learn more about Beaver Island’s bird life during the Warblers on the Water event Memorial Day weekend. Masks and physical distancing will be required and restrictions on the number of occupants will be followed.

  • Saturday, May 29th at 4:00 pm--Dr. Nancy Seefelt will present “Avian Migration—Amazing Journeys!

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

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

Mark Your Calendar for End of the Year Activities! 

Although we are still planning the details of our end of the year activities in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here are some dates of activities that we want you to put on your calendar! As these are planned, we will have more information regarding specific timing, location, and attendance protocols.

  • May 11—Sports Awards (5:00 pm on the soccer field)

  • May 21—Island Cleanup (Noon to 3:20 pm)

  • May 28—Track and Field Day (Noon to 3:20 pm)

  • May 31—No School—Memorial Day

  • June 3—Academic Awards (3:00 pm)

  • June 5—Junior-Senior Celebration “Bash”

  • June 10th-11th—Half Days/Exam Days

  • June 11th—Last Day of School

  • June 12th—Senior Parade (12:30) and Graduation Ceremony (1:00 pm)

Still in the Woods!

We are not out of the woods yet with the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintain your vigilance. Together we can keep each other safe!

Have a Great Weekend!

Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary

Meet Shelby Harris

May 7, 2021

Shelby Harris is the the new Invasive Specialist for St. James and Peaine Townships. Shelby is creating a website that will be accessible from both of the township websites, and will have her contact information available on there as well. Shelby gave an interview today, Friday, May 7, 2021, and provided some good information which you can view at the link below. Welcome, Shelby Harris, to your new position, and thank you for your efforts to protect the island against invasives.

Shelby Harris

Website work started

View the interview HERE

First Baltimore Oriole

May 7, 2021

Here's the very first Baltimore Oriole visitor to the Carlilse Road location on Beaver Island. Tough to get a good picture in the rain and with the editor's eyes acting up, but this was quite an exciting moment to be able to see this bird finally here.

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.

Weather by Joe

May 7, 2021

Good morning from Carlisle Road, Beaver Island! It is currently 37 degrees with a pressure of 29.96 and a humidity at 99%, It us cloudy with visibility of eight miles.

TODAY, it is expected to rain and possible snow showers in the morning. Then just rain in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-40's. Winds will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is listed as 100%.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly clear skies with possible front. Low will be near freezing. Winds will be at 10 to 15 mph from the NNW.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with a high around 50 degrees. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.


ON THIS DAY in 1824

On May 7, 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony debuts at Vienna’s Theater am Kärntnertor. Having lost his hearing years earlier, the celebrated composer nonetheless “conducts” the first performance of his Ninth Symphony, now widely considered to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.On May 7, 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven’s ninth and final symphony debuts at Vienna’s Theater am Kärntnertor. Having lost his hearing years earlier, the celebrated composer nonetheless “conducts” the first performance of his Ninth Symphony, now widely considered to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.

Having established himself as one of the greatest composers of the era in the early 1800s, Beethoven had almost completely lost his hearing by 1814 but continued to compose. The Ninth Symphony required the largest orchestra ever employed by Beethoven, and was unusual at the time for its use of voices in addition to instruments. Beethoven hand-picked two young singers, 18-year-old Henriette Sontag and 20-year-old Caroline Unger, for the soprano and alto parts. He stood on stage and appeared to conduct the orchestra when the Ninth debuted, although due to his deafness the players were instructed to ignore the composer and instead follow Michael Umlauf, the actual conductor. Beethoven was several bars off from the actual music by the time the piece concluded. As he could not hear the applause, Unger had to turn him to face the audience as they hailed him with five standing ovations, raising their hats and handkerchiefs in the air.

Critics consider the Ninth one of Beethoven’s crowning achievements. The choral section, adapted from the Friedrich Schiller poem “Ode to Joy,” has transcended the world of classical music and become one of the most often-played and easily recognizable pieces of music of all time. The “Ode to Joy” has been interpreted in almost every way imaginable, and has been employed as an official or unofficial anthem by an enormous range of entities, including the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the Nazi Party, the East-West German Olympic Team and the European Union.



archipelago; noun (ahr-kuh-PEL-uh-goh)


1 : an expanse of water with many scattered islands

2 : a group of islands

3 : something resembling an archipelago; especially : a group or scattering of similar things

Did You Know?

The Greeks called it the Aegean Pelagos and the Italians referred to it as Arcipelago (meaning "chief sea"), but English speakers now call it the Aegean Sea. Numerous islands dot its expanse, and 16th-century English speakers adopted a modified form of its Italian name for any sea with a similar scattering of islands. In time, archipelago came to refer to the groups of islands themselves, and now it is often used figuratively, as in, for example, "an archipelago of high-rise buildings."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Sandhills in the Fields

May 5, 2021

Nice boodle ride last night as sunset approached. No beavers, no loons, but at least sandhills were seen in the fields of Sloptown Road. Surely miss the osprey nest on the big tower this year. The island seems to have lost this nesting par, even though the male has been here for two years in a row in April. Just a nice relaxing view of nature and the beauty of Beaver Island is worth the time to just slow down and enjoy.

What Are You Doing in My Driveway?

Said the deer at the Carlisle Road Intersection

An editorial by Joe Moore

There are some common visitors to the Carlisle Road and Kings Highway intersection, and there are some concerns with the speed at which people drive past on the Kings Highway. We have plenty of bird feeders. We have visiting grouse, ducks, turkeys, and deer. It would be nice if people would take just a little extra time to make certain that they are not endangering the Carlisle Road visiting wildlife.

In the last three weeks, at least one of each of these visiting wildlife have been found dead within a hundred yards of this intersection. PLEASE SLOW DOWN!

Last night, this wonderful visiting was standing right by the front window of the house in the middle of the driveway, and the editor became concerned as a truck, going easily sixty miles per hour passed heading into to town on the Kings Highway. The tail end of my car was right off the shoulder and the wind and vibration actually moved the car, and the car is quite heavy. While I know there are reasons to get from one place to another in a hurry, it would seem that the rush shouldn't happen every single time you head into town in the Kings Highway.

Now, I have to admit that I was not exactly a happy camper with the thoughts going through my head about the driver of the vehicle, who not only sped past, but had the audacity to push the horn in a loud blast that shook me and scared the bejesus out of the three deer in my driveway. There is a serious difference in the sounds of a horn that says, "Hello. Hope you are know who I am." Compare that with the horn that says, "Get ouot of my way. I'm in a hurry!"

Luckily, the deer didn't run across the road from my driveway into the King's Highway and cause a serious traffic accident with the speeding truck. Instead, it stood right next to my car, looking at me, and suggesting that I was in the deer's way as it fed on the sunflower seeds under the front room feeders.

Weather by Joe

May 6, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island. So good to be home!
Right now at 7:30 a.m., it is freezing on Carlisle Road with a light crust of ice on the bird baths.. The sun is shining, and the birds are singing and happy in the trees. The pressure is 30.12 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 30 degrees with the humidity at 96%. It looks like another beautiful day on Beaver Island.
TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a chance of a shower. The high will be near 50 degrees. Wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming cloudy with showers developing after midnight. The low sill be near 35. Chance of rain tonight is 50%. Winds will be light an variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain showers in the morning followed by intermittent showers in the afternoon. The high will be in the upper 40's. The wind will switch from the SSW to the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.
In a ceremony presided over by England’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterrand, a rail tunnel under the English Channel was officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.
The Channel Tunnel, or “Chunnel,” connects Folkestone, England, with Coquelles, France, 31 miles away. The Chunnel cut travel time between England and France to a swift 35 minutes and eventually between London and Paris to two-and-a-half hours.
As the world’s longest undersea tunnel, the Chunnel runs under water for 23 miles, with an average depth of 150 feet below the seabed. Each day, about 30,000 people, 6,000 cars and 3,500 trucks journey through the Chunnel on passenger, shuttle and freight trains.
Millions of tons of earth were moved to build the two rail tunnels—one for northbound and one for southbound traffic—and one service tunnel. Fifteen thousand people were employed at the peak of construction. Ten people were killed during construction.
Napoleon’s engineer, Albert Mathieu, planned the first tunnel under the English Channel in 1802, envisioning an underground passage with ventilation chimneys that would stretch above the waves. In 1880, the first real attempt was made by Colonel Beaumont, who bore a tunnel more than a mile long before abandoning the project. Other efforts followed in the 20th century, but none on the scale of the tunnels begun in June 1988.
The Chunnel’s $16 billion cost was roughly twice the original estimate, and completion was a year behind schedule. One year into service, Eurotunnel announced a huge loss, one of the biggest in United Kingdom corporate history at the time. A scheme in which banks agreed to swap billions of pounds worth of loans for shares saved the tunnel from going under and it showed its first net profit in 1999.
Freight traffic was suspended for six months after a fire broke out on a lorry in the tunnel in November 1996. Nobody was seriously hurt in the incident.
In 1996, the American Society of Civil Engineers identified the tunnel as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
deep-six; verb; (DEEP- siks)
1 : to get rid of : discard, eliminate
2 slang : to throw overboard
Did You Know?
Before the introduction of shipboard sonar, water depth was measured by hand with a sounding line. This was generally a rope weighted at one end, with bits of leather called marks tied on at intervals to measure the fathoms. Between the marks, fathoms were estimated by deeps. The leadsman (pronounced LEDZ-mun) lowered the line into the water and called out the depth as the rope passed through his hands: "By the mark twain!" at two fathoms; "By the deep six!" at six fathoms. Perhaps due to an association with "six feet under" (dead and buried), to give something the deep six (or to deep-six it) was to throw it overboard, or, by extension, to discard it. In the mid-20th century, deep-six made landfall; since then it has been used as much by landlubbers as by old salts.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

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

BIDL Lighting Upgrade

(Bid Proposals Due by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 28, 2021)

Please consider this document a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) for the replacement of all interior and exterior lights at Beaver Island District Library (BIDL). Sealed bid proposals must be received in the BIDL office before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021.


Holy Cross Parish Financials

May 5, 2021



Interested in Hunter Safety?

May 5, 2021

Open to adults as well as children, age 10 and up.
Have them contact me at jacquel@tds.net

Weather by Joe

May 5, 2021

Later weather report today due to being stuck in Charlevoix overnight due to late medical appointments and laboratory tests for the editor. Great opportunity to spend some time with Andrea Jo Moore, who flew in from Washington State, and an excellent driver and company throughout the last few days.

Right now at 11 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, it is partly cloud with periods of sunshine. Visibility is good at ten miles. There isn't any fog this morning like yesterday. The pressure is 30.05. It's 43 degrees with the dewpoint at 34 degrees. Humidity is 74%. It's going to be another beautiful day on Beaver Island.

TODAY, it expected to be generally sunny skies with a high in the low 50's. Wind is from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few passing clouds with a low near 35. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORRROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a chance of rain. High will be near 50. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.


On May 5, 1961, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA was established in 1958 to keep U.S. space efforts abreast of recent Soviet achievements, such as the launching of the world’s first artificial satellite—Sputnik 1—in 1957. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the two superpowers raced to become the first country to put a man in space and return him to Earth. On April 12, 1961, the Soviet space program won the race when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into space, put in orbit around the planet, and safely returned to Earth. One month later, Shepard’s suborbital flight restored faith in the U.S. space program.

NASA continued to trail the Soviets closely until the late 1960s and the successes of the Apollo lunar program. In July 1969, the Americans took a giant leap forward with Apollo 11, a three-stage spacecraft that took U.S. astronauts to the surface of the moon and returned them to Earth. On February 5, 1971, Alan Shepard, the first American in space, became the fifth astronaut to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission.


spritely; adjective; (SPRYTE-lee)


1 : marked by a gay lightness and vivacity : spirited

2 : having a distinctively piquant taste : zesty

Did You Know?

Sprightly comes from spright, an archaic version of the word we now use for an elf or fairy: sprite. Ariel from William Shakespeare's The Tempest and the leprechaun of Irish mythology are often referred to as sprites, and it's no coincidence that both are characterized by their light, flitting movements and mannerisms. Sprite derives via Middle English and Old French from the Latin spiritus, which of course gives us spirit as well. A similar-looking adjective that can describe someone who is nimble and energetic is spry, but the origin of that word is not known.

From Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Evening Grosbeak

May 2, 2021

Even through a cloudy window with fog and rain showers, this beautiful bird came to visit the new feeders outside the front window hear on Carlisle Road. These gorgeous birds seem to be quite shy, but capturing a picture is worth every effort.


May 4, 2021

St. James Township has posted for seasonal dock assistants for this summer and early fall season.

View/ download the job posting HERE

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.


Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the May 2021 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Lonnie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

We have had no one this month express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

All Mainland Senior Centers are still CLOSED at this time, but meals and services are still being provided just in a different format.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd will now be open daily with new protocols in place for the safety of those visiting and our staff.  The phone number is 231-448-2124. 

The COA will continue to send emergency frozen meals for seniors to pre-purchase at the BI COA Office as needed during the COVID-19 crisis though the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Aging & Adult Services Agency Recommendations – Risk Level A.  Our county is currently at Risk Level E.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Participation for the following locations has been approved by the Charlevoix County Commissioners

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli 
  • The Shamrock 

Other COA Updates:

Lonnie has been really getting creative on how to better engage and entertain our aging adults on Beaver Island during this time of pandemic.  We want to keep you safe but also understand the challenges of isolation and loneliness.  We appreciate your patience and understanding that things need to be different, but we are still trying to support you when we can in a safe way.

Upcoming Zoom Activities from the mainland though all are encouraged to participate…

  • Thursday, May 13 @ 1PM Caregiver Support Group

**Join us by calling your Center for details and an email invite**

May BI Activities…depending upon what we can do safely

  • Cinco De Mayo Bingo, National Salad Month Recipe Share Day, Scavenger Hun, Be a Millionaire Day, Easy Herb Growing, etc..
  • Beaver Island – Due to the still high positive COVID 19 case numbers please Call Lonnie for more info on any activities at 231-448-2124

Lonnie has access to a few Quarantine Boxes full of shelf stable food should you have an emergent need.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies who play a mothering role!

I wish you all on the island to Be Safe and to Be Well

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

Bumble Bee Watch

The US Fish and Wildlife Service contacted Beaver Island with a request to be on the look out for a rusty-patched bumble bee which is listed as an endangered species.  It was last seen in Michigan in 2006. Rusty-patched bumble bees are active May through November. Where the species remains elsewhere is often in natural areas within an urban/suburban settings--essentially natural habitat islands, isolated from other natural areas. They are associated with Milkweed and other native flowering plants. Disease is one suspect for the decline of the species, so perhaps isolation whether man-made or natural might be important.  Great Lakes islands may be the last refuge to find a rusty-patched bumble bee thus the agency is asking for your observations.  Below is a bumble bee watch program for those who are interested to help find rare bumble bees in Michigan. It would be wonderful to have more eyes looking for bumble bees and submitting photos.

Website --http://www.bumblebeewatch.org

Support Let's make this Giant Ping Pong Ball thing happen! organized by Judy Boyle


I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://gofund.me/923affd7

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can't make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!
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I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://gofund.me/923affd7

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can't make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

What is a community to do when faced with a recreational need? A group of interested players gathered to work toward building two dedicated community pickle ball courts and a bocce ball court at the Peaine Township Park.  The work will be done by local contractors. The cost of the project is approximately $68,000.  Fundraising activities and other grant opportunities are being pursued for the courts continue with the hope of completing the project this summer. To date, the planning group has received interest to help with some of the funding from each of the townships and $6,800 has been awarded by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. The funding gap is $40,000.  A Go Fund Me page is being developed through a non-profit to allow individuals to donate and potentially write off their donation on personal income taxes.

Pickleball is a wonderful activity for the entire community that we would like to see expanded.  We can make this happen on Beaver Island but only with your support. If you have questions about this project, contact Bob Anderson, Judy Boyle, Dave Paul, Pam Grassmick or any of the enthusiastic pickleball players. Come & try it out——new players welcome, good exercise & socializing.

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!

Caitlin Marie Boyle

April 7, 1991 ~ March 12, 2021 (age 29)

Caitlin Marie Boyle, 29, passed away at her home on Beaver Island, MI on March 12, 2021, in the loving arms of her parents, Neal and Connie Boyle. Caitlin holds a special place in the hearts of her godparents Daniel Morris (Uncle Mo) Boyle and Aunt Debbie Slack, all her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Caitlin is proceeded in death by her grandparents Jack and Bea (O’Donnell) Boyle and Guy (Ted) and Mary Ann Bendewald, Aunts Sharon, Grace, Kathy and Uncles Neil, John, Ray and Pat.

Caitlin was born April 7, 1991 and grew up on Beaver Island.  She attended Beaver Island Community School and was a volleyball player, horse woman and lover of all animals. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Sciences at Michigan State University. While at MSU Caitlin was a member of the MSU Ballroom Dance Team, Rodeo Club, Russian Club and more. Caitlin went on to work in the Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives in Constituent Relations and as a Legislative Aide. She was very happy for the chance to work on legislation that helped protect animals. After leaving the House, Caitlin went back to MSU and started studying for a second degree to become a Veterinary Technician, while working full time as a Veterinary Assistant at Lane Animal Clinic in Chelsea, MI. 

Caitlin cared about others more than herself. After her diagnosis, she started a fundraising program to help find a cure for Pediatric brain cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Build a Cure for Brain Cancer and sent to P.O. Box 242, Beaver Island, MI 49782 (For more information on the program see Facebook)

There will be a Memorial Mass held in her honor at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, Wednesday, June 30th at 11 a.m. with Fr. Peter Wigton and Fr. Pat Cawley concelebrating.  

Arrangements are in the care of Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

The family kindly asks that all donations only be made to the Build a Cure for Brain Cancer at Box 242, Beaver Island, MI 49782. We need to try to save the next person's child.

May 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

View/download the newsletter MERE



May 2 & 9 – Pastor Gene Drenth
May 16 – Pastor Greg Steere
May 23 – Pastor Dave Martin
May 30 – Pastor Lee Bracey


On May 25th the Historical Society will have a meeting with the family historians who are writing a family chapter for an upcoming edition of the Beaver Island Journals of History. This is an opportunity to network with the other authors and find answers to your questions about pictures, chapter/word counts and other related topics.
Please call or email the museum (info below for the museum) or contact Jacque LaFreniere to confirm your interest in attending. Limited seating available, if needed the society will schedule other dates as well.
DATE: May 25, 2021
TIME: 5-7 PM
WHERE: Print Shop Conference Room
Lori Taylor-Blitz, Executive Director
Beaver Island Historical Society
PO Box 263
Beaver Island MI 49782


April 22, 2021

View/download the press release HERE

Northern Lights Conference
Boys Basketball
All Conference

1st Team
Sr.  Micah Bailey, Maplewood Baptist ---- 68 pts. (Player of the year)
Sr. Joe Larson, Hannahville ---- 48 pts.
Sr.  Elisha Richards, Beaver Island ---- 47 pts.
Sr.  Dominic Bonnee, Maplewood Baptist ---- 37 pts.
Sr. Nick Exelby, Munising Baptist ---- 36 pts.
2nd Team
Jr.  Marquis Harmon, Ojibwe Charter ---- 32 pts.
Sr. Travis Johnson, Big Bay de Noc ---- 28 pts.
Sr. Mason Thunder, Hannahville ---- 28 pts.
Sr. Quintan DeLaat, Beaver Island ---- 20 pts.
So.  Ryan Swift, Munising Baptist ---- 13 pts.

Honorable Mention
Sr.  Zander Holmes, Beaver Island
Jr.   Josh Sullivan, Maplewood Baptist
Jr.   William (Billy) Parish, Ojibwe Charter
Jr.   Dominic Morse, Mackinac Island
Fr.  Joel Gillespie, Big Bay de Noc

From the Library

April 21, 2021

Pre-Summer Paperback Sale

Collaborative Summer Library Program


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.

Beaver Island Transit

April 5, 2021



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1721                       Many Indians from the northern Great Lakes come to Beaver Island for safety.
300 yrs ago

1836                       A treaty gives the Indians sole possession of the Beaver Archipelago.
185 yrs ago

1851                       Construction of the harbor light begins.  Beaver Head light commissioned.
170 yrs ago

1856       ●On June 16, two disgruntled followers of Strang shot and mortally wounded him on McCullough’s dock as Strang was about to board the naval vessel USS Michigan.  The Mormon era was over.
165 yrs ago        

●On July 5, Strang followers are gathered up and forced to leave the Island.

●The beginning of the Irish era on Beaver Island.  Black John Bonner was one of the first to come to the island after the death of Strang. He established a homestead in the area still known as Bonner’s Bluff.

●Building of the Beaver Head Lighthouse is begun—at the wrong site.

1866                       ●Bishop Baraga sent a newly ordained Irish priest, Father Peter Gallagher, to Beaver Island.  At the time, there were two Catholic churches on the island—Holy Cross and a small lakeside chapel that served the south end of the island.
155 yrs ago        

●A large organized group of immigrants arrive at Cable’s Bay from Arranmore.

1871                       U.S. Marshals are attacked by a mob while trying to arrest five island miscreants, creating the Rebellion of 1871; Andrew Roddy goes into hiding for three years before negotiating probation

150 yrs ago        

1876                   ●A dozen families establish Greentown, many moving from Greens’ Bay.

145 yrs ago         ●Building of the Life Saving Station at Whiskey Point began.

1881        The Gibsons build an addition to serve as the Island Post Office.
140 yrs ago

1911      More than 20 years after arriving, Protar began doctoring on Beaver Island and relied on the help and advice of his friend, Dr. Bernhardi.
110 yrs ago        

1951     Horace “Jack” Johnston opens The Beaver Lodge on the north shore of the island as a place for sportsmen to stay when they come to hunt and fish.
70 yrs ago           

1956        ●Beaver Beacon is the first published publication on Beaver Island since the days of King Strang.
65 yrs ago           

●Dr. Harry Vail becomes the new doctor on Beaver Island.

1961         ●The first long distance direct dialing phone call was received on Beaver Island.

60 yrs ago ●The BI Historical Society received a copy of the envelope and letter allegedly sent by Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, to James Strang, appointing Strang his successor as the leader of the church.  The original is in the archives of Yale University.

1966       The CMU Conference House is renamed CMU Biological Station with James Gillingham as Director.  CMU is the only Michigan university with a facility on an island in Lake Michigan.
55 yrs ago           

1971       Beaver Island was connected to mainland power.
50 yrs ago

2006        ●Construction begins on the new CMU academic center that will replace the original four academic   buildings.
15 yrs ago          

●CMU acquires the former Coast Guard boathouse on Whiskey Point that will provide mooring and storage facilities and a base of operation for vessels used for instruction and research in northern Lake Michigan.

This information was compiled by Susan Oole for the Beaver Island Historical Society.

View/download a PDF of this HERE

Plan Now for Spring Treatment of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

If hemlock trees on your property show signs of hemlock woolly adelgid infestation, now is a good time to plan for spring treatment of this invasive species. Hemlock woolly adelgid (pronounced \ -ə-ˈdel-jəd \), native to Asia, has been detected in Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon Oceana, Mason and Benzie counties in Michigan. These small insects suck sap from hemlock twigs and ultimately can cause tree death.

Insecticides are available to control the insect, and in many cases, landowners easily can apply them by carefully following label instructions and application rate guidance. Due to certain restrictions on the use of these insecticides, you may need the services of a licensed pesticide application business.

If one or more trees are infested, make plans to act this year. Without treatment, trees with hemlock woolly adelgid are likely to die within four to 10 years. Weakened trees on a home landscape could spell disaster during high winds or storms, and eventually they will have to be removed. Loss of hemlocks in forested areas can reduce shade, winter cover, food and habitat for birds, fish and mammals.

Products containing either imidacloprid or dinotefuran as the active ingredient and labeled for use on adelgids are effective in combatting the insect.

No matter which treatment you select, be sure your treatment plan will include all hemlocks on your property over the next few years. If hemlock woolly adelgid is on your site, hemlocks without symptoms are very likely to be infested over time. This includes trees on your property as well as neighboring properties. It’s a good idea to discuss treatment plans with neighbors and coordinate efforts when possible.

Can I treat trees myself?

Application of imidacloprid or dinotefuran is simple enough for many landowners to do themselves. Products containing these chemicals are available at garden supply stores, packaged under various trade names in liquid or granular form. Check the label or ask for assistance in selecting the right product.

Imidacloprid and dinotefuran products available at garden supply stores generally are applied to the soil close to the tree trunk, where they are absorbed through the root system. Plan your application for a time between early April and late October when the ground has thawed and soil moisture is moderate – not too dry or saturated. Follow all label directions, wear appropriate safety gear and determine the right application rate to ensure positive results. To protect the environment, do not allow pesticide to enter or runoff into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters or surface waters.

Some products have restrictions on the amount that can be applied to an area per year. Be sure to read the label carefully to determine if the amount you need falls within these limits. If not, you may need to adopt a multiyear plan or hire a professional.

More information on do-it-yourself treatment can be found in the MSU Extension bulletin: Guidelines for homeowner treatments of hemlock trees infested with hemlock woolly adelgid, available at Michigan.gov/HWA.

When should I call a professional?

Licensed pesticide application businesses have a broader range of options for applying treatments than consumers, and their professional skills are recommended in certain situations. A county-by-county list of businesses holding pesticide application licenses can be found on the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s website, Michigan.gov/MDARD. Look for one that is licensed in the “ornamental” category (3B).

If your hemlock trees are within 75 feet of a body of water or in areas with a high water table, or if flowering plants or shrubs are growing around the hemlocks you wish to protect, a trunk injection or bark treatment may be necessary to avoid affecting the environment, groundwater or other insects. Professional applicators can provide these types of treatments.

What should I expect after treatment?

Hemlock woolly adelgid’s cottony, white ovisacs will linger for a time following treatment. If trees are treated in the spring, check new growth in late fall or winter for any fresh signs of infestation.

After treatment, trees should be checked every year. If the insect has returned after dinotefuran was used, reapplication may be needed after one to two years. For imidacloprid, consider retreatment every four to five years.

Do my trees have hemlock woolly adelgid?

If you have hemlock trees on your property, it is important to check them for signs of hemlock woolly adelgid, which infests only hemlock trees. If you are not sure whether your trees are hemlocks, use the Michigan Invasive Species Program’s eastern hemlock identification guide.

The adelgid’s round, white, cottony ovisacs are most visible in the winter and are located on the undersides of hemlock branches at the base of the needles. The publication Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Look-Alikes, available at Michigan.gov/HWA, provides images and information on identifying this and other pests commonly mistaken for it.

How do I report an infestation?

If you suspect trees on your property have hemlock woolly adelgid, report it using the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network at MISIN.MSU.edu. You can report from the field using the MISIN smartphone app, which will log the location and allow you to upload photos of the suspect signs of the insect.

You also can take pictures, note the tree’s location and email the information to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at MDA-Info@Michigan.gov or report by calling 800-292-3939. Someone will respond to let you know if hemlock woolly adelgid is present or not.

Please do not clip infested branch samples and transport or mail them. This could accidentally spread the insect to new areas. A state interior quarantine makes it illegal to move hemlock anywhere within or out of Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, or Mason counties. Currently there is no known hemlock woolly adelgid in Benzie County, as the single-tree detection was destroyed. Waste hemlock material in the quarantined counties may be moved to approved disposal sites within the quarantine zone.

For more information on identifying and managing hemlock woolly adelgid, visit Michigan.gov/HWA.

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)

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Transfer Station Website Up and Running

August 19, 2020

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