B. I. News on the 'Net, May 7-20, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 20, 2018

Posted at 7 a.m.

What a wonderful gathering last evening for Caitlin Boyle's Cure For Brain Cancer at the Welke Hanger. Caitlin is so loved! The turnout was spectacular and I'm positive that lots of funds were raised to help fight this terrible disease. Caitlin has been a fighter all her life, being born a tiny preemie, months in the hospital before being able to come home. I remember seeing a photo of her tiny arm and Connie's wedding ring would fit around it with room to spare. She attended the Beaver Island Community School with our youngest and had the same problem -her parent was a teacher there too - no escaping. May God watch over Caitlin, and her family, give them the strength to fight this battle, and help doctors find a cure. You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers, Neal, Connie, and Caitlin Marie!!

We are off again at 3:00 to begin our 4th week of battling cancer. Right now on the island it's 40°, cloudy skies, feels like 35°, wind is at 8 mph from the north, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. There is a frost advisory in effect from 2 am to 8 am on Monday. Don't plant those lovely blooms quite yet.
TODAY: Partly sunny. HIghs in the lower 60s. NOrtheast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning.
TONIGHT: Clear. Areas of frost after minight. Lows in the upper 30s. Light winds.
TODAY: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Today's pollen levels are medium-high at 9.5. Top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch.

ON THIS DATE of May 20, 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: blue jeans.

In San Francisco, Strauss established a wholesale dry goods business under his own name and worked as the West Coast representative of his family’s firm. His new business imported clothing, fabric and other dry goods to sell in the small stores opening all over California and other Western states to supply the rapidly expanding communities of gold miners and other settlers. By 1866, Strauss had moved his company to expanded headquarters and was a well-known businessman and supporter of the Jewish community in San Francisco.

Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno, Nevada, was one of Levi Strauss’ regular customers. In 1872, he wrote a letter to Strauss about his method of making work pants with metal rivets on the stress points–at the corners of the pockets and the base of the button fly–to make them stronger. As Davis didn’t have the money for the necessary paperwork, he suggested that Strauss provide the funds and that the two men get the patent together. Strauss agreed enthusiastically, and the patent for “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings”–the innovation that would produce blue jeans as we know them–was granted to both men on May 20, 1873.

Strauss brought Davis to San Francisco to oversee the first manufacturing facility for “waist overalls,” as the original jeans were known. At first they employed seamstresses working out of their homes, but by the 1880s, Strauss had opened his own factory. The famous 501brand jean–known until 1890 as “XX”–was soon a bestseller, and the company grew quickly. By the 1920s, Levi’s denim waist overalls were the top-selling men’s work pant in the United States. As decades passed, the craze only grew, and now blue jeans are worn by men and women, young and old, around the world.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Popeye's measurements in real life: chest - 30", expanding to 60"; neck - 8 "; biceps - 7:; forearms - 20".

WORD OF THE DAY: sub rosa (suhb ROH-zuh) which means confidentially; secretly; privately. The English adverbial phrase sub rosa comes directly from the Latin phrase sub rosā “under the rose,” from the use of a rose suspended from the ceiling of the council chamber during meetings to symbolize the sworn confidence of the participants. This use of the rose is based on the Greek myth that Aphrodite (Latin Venus) gave a rose to her son Eros (Latin Cupid); Eros then gave the rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence and secrets, to ensure that Aphrodite’s dalliances remained hidden. Sub rosa entered English in the 17th century.

Caitlin Boyle's Help Find a Cure Auction

4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 5/19/18

This fundraiser began at 4 p.m. with items set out on both sides of the big hangar at Welke Airport on big tables. There were lots of items ranging from fishing charters to hand made pottery, from gardening instruction to alcoholic beverages in a wheelbarrow, and from Charlevoix lodging and meals to flight instruction. Video clips will show you the amount and the items that were there for the silent auction.

The abovve picture shows the excellent attendance to this event. In addition, fifty unique IP addresses also viewed the event via live streaming including the Charlevoix Elks Club.

Danny Gillespie, Joddy Croswhite, and Ed Palmer provided music for the beginning of the event and continue throughout most of the silent auction time as well as the meal time. The food was amazing as well with hamburgers, brauts, and hotdogs; potato salad, cole slaw, and lettuce salad. Thanks to all those that helped set up, serve, cook, provide music, bar tend, sell tickets, pack up the prizes with the final bids, and the live auction as well those on the clean up crew. It was an amazingly well organized event!

Lots of food, and it was yummy!

The event continued to a little before 7:00 p.m. with clean up starting about then and continuing until almost 7:45 p.m.

View a gallery of pictures of the event including the live auctions HERE

Video added at 10:00 p.m., 5/19/18

View video of auction items HERE

View video of music, crowd, and Live Auction HERE

Some of those hard working people that made this great day happen!

There were many others including Paul and Angel Welke, for example, that are not in the picture. Lots and lots of love shown at this gathering!

Osprey Changing of the Guard

Posted 10:00 a.m., 5/19.18

The pictures show that one osprey had caught a fish and had begun dinner. The other mate was waiting on the nest. This might suggest that there are eggs on the nest that might need protection. After a bit of eating, the osprey in the tree flew up to the nest. The pair shared the locations for a couple of minutes, then the one who had been on the nest flew off with the remains of dinner. These birds are fascinating.....

View a small gallery of pictures of this HERE

Barney's Lake Loons

Posted 9:45 a.m., 5/19/19

A very quick trip to Barney's Lake and the loop to check on the birds. It looked like the female loon was checking out a possible nesting site while the male was out on the lake preening.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 19, 2018

Posted 7:45 a.m.

This round of chemo reaction is waking with a headache and heartburn. So what did I do? Grabbed some ibuprofen, a cup of coffee, and am watching the Royal wedding. 'Tis beautiful!

It's lightly raining out and probably will be until around noon. It's needed badly, so no complaints. It's 51°, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 64%, pressure is rising from 29.98 inches, and visibility is 8.1 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy with scattered rain showers. Highs around 60°. East winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Gusts up to 20 mph. Chance of showers is 50%.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming north 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Numerous showers in the morning. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: Thanks to the rain, pollen levels are medium at 6 today. The top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch.

ON THIS DATE of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Lucille Ball flunked out of drama school?

WORD OF THE DAY: omnifarious (om-nuh=FAIR-ee-uhs) which means of all forms, varieties, or kinds. English omnifarious comes from the Late Latin adjective omnifarius “of all sorts.” The combining form omni- in omnifarious is completely naturalized in English and needs no explanation. The element -farious comes from the Latin combining form -fārius, -farius, which is used to form multiplicative adjectives (e.g., twofold, threefold, simplex, duplex) and is a back formation from the Late Latin adjective bifārius “twofold, double,” in turn derived from the Latin adverb bifāriam “in two parts or places.” Omnifarious entered English in the 17th century.

Born to Be Wild BICS Play

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 5/19/18

This production was performed to a full house at the Beaver Island Community Center. The program was hilarious and was performed with obvious joy by the group of Deb Robert's students. She announced that they would be headed to Camp Hayowentha on this next Monday.

There were thirty-five additional unique IP addresses that viewed the program on Beaver Island TV because it was live streamed by News on the 'Net. The program was also recorded and will be able to be viewed at the link below.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the performance HERE

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes

May 10, 2018

Read the draft minutes HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

May 18th, 2018

Born to be Wild tonight!
The 4th and 5th graders have been working hard all week to prepare for tonight’s sold-out show. If you have tickets, make sure you are on time for the 7:00 pm curtain and be ready to laugh! If you don’t have tickets but would like to support this fundraiser for Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, stop by the Community Center at 6:30 pm buy tickets for prize drawings.

See the Weekly Update HERE along with schedule of events

BICS Board Meeting Packet

Posted on May 18, 2018, (the day received) at 1:30 p.m.

View the Board Packet HERE for the May 14, 2018, meeting

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 18, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

After yesterday's exciting day, hopefully today will be rather relaxing. Just radiation this morning and then a 12:30 flight home and the sofa (and dogs/cats) are calling. Thank you Ruthie for dunging out our fridge and letting the dogs in and out, in and out!!!. When you're only home for a day and a half a whole lot doesn't get eaten.

Right now on the island it's 46°, feels like 41°, wind is at 10 mph from the east with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 56%, pressure is at 30.27 and rising, visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. HIghs in the upper 60s. East winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 50% chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: East wind 15 to 20 knots. Chance of rain. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: The pollen levels for today are measuring high at 10.1. Top allergens are oak , mulberry, and birch.

ON THIS DATE of May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens in Washington erupts, causing a massive avalanche and killing 57 people. Ash from the volcanic eruption fell as far away as Minnesota.

Seismic activity at Mount St. Helens, which is 96 miles south of Seattle, began on March 16. A 4.2-magnitude tremor was recorded four days later and then, on March 23-24, there were 174 different recorded tremors. The first eruption occurred on March 27, when a 250-foot wide vent opened up on top of the mountain. Ash was blasted 10,000 feet in the air, some of which came down nearly 300 miles away in Spokane. The ash caused static electricity and lightning bolts.

Authorities issued a hazard watch for a 50-mile radius around the mountain. The National Guard set up road blocks to prevent access to the area, but these were easily avoided by using the region’s unguarded logging roads. Many residents of the area evacuated, but a substantial number refused. Harry Truman, 84—no relation to the former president—was one resident who refused to move and, after receiving a great deal of positive media coverage for his decision, became a national icon as well as, later, the subject of a local memorial.

Throughout April, scientists watched a bulge on the north side of Mount St. Helens grow larger and larger. Finally, on May 18 at 8:32 a.m., a sudden 5.1-magnitude earthquake and eruption rocked the mountain. The north side of the peak rippled and blasted out ash at 650 miles per hour. A cloud of ash, rocks, gas and glacial ice roared down the side of the mountain at 100 mph. Fourteen miles of the Toutle River were buried up to 150 feet deep in the debris. Magma, at 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit, flowed for miles.

The 24-megaton blast demolished a 230-square-mile area around the mountain. Geologist Dave Johnson was the closest to the eruption when it blew. He was on his radio that morning and was only able to say, Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it! before his truck was pushed over a ridge and he was killed.

Millions of trees were scorched and burned by the hot air alone. When the glacier atop the mountain melted, a massive mudslide wiped out homes and dammed up rivers throughout the area. The plume of ash belched out for nine hours; easterly winds carried it across the state and as far away as Minneapolis, Minnesota. The falling ash clogged carburetors and thousands of motorists were stranded. Fifty-seven people died overall from suffocation, burns and other assorted injuries. Twenty-seven bodies, including that of the stubborn Harry Truman, were never found. Mount St. Helens went from 9,600 feet high to only 8,300 feet high in a matter of seconds.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Canada is a Native American word meaning "big village?" The name of Canada has been in use since the earliest European settlement in Canada, with the name originating from a First Nations word kanata (or canada) for "settlement", "village", or "land".

WORD OF THE DAY: spagyric (spuh-JEER-ik) pertaining to or resembling alchemy; alchemic. The rare adjective spagyric comes from New Latin spagiricus “alchemical; alchemy; an alchemist” and was first used and probably coined by the Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus (c1493–1541). There is no trustworthy etymology for the word. Spagyric entered English in the late 16th century.

Caitlin Boyle's Help Find a Cure Auction

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

The silent auction will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The event will be live streamed on Beaver Island TV. If you want to bid on any of the items, you can call any of these numbers:

231 675 5656

231 675 0417

231 675 5437



DO NOT leave a voicemail. If the number you called doesn't answer, try another number or hang up and call again. Tell them what item and what dollar amount for your bid.

The live auction will start at 6:00 and will be broadcasted live at the Charlevoix Elks Club. We will have someone on the phone at the lodge and someone on the
phone at the auction so they can participate live.

ALL the proceeds will go to help Caitlin as she battles inoperable brain cancer. "Let's help find a cure"

Thank you,

Mary Delamater

Shawn McDonough

List of items HERE


View on facebook HERE

4th and 5th Grade Play Tonight

Posted 7:30 a.m., 5/18/18

Eye Opening Questions 2

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 5/17/18

Before I go on with another editorial, I want to provide the subscribers a little bit of my background.  I was not born an Islander.  I was adopted as an Islander by Phil and Lil Gregg, Skip and Bud McDonough, and Russell and Joy Green, Walt and Vera Wojan, because I met Phyllis Gregg at Grand Valley State, fell in love, and got married.  I have raised three children here on Beaver Island, all of them attending and graduating from Beaver Island Community School.

I arrived on Beaver Island, and within six months, the nun principal, Sister Dennis Marie, contacted me because she had heard that I was a math whiz and a music teacher.  She was interested in having someone work with high school students who needed algebra. 

I completed my teaching certificate being able to teach Music K-12, with Music as my major, and group sciences as my minor with an emphasis in mathematics.  I did my directed teaching and my student teaching right here on Beaver Island under Sister Dennis Marie.  I taught in the Beaver Island Community School teaching every subject you can imagine, from grammar to music to physics.  I taught every subject except a separate, stand-alone class in reading.  I eventually settled into teaching 7th and 8th grade English Grammar, Spelling, and Transition Mathematics including a homeroom for 7th and 8th grades.

In high school, I taught high school band, music theory, music history, Algebra, and Geometry, and, with the advent of computers, had the first generation of computers including Commodore, Atari, and Apple IIe in my classroom.  With my interest in technology, I became the “go to” guy for technology in my later years of teaching.

I left the island for quite a bit of education attending the Middle School Math Program in Indian River, Teaching Reading in the Classroom, the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and the Life Space Crisis Intervention programs offered through the intermediate school district as well as a computer network administrator program offered through NCMC in Petoskey.  I taught Health Education at BICS for fifteen years, and was certified to teach sexuality education. 

I became interested in emergency medical services, and became an EMT in 1987, and EMT-Specialist and EMT Instructor in 1989, and a paramedic in 2000.  I have been certified to teach AHA Basic Life Support, AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support, AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Emergencies for PreHospital Providers, University of Miami Advanced Life Support, “Stop the Bleeding” of the National Association of EMTs, International Trauma Life Support, and have evaluated paramedics at the national level for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.  I have taught too many medical first responder programs and EMT programs during the school day and in the evening to adults, to count them.  I have taught even more CPR, ACLS, and other courses on and off the island.

I was certified at the level of Firefighter I and was the CCSD auxiliary member for more than ten years.  I would say that I have a firm and complete foundation in public services and emergency services.

I am proud to have been part of a team of volunteer EMS personnel who truly cared about their patients.  This is where this editorial is coming from.

The following is from an article by David Hassell for Forbes (modified by Joe Moore):

Four Steps To Build A Culture Of Open Communication

Here are four ways you can create an environment centered on open, two-way communication that builds cohesion.

1. Institute a Transparent Workplace

A common mistake administrators make is not sharing information across the organization. This demonstrates a lack of confidence and can lead to distrust. The best way to prevent this is to practice open, transparent communication.

2. Get Rid of “Us vs. Them” 

When administrators and staff aren’t communicating, administrators need to build practices that strengthen relationships between different stakeholders including the community.  You need to have a strong culture of open feedback and communication, but this is something you build over time by establishing genuine human connections.

Always look for ways to build connections between people.

3.  Make Your OKRs Public

To keep everyone aligned and focused on a set outcome, establish objectives and key results (OKRs). Always frame these within larger goals to show staff how their efforts support big-picture objectives, and make all OKRs public. 

4. Ask and Answer Specific Questions

Your staff members have tremendous insight into the inner workings of your organization, and the best way to tap into this intelligence is by asking the right questions. In addition to regular team meetings, a feedback tool that asks employees relevant questions can prove invaluable for recognizing achievements and identifying challenges.
By maintaining regular, direct communication with staff members and community members, you’ll gain valuable insights into the operations of each part of the system and be able to resolve issues quickly.

Building a culture of transparent communication will open doors throughout your organization and the community, and help your entire organization run more efficiently.


When I see certain things on Beaver Island that do not include a culture of transparent communication, or, in some cases, any communication at all, I become quite likely to write editorials about that type of situation.  In many cases, that upsets people, but it also begins to show the conflict of interest that is sometimes apparent to those that look at the situation objectively.

In some instances and in some organizations, the letters of interest for a position would be read aloud before the decisions were made, just like all the bids for government work are provided before the decisions are made.  If none of this information is made available to the public, how can this suggest anything except a lack of transparency?

How is this direct communication with the community?  It obviously isn’t. 

Then after an editorial is written, threats of lawsuits are sent with absolutely no knowledge or concern for the person who questioned the decision and provided reasons for their questioning.

So, the above is definitely something that I believe that one governmental entity should learn to do in all its future actions and future meetings.  Eventually, transparency and direct communication can improve relationships and accomplish many things.

Lastly, if your oath of office for whatever license or certification requires you to report violations, how can you be demeaned and threatened for doing so?  And, if the person that demands loyalty is the one that violates the rules, shouldn’t that person be called out for this violation?  Shouldn’t a professional step up and report this to the entire world, if it violates his oath?

“To refuse participation in unethical procedures, and assume the responsibility to expose incompetence or unethical conduct of others ……..”

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 17, 2018

Posted at 6:45 a.m., 5/17/18

Today is my 8 hour chemo day (every 21 days) along with radiation (5 days a week). It's going to be one very long day and I'm probably going to feel pretty awful when it's done about 5:00. Thank God I was smart enough years ago to pick Joe (or him to pick me), regardless, I'm so glad he's here to drive me, and go to every appointment with me. He's up for sainthood, especially during my cranky times. Oh well, you don't need to hear all this so let's get on with the weather.

Right now the island is enjoying clear skies, 44°, feels like 39°, wind is at 7 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 78%, pressure is rising from 30.12 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today are high at 10. Top allergens are ash, birch, and maple.

ON THIS DATE of May 17, 1965 The FBI Laboratory weighs in on the "dirty" lyrics of "Louie Louie"

Based on outcry from parents who bought into what may have started as an idle rumor, the FBI launched a formal investigation in 1964 into the supposedly pornographic lyrics of the song “Louie, Louie.” That investigation finally neared its conclusion on this day in 1965, when the FBI Laboratory declared the lyrics of “Louie Louie” to be officially unintelligible.

No one will ever know who started the rumor that “Louie Louie” was dirty. As written by Richard Berry in 1955, the lyrics revolve around a sailor from the Caribbean lamenting to a bartender named Louie about missing his far-away love. As recorded in crummy conditions and in a single take by the Kingsmen in 1963, lyrics like “A fine little girl, she wait for me…” came out sounding like “A phlg mlmrl hlurl, duh vvvr me” Perhaps it was some clever middle-schooler who started the rumor by trying to convince a classmate that those lyrics contained some words that are as unprintable today as they were back in 1963. Whatever the case, the story spread like wildfire, until the United States Department of Justice began receiving letters like the one addressed to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and dated January 30, 1964. “Who do you turn to when your teen age daughter buys and brings home pornographic or obscene materials being sold…in every City, Village and Record shop in this Nation?” that letter began, before going on to make the specific assertion that the lyrics of “Louie Louie” were “so filthy that I can-not enclose them in this letter.”

Over the course of the next two years, the FBI gathered many versions of the putative lyrics to Louie Louie. They interviewed the man who wrote the song and officials of the record label that released the Kingsmen’s smash-hit single. They turned the record over to the audio experts in the FBI laboratory, who played and re-played “Louie Louie” at 78 rpm, 45 rpm, 33 1/3 rpm and even slower speeds in an effort to determine whether it was pornographic and, therefore, whether its sale was a violation of the federal Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material law. “Unintelligible at any speed” was the conclusion the FBI Laboratory relayed to the investigators in charge on this day in 1965, not quite exonerating “Louie Louie,” but also not damning the tune that would go on to become one of the most-covered songs in rock-and-roll history.

Thank you, Phyllis, for today's earworm.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the full name of Los Angeles is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina De Los Angeles de Porciuncula">

WORD OF THE DAY: paraph (PAR-uhf, puh-RAF) which means a flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery. A paraph is the flamboyant flourish at the end of a signature to prevent forgery. The most famous and perhaps only paraph familiar to modern Americans is the one at the end of John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence. Paraph comes from Middle French paraphe or paraffe “abbreviated signature,” which is either a shortening of Late Latin paragraphus “a short horizontal line below the beginning of a line and marking a break in the sense,” or Medieval Latin paraphus “a flourish at the end of a signature.” Paraph entered English in the late 14th century.

Peaine Township Seeks Library Board Representative

Peaine Township
* * * * *
Beaver Island District Library Board


The Peaine Township Board is seeking letters of interest for a Peaine Township representative on the Beaver Island District Library Board. Applicants should submit their letter of interest to:

William Kohls
Peaine Township Supervisor
P.O. Box 26
Beaver Island MI 49782

Letters of interest may also be submitted via email to peainetownship@gmail.com

Letters of interest must be received by June 7, 2018.

For additional information contact Peaine Township Supervisor, William Kohls at 616.540.1752 or at peainetownship@gmail.com.

Nick VandenHuevel Passes Away

Nick VandenHuevel passed away yesterday, May 15, 2018.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 16, 2018

Had trouble falling asleep, which resulted in having trouble waking up. Therefore, the weather is late.

On Beaver Island it's clear skies for most of the day, 45°, feels like 42°, wind is at 6 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 66%, pressure is steady at 30.01 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Fire Danger: Is Very High Check the DNR Burn Permits website (or Contact Tim McDonough at the store) before burning, most Northern Michigan is NOT issuing burn permits! https://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits

ON THIS DATE of May 16, 2014, broadcast journalist and TV personality Barbara Walters retires from ABC News and as co-host of the daytime program “The View.” In a landmark career that spanned some 50 years on air, the 84-year-old Walters blazed a trail for women in TV news. On Walter’s May 16th “View” sendoff, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric were among the more than two dozen female broadcasters who appeared on the show to pay tribute to the legendary newswoman.

Born in Boston on September 25, 1929, Walters, whose father was a night club owner, grew up in Massachusetts, New York City and Miami. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Walters worked as a TV writer and producer in New York before joining NBC’s “The Today Show” in 1961 as a writer and, eventually, on-air reporter. In 1974, she was named an official co-host of the program, the first woman to hold the job. Two years later, Walters became the first woman to co-anchor a nightly network newscast, earning a record $1 million a year. However, after experiencing tension with her “ABC Evening News” co-host, Harry Reasoner, and low ratings, Walters left the program in 1978. From 1984 to 2004, she was a co-host and producer of the TV newsmagazine “20/20.” Additionally, in 1997, she created “The View,” co-hosting the program from its inception until her retirement.

Best known for her interviews, over the decades Walters went one-on-one with American presidents (she interrogated every commander in chief from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama), world leaders, movie stars, convicted killers and scores of other newsmakers. In 1977, she convinced Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to submit to their first joint interview, and that same year she also traveled to Cuba for a headline-making sit down with dictator Fidel Castro. In 2001, she interviewed President Vladimir Putin of Russia and asked whether he’d ever ordered anyone killed (he said “nyet”). She also conducted interviews with such notorious figures as Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Libya’s Moammar Qadaffi and Syria’s Bashir al Assad. In 1999, Monica Lewinsky, whose affair with President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, gave her first TV interview to Walters; a record-breaking 74 million viewers tuned in, making it the highest-rated news program ever broadcast by a single network.

Walters, who interviewed almost every major Hollywood celebrity, also earned a reputation for skillfully asking probing questions that made a number of her famous subjects tear up. However, one question Walters had a tough time living down occurred during a 1981 on-air conversation with Katharine Hepburn. After the actress compared herself to a tree, Walters said, “What kind of tree are you, if you think you’re a tree?”

On May 13, 2013, Walters announced that after more than half a century in TV, she would retire the following year. Shortly before the acclaimed journalist made her official farewell on “The View” in May 2014, her longtime employer, ABC, honored her by naming its news headquarters in New York City the Barbara Walters Building.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a group of goats is called the following: Herd. Flock. Trip. Tribe With herd being most common used.

WORD OF THE DAY: bezonian (bih-ZOH-nee-uhn) which means an indigent rascal; scoundrel. The root of the archaic English noun bezonian is the Italian noun bisogno “need, lack,” also in the late 16th century, “raw, needy recruit (newly landed in Italy from Spain).” In English bezonian has always had this meaning, but also, by an easy extension, ”poor beggar, indigent rascal.” Bezonian entered English in the late 16th century.

Amvets News

Posted 7:15 a.m., 5/16/18

We will not have an AMVETS breakfast again this Memorial Day, we just don’t have the personnel on the island this time of year. The plan is to conduct one over the 4th.

We will have a ceremony Memorial Day at the Veterans Park at 11:00 AM on Monday May 28th. I was successful with a request for a flyover from the US Coast Guard out of Traverse City. It will at 11:00 AM with the caveat that the aircrew will be a duty aircrew and could be diverted on a search and rescue case.  

As every Memorial Day we recognize those veterans who passed away since Memorial Day of 2017. If you would like a veteran recognized please email me with the name, branch of service and another comments you wish us to make.
Email the names to btidmore@tds.net

Dick McEvoy will be taking orders for bricks for the Veterans Park, if you have any questions please contact him.

Bob Tidmore

On Into Spring

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 5/15/18

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island Birding Trail

The 5th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 25-27, 2018, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island.

Featured speakers include Bill Parsons, wildlife biologist with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, who will present, “Bald Eagle Research in the Beaver Island Archipelago.” Andrea and Terry Grabill will lead us on better birding techniques, Dr. Beth Leuck will share information on the Piping Plover recovery efforts in the Great Lakes with emphasis on the archipelago, and Dr. Nancy Seefelt, a biology professor at Central Michigan University, will present "Nesting Waterbirds in the Beaver Archipelago." 

Great field trips around Beaver Island are scheduled, including one lead by Dr. Ed Leuck and Elliot Nelson called Birding and Botanizing at French Bay. In addition, a featured field trip to Garden Island is scheduled.  We are also pleased to announce that the Emmy Award-winning film, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, will be available for viewing during the weekend.

All presentations are scheduled at the Beaver Island Community Center and are free and open to the public without registration.

The schedule of events can be found HERE

Dory Welke Funeral

Dolores P. Welke, age 85 years, of Archbold, passed away Saturday morning, December 16, 2017, at Fairlawn Haven Care Center in Archbold. She was born March 17, 1932, at Plymouth, MI, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Hulack. She married Donus E. Welke on June 21, 1952, and he preceded her in death on November 15, 2010. An Archbold area resident since 1962, she was a homemaker, cosmetologist, and a bookkeeper for Form Tool and St. Peter Catholic Church. She enjoyed piecing quilts as well as tending to her beautiful flower gardens, birding, walking trails and cooking. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold and the Altar Society.

She is survived by two children, Donus D. (Lisa) Welke of Gladwin, MI, and Dawn (LaMar) Gerig of Archbold; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother.

Friends may call at Short Funeral Home in Archbold from 4-8 PM on Thursday. Services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, MI at a later date with the interment in the Welke Cemetery on Beaver Island.

The Rosary will be recited at Holy Cross Church for Dolores (Dory) Welke on Friday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m.

The Funeral Mass is at Holy Cross Church at 11:00 a.m. on the 26th. Everyone will then process to the Welke Cemetery and then on to Holy Cross Parish Hall for a luncheon

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 15, 2018

It is terribly foggy this morning in Petoskey. Can't even see to the end of the parking lot. So glad we don't have to drive anywhere except down the hill to the hospital, and that's not until ten. Right now on Beaver Island it's 50° with mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 4 mph from the north, humidity is at 81%, pressure is from 29.89 inches, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers in the morning then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows around 40. North winds at 10 mph shifting to the south after midnight. Gusts up to 20 mph.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots rising to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the morning. Patchy fog early in the morning. Scattered showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Today the pollen is rated high at 9.7 and again the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple.

ON THIS DATE of May 15, 1982 "Ebony and Ivory" begins a seven-week run at #1 on the pop charts.

Without the black keys, the white keys on a piano would pretty much be stuck playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Do Re Mi.” If you want anything more interesting than that—if you want a song like “Yesterday,” for instance—you’re going to have to get the two sets of keys working together. From this little insight, Paul McCartney crafted the biggest hit record of his post-Beatles career: “Ebony And Ivory.” Recorded as a duet with the great Stevie Wonder, “Ebony And Ivory” took the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 on this day in 1982 and didn’t relinquish it until seven weeks later.

McCartney had been a fan of Stevie Wonder’s for many years before they first met. He even included a Braille message for Stevie—”We love you”—on the back of his 1973 Wings album Red Rose Speedway. Wonder spent the 1970s recording a string of incredible albums that often included songs expressing a strong social consciousness. It’s not surprising, then, that McCartney thought of Stevie Wonder as a duet partner for “Ebony And Ivory.”

Stevie Wonder agreed, and his duet with Paul McCartney not only yielded a smash-hit record that topped the charts on this day in 1982, but it also continued a trend toward pop music power-couplings that was particularly prevalent in the early 1980s. Following on the late 70s success of pairings like Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond (“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” 1978), the period from 1981-1983 witnessed a significant boom in hits from such A-list power couples, including “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, 1981), “Endless Love” (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, 1981), “Islands In The Stream” (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, 1983) and “Say Say Say” (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, 1983).

"Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we?

We all know that people are the same whereever you go
There is good and bad in ev'ryone
We learn to live, when we learn to give
Each other what we need to survive, together alive

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord why don't we?

Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, ooh"

DID YOU KNOW THAT animals have widely different heartbeats? A hibernating groundhog's heart only beats 5 times per minute. A horse has a heart that beats 28 to 40 per minute, while a human heart beats 60 tp 80 beats per minute with the average being 72. I just thought it was interesting.

WORD OF THE DAY: tempus fugit (TEMP-poos FOO-git) which means time flies in Latin. One cannot get more classical than tempus fugit “time flies,” a phrase that occurs in the Georgics, a poem about farming and country life published around 29 b.c. by the Roman poet Vergil (70-19 b.c.). Tempus fugit entered English in the late 18th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

May 13, 2018

This Mass of the Ascension and Mother's Day revealed some absolutely beautiful flowers that decorated the altar. Some were a gift to all the mothers of Holy Cross Parish. The flowers had to be part of this story.

Pinky Harmon was the reader on Saturday afternoon, and Ann Partridge was the reader on Sunday morning. Our celebrant was Father Jim Siler, our parish priest.

View video of the services HERE

COA Senior Luncheon

May 13, 2018

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging put on another luncheon at the Beaver Island Community Center this Sunday, May 13, 2018. .As the editor was heading off island for more medical issues, there was no participation in the meal on this particular day. The gathering seemed quite happy and the conversation was friendly. Approximately forty people were in attendance at 11:30 a.m.

View short video clip of the luncheon HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 14, 2018

Here in Petoskey it's a sunny and bright Monday morning, and hopefully enough incentive to get us up and moving. Ok, I'm up but the big guy is still snoring. He is NOT a morning person.

Beaver Island also has clear skies, 42°, feels like 39°, wind is at 6 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 97%, pressure is rising from 29.86 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels are high today at 10.2. The top allergens are again ash, birch and maple.

ON THIS DATE of May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. In an afternoon ceremony at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Ben-Gurion pronounced the words “We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Israel,” prompting applause and tears from the crowd gathered at the museum. Ben-Gurion became Israel’s first premier.

In the distance, the rumble of guns could be heard from fighting that broke out between Jews and Arabs immediately following the British army withdrawal earlier that day. Egypt launched an air assault against Israel that evening. Despite a blackout in Tel Aviv–and the expected Arab invasion–Jews joyously celebrated the birth of their new nation, especially after word was received that the United States had recognized the Jewish state. At midnight, the State of Israel officially came into being upon termination of the British mandate in Palestine.

Modern Israel has its origins in the Zionism movement, established in the late 19th century by Jews in the Russian Empire who called for the establishment of a territorial Jewish state after enduring persecution. In 1896, Jewish-Austrian journalist Theodor Herzl published an influential political pamphlet called The Jewish State, which argued that the establishment of a Jewish state was the only way of protecting Jews from anti-Semitism. Herzl became the leader of Zionism, convening the first Zionist Congress in Switzerland in 1897. Ottoman-controlled Palestine, the original home of the Jews, was chosen as the most desirable location for a Jewish state, and Herzl unsuccessfully petitioned the Ottoman government for a charter.

After the failed Russian Revolution of 1905, growing numbers of Eastern European and Russian Jews began to immigrate to Palestine, joining the few thousand Jews who had arrived earlier. The Jewish settlers insisted on the use of Hebrew as their spoken language. With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Britain took over Palestine. In 1917, Britain issued the “Balfour Declaration,” which declared its intent to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Although protested by the Arab states, the Balfour Declaration was included in the British mandate over Palestine, which was authorized by the League of Nations in 1922. Because of Arab opposition to the establishment of any Jewish state in Palestine, British rule continued throughout the 1920s and ’30s.

Beginning in 1929, Arabs and Jews openly fought in Palestine, and Britain attempted to limit Jewish immigration as a means of appeasing the Arabs. As a result of the Holocaust in Europe, many Jews illegally entered Palestine during World War II. Radical Jewish groups employed terrorism against British forces in Palestine, which they thought had betrayed the Zionist cause. At the end of World War II, in 1945, the United States took up the Zionist cause. Britain, unable to find a practical solution, referred the problem to the United Nations, which in November 1947 voted to partition Palestine.

The Jews were to possess more than half of Palestine, although they made up less than half of Palestine’s population. The Palestinian Arabs, aided by volunteers from other countries, fought the Zionist forces, but by May 14, 1948, the Jews had secured full control of their U.N.-allocated share of Palestine and also some Arab territory. On May 14, Britain withdrew with the expiration of its mandate, and the State of Israel was proclaimed. The next day, forces from Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded.

The Israelis, though less well equipped, managed to fight off the Arabs and then seize key territory, such as Galilee, the Palestinian coast, and a strip of territory connecting the coastal region to the western section of Jerusalem. In 1949, U.N.-brokered cease-fires left the State of Israel in permanent control of this conquered territory. The departure of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs from Israel during the war left the country with a substantial Jewish majority.

During the third Arab-Israeli conflict–the Six-Day War of 1967–Israel again greatly increased its borders, capturing from Jordan, Egypt, and Syria the Old City of Jerusalem, the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. In 1979, Israel and Egypt signed an historic peace agreement in which Israel returned the Sinai in exchange for Egyptian recognition and peace. Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) signed a major peace accord in 1993, which envisioned the gradual implementation of Palestinian self-government in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli-Palestinian peace process moved slowly, however, and in 2000 major fighting between Israelis and Palestinians resumed in Israel and the occupied territories.

DID YOU KNOW THAT poodles actually come from Germany, but the French people loved them so much that they were quickly adopted into their culture. They are now the national dog of France. The name poodle came from the German Pudelhund or Pudel (which in English means “puddle”) meaning “to splash about”, and the word Hund in German means “dog.” The poodle became standardized in France, where it was considered and worked as a water retriever.

WORD OF THE DAY: lollapalooza (lol-uh-puh-LOO-zuh) which means an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance. Lollapalooza is an American word of unknown but fanciful origin, used by comic writers and humorists such as S.J. Perelman (1904-79) and P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975). Lollapalooza entered English in the early 20th century.

Sunset in May

May 12, 2018

Posted at 8 am, 5/13/18

The sky was red last night even from the King's Highway, Carlisle intersection. It's beauty was captured by Jared Pike in this photo taken at Donegal Bay. This is a gorgeous example of the beauty that can be seen here on Beaver Island.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's! Hope you each have a fabulous day! We begin another week on the mainland at 3:00 (when our flight is). It's been a great weekend - albeit I slept through most of it. I don't know if it's even healthy to sleep this much, but I'll ask my doctor when I see her on Thursday, which is also chemo day #2. I do feel good, just tired, actually it's beyond tired, more like exhausted. I'll survive, I'm just doing my weekly complaining. Anyhow, on to the weather! Just keeping fingers and toes crossed that NEXT weekend will have perfect weather for Caitlin Boyle's benefit to Cure Brain Cancer. Goooo, Caitlin!!

Right now on the island we have clear, blue skies, it's 37°, feels like 34°, wind is at 5 mph from the south, humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 30.12 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less
POLLEN REPORT: Today the pollen levels are on the rise at 9.3, which is medium-high. Top allergens are ash, birch, and maple.

ON THIS DATE of May 13, 1607, some 100 English colonists arrive along the west 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 Native American confederacy, but the Indians 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.

DID YOU KNOW a small population of mammoths survived on Wrangel Island until 1650 BC, about 900 years after the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza were completed. Want to read more about these mammoths, check out this link:

WORD OF THE DAY: minnie (MIN-ee) which means mother; mom. The noun minnie is probably baby talk for northern English and Scottish mither “mother” or for mummy (mommy). Minnie is used in northern England and Scotland to mean “(one’s) mother.” Minnie entered English in the 17th century.

Some Beaver Island Birds

May 12, 2018

Possted 5/12/18, 1:30 p.m.

While out at the Gull Harbor area to check on the Alder, there was an interesting bird feeding in the water that is covering Gull Harbor Road. While the trip out there was also to look for an eagle in the eagle tree, this one was quite interesting. Then a quick trip to Barney's Lake to check on the loons on the lake. A couple of noisy geese came in to break the silence. Then over to the microwave tower to check out the ospreys on the nest. One osprey is in the nest, and the other is in the dead tree there. Since there is no other time to check on these birds, a once weekly trip is planned.

Combination video clip of these birds.

These are not bird feeder birds. They are more nature related birds.


Barney's Lake loons

Osprey on Sloptown Road

View a gallery of pictures HERE

USCG Cutter Alder Replaces Ice Buoys

May 12, 2018

Posted at 1 p.m., 5/12/18

The Cutter Alder visited the island this morning to take out the ice buoy and replace it with the buoy that is there all through the summer season. This buoy is the marker for the entrance into St. James Harbor.

View a small gallery of pictures of this process HERE

The vessel headed out of the harbor and moved in the general direction of the buoy off of Gull Harbor. Time was limited so there was no following the cutter today.


Men's Golf League to Start

The Beaver Island Golf Course Men's Summer Golf League will begin on June 6, 2018. The golf league meets each Wednesday, except specific holidays if they occur on Wednesday. The teams are mad up of two men. The league will continue until September 5, 2018. This information comes from Ron Wojan, who is the primary contact person. If interested you can call Ron Wojan or Frank Solle.

Interesting, VEERY Interesting

Editorial by Joe Moore

Posted at 1 p.m., 5/12/18

Modified 5/14/18 and 5/15/18

This past week, the island once again showed the illogical behaviors that can take place here.  No, I’m not talking about consolidation.  I’m talking about the Peaine Township appointment to the emergency services authority.

Let’s examine the qualifications of those that sent letters of interest.

One was a previous member of the BIESA with emergency medicine and critical care experience.

Another was experienced in all areas of public safety having been a CCSD auxiliary officer, a certified firefighter, an EMS instructor, the only one who provided a hands-on disaster drill, and thirty years of experience in providing EMS on this island.

The one that got the appointment had very minimal EMS experience, was a previous ESA board member who resigned.

Lastly, let’s examine the relationships of the board members and this one appointee.  The appointee is the spouse of one of the board members, the relative of two board members, the spouse’s golf partner of the other board member, with only one independent unrelated person on the board.  The appointee’s husband didn’t even abstain from the vote.  Such is the atmosphere in this governmental unit.

This was predictable, if nothing else.  Keep your eyes open, there is more to come.

Then, the issue of the Waste Management Committee came up. This group has not had one meeting in the last year. St. James Township has not had any input into the operation of the transfer station. The chair of the WMC is the Peaine Township supervisor. His failure to have meetings is a violation of the agreement between the two townships. When will there be a meeting of the WMC?

As a St. James taxpayer, I want some representation in the operation of this recycling and waste management station. I want the agreement to be honored until it is legally changed. Not one meeting in over a year? It seems that the "We can do that" is contagious down in this township, whether it is legal or not.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 12, 2018

Hmmm, first cup of coffee at home after sleeping all night in my OWN bed...perfection! We are so blessed with friends and family who are helping out in so many different ways - from taking care of our overly possessive Chihuahua and blind Yorkie (thank you Ruthie), to being able to come home on the weekends (thank you Mother Nature for perfect weather and Island Airways), and to those who have shared hugs and laughs with us. We are NOT moping, wringing our hands, and crying about circumstances, we ARE living each moment to the fullest. So thanks everyone for making these moments so special to us!

Right now we have beautiful, blue, clear skies over the island, 44°, feels like 41°, wind is at 5 mph from the east, humidity is at 67%, pressure is rising from 30.18 inches, and visibility is 8.8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Today the pollen levels are medium-high at 8.8 while the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple.

ON THIS DATE of May 12, 1963, Bob Dylan walked out on The Ed Sullivan Show.

By the end of the summer of 1963, Bob Dylan would be known to millions who watched or witnessed his performances at the March on Washington, and millions more who did not know Dylan himself would know and love his music thanks to Peter, Paul and Mary’s smash-hit cover version of “Blowin’ In The Wind.” But back in May, Dylan was still just another aspiring musician with a passionate niche following but no national profile whatsoever. His second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, had not yet been released, but he had secured what would surely be his big break with an invitation to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. That appearance never happened. On May 12, 1963, the young and unknown Bob Dylan walked off the set of the country’s highest-rated variety show after network censors rejected the song he planned on performing.

The song that caused the flap was “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues,” a satirical talking-blues number skewering the ultra-conservative John Birch Society and its tendency to see covert members of an international Communist conspiracy behind every tree. Dylan had auditioned “John Birch” days earlier and had run through it for Ed Sullivan himself without any concern being raised. But during dress rehearsal on the day of the show, an executive from the CBS Standards and Practices department informed the show’s producers that they could not allow Dylan to go forward singing “John Birch.” While many of the song’s lyrics about hunting down “reds” were merely humorous—”Looked up my chimney hole/Looked down deep inside my toilet bowl/They got away!“—others that equated the John Birch Society’s views with those of Adolf Hitler raised the fear of a defamation lawsuit in the minds of CBS’s lawyers. Rather than choose a new number to perform or change his song’s lyrics—as the Rolling Stones and the Doors would famously do in the years to come—Dylan stormed off the set in angry protest.

Or so goes the legend that helped establish Dylan’s public reputation as an artist of uncompromising integrity. In reality, Bob Dylan was polite and respectful in declining to accede to the network’s wishes. “I explained the situation to Bob and asked him if he wanted to do something else,” recalls Ed Sullivan Show producer Bob Precht, “and Bob, quite appropriately, said ‘No, this is what I want to do. If I can’t play my song, I’d rather not appear on the show.'” It hardly mattered whether Dylan’s alleged tantrum was fact or reality. The story got widespread media attention in the days that followed, causing Ed Sullivan himself to denounce the network’s decision in published interviews. In the end, however, the free publicity Bob Dylan received may have done more for his career than his abortive national-television appearance scheduled for this day in 1963 ever could have.

DID YOU KNOW THAT several hundred years ago one could be executed for drinking a cup of coffee in Turkey? Coffee drinking was banned by jurists and scholars meeting in Mecca in 1511. The opposition was led by the Meccan governor Khair Beg, who was afraid that coffee would foster opposition to his rule by bringing men together and allowing them to discuss his failings. Thus was born coffee’s association with sedition and revolution. It was decreed sinful (haraam), but the controversy over whether it was intoxicating or not raged on over the next 13 years until the ban was finally rescinded in 1524 by an order of the Ottoman Turkish Sultan Selim I, with Grand Mufti Mehmet Ebussuud el-İmadi issuing a fatwa allowing coffee to be drunk again. Beg was executed for his troubles by command of the Sultan himself, who further proclaimed coffee to be sacred. In Cairo there was a similar ban in 1532; coffee houses and coffee warehouses there were ransacked.

WORD OF THE DAY: truthiness (TROO-thee-nis) which means the quality of seeming to be true according to one's intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence, or the like. Truthiness in the 19th century meant “truthfulness, veracity”; this sense is rare nowadays. Its current sense, “the quality of seeming to be true according to one's opinion without regard to fact,” was invented by the comedian Stephen Colbert in 2005.

St. James Special Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2018

BICS Weekly Update

May 11, 2018

Peaine Township Meeting

May 9, 2018

Posted May 11, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

View video of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 11, 2018

You know, when we started the radiation therapy and chemo, I honestly thought I'd be doing a daily update of what it was like. Obviously I haven't been doing that. Oh, I did it for a few days, but really, each day bleeds into the next and I truly don't feel any different other than exhausted, my chest is breaking out, I'm bald, my fleas have stopped biting, my tummy is upset quite often, and most days we don't do things like the Tunnel of Trees drive because I'm simply too tired.. Eating is a bit interesting as I have to take very small bites and chew everything very well because the radiation is going right next to my esophagus (which causes a tad bit of swelling making it difficult to swallow). Other than that, things are just hunky dory. In fact, IT'S FRIDAY AND WE GET TO GO HOME after radiation. We're scheduled for the 1:30 flight and frankly, I can't wait.

Right now on the island it's partly cloudy, 30°, feels like 26°, wind is at 3 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 30.21 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Widespread frost in the morning. Highs in the lower 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the id 30s. LIght winds. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
POLLEN REPORT: Today the pollen levels will be medium-high at 8.3 while the top allergens will again be ash, birch, and maple.

ON THIS DATE of May 11, 1949, the body of Leon Besnard is exhumed in Loudun, France, by authorities searching for evidence of poison. For years, local residents had been suspicious of his wife Marie, as they watched nearly her entire family die untimely and mysterious deaths. Law enforcement officials finally began investigating Marie after the death of her mother earlier in the year.

Marie married Leon in August 1929. The couple resented the fact that they lived relatively modestly while their families were so well off. When two of Leon’s great aunts perished unexpectedly, most of their money was left to Leon’s parents. Consequently, the Besnards invited Leon’s parents to live with them.

Shortly after moving in, Leon’s father died, ostensibly from eating a bad mushroom. Three months later, his widow also died and neighbors began chatting about a Besnard family jinx. The inheritance was split between Leon and his sister, Lucie. Not so surprisingly, the newly rich Lucie died shortly thereafter, supposedly taking her own life.

Becoming increasingly greedy, the Besnards began looking outside the family for their next victim. They took in the Rivets as boarders, who, under the Besnards’ care, also died abruptly. No one was too surprised when the Rivets’ will indicated Marie as the sole beneficiary.

Pauline and Virginie Lallerone, cousins of the Besnards, were next in line. When Pauline died, Marie explained that she had mistakenly eaten a bowl of lye. Apparently, her sister Virginie didn’t learn her lesson about carelessness, because when she died a week later, Marie told everyone that she too had inadvertently eaten lye.

When Marie fell in love with another man in 1947, Leon fell victim to her poisoning as well. Traces of arsenic were found in his exhumed body, as well as in the rest of her family’s corpses. But Marie didn’t let a little bit of pesky evidence get in her way. She managed to get a mistrial twice after trace evidence was lost while conducting the tests for poison each time. By her third trial, there wasn’t much physical evidence left. On December 12, 1961, Marie Besnard was acquitted. The “Queen of Poisoners,” as the French called her, ended up getting away with 13 murders.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the groundhog is only accurate in predicting the weather 28% of the time.

WORD OF THE DAY: cordillera (kawr-DIL-er-uh) which means a chain of mountains, usually the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass. The English noun cordillera is a borrowing of Spanish cordillera “chain or ridge of mountains.” The Spanish noun is a diminutive of cuerda “rope, string,” from Latin chorda “chord, cord, intestine (as food)” itself a borrowing of Greek chordḗ “guts, sausage, string (of rope or of a lyre).” Cordillera originally applied to the Andes Mountains and later to the same mountain chain in Central America and Mexico. Cordillera entered English in the early 18th century.

58 Fisher 2 

by Dick Burris

(As told to Amy Burris; posted on 5/10/18, 2:15 p.m.)

Bob and I came to Fisher2, and hired on in the "trim shop" We were doing seat backs, We would do every other car as it came down the line. The front seat was installed with a suspended swinging hoist that inserted it into the front seat position to be bolted in down the line.
We had some guys on the line that worried that we were working to fast and the time keeper would notice this; so just to bug them, I checked to see if the time keeper was around; and he wasn't, so I sent Herbie and Bob away a few minutes, and did all three jobs, The seat loader was too slow, so I just grabbed the front seats and slid them in.

A few days later, here came the time keeper; (The only time I ever rode the line) I'd take a super long time, to fasten the seat back and put in the cushion; then would RUN to my next car, and do the same, taking the bolt men down the line; but giving them enough time to secure the seats. I kept this up until the time keeper left; then went back to normal. The Forman said he was really feeling sorry for me.

There's no way we were going to set the pace for those that were there all of the time; if they want a study, they ought to do it on the regulars.

WE had a chess game on a bench in our area. There was a general Forman that claimed he had studied the game intensively, and was bragging about it to Brother Bob. Bob challenged him on my behalf, to a game. I kept a mental vision of the board in my head while in the car with the seats. Then would check the board for his anticipated moves and make mine then, and back to the next car. I gave him back his queen once, and still beat him. He never graced our area again.

Someone turned up with a rubber snake, One of the guys told me to show it to Big John, being stupid, I did it. He was sitting on a box, looked like he was almost asleep when I did it. He sprung to his feet and headed my way; all I could do is hold it between us for protection, as he warned, "Get away with that thing, I gonna hurt you real bad!!"

Needless to say, I made like a tree, and "leaved". When Bob saw him in the wash room he caught hell for it. John said, "All you white boys look the same to . me" (Bob was four inches taller than me)

One time the foreman said he would like one of those (solid state radios). Bob said,"we'II git you one." So on lunch break we went through the opening into the finally assembly plant,and brought back a radio and put it in his desk. He showed up soon after the line started; and we told him the radio was in his desk. He headed for the desk and opened the doors a crack; and we could see his pant legs' bottoms quivering. He closed the doors and came to us, and said nervously,"! didn't think you guys would really do this! That's when we asked him if he needed a set of tires. He declined on that one. I have no idea if he had the nerve to go past the shop guards with it.

Finally in 1958, they decided to take urine samples from the employees to check for lead. The nurse handed Bob a small bottle, and told him to go into the other room for it; Bob stared at the bottle, then stared at the nurse and said,"YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!" The nurse then told him the room was a bathroom.

There was a guy there that had been in Jackson prison for killing people. And a few of the workers were bugging him. So one day I saw him coming at me with a knife; he apparently thought I was one of them; I grabbed a glue spray and advised him it wasn't me, and that if he took one more step, he was setting sprayed. Well he did, and I sprayed the brown gunk all over the front of him. He hurried back to his workplace, and I could see him trying to clean himself up.

Too many capers happened there, that I don't want to say in this article.

The rides to work were another adventure. Bob and I took turns driving; I had a 47 Plymouth, and he only a 57 Oldsmobile Interceptor with a 3 (barrel an hour) carburetor.
" Wicked Ruby," named after a song, could fly by my Plymouth; but the Interceptor just shot out in front as she tried to fly past it. The Olds could go 90mph in a 1/4 mile. It was the hottest car I ever drove, bar none; Even a Stingray couldn't touch it.

One day the Plymouth broke an oil line to the oil filter on the way to work and we were late; so Bob volunteered to hold the flowing end, with his finger under the hood. Well, being almost late we were going sometimes 80 mph, yes, we made it to work on time, but Bob was a basket case. The oil line was hot, and he had to keep switching fingers with a spurt of oil with each finger change.

Another day we were cruising about 50mph, and a kid threw a wet snowball; that almost broke our windshield. There was no traffic ahead or behind, so I just spun around and went to the horrified kids.

I said,"Which one of you threw that snow ball?"

And they all pointed to one. I washed his face with snow, and told him never to throw snowballs at the cars again, because it could break a window or cause an accident. They simultaneously agreed, and we were on our way again.

2018 Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Visitors' Print Guide

Posted at 2 p.m., 5/10/18

(PARC) Patrons of the Arts in Rural Communities

Posted at 1 p.m., 5/10/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin for May 2018

News from the BI Chamber of Commerce

Posted 5/10/18, 1:00 p.m.

July 4th Parade Theme  -  Peace, Love and The Fourth of July

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 10, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Totally overwhelmed by all the love yesterday of which I spent most of the time thanking folks for all the lovely birthday wishes. Holy cow!! Way over 200! I feel like Sally Fields, "you like me, you really, really like me!" So, thank you again from the bottom of my heart. It means so much. A very special thanks to my larger half, Joe, who had all his hair shaved off in support. Not many would do that! and of course to Courtney and Mike who took us out for a lovely dinner. Oh gosh, almost forgot, Pam Moxham, who surprised us with a visit and gifted me with a unique Aussie hat for this summer (Pam is from there). The hat has built in fly swatters to keep those buggers out of ones eyes. Thank you all, each and every one. Love you!!!

Petoskey this morning has pea soup fog. Went to the office for coffee at 6 and could barely see the end of the building it's that thick. Meanwhile, on the island it's overcast, 49°, like 44°, wind is at 10 mph from the west, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 29.68 inches, and visibility is 2.7 miles.


TODAY: Cloudy in the morning then clearing. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs around 50. Northwest winds 5 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Widespread frost after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph in the evening becoming light.


TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning.
TONIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

POLLEN REPORT: Thanks to the fog and rain, the pollen levels are down a bit to 7.6. Top allergens are ash, birch, and maple.

ON THIS DATE of 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, and the West would surely lose some of its wild charm with the new connection to the civilized East.

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, Indian raids 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. 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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT flamingos are pink because shrimp is one of their main food sources?

WORD OF THE DAY: hypocorism (hahy-POK-uh-riz-uhm) which means 1) a pet name; 2) the practice of using a pet name; 3) the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult. The very rare English noun hypocorism comes from the equally rare Latin noun hypocorisma “a diminutive (word),” a direct borrowing of Greek hypokórisma “pet name, endearing name; diminutive (word),” a derivative of the verb hypokorízesthai “to play the child, call by an endearing name.” Hypokorízesthai is a compound formed from the prefix hypo-, here meaning “slightly, somewhat,” and korízesthai “to caress, fondle.” The root of korízesthai is the noun kórē “girl, maiden” or kóros “boy, youth.” The Greek nouns are from the same Proto-Indo-European root ker- “to grow” as the Latin Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, and its derivative adjective cereālis “pertaining to Ceres,” the source of English cereal. Hypocorism entered English in the 19th century.

Yard Sale

Posted 5/9/18 at 2 p.m.

There will be a yard sale at Betty Welke's house on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. behind Island Airways terminal. Items for sale include books, Christmas stuff, clothes, shoes, housewares, and lots of kitchen stuff."

The Kelly Day

Kelly Day & Her Christening

Posted at 2 p.m., 5/9/18

This vessel owned by Bob and Maura Turner and is named the "Kelly Day." On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, the vessel was launched and christened at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. The Kelly Day will begin its first full season of service to the island this summer.After the launch and the christening, there were snacks and refreshments. Thanks to Vickie Smith, Maura Turner, and Becca Foli for taking the pictures and the video.


View a collection of photos by Becca Foli HERE

Religion on 19th Century Beaver Island

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 5/9/2018

Father Ted Sirracho, Episcopal priest, did the intruductions of the speakers, three of them speaking about the religion on the island in the 19th century. The first speaked was Vicki Speek. Historian, author of “God Has Made Us a Kingdom” speaking about James Jesse Strang. The second was Elizabeth Leem, archivist of Diocese of Marquette, on Bishop Baraga. The third was Father Dan Connaghan as Father Peter Gallagher.

This presentation took place in July 2010 during Museum Week. This video is part of the project of digitizing the video archives and tapes of the Beaver Island Historical Society. This oral history project was started by Robert Cole and continued by Shamus Norgaard. This project provides great insight into the lives of the people of Beaver Island and its history.

Father Ted

Vickie Speek..............Elizabeth Leem..........Father Dan Connaghan

View video of this presentation HERE

St. James Special Meeting

Friday, May 11, 2018, 10 a.m.

Posted 12 p.m., May 9, 2018

Holy Cross Bulletin

Peaine Township Agenda

May 9, 2018

Election Results

May 8, 2018

Posted May 9, 2018, at 11 a.m.

Both Peaine and St. James Townships have passed both school millages, and the important millage request from the Intermediate School District passed for the renewal as well. St. James voters passed the consolidation issue, but Peaine Township voters resoundingly defeated the consolidation issue.

The official Peaine results were posted at the Charlevoix County website at 10:23 p.m. on 5/8/18. The Consolidation issue failed with 198 NO votes to 43 YES votes. The operating millage for the school passed with a small margin in Peaine with 130 YES versus 106 NO.

In St. James Township all three passed with a ratio of 2 to 1 for passage.

So, the most contentious issue on Beaver Island, the "One Island, One Township" passed in St. James and failed in Peaine Township. This means that the consolidation will not take place, the extra person voted for the consolidation committee isn't going to be used, and that Beaver Island will remain as two townships, two completely independent entities.

St James Township Election Results for Tuesday May 8, 2018

Consolidate Peaine and St James Township: 131 Yes, 52 No.

Beaver Island Community School Operating Millage: 127 Yes, 55 No.

Charlevoix Emmet Career Technical Ed Millage: 120 Yes, 48 No.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 9, 2018

Today is my 70th birthday. I'm not looking for compliments, I'm saying that in amazement. I had four cousins all born within the same week, 3 of us a year and a day apart. Renée Lindemann is the baby and arrived 10 years later. Unfortunately, Barbie passed away suddenly a few years ago, but Linda McGuire- Hannon and I are still around and for the next couple days we'll be the same age until she gets MUCH, MUCH older. Happy Birthday in advance to you two and in heaven to Barbie.
Considering that as a child I drank poison (and obviously survived), that's another story for another day, and now, as an adult (sorta, kinda) I'm having poison pumped into me every 21 days, it's a miracle that I'm still around to drive Joe and the family crazy along with the rest of you with my irreverent, wacky, humor. I'm so glad I am, and I'm glad that the majority of you are still along for the ride. The fact that it is my birthday though does not excuse my from radiation therapy at 10:30 or the labs to follow. We will be starting the day off in fine fashion by meeting up at 8:00 this morning with some of our oldest friends, Perry and Sandy Fortier. We love them silly, but with all our crazy schedules seldom make contact. I'm so looking forward to breakfast. Dinner tonight will be with Courtney Moore Pelcha and Mike Pelcha at JR's. Here's hoping another relative (that I've never met in person, just on Facebook) will have a chance to join us, Peg Muzzall. All in all, it's looking to be a great day!! I'm trying like heck to catch up to my 93 year old mother who's still going strong.

Now as to the weather: it's partly cloudy on the island this morning, 49°, feels like 45°, wind is a 9 mph from the east, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 29.95 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds at 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west after midnight. Gusts up to 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: The National Weather Service in Gaylord has issued A Small Craft Advisory...which is in effect from 5 AM to 6 PM EDT Thursday.
TODAY: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming south with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today are high at 10.7, Top allergens are ash, ,birch and maple.

ON THIS DATE of May 9, 1671, in London, Thomas Blood, an Irish adventurer better known as “Captain Blood,” is captured attempting to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

Blood, a Parliamentarian during the English Civil War, was deprived of his estate in Ireland with the restoration of the English monarchy in 1660. In 1663, he put himself at the head of a plot to seize Dublin Castle from supporters of King Charles II, but the plot was discovered and his accomplices executed. He escaped capture. In 1671, he hatched a bizarre plan to steal the new Crown Jewels, which had been refashioned by Charles II because most of the original jewels were melted down after Charles I’s execution in 1649.

On May 9, 1671, Blood, disguised as a priest, managed to convince the Jewel House keeper to hand over his pistols. Blood’s three accomplices then emerged from the shadows, and together they forced their way into the Jewel House. However, they were caught in the act when the keeper’s son showed up unexpectedly, and an alarm went out to the Tower guard. One man shoved the Royal Orb down his breeches while Blood flattened the Crown with a mallet and tried to run off with it. The Tower guards apprehended and arrested all four of the perpetrators, and Blood was brought before the king. Charles was so impressed with Blood’s audacity that, far from punishing him, he restored his estates in Ireland and made him a member of his court with an annual pension.

Captain Blood became a colorful celebrity all across the kingdom, and when he died in 1680 his body had to be exhumed in order to persuade the public that he was actually dead.

DID YOU KNOW that in Denmark there are twice as many pigs as people?

WORD OF THE DAY: suborn (suh-BAWRN) which means to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime. The Latin verb subornāre, the ultimate source of English suborn, is composed of the prefix sub- “under, subordinate, near to, partially, secretly” and the verb ornāre “to prepare, equip, arrange.” Ornāre is from an assumed ordnāre, a derivative of the noun ordō (stem ordin-) “line, row, rank, grade.” Subornāre has several meanings: when the sense of the verb ornāre predominates, the compound means “to supply, furnish; to dress up (in costume or disguise); when the sense of the prefix sub-, meaning “secretly, covertly,” predominates, the compound means “to instigate secretly or underhandedly, prepare clandestinely.” An extension of this last sense, “to induce someone to commit a crime or perjury,” from suborner in Old and Middle French, is its current sense in English. Suborn entered English in the 16th century.

Vist to Holy Cross

Cross Village

Posted at 4:15 p.m.

After returning from the radiation treatment at Northern Michigan Hospital this morning, it was decided that the motel people were going to repaint the parking lines in the motel parking lots. There really wasn't any place to park without having the car be in the way. A nice phone call from the office by Wendy Ken's daughter asked that we move the car. We did, and that prompted another opportunity to take Phyllis to someplace farily close that she had never been before. So off we went to Harbor Springs, and then we saw the roadway sign that said that Cross Village was 27 miles away.

Yes, Phyllis said, "I've never been to Cross Village, have you?"

My answer was to keep driving on M-119 all along the shoreline from Petoskey to Cross Village. The trip was beautiful even in the sprinttime. The roadway became almost as narrow as the island roads, so it almost felt like driving on the island, except that this narrow and winding road was paved. As we got to Cross Village, we noticed the Catholic church there, and, of course, decided to stop and take a few pictures. We though maybe we'd take a couple and then go have lunch, but Legg's Inn was closed. So, we asked a man in the parking lot where we could get something to eat, and he said the general store and gave us directions to get there.

The drive to and from Cross Village is well worth the time and the gasoline. The Little Traverse Bay is beautiful from both sides, and the views are amazing.

Holy Cross Catholic Church in Cross Village was established in 1691.

The history of the church is on this sign with a picture of a priest.

Although the building was locked, this indicated that the altar was from Mackinac Island.

An older picture.......Today's picture

A few more pictures of the area....

Lunch at the general store..........One really interesting sign on the trip.

While we love Holy Cross on Beaver Island, this drive gave a chance to get out and away from the motel, see some beauty, and forget about the current cancer journey for just a little while.

May Miscellany

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS National Honor Society

May 7, 2018

Posted 5/8/18, 10 a.m.

The new inductees into the National Honor Society took their places on May 7, 2018, at a ceremony held in the High School Commons area of the Beaver Island Community School. Here are a few pictures of the event on that day. Thank you to BICS for the pictures and the information.

BICS National Honor Society

Attendees for the ceremony

National Honor Society Inductees with Ms. Connie Boyle and Mr. Will Cwikiel, Superintendent/Principal



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

The Chamber of Commerce of Beaver Island has posted this, and BINN found it on facebook. It's a very nice video, viewable on YouTube.

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Annual Meetings

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

for February 2018


St. James Township Meeting Video


View video of this meeting HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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4th and 5th Grade Play Coming in May

Posted 10:10 a.m., 4/14/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 8, 2018

oday Joe gets to "peek behind the curtain" as it were, to see what happens to me as I go through radiation therapy. I asked yesterday if he could, and they said yes. The instructor, paramedic, and teacher in him is excited about it. Wonder if he has to wear one of those ugly, open backed gowns. I doubt it. You'll have to wait for his report on this field trip.

As for the island weather, you all have clear skies, 41°, feels like 38°, wind is at 8 mph from the south, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 30.04 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. LIght winds.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels for today are high at 10.5. The top allergens are ash, birch, and maple.
MARINE REPORT: Hazardous Weather Outlook
This hazardous weather outlook is for northern Lower Michigan...eastern Upper Michigan...and adjacent nearshore waters of Lake Michigan...Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
.DAY ONE...Today and tonight.
The combination of warm temperatures and low humidity will result in elevated fire danger this afternoon.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Wednesday through Monday.
There is a slight chance of thunderstorms across northern Michigan
late Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of May 8, 1956, Henry Ford II, the namesake and grandson of the legendary automobile pioneer, resigns as chairman of his family’s charitable organization, the Ford Foundation.

Henry II’s father, Edsel Ford, created the Ford Foundation in 1936 as a legal way for the family to escape the so-called “soak the rich” taxes imposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration on estates worth more than $50 million. The foundation would receive the bulk of the elder Henry Ford’s estate, as well as an endowment from Edsel’s, resulting in a 95 percent (non-voting) stake in Ford Motor Company valued at almost $493 million. This guaranteed $25 million of dividends per year, making the Ford Foundation by far the richest charity in the country.

When Henry Ford died in 1947, the foundation saved the Ford family more than $321 million in inheritance taxes alone. By that time Edsel Ford was dead as well, and Ford Motor was struggling, losing some $9 million each year. Having seized the reins from his ailing grandfather in 1945, Henry II took the company public in 1955, and would earn credit for restoring Ford as one of the world’s great industrial powers.

At the time of its creation, the Ford Foundation’s vague mission was to give money “for scientific, educational and charitable purposes, all for the public welfare.” Under Henry II’s leadership, the foundation ran a study to determine how it should operate in the future. Instead of focusing on any particular field, which at the time was the traditional approach of most foundations, the study group recommended that the foundation become a national and international philanthropic institution that sought to address the world’s most pressing needs, wherever they might be.

Based in New York City from 1953 on, the Ford Foundation became increasingly independent after Ford Motor Company went public. Henry II resigned as chairman in May 1956 but continued to act as a trustee until 1976. By that time, the foundation had become known for its support of such causes as public broadcasting, the arts and humanities and the development of business, education and community in poor countries around the world. Until the establishment of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, the Ford Foundation consistently ranked first among U.S. foundations for the most assets and the highest annual giving.

DID YOU KNOW that the law states that more than 3000 sheep cannot be herded down Hollywood Blvd. at any more time?

WORD OF THE DAY: infomania (in-huh-MEY-nee-uh) which means an obsessive need to constantly check emails, social media websites, online news, etd. Infomania is a modern combination of information and mania. It entered English in the 1970s.

Nature from Last Weekend

Ospreys, Loons, Vulture, and Run-off on May 5+6, 2018

Posted on May 7, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.

Spring has begun to spring forth the beautiful birds and sounds that surely indicate its beginning. It's still chilly at night, but the insects are starting to come out, and so are the worms, providing food for thsoe up the food chain. Some vultures have also been seen to clean up the remnants of those who didn't make it through this last snow storm.

Last weekend, the osprey courtship dance was recorded on the camers. This weekend, the ospreys went higher and higher, and finally out of sight, which might have indicated that they were in the breeding cycle of life. One was seen sitting on the nest after this, and the cycle of spring and summer begin. The loons were on Barney's Lake last weekend as well, but it looks like they will have some competition for the nesting site as the water slowly goes down because a mute swan was also seen on the lake.

The spring run-off can easily be viewed right from a car as you go down the island by looking across the East Side Road just past Gracey Martin's Hill, past Martine's bluff. The sounds are also making it obvious that it is springtime with the peepers, the frogs, the cooing of the birds, the crazy sounds of the sandhills and the alarm call of the loons.

Loons and mute swan on Barney's Lake

Turkey vulture flying high over Barney's Lake

Osprey in the nest while its mate sits in the tree across the road.

Checking out the photographer and then landing in the nest.

"I can see you. Can you see me?"

Lots of deer moving now.

Sandhill cranes feeding in the melting run-off pools of water.

Spring run-off waters make waterfalls.

View some videos of the above HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

May 6, 2018

Posted at 12:15 p.m., 5/7/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 7, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Whoopie, I managed an hour and a half of sleep. I guess it's better than nothing at all. I'm as ready as I'll ever be for this week. Luckily, it's just radiation all week. NEXT week is chemo again. I know they are working, it's just the side effect that wears one down. I'm tired of being tired and yet unable to sleep the night before every time. Must be nerves. Anyhow, on to the weather.
Beaver Island has nice, clear skies this morning, 34°, wind is at 3 mph from the west, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 30.24 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
POLLEN REPORT: Pollen levels are high today at 10.3. The top allergens are ash, birch, and maple
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of May 7, 1896, Dr. H. H. Holmes, one of America’s first well-known serial killers, is hanged to death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although his criminal exploits were just as extensive and occurred during the same time period as Jack the Ripper, the Arch Fiend–as Holmes was known–has not endured in the public’s memory the way the Ripper has.

Born with the unfortunate moniker Herman Mudgett in New Hampshire, Holmes began torturing animals as a child. Still, he was a smart boy who later graduated from the University of Michigan with a medical degree. Holmes financed his education with a series of insurance scams whereby he requested coverage for nonexistent people and then presented corpses as the insured.

In 1886, Holmes moved to Chicago to work as a pharmacist. A few months later, he bought the pharmacy from the owner’s widow after his death. She then mysteriously disappeared. With a new series of cons, Holmes raised enough money to build a giant, elaborate home across from the store.

The home, which Holmes called “The Castle,” had secret passageways, fake walls, and trapdoors. Some of the rooms were soundproof and connected by pipes to a gas tank in the basement. His bedroom had controls that could fill these rooms with gas. Holmes’ basement also contained a lab with equipment used for his dissections.

Young women in the area, along with tourists who had come to see the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, and had rented out rooms in Holmes’ castle, suddenly began disappearing. Medical schools purchased many human skeletons from Dr. Holmes during this period but never asked how he obtained the anatomy specimens.

Holmes was finally caught after attempting to use another corpse in an insurance scam. He confessed, saying, “I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing.”

Reportedly, authorities discovered the remains of over 200 victims on his property.

Devil in the White City, a book about Holmes’ murder spree and the World Fair by Erik Larson, was published in 2003.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in South Carolina, it seems that the welfare of dogs is greatly protected. The punishment for beating your dog can be greater than the punishment for beating your wife.

WORD OF THE DAY: ocellated (OS-uh-ley-tid) which means having eyelike spots or markings. The English adjective ocellated is a derivative of the Latin noun ocellus “(little) eye,” a diminutive of oculus “eye.” Ocellus is used especially in affectionate language, equivalent to “apple of my eye” or “darling.” As a horticultural term, ocellus means “incision made in the bark for inserting a bud or scion.” The only modern sense of ocellus does not occur in Latin; it is a zoological term meaning “simple eye or light-sensitive organ; a colored spot on birds’ feathers or butterflies” and dates from the 18th century.




Island Summit Final Reports

The Island Summit took place down at the CMU Biological Center on the east side of Beaver Island this past September from the 23-25. There were participants from twelve Great Lakes islands. These are the reports from that summit.

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

Please join early childhood educator, Kim Mitchell, for story time with your baby, toddler, or preschooler beginning Monday, September 11. 2017, at 10:30 a.m.. As well as reading stories, also included are songs, finger plays, movement, art, and free-play. Each week will focus on a specific theme along with activities to develop listening, socialization, gross and fine motor skill-building, creativity, as well as play-time while caregivers get a chance to socialize, and of course, check out books!

No cost is required, but registration is appreciated so enough materials are available, though visitors to the island are welcome to drop-in. Kim has taught toddler play groups for Lamaze and preschool and has numerous books, toys, and activities she would love to share. If interested, please contact Kim at beaverislandkim@gmail.com or call 448-2532.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library is pleased to announce new hours of operation intended to optimize the availability of our facility, staff, and resources to the school.

*Note also the new closing time for the school year.*

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

Weekdays during scheduled school breaks, the library will open at 10:00 and close at 5:00.

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


April 2018 Bulletin from Holy Cross


Christian Church Bulletin

April 8, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

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