B. I. News on the 'Net, May 8-21, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 21, 2017

Dreary, overcast skies this morning, 45°, feels like 38°, wind is at 14 mph from the east with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 82%, pressure is falling from 29.91 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Patchy fog. Highs in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated rain showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through Late Tonight
Today: East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon, then becoming southwest with gusts to around 20 knots early in the evening. Isolated showers early in the morning, then scattered showers in the morning. Patchy fog in the morning. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
Tonight: Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of May 21, 1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. (From famousdaily.com:)

"If you were to browse a collection of antique machines from the early 18th century, do not be surprised to find one that looks like a wooden bicycle without pedals. It was not intended as a decoration or a toy — German inventor Karl Von Drais created the Laufmaschine as a mobility aid during a period when there was a shortage of horses. A century later the invention was somewhat improved upon and popularized by a Londoner named Denis Johnson. Largely due to his marketing bicycles came to be in widespread use.

On this day May 21, in 1819 the first bicycle in the U.S. was seen in New York City. Alternately called “velocipedes,” “swift walkers,” “hobby horses” or “dandy horses” for the dandies that most often rode them, they had been imported from London that same year.

Pedal and chain bicycles of today came from the invention of Pierre Lallement of Nancy, France, who saw one of the dandy horses in a park and was inspired to add a transmission to it. After a brief stint manufacturing them in France, Lallement decided to move to the U.S. There, with James Carroll of New Haven, Connecticut as his financier, he filed the earliest U.S. patent for a pedal bicycle."

Did you know that the world's most expensive spice is saffron? (From farsinet.com:)

"Saffron, botanical name crocus sativus, is the most expensive spice in the world. Derived from the dried stigmas of the purple saffron crocus, it takes anything from 70,000 to 250,000 flowers to make one pound of saffron. Moreover, the flowers have to be individually hand-picked in the autumn when fully open. Fortunately, only a little needs to be added to a dish to lend it colour and aroma; too much makes the food bitter and as the quotation from Culpeper (below) suggests, large quantities of it can be toxic.

'The use of it ought to be moderate and reasonable, for when the dose is too large, it produces a heaviness of the head and sleepiness. Some have fallen into an immoderate convulsive laughter which ended in death.'
Culpeper's The Complete Herbal, 1649

Records detailing the use of saffron go back to ancient Egypt and Rome where it was used as a dye, in perfumes, and as a drug, as well as for culinary purposes. It reached China in the 7th century and spread through Europe in the Middle Ages. The town of Saffron Walden, where it was once grown commercially, takes its name from the plant. Now, however, most saffron is imported from Iran (southern Khorason) and Spain which are recognised as producing the best quality, but it can also be found in Egypt, Kashmir, Morocco and Turkey.

Saffron has an aroma and flavor which cannot be duplicated, and a chemical make-up which, when understood, helps the chef or home cook to know how to best release that flavor and aroma in cooking and baking. Saffron is sold in two forms, powder and threads, and each behave very differently in the kitchen.

In order to understand commercial saffron, it is important to understand the make-up of the saffron plant. More importantly, it is the easiest way for you, as a consumer, to be sure you are buying good saffron. Commercial saffron comes from the bright red stigmas of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) which flowers in the Fall in many different countries, including Greece, India, Iran and Spain. The Crocus sativus stigmas are the female part of the flower. In a good year, each saffron crocus plant might produce several flowers. Each flower contains three stigmas, which are the only part of the saffron crocus that when dried (cured) properly, become commercial saffron. Each red stigma is like a little capsule that encloses the complex chemicals that make up saffron's aroma, flavor, and yellow dye. In order to release these chemicals, you must steep the threads. Powdered saffron is more efficient because it does not need to be steeped.

Word of the day: slumberous (SLUHM-ber-uh s) which means 1.) sleepy; heavy with drowsiness, as the eyelids.
2.) causing or inducing sleep. 3.) pertaining to, characterized by, or suggestive of slumber. Slumbrous is the older spelling for today’s slumberous. Samuel Johnson (1709–84) entered the spelling slumberous in his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), and his spelling became the more common one during the 19th century. Slumbrous entered English in the 15th century.

Community Appreciation Pig Roast

May 20, 2017

It was a little chilly and windy down on the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock here on Beaver Island for the Community Appreciation Dinner held tonight from four until eight. The event was an obvious success judging by the number of cars that lined both sides of the street from the hardware store all the way down to the post office.

The entertainment

View a gallery of photos HERE

The main course


View video of the dinner HERE

9th Annual Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert


Eve Glen McDonough Music School

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 20, 2017

Don't forget the pig roast today from 4 to 8 at the boat dock - just bring a lawn chair. Just think, you don't have to cook dinner, which always works well for me )

Right now we have clear skies, a lovely sunrise (but neither Power's nor Richie's webcams are working), it's 43°, feels like 36°, wind is at 13 mph from the east with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 30.30 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny in the morning, then mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 60°. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Chance of rain showers in the evening, then rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Evening Today: East wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less, building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning. Tonight: East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of May 20, 1873 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets. (from levistrauss.com:)

May 20, 1873 marked an historic day: the birth of the blue jean. It was on that day that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained a U.S. patent on the process of putting rivets in men’s work pants for the very first time.

Levi Strauss, a Bavarian-born dry goods merchant, came to San Francisco in 1853 at the age of 24 to open a West Coast branch of his brothers’ New York wholesale dry goods business. Over the next 20 years, he built his business into a very successful operation, making a name for himself not only as a well-respected businessman, but also as a local philanthropist. One of Levi’s customers was a tailor named Jacob Davis.

One day the wife of a local laborer asked Jacob to make a pair of pants for her husband that wouldn’t fall apart. Jacob tried to think of a way to strengthen his trousers and came up with the idea to put metal rivets at points of strain, like pocket corners and the base of the button fly. These riveted pants were an instant hit. Jacob quickly decided to take out a patent on the process, but needed a business partner to help get the project rolling. He immediately thought of Levi Strauss, from whom he had purchased the cloth to make his riveted pants.

Davis wrote to Levi to suggest that the two men hold the patent together. Levi, being an astute businessman, saw the potential for this new product, and agreed to Jacob’s proposal. The two men received patent #139,121 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 20, 1873.

Soon, the first riveted clothing was made and sold. We made our first jeans out of denim — the traditional fabric for men’s workwear. Within a very short time, the jean was a bona fide success. (Although, we should note that they were called “waist overalls” or “overalls” until 1960, when baby boomers adopted the name “jeans.”)

We consider May 20, 1873 the “birthday” of blue jeans, because although denim pants had been around as workwear for many years, it was the act of placing rivets in these traditional pants for the first time that created what we now call jeans.

The next time you see someone wearing a pair of Levi’s® jeans, remember that these pants are a direct descendant of that first pair made back in 1873. That year, two visionary immigrants — Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis — turned denim, thread and a little metal into what has become the most popular apparel on earth.

Did you know that from space the brightest man made place is Las Vegas?

Word of the day: atrophy (A-truh-fee) which means a wasting away or decline, due to disease, injury, lack of use, etc. From French atrophie, from Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophia, from a- (without) + trophe (food). Earliest documented use: 1620.

Vacation Bible School

June 27-29, 2017

Beaver Island Birding Presentations

The Beaver Island Birding Trail festivities are approaching quickly and we hope you can carve out some time over Memorial Weekend to join us either on a field trip or at a presentation.  Participants will be easily spotted in a newly designed BIBT t-shirt in a yellow warbler color which was illustrated by Trevor Grabill.

Thank you to the BIBT sponsors: Beaver Island Gulf Coarse, Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Beacon, Beaver Island Wildlife Club, Beaver Island Studio and Gallery, BirdGoober, Little Traverse Conservancy, Island Airways, Dalwhinnie, McDonough's Market, Preservation Association of Beaver Island, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, and Holy Cross Church.

All presentations take place at the Community Center. No registration is required for presentations, free, and appropriate for all age groups.

The festivities begin on Friday night, May 26th at 5 p.m.: “Michigan Eagles and Ospreys, A Bird's Eye View” presented by Jerry Weinrich at 5 p.m.

Jerry Weinrich will speak on his dream job conducting a census of the eagle and osprey populations in the Northern Lower Peninsula. As a wildlife biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment for 30 years, Jerry has the distinction of coordinating the longest-running, large scale census of eagles and ospreys anywhere in the country. He has produced amazing aerial views, not only of nests with fledglings inside, but birds in flight as well. The eagle population, Weinrich says, is on the rise — up from 30 nesting pair in the Lower Peninsula when he started to 407 now. There are about 120 pair of nesting osprey, he said. Currently, Beaver Island is the only Great Lakes Island with a pair of nesting Osprey.
Weinrich hopes those who attend will walk away from the program with an appreciation of how well the eagles are doing.

Saturday, May 27th from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., the BIBT festivities will include Birding 101 presented by Darrell Lawson.

Interested in exploring skills helpful to beginning birders? Join Darrell Lawson, President of the Petoskey Audubon Club, for a beginning birding presentation at the Community Center. Darrell will cover field guide selection, optics selection, tips for learning bird songs, bird habitats, and identification pitfalls to avoid. Darrell is an avid birder who loves sharing his passion.

Sunday, May 28th at 1 p.m.-Penguins and Prions: Birds and Wildlife of the Seventh Continent presented by Cathy Theisen. The continent of Antarctica is a fascinating, uninhabited land of ice and snow. Not a single land mammal lives here, although it boasts a rich collection of both bird and marine mammal life. Join Dr. Cathy Theisen on the trip of a lifetime to the bottom of the globe, and learn about the fascinating animals and the adaptations that allow them to live here. Examine some of the effects of human disruption, and some of the greatest restoration successes of this fragile wilderness.

At 4:30 p.m.-Birding Peru; Penguins to Piping Guans with Brian Allen. In the Spring of 2010, Brian was invited to Peru on a trip sponsored by Kolibri Expeditions to explore the feasibility of doing ecotourism in the Satipo Valley in the east central region of the Andes Mountains. Brian says that this program will show some of the stunning scenery and some of the scariest roads for birding he has ever experienced! He will take us to some of the last retreats of the Black-spectacled Brush Finch, the endemic Pardusco, and the gorgeous Golden-backed and Yellow-scarfed Tanagers.

More information on the speakers and events can be found on http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org

Bumble Bee Watch Assistance

(Sent to BINN by Bob Tidmore)

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

Website –http://www.bumblebeewatch.org

The Beaver Island Archipelago is known by state and federal agencies for its high quality natural areas hosting threatened and endangered species. These islands support an unusual number of plants and animals under state and/or federal protection for their size.   Piping Plover, Hines emerald dragonfly, Michigan monkey-flower, Dwarf Lake iris, Pitcher's thistle, Houghton's goldenrod, Lake Huron tansy, various orchids and grasses are enjoyed by many residents, biologists, and visitors.   

There is one record already on the bumble bee watch site for Beaver Island for a Tri-colored bumble bee. It would be great to have more eyes looking for bumble bees and sending photos into the web site.  Perhaps, your observation will add another unique species to the island's list?

What Did You Say 15

By Joe Moore

(It is important to note that some of the circumstances of these emergency stories are completely fictional.  It is important to make certain that patient privacy is protected, so that no one will know which are fictional and which are based upon actual happenings here on the island.  While most are a combination of fiction and factual circumstances, patient privacy has been purposefully protected in all the stories.  Without participating in these exact emergencies, you will never know fact from fiction.)

As I sit here in my chair on a early evening in the winter, I start thinking about the snow that we got last night, about five inches, and the snow that is forecast for tonight after bedtime.  In the next twenty-four hours, we could get six more inches of snow.  We don’t usually get lake effect snow, so this snow from yesterday and for tonight would be from ‘clippers,’ snowstorms that sweep across the countryside and dump the moisture as snow when the temperatures are below freezing, and as rain when the temperatures go above freezing.  Rain on top of snow and then freezing temperatures spell dangerous conditions for all the population, buildings that don’t have excellent ability to support the weight of the wet snow, and older people in particular.

Resd the rest of the story HERE

Special St. James Meeting Scheduled

May 22, 2017

BICS Elementary Kids at Hayo-Went-Ha

by Deb Robert

This morning we shall say goodbye...to our counselors and to this camp. And this afternoon I shall return to Beaver Island with different children. Yes, they may look the same on the outside, but on the inside, they have changed for sure. They are stronger, braver, more confident. They believe in themselves more, are aware of unique talents and abilities that they didn't know existed inside themselves. They have learned to work together, to rely on one another, to face their fears. They have pushed themselves to the brink of tears as they dangled from ropes 35 feet in the air, paused, and pushed through their fears to overcome and continue on.

On Monday we shall return , to math and reading and writing and social studies. We shall continue on with our busy school year and finish all of our spring testing. The kids will show academic growth for sure for they are bright and hard working and I have spent the past 180 days promoting and encouraging these academic skills and talents.

But what they have learned in these past few days is immeasurable. At least not by any standardized measurement system. This trip, from the beginning to the end has challenged them to stand at the edge of their comfort zones, to step into the unknown, to look fear in the eye and meet it with strength and determination. And I have been so blessed to have witnessed it!

Barney's Visiting Heron

Not certain whether this heron was a normal spring resident of Barney's Lake or somewhere else, but today, while sitting on the bench near the boat launch, just relaxing, the camera managed to jump up and take these pictures as the heron decided to visit the shallows on the road side of the lake.

Heron in flight low over the water.

Coming in for a successful landing near the shoreline

Now, what's for lunch? Will it be a minnow or a small snake?

Extrication Training

----------Flopping the roof---Firefighter EMT LaFreniere volunteers

The Beaver Island Fire Department had training out at the Butler car and truck retirement center last night, May 18, 2017. The newer firefighter's and first responders got an opportunity to learn how the vehicle is opened up to extricate a trapped patient. This would be the first experience that a first responder or a newbie EMT would have to observe this process and participate in it. Deb Bousquet went to the training and took pictures for BINN.

View pictures of the training HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 19, 2017

Got my appointments on the mainland for June 1st. Both on the same day so we can do it in one trip. As for the weather today, we have clear, blue skies, 37°, feels like 30°, wind is at 11 mph from the NE with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 30.22 inches, and visibility is 9.3 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. MARINE REPORT: Today: NE wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early in the morning. Sunny early in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 19, 1928 - The first frog-jumping jubilee held in Calaveras County, CA. (From gocalaveras.com) "The Frog Jumping Competition begins on the first day of the Jumping Frog Jubilee, which is always a Thursday. Contestants can choose to jump for fun on our smaller Lily Pad stage or jump to qualify for the finals. Jumping continues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. The International Frog Jump finals are held on Sunday afternoon. The top 50 jumps from four days of Fair (and some from other, sanctioned jumps) are entered into the Grand Finals. Contestants can bring their own frog, or use one of the local California bullfrogs collected and housed at the”Frog Spa” during the four days of Fair. The Frog Spa is open for tours daily. All frogs are treated with the utmost care and respect.
In 1933 the California Fish and Game Commission became involved in order to regulate and protect the welfare of the California bullfrog. In 1995 the Board of Directors of the 39th District Agricultural Association adopted the Frog Welfare Policy underscoring the Fairs commitment to treat the frogs in a humane manner.
Professional Frog Teams travel from all over the state to compete. Past champions get to camp at the beautiful Frog Pond at the fairgrounds. Those looking for some tips on how to jump are encouraged find one of Calaveras County’s frog teams. They are true professionals!
The Jumping Frog Jubilee is held on the 3rd weekend of every May."

Did you know that the bigger the orange the sweeter sweeter it is?

Word of the day: purloin (per-LOIN, PUR-loin) which means to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer. Purloin entered English in the 1400s from late Middle English purloynen, from Anglo-French purloigner “to put off, remove.”

Emerald Ash Borer-Forest Health

Quarantine Sign

Forest Health is a priority for islanders whether we value our forests as a source of income, a heating source, wildlife habitat, or shear hiking pleasure. Many property owners are experiencing first hand the detrimental impact and cost of dealing with a non-native scale insect which is causing the mortality of the beech trees on the island by Beech Bark Disease.

An infected branch

Last winter at a 2 day state conference in Gaylord which included a knowledge exchange on non-native invasive plant species; non-native insects were discussed along with their mortality to trees and impact to the ecology of forests. Representatives from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) updated those present on the status of a little insect threatening 170 million hemlock trees in Michigan. Surveys in the western lower peninsula now indicate that it is present in multiple locations.  Several years ago, it was detected in Harbor Springs. The consensus from professionals was that Hemlock Woolly Adelgid probably came in on nursery stock located in the eastern infected states. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) only attacks hemlock trees, spruce trees are not effected.  Systemic insecticides have been developed over the past few decades but obviously is not a wide spread option for the island's forests. A HWA infestation has been known to kill a hemlock in as little as 4 years. Last year, the Beaver Island Community School participated in a survey of hemlock trees.  Over 70 sites were surveyed and reports submitted to the MDARD. No HWA was observed. Prevention is best, followed by early detection.  Please see attached photo for a shoot showing hemlock infested with HWA. If you have hemlocks growing on your property, your watchful observations would be appreciated. If you suspect that you have seen an infected tree, please call Pam Grassmick at 448-2314.

Trap in a tree

The Beaver Island Natural Resource and Ecotourism Steering Committee began the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) monitoring efforts 8 years ago. While the townships are deciding on the future of this joint township directed committee, the Beaver Island Association has stepped in to continue the monitoring efforts.  EAB traps have been ordered through the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Beaver Island remains under an Emerald Ash Borer quarantine along with Isle Royale and Charity Island. "Don't Move Firewood" signage is at all points of entry and under the watchful eye of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the island airlines. The biggest threat to the introduction of EAB is through firewood being transported to the island. Emerald Ash Borers are native to Asia and are so aggressive that ash trees die within 2-3 years after they become infected. Millions of ash trees are being lost in the US and Canada. Ash trees provide an excellent source for wood products and food for wildlife, it is also a plant of cultural significance to Native Americans for their baskets. Early in June, BIA volunteers will be working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to once again place Emerald Ash Borer traps around the island. The large purple triangles with lures will be placed on ash trees and remain until August. To date with technical and entomological services provided by the MDARD, no EAB has been found on Beaver Island.  Thanks everyone for your observations and care of our forests.

The Beaver Island Association

Peaine Township Minutes for May 2017

For those of you that do not watch the videos of the meetings nor read the minutes, it might be important to note what was done in this last Peaine Township meeting. There were several resolutions. They included an Airport Resolution for millage for 1 mill on the ballot, a resolution for 3 mills for EMS, and Road Millage for 1 mill. In addition there was an approved resolution for the CCE Hazard Mitigation. Then there was another resolution to get a grant from the Secretary of State to get a new voting system for the township.

Volunteer Clean-up Workbee

May 22, 2017

St. James Township News Release

Township awarded Charlevoix County Parks Millage Appropriations

Improvements to the township campground on the Island’s north shore overlooking Garden Island will become a reality as the township invests money it received from a grant application to Charlevoix County.  Improvements include an ADA accessible Family Style portable restroom, fire rings, grills and picnic tables.  A work bee will be held on Monday, May 22 from 5 – 6:30pm to open up views and clean up the campground area in anticipation of the equipment arrival. 

The Jewell Gillespie Park on the harbor will also receive an ADA accessible Family Style portable restroom which includes a baby changing table and can also act as a changing room for the beach.  New swim area buoys and markers will better protect swimmers at that beach.  The township received $10,000.00 for these projects and will likely spend about $6,000.00 in matching funds to make these needed improvements, most of which will be completed within the next few weeks.

Township Sidewalks, Roads and Pocket Parks Receive Attention

Sidewalks in the harbor area are getting a little more attention this year.  St James Township maintenance director, Darrell Butler, has been busy scraping and edging the sidewalks.  Thanks to the Charlevoix County Road Commission, the truck loads of dirt and sand were collected and hauled out of town.  In the village area, the space between the sidewalk and road will soon be seeded.  Work on the sidewalks will continue in the fall.

A crew will be on the Island next week to sweep the roads in town; this is an annual event which not only tidies up the village, but keeps much sand and debris out of the storm drains.    In June, dust control will be applied to the main gravel roads on the island.  St James township residents who live on the gravel roads in Port of St James can pick up bags of dust control for use on the road immediately in front of their homes.  Just contact the township office (448-2014) for more information.

The two person crew of Loie Connaghan and Kim Connaghan Jones will again tackle the daunting task of keeping the 50+ pocket parks maintained.  If any resident is interested in taking over the care of one of the parks on their property, please let Loie or Kim know or contact the township office.  

Timeout for Art: More Collage

by Cindy Ricksgers

Osprey Observation

May 17, 2017

There is no doubt that the osprey is in the nest protecting something at this point. In a two hour observation period, the one osprey was on the nest. It moved around a little bit in the two hours, but this one did not leave the nest during that period of time. The mate did not return to the nest either, which suggests that it was out hunting for dinner. It was not resting in the tree across the road either. It was reported that the osprey was on the shoreline of Barney's Lake.While some of this is supposition, an educated guess would be that there are some eggs in the nest at this point.

While this observation was later in the day than previously completed, the wind was pushing the clouds by quite quickly, and the sun was buried. The lighting for pictures was a challenge. Making certain that this wildlife is not disturbed by human interventions including video and photography is pretty important to BINN.

You can view the two hours of observations edited down to a little over two minutes HERE.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 18, 2017

I've had a lot of folks ask about how this journey of mine is going. We seem to have hit a bit of a pothole. Just spoke to my doctor yesterday morning who confirmed that the tumor is cancer. Next step is that I have to go back for a MRI (to check out my brain and Henry) and a PET scan which will tell us at what stage the cancer is. Don't have a date yet but she will be calling us as soon as she can set it up. IF it has remained all together (fingers crossed) next step would be the surgeon. If it has spread then it's to the oncologist. So that's where we're at as of this morning.

On to the weather, we had a nice thunderstorm earlier that dumped .20 inch of rain. Right now it's 55°, wind is at 9 mph from the south with gusts to 29 mph, humidity is at 91%, pressure is falling from 29.50 inches, visibility is 8.4 miles. Today: Rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds 5 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect From 2 PM This Afternoon Through Late Tonight. Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest 10 to 20 knots early in the evening. Gusts up to 25 knots. Chance of showers early in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms through the day. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: North wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Patchy frost. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

On this date of May 18, 1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority was created. (from u-s-history) "The story of the Tennessee Valley Authority starts with Muscle Shoals, a stretch of the Tennessee River where the river drops 140 feet in 30 miles. That drop in elevation created the rapids or "shoals" that the area is named for and made passage farther upstream impossible. The federal government acquired the land in 1916, with the intent of constructing a dam that would generate electricity needed to produce explosives for the World War I effort, but the war ended without a dam being built.

In the following years, efforts were made to sell the land back to the private sector. Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska fought to keep the land in public ownership, but his efforts to have it developed were defeated by the resistance of Republican administrations. Calvin Coolidge vetoed one bill in 1928 and Herbert Hoover vetoed another in 1931:

The election of Franklin D. Roosevelt altered the balance of power and finally led to action. On May 18, 1933, President Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, as part of the flurry of legislation that marked Roosevelt`s first 100 days in office.

The TVA pledged to improve navigability on the Tennessee River, as well as provide flood control, reforest and improve marginal farm land, assist in industrial and agricultural development, and assist in the creation of a government nitrate and phosphorus manufacturing facility. The TVA was one of the most ambitious projects of the New Deal in its overall conception.

The TVA encountered many setbacks and failures and was involved in many controversies, but it brought electricity to thousands of people at an affordable price. It controlled the flood waters of the Tennessee River and improved navigation, as well as introduced modern agriculture techniques.

The Tennessee Valley, which drains the Tennessee River and its tributaries, includes parts of seven states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Prior to the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, the region was one of the most disadvantaged in the South. The TVA was given an assignment to improve the economic and social circumstances of the people living in the river basin."

Did you know mapping is older than writing?

Word of the day: bodkin (BOD-kin) which means 1. A small, pointed instrument for making holes in cloth, etc. 2. A blunt needle for drawing tape or cord through a loop or a hem.
3. A long, ornamental hairpin. 4. A dagger or stiletto. Of unknown origin. Earliest documented use: 1386.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 17, 2017

We received a bit of rain this morning as a thunderstorm passed over. Now it's mostly cloudy, 55°, wind is at 14 mph from the southwest with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is falling from 29.59 inches, and visibility is 9.1 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then a chance for more after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Afternoon. Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 17, 1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded. The earliest recorded organization of securities trading in New York among brokers directly dealing with each other can be traced to the Buttonwood Agreement. Previously securities exchange had been intermediated by the auctioneers who also conducted more mundane auctions of commodities such as wheat and tobacco. On May 17, 1792 twenty four brokers signed the Buttonwood Agreement which set a floor commission rate charged to clients and bound the signers to give preference to the other signers in securities sales. The earliest securities traded were mostly governmental securities such as War Bonds from the Revolutionary War and First Bank of the United States stock, although Bank of New York stock was a non-governmental security traded in the early days. The Bank of North America along with the First Bank of the United States and the Bank of New York were the first shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1817 the stockbrokers of New York operating under the Buttonwood Agreement instituted new reforms and reorganized. After sending a delegation to Philadelphia to observe the organization of their board of brokers, restrictions on manipulative trading were adopted as well as formal organs of governance. After re-forming as the New York Stock and Exchange Board the broker organization began renting out space exclusively for securities trading, which previously had been taking place at the Tontine Coffee House. Several locations were used between 1817 and 1865, when the present location was adopted.

The invention of the electrical telegraph consolidated markets, and New York's market rose to dominance over Philadelphia after weathering some market panics better than other alternatives. The Open Board of Stock Brokers was established in 1864 as a competitor to the NYSE. With 354 members, the Open Board of Stock Brokers rivaled the NYSE in membership (which had 533) "because it used a more modern, continuous trading system superior to the NYSE’s twice-daily call sessions." The Open Board of Stock Brokers merged with the NYSE in 1869. Robert Wright of Bloomberg writes that the merger increased the NYSE's members as well as trading volume, as "several dozen regional exchanges were also competing with the NYSE for customers. Buyers, sellers and dealers all wanted to complete transactions as quickly and cheaply as technologically possible and that meant finding the markets with the most trading, or the greatest liquidity in today’s parlance. Minimizing competition was essential to keep a large number of orders flowing, and the merger helped the NYSE to maintain its reputation for providing superior liquidity." The Civil War greatly stimulated speculative securities trading in New York. By 1869 membership had to be capped, and has been sporadically increased since. The latter half of the nineteenth century saw rapid growth in securities trading.

Securities trade in the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was prone to panics and crashes. Government regulation of securities trading was eventually seen as necessary, with arguably the most dramatic changes occurring in the 1930s after a major stock market crash precipitated an economic depression.

The Stock Exchange Luncheon Club was situated on the seventh floor from 1898 until its closure in 2006.

The main building, located at 18 Broad Street, between the corners of Wall Street and Exchange Place, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978, as was the 11 Wall Street building.

The NYSE announced its plans to merge with Archipelago on April 21, 2005, in a deal intended to reorganize the NYSE as a publicly traded company. NYSE's governing board voted to merge with rival Archipelago on December 6, 2005, and became a for-profit, public company. It began trading under the name NYSE Group on March 8, 2006. A little over one year later, on April 4, 2007, the NYSE Group completed its merger with Euronext, the European combined stock market, thus forming NYSE Euronext, the first transatlantic stock exchange.

Wall Street is the leading US money center for international financial activities and the foremost US location for the conduct of wholesale financial services. "It comprises a matrix of wholesale financial sectors, financial markets, financial institutions, and financial industry firms" (Robert, 2002). The principal sectors are securities industry, commercial banking, asset management, and insurance.

Prior to the acquisition of NYSE Euronext by the ICE in 2013, Marsh Carter was the Chairman of the NYSE and the CEO was Duncan Niederauer. Presently, the chairman is Jeffrey Sprecher.

Did you know that you have over 600 muscles? and that there are two different kinds of muscles? Voluntary muscles are those that you choose to move. You use your arm muscles to pick up things. You use your leg muscles to walk. Involuntary muscles are those that you can’t control. Your heart is an involuntary muscle. It beats without any help from you. It pumps blood faster when you’re active. It slows down when you slow down.

Word of the day: zugzwang (TSOOK-tsvahng) which means in chess, a situation in which a player is limited to oves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect. Zugzwang in German means “compulsion to move,” originally a technical term in chess for a situation in which one is forced to make a disadvantageous move. As a chess term, zugzwang has been in English since the early 20th century.

My Life as a Dig

by Cindy Ricksgers

Pictures and Video--Ride on Tuesday

May 16, 2017

This post will start out with an apology by the editor. In previous posts and pictures, the labels "Barney's Beavers" and "Beaver at Barneys" were absolutely incorrect. Finally, today, the rodent approached so closely to the editor, it was obvious that these were not young beavers, but actually a different rodent, a muskrat. The identifying difference, other than size, is the tail. In the video clip, it is obvious as the muskrat comes right at the video camera and stops right out in front of the editor, that this is a muskrat and not a beaver that has been photographed and recorded on video.

Gull Harbor young eagle.........Goose and goslings at the point

Loons on Barney's Lake

Water snake and robin at Barney's Lake

View a gallery of photos of the ride HERE

View some video clips of the ride HERE

BICS-State of Our School

by Judi Gallagher

B. I. Rural Health Center "Health News"

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 16, 2017

Overcast skies this morning, it's 48°, feels like 45°, wind is at 7 mph from the SE, humidity is at 76%, pressure is falling from 29.84 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect From This Evening Through Wednesday Afternoon Today: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers early in the morning. Slight chance of showers in the morning and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Patchy fog. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of May 16, 1987 - The Bobro 400 set sail from New York Harbor with 3,200 tons of garbage. The barge travelled 6,000 miles in search of a place to dump its load. It returned to New York Harbor after 8 weeks with the same load.

Did you know lion's can't roar until the age of 2?

Word of the day: forgettery (fer-GET-uh-ree) which means a faculty or facility for forgetting; faulty memory. Forgettery is a humorous formation based on forget and (the pronunciation of) memory. The phenomenon is very common in ordinary life, such as that panicky moment when one cannot recall the name of one’s dinner partner or where one parked the car in the mall parking lot. It is a little surprising that such a useful term entered English only in the 19th century.

Chamber of Commerce

Community Appreciation Day  -  Sat the 20th


·        Food  -  Roast Hog, side dishes, beer, wine, pop & deserts

·        Entertainment  -  Lost Creek is a bluegrass band from the U.P. Of Michigan.  It is a five member acoustic group consisting of Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Dobro and stand-up Bass.

·        4-8 PM at the B I Ferry Dock

·        Free Will Donation  -  Extra above expenses will be donated to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. 


Thanks members NortherIslander and News on the Net for running our poster / advertisement at no charge.

Beaver Island Christian Church Bulletin

May 14, 2017

Newest Malware Nationwide

Is on Beaver Island

The national media has reported the nastiest hijacking malware is affecting the larger corporations. This was on CBS, NBC, and CNN this morning, May 15. 2017. For those on Beaver Island or related to the island in someway, you need to know that this hijacking has actually happened to computers on Beaver Island, but it won't make national headlines. Twice in the last three months, friends of BINN have been infected with a malware that demands payment to clear out the malware. In one case, the cost was $199.99 with a person from a foreign country or at least a foreign accent taking control of the computer. One other happened a few more months ago. This one involved the encryption of all the files on the computer with a ransom sought to get the encryption key. The cost was close to $400.00 in ransom.

Even though the island seems remote and protected, it is essential to keep the best antivirus and anti-malware software on your Windows computer. All three of these computers had antivirus software, but the updates had not been installed recently.

If you get a message on your screen that indicates that money is necessary to either clean up the computer, remove malware or viruses, or any other situation like this, shut down your computer immediately, and DO NOT fall for the ransom demand. Make sure that you ALWAYS keep a backup copy of your data on an external hard drive! This is the only way to protect yourself from these con artists and spam slammers.

Sometimes, the computer can be rescued. Sometimes a Windows backup or system restore can reset and fix the problem.

Weekend Pictures of Wildlife

An obsession with viewing some of the raptors, waterfowl, and beavers was fulfilled this past weekend when good fortune provided the opportunities to take these pictures. All were on the Four Corners to Barney's Lake to Sloptown loop.

Osprey bringing home dinner

There are beavers on Beaver Island.

Gorgeous feathers in the evening sun

Yellowlegs hunting................Duck nesting................A loon threesome

View a gallery of photos HERE

View a video of the loon threesome HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 15, 2017

Clear, blue skies this morning, it's 38°, wind is at 4 mph from the east, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 30.02 inches, visibility is 9.9 miles, and pollen levels are low today. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

MARINE REPORT: Light winds becoming northeast 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 15, 1930 - Ellen Church became the first female flight attendant. Church was born in Cresco, Iowa. After graduating from Cresco High School, Church studied nursing and worked in a San Francisco hospital. She was a pilot and a registered nurse. Steve Stimpson, the manager of the San Francisco office of Boeing Air Transport (BAT), would not hire her as a pilot, but did pass along her suggestion to put nurses on board airplanes to calm the public's fear of flying. In 1930, BAT hired Church as head stewardess, and she recruited seven others for a three-month trial period.

The stewardesses, or "sky girls" as BAT called them, had to be registered nurses, "single, younger than 25 years old; weigh less than 115 pounds; and stand less than 5 feet, 4 inches tall". In addition to attending to the passengers, they were expected to, when necessary, help with hauling luggage, fueling and assisting pilots to push the aircraft into hangars. However, the salary was good: $125 a month.

Church became the first stewardess to fly (though not the first flight attendant, as German Heinrich Kubis had preceded her in 1912). On May 15, 1930, she embarked on a Boeing 80A for a 20-hour flight from Oakland/San Francisco to Chicago with 13 stops and 14 passengers. According to one source, the pilot was another aviation pioneer, Elrey Borge Jeppesen.

The innovation was a resounding success - the other airlines followed BAT's example over the next few years - but an injury from an automobile accident ended her career after 18 months. She obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing education from the University of Minnesota and resumed nursing. In 1936, she became supervisor of pediatrics at Milwaukee County Hospital. During World War II, Church served in the Army Nurse Corps as a captain and flight nurse and earned an Air Medal. She moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, where she became director of nursing and later an administrator at Union Hospital.

In 1964, she married Leonard Briggs Marshall, president of the Terre Haute First National Bank. A horse riding accident ended her life in 1965.

Did you know that an astronaut can be up to 2 inches taller returning from space (the cartilage disks in the spine expand in the absence of gravity)?

Word of the day: Luddite (LUHD-ahyt) which means someone who is opposed or resistant to new technologies or technological change. The original Luddites were skilled weavers who were not opposed to new technology but were worried how the new technology would affect their livelihoods. These skilled workers began destroying manufacturing machinery in Nottingham, and by 1812 organized agitators were called Luddites, after a supposed Ned Ludd (possibly born Edward Ludlam), a weaver who, in a fit of rage, destroyed mechanical knitting machines in 1799. A dozen years later, when the labor unrest was in full flow, Ned Ludd became completely mythologized as King Ludd or General Ludd or Captain Ludd, who like Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. The modern sense of Luddite as one being opposed to anything new, especially in technology, i.e., a technophobe, dates from the 1970s. Luddite entered English in the 19th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

May 14, 2017

Lector Joan Banville...........Father Dennis

Deacon Jim Siler will be returning soon, but a special visitor came to provide the service yesterday. The priest was Father Denny Stillwell. He is the Vicar for the Diocese of Gaylord and pastor of St Francis in Petoskey

View video of the service HERE

Eagle Hill Eagles

BINN had a guide who took the editor on a short walk today to see an eagle on the eagle nest with some young eagles in the nest. The major thanks goes to the guide, who decided to be unidentified, or at least not applauded. This being the first trip to this location, the editor got lost, but eventually found the guide and walked and climbed in carefull to prevent scaring the eagles. Upon arrival there was no adult eagle in view, but the adults could both be heard making sounds in the trees in the area. Eventually, the adult returned to the nest. It's quite a protected area, and the branches make auto-focus worthless. Here are a few attempts at getting some pictures.

Two eaglets were noted to be in the nest when the adult eagles were absent. While watching the nest, we noted that not just two, but three eagles flew over the canopy. It appeared that the visitor was familiar with the location, but eventually seemed to leave. Here are a few more pictures taken of the nest including the adult returning.

The eaglets at play while the adults are away....

Mom or Dad returns and the eaglets disappear into the nest.

View a 12+ minutes video clip of the 90 minute visit HERE

A Little Enthusiasm, Please

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 14, 2017


Beautiful morning here on the island island. It's 43°, feels like 38°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 8 mph from the NW, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 29.89 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low today. Today: Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light. MARINE REPORT: Today: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 14, 1956 - Buddy Holly got a prescription for contact lenses. He couldn't get used to wearing them so he continued to use his trademark glasses.

Did you know that The cheetah is the world's fastest land mammal. With acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust, a cheetah can go from 0 to 60 miles an hour in only three seconds. These big cats are quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of prey.

Word of the day: excursus (ik-SKUHR-suhs) which means 1.) A detailed discussion about a particular point, especially when added as an appendix. 2.) A digression. From Latin excurrere (to run out), from ex- (out) + currere (to run). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kers- (to run), which also gave us car, career, carpenter, occur, discharge, caricature, au courant, concur, cark, discursive, and succor. Earliest documented use: 1803.

Joint Planning Commision Hearing on Master Plan Rescheduled

"Butch" Ramsey Obituary

Cloyd Gilbert Ramsey, 78 of Gaylord, died on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at home.  He was born in East Jordan, Michigan on December 12, 1938, the son of Truman and Mary (Cargill) Ramsey.  Cloyd spent a number of years growing up on Beaver Island with his parents who were involved in the logging business at the time.

Cloyd's family moved to Marlette, Michigan area where Cloyd graduated from high school.   Cloyd attended Michigan State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Economics in 1960.  Cloyd married Norreta Dorman prior to graduating.  Upon graduation he accepted a position with the Alpena Medical Arts Clinic as the Clinic Manager.  After 10 years with the clinic, Cloyd decided to pursue a building/ construction interest that he had, opening Ramsey Builders.  The business was a successful residential and commercial business in the area.  Prior to moving from Alpena he built the Best Western Motel which he and Norreta operated.  Cloyd moved back to the Marlette area after a number of years in Alpena and established a residence in Sandusky, MI where he continued his construction interests.   One of his projects in Sandusky was building the West Park Motor Inn which they operated for a number of years prior to moving to Gaylord.   Upon moving to Gaylord Cloyd built the West Park Apartments and the Random Lane Apartments with his son Tim.  Together the two managed the apartments.  

Cloyd's interest and love of horses started in his youth with his father.  Over the years he moved from trail riding to the driving of horse and buggies.  Cloyd would build the buggies that he drove.  While in Florida he competed in the Live Oak Dressage Competition.   His interest in horses took him into the lives of other horse enthusiasts establishing many friendships.   He was a part of the Southwest Michigan Buggy Club.   On a number of occasions he organized and hosted weekend drives in Gaylord.  

Cloyd's gift of music, his interest in "old time music" and Blue Grass touched many lives that enjoyed playing or listening.  He would spend as much time as he could playing music with dear friends around the area and on Beaver Island.  Cloyd was a member of the Community of Christ church in Gaylord and Ocala Florida where he spent his winters with Norreta.  Cloyd shared his gift of music and leading adult study on many occasions in church.  

Cloyd is survived by his wife of 59 years Norreta, his sister Patricia Davis of Southern Pines, North Carolina, daughter Denise (Matthew) Kinsinger, son Timothy (Theresa) Ramsey; six grandchildren, Kelly Kinsinger, Lisa Kinsinger, David (Jenna) Ramsey, Jennifer Ramsey, John Ramsey, Julia (Jacob) Armstrong and was awaiting the arrival of his first great granddaughter, Ahliya Armstrong.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Cloyd's memory can be made to the Community of Christ Church, P.O. Box 81, Gaylord, MI 49734. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Butch and family playing music for Music on the Porch

Butch playing at the Circle M

Happy Mother's Day!

Poem by Sheri Mooney Timsak

To all the moms in my life:
Some days you think will never end
and some don't, they just move into night
feeling like you will break, but you just bend
looking at that little face makes it all alright.
The days pass so fast, in the blink of an eye
they are grown and out on their own
making new lives, with memories of days gone by
taking with them the love they were shown.
So as the days grow long and patience thin
remember it wont always be this way
you will stay back and watch as they begin
to grow into themselves, day by day.

Happy Mother's Day to you all!!!

Sunset on 5/12/17

After the program put on by the BICS students called "Fractured Fairy Tales, and after the packing up and hauling of equipment, the sunset was just a few minutes away, so it seemed logical to go and get a few pictures and some video on the Donegal Bay sunset.

View a gallery of photos of the sunset HERE

View a video of the sunset HERE

4-6 Grade "Fractured Fairy Tales"

5/12/17 at 7 p.m.

The 4th - 6th Grade Play (WITH SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES BY THE PRESCHOOL - 3RD GRADERS!) was last night. This is always an event that everyone looks forward to seeing. The whole auditorium at the Beaver Island Community Center was full with just a few seats added down in the front. The tickets were $6 each and were on sale at the Beaver Island Community Center! The program began at 7 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017. The program was live streamed by BINN at http://beaverisland.tv

View a gallery of pictures of the performance HERE

View video of the performance HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 13, 2017

It was wonderful to sleep in our own bed - and we slept in! Woke up to rain though. The island badly needs this moisture so we aren't complaining. Right now it's 44°, wind is at 5 mph from the east, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 29.86 inches, and visibility is 8.9 miles. Today: Numerous rain showers. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Light winds.

MARINE REPORT: Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Scattered showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 13, 1865 - The last land engagement of the American Civil War was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas, more than a month after Gen. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. (From nps.gov:)

Principal Commanders: Col. Theodore H. Barrett [US]; Col. John S. "Rip" Ford [CS]

Forces Engaged: Detachments from the 62nd U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment, 2nd Texas Cavalry Regiment, and 34th Indiana Volunteer Infantry [US]; Detachments from Gidding’s Regiment, Anderson’s Battalion of Cavalry, and numerous other Confederate units and southern sympathizers [CS]

Estimated Casualties: Total unknown (US 118; CS unknown)

Description: Since March 1865, a gentleman’s agreement precluded fighting between Union and Confederate forces on the Rio Grande. In spite of this agreement, Col. Theodore H. Barrett, commanding forces at Brazos Santiago, Texas, dispatched an expedition, composed of 250 men of the 62nd U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment and 50 men of the 2nd Texas Cavalry Regiment under the command of Lt. Col. David Branson, to the mainland, on May 11, 1865, to attack reported Rebel outposts and camps. Prohibited by foul weather from crossing to Point Isabel as instructed, the expedition crossed to Boca Chica much later. At 2:00 am, on May 12, the expeditionary force surrounded the Rebel outpost at White’s Ranch, but found no one there. Exhausted, having been up most of the night, Branson secreted his command in a thicket and among weeds on the banks of the Rio Grande and allowed his men to sleep. Around 8:30 am, people on the Mexican side of the river informed the Rebels of the Federals’ whereabouts. Branson promptly led his men off to attack a Confederate camp at Palmito Ranch. After much skirmishing along the way, the Federals attacked the camp and scattered the Confederates. Branson and his men remained at the site to feed themselves and their horses but, at 3:00 pm, a sizable Confederate force appeared, influencing the Federals to retire to White’s Ranch. He sent word of his predicament to Barrett, who reinforced Branson at daybreak, on the 13th, with 200 men of the 34th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The augmented force, now commanded by Barrett, started out towards Palmito Ranch, skirmishing most of the way. At Palmito Ranch, they destroyed the rest of the supplies not torched the day before and continued on. A few miles forward, they became involved in a sharp firefight. After the fighting stopped, Barrett led his force back to a bluff at Tulosa on the river where the men could prepare dinner and camp for the night. At 4:00 pm, a large Confederate cavalry force, commanded by Col. John S. “Rip” Ford, approached, and the Federals formed a battle line. The Rebels hammered the Union line with artillery. To preclude an enemy flanking movement, Barrett ordered a retreat. The retreat was orderly and skirmishers held the Rebels at a respectable distance. Returning to Boca Chica at 8:00 pm, the men embarked at 4:00 am, on the 14th. This was the last battle in the Civil War. Native, African, and Hispanic Americans were all involved in the fighting. Many combatants reported that firing came from the Mexican shore and that some Imperial Mexican forces crossed the Rio Grande but did not take part in the battle. These reports are unproven.

Result(s): Confederate victory

Did you know that sun light can penetrate clean ocean water up to a depth of 73m (240 feet)?

Word of the day: rosarian (roh-ZAIR-ee-uh n) which means a person who is fond of, develops, or cultivates roses. Rosarian comes via Old French from Latin rosa. Further etymology is obscure. Latin rosa suggests an indirect connection with Greek rhódon “rose.” The Aeolic Greek poet Sappho (c620 b.c.-c.565b.c.) uses the form wródon, which suggests a borrowing from an unattested Old Iranian noun wṛda- or urda- “flower.” Old Persian is the source of Armenian vard “rose,” Aramaic wardā, and Hebrew wéreḏ. Rosarian entered English in the 19th century.

Weather by Joe

May 12, 2017

Tonight is the BICS 4-6 grade play with the excitement building. BINN is looking forward to the possible live streaming of the program tonight. With any luck at all, we will be back on the island today, and be able to accomplish that task.

Right now it's 47 degrees on the island with a pressure of 30.02 and visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 43 and the humidity of 76%. There is a 15% chance of rain with these overcast skies. As the program approaches tonight, this chance drops to 2%. It should be a nice night. The low temperature will be at sunrise tomorrow and around 40 degrees.

News--Long Distance, Cellphones, and 911 Out

Update: May 12, 2017, 11 a.m., the Internet was out once more, 4:30 p.m., the Internet is back on.

UPDATE: May 12, 2017: 7 a.m. According reports coming from the island, the issues have been resolved, and all is back to normal.

BINN has received information that suggests that all long distance to and from the island is out at this time, 3 p.m., May 11, 2017. BINN has been trying place long distance calls to the island and get only a busy signal. This start somewhere aaround 11 a.m. this morning. When unable to make the connections after 2 p.m., a call was made to Island Airways, Charlevoix office, to see if our suspicions were correct. They were.

The entire Internet acces through TDS appears to also be down, along with all the cellphone connections, and ability to call 911 from the island. So, if you are trying to contact someone on Beaver Island from off the island, you will not be successful until the phone system is repaired. BINN has been informed that the BICS and CMU do have Internet access.

I Survived Roxanne

by Dick Burris

We were on a dive trip to Cozumel. When we arrived, we were assigned rooms. Jack Spencer and I were assigned a room off the beach.

We were told that a hurricane was coming in, and we would have move off the beach level to a higher room. That worked out well, because in a few hours there was a foot of water running out of that room from the surge.
We were getting strong winds off the gulf; so we climbed into the swimming pool to photograph the whitecaps that were happening on it. Within a very short time we were told to go from the pool to some place safe, for there were some flying objects in the air.

I'm thinking we were lucky to be in a concrete facility, because concrete doesn't blow around as easy as lighter materials. The smaller shelters with thatch roofs were losing their tops little by little in the strong winds. We had our meals on the upper floor; the windows were all boarded up. When the winds first started we ate on the lower level, and the Windows were not yet covered. Jack Spencer was outside with his U W video camera leaning into the wind doing videos.

That night the wind started to really blow, and I remember telling my roommate that a tree was starting to fall. He grabbed his disposable camera, as I was doing a video on the tree as it was falling to the ground; Then Jack told me he had just snapped a picture of the ceiling.

The wind was getting stronger and was flexing the doors inward, to a point I thought we might be "wearing" them. So Jack helped me take down the heavy curtain rod and we used it as a brace against the wind.
Of course there were no electric lights in that storm; only generator for the restaurant. Jack and I both had flashlights and batteries because we both had brought video cameras, and figured on a lot of night diving. Jack wanted to read that night, so that was no problem.

When we woke up in the morning, there was no running water; so out came the garbage pails to the pool for flushing the toilet. Later on there were many trips by others, doing the same thing.
There had also been a torrential rain during the night, and most of the streets had like two feet of water on them. There were street lights down on the streets, kind of busted up. Some of the group elected to walk downtown;  I kinda chickened out because of sewer backup. Later I rented a scooter and cruised the streets, after most of the water was gone from them. Most of the puddles I would hold my feet up and brace in case there was a hole (bache) in the road that I couldn't see.

During the storm the (Xel-Ha) ferry to Isla Mujeres went ashore in front of the naval station on the north end of town. It was later hauled off, as there was no apparent structural damage; and I still think it is in use today.
After the hurricane was over we went on some dive trips; the corals were battered pretty bad by the surges; but soon began to acquire some color again.

On one trip we were separated by a huge vertical wall of silt in the water. The dive guide and five divers went through it, and a few others swam along the wall not knowing the guide had gone through the wall. I elected to follow the goof ups, so I could tell them what had just happened.

Although we missed a few days of diving, the hurricane experience was well worth the loss !

Weather by Joe

May 11, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Right now on Beaver Island, the temeprature is 47 degrees, with the pressure at 29.98, and visibility of ten miles. The sky is overcast with clouds at 8000 ft. It will be partly cloudy today with a high temperature of 57-60 degrees. There is only a 4% chance of rain today with that increasing to 15% around midnight. The temperature may drop to the high thirtys or forty tonight.

Busy day for us today up in Petoskey with the medical team here. Hope all is well with those reading this.

B.I. Christian Church Bulletin

May 7, 2017

Holy Cross Bulletin

May 2017

Weather by Joe

May 10, 2017

Phyllis is off to the mainland today for some medical tests, so it is unlikely that you'll have more than my musing about the weather for the next day or so. She has already done her job for three day, and that is posted below. Right now, at 7 a.m., it is 43 degrees outside with very little wind. The pressure is 29.99, the visibility is ten miles, and the humidity is 71 percent. The high temperature is to be close to sixty degrees with the low temeprature tonight around 44 degree.

There is a 45 percent chance of rain around midnight tonight with a fifteen percent chance of rain for the rest of the night and through the day tomorrow.

Artifacts to Memories: In the Garden

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 9, 2017

It's going to be almost impossible to get the weather up for the next two days due to traveling to the mainland. We're on an 8 am flight tomorrow morning and I have to be at the hospital in Petoskey at 8 am Thursday morning. Soooo, I'm going to give an extended report for the next several days to cover it.

Clear skies this morning, 31°, wind at 1 mph from the NE, humidity is at 71%, pressure is steady at 29.96, and visibility is 9.9 miles.
TODAY - May 9 - Partly sunny. Widespread frost in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds at 10 mph. TONIGHT - Partly cloudy. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.
WEDNESDAY - May 10 - Partly sunny. Highs around 60°. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Light winds.
THURSDAY - May 11 - Partly sunny. A 20% chance of rain showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Light winds becoming northeast at 5 mph in the afternoon.
THURSDAY NIGHT - Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.

TODAY - West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT - Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY - Light winds. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT - East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 9, 1785, the British inventor Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle, also known as a beer engine. using hydraulics, it allowed beer to be dispensed by simply pumping the handle, which connected to the keg via a flexible hose. Prior to his invention, beer had to be dispensed from a wooden tap in the end of the keg. With the invention of the beer pump, the kegs were able to be stored beneath the bar, in the cool earthen basement.
Through time, improvements were made, gas delivery systems were invented, and the beer pump eventually evolved into the modern beer tap that we all know and love today. So the next time your sitting at the bar, enjoy a fresh cold pint, just remember that you owe it all to Mr. Joseph Bramah and his beer pump.

Did you know that due to gravitational effects you weight is slightly less when the moon is directly overhead?

Word of the day: runnel (RUHN-l) which means a small stream or channel. From Old English rinnan (to run). Ultimately from the Indo-European root rei- (to flow or run), which also gave us run, rival, and derive. Earliest documented use: 1577.

Peaine Special Meeting Minutes and Agenda for May 2017

May 1 Special Meeting minutes................May 10 Regular Board Meeting Agenda

View video of May 10th Peaine Meeting HERE


Several cormorants were recently seen outside the harbor and inside the harbor area. BINN was concerned about this and contacted the Wildlife Club to ask a question about what could be done about this. The following is a response that was received today, May 8, 2017:

"Members of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club may be involved in the harassment of Double Crested Cormorants in the harbor and on Lake Geneserath. The US Fish and Wildlife Agency has stated this is an approved procedure to prevent the birds from depleting the fish stocks in those areas. The members will be using what is called a "Bird Banger" which is a loud firecracker device. The Deputy Sheriff was notified of this activity."

Spring Fishing Tournament Flier

June 10, 2017

BICS Board Meeting Packet

May 8, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 8, 2017

Looks like it's going to be another beautiful day on the island. Right now I'm showing 36°, feels like 30°, wind is at 7 mph from the NW with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is rising from 30.07 inches, and visibility is 10.0 miles. Today: Sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highs in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear. Widespread frost after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds at 10 mph.

MARINE REPORT Today: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy frost early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy frost. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of May 8, in 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today’s mail system. During early colonial times in the 1600s, few American colonists needed to send mail to each other; it was more likely that their correspondence was with letter writers in Britain. Mail deliveries from across the Atlantic were sporadic and could take many months to arrive. There were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns. In 1753, Benjamin Franklin, who had been postmaster of Philadelphia, became one of two joint postmasters general for the colonies. He made numerous improvements to the mail system, including setting up new, more efficient colonial routes and cutting delivery time in half between Philadelphia and New York by having the weekly mail wagon travel both day and night via relay teams. Franklin also debuted the first rate chart, which standardized delivery costs based on distance and weight. In 1774, the British fired Franklin from his postmaster job because of his revolutionary activities. However, the following year, he was appointed postmaster general of the United Colonies by the Continental Congress. Franklin held the job until late in 1776, when he was sent to France as a diplomat. He left a vastly improved mail system, with routes from Florida to Maine and regular service between the colonies and Britain. President George Washington appointed Samuel Osgood, a former Massachusetts congressman, as the first postmaster general of the American nation under the new U.S. constitution in 1789. At the time, there were approximately 75 post offices in the country.

Today, the United States has over 40,000 post offices and the postal service delivers 212 billion pieces of mail each year to over 144 million homes and businesses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The postal service is the nation’s largest civilian employer, with over 700,000 career workers, who handle more than 44 percent of the world’s cards and letters. The postal service is a not-for-profit, self-supporting agency that covers its expenses through postage (stamp use in the United States started in 1847) and related products. The postal service gets the mail delivered, rain or shine, using everything from planes to mules. However, it’s not cheap: The U.S. Postal Service says that when fuel costs go up by just one penny, its own costs rise by $8 million. (from history.com)

Did you know that the dishwasher was invented in 1889? (One of my favorite inventions) From learningabe.info:

On an ordinary day in the 1880s, a Shelbyville, Illinois woman took a dirty bowl and plate and made history. Josephine Garis Cochran was the first person to build a practical dish-washing machine, succeeding where some had tried and failed.
And it was the chore of washing dishes by hand and trying to save her good china from breaking that caused her to proceed with an idea to invent a unique machine. She also wanted to relieve tired housewives of the drudgery of dish washing.

Working in a wood shed in back of the Cochran house, with the help of George Butters, a young mechanic, she built a dish-washing machine. The United States Patent and Trademark Office said she measured the dishes first, then made wire compartments, each designed to fit plates, cups or saucers. "The compartments were placed inside a wheel that lay flat within a copper boiler. A motor turned the wheel while hot, soapy water squirted from the bottom of the boiler and rained down on the dishes."

The invention, though practical, also required manual labor .One article said the soapy water was forced on the dishes by hand pumping. Cochran discovered the dishes would dry in the air after clear boiling water was poured over them from a tea kettle. Operating instructions for the later models said, "Put concentrated lye, with gold dust or sal soda, as needed in the water:"

Excited about the invention, friends and neighbors urged her to manufacture the machine for home and commercial use. She applied for a patent and received it on Dec. 28,1886. People wrote testimonials, such as "Dear Mrs. Cochran, Please accept my congratulations on the success of that wonderful piece of mechanism, the 'Dish Washer.' Having Seen it work, I can testify that it will do all work required, as advertised, and am assured that it will be as indispensable to our homes as the sewing machine. No one who is in need of such an article and understands the worth and value of such a machine would think of doing without it. Respectfully, Mrs. L.S. Baldwin, Windsor, ill., Feb. 5, 1889."

Cochran showed the dishwasher at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair , but only restaurants and hotels showed interest in it. She founded a company to manufacture her dishwashers that in time became Kitchen Aid, but it wasn't until many years after her death that the machine captured the attention of the average housewife. The machine didn't gain popularity for home use until the 1950s.

Word of the day: hypostatize (hahy-POS-tuh-tahyz) which means to treat or regard (a concept, idea, etc.) as a distinct substance or reality. The verb hypostatize is the later form, first recorded in 1829, of hypostasize, which was first used in 1809 by the English poet and literary critic, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Both forms of the verb derive from the Greek noun hypóstasis “sediment (in urine), substance, nature, existence, reality.” The Greek elements hypo- and stásis translate literally into Latin as sub- and -stantia “substance,” which caused endless confusion and controversy among Christian theologians of the 4th and 5th centuries.

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lector Patrick Nugent

Father John Paul read the Gospel and gave the sermon

Service continues...............May Crowning

View video of the Service HERE

Serenade of Strings, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017

Over seventy people attended the Spring String Serenade at the Beaver Island Community Center this morning beginning at 11:30 a.m. The string students, part of a BICS and Crooked Tree Arts Council program. The program was scheduled in conjunction with the last Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Dinner prior to the summer season beginning.

String instructor Sheri Richards

The full string orchestra

View a gallery of pictures of the performances HERE

Flowers for the instructor and the whole orchestra from the VanDykes

View video of the performances HERE

CC Commission on Aging Dinner

May 7, 2017

The last dinner until September 2017 for seniors was today, May 7, 2017. The summer busy season begins soon, and there will be a meeting of the COA here on Beaver Island this month.

Approximately forty people attended the dinner.

Clip 1 Short clip of the attendees


Clip 2 Copy of the final flowers and prizes


Sunshine and Possibilities

by Cindy Ricksgers

Dr. Lisa Ferris-McCann

Lisa Ferris-McCann, paramedic, paramedic instructor, Beaver Island family, and just an all around wonderful person, who holds property in the form of a condo at Harbor View II, who is the daughter of Omar McCann, and cousin to Kathy Tidmore, has received her doctorate after getting her Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership in Education from Sienna Heights Univeristy.

This lady taught two paramedic classes on Beaver Island, one in 1999 and the second in 2005. Lisa is responsible for the development of Advanced Life Support for our local Beaver Island EMS. Without her educational efforts, Beaver Island would never have gotten the education necessary to move to the advanced level.

Lisa has been working in Washington, D. C., as the Associate Director, Military Programs, for the American Council on Education.

More information will be posted when received.



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

February 23, 2017

View Video of this meeting HERE

March 30, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 27, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

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

March 8, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Annual Meetings

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April 12, 2017


May 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

January 4, 2017

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March 8, 2017

View video of March 8th meeting HERE

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-9pm
231 448-2022

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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Interview with New Historical Society Director

May 6, 2017

Lori Taylor-Blitz has been hired as of January 2017 as the new director of the Beaver Island Historical Society. She worked from her home near Escanaba most of the winter, but has been on the island since the middle of April 2017. BINN interviewed her and gave her the opportunity to introduce herself to the island people.

Her contact information for email is: loritaylorblitz@gmail.com, and phone number is 448-2259. She is spending lots of time learning down at the Print Shop Museum.

Video interview


Some Less Dramatic Wildlife Pictures

May 5, 2017

Mushroom hunting on this sunny, warm day did not produce any mushrooms, but there was still plenty to see. The usual stops were made to see Barney's beaver and Gull Harbor bunny, just so the day wasn't seemingly wasted. Garden is ready for planting. What more could be more appealing for springtime?

View a gallery that includes beaver, bunny, and heron to name a few HERE

Community Appreciation Pig Roast

May 20, 2017

Beaver Island Transportation Authority

Agenda for May meeting...............Minutes from April meeting

The Best Beaver Island Beaver Picture

The best beaver picture on the island (credits purposefully refused)


Notice of Special Meeting:


The St. James Township
Planning Commission
Will meet immediately following the
Public Hearing scheduled for
7:00 PM Monday, May 8, 2017

St. James Township Hall
37735 Michigan Ave.
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2260

The purpose of this special meeting is toconduct regular planning commission business. As always, public attendance is encouraged.

What Did You Say 38

by Joe Moore

The pager goes off at a little after 3 a.m., and, although groggy, I jump out of bed.  I didn’t hear the page the first time; at least I didn’t here where or what.  I’d guess that’s why they always do a second page, and, if no one answers, they will do a third one.  I heard the second page.

“Beaver Island EMS,” the voice stated, “Respond to the Gravertian residence for a thirty-nine year old male patient who is unresponsive.  The patient is on the floor with CPR in progress.”

Read the rest of the story HERE

Evening Ride with Sunset

May 3, 2017



Barney's Lake had three herons

View a gallery of the ride and the sunset HERE

First Sailboat of the Season

(Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this photo)

The yachting season has begun on the island as of May 2, 2017, with the arrival of the first sailboat at the Beaver Island Municipal Dock. The dockmaster will have his beginning work at using the reservation system very soon, even with the issues from last year still in place.

St. James Township Meeting

May 3, 2017

Supervisor K. McNamara Green and Patrick Cull

Jeff Powers, trustee; and Diane McDonough, treasurer

Minutes April Regular Meeting 040517....Minutes of Special Meeting 042417

Agenda for May meeting.....Finance Report for May meeting

View video of the meeting HERE


BITA Meeting

Spring Serenade

The Spring Serenade will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 11:15 am , at the Beaver Island Community Center.

Harold E. Kruse Celebration of Life Service

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Harold E. Kruse on May 27, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Central Lake, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you live your life a Harold lived his. Let the love Jesus Christ shine through you every day.

Roy Elsworth Memorial

Roy Elsworth Memorial will be on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from noon to 4:00pm at the Circle M. All are welcome to join us in a luncheon and celebrating his amazing life, share stories & memories.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank each and every one of you all, for your condolences, prayers, love and especially for the outpouring of support & help.
Shari Wojciehowski, Duane & Roger Elsworth

New Chamber Event in May 2017

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

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Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

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Christian Church Bulletin

May 7, 2017

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

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