B. I. News on the 'Net, May 9-22, 2016

Happy EMS Week-Stop the Bleeding

Beaver Island EMS celebrated the end of National EMS Week with some training from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians called Stop the Bleeding, a training program with portions taken from the PreHospital Trauma Life Support program. The offical name of the course is B-Con, which stands for Bleeding Control. This course was adapted from several other programs, namely, U. S. military Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Guidlines, and is co-sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. All of these programs are leaders in the care of a trauma patient.

The program is a 2.5 hour program that includes practical skill training for controlling bleeding. Each participant receive continuing education credits of one credit of lecture on Controlling Bleeding and two credits of practical skill credits on Controlling Bleeding. The course was taught by National Association of EMTS instructor Joe Moore, EMT-P, paramedic instructor.

In addition to the training program today, the BIEMS attendees were treated to a pizza lunch to help celebrate EMS Week. Thank you to all the EMS providers who attended the program and gained current skills related to trauma care involving serious bleeding.

Participants in the NAEMT Bleeding Control program (L to R) Brian Meade, Pam Moxham, Deb Bousquet, Tammy LaFreniere, Jenna Wilk, Tom Whitman, Kevin White, and Bob Hamil down in front. Gerald LaFreniere and Karen Whitecraft also participated in the program, but wer not present for the picture.

Birds at the Feeder

May 21, 2016

The 52 Lists Project #21

by Cindy Ricksgers

Citizen of the Year Banquet 2016

The 15th Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet was held at the Shamrock last night, May 21, 2016. It began with beer and wine and relaxing enjoyment with just under sixty attendees. A slideshow ran through out the early evening and through dinner. After the prime rib or chicken dinner and dessert, the guest speaker at the Citizen of the Year award banquet was Amanda Wilkin, the Executive Director of the Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). She spoke on the need to market the area including Charlevoix and Beaver Island. She suggested that Charlevoix's economy was dependent on Beaver Island's success.

Chamber President Rachel Teague not only welcomed the attendees at the beginning of the award ceremony, but also read excerpts from the nominating letters for many of those that were nominated. She then went on to mention that two awards would be given, one for an individual and another for a group. Each awardee receieved comments from their nomination letters, some humorous, some serious.

Dick Burris was the recipient of the individual COY Award for 2015, and the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids was the recipient of that award as the group recipient.

Rachel Teague introduces Amanda Wilkin

Amanda Wilkin speaks on Marketing Charlevoix and Beaver Island

Rachel Teague reads excerpts from nomination letter and announces the winners

Group winners of Citizen of the Year, the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids

Individual winner of Citizen of the Year, Dick Burris

View a gallery of pictures of the attendees HERE

View a gallery of photos from the night HERE

View video of the night's presentation HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 22, 2016

Whoa! Might have overdone it a bit. So sore this morning and didn't sleep well due to the aches and pains. At least now there is a whole year reprieve. Anyhow, another perfect day is on schedule for the island. Clear skies, 46°, wind is at 3 mph from the NE, humidity is at 90%, pressure is rising from 1020 mb, visibility is at 9.4 miles, pollen levels are high at 9.8 and the top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch.

PLEASE NOTE: Charlevoix County is on a Fire Weather Watch which means that the fire danger is critical. Today: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. North winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds.

On this date of May 22, 1849 - Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock.

Did you know that the average soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels and held together by 642 stitches?

Word of the day: dulcinea (duhl-SIN-ee-uh, duhl-suh-NEE- uh) which means a ladylove; sweetheart. Dulcinea entered English by way of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote as the name the protagonist, Don Quixote, bestowed on his ladylove. Dulcinea is derived from the Spanish word dulce meaning "sweet."

Christian Church Bulletin

for May 22, 2016

Happy EMS Week!

BIDL Board Member Joe Moore

Joe Moore is the treasurer of the Beaver Island District Library Board of Directors.  He has taught on Beaver Island for more than thirty years in the community school here, and he continues to teach emergency medical classes on the island.  This is Joe's thirtieth year serving the island in EMS.  His wife Phyllis is the former librarian, prior to Patrick McGinnity, and Joe continues to support the efforts of this important institution for the island.

The Vieho Series of Westerns

Written by Cliff Hudgins (Author)

This series of Westerns portray the wild west and the hills showing young people in serious trouble caused by either American Indians, raiding Mexican outlaws, and wayward cowpokes mostly in Texas, and blends in some interesting Christian values at the same time.

The series has six books and introduce many characters that portray law and order values, and each of the main characters run into a walking old man who gives them history and some counseling for safety.  This character is named "Viejo" in some books and "Grandfather" in others.  It can also mean "old man, old lady, buddy, etc."  I believe the true definition in these books refer to a wise man who may in fact be an angel in the flesh.  No matter what the meaning of the word, the Westerns capture your attention with drama and violence with the nastiness of some people being overcome in the end.  The good guys go through a lot of bad situations, but come out winning in the end.

In addition to this series, there are several other books, the tenth one on the way, that are a good read.  If you like Western writers, give Cliff Hudgins a try.  You don't have to start at book one. but, if you do, you'll want to read them all.

Celebrating EMS Week

A Blast from the Past

Back in the days when Bev and Mike Russell were living on the island with Bev an EMT, and Mike a first responder on the way to EMT, we worked diligently to get our vehicles up to day and in a position to respond. The ambulance that we had was a rig from East Jordan EMS that they basically gave to us for a total cost of $2000. It took a few hundred more to get the right lettering on it and get it set up as our primary rig. After working with the Limited Advanced 57 Alpha 1 for a while, our EMS group decided it was time to get a new ambulance, AND an emergency response vehicle. The plan was to to get a brand new van chasis, have it modified with four wheel drive, and then have a used box put on it, painted, labeled properly, and get moving in the direction of advanced life support, which is the current primary rig named 57 Alpha 2, and still in use today. Mike and Bev Russell were an integral part of moving forward. Then in 1999, we began a paramedic program being taught right here on Beaver Island by Steve and Lisa Rose. All went to school for eighteen months and four of the group of eight that started the program, completed the program in 2000. Here are a couple of pictures of the EMS vehicles licensed back then in 2000-2002.

Left to right:: Rig from EJ, new/used echo car, and new rig

Back of the echo car before Phil Gregg made us a drug safe from wood in his shop.

Before this above book was published in 1994, Dr. David Steward Smith, former USCG Commander, came to Beaver Island to teach our EMS group in the skills of Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, and Land Search and Rescue. Here's a little excerpt from his website:

"July 1981 to Present, Expert Witness Experience:

Retained or consulted in over 500 cases with aquatics, boating or Jones Act litigation.  Have assisted defense or plaintiffs’ counsel in cases involving accident reconstruction/analysis including (but not limited to): boat collisions, capsizings and groundings; jet skis/Wave Runners;  murder by drowning; drowning progressions-signs of drowning; drowning in swimming pools, lakes and at beaches; cervical spine injuries on boats, in above ground and in ground pools as well as at beaches, plus diving from boats; pool/beach design and construction: water skiing and tubing; white water rafting; aquatic accidents at, in or below hydro electric plants and low head dams; water and boat rescues; life guarding procedures; alcohol and environmental stressors/factors including hypothermia; signs and warnings; reconstruction of water and boating accidents; personal flotation devices; human factors.  The foregoing includes numerous reports, depositions and courtroom testimonies"

Pictures from the Water Rescue training by Dr. Smith

The need to be prepared for car crashes was also on the radar, so research was done to determine which piece of equipment was to be the start on the joint efforts between BIEMS and Beaver Island Fire Department. Once the equipment was purchased, joint training took place. This is before the firefighter training of Firefighter I that took place years ago. Below are pictures from the extrication training that took place on the island.

Cutting the posts and flopping the roof

Below is a picture of BIEMS and BIFD messing around after the extrication training:

How was the group messing around? An extricated patient would never be carried in this way.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island History Story on Kindle

A 17,000 word book about James Jesse Strang

Read the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 21, 2016

You'd think it would get a bit boring, all these perfect spring days in a row, NOT!! Totally enjoying it. Please keep in mind that all these perfect days also mean that the forests and fields are getting dryer and dryer, so keep that in mind while you're out and about. Right now I'm showing 45°, clear skies, wind at 4 mph from the NE, humidity is at 80%, pressure is steady at 1020 mb, visibility is 7.9 miles, pollen levels are at 9.6 medium-high and the top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of May 21, 1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as "swift walkers."

Did you know that sound travels 4.3 times faster through water than in air?

Word of the day: complaisant (kuh m-PLEY-suh nt, KOM-pluh-zant) which means inclined or disposed to please; agreeable or gracious. Complaisant can be traced to the Latin verb complacēre meaning "to please." It entered English in the mid-1600s.

Biomimicry - Sustainable Design Inspired by Nature

Gretchen Hooker

Thursday June 23rd @7pm

Biomimicry - Sustainable Design Inspired by Nature

Join Biomimicry specialist Gretchen Hooker for this free public lecture on Biomimicry. Defined as "an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies", biomimicry is emerging as a definitive model for creating sustainable and resilient solutions to many planetary problems. 

As Program Manager for the Biomimicry Institute, Gretchen manages the development of educational resources that serve the Institute’s design challenges and education outreach efforts. Before joining the Institute, Gretchen served as the founding director of the Sustainability Center at Montana State University, where she built a broad-based collaboration of students, faculty and staff to lead institutional change. She has also served in as a designer, writer, and co-curator for various sustainable design exhibits and publications. A designer and nature nerd at heart, her passion is creating educational content and strategic programming that builds design and ecological literacy. Gretchen is a certified Biomimicry Specialist and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Gretchen is presenting this free lecture as part of the Island's first annual "How Beaver's Can Save The World!" eco-adventure event, happening Saturday June 25th from 12-5pm. For more information and to register, please visit:

Happy EMS Week to Beaver Island EMS!

The EMS Week seemed a good time to interview the Executive Director of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services, Kevin White. There were a few questions provided. How and why did you get involved in EMS? How did you end up as Executive Director? Who is on the EMS team? And what would you like to say to the public?

Video of the Interview Below


BIRHC-The Health News, No. 10

NEW Taller 9&10 / Fox 32 TV Beaver Island SkyCam


A new improved 9&10 / Fox 32 Beaver Island SkyCam is now in operation. The new live camera mount is five feet taller and more stable. It allows a much improved view of Paradise Bay and includes the American flag in the left corner of the shot. A handy link to the new live camera can be found here. http://beaverisland.org/beaver-island-webcams

The view does look great,” said Tom O’Hare Chief Meteorologist | WFQX & WWTV. The higher camera has extra stability wires to prevent shake during our regular fall / winter storms.

“This was a real team effort between Beaver Island and the Heritage Broadcasting on air and technical team,” said Chamber Director Steve West. “On the Island side a big thank you goes to Angel & Paul Welke / Island Airways for transportation and Darrel Butler his valuable assistance.”

Celebrating EMS Week---Recent Rural Research

by Joe Moore

(The patients in this story are fictional, the circumstances are real.)

Rural EMS IS Different!

Who do I think I am making a statement like this? You're just a hick from the boonies aren't you?  Yes, I am, and I'm darn proud of it.  I have been volunteering in rural EMS for almost 30 years. This story is about a situation that happened ten years ago.

Today is an unusually cold October day.  I have plans on this day, a Saturday, to go out into the woods to help a friend cut wood.  As usual, I also have plans to go to the ambulance garage to fix a suction unit whose battery has given its last efforts for clearing an airway.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Thursday Evening Drive

After a busy day working to plant vegetables in the garden, it was type to get away from everything and just enjoy nature. Sometimes, you just need to slow down and take some extra time to look around you to see the beauty of nature. The first picture is by Phyllis Moore and shows the osprey in the tree at Barney's Lake waiting for the fish to come into the shallows, so (s)he can provide dinner to his/her mate in the nest on the microwave tower. Interestingly enough, no osprey was seen at the tower, which probably means there are eggs in the nest, and an osprey is on them, protecting them.

As the above picture was being taken, a really raucous was heard, and then a sandhill crane flew over. The raucous continued with alarm calls by several sandhills. Saw some water bugs. Then a quick trip to Gull Harbor to see the eagle in the tree. On the way down Sloptown Road, there was a group of five deer. All in all it was a nice drive.

View gallery of pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 20, 2016

Is this a sign for how my day is going to go? Grabbed a cup, put creamer in, walked to my desk, took a sip - YUCK - forgot to put the coffee in! It's going to be another beautiful island day, with or without coffee. Right now we have clear, blue skies, 43°, wind at 3 mph from the south, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are medium-high today at 9.6, and the top allergens are oak, mulberry, and birch. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds.

On this date of May 20th, 1873 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.

Did you know that the meaning of 'Blue Chip' comes from blue casino chips which have a high value.

Word of the day: inspissate (in-SPIS-eyt) which means to thicken, as by evaporation; make or become dense. Inspissate ultimately derives from the Latin term spissus meaning "thick." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Another Point of View

by Cindy Ricksgers

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the summer schedule on June 7th..  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuedays through Saturdays.

Celebrating EMS Week

Healthcare NOT FAIR is satirical, educational web series about American healthcare. This week, a tribute to EMS providers in honor of EMS week, that offers a glimpse into how we would like patient handovers to be handled in the ED. This is a video.

Healthcare NOT Fair, Episode 8, "A Tribute to EMTs

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 19, 2016

Joe let me sleep in so I'm a bit late getting this up. First off, a very, very Happy Birthday to Deacon Jim. The island has been so blessed by your arrival (and of course, with Sparty). I'm sure I speak for a lot of folks when I say, thank you for being a part of our lives, and we hope that you'll be here for many, many years to come.

Ok, weather. Right now I'm showing 41°, clear, blue skies, wind at 4 mph from the south, humidity at 79%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen count for today is medium-high at 9.4, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Light winds.

On this date of May 19, 1974 - Erno Rubik invented the puzzle what would later become known as the Rubik's Cube.

Did you know that plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970?

Word of the day: furphy (FUR-fee) which means a false report; rumor. Furphy comes from the name of a brand of carts manufactured by the Furphy family of Shepparton, Victoria (Australia), and used during World War I.

Weather by Joe

May 19, 2016

It's 40 degrees out at 8 a.m. with no wind to make it feel cooler. The pressure is 30.23 and the visibility is ten miles. It's looking to be a beautiful day. The dewpoint is 35 degrees, and humidity is 86%. The high today is to get to 62 with a low tonight of 42 with no chance of precipitation. It might be time to get out the sprinkler for the grass and the garden since the next forecast for rain is next Tuesday. Enjoy this beautiful day with some warmth for a change.

(Phyllis's weather will be posted later.)

Timeout for Art: No Time for Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

The Citizen of the Year Winners Are -

The Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids for 50 years of service and more than $100,000 contributed too many organizations on Beaver Island. And Dick Burris for many years of doing for others on our Island.

Awards Banquet Location Change - Shamrock

Reserve Table – Don’t Delay - 231.448.2278
The awards banquet will be (6-9PM) on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Shamrock.

The Shamrock will offer Prime Rib or ½ chicken for $22.00. Please reserve a table ASAP by calling the Shamrock at 231.448.2278. Also beer and wine will be provided a no charge by the Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Hathaway and Beaver Island Golf Course. Enjoy a wonderful evening of food and friendship and congratulate the winners who have made Beaver Island a better place to live work and visit. Reserve a table today! The guest speaker at the Citizen of the Year award banquet will be Amanda Wilkin the Executive Director of the Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). 

Chamber of Commerce Adopts 4th of July Theme

The Chamber of Commerce directors selected the July 4th Parade Theme. “Beaver Island Marches to its own Beat.” The theme idea was submitted by Dawn Martin.

Great Lakes Monthly Lake Levels

Report for the month of May 2016

Every month the Corps of Engineers in Detroit publishes reports on the Great Lakes water level for all five lakes and summarized the inflows to the lakes from rain, snow and inflows from Canada and the outflows thru the Chicago River and Lake Ontario. 

Preliminary estimates show that precipitation over all of the Great Lakes was below average in April. Precipitation to Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, and Erie was between 15% and 23% below average, while precipitation to Lake Ontario was 40% below average. Precipitation on Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron were below average.

The lake-wide average water levels of all of the lakes rose from March to April, with Lake Superior climbing an inch and the other lakes rising 6 to 8 inches. Also, each lake’s mean level in April was all above its long-term average and above last year’s April level. Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron levels were 9 and 15 inches, respectively, above their normal April levels.

We can see the evidence of this in the harbor as one dock owner had Matt Fogg use his equipment to raise the level of their dock.  The Corps of Engineers projects that the normal high level in August will only be 18 inches below the high water mark for August recorded in 1986.

Bob Tidmore

From Munson Medical Center

“I lost my ego a long, long time ago. We’re there to help. Most of the people we’re seeing, they are having one of the worst days of their life when we show up. We have about 30 seconds to earn a person’s trust. The biggest thing we can do is just being nice. ‘What’s happened today?’ ‘What can we do to help you?’ That’s the truth.” – Roye Meis, Manager of Ground Transportation, North Flight

It’s EMS week and we want to thank Roye, everyone at North Flight EMS and nearby EMS agencies for their hard work and dedication. North Flight EMS responds to more than 10,000 requests for ambulance a year. Congratulations to Roye, who is retiring this summer after serving the community for 36 years.

Roye Meis

Roye Meis is a former Beaver Island EMS volunteer, and he provided EMS services on Beaver Island during the time that Susan Meis, PA, was working at the Beaver Island Medical Center, next to the Holy Cross Rectory. Roye was the clinical coordinator and ground EMS manager for Northflight AND frequently met the BIEMS paramedic at the Traverse City Airport when a Beaver Island patient was transported in that direction. "Roye is a terrific friend, paramedic, and clinical coordinator that I did my paramedic clinical under down in Traverse City with Northflight. He took the time to work with our people, make sure they had excellent clinical experiences, and frequently participated in the clinical ambulance responses verifying the skills for our Beaver Island students," said Joe Moore, BIEMS Instructor Coordinator and paramedic. "His willingness to help no matter the capacity was a wonderful addition to our local EMS group. I have personally turned patients over to him at Traverse City Airport, and we have worked well together. We want to thank Roye for his service to Beaver Island in the past, and congratulate him on his retirement. Congratulations, Roye, and enjoy your well deserved rest!"

Spring Has Sprung

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 18, 2016

It's setting up to be another nice day on the island. Right now I'm showing 37°, feels like 34°, wind is at 3 mph from the NW, humidity is at 91%, pressure is rising from 1025 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen levels are at 9.5, medium-high, and top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Mostly sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highs around 60°. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of May 18, 1942 - New York ended night baseball games for the duration of World War II.

Did you know that about 1 billion snails are served in restaurants each year?

Word of the day: embonpoint (ahn-bawn-PWAN) which means excessive plumpness; stoutness. Embonpoint is a loanword from French, translating literally as "in good condition." It entered English in the mid-1600s.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Osprey Nest Harrassed by Eagle

Everything on Sloptown Road was peaceful. One of the osprey pair was in the tree eating some fish and breaking the fish into two pieces.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

All of a sudden, an eagle appeared high in the sky and began circling high above the osprey nest that's on top of the microwave tower. The osprey in the tree began to warn his mate in the nest, and then mid-call took off and headed to the nest to protect the nest.

View short clip of warning call


Osprey from tree came to the nest to protect its contents.

Two ospreys on the nest to protect the contents.

Once the eagle flew away, the osprey from the tree leaves and only one is there to protect the nest.

How Do You Celebrate EMS Week?

One of the things that rural EMS providers do has been stated in a previous story on this website named, "Courtesy Transports." So one of things that your local BIEMS is doing this week is providing at least one courtesy transport. What is a courtesy transport? If you didn't read the story, the gist of this is simple. The local EMS group helps someone get where they need to go without being paged, without being call to an emergency, and without any bill. This is a very normal situation in the rural communities. Helping a neighbor is a definite situation that stands out in this community of Beaver Island. So a courtesy transport means just that, helping out a neighbor. Thank you, BIEMS, for you desire to help those in your community..

Another part of EMS Week celebration is the notification of some people in the community about what the laws of the State of Michigan state regarding who can legally transport an emergency patient. Obviously, BIEMS is the only licensed emergency medical transport service on Beaver Island. Until such time as another agency is licensed, patients need to be transported by the BIEMS ambulance according to the PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT), Act 368 of 1978. Section 333.20924, Business or service of transportation of patients; licensed ambulance required; exceptions: "a person shall not furnish, operate, conduct, maintain, advertise, or otherwise be engaged or profess to be engaged in the business or service of the transportation of patients in this state unless the person uses an ambulance licensed under this part."

The moral to this story is simple. If someone, who is not a licensed EMS agency, suggests that they provide "emergency evacuations" of patients, then they are in violation of the section of the law mentioned above. If they continue to do so, they will find themselves liable for anything that happens during the transport and likely to be a defendent in a lawsuit. Those that are doing this know who they are.

What else does EMS do to celebrate EMS Week? Well, today, May 17, 2016, the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service, the Beaver Island Fire Department, and the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department were paged to respond to an overturned kayak between Beaver Island and Garden Island. Many people responded. The fire department officer responded to the CMU boat at Whiskey Point preparing to go out to provide rescue for those in need. At the moment that the three agencies were preparing to leave the dock, it was reported that all seven people were on the shore on the north shore of Beaver Island. Island Airways had an aircraft in the air to provide spotting for the rescue attempt The ambulance and crew and deputy sheriff responded to this north shore location on the back beach to provide help and treatment as needed. The BIRHC was placed on standby for the possible hypothermia patients that may have been in the water. The patients were assessed by BIEMS, and it was determined that no transport was necessary. Apparently, all the ones in the water were doing fine and no further treatment was needed.

CMU boat ready to go...ambulance was ready......"Head to the north shore"

Plane ready for spotting


Ambulance on scene.......BIRHC on standby

Video of Water Rescue Call


A Heron in the Eagle Tree

Out in Gull Harbor, the road is covered with water and really provides an interesting habitat for bird and other animals. Today, a trip to look for eagles in the eagle tree, took all by surprise because on a branch in the eagle tree was a heron. This heron was preening itself in the top of the eagle tree.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

"Mating and Nesting

I am always amazed to see a huge, gangly, and awkward heron land gracefully at the top of trees where it nests in colonies. The male arrives at the nesting site before the female and gathers materials for the nest. With at lot of displaying and shrieking, he presents his gifts to the female and she weaves them into a nest. The nest is built on a platform of sticks or an old nest is repaired (old nests are often used for years). The female lays 3-6 greenish-bluish eggs in the nest which is lined with leaves, and other plants. When a Blue Heron joins its mate on the nest, a greeting ceremony always takes place to appease the sitting heron. If food is not readily available, the parents will only feed one or two aggressive chicks; the rest might starve or be physically kicked out of the nest. When food is plentiful, they may put food right near the weakest chick. (See video of Great Blue Herons from the webcam at Cornell:  Normally,  the parents feed the chicks by regurgitating fish into their mouths."

(from http://www.birdinginformation.com/birds/herons-bitterns-egrets/great-blue-heron/)

Wouldn't it be really cool if the herons decided to nest in this tree at Gull Harbor?

Video clip of Heron in Eagle Tree



by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Junior-Senior Banquet and Bash

(Photos and Video by Deb Bousquet)

This is a tradition on the island for the juniors and other underclassmen to help put on a Banquet for the seniors. The banquet took place this past Saturday, and the speaker this year was Kristy Bousquet, a former BICS graduate and college graduate. The banquet is a dinner and special decorations are put up to surprise the seniors. The seniors get to invite friends and relatives to this event. After eating, the Beaver Island Boat Company takes the BICS student banquet attendees on a cruise, and, after returning to the dock, the next event is a dance at the hall, followed by the Senior Bash with games and prizes. This usually takes place in the school gymnasium.

Here are pictures of the Banquet

Here are pictures of the Bash

Video is available also HERE

Celebrating EMS Week

May 15-21, 2016 is the 42nd annual National EMS Week

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession, and EMS practitioners had only just started to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.

A lot has changed since then. EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical care continuum. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness. EMS may provide both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and en route to a hospital. EMS practitioners care for their patients' medical needs and show caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.

NAEMT-ACEP EMS Week Partnership

This year, NAEMT continues its partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) on the EMS Strong campaign. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.

EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."

EMS Week is also an opportunity to publicize those contributions. Given the challenges facing our nation's healthcare system and the rapid pace of change, making sure the public and other stakeholders understand what EMS has to offer has never been more important.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 17, 2016

Slept in and enjoyed every minute of it. Right now we have clear, blue skies, it's 40°, feels like 35°, wind is at 8 mph from the NW, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 1019 mb, visibility is 9.5 miles, pollen levels at 9.3 medium-high, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Mostly sunny. Areas of frost in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows inthe mid 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.

On this date of May 17, 1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.

Did you know that carrots contain 0% fat?

Word of the day: panjandrum (Pan-JAN-druh m) which means a self-important or pretentious official. Panjandrum was coined by the English dramatist and actor Samuel Foote in the mid-1700s in a bit of nonsensical verse composed to test the memory of a fellow actor.


by Joe Moore

(These stories are based upon historical situations but do not identify specific individuals.)


We are talking about rural EMS and not the neat and tidy businesses of running urban EMS.  The facts of the matter are really clear in the rural areas.  We take care of patients, and we don't always have the luxury of the perfectly organized, law abiding urban organizations.  We transport people in unlicensed vehicles including unlicensed air transport vehicles.  We do procedures that would cause the urban providers to cringe and say, "You did what?" 

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BIDL Summer Reading Olympics to Start

Beaver Island District Library’s Summer Reading Olympics program will start on June 20, 2016.
What can be more important than a child’s education? Did you know that children who don’t read over the summer don’t maintain their reading level, but actually reduce their ability? So what can parents do?
Sign your child up for Beaver Island District Library’s Summer Reading program! It’s free and easy to join: just sign up and start reading! Children will earn rewards and entries into a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.
Children who read 20 minutes a day, keep a reading log, and write a review of the books they read will earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold medals, based upon their total minutes read. Readers can bring their logs and reviews to the library weekly to “check in” and receive a prize! For young readers, a parent or older sibling can read to them and it will count as well!
Beaver Island District Library and the Teen Advisory Board are also planning summer events for the various grade levels. Some events include workshops (such as a Writer’s Workshop and Drawing Manga/Anime), game nights, reading with elders (including senior citizens and elder mentors), summer Rainy Day Read Ins and Book swaps.
Each medal earned, each review written, and each BIDL event attended will earn the reader an additional chance at the Grand prize at the end of the summer.
Contact the Beaver Island District Library for more information or to sign up for this exciting program.
Also, stop by and check out the book sale this summer! Inexpensive reads in a variety of subjects.

Sheriff's Department Offers Boating Safety Classes

Sheriff Don Schneider announces the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office will be offering free Boater's Safety classes on the following dates.

Boating Safety
2016 Schedule

DATE                         TIME                          LOCATION
June 4,  2016               9:00a-1:00p                 Charlevoix Yacht Club
June 11, 2016              9:00a-1:00p                 Melrose Township Hall

NOTE:  All classes are free of charge.  Minimum age for class attendance is 10 years of age.  It is recommended that students eat prior to class or bring a small snack to class. Due to the short duration of the course, there will be no meal time.  Students receiving a satisfactory test grade will receive their Michigan Boating Safety Certificate at the conclusion of the course.  No pre-registration is required to attend the classes.

Completion of this class is MANDATORY for individuals: (1) born after December 31, 1978 to operate a PWC (jet ski) (2) and for anyone born on or after July 1, 1996 to operate a boat.

Please note that individuals must be at least 14 to operate a PWC. 14 and 15 year olds must be within 100 ft. of a parent, guardian or designee at least 21 yrs. of age to operate a PWC.  Individuals must be at least 16 to operate a PWC by themselves.  Individuals born after December 31, 1978 must have their boater's safety in their possession when operating a PWC.  Individuals born on or after July 1, 1996 must also have their boater's safety in their possession when operating a boat.

Individuals can also take the boater's safety class on-line at the Michigan DNR website (www.Boaterexam.com or www.Boated.com) at their convenience.  There is a fee for the on-line class.  Upon successful completion of the on-line class individuals can print out their Michigan Boating Safety Certificate right at home. ORV and snowmobile safety classes are also available on-line at the Michigan DNR website as well.

For further questions call the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office Marine Division at 547-4461, ext. 3499.

Harbor's Visiting Birds

The evening before and the day after found three interesting birds in the harbor area across the road from the log cabins called Rustic Villa. The first is a heron, the second are geese, but some baby geese are quite cute. The last is a lesser yellowleg, identified for BINN by Donna Hardenberg. Thanks for your help, Donna!


Lesser Yellowleg

View Gallery of Pictures Here

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 16, 2016

So begins another week, hopefully spring will come back and stay. Right now I'm showing 41°, feels like 37°, wind is at 6 mph from the SE, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are medium at 6.6, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers likely in the morning, then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of May 16, 1965 - Spaghetti-O's were sold for the first time.

Did you know that the tea bag was invented in 1908.

Word of the day: botryoidal (bo-tree-OIK-l) which means having the form of a bunch of grapes. Botryoidal stems from the Greek term for a bunch of grapes, bótrys. It entered English in the early 1800s.

On the Road Again

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass Excerpts from Holy Cross Catholic Church

Beaver Island, May 15, 2016

View Mass Excertps Here

Beaver Island Veteran's Project

Beaver Island Veterans Project has planned to invite Wes and Lil Spykes for some rest and relaxation on Beaver Island. Wes is a Vietnam veteran and presently works with veterans in his community. Wes and Lil will be arriving on June11, 2016, on the early boat. We will show them some Island hospility on Saturday. On Sunday around noon we will be having a meet and greet luncheon/pot luck at Peane Township Hall. Wes will be giving a presentation on post tramaitic stress disorder.

All are wecome!

Forester Mike Merriweather-June 2nd

At the Community Center: June 2nd from 3-5 p.m.  Forester, Mike Merriweather will come to Beaver Island to discuss forest health and how to write a forest contract for best logging practices when deciding to harvest timber from your property. 

Mike Meriwether has worked for the Antrim Conservation District for the past 20 years. He is actively involved in forest management, timber harvesting, wildlife food plots, and resource management of the lands. Mike issues wood cutting permits for county lands and works with landowners to negotiate surface damages from gas exploration activities in the county. Mike Meriwether works to fulfill forest management objectives by providing technical assistance to non-industrial, private forest landowners. He provides management plans and assists residents with all tree health needs.

Celebration of National EMS Week

Beaver Island News on the 'Net want to thank all the EMS Providers living and/or working on Beaver Island for the safety and help in the community. As part of this week's celebration of our EMTs, MFRs, and paramedics, BINN editor Joe Moore decided to reach back into the history of BIEMS and provide some information and some pictures of former members of EMS, some still current members, and some of the patches that have represented the agency of BIEMS that was first licensed in 1986.

Here is the first patch for the BIEMS group, going back to when there were two divisions, land rescue and water rescue:

The "Islands of Safety" patch for our two divisions.

At the beginning of the BIEMS group, organized as a club of volunteers, the chairperson was Neil Boyle, a licensed EMT; and the other officers were Connie Boyle, a licensed EMT; and Joyce Runberg, a licensed EMT and a licensed RN.

Another patch that worked its way into the uniforms of our personally purchased equipment was the EMS Star of Life:

The EMS Star of Life has special meaning to those involved in the provision of emergency medical care. The blue "Star of Life" symbol was designed for National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration in response to the need for a uniform symbol representing the emergency medical services system. The six barred cross was adapted from the personal Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association. For EMS the six bars represent the six systems functions as indicated below.

1. Detection.......2. Reporting........3.Response.........4. On Scene Care..........5. Care in Transit.......6. Transfer to Definitive Care

The staff and snake represent medicine and healing.

The founders of the current Advanced Life Support Beaver Island EMS are shown in this picutre:

Beaver Island EMS became an advanced life support agency shortly after this picture was taken. In the back row from left to right are: Jim Stambaugh, Joe Moore, Karl Kiss, and Bev Russell. In the front are Mike Russell and Bob Hamil.

This movement to advanced life support was only posssible due to a paramedic class taught by the then director of Kellogg Community College, Lisa Rose, and her husband, Steve Rose. After taking the final practical exam and the written exam in Battle Creek, the new paramedics returned to a gathering at Welke Airport with welcoming by the Beaver Island Fire Department and other community members. Even the school posted on its message board as shown below:

Here are some of the pictures from some of the training that BIEMS was trained in, including ice rescue and extrication. You will note that this training was jointly taken by some EMS providers and some Firemen, and some that functioned in both organizations:

Ice rescue and water rescue


Here are a few more patches that pertained to the BIEMS group throughout the years:

The patch below is the current design that is worn by some of our EMS people:

Thank you to all the current EMS providers. A list of those who are currently working to provide services to our community including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and medical first responders are below:




Joe Moore

Jenna Wilk

Pam Moxham

Brian Meade

Kevin White

Deb Bousquet

Kathie Ehinger

Gerald LaFreniere

Tim McDonough

Bob Hamil

Tammy LaFreniere


Karen Whitecraft


The 52 Lists Project #20

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 15, 2016

Mother Nature has over compensated for her hot flash a while ago. It feels more like March than May outside. Now she's giving us a morning at 36°, feels like 29°, freeze warnings, wind at 10 mph from the west, humidity at 77%, pressure steady at 1014 mb, visibility of 9.9 miles, pollen levels at medium-high at 7.9, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Mostly cloudy. Numerous snow showers in the morning. No snow accumulation. Highs in the mid 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 40% chance of rain showers after midnight. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of May 15, 1862 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Did you know that wine is sold in tinted bottles because it spoils when exposed to light?

Word of the day: gaucherie (goh-shuh-REE) which means lack of social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkwardness. Gaucherie is formed on the basis of the French loanword gauche. It entered English in the late 1700s.

Happy National EMS Week


This year, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) continues its partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) on the EMS Strong Called to Care Campaign. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized. The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) wants to know what you are doing to help celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in your rural community

Rough Eight Days Plus

It has been a rough eight days for the Islander families on Beaver Island. Three funerals in this eight day period. The island had to say goodbye to Lawrence McDonough, Nancy "Ann" Cull, and Margaret "Muggs" Bass in this last eight day period. The week before then, they said goodbye to Bob Banville, and the week after they will say goodbye to Bob Welke. Five island families, friends, and neighbors have lots of sadness. This island shows the love and joy in addition to the sadness and grief.

There are some unique ways of doing things on Beaver Island. While Bob Banville's Vigil and Funeral Mass were both live streamed and recorded, these others were not. Perhaps the families were not aware that this was an option, or perhaps all the relatives that needed to be here were here for the services. Some of the unique aspects of an island funeral will be presented here courtesy of Rich Gillespie, who took these videos with his cellphone.

Lawrence McDonough's Final Boat Trip


Kevin White's "Danny Boy" at Nancy Cull's Graveside


Final Blessing for Muggs Bass


Cindy Gillespie Cushman's Song at Muggs Bass's Graveside


Danny Gillespie's Song at Muggs Bass's Graveside


Crazy Clinical Cases

by Joe Moore

(The patients in this story are based on facts, but are fictional.)

Every Emergency Medical Technician in the State of Michigan is required to attend clinical rotations to gain experience in the real world beyond the classrooms.  My basic EMT clinical included sometimes boring cases of coughs and colds by patients who use the emergency room like a doctor's office at all hours of the day and night.  There were several shifts with a northern Michigan ambulance service without a single ambulance call. The best basic EMT clinical rotation occurred at Northern Michigan Hospital Emergency Room.  One patient stands out in my mind.  Another ambulance service brought in an 80 year old female laying flat on her back gasping for breath with blue lips and no oxygen.  The ER was quite busy, I remember, and the nurse taking report from the crew. heard about the history of congestive heart failure, and couldn't get the patient off the ambulance cot fast enough. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Cherry Lane

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 14, 2016

The island is saying its final goodbye to Margaret "Muggs" Bass today. She was so loved by so many. A woman who saw her religion as a living, breathing entity and hugged it close. Muggs was the most cheerful person, when one was feeling a bit off she would cheer you up and then say, with a smile, "get over it". That Muggism will be repeated for years to come. We miss you so much, Muggs!

Chilly out this morning at 39°, feels like 32°, wind is at 11 mph from the NW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, visibility is at 9.7 miles, pollen levels are low to medium today at 4.7, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the morning, then scattered rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow and rain showers in the evening, then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of May 14, 1804 - William Clark set off the famous expedition from Camp Dubois. A few days later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined the group. The group was known as the "Corps of Discovery."

Did you know that Tokyo was once known as Edo? It was renamed Tokyo (eastern capital) in 1868.

Word of the day: forthwith (fawrth-WITH) which means immediately; at once; without delay. Forthwith entered English in the 1400s. The prepositional phrase forth with was in use in Middle English.

AMVETS Post 46 and the Beaver Island Friends of Veterans

AMVETS Post 46 and the Beaver Island Friends of Veterans have some events over Memorial Day weekend that we would like to everyone to be aware of.

On Sunday the 29th we are having out pancake breakfast at the Holy Cross-hall from 8AM to noon.   This is one of three fundraising events we have every year.  We'll  have pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, (these are fresh eggs), fruit, coffee, milk and tea.  The money raised goes to support island veterans, a scholarship for graduates of the school and maintenance of the Veterans Memorial Park.  Jack Spanhak and Jim Latta are the leaders of this activity.

On Monday the 30th  we’ll have a Memorial service at the park and this year the United States Coast Guard has agreed to conduct a fly-over with one of their rescue helicopters, however this is  subject to availability and weather.   We don’t know the exact time but we are hoping to have the ceremony around 11:00 AM.

Alvin Lafreniere  will read the names of those men from the Island who died in the service of their county and we’ll recognize veterans with ties to the Island who passed away last year.

Also if anyone has flags that are in bad shape please bring them to the ceremony and we will dispose of them on June 12th at our Annual Flag Disposal ceremony. 

Again, Post 46 and the Beaver Island Friends of Veterans want to thank everyone for their support.

DEQ Releases 2015 State of the Great Lakes Report

The DEQ recently released the 2015 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report. Prepared by the Office of the Great Lakes, this report highlights the 30-year anniversary of the office, including the themes of state partnerships and regional initiatives.

The report also brings in authors from state agencies, academia and the private sector to discuss various innovations and initiatives taking place in Michigan's Great Lakes and coastal areas, such as tourism and water trails.

The report is available at www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3677---,00.html.

For more information please contact: Kari Vaughn, 517-284-5035, vaughnk3@michigan.gov.

Moving On

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 13, 2016

It's 45° outside this morning, feels like 40°, overcast, wind is at 10 mph from the west, humidity is at 98%, pressure is falling from 1014 mb, visibility is at 8.6 miles, pollen levels are high today at 9.8, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered rain showers in the morning, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of May 13, 1982 - The Chicago Cubs became the first major league baseball team to win 8,000 games.

Did you know that among the colored diamonds the rarest of is the red diamond?

Word of the day: trophic (TROF-ik, TROH-fik) which means of or relating to nutrition. Trophic finds its roots in the Greek trophikós meaning "pertaining to food." It entered English in the late 1800s.

Is a rescue boat needed for an island?

By Joe Moore
(The following fictional story is based upon facts, but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

One of our previous deputies was really wanting to get to the outer islands of the Beaver Island Archipelago to check on the legality of the deer hunting that was going on out there.  It was his contention that an Island-based deputy needed a boat to handle the water rescue calls and the law enforcement complaints that occurred around Beaver Island.  He had calls to check out the privately owned home on Trout Island, larcenies of pieces and parts of the lighthouse on Squaw Island, lost or missing people on High, Garden, and Hog Islands.  He was always having to contact boats of the people who were the busiest in the summer, the Beaver Island businesses, and it took much too long to get a boat enroute to whatever emergency or complaint that he was required to respond to.  Since I was an auxiliary officer of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department back in those days, I was much aware of the continuous calls that came in to the substation back then.  Alvin was the deputy back then. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

May 11, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

Two Island Residents Graduate from BILS

Two Beaver Island residents graduated on May 11, 2016, from the Beaver Island Lighthouse School. Congratulations to Trace Butler and Jordan Marsh!! This is a wonderful conclusion to your high school careers. BINN wishes you great success and happiness in wherever life brings you!

Jordan Marsh and Family

(Pictures are courtesy of Jeff Connor and Krystle Ferguson)

Timeout for Art: Waiting for Inspiration

by Cindy Ricksgers

1st Annual Lake G Fishing Tournament

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 12, 2016

I'm back. Good news is that Henry has not moved, grown, nor had young'uns over the past year. The bad news was that they couldn't do the contrast MRI part because my diabetes had my levels screwed up. Regardless, my doctor was able to see enough to tell us that, if no symptoms develop, I don't have to come back for another year! Thank you so very much for all the prayers - I really believe they help. Guess I'll have to ask for them for another year, that things remain the same. Thanks, everyone.

Ok, right now it's 50° outside, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 7 mph from the SE, humidity is at 69%,p pressure is steady at 1016 mb, visibility is 9.9 miles, pollen levels are medium-high at 7.6, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Scattered rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then numerous rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph after midnight.

On this date of May 12, 1960 - Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley appeared on the same TV special and performed the other's hit. Elvis sang "Witchcraft" and Sinatra sang "Love Me Tender."

Did you know that African elephants only have 4 teeth?

Word of the day: obviate (OB-vee-eyt) which means to anticipate and prevent or eliminate difficulties, disadvantages, etc., by effective measures. Obviate can be traced back to the Latin verb obviāre, "to act contrary to," which in turn is derivative of obvius meaning "in the way, lying in the path." The common English term obvious once carried the meaning "being or standing in the way."

Paul Welke Receives Notable Awards

Congratulations, Paul!

On May 11, 2016. Paul Welke was presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.  This presentation took place at the Charlevoix Airport.

From the FAA, “The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots.”   Other notable recipients of the Wright Brothers Award include Bob Hoover, Chuck Yeager, and Neil Armstrong.

Also from the FAA, “The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. Mr. Taylor served as the Wright brothers' mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.”

Paul had also displayed some items from his past including memorabilia from his early days in Civil Air Patrol.

Angel Welke got a pin and a letter award as well.

One very nice gift was received by Paul and Angel Welke in honor of this event, a beautiful needlepoint of Bill and Paul Welke's 1958 PIPER PA-23-160 aircraft and a certification..

View a gallery of pictures by Michelle LaFreniere HERE

Video of the Presentations


TV 9 and 10 Story HERE

Congratulations Aedan!

Congratulations to Aedan Cole for completing his 4th Grade Aleks and earning this Blueberry Pie for himself and his family! To do this Aedan had to compete 197 math topics! Way to go Aedan! Here we go ISLANDERS! Here we go!

Back to North Branch

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

May 11, 2016

It's to be a beautiful day today. It's 46 degrees out this morning, clear with almost no wind blowing at this time. The forecast is clear with a high of 63 today with a low of 47 tonight. The pressure is 30.16 with visibility of 10.0 miles. The dewpoint is 37 degree with humidity at 70%. The forecast for tomorrow is for rain beginning in the early morning hours with a chance of rain being 25%. This chance rain increases tomorrow to a 70% chance of rain at noon.

Bah Humbug

An expression used to show disgust at the Christmas season, made famous by the fictional character Ebinizer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens novel 'A Christmas Carol.' This is being interpreted by some as a saying for many other situations. It matches the editor's attitude about several things on this beautiful, sunny day.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Courtesy Transports

by Joe Moore

Courtesy Transports
By Joe Moore

I don’t know much about urban ambulance companies.  My only experiences have been with either agencies with which I have done clinical time or agencies that I have had contact with when transferring care of a patient.  I know that none of those would be doing any type of courtesy transport.  What do I mean by a courtesy transport?  Let say that our chronic difficulty breathing patient was needing to be evaluated at the medical center, but did not need to be transported to a hospital.  BIEMS may go down the several miles to pick him up using the ambulance and cot with the onboard oxygen, and then he would be delivered to the medical center.  That is a courtesy transport.  We provide the patient with transportation as a courtesy.  If he is evaluated at the BIRHC and needs further transport to the hospital, we would be paged to do that transport.  If, however, he just needs transportation back to his home, we would again provide him with a courtesy transport back to his residence.

Let’s say that a youngster who was hurt arrived on my doorstep from an accident from towing.  Towing is where a rope is tied to the bumper of a car, and the other end is tied to a sled or toboggan.  Adults use this tow method to provide children with some entertainment in the winter time on Beaver Island.  We don’t have downhill skiing or any ski hills to go to, so this has evolved as a method of fun.  I won’t let my daughters or sons do this in the roadway behind a car.  I will let them tow behind a snowmobile across the fields.  Maybe that is even crazy, but I had to negotiate that since “everybody does towing.”  This young man comes to my house in a personally owned vehicle, complaining of leg and back pain after his sled does a flying jump.  He doesn’t want an ambulance, but I convince him to submit to a courtesy transport from my house to the medical center across the street.  The courtesy transport is used in this instance because he is underage, there is no life or death emergency, and because I don’t want the liability of moving him without protecting his head, neck, spine, and leg.

Suppose BIEMS gets a page to respond down the island all the way to Lake Geneserath for a person who has fallen off a roof while trying to shovel the snow from the roof.  Central Dispatch gets a call back from the residence stating that they do not want the ambulance.  They do not want the ambulance bill, nor the bill for the air transportation, nor the mainland ambulance bill.  I don’t think it makes any sense to be paged to an emergency, and then be canceled from that emergency without seeing and talking to the patient.  We make a courtesy run without lights and sirens to the address where the fall occurred. 

After taking the abuse from the patient and the “I don’t want you here,” comments, you can offer a courtesy transport of the patient to the medical center.  “I don’t want to go to any g___d_____ medical center.  Get out of my house,” was the response to the offered courtesy transport, but I had to offer one.  I don’t want anything preventing this patient from getting the help that he needs. 
You see, we have a mission here in the rural area.  Providing emergency transport for hire is only one of those missions.  We also have to be willing to provide emergency transport for free to some patients.  We also have to willing to provide transportation for deceased individuals. 

We standby at soccer games for free.  We attend and stand by at basketball and volleyball games for free.  We help politician’s wives with courtesy transportation when returning from physical therapy after hospitalization and fractured bones.  We help move injured patients from a domestic violence situation even when they don’t necessarily need an ambulance.  We standby at the golf tournaments at the local golf course, at the Beaver Island Boodle, a run/walk competition which is a fundraiser for our school’s sports boosters, and we standby at the Fourth of July Carnival. We respond to pages for the healthcare provider when a patient is at the medical center after regular hours of operation.   We respond, as a courtesy response, to each and every page and call for service for the Beaver Island Fire Department.  We respond even if the call for service for the fire department is just a chimney fire or a downed power line.  This is what rural EMS agencies do. 

We are there to provide service to our communities.  How often are we being asked or required to respond to the needs of our community?  It’s not like a busy urban service.  BIEMS responded to an average of two each week.  This would be unlikely to interest any for-profit agency.  However, the employers on the island are getting just a little tired of their employees leaving their jobsite or business even once per week which has happened every week since the year 2002 began.  During the busy summer tourist season, we have to have someone willing to give up a good day’s pay to be on-call for EMS in the summer.  There is no way an employer would allow a person leave the jobsite two or three times per week to provide a regular ambulance run, let alone a courtesy transport.

 In 2006, each paramedic and EMT on call for a 24 hour shift gets paid one hundred dollars to be available, within three minutes of the ambulance garage.  There is not a long line of people wanting to take this on-call time, but we usually have someone willing to do it.  We have offered paramedics a week’s vacation on Beaver Island where BIEMS pays for the rental cottage or pay the paramedic $600 for the week along with the paramedics transportation.  We have had a very few off-island paramedics take us up on this offer.  Those that have done this have stated that they would like to come back again.  The offer has been outstanding for three years.  All an interested paramedic from Michigan has to do is fax a statement allowing his/her name to be added to the BIEMS roster along with his license copy and ACLS card copy.  We pay for his/her ferry trip to the island and lodging for one week.  (This was in 2006)

Where does Beaver Island stand now (in 2006) with paramedics?  We have one other licensed paramedic who has chosen to spend the winter in Grand Rapids, Michigan, working and learning the job of paramedic in an urban EMS system.  We have second other possible paramedic with just one area of practical exam to retest.  We have other interested people who have not successfully completed a paramedic program.  One this day of December of 2006, I am still the only paramedic on Beaver Island.  Is that a stressful situation?  Absolutely, but thank goodness I have two excellent providers at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center who are willing to work with me.  Thank goodness that I have some excellent basic EMTs and Medical First Responders who are willing to respond at any time of the day or night.  Thank goodness that I am still blessed with fairly good health and am able to continue to respond myself.  The truth of the matter is my eyesight is not what it used to be.  I am overweight, even obese.  I don’t remember things as well as I used to remember them.  I have spent the last twenty years of my life helping the community members who needed emergency care, and I’d like to spend just a few more doing the same thing.  There is only one entity that can make that happen, and HE is not in this world.  Thank you Lord for allowing me this opportunity to make a difference, the difference that rural EMS can make in people’s lives.

What has happened to our run volume?  Well, from an average of 60 responses per year when we had when Beaver Island boasted four licensed paramedics, it has increased to almost 90 responses for the last three years with only one year-round paramedic.  Thank goodness for Steve and Lisa, our paramedic instructor-coordinators who continue to spend time on Beaver Island in the summer to provide some time off.  We still go fairly lengthy periods of time without an “ambulance run.”  We still spend a lot of time training, but not as much as we used to spend.  We used to get together once every month for some training to keep up our skills.  We don’t do that much anymore.  I guess that I am getting old and less ‘pushy’ about these training sessions.  Perhaps we rely too much on the rural health center, but this relationship is the best it has ever been.  Maybe we will continue to develop our abilities to help the patients on Beaver Island and maybe the numbers will decrease, but I doubt it.  The next generation of EMS providers will have to step up and begin to train to take over.  I’ll need your help one day soon.

Obituary for (Nancy) Ann Cull

Anne “Nancy” Cull, 87, of Beaver Island, passed away Friday, may 6, 2016, in Dyer, Indiana. She was born November 27, 1928, in County Kilkenny, Ireland. She attended school leaving Ireland at age 19, and moving to London, England where she worked at St. George's Hospital. When an opportunity came up to come to America, she moved on January 5, 1953, to Grand Rapids. She worked for Mr. and Mrs. Bissell (of Bissell carpet sweepers), then at Blodgett Hospital. From there she was accepted into Saint Mary's nurse's training program and became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1955.

Nancy's plans to return to Ireland changed when she met “The Nicest Man” and so begins the story of Larry and Nancy. They were wed July 21, 1956 on Beaver Island. A day her whole family remembers – January 19, 1971 – when Nancy became an American Citizen, or as Larry put it, “She became a Yankee”. Nancy and Larry made their home in Hazel Crest, Ill., and following retirement made their summer home on Beaver Island, and their winter home in Port Charlotte, Fla. Larry preceded Nancy in death on March 9, 1999.

She is survived by her children, Maureen Cull of Beaver Island; Brian and Alyse Cull of New Lenox, Ill., Ellen and Mark Newman of Crete, Ill., Bruce and Patricia Cull of Beaver Island; grandchildren, Michael, Ceile, Brittany, Patrick, and Matthew Cull.

Visitation will begin at 6pm, Wednesday, May 11, at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island, where a Vigil Service will begin at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be 11am, Thursday, May 12, at Holy Cross Church followed by a procession to Holy Cross Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the Peaine Township Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island EMS, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, or to Forest View Community on Beaver Island.

Please visit Nancy's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

Board Packet for this meeting HERE

The regular school board meeting took place on May 9, 2016, in Room 215 beginning at 7 p.m. The items on the agenda included agenda approval and approval of the April board meeting minutes. This was followed by the board president's updates and recommendations that included a roport on the robotics competition, a report on the BICS Board Search Committee, progress and plans; a report on the millage renewal from the May 3, 2016, election, and elementary teach needs for 2016-17 school year.

The finance committee report was given next with an approval of the April 2016 financial report and the preparations for next year's budget priorities. The curriculum committee report included information about summer school and potential electives for next school year. The next curriculum committee meeting is June 9th at 3:30 p.m.

The policy and personnel committee was to review teacher qualification and employment policy, provide a definition of teacher responsibilities, and pending evaluation decisions. The next meeting is June 7th at 3:30 p.m.

The building, maintenance and grounds committee report was next. The discussion centered around building use and charges for building use, building repairs, projected costs, and setting priorities.

The superintendent report and comments followed. This centered around school improvement planning, Title I planning, and an Open Invitational Meeting for all parents in June 2016. Also discussed was the school calendar for 2016-17.

There was a public comment period, and the meeting then adjourned.

View video of the board meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 10, 2016

Wow! I'm humbled and amazed at all the birthday greetings I received! I'm surely blessed by so many friends who took the time to send them. I tried to respond to each one, if I did miss you, I apologize. It was over-whelming, so thank you so very much!

Remember, no weather tomorrow, as we are going across today so Henry B. Nine can have his portrait taken by the MRI machine. We hope to be back tomorrow, late afternoon.

It's 42° outside this morning, feels like 36°, wind is at 10 mph from the east, humidity is at 55%, pressure is steady at 1023, visibility is 10 miles, pollen levels at high at 9.9, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 35 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.

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

Did you know that the life span of a house fly is between 10 to 25 days? That is, if you don't have a good swatter to shorten its lifespan to a minute or two.

Word of the day: cunctator (kuhngk-TEY-ter) which means a procrastinator; delayer. Cunctator stems from the Latin verb cunctārī meaning "to delay." The term is sometimes used in reference to the Roman statesman and military commander Fabius Maximus, who employed delaying tactics in the Second Punic War. Cunctator entered English in the mid-1600s.

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Meeting

May 10, 2016 Agenda

Minutes April 12, 2016 Meeting

Ospreys on May 9, 2016

One in the tree, one on the nest

View the gallery HERE

District Library Board Member Introduction

by Sally Rehkopf

The Library is embarking on a series of casual stories or sketches.  Each month, one of the Board members will write a little something about a book or libraries or reading or whatever strikes our fancy, and we will post it to the website and Facebook.  I am happy to take the first shot at this new venture.

In my little growing-up town, the public library was an old house, two doors down from ours on Main Street.  Really.  It was a white clapboard building, and it had belonged to Old Mr. Moore, who left it to the town when he died.  The children’s collection was to the left when you walked in (the old parlor), the reading room was to the right (the old living room), the stacks were toward the back (the dining room) and the staff work space was across from that (the kitchen).  The librarian’s public desk was tucked under the spiral staircase, in the large formal entryway.  The staircase was mysterious – first, it was the only spiral staircase I had ever seen and second, it was blocked with a velvet rope.  You had to have special permission to go up there, as the second floor held the Williamstown (MA) archives, which were just for adults, and apparently serious ones at that.

The library was welcoming and the librarian knew everyone, knew our reading tastes, knew what we were reading in school and how well we were doing.  She would often hand me a book to take home to my mother because she would enjoy it.  I worked my way through the biography section in the children’s area, and only noticed later that the only women who got books written about them were either nurses or flag makers.  There were multiple copies of the summer reading books for each grade, and if it got towards late August and you hadn’t checked any of them out, Mrs. Winch would give you a nudge when you wandered in for something else.

Mrs. Winch also taught us library etiquette.  When you checked out books, you opened them to the back where the card pocket was, and pulled out those cards.  While Mrs. Winch stamped the date due in the books, you wrote your name on the cards, then traded your completed cards for the books. I liked seeing who had read the books before me (a pleasure long past in these days of privacy concerns). You could keep the books for two weeks, and if you were late, the fine was three cents a day.  Mrs. Winch wasn’t a “shushy” librarian, but she did require respectful behavior at all times. 

Since then, I’ve been in a lot of libraries.  It wasn’t until I hit the Beaver Island District Library that I felt like I’d come home to my original library.  BIDL doesn’t look anything like my old library, and it sure doesn’t have that same wonderful musty book smell, and the librarians aren’t wearing buns, and the card catalog is a thing of the past.  But the essence of small town library is here, and I am once again addicted.

A Change in Attitude

by Cindy Ricksgers

AMVETS Meeting Scheduled

Meeting Tuesday  May 10, 2016, at 4:00 PM at the St James Township Hall

Election of officers

Memorial Day Breakfast

Veterans Park issues

Memorial Day Activities

Cormorant Harassment

The Beaver Island Wildlife club has been trained to harass Cormorants that might be feeding in the harbor or Lake Genezarth.    The harassment might be in the form of pyrotechnics to scare them off.   The Sheriff's department and the DNR are aware of these actions.

Beaver Island Wildlife Club

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 9, 2016

It got rather chilly last night as there is frost on the roof of the neighbors garage. Right now it's clear skies, 36°, feels like 32°. wind is at 5 mph from the east, humidity is at 85%, pressure is rising from 1020 mb, visibility is 9.8 miles, pollen levels are high today at 9.7, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Just a reminder that I will be leaving the island tomorrow afternoon so there will be no weather report on the 11th. Today: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of May 9, 1785 - Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle.

Did you know that not all your taste buds are on our tongue (10% are on the insides of you cheeks)?

Word of the day: larruping (LAR-uh-ping) which means very; exceedingly. Larruping is an Americanism formed on the basis of the verb larrup meaning "to beat or thrash." It entered English in the early 1900s.

Mother's Day, First Communion, and Confirmation

at Holy Cross Catholic Church

Video Excerpts are HERE

Sunday Drive and Walk, Mother's Day

by Joe Moore

Another beautiful day today! With today being Mother's Day, First Communion Day, Confirmation Day, and Ascension Sunday, the start for our day was attendance at the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been live streaming Sunday Mass since Holy Week and plans to continue that into the future.

After Mass, we relaxed for a bit, and then decided to take a drive and do another walk like we did on Saturday. The island is absolutely beautiful today. We drove to the Barney's Lake Preserve and walked the trail down along the eastern side of the lake all the way to sand dunes. We didn't think our legs would carry us on any further with the uphill climb necessary for the return. We took lots of pictures, and just a little video too.

After returning to the car, it was a necessity to check out the osprey nest on Sloptown, and then a trip to the point and Gull Harbor rounded out our trip and walk for the day. It was just another beautiful day on Beaver Island!

Checking out the osprey on the way to Barney's Lake

Panorama of Barney's Lake from the Northeast end of the lake.

Northwest end of Barney's Lake.

Experimenting with macro lense of moss sprouts and wind strawberry blooms

Recheck of osprey nests shows both in the nest

Herons and seagull at Gull Harbor

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Video from 3 locations on East Side of Barney's Lake


Saturday Drive and Walk, 5/7/16

by Joe Moore

What do you do on Beaver Island? Some of us, just like to get outside and join nature by taking a drive and then going for a walk. That's what we did on Saturday afternoon, May 7, 2016, beginning around three in the afternoon. We took a ride down by Barney's Lake then out to Miller's Marsh, and then back past the microwave tower's osprey nest. It was a beautiful day.

Barney's Lake turtles

Miller's Marsh

Cormorants at Gull Harbor

You can view a gallery of photos HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day! It's 43° outside, clear skies, wind is at 8 mph from the west, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 1011 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen levels are high for today at 10.1, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered sprinkles in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 8, 1886 - Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called "Coca-Cola."

Did you know that everyone has a unique tongue print?

Word of the day: oenomel (EE-nuh-mel, EN-uh-mel) which means something combining strength with sweetness. Oenomel can be traced to the Greek terms oînos meaning "wine" and méli meaning "honey." The potent, sweet drink dates back to Ancient Greece. The term entered English in the mid-1500s.

The 52 Lists Project #19

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Sports Awards Ceremony

May 5, 2016

Cake and lots of trophies and awards

Kim Mitchell of the BI Sports Boosters, presentations to coaches

Simeon Richards, recipient of Bill Burns Sportsmanship Award

View video of the awards ceremony HERE

Costa Rica Trip Report by Participants

at the Community Center, May 4, 2016, at 7 p.m.

(Pictures and Video by Deb Bousquet)

The students that participated in the Costa Rica Spanish Immersion Trip had a meeting to report on the trip on May 4, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center

Two of the chaperones of the trip also spoke

Each student had an opportunity to give a report.

Following the report in the auditorium, there was an open house in the entry room to the community center.

View video of the report HERE

St. James Township Meeting

May 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

The St. James Township Board Meeting began in the usual manner with a call to order and the pledge. The minutes from three previous meetings were approved, March 30,2016, with one change; April 6, 2016, and April 12, 2016. Payments were discussed and were approved with the additions provided by the clerk. There were two letter in correspondence, one was read, the other held until later in the meeting. The Dangerous Structures Ordinance is moving forward on one piece of property with the building on it called the Livery. The current status is that a ticket will be filled out, checked over by the the lawyer for the township, and then sent to the property owner.

Kitty McNamara reported on the Sewer Committee and brought a recommendation forward from the committee for approval by the board. The recommendation includes an agreement reached between the committee and Eric Hodgson Enterprises. The board voted to accept payment for the sewer service for the period of April 1, 2015, through May 22, 2016, without late fees, and without going on the businesses tax bill. The payment of $7,717.00 is to be made on 5/22/16.

Joe Moore gave a report on the yacht dock, and the meeting with the DNR in Charlevoix attended by Joe Moore and Joe Timsak. The state data base has incorrect depths listed for the slips, and this needs to be corrected immediately. Also, special events that have already been scheduled need to be put into the system as soon as practically possible. There will be updates sent out within two weeks, and correct information should be available.

Kathy Tidmore spoke for the Human Services Commission. The commission asked for and received $150 from St. James Township to update the services manual that has been previously available.

Bill Haggard reported on the DEQ new reporting policies that require additional positions to be filled and specific procedures completed, adding additional time and effort needed to finish this.

After considerable discussion, the township voted to approve the same website provider and designer as Charlevoix County. The Gillespie versus St James deposition dates include several times on May 16, 2016.

There was only one bid for lawn maintenance. It had minor changes from last year, but was approved.

Discussion took place about the EMS millage, but after discussion the wording for the EMS Millage was approved. The wording for the BIHS millage was also approved. This is for the August ballot.

The resolution for transfer of the EMS and the fire department assets from the township of St. James to the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority was approved after lengthy discussion.

A posting for the St. James Planning Commission is needed.

The transfer station budget was finally received by St. James Township and approved by the township.

The Waste Management Committee is requesting to made into an authority. The St. James board is not in favor of this at this time. The board would like some background information and some rationale presented to them in writing before any action will be taken.

The letter on pocket parks was ready and the costs for maintenance was approved.

The township board voted to have an Internet connection in the township hall.

The cost of the fireworks was discussed, and the order for fireworks was approved by the board.

In public comment, Joe Moore asked to place an antenna next to the Governmental Center to help improve the Internet connection for state required reports. Joe offered to pay for the Internet and make it available to the EMS paramedics for report writing. The board did not agree to this. There were policies that needed to be developed and issues to be discussed with the lawyer. The board stated that if EMS needed a better Internet connection speed to complete the report then EMS should order that connection. After policies were developed and investigated, the board may then consider the request again.

View video of the meeting HERE

National Day of Prayer

May 5, 2016

Opening Prayer wass by Deacon Jim Silee, the National Day of Prayer Coordinator

Pledge of Allegiance was by Bill Kohls, Peaine Township Supervisor

"God Bless America" was led by Sheri Timsak, BIBCO

Prayer for Government Leaders was given by Bob Tidmore, Beaver Island AMVETs

Prayer for Churches was given by Adam Anderson, Beaver Island Lighthouse Church

Prayer for Educators was given by Joe Moore, a lifelong teacher

Prayer for our Military was given by Alvin Lafreniere, Beaver Island AMVETs

Prayer for Families was given by Pinky Harmon, Holy Cross Church

Prayers for Personal Renewal and Moral Awakening was given by Ann Partridge, Beaver Island Community Center

A Beaver Island Blessing was given by Deacon Jim Siler, National Day of Prayer Coordinator

"Amazing Grace" was led by Sheri Timsak, BIBCO

Participants and Attendees

View gallery of pictures HERE

Video of the Prayer Service


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

by Joe Moore

(These patients are fictional.)

We are paged to the medical center for a 60 year old female.  She had arrived at the medical center with severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, lower left back pain, and a fever.  She had a history of high blood pressure, but had not taken her medication for three days.  The patient had been treated at the medical center for the loss of fluids or dehydration caused by the illness. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Mating Dance of the Loons

The mating dance of the loons is absolutely fascinating especially when one is ready for the reproduction act to begin and the other is not quite ready yet. The loons out on Barney's Lake were taking turns dancing tonight, May 2, 2016, but continue to separate for the better part of an hour. It is likely that there will be a nest with eggs in it very soon. A more beautiful bird, even though it's not a raptor, can not be found in the opinion of this photographer. Beauty and peace combined with unusual and haunting vocalizations make this bird an absolutely fascinating creature to observe.

View a gallery of the mating dances HERE

Video of the unusual dance of the loon




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

January 28, 2016

Video of the meeting HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 31, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

April 28, 2016

Video of this meeting available 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

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

January 11, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

February 8, 2016

Video is available HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 14, 2016

Link to Video of the 2.5 Hour Meeting

BICS Holds Title I and Parent Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

April 18, 2016

Video for most of the meeting is HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

January 13, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

January 21, 2016

View video of this short meeting HERE

February 10, 2016

Video available HERE

March 9, 2016

View Video of the Meeting Here

April 13, 2016

View Video HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

View video of the meeting HERE

December 2, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

View video of this meeting HERE

February 3, 2016

Video can be viewed HERE

March 2, 2016

Video of the meeting available HERE.

March 30, 2016

Video of this meeting HERE

April 6, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

April 12, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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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

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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CTE Awards Dinner

at Boyne Mountain

Career Tech Ed Students Receive Award for Oustanding Scholarship. The top 10% of students in each career tech ed program in the Char-Em ISD were recognized last week at the annual CTE Awards dinner. BICS students Sarah and Olya received the award for their outstanding work in our Advanced Business Management course (Advanced "BEST"). Forrest and Katie were awarded for their work in the Allied Health course. Instructors Connie Boyle and Kathie Ehinger are very proud of the work these students have done throughout the year. They are all learning skills that directly relate to the workplace and they will be prepared to follow a career path in the business and health services areas.

Forest, Sarah, Olya, and Katie

CTE Award Winners with Ms. Boyle

Osprey on Watch

As most of you know, the editor of News on the 'Net is obsessed with the osprey and the osprey nest. The following gallery of pictures were taken over a period of a little more than an hour. It amazes some that the osprey can sit still on a tree branch and save his/her energy until a fish moves close to the surface of the water. Do you remember hiding behind something and jumping out to scare your friend, your mom, or your sibling? The osprey is waiting for dinner to present itself just below the surface of the water. When nothing is seen from this vantage point, this osprey just moves to another. No flying round and round like an eagle or other fishing bird, not when there are these easy perches around the edge of Barney's Lake. Just move on to another place to view and look for food.

View small gallery of pictures of the Osprey on Watch HERE

School Election Results

St. James Township

BICS Millage
Char-EM Intermediate Millage

Peaine Township

BICS Millage
Char-EM Intermediate Millage

Beaver Island Totals

BICS Millage
Char-EM Intermediate Millage

The BICS School Operating Millage passed with highest number of no votes in a long time with 35% of the island voters voting NO. YES voters totaled 65%. The Char-Em Intermediate District passed with a higher percentage of votes than the BICS millage with almost 70%..

BICS Sports' Awards

BICS Health Occupational Students' Trip

The BICS Health Occupations (HOSA) students took a trip today to Saginaw to observe surgery in the surgical suite of St. Mary's Hospital. St. Mary's of Michigan Medical Center is a hospital in Saginaw, Michigan, United States. St. Mary's is a subsidiary of Ascension Health, and is a teaching affiliate of the Michigan State University. Some very excited students flew back to the island on a 4:30 p.m. flight. They will gladly tell you about their experience. One said, "It was amazing!"

Bank Hours Change

As of May 2, 2016, the Charlevoix County State Bank office here on Beaver Island is open for the months of May and June from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Beginning in July and in August, the bank will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and then from 2:30-4 p.m. Then in September through December, the hours go back to 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Finally, during the winter months, January through April, the bank goes back to the Tuesday and Friday only, and open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

These are the bank hours given today, May 2, 2016, until they are changed.

Scam Alert!!

The newest scam to hit Beaver Island recently is begun with a phone call from the 520 area code. The caller identifies himself or herself as calling from the United State Census Bureau. (S)he states that he needs you to complete the information on the phone since you did not complete the form mailed to you. This information request is a scam to get your personal information. (S)he may ask you to confirm certain information that (s)he may have already determined to gain your confidence. Do not provide them with any information. This is an excellent scam to try to get your information in an effort to steal your identity.

There are scams from the IRS, Lottery Offices, and many more. There is a simple rule to help protect your identity. Do NOT out your personal information over the phone unless you KNOW that YOU HAVE CALLED a reputable telephone number, one that is in the local telephone book. If you are NOT SURE, don't give out your information.

From the Census Bureau:

"Avoiding Fraudulent Activity and Scams

We go to great lengths to protect your information.  Below are tips to help you.

If you suspect “phishing” or other scams,contact the Regional Office for your state or National Processing Center immediately for verification and further instructions.


Phishing is the criminal act of trying to get your information - usernames, passwords, social security numbers, and bank account or credit card account details - by pretending to be an entity you trust.  Phishing e-mails often direct you to a website that looks real, but is fake, and may be infected with malware.

Other Scams

You may be the victim of a scam if someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for certain information.  The Census Bureau never asks for:

  • your full Social Security number
  • money or donations
  • anything on behalf of a political party
  • your full bank or credit card account numbers
  • your mother’s maiden name
What you can do

Should you suspect fraudulent activity, please do the following

  • if you get mail:
    • check that it is an official letter signed by a U.S. Census Bureau director
    • if you continue to question the authenticity of the letter or form call the Regional Office for your state to verify the household survey.  For business surveys please visit our Business Help Site or contact the National Processing Center
  • if someone calls your household to complete a survey:
  • if someone visits your residence to complete a survey:
    • check first for a valid U.S. Census Bureau ID badge
    • if you are still unsure then call the Regional Office for your state to verify you are in a legitimate survey and the visitor is a Census Bureau employee
  • if you get an e-mail and think it is bogus:
    • do not reply, do not click on any links, and do not open any attachments
    • forward the e-mail or website URL to the Census Bureau at ois.fraud.reporting@census.gov
    • delete the message.  We will investigate and notify you of the findings.

Thank you for participating in an important U.S. Census Bureau survey!"

Doctor Martha Guth

Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance

"Congratulations my good friend Martha!" Joe Moore said.

"Martha decided to start her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance at the University of Michigan three years ago. After all of the hard work, this chapter on our lives came to a conclusion last Friday (April 28, 2016). She was able to achieve this while taking care of our dear son Sebastian most of the time by herself due to my traveling schedule this past years. All the while never canceling a singing contract nor sacrificing hers studies at the university. It is very remarkable what she has accomplished. It was not easy for anyone, but she is my rock star and she proved that, with extreme dedication and sacrifices, things are able to become reality. Take care, Joe, and feel free to add or correct any of this note."

Ricard Lugo

Sunshine, Words, and Pictures

by Cindy Ricksgers

Sunday Drive, May 1, 2016

This type of nature viewing is becoming a tradition, one that should be part of many lives for those who live on Beaver Island. Relaxing, what more could make the day better? A short trip out to the point, around Barney's Lake, past the osprey nest on Sloptown, and then a trip to view the sunset at Donegal Bay, this was the idea.

View a gallery of pictures of this trip HERE

The more interesting pictures from a distance are those presented below:

Different views

Different combinations

Different sunset pictures

Regular sunset pictures

Sounds at Barney's Lake


Baccalaureate for Lighthouse Seniors at Christian Church

This traditional church service for the Beaver Island Lighthouse School Seniors took place today, May 1, 2016, but began a little later than normal. The service began at 10:30 a.m. due to slight memory issue. These students have succeeded at completion of the requirements for a high school diploma and will be done in "nine days and a wake-up." The Beaver Island Christian Church provided a beautiful cake for the Lighthouse students.

From right to left: Jenna Wilk, Jordan Marsh, Trace Butler, Aurora Sizemore, Tash Herrera, Cody Dooley

Former BICS student Trace Butler and Jordan Marsh are shown as successful students from the Beaver Island Lighthouse School with their teacher, Jenna Wilk, who also taught at BICS.


Holy Cross Bulletin May 2016

BICS Lunch Menu May 2016

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter 2016

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule

SAVE THE DATE!    Garden Tour Benefit   Wednesday, July 13th

SAVE THE DATE!    Garden Tour Benefit   Wednesday, July 13th
Another fun day of visits to several new Beaver Island gardens is in the works and we hope you can join us!  Good food (at the Lodge), good company (no more than 40 tickets sold), and gracious hosts who make it all possible, will complete the day.  Our volunteers are making this event better each year and we want to remind you that the proceeds (as well as our silent auction) will support our continuous efforts to beautify the Wellness Garden encompassing the BIRHC and Forest View campuses. A surprise speaker, and of course prizes, will be part of the lunch event. Transportation provided as usual and included in the ticket price! Look for more information as it becomes available through BIRHC, WVBI, and the news forums, as well as News On the Net. Mark your calendars, see you then,     The Wellness Garden Benefit Committee


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

Charlevoix Summer Transit
Summer Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Except Holidays)

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Preparing the Community Calendar

BINN is beginning the preparations for the 2016 Beaver Island Community Calendar. The events that are already scheduled for the coming year will be gladly be posted on the calendar. Any organization that has dates can be posted, but they have to be sent to the editor. Joe Moore said, "I have to be aware of the activity in order to post information about the activity." Save your dates now, so there are fewer conflicts!

Bank Hours Change

Starting in January the Beaver Island Branch of Charlevoix State Bank will be starting their winter hours. The hours for January, February, March and April will be Tuesday and Friday from 9am until 2pm. The bank will be closed on January 1st for the New Years Day holiday.

Beach Rangers

Beach Rangers, now is the time to start walking the beaches and recording any dead birds, and fish found.   Recently found were 4 Red Neck Grebes on Donegal Bay. Contact me if you wish to participate and are willing to walk the beaches this fall.
Jacque, 448-2220

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the summer schedule on June 7th..  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuedays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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