B. I. News on the 'Net, November 11-24, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 24, 2019

Here comes the sun. We have clear skies, 39°, feels like 33°, wind is from the SW at 11 mph, humidity is 80%, dew point is at 34°, pressure is 29.47 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less building to 3 to 5 feet in the morning.

Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Monday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Monday Night West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1859, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, a groundbreaking scientific work by British naturalist Charles Darwin, is published in England. Darwin’s theory argued that organisms gradually evolve through a process he called “natural selection.” In natural selection, organisms with genetic variations that suit their environment tend to propagate more descendants than organisms of the same species that lack the variation, thus influencing the overall genetic makeup of the species.

Darwin, who was influenced by the work of French naturalist Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck and the English economist Thomas Mathus, acquired most of the evidence for his theory during a five-year surveying expedition aboard the HMS Beagle in the 1830s. Visiting such diverse places as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geology of many lands. This information, along with his studies in variation and interbreeding after returning to England, proved invaluable in the development of his theory of organic evolution.

The idea of organic evolution was not new. It had been suggested earlier by, among others, Darwin’s grandfather Erasmus Darwin, a distinguished English scientist, and Lamarck, who in the early 19th century drew the first evolutionary diagram—a ladder leading from one-celled organisms to man. However, it was not until Darwin that science presented a practical explanation for the phenomenon of evolution.

Darwin had formulated his theory of natural selection by 1844, but he was wary to reveal his thesis to the public because it so obviously contradicted the biblical account of creation. In 1858, with Darwin still remaining silent about his findings, the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace independently published a paper that essentially summarized his theory. Darwin and Wallace gave a joint lecture on evolution before the Linnean Society of London in July 1858, and Darwin prepared On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection for publication.

Published on November 24, 1859, Origin of Species sold out immediately. Most scientists quickly embraced the theory that solved so many puzzles of biological science, but orthodox Christians condemned the work as heresy. Controversy over Darwin’s ideas deepened with the publication of The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871), in which he presented evidence of man’s evolution from apes.

By the time of Darwin’s death in 1882, his theory of evolution was generally accepted. In honor of his scientific work, he was buried in Westminster Abbey beside kings, queens, and other illustrious figures from British history. Subsequent developments in genetics and molecular biology led to modifications in accepted evolutionary theory, but Darwin’s ideas remain central to the field. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap. (in my case, make that at least 11 bars of soap). (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY billingsgate (BIL-ingz-gayt) which means coarsely abusive language From its beginnings during the time of the Roman occupation, the Billingsgate fish market in London, England, has been notorious for the crude language that has resounded through its stalls. In fact, the fish merchants of Billingsgate were so famous for their swearing centuries ago that their feats of vulgar language were recorded in British chronicler Raphael Holinshed's 1577 account of King Leir (which was probably William Shakespeare's source for King Lear). In Holinshed's volume, a messenger's language is said to be "as bad a tongue … as any oyster-wife at Billingsgate hath." By the middle of the 17th century, billingsgate had become a byword for foul language. (Merriam-Webster.com)

Great Lakes Islanders Find Common Concerns

Great Lakes Islands Alliance gathers for third annual meeting

The article talks about the last meeting of these island representatives and their common areas of concern. The article has some great pictures as well.

View the article HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 23, 2019

Clear skies, 36°, feels like 27°, and we can actually see the sun! The wind is from the SW at 15 mph, humidity is at 70%, dew point is 28°, pressure is 29.76 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. As Mr. Roger's would say, "it's going to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood!" Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Sunday West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Sunday Night Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam's spillway by Margaret Bourke-White.

Life actually had its start earlier in the 20th century as a different kind of magazine: a weekly humor publication, not unlike today’s The New Yorker in its use of tart cartoons, humorous pieces and cultural reporting. When the original Life folded during the Great Depression, the influential American publisher Henry Luce bought the name and re-launched the magazine as a picture-based periodical on this day in 1936. By this time, Luce had already enjoyed great success as the publisher of Time, a weekly news magazine.

From his high school days, Luce was a newsman, serving with his friend Briton Hadden as managing editors of their school newspaper. This partnership continued through their college years at Yale University, where they acted as chairmen and managing editors of the Yale Daily News, as well as after college, when Luce joined Hadden at The Baltimore News in 1921. It was during this time that Luce and Hadden came up with the idea for Time. When it launched in 1923, it was with the intention of delivering the world’s news through the eyes of the people who made it.

Whereas the original mission of Time was to tell the news, the mission of Life was to show it. In the words of Luce himself, the magazine was meant to provide a way for the American people “to see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events … to see things thousands of miles away… to see and be amazed; to see and be instructed… to see, and to show…” Luce set the tone of the magazine with Margaret Bourke-White’s stunning cover photograph of the spillway, which has since become an icon of the 1930s and the great public works completed under President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Life was an overwhelming success in its first year of publication. Almost overnight, it changed the way people looked at the world by changing the way people could look at the world. Its flourish of images painted vivid pictures in the public mind, capturing the personal and the public, and putting it on display for the world to take in. At its peak, Life had a circulation of over 8 million and it exerted considerable influence on American life in the beginning and middle of the 20th century.

With picture-heavy content as the driving force behind its popularity, the magazine suffered as television became society’s predominant means of communication. Life ceased running as a weekly publication in 1972, when it began losing audience and advertising dollars to television. Between 2004-2007, however, it resumed weekly publication as a supplement to U.S. newspapers. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that the cornea is the only part of the body with no blood supply – it gets its oxygen directly from the air.(allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY jilt (JILT) which means to cast off or reject (someone, such as a lover) capriciously or unfeelingly. Jilt traces back to the English dialect noun jillet ("a flirtatious girl"), itself from Jill or Gill (used both as a proper name and as a noun meaning "girl") plus the diminutive suffix -et. Jilt itself came into use in the second half of the 17th century as a noun meaning "an unchaste woman" (a sense that is now obsolete) or "a woman who capriciously casts a lover aside," and also as a verb used for the actions of such a woman. These days, the person doing the jilting can be either male or female, and though jilt usually implies the sudden ending of a romantic relationship, it can also be used beyond the context of a romantic relationship with the broader meaning "to sever close relations with." (Merriam-Webster.com)

St. James Special Meeting

November 22, 2019, at Noon

The purpose of the meeting today was to provide authorization for the supervisor to submit a grant application as well as a grant letter for the purposes of getting funding for the project of fuel dock improvements at the new marina. The supervisor was granted authority to submit an application to the Grand Traverse Band.

Draft Minutes of the Waste Management Meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 1:00PM

View the minutes HERE

DRAFT Minutes of Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting, November 20, 2019 5:00PM

View minutes HERE


Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

November 22, 2019

Thank you to the Volunteers of our BICS Thanksgiving Feast!
Traditions are so important to schools and communities. We could not carry many of our school traditions without the support of our parents, families, and community at large. Thank You!

Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving break is next week! There will be no school starting on Wednesday, November 27th and we return to school December 2nd. Have a wonderful time with friends and family. While you are recovering from your tryptophan slumber, reflect on everything for which you are thankful.

Can Sorting Scheduled for THIS Sunday, November 24th at 1:00 pm
Reminder---The next can sorting is THIS Sunday, November 24th. This is the last can sorting before the boat stops running. We need to clear the Transfer station of returnables to make room for the cans and bottles that will come in over the winter.

B.I Fit Volunteers Needed
B.I Fit is looking for CPR certified volunteers to man B.I Fit a couple days a month.  Hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, from 9-11 am. No worries if you are not yet certified in CPR, the great folks at Beaver Island EMS have many CPR classes to get you ready!  If interested, please contact BICS office.

Rural School Funding Still in Jeopardy  
This note is starting to get old. But yes, the students of Beaver Island, Grand Marais, Paradise, Drummond Island, and Mackinac Island continue to be used as pawns in a political game over the state budget. The latest play in this game is by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. Apparently, there was an agreement on the table, but Senator Shirkey is holding up that agreement by demanding that Governor Whitmer give up some of her executive authority before he will agree to restoring our funding. Hopefully, when the legislators get back from Thanksgiving break, they will be able to work together for the benefit of students and communities across rural Michigan.

Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament December 6th & 7th on Mackinac Island
The 2nd annual Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament will be held on Mackinac Island the weekend of December 6th & 7th.  The teams playing will be Beaver Island, Mackinac Island, Put-In-Bay, & Washington Island.

Mark Your Calendars December 12th Performing Arts Student Play
Under the direction of Diana Behl, the BICS secondary Performing Arts Class students will be presenting the one act play “A Thing of Beauty” by Maurice Berger. December 12th time 7:00 pm at the Beaver Island Community Center.

December Events--Mark Your Calendars
Friday 6th & Saturday 7th – Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament
Thursday 12th – Performing Arts Student Play
Wednesday 18th - Santa’s Workshop
Thursday 19th – Holiday Caroling
Saturday 21st to January 5th – Winter Break

Have a Great Weekend and HAPPY THANKGIVING!

Taking Time for Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 22, 2019

There's white stuff on the ground, it's 30°, feels like 18°, wind is from the NW at 17 mph with gusts up to 28 mph, humidity is 70%, dew point is 21°, pressure is 30.04 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots becoming west 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 knots. Scattered rain and snow showers in the morning. Waves 4 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.

Tonight Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

Saturday Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Sunny. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

Saturday Night West wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible.

First lady Jacqueline Kennedy rarely accompanied her husband on political outings, but she was beside him, along with Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, for a 10-mile motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas on November 22. Sitting in a Lincoln convertible, the Kennedys and Connallys waved at the large and enthusiastic crowds gathered along the parade route. As their vehicle passed the Texas School Book Depository Building at 12:30 p.m., Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor, fatally wounding President Kennedy and seriously injuring Governor Connally. Kennedy was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital. He was 46.

Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who was three cars behind President Kennedy in the motorcade, was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States at 2:39 p.m. He took the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One as it sat on the runway at Dallas Love Field airport. The swearing in was witnessed by some 30 people, including Jacqueline Kennedy, who was still wearing clothes stained with her husband’s blood. Seven minutes later, the presidential jet took off for Washington.

The next day, November 23, President Johnson issued his first proclamation, declaring November 25 to be a day of national mourning for the slain president. On that Monday, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Washington to watch a horse-drawn caisson bear Kennedy’s body from the Capitol Rotunda to St. Matthew’s Catholic Cathedral for a requiem Mass. The solemn procession then continued on to Arlington National Cemetery, where leaders of 99 nations gathered for the state funeral. Kennedy was buried with full military honors on a slope below Arlington House, where an eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave.

Lee Harvey Oswald, born in New Orleans in 1939, joined the U.S. Marines in 1956. He was discharged in 1959 and nine days later left for the Soviet Union, where he tried unsuccessfully to become a citizen. He worked in Minsk and married a Soviet woman and in 1962 was allowed to return to the United States with his wife and infant daughter. In early 1963, he bought a .38 revolver and rifle with a telescopic sight by mail order, and on April 10 in Dallas he allegedly shot at and missed former U.S. Army general Edwin Walker, a figure known for his extreme right-wing views. Later that month, Oswald went to New Orleans and founded a branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a pro-Castro organization. In September 1963, he went to Mexico City, where investigators allege that he attempted to secure a visa to travel to Cuba or return to the USSR. In October, he returned to Dallas and took a job at the Texas School Book Depository Building.

Less than an hour after Kennedy was shot, Oswald killed a policeman who questioned him on the street near his rooming house in Dallas. Thirty minutes later, Oswald was arrested in a movie theater by police responding to reports of a suspect. He was formally arraigned on November 23 for the murders of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit.

On November 24, Oswald was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. A crowd of police and press with live television cameras rolling gathered to witness his departure. As Oswald came into the room, Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed .38 revolver. Ruby, who was immediately detained, claimed that rage at Kennedy’s murder was the motive for his action. Some called him a hero, but he was nonetheless charged with first-degree murder.

Jack Ruby, originally known as Jacob Rubenstein, operated strip joints and dance halls in Dallas and had minor connections to organized crime. He features prominently in Kennedy-assassination theories, and many believe he killed Oswald to keep him from revealing a larger conspiracy. In his trial, Ruby denied the allegation and pleaded innocent on the grounds that his great grief over Kennedy’s murder had caused him to suffer “psychomotor epilepsy” and shoot Oswald unconsciously. The jury found Ruby guilty of “murder with malice” and sentenced him to die.

In October 1966, the Texas Court of Appeals reversed the decision on the grounds of improper admission of testimony and the fact that Ruby could not have received a fair trial in Dallas at the time. In January 1967, while awaiting a new trial, to be held in Wichita Falls, Ruby died of lung cancer in a Dallas hospital.

The official Warren Commission report of 1964 concluded that neither Oswald nor Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, either domestic or international, to assassinate President Kennedy. Despite its firm conclusions, the report failed to silence conspiracy theories surrounding the event, and in 1978 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded in a preliminary report that Kennedy was “probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy” that may have involved multiple shooters and organized crime. The committee’s findings, as with those of the Warren Commission, continue to be widely disputed. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW If you search for Lebanon, Kansas on a map, you'll find yourself looking at the very middle of America. According to data from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, the geographic center of the contiguous United States is two miles northwest of the center of the town.

And if you want to visit it in person, you'll need permission first: The direct center of the country is on a privately owned pig farm. However, at the end of a nearby paved road, there's a historic plaque marking the spot as well as a picnic table and tiny six-person chapel with a guest book that you can sign to commemorate your visit. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY heterodox (HET-uh-ruh-dahks) which means:
1 : contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religion : unorthodox, unconventional
2 : holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines
It's true: individuals often see other people's ideas as unconventional while regarding their own as beyond reproach. The antonyms orthodox and heterodox developed from the same root, Greek doxa, which means "opinion." Heterodox derives from doxa plus heter-, a combining form meaning "other" or "different"; orthodox pairs doxa with orth-, meaning "correct" or "straight." (Merriam-Webster.com)

Peaine Township Recreation Plan Draft

View the plan HERE

This plan will be going to the Peaine Township Board at the December meeting.

Special St. James Township

November 22, 2019, at Noon, at Governental Center, Kings Highway

The purpose of the meeting is to authorize the application of the tribal grant allocation to assist with fuel dock repair.

View notice HERE

BIA's Letter to USACE

The Beaver Island Association's president Kevin Boyle has submitted a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dated November 12, 2019. This letter includes some pictures that show the seriousness of the issue. News on the 'Net also took some time to check out the erosion issues on the east side of the island. This article below is the posting done regarding the erosion including pictures and video. The BIA letter is presented below with the BINN story down below the letter.

View BIA letter HERE

Around the Horn and Erosion

November 8, 2019

by Editor Moore

The purpose to make a trip around the island to check our the progress on the emergency phones, the leaves, the snow, and the erosion was on tap today. The trip took two plus hours with the plans to stop and visit someone not working out. Every trip either starts or ends with a trip to the point, so this began the trip today. A photo gallery shows the entire trip. The video only shows the erosion.

Some homes endangered by water and waves:

Thanks to Pam Grassmick--the above photos.

View photo gallery HERE

View erosion video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 21, 2019

As the song goes, "it's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring" (Joe's still asleep so I can get away with that). It's 42°, feels like 35°, raining, wind is from the SE at 11 mph, humidity is 90%, dew point is 39°, pressure is 29.81, and visibility is about 7 miles. Winds are going to pick up during the day with occasional gusts over 40 mph. Lots of rain. Tonight, as the temperatures drop the rain could switch to snow showers. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today South wind 10 to 20 knots becoming west early in the evening. Gusts up to 30 knots. Rain developing. Patchy fog. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Tonight Northwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Scattered showers and isolated snow showers. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

Friday West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Friday Night West wind 15 to 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1934, a young and gangly would-be dancer took to the stage of Harlem’s Apollo Theater to participate in a harrowing tradition known as Amateur Night. Finding herself onstage as a result of pure chance after her name was drawn out of a hat, the aspiring dancer spontaneously decided to turn singer instead—a change of heart that would prove significant not only for herself personally, but also for the future course of American popular music. The performer in question was a teenaged Ella Fitzgerald, whose decision to sing rather than dance on this day in 1934 set her on a course toward becoming a musical legend. It also led her to victory at Amateur Night at the Apollo, a weekly event that was then just a little more than a year old but still thrives today.

Born in 1917 in Newport News, Virginia and orphaned at the age of 15, Ella Fitzgerald was a high-school dropout and a ward of New York State when she made her way to the Apollo that autumn night in 1934 with two of her girlfriends. “It was a bet,” she later recalled. “We just put our names in….We never thought we’d get the call.” But Ella did get the call, and as it happened, she came to the stage immediately after a talented and popular local dance duo. Afraid that she couldn’t measure up to the dancing talents of the preceding act, Ella was petrified. “I looked and I saw all those people, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, what am I going to do out here?'” she told National Public Radio decades later. “Everybody started laughing and said, ‘What is she gonna do?’ And I couldn’t think of nothing else, so I tried to sing ‘The Object of My Affection.'”

By her own admission, Fitzgerald was blatantly imitating the singer who popularized that song, Connie Boswell of the Boswell Sisters, and the first few notes were a disaster. Rushing onstage to protect her from the jeers of the notoriously tough Apollo Theater crowd, however, was the famous Amateur Night master of ceremonies, Ralph Cooper, who helped Ella gather her wits and try again. On her second attempt, she brought down the house.

Within the year, Ella Fitzgerald had been discovered by Chick Webb, to whose band she was legally paroled by the State of New York while still shy of her 18th birthday. It was with Webb’s band that she scored her career-making hit, “A-Tisket A-Tasket” in 1938, but it was as a solo performer that she would become a jazz legend in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a revolutionary innovator in vocal jazz. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW in the early 20th century, men of society eschewed traditional polish, using champagne to shine their shoes instead. In fact, Olga Berluti, a high-end shoe designer whose company is owned by the LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) umbrella, still uses Dom Pérignon to polish her famed shoes. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY fortitude (FOR-tuh-tood) which means strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage. Fortitude comes from the Latin word fortis, meaning "strong," and in English it has always been used primarily to describe strength of mind. For a time, the word was also used to mean "physical strength"; William Shakespeare used that sense in Henry VI, Part 1: "Coward of France! How much he wrongs his fame / Despairing of his own arm's fortitude." But despite use by the Bard, that second sense languished and is now considered obsolete. (Merriam-Webster.com)

Community Thanksgiving Service

Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m.

USCG Cutter Mackinaw Swaps Buoys

November 20, 2019

(8 a.m.) The USCG Cutter Mackinaw was seen in the harbor this morning at day break. The purpose of the trip to the island was to swap out the buoys; the bell buoy and the channel buoys in the harbor as well as the Garden Island buoy and others. The Mackinaw crew connected to the bell buoy after launching the smaller vessel. The smaller vessel came into the harbor to work on the channel buoys from the BIBCO dock over to the Beaver Island Marine dock. While the channel buoys were replaced, the Mackinaw was pulling the bell buoy at Whiskey Point. After the bell buoy was on board, the Mackinaw removed the channel buoys from the smaller vessel. The smaller vessel headed over to get the Garden Island buoy.

While the smaller vessel headed toward Garden Island, the Mackinaw worked to put the smaller buoys away. Then the ice buoy was hoisted, the anchor chains were connected, and the ice buoy was placed in the mouth of the harbor to replace the removed bell buoy.

View video of the swap HERE

View a gallery of photos HERE

Weather by Joe

November 20, 2019

Right now on Carlilse Road, it is 35 degrees with barely a breath of wind. The pressure is 30.01 with a 99% relative humidity. It appears to be warmer at the township airport with a temperature of 39 degrees. It is cloudy out there, but the visibility is still ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be overcast with a high in the low 40s. There is a 10% chance of rain. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with on and off showers overnight with a low of 38 degrees. Winds will be from the S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for 100% chance of rain with a high near 45 degrees. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Rain accumulation may be half and inch.

WORD OF THE DAY: expedite; verb; (EK-spuh-dyte); to accelerate the process or progress of : speed up; to execute promptly; to issue or dispatch

If you're really intent on expediting something, you jump in with both feet—or place a single foot where it will be most effective! And when you do, you're drawing on the etymology of expedite itself. The word comes from the Latin verb expedire ("to extricate, prepare, be useful"), a word that traces back to the root ped- or pes, meaning "foot." Expedite has been used in English since at least the 15th century.

ON THIS DAY in history, the Nuremburg trials begin.

Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II.

The Nuremberg Trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes against peace, to crimes of war, to crimes against humanity. Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, the British member, presided over the proceedings, which lasted 10 months and consisted of 216 court sessions.

On October 1, 1946, 12 architects of Nazi policy were sentenced to death. Seven others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life, and three were acquitted. Of the original 24 defendants, one, Robert Ley, committed suicide while in prison, and another, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, was deemed mentally and physically incompetent to stand trial. Among those condemned to death by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, leader of the Gestapo and the Luftwaffe; Alfred Jodl, head of the German armed forces staff; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior.

On October 16, 10 of the architects of Nazi policy were hanged. Goering, who at sentencing was called the “leading war aggressor and creator of the oppressive program against the Jews,” committed suicide by poison on the eve of his scheduled execution. Nazi Party leader Martin Bormann was condemned to death in absentia (but is now believed to have died in May 1945). Trials of lesser German and Axis war criminals continued in Germany into the 1950s and resulted in the conviction of 5,025 other defendants and the execution of 806.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

View meeting notice HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 19, 2019

Cloudy skies, 35° outside this morning, the wind is from the NW at 1 mph, humidity is 98%, dew point is 35°, pressure is 29.76 inches, and visibility is about 5 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the late morning. Patchy fog early in the morning. Chance of rain in the morning. Chance of drizzle through the day. Waves 2 feet or less.

Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of drizzle. Waves 2 feet or less.

Wednesday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

Wednesday Night South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In fewer than 275 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing. The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee’s defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army’s ultimate decline.

Charged by Pennsylvania’s governor, Andrew Curtin, to care for the Gettysburg dead, an attorney named David Wills bought 17 acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who fell in battle. Wills invited Edward Everett, one of the most famous orators of the day, to deliver a speech at the cemetery’s dedication. Almost as an afterthought, Wills also sent a letter to Lincoln—just two weeks before the ceremony—requesting “a few appropriate remarks” to consecrate the grounds.

At the dedication, the crowd listened for two hours to Everett before Lincoln spoke. Lincoln’s address lasted just two or three minutes. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. This was his stirring conclusion: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Reception of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was initially mixed, divided strictly along partisan lines. Nevertheless, the “little speech,” as he later called it, is thought by many today to be the most eloquent articulation of the democratic vision ever written. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW while it's commonly believed that baseball was invented in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839, Jane Austen referenced the sport 40 years earlier. In the opening pages of Northanger Abbey in 1797, Austen wrote, "It was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, base-ball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books."

Author Julian Norridge thinks that it was a term that Austen's readers would have to have been familiar with since she didn't bother to explain it further. He says that means there is "no doubt [baseball] was being played in Britain in the late 18th century, and equally no doubt that it traveled to America." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY recondite (REK-un-dyte) which means:
1 : difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend : deep
2 : of, relating to, or dealing with something little known or obscure
3 : hidden from sight : concealed
While the adjective recondite may be used to describe something difficult to understand, there is nothing recondite about the word's history. It dates to the early 1600s, when it was coined from the synonymous Latin word reconditus. Recondite is one of those underused but useful words that's always a boon to one's vocabulary, but take off the re- and you get something very obscure: condite is an obsolete verb meaning both "to pickle or preserve" and "to embalm." If we add the prefix in- to condite we get incondite, which means "badly put together," as in "incondite prose." All three words have Latin condere at their root; that verb is translated variously as "to put or bring together," "to put up, store," and "to conceal." (Merriam-Webster.com)

Bazaar Raffle Winning Numbers Unclaimed

November 17, 2019

The raffle at the bazaar had two raffle tickets that did not have any names on them. Judi Meister has asked that they be posted for the those that might still have their raffle tickets.



If you have either of these tickets, call Judi Meister, at 231 448 2963


NOVEMBER 20, 2019 @ 1:00PM

View agenda HERE

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes

November 12, 2019

View minutes HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 18, 2019

We're having a heat wave! It's 37° and no windchill (at the moment), wind is from the WNW at 3 mph, humidity is 95%, dew point is 35°, pressure is 29.79 inches, and cloudy skies. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today South wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered showers with possible light snow showers early in the morning, then chance of drizzle and fog. Waves 2 feet or less.

Tonight South wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of drizzle and showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

Tuesday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of drizzle. Waves 2 feet or less.

Tuesday Night West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at gunpoint. The final death toll at Jonestown that day was 909; a third of those who perished were children.

Jim Jones was a charismatic churchman who established the Peoples Temple, a Christian sect, in Indianapolis in the 1950s. He preached against racism, and his integrated congregation attracted many African Americans. In 1965, he moved the group to Northern California, settling in Ukiah and after 1971 in San Francisco. In the 1970s, his church was accused by the media of financial fraud, physical abuse of its members and mistreatment of children. In response to the mounting criticism, the increasingly paranoid Jones invited his congregation to move with him to Guyana, where he promised they would build a socialist utopia. Three years earlier, a small group of his followers had traveled to the tiny nation to set up what would become Jonestown on a tract of jungle.

Jonestown did not turn out to be the paradise their leader had promised. Temple members worked long days in the fields and were subjected to harsh punishments if they questioned Jones’ authority. Their passports were confiscated, their letters home censored and members were encouraged to inform on one another and forced to attend lengthy, late-night meetings. Jones, by then in declining mental health and addicted to drugs, was convinced the U.S. government and others were out to destroy him. He required Temple members to participate in mock suicide drills in the middle of the night.

In 1978, a group of former Temple members and concerned relatives of current members convinced U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan, a Democrat of California, to travel to Jonestown and investigate the settlement. On November 17, 1978, Ryan arrived in Jonestown with a group of journalists and other observers. At first the visit went well, but the next day, as Ryan’s delegation was about to leave, several Jonestown residents approached the group and asked them for passage out of Guyana. Jones became distressed at the defection of his followers, and one of Jones’ lieutenants attacked Ryan with a knife. The congressman escaped from the incident unharmed, but Jones then ordered Ryan and his companions ambushed and killed at the airstrip as they attempted to leave. The congressman and four others were murdered as they boarded their charter planes.

Back in Jonestown, Jones commanded everyone to gather in the main pavilion and commit what he termed a “revolutionary act.” The youngest members of the Peoples Temple were the first to die, as parents and nurses used syringes to drop a potent mix of cyanide, sedatives and powdered fruit juice into children’s throats. Adults then lined up to drink the poison-laced concoction while armed guards surrounded the pavilion.

When Guyanese officials arrived at the Jonestown compound the next day, they found it carpeted with hundreds of bodies. Many people had perished with their arms around each other. A few residents managed to escape into the jungle as the suicides took place, while at least several dozen more Peoples Temple members, including several of Jones’ sons, survived because they were in another part of Guyana at the time. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Human count: 7.4 billion. Ant count: 10,000 trillion. Guard your picnic well. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY mot juste (moh-ZHEWST) which means the exactly right word or phrasing. English was apparently unable to come up with its own mot juste to refer to a word or phrase that expresses exactly what the writer or speaker is trying to say, and so borrowed the French term instead. The borrowing was still very new when George Paston (the pen name of Emily Morse Symonds) described a character's wordsmithery in her 1899 novel A Writer's Life thusly: "She could launch her sentences into the air, knowing that they would fall upon their feet like cats, her brain was almost painlessly delivered of le mot juste…." As English speakers became more familiar with the term, they increasingly gave it the English article the instead of the French le. (Merriam-Webster.com)

Mass from Holy Cross

November 17, 2019

There is almost always a Saturday afternoon Mass at 4 p.m. for those that may not be able to make the Sunday morning Mass at 9:30 a.m.

The reader on Saturday was Brian Foli. Father Jim Siler was the celebrant.

View video of Saturday Mass HERE

The reader on Sunday was Patrick Nugent. Father Jim Siler read the Gospel. Father Jim Siler reads the final prayer.

View video of the Sunday Mass HERE

Christian Church Service

November 17, 2019

Today's Christian Church Service was done by lay minister and excellent musician Mike Scripps.

View video of the service HERE

Christmas Bazaar Was Today

The Christmas Bazaar was today, November 17, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual event took place at the Gregg Fellowship Center. There was a wide variety of gifts available. There was music to help start the spirit of the holidays! The music started about 12:30 p.m. and continued on until almost 2 p.m. The Christmas music was performed by Sheri Richards, Cynthia Pryor, and Joe Moore, a string trio of violin, viola, and cello.

View a gallery of photos from the bazaar HERE

View video of the tables and the music HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 17, 2019

Good Sunday morning! We have mostly cloudy skies, 33°, feels like 26°, wind is from the south at 9 mph, humidity is 81%, dew point is 28°, pressure is 30.10 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Isolated showers in the morning. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Tonight South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

Monday South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of drizzle and showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

Monday Night Light winds. Chance of drizzle. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets—and no one sees it, because they’re watching the movie Heidi instead. With just 65 seconds left to play, NBC switched off the game in favor of its previously scheduled programming, a made-for-TV version of the children’s story about a young girl and her grandfather in the Alps. Viewers were outraged, and they complained so vociferously that network execs learned a lesson they’ll never forget: “Whatever you do,” one said, “you better not leave an NFL football game.”

The game between the Jets and the Raiders was already shaping up to be a classic: It featured two of the league’s best teams and 10 future Hall of Fame players. By the game’s last minute the two teams had traded the lead eight times. The game’s intensity translated into an unusual number of penalties and timeouts, which meant that it was running a bit long.

With a little more than a minute left to play, the Jets kicked a 26-yard field goal that gave them a 32-29 lead. After the New York kickoff, the Raiders returned the ball to their own 23-yard line. What happened after that will go down in football history: Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica threw a 20-yard pass to halfback Charlie Smith; a facemask penalty moved the ball to the Jets’ 43; and on the next play, Lamonica passed again to Smith, who ran it all the way for a touchdown. The Raiders took the lead, 32-36. Then the Jets fumbled the kickoff, and Oakland’s Preston Ridlehuber managed to grab the ball and run it two yards for another touchdown. Oakland had scored twice in nine seconds, and the game was over: They’d won 43-32.

But nobody outside the Oakland Coliseum actually saw any of this, because NBC went to commercial right after the Jets’ kickoff and never came back. Instead, they did what they’d been planning to do for weeks: At 7 PM, they began to broadcast a brand-new version of Heidi, a film they were sure would win them high ratings during November sweeps. Before the game began, network execs had talked about what they’d do if the game ran over its scheduled time, and they decided to go ahead with the movie no matter what. So, that’s what NBC programmer Dick Cline did. “I waited and waited,” he said later, “and I heard nothing. We came up to that magic hour and I thought, ‘Well, I haven’t been given any counter-order so I’ve got to do what we agreed to do.’”

NBC execs had actually changed their minds, and were trying to get in touch with Cline to tell him to leave the game on until it was over. But all the telephone lines were busy: Thousands of people were calling the network to urge programmers to air Heidi as scheduled, and thousands more were calling to demand that the football game stay on the air. Football fans grew even more livid when NBC printed the results of the game at the bottom of the screen 20 minutes after the game ended. So many irate fans called NBC that the network’s switchboard blew. Undeterred, people started calling the telephone company, the New York Times and the NYPD, whose emergency lines they clogged for hours.

Shortly after the Heidi debacle, the NFL inserted a clause into its TV contracts that guaranteed that all games would be broadcast completely in their home markets. For its part, NBC installed a new phone–the “Heidi Phone”–in the control room that had its own exchange and switchboard. Such a disaster, the network assured its viewers, would never be allowed to happen again. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW as you sit on that bench, sipping your coffee and trying to avoid New York University students, more than 20,000 bodies are underneath your feet. New York's Washington Square Park is a former graveyard. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY carouse (kuh-ROWZ ("ow" as in 'cow) which means:
1 : to drink liquor freely or excessively
2 : to take part in a drunken revel : engage in dissolute behavior
Sixteenth-century English revelers toasting each other's health sometimes drank a brimming mug of spirits straight to the bottom—drinking "all-out," they called it. German tipplers did the same and used the German expression for "all out"—gar aus. The French adopted the German term as carous, using the adverb in their expression boire carous ("to drink all out"), and that phrase, with its idiomatic sense of "to empty the cup," led to carrousse, a French noun meaning "a large draft of liquor." And that's where English speakers picked up carouse in the 1500s, first as a noun (which later took on the sense of a general "drunken revel"), and then as a verb meaning "to drink freely." (Merriam-Webster.com)

Custom Truck of October

November 16, 2019

Beaver Island EMS of Michigan took delivery of their new Ford F550 4×4 PL Custom Type l Classic Ambulance from Tom McDonald, Halt Fire, Inc.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 16, 2019

I have three deer out my window right now. Two yearlings and mama. Somehow, mama is missing part of her bottom jaw and is digging and licking up corn and sunflower seeds the birds have missed. Sure hope she survives the winter.

Right now on Carlisle Road (besides the deer), it's 20°, feels like 13°, wind is from the south at 5 mph, humidity is 74%, dew point is 13°, pressure is 30.53 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today South wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the late morning. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

Tonight South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Sunday South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Sunday Night South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1959, Did the young Austrian nun named Maria really take to the hills surrounding Salzburg to sing spontaneously of her love of music? Did she comfort herself with thoughts of copper kettles, and did she swoon to her future husband’s song about an alpine flower while the creeping menace of Nazism spread across central Europe? No, the real-life Maria von Trapp did none of those things. She was indeed a former nun, and she did indeed marry Count Georg von Trapp and become stepmother to his large brood of children, but nearly all of the particulars she related in her 1949 book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, were ignored by the creators of the Broadway musical her memoir inspired. And while the liberties taken by the show’s writers, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and by its composer and lyricist, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, caused some consternation to the real Maria von Trapp and to her stepchildren, according to many later reports, those liberties made The Sound of Music a smash success from the very night of its Broadway opening on November 16, 1959.

With a creative team made up of Broadway legends and a star as enormously popular and bankable as Mary Martin, it was no surprise that The Sound of Music drew enormous advance sales. But audiences continued to flock to The Sound of Music despite sometimes tepid reviews, like the one in TheNew York Times that said the show “lack[ed] the final exultation that marks the difference between a masterpiece and a well-produced musical entertainment.” Reviewer Brooks Atkinson did, however, single out the “affecting beauty” of the music from The Sound of Music as saving it from a story verging on “sticky.”

Sticky or no, The Sound of Music was an instant success, and numerous songs from its score— including “Do Re Mi,” “My Favorite Things” and “Climb Every Mountain”—quickly entered the popular canon. Indeed, the original cast recording of The Sound of Music was nearly as big a phenomenon as the show itself. Recorded just a week after the show’s premiere on this day in 1959 and released by Columbia Records, the album shot to the top of the Billboard album charts. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW America's first president was quite adept at making whiskey. In fact, George Washington's distillery at Mount Vernon produced close to 11,000 gallons of the stuff. The site of the former distillery now makes small-batch whiskeys. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY officious (uh-FISH-us) which means
1 : volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed : meddlesome
2 : informal, unofficial
Don't mistake officious for a rare synonym of official. Both words stem from the Latin noun officium (meaning "service" or "office"), but they have very different meanings. When the suffix -osus ("full of") was added to officium, Latin officiosus came into being, meaning "eager to serve, help, or perform a duty." When this adjective was borrowed into English as officious in the 15th century it described dutiful people and their actions. That use shifted a bit semantically to describe those eager to help or serve. By the late 16th century, however, officious was beginning to develop a negative sense describing a person who offers unwanted help. This pejorative sense has driven out the original "dutiful" and "eager to help" senses to become the predominant meaning of the word in modern English. Officious can also mean "of an informal or unauthorized nature," but that sense is not common. (Merriam-Webster.com)

BITA Meeting for 11/19/19 at Noon

View meeting notice and agenda HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

November 15, 2019

Go Islanders! Northern Lights League Announces All-Conference Soccer Athletes!
Congratulations to BICS soccer players who placed on the NLL All-Conference teams: John Robert, who made first team, and Elisha Richards, Zander Drost, Susi Myers, and Quintan DeLaat who made Honorable Mention.

BICS Students at the Bazaar Sunday, November 11th
Come out and support BICS students at the Bazaar this Sunday.  Our 5th and 6th Graders will once again be selling the Birthday Calendars for $7.00 apiece to raise money for them to be able to purchase a GaGa Pit for the school playground. Also the BICS Cheer Club will be having a bake sale to raise money for extra uniforms.

BICS Thanksgiving Feast Sign Up Sheet in School Office
Located on the office window is the sign-up sheet for our Thanksgiving Feast.  Please sign up for what you will bring and if you are able to volunteer helping serve the BICS students.

Health Occupations Students Travel to the Body Exhibit in Grand Rapids
The Heath Ocs students are travelling to the Grand Rapids Public Museum tomorrow to view the Body Exhibit and learn about anatomy.

BICS Boys Basketball Team
The boys’ basketball team practice starts Monday, November, 18th.

BEST Students Travel for College Visit and Career Day on November 21st and 22nd
The Business Education students travel to Baker College for a career expo next week.

Can Sorting Scheduled for Sunday, November 24th
Please mark 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 24th on your calendar for the last can sorting before the boat stops running. We need to clear the Transfer station of returnables to make room for the cans and bottles that will come in over the winter.

Rural School Funding Still in Jeopardy  
The students of Beaver Island, Grand Marais, Paradise, Drummond Island, and Mackinac Island continue to be used as pawns in a political game over the state budget. If you have not yet called, e-mailed, or written a letter to Governor Whitmer, Senator Schmidt, and Representative Cole, please do so today. If you need background on the issue, please call the school or check out our website.

Have a Great Weekend!

Opening Day of Deer Season 2019

The picture above was not taken this morning, November 15, 2019. It was taken last year in the winter time, but the hunters in the woods have tracking snow and temperatures around freezing. Beaver Island News on the 'Net wishes all Beaver Island hunters a safe and successful hunting season. The emphasis should be on SAFE. Success has many different definitions, but success must include safety for many reasons that don't need to be given here.

Falling out of a tree stand, accidental discharge of a firearm, and other situations must be prevented by previous actions and prior thoughts of safety. So this editor wishes all hunters this safe and successful hunting season!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 15, 2019

Happy First Day to all the hunters! At least you have a bit of snow for tracking if needed. It's 34° this morning, feels like 25°, mostly cloudy, wind is from the WNW at 15 mph, humidity is at 62%, dew point is 23°, pressure is 30.17 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots becoming north 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.

Tonight East wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Saturday South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.

Saturday Night South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman begins his expedition across Georgia by torching the industrial section of Atlanta and pulling away from his supply lines. For the next six weeks, Sherman’s army destroyed most of the state before capturing the Confederate seaport of Savannah, Georgia.

Sherman captured Atlanta in early September 1864 after a long summer campaign. He recognized his vulnerability in the city, however, as his supply lines stretched all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. Confederate raiders such as Nathan Bedford Forrest threatened to cut his lines, and Sherman had to commit thousands of troops to protect the railroads and rivers that carried provisions for his massive army. Sherman split his army, keeping 60,000 men and sending the rest back to Nashville with General George Thomas to deal with the remnants of Confederate General John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee, the force Sherman had defeated to take Atlanta.

After hearing that President Abraham Lincoln had won re-election on November 8, Sherman ordered 2,500 light wagons loaded with supplies. Doctors checked each soldier for illness or injuries, and those who were deemed unfit were sent to Nashville. Sherman wrote to his general in chief, Ulysses S. Grant, that if he could march through Georgia it would be “proof positive that the North can prevail.” He told Grant that he would not send couriers back, but to “trust the Richmond papers to keep you well advised.” Sherman loaded the surplus supplies on trains and shipped them back to Nashville. On November 15, the army began to move, burning the industrial section of Atlanta before leaving. One witness reported “immense and raging fires lighting up whole heavens… huge waves of fire roll up into the sky; presently the skeleton of great warehouses stand out in relief against sheets of roaring, blazing, furious flames.” Sherman’s famous destruction of Georgia had begun. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW while "she sells seashells by the seashore" is a terrifically tricky tongue-twister, it's also a bit of history. The saying is thought to have been inspired by Mary Anning, a woman who was born in 1799 and ran a little fossil stand on Dorset Beach in England, a location that's also known as the Jurassic Coast due to the plentiful amount of dinosaur bones in the area. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY white elephant (WYTE-EL-uh-funt) which means:
1 : a property requiring much care and expense and yielding
little profit
2 : an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to
3 : something of little or no value
The real white elephant (the kind with a trunk) is a pale pachyderm that has long been an object of veneration in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar. Too revered to be a beast of burden, the white elephant earned a reputation as a burdensome beast—one that required constant care and feeding but never brought a single cent (or paisa or satang or pya) to its owner. One story has it that the kings of Siam (the old name for Thailand) gave white elephants as gifts to those they wished to ruin, hoping that the cost of maintaining the voracious but sacred mammal would drive its new owner to the poorhouse. (Merriam-Webster.com)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 14, 2019

Right now it's 30°, feels like 22°, wind is from the west at 9 mph, humidity is 76%, dew point is 23°, pressure is 30.09 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today looks to be mostly cloudy. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 10 to 20 knots. Widespread snow showers early in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.

Tonight West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

Friday Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Friday Night East wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1851, Moby-Dick is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call me Ishmael.” Initially, though, the book about Captain Ahab and his quest to catch a giant white whale was a flop.

Its author, Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. As a young man, he spent time in the merchant marines, the U.S. Navy and on a whaling ship in the South Seas. In 1846, he published his first novel, Typee, a romantic adventure based on his experiences in Polynesia. The book was a success and a sequel, Omoo, was published in 1847. Three more novels followed, with mixed critical and commercial results.

Melville’s sixth book, Moby-Dick, was first published in October 1851 in London, in three volumes titled The Whale, and then in the U.S. a month later. Melville had promised his publisher an adventure story similar to his popular earlier works, but instead, Moby-Dick was a tragic epic, influenced in part by Melville’s friend and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, neighbor, Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose novels include The Scarlet Letter.

After Moby-Dick‘s disappointing reception, Melville continued to produce novels, short stories (Bartleby) and poetry, but writing wasn’t paying the bills. In 1865, he returned to New York to work as a customs inspector—a job he held for 20 years.

Melville died in 1891, largely forgotten by the literary world. By the 1920s, scholars had rediscovered his work, particularly Moby-Dick, which would eventually become a staple of high school reading lists across the United States. Billy Budd, Melville’s final novel, was published in 1924, 33 years after his death. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Empire State Building isn't only an iconic building, it's also the location of so many businesses that it had to be given its very own zip code. If you need to send mail to 20 West 34th Street, despite it being in the 10001 area, you use the special 10118 zip code. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY incongruous (in-KAHN-gruh-wus) which means:
: lacking congruity: as
a : not harmonious : incompatible
b : not conforming : disagreeing
c : inconsistent within itself
d : lacking propriety : unsuitable
Incongruous is a spin-off of its antonym, congruous, which means "in agreement, harmony, or correspondence." Etymologists are in agreement about the origin of both words: they trace to the Latin congruus, from the verb congruere, which means "to come together" or "to agree." The dates of these words' first uses in English match up pretty well, too. Both words are first known to have appeared in English in the early 1580s. (Merriam-Webster.com)

Crazy Clinical Cases

by Joe Moore

(This is a repeat posting that was requested to demonstrate the "Rural EMS is Different" book written by me.)

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

Public Meeting Dates


Check Your Accounts

November 13. 2019

This is an editorial by editor Joe Moore of Beaver Island TV and Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

This is the fifth time in the last few years that my Charlevoix County State Bank debit card has had my private information stolen and used, either to make sure the information is correct or to actually charge an amount to my account. This means that during these times all my contacts using this card are automatically shut down, and I have to contact each of these companies (the ones that I actually do business with) and make the changes necessary to be able to continue to pay these monthly charges.

If you can't tell from the text, which doesn't represent the tone of my voice, I can assure you that this is about as frustrating as anything that this editor has had to face with a dead computer being at the top of the list, and this issue in a very close second.

Sometimes, the electronic banking makes it that much easier for these companies to take advantage of the electronic system. Three of the charges on my account were automatically caught by the bank's debit card monitors. For that I am very thankful. The things that suggested that the debit card might have been compromised included the account access by some companiy for the purpose of verification of information, but no debited amount, meaining they checked it and posted the amount of $0.00 on the account. Here what it looked like.

I would suggest that, anyone that has these kinds of entries on your account, you contact the bank and get your debit card replaced. This will take more time from your daily schedule, but is much easier than having to fight the withdrawal of funds from your account. This is the reason that I maintain electronic access to my account. It is also the reason that I take serious effort to protect my information. Nevertheless, you might get some of these things happening, and I'd take the time to check out with a call to the bank.

Early Snow

by Cindy Ricksgers

Flags at Half Staff

The at flags the Veterans Memorial Park will be at ½ staff in honor of Richard Elms, retired United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant  who recently passed away.  The flags will remain  at ½ staff until Monday.

AMVETS Post 46
Beaver Island

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 13, 2019

It's invigorating outside. 27°, feels like 16°, wind is from the south at 13 mph, cloudy skies, humidity is 71%, dew point is at 19°, pressure is 30.18 inches, and visibility is 8 miles. We should have periods of snow today and winds 20 to 30 mph. Higher winds gusts are possible. Marine forecast as follows:


Today South wind 15 to 25 knots. Scattered snow showers early in the morning. Snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 4 to 6 feet in the morning.

Tonight Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Thursday West wind 15 to 20 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Thursday Night West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1982, after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans, near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of veterans of the conflict. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict, arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in other memorials.

The designer of the memorial was Maya Lin, a Yale University architecture student who entered a nationwide competition to create a design for the monument. Lin, born in Ohio in 1959, was the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Many veterans’ groups were opposed to Lin’s winning design, which lacked a standard memorial’s heroic statues and stirring words. However, a remarkable shift in public opinion occurred in the months after the memorial’s dedication. Veterans and families of the dead walked the black reflective wall, seeking the names of their loved ones killed in the conflict. Once the name was located, visitors often made an etching or left a private offering, from notes and flowers to dog tags and cans of beer.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial soon became one of the most visited memorials in the nation’s capital. A Smithsonian Institution director called it “a community of feelings, almost a sacred precinct,” and a veteran declared that “it’s the parade we never got.” “The Wall” drew together both those who fought and those who marched against the war and served to promote national healing a decade after the divisive conflict’s end. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Jessica, one of the most popular names in America for the better part of the 1980s and 1990s, was actually coined by William Shakespeare. The first instance of the common spelling of this name comes from The Merchant of Venice, written by the bard in the late 1500s. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY gambit (GAM-bit) which means:
1 : a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns
or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position
2 a (1) : a remark intended to start a conversation or make a
telling point
(2) : topic
b : a calculated move : stratagem
In 1656, a chess handbook was published that was said to have almost a hundred illustrated gambetts. That early spelling of gambit is close to the Italian word gambetto, from which it is derived. Gambetto, which is from gamba, meaning "leg," was used for an act of tripping—especially one that gave an advantage, as in wrestling. The original chess gambit is an opening in which a bishop's pawn is sacrificed to gain some advantage, but the name is now applied to many other chess openings. After being pinned down to chess for years, gambit finally broke free of the hold and showed itself to be a legitimate contender in the English language by weighing in with other meanings. (Merriam-Webster.com)

Richard Elms Obituary

WICHITA, KS - Elms, Richard, 75, retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019. Rosary, 7:00 pm, Thursday, November 14; Funeral Mass, 10:30 am, Friday, November 15, both at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Preceded in death by parents, Jim and Rita Elms, and daughter, Theresa Elms. Survived by his wife, Mary K. Fisher-Elms; son, Dale (Lesya) Elms of Palm Harbour, FL; step-daughter, Marcia (Dennis) Bradfield of Wichita, step-son, Bobby Fisher of The Woodlands, TX; grandchildren, Evan (Elyssa) Bradfield, Madison (Patrick) Narron, Robin Bradfield, Austin Fisher, Presley Fisher; great-grandchildren, Josephine Bradfield and Aniston Narron. A memorial has been established with St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 3642 N. Ridge Rd., Wichita, KS 67205 and Victory In The Valley, 3755 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67218. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Share tributes online at www.dlwichita.com

Northern Lights Conference

2019 Soccer All-Conference
Soccer Teams: Beaver Island, Big Bay De Noc, Hannahville, Mackinac Island,
Grand Marais, Munising Baptist,

(The All-League teams are selected by all coaches from each of the Northern Lights League schools.)

1st Team:
Player of the Year-Captain Jaron LaFlamme -Munising Baptist Bobcats 57 pts.
John Robert Beaver Island Islanders 50 pts.
Megan Yonker Big Bay de Noc Black Bears 42 pts.
Joe Larson Hannahville Soaring Eagles 34 pts.
Travis Johnson Big Bay de Noc Black Bears 30 pts.
Albert Mosley Mackinac Island Lakers 28 pts.
Mason Thunder Hannahville School 19 pts.
Brett Cromwell Munising Baptist Bobcats 18 pts.
Jordan McArthur Munising Baptist Bobcats 17 pts.
Mark Ward-Harbaum Grand Marais Polar Bears 15 pts.
Ella Cowell Mackinac Island Lakers 11 pts.

Honorable Mention:
Angus McPhee-Big Bay
Larissa Jones-Big Bay
Elisha Richards-Beaver Island
Nick Exelby-Munising Baptist
Josh Maloney-Munising Baptist
Mathew Johns-Munising Baptist
Trevor Pereny-Mackinac Island
Ethan Bell-Grand Marais
Zander Drost-Beaver Island
Susi Myers-Beaver Island
Quintan DeLaat-Beaver Island

Shaye Halfaday-Hannahville

Special BIRHC Board Meeting

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 5:00pm in the Community Room.
Special Meeting Agenda to address:

  • 1. Signatory Authority
    2. Provider Covering Wage
    3. Sliding Fee Scale
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is located at 37304 Kings Highway. For more information call 231-448-2275.

An Excellent MSU Article about Invasive Species

Local resident Pam Grassmick is included in this article.

Read the article HERE

Waste Management Documents for November

BIWMC November 2019 Draft Agenda

Special Bulk Waste Service or _Special Handling Day(s)_ Programs

TS Annual Performance Evaluation Policy and Process

St. James Committee Minutes

sjtfcmin.11.04.19- Finance Committee

sjtpwcminnov1.2019--Public Works Committee

B. I. Community School Board Packet

November 11, 2019

View the board packet HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 12, 2019

Brrrr! I'm showing 17° and a windchill of 8°, wind is from the north at 9 mph, humidity is 68%, dew point is 10°, pressure is 30.32 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. We did get a small bit of snow, I'm guessing 1/2 to 1 inch in places. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today North wind 10 to 20 knots becoming northwest in the late morning. Gusts up to 25 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Tonight Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Snow showers likely. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Wednesday South wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Wednesday Night Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Snow showers and a chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor off the New Jersey coast and named for merchant Samuel Ellis, who owned the land in the 1770s.

On January 2, 1892, 15-year-old Annie Moore, from Ireland, became the first person to pass through the newly opened Ellis Island, which President Benjamin Harrison designated as America’s first federal immigration center in 1890. Before that time, the processing of immigrants had been handled by individual states.

Not all immigrants who sailed into New York had to go through Ellis Island. First- and second-class passengers submitted to a brief shipboard inspection and then disembarked at the piers in New York or New Jersey, where they passed through customs. People in third class, though, were transported to Ellis Island, where they underwent medical and legal inspections to ensure they didn’t have a contagious disease or some condition that would make them a burden to the government. Only two percent of all immigrants were denied entrance into the U.S.

Immigration to Ellis Island peaked between 1892 and 1924, during which time the 3.3-acre island was enlarged with landfill (by the 1930s it reached its current 27.5-acre size) and additional buildings were constructed to handle the massive influx of immigrants. During the busiest year of operation, 1907, over 1 million people were processed at Ellis Island.

With America’s entrance into World War I, immigration declined and Ellis Island was used as a detention center for suspected enemies. Following the war, Congress passed quota laws and the Immigration Act of 1924, which sharply reduced the number of newcomers allowed into the country and also enabled immigrants to be processed at U.S. consulates abroad. After 1924, Ellis Island switched from a processing center to serving other purposes, such as a detention and deportation center for illegal immigrants, a hospital for wounded soldiers during World War II and a Coast Guard training center. In November 1954, the last detainee, a Norwegian merchant seaman, was released and Ellis Island officially closed.

Beginning in 1984, Ellis Island underwent a $160 million renovation, the largest historic restoration project in U.S. history. In September 1990, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum opened to the public and today is visited by almost 2 million people each year. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that there is a word for what you call it when you cup your hands? A "gowpen" is the term for the useful hollow area that you create to scoop water. It is chiefly a Scottish word. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY bruit (BROOT) which means: report, rumor - usually used with about. Back in the days of Middle English, the Anglo-French noun bruit, meaning "clamor" or "noise," rattled into English. Soon English speakers were also using it to mean "report" or "rumor" (it was applied especially to favorable reports). They also began using bruit the way the verb noise was used (and still occasionally is) with the meaning "to spread by rumor or report" (as in "The scandal was quickly noised about"). The English noun bruit is now considered archaic, apart from a medical sense that is pronounced like the French word and refers to one of the abnormal sounds heard on auscultation. (Merriam-Webster)

Peaine Township Meeting

November 11, 2019

Peaine Agenda November

BIAC Minimum Standards Airport

Peaine Airport Fund

Peaine General Fund

Peaine Waste Management Fund

Peaine Minutes October 2019

View video of the meeting HERE

A Personal Review of Software Program

November 11, 2019

An Editorial by Joe Moore

This past week was a busy one with many issues and problems for this editor of Beaver Island TV and Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The simple fact was that the keyboard and mouse quit working on the main computer used for processing pictures, text, and video for both of these websites mentioned just before this sentence.

So, a quick move of all the files and software needed to be completed as quickly as possible, before the laptop quit working completely. I had to get another computer, one that I already had in my possession, with the same model number as the one on its death bed. So I went searching to figure out why the computer quit working properly as a first step in this procedure. By taking off the back of the computer, it was obvious that it had overheated and some of the components would not be able to be replaced easily.

The simple fact was that the computer was capable of working if and only if the melted plastic on the damaged components could be removed and the components replaced. Some Internet research suggested that it might cost about $200 to purchase the components that were damaged. That didn't make any sense to me. I had another computer with the same model number. I didn't want to try to replace the good components in place of the damaged components. Then it hit me. Why not make the undamaged computer the primary website computer? All I had to do is find some software that would do this job, and I found several ranging in price from $40 to $200.

I have to admit that I tried a free one first, and it didn't do anything except mess up the undamaged computer. Here are the facts about the one that I used. It's name is "PC Mover Professional." It was in the $60 price range. It was advertised as completely automatic in its transfer, that it transferred all the programs that you wanted tranferred, and it would also move your data.

My first attempt was stopped by the fact that the damaged computer's hard drive was twice as large as the undamaged one. That meant that a back-up of all the files would be a very good idea before I ran the program. It took quite a few hours to get the data files moved from the damaged computer to the back-up external hard drive. That should be easy, right?

Wrong, of course. The damaged computer would not recognize the USB external hard drive. Thinking that I might be completely out of luck, I sat down and drank another cup of coffee, watching Star Trek. Believe it or not, these things are still available to view. As I was sitting there ready to give up, one of the plots suggested that something older might work better than something brand new. "AHA!" I exclaimed waking both dogs and the other adult in the room.

So, to try my experiment, I moved all the data off another external drive that was used previously on the damaged computer. This took about two hours, but gave me some hope. Why shouldn't this work? Well, I don't know why it wouldn't, but it didn't. The air turned a little blue around my workspace, but not another human or animal heard the words. They were just in my mind.

To make this a little shorter, I finally got the damaged computer to recognize the third external hard drive, after another two hours, and copied all the files off the damaged computer using a simply drag and drop that still worked on the computer. Then I was able to delete some of the data off the hard drive to make the size of the two hard drives match. Then I had to download the program, mentioned above.

After a total of seventeen hours on one day and about three on another. I actually had the programs moved from one computer to another. The total cost, other than time, was $60, the cost of the program. Now for the Review of "PC Mover Professional."

The program was well worth the price. It was successful in moving all the programs from the damaged computer to the replacement computer. The only issue with this program, which I wish it had been able to do, was that the programs all needed to be activated a second time from the second computer. Only one program could not be activated.

I give "PC Mover Professional" five stars out of five stars. Even though it took a long time to copy from one computer to another, and even though I had to re-register the programs, I didn't have do anything other than find the correct codes to activate the software. It's well worth the money, and it saved this editor.

Things Get in the Way

November 11, 2019

by Cindy Ricksgers

BI Airport Commission Special Meeting

Noon, November 12, 2019

Veterans' Day Ceremony at BICS

November 11, 2019

View a small gallery of photos HERE

The group of attendees including the school children

The veterans

Alvin LaFreniere led the ceremony.....Sheri Timsak gave history of "God Bless American" and then led the song.

Mr. Richards class did the readings and history of this day.

Alvin LaFreniere thanked everyone for attending......PJ Niehaus play "Taps"

View video of the ceremony HERE

(Note: The volume is quite low on parts of this video, but it will be quite loud in others. Be aware!)

Thank You, Veterans!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 11, 2019

To all the veterans: for you service, your sacrifice and your hard work, Thank you.

Again the "bad" weather went around us. We got a light dusting, but Mother Nature has blessed us with some mighty cold temperatures. Right now it's 23°, feels like 15°, cloudy skies, wind is from the NNE at 6 mph, humidity is 69%, dew point is 14°, pressure is 30.30 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming north 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots early in the evening. Chance of snow showers early in the morning, then snow showers likely in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.

Tonight North wind up to 30 knots. Snow showers likely. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Tuesday Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Tuesday Night West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.

On June 28, 1914, in an event that is widely regarded as sparking the outbreak of World War I, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, was shot to death with his wife by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Ferdinand had been inspecting his uncle’s imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite the threat of Serbian nationalists who wanted these Austro-Hungarian possessions to join newly independent Serbia. Austria-Hungary blamed the Serbian government for the attack and hoped to use the incident as justification for settling the problem of Slavic nationalism once and for all. However, as Russia supported Serbia, an Austro-Hungarian declaration of war was delayed until its leaders received assurances from German leader Kaiser Wilhelm II that Germany would support their cause in the event of a Russian intervention.

On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and the tenuous peace between Europe’s great powers collapsed. On July 29, Austro-Hungarian forces began to shell the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and Russia, Serbia’s ally, ordered a troop mobilization against Austria-Hungary. France, allied with Russia, began to mobilize on August 1. France and Germany declared war against each other on August 3. After crossing through neutral Luxembourg, the German army invaded Belgium on the night of August 3-4, prompting Great Britain, Belgium’s ally, to declare war against Germany.

For the most part, the people of Europe greeted the outbreak of war with jubilation. Most patriotically assumed that their country would be victorious within months. Of the initial belligerents, Germany was most prepared for the outbreak of hostilities, and its military leaders had formatted a sophisticated military strategy known as the “Schlieffen Plan,” which envisioned the conquest of France through a great arcing offensive through Belgium and into northern France. Russia, slow to mobilize, was to be kept occupied by Austro-Hungarian forces while Germany attacked France.

The Schlieffen Plan was nearly successful, but in early September the French rallied and halted the German advance at the bloody Battle of the Marne near Paris. By the end of 1914, well over a million soldiers of various nationalities had been killed on the battlefields of Europe, and neither for the Allies nor the Central Powers was a final victory in sight. On the western front—the battle line that stretched across northern France and Belgium—the combatants settled down in the trenches for a terrible war of attrition.

In 1915, the Allies attempted to break the stalemate with an amphibious invasion of Turkey, which had joined the Central Powers in October 1914, but after heavy bloodshed the Allies were forced to retreat in early 1916. The year 1916 saw great offensives by Germany and Britain along the western front, but neither side accomplished a decisive victory. In the east, Germany was more successful, and the disorganized Russian army suffered terrible losses, spurring the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in 1917. By the end of 1917, the Bolsheviks had seized power in Russia and immediately set about negotiating peace with Germany. In 1918, the infusion of American troops and resources into the western front finally tipped the scale in the Allies’ favor. Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies on November 11, 1918.

World War I was known as the “war to end all wars” because of the great slaughter and destruction it caused. Unfortunately, the peace treaty that officially ended the conflict—the Treaty of Versailles of 1919—forced punitive terms on Germany that destabilized Europe and laid the groundwork for World War II. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT in March 2019, three new species of incredibly itty-bitty frogs were discovered in Madagascar, according to the journal PLOS One. The largest of the frogs was a teensy-weensy 1.4 centimeters in length, while the tiniest is 0.8 centimeters, which is smaller than your fingernail. The frogs are now thought to be among the smallest vertebrates on the planet and have been added to an appropriately named genus that was made up just for them: Mini.

Specifically, they've been deemed Mini mum, Mini scule, and Mini ature. Evolutionary biologist Mark Scherz explained, "We searched all the databases we could find, and nobody seemed to have used the [Mini] name before. From there, the puns just fell into place." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY armistice (AHR-muh-stus) which means temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents : truce. Armistice descends from Latin sistere, meaning "to come to a stand" or "to cause to stand or stop," combined with arma, meaning "weapons." An armistice, therefore, is literally a cessation of arms. Armistice Day is the name that was given to the holiday celebrated in the United States on November 11 before it was renamed Veterans Day by Congress in 1954. The original name refers to the agreement between the Allied Powers and Germany to end hostilities that constituted the First World War—an agreement designated to take effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. (Merriam-Webster.com)

SS Edmund Fitzgerald

Photo from Wikipedia

SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there. Details of what took place during the storm on November 10, 1975, including the communication between the captains of the Anderson and Fitzgerald, can be found in a Marine Accident Report submitted by the National Transportation Safety Bureau Accident Investigation. The full report is available here.

Listen to the song HERE

Christian Church Service

November 10, 2019

Howard Davis did the service at the BIC Church

View video of this service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

November 10, 2019

Saturday's Reader was Brian Foli...Father Jim Siler read the Gospel

Sunday's Reader was Kitty McNamara.....The celebrant was Fr. Jim Siler

View video of Saturday Mass HERE

View video of Sunday Mass HERE

Peaine Planning Documents November



Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

November 8, 2019


Monday November 11th Veteran’s Day Ceremony in BICS Gym
Please join us on Monday, 11/11 at 11:00 am for to honor our veterans. The AMVETS Post 46 will be coordinating a Veteran’s Day Ceremony in the BICS gym—All Islanders are welcome!

Regular School Board Meeting Monday, November 11th, 7:00pm
The BICS Board of Education meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on November 11th in room 115.

School Board Vacancy—Please Consider Applying
We currently have a vacancy on the school board. If you are interested in applying, please submit a letter of interest to the school by no later than 3:30 pm on Monday, November 11th. The board will interview all eligible candidates at Monday’s board meeting.

Pizza Kits pickup Friday November 15th
The Little Caesars pizza kits will need to be picked up from 2:45-3:45 on Friday the 15th.

Northern Lights League All-Conference
Congratulations to BICS volleyball players who placed on the NLL All-Conference teams Elsie burton and Susi Myers making first team and Jessica LaFreniere making second team.

BICS Basketball Practice and Game Schedule
Girls’ basketball practice will begin Monday the 11th with the boys’ practices starting the following Monday the 18th. Attached are the practice schedules and game schedules.

Rural School Funding Still in Jeopardy  
The students of Beaver Island, Grand Marais, Paradise, Drummond Island, and Mackinac Island continue to be used as pawns in a political game over the state budget. If you have not yet called, e-mailed, or written a letter to Governor Whitmer, Senator Schmidt, and Representative Cole, please do so today. If you need background on the issue, please call the school or check out our website.

Have a Great Weekend!

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

BITA Meeting Rescheduled

TUESDAY, November 19, 2019
12:00 PM

Notice November 12 2019 regular meeting rescheduled

Oct 8 2019 reg meeting minutes draft

Oct 8, 2019 BITA Annual Meeting draft minutes

St. James Township Meeting, 11/6/19

Additional Documents

Beaver Island Invasive Species Administration

BUDGET NOTES FOR November 6, 2019 Amendment

DRAFT Minutes of 10022019 Regular[9072]

November 2019 Budget Amendement Resolution

Terrestrial Invasive Species Ordinance - Draft

Updated Draft Minutes of 101619 Board Work Meeting

November financials 2019


View video HERE

Picnic at the Point, 11/6/19

Viewed a video on the connection between Beaver Island and Aran Mor by Moondance Productions, showing the island families' trip to Ireland

The attendees

Lori Taylor Blitz lays out pictures or viewing

View video of the presentation HERE

For Islands, By Islands

3rd Annual Great Lakes Islands Summit Hosted on Mackinac Island


Mackinac Island, MI -There are nearly 30 year-round island communities in the Great Lakes. Though independent by choice, they are facing economic, social, and ecological challenges that require a higher degree of collaboration and cooperation.

On October 20 -23, 2019, over 130 people from 14 Great Lakes islands convened at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan, for the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Islands Summit. This meeting serves as the annual member meeting for the Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA). The Summit is the only Great Lakes-wide event dedicated to the needs of island communities to foster relationships and share information Great Lakes island living.

“I’m often asked how this organization is benefitting Drummond Island and my answer is simple. ‘Great Lakes islands share many common challenges. As a single island we are easily overlooked when facing challenges, but as a group of islands we are able to leverage our experiences through the GLIA network and have a more amplified voice” said Kristy Beyer, GLIA Steering Committee Member. “I’m proud of the work we are doing and excited about the network we are establishing.”

GLIA voluntary network connecting individual island leaders and developing tools to aid collaboration. This year’s attendance nearly doubled, proving the validity of this bi-national group as an important network with a unique purpose. Thanks to the administrative support of Northland College, the group was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Mott Foundation. With this financial support, GLIA will spend the next 12 months establishing the Great Lakes Islands Alliance as a legal entity, an influential voice for policies to protect the interests of Great Lakes islands and continue to provide a support network for year-round island communities.

Featured speakers at the 2019 Summit included Lisa Powers, chairwoman of the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians; Phil Porter, Director, Mackinac State Historic Parks; Eric Ellis, Project Manager, Great Lakes Commission; Lisa Brush founder and executive director of the award-winning Stewardship Network.

Several informational breakout sessions provided insight on tourism, affordable housing, health care, environmental conservation, schools, faith communities, infrastructure, and more. Guided field trips to the school, library, airport, medical center, fire and police department, solid waste handling facility, water treatment plant, and Fort Mackinac allowed fellow islanders a chance to see how Mackinac Island addresses these essential necessities.

The GLIA members from Mackinac Island took significant responsibility for arranging logistics and designing agenda content for this year’s event. Additional assistance and oversight was provided by the GLIA Steering Committee, GLIA staff coordinator Matt Preisser with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and valued partner organizations of Northland College and the Island Institute.

The event was hosted at the Mission Point Resort, which provided a beautiful setting for the event. Financial support for the 2019 Great Lakes Islands Summit was made possible by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, Grand Hotel, Island Airways, and the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians.

The 2020 Great Lakes Island Summit will take place at the member islands in Lake Erie. To learn more about GLIA, visit www.greatlakesislandsalliance.org.

About GLIA
The Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA) is voluntary, collaborative network that brings together island leaders, residents, and advocates from across the Great Lakes region. The mission of GLIA is to encourage relationship building, foster information exchange, and leverage resources to address shared challenges and embrace opportunities to benefit islands within the Great Lakes.


Kristy Beyer
Drummond Island Tourism Association (906) 493-5245 or (231) 330-4389

October 25, 2019

2019 Girls Volleyball All-Conference

Volleyball Teams: Beaver Island, Big Bay De Noc, Hannahville, Mackinac Island,
Maplewood Baptist, Munising Baptist, Ojibwe

(The All-League teams are selected by all coaches from each of the Northern Lights League schools.)

1st Team:
Lauren Mulder, Maplewood Baptist ** Captain & Player of the Year**
Kadynce Defrancesco, Munising Baptist
Elsie Burton, Beaver Island
Anna Veneberg, Munising Baptist
Ella Cowell, Mackinac Island
Meagan Yonker, Big Bay de Noc
Susi Myers, Beaver Island

2nd Team:
Ahna Henderson, Maplewood Baptist
Brooke Dziobak, Mackinac Island
Jessica LaFreniere, Beaver Island
Erin Willson, Munising Baptist
Annileece Lofquist, Hannahville

Honorable Mention Team:
Chennoah Teeple, Ojibwe Charter School
Brianna Malinowski, Hannahville
Katelyn DeKeyser, Big Bay de Noc

Christmas Bazaar

Traditional Christmas Cantata Returns

By Joe Moore

The last Christmas Cantata was performed in 2017.  This was the eighteenth annual cantata performed in the Beaver Island Christian Church.  Earlier cantatas had two days of performances, but the decreasing population and the decreasing number of singers brought the performance down to just one, usually in early December.  This eighteenth cantata was directed by Sheri Richards.

Quite a few years in a row, there was help with the Cantata by Mike and Shelly Scripps. There have been several contributions by them over the years. We hope to have some prior members of the choir join us with this year's joyful singing.

In 2018, there was a gathering of singers and performers at the Christian Church led by Phil Becker, but no cantata was performed this past year.  Phil put his heart and soul into this carol sing and music presentation. 
This year, Judi Meister, Kathy Speck, and Joe Moore got together with the goal to resurrect the Christmas Cantata.  The rehearsals have been taking place every Sunday at 11:15 am at the Christian Church with sectionals taking place also based upon the schedules of those singing.

The 2019 Christmas Cantata is entitled “Let the Whole World Sing” by Joel Raney.  This cantata allows the audience to participate with some Christmas carols sung by all that are present, the choir and the audience.
This year’s performance will take place on December 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Beaver island Christian Church.  The conductor this year will be the returning conductor of the majority of the cantatas over the years, Kathy Speck.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

This is the second posting asking for volunteers for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. So far there has been little response. "COMMUNITY" is the operative word. This means if the dinner is to continue, we need help in many ways from the COMMUNITY. If we do not get enough volunteers to help, this dinner just might not happen.

Please consider how you may help. We still need someone to cook a turkey, peel potatoes, table set up and decorate, after dinner clean up, dishwasher, pot and pan washer, ets. Please call Mary Ellen Dawson 2043 or Judi Meister 2963.

From Charlevoix County COA

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the November 2019 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter.  Should you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program


Personal Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath, or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry, roller set style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Oral Care (brush teeth, soak, and wash dentures) Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and laying out clothes for night and morning), Colostomy Care (empty bag, replace), Catheter Care(wash), Toileting, Assist with TED hose. Homemaking duties may include: Bed linens changed, make the bed, dust wash dishes, take out the trash, clean kitchen, clean stove, clean refrigerator, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathroom, grocery shop, errands, bring in mail and laundry. Respite Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry roller set, style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and lay out clothes for night and morning), Toileting, Light housekeeping, Assist with eating and light meal prep.”

We have had one individual express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

Reminder if you didn’t realize that you have had a choice all this time??   Beaver Island Seniors are welcome to be a part of the Charlevoix County Mainland Senior Centers and the services, activities, lunches/dinners and events provided at the centers through the COA.  When you schedule your appointments, shopping and family events on the mainland, look to coordinate your visit with the opportunities the COA is providing, and make an appointment to participate if it is required.  Otherwise, just show up.  Services, Activities, lunches/dinners and events are listed for all Senior Center locations in the attached Newsletter.  Appointments are required for Foot Clinics and some events so please call the center you would like to visit directly to see what is needed.  Contact names, phone numbers and addresses are also available on our Newsletter.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

November 18, 2019 at the Boyne Area Senior Center at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month. 

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

9a-2p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday May through September.  Wednesday’s hours are 2p-7p for Wednesday Night Dinners May through September (there is not lunch or Home Delivered Meals that day).

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  Please do not contact Kathie outside of this time frame for services.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month August through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.    

  • All COA Offices and Senior Centers will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 28th and Friday November 29th.
  • Reminder: The BI COA Office has a computer available to be used by seniors on BI to access their Patient Portal with their Dr. Office; connect with Great Lakes ENT for Hearing Aid Adjustments, connect with Social Security, MY Free Taxes, Medicare and Medicaid resources along with a variety of other useful resources.  Use will need to be coordinated with Kathie.
  • Reminder: The COA BI Office now has Shelf Stable Snacks available for our Charlevoix County residents aged 60 years old and above to be available 1x a month for pick up. Selection will vary depending upon availability. Please contact Kathie for more information.
  • Reminder: The BI COA Office now has a Senior Resource Manual available for review.  Kathie is happy to make copies of information as needed.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Renewal Agreements were signed and returned to the COA by the following establishments to date, so these are the only places on Beaver Island accepting Vouchers at this time:

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli

Other Updates:

  • Senior Snow Removal Program enrollment started October 21, 2019!  Kathie has enrollment packets available at the COA BI Office.  Program enrollment will be from 10/21/19 – 12/27/19 or until the budget has been expended.  Those seniors who are age 60 or older will be required to complete an eligibility packet including the Snow Removal Self Declaration Form for the 2019/2020 season, provide proof of all income along with a copy of their proof of residency.  A completed packet will be the sole way of determining eligibility at this time.  Once the senior has completed the packet and returned it to the COA Office and eligibility has been determined, the senior will receive a letter informing them that they are enrolled in the program along with the designated vouchers.  If the eligible senior leaves their residence for a month or longer, they will not be eligible for the program until they return to the residence.  This program is for homeowners and independent residential rentals as a supplemental support to the costs of snow removal and does NOT apply to commercial buildings, assisted living facilities or apartment complexes to offset their costs of snow removal.

Other Updates Continued:

  • Reminder that as of October 1, 2109, if you are 60 years old or older, a BI Charlevoix County Resident of 5 months or more and have successfully completed the application process and become a member for the BI FIT program through the Beaver Island Community Schools, the COA will pay the Beaver Island Community Schools $25 towards your annual membership fee for October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.  This supports the COA’s goal for creating a healthy exercise option for aging adults on BI.
    • As the school BI FIT program started in September 2019 for an annual term, the COA has paid the School for any approved Senior Applications they took in September and the School will reimburse the Island senior their membership fee.  Please contact them directly.
  • Reminder: New BI Student Volunteer Service Learning Program through the Beaver Island Community School!

This application will be available at BICS and the BI COA office.  Seniors will be able to fill out the back to offer a volunteer opportunity to a student or students.  This could be raking leaves, lawn care, painting, shoveling snow, cleaning a garage, moving, building or fixing something, etc.   After approval, students will be able to get assigned and complete the project in exchange for volunteer hours required for graduation.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

View Senior Highlights HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

The Beaver Island Water Trail is active.เธข  Check out the paddling guide.

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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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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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

The Transfer Station Winter Hours are 11:00 a.m til 5:p.m. Monday thru Saturday effective this Friday.

BICS Fall Sports Schedules



Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Beaver Island Wildlife Club Events-November

The Beaver Island Wildlife Club has many events happening this month. Help support the wildlife club by participating!

1st: The Roy Elsworth Big Buck Contest will be held during Firearm and Muzzle Loading seasons. You MUST enter before the end of the day on Nov. 14th, entry fee is $10. You MUST have your deer scored ON ISLAND by Deny Keehn. Winner takes half of the proceeds. Enter at Power's Hardware.

2nd- New this year, A BIG DOE contest for the first three days of season- NOV 15-17. No entry fee. Weigh in will be at the hardware- see Levi. Winner will receive a $100 gift card to Cabelas.

3rd.- A buck pole is being erected next to the Shamrock for those who wish to show off their big deer!

4th- Tickets will be available for the annual Rifle Raffle- $10 each or 11/$100. Prizes this year include THREE guns (30.06, 20 gauge, 22 rifle), 2 half day fishing charters, binoculars, GPS, Rangefinder, engraved knife and more. Tickets are being sold by Board Members, at the Hardware or during the Dinner. The gun shop owner will be on site at the Shamrock during the dinner, with the guns and after filling out the paperwork and check information, the winners will be allowed to take their guns with them!

4th- The Harold Lounsberry Memorial Hunter's Dinner will be held Nov. 16th at the Shamrock. 6-8 p.m. Eric will put on a feast for the hunters as he has in the past...featuring some wild meat as well. Also during the dinner will be the Rifle Raffle, and 50/50 raffles. You can renew your membership or join there too!

5th- BIWC patches- also new this year, you can purchase a newly designed Wildlife Club patch for $5. Available at the hardware and at the dinner.

6th- Deer Checks- Jacque and Levi will once again be conducting deer checks and collecting heads during the firearm season. We will be at the boat dock on sailing days, or available by calling us. Levi- 231-459-6697, Jacque 231-448-2220. We collected a lot of data last fall, including over 20 heads which all came back negative for diseases. The DNR would like us to continue to collect heads to test for CWD and TB this year. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in our efforts to have Beaver Island excluded from the baiting and feeding ban enacted in the rest of the lower peninsula.


Paul Welke Reaches Milestone

(from facebook with permission)

About two weeks ago Paul Welke (owner / operator of Island Airways, Chief Pilot, Beaver Island resident) passed a career milestone – 35,000 hours flown as a professional pilot. His first solo flight occurred on his 16th birthday. In the time from his first solo to 35,000 he has had quite a career!

In one picture is just a fraction of his permanent record as a professional pilot – six log books, his pilot file at Island Airways, and his original student pilot license.

In 2016 he was awarded the Wright Brothers Award and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the FAA for 50 years of service in aviation as pilot and mechanic. The list of recipients who achieved both of these awards is not a very long list.

In 2012 Paul was the subject of a feature on 9&10 News celebrating “40 Years of Flying to Beaver Island.” One thing that stands out in that feature is a comment by Tim McDonough, “Paul does not want recognition. He just wants to pull his hat down a little lower and get to work.” That is the best summary of Paul I have ever heard.

In February 2001 Paul was credited with saving the Gault family after a plane crash on Beaver Island. If you have ever asked him about this the first thing he will say is, “It was a huge team effort. The fire department, EMS, private citizens, and the Coast Guard were all out there looking. I just got lucky.” Again, pull his hat down and get the job done. A few years ago Paul performed the ceremony when Adam Gault got married. One of the pictures below is Paul dancing with Mirth Gault last summer…….great friends 20 years later.

Many of his early log book entries are the same, “CAP [Civil Air Patrol] flight….search and rescue for missing hiker” or something similar. 50+ years later and he is still on the run the moment the emergency tones go off. He always says the same thing, “Come on we have to help if we can.”

How do you summarize 35,000 hours of flying? About 90% of Paul’s flights were between Beaver Island and Charlevoix so that is at least 50,000 trips or 100,000 landings!

Paul receiving the Wright Brothers Award from the FAA.

Two awards received

Paul and Angel pose with the awards

The Welke family with one of the first Apaches used at Welke Aviation (Anne, Betty, Bill, Paul, Mark, Carl)

...........................PW...............Paul in front of one of the Britten Norman Islanders

Paul and Mirth Gault -- almost 20 years later!

Paul is also a WWII historian. Shown here giving a presentation on the weaponry of WWI and WWII at the Beaver Island Historical Society.

Paul getting ready for another flight

Under Paul's leadership Island Airways became an FAA certified air ambulance based on Beaver Island.

Paul flying N4011P. This was his Dad's airplane and after Bill's death, Paul restored it. It is currently the oldest (only?) Piper Apache still in use in commercial air service.


Paul flying a Britten Norman Islander - one of 50,000 trips he has done in the last 50 years!

Some of Paul's log books

Paul and Bill Welke - CAP information.

CAP Cadet Paul Welke


Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule


St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.เธข  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.เธข เธข 

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule


Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

November Bulletin



St. James Township Meeting Documents for 11/6/19, 5:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Terrestrial Invasive Species Administration

BIAC Min Stds Draft 2.2019

BIAC Ordinance DRAFT 2.2019


Supervisor Lens11_november1.2019

Why Minimum Standards 2019

Ron Leslie Stith Passes Away

(Updated 11/5/19)

Ronald L. Stith, 75, of Beaver Island passed away unexpectedly October 27, 2019 on Beaver Island, MI. 

Ron was born January 17, 1945 in Cheltenham, England to Lesslie K. Stith and Olive M. Attwood. 

He graduated from Ball State with a masters in education, Cum Laude.  He was a public-school teacher for many years. 

After retiring from teaching, he moved to Beaver Island, MI where he lived for over 17 years. 

Ronald was a proud Veteran of the United States Army National Guard.  He was active in the local AMVETS, helped to coach the high school basketball team and was involved in many activities.  Ron always had that Indiana smile and a hand to help.  He was an avid golfer and loved all things college football. 

Ron is survived by his wife Karen Whitecraft Stith, daughter Melissa Wells, son David Stith, brother Reginald Stith, a sister, and grandchildren. 

A private service will be held at his family plot in Indiana.

Arrangements have been handled by the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. 

Sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

What Did You Say 39

by Joe Moore

Sometimes history does repeat itself, at least the same medical conditions and circumstances repeat.  For example, if someone were to fall down, and hurt themselves, it couldn’t possibly be construed by anyone that this story would be about a particular person.  People fall down and hurt themselves all the time.  They even have some of the same injuries.  Rumor has it that this situation happened recently on the island, but this story is not about that person.  It’s about someone who got hurt in the past, almost twenty-five years ago.

Read the rest of the story HERE


October 30, 2019

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority had a meeting scheduled for Halloween at 1 p.m., but it was rescheduled to the previous day at the same time. The Central Dispatch of CCE sent over some representatives to update the BIESA with the current happenings in the State of Michigan and the procedures that would need to be followed if there was a disaster here on Beaver Island. The limitations of this procedure, the timing of the arrival of help, and other topics were presented.

The two presenters were Megan Anderson from the Tri-County Office of Emergency Management, Homeland Security of the Petoskey office, and Lt. Michal DeCastro from the Michigan State Police, the Seventh District Coordinator of the Emergrncy Management and Homeland Security Division of the Gaylord, Michigan office.

The four current members of the BIESA, all three paramedics, and BINN Editor Joe Moore were those present to hear this presentation in its entirety. Kevin Boyle was in attendance also, but had to leave to go teach a class at BICS. Bill Kohls, Jim McDonough, Bob Turner, and Kitty McNamara were careful listeners, and had some specific questions that were answered by the two presenters.

Megan Anderson

Lt. Michal DeCastro

Emergency Services Authority Board

After the FEMA presentation, the BIESA continued their meeting to discuss the agenda presented. The board appointed Cody Randall as Acting Director, as Brian Meade needs to reduce his hours here on the island due to commitments on the mainland. There is one opening on the BIESA Board, and Chairman Bill Kohls stated that there will be a posting soon.

View video of the meeting HERE

Amik Circle Society Presents at PAP

October 30, 2019

This Wednesday's Picnic at the Point, a continuation of this series begun this past summer, was a presentation regarding the Stone Circle down on Mrs. Reading's Trail. This group was founded by Terri Bussey many years ago. The presenters were Cynthia Pryor and Alvin LaFreniere, the president and vice president of the Amik Circle Society.

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduced the presenters

Cynthia Pryor...........Alvin Lafreniere


Did you know that Amik means beaver?

View video of this presentation HERE

Beaver Island Teacher Renews National Board Certification

Renewal Process Reinforces High Standards, Commitment to Excellent Teaching

Beaver Island, MI—October 30, 2019 — Debbie Robert, an elementary education teacher at Beaver Island Community School is one of 4,786 teachers across the United States to renew their certification as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to celebrate these teachers along with the more than 20,000 teachers currently pursuing Board certification – seen as the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. 

“Today’s announcement is cause for celebration because thousands more teachers have shown that they teach to the highest standards in the profession. Research makes clear that the 122,000 NBCTs teaching in our nation’s schools have a significant impact on student learning. Students of all backgrounds are the beneficiaries. The future becomes brighter as we all work towards an accomplished teacher for every student, in every classroom, across the country,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of The National Board.

Debbie Robert grew up on Beaver Island and received her teaching degree from Grand Valley State University. She has taught at Beaver Island Community School for 27 years. Over that time, she has taught all subjects in all elementary grade levels. Her current teaching assignment includes upper elementary reading, math, and social studies. Debbie was the first teacher to become Board Certified in northern Michigan and has continued the re-certification process ever since. “Every day I strive to teach better than I did the day before. The National Board Certification Process helps ensure that I continue to learn and grow as a teacher,” said Mrs. Robert.

The National Board is at work across the country, helping set the expectation that all teachers should demonstrate accomplished teaching via National Board certification and become leaders in their schools and communities. Every child should have the opportunity to learn from an accomplished teacher.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

Rescheduled Meeting

The regular meeting of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority will be held at the Peaine Township Hall at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

This is rescheduled from October 31st.

View meeting notice HERE

Video Report for October 2019

October 28, 2019

Things get a little busy around Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Soul's Day, so this report will be a few days early. The video live streaming and recorded video have undergone a switch in video servers, although we are still in the process of this change.

This month so far 406 unique IP addresses have viewed 1116 video clips, using 26.8 GB of bandwidth have viewed the recorded video and the live streamed video on one video server. On the second server, the new one, 116 viewers viewed a total of 22 hours of video through ten different website IP's.

This does not include the facebook video of the high water video, which had 405 views. The fall color tour video on facebook had 173 views as of today.

Beaver Island Airport Commission Documents for Meeting

Aug 3 BIAC meeting minutes

Oct 26 Agenda BIAC

Sept 30 BIAC Special meeting minutes

Update: There was no meeting due to a lack of a quorum!

Familiar Faces 32

by Joe Moore

As I sit here watching the wind gust upwards of 25 mph and consider the Gales of November at the middle of October, I also remember the patients that were helped by a system of emergency transport of patients in the last six or seven years.  I am also thinking of some of the patients that did not get a chance to access the 911 emergency system in time for the benefits of this system.

The memories come flooding back because I viewed the Master’s degree project in video and cinematic arts project of my son Philip Michael.  It was entitled “32 Miles of Water.”  The project was completed and copyrighted in 2004, fifteen years ago.  The amazing EMS system on this most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes became reality in 2012 on August 6th. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule


Draft Minutes of Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting

October 15, 2019


Dated October 15, 2019

Read the Press Release HERE

Waste Management Documents from October Meeting

October 21, 2019

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee Minutes October 15, 2019

DRAFT 10_15_19- Transfer Station_Recycling Attendant (Part-time)

BIWMC Structure, Repsonibility & Authority FINAL

Transfer Station Manager Draft

Fall Color Pictures Set to Music

October 20, 2019

The Fall Color pictures shown in the gallery of Fall Color Tour Part 2, are put into a video show with music by the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys. Included are "On the Beach of Beaver Island," "Over the Waves," and "Overlooked an Orchid."

View the video HERE

Fall BI Historical Society Newsletter

October 20, 2019

Dawn Mooney Marsh Accepts Position of Food Director at BICS

October 20, 2019

With Josh Runberg, an excellent chef, had decided to leave this position, the position was posted, and applicants were sought. Dawn Mooney Marsh was hired by the Board of Education. Due to Dawn's acceptance of this position, she needed to resign from the school board, so this makes a position open on the Board of Education.

BICS Superintendent Wil Cwikiel Speaks Out

October 18, 2019

With the funding for the rural school districts being held hostages on funding in a political game, Wil Cwiikiel makes a suggestion for all those in this community. It involves contacting the governor and representatives to express how much this funding is needed.


BIRHC Special Meeting

October 18, 2019, 5 p.m.

Agenda: Move forward with McClaren or not

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

In 2019, the Townships of Peaine and St. James passed an ordinance regulating and banning the movement of firewood, logs, lumber and wood pallets from the mainland to the Beaver Island Archipelago. Any wood brought to the Islands had to be bark free and/or processed in a manner which made it free of insects and disease.

The major concern was for the forests of the Archipelago, as there has been a massive incursion of the Emerald Ash Borer in the State of Michigan-- which has devastated the Ash tree population on the Michigan mainland. In hopes of keeping the Beaver Islands free of infestation, island volunteers have been monitoring our forests for years, with the help of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In 2017, an Emerald Ash Borer trap captured a female emerald ash borer. Tests in 2018 and this spring have also found the beetle’s larvae in two isolated Ash locations on Beaver Island. A full court press has ensued with a multidisciplinary team coming to the Island in March of this year to conduct surveys and to begin eradication processes. The team, consisting of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Charlevoix-Antrim-Kalkaska-Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (COKE CISMA) and volunteer members of the Beaver Island Association.

Pamela Grassmick, a resident of Beaver Island and a member of the Beaver Island Association, has been instrumental in bringing attention to the issue. She and others have worked for over a decade in monitoring our forests and wetlands for invasive species of all kinds. “We actually stripped the trees and looked at the larvae. There are different stages of the larvae and we found all stages present in two spots on the island,” Grassmick said.

Due to the early detection and the control methods now in place, forestry experts think Beaver Island has a good chance of controlling this pest. “The professionals feel confident we can control this on the island – if we get on top of it right now,” Grassmick said.

To that end, the Townships have passed this ordinance and will plan on enforcing it. Signs, bringing attention to the Ordinance, will be placed at all ports of entry to the island. The Beaver Island Ferry Company and both airports will have warning signs placed where travelers to the Islands can see them. Businesses, campgrounds and other gathering places will also post these signs. Pam Grassmick adds: “The Beaver Island Townships’ signs are a vital step in controlling the movement of untreated wood which could harbor invasive forest pests. Islanders recognize that the ecology and economic future are dependent on the health of our forests and it is great to see the township’s support in action.”

All are encouraged to buy or obtain fire wood locally, and to be especially mindful not to move Ash wood around the island or between the islands of the Beaver Island Archipelago.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the work that is taking place to eradicate it, please go to the Beaver Island Association website: www beaverislandassociation.org. The Township websites will also carry more information about this ordinance.

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