B. I. News on the 'Net, November 12-25, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

November 25, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

Kay Charter Presentation (half hour)

Music Around the World 5/7/15 (1.5 hrs)

Ribbon Cutting at the Beaver Island Township Airport 7/18/14 (10 minutes)

Saturday Baroque on Beaver 8/2/14 (1.5 hrs)

Tick Presentation 5/18/15 (1.5 hrs)

This re-broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

All times are approximate.

Broadcast to begin at 1:30 p.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Weather by Joe

November 25, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 34 degrees with a windchill of 29 degrees, due to wind from the north at 5 mph. There has been .4 of an inch of rain in the last 24 hours. The pressure is 29.7 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 28 degrees with relative humidity at 80%. It is mostly cloudy aat 1700 feet and overcast at 2300 feet.

TODAY, it is expected for cloudy skies with a 20% chance of rain and a high of 36 degrees. The winds will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected for with continued cloudy skies with a 10% chance of rain and a low of 27 and winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for continued cloudy skies with a high of 30 degrees and winds from the N at 10 to 20 mph. The chances of precipitation are 20%.

Word of the Day: occlusion; noun; (uh-KLOO-zhun); the act of occluding : the state of being occluded; the complete obstruction of the breath passage in the articulation of a speech sound; the bringing of the opposing surfaces of the teeth of the two jaws into contact; also : the relation between the surfaces when in contact; the inclusion or sorption of gas trapped during solidification of a material; the front formed by a cold front overtaking a warm front and lifting the warm air above the earth's surface

Occlusion is a descendant of the Latin verb occludere, meaning "to close up." Occludere in turn comes from the prefix ob-, here meaning "in the way," and the verb claudere, meaning "to close or shut." Occlusion is one of many English terms derived from claudere. Some others are recluse, seclusion, and exclude. An occlusion occurs when something has been closed up or blocked off. Almost all heart attacks are the result of the occlusion of a coronary (heart) artery by a blood clot. When a person's upper and lower teeth form a malocclusion, they close incorrectly or badly. An occlusion, or occluded front, happens when a fast-moving cold front overtakes a slow-moving warm front and slides underneath it, lifting the warm air and blocking its movement.

On this Day:

“The Mousetrap,” a murder-mystery written by the novelist and playwright Agatha Christie, opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. The crowd-pleasing whodunit would go on to become the longest continuously running play in history, with more than 10 million people to date attending its more than 20,000 performances in London’s West End.

When “The Mousetrap” premiered in 1952, Winston Churchill was British prime minister, Joseph Stalin was Soviet ruler, and Dwight D. Eisenhower was president-elect. Christie, already a hugely successful English mystery novelist, originally wrote the drama for Queen Mary, wife of the late King George V. Initially called “Three Blind Mice,” it debuted as a 30-minute radio play on the queen’s 80th birthday in 1947. Christie later extended the play and renamed it “The Mousetrap”—a reference to the play-within-a-play performed in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

On November 25, 1952, 453 people took their seats in the Ambassadors Theatre for the London premiere of Christie’s “Mousetrap.” The drama is played out at “Monkswell Manor,” whose hosts and guests are snowed in among radio reports of a murderer on the loose. Soon a detective shows up on skis with the terrifying news that the murderer, and probably the next victim, are likely both among their number. Soon the clues and false leads pile as high as the snow. At every curtain call, the individual who has been revealed as the murderer steps forward and tells the audience that they are “partners in crime” and should “keep the secret of the whodunit locked in their heart.”

Richard Attenborough and his wife, Sheila Sim, were the first stars of “The Mousetrap.” To date, more than 300 actors and actresses have appeared in the roles of the eight characters. David Raven, who played “Major Metcalf” for 4,575 performances, is in the “Guinness Book of World Records” as the world’s most durable actor, while Nancy Seabrooke is noted as the world’s most patient understudy for 6,240 performances, or 15 years, as the substitute for “Mrs. Boyle.”

“The Mousetrap” is not considered Christie’s best play, and a prominent stage director once declared that “‘The Mousetrap'” should be abolished by an act of Parliament.” Nevertheless, the show’s popularity has not waned. Asked about its enduring appeal, Christie said, “It is the sort of play you can take anyone to. It is not really frightening. It is not really horrible. It is not really a farce, but it has a little bit of all these things, and perhaps that satisfies a lot of different people.” In 1974, after almost 9,000 shows, the play was moved to St. Martin’s Theatre, where it remains today. Agatha Christie, who wrote scores of best-selling mystery novels, died in 1976.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

AMVETS Soup and Such

The "Soup and Such" event took place tonight at the Peaine Township Hall Saturday night, November 24th from 5:00 to 7:30.  All proceeds were to go to support Veterans and their families. There were lots of different types of soup to try as well as salads, breads, and cookies. The editor has the ground turkey chili and the asparagus potato soup.

View a gallery of photos of soups and attendees HERE

View a video of the soups and the attendess HERE

Posted at 8:45 p.m., 11/24/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

November 24, 2018

Beaver Island Lighthouse School performance 12/11/14 (1.25 hrs)

Gerrish Family Concert 2015 (1.5 hrs)

William Olson 6/17/06 Super Highway to Paradise about Strang (3/4 hr)

Holocaust Survivor Presentation (2 hrs)

BICS Volleyball 9/21/18 (half hour)

Rogers Carlisle video from the 1950s (no sound) (3/4 hr)

BICS Soccer 10/3/14 (1 hr)

This video re-broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Enjoy the broadcast! It begins at 10 a.m.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Weather by Joe

November 24, 2018

It is raining outside right now. While the rain is light right now and may continue throughout the day, the accumulation of snow is decreasng and the rain may reach a half inch total before long. If this was snow, we'd have lots more, but it's rain, so melt, melt, melt is in our future.

The temperature is 40 degrees with visibility of 3 miles. The pressure is 29.44 and the clouds are at three levels; scattered at 1300 and 2500, and overcast at 3400 feet. The dewpoint is 38 degrees with relative humidity at 90%.

TODAY, it is expected to continue to rain today with a 90% chance during the day. The high will be 41 degrees and the wind will continue from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. It will be a wet day.

TONIGHT, it is expected to stay above freezing and continue with drizzle at 70% chance. Winds will switch to the west at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast a cloudy day with the high near 35. The chance of rain is only 20%, and winds will switch to the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day: audacious; adjective; (aw-DAY-shus); intrepidly daring; recklessly bold; contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum; marked by originality and verve

Audacious first appeared in English in the mid-1500s. It was borrowed from the Middle French adjective audacieux, which was derived from the noun audace ("boldness, audacity"). Audace came from the Latin audacia, a derivative of the Latin root audac- ("bold"). Audac- is also the source of audacity, which appeared in Middle English (as audacite) in the 1400s. Audac- can be traced, by way of the Latin verb audēre ("to dare"), to the Latin adjective avidus ("eager" or "greedy"), which was also borrowed by English, either directly from Latin or via the French avide, to give us our adjective avid. Among the early adopters of audacious was William Shakespeare, who used the word seven times in his plays, as in Henry VI, Part 2, where Somerset addresses York with the lines, "I arrest thee, York, / Of capital treason 'gainst the King and crown. / Obey, audacious traitor, kneel for grace.

On this Day:

At 12:20 p.m., in the basement of the Dallas police station, Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.

On November 22, President Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in an open-car motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas. Less than an hour after the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald killed a policeman who questioned him on the street. Thirty minutes after that, he was arrested in a movie theater by police. Oswald 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 also had a relationship with a number of Dallas policemen, which amounted to various favors in exchange for leniency in their monitoring of his establishments. 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 him guilty of the “murder with malice” of Oswald 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 seemingly 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.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Black Friday Moon

Two different camera settings captured the Black Friday Moon before it started to hide behind the clouds.

View the disappearing moon gallery HERE

Pictures taken at 6:15 p.m., posted at 7:15 pm

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

November 23, 2018

BICS Basketball 1/13/18 Boys first, Ladies second (2 hrs)

This Place Matters 7/15/18 (1 hr) at the Southead Lighthouse

Cantata Sunday 2014 (1.5 hrs)

BICS Lady Islanders versus Munising 9/12/15 (1 hr)

Vintage Lady Islanders versus Lady Islanders 2018 (1 hr)

This is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Enjoy! The broadcast begins at 2 p.m.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Familiar Faces 15

By Joe Moore

As I looked back over the writings that I have completed recently, I noticed a fairly interesting fact.  The writings all speak about the independent emergency medical service that I helped establish, although I didn’t really begin the training. There was another group trained before me.  All of this training began by the medical center provider needing to have some help taking care of emergencies.  That seemed to be something important when he was on call 24 hours per day, every day of the week.

Read the rest of the history and story HERE

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 11/23/18

Thanksgiving at Gregg Fellowship Center

November 22, 2018

The Gregg Fellowship Center was all set and ready for the dinner to follow later in the day. The tables were set, the steam table was ready, and the new chairs were available for the seating of the attendees.

Even though the Beaver Island Food Pantry provided the makings for Thanksgiving Dinner to several families, the traditional Community Thanksgiving Dinner was attended by sixty people. With this number of people, there were plenty of left-overs for everyone itnerested in taking the food home. Three turkeys were cooked along with a big pot of potatoes that were mashed and whipped. Gravy was made, and many brought dishes to pass, either vegetables or desserts. Helping hands were not difficult to find and came from all churches on the island. What a wonderful gathering of island people with joyous conversations!

Wonderful gathering for fellowship and food, with smiles and laughs, and full tummies.

View a short video of the dinner HERE

Many thanks to workers, the Christian Church as the sponsor, the hungry attenedees, and those willing to brave the cold temepratures to join the warm and welcoming atmosphere at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Thanks to the two leaders and workers, Judi Meister and Ruth Gregg for making the day go without a hitch. Thanks to the Richards' family for the six pairs of hands peeling the potatoes. Thanks to Mr. Turkey Head for carving the three turkeys and making mashed potatoes for a hundred people. Thanks to all the attendees which are the reason for the dinner! Hope you and yours had as amazing day with deliciousness that was present at this dinner!

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 11/23/18

This is Fall?


Weather by Joe

November 23, 2018

Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, joy, and happiness! The Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Gregg Fellowship Center was a succes with representatives of all of the churches present and working to make this a success. On with the weather....

Right now at 7:45 a.m. on Carlilse Road it is 32 degrees, windchill 27, wind 6 mph from the south, and pressure is 29.90. Visibility is ten miles with the skies overcast at 1600 feet. The dewpoint is 29 degrees and the humidity is 80%. There was about a half an inch of snow accumulation over the last 24 hours.

TODAY, it is expected to warm up about ten degrees more to near 42 degrees. There will be morning clouds giving way to some sunshine this afternoon. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 20 mph. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

TONIGHT, it is expected to stay above freezing near 38 degrees with a possibility of rain late tonight. The winds will switch to the SSE and stay at 10 to 20 mph. The precipitation chance is 50%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a high of 42 degrees with rain chance at 70%. Winds will continue from the south at 10 to 20 mph. About a quarter inch of rain is expected, as we get back to fall after our preview of winter.

Word of the Day: impromptu; adjective' (im-PROMP-too); made, done, or formed on or as if on the spur of the moment; composed or uttered without previous preparation

Every morning weather is improptu and spontaneous.

If you think that impromptu looks like a relative of the adjective prompt, you're right; both are ultimately derived from the Latin promere, meaning "to bring forth, take out." Impromptu was borrowed from French, where it meant "extemporaneously," but French speakers picked it up from the Latin phrase in promptu, a promere descendant meaning "in readiness" or "at hand." Something that is impromptu is generally "prompted" (that English verb is from Latin promptus, of the same meaning) by an occasion that generates a response in the form of, for example, a party or a speech that has not been planned. There is also another, much rarer descendant of promere in English: the noun promptuary, meaning "a book of ready reference."

On this Day:

On November 23, 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam 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 Fort Peck Dam, 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. In 2004, however, it resumed weekly publication as a supplement to U.S. newspapers. At its re-launch, its combined circulation was once again in the millions.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Happy Thanksgiving!

AMVETS Searching for Used Vehicle

The AMVETS are looking for a decent 4-WD vehicle.   

Call Bob Tidmore 231-448-3088

or Dickie McEvoy at 231-448-2799

or email btidmore@tds.net

Historical Society Moving Into the Future

After the wonderful presetnation at the Beaver Island District Library by the historical society on the plans to replace the porch and put on a climate controlled addition, it became obvious that this group is attmepting to move into the future. The climate control will provide opportunities to display items that were never displayed before. Some items will not be released for display without this climate control, which makes this idea so essential toward moving forward in the presentation of the history of the island. Here are a few views of the planned improvements by looking at the outside views of the building after the addition is built.

(PS)Print Shop Museum - SOUTHEAST APPROACH_final

(PS)Print Shop Museum -SIDE ELEVATION-final

(PS)Print Shop Museum - FRONT ELEVATION- final

Video walk-around

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 11/21/18

Weather by Joe

November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Safe travels for all those traveling to visit friends and family on this special. This is the editor's favorite holiday of the year. Most often, I get to do three things on this spcial day of the year. My celebration has nothing to do with the somewhat non-joyous history of this holiday, but the spirit of Thanksgiving for me is the opportunity to give thanks and enjoy the company of others. A normal Thanksgiving on Beaver Island gives me an opportunity to do the three things that I love to do. I love to play music. I love to sing. I love to cook. The other thing that I love more than anything else is gathering with different faiths to thank our Creator for his many blessings. This year, I hope I get to do at least two of these things, but all of them are not possible this year. This is the second year in a row that all those things could not happen on one day. On with the weather........

Right now it's quite chilly on Carlisle Road. It's eleven (yes, 11) degrees. It is cold for Thanksgiving. The pressure is 30.47 and visibility is ten miles. The weather station says that the skies are clear, but it's not quite clear yet. We had a very light dusting of flurries, but no accumulation of snow last night. The dewpoint is -2 degrees with humidity at 72%.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with a high in the mid to upper 20's. There is a 20% chance of flurries, but the prediction is no accumulation of snow today. The winds are to be from the SE at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be cloudy with a low in the mid-20's. The chance of snow remains at 20% with winds from the SSE at 15 to 25 mph. This will make the windchills quite nasty.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for warming up to 40 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. Winds will be from the south at 5 to 10 mph. A thaw for Black Friday?

Word of the Day: cornucopia; noun' (kor-nuh-KOH-pee-uh); a curved, hollow goat's horn or similarly shaped receptacle (such as a horn-shaped basket) that is overflowing especially with fruit and vegetables (such as gourds, ears of corn, apples, and grapes) and that is used as a decorative motif emblematic of abundance; an inexhaustible store; a receptacle shaped like a horn or cone

Cornucopia comes from Latin cornu copiae, which translates literally as "horn of plenty." A traditional staple of feasts, the cornucopia is believed to represent the horn of a goat from Greek mythology. According to legend, it was from this horn that the god Zeus was fed as an infant. Later, the horn was filled with flowers and fruits, and given as a present to Zeus. The filled horn (or a receptacle resembling it) has long served as a traditional symbol in art and decoration to suggest a store of abundance. The word first appeared in English in the early 16th century; a century later, it developed the figurative sense of an overflowing supply.

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 seemingly 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.

Weather by Joe

November 21, 2018

The look out the window just before sunrise shows a white blanket of snow. My estimate is six inches on the level with drifts to eight in my driveway. The Carlisle Road area looks more like January than November. The temeprature is more like January also at 18 degrees.The pressure is 30.18 with visibility of five miles, due to some lingering light snow. We have three layers of clouds with scattered clouds at 2000, mostly cloudy at 2700, and overcast at 3000 feet. The snow gauge says we got just about 2 additional inches over the last 24 hours.

TODAY, it is expected to continue with light snow with little accumulation at 20% chance. The high is not expected to increase to more than 20 today. Winds will be out of the north at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have the snow showers stop with only 10% chance of snow. It will be partly cloudy, and winds will switch to the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. The low temperature should be around 15 degrees.

TOMORROW, Thanksgiving Day, there is a 0% chance of snow. The temperature will get to the mid-20's with cloudy skies. The winds will be from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day: noisome; adjective; (NOY-sum); offensive to the senses and especially to the sense of smell; highly obnoxious or objectionable

Noisome sounds like it might be a synonym of noisy, but it's not. Something noisome is disgusting, offensive, or harmful, often in its smell. Noisome does not come from noise, but from the Middle English word noysome, which has the same meaning as noisome. Noysome was formed by combining the noun noy, which means "annoyance," with the adjectival suffix -some ("characterized by a (specified) thing, quality, state, or action"). Noy comes from Anglo-French anui, which also means "annoyance." As you may have already guessed, the English words annoy and annoyance are also related to noisome.

On this Day:

On this day in 1980, 350 million people around the world tune in to television’s popular primetime drama “Dallas” to find out who shot J.R. Ewing, the character fans loved to hate. J.R. had been shot on the season-ending episode the previous March 21, which now stands as one of television’s most famous cliffhangers. The plot twist inspired widespread media coverage and left America wondering “Who shot J.R.?” for the next eight months. The November 21 episode solved the mystery, identifying Kristin Shepard, J.R.’s wife’s sister and his former mistress, as the culprit.

The CBS television network debuted the first five-episode pilot season of “Dallas” in 1978; it went on to run for another 12 full-length seasons. The first show of its kind, “Dallas” was dubbed a “primetime soap opera” for its serial plots and dramatic tales of moral excess. The show revolved around the relations of two Texas oil families: the wealthy, successful Ewing family and the perpetually down-on-their-luck Barnes family. The families’ patriarchs, Jock Ewing and Digger Barnes, were former partners locked in a years-long feud over oil fields Barnes claimed had been stolen by Ewing. Ewing’s youngest son Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Barnes’ daughter Pam (Victoria Principal) had married, linking the battling clans even more closely. The character of J.R. Ewing, Bobby’s oldest brother and a greedy, conniving, womanizing scoundrel, was played by Larry Hagman.

As J.R. had many enemies, audiences were hard-pressed to guess who was responsible for his attempted murder. That summer, the question “Who Shot J.R.?” entered the national lexicon, becoming a popular t-shirt slogan, and heightening anticipation of the soap’s third season, which was to air in the fall. After a much-talked-about contract dispute with Hagman was finally settled, the season was delayed because of a Screen Actors Guild strike, much to the dismay of “Dallas” fans. When it finally aired, the episode revealing J.R.’s shooter became one of television’s most watched shows, with an audience of 83 million people in the U.S. alone—a full 76 percent of all U.S. televisions on that night were tuned in—and helped put “Dallas” into greater worldwide circulation. It also popularized the use of the cliffhanger by television writers.

The shooting of J.R. wasn’t “Dallas'”only notorious plot twist. In September 1986, fans learned that the entire previous season, in which main character Bobby Ewing had died, was merely a dream of Pam’s. The show’s writers had killed the Bobby character off because Duffy had decided to leave the show. When he agreed to return, they featured him stepping out of the shower on the season-ending cliffhanger, and then were forced the next season to explain his sudden reappearance.

The last premiere episode of “Dallas” aired on May 3, 1991. A spin-off, “Knots Landing,” aired from December 27, 1979 until May 13, 1993. “Dallas” remains in syndication around the world.

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 11/21/18

This Thanksgiving Week

By Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 6:15 p.m., 11/20/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

November 20, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

BICS Bullying Presentation (30+ minutes)

Christmas Cantata 2014 (1.5 hrs)

Font Lake Snowshoe Adventure (couple of minutes)

Forestry Classroom and Fieldwork 10/7/14 (2.5 hrs)

Funky Fashion Show (1/2 hr)

Basketball 12/4/14 (1.5 hrs)

Begins at noon.

This video re-broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 11/20/18

Weather by Joe

November 20, 2018

Slept like a log last night and just finally got up with sleep still in my eyes. The weather lady was up before me, but she is still unable to see the screen well enough to do the weather. Of next week to see another specialist to help with this issue, we hope. On with the weather....

Right now on Carlisle Road at 8 a.m., it is 19 degrees with a breath of wind from the ENE. The pressure is 30.08 with visibility of ten miles. The sky is overcast at 3200 feet. The dewpoint is 2 degrees and the relative humidity is 61%. Not likely to have much in the way of fog today. It is also not likely to have much more snow added during the morning with the five plus inches on the level now.

TODAY, it is expected for snow to come back at us in the afternoon. We have a 60% chance for snow today. Winds will be increasing during the day from 5 to 10 mph to 10 to 20 mph. The winds will be from the west. Not much accumulation of snow today. The high will be near 30.

TONIGHT, ti is expected for a 70% chance of snow. The forecast is for snow showers with winds increasing from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph.The low will be around 20.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with a high temeprature in the low 20's. Winds will switch to the N at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day: perforce; adverb; (per-FORSS) by force of circumstances

English speakers borrowed par force from Anglo-French in the 14th century. Par meant "by" (from Latin per) and the Anglo-French word force had the same meaning as its English equivalent, which was already in use by then. At first, perforce meant quite literally "by physical coercion." That meaning is no longer used today, but it was still prevalent in William Shakespeare's lifetime (1564-1616). "He rush'd into my house and took perforce my ring away," wrote the Bard in The Comedy of Errors. The "by force of circumstances" sense of perforce had also come into use by Shakespeare's day. In Henry IV, Part 2, we find "... your health; the which, if you give o'er to stormy passion, must perforce decay."

On this Day:

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.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

BIRHC Minutes of November 1, 2018 Special Meeting

The minutes were posted on the BIRHC website on November 19, 2018.

Read the minutes HERE

Posted at 4 p.m., 11/19/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

5th and 6th Grade Play 2015 (1.5 hrs)

Carl D Bradley Presentation (replay from yesterday) 7/22/14 (40 minutes)

Anishanabi Indian Presentation 8/14/15 (2 hrs)

BICS Basketball versus Oibwe 2/18/15 (1 + hr)

This is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Enjoy! The broadcast begins at 3 p.m.

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

BINN November Pictures in Video

Some November pictures set to the music of the Beaver Island Good Time Boys, "Over the Waves."


Posted at 11:30, 11/19/18

Gull Harbor Ice

Quick trip to the point and out to Gull Harbor Road is a tradition after Sunday services, so off the car headed, pretty much by itself with one passenger. What was seen kept this editor staring at the gorgeous ice sculptures, even though they were miniature.

Posted at 10:15 a.m., 11/19/18

Basic Training Life

By Dick Burris

In my short Army life, there was some adventure. I left a strenuous career of concrete work when drafted into the Army.

Actually, it was like a boy scout retreat; and have to say the most fun thing I ever did in my life. Bill Bradshaw was with me from induction until end of basic training. Our names in the "Bs" had us close together in formations. We had a cadre that called cadence like a chicken, (hut hut hut hawaaa). We thought it sooo funny; I would be marching behind him, and do the "hut hut hawaa" without moving my lips; until I could see his neck turning red, then I'd stop so he didn't catch hell for laughing.

We were in Camp Chaffee Ak., and it was July, so it was close to 120 degrees every day. One time we were marched to a bivouac and were instructed to dig "Fox holes" to sleep in. I passed a couple guys that already had one dug. About that time a king snake went into their trench, and into a crack at the end, and disappeared. One of them said,"We isn't gonna stay in that!"

So I said, "Then could I have it?"

They agreed, so I didn't have to use the goofy shovel/spade that we carried with us. King snakes dine on Rattlers, so it seemed more secure to me anyway.

Marching on the blacktop in that hot weather felt like a constant "hotfoot". It was always better when we marched on the ground.

One day in the sun we were getting instruction on rifle care, and the instructor was quite a distance away. He had his hands folded, and there were more than 8 fingers showing; I thought the heat was getting to me, but later I could see he had like another little finger on both hands.

In  the barracks a few of the guys wanted me to help with a GI shower on another soldier, they said stunk. I told them that that should not be our business; but finally they convinced me to do the deed with them. Later came the confrontation and the subject threatened the group, and they backed off. I had given my word; and although I really didn't want a part in it, I told him he was gonna get the shower anyway. A buddy of mine (Thurman Burman), said he'd help, so we took him in the shower, and did the process with his clothes on. It shamed me to think I let myself be talked into such a thing!

One evening I played the "Bunny Hop" on my harmonica, and a number of guys lined up and was doing it, shaking the barracks (we were on the second floor). I suddenly heard someone running up the stairs, and quickly put my harmonica back in the foot locker. It was our sergeant. Needless to say we were out marching until midnight that evening (to use up the rest of our excess energy).

There was a guy in our platoon that was short and had even shorter legs; there was no way he could do a "thirty inch" stride like the rest of us; hard to forget his name cuz I had heard it so often. (Armstrong)
All through the marches We had to hear,"ARM-ES-TRRONG!! GEET EEN ES-STEP!!"

Bill and I with names starting with "B' were in the middle of the front row of the platoon. One day we were standing at attention and the Sergeant, right in front of me stuffed beach nut tobacco on both
sides of his mouth, (he reminded me of a chipmunk) I was able to subdue my amusement, until he took out Copenhagen snuff and pushed under his upper lip.

That did it! I burst right out in laughter. He said in an irritated voice, "What are you laughing at soldier?"

Being myself, I said, "YOU sir!"

He said, "Give me ten, soldier."

Feeling the need, I asked him, "Which hand?"

He didn't answer, so I pumped out ten fast ones with my right hand. Nothing came of this incident, but he was noted for putting on the gloves with unruly guys.

One day boxing gloves were brought out for our entertainment. The sport was one of my favorites, for as kids we had no time for ball because of chores. We were allowed at night for wrestling and boxing.

First I boxed with a little guy about a class lighter than myself. He was so fast at popping me about ten times to my once with him. So when I found an opening, I smacked him hard, and he quit. I'd had at that point all off the fun I needed. There was another boxer, that seemed to be fighting, and not boxing. I opened my mouth about it to someone, (big mistake).

A voice shouted out. "Here's one for ya!".

He gave me a hateful glare, so I returned one of my own, and the fight began, (not boxing). I saw an opening, and shot a hard right jab to his forehead; apparently he did the same, for I was temporarily blinded, but still on my feet with my guard up, waiting for more punches.

Then looking between my gloves seeing my opponent, shaking his head, and taking off the gloves. l told no one, but my buddy Bill that I'd been knocked out too. I felt sorry for the guy cuz he was the camp champ, and I had no intention on being the "White Hope" This was actually the last time I put on the gloves.

I was talked into doing a few things, I should have court-martialed; for example, dressing as a KP and brazenly taking officers’ bananas, and giving them our platoon.

Posted at 10:15 a.m., 11/19/18

Weather by Joe

November 19, 2018

It's early in the mroning here on Carlisle Road, and the weather lady is still sleeping, but her replacement can't seem to get back to sleep. It's EARLY, but perhaps, the replacement will get in a nap later today. On with the weather....

At 5 a.m., it is 25 degrees outside here on Carlisle with not even a breath of wind right now. The relative humidity is 88%, and the pressure is 29.95. Visibility is listed as a half mile. The clouds are overcast at 1000 feet. We received a little over a quarter of an inch of snow so far.

TODAY, it is expected to snow with a 90% chance. The high will be near 30 degrees, and the wind will be from the NE at 10 to 20 mph. Snow may accumulate up to two inches.

TONIGHT, it is expected to remain cloudy with a low near 20. There will be a 20% chance of snow, but no accumulation is expected. Winds will switch to the N and stay at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 40% chance of snow, probably beginning in the afternoon. The high will be near 30. Winds will switch to the W and rise to 15 to 25 mph.

Word of the Day: henchman; noun; (HENCH-mun); a trusted follower : right-hand man; a political follower whose support is chiefly for personal advantage; a member of a gang

The earliest known examples of today's word in written English show it being used as a term for a squire or a page, but the word may have seen earlier use with the meaning "groom." It first appeared in Middle English in the 14th century and is a combination of Old English hengest ("a male horse") and man. In the mid-1700s, henchman began to be used for the personal attendant of a Scottish Highland chief. This sense, made familiar to many English readers by Sir Walter Scott, led to the word's use in the broader sense of "right-hand man," which in turn evolved into the other meanings.

On this Day:

On November 19, 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 just 272 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.

Posted at 5 a.m.

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #47

November 18, 2018

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 6 p.m., 11/18/18

Mass from Holy Cross

November 18, 2018

Father Jim Siler told the parishioners this morning that this was the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. That means that the new church year will begin soon. That also means new books. The choir has been working on a new Mass for the parish to being about Christmas time.

Kitty McNamara was the reader on Saturday, and Joan Banville was the reader on Sunday. Father Jim Siler is suffering from the shingles, and all hope that he will get some relief soon.

Sunshine through the stained glass window onto the baptismal font

Readers: Kitty McNamara and Joan Banville

Father Jim Siler reads the Gospel and gives the sermon.

At the end of each Mass, the parish prays the "Prayer to St. Michael."

View video of the Mass HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

November 18, 2018

Posted at 3 p.m., 11/18/18

BI Waste Management Committee to Meet

Posted at 3 p.m., 11/18/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

Today's video began with the Mass from Holy Cross live streamed at 9:30 a.m. Then began the search for the video that needed to be re-broadcast on this particular day. It was finally found. The Carl D Bradley sunk 60 years ago today.

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

Frank Mays Presentation in July 2014 on the Carl D Bradley. Frank was introduced by Bud Martin This was at the St James Township Hall (about 40 minutes)

Frank Mays Presentation on July 12, 2018, at the Episcopal Church (about 40 Minutes)

The Marold II and the Boyd from July 2014 as part of Museum Week (about 1.25 hrs.)

Music on the Porch 2014 (about 1.5 hrs)

All times are approximate. This will begin at 2:30 p.m. today.

It is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Weather by Joe

November 18, 2018

It's a little chilly out there this morning. It's 27 degrees on Carlisle Road with a west wind making the windchill 25. The pressure is 30.14, and visibility is ten miles. It is mostly cloudy with clouds at 3300 feet. The dewpoint is 12 degrees and the humidiy is 63%. A few ice crystals came out of the sky last night, but no measurable precipitation.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with the temperature rising to near freezing at 31. There is no expected snowfall today. The winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to snow with a 70% chance of snow showers. The low will be in the mid-20s with winds from WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for some snow accumulation up to an inch. The percentage is 90%. The high will be near 30 with winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day: chapel; noun; (CHAP-ul); subordinate or private place of worship; a place of worship used by a Christian group other than an established church; a choir of singers belonging to a chapel; a chapel service or assembly at a school or college

Chapel is ultimately derived from the Late Latin word cappa, meaning "cloak." How did we get from a garment to a building? The answer to this question has to do with a shrine created to hold the sacred cloak of St. Martin of Tours. In Medieval Latin, this shrine was called cappella (from a diminutive of cappa, meaning "short cloak or cape") in reference to the relic it contained. Later, the meaning of cappella broadened to include any building that housed a sacred relic, and eventually to a place of worship. Anglo-French picked up the term as chapele, which in turn passed into English as chapel in the 13th century. In case you are wondering, the term a cappella, meaning "without instrumental accompaniment," entered English from Italian, where it literally means "in chapel style."

On this Day:

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.

Posted at 8 a.m.

Christmas Shopping Extravganza

The date for our Christmas Shopping Extravaganza has been changed to allow the participation of more vendors. This year, it will be held on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. That is a good time to kick off the Christmas season, and is also "Small Business Saturday." All participating businesses will have sales and specials. Some will offer door prizes; most will have goodies and treats for shoppers. 
Participants so far include:

*Powers DoItBest Hardware: 1~5PM; Santa will be here for pictures with your pets to benefit The Friends of Beaver Island Animals; lots of sales and special prices; Christmas decorations will be out for sale; many new gift ideas; hourly drawing for door prizes; lots of cookies, coffee and warm punch
*Beaver Gems/Shipwreck Shirts: hours 11~4 with special prices on lots of items, and treats for shoppers
*The Blue Pearl
*Shamrock Pub and Restaurant
*The Station
*Island Treasures Resale Shop, hours 12~4
*Beaver Island District Library, hours 12~5
*Larissa McGinnity Pottery and Happy Paddle
*St. James Boat Shop, hours 11~5
*The Beaver Island Community Center has once again generously offered the use of their lobby for individuals to sell their wares. So far. Laura Green with merchandise Flat Tail Furs, Lisa Moyers with candles, Heidi Vigil with her offerings, Marlene Weiser's island videos (view49782@vimeo.com), and a group of young artists from Beaver Island Community School selling decorated and embellished ornaments as a fundraiser for Heifer International (www.heifer.org). I understand they have already purchased two llamas and a flock of ducks!

Check with individual businesses for specifics. We'll post more information as it becomes available. Please come out for a fun day of shopping and showing support for island businesses!

Posted at 3 p.m., 11/17/18

Weather by Joe

November 17, 2018

Welcome to the first Saturday of firearm deer season here on Beaver Island. It is not quite the same on this day as it was on opening day, but tonight is the Hunter's Dinner at the Shamrock.

On with the weather....

Right now it is 28 degrees on Carlisle Road. The pressure is 30.13 and visibility is ten miles. There are two layers of clouds, on at 2500 feet and the other at 3000 feet. The dewpoint is 15 degrees and the humidity is at 70%. We got just a trace of snow.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with the sun peeking out once in a while. The high will be just below freezing. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have a low in the lower 20s, remain partly cloudy, and winds will switch to the W at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to have a high near 30, with a zero percent chance of snow. The winds will WSW and increase to 15 to 25 mph. Partly cloudy skies will continue.

Word of the Day: susurrous; adjective; (soo-SUR-us) full of whispering sounds

Susurrous derives from the Latin noun susurrus, meaning "a hum" or "a whisper," and may be a distant relative of swarm (think of the collective hum of a beehive). Susurrus is itself an English noun with the meaning "a whispering or rustling sound" (Stephen King provides us with the example of "a violent susurrus of air"). Both the noun and the adjective (note that the two are spelled differently) are products of the 19th century, but they were preceded by the noun susurration, which in the 15th century originally meant "malicious whispering or rumor." Today susurrous is used to describe any kind of sound that resembles a whisper: a light breeze through a tree, perhaps, or the murmurs of intrigued theatergoers.

On this Day:

Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth.

The two half-sisters, both daughters of King Henry VIII, had a stormy relationship during Mary’s five-year reign. Mary, who was brought up as a Catholic, enacted pro-Catholic legislation and made efforts to restore the pope to supremacy in England. A Protestant rebellion ensued, and Queen Mary imprisoned Elizabeth, a Protestant, in the Tower of London on suspicion of complicity. After Mary’s death, Elizabeth survived several Catholic plots against her; though her ascension was greeted with approval by most of England’s lords, who were largely Protestant and hoped for greater religious tolerance under a Protestant queen. Under the early guidance of Secretary of State Sir William Cecil, Elizabeth repealed Mary’s pro-Catholic legislation, established a permanent Protestant Church of England, and encouraged the Calvinist reformers in Scotland.

In foreign affairs, Elizabeth practiced a policy of strengthening England’s Protestant allies and dividing her foes. Elizabeth was opposed by the pope, who refused to recognize her legitimacy, and by Spain, a Catholic nation that was at the height of its power. In 1588, English-Spanish rivalry led to an abortive Spanish invasion of England in which the Spanish Armada, the greatest naval force in the world at the time, was destroyed by storms and a determined English navy.

With increasing English domination at sea, Elizabeth encouraged voyages of discovery, such as Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the world and Sir Walter Raleigh’s expeditions to the North American coast.

The long reign of Elizabeth, who became known as the “Virgin Queen” for her reluctance to endanger her authority through marriage, coincided with the flowering of the English Renaissance, associated with such renowned authors as William Shakespeare. By her death in 1603, England had become a major world power in every respect, and Queen Elizabeth I passed into history as one of England’s greatest monarchs.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

BICS Weekly Memo

November 16, 2018

BICS Weekly Memo 11-16-18

2018 Llama information

Posted at 4:15 p.m., 11/16/18

An Interesting Sky

View across the harbor from the post office south.

Posted at 4 p.m., 11/16/18

A Beaver Island Caper

Welcome Home, Paul Cole!

Posted at 4 p.m., 11/16/18

Peaine Township Zoning Information

Found on the Peaine Township Website

Peaine Township Codified Zoning Ordinance

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

Peaine Twp Zoning Map - Effective 05-26-18 to present

Thanks to Krys Lyle for the heads-up about this posting.

Posted at 12:15 p.m., 11/16/18

St. James Township Board Meeting Minutes

November 7, 2018 Meeting

Posted at 12:00 p.m., 11/16/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane


Pinky Harmon Roast (2.5 hrs)

Jerry LaFreniere Pole Barn Party (short clips about half hour)

Garret Cole Interview about Fishing by Jim Norgaard8/26/2005

Jerry LaFreniere Roast (2.5 hrs)

Joe Moore plays with Brother Jim, Danny Gillespie, and Edward (short about ten minutes)

Johnny Andy Gallagher 1991 Interview (2 hrs.)

This re-broadcast of recorded video is from the historical society archives, Phil Gregg Archives, and BINN archives.

This video can be viewed by anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

All times are approximate, and the broadcast will begin shortly after 10:45 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Scam Calls

Knowing that you have previously registered to be on the "Do Not Call" list does not completely take care of the scam calls, but it is important to register. Just as important is to check to make certain that your number is on the registry. Our phone number was placed on the registry a few years ago, but checking it today, we found out that it was no longer on the register. So, we easily placed our phone numbers on the registry using this website:


The first thing to do is to click on the middle button "Verify your registration." You will be asked to enter you telephone number and give and email address. The government will check your number against the "Do Not Call" registry and email you to let you know if you are in the registry or not. If you are not in the registry, like the editor, you then click on the far right button "Register you Phone." You will be asked to enter your phone number(s) in a list, and, once again, enter your email address. You will be sent an email for each number you entered. You will have to click on a link inside that email to confirm that you want that number registered.

That's it. Pretty easy to do. That does not mean that you will stop getting the scam calls, but it does give you a method to report these scam calls on the same page above. You report the scam calls by clicking on the first button on that webpage. You have to wait until you have been on the registry for a full thirty-one days before you can report the numbers that called as a scam. You can report the robocalls and what the call is about.

Let's all get on this and try to help eliminate the robocalls that are meant to steal your personal information. Don't ever give out your personal information on the phone to one of these places!

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 11/16/18

Weather by Joe

November 16, 2018

The deer hunters must be quite happy with the tracking snow that came out of the skies last night. The stillness right now makes for a beautiful post card picture of the snow.

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 32 degrees with barely a breath of wind. The pressure is 29.69 with visibility of only a half mile. Whether this is due to the snow or the dewpoint being so close together in temperatures and a humidity of 92%, it is not clear. We had, according to official records, about a quarter inch of snow, but it looks like there might have been some rain as well based upon the frozen drops on the tree limbs.

TODAY, it is expected to have 50% chance of snow showers in the morning with a high of 37 degrees. Winds will be from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to the snow showers chances decrease to 20%. The low temperatures will drop below thirty, and the wind will continue at 10 to 20 mph from the NW.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with a high temperature below thirty. The winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. 20% chance of snow.

Word of the Day: exculpate; verb; (EK-skull-payt) to clear from alleged fault or guilt

You need not take the blame if you're unfamiliar with the origins of exculpate, and we would be glad to enlighten you, if that's the case. The word, which was adopted in the 17th century from Medieval Latin exculpatus, traces back to the Latin noun culpa, meaning "blame." Some other descendants of culpa in English include culpable ("meriting condemnation or blame") and inculpate ("incriminate"), as well as the considerably rarer culpatory ("accusing") and disculpate (a synonym of exculpate). You may also be familiar with the borrowed Latin phrase mea culpa, which translates directly as "through my fault" and is used in English to mean "a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error."

On this Day in 1907:

Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory collectively enter the United States as Oklahoma, the 46th state.

Oklahoma, with a name derived from the Choctaw Indian words okla, meaning “people,” and humma, meaning “red,” has a history of human occupation dating back 15,000 years. The first Europeans to visit the region were Spanish explorers in the 16th century, and in the 18th century the Spanish and French struggled for control of the territory. The United States acquired Oklahoma from France in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

After the War of 1812, the U.S. government decided to remove Indian tribes from the settled eastern lands of the United States and move them west to the unsettled lands of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. In 1828, Congress reserved Oklahoma for Indians and in 1834 formally ceded it to five southeastern tribes as Indian Territory. Many Cherokees refused to abandon their homes east of the Mississippi, and so the U.S. Army moved them west in a forced march known as the “Trail of Tears.” The uprooted tribes joined Plains Indians that had long occupied the area, and Indian nations with fixed boundaries and separate governments were established in the region.

. With the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865, the territory was placed under U.S. military rule. White cattlemen and settlers began to covet the virgin ranges of Oklahoma, and after the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s, illegal white incursion into Indian Territory flourished. Most of these “Boomers” were expelled, but pressure continued until the federal government agreed in 1889 to open two million acres in central Oklahoma for white settlement. At noon on April 22, 1889, a pistol shot signaled the opening of the new land, and tens of thousands of people rushed to stake claims. Those who had already made illegal entry to beat the starting gun were called “Sooners,” hence Oklahoma’s state nickname. The following year, the region was divided into Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory.

Posted at 8 a.m.,(from Merriam Webster and history.com)

Peaine Township Meeting

November 14, 2018

Many thanks to Pam Grassmick for doing the video of this meeting for BINN. Although the editor was back on the island, the time to attend the meeting was not possible due to issues at home. The following documents were available at the meeting.

Agenda for the Meeting

Peaine Waste Management Fund

Peaine Airport Fund

View video fo the meeting HERE

Posted at 10:45 a.m., 11/14/`8

Weather by Joe

November 15, 2018

Welcome to the opening day of firearm deer season on Beaver Island! Welcome to the hunters who have arrived to help keep the deer herd in check! Wishing you a successful hunt from BINN!

Back on the island after some medical appointments, and, once again, a shout-out of thanks to Island Airways staff, who made this trip as seamless as possible. The lake effect snow slowed our trip off, but the appointments were easily rescheduled for later in the day, which made the trip successful. Here's to some luck coming our way for this past trip and a future trip at the endof the month. On to the weather.....

Right now on Carlisle Road it is just below freezing, but that is not keeping the traffic down on the King's Highway. There are more vehicles moving this morning than normal. The pressure is 30.26 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 26 degrees with relative humidity of 71%. We didn't have any precipitation last night.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a high in the mid-30s. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph. Zero percent chance of snow.

TONIGHT, it is expect to have rain or snow showers late with a 40% chance. The low will be just above freezing and the wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for the warming trend to continue with temperatures above freezing in the mid-30s. There is a 20% chance of precipitation. Winds will switch to the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day: memento; noun; (muh-MEN-toh); something that serves to warn or remind

Memento comes from the imperative form of meminisse, a Latin verb that literally means "to remember." (The term memento mori, meaning "a reminder of mortality," translates as "remember that you must die.") The history of memento makes it clear where its spelling came from, but because a memento often helps one remember a particular moment, people occasionally spell the term momento. This is usually considered a misspelling, but it appears often enough in edited prose to have been entered in most dictionaries as an acceptable variant spelling.

On this Day:

On this day in 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City. The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which has been around since 1792, traveled by mail or messenger.

The ticker was the brainchild of Edward Calahan, who configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape (the same paper tape later used in ticker-tape parades). The ticker, which caught on quickly with investors, got its name from the sound its type wheel made.

The last mechanical stock ticker debuted in 1960 and was eventually replaced by computerized tickers with electronic displays. A ticker shows a stock’s symbol, how many shares have traded that day and the price per share. It also tells how much the price has changed from the previous day’s closing price and whether it’s an up or down change. A common misconception is that there is one ticker used by everyone. In fact, private data companies run a variety of tickers; each provides information about a select mix of stocks.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

BICS Basketball Schedule

Posted at 6:45 p.m., 11/14/18

Great Lakes Islands' Basketball Tournament

November 30 and December 1, 2018

Beaver Island is hosting this first Great Lakes' Islands' Basketball Tournament at the end of the month. Teams from Putin Bay, Beaver Island, Mackinac Island, and Washington Island will be playing in this tourney. Both boys and girls basketball teams will be in the tournament on these two days. The schedule is shown below.

Posted at 6:45 p.m., 11/14/18

BICS Board Packet

Meeting Monday, November 12, 2018

View the packet HERE

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 11/14/18

USCG Cutter Mackinac and Wendy Anne

Mackinaw headed to Pardise Bay, just off Sand Bay

Flying back to the island this morning, the Mackinac was seen headed to the island. After landing and heading home, the editor grabbed the video camera and the digital camera to document the vessel Mackinaw changing the bell buoy, by pulling it out of the water, and replacing the bell buoy with the ice buoy for the winter. It just so happens that the Wendy Anne was also operating in the harbor with the barge at the same time as the buoy was being changed.

Wendy Anne preparing to haul the barge

View video of the mornings buoy swap and the Wendy Anne leaving

View a gallery of pictures of these two vessels HERE

Posted at 2 p.m., 11/14/18

BIRHC Response to OMA and FOIA Request

Editorial by Joe Moore

In an email received on the eighth business day after the November 1, 2018, BIRHC meeting, the law firm for the BIRHC sent a response to Donna Kubic. In this response were the following documents that declare that the BIRHC is NOT required to conform to either OMA or FOIA. There was, however, no reference to the agreement between the BIRHC and the two townships in these documents. The agreement between the BIRHC and the two townships requires the BIRHC to conform to the OMA, as if it were a public entitity, even though it is a private non-profit organization.

So, the question that still needs to be answered is: Will the two townships require the BIRHC Board to follow the requirements of the Open Meetings Act or not?

While the Michigan Attorney General has stated that a private non-profit corporation does not need to conform to the OMA or FOIA, does the agreement between the BIRHC and the two townships require their conformity?

Not being a lawyer, there is no way that this editor can answer this question, but it logically follows the timeline suggests that they should.

The Attorney General's opinion was given and published prior to the signing of the agreement between the two townships, so the agreement was signed after the opinion. This suggests to this editor that the BIRHC Board agreed to follow the OMA even after the opinion was given. The signatures on the agreement and the date on the agreement are in 2002, several years after the AG's opinion.

In any case, it is fairly obvious that the BIRHC isn't interested in providing any information to BINN. For the only news service able to post information immediately, these actions speak volumes about only wanting to provide the information in the way and on the time table that the BIRHC manager and board wish. More power to them. A private non-profit corporation receiving 2 mills of taxes from the taxpayers is apparently not interested in providing the information to BINN, who is able to provide this information in a timely manner.

Copy of letter from BIRHC attorney

Copy of Attorney General's Opinion

Attorney General's Pamphlet on Freedom of Information Act

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 11/14/18

Added looking at the agreement between the BIRHC and the Townships of St. James and Peaine

In the agreement between the BIRHC and the two townships, number 14 in the agreement reads: "Compliance with Open Meetings Act- Because the BIRHC is partially funded by public tax revenues, BIRHC agrees that it will comply with the provisions of the the Michigan Open Meetings Act applicable to public bodies, as that term is defined in the Open Meetings Act."

There are several other items that are in this document. Interested parties can go to view the document pages at the links provided below:

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Posted at 1:00 p.m., 11/14/18

Weather by Joe

November 14, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 27 degrees, but feels like 20 due to the winds. out of the north, gusting to 10 to 15 mph. The pressure is 30.49 with visibility of ten miles. There are three layers of clouds; scattered at 2100, mostly cloudy at 3000, and overcast at 4700. The dewpoint is 22 and the humidity is at 70%.

TODAY, it is expected to have clouds in the morning, giving way to some sunshine in the afternoon. The high will be near 30 with the winds from the west at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a low near 28 degrees. Winds should switch to the south at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high near 40. Winds will stay from the south at 10 to 15 mph. Zero percent chance of rain or snow.

Word of the Day: tomfoolery; noun' ( tahm-FOO-luh-ree); playful or foolish behavior

In the Middle Ages, Thome Fole was a name assigned to those perceived to be of little intelligence. This eventually evolved into the spelling tomfool, which, when capitalized, also referred to a professional clown or a buffoon in a play or pageant. The name Tom seems to have been chosen for its common-man quality, much like Joe Blow for an ordinary person or Johnny Reb for a soldier in the Confederate army, but tomfoolery need not apply strictly to actions by men. In Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (1908), for example, Marilla Cuthbert complains of Anne: "She's gadding off somewhere with Diana, writing stories or practicing dialogues or some such tomfoolery, and never thinking once about the time or her duties."

On this Day:

Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the moon, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr.; Richard F. Gordon, Jr.; and Alan L. Bean aboard. President Richard Nixon viewed the liftoff from Pad A at Cape Canaveral. He was the first president to attend the liftoff of a manned space flight.

Thirty-six seconds after takeoff, lightning struck the ascending Saturn 5 launch rocket, which tripped the circuit breakers in the command module and caused a power failure. Fortunately, the launching rocket continued up normally, and within a few minutes power was restored in the spacecraft.

On November 19, the landing module Intrepid made a precision landing on the northwest rim of the moon’s Ocean of Storms. About five hours later, astronauts Conrad and Bean became the third and fourth humans to walk on the surface of the moon. During the next 32 hours, the two astronauts made two lunar walks, where they collected lunar samples and investigated the Surveyor 3 spacecraft, an unmanned U.S. probe that soft-landed on the moon in 1967. On November 24, Apollo 12 successfully returned to Earth, splashing down only three miles from one of its retrieval ships, the USS Hornet.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Peaine November Agenda

November 14, 2018

Communication from Jon Allen

Jon W. Allan is director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, an organization the Island Institute, publisher of The Working Waterfront, has partnered with in recent years.

By Jon W. Allan 

Many people ask why we focus our work on the Great Lakes islands. “There are so few people there,” they say. Or, they remind us, folks on islands chose to live in isolation, as if that is permission for their communities to be overlooked.  

With so many pressing needs, they suggest this island focus may be a bit of a boondoggle, or that we have selected to visit islands—these beautiful and culturally-rich places—in our own self-interest. But mostly, they have just not thought of islands and islanders as a deeply unique set of communities reflecting the past, present, and future of the Great Lakes region.  

I respond to the question, “Why islands?” in the simplest way possible: Because they matter.  

Island communities are quintessential Great Lakes communities, exhibiting all the complexities of a connected world, but set apart from the mainland in a way that allows them to maintain a deep sense of place, community, and independence.   

In our work with island communities, I’ve had the opportunity to understand how islands add markedly to our stories of place and people—to our history.  They inform us about rootedness and community. Their people show us where we are from and they struggle, like the rest of us, to create a vision for the future. They tell us equally about self-sufficiency and connectedness, both to each other and to the mainland. Struggles to raise children, access health care, provide affordable housing for working people, pave roads and shovel snow, and to increase internet access match the trials facing other types of rural communities.

Islands represent a microcosm of a larger, dependent, and interconnected world. It is important to listen to these stories of place and of people and reflect on the ways their solutions apply more broadly to all communities.  

Out of the nearly 32,000 islands in the Great Lakes, from Lake Superior to the eastern end of Lake Ontario, fewer than 30 hold year-round communities of 50 or more people. There used to be more such places, but many communities succumbed to the forces of change: demographics, modernity, and 

economy. Similarly, the coast of Maine once had hundreds of island communities 100 years ago and now holds only 15 such places.  

In conversations with islanders, we’ve been reminded that islands are not an imagined set of places in pristine condition; no such place exists in the Great Lakes system. Some may be less affected by human activity than others, but they have all seen the effects of industry, development, and ecosystem change. 

Similar stories echo across the Great Lakes of islands that have been in turn fished out, stripped of lumber, farmed, developed, and in some cases, left to their own devices after these resources were exhausted. While islands have historically been places of wealth creation, much of that wealth flowed 

off-island, away from the people most affected by the extraction of natural resources.  

Despite this history, many families going back generations still call the same islands home. 

Mainlanders must dispel the idea of island communities as existing like museums in a glass case. They are living, breathing places, with people pursuing lives and raising children. They are places of remarkable resilience and pluck.  

Islanders know their children and schools are essential to their futures, as is a welcoming and kind spirit. They are deeply capable and resilient but also know their communities are vulnerable to external forces.

Our conversations with islanders have taught us that internal strife on a wide range of issues is possible, no different than in mainland communities. But in island communities, when someone is in need, the community rallies to them in a way that few other places do.

The 32,000 Great Lakes islands stretch a linear distance of over 1,000 miles, from Madeline Island in the Apostle Islands Archipelago in Wisconsin, to Wolfe Island at the eastern end of Lake Ontario in Canada, and on 

into the beginnings of the St. Lawrence River.

We look to islands to teach us of our history and of hard work and resilience. They are beautiful places with fascinating stories.

Dear islanders: Thank you for your warm welcomes, for opening your communities to us, and for sharing your aspirations, challenges, and conversation.

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 11/13/18

Gull Island Scary Trip

By Dick Burris

Archie LaFreniere used to give me a "heads up" on the arrival of some diver friends, so that I could arrange to take them on dive trips. John VanHaver, brought his friends to the island with him, Names from left to right of the pie: John VanHaver,Tom Pletcher, Dennis Gankema, and Mike Gibson.

They had spotted a shipwreck on their flight to the island, near Cheyenne Point, and had a land range for the search. So we cruised down there with all of their dive gear, and made a few _p assesin the vicinity, quite quickly the sounder showed an image, and the grapnel anchor that was dragging from the stern brought us to an abrupt stop. This may be the Shipwreck "Tracy" that was never found, It was a nice sunny day and they had a fun dive. The Tracy was the schooner that used to ship the Maple products to the mainland, from the "Maple Block Co." via rail, to Iron Ore Bay where a tramway was constructed to load the ship.

The next trip the following day was more eventful; There was a storm predicted for that day; and I told them there was a possibility that we might spend several hours in the lee of an island if things were to get too rough. They assured me that they had experienced bad weather before, and they had to leave the island the next day.

So off we went on a "twenty some" mile trip to the shipwreck "Sunnyside" off the north end of Gull lsland . The sea was running about three foot most of the trip to the shipwreck, Which made one of the divers seasick.
When we arrived, all but the seasick one suited up and went into the water; I stayed aboard and tried to keep the seasick guy busy to keep his mind off the problem. In the short time (about one hour) the sea really started kicking up, and was now about five foot waves. I handed the seasick hand a lifebuoy with a rope tied to it, and told to throw it at the first one to surface, and drag him in.

We dragged the first one aboard, later came another with a big piece of wreck-wood; I told him to just drop it, and get in, that it wouldn't stay on the boat anyway in that sea. When all were on board we weighed anchor and header back to Beaver Island.

By that time it was REALLY rough; and the (20 foot long)"Burr-ls-Bell" wallowed back through a green

sea. The winds were now 55 miles per hour. It was really choppy between the islands with different currents running. I looked out the starboard window, nothing but green, then the port window, still green; my boat buddies face also green.

There was no way I could leave the wheel; so I asked if someone would reach below and hand me a beer; That's when someone replied "Raaalph!!." Anyway the beer was good for a dry -mout h situation. We were doing well in the open sea, so just kept going until we were back at the dock. It was like August, and the windows were all steamed up. One of the guys took his finger and wrote backwards in the windshield "HELP!"

Two of them, now laughing, kissed the dock. "All's well that ends well."

Posted at 12:45 p.m., 11/13/18

No Topic This Tuesday

By Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 12:45 p.m., 11/13/18

Weather by Joe

November 13, 2018

We are off on an early morning flight today for medical appointments, hoping to figure out how to get Phyllis feeling better. The sooner the better. Anyway, see you when we get back. Sorry to say, we will miss yet another $2 Tuesday. On with the weather.....

Right now on Carlisle Road the temperature is 24 degrees. The skies are mostly cloudy on two levels and overcast at 5500 feet. The percent chance of snow is 30% after noon. The winds are from the NNW.at 5 to 10 mph. The pressure is 30.27 and the visibility is ten miles..

TODAY, it is expected to have afternoon snow showers with a high in the mid-20s. The winds will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. 30% chance of snow.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have snow showers late with a low near 20. Winds switch to the WNW and increase to 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to partly cloudy with a high near 30. Winds will be from the west at 5 to 10 mph. 0% chance of precipitation.

Word of the Day: recalcitrant; adjective (rih-KAL-suh-trunt)' bstinately defiant of authority or restraint; difficult to manage or operate;not responsive to treatment

Long before any human was dubbed "recalcitrant" in English (that first occurred in the 18th century), there were stubborn mules (and horses) kicking back their heels. The ancient Romans noted as much (Pliny the Elder among them), and they had a word for it: recalcitrare, which literally means "to kick back." (Its root calc-, meaning "heel," is also the root of calcaneus, the large bone of the heel in humans.) Certainly Roman citizens in Pliny's time were sometimes willful and hardheaded—as attested by various Latin words meaning "stubborn"—but it wasn't until later that writers of Late Latin applied recalcitrare and its derivative adjective to humans who were stubborn as mules

On this Day:

Near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington 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.

Posted at 6:45 a.m., 11/13/18

No Christmas Cantata or Concert This Year

From Kathy Speck:

From the BI Christian Church: Unfortunately we will not be having our annual Christmas Cantata this year. We have not had enough time and not enough participants to be able to present the quality event that the community has come to expect -- a combination of a cantata choir and various individual musical contributions including a children's choir. We hope that this event will return next year.

Posted at 4:15 p.m., 11/12/18

Telecommunications' Advisory Committee Meeting Announced

Monday, November 19, 2018, 5 p.m., at St. James Township Hall

View the posting and Agenda HERE

Posted at 1 p.m., 11/12/18

COA Update

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 2018 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter, the 2019 COA Advisory Board Meeting Schedule and a flyer outlining the new relationship the COA has with CapTel phones.  Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program to date is still only being utilized by less than a handful of residents and for homemaking (cleaning) only.  We have not received any requests for reimbursement for CNA services.  We also have had no interest in the Wellness Check program with partnered with the Sheriff’s Department on.  Even after lowering the insurance requirement on our Senior Snow Removal Program there were not any letters of interest submitted from contractors on Beaver Island willing to participate.  This was also the case on the Mainland and since there is a lack of interest and participation by contractors, I am working directly with the County Commissioners, the COA Advisory Board and area contracts to identify the barriers for this program so that we can get something in place by next year for this program. 

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

November 19, 2018 at the Boyne Area Senior Center at 10am

December 17, 2018 at the COA Office Building – Lower Level Conference Room 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 Hours are:
9a-2p Monday through Friday year-round.  “Sunday Dinners” are once a month October through May and is a lunch.

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Meal Voucher Program update:

We are now providing frozen meals from the mainland to our BI Home Delivered Meal clients from November through March to be used during severe weather in case the Home Delivered Meals cannot be delivered due to road conditions.

We are also now providing two (2) Emergency Shelf Stable meals to all our BI Home Delivered Meal clients to be used in the event of an emergency as part of our Emergency Preparedness plans.  There are guidelines include with these meals so that participates know when to use them.

A renewal agreement has been sent to the Shamrock and the Stoney Acre Grill and we still have not received the signed contract back.  We are still waiting on information from Bill McDonough to complete the renewal agreement for the Dalwhinnie before it can be sent out.  Verbally, Bill has stated he is interested in continuing to be a meal provider though we have not heard anything from Eric Hodgson.  All three of these locations have been meal providers in the past.

We have sent a Voucher Meal contract agreement to Wil from the Beaver Island School to get the Beaver Island School to be part of the Meal Voucher Program meal providers but have not received a signed contract to date. 

A letter is being sent today to all potential meal providers letting them know that the county will not be able to pay these meal providers for any vouchers that were issued beginning October 1, 2018 until a signed contract is returned to the COA and signed by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.  It is our understanding that all want to continue with this valuable service and we are looking forward to working with everyone again this year.

As a reminder NAPIS forms & Leftover Food Safety information are required to be signed annually for our Nutrition Programs per the Area Agency on Aging requirements.  We have updated the existing NAPIS forms so that if there are not any changes to a participant’s information, they just need to review and sign the form in lieu of completing an entire new form.  Beaver Island Meal Voucher Program participants will also need to review the COA participation rules annually and sign a participation agreement.  This way, each participant is reminded about the program rules and agrees to follow the rules.

PABI/Community Center Lease update:

A new lease has been signed by the Community Center Board regarding the COA office space and will be signed by the County Commissioners this month.  The lease amount has increased by 17% and as this increase was not budgeted for, the remaining revenue from 2017-2018 will be having to be directed towards these costs for 2018-2019.

Assistance request by Dyanne Tracy regarding a BI Resident:

A client, who receives Meals on Wheels, would like to schedule a reoccurring ride to McDonough’s Market, but says he needs help (holding one arm as he walks the isles to shop). He feels that his legs are not steady enough to do his shopping, but he would like to go. In fact, he went once when Bob Dooley was the transit driver.  I am wondering if there is some way to get a motorized scooter for the store. Is there someone who can be assigned to assist John during his trip? Is there some way to get a motorized scooter for Forest View residents to use when they schedule rides on the transit?

Jill the Director of Transit responded as follows and we at COA concur:

From the Transit point of view, we can aid on/off the vehicle and if requested, we can assist to/from his door to the destination doors.  However, assisting him while shopping is beyond the scope of what transit should be doing and you’re correct, we don’t want to expose drivers to additional risks.  If this client would like to have someone ride along with him as an assistant, we would comp that person’s fare; that is standard practice for transit.  Regarding getting a scooter or something for the store; that’s not part of transit or COA’s duties or responsibilities.  If the store wants to make it easier for residents and visitors to shop, they should be offering that service.  Thanks, Jill

Please contact Dyanne Tracy directly if you know of someone to help this BI resident.

Lastly, it was brought to my attention that my October Commission on Aging Updates were shared in an island publication but for some unknown reason, the submission was noted as being “Submitted by Roman Hank, Assistant Director, Charlevoix County Commission on Aging”.  This is incorrect, as Roman has not be with this organization for well over a year now and I was the one submitting the information.  To clarify Amy Wieland is the Executive Director and Sheri Shepard is the Assistant Director of the current Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.

Please share this information with anyone you feel needs it and as always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

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

 COA Meeting Schedule 2019

Dec CapTel Info for Newsletter

Shelf Stable Meals Policy

Posted at 11 a.m., 11/12/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:


History of Medicine on Beaver Island by Dr. Phil Lange (1.5 hrs)

Holiday Hilarity 2009 (30 min.)

House Party 8/13/16 (1 hr +)

Island Summit 9/2/17 (2.5 hrs)

Jack Coppens 1995 (20 minutes)

Volleyball Lady Islanders versus Ojibwe 9/28/16 (40 minutes)

All times are approximate. This is available to all anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Enjoy! This will begin at 11 a.m.

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

There will be no re-broadcast tomorrow due to off-Island medical appointments. There was no re-broadcast yesterday due to the live streaming of the Mass from Holy Cross, AMVETs Veteran's Day Ceremony, and the Christmas Bazaar.

Birds at the Feeder

November 12, 2018

With at least four inches of snow on the ground, it must be difficult for the birds to find food. The feeders on Carlisle Road have been attacked with fervor by the birds in this area. Some are regulars, but some appear to be a little lost.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 11/12/18

Weather by Joe

November 12, 2018

At 7 a.m., it is 29 degrees here on Carlisle Road with humidity at 87%. The pressure is 30.26, and visibility is ten miles. The clouds are in three layers, scattered at 2000 feet, Scattered at 3700 feet, and overcast at 6000 feet/ The snowfall shows as just over an inch and a half yesterday, which has accumulated to at least four inches totatl with lots of ice underneath. Be careful driving on the slippery roads.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with the temperature in the lower thirties. There is a 20% chance of snow. Winds will continue from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have snow showers late with a low near 22 degrees. There is a 40% chance of snow, and wiinds will increase from the NNW to 15 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for snow showers with a high near 26 degrees. Winds will be out of the NW at 10 to 15 mph. There's a 40% chance of snow.

Word of the Day: admonish; verb; (ad-MAH-nish); to indicate duties or obligations to; to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner; to give friendly earnest advice or encouragement to; to say (something) as advice or a warning

We won't admonish you if you don't know the origins of today's word—its current meanings have strayed slightly from its history. Admonish was borrowed in the 14th century (via Anglo-French amonester) from Vulgar Latin admonestāre, which itself is probably a derivative of admonestus, the past participle of the Latin verb admonēre, meaning "to warn."  Admonēre, in turn, was formed by the combination of the prefix ad- and monēre, "to warn." Other descendants of monēre in English include monitor, monitory ("giving a warning"), premonition, and an archaic synonym of admonish, monish. Incidentally, admonish has a number of other synonyms as well, including reprove, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, and chide. (from Merriam Webster)

On this Day:

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.

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar was held today, November 11, 2018, at the Gregg Fellowship Center, hosted by the Beaver Island Christian Church. It was opnen from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A string trio performed Christmas music for the shoppers, setting the mood for the bazaar. This group was made up of Sheri Richards, violin; Cynthia Pryor, cello; and Joe Moore on viola.

There were several artists and craftsmen and craft ladies present with many items for sale.

A panorama of the room at about 11:30 p.m.

The above are just some of the many participants in the bazaar.

View a gallery of photos by Deb Bousquet HERE

View video of the Christmas Music during the bazaar HERE

View video of the items for sale at the bazaar HERE

View video of the raffle HERE

Posted at 9:30 p.m., 11/11/18



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

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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AMVETS Veteran's Day Service

The delicious looking cupcakes as the community members entered the school hallway to the BICS gym.

The veteran's in the gymnasium.

Bob Tidmore made some opening comments. Two high school students led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sheri Timsak led the gathering in "God Bless America."

God Bless America, Land that I love, Stand beside her and guide her, Thru the night with a light from above, From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans, white with foam, God bless America, My home, sweet home. God bless America, My home, sweet home.

The attendees

Bod Tidmore did a prayer. This was followed by Ron Stith speaking about the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Paul Niehaus played "Taps," in memory of all fallen veterans, and the ceremony ended.

This was followed by Alvin LaFreniere speaking about the history and background of the music "Taps."

View video of the ceremony HERE

Posted at 9 p.m., 11.11.18

Mass from Holy Cross

November 11, 2018

The Saturday afternoon service did not have a reader or a server, so Father Jim had to do all of those jobs. He did the readings and did the prayers for the parish, as well as the rest of the Mass. On Sunday morning, Joan Banville did the the readings and the prayers. The young Cole lad did the serving.

Father Jim Siler on Saturday

Short sun in the window........Joanie Banville doing the readings

View the video of these services excerpts HERE

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 11/11/18

Bud Martin Pulling Shamrock Tug

November 10, 2018

Thank to Bob Tidmore for sending the photo.

Bud Martin has run into federal regulation issues in which his tug, the Shamrock, does not meet the requirements of the regulations. The tug has been pulled up out of the water, except for the back stern area. This means that he will have to located and purchase another tug, or he will have to pay another tug to pull the fuel barge, which is assumed being done right now. BINN wishes Bud Martin luck in locating another tug, so they can be back in business hauling the Beaver Island fuel needs.

Posted at 12:30 a.m., 11/10/18

Scams, Scams, and More Scams

There seem to be more and more scams on the telephone with calls from the wounded police officer scam to the Grandma I need help scam, to the newest one from the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department.

SCAM ALERT: The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office has had multiple reports of people who are receiving robot phone calls claiming the person's social security number has been compromised and they are to call a number to get the "problem" fixed. THIS IS A SCAM! Please ignore any phone calls/messages you may receive like this. The Social Security Office does not contact people in this manner. Thank you.

Posted at 10 p.m., 11/8/18

Beaver Island Wildlife Club Dinner Announced

There will be a wildlife club dinner and raffle on November 17, 2018. It is called the Harold Lounsberry Annual Memorial Hunters' Dinner 2018. The dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 10/24/18


Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Everyone welcome; come as you are!! Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and beverage provided by Beaver Island Christian Church. Bring a dish to pass if you can. Hope to see you there!!

AMVETS Soup and Such

Join us for a "Soup and Such" event at the Peaine Township Hall Saturday night, November 24th from 5:00 to 7:30.  All proceeds go to support Veterans and their families.  If you want to bring a pot of soup or your favorite bread to share please feel free to do so.

AMVETS Post 46

Box 319

Beaver Island, MI

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 11/7/18

Minutes of BIESA Meeting

October 25, 2018

Read the minutes HERE

Shuttered Dental Clinic to Reopen This Winter on Beaver Island

A grant of $25,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation is bringing back to life the Beaver Island Rural Health Center’s dental clinic. After two years of being closed, the only dental clinic on the island is set to reopen., but with funding secured, the clinic will reopen this winter and serve approximtely 600 -1500xxx patients annually.

The $25,000 from Delta Dental Foundation will outfit the clinic with new dental equipment. The grant comes after the September 22 meeting of the Health Center’s Board who approved $40,000 to purchase new equipment to augment the donation of gently used dental equipment from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and Dental Clinics North.

The process to open a functional dental clinic on the Island started about two years ago when the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board formed a dental committee to look into funding and coordinating equipment installation. The additional funding authorized by the Health Center Board for the Dental Clinic will assist with the purchase of the equipment and ancillary equipment, and allow for the installation work.

The Boat Company is providing free shipping for the pallets of equipment that will shipped over to the Island on the ferry, and Grand Rapids-based Patterson Dental, will install the equipment Nov. 26.

The clinic will provide comprehensive dental service to children and adults with Medicaid, Healthy Kids Dental, MiChild, Healthy Michigan Plan and other insurance plans, including a sliding fee scale.

Services will be provided one to two days a week by a dentist and hygienist. This will include most general dentistry work including cleanings, exams, resurfacing, extractions, fillings ,impressions, etc.   But  will not include endodontics, orthdontics or oral surgery procedures.

The board will also create a special restricted fund related to dental care, so as to continue the effort to provide general funding for the care and maintenance of the clinic.

A grand opening date will be tenetively set for sometime this coming spring.

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 11/8/18


Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

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Soccer Schedule.

.Volleyball Schedule

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 8/23/18

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

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:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates

Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

November 2018


Christian Church Bulletin

September 30, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

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