B. I. News on the 'Net, November 16-22, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 22, 2015

Brrrr!! That big snowstorm completely missed us, however we do have the temperatures to go with it even minus the white stuff. Right now I'm showing 28° with a windchill of 17°, wind is at 17 mph from the WNW with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 74%, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Snow showers likely. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of November 22, 1910 - Arthur F. Knight patented a steel shaft to replace wood shafts in golf clubs.

Did you know that humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the palms of their hands?

Word of the day: gratulation (grach-uh-LEY-shuh n) which means a feeling of joy. Gratulation can be traced to the Latin root grātus meaning "pleasing."

Community Center Movies-Thanksgiving Weekend

Seniors' Dinner at Community Center 11 a.m., Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sponsored by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging


by Cindy Ricksgers

Waiting for Morning

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 21, 2015

Yup, winter has arrived. It's 31° with a windchill of 25°, so it's not a good beach day. Wind is at 6 mph from the west with gusts up to 17 mph, humidity is at 66%, pressure is falling from 1024 mb, and visibility is at 10+ miles. Today: Cloudy. A 40% chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the evening, then snow showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of November 21, 1922 - Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.

Did you know that the energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.

Word of the day: nominalize (NOM-uh-nl-ahyz) which means 1) to convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization.
2. to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking in I am worried about his drinking. Nominalize is formed from the adjective nominal meaning "of, relating to, or producing a noun or nouns" and the verb-forming suffix -ize. It entered English in the mid-1600s.

BICS Has Potluck of Thanksgiving Treats

Today, November 20. 2015, the students of the Beaver Island Community School were treated to a Thanksgiving meal, joined by the staff and some of the school board members and some community members. It was really nice to see people of all ages gathering in the high school commons area with the tables all set up and the food aligning the hallway outside the commons area. This is a wonderful idea that was extended to the entire school community this year for the first time.

And stopping by for a visit was Sheriff Don Schneider, seen here with Principal/Superintendent Judi Gallagher

Video of the Thanksgiving Potluck at BICS


Every Time I See Her

An Emotion-Packed EMS Adventure by Joe Moore

It’s about 3:30 in the morning when the pager goes off for a 25 year old female who has fallen down the basement steps.  The situation and the time of day suggest that there might be alcohol involved since it is a Saturday night with last call over and parties at homes commencing for those dedicated partiers that fit that age group.......

Read the rest of the story HERE

Donegal Danny's Pub Visitor

Update: The snowy owl decided to hang around all day in the neighborhood of Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's Pub. From the power pole, the owl moved to the top of a van in the back of the Stoney Acre Grill. From there it moved a couple of other places. Brian Gallagher stopped at the casa to tell the location of the owl about five p.m. At dinner time, the snowy owl was up on top of a boat behind the Pub. The owl did not seem bothered by the cars and trucks pulling in and turning around in the parking lot less than twenty or thirty feet away. It even let the photographer get about the same distance away as this morning.

A little after 9:30 a.m., the telephone rang. It was Marilyn Racine telling about a visitor that they had outside the pub on the picnic table. Off on another adventure, this editor went. The beautiful bird was sitting on the picnic table looking into the pub, almost as if he were saying, "Not open yet? Why not?"

As the editor tried to sneak up on the snowy owl, (s)he looked right at me.

The owl flew off while I was sneaking behind the Stoney Acre Restaurant, possibly because our wandering neighborhood dog walked up to the fence and left his scent. The owl landed on the power pole on the corner of Carlisle and Kings Highway.

And after looking around, scaring all the birds in the neighborhood, the owl flew back in the direction of Donegal Danny's once more.

Video clip of the snowy owl


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 20, 2015

Brrrr! I sorta think that summer has finally moved on. Right now I'm showing 35° with a windchill of 23°, wind is at 23 mph from the west with gusts to 41 mph, humidity is at 66%, pressure is rising from 1011 mb, and visibility is at 8.3 miles. Today: Snow showers. Breezy. Total daytime snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Numerous snow showers in the evening, then scattered flurries after midnight. No snow accumulation. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph in the evening becoming light. Gusts up to 24 mph.

On this date of November 20, 1980: Lake Peigneur is located in Louisiana near the Gulf of Mexico. Before 1980, it was an approximately 10-foot deep fresh water lake with an island in the middle. Next to it, and partially under it, Diamond Crystal Salt Company maintained a salt mine, with salt being mined near the lake since 1919.

Around large underground salt domes, you can often find oil. As explained by one Dr. Whitney J. Autin, “…salt moves upwards and it pierces through surrounding strata… and this piercing produces faults and folds within the surrounding sediments producing an ideal mechanism to trap oil.”

As such, Texaco was doing some drilling in the lake. On November 20, 1980, crews on the oil rig in the lake ran into a problem. At just over 1,200 feet, their drill seized up. Not a major problem normally, they worked to get it loose. In the process, they heard several loud pops then the oil rig tilted like it was going to collapse. The men got off the rig and to shore as quickly as possible. Not a moment too soon. Just 19 minutes after their drill had seized up, they watched from the shore as the huge platform (150 feet tall) overturn and sunk into the 10 foot deep lake…

Next, the astounded drillers watched as a whirlpool slowly formed, soon reaching a quarter mile wide and centered over the site of the oil drilling. Whoopsadoodle.

At the same time the oil workers were watching their $5 million drilling rig disappear into the lake, workers in the salt mines below the lake noticed something was wrong as well; a stream of water was found flowing along the floor of the mine shaft at about the 1,300 foot level of the mine, which went down to about 1,500 feet at its deepest. As water wasn’t supposed to be in the mine, the evacuation alarm was raised. Foreman Randy LaSalle then drove a cart around to the regions of the mine where the alarm signal could not be seen, making sure everyone knew about the evacuation. By the time those from the deepest areas of the mine made it to the elevator, they encountered knee-deep water. Despite the fact that the mine was rapidly filling with water and the exit elevator could only take up eight people at a time, all 55 miners were evacuated successfully.

It wasn’t clear to the miners what had happened at the time, but from the evidence at hand, the theory is that the drilling crew miscalculated their location and instead of being several hundred feet from the salt mine, they had instead been directly over a portion of it and penetrated the salt dome. The initial hole resulting from this mistake was only 14 inches wide, but water spraying in at extremely high pressure quickly widened the hole. The water also dissolved the salt pillars that supported the ceiling of the mine, causing the shafts to collapse.

The widening of the hole and the collapse of the mine gave strength to the whirlpool on the surface of the lake, which caused major damage. Docks, another drilling platform, a 70 acre island in the middle of the lake, eleven barges, vehicles, trees and a parking lot near the lake were all sucked into the mine below. The pull of the whirlpool was so strong that it reversed the flow of the 12-mile-long Delcambre Canal that drained the lake into the Gulf of Mexico.

Three hours after the first signs of trouble, the three to four billion gallons of water that had made up the lake were almost all gone, having dropped into the mine below, leaving a gaping crater. The backward-flowing canal formed a 160 foot waterfall that gradually refilled the lake, this time with salt water from the Gulf.

The 10-foot deep freshwater lake was now a saltwater one, approximately 1,300 foot-deep in a good sized portion of it.

Amazingly, there were no deaths or serious human injuries as a result of the disaster, though the ecosystem of the lake was forever changed. Further, three dogs died in the event. Many lawsuits were filed, all settled out-of-court, costing Texaco about $45 million in damages, with about $32 million of that going to Diamond Crystal. [ from Today I Found Out ]

Word of the day: penurious (puh-NOO R-ee-uh s) which means 1) extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly. 2) extremely poor; destitute; indigent. 3) poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources. Penurious stems from the Latin term pēnūria, which in turn is akin to the Greek peîna, "hunger," and penía, "poverty."

What is That White Stuff?

Although snow was forecast for today, November 19, 2015, this was on the front deck railing at 2:50 p.m.

Snow Pellets

Snow pellets are precipitation in the form of small, white opaque ice particles; resemble ice grains, but are round (sometimes conical) and about 2-5 mm in diameter. They are brittle, easily crushed, and unlike hail, when they fall on hard ground, they bounce and often break up. They always occur in showers. They are often accompanied by snow flakes or rain drops, when the surface temperature is around thirty-two degrees F or freezing point of water.

Thanksgiving Service and Dinner Planned

10 a.m. at Holy Cross

There will be a Thanksgiving Service this year on Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m. at the Holy Cross Church. This service will include representatives from all the Beaver Island churches, and all members from all the churches are welcome to attend. The service was announced after a joint meeting of Judi Meister and new Deacon Jim Siles. This will be a service of Thanksgiving! All are welcome to attend!

6 p.m. at The Gregg Fellowship Center

Every year for this special day, the Beaver Island Christian Church sponsors a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing are provided by the Christian Church. If you can, please bring a dish to pass. There always seems to be plenty of food for all. This dinner is open to all.

Please join us for these Thanksgiving gatherings!

Carl D Bradley Remembered

(From Wikipedia, links in the text are for this website)

The SS Carl D. Bradley was a self-unloading Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Michigan storm on November 18, 1958. Of the 35 crew members, 33 died in the sinking and 23 were from the port town of Rogers City, Michigan. Her sinking was likely caused by structural failure from the brittle steel used in her construction. She was the sister of the ill-fated SS Cedarville.

Built in 1927 by the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio, the Bradley was owned by the Michigan Limestone division of U.S. Steel, and operated by the Bradley Transportation Line. She retained the title of "Queen of the Lakes" for 22 years as the longest and largest freighter on the Great Lakes.

At 8:37 a.m. on November 19, the Sundew located the Bradley's forward life raft 15 hours after the Bradley sank and 17 miles (27 km) from the sinking site. Two survivors were on the raft — First Mate Elmer H. Fleming, 43, and Deck Watchman Frank L. Mays, 26.

Frank Mays did a presentation on Beaver Island for the Beaver Island Historical Society in the summer of 2014. News on the 'Net recorded this presentation, and it is available for viewing.

Video of Frank Mays' Presentation on Beaver Island is HERE

New Boiler Needed by Peaine Township-Bids Accepted













For bids to be considered they must be submitted in written format and submitted along with proof of insurance by December 3rd, 2015  to the attention of Bill Kohls at the address above.

The Peaine Township hall reserves the right to accept and/or reject any and all bids.

National Rural Health Day

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 19, 2015

Not exactly a lovely morning, well except for the fact that we're up and breathing. Right now it's 46°, feels like 38° thanks to the wind chill, it's drizzling out, wind is at 17 mph from the SW, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 999 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers and snow showers in the afternoon. Windy. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers and rain showers in the evening, then scattered snow showers after midnight. Breezy. Lows around 30. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.







On this date of November 19, 1863 - U.S. President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

Did you know that dolphins sleep with one eye open? Dolphins have a clever trick that doesn't involve jumping in the air for fish: They can overcome sleep deprivation and remain constantly vigilant for days at a time by resting one half of their brain while the other half remains conscious.

Word of the day: empyreal (em-PIR-ee-uh l, em-puh-REE-uh l) which means 1) pertaining to the sky; celestial: empyreal blue. 2) pertaining to the highest heaven in the cosmology of the ancients.

Public Safety on Beaver Island

by Joe Moore

The Beaver Island Fire Department (BIFD) and the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service (BIEMS) are both supported by millage paid by taxpayers at exactly the same millage rate.  Beginning this year, both agencies get approximately $110,000-$115,000 per year for operations.  The BIFD responds to six to ten calls for service (6-10) per year, and BIEMS also responds to all fire calls for service.  BIEMS responds to 60-100 calls for service per year, and flies approximately twenty to forty of these patients off the island for needed definitive care.

The BIFD has two stations with multiple vehicles as well as two meeting locations and one residence area at the East Side Fire Station.  The first station in town has four storage bays and the hall down the East Side has at least three bays.  BIEMS contributes $4000 per year to help make payments for the East Side Fire Hall.  A Firefighter I and Firefighter II training program takes just under 300 hours of instruction, and the fire department has put on this training getting several trained to this level.

The BIEMS has one station with one garage stall in the Governmental Center.  BIEMS pays rent for three rooms in the building called the Governmental Center; one for supply storage, one for a business office, and one for ready room for writing patient reports.  BIEMS keeps two vehicles outside during most of the year, one a second back-up ambulance put in storage for the winter.  It has been stored in one of the fire stations for the winter months, but is available, if needed.  The third vehicle is an emergency response vehicle usually driven direct to the scene of an emergency medical situation by the paramedic on-call.  The primary ambulance is kept in the garage at the Governmental Center.  A paramedic program has been taught on the island three times in the last fifteen years.  The paramedic program takes 1200 hours of instruction including lecture/discussion, practical, and clinical as well as an internship on the mainland.  The EMT program takes around 200 hours with a minimum of 32 clinical hours on the mainland.  Like the fire department, several who were trained by BIEMS have left the island or have stopped participating.

Recently, the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority (BIESA) was put into place after remaining dormant for many, many years.  The BIESA was originally put in place for one purpose only, the purpose of getting financing for the East Side Fire Hall.  In the present, the BIESA is staffing its board with five individuals and is using a lawyer to get needed documents in place.  Up to this date, the BIESA has been in reactionary mode, being made to deal with personnel issues related to a possible termination and then to the resignation of one board member, as well as a ruling regarding the status of “employees versus paid volunteers.” 

While all this is going on, a philosophical disagreement has transpired between the manager, board, and provider at the BIRHC and the local BIEMS.   Currently, BIEMS is locked out of the BIRHC.  The previously established BIRHC policy, signed by Dr. Newcomb, allowing BIEMS to use the rural health center has been thrown out.  On top of this, BIEMS had a surprise inspection and is still resolving issues with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, EMS and Trauma Division.  Everyone involved is still in reactionary mode.  BIEMS is busy attempting to re-qualify for the advances made in the last thirty years. 

The BIESA needs to get past this reactionary mode, and move to resolve the paperwork, the policies, the important issues, and the relationship between the public service agencies on Beaver Island.

After more than twenty years of existence, BIEMS has licensed a local aircraft for the purpose of flying emergency patients off the island to get them to the hospital.  Now, even that accomplishment is being questioned and attacked.  When did emergent transport become unnecessary for emergency patients?  It seems that all things accomplished in public safety in the last thirty years are being questioned and being attacked by some. 

When did this type of behavior become acceptable?  When did the experts in specifics areas of public safety become idiots with no input into decisions?  Do we want to go backwards twenty-five years, abolish the advancements, and demolish the systems that took twenty-five years to build?  When did some decide to ignore the systems put in place and go out on their own, ignoring the processes and the rules of operation put in place over these last thirty years?

The answers to these questions have to be determined, and the squabbling, nit-picking, and destructive behaviors have to stop for the good of the entire island.  After all, it’s only November, and not February.  If it’s this bad now, how bad will it be in the middle of the winter?

Things to Do

by Cindy Ricksgers

Chamber of Commerce News

Plans To Improve TV SkyCam View

The Chamber of Commerce will provide the transportation and financial support necessary to improve the 9&10 / Fox 32 SkyCam view of Paradise Bay / Whiskey Point and the Municipal Marina next spring.

SkyCam Link:


Hi Steve,                 11-2-2015

After talking with you the other day, I was able to talk with our camera people and they said extending it another 5 feet is not a problem. The key thing to realize is the potential for shaking but it sounds like you have that covered with the support wires. I know you would love to show the best Beaver Island image and that extra 5 feet would surely help.  I’m sure it would look great for summer time viewing. Winter time instead of a quiet bay, we like the downtown view we currently are using.  Can’t wait to see what new views we can see when you get it moved up 5 feet. There’s no rush as the current view is perfect for the winter.

 Tom O’Hare

Chief Meteorologist | WFQX & WWTV

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 18, 2015

It sure doesn't feel like mid-November outside. I'm showing 59°! Wind is at 17 mph from the south with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 63%, pressure is falling from 1005 mb, and visibility is 10 miles. Today: Rain likely in the morning, then periods of rain in the afternoon. Windy. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Periods of rain in the evening, then numerous rain showers after midnight. Windy. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

On this date of November 18, 1883 - The U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.

Did you know that the state of Florida is bigger than England. The area of Florida is 170,304 km2 while the area of England stands at 130,357 km2.

Word of the day: slugabed (sluhg-uh-bed) which means a lazy person who stays in bed long after the usual time for arising. Slugabed is formed from the word slug meaning "to be slow" and the rare adverb abed meaning "in bed."

How Do You Count and Analyze Numbers?

by Joe Moore

Let’s pretend that you have no knowledge about any agencies' budgets, and you decide that you are going to analyze and determine the value of the services provided by these agencies.  Whatever the agency, there should be specific number facts that you need to determine.  How do you go about looking at these numbers without having a bias in your interpretation?  Perhaps, you might figure out how different individuals with different points of view might view the data.  Once you have determined these different viewpoints, it should be easy to interpret the data, right?

Let’s take some numbers and decide how to interpret them.  You have six numbers.  They are:  0, 250, 800, 1200, 6000, and 28000.  How might we look at these numbers to get a summary about what they represent?  We could find a simple average, 6041.  Does that summarize it enough for you?  If yes, then you could say that the average is 6041.  If average doesn’t quite work for you, you could find the median, which would be 1000.  Does that summarize the numbers for you?  Unfortunately, there is no mode, so that can’t help you.  The standard deviation is 10983.  Does that summarize the numbers without any bias?

What if these numbers were the numbers related to the payment of damages for your house?  Does the 0 payment represent the numbers, which in this case would mean that the insurance company paid nothing for the damage?  Or does the 28000 represent the numbers, which in this case would mean that the insurance company paid $28,000 for the damage?  Doesn’t it make a difference how much damage is done to your house?  What if the damage was $40,000, does this number mean something then?  What is the likelihood that these two situations have more variables than just the numbers given?  Could you use any of these numbers to describe how much an insurance company should pay for the $40,000 of damage to your home?  Let’s say that one company’s insurance policy would pay nothing, another would pay $250, another $800, another $1200, another $6000, another $28000.  Would it make sense that these insurance policies are different?  Would the time from damage to the receipt of payment also make a difference in what the numbers represent?  Would you think, if you were the property owner, that using the standard deviation number of 10983 would be appropriate and that you should receive that amount for the damages?

The person receiving nothing would think that the standard of deviation is better than his payment.  The one receiving $28.000 would think that he is being cheated if all he got was the standard of deviation amount of 10983.  You could also guess that the first six people, ones getting anything below the stardard of deviation would be happy to get that amount, and therefore this is the way it should be taken because the majority would get more from the insurance company than what they expected to get based upon the policy.  It appears that five out of six or 83% would be happy, and only 17% would be unhappy.  Majority rules, right?

Or, would the people getting the standard of deviation amount be upset when the other person got paid $28000 because they only got $10983, and he got more than twice what they got?  Someone could argue that if your insurance policy only promised $0 to $6000, and you got $10983, so you should be happy, and you should be happy that your neighbor got more due to his insurance plan.

Or, would the person not getting anything from the insurance company be mad since his insurance policy wouldn’t pay anything?  What do you mean the insurance company wouldn’t pay anything, you ask? 

Let’s add another piece to this puzzle to make it clearer.  The damage was done by a flood.  The first person did not have flood insurance.  The next four had limitations on the payment caused by a flood.  The last person had fairly good flood insurance with a maximum of $28,000.  Does it matter what the insurance policy provides?  Do you think that the amount paid for the insurance policies might differ?  Should it have or does that have a bearing on the payment for the damages?

Person number one has no flood insurance, so pays nothing.  Person number two pays $10 for the flood insurance, and three, four, and five have to pay $20, $30, and $50 for the insurance.  The last person pays five times as much or $250 for the flood insurance.  Does this begin to make sense?  The person that pays the highest for the insurance will get the best benefit from the insurance, the others would not get the same benefits based upon what they pay for their insurance.  Would it also matter whether someone lived in a flood plain or not?  Would geography matter or whether these houses were on top of a hill or not?  Would the general climate of the area also matter?

Can you see that different situations make a significant amount of difference?  What is fair for one, might not seem fair for a majority even with different situations.  Who is right?  Who is wrong?  Doesn’t that depend upon your point of view and your own personal situation?  If the money was coming out of your pocket, would that also make a difference?  Would it also matter if you are dealing with your local insurance office or a national and huge corporation?

First of all, I believe you have to have all the facts before you are in a position to make a judgment about most topics.  Once the facts are out, then you need to examine your own point of view and your own perspective related to the topic.  To be fair, you should also examine the other possible points of view and consider other perspectives.  If you are unable to do this yourself, you should sit and listen, truly listen, to someone with a different point of view and look for other points of view and other perspectives.  There is not just one perspective that is right, and there is not one point of view that is correct.  Your decision will be based upon your experiences, your point of view, and your perspective based upon the other two.  And, to be honest, you should recognize that your position will change over time based upon your experiences.

Notice to Subscribers

Editor Joe Moore and his wife Phyllis will be taking a vacation for the time period of December 7-December 20. Events may still be video taped, but will not be posted until after the editor's return. Notices and news stories with provided pictures can still be posted based upon Internet access by the editor. There will be no live streaming video during this period of time. With that being said, the Beaver Island Christmas Cantata will be video taped, and will be posted, once again, based upon Internet access, for subscribers.

This is the first vacation traveling a significant distance by the editor and his wife traveling together. The plan is a train trip out to Washington State to see the grandchildren. The last trip out there by the editor was nine years ago, way too long. Anyway, the website will be update throughout the vacation with limitations caused by time, distance, and Internet access.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 17, 2015

Cloudy skies this morning and I'm guessing (again) that we'll be getting some rain about 7 tonight. Right now it's 48° outside with a windchill of 42°, wind is at 12 mph from the SE with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 1020 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Rain likely. Windy. Lows in the lower 50s. Southeast winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of November 17, 1913 - The steamship Louise became the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.

Did you know that The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times?

Word of the day: inviolable (in-VYE-uh-luh-bul) which means 1: secure from violation or profanation 2: secure from assault or trespass : unassailable. This word has been with us since the 15th century. It descends from the Latin violare.

Crazy Lady

by Cindy Ricksgers

Annual Toy Drive

If you would like to donate a toy, there will be collection boxes in the Island Airway Terminals on Beaver Island and in Charlevoix. Or you may give the toy to Connie Boyle at home or school office.
(You can even leave it in my car or wherever you see me - whatever is easiest for you!)

This is the 24th year of the Toy Drive. Ellen Welke and I started it together when we realized we needed a program in our area to help make Christmas a special time for each and every child.

The toys go to children who live on or off the island. Families that qualify for help through Charlevoix County Family Services are encouraged to fill out the paperwork with the county. (Connie can help you or a friend of yours get that phone number if you run into any issues.) Everyone's privacy is maintained as the toys are sent to Family Services (so please do NOT wrap the toys) and they will pick out which toys are best-suited for each child, based on age and gender. Beaver Island families who qualify will then receive toys from Family Services.

Please donate toys by Friday, Dec. 11th if possible
(Note: We will continue to collect toys until Christmas, but it’s helpful to the organizers to get the bulk of the toys earlier so they can assess which children still need toys. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation and have someone do the shopping for you, just call me at 231-448-2491. ~Connie
Thank you for your continued support!
Every year we hear
   “Beaver Island’s donations are amazing!”

Holly Daze is Back and Bigger Than Ever
This year’s holiday giving tradition promises to make the season “Merry & Bright.”

Friday, December 11th is just around the corner and seats are filling up for Holly Daze, Charlevoix Area Hospital’s annual holiday fundraiser, held at Castle Farms in Charlevoix.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Hospital’s upcoming Surgical Suite and Laboratory Renovation. The project will be adding a third operating room, seven new patient rooms for pre-operative and post-operative needs, and an overhaul of the entire surgery and laboratory units to better accommodate the rapid growth in outpatient procedures. This important project will meet the growing needs of our communities, and is part of our continual effort to provide high-quality, compassionate care close to home.

This year’s auction will boast a number of fantastic items generously donated by local businesses and community members.  Sports fans will have their pick of college and professional game tickets, and limited edition memorabilia, including a faceoff between MSU and U of M football helmets signed by Mark Dantonio and Desmond Howard - sports fans know which is which!

Guests will be able to stock up on gift certificates or win a private party from your favorite restaurants. New this year will be a “Love Local” section filled with original pieces from local artists and craftsmen.

Want to get out of town? There will be accommodations and packages galore – including exotic trips to Mexico and South Africa. There will be a chance to win a set of Disney Hopper tickets, a personal fireworks display, a one-of-a-kind tour to the top of the Mackinaw Bridge…and that’s just a preview.

Kick off the holiday season and get in the spirit of giving!Space is limited; please contact Faye Parrish at 231-547-8501 or go to www.cah.org/hollydaze to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $100 per person, a portion of which is tax deductible.

Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to raise and manage funds to benefit Charlevoix Area Hospital. For more information about the Charlevoix Area Hospital and Foundation please visit www.cah.org.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

October 7, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

November 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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What's Up with a Former Beaver Island Deputy?

Alan Muma was a Beaver Island Deputy many years ago. Alan was the one that lobbied and worked to get a Beaver Island Rescue Boat. Alan was also living in the DNR building, but it was much, much different back then. Joe Moore was his auxiliary officer back then, and there were many exciting adventures with and without that rescue boat. Those in public safety are always working to improve response to emergencies. Alan Muma was not an exception to this rule.

Do you ever wonder what your former residents and friends are doing now? By the magic of technology and social media, this is possible nowdays.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 16, 2015

Frosty fog this morning. It's 33° (because I slept in), wind is at 4 mph from the SE, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is at 5.3 miles. Today: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of November 16, 1915 - Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year.

Did you know that When possums are playing ‘possum’, they are not “playing.” They actually pass out from sheer terror. The whole body goes limp, the tongue hangs out, the eyes roll back, the heart rate slows, breathing is very shallow, the whole bit. After perhaps 15 minutes with no further activity, the animal's body knows that the coast is likely clear, so it wakes up and walks away.

Word of the day: hortatory (HAWR-tuh-tawr-ee) which means urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging. Hortatory derives from the Latin hortārī meaning "to incite to action; exhort." It entered English in the late 1500s.


Christmas Bazaar 2015

The Christmas Bazaar is an opportunity for homemade and handmade items to be sold to the island people. Perhaps, even more special is the opportunity to help the Beaver Island Food Pantry by giving a free will offering for the excellent soups made by the community members. There were lots of kinds of soups. They were all delicious!

View Video of the Bazaar HERE

Opening Day Rifle Deer Season 2015

Today is the Christmas Bazaar at the Gregg Fellowship Center at 11 a.m.!

The sun came up with another beautiful sunrise here on Beaver Island for this Opening Day. Several hunters were heard moving around in the woods this morning with lots of early morning traffic. This is a different weather than most other deer season openings. The temperature today is supposed to break fifty this afternoon. That temperature does not provide any tracking snow for the hunters, but it does make for another beautiful day on the Beaver Island Golf Course for a couple of non-hunters. Whether they hunt or not, they certainly wish those who do hunt an abundant harvest success!

There have been many other activities that have taken place on the island on Opening Day of Deer Season in the last fory years. Memories of individual disasters flood the neurons, but the most frustrating was not necessarily Opening Day, but involved some hunters on Garden Island. Waiting to get a Coast Guard helicopter to pick us up at the Township Airport due to a hunting accident on Garden Island strikes as one one of the more difficult ones. Unfortunately, the hunter died before anyone could get there to help. The frustration comes from sitting at the Township Airport with no way to get to Garden Island, and then watching the helicopter fly over the airport without stopping.

Another memory is of a lost child down the West Side Road with worries of the child wandering into an area with a less than observant hunter. Luckily, the child was found before anything disastrous occurred. That relieved mother's face will always be part of the historical memory of Opening Day. Another thought is of the fight in the bar between two groups of hunters while a deputy sheriff and his auxiliary officer tried to referee in the melee. There was no way to fly off any who might be arrested (if this happened on the mainland), so the next best thing to ending the issue was to calm the two factions down, offer several solutions to the issue, and find one that was acceptable to both sides. There was a lot of earned respect for that deputy by all involved when both groups shook hands and had another drink to the solution that neither group had thought about.

Whatever you are doing on the Opening Day of Rifle Deer Season 2015, please be safe! Here's to your success in whatever you are doing! And, if you are not sitting in the woods between 11 and 2, check out the Christmas Bazaar!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 15, 2015

What a lovely, calm morning! No snow for the hunters to track their deer, but lovely just the same. Good luck to all the hunters and stay safe! Right now it's 42° with clear skies, wind chill makes it feel like 38°, wind is at 5 mph from the WSW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is rising from 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of November 15, 1926 - The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a four-hour "spectacular."

Did you know that Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada’s Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada’s independence.

Word of the day: diaphanous (dahy-AF-uh-nuh s) which means 1) very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent. 2) delicately hazy. Diaphanous can be traced to the Greek term diaphaínein meaning "to show through." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Beaver Island Book Club

Human Services Commission Meeting Canceled

"Due to the lack of a quorum, the Human Services Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, has been canceled.  The next regular meeting is December 15, 2015, at the Community Center at 10:00."

BIRHC Has Power Issues

Update on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 9 a.m.: For the first time in a few days, the generator at the BIRHC has shut down. A repair technician is here working to resolve the issues with the transfer switch.

While you will not have issues with services provided by the BIRHC, the physical plant of the BIRHC building has some issues. For the last three days, the power provided to the entire BIRHC building has been provided by the propane powered generator sitting at the south end of the building. On Tuesday, neighbors noticed the that the generator was running, which is unusual. The usual test day for the generator is on Thursday, when it comes on for the purpose of testing the system. The generator began running on Tuesday and simply did not shut off. Neighbors reported that the generator sounded like it was trying to shut off, but then it would rev up with a surge like the start-up surge, and just continue running.

The BIRHC had the generator shut down on Wednesday afternoon, and there were power outages at the rural health center on Wednesday night. On Thursday, the generator was back up and running. The generator ran all night, and, now, on Friday morning, the generator continues to run. There are obviously some issues with the switch between Great Lakes Power and the generator power that need to be resolved.

The neighbors have noted, not only the loud sounds of the generator running, but also the two trips of the propane truck to fill the propane tank to keep the generator running. While there is a pipe that goes from the propane tank on the East Side Road to the BIRHC, it was not used in the installation of the generator apparently. So, for the next day or so, the BIRHC will be operating on the propane generator electrical power.


Fundraising Dinner

A reminder that the Beaver Island Veterans Project is holding a Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at Peaine Township Hall on Beaver Island, November 28th from 5-7 PM. Freewill donations for the dinner will be accepted at the door. We welcome all local vets to attend, and invite them to 'show their colors' by wearing their AMVETS shirt, red Marine tees, or other clothing to show their unit affiliation. If you'd like to contribute a dish to pass or volunteer to help serve at the dinner, contact Jean Kinsley at 231-448-2856 or Dickie McEvoy at 231-448-2799 .

Proceeds from our Pasta Dinner Fundraiser will support BIVP's first Veterans Retreat June 11-12 2016, when we'll host disabled Vietnam veteran Wesley Spyke and his wife Lillian for a couple days of Beaver Island rest and relaxation. At a Sunday brunch in Peaine Township Hall that weekend, the community will have a chance to meet the Spykes and hear about the important work they do supporting veteran needs in the Muskegon area.

The Beaver Island Veterans Project was founded in October 2015 to serve local veterans needs in connection with the larger veteran community. BIVP is affiliated with Friends of Beaver Island Veterans, an auxiliary of local AMVETS Post #46.

Please join us on November 28th for delicious home-made food in the company of our local vets, and thanks for all your support!








Christmas Bazaar

Beaver Island Friends of the Veterans

Events Scheduled


Lunch with Santa will be held for all children on the Island and their parents and/or grandparents on Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 11:00-1:00 at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.  Hotdogs, chips, beverage, ice cream and cookies will be provided by the BIFOV.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive around 12:00 Noon.  Bring your children and grandchildren so they can give Santa their Christmas wish list.


Beaver Island Friends of Veterans will again hold a SANTA'S WORKSHOP on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Beaver Island Community School Gym, where the children will be able to purchase inexpensive ($1)items for their siblings, parents, grandparents and other family members and friends.  The Friends of Veterans and AMVETS will be available to help the young ones wrap their gifts.  Bring a camera to get a picture of you child with Santa.



BOBI (BIDL Book Club)
For TUESDAY, 11/17 @7p: discussing Knocking On Heaven's Door by Katy Butler
For Tuesday, 12/15 @7p: An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor 
For Tuesday, 1/19 @7p: Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie 
For February (date tbd): In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

In an email, Bob Tidmore notified me that two new transit bus drivers have been hired and effective immediately, the transit bus is back on its Monday through Friday schedule.

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

Starting Tuesday September 1st, the hours at the Beaver Island branch of the Charlevoix State Bank, will be : Monday - Friday 9am until 1pm, Monday through Friday.

Beach Rangers

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

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule


Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the winter schedule.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Thursdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

November 22 – Pastor Dan Johnson, Kalkaska, MI
November 29 – Patrick Nugent, Worship Leader

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!! Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Donate to the Food Pantry

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

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The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv