B. I. News on the 'Net, November 2-8, 2015

Church on Sunday

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 8, 2015

It's 43° this morning with a wind chill of 36°, wind is at 14 mph from the west with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 71%, pressure is steady at 1026 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 50°. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of November 8, 1889 - Montana became the 41st U.S. state.

Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell's wife and mother were both deaf?

Word of the day: frangible (FRAN-juh-buh l) which means easily broken; breakable. Frangible entered English by way of Old French and ultimately derives from the Latin frangere meaning "to break." The more common adjective fragile also finds its roots in this Latin verb.

AMVETS Membership

If you are a veteran and  interested in joining Beaver Island’s AMVETS Post 46 they are offering a free membership for the first year from November 8th  to the 14th.

For more information contact the AMVETS at amvetspost46@yahoo.com or Bob Tidmore at 231-448-3088.

Sweet Pea

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mary Ann Omer Passed Away

Former teacher of Beaver Island Community School Mary Ann Omer passed away recently. Mary Ann worked in the older building located across from the Holy Cross Church. She taught mostly 5th and 6th graders at BICS.

More information will be posted when available

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 7, 2015

We're now into typical November weather. It's 42° and feels like 35° thanks to the wind chill. Wind is at 12 mph from the west with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 1018 mb, and visibility is 9.5 miles. Today: Rain showers likely in the morning then numerous rain showers and snow showers in the afternoon. Little or no accumulation. West winds 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers and snow showers in the evening then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph shifting to the west with gusts to around 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of November 7, 1965 - The "Pillsbury Dough Boy" debuted in television commercials.

Did you know that half of all bank robberies take place on Friday between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.? "Banks used to have more money on Fridays because, historically, it was payday. It's probably still a perception, but it's not necessarily true today," says FBI agent Ken Neu. "As for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., it's the beginning of the banking day, and it's perceived that there's still a lot of money in the bank as opposed to the end of the day in terms of hard cash. Again, probably more a perception than a reality."
You might want to consider using a bank branch that's located in a supermarket. "There was some concern about putting banks in supermarkets," Neu says. "The thinking was they might be more vulnerable, but they seem less vulnerable. They'd have to take over a supermarket to get control, and it might not be as easy as taking over a bank branch.

Word of the day: mauka (mah-OO-kuh) which means toward the mountains; inland. Mauka is a Hawaiian term formed from the directional particle ma- and uka meaning "inland, upland." It entered English in the late 1800s.

Ten BICS Students Certified in CPR

In a partnership between the Beaver Island Community School, Beaver Island EMS, and the Health Occupations program at the school, two classes took place. One class was on Thursday, and another one was on Friday. These students are in the Health Occupation's program at Beaver Island Community School and are part of the Health Occupations Students of America.

The instructor of the BICS HOSA program is Kathie Ehinger, a BIEMS paramedic. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers instructor is Joe Moore, also a BIEMS paramedic. Both days included a full course. Joe Moore said, "All of these students were required to be participating in the rather rigorous program that required a lot of hands-on training. They were required to be tested on one person and two person Adult Basic Life Support as well as one person and two person Infant CPR and care for choking victims of all ages. The also had to take a written exam at the end."

There will also be another BLS full course and a recertification course for students and adults working at the school. These programs will require the assistance of another CPR instructor, Gerald LaFreniere.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 6, 2015

It's 52° outside this morning, wind is at 15 mph from the southwest with gusts to 34 mph, humidity is at 90%, pressure is rising from 1001 mb, and visibility is at 5.9 miles. Today: Rain and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Rain may be heavy at times in the morning. Highs in the lower 50s. West winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the evening, then a chance of rain showers and snow showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of November 6, 1894 - William C. Hooker received a patent for the mousetrap.

Did you know that close to 10% of the world's populations live on islands today? That's about 600 million people!

Word of the day: crepuscular (kri-PUHS-kyuh-ler) which means of, relating to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct. Crepuscular is related to the Latin term creper meaning "obscure; dark." It entered English in the mid-1600s.

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.


St. James Township Meeting

November 4, 2015

The agenda included reports on dangerous structures, update on the Donegal Bay Road project, update on sewer cleanout project, and a recommendation of the subcommittee for moving forward on sewer billing and collection. The old business included a Board of Review appointment, Planning Commission appointment, and the snow plow bid. New business included two policies on finance that were presented by K. McNamara. The full board was present and there were nine people attending the meeting besides the board.

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 5, 2015

It's 55° outside right now, mostly cloudy, wind is at 13 mph from the southwest with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 91%, pressure is falling from 1014 mb, and visibility is at 7.5 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. South winds 10 to 20 mph.

On this date of November 5, 1959 - The American Football League was formed.

Did you know that the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes? Obviously I'm not average because it sometimes takes me well over an hour.

Word of the day: recondite (REK-uh d-dahyt, ri-KON-dahyt) which means 1) dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise. 2) beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric: recondite principles. Recondite descends from the Latin verb recondere "to hide." It entered English in the mid-1600s.

Transfer Station Job Opening

Attempt to Capture the Northern Lights

by Joe Moore

Here is the interesting evening after bedtime on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

“How about we go out to the car wash and see if we can see some Northern Lights,” I said to my wife.

“Sure, we can go and see,” my wife said, “but I’m not taking my camera.  I don’t know how to get a picture of them.”

I gather up my expensive camera, having just reviewed the photography lessons on camera adjustments, and grab a video camera, hat, and two tripods.  We load all of my equipment into the car and head out to the north shore of Beaver Island down Lake Street.
As we head past the homes of several families, out to the dark side of the island where there are very few homes, we are excited to see what we can see.  We pass a “Road Closed” sign, but we know that the road is passable down to the water, and my wife says, “You better not get stuck down here.”

“I know, but we aren’t going to lug this equipment a quarter mile in the dark,” I say as we travel slowly down the road with the headlights showing no area of water or mud that we could get stuck in.
We get to the car wash area.  It’s called that because you can drive right out into the big lake on the gravel and could actually wash your car using the Lake Michigan water, viewing Garden Island in the distance.  You can barely see anything after the car is shut off except the lighted Garden Island Buoy flashing. 

I try to set up the tripods by feel.  I’m not so able to maneuver the leg latches and the top camera mount, but I finally get the two tripods set up, pointed up at the dark sky.  My wife says, “There they are.  There are a couple of spikes off to the Northwest.”
I turn on the camera and am immediately blinded by the “Sensor cleaning” message from the back of the expensive Canon camera.  “Where?” I say, mainly because I can’t see anything due to the bright light of the video camera messages as I turn it on.  My eyes eventually get used to the darkness again, and I can see what she was talking about. 

I look through the viewfinder of the digital camera and can see the dark horizon and the sparkling stars in the view finder.  I have the camera set for ISO at 12,800.  The camera is on the tripod with the shutter speed set at 4 seconds.  I push the shutter button and the autofocus keeps moving in and out, in and out, and the camera won’t take the picture.  “Expletive deleted,” comes out of my mouth.  It’s pitch black on this shoreline, and I feel along the lens for the auto-focus button and shut it off.
The shutter button is pressed again, and the camera takes a picture.  I look over to the video camera that is on and all set to take some video, and, once again blinded by the lighted view screen, the message on the screen says, “Make certain the lens cover is not closed.”  That’s a little difficult to see, but I reach around to feel and the lens cover is open.  I reach over and turn the video camera off, and say, “Not going to get any video tonight because the camera is brighter than the sky.”

The digital camera won’t take another picture, so I figure I should try a different lens.  The lens on the camera comes off by feel.  I fumble in the dark and can’t seem to get the lens to go onto the camera. Luckily my wife has a lighter, and after a few more expletives, I make certain that the autofocus is off and that the lens is mounted properly.  It’s a 50 mm lens with the widest opening of any of my lenses.

I set the shutter speed to 4 seconds and press the button.  It takes a picture!  I try the 8 second setting and it takes a picture.  I try the ten, twenty, and thirty second settings and all the pictures are taken.  Man, am I excited.  I finally captured the stars in the northern sky and the Northern Lights.

We load up the equipment and head home.  I’m all excited about looking at the pictures to see how they turned out.  It’s after midnight, but man, do I want to see what I have captured!

I download the pictures to the computer, and begin to open them up, one at a time.  Black rectangle, black rectangle, black rectangle.  Not even a pinpoint of light can be seen in any of these pictures.  I enlarge the pictures.  Nothing.  Nothing at all.  I look down at disgust at this expensive camera ready to demean this piece of crap.  I wonder if you can guess what I saw there.  Can you?

The 50 mm lens is on the digital camera.  The lens is connected properly to the camera.  The battery is charged.  The camera comes on when you turn it on.  This idiot forgot to take the lens cover off the 50 mm lens.  Moral of the story:  Prepare your equipment.  Practice with your equipment before expectations exceed talent.  My wife said, “It’s pretty dark on the back porch.  Maybe you can try it there and get it to work.”
My only comment was, “Yes, Dear.”

Christmas Bazaar

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 4, 2015

It's 50° this morning and is looking to be another perfect fall day. Wind is at 8 mph from the south, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.1 miles. Today: Sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of November 4, 1880 - James and John Ritty patented the first cash register.

Did you know that unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it? Chemoreceptors in the taste buds of your tongue require a liquid medium in order for the flavors to bind into the receptor molecules. If you don't have liquid, you won't see results. Now, technically you can use water for this purpose rather than saliva. However, saliva contains amylase, an enzyme that acts on sugars and other carbohydrates, so without saliva sweet and starchy foods may taste different from what you expect. You have separate receptors for different tastes, such as sweet, salty, sour and bitter.

Word of the day: coriaceous (kawr-ee-EY-shuh s) which means of or like leather. Coriaceous can be traced to the Latin term for leather, corium. It entered English in the mid-1600s.


by Cindy Ricksgers

District Library Millage

Peaine 48 Yes..... 9 No

St James 49 Yes..... 2 No

Total: 97 Yes..... 11 No

The library millage appears to have passed with 90% voting YES.

Notice of Special Meeting:

The Beaver Island District Library
 Board of Trustees
Will meet
9:00 AM Thursday, November 5th, 2015

26400 Donegal Bay Rd.
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2701

The purpose of the special meeting is to approve the millage to be levied to fund operations over the coming year, in addition to conducting regular monthly business. As always, public attendance is encouraged.

Agenda for 11/5/15 Meeting

Helping and Satisfaction

by Joe Moore

It seems that some are just a little into the addiction of helping others.  Consider this EMT as he begins his journey as a helper in another situation.

The morning is bright and sunny on this July morning as our EMT begins his day.  As a teacher and as a new EMT, he is lucky to be in a position to volunteer at his local doctor’s office.  This is his first day, and he is looking forward to meeting the new provider at the medical center.  He is excited to be in a position to help others in any way that the help is needed.

He doesn’t have far to walk since he lives less than a city block away from the doctor’s office.  Even though it is classified as a doctor’s office, the doctor isn’t going to be there.  The doctor lives across the thirty-two miles of water separating the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes from the mainland of Michigan.  The mainland doctor’s office of the supervising physician is located right across the street from the hospital where he sends most of his patients.  These thirty-two miles can sometimes create a serious issue for poor weather conditions, but let’s get back to the volunteering and helping.

The doctor’s office is staffed by a physician’s assistant and a family nurse practitioner.  Both of these providers function quite independently from the doctor, and, since the doctor is only present once every couple of weeks, they don’t have much choice.  Of course, the physician is just a phone call away, but independence is almost always preferred.  Of course, there is also a manager and a receptionist at the location for the volunteering.

I walk in the door to the medical office excited to be a helper.  Sally, the receptionist, greets me and welcomes me.  “Glad you are here, Jack.  We can always use some help.  Come with me, and I’ll get you started.”

A door is opened and I walk through.  Sally says, “You can’t put your stuff here in the doctor’s area.  It will be used today since he will be here later today.”

We walk around the building and I get the friendly tour of all the parts of the building.  The building has four exam rooms, but one is set up as an optometrist area.  The other three will be used differently.  The first one is used for kids usually and then the other two are used for teens and adults.  Right down the hall is the x-ray room.  At the end of the hall by the back door are two rooms used only for emergencies or suturing or casting.  Across the hall from the exam rooms are a nursing station and the room where items are sterilized and a restroom, handicap accessible.

Having been in the old office, I’m impressed with the whole setup.   Pretty amazing when you consider that the old building had only three exam rooms that were about the size of the bathroom is in this building.  There are places for five patients; three regular exam rooms and two emergency rooms.  I say, “Have these rooms ever been used all at the same time?”

Sally responds, “Not so far, but summer is just starting.”  Summer is the busy season in a tourist driven economy of the island.  The rest of the tour is delayed by the sound of a siren as an ambulance pulls up to the back of the building right where my tour came to an end.  Perhaps it was my karma or my silly comments, but this day was going to be a busy one.

Luckily, I have had some experience with the medical field and am familiar with the field.  The ambulance crew enters the building and brings the patient in.  Sally went back to her reception area and the day from Hades had begun.
Here we are in the middle of a very busy day, just about one hour after my tour.  Things have definitely changed.  The three normal exam rooms have patients in them.  Both emergency rooms are full, and this volunteer is running around helping in any way possible.  Two extra beds have been set up in the hallway and have patients on them.

Here is the day that I caused by asking my stupid question about the number of rooms and have they ever been all used at the same time.

My friend and fellow EMT Bill wheels the patient from the ambulance into the building through the back door.  Since I have been deserted by Sally, I just automatically gravitate to my buddy.  “What have you got here, Bill?”

“We have a sixty year old female victim of a fall.  This patient is complaining of pain in her right hip and also between her hip and her knee.  Vital signs are all currently within normal limits,” Bill reports to me.

Sally calls my name.  “Jack, I need your help.”  Sally and another patient are coming down the hall with the patient’s friend helping him limp down the hall.  The first thing that I notice is a rope wrapped around the patient’s leg.  This is the biggest rope that I have seen.  It looks like the size of the dock line for the ferry boat.  Below this rope is a gash with ragged edges that goes all the way down to the bone. 

The patient says, “Hi, Jack.  I had a little chain saw accident this morning.  Luckily, Bob came along and helped me stop the bleeding by putting this rope around my leg, and I couldn’t stop the bleeding.”  This patient is my buddy’s father.  The seriousness of this injury hits me like a ton of bricks, but I have to block out the emotion and get to work.  I cut the rope to get it off the leg and use the trauma shears to cut the leg of his pants to get a view of the injury.  The majority of the bleeding has stopped.  The cut goes down to the bone and there are bone chips, dirt, sawdust, and blood all over the lower leg.

The provider comes in and says, “Get a set of vital signs and clean the wound.  I see the bleeding has almost stopped.  When you clean the wound using sterile water, it will start bleeding again, so be ready to bandage it.  I’m going next door.  We have a possible fractured femur in there.  We need to get her in and do an x-ray.  The doctor is here, and I have three exam rooms full of sick patients.  Two more injured in the hallway, and it’s crazy here today.”

I use the accepted cleaning technique to clean off the leg with the chainsaw cut, and it begins to weep, but not bleed profusely.  There is no need to put a tourniquet on.  The doc steps in and says, “Continue to bandage the wound and send him over to the emergency room.  He doesn’t need to go emergently, just on the next plane that is available.  I need you and Bill to put a traction splint on the lady next door.  She has a fractured femur.  She will need an IV and some morphine, and she will need to go by emergency flight.”

I finished the bandaging process and put on a rigid splint to prevent movement of the tissues of the leg.  This extra step was to keep movement to the minimum to prevent to wound from bleeding on the way over to the emergency room  Just as I finished, the provider came in to finish up with this patient and give final instructions.  I left to go help with the fractured femur.

Bill and I had gone through the paramedic course together.  He was the student, and I was one of the instructors.  “Did the doctor tell you to start the IV?” I asked.

Bill said, “Nobody told me to do anything.”

I said, “Well, they did tell me.  We need to get the traction splint on, start an IV, and give pain meds as needed, so let’s get to it.”

And another EMT went out to get the traction splint.  “I’ll pull traction and then you can put on the traction splint.  Let’s get it measured and ready to go,” I said to Bill.  “It’s only a two-person job, but your EMT can take a set of vitals before and then we can go right on to the other two things.”

I pulled traction on the leg warning the patient of the pain that would occur until I broke the muscle spasm of the leg muscles and got the leg into the position necessary to apply the splint as soon as the vital signs were taken.  “AHHHHHHahhhhhh, ohhhhhhhh,” came out of the patient’s mouth as I pulled the traction on the leg.  The pain subsided from a ten on the pain scale to about a three with the traction splint on.  Bill had done a very good job placing the splint and making certain that the splint would not move.  I helped logroll the patient onto a backboard with padding to make it more comfortable after the majority of the movement was completed and the patient readied for transport, Bill started the IV and I handed him the morphine to give to the patient for pain.  I had already diluted the morphine to one milligram in one milliliter and Bill asked me why.

“When you are in the plane, it can get kind of bumpy.  If you only want to give two milligrams and you hit a pocket of air and jump, you can end up pushing more than you really wanted to give.  I don’t think you want to kill the patient’s desire to breathe, do you?”
“Well, no,” Bill said.

“I’ve given her five milligrams in her IV and then mixed the other five in five cc’s of normal saline,”  Doc said you could give another two to three after loading into the plane, and the rest just before you take her off the plane.  That way she won’t probably need anything in the ER or on the way to x-ray,” I said.

The doc opened the door and said, “I’m not really needed here today, but the ER is going to be busy with Beaver Island patients in just a little while.   I’m getting on the same plane as the chainsaw guy, so I can continue his treatment.  I’ll be there to receive this nice lady in the ER.  By the way, you guys are doing a nice job here.  Glad you decided to help out here, Jack.”

Bill and I smiled, and Bill went looking for the provider for her final instructions.  She came in and said, “You will be heading over to the emergency room in just a few minutes.  The emergency evacuation plane is ready to go.”  To Bill, she said, “Okay, you can give her something for pain now.”

Bill said, “We already did out of our drug box, and we got the orders from the doctor, so we are all set to go whenever you give the word.”

The provider said, “You can go,” and she left the room to deal with the other patients’ needs.  I followed her out since I was not needed to load the patient into the ambulance. 
“What do you want me to do now,” I asked.

The provider answered, “Check in with Sally.  Maybe she has something for you to do.”  So I headed back down the hall to the reception area.

I wasn’t there more than ten minutes, with Sally explaining about filing the charts that had been approved by the doctor, when the provider came and asked for my help.  “We need to put a splint on the ten-year-old patient in the hallway.  You need to have gloves on, and I need you to hold the splint material in place while I wrap it.  It will work just like a cast, but will allow for the swelling to go down.”  The other patient from the hallway was gone with just this one still here.

So there I was holding the wet splinting materials with yucky goo on my gloves and a thankful parent standing there.  The parent had been one of my previous students, so I knew her and her child.  It’s kind of funny when you think about it.  “Thank you, Mr. Moore!” said the parent who graduated ten years ago from the school where I taught her and her husband.

The splint had dried enough for me to let go, and Sally came in to tell me to go to room one to help out there.  I stopped and went to the bathroom and then washed my hands and arms to get the goop off, and then I went and knocked on the door to room one.  In there was another of my former students with a baby.  I said, “Hello there, little one,” with a big smile for the mom and baby.

“We’re here for shots, “my former student said.  My smile faded, not knowing what I was going to be asked to do.  I got the baby to smile, and I played with her for a few moments while we waited for the provider. 
The provider came in holding two small syringes and said, “You know how to give shots?” 

I looked at her and said, “Yes.” but my smile faded.

“Here’s what we are going to do,” the provider said.  “We are going to give the baby two shots.  You will give yours on the top of the left leg after pinching up the skin like this.  I am going to give mine in the right leg, and we are going to give them at the same time.  Are you up for this?”

“Yes,” I said.  The baby was still smiling and obviously happy, but wouldn’t be that way for long.

“One, two, three!” said the provider quietly, and both needles went into the respective legs.  The expression on the baby’s face, I will never forget.  If the baby could talk, she would have said some really nasty words, but, since she was too young for that, she just squealed loudly and then began to cry.  We did this all at once so that the baby would only be hurt once, but I think it hurt me more than it hurt her.  Parts of this job really are not that fun.  The mom thanked me, and all I could say was, “Sorry,” and then I left the room with tears in my eyes.

“We have another emergency patient coming in by ambulance,” Sally said.  “This is a man with chest pain, and that’s all they said.”  This is what greeted me when I returned to the reception area.  The filing would just have to wait.  I head back down toward the back door and got there just as the ambulance began backing up.

The Basic EMT and a First Responder took the patient out of the ambulance, and my first question was, “Where is the paramedic?”

The EMT responded, “He’s on the airplane on his way over to the mainland.  We were there when the pager went off again.  So guess what?  You are now the paramedic on duty.”  This was said as the patient was wheeled into the room.

I noticed that the patient was my golf partner only after he said, “Hi, Jack.  I’m not feeling so well.”

The words came out of my mouth without thinking, “You look like crap, Charlie!”

To the EMT, “Can you give me a report?”

He said, “Patient was out cleaning up the yard, raking leaves left over from last fall, and picking up junk when the chest pain began.  He went back into the house and sat down, but the pain did not go away.  We arrived and took vital signs, which seemed within normal limits, but we did note a lot of edema in his legs.  We gave him the aspirin in the protocol, but we didn’t have a monitor, so we couldn’t do a 12-lead.  We remember from class that we needed to do the EKG, but didn’t have a monitor to do one.  It went with the other patient, and we did not have time to get back to the garage and pick up a replacement.”

I said, “Okay, thanks.  Now get the bluebag and set me up for an IV with a saline lock, and I’ll put this 12-lead on him.”

We did a regular 12-lead, a right-sided 12-lead, and a posterior 12-lead quite quickly.  The pulse oximeter reading was 92, so we put on oxygen by nasal canula at 2 liters per minute, which brought the oximeter reading up to 95.  The EKG did not show any problems on the right, but the patient was obviously having right sided heart failure symptoms.  The lung sounds were wet and that’s the reason for the saline lock instead of giving fluid.  The saline lock IV went in smoothly and was finished when the provider entered the room and said, “Nobody told me about this patient.  What’s going on?”

“I’ll give you a report as soon as I finish this lock,” I said.  “I’m the paramedic on this run.  This is my golf partner, Charlie, and he has signs and symptoms of a heart attack.  His regular twelve lead says, ‘Acute Myocardial Infarction expected’ so we did a right sided 12-lead and a posterior 12-lead.  We’ve been using your monitor and your oxygen.  His breath sounds are wet, his legs have a lot of edema, and his pain is 5 out of 10 before nitroglycerin.  I just noticed his oximeter ready has dropped to 90.”

“What’s the pain at now, Charlie?” I ask him.

“It’s still a 5 to 6 and creeping up.  The nitro I took didn’t do any good,” Charlie said.

“It was your nitro, wasn’t it?”  I said.

“Yes, I always carry it around with me since my first heart attack,” he said.

“We’re going to try our nitro now instead, just see if it helps, and we’re going to turn up the oxygen to help your breathing,” I said.  “Tom, turn it up to 4 liters per minute, and have the BVM ready to assist his ventilations if the oximeter reading doesn’t come up.”
The provider said, “Give him a nitro and get another set of vital signs, and then we’ll see where we are.”

I put a nitroglycerin tablet under my partner’s tongue, waited about five minutes and had the EMT take a blood pressure.  While the blood pressure was being taken, I asked Charlie, “Can you give me a number on the pain now?”
He said, “Well that nitro actually worked.  I’d say that the pain now is down to a 1 or a 2 now.”

The vital signs came back from Tom as he said, “I’ve got a pressure of 130 over 92, and a pulse rate of 92 with respirations of 18.  Jack, do you want him hooked up to the auto BP cuff, oximeter, and the monitor from the echo unit?”

“That’s sounds like a really good idea, Tom,” I said.  “Tom, after you bring those inside, will you please call and see if we can get another plane ready for this flight.  Charlie here needs to get over to his cardiologist.  He’s up in Petoskey, isn’t he, Charlie?”

Charlie said, “Yes, it’s doctor Roffle up at Northern.  So, I’m gonna have to fly off the island, right?”

“I’m not gonna lie to you, Charlie.  You need to get to the hospital.  You need some evaluation by your cardiologist and possibly some changes in your medication,” I said.  “We’ll probably have you back in time for golf on Wednesday night.”

The provider came back into the room.  “So, how are we doing here?  Things have slowed down now and I can dedicate some time here.”

My reply was, “We’re doing okay.   The nitro from our drug box actually worked.  It lowered Charlie’s pain from 5 down to a 1 or 2, so I’m thinking that we should do a nitro drip, keep some morphine handy, and transport him to Northern where his cardiologist is.  They are seeing about another airplane and we should know about that shortly.  What do you think about that plan?”

“That sounds good to me.  I’ll get the nitro, put it in the bottle, and get the pump,” the provider said as she walked away.

While the provider was gone, Charlie said, “My pain is headed back up to 4 or 5 now.  Can I have another nitro?”

“You betcha,” I said as I got another nitro tablet and put it under his tongue.  I said, “Tom, we’ll need another set of vitals and then switch over to our monitor, okay?”

“Yup,” Tom said.  He turned to the First Responder and said, “Will you get copies of his medications and his face sheet from Sally for me, please?  Charlie, can you sign this form that signifies your willingness to have us provide information to your insurance company, please?”

The provider came in with the spiked bottle connected with the special tubing for the IV pump.  She said, “I can’t seem to get this line to clear of air.  Do you want to give it a try?”

“Sure “I said.  I was quite familiar with this since I teach it in my classes. The tubing has to be held upside near the controller to allow the air to get through the entire tubing.  Once it’s clear, you have to turn it right side up and turn it off.  Then you have to insert the controller portion of the tubing into the IV pump and close the door.  All of that was done, and then we hooked up the IV drip pump tubing to the patient’s IV tubing and opened the saline lock to allow the drug to flow into his vein.

We were almost ready to load the patient back into the ambulance, but the provider wanted to be certain that the pump was set correctly.  She looked it up in some reference, and then set the pump to the rate she wanted.  She said, “You can set this at a higher rate if needed.”

We loaded the patient up into the ambulance and took him to the airport.  Since I was the paramedic on duty at this moment, the responsibility for the patient was on my shoulders now.  We transported the patient out to the airport.  The other aircraft was on the way back to the island, but would take almost fifteen more minutes before it would arrive.  We had already used up almost an hour of the time with every minutes meaning loss of cardiac muscle.

I voiced my concerns to Tom, and he went off in search of the aircraft’s pilot.

In less than five minutes, the pilot came out and said, “Load your patient using the ambulance cot into the aircraft.  Since this a life threatening emergency, we are going to be creative in our method of getting Charlie to the mainland.  If you remember the way we used to load the cot into the plane, then that’s the way we will do this.  It seems that the plane with the air transport cot had to divert to Charlevoix to drop off the last patient’s son to get a car.  It may be another half hour or forty-five minutes before that plane gets back here.  We’re going to get this patient to the hospital quickly, but safely.  Load him into the plane, and we’ll use straps to hold down the cot.  You can sit facing the back and have access to your patient that way.  Let’s get moving!”

This actually worked out pretty nice.  The IV bag with the IV pump was on the IV pole attached to the ground ambulance cot.  The monitor was on its monitor stand made for this ambulance cot.  Everything was on the cot that we might need for monitoring and caring for the patient.

We loaded the jump kit and all the other equipment and the drug boxes into the plane.  The patient cot was secured to the floor of the plane.  The patient was secure on the cot.  And even more importantly, this patient was going to get to definitive care within the 90 minute window.  The 12-lead had already been faxed to the hospital, and we had already called the hospital with a STEMI Alert. (This alerts the ER doctor and recommends the cardiologist be called and waiting for the patient at the hospital.)

We are all in the plane and ready to fly off the island.  We taxi out and begin the emergency air transport of our friend and golf partner.  We are now in the air headed to Harbor Springs Airport.  I call the hospital using my portable radio and headset, and give them an update on the patient’s condition.  It sounded something like this:
“McLaren Northern, Fifty-Seven Air One, Beaver Island…”

“Unit calling, re-identify and give your report,” they respond.

“This if 57 Air 1……We are enroute to Harbor Springs Airport with patient with initials CJM.  This patient’s current vitals are BP 130 over 90, pulse of 88, respirations of 18 and SPO2 of 96.  Patient continues to complain of chest pain, now at 4 out of 10.  He is being treated with O2 at 4 liters per minute, has an IV in the LAC with a nitro drip.  The patient’s condition remains stable.  We believe this is a STEMI alert patient.  We have faxed the EKGs and previous patient history as well as the medication list.  The patient’s cardiologist is R—O—F—F—L—E, Roffle.  We will be at the Harbor Springs Airport in fifteen minutes.  Do you request any further information or have any orders for us?”

“57 Air 1, standby… per Doctor James…Administer a sublingual nitro and note the pain level after.  You can continue as needed, and you can also consider four milligrams of morphine sulfate to decrease the patient’s pain.  Continue to monitor the patient.  Contact us if you need anything else.  McLaren clear.”

I repeated the order and followed them throughout the fifteen minute flight.  It never ceases to amaze me that those involved in my friend’s care are only concerned with his care and his comfort.

We landed in Harbor Springs, unloaded the cot, moved the patient over to the Allied EMS cot, gave our report, and turned the patient over to the Allied EMS agency’s ground ambulance at the Harbor Springs Airport.  We had successfully and efficiently transported my golf partner to definitive care within the window necessary for treatment.  We had saved a lot of heart muscle by doing it this way.  There is no way to predict the outcome if he had not had this efficient emergency transport available.
Charlie was taken in this ambulance to McLaren, was quickly evaluated in the ER and was taken to the cath lab where they reopened two vessels in his heart that were almost completely blocked.  Charlie did well, but missed the next golf outing due to his hospitalization.  Two weeks later he was on the golf course, outplaying me as usual.

I am frequently asked, “Why do you do this?” or “Why don’t you retire?”

I have a tee shirt that states, “Of course I’m crazy.  No sane person wants to do this job.”  It is a little bit of humor in a life full of just the right amount of helping others and the satisfaction of doing your best to help your friends and neighbors.  That is the only motive for this paramedic living on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes.

(After thousands of hours of volunteering at the medical center and hundreds of emergencies, it seems that old age is creeping up on me.  I will still volunteer, but there will be a limit to what I can and what I will do.)

This Morning

by Cindy Ricksgers

Library Seeks Millage Renewal at Today's Election, November 3, 2015

Although there isn't a lot on the ballot for this coming November election, the district library is hoping that you will vote to renew its operational millage. Here is the language for this renewal:

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 3, 2015

Sure isn't much going on in town this morning according to the camera. Out here we have a cloud napping on the Kings Highway, so visibility is a bit limited. It's 37° outside, wind is at 3 mph from the east, humidity is at 97%, pressure is rising from 1018 mb, and visibility is at 2.5 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Light winds.

On this date of November 3, 1975 - "Good Morning America" premiered on ABC-TV.

Did you know that August has the highest percentage of births?

Word of the day: landloper (LAND-loh-per) which means a wanderer, vagrant, or adventurer. Landloper comes from the Dutch terms land, "land," and loopen, "to run." It entered English in the mid-1500s.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 2, 2015

It's 49° outside this morning and overcast, wind is at 4 mph from the SE, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1008 mb, and visibility is at 9.3 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Sprinkles in the morning then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 60. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.

On this date of November 2, 1948 - Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the U.S. presidency. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers.

Did you know that 11% of people are left handed?

Word of the day: desultory (DES-uh l-tawr-ee) which means digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random. Desultory finds its roots in the Latin word dēsultor, a term referring to a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another. It entered English in the mid-1500s.



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

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

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

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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Beginning November

by Cindy Ricksgers

Bruce Struik Obituary

Struik, Bruce Bruce Struik, 74, of Beaver Island and formerly of Grandville and Jamestown, passed away on October 15, 2015 after a nearly 20 year battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sheryl (Schellenberg); parents William and Alice; brother-in-law Ted Aalsburg; and brother, Walter Struik. Bruce is survived by his daughters, Marika (Adam) BeVier and Libby Struik; grandchildren, Addison, Montana, and Tripp; sister, Margaret Aalsburg; brother, Richard (Coryne) Struik; and many nieces and nephews.

Bruce's family owned and operated the General Store in Jamestown for many years. Bruce was also a high school teacher in Zeeland for 10 years. Bruce loved spending time with his family, being on Beaver Island, showing appreciation to others, working in his garden, making art out of driftwood, watching the freighters on Lake Michigan, sitting in his favorite chair, talking with people in the checkout lane, cooking delicious meals and desserts, traveling, reading, watching the news, five mile walks, wearing funny t-shirts and ties, doing things on the hour or the half hour, giving people nicknames, hauling rocks, and "junk shopping." He will also be remembered for his sense of humor, being a dedicated father, positivity, compassion, and random one liners and anecdotes.

The family would like to thank the many "guardian angels," helpers, medical staff and others who, as he would often say, "have been so good to us." A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI. His family will receive visitors from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Per his wishes, his body was donated for medical research.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Beaver Island Rural Health Center/Good Samaritan Fund, 37304 King's Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or Ellen Welke Fund, Holy Catholic Church, Beaver Island MI 49782.

Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to read his life story, archive a memory, photo, or sign the guestbook online. - See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=bruce-struik&pid=176284495&#sthash.5up40iaI.dpuf

West Side Color

The view of the island from above shown in another story down below incited a desire to view this color from the ground level. The trip around the island was for this purpose, but getting the car covered in mud was not part of the plan. Thank goodness for the car wash, not the location, but the automatic sprayer one. It cost twice as much as normal due to the caked mud all over the new car. The colors were unbelievable. It was a great way to spend part of the afternoon. Not too exciting for some, but well worth the trip for those of us into the beauty of the island.

Barney's Lake

West side from the airport to Fox Lake

Fox Lake

Headed south past Greene's Lake

Looked like a giant spider's web

On the way to the Lighthouse School and South Head Light

A unique view of the lighthouse at the South End

Video Clip of the fall colors for this trip


Sheriff's Department News Release

News Release

Sheriff Don Schneider is pleased to report that Corporal Fred Hasty Jr. returned to duty on October 26, 2015 after being shot and wounded while on duty by James Cook. Cpl. Hasty went through an intensive recovery process from the critical wound that he received.  Cpl. Hasty was very pleased with his doctors and support staff in aiding in his recovery. Cook faces multiple charges by the Charlevoix County Prosecutor, Allen Telgenhof, with the most serious charges being assault with intent to murder and assault on a police officer with a gun. Cook's case is pending in 33rd Circuit Court at this time.

Sheriff Schneider is elated with the overwhelming support of not only the people in Charlevoix County, but those in all of Northern Michigan in regards to Cpl. Hasty's recovery.

Cpl. Hasty is thankful to be back to work and serving the citizens of Charlevoix County.

BICS Board Meeting

Rescheduled for October 26, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Fall Colors from Above

Whether it's rainy or dry, cloudy or bright, the Emerald Isle is not so emerald this time of year. It is more yellow and orange except for an occasional red unless you are seeing the pine trees. The beauty of the fall season is truly upon us even in the rain or the haze.

For those who are not able to be on the island for this much cooler season, a quick video of a drive from the corner of King's Highway and Carlisle Road in to the intersection of Brother's Road and King's Highway might give you some perspective on the beauty at ground level.

Video of the fall colors from vehicle headed in toward town


CCSD News Release

News Release

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider is pleased to announce a new Deputy has been assigned to the Sheriff’s Office.  The new Deputy is an 18 month old German shepherd named Ezo from the Czech Republic. 

Deputy Benjamin D. Speigl just recently returned from four weeks of intensive K9 handling with Ezo.  Ezo is certified for tracking and drug detection. 

The K9 program is a remarkable asset for both public safety and for Law Enforcement.  The Sheriff’s Office K9 Program is here to support not only the Sheriff’s Office, but also City Police Agencies within Charlevoix County.

This K9 program was made possible by the generous support and donations from the citizens of Charlevoix County.  Sheriff Schneider sincerely thanks everyone who has helped make this Program possible.

Sheriff Schneider, Ezo, and Deputy Speigl



Christmas Bazaar


Sunday, November 15, 2015, is the date for this year’s Christmas Bazaar at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 11:00am.

There will be a lot of returning vendors as well as a few new vendors.  You will have your choice of a wide variety of Christmas gifts for family, friends—and yourself!  Candles, stuffed animals, evergreen wreaths and swags, jewelry, Flattail Furs, Pampered Chef, Rustic Heart, baked goods and much, much more.
Each vendor will donate n item for a drawing.  Tickets are $0.25.  All proceeds from the drawing will go to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.  If you place a donation for the Food Pantry under the Christmas tree, you will receive a free ticket (s) for the drawing.  You can also place an unwrapped toy, game, book, etc. under the tree to be distributed to local children.  (Thank you!!)
Shop ‘til you’re hungry—then take your choice of a number of delicious soups—and support the Food Pantry.
Music—voting for the best decorated table—something for everyone!!
Sunday, November 25, 11:00 – 2:00
See you there!!

Reservation forms for tables will be at the Community Center, the District Library, and the mailbox at Jean Kinsley’s real-estate office starting Saturday morning, October 31.


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

BINGO Announcement

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

Nov 8:  Howrd Davis
November 15:  El Zwart; Hudsonville MI

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.




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