B. I. News on the 'Net, November 20-December 3, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 3, 2017

This morning we have partly cloudy skies, 25°, humidity is at 97%, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, wind is from the north, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph shifting to the southeast with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight.
MARINE REPORT: WATCHES AND WARNINGS ISSUED TODAY AT 7:17 AM: Areas of fog, locally very dense, will continue to impact much of
northern lower Michigan for the next few hours. Visibilities under
one quarter of a mile are expected in some areas. In addition,
very cold surface temperatures may result in some freezing fog and
isolated slippery conditions on area roadways. Fog and the threat
for slick roadways will diminish as the morning proceeds, and
will dissipate completely by later this morning.

Gale watch in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening

TODAY: Light winds becoming south 5 to 10 knots in the late morning. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

TONIGHT: Southeast wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 3, 1950 - Paul Harvey began his national radio broadcast. 1976 the program spun off The Rest of the Story, whose brief biographical narratives were written by the Harveys’ only child, Paul Harvey Aurandt, Jr. He did his radio broadcasts for nearly 60 years for ABC Radio Networks.

DID YOU KNOW the $ sign was introduced in 1788? The symbol can interchangeably have one or two vertical strokes. In common usage, the sign appears to the left of the amount specified, as in $1 (read: one dollar).

WORD OF THE DAY: gerontocracy (jer-uh n-TOK-ruh-see) which means 1) a state or government in which old people rule; 2) a government by a council of elders; 3) a governing body consisting of old people. The English noun gerontocracy is composed of two relatively common Greek elements: geront- (“old age”) and the combining form -cracy (from the Greek combining form -kratia “rule, government”). Geront- is the stem of the noun gérōn “old, old man, elder” and derives from the Proto-Indo-European root gerǝ- “to become old.” In Germanic the root appears in the noun karlaz “man,” which further develops into Old Norse karl “man, old man, married man,” Old English ceorl “man, freeman of the lowest class” (whence Modern English “churl”), and German Kerl “man, fellow, guy.” The Greek combining form -kratia is a derivative of krátos “strength, might,” from the Proto-Indo-European root ker-, kar- “hard,” source of Germanic (English) “hard.” Gerontocracy entered English in the 19th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 2, 2017

45° outside this morning, cloudy skies, pressure is steady at 30.03 inches, wind is from the SSW at 7 mph with gusts to 17 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect until noon EST today
TODAY: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of rain early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of December 2, 1954 - The U.S. Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for what it called "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute." The censure was related to McCarthy's controversial investigation of suspected communists in the U.S. government, military and civilian society.

DID YOU KNOW THAT plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970?

The 1970s was kinda depressing compared the the hippie era of the 60s. With the rise of unemployment, recession, and crazy inflation, designed entered a darker decade that had to adjust to the problems of the world.

Plastic became a popular material for manufacturing companies in the 1970s since it was cheap and easily mass produced which made it convenient for companies to use so that they wouldn't have to lessen their production output or increase their production value. Synthetic material became the common standard in this decade.

It was also during the 1970s when the competition among companies in the soft drink industry began to heat up. One of these is the never-ending rivalry between Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Pepsi experienced an up-and-down series of bankruptcy through the years but regained their sales in the 1970s. Blind tasting tests called "The Pepsi Challenge" have been conducted in which participants drank Coca-Cola and Pepsi and preferred Pepsi's taste. This boosted up Pepsi's sales greatly and it the challenge rapidly spread across the nation which birthed the "Cola Wars".

Pepsi took advantage of their rising popularity and began innovating on soft drink bottles that have always been using glass for the past decades. The Pepsi-Cola Company became the first company to respond to consumer preference with lightweight, recyclable, plastic bottles, and introduced the soft drink industry's first two-liter bottle which became very popular among consumers because it was bigger but easier to carry compared to glass bottles.

WORD OF THE DAY: literatim (lit-uh-REY-tim) which means letter-for-letter; literally. Latin has many fossil word forms, usually nouns, used as adverbs, such as partim “partly, in part” (an old accusative singular of pars, stem part- “part, piece”) and articulātim “piece by piece, piecemeal” from (articulātus “jointed"). Līterātim (also litterātim), however, is New Latin, coined or at least used by the great Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus (1466?-1536). Literatim entered English in the 17th century.

Donegal Bay Road Clearing Tree Work Almost Completed

Rich Gillespie gave BINN a call today to notify it that the clearing along Donegal Bay is almost completed. When Editor Joe Moore arrived near the S-curve by the St. James Township Campground and the end of the bike path, his crew was still working on clearing some small trees and junipers from along the north side of the road of Donegal Bay Road.

Here are couple of pictures of them workig along the side of the road:

Road Work Signs........Taking down small trees and taking out junipers

Running a chain saw behind the brush.

View a video of the trip out and back on Donegal Bay Road


Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 1, 2017

Welcome to December on Beaver Island! Beautiful sunrise this morning, it's too bad all the webcams aren't working, or aren't facing the same general direction.(see below) Oh well, got this view from Power's Hardware webcam. Looks like another nice day is in the works. Just a reminder, since it's the first of the month and only 13 days until Lil Gregg is 93 (she's our oldest year 'round resident) to send her a birthday card. If she knows the date of your birth, she's sent you a card for years so we're turning the tables on her. Address is: Lillian Gregg; P.O. Box 99; Beaver Island, MI 49782 Thanks in advance

As for the weather, it's 28° outside, humidity is 94%, pressure is steady at 30.14 inches, wind is from the north, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect from noon EST today through Saturday morning
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the late morning. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 1, 1955 - Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S.

DID YOU KNOW THAT 1 billion snails are served in restaurants each year? Escargot, one of my personal favorites. Pinky Harmon does a fantastic job preparing them for the Bite of Beaver every year.

WORD OF THE DAY: campanile (kam-puh-NEE-lee) which means a bell tower, especially one detached from a main building such as a church. From Italian campana (bell), from Latin campana (bell). From the Campania region in Italy, known for the bronze that was used to cast bells. Earliest documented use: 1640.

Bob Tidmore's view

Power's webcam view

Report for November 2017

Accessing Beaver Island News on the 'Net at http://beaverislandnews.com were 1290 unique IP addresses in November with 5.375 visits. The 20th of the month was the busiest day with 269 visitors. The videos were viewed from 420 unique IP addresses, viewing 2634 video clips, using 175 GB of bandwidth. Thirty-four unique IP addresses viewed the live stream during the month. BINN had a very busy month with visitors increasing as well as bandwidth increasing. Thank you all for your support!

Jerry LaFreniere Pole Barn Party 11252000, Tape 2

This tape is the second tape of a group of two. Editor Joe Moore has not found the first tape so far. It does give a glipse into the idea of a house party tradition carried on into the 21st Century. These parties at the pole barn were always well attended and were always a lot of fun. This tape shows the end of the music for the party and includes some people performing as well.

Hilary Palmer sings

Edward on the piano

Visiting fiddler with Joe and John on accompaniment

View video of the second VHS tape of this party HERE

Paul Perry Smith

Interviewed by Robert Cole in Charlevoix

This is also part of the oral history project of the Beaver Island Historical Society. Perry was interviewed in Charlevoix by Robert Cole as part of this project. Joe Moore, Editor of News on the 'Net, is digitizing these video and posting them on this website. Seeing and hearing these old island people provides a glimpse into the past residence and life of the Island people.

View video of the interview HERE

Bernadette McCauley

Interviewed by Robert Cole

Most of us nowdays might not have even met this lady, but some will remember her as Bernadette Jouzapatis. There are many that won't know that she was a McCauley, grew up on the island, and even worked at the now King Strang Hotel. Robert Cole interviews her in this video. There is no date available, but this is part of the oral history archives at the BI Historical Society. BINN is digitizing the VHS tapes and providing them to subscribers as well as

View video of this interview HERE

Some More Old Film

"Silvester Howard, First Legally Taken Deer on Beaver Island."

Beaver Island News on the ‘Net has been working to digitize the VHS tapes of the BI Historical Society.  This tape was labeled was "Silvester Howard, First Legally Taken Deer on Beaver Island."  This clip comes from some old film that was captured on VHS tape.  All of these historical Beaver Island tapes can be viewed as they are digitized for subscribers at http://beaaverislandnews.com

There is a lot more on this group of clips from the BIHS. This is all from old film with many more topics in there without any sound at all: commercial fishing, old ferry boat,  drive around the harbor in the early years, flying over the harbor area in a biplane, and much more.

View these old film clips HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 30, 2017

We sleep with a white noise machine, I woke up when it suddenly went silent - the power was out - I noticed that it was light out, so just as I slid my legs off the bed - the power came back on and the white noise machine started up again. The only major problem I found was that my coffee maker hadn't started at 6:30 like it's set for, I actually had to push the push the button myself. Coffee is now made so let's get on with the day.

Right now I'm showing clear skies, 44°, feels like 32°, humidity is at 63%, pressure is falling from 29.74 inches, wind is from the SW at 18 mph with gusts to 26 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of rain showers in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain and show showers. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect until 11 am EST this morning
TODAY: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots becoming west in the late morning. Gusts up to 35 knots. Slight chance of showers early in the morning. Waves 4 to 6 feet building to 4 to 7 feet in the morning. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 30, 1782 - The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.

DID YOU KNOW THAT carrots contain 0% fat? Nutrition Facts. The water content can vary from around 86-95%, and the edible portion consists of around 10% carbohydrates (1, 2). Carrots contain very little fat and protein (3). One medium, raw carrot (61 grams) contains 25 calories, with only 4 grams of digestible carbs. Purple carrots' unique color reflects their healthy phytochemical constituents. Not only does the Purple Haze variety have the vitamin A and beta-carotene of ordinary carrots, it's also rich in anthocyanins, the antioxidant compounds that give blueberries their distinctive color and superfood health benefits. White or golden carrots are yellow or cream colored. They have a mild flavor with hardly any of the earthiness of other colors of carrots, and they're notably a bit sweeter than orange, red, or purple carrots. Carrots are full of vitamins, minerals and fibers that are good for your health. But eating too many carrots can bring in too much beta-carotene the molecule responsible for carrots' bright orange hue and a precursor of vitamin A. This can lead to excess blood carotene which can discolor the skin.

WORD OF THE DAY: nostrum (NOS-truh m) which means
1) a scheme, theory, device, etc., especially one to remedy social or political ills; panacea. 2) a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine. In Latin nostrum is a neuter singular possessive pronoun meaning “our.” There is no noun expressed to be qualified, but the noun remedium “cure, medicine, remedy” may be understood. The original sense of nostrum “patent medicine made of secret ingredients” has always had more than a whiff of snake oil about it. The later sense of nostrum, dating from the mid-18th century and meaning “favorite but questionable plan for social or political improvement,” also carries an unfavorable connotation. Nostrum entered English in the early 17th century.

Waves at Iron Ore Bay

There were some interesting waves coming into Iron Ore Bay due to the southwest wind on Tuesday. The waves decreased in heighth as we continued up the East Side Road. Even at the Southhead Lighthouse, the waves were not as interesting or as big.

View a gallery of photos of the waves HERE

Interesting Reflection

Miller's Marsh

Fall Visitor

There had been several reports of the visitor posted on facebook a week or more ago. This picture was captured near his home on the West Side Road by Bill Detwhiler. One beautiful snowy owl picture, Bill! Thank you for sharing!

Can You See It?

Something standing in the middle of the West Side Road that ran off into the woods. Can you see it in the above picture?

If you are just patient, you might somehow be lucky enough to get a picture that you can recognize.

Cable's Creek and Bay in the Fall

With permission from the family, a trip was made to check out the home down the Cable's Creek roadway. The creek is running quite full and has plenty of water emptying into Lake Michigan. One comment was made about how clear the water was, and another one commented on how cold the water was.

View a gallery of photos of the creek HERE

BINN has always checked out the flow of the Cable's Creek in the springtime, but this is the first trip down to check it out in the fall. This trip was made on November 28, 2017, about three in the afternoon. It was quite surprising to the editor to see the flow of water so strong at this time of year.

View video of the Creek and the Bay HERE

Beaver South Head Lighthouse Views

Sunshine peaked through the clouds on November 28, 2017, so a trip to the south end seemed to fit into the schedule. The somewhat abandoned, but sincerely cared-about light and lighthouse, needs to be brought back up to its previous condition. There was a leak in the roof that is now patched. Thank you to those who did the work! Take a look at some of the pictures, and you may see some other things that need some attention.

Read a reply to a letter sent by BINN to the state HERE

The above pictures were taken on the sunny day, and are presented as somewhat different views of the light and lighthouse itself. There are more pictures in the gallery HERE.

Since the Lighthouse School has closed, there have been maintenance issues down at the light and the lighthouse, which you can tell from the response to the BINN letter to the state. There was no access to the inside of the lighthouse on this trip to get pictures of the damages inside, but it appeared in one of the pictures in the gallery that one upstairs window was open a little, and rain and snow might be able to blow in this winter and cause more damage.

View a video of the trip around outside of the light and lighthouse HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 29, 2017

While I think of it, my mom's 93rd birthday will be on the 13th of December. A few years ago I did this and she was absolutely thrilled and has saved every single one. If you can, send her a birthday card. Her address is Lillian Gregg; P.O. Box 99; Beaver Island MI 49782. She still has a busy social life with $2 Tuesday, Bingo (in season), Euchre, having her hair done on Friday mornings, and she still is driving (albeit at about 2 mph) so keep your eyes on that little turquoise car. Thanks so much in advance!

Back to winter weather. We're at 30° this morning and feels like 23°, (all my online weather apps seem to be down this morning so we'll go from the one in my yard). Wind is from the north from 4 to 11 mph, humidity is at 68%, and visibility is 10 miles. In other words, it's cold and windy. Good day for stew and a good book
TODAY: 34°, sunny, wind from the NW at 7 mph, humidity at 65%, and visibility at 10 miles.
TONIGHT: 37°, winds from the south at 10 mph, humidity at 71%, visibility 10 miles.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect until noon EST today
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots decreasing to 5 to 10 knots in the late morning, then becoming variable 10 knots or less in the afternoon becoming southeast 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 4 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 29, 1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.

DID YOU KNOW THAT In around 1908, Thomas Sullivan, a New York tea merchant, started to send samples of tea to his customers in small silken bags. Some assumed that these were supposed to be used in the same way as the metal infusers, by putting the entire bag into the pot, rather than emptying out the contents. It was thus by accident that the tea bag was born!

Responding to the comments from his customers that the mesh on the silk was too fine, Sullivan developed sachets made of gauze - the first purpose-made tea bags. During the 1920s these were developed for commercial production, and the bags grew in popularity in the USA. Made first of all from gauze and later from paper, they came in two sizes, a larger bag for the pot, a smaller one for the cup. The features that we still recognise today were already in place - a string that hung over the side so the bag could be removed easily, with a decorated tag on the end.

WORD OF THE DAY sagittate (SAJ-i-teyt) which means shaped like an arrowhead. Sagittate derives from New Latin sagittātus “shaped like an arrowhead” and is restricted entirely to the biological sciences (botany and entomology). In Latin sagittātus is a past participle meaning “shot or wounded by an arrow,” from the verb sagittāre “to discharge or fire arrows.” Sagittate entered English in the mid-18th century.

Boating Days

by Dick Burris

Boating days:
In my early teens, I just loved the water and had finally taught myself how to swim; as I was one of those that weighed more than the water.  My dad was a builder and there were always enough boards around to make a boat; we were on a farm and I saw hog-troughs as a design for a floating device, to paddle around in.
I took three six foot 1x12s, and screwed them together with caulking. Both ends were just a flat board.  The side boards were flailed out to make it around two feet wide on the top.  This craft was pretty tippy, but when I fell out, it could be rocked, to splash the water out over the sides. When it was practically empty, I could quickly draw it under me, and squirm in again and hand paddle to my 1"x 3"x 2' oar.
At one point I thought I needed a motor for it; I had a small starter and lots of scrap metal to use for it. I did build one, but it was too heavy and cumbersome for such a small vessel; it was tried in shallow water and immediately dumped battery and all in the lake.  Building the device was a real fiasco. We had some welder friends that gave me the idea to build a welder. I filled a crock with salt brine, and placed home-made electrodes about six inches apart in the brine; with the attached wires to holding devices for the welding rod and clamp device. Surprisingly it made a decent arc.

Now I needed a mask, so I took some glass and smoked it with oily gas in a deep pan; it did smoke the glass, but the fire got a little out of control.    Of course it was very close to the gas storage tank, so I thought I would drift it out of the garage with my foot.  When I shoved it, some gas went on my pant leg, and it caused third degree burns on my leg. This had to be ignored, cuz, my buddy and I had a motor to build and test that day. We found out that the mother did work but was an overkill and sunk the hog trough.  When I got home I told my poor sweet mother I had burned my leg; she about had a fit but dressed it for me.

In the morning my eyes were glued shut with mucus from the welding with smoked glass. I swung my leg out of bed, and really found out how much a burn could hurt with the added pressure.

Boat #2 was a six foot marine plywood mosquito boat, the hull was made of 1/4 " marine plywood with brass screws.  I had bought a ten horse Sea King outboard from Montgomery Wards magazine for  $200.00.  We had to shift weight forward when the throttle was thrown; and it would bullfrog forward, about 30 mph.  I took a neighbor for a ride, and she named it "Weee."

I built two hydroplanes after that. They were very short too.   We pulled skis and tow boards with them; doing circles under power,  that would send a tow board sideways, at an accelerated speed.
One day my brother talked me into Coot "hell diver" hunting with it. He brought his shot gun, and we'd zoom up to the coots; just before they would dive, he'd shoot one, and I'd scoop it in, as we zoomed by.
After the 4th coot, we saw the game warden coming, and sped beck to the trailer; threw the boat on and sped home. We cooked the ducks, and the meat was like rubber tires.

One time in March, I wanted to ride the board, so I held onto the dock, until the engine was revved up; then let loose, only to sink in the icy water. My pilot had seaweed around the propeller! We had it planned to drop throttle just as we reached the dock, so I could step off, and not get wet.

 One year I got a deal on a beautiful Christ Craft, with a twenty HP outboard motor. It was very fast and maneuverable, until the motor flipped into Otter Lake. Soon after that I took up SCUBA, but never found it on the silty bottom.

Next, I acquired an inboard "IO" drive with V8, 20' steel boat. It rocked and rolled a lot, so I welded three inch strakes just below the water line on both sides of the boat; it just bobbed after that, and slid a little in rough seas.

When I reached the island one year; I had junked a six cylinder Valient, and Clyde Fogg welded a straight shaft "stuffer box" in for me; and I junked the IO drive unit.  Then for awhile I had a Christ Craft lapstrake inboard with a 283 V8 engine. I spun off the 13x9 prop, and replaced it with a 13x13 square prop.  This gave a water speed of nearly 50mph!   A trip to Charlevoix was under an hour.  I hauled a lot of cargo with it in quite rough seas, which eventually loosened the hull, and it was leaking.

I decided then to use the 283 engine in the steel boat "Burr-Is-Bell" This boat now would go 14 mph in most seas; which made it easy on the "speed/time/distance' piloting.   The ''Burr-Is-Bell" pilot house was ugly as sin, so I built a fully enclosed hull with a small pilot house with a plywood closure flap across the back. I'm sure it could roll over and not take on water. It was the perfect dive boat. You could store gear below, and dress on deck. I had taken it to Charlevoix when the ferry wouldn't run.

Too many stories go with this boat (It would be like a book to include them.

I'm now on my 5th inflatable.   We've been to all of the islands and mainland many times with them. They are so easy and inexpensive to run. The last one is a Zodiac RIB "Rigid Inflatable Boat", that is safer than the others because if a tube loses air, it can still make it back.   Inflatables are great bottom searchers cuz they can go very slow and assume the speed of "GPS" readings; when you arrive on a shipwreck, at a slow speed;it's image will appear on the graph below..

The boat with the 20hp mother that ended up in Otter :Lake

Burr-Is-Bell coming to island with licensed motorized inner tube

Fully enclosed

Irish boat shop ramp, leaving for Beaver Island

L Z Reagle's old boat in Petoskey;
I bought it when Dave and I were shopping.

Home made dingy from top of an old van,
On the LZ Christ Craft. Landing barge ahead

Van that the brown dingy was made from is getting towed to the dump.

  The story above left out two steel boats and five dinghies. I bought an island boat, that was previously owned by Robert Gillespie, his "Gem Hunter" powered by a two cycle diesel. I used it for diving, and transporting (Kewaydenoque's) group and their supplies, to the north shore of Garden Island. I called this vessel "El Barquichelo" meaning (wretched little vessel, in Spanish)

On the last trip coming back from Garden it acted like it was running out of fuel, so I limped up to the dock with it and shut it down. Later when I tried to start it; a four foot pipe wrench wouldn't turn it over. Then it was junked. It's observation tower is on the bluff overlooking the west shore of Beaver Island, on Glynn's property.

The next steel boat was akin to the boat in the movie "Niagra" starring Marilyn Monroe. Six cylinder gas powered. I named it "Pegleg" After my friend Peg, with (leg/nautical expression), and (Pegleg the pirate). Later it attained the name 'White Trash" with a duel name of "Basura Blanca" the Spanish version. I gave this boat away, and went to inflatables, because of cost and other conveniences.

Also omitted from the story, were five dinghies, and a State licensed inner tube.

Shore dives sometimes required a long swim to the dive site, so I had a big inner tube, plywood support for a 1 1/2 hp tow motor; which had to be converted, in order to operate it from the back, (push became pull) with this modification. A dive flag was attached, and also a reel cord end, so it could be towed at different depths when the diver was on the bottom. I was hassled by marine officers about legality, so I licensed the damn thing; painted the numbers on it adjoining the "state" stickers. I no longer felt the need for it, so I traded the motor to Phil Gregg for a steel pram that was latter named, "Good Girl". 

I had a van that I had scrapped to make a trailer with the frame; it had a nice metal top that could ,with a little work, become a nice "high prow" DInghy. With iron pipe, plywood, styrofoam, and other scrap items I found. The high prow, and the rounded sides made it the best rough sea dinghy ever. Dave Gladish said that I looked like a turtle; walking with it on my back, to flip it into the lake.

I bought an eight foot aluminum pram that was much lighter for smoother seas. All of these dinghies when stored upside down on shore, and all had multiple places for snakes to climb into;and later, usually when in the water, they would avail themselves.

One day I had the small pram on my back, to carry to the shore. I've never been afraid of snakes; but this time a snake dropped on my shoulder, it kept slithering around my neck, and was making a second round. I was trying to shake it off, but it kept going around. I ended up running the last few feet, and threw the boat in the water, grabbed the snake and threw it on the ground. Those stinky things are not something I want against my skin!

Turn and Walk Away

by Daniel Craig

My EMS friends, health care providers, first responders, my friends, fo you remember your first CPR?

I do, but my second stands out. I was in the back of a Cadillac ambulance, and an elderly gentleman arrested while heading South on the Lodge freeway. We diverted back North to Mt. Carmel hospital a 3 or 4 minute ETA.

I started CPR. A couple breaths with an old ambu bag. It was Korean War era bag. You know the nice black rubber one's you see on Mash...lol. No really it was....they were also lined with asbestos. Ummm what we didn't know.

Anyways, couple breaths in, then I jump on the chest and start compressions. About ten in and the oral cavity is filling with vomit and blood. Okay suction! Right....I'm in a seventies Cadillac ambulance with 1950's equipment. The suction is one of those hand pump babies. It takes an army to operate and it doesn't work worth the sh_t.

Well, I grab a few towels and throw them on the floor and proceed to dump our patient. Support his upper toso, roll him and let gravity do the work. Few breaths, compressions, dump...and on till we make the hospital. Made the E.R. and handed off to staff. The rig was trashed! I was a mess! Remember no gloves back in those days. I dumped a lot of fluid out of this gentleman. My partner took on the task of cleaning the rig as I headed to the wash station to clean up.

My mind whirling! Breaking down the event that just happened. Did I do my best?...could I have done better? So many questions. Was it worth it? All this for $3.36 an hour. I was laid off from the heating and cooling industry where I was making ten bucks an hour. I finished washing up and was on the verge of calling it quits. Move on into another field of work.

As I was walking away from the wash station, a doctor approached me. He ask me if I brought in the CPR. I nodded and said, "Yes I was".

He extended his hand and introduced himself, and we shook. He told me, " I was damned if I do or damned if I don't. "

The gentleman had been slowly bleeding out since exploratory surgery a week ago. He told me I did a great job!

As I exited the hospital my spirits lifted. Maybe, just maybe I can do this job and make a difference. There's been a number of times I just wanted to "turn and walk away" but unseen forces intervene in some manner and keep me going. This incident happened in 1983, four months into EMS. I have been guided and blessed.

Stay safe my friends....smile, laugh, love....494

One Big Discouragement

by Cindy Ricksgers

Raising the Anchor of the Baltimore

Video by Phil Lange

This video footage was taken in 1992 by Phillip Lange. The anchor from the shipwreck of the Baltimore was located off of Hog Island, and several island men went out to recover it. There was a piece of the vessel attached to the chain on one end and the anchor on the other. The "Gem Hunter" powered the barge out to the location with a crane onboard the barge. Robert Gillespie operated the crane and brought the anchor up from the bottom and placed it on the barge. This is part of the BIHS VHS tape collection and was digitized by BINN Editor Joe Moore.

View the video HERE

Henry "Hank" "Bud" Gowman Interview

by Joyce Bartels in 2004

This is part of some of the video VHS collection at the Beaver Island Historical Society. This interview took place in Lansing by Joyce Bartels in 2004. Henry Gowman talks about his life on the island in the 1920s.

View this interview HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 28, 2017

Order of the morning, get up, let the dogs out, find my glasses, get dressed, let the dogs in,and COFFEE. That first warm sip is is always the very best as you feel it slide down. Ok, NOW I can think about the weather.

It's 53° (heat wave for the end of November), feels like 43°, clear skies, humidity is at 61%, pressure is steady at 29.62 inches, wind is from the SSW at 22 mph with gusts to 36 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. A 20% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect until 11 am EST this morning
TODAY: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots becoming west 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 5 to 8 feet. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 28, 1989 - Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in New York after escaping her homeland through Hungary.

DID YOU KNOW THAT wine is sold in tinted bottles because it spoils when exposed to light?

WORD OF THE DAY: benevolence (buh-NEV-uh-luh ns) which means the desire to do good to otheres; goodwill; charitableness. Benevolence is a borrowing Latin. Benevolentia is a derivative of the adjective benevolēns “well wishing,” from the adverb bene “well,” a derivative of the adjective bonus “good,” and volent-, the present participle stem of velle “to will, wish.” Benevolentia according to its etymology is a quality of the will, not an emotion. There is, however, always a tinge of feeling or affection. Benevolence entered English in the 14th century

Former Resident Building a Snowmachine

Mike Hurkmans, former Paid Een Ogs Road Beaver Island resident, has another project going up in the UP where they moved. He and his wife Sharon were always interested in the off-road riding, but never did any snowmobiling when they lived here on the island. As part of a project that Mike decided to start, building a comfortable machine that could travel over the snow became quite an obsession. Those of you on the island know that Mike was always working on something in his workshop here, the one attached to the house.

Mike took the concept of comfortable riding of an ORV and completely transferred it to comfortable snowmobiling. His idea of an enclosed snowmachine with wide skis, and his mechanical abilities have allowed this interesting project to be be near completion. Sharon Hurkmans sent BINN a link to the pictures of the project as it was begun and, now completed except for painting, weighing, and licensing. It will be interesting to see this vehicle out operating in the snow once it is registered.

View a gallery of pictures of snowmachine coming together HERE

Weather by Joe

Somebody turned on a big bright beautiful sunrise this morning here on Beaver Island, even though it is still partly cloudy. At 8;15 a.m., it is 28 degrees outside with an expected high of 39 degrees. The forecast for today includes no precipitation of any kind and mostly cloudly throughout the day. The pressure is 30.13 and visibility is ten miles. It is overcast at 11,000 feet, but the sun peeks through once in a while. The humidity is 78%. The ferry boat is heading out after a really windy day with gale warnings yesterday. Although fairly calm right now, the winds will pick up to 10 to 15 mph from the east southeast. Tonight, the winds will switch to the south and increase slightly, but the temperature will not decrease below freezing tonight.

WORD OF THE DAY:mazuma [muh-zoo-muh] This is a slang term for money with Hebrew origins. When they want it, every one of these memoranda must be Johnny-on-the-spot before they can dig up the mazuma.


On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of “Deus vult!” or “God wills it!”

Born Odo of Lagery in 1042, Urban was a protege of the great reformer Pope Gregory VII. Like Gregory, he made internal reform his main focus, railing against simony (the selling of church offices) and other clerical abuses prevalent during the Middle Ages. Urban showed himself to be an adept and powerful cleric, and when he was elected pope in 1088, he applied his statecraft to weakening support for his rivals, notably Clement III.

By the end of the 11th century, the Holy Land—the area now commonly referred to as the Middle East—had become a point of conflict for European Christians. Since the 6th century, Christians frequently made pilgrimages to the birthplace of their religion, but when the Seljuk Turks took control of Jerusalem, Christians were barred from the Holy City. When the Turks then threatened to invade the Byzantine Empire and take Constantinople, Byzantine Emperor Alexius I made a special appeal to Urban for help. This was not the first appeal of its kind, but it came at an important time for Urban. Wanting to reinforce the power of the papacy, Urban seized the opportunity to unite Christian Europe under him as he fought to take back the Holy Land from the Turks.

At the Council of Clermont, in France, at which several hundred clerics and noblemen gathered, Urban delivered a rousing speech summoning rich and poor alike to stop their in-fighting and embark on a righteous war to help their fellow Christians in the East and take back Jerusalem. Urban denigrated the Muslims, exaggerating stories of their anti-Christian acts, and promised absolution and remission of sins for all who died in the service of Christ.

Urban’s war cry caught fire, mobilizing clerics to drum up support throughout Europe for the crusade against the Muslims. All told, between 60,000 and 100,000 people responded to Urban’s call to march on Jerusalem. Not all who responded did so out of piety: European nobles were tempted by the prospect of increased land holdings and riches to be gained from the conquest. These nobles were responsible for the death of a great many innocents both on the way to and in the Holy Land, absorbing the riches and estates of those they conveniently deemed opponents to their cause. Adding to the death toll was the inexperience and lack of discipline of the Christian peasants against the trained, professional armies of the Muslims. As a result, the Christians were initially beaten back, and only through sheer force of numbers were they eventually able to triumph.

Urban died in 1099, two weeks after the fall of Jerusalem but before news of the Christian victory made it back to Europe. His was the first of seven major military campaigns fought over the next two centuries known as the Crusades, the bloody repercussions of which are still felt today. Urban was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1881. (from history.com)

Today, I'm Thankful

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 Sunday

November 26, 2017

As you can read below, the Holy Cross Catholic Church had its normal service at 9:30 a.m., but it was impossible to livestream the service due to there being no Internet at the church. The Internet came back on at somewhere near 1 p.m. this afternoon. BINN, as usual, recorded the service, so it is presented here.

Joan Banville read the readings......Father Jim sand the Alleluia and read the Gospel.

View video of the service HERE

Internet and Phone Outage

BINN was without telephone and Internet this morning until just about a half an hour ago. Holy Cross Church also was without Internet, so there was no live streaming of Mass this morning. This was something beyond our control, and TDS did move fairly quickly today (Thanks, Rick Buholtz) to get us back up and running. We're sorry about not having the service available live, but it will be processed and posted here in just a little while.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 26, 2017

It's 30° outside this morning, although it does feel like 18°. humidity is at 71%, pressure is rising from 30.08 inches, wind is from the west at 13 mph with gusts to 16 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs around 40°. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 35 mph shifting to the southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. NOrthwest winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 10 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect from 7 am EST this morning through this evening
TODAY: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots becoming southwest up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots in the late morning, then becoming west 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots early in the evening. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 5 to 8 feet in the morning. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 26, 1983 - A Brinks Mat Ltd. vault at London's Heathrow Airport was robbed by gunmen. The men made off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly $40 million. Only a fraction of the gold has ever been recovered and only two men were convicted in the heist.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Tokyo began life as a village known as Edo. ... The city's name was formally changed to Tokyo, meaning eastern capital, in 1868, when the nearly 700-year shogunate period came to an end, and the new emperor, Meiji, moved his residence there.

WORD OF THE DAY: hearth (hahrth) which means 1) home; fireside 2) the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick, etc. often extending a short distance into a room. Modern English hearth closely resembles Old English heorth and has kindred forms throughout Germanic: Old Frisian herth, Old High German herth, Old Saxon herth, German Herd, and Dutch haard. There are other words outside Germanic that are not so obviously related (perhaps not related at all), such as Latin carbō (stem carbon-) “coal (dead or burning), charcoal.” Hearth dates from the Old English period.

Phil Gregg Roast from 2000

Another VHS video from the Phil Gregg collection

Phil Gregg’s Roast 2000
If there is one thing that we can think about from the past on Beaver Island, it should be about how we could laugh WITH one another instead of laughing AT one another.  The roasts from this period of Beaver Island history certainly fit this situation.
The year before the roastee (perhaps not a word, but used anyway) was Tim McDonough, who got an opportunity to speak near the end of the roast.
The camera was located in a position to get good video as well as pick up the sound from the microphone used by all the speakers.  Bill Pallidino and Jayne Bailey were the hosts of this program, and the laughs were and still are very welcome to this editor.
(On a personal note, I was late to this roast due to an emergency run, but still had a chance to speak.)
It’s also wonderful to see some of these people who no longer live on Beaver Island or have passed on to another life.

Lots of family and friends filled the Holy Cross Parish Hall for this program.  Laughter abounded.  Many told their stories and some were even received by email and read on the stage.  It would be wonderful to bring back this kind of project to get us to laugh at ourselves

Jayne Bailey, hostesses........Bill Pallidino, host

Phyllis Gregg Moore roasts her father.

Elwood Baker was next.

Lots more people shared stories and made us laugh.

Marilyn Duda...............Claire Cull..................Sue Welke

Bob Welke....................Gary Huard................Joe Moore

.......................Bill Hirschey............Eula Thomas (from Dolly Parton?)

Phil's gift from Dolly Parton??

One of the decorations above the HC Hall stage for the roast.

Pinky Harmon.............Alvin LaFreniere

Harold Lounsberry with quite a list

Tim McDonough, 1999 roastie got a chance to get even.

Phil got a chance to tell a story or two also.

This gathering of island residents, friends, and relatives was a wonderful evening of great laughter, smiles, and a few tears. These are the kinds of gatherings that have made Beaver Island a great place to live.

View video of the Phil Gregg Roast Part 1 of 2000 HERE

View video of the Phil Gregg Roast Part 2 of 2000 HERE

20th Anniversary of the Emerald Isle Ferry Boat

Bill McDonough-Presentation in 1997 on the New Ferry Boat

The Museum Week 1997 presentation took place in the Holy Cross Hall with echoing sound and magnified crackles.  The video was taken from near the back of the hall, which made the sound quite difficult to hear.   After two days of working to try to make the sound better, first to make it so it could be heard, and then to attempt to eliminate the noise, the result is less than perfect, but the investment of time and effort as well as program purchases is completed to the best of this editor’s capability.
The video camera was held by hand and is jiggly as well as zooming in and out, but it does beat no video.

This year of 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the maiden run of the Emerald Isle ferry, and it will be marked with free passage on the ferry on December 4, 2017, and free passage is only for this one day.
If you come to the island on that day on the Emerald Isle, you will have to purchase a ticket to return to the mainland, and vice versa, since there is only one boat on that day, and the return trip would have to be on another day without free passage.

Bill’s presentation is quite informative, and interesting information is presented even though it is difficult to hear.  It’s too bad that the camera operator was not much closer, and that there was no use of a microphone for the presentation.
It is interesting to hear the difference between perceived information from July 1997 and the facts from 2017.  There was obviously no thought of breakdowns in 1997, nor the turnover in the transportation authority members and directors.  And, there are thoughts of purchasing another boat floating around.  The history of the ferry service to the is another interesting topic for someone to research.

View video of this presentation HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 25, 2017

Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I know we did.

Right now I'm showing 41°, feels like 34°, humidity is at 66%, pressure is rising from 29.62 inches, wind is from the WNW at 8 mph with gusts to 17 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the morning then a chance of snow and rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 40°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through this evening
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers through the day. Chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of snow showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 25, 1715 - Sybilla Thomas Masters became the first American to be granted an English patent for cleaning and curing Indian corn.

Although her two patents were in her husband's name, Sibilla, or Sybilla, Masters was among the first, if not the first, American to receive a patent. Norecord of Masters' date or place of birth exists, but it may have been in the mid to late 1670s and probably in Bermuda. Her parents, William and Sarah Righton, were Quakers. Her father was a merchant marine who may have emigrated to New Jersey from Bermuda in 1687. Sibilla married Thomas Masters, a successful merchant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, around 1695. After they were married, he had a large mansion built in Philadelphia overlooking the Delaware River, the fruit of overseas land investments. He held several political posts, including mayor of Philadelphia from 1707 to 1708.

Sibilla Masters travelled to London between 1712 and 1715. During this time,she designed a corn pulverizer which cleaned and cured Indian corn grown in the American colonies. Master's invention consisted of a stamp, or pestle, that, when tripped, descended through a wooden cylinder to a mortar, which heldthe corn. The action of the stamp turned the corn into meal, which was then transferred to bins for drying, or curing. In 1714, Thomas Masters acquired agrist mill where the corn meal was produced for sale in the Philadelphia area. It was offered as a cure for consumption, an early term for tuberculosis, though it was nothing more than a food product. In 1715 an English patent wasissued to Thomas Masters for Sibilla's invention, since, by law, women were unable to receive patents.

In 1716 Masters, still on her own in England, secured another English patentin her husband's name. Her second invention involved a process by which straw and palmetto leaves were formed and stained for the adornment of women's hats and bonnets. Unfortunately, no diagram or description of the process exists. Less than a month after the patent was issued, Masters opened a shop in London, the West India Hat and Bonnet, where she sold head pieces and furniture padding made from her straw and leaf treatment. Masters' business venture was short-lived, however, and she was back in Philadelphia by mid 1717. She secured the same two patents with the colony of Pennsylvania, once again in her husband's name. It is not known if she pursued her ventures any further after this. While Sibilla Masters is recognized for her inventiveness and attempts at marketing, the real significance of her work remains her bold venture into a realm that was generally exclusive of women.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Roy Cleveland Sullivan (February 7, 1912 – September 28, 1983) was a United States park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on seven different occasions and survived all of them.

WORD OF THE DAY: torporific (tawr-puh-RIF-ik) which means causing sluggish inactivity or inertia. The English adjective torporific is Latinate but not Latin. Latin has the noun torpor “numbness, stupor” and the suffix -ficus “making, producing” (as in magnificus “grand, great”), but not the compound torporificus. Torporific entered English in the 18th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 24, 2017

Woke up extra early so might as well do the weather before taking a nap while waiting for Joe to wake up. In the meantime, it's 43°, feels like 32°, humidity is at 74%, pressure is falling from 29.58 inches, wind is at 16 mph from the SSW with gusts to 25 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the morning, then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.
TONIGHT: Rain showers. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect through this evening
TODAY: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Slight chance of showers early in the morning, then chance of showers in the morning. Rain showers likely in the afternoon. Waves 6 to 9 feet. Waves occasionally around 11 feet.
TONIGHT: West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Rain showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 24, 1971 - Hijacker Dan Cooper, known as D.B. Cooper, parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: African elephants only have 4 teeth

WORD OF THE DAY: mucilaginous (mu-ci-lag-i-nous) which means 1) sticky, viscid 2) of , relating to, full of, o rsecetaig mucilage. Mucilage is a thick, gluey substance produced by nearly all plants and some microorganisms.These microorganisms include protists which use it for their locomotion. Their movement is always opposite to the secretion of mucilage.

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service, 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day

Today November 23, 2017, all four churches of Beaver Island got together for a service of Thanksgiving. The service included the Episcopal Mission, the Lighhouse Fellowship, the Beaver Island Non-Denominational Christian Church, and the Holy Cross Catholic Church, who hosted the service. Singing in the choir loft were members from all four churches as well with Judi Meister on the keyboard and Joe Moore on the violin. The service was livestreamed and recorded by News on the 'Net.

The service began a few minutes after ten this morning with approximately fifty people in attendance including those in the choir loft. The Ecumenical Service is BINN Editor's Joe Moore favorite service of the entire year. Joe said, "This is the one time that we get together to give thanks to each other and give thanks to God for our lives, our friendships, and all that we have. I truly enjoy joining members of all the churches together and sharing our faith in God and giving him thanks as one group."

Father James Siler welcomed all to Holy Cross for the service.

John Works read a Thanksgiving scripture.

Riley Williamson led a responsive reading.

The gathering all sang the hymn 'Come, Ye Thankful People, Come." The choir then sang "For the Beauty of the Earth."

Jean Wierenga read from Collosians.

Judi Meister and Joe Moore lead the gathering by playing a violin and keyboard duet "Let All Things Now Living."

Adam Anderson read some Thanksgiving scripture and made a few comments about them.

Linda Wearn lead a Prayer of Thanksgiving

The choir sang the all-time favorite hymn "Let There Be Peace on Earth."

Father Jim Siler led us in the signs of peace and gave a final blessing.

The service closed with the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

View video of the Ecumenical Service HERE

Happy Thanksgiving from News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 23, 2017

Wishing each one of you, and your families a blessed, and happy Thanksgiving Day! Just a reminder that there will be an Ecumenical Service open to the entire island at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Please come and give thanks for our great blessings. For the first time that I can remember, we are having turkey day at my mom's house. Since my folks started it 50+ years ago the Thanksgiving Dinner at the Christian Church, this year it was changed to a Sunday. It won't be a big crowd at mom's, just Mom, Ruthie, Joe, and I, but it will be nice to enjoy just us....plus leftovers (my favorite part).

It's 34° outside but feels like 19°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 29.94 inches, wind is from the WSW at 17 mph with gusts to 24 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Snow showers likely in the morning then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation up to 1 inches. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Chance of snow 70%.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 40% chance of snow showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph after midnight.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through late tonight
Gale watch in effect from late tonight through Friday evening
TODAY: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Snow showers likely early in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
FRIDAY: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 6 to 9 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT: West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 23, 1970 - George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" was released in the U.S.

DID YOU KNOW THAT not all your taste buds are on our tongue (10% are on the insides of you cheeks)? I'm willing to bet that a whole lot of us are going to be testing this one out today.

WORD OF THE DAY: acerate (AS-uh-rayt) which means needlelike. From Latin acerosus (full of chaff), erroneously interpreted as derived from acus (needle) or acer (sharp), ultimately from the Indo-European root ak- (sharp), which is also the source of acrid, vinegar, acid, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, eager, oxygen, mediocre, acerbate, acidic, acidulous, acuity, and paragon. Earliest documented use: 1833.

The Very First Christmas Cantata

Coming up very soon is the Christmas Concert for 2017, and it makes sense sometimes to look back at the previous performances and compare the lenghth and the content. This is one chance for that.

As you can probably tell by the many historical postings of video completed by the editor, he is obsessed with this project. This video comes from the Phil Gregg collection, not the BIHS collection of VHS tapes. This cantata was the first one done on the island and took place in 2001. There were a large number of singers in this group, the adult group singing the cantata "Listen."

Also performing were some very young people that you will probably be able to identify, the editor playing violin, island musicians playing music for the accompaniment, and Kathy Speck conducting the children's choir and the adult choir.

Judi Meister on piano.....Laurain Dawson on organ

Our young people participating

Judi Meister and Joe Moore playing "Ave Maria"

Narrators Phil Gregg and Pinky Harmon

The large cantata choir

View video of this performance HERE

Sales Calls Using a 448- Number

While it may or may not be legal, there have been several sales calls from the 448- exchange numbers to the home phone. These are the numbers that are from unknown callers that have called and tried to sell something:

448-6333............. 448-8597................. 448-6537

At least six calls have been received at this Carlisle Road residence, so the policy will now be easily followed. Unless the caller is identified as someone known to be a Beaver Island residence, the call will receive an automatic hang up.

December St. James Board of Review Meeting Scheduled

Helen Pike Presentation on Beaver Island Schools

Helen Pike...........Bea Boyle

This presentation took place many years ago at the Holy Cross Parish Hall, probably in the 1994-5 Museum Week. There is a short presentation by Bea Boyle also toward the end. Helen speaks about attending school here on the island and some of the many schools that moved around in the era of logging on the island. Bea speaks about attending Sunnyside School. This part of the collection of VHS video tapes of the Beaver Island Historical Society that are being digitized by BINN Editor Joe Moore..

View video of this presentation HERE

Bethlehem Babe from Christmas Cantata 2010

The Beaver Island group performs this music by an unknown author, arranged by Joe Moore

This piece of music has been performed by several people and groups, but the story of the Dominican sister fits the joyous occasion, although it is unlikely that it is correct, especially with Marilyn Holmes recording it and several other arrangers publishing it now.


Thanksgiving Eve Sunrise

This sunrise this morning from the boat dock was gorgeous. Picture taken by Bob Tidmore.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 22, 2017

Dang, I not only slept in, I accidently deleted this and closed the window before I was done. So now to start all over. As most of you know I haven't been feeling up to par for three weeks and if you've talked to me, you know my voice sounds like stones rolling around in a cement mixer. So, yesterday I went to Mclaren ER, many thanks to my daughter, Courtney Moore Pelcha, for hauling me around and sitting in the hospital for what seemed forever. Turns out the thrust is gone, sore throat isn't. I have a lovely, bad ear infection. They decided to do a CAT scan to see if there was an abscess or abnormal fluid collection. They couldn't tell so they decided to do another one this time with contrast dye.
1) no evidence of abscess or abnormal fluid collection. So they put me on antibiotics and pain meds along with a huge short of something that will take away the pain for 3 days. Thank you so much.
2) They found a thyroid nodule and recommend non emergent follow-up of the thyroid.
3) Pathologic adenopathy is partially imaged in the upper mediastinum. Recommend non emergent follow-up outpatient CAT scan of the thorax with contrast.
5) Degenerative changes of the cervical spine with mass effect of the proximal esophagus.
6. Some mild thickening the proximal thoracic esophagus consider direct visualization (in other words stick a scope down my throat).
So see, it's not so bad, and explains why I haven't been feeling up to par. However, it could be so much worse. There are millions and millions of people in this world who are much worse off so I'm not going to complain (much). Besides, I'm thinking God is testing me to see how fast I say, "uncle" and it ain't happening. I have faith that this too will pass just like Henry (who thankfully keeps quiet playing solitaire in my brain), and the lung cancer (bye bye lung) and that I will continue to bug the heck out of all you guys. I know for a fact that God is good, all the time. I will continue to sit in the magical O'Donnell pew at Holy Cross and talk to Mugs. Ok, on to the weather.

It's 28°, feels like 22°, humidity is at 76%, wind is from the west at 7 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the evening then a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect until 11 am EST this morning
TODAY: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of snow showers early in the morning, then slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 22, 1963 - U.S. President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, TX. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also seriously wounded. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as the 36th U.S. President. Those of us who remember this horrific event can tell you exactly where we were and what we were doing with we learned of this.

DID YOU KNOW THAT hiccups usually lasts for 5 minutes to a few hours. Hiccups that last longer than 48 hours are called persistent hiccups. Hiccups that last longer than a month are called intractable hiccups. While very rare, intractable hiccups can cause exhaustion, lack of sleep, and weight loss.

WORD OF THE DAY: bakemeat (BEYK-meet) 1) Obsolete. pastry; pie. 2) Obsolete. cooked food, especially a meat pie.
The English noun bakemeat has been obsolete since the end of the 17th century. The first syllable of bakemeat comes from the English verb bake, a derivative of the uncommon Proto-Indo-European root bhē-, bhō- “to warm, roast,” from which English also derives bathe (and German bähen), and Greek phōgein “to roast.” Meat originally meant food in general, not flesh (a sense that arose in the 13th century), as in the meat of a nut or fruit or in the proverb “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” The Old English word was mete, closely akin to Old Frisian mete, Old Saxon meti, and Old Norse matr. Bakemeat entered English in the late 14th century in the prologue to Geoffrey Chaucer’s (1340?–1400) Canterbury Tales (composed after 1387).

Thinking...... Again

by Cindy Ricksgers

Dedication of Beaver Island Christian Church

July 1985

This video was taken by Jack Cull. The editing was done by Michael Himebach. This was part of Phil Gregg's collection of VHS tapes. There are many people from the older days of the church that can be seen on this video. The list includes Phil Gregg doing an introduction and speaking, Curt Petrak, Dave Gladish, and several previous members of the church singing and worshipping together.

Phil Gregg doing the introduction

Phil introduces the stained glass window designers and makers, Nancy Sommer and Donna Hardenburg.

View video of the entire service and dedication HERE

Franklin Left Interviewed by Robert Cole

Franklin Left

This is an interview by Robert Cole of Franklin Left as part of the project of oral history that Robert did for the Beaver Island Historical Society. Editor Joe Moore of BINN is digitizing their VHS video tapes and making the video available on News on the 'Net. Robert's original interview was completed in 1999.

View video of the interview HERE

Phil and Lil Gregg Interviewed by Shamus Norgaard 2008

Beaver Beacon and Beaver Tales

This interview took place in 2008. The interviewer is Jim Norgaard, and the information is regarding the Beaver Beacon, its beginnings, and their sixteen or more years of writing, printing, and colating the Beaver Beacon and mailing it out to the people of the island.

View video of the interview HERE

BIESA Meeting Minutes

October 26, 2017

Cookie Carnival

December 9, 2017

Emerald Isle 20th Anniversary


December 4, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 21, 2017

It's 45° outside this morning, a mini heat wave, humidity is at 61%, pressure is rising from 29.38 inches, wind is from the west at 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the morning then snow showers likely and a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation could be up to 1 inch. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph decreasing to 30 mph after midnight.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect until 11 am EST this morning.
TODAY: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 35 knots. Slight chance of rain and snow showers in the morning. Chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 6 to 9 feet. Waves occasionally around 11 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 21, 1980 - An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out "who shot J.R." on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun.

DID YOU KNOW THAT everyone has a unique tongue print?
So, if you're taking part in a robbery, don't lick anything so they will find you!

WORD OF THE DAY: venan l(VEE-uhl) which means capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration; held for sale; salable; purchasable. Venal comes from the Latin venalis, from venum, "sale." It is related to vendor and vending machine. Be careful not to confuse it with venial, "easily excused or forgiven."

Robert Cole Interview of Henry Hill 1999

View video of this interview HERE

Monday Musings

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

November 19, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 20, 2017

Chilly Monday. Right now I'm showing 22°, clear skies, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 29.83 inches, wind is from the north, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 45 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect from this evening through Tuesday morning
TODAY: West wind 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest 10 to 20 knots in the late morning. Gusts up to 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the morning, then building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 6 to 9 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 20, 1980 - On Jefferson Island, Louisiana, an oil rig in Lake Pigneur pierced the top of the salt dome beneath the island. The freshwater lake completely drained within a few hours. The Delcambre Canal reversed flow and two days later the previous freshwater lake was a 1,300-foot-deep saltwater lake.

DID YOU KNOW THAT your head contains 22 bones?

WORD OF THE DAY: deontology (dee-on-TOL-uh-jee) which means ethics, especially that branch dealing with duty, moral obligation, and right action. Deontology, the study of moral obligation, derives from Greek déon (stem déont-), a neuter participle used as a noun, meaning “what is binding, necessary, right,” a derivative of the verb déein, deîn “to bind, tie, fetter.” The combining form -logy “science” is completely naturalized in English. Deontology was coined and published by the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) in 1826.

Mass from Holy Cross

November 19, 2017

Patrick Nugent did the readings.......Celebrant was Father James Siler

Seven people (unique IPs) watched the live stream of the Mass.

View video of the service HERE

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service


There will be an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Day Service at Holy Cross Church 10 AM on Thanksgiving morning.

Let the whole island come together and give thanks for the many blessings we have!

Island Treasures Resale Shop

November 24, 2017

We want to welcome you to Island Treasures Resale Shop for our Black Friday Shopping Day on November 24 from noon until 4:00. Cookies and coffee will be available. All Christmas themed items such as decorations, cards, shirts, and trees will be offered at half price !

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

Circle M Begins New Kitchen Construction

Having been sick a few days and confined to the house, the editor first saw the changes taking place at the Circle M on a trip after picking up a package at the airport. There was something different up on that hill, and a quick stop and back up was in order.

Driving up the hill toward the Circle M, this is what was seen.

This is the normal view of the entrance, and it is still the same.

This is what seemed out of place.

The old Circle M kitchen had been torn off the back of the stone building, and this is waht was seen there now.

The foundation for the new kitchen, which is much larger than the old.



Ed Wojan Receives Award

With forty years of membership in the local realty association and the National Association of Realtors. The Realtor Emeritus designation is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member by the National Association of Realtors. Anyone who has maintained membership in the National Association for a cumulative period of 40 years is eligible for the award, and our local realtor received the award. Ed first joined the National Association of Realtors in 1977, and his work in the Beaver Island community definitely shows his desire to help property owners and those looking to purchase property.

Ed Wojan providing input for the NRETC

Ed Wojan reporting on harbor property acquisition

These two pictures are just two examples of Ed Wojan working to help improve the community. Congratulations, Ed Wojan, on receiving your award!

Newest Scam

With a large number of people ordering things online, this scam becomes really important to protect your identity. There have been several scams out there related to the more popular online websites for ordering all kinds of items. The newest scam or the next scam that might catch you off guard is one mentioned here.

If you order a lot of items online, you are familiar with placing the order, then getting an email confirmation of the order. Then, a little later, you get another email that states that the item has been shipped, and in some cases you get a tracking number. Then, you might get an email from one of these places that state that your item was "unable to be delivered."

THIS is where you MUST be careful. The scam emails come and state something similar to the "unable to be delivered" message, then provide you a link to go and correct the problem. You will see a page that looks just like the online sellers page, and it will ask you for your information, and may even ask you to re-enter your credit card information. STOP! Don't give this information!

Instead, you need to log-on to the online seller's website and check on your order this way instead of giving out your identity information to an unconfirmed webpage.

There are lots of other scams out there on the Internet. If you are not absolutely sure, don't give your information. Find a telephone number that you can verify is really a number to that business or log on to an account at that business, but don't give out your personal information without knowing who you are giving it to.



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

May 3, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 7, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 19, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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

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1950s Movie Film by Rogers Carlisle

(with no sound)

Editor’s note:  This video was actually filmed by Rogers Carlisle in the 1950s.  The editor found this video fascinating with little clips put together and then put on VHS tape.

This video is part of a digitizing project being completed by BINN Editor Joe Moore for the Beaver Island Historical Society.  To see this video of the history of Beaver Island is fascinating.  Many things are included.  Here is a list of some of the items from this video:

Ice harvest, Old cars being placed on the ice(the car bodies), Ice breaking, Trapping, Parade, Fall Colors, Hunting Birds, Deer, Squirrels in the Snow, Beaver trapping, Island businesses at the time, Ferry trip from Charlevoix to Beaver Island, Video of the harbor area from the water and on land,  a trip down the island, early fly-in,  and more.

Although there is no sound, the video speaks for itself.  It shows a time past, more than fifty years ago, of the island and some of the island activities.

View digitized VHS video from 1950s film HERE

Christmas Program

To all the people on Beaver Island--there WILL be Christmas program this year on December 3, 2017.

SS Carl D. Bradley

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. Frank Mays, one of the survivors of the sinking, came to Beaver Island and made a presentation up at the St. James Township Hall in 2014. On the anniversary of the sinking, BINN makes video of the presentation available to all.

View video of presentation HERE

Rod Nackerman and Katherine Ricksgers Interview by Robert Cole

This is another interview done by Robert Cole in the series of the Oral History Project. This intervirew took place at the Nackerman Farm house in 1995. The interesting parts of this interview include personal history and their relationship to the island, growing up here, and going to school here. This is part of the project of digitizing the video that is on VHS tapes at the BIHS.

View video of the interview HERE

Jack Coppens Interview by Robert Cole

Jack Coppens

This is another of a series of interviews completed by Robert Cole for the Beaver Island Historical Society from 1995. It is part of the oral history project. The VHS tapes are being digitized by BINN Editor Joe Moore for the historical society. As you can tell from the picture, the VHS video is degrading.

View video of the interview HERE

Clare Adkin Presentation on High Island and House of David

Clare Adkin

This presentation took place in 1994 with Phil Lange operating the video camera. There were lots of previously written statements debunked in this presentation based upon Clare Adkin research. The presentation contains lots of pictures as slides. This took place in the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

View video of this presentation HERE

Most Important Legislation Signed by President Trump

This is the legislation that allows EMS providers to continue to provide a high level of care to emergency patients through administration of emergency drugs authorized by existing protocols and written physician orders

The Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 201,! H.R. 304, thanks to Congressmen Richard Hudson (R-NC) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), for shepherding this bill through the legislative process and ultimately into law.  Thanks also goes to the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMS Physicians for their leadership in bringing this issue to the attention of Congress. Thanks also goes for the support of other national EMS organizations, including the American Ambulance Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, and the Emergency Nurses Association for their support of H.R. 304.

Passage of this key legislation demonstrates the value of collaboration. The EMS profession came together to work with our Congressional leaders to protect emergency patients and EMS ability to appropriately care for them

BICS Weekly Bulletin

November 17, 2017

Update on Beaver Island Township Election

On November 8, 2017, Angel Welke and John Fiegen delivered signed petitions to the Charlevoix County Board requesting that the Board set an election for voters in Peaine and St. James Townships to decide whether or not to consolidate the two townships into one township. More than 50 signatures were included--about half from each township—which exceeds the number required under Michigan law. 

The petitions state that if voters approve consolidation, the new township would be named Beaver Island Township. The petitions also contained language that would maintain the townships’ current eight extra voted millages for services and their existing expiration dates. 

In a cover letter transmitting the petitions, Fiegen and Welke asked the county Board to set the consolidation election for May 8, 2018, the next election in the state’s Calendar of Election Dates.

What Did You Say 69

by Joe Moore

What Did You Say 69
By Joe Moore

Thirty years of serving the island in EMS is a long time.  That’s a lot more than one hundred thousand hours.  For just a little less than fifteen years, I was the director of EMS.  That’s also more than a hundred thousand hours.  Now with some overlap of these positions, it might seem that that’s a lot of time to donate.  You are right.  Eventually, there had to be some pay involved.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Life Among Strang Mormons- Shirley Gladish 1995

This presentation took place in 1995 in the Holy Cross Hall. The sound has a typical echo for that building, prior to anything being placed inside the hall to correct the issue. The presentation shows the maps and pictures of the time frame when the Strangite Mormons took over the island. Shirley Gladish showed and read lots of maps and letters and answered questions at the end.

(While the editor looked for and downloaded a couple of programs to help eliminate the echo from the hall, the filters degraded the audio so much that the original echo is better than the expensive filters that were used.)

View video of this presentation HERE


BEAVER ISLAND, MI - As the Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO) nears its last sail of the 2017 season, they recognize a crucial and beloved staff member on his retirement, Senior Captain Kevin McDonough, for his 47 years of dedicated service. 

McDonough starting working for the ferry service in 1970 and has been guiding BIBCO’s ferry safely across Lake Michigan in various weather conditions for 47 years. McDonough has seen BIBCO change through old and new ferries, from the South Shore and the Beaver Islander on to the Emerald Isle built in 1997.  McDonough was instrumental in ensuring the Emerald Isle was built as designed and he sailed her as Captain to every dry docking and through every one of her 20 years of service since then.  It is through his leadership as Senior Captain that the boat company’s vessels have been maintained in such pristine condition and that BIBCO is well respected by the USCG and the industry for their safe operations. 

McDonough, has always approached his challenges with resourceful ideas and has been committed to resolve any issues that may arise. He has helped keep the Beaver Island Boat Company on a steady course for years, through his dedication and loyal service as Senior Captain and ultimately to the island residents and its many visitors. 

“Kevin, we hope the best is yet to come for you in this next chapter of your life.  Enjoy your retirement fishing, gardening, hiking the island and most important of all, spending time with your family. Congratulations on a wonderful career, and best wishes.  It has been my pleasure to know you and to work with you.” (Margo Marks, President of Beaver Island Boat Company)




BICS Calendars

November 2017

December 2017

January 2018

Christmas Lunch and Santa's Workshop

The Beaver Island Friends of Veterans will hold the Annual Children's Christmas Lunch and Santa's Workshop on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Beaver Island Community School. A hot dog lunch will be served at 11:00, with a visit to Santa to follow.  We will also hold Santa's Workshop that same day so the youngsters can purchase their Christmas gifts for family and friends at a nominal price.  We wish you all a Happy Holiday!!

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

Island Treasures Resale

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017,  the Resale Shop will welcome donors and shoppers at noon as we begin our summer schedule. The summer schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 4:00.

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

October 2017


Christian Church Bulletin

October 22, 2017

BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

Bank Hours Change

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Island Treasures Resale Shop

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 4:00. During those hours we will gladly accept your "gently used, barely used, like new " items. Please be sure that your donations be in season, clean, and in good repair. Thank you for your support !

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

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