B. I. News on the 'Net, November 23-29, 2015

PUB Quiz Successful

Approximately fourty people crammed into the Stoney Acre Grill dining room to help raise money for the Food Pantry. This annual event organized by Carol Gillespie and Linda Wearn has been one of the most fun gatherings every late fall for many years. These ladies do such a wonderful job at coming up with the questions for the trivia quiz. The event consists of ten rounds of ten questions each. Out of 100 questions, the team with the most correct answers is given a gift certificate with second place also getting one.

Carol and Linda

The questions can cover anything from any topic. An example question this year was: "What is the most prevalent blood type?" Another example was "What is the name of the lava from a volcano before it becomes lava?" Another one was: " What do you see? LIstandingNE" By the way, the answers were: "O," "magma," and "Standing in Line."

The teams write their answers down and turn them in to be graded. After each round, the answers to the previous round are given and scores for each team is also provided.

The winning team was the team including Dan and Carol Burton, Karen Slanga, Patrick McGinnity, and Sally Stebbins. Second place was Jim and Sandy Birdsall, Kathy Tidmore, and Krys Lyle.

The Winning Team

A good time was had by all!

The 6th annual Pub Quiz was a success with $280 raised for the Beaver Island Food Pantry. There were 9 teams with 41 participants. Thanks to Carol, Linda, and all the attendees for helping to make this event a success with nine teams participating. . A special thanks to Liam and Marilyn of Stoney Acre Grill for hosting the event and donating prizes for the first and second place teams.

Video from the Pub Quiz


Farewell for Bob and Peg Hoogendoorn

Lighthouse Fellowship will be hosting a reception at the Peaine Township Hall next Sunday, (12/6/15,) from 11:30 to 1:00 honoring Bob & Peg Hoogendoorn for their friendship and involvement in the Beaver Island community and just showing them our appreciation and farewell. They promise us that they will be "visiting" the island on a regular basis. They will be moving off the island on Friday, December 11, 2015.

Veteran's Fundraising Dinner Successful

The Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at Peaine Township Hall on November 28th was a big success! We had a great turnout, with over 75 people joining us to raise over $750.00 in support of BIVP programs. There were a lot of compliments on the food, including island-game-flavored venison tomato sauce, Alfredo turkey sauce, Jim Campbell's rolls, and for our vegetarian diners, meatless tomato and chili sauce. People had a chance to socialize with our local vets and enjoy the community gathering. And for those who couldn't attend in person, we made special deliveries--including to our island Elder, 101-year-old Lawrence McDonough! Many thanks to all who volunteered, from the cooks and servers to the set-up and clean-up crews and more. Your support helps BIVP support our vets! Onward and upward...

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 29, 2015

Great football yesterday afternoon, now to try and patiently wait for next weekend for more. It's still a tad chilly out, right now I'm showing 25°. Wind is at 5 mph from the NW, humidity is at 86%, pressure is rising from 1029 mb, visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of flurries in the morning. Highs in the mid 30s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds.

On this date of November 29, 2004 - Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Did you know that during his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, "Red Vineyard at Arles"?

Word of the day: nocturne (NOK-turn) which means 1) a piece of music appropriate to the night or evening. 2) an instrumental composition of a dreamy or pensive character. Nocturne can be traced to the Latin root nox meaning "night." The term entered English from French in the mid-1800s.

At the Community Center

Heidi Vigil is having a gingerbread fiesta here at the Community Center on December 5th,  10 am-2 pm...


Installment 2 of Perspectives

Is It Possible for Two Different Perspectives to Both Be Correct?
By Joe Moore

I have two completely different perspectives that I want to talk about, but both are about the same situation.  Here is a completely fictional situation with two different perspectives.

So here is the situation.  A 65 year old male patient is having stroke symptoms.  The local EMS is paged to respond to his residence due to these symptoms.  There is no doubt that this patient needs to get to the hospital.  The patient’s symptoms started approximately one hour before the call to 911, and the call was made because the symptoms are getting worse. Let’s say that this patient is living at the south end of the island, and let’s further say that the transport time is ten to fifteen minutes to the township airport. The question is how to get the patient to the hospital. 

The family of our 65 year old male has a membership with Valley Med.  There is no doubt that the transport is medically necessary due to presence of stroke symptoms. While enroute to the township airport in the ambulance, the patient reveals his membership and asks us to contact Valley Med.  We contact Central Dispatch to make a call to make those arrangements.  Central Dispatch calls back on the radio and states that the pilot will be checking the weather and they will get a return phone call.

While awaiting the return phone call from Valley Med through Central Dispatch, a radio transmission comes in from the local air transport operation.  They are ready to fly the patient off without any waiting time.  Central Dispatch calls back and states that the Valley Med aircraft will be leaving within an hour and should arrive within a 60-70 minute time frame.  Just as you pull into the township airport, a decision needs to be made.  How do you transport your patient?

Option 1:  It has now been 90 minutes since the onset of symptoms, and Valley Med will arrive in another 60-70 minutes, and will take fifteen minutes to get to the mainland airport with another ten minutes to the hospital from the airport.  Total time from onset of symptoms to arrival in the emergency rooms will be 90+70+15+10 which equals 185 minutes, a little over three hours.

Option 2:  The other option is to fly the patient using the local air transport with a total transport time of 90 minutes since the onset of symptoms, ten minutes for the aircraft to land at the township airport, ten minutes to load the patient, twenty minutes flying time, and ten minutes to the hospital.  These times are expanded to the maximum.  Total time from onset of symptoms is 90+10+10+20+10 which equals 140 minutes, shorter than the previous time by 45 minutes.

Perspective 1:  If your perspective is related to finances, the patient and the patient’s family will want to choose the choice related to money.  They will believe that the there will be no out-of-pocket flight costs if they wait for the Valley Med aircraft, and that we should wait for that airplane.   So waiting should be no problem.  The patient will get to the hospital with this method of transport and it will only be 45 minutes more, so that’s the choice to be made because its basis is on finances.

Perspective 2:  Suppose, instead of finances as the primary perspective, what if the perspective is patient care based upon the education that you have attended.  The research is pretty clear.  Patients arriving at a hospital after three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms have a much less likely chance of recovery with little disability.  The patient needs to get to the hospital as quickly as possible, get a CAT scan as quickly as possible, and get special treatment if this is a stroke based upon a blockage of a vessel instead of a bleed.  The statistics give a much better outcome if the clot buster drug is given within three hours of the onset of symptoms.  You know that the National Stroke Association’s motto for stroke is “Act FAST.”  You know that “Time is Tissue” and that every minute of delay is a loss of brain cells, which would amount to millions of neurons.  How many?  According to the American Heart Association, if it's a major vessel in the brain, this is how many:  “In each minute, 1.9 million neurons, 14 billion synapses, and 12 km (7.5 miles) of myelinated fibers are destroyed.”  (http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/37/1/263.full)

You know that the 45 minutes difference in transport times may make a big difference in the outcome for that patient.

Let’s further add a possible out-of-pocket cost of the local flight for the patient, which could be $1200-1500.  How much are the neurons worth?  This would be approximately 85 million neurons, 630 billion synapses, 540 km of myelinated fibers that would be destroyed if we waited for Valley Med.  Taking the local flight would be a savings of 50,000 neurons per dollar, 420 million synapses per dollar, and 360 meters of myelinated fibers per dollar.  Is this a good value per dollar?

Are you, as the person in charge of the patient, going to provide the patient and the patient’s family with the information about option 2 and perspective 2 as well as option 1 and perspective 1?

In my opinion, as a healthcare provider, you have to provide them with the choices.  Who is right?  It depends upon your perspective.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 28, 2015

Chilly morning out there. It's 25° and the windchill makes it feel like 18°. Coffee never tasted so good when coming back inside. Wind is at 7 mph from the west, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 1031 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of November 28, 1922 - Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting. He spelled out, "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over New York's Times Square.

Did you know that in Disney's Fantasia, the Sorcerer to whom Mickey played an apprentice was named Yensid (Disney spelled backwards)?

Word of the day: pandiculation (pan-dik-yuh-LEY-shuh n) which means the act of stretching oneself. Pandiculation derives from the Latin verb pandere meaning "to stretch." It entered English in the early 1600s.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 27, 2015

The day AFTER Thanksgiving aka the morning I get up and even my bathrobe is too tight. Today has become known as Black Friday. Since I live on an island and no access to those big, beautiful stores, crowded parking lots, and pushy people, I'm just going to throw myself at the walls and furniture to get that feeling of being shoved hither and yon, then I'm going to open my laptop and shop online. So much easier that way plus I don't need GPS to find my car afterwards. The rain has stopped and now it's cold and snowy. Right now I'm showing 32° with a windchill of 22°, wind is at 14 mph from the N with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 1026 mb, and visibility is at 5.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow or rain in the morning. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 20°. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of November 27, 1967 - Capitol Records released the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album in the U.S.

Did you know that if you were to spell out numbers it would take until you reached one thousand before you would find the letter A?

Word of the day: oniomania (oh-nee-uh-MEY-nee-uh) which means an uncontrollable desire to buy things. Oniomania derives from the Greek ṓnios meaning "for sale" and the Late Latin mania meaning "extreme desire." It entered English in the late 1800s from the German Oniomanie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Service and Dinner

10 a.m. at Holy Cross

The Annual Thanksgiving Service this year on Thanksgiving morning was at 10 a.m. at the Holy Cross Church. Representatives from all the Beaver Island churches, and all members from all the churches were welcome to attend. The service was organized by Pam O'Brien, Judi Meister, and Jim Siler, the Holy Cross Deacon. This was a service of Thanksgiving! All were welcomed! If you are on the island, plan to attend next year!

The music in three part harmony was great! The readers did a wonderful job! Deacon Jim Siler gave a great sermon! The fellowship was terrific! All faiths giving thanks to God!

6 p.m. at The Gregg Fellowship Center

Every year for this special day, the Beaver Island Christian Church sponsors a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing are provided by the Christian Church. This year was no different. This year just shy of seventy dinner were served with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, and lots of other dishes that you can view in the video clips. There was applesauce that was made from apples picked just yesterday as well as cranberry dishes. There was Lil Gregg's famous desert as well as many others. There was no way to go away hungry no matter what your taste in Thanksgiving meals. Here are some pictures of the dinner.

Ruth Gregg offered a prayer and thanked Jean Carpenter for her years of setting up and arranging the dinner.

Thank yous to the Christian Church and all the workers who volunteered their time and efforts!

A Good Time was had by all!


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to friends and family both near and far away. This year is going to be so different for many people due to various life, illness, and death situations. however different it is, we can all find something to be thankful for. Thanksgiving isn't just today, it's everyday. We can be grateful for those things that change routine into happiness, change loss into wonderful memories, and everyday possibilities into blessings. Right now it's a warm 47° outside and blessing the island with rain instead of a blizzard, wind is at 12 mph from the SW with gusts to 29 mph, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, and visibility is 5.2 miles. Today: Rain. Areas of fog in the afternoon. Highs around 50. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Rain in the evening, then rain or snow after midnight. Areas of fog through the night. Lows in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the north 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 35 mph.

On this date of November 26, 1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November.

Did you know that Fictional/horror writer Stephen King sleeps with a nearby light on to calm his fear of the dark?

Word of the day: gormandize (GAWR-muh n-dahyz) which means 1) to eat greedily and ravenously. 2) unrestrained enjoyment of fine foods, wines, and the like. Gormandize comes from the French term gourmand meaning "a person who is fond of good eating."

This Good Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 25, 2015

Although they only live in Indian River, our daughter, Courtney Moore Pelcha, and her husband, Mike Pelcha, only make it over to the island once or twice a year. Courtney's schedule at the hospital last year didn't give her any holidays off so we're pretty excited to meet the plane today when they arrive for Thanksgiving (along with their two dogs). It's going to be a full house... four people, four dogs, and two cats... and we're going to enjoy it to the hilt. Right now on the island it's 39°, the windchill makes it feel like 31°, wind is at 15 mph from the SSE with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 82%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Breezy. Highs in the upper 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight: Occasional rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of November 25, 1758 - During the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne at what is now known as Pittsburgh.

Did you know that Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older?

Word of the day: uxorious (uhk-SAWR-ee-uh s) which means doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one's wife. Uxorious finds its roots in the Latin word ūxor meaning "wife."

BIESA Special Meeting

November 24, 2015, at 1 p.m.

The Special Meeting of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority met at 1 p.m. on November 24, 2015, for the purpose of approval of some documents. There were only three members present, Bill Kohls, Brad Grassmick, and Jim McDonough. More audience members were present than board members, many from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

Video of this meeting is HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 24, 2015

The thermometer says 37°, however the windchill says 30°. Funny how those seven degrees make such a difference. Wind is at 10 mph from the west with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 78%, pressure is rising from 1025 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the morning, then scattered flurries in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Light winds. Tonight: Cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. gusts up to 25 mph after midnight.

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 the mask worn by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

Word of the day: penetralia (pen-i-TREY-lee-uh) which means the most private or secret things. Penetralia is formed from the Latin verb penetrāre meaning "to penetrate." It entred English in the mid-1600s

Address for Kathy Speck

It seems that Kathy Speck has had a stroke, and is in Munson Hospital in Traverse City. Kathy can use as many cards and as much love as possible as she goes through speech therapy and physical therapy. Cards and letters may be addressed to her at:

Kathy Speck, Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth Street; Room 1652, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Transit Hours for Winter

Winter  Charlevoix Transit Hours

Effective Monday November 30 the  hours of operation will be 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Phone 231-448-3066

Yes, It's Pretty

11/23/2015, 2:50 p.m.

The snow is pretty hanging on the branches and weighing those branches down. The only issue is that this snow also causes problems. Some of those branches can be weighted down enouigh to break and take out a power line at the same time. So, enjoy the beautiful snow, and hope that the car does not go in the ditch taking the kids home from school. Hope that the roadway doesn't get drifted with snow, so that everyone can get where they need to get when they want to get there.

Lasagna Dinner

Save the date! The semi-annual Beaver Island Lighthouse School dinner will be on Thursday, December 10th, at the Peane Township Hall, from 5-7. Free-will donation.

The Day God Smiled on BIEMS and Our Patient

by Joe Moore

It was a beautiful summer day, a little after lunch time, when the pager that I carried on my belt vibrated and made the sound that causes my blood pressure to go up.  “Dee…Dah…Deeedeleedle…eet.  Beaver Island EMS respond down the West Side Road to 26652 West Side Road to the Frank John residence for a 55 year old male complaining of chest pain.”

Read the story HERE

Preparations Underway for Christmas Tree Ship

(more information HERE)

The original "Christmas Tree Ship"

The Rouse Simmons was the original "Christmas Tree Ship" that came to Chicago at the beginning of the holiday season for over 30 years in the early 1900’s. The “Christmas Tree Ship” was a three masted schooner that was easily recognized by waiting crowds when they saw a Christmas tree tied to her main mast and her decks loaded with thousands of Christmas trees destined for Chicago families. For more of the story see HISTORY.

Today's "Christmas Tree Ship"

Chicago's boating community reenactment of the olden days of the Rouse Simmons landing in Chicago is now portrayed by the US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. The trees are off-loaded from the Mackinaw by local youth volunteers, including Sea Cadets, Venture Crews, Sea Scouts and Young Marines and loaded onto trucks for distribution to more than a thousand deserving families throughout Chicago by Ada S. McKinley Community Services. The gift of Christmas trees to deserving families is made possible by the generous financial support of our sponsors, donors and contributors.

This year the Gregg family has a connection to the Christmas Tree Ship. Michael Himebach, Lillian Gregg's grandson, Ruth Gregg's son, delivered some of the trees to the Christmas Tree Ship. These pictures are courtesy of Michael Himebauch.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 23, 2015

Just heard a sound that's not been in the neighborhood for many months - the snowplow going past our house. Everything is covered with white and looks so pretty out there. The dogs did not agree with me and didn't want to get off the deck this morning. Right now it's 33° with a windchill of 25°, wind is at 9 mph from the south, humidity is at 79%, pressure is rising from 1013 mb, and visibility is at 8.8 miles. Today: Snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of November 23, 1889 - The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.

Did you know that months that begin on a Sunday will always have a ‘Friday the 13th’. There cannot be more than three Friday the 13ths in any given calendar year.

Word of the day: splendiferous (splen-DIF-er-uh s) which means splendid; magnificent; fine. Splendiferous comes from the Late Latin term splendōrifer meaning "brightness-bearing."

Richard "Rick" Frederic Nank Dies

Richard "Rick" Frederic Nank, age 69 of Clinton Township, passed away November 20, 2015. Rick was a loving family man and was self employed in the cartage industry for many years.

He will be dearly missed by his wife and best friend for fifty years, Janet; his daughters, Julie Marie Martin (Ernest) and Rebecca Lynne Sowatzki (Dennis Lee); his granddaughters, Katelynn Marie Martin and Madelynn Danielle Martin; his sister, Susan Elizabeth Duker (John Paul); his sister-in-law, Jean Carol Nank and also by many extended loved ones and countless friends and colleagues.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, William Francis and Elizabeth Marie (Weiss) Nank, and brother, Robert William Nank.

Rick will be dearly missed.

After the Party

by Cindy Ricksgers

Community Center Movies-Thanksgiving Weekend


by Cindy Ricksgers

Waiting for Morning

by Cindy Ricksgers



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

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

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

October 7, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

November 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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BICS Has Potluck of Thanksgiving Treats

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

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

Video of the Thanksgiving Potluck at BICS


Every Time I See Her

An Emotion-Packed EMS Adventure by Joe Moore

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

Read the rest of the story HERE

Donegal Danny's Pub Visitor

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

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

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

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

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

Video clip of the snowy owl


What is That White Stuff?

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

Snow Pellets

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

Thanksgiving Service and Dinner Planned

10 a.m. at Holy Cross

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

6 p.m. at The Gregg Fellowship Center

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

Please join us for these Thanksgiving gatherings!

Carl D Bradley Remembered

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

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

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

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

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

Video of Frank Mays' Presentation on Beaver Island is HERE

New Boiler Needed by Peaine Township-Bids Accepted













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

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

National Rural Health Day

Notice to Subscribers

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

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








Annual Toy Drive

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

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

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

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

Beaver Island Friends of the Veterans

Events Scheduled


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


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



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

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule


Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

November 29 – Patrick Nugent, Worship Leader

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


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

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