B. I. News on the 'Net, November 26-December 9, 2018


December 9, 2018

Right now on Carlilse Road it is 23 degrees. The pressure is 30.22 and the visibility is ten miles. The sky is overcast at 1200 feet. The dewpoint is 14 degrees, and the air is holding 83% of the moisture that it is able to hold (relative humidity).

TODAY, it is expected to have morning clouds giving way to sun in the afternoon. The high temperature will be close to 30 degrees and the winds will be from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a low near 27 degrees. The chance of snow will increase from 0% today to 20% tonight. The winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with temepratures approaching the freezing/thawing point. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to15 mph.

Word of the Day:

galumph; verb; (guh-LUMF)l to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Bump, thump, thud. There's no doubt about it—when someone or something galumphs onto the scene, ears take notice. Galumph first lumbered onto the English scene in 1872 when Lewis Carroll used the word to describe the actions of the vanquisher of the Jabberwock in Through the Looking Glass: "He left it dead, and with its head / He went galumphing back." Etymologists suspect Carroll created galumph by altering the word gallop, perhaps throwing in a pinch of triumphant for good measure (in its earliest uses, galumph did convey a sense of exultant bounding). Other 19th-century writers must have liked the sound of galumph, because they began plying it in their own prose, and it has been clumping around our language ever since.

On this Day:

In Poland, Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity trade union, wins a landslide election victory, becoming the first directly elected Polish leader.

Walesa, born in 1943, was an electrician at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk when he was fired for union agitation in 1976. When protests broke out in the Gdansk shipyard over an increase in food prices in August 1980, Walesa climbed the shipyard fence and joined the thousands of workers inside. He was elected leader of the strike committee, and three days later the strikers’ demands were met. Walesa then helped coordinate other strikes in Gdansk and demanded that the Polish government allow the free formation of trade unions and the right to strike. On August 30, the government conceded to the strikers’ demands, legalizing trade unionism and granting greater freedom of religious and political expression.

Millions of Polish workers and farmers came together to form unions, and Solidarity was formed as a national federation of unions, with Walesa as its chairman. Under Walesa’s charismatic leadership, the organization grew in size and political influence, soon becoming a major threat to the authority of the Polish government. On December 13, 1981, martial law was declared in Poland, Solidarity was outlawed, and Walesa and other labor leaders were arrested.

In November 1982, overwhelming public outcry forced Walesa’s release, but Solidarity remained illegal. In 1983, Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Fearing involuntary exile, he declined to travel to Norway to accept the award. Walesa continued as leader of the now-underground Solidarity movement, and he was subjected to continual monitoring and harassment by the Communist authorities.

In 1988, deteriorating economic conditions led to a new wave of labor strikes across Poland, and the government was forced to negotiate with Walesa. In April 1989, Solidarity was again legalized, and its members were allowed to enter a limited number of candidates in upcoming elections. By September, a Solidarity-led government coalition was in place, with Walesa’s colleague Tadeusz Mazowiecki as premier. In 1990, Poland’s first direct presidential election was held, and Walesa won by a landslide.

President Walesa successfully implemented free-market reforms, but unfortunately he was a far more effective labor leader than president. In 1995, he was narrowly defeated in his reelection by former communist Aleksander Kwasniewski, head of the Democratic Left Alliance.

Posted at 7:45 a.m. (from Merriam Webster and history.com)

Great Lakes Islands Alliance

Connects Communities

View webpage HERE

The steering committee of the alliance includes:

The committee includes:

  • Michael Childers, Madeline Island, Wisconsin (Lake Superior), Chair
  • Bob Anderson, Beaver Island, Michigan (Lake Michigan)
  • Kristy Beyer, Drummond Island, Michigan (Lake Huron)
  • Mike Gora, Middle Bass Island, Ohio (Lake Erie)
  • Joe Shorthouse, Manitoulin Island, Ontario (Lake Huron)

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 12/8/18

Islanders Split Games Against Grand Marais

On the Friday night of this weekend, the Grand Marais Polar Bears put up an amazing show of stealing the ball, and running down the court and making lay-ups. The primary force on the Grand Marais team, although not the only force, was #23, Mehmet Benli, an exchange student attending Grand Marais High School. There were others that took on the Islanders and blocked shots, but main reason the Islanders lost on Friday was the shot percentage. If the Islanders had made only 20% of their missed shots, only 1 in 5, they would have won the game.

This does not take anything away from the play of the Polar Bears. Their shooting percentage was much higher from outside as well as in the lane.

On Saturday morning, the Islanders were aware of the Polar Bear strategy, and the Islander played as a team with a much higher shooting percentate. This gave them the excellent score for the win. Even the bench made some shots this morning with high fives for all.

View pictures from Friday night's game HERE

View pictures of Saturday's game HERE

View video of Friday's game HERE

View video of Saturday's game HERE

Posted at 6:15 p.m., 12/8/18

Lady Islanders Win Twice

Friday and Saturday Games against Grand Marais Polar Bears

The Junior Cheerleaders on Friday

The weekend the Grand Marais boys' and girls' team cam to the island to play basketball. The Lady Islanders were quite on their game this weekend in both of the games, one on Friday night and one after the boys' team on Saturday morning. Some of the shots wouldn't fall on Friday night, but they began to go in on Saturday morning.

View photos of the Lady's Friday night game HERE

View photos of the Lady's Saturday game HERE

View video of the Lady's Friday night game HERE

View video of the Lady's Saturday game HERE

Posted at 5:45 p.m., 12/8/18

Weather by Joe

December 8, 2018

Right now on Carlilse Road it is 23 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The pressure is 30.39 and visibility of ten miles. The sky is overcast at 2800 feet. The dewpoint is 10 degrees and relative humidity is 70%. We had some snow flurries yesterday, but not much accumulation, perhaps a quarter inch.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with clearing to partly cloudy later in the day. The high will be 28 degrees and winds will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be mostly clear with a low of 25 degrees. The winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph. There is only a 10% chance of snow.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a 10% chance of snow. Winds will be from the W at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day:

approbation; noun (ap-ruh-BAY-shun); commendation; praise; an act of approving formally or officially

Approbation is similar in meaning to approval, and it is also very close to approval etymologically. Both words trace back to the Latin verb approbare, which means "to prove" or "to approve." Approbation meant "proof" when it first appeared in English in the 14th century, and by the early 1500s it had come to mean "formal or official approval," a sense it still retains in certain ecclesiastical contexts. Today, however, we mostly use approbation in the looser sense of "approval, admiration, or praise." The related verb approbate means "to approve or sanction," and the adjective approbatory means "expressing approval or commendation."

On this Day:

John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with a .38-caliber revolver. Lennon, bleeding profusely, was rushed to the hospital but died en route. Chapman had received an autograph from Lennon earlier in the day and voluntarily remained at the scene of the shooting until he was arrested by police. For a week, hundreds of bereaved fans kept a vigil outside the Dakota–Lennon’s apartment building–and demonstrations of mourning were held around the world.

John Lennon was one half of the singing-songwriting team that made the Beatles the most popular musical group of the 20th century. The other band leader was Paul McCartney, but the rest of the quartet–George Harrison and Ringo Starr–sometimes penned and sang their own songs as well. Hailing from Liverpool, England, and influenced by early American rock and roll, the Beatles took Britain by storm in 1963 with the single “Please Please Me.” “Beatlemania” spread to the United States in 1964 with the release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” followed by a sensational U.S. tour. With youth poised to break away from the culturally rigid landscape of the 1950s, the “Fab Four,” with their exuberant music and good-natured rebellion, were the perfect catalyst for the shift.

The Beatles sold millions of records and starred in hit movies such as A Hard Day’s Night (1964). Their live performances were near riots, with teenage girls screaming and fainting as their boyfriends nodded along to the catchy pop songs. In 1966, the Beatles gave up touring to concentrate on their innovative studio recordings, such as 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, a psychedelic concept album that is regarded as a masterpiece of popular music. The Beatles’ music remained relevant to youth throughout the great cultural shifts of the 1960s, and critics of all ages acknowledged the songwriting genius of the Lennon-McCartney team.

Lennon was considered the intellectual Beatle and certainly was the most outspoken of the four. He caused a major controversy in 1966 when he declared that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” prompting mass burnings of Beatles’ records in the American Bible Belt. He later became an anti-war activist and flirted with communism in the lyrics of solo hits like “Imagine,” recorded after the Beatles disbanded in 1970. In 1975, Lennon dropped out of the music business to spend more time with his Japanese-born wife, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean. In 1980, he made a comeback with Double-Fantasy, a critically acclaimed album that celebrated his love for Yoko and featured songs written by her.

On December 8, 1980, their peaceful domestic life on New York’s Upper West Side was shattered by 25-year-old Mark David Chapman. Psychiatrists deemed Chapman a borderline psychotic. He was instructed to plead insanity, but instead he pleaded guilty to murder. He was sentenced to 20 years to life. In 2000, New York State prison officials denied Chapman a parole hearing, telling him that his “vicious and violent act was apparently fueled by your need to be acknowledged.” He remains behind bars at Attica Prison in New York State.

John Lennon is memorialized in “Strawberry Fields,” a section of Central Park across the street from the Dakota that Yoko Ono landscaped in honor of her husband.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

BICS Weekly Memo

December 7, 2018

Posted at 4 p.m., 12/7/18

Sarah Marie Bray

April 22, 1949 ~ December 6, 2018 (age 69)

Sarah Marie Bray, 69, of Pullman, formerly of South Haven, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 in Charlevoix, Michigan. She was born April 22, 1949 to Paul and Isabelle (Wabinimkee) Kenwabikise on Beaver Island where she was raised. She lived in the South Haven area for many years where she drove bus for the South Haven, Fennville, and Bloomingdale school districts. She enjoyed camping, star gazing, and hunting.

She is preceded in death along with her parents by siblings – Leonard, John, Robbie, Stevie, and Doris Kenwabikise and Margaret Way.

Sarah is survived by her children – Edwin and Chris (Debra) Harris both of Pullman and Melissa (Ryan) Woodley of Grand Junction, grandchildren – Shelby and Hannah Harris and Reece and Mirra Woodley, and siblings - Caroline (Buck) Ramey, Nancy (Denney) Harris, Pauline (George) Anthony, Diane (Sonic) Smith, Mary Kenwabikise-Halpen, Joey Kenwabikise, and Jimmie (Barb) Kenwabikise.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Memorial services will follow visitation at 2:00 PM at the funeral home. A luncheon will follow services at the American Legion Post #49, 129 Michigan Avenue, South Haven, Michigan 49090. 

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 12/7/18

An Interesting Interview with Joe Cunningham

Picture credit the link below.

Joe Cunningham, for those of you that are somewhat knew to the island's history, was an amazing Beaver Island musician, guitarist, and vocalist. He performed solo, as well as in a group that consisted of Mathew Marston, Gwen Marston, and Joe Moore for several years at the old Circle M, before the bar was added to the porch room. He is interested in many different music types, but his main fervent activity insludes giving quilting seminars and quilting. This interview provides the basis of his beginnings here on Beaver Island in quilting. Read the interview HERE

Weather by Joe

December 7, 2018

It appears as if winter has set in whether we are ready for it or not. The weather lady is still not able to see well enough to do the weather, so here we go again......

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 20 degrees and cloudy. The high temperature for the day might go up a few degrees in the mid to low 20's. Winds are from the W , but with very little strength at this time. The pressure is 30.3 with visibility of ten miles. The clouds are overcast at 3100 feet. The dewpoint is 5 degrees with dry air at 50% relative humidity. Our weather machine does not show any precipitation in the last 24 hours.

TODAY, it is expected to stay cloudy. There is a 20% chance of snow with high expected to be 23 degrees. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mpn.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with the temperature dropping down to 19 degrees. The chance of snow remains at 20%. The winds will increase from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with 0% chance of snow. The temperature will approach 30 degrees, and the winds will switch back to the west at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day

sandbag; verb; (SAND-bag); o bank, stop up, or weight with sandbags; to treat unfairly or harshly; to conceal or misrepresent one's true position, potential, or intent especially in order to take advantage over : to hide the truth about oneself so as to gain an advantage over another

In the 19th century, the verb sandbag began to be used to describe the act of bludgeoning someone with a small, sand-filled bag—a tactic employed by ruffians, usually as a prelude to robbing their victims. The verb went on to develop metaphorical extensions, such as "to coerce by crude means." By the 1940s, it was being used of a strategy in which a poker player with a good hand bets weakly, in order to draw other players into holding on to their hands and raising the bet. The use of sandbag has since evolved to refer to a general strategy of playing down one's position in order to gain some sort of advantage.

Management must have realized that reading employee survey responses aloud at the company-wide meeting would make employees feel sandbagged, but they chose to do it anyway.

On this Day

At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.

Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. Japan’s losses were some 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. These giant aircraft carriers would have their revenge against Japan six months later at the Battle of Midway, reversing the tide against the previously invincible Japanese navy in a spectacular victory.

The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.

The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives.

Garden Island Stories

by Dick Burris

Vision Quest:
One day the sheriff asked me to take him to the north end of Garden Island, to investigate a death that happened t here.
"Key waydenoquey"         the leader of the group had one of the old indian things to do, called "vision quest"; It consisted in staying in a closed tent with a fire in the middle. The heat of the fire would drain the electrolytes from the body, and cause one to have visions. It was one of the things they would do to establish some kind of a status (I think)?
Anyway the lady died in this ceremony, and the sheriff was going over there from Beaver Island to investigate the incident,
When we arrived, The deputy "Capman" aka Capgun rowed ashore, and we pulled the pram back for the sheriff, The sheriff was dressed (fit to kill), and stepped into the pram and it slid to one side dropping him in the lake. Capman giggled, and was still giggling all the way back.
The sea was running nearly five feet, making us rock and role; this didn't set too well with the sheriff, because he was prone to seasickness. Key gave him crackers, and told him they would help with seasickness. I suggested that he sit on the seat in the stern; that, that location presented the least motion. But he insisted on hugging the post of an observation tower near the helm; nibbling on crackers all the way back. You just couldn't help feeling sorry for him.
I think that knowing the whole story, he had to consider it more like suicide or plan gone wrong,

Garden Island Mail:
Another trip; a few people were brought to the camp, and we were carrying some of the mail. We ferried the people ashore. with a line tied to a shrub on shore and bitten to a cleat on the boat.
As we were pulling out in a very rough sea and, we in shallow water, and hoping to get out without hitting bottom; we saw some of the clan tugging on the rope and waving franticly. We had forgotten the mail, but didn't know it at that time. We were drift ing toward the shallows. and a deckhand said, "What should I do?"

I told him, "Bite the line to the cleat."

And we dragged them into the lake. Later we found why they were doing that. We did bring the mail the next day with more passengers.

Overnighter at Garden Island:

One evening it was getting dark, so I decided to anchor in a pocket of deeper water, just north of the camp; I placed a heavy anchor astern, one on the bow, and two side anchors. There was an offshore wind that night, that did a 180 degree change later.
In the night I woke to the stern being slapped by the heavy sea. So. I tied the stern line to the samson post on the bow; then unfastened the stern post and it immediately swung around tangling the other three lines. the other lines were switched and the then, the bowline was brought up, so the boat was sitting where it was to begin with.

Posted at 8 p.m., 12/6/18

TRUST and Facts

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Merriam Webster defines trust as a noun as “reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed; a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship.”  As a verb, Merriam Webster defines trust as “to rely on the truthfulness or accuracy of; to place confidence in; to extend credit to;”

This is not a complete listing of the definitions, but it is a list that particularly applies to this editorial.

Here are my favorite quotes about trust:

“Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.”  And:

“My love is unconditional. My trust and respect are not.” And;

“Trust is earned when actions meet words.”

All three of these quotations are from the top thirty quotations regarding trust. (from a google search).

So, it appears that trust must be earned by actions and not by words.  That is the basis of this editorial.

Refusal to communicate information to the only news service able to immediately post this information doesn’t fit any of the definitions or the quotes.  The group that this editorial is about is not fostering trust with this news service.  Refusal to send information about the meetings to take place, and refusal to send minutes to this news service does not meet any definition or any quote.

So, if the readers of this want more information, I have a series of facts about the requirements in the original agreement, and more facts about the violations of this agreement, but I’m done fighting this battle. 

There is a link on the homepage of http://beaverislandnews.com that will lead you to information that has been received by this news service from this one entity.  Nothing will be added unless it is received from that entity.  This link is available to anyone in the world, so any excuses about this being a subscription service and not available to the public is simply baseless.

So, this news service will continue to wait for this one entity to earn the trust back. The measure of that trust will be based upon the information received and posted for the entire world to see.

BI Transportation Authority Meeting

Agenda and Notice Dec 11 2018 Regular Meeting

Nov 13 2018 reg meeting minutes draft

Posted at 11 a.m., 12/6/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane 12/6/18

Christmas Concert 12/4/16 (1.5 hrs)

Christmas Lights on Beaver Island 2015 (10 min)

4th of July Fireworks 2011 (10 min)

Baroque on Beaver Thursday 2011 (1.25 hrs)

Font Lake Snowshoe Adventure (2 min)

Forestry Presentation and Fieldwork (2 hrs)

Lady Islanders vs Washington Island 12/1/18 (3/4 hr)

Islanders vs Washington Island 12/1/18 (3/4 hr)

Lady Islanders vs Putin Bay Panthers 12/1/18 (3/4 hr)

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

All times are approximate.

Broadcast to begin at 10:00 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Weather by Joe

December 6, 2018

Back home early yesterday with a cautiously optimistic appointment with the radiation oncologist, who we don't need to see again, and our oncologist, who we don't need to see for three months. In three months we'll have to get another CAT scan to check out the chest and abdomen. So, now we move on to other issues including thyroid, dental, and eye issues. The first priority is the fact that our retired librarion can't see, as p;ossible side effect of the chemotherapy. We've eliminated infection of tear ducts, dry eyes, and other infections with appointments with specialists, so now we move on to trying to solve this problem. Anyway, on to the weather......

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 28 degrees. The pressure is 29.92 with visibility down to 5 miles. There are three layers of clouds, scattered clouds at 1600 feet, mostly cloudy at 5000 feet, and overcast at 7000 feet. The dewpoint is 19 degrees, and the relative humidity is 80%. We got about a half inch of snow in the last 24 hours.

TODAY, it is expected to stay at just below 30 degrees with cloudy skies. The winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

TONIGHT, it is expect to be cloudy early, but have clearing later in the night. That will allow the temperature to drop to about 18 degrees. Winds will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance stays at 20%.

TOMORRROW, it is forecast morning clouds giving way to partly sunny skies with a high of 24. Winds will switch to the W at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

dossier; noun; (DOSS-yay); a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject

Gather together various documents relating to the affairs of a certain individual, sort them into separate folders, label the spine of each folder, and arrange the folders in a box. Dossier, the French word for such a compendium of spine-labeled folders, was picked up by English speakers in the 19th century. It comes from dos, the French word for "back." The verb endorse (which originally meant "to write on the back of") and the rare adjective addorsed ("set or turned back to back," a term primarily used in heraldry) are also derived, via the Anglo-French endosser and French adosser respectively, from dos. The French dos has its origins in the Latin dorsum, a word which also gave English the adjective dorsal ("situated on the back"), as in "the dorsal fin of a whale."

On this Day:

On this day in 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction of an impressive monument to the city’s namesake and the nation’s first president, George Washington. As early as 1783, the infant U.S. Congress decided that a statue of George Washington, the great Revolutionary War general, should be placed near the site of the new Congressional building, wherever it might be. After then-President Washington asked him to lay out a new federal capital on the Potomac River in 1791, architect Pierre L’Enfant left a place for the statue at the western end of the sweeping National Mall (near the monument’s present location).

It wasn’t until 1832, however–33 years after Washington’s death–that anyone really did anything about the monument. That year, a private Washington National Monument Society was formed. After holding a design competition and choosing an elaborate Greek temple-like design by architect Robert Mills, the society began a fundraising drive to raise money for the statue’s construction. These efforts–including appeals to the nation’s schoolchildren–raised some $230,000, far short of the $1 million needed. Construction began anyway, on July 4, 1848, as representatives of the society laid the cornerstone of the monument: a 24,500-pound block of pure white marble.

Six years later, with funds running low, construction was halted. Around the time the Civil War began in 1861, author Mark Twain described the unfinished monument as looking like a “hollow, oversized chimney.” No further progress was made until 1876–the centennial of American independence–when President Ulysses S. Grant authorized construction to be completed.

Made of some 36,000 blocks of marble and granite stacked 555 feet in the air, the monument was the tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion in December 1884. In the six months following the dedication ceremony, over 10,000 people climbed the nearly 900 steps to the top of the Washington Monument. Today, an elevator makes the trip far easier, and more than 800,000 people visit the monument each year. A city law passed in 1910 restricted the height of new buildings to ensure that the monument will remain the tallest structure in Washington, D.C.–a fitting tribute to the man known as the “Father of His Country.”

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

St. James Documents for 12/5/19 Meeting


Beaver Island Contract 19

Beaver Island Proposal 19

budget development policy



Posted at 7:15 p.m., 12/5/18

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 9:15 p.m., 12/5/18

Supervisor's Lens

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 12/8/17

Rescheduled St James Public Works Committee Meeting

Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 5:00PM

Posted at 4:15 p.m., 12/5/18

Weather by Joe

December 5, 2018

This morning's weather is coming to you from Petoskey, Michigan, as well as all the postings yesterday, but is still Beaver Island news and weather information, from the weather station at that location. With one more medical appointment on the docket today, the information will be very important to Phyllis and me. We are cautiously optimistic. We'll pass that information on as it becomes available. With a slip and fall at one of the most popular locations on Beaver Island, Joe is limping around with three large bruises on his leg and slightly higher on his body, but nothing is broken except his pride. On with the weather.....

Right now on Beaver Island, it is 28 degrees. The barometric pressure is 29.9 with visibility of ten miles. It is overcast at 2100 feet. The dewpoint is 20 degrees and the relative humidity is 76%. There was no accumulation of snow overnight.

TODAY, it is expected to have a high temperatrue just below freezing with a 50% chance of snow. The winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have a 70% chance of light snow with the low temperature of 26 degrees. It is possible to have an accumulation of up an inch of snow early tonight. The wind will be form the W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for possible morning snow showers. The chance is at 30%. The high will be around 28 degrees and the wind will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day:

abandon; noun; (uh-BAN-dun)'; a thorough yielding to natural impulses

he sense of abandon defined above is a relative newcomer to the English language, dating from the early 1800s, but an earlier noun sense, defined as "the act of abandoning," was in use in the 1600s. The earlier sense was influenced by the verb abandon, which was borrowed by Middle English in the 1300s from Anglo-French abanduner. The Anglo-French term in turn came from the phrase (mettre) a bandun, meaning "to hand over" or "to put in someone's control." The newer sense has been more directly influenced by French abandon, which means not only "abandonment or surren

On this Day:

At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned.

Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

By this time, several land radar stations finally determined that Flight 19 was somewhere north of the Bahamas and east of the Florida coast, and at 7:27 p.m. a search and rescue Mariner aircraft took off with a 13-man crew. Three minutes later, the Mariner aircraft radioed to its home base that its mission was underway. The Mariner was never heard from again. Later, there was a report from a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida of a visible explosion seen at 7:50 p.m.

The disappearance of the 14 men of Flight 19 and the 13 men of the Mariner led to one of the largest air and seas searches to that date, and hundreds of ships and aircraft combed thousands of square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and remote locations within the interior of Florida. No trace of the bodies or aircraft was ever found.

Although naval officials maintained that the remains of the six aircraft and 27 men were not found because stormy weather destroyed the evidence, the story of the “Lost Squadron” helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircraft are said to disappear without a trace. The Bermuda Triangle is said to stretch from the southern U.S. coast across to Bermuda and down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo.

Posted at 8:15 a.m. (from Merriam Webster and history.com)


Posted at 2:45 p.m., 12/4/18

Today's St. James Public Works Committee Meeting is Canceled

It will be rescheduled! Posted at 2:15 p.m., 12/4/18

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Weather by Joe

December 4, 2018

Off the island today for two days of medical appointments, but we'll continue to report the information as it is received by those willing to share it by email. Hope you all have a great couple of days! On with the weather....

Right now, at 6:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 30 degrees. The pressure is 30.09 with visibility of ten miles. The sky is overcast at 2500 feet. The dewpoint is 20 degrees with relative humidity at 70%. The slight breath of wind is from the NNW.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with temperatures hanging around 30 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 0%. Wiinds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue to be cloudy with a 20% chance of snow. The low will be in the mid-20's. It will remain cloudy with the winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a repeat of today's weather with temperatures around 30 and cloudy skies. The wind will be from the WSW increasing to 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

perspicacious; adjective; (per-spuh-KAY-shus); of acute mental vision or discernment

Perspicacious is similar in meaning to shrewd and astute, but a sharp mind will also discern subtle differences among them. All three denote being acute in perception and sound in judgment, but shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness, whereas perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and comprehend what is puzzling or hidden. Astute suggests both shrewdness and perspicacity, as well as diplomatic skill.

On this Day:

President George H. Bush orders 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia, a war-torn East African nation where rival warlords were preventing the distribution of humanitarian aid to thousands of starving Somalis. In a military mission he described as “God’s work,” Bush said that America must act to save more than a million Somali lives, but reassured Americans that “this operation is not open-ended” and that “we will not stay one day longer than is absolutely necessary.” Unfortunately, America’s humanitarian troops became embroiled in Somalia’s political conflict, and the controversial mission stretched on for 15 months before being abruptly called off by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

In 1992, clan-based civil-war fighting and one of the worst African droughts of the century created famine conditions that threatened one-fourth of Somalia’s population with starvation. In August 1992, the United Nations began a peacekeeping mission to the country to ensure the distribution of food and medical aid, but it was largely unsuccessful. With U.N. troops unable to control Somalia’s warring factions, security deteriorating, and thousands of tons of food stranded in portside warehouses, President Bush ordered a large U.S. military force to the area on December 4, 1992. Five days later, the first U.S. Marines landed in the first phase of “Operation Restore Hope.”

With the aid of U.S. military troops and forces from other nations, the U.N. succeeded in distributing desperately needed food to many starving Somalis. However, with factional fighting continuing unabated, and the U.N. without an effective agenda to resolve the political strife, there seemed no clear end in sight to Operation Restore Hope when President Bill Clinton took office in January 1993.

Like his predecessor, Clinton was anxious to bring the Americans home, and in May the mission was formally handed back to the United Nations. By June 1993, only 4,200 U.S. troops remained. However, on June 5, 24 Pakistani U.N. peacekeepers inspecting a weapons storage site were ambushed and massacred by Somalia soldiers under the warlord General Mohammed Aidid. U.S. and U.N. forces subsequently began an extensive search for the elusive strongman, and in August, 400 elite U.S. troops from Delta Force and the U.S. Rangers arrived on a mission to capture Aidid. Two months later, on October 3-4, 18 of these soldiers were killed and 84 wounded during a disastrous assault on Mogadishu’s Olympia Hotel in search of Aidid. The bloody battle, which lasted 17 hours, was the most violent U.S. combat firefight since Vietnam. As many as 1,000 Somalis were killed.

Three days later, with Aidid still at large, President Clinton cut his losses and ordered a total U.S. withdrawal. On March 25, 1994, the last U.S. troops left Somalia, leaving 20,000 U.N. troops behind to facilitate “nation-building” in the divided country. The U.N. troops departed in 1995 and political strife and clan-based fighting continued in Somalia into the 21st century.

Posted at 6:45 a.m.

Christmas Program at the Christian Church

There will be a Christimas Program at the Beaver Island Christian Church on December 15, 2018, at 2 p.m. The program will be dedicated to Mike and Shelley Scripps for their dedication to the Christmas Cantata over these many years. The program will consist of solos, duets, and other groups performing, and the will end with a Christimas Carol Sing.

Posted at 8 p.m. on 123/18

Holiday Decorations Downtown

As the two townships decided to help the Chamber of Commerce get some holiday decorations up to make the downtown look more like the holidays, volunteers hung these decorations, and Jim Wojan did the town tree.

These pictures are the daytime view of the decorations. There will be some nightime pictures and video done as we approach the holiday.

Mass from Holy Cross

December 2, 2018

The reader for both services was Bryan Foli, who also sang in the choir. Thank you, Bryan. Father Jim Siler was the celebrant for both services, Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Both services were live streamed.

With the basketball tournament across the street at the school, the live streaming at the church made for the eighth hour of live streaming for the day.

View video excerpts of Saturday and Sunday Mass HERE

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 12/3/18

Weather by Joe

December 3, 2018

Once again the snow has come, and it isn't making anything easier for anyone on Beaver Island, particularly those who are stranded here, the ones from Washington Island. This must be a unique experience for most of them. Hopefully, our young people went to join them and provide them with some social activity to help relieve the boredom. On with the weasther....

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 29 degrees with pressure of 29.85. We have visibility of ten miles. The skies are overcast at 2200 feet. The dewpoint is 22 degrees and the humidity is at 80%. The snow from yesterday is another 1.5 inches.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with the temperature hanging around 30 degrees. Winds will be from the N at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with the temperature dropping to the mid-20s. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for temperature around 30 with mostly cloudy skies and winds from the W at 5 to 15 mph.

The percentage for precipitation for all three time periods ranges from 10 to 20 percent.

Word of the Day:

circumvent; verb; (ser-kum-VENT) ; to manage to get around especially by ingenuity or stratagem; to hem in; to make a circuit around

If you've ever felt as if someone was circling around the rules, you have an idea of the origins of circumvent—it derives from the Latin circum, meaning "circle," and ventus, the past participle of the Latin verb venire, meaning "to come." The earliest uses of circumvent referred to a tactic of hunting or warfare in which the quarry or enemy was encircled and captured. Today, however, circumvent more often suggests avoidance than entrapment; it typically means to "get around" someone or something, as in our example sentences.

On this Day:

On this day in 1947, Marlon Brando’s famous cry of “STELLA!” first booms across a Broadway stage, electrifying the audience at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre during the first-ever performance of Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire.

The 23-year-old Brando played the rough, working-class Polish-American Stanley Kowalski, whose violent clash with Blanche DuBois (played on Broadway by Jessica Tandy), a Southern belle with a dark past, is at the center of Williams’ famous drama. Blanche comes to stay with her sister Stella (Kim Hunter), Stanley’s wife, at their home in the French Quarter of New Orleans; she and Stanley immediately despise each other. In the climactic scene, Stanley rapes Blanche, causing her to lose her fragile grip on sanity; the play ends with her being led away in a straitjacket.

Streetcar, produced by Irene Mayer Selznick and directed by Elia Kazan, shocked mid-century audiences with its frank depiction of sexuality and brutality onstage. When the curtain went down on opening night, there was a moment of stunned silence before the crowd erupted into a round of applause that lasted 30 minutes. On December 17, the cast left New York to go on the road. The show would run for more than 800 performances, turning the charismatic Brando into an overnight star. Tandy won a Tony Award for her performance, and Williams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In 1951, Kazan made Streetcar into a movie. Brando, Hunter and Karl Malden (as Stanley’s friend and Blanche’s love interest) reprised their roles. The role of Blanche went to Vivien Leigh, the scenery-chewing star of Gone with the Wind. Controversy flared when the Catholic Legion of Decency threatened to condemn the film unless the explicitly sexual scenes–including the climactic rape–were removed. When Williams, who wrote the screenplay, refused to take out the rape, the Legion insisted that Stanley be punished onscreen. As a result, the movie (but not the play) ends with Stella leaving Stanley.

A Streetcar Named Desire earned 12 Oscar nominations, including acting nods for each of its four leads. The movie won for Best Art Direction, and Leigh, Hunter and Malden all took home awards; Brando lost to Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen.

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 12/3/18

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #49

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 9 p.m., 12/2/18

Holy Cross Bulletin

December 2018

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 12/2/18

Lady Islanders versus Putin Bay

This was the last game of the tournament. Our Lady Islanders had played hard throughout the tournament, but the Putin Bay Panthers seemed to not only outweigh, but also outshoot our Lady Islanders.

This photo kind of shows the size difference between the two teams. Although all our Lady Islanders played hard, there was one Panther that was truly amazing to watch play the game. #24 of the Panthers was a very talented player, and this showed through all the situations that occurred in the game. The Putin Bay Lady Panthers were the winners of the ladies' tournament. The game was recorded and you can view it below.

Our young cheeleaders performed once again

View a gallery of photos of this final game HERE

View video of this final game HERE

The Winners

Putin Bay Lady Panthers

Beaver Island Islanders

Posted at 5 p.m., 12/2/18

Games in Between Islanders and Lady Islanders

It was interesting to watch the other island teams play against one another as well as be there to cheer on the Beaver Island teams. The game of Washington Island versus Mackinac Island was one of those with the boys' teams.

View a small gallery of pictures of the Washington Island versus Mackinac Island Boys HERE

It was also interesting to watch the ladies teams from other islands. The ladies' game was Washington Island versus Putin Bay.

View a small gallery of pictures of the Washington Island versus Putin Bay ladies HERE

Posted at 4 p.m., 12/2/18

Mackinac Island versus Putin Bay boys basketball also was played before the last Lady Islander game. The last Lady Islander game was the last game in the tournament.

View a small gallery of pictures of the Mackinac Island versus Putin Bay boys game HERE

Posted at 4:15 p.m., 12/2/18

Lady Islanders in Great Lakes Island Basketball Tournament

BINN was not available to record and live stream on Friday, November 30, 2018, but two games were broadcast and recorded on Saturday, December 1, 2018. There are several pictures also that were taken on the Saturday morning and afternoon.

The Lady Islanders first game on Saturday was against the Washington Island ladies. It was quite interesting to see these two different teams match up. Just about each and every Washington Island team member was taller and heavier than the ladies from Beaver Island. The Lady Islanders didn't have the right range for baskets in the first half. There were lots of missed shots by even some of the better shooters on the Lady Islander team.

Elsie gets the jump..............Sky shoots...........Sveta takes a charge

Jessica attacks and lays one up.

View a gallery of pictures from the first half HERE

2nd half shooting improved, but the Lady Islanders were behind.

View a small gallery of pictures from the second half HERE

During the half time at this game, the young cheerleaders performed their cheers. They also gave the athletic director Kerry Smith some flowers for her birthday.

Lining up for the cheers

Delivering the flowers to Mrs. Smith

Happy Birthday, Kerry!

View video of this game HERE

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 12/2/18

Christian Church Bulletin

December 2, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 12/2/18

Weather by Joe

December 2, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road the temeprature is 32 degrees with a 96% humidity There is a light breeze fromt he SW at 2 mph. We've had about an inch of snow in the last 24 hours. The pressure is 29.42. The visibility is 2.5 miles. It is mostly cloudy at 400 feet and overcast at 800 feet. The dewpoint is 31 degrees. Hope the Washington Island people will be able to get home today. It is rumored they could not get home yesterday after the tournament.

TODAY, it is expected to get up to 2 inches of snow. There is an 80% chance of precipitation. The temperature is to remain in the mid-30s. Winds will be from the NE at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have snow showers early with a low of 28 degrees. The percentage of precipitation is 40%. Winds will continue but switch a little more to the NNE at 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with the temperature fairly steady around 30 degrees. The winds will switch to the N at 10 to 20 mph. There is a 20% chance of snow.

Word of the Day:

sciential; adjective; (sye-EN-shul); relating to or producing knowledge or science; having efficient knowledge

You might expect sciential, which derives from Latin scientia (meaning "knowledge"), to be used mostly in technical papers and descriptions of scientific experiments. In truth, however, sciential has long been a favorite of playwrights and poets. It appears in the works of Ben Jonson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and John Keats, among others. Keats made particularly lyrical use of it in his narrative poem "Lamia," which depicts a doomed love affair between the Greek sorceress Lamia and a human named Lycius. In the poem, Hermes transforms Lamia from a serpent into a beautiful woman, "Not one hour old, yet of sciential brain."

On this Day:

On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.

An energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, Enron was formed in 1985 as the merger of two gas companies, Houston Natural Gas and Internorth. Under chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay, Enron rose as high as number seven on Fortune magazine’s list of the top 500 U.S. companies. In 2000, the company employed 21,000 people and posted revenue of $111 billion. Over the next year, however, Enron’s stock price began a dramatic slide, dropping from $90.75 in August 2000 to $0.26 by closing on November 30, 2001.

As prices fell, Lay sold large amounts of his Enron stock, while simultaneously encouraging Enron employees to buy more shares and assuring them that the company was on the rebound. Employees saw their retirement savings accounts wiped out as Enron’s stock price continued to plummet. After another energy company, Dynegy, canceled a planned $8.4 billion buy-out in late November, Enron filed for bankruptcy. By the end of the year, Enron’s collapse had cost investors billions of dollars, wiped out some 5,600 jobs and liquidated almost $2.1 billion in pension plans.

Over the next several years, the name “Enron” became synonymous with large-scale corporate fraud and corruption, as an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Justice Department revealed that Enron had inflated its earnings by hiding debts and losses in subsidiary partnerships. The government subsequently accused Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, who served as Enron’s CEO from February to August 2001, of conspiring to cover up their company’s financial weaknesses from investors. The investigation also brought down accounting giant Arthur Andersen, whose auditors were found guilty of deliberately destroying documents incriminating to Enron.

In July 2004, a Houston court indicted Skilling on 35 counts including fraud, conspiracy and insider trading. Lay was charged with 11 similar crimes. The trial began on January 30, 2006, in Houston. A number of former Enron employees appeared on the stand, including Andrew Fastow, Enron’s ex-CFO, who early on pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and agreed to testify against his former bosses. Over the course of the trial, the defiant Skilling–who unloaded almost $60 million worth of Enron stock shortly after his resignation but refused to admit he knew of the company’s impending collapse–emerged as the figure many identified most personally with the scandal. In May 2006, Skilling was convicted of 19 of 35 counts, while Lay was found guilty on 10 counts of fraud and conspiracy. When Lay died from heart disease just two months later, a Houston judge vacated the counts against him. That October, the 52-year-old Skilling was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Islanders Win First Ever Great Lakes Islands' Basketball Tournament

The Beaver Island Islanders basketball team won all three games against the rival island teams from Putin Bay, Mackinac Island, and Washington Island. Congratulations to the Islanders! The Putin Bay Panthers' Lady's Basketball team won the Lady's trophy. This lady's team was very agressive, and didn't miss many shots. In particular, number 24 may actually end up playing on a college team. Be proud, Lady Islanders, you played very well against this very powerful and accurate shooting team. Here WE GO, Islanders, Here WE go! Great tournament, and hope that the tradition will continue! Pictures and video will be available later tonight or tomorrow.

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 12/1/18

Beaver Island News on the 'Net attempted to live stream the last couple of games on Friday, November 30, 2018, but technical glitches prevented this from happening. So, the thing to do is eliminate any and all of items that could cause a glitch. On Saturday, morning not quite light outside yet, Everything except the tripod and the wires were replaced, so there was no doubt that only one piece of the setup would go wrong.

Results so far on Saturday morning.

With a new computer, a new video camera, and new cables, the setup worked beginning at 8 a.m. and for the rest of the day for the end of the tournament. We were successful in live streaming every game played on Saturday, December 1, 2018. This did not mean that we called every game with narration. We provided information only when needed and allowed the viewer to make his/her own decisions on what they had seen. We had forty-eight viewers today of the games on this day.

Our basketball officials, Dave Reib and Dave Wcisel

View a gallery of photos of the Islander Basketball team playing on Saturday

View video of this game HERE

Added 12/2/2018 1:30 p.m.

Once again congratulations to the winners of the first ever Great Lakes' Islands' Basketball Tournament! Thank you to all the participants, and the coaches and teams members, all the parents who came and watched, and thank you to the Beaver Island Community School Athletic Director who had a birthday today, Kerry Smith!

Awarding of the Trophies


Posted at 8 p.m., 12/01/18

Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

BICS Holiday Program

December 20, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the BIC Center

Weather by Joe

December 1, 2018

Today will bring about the end of the first ever Great Lakes Islands' Basketball Tournament right here on Beaver Island. If the technology works, BINN will be live streaming the event today. There is another live stream and radio broadcast here also. You can view this HERE. On with the weather.....

Right now on Carlilse Road it is 35 degrees with just a breath of wind. The pressure is 30.00 with visibility of 7 miles. It is overcast at 1100 feet. The dewpoint is 30 degrees with humidity of 92%.

TODAY, it is expected to stay in the mid-30s and remain cloudy all day. There is just a 10% chance of precipitation. Winds will be from the E at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be 100% chance of snow or rain with the temperature hanging around the freezing point. Winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph from the ESE. Up to one inch of snow is possible.

TOMORROW,it is forecast for snow with temperature also staying around freezing or just above. The winds will continue from the NE at 15 to 25 mph. 90% chance of snow with up to a half inch.

Word of the Day:

mayhem; noun (MAY-hem); willful and permanent deprivation of a bodily member resulting in the impairment of a person's fighting ability; needless or willful damage or violence

Legally speaking, mayhem refers to the gruesome crime of deliberately causing an injury that permanently disfigures another. The name derives via Middle English from the Anglo-French verb maheimer ("to maim") and is probably of Germanic origin; the English verb maim comes from the same ancestor. The disfigurement sense of mayhem first appeared in English in the 15th century. By the 19th century the word had come to mean any kind of violent behavior; nowadays, mayhem can be used to suggest any kind of chaos or disorder, as in "there was mayhem in the streets during the citywide blackout."

On this Day:

In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city’s racial segregation laws. The successful Montgomery Bus Boycott, organized by a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King, Jr., followed Park’s historic act of civil disobedience.

“The mother of the civil rights movement,” as Rosa Parks is known, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1913. She worked as a seamstress and in 1943 joined the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

According to a Montgomery city ordinance in 1955, African Americans were required to sit at the back of public buses and were also obligated to give up those seats to white riders if the front of the bus filled up. Parks was in the first row of the black section when the white driver demanded that she give up her seat to a white man. Parks’ refusal was spontaneous but was not merely brought on by her tired feet, as is the popular legend. In fact, local civil rights leaders had been planning a challenge to Montgomery’s racist bus laws for several months, and Parks had been privy to this discussion.

Learning of Parks’ arrest, the NAACP and other African American activists immediately called for a bus boycott to be held by black citizens on Monday, December 5. Word was spread by fliers, and activists formed the Montgomery Improvement Association to organize the protest. The first day of the bus boycott was a great success, and that night the 26-year-old Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., told a large crowd gathered at a church, “The great glory of American democracy is the right to protest for right.” King emerged as the leader of the bus boycott and received numerous death threats from opponents of integration. At one point, his home was bombed, but he and his family escaped bodily harm.

The boycott stretched on for more than a year, and participants carpooled or walked miles to work and school when no other means were possible. As African Americans previously constituted 70 percent of the Montgomery bus ridership, the municipal transit system suffered gravely during the boycott. On November 13, 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Alabama state and Montgomery city bus segregation laws as being in violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On December 20, King issued the following statement: “The year old protest against city buses is officially called off, and the Negro citizens of Montgomery are urged to return to the buses tomorrow morning on a non-segregated basis.” The boycott ended the next day. Rosa Parks was among the first to ride the newly desegregated buses.

Martin Luther King, Jr., and his nonviolent civil rights movement had won its first great victory. There would be many more to come.

Rosa Parks died on October 24, 2005. Three days later the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to honor Parks by allowing her body to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

St. James Township Public Works Committee

Meeting scheduled

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


Great Lakes Islands' Basketball Tournament

November 30 and December 1, 2018

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

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

End of November Video


Posted at 7:30 a.m., 11/30/18

Weather by Joe

November 30, 2018

Looking out the window here at the motel in Petoskey, it is white out there. Yes, snow, and, based upon the webcams, the island got a little bit of light snow as well. That light dusting probably won't last for very long because the temperature is right at 32 degrees and expected to go up from there. The pressure is 29.86 with visibility at ten miles. The sky is overcast at 1600 feet. The dewpoint is 29 degrees with the humidity at 95%. According to the snow gauge, we got just under a half an inch of snow.

TODAY, it expected to warm up to 36 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds to be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. 20% chance of precipitation is still present.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have a low near freezing with partly cloudy skies. The chance of precipitation drops to 10%. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a chance of snow of 20%. The winds will come from the E at 10 to 20 mph. The temperature will be in the mid-30s.

Word of the Day:

dram; noun; (DRAM); a unit of weight equal to 1/8 of an ounce; a unit of liquid capacity equal to 1/8 fluid ounce; a small portion of something to drink; a small amount

In the system of weights commonly used in North America and the United Kingdom—a dram is equal to 1/16 ounce (1.772 grams). The word dram was borrowed from the Anglo-French and Late Latin word dragme, which was originally used for a silver coin used by the ancient Greeks (now known in English as the drachma) as well as for the coin's approximate weight. In the 16th century, English speakers began also using dram for a weight of fluid measure (also called a fluid dram) equal to 1/8 fluid ounce, and more loosely for any small portion of something to drink. Dram is also used figuratively for any small amoun

The two of them don't have a dram of sense between them, so I'm not surprised that they got into so much trouble.

On this Day in 1954:

The first modern instance of a meteorite striking a human being occurs at Sylacauga, Alabama, when a meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and into a living room, bounces off a radio, and strikes a woman on the hip. The victim, Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges, was sleeping on a couch at the time of impact. The space rock was a sulfide meteorite weighing 8.5 pounds and measuring seven inches in length. Mrs. Hodges was not permanently injured but suffered a nasty bruise along her hip and leg.

Ancient Chinese records tell of people being injured or killed by falling meteorites, but the Sylacauga meteorite was the first modern record of this type of human injury. In 1911, a dog in Egypt was killed by the Nakhla meteorite.

Posted at 7 a.m.

Saturday Movies at BIC Center

To kick off the holiday season, we will be serving Hot Chocolate for FREE to all kids who attend the first Christmas movie of the season!

Come on down to enjoy the animated wonder "The Polar Express" with the kids/grandkids: Hot Chocolate and this movie goes together like Santa Clause and Cookies! 3pm

3 p.m.

7 p.m.

Posted at 3:15 p.m., 11/29/18

Island Airways Tickets on Sale

November 29, 2018

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 11/29/18

Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee

Second Meeting Scheduled

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 11/29/18

Stoney Acre Kitchen Reopens With New Menu

The Stoney Acre Restaurant kitchen has been closed for quite a while, but they are reopening tonight with a new menu of lots of smoked meats. Here is the menu beginning tonight:

Click on the thumbnails to see the menus.

Posted at 1 p.m., 11/29/18

Weather by Joe

November 29, 2018

Headed off the island today for a couple of days of medical appointments. Hope the first ever Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament is successful and the weather decides to help instead of hinder. On with the weather....

Right now on Carlisle Road the temperature is 31 degrees, the pressure is 29.91, and the visibility is 10 miles. The sky is overcast at 2500 feet. The dewpoint is 23 degrees and the jumidity is 73%. There is barely a breath of wind, but it is from the east when it puffs.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with temperatures hovering around freezing or a little above. There is a 20% chance of precipitation and the winds will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to remain cloudy with temperatures down below thirty. The same chance of precipitation and the winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for the temperature to reach the mid-30s with winds light and variable. The chance of precipitation remains at 20%

Word of the Day:

ritzy; adjective; (RIT-see); being, characteristic of, or befitting a snob; impressively or ostentatiously fancy or stylish

César Ritz (1850-1918) earned worldwide renown for the luxurious hotels bearing his name in London and Paris. (The Ritz-Carlton hotel company is a contemporary descendant of these enterprises.) Although they were by no means the first to cater to high-end clients, Ritz's hotels quickly earned reputations as symbols of opulence. F. Scott Fitzgerald, a writer who often focused on the fashionably wealthy, titled one of his short stories "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," and the phrase "to put on the ritz" means "to indulge in ostentatious display." The adjective ritzy, describing either something fancy or stylish, or the haughty attitudes of the wealthy elite, first checked into the English language in 1920.

On this Day:

Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state.

The modern conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the 1910s, when both groups laid claim to the British-controlled territory. The Jews were Zionists, recent emigrants from Europe and Russia who came to the ancient homeland of the Jews to establish a Jewish national state. The native Palestinian Arabs sought to stem Jewish immigration and set up a secular Palestinian state.

Beginning in 1929, Arabs and Jews openly fought in Palestine, and Britain attempted to limit Jewish immigration as a means of appeasing the Arabs. As a result of the Holocaust in Europe, many Jews illegally entered Palestine during World War II. Radical Jewish groups employed terrorism against British forces in Palestine, which they thought had betrayed the Zionist cause. At the end of World War II, in 1945, the United States took up the Zionist cause. Britain, unable to find a practical solution, referred the problem to the United Nations, which on November 29, 1947, voted to partition Palestine.

The Jews were to possess more than half of Palestine, though they made up less than half of Palestine’s population. The Palestinian Arabs, aided by volunteers from other countries, fought the Zionist forces, but the Jews secured full control of their U.N.-allocated share of Palestine and also some Arab territory. On May 14, 1948, Britain withdrew with the expiration of its mandate, and the State of Israel was proclaimed by Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion. The next day, forces from Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded.

The Israelis, though less well equipped, managed to fight off the Arabs and then seize key territories, such as Galilee, the Palestinian coast, and a strip of territory connecting the coastal region to the western section of Jerusalem. In 1949, U.N.-brokered cease-fires left the State of Israel in permanent control of those conquered areas. The departure of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs from Israel during the war left the country with a substantial Jewish majority.

Posted at 8 a.m.

DRAFT Minutes of Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting

This advisory committee was established by both township boards, Peaine and St. James. This was the very first meeting of the advisory committee. All members have the improvement of the telecommunications on Beaver Island as their main objective. Step one is to gather information and share that information. The first step in sharing that information is shown below.

Read the minutes of this meeting HERE

Posted at 7:15 pm, 11/28/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

November 28, 2018

Due to a trip to the mainland for medical appointments, there will be no broadcast during Thursday and Friday. Today's walk down memory lane include a step back to 2011s:

An Evening of Music 8/21/11 (1.25 hrs)

Baroque on Beaver Sunday 2011 (1.5 hrs)

Christmas Cantata 2011 (1 hr)

Owl Video 11/26/11 (short)

Lady Islanders versus Mackinac Island 2/5/12 (3/4 hr)

Barneys's Lake Story 9/27/11 (5 minutes)

BICS Basketball 12/9/11 (ends the broadcast)

All times are approximate.

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


Broadcast begins at 9:30 a.m.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Trivia Challenge

Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Posted at 8:15 a.m., 11/28/18

Weather by Joe

November 28, 2018

Some people will have a little traveling issues this morning with the mix of snow and rain that is possible today. Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 29 degrees with barely a breath of wind. The pressure is 29.85 and visibility is ten miles. The skies are overcast at 1900 feet. The dewpoint is 20 degrees and the humidity is 70%.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. No accumulation of snow is expected. The winds will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue to be cloudy with chance of precipitation decreasing from 20% to 10%. The low will be near 27 and the winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a continuing cloudy day with the high temperatures once again hovering around freezing. Winds will switch to the SE at 5 to 10 mph and percent chance of precipitation is 20%

Word of the Day:

betwixt; adverb or preposition; (bih-TWIKST) between

"Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean; and so betwixt the two of them, they licked the platter clean." Perhaps you've always said "and so between the two of them" when reciting the tale of Jack Sprat and his wife. That's fine. Betwixt and between have similar origins: they both come from a combination of be- and related Old English roots. Both words appeared before the 12th century, but use of betwixt dropped off considerably toward the end of the 1600s. It survived in the phrase "betwixt and between" ("neither one thing nor the other"), which took on a life of its own in the 18th century. Nowadays, betwixt is uncommon, but it isn't archaic; it's simply used more consciously than between.

On this Day:

After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic.

On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain in an effort to find a western sea route to the rich Spice Islands of Indonesia. In command of five ships and 270 men, Magellan sailed to West Africa and then to Brazil, where he searched the South American coast for a strait that would take him to the Pacific. He searched the Rio de la Plata, a large estuary south of Brazil, for a way through; failing, he continued south along the coast of Patagonia. At the end of March 1520, the expedition set up winter quarters at Port St. Julian. On Easter day at midnight, the Spanish captains mutinied against their Portuguese captain, but Magellan crushed the revolt, executing one of the captains and leaving another ashore when his ship left St. Julian in August.

On October 21, he finally discovered the strait he had been seeking. The Strait of Magellan, as it became known, is located near the tip of South America, separating Tierra del Fuego and the continental mainland. Only three ships entered the passage; one had been wrecked and another deserted. It took 38 days to navigate the treacherous strait, and when ocean was sighted at the other end Magellan wept with joy. His fleet accomplished the westward crossing of the ocean in 99 days, crossing waters so strangely calm that the ocean was named “Pacific,” from the Latin word pacificus, meaning “tranquil.” By the end, the men were out of food and chewed the leather parts of their gear to keep themselves alive. On March 6, 1521, the expedition landed at the island of Guam.

en days later, they dropped anchor at the Philippine island of Cebu—they were only about 400 miles from the Spice Islands. Magellan met with the chief of Cebu, who after converting to Christianity persuaded the Europeans to assist him in conquering a rival tribe on the neighboring island of Mactan. In fighting on April 27, Magellan was hit by a poisoned arrow and left to die by his retreating comrades.

After Magellan’s death, the survivors, in two ships, sailed on to the Moluccas and loaded the hulls with spice. One ship attempted, unsuccessfully, to return across the Pacific. The other ship, the Vittoria, continued west under the command of Basque navigator Juan Sebastian de Elcano. The vessel sailed across the Indian Ocean, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived at the Spanish port of Sanlucar de Barrameda on September 6, 1522, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Video Report for November

November 27, 2018

The entire month of November BINN has been doing re-broadcast of historical video, everything from interviews to fundraisers to special events. The video re-broadcast has varied from 4 hours per day to almost 10 hours per day. BINN is attempting to get this working seamlessly. Video from the years 2014 through 2018 have been included in thes broadcasts. The broadcast has been announced on facebook, on this website, and on the forum. All the broadcasts have begun during the day except for those days when there are live stream events to broadcast.

So far in this month,there have been 441 unique IP addresses viewing 2070 video clips, and using 85 GB of bandwidth. This is for all three activities of video on either the News' Archives website, the Beaver Island TV website,or the BI News on the 'Net website. 312 of these unique IP addresses have watched 1709 video clips using 53 GB of bandwidth. These are mostly viewed from this website.

The live stream website of Beaver Island TV has had increased viewing due to the re-broadcasts of video, and only a few views for the live streamed video so far this month. 100 unique IP addresses have viewed 246 views and used 7.6 GB of bandwidth. The archives has been viewed from 36 unique IP addresses viewing 47 views and using 2.4 GB of bandwidth.

As should be expected, the majority of the viewers have been from Michigan; 267 to be exact. The rest have been from Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Indiana, New York, and Alabama. These have added up to 120 unique IP addresses.

It has been a busy month of video due to the combination of live stream and re-broadcast videos This will continue in the month of December. BINN will continue back into the archives for video to re-broadcast.

Posted at 9:15 p.m., 11/28/18


Board of Review
Please take note that the Peaine Township Board of Review will be meeting on
Tuesday 12/11/18 at 2:00 PM at the Peaine Township Hall

Peaine BOR Notice 12/ 11/18

Posted at 4:45 p.m., 11/27/18

11/27/18 BICS Tuesday Update

Good afternoon, with last week being such a short week we wanted to give you a mid week update on upcoming events. This Thursday is picture retakes. Group picture retakes will be Ms. Greens class and Mrs. Roberts Class.    Anyone else wishing to have their picture retakes done please notify the office before Thursday morning.

 This Friday is the Great Lakes Islands Basketball tournament.  Admission will be $5.00 for the entire weekend or $3.00 for one day.  Booster Club and Cheer Club will be having concessions during the games.  Attached is the tournament schedule along with the concession menus. 

The Charlevoix Elks Club will be hosting a free throw competition next Tuesday, December 4, 2018, during lunch. Students ages 8-13 are invited to participate. Island Airways will pay for one girl and one boy winner, each with a parent, to go to Charlevoix on December 15, 2018,  to compete. Kitty McNamara and Travis Longley will be scoring the event. Here are the basic rules: Students must be 8 years old by April 1, 2019, there are three age groups 8/9, 10/11 and 12/13, they would each shoot 10 free throws. 

Great Lakes Islands' Tournament Menu

Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 11/27/18

Cookie Carnival

Cooooookiies! Me want cooookiies!

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

November 27, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

Carp Mating Clip (short)

Islander Reunion 7/11/14 (short)

Walleye Pond video 4/23/15 (10 min)

Welke Hangar Party 10/10/15 (10 min)

Blacksmithing 7/24/15 (short)

Petroqueen Christening 9/26/15 (45 min)

Bite of Beaver, Beaver Boodle, and Artisans 2014 (45 min)

Emily Jines Senior Presentation (1 hr)

Fall Colors 2015 (short)

Island Fundraiser 2018 (2 hrs)

Skip Duhamel Radio Interview (10 min)

Homecoming Dance 2001 (30 min)

Beans, Mike Gardenar Interview 2001 (1 hr)

Preparing to Pave Downtown (15 min)

BICS Volleyball 9/7/18 (1 hr)

All times are approximate.

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

Enjoy the broadcast! It begins at 9 a.m.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Oh, Happy Day!

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

November 27, 2018

We will be off the island on Thursday and Friday, returning based upon the weather either late Friday or early Saturday. More medical appointments are necessary on this journey begun in May, almost two years ago. Prayers for positive outcomes are always welcome, and we appreciate the support provided by our friends and neighbors! On with the weather......

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 26 degrees that feels like 16 degrees with the wind from the NW at 5 gusting to 15 mph. The relative humidity is 81% and the pressure is 29.72. We've had a trace of ice pellets or freezing rain in the last 24 hours.The skies are overcast at 2200 feet, and the dewpoint is 14 degrees.

TODAY, it is expected to have some rain or snow showers with a 40% chance of precipitation with accumulation up to one inch. With the few snow showers, there will be a high near 30 degrees and winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to remain cloudy with a low temperature of 27 degrees. The wind will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. There is only a 20% chance of snow.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with a high near 32. We continue with a 20% chance of snow, and winds will continue from the NW quarter at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day:

yahoo; noun; (YAH-hoo); capitalized Yahoo : a member of a race of brutes in Swift's Gulliver's Travels who have the form and all the vices of humans; a boorish, crass, or stupid person

We know exactly how old yahoo is because its debut in print also marked its entrance into the English language as a whole. Yahoo began life as a made-up word invented by Jonathan Swift in his book Gulliver's Travels, which was published in 1726. On his fourth and final voyage of the book, Lemuel Gulliver is marooned on an island that is the home of the Houyhnhnms, a species of intelligent, civilized horses who share their land with and rule over the Yahoos, a species of brutes with the form and vices of humans. These Yahoos represented Swift's view of humankind at its lowest. It is not surprising, then, that yahoo came to be applied to any actual human who was particularly unpleasant or unintelligent.

On this Day:

The Pentagon informs President Johnson that if General Westmoreland is to conduct the major sweep operations necessary to destroy enemy forces during the coming year, U.S. troop strength should be increased from 120,000 to 400,000 men.

Also on this day: The Viet Cong release two U.S. special forces soldiers captured two years earlier during a battle of Hiep Hoa, 40 miles southwest of Saigon. At a news conference in Phnom Penh three days later, the two Americans, Sgt. George Smith and Specialist 5th Class Claude McClure, declared that they opposed U.S. actions in Vietnam and would campaign for the withdrawal of American troops. Although Smith later denied making the statement, U.S. authorities announced that the two men would face trial for cooperating with the enemy.

Also on this day: In Washington, nearly 35,000 war protestors circle the White House for two hours before moving on to the Washington Monument. Dr. Benjamin Spock, Coretta Scott King, and activist Norman Thomas were among those who gave speeches.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Christian Church Bulletin

November 25, 2018

New and Renewal Subscriptions

November 26, 2018

Any new or renewal subscription that is received in December 2018, January, February, and March 2019, will have 10% of the subscription fee donated in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. The minimum donation will be $5.00 for any one year or two year subscription. Help out the Food Pantry by renewing your subscription.

Peaine Township Board Minutes

November 14, 2018

BIRHC Annual Meeting Rescheduled

The BIRHC Annual Meeting of 12/8/18 has been rescheduled to 12/15/18.(per email received on 11/26/18)

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

November 26, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lanes includes:

Buffalo Malloy's Granddaughters Interview in 2006 (1 hr)

USCG Visits BICS 2015 (1 hr)

USCG Medivac by boat 2014 (10 minutes)

Veteran's Day 2015 (15 minutes)

Dominican Sisters at Marywood 8/19/03 (1 hr)

BICS Soccer 9/12/14 (1.5 hr)

BICS Volleyball 9/12/14 (1 hr)

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

All times are approximate.

Enjoy the broadcast beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Weather by Joe

November 26, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 29 degrees with a 2 mph wind with gusts to 5 mph from the NNE. The pressure is 29.75 with visibility of 10 miles. The skies are overcast at 2300 feet. The dewpoint is 20 degrees with humidity at 75%.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with temepratures staying around 30 degrees and a 20% chance of snow. Winds will be from the north at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have a low temperature near 25 with snow showers possible later in the night. 30% chance of snow. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for morning snow showers with a 20% chance of snow. The temperature will be near 30 and winds will continue from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day: quirk; verb; (KWERK); curve or twist

Did you expect quirk to be a noun meaning "a peculiarity of action or behavior"? If so, you're probably not alone; the "peculiarity" sense of the noun quirk is commonly known and has been a part of our language since the 17th century. But quirk has long worn other hats in English, too. The sense meaning "a curve, turn, or twist" has named everything from curving pen marks on paper (i.e., flourishes) to witty turns of phrase to the vagaries or twists of fate. In contemporary English, the verb quirk can be used in referring to facial expressions, especially those that involve crooked smiles or furrowed eyebrows.

"If you quirked your eyebrow at The Shape of Water's merman, your jaw probably dropped clean off when you realized that some viewers were, well, thirsty for the marine man." — Melissa Broder and Samantha Hunt, Elle, 14 Sept. 2018

On this Day:

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

The tradition of celebrating the holiday on Thursday dates back to the early history of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, when post-harvest holidays were celebrated on the weekday regularly set aside as “Lecture Day,” a midweek church meeting where topical sermons were presented. A famous Thanksgiving observance occurred in the autumn of 1621, when Plymouth governor William Bradford invited local Indians to join the Pilgrims in a three-day festival held in gratitude for the bounty of the season.

Thanksgiving became an annual custom throughout New England in the 17th century, and in 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national American Thanksgiving following the Patriot victory at Saratoga. In 1789, President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution. However, it was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally.

With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration. For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making thefourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #48

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 4:45 p.m., 11/25/18

Mass from Holy Cross

November 25, 2018

Our parish priest, Father Jim Siler, provided both services this weekend; one on Saturday at 4 p.m. and the second on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The reader on Saturday afternoon was Brian Foli. The reader on Sunday morning was Ann Partridge.

Brian Foli....................Ann Partridge

View video of the services HERE

Posted at 4:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Historical Society Newsletter

Fall 2018

Posted at 2 p.m., 11/25/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

November 25, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

Kay Charter Presentation (half hour)

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

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

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

Tick Presentation 5/18/15 (1.5 hrs)

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

All times are approximate.

Broadcast to begin at 1:30 p.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Telecommunications' Advisory Committee Meeting Announced

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

View the posting and Agenda HERE




Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Meeting Minutes

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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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AMVETS Soup and Such

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

View a gallery of photos of soups and attendees HERE

View a video of the soups and the attendess HERE

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

Black Friday Moon

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

View the disappearing moon gallery HERE

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

Historical Society Moving Into the Future

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

(PS)Print Shop Museum - SOUTHEAST APPROACH_final

(PS)Print Shop Museum -SIDE ELEVATION-final

(PS)Print Shop Museum - FRONT ELEVATION- final

Video walk-around

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

Great Lakes Islands' Basketball Tournament

November 30 and December 1, 2018

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

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

Familiar Faces 15

By Joe Moore

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

Read the rest of the history and story HERE

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

Thanksgiving at Gregg Fellowship Center

November 22, 2018

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

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

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

View a short video of the dinner HERE

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

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

BIRHC Minutes of November 1, 2018 Special Meeting

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

Read the minutes HERE

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

Scam Calls

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


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

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

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

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

St. James Township Board Meeting Minutes

November 7, 2018 Meeting

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

Peaine Township Zoning Information

Found on the Peaine Township Website

Peaine Township Codified Zoning Ordinance

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

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

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

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



Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

BICS Basketball Schedule

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


Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates

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

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


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

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

November 2018


Christian Church Bulletin

November 25, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

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