B. I. News on the 'Net, November 28-December 4, 2016

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

December 4, 2016

Approximately seventy people attend Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church this morning for the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. The choir sangs songs with an Advent theme, preparation for Christmas. The minor key of "O Come O Come Emmanuel" always makes this a somewhat sad feeling prior to the joyous time of Christmas. Tammy McDonough led the choice with her singing and her guitar. There will be a Christmas Eve Service as well as a Christmas Day Service at Holy Cross.

We were informed that this Thursday is Mass of Immacualte Conception, so News on the 'Net will probably be live streaming that service as well.

View Excerpts from this Mass from Holy Cross HERE

The 52 Lists Project #49

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 4, 2016

Just a reminder about the Christmas Concert today, 2:00 at the Beaver Island Christian Church. Only one performance this year. Joe will be live-streaming it. Come and enjoy some holiday music!

Mostly cloudy skies this morning. It's 37° outside, although thanks to the wind chill it feels like 32°, wind is at 5 mph from the south, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 30.04, and visibility is 7.4 miles. Today: Scattered rain and snow showers in the morning, then snow and rain in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Snow and rain in the evening, then a chance of more after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered rain and snow showers in the morning. Rain and snow in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain and snow. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of December 4, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration. The program had been created in order to provide jobs during the Great Depression.

Did you know that 21% of people don't make their bed in the morning?

Word of the day: bruit (broot) which means to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by 'about') Bruit entered English in the 1400s from late Middle English. It ultimately derives from the Vulgar Latin brūgere, a conflation of Latin rūgīre “to bellow” and Vulgar Latin bragere “to neigh.”

Christian Church Bulletin

December 4, 2016

Christmas Toy Drive 2016

Swim, II

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 3, 2016

It's 38° outside this morning, wind chill makes it feel like 32°, mostly cloudy skies, wind at 8 mph from the NW, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 30.12 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Today: Cloudy. Scattered rain and snow showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. NW winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and isolated snow showers in the evening, then more isolated snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. MARINE REPORT Today: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: SE wind 5 to 10 knots. Isolated rain and snow showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of December 3, 1931 - Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time. NOTE: Joe and i could do commercials for this stuff! It truly works!

Did you know that 90% people depend on alarm clocks to wake up?

Word of the day: quondam (KWON-duh m, -dam) which means former; onetime. In Classical Latin quondam was a temporal adverb referring to the past "formerly, at one time”; the future “someday, one day”; or a timeless present “sometimes, at times.” In postclassical Latin the word developed an adjectival sense “former”; and Late Latin a noun sense “the former X.” The word entered English in the mid-1500s as a noun.


An Editorial by Joe Moore

Now, we go on to yet another topic that I find unacceptable in the small community of Beaver Island.  One of things that makes this community different than the big city is that most people here know most other people here.  It seems that the tradition on the island is to greet others when passing them in cars or trucks or loaders or dump trucks or bulldozers by waving at them.  Most people wave at most other people even if you don’t truly know who is in the other vehicle.  It’s just a common courtesy to follow this tradition.

Now, the thing that I find is that greeting others in public is also a common courtesy.  When you enter a place of business, the employee greets you and you greet them.  When you pass someone in the grocery aisle or at the hardware store or at the post office, it is common courtesy to greet the other person.  The simple fact is that people greet each other.  They don’t necessarily stand around and have a long in depth conversation, but they greet each other.

So, what do I find that is unacceptable about this?  Some people in a small community don’t like others in this same small community.  Perhaps, the un-liked person has made you angry or said something that you don’t agree with or can’t go along with.  Perhaps they have actually upset you to the extent that you may have used an expletive or two or more regarding that person or that person’s behavior.  But, the common courtesy in this small community is to greet another person when you see them whether you are friends or enemies.  This tradition was taught to me by the Greggs, the Wojans, the McDonoughs, and the Greens, by the generation that has mostly moved on to be with our Lord.  After forty-three years of being taught this tradition, it upsets me when people who should know better don’t follow this tradition.

To walk by a person that has spent years greeting you, shaking your hand, and doing activities together without a greeting is unacceptable even if you are mad at them.  Your public responsibility is to follow the traditions that have been established in the community that you are a part of.  So, I want you to know that when you walk past me, even if you are mad at me for some reason, and don’t greet me, I have made a very uncharacteristic judgment about you.  I have decided that you really are breaking the traditions of the community in which you live.  You are purposefully ignoring that tradition.  Even serious enemies greet each other in the public areas.  They even shake hands.  So, pass me by without a greeting, and I’ll be making some nasty comments about you in my mind, especially if I know you don’t like me or are angry with me.
I responded and helped your friends, your neighbors, and probably your relatives and I wasn’t rude, so why are you being rude to me?  I also want you to know that others are also making judgments about you when you pass anyone without a greeting.  Hope those of you who do this on purpose know that it really reflects more on you and not on the person that you failed to greet.

Now, I can fully understand when you are distracted, on your way to an appointment, or on your way to a construction site.  Perhaps you just forget to wave.  Perhaps you are in a hurry.  Perhaps you are having a bad day.  Perhaps you have been off the island for a while.  You will get the benefit of the doubt, but others may not be so forgiving when they observe your failure to follow the traditions.  They may judge you as being rude and make other assumptions about you.  Just so you know this is happening.

I am going to let you know right now that I will not purposefully drive by you without waving or nodding my head.  I will not walk by you on purpose without greeting you and asking you how you are doing.  I’m not going to pass you by if you drop something.  Instead, I’m going to stop and pick it up for you.  That’s the way I was taught by Bud and Skip, Joy and Russell, and Phil and Lil with help from lots of others in the last forty plus years.

Other traditions seem to have gone away on the island as well, and I am sad that they have disappeared.  The annual New Year’s Eve Party at the Holy Cross Hall was one of those that brought the entire island together.  Perhaps, this is why I’m sad.  These are the things that brought us together as a community, and seem to be disappearing in our busy society today.  Christmas caroling used to be one of the most perfect opportunities for people to get together and sing with special efforts at stopping at the older people’s homes to bring them some Christmas cheer.  Attending the Christian Church Christmas Eve service used to be the tradition no matter which church you attended and then going to the Christmas Eve Mass afterward was also part of that tradition.  Another tradition that seems to have passed by the wayside is the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service where all churches on the island participated, and then stopping by at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner with a dish to pass or a dessert for the dinner even if you had family visiting.  Just having a quick cup of coffee was part of the tradition if you had already eaten or were eating later.  Even attendance at the gift performance of the Christmas Cantata has dropped off, and is now down to a Christmas Concert with only one performance.
The whole point of these gatherings was to have the community get together as a community.  To give holiday greetings to those that you might not otherwise see on the holidays was yet another tradition.  Just getting together was part of the island’s tradition.  In earlier years, these gatherings were not just close family.  They included “outsiders” on purpose, not just by chance.  Some were organized specifically because some island residents didn’t have family.

These are the things that I miss.  I wish we could get these traditions back again, or replace them with some new traditions.  I, for one, will participate in any of these traditions that still remain, or attend if I can’t participate because they are what make this community a community that cares about its people.  If you are not participating because you are mad at someone, step up with some courage and determination and help bring these traditions back to life.  The whole community will benefit.


by Joe Moore

Sometimes, certain things have a habit of really setting me off.  For example, I don’t have a lot of use for instructions that are not exact and step-by-step.  The attitude of just trust that this is going to work doesn’t set well with me.  I am a concrete sequential type person that needs a list of steps necessary to get to the end product.  If you give me the hoops to jump through, it may take me years, but if it’s something I want to see accomplished, I’ll make sure that each and every hoop will be jumped through in the proper order.
Now, random abstract people find me very frustrated when these steps are all mixed up, and when instructions are not followed.  That’s just the nature of the concrete-sequential beast.  We need logical steps with clear instructions, and that’s our absolute need. We can accomplish just about anything with a good set of instructions.
I don’t have even one drop of mechanically inclined blood in my body, but given a complete set of logical steps and pictures, I was able to rebuild a carburetor on the kitchen table and get it back in the old Ford station wagon, and, yes, hook it back up to the accelerator, and it worked.  It was accomplished due to a good set of logical instructions that were made by another concrete-sequential mind.
Today, I set up a smartphone, an Apple 6s cellphone, and it was a very frustrating experience.  The instructions were not complete.  Well, when they were followed, the task was completed, but throughout, I was frustrated because there were things going on in cyberspace that I didn’t even know about let alone understand. 
Here’s the complete set of instructions that were provided with the new phone:

  1. Turn off the old cellphone.
  2. Call this number.
  3. Make sure the old cellphone is off.
  4. Set up an iCloud account, make sure you register.
  5. Turn on the new cellphone and follow the instructions on the screen.

Talk about driving me nuts.  They were successful after several attempts and several trips to the computer to look up information.  Now here’s how a concrete, sequential person would have written the instructions.

  1.  You don’t have to do anything to make certain that your contacts, applications, and data end up on your new phone.  The phone has done an automatic backup yesterday.  When you turned it on today, that backup was verified.  You might miss some of these and there will be no reason given why some were recovered and others were missing.  Just accept that as part of the process.
  2. You need to call the following number to let us know that you have a new phone.  In order to do this, you will need your old phone number, your apple user-id, and your apple password.  You will also have to sign up for iCloud.  This is best done on your old phone, so you know for sure that the information about you and your phone are current.  You will be prompted for all of this information during this call, so have it ready, so you don’t have to go looking for it.
  3. Since you are now going to be setting up your new phone, make sure that your old phone is turned off, BEFORE you turn on your new phone.
  4. Turn on your new phone, after turning off the old one.  Make sure that you have your user-id’s, passwords, cellphone number, any application usernames and passwords, and any and all application account information for any that you want transferred to the new phone. 
  5. Make sure that you complete the process in one attempt, or you will have to start over from the beginning each time.  By the way, if you leave the phone for too long, you will be disconnected, and you’ll have to start over from the beginning.  Also make sure that the power doesn’t blink during this process and mess up your Internet connection, oh, and, by the way, make sure you have your Internet connection wireless password handy as well.
  6. Be ready for your frustration level to increase each time the cellphone asks you for another piece of information that we didn’t tell you that you needed, and when your process needs to start over asking you about what language your phone should respond to you with.  (Really??)  Really!!
  7. By the way, make sure that you remember your birthday and all the security questions and answers for when you set up any of these accounts because you will definitely be asked some of those questions.  Make sure you know how you spelled things when these accounts were set up several years ago as well as the spacing and capital letters that you used; otherwise, you’ll have to start over again from the beginning entering the phone number and the email address that you’ve already entered multiple times.

Then, the last thing on the concrete-sequential writer’s set of instructions would be a telephone number to call for help for anyone that didn’t know how to follow the instructions or who got so frustrated that they wanted to throw the phone off the boat company dock.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 2, 2016

It's 36° outside, feels like 27°, overcast skies, wind is at 17 mph from the WNW with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 29.83 inches, and visibility is 4.4 miles. Today: Cloudy. Numerous snow showers and scattered rain showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. NW winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers. Lows in the mid 30s. NW winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

MARINE REPORT ***** SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING ***** Today: NW wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet. Tonight: NW wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of December 2, 1949 - Gene Autry's song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," hit the record charts.

Did you know that chocolate manufacturers use 40% of the world's almonds?

Word of the day: Faustian (FOU-stee-uh n) which means 1) sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain. 2) of, relating to, or characteristic of Faust. Johann Faust (c1481–c1541), Latinized as Johannes Faustus, was an itinerant German alchemist, astrologer, magician, and thaumaturge. Legend has it that even though he was very successful, he became dissatisfied with his life and with the limits of human knowledge and therefore sold his soul to the Devil for limitless knowledge and pleasure for a limited time—the Faustian bargain. Faust in German means ”fist”; faustus in Latin means ”of favorable omen, auspicious.”


by Cindy Ricksgers

Kathryn L. "Kathy" Blalock Obituary

Blalock, Kathryn L. "Kathy" Kathryn L. "Kathy" Blalock, age 68, passed away peacefully November 28, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center. She was the first child of John C. and Ruth (Niles) Bradner who predeceased her. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Eric "Ric" Blalock, a sister Kristine (Chuck) VandenBerg of Grand Rapids, a brother Curt (Cathy) Bradner of Grand Junction, Colorado and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved Scottish terrier "Stella".

She graduated from Grand Rapids Creston High School and attended Western Michigan University where she was affiliated with Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Kathy was employed her entire career at O'Boyle, Cowell, Blalock and Associates Landscape Architects where she was a partner and their Business Manager.

Kathy was a friend to many. Her kind and generous spirit and joyful laugh were a beacon to friends and strangers alike. She loved the outdoors and especially loved Beaver Island and spending time at their Sand Bay cottage on the island. Kathy was an avid sailor and enjoyed boating and fishing, playing golf, hiking and a good book. After retiring 12 years ago Kathy and Ric wintered in Stuart, Florida where the ocean and estuaries offered continued opportunities for time on the water, as well as golfing and visiting the numerous art fairs in Stuart and the surrounding beach communities. She will be sadly missed and forever loved by those who knew her.

A memorial service to celebrate Kathy's life will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Langeland Family Funeral Home, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. The family will greet friends for the hour prior to the memorial service, 10 AM 11:00 AM, followed by the memorial service at 11:00 AM with a luncheon immediately following the service.

For anyone wishing to make a memorial in honor of Kathy's life, please consider the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Endowment Fund, c/o Charlevoix County Community Foundation, P. O. Box 718, East Jordan, MI 49727, visit their link at www.c3f.org, or any charity of your choosing. For obituary and condolences, please see Kathyrn's personalized page at www.langelands.com.

Funeral Home
Langeland Family Funeral Homes - Westside Chapel
3926 South 9th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Exercise Your Civic Duty! Serve on Planning Commission or Board of Review

St James Township is seeking 2 people to serve on its Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission has a very important role in Township government. It monitors the orderly growth of the community and makes recommendations to the Township Board on such issues as Zoning, Ordinance changes, Site Plans and Comprehensive Development Plans.  Current planning commission members are Patrick McGinnity and Robert Tidmore. 

St James Township is also seeking a member for the Board of Review.  The Township Board of Review is a board of 3 township citizens who examine and review the assessment of personal property and to correct errors in the names, descriptions and assessments on the tax assessment roll.  The Board of Review typically meets 3 times per year.  

Interested candidates can complete the application on the township website http://www.stjamestwp.org/government_departments/board_of_trustees/documents.php and mail or email it by December 6, 2016.  Or, just send a letter of interest for the position to: Clerk Alice Belfy, PO Box 85, Beaver Island, MI 49782.  belfy.stjamestwp.bi@gmail.com

Timeout for Art: Rethinking Old Themes

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 1, 2016

Happy December 1st! It's 40° outside, wind chill is 33°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 14 mph from the west with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 29.38 inches, and visibility is 7.5 miles. Today: Periods of rain showers. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mp with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Numerous rain and snow showers in the evening, then more after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

MARINE REPORT ***** SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING ***** Today: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Numerous showers early in the morning, then periods of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet. Tonight: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

On this date of December 1, 1835 - Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.

Did you know that 53% of women don't leave home without makeup on?

Word of the day: simonize (SAHY-nuh-nahyz) which means to shine or polish to a high sheen, especially with wax. The automobile polish Simoniz was named after George Simons, who invented a carnauba wax product for automobile finishes and floors and was one of the cofounders of The Simoniz Company in 1910. The word entered English in the mid-1930s.

Saving Birds Newsletter

from Kay Charter

Request of Subscribers

by Editor Joe Moore

As 2016 heads to a close, I'd appreciate it if you would consider checking your records to find if it is time or past time for your renewal. I know that I should be sending out notices, but I prefer to spend my time writing and taking pictures and reporting the news. Paperwork has never been my best, most fun part of any job that I've ever done. So, please, consider sending in your renewal, and, if you appreciate the live streaming of Mass from Holy Cross, school sports events, or any of the video work that we do, please consider a donation to the Live Streaming Project. Also, if you like what we do, tell your friends.

Your subscriptions and your donations keep Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV operating. Without your help, we could not report "Today's News as Close to Today as Possible."

We Can't Do That

by Joe Moore

In the late 1980's and the early 1990's, medical care on the island was completely different that it is now. The superising physicians were the same. The desire to help our neighbors, relatives, and friends was the same. The differences were brought about over the last thirty years due to the needs of the people who lived on Beaver Island all year and those who visited the island and maybe stayed all summer. Back in these early days, the attitudes were understood in Lansing and in the UP. There simply were things that occurred back then that would never have been accepted in the big city, but Beaver Island was not the big city. In other words, the authorities in all areas of local government, county government, state government, and healthcare began to discover that they needed to step up and help our most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes. These people were helpers and not enforcers like seem to be the norm today, and there was no turf battle between healthcare groups on the island or on the mainland.

The "We Can't Do That" statements were always the beginning and not the end of the discussion and the actions. Nowdays, with all the technology helping improve the healthcare, it also makes actions much more visible and it's difficult to prevent enforcement of Lansing's interpretation of the rules that may not benefit the patient care of island residents and visitors.

You can read a story about earlier days of EMS and medical center cooperation HERE.

Beautiful Sunrise

This month of November has been completely different from most others in recent history. This beautiful sunrise picture taken by KK Belfy Antkoviak summaraizes this. This beautiful start to the day on the last day of November 2016 does more to demonstrate the beauty of Beaver Island in the off-season than most others can imagine. Thanks for sharing, KK! You have framed this day in a perfect way!


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 30, 2016

The last day of November and it sure doesn't seem much different than the first day of October. Winter is meandering out there somewhere, but sure hasn't settled down here. The good thing is that we don't have to shovel anything but it sure is hard for me to feel real Christmas-like when I'm seeing green grass. Oh well, as my 92 year old Mom says, "it'll all work out"... and she's always right. Right now it's 44° outside, partly cloudy, wind is at 7 mph from the SE, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 29.37 inches, visibility is 4.2 miles, sunrise will be at 8:02 am and sunset will be at 4:59 pm Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the evening, then rain showers after midnight. Patchy fog in the evening, then areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT Today: South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chace of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of November 30, 1954 - In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house. The rock weighed 8½-pounds.

Did you know that the US produces 19% of the world's trash?

Word of the day: laicism (LELY-uh-siz-uh m) which means the nonclerical, or secular, control of political and social institutions in a society (distinguished from clericalism). Laicism is formed from the adjective laic, from the Late (Christian) Latin adjective lāicus, which in turn comes from the Greek adjective and noun lāikós "of the people, common, unofficial, a layman." It entered English in the late 1700s.

Why the Boat Didn't Go

A quick trip this afternoon out to Gull Harbor shows the reason why no ferry boat would be going today. The wind is gusting to twenty miles per hour out of the South-Southwest, which means that Gull Harbor should be in the lee of the island with protection from the entire length of the island.

But, there were some interesting white caps at Gull Harbor at approximately 3 p.m. with the tops of the white caps being blown off by the gusting wind.


News on the 'Net Video and Access Report for November 2016

374 Unique IP addresses have watched 2636 video clips for a total data transfer of 88.8 GB.

Of these unique IP addresses, 374 have watched the current video clips, 57 have watched older video clips, and 21 have watched the live streamed video

806 unique visitors have gone to beaverislandnewsarchives.com for over 2500 visits and viewed 4500 pages

126 unique visitors have made 170 visits to beaverisland.tv and viewed 186 pages

1011 visitors have made over 4500 visits to beaverislandnews.com and viewed over 6700 pages

This all was in the month of November 2016.

Resilient Beaver Island

Here are this week's news and notes from your master planning project:

Last Chance! Prioritize Your Ideas for Beaver Island by November 30

As part of the Master Planning process, you have submitted more than 100 different ways to improve Beaver Island. This is your last chance to turn those ideas into priority actions. Take action and rank your top priorities for Beaver Island here: http://www.resilientmichigan.org/beaverisle_act.asp . The rankings close Wednesday, November 30 at midnight!

'Tis the Season(s)

While you're on the Resilient Beaver Island website, take a moment to weigh in on any of the Questions of the Week. This week we want to know, what is unique about winter on Beaver Island? Your answers to these and the other Questions of the Week are helping to inform the Master Plan. Just click on the following link to submit your thoughts: http://www.resilientmichigan.org/beaverisle_quest.asp

Keep Those Photos Coming!

We've received some amazing shots of life on the Island, keep them coming! Submit your Beaver Island photos here and we'll use them to illustrate the new Master Plan. Full photo credit will be given for any photo that is used in the Master Plan. Share your photos here: http://www.resilientmichigan.org/beaverisle_pics.asp

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Stay involved in the Resilient Beaver Island project! Go to http://www.resilientmichigan.org/beaver_island.asp to learn more and share your vision for the future of Beaver Island!

What I Can't Live Without

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 29, 2016

It's 48° outside this morning, feels like 42°, wind is at 17 mph from the south with gusts up to 29 mph, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 29.05 inches, visibility is 9.5 miles, sunrise will be at 8:01 am and sunset will be at 5:00 pm. Today: Mostly cloudy with numerous rain showers in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

MARINE REPORT *****GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON***** Today: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots early in the evening. Rain likely early in the morning. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 4 to 7 feet in the morning. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of November 29, 1864 - The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.

Did you know that on average 22% of all restaurant meals include potato chips?

Word of the day: quinquennium (kwin-KWEN-ee-uh m) which means a period of five years. Quinquennium comes directly from the Latin noun quīnquennium, formed from quīnque "five," and annus "year." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Boxing Matches

by Dick Burris

Boxing matches;
After loosing two boxing matches, I learned it was important to score points to win. Striking the body, and even the opponents guard, weakens his strength and reflex; building your advantage, both physically and point wise. 
Much later on, learned the kinetics of a potential knockout punch, which consists of weight, speed, and exactness.
On one occasion, my opponent had floored three of my classmates and wanted me to floor him in the ring. I had heard of an advantage of cornering a fighter in the ring; I soon found fallacies in this, because he used his extra 22 pounds of farmer boy muscle and the ropes as a brace to deliver some hard roundhouses that sounded like dynamite in my ears. Needless to say I freed him from the corner and proceeded to jab him hard in openings; he became weakened at one point, staggering and ready for my chance to knock him out, but I was too exhausted to do it! I did win the match, but that was enough for my friends to feel proper revenge for their previous beating.
There was one particular boxing match that was notable to my memory. My opponent and his dad, that was notorious for street fights; he was in the ring, and the bell sounded. Out he came on the middle of the ring bouncing and dancing around, jabbing at imagined images. So I sauntered out to him and struck him in the face, knocking off balance; there was a loud sound of laughing from the spectators. This enraged him; up went my guard, and fending off a flurry of punches. This rage gave me the opportunity/advantage to jab him hard a few times, and change his attitude to self defense. The rest of the match was pretty much, me chasing him around, and scoring points. He told me later that I had actually scared him, and never wanted to fight me again. He was a house plasterer, and I a bricky. One time he was flipping putty coat out a window, and looked around and I had a trowel of mortar, ready to sling against his wall; He called a truce. This was just a fun thing that sometimes went around in the trades. (A book could be written on these episodes).


by Cindy Ricksgers

No Ferry Boat Today

Today: 11/28/16m both boat departures have been cancelled. We will try to run a trip on 11/29/2016 (Weather Permitting) but please check back here for the latest updates. 

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 28, 2016

This sure doesn't seem like November, when we wake up to rain instead of snow. Oh well, this doesn't require shoveling. Right now it's 43°, wind chill makes it feel like 34°, raining, wind is at 19 mph from the SE with gusts up to 22 mph, humidity is at 82%, pressure is at 29.50 inches and falling, visibility is 7.2 miles, sunrise was at 7:59 am, and sunset will be at 5:00 pm. Today: Cloudy. Widespread rain showers in the morning, then patchy drizzle in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Rain and areas of drizzle in the evening, then rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. MARINE REPORT *****SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON*****
Today: Southeast wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers early in the morning, then numerous showers and patchy drizzle in the morning. Areas of drizzle in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: Southeast winds 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of November 28, 1925 - The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.

Did you know that the most popular toothbrush color is blue?

Word of the day: toggery (TOG-uh-ree) which means 1) clothes; garments; togs 2) a clothing shop. Toggery is likely a shortening of togeman(s) or togman meaning "cloak," which, in turn, traces to the Latin toga. The -ery suffix is used in formation of nouns denoting goods or products, place or establishment, or occupation. It entered English in the early 1800s.

Mass from Holy Cross

November 27, 2016

View Excerpts from Mass HERE



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

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Emergency Services Authority

August 25, 2016

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September 29, 2016

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October 27, 2016

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BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

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Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

September 12, 2016

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

September 29, 2016

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October 11, 2016

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November 9, 2016

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St. James Township Meeting Video

September 21, 2016

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October 5, 2016

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October 19, 2016

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November 2, 2016

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Beaver Island Community Center


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Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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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

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Thanksgiving Weekend at Veteran's Memorial

At Thanksgiving we try (depending on the weather) to fly the American Flag and also the Sovereign Nation flags of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and  The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians. Two years ago we had a special ceremony to dedicate bricks for each Native American man and woman from the  archipelago who served in the armed forces of the United States, twenty-six in all including a  Civil War veteran of the 101st Michigan Sharpshooters. 

Bob Tidmore

View a small gallery of pictures of the flags HERE

(Editor's note: You can view video of this special ceremony if you are interested HERE)

Pasta Dinner Tonight

Going on right now, 5:45 p.m.

Tomato sauce, Chicken Alfredo, Vegetarian Alfredo; amazing smells


The AMVETS and the Beaver Island Veterans Project will be hosting a Pasta Dinner today, November 26, 2016, at 5 pm at Peaine Township Hall. Free will donation. Come up and join us
BOX 319 

What Did You Say?

by Joe Moore

Read the Story HERE

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

at the Gregg Fellowship Center, November 24, 2016, 6 p.m.

Just shy of sixty community members attended the Community Thanksgiving Dinner traditionally put on by the Beaver Island Christian Church at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Lillian Gregg's three children were present for the first time in many years; Ron, Ruth, and Phyllis were present. Lillian made her usual stuffing, and Ruth and Ron helped get everything set up. This year Dave Howell and his wife Sandra put in a long day getting the dinner ready to put out. Rumor is that they started at 9 a.m. and put in a full day of work to make certain that the dinner was a success.

The food was delicious and a good time was had by all who attended!

View a gallery of the food and the attendees HERE

View a short video clip of the dinner below


Peaine Library Board Position Open

Master Plan for Beaver Island

Another Adventure in Search and Rescue Mixed with Emergency Medicine

By Joe Moore
(This is partially based upon facts.)

I am the only paramedic on Beaver Island today.  I lost my friends who were paramedics a few years ago.  They were the ones that took the class with me in 2000.  They are now living down in southern area of the State of Michigan.  I lost my next paramedic class of individuals with both moving off the island, moving on to making a living doing healthcare in mid-Michigan.  This class was in 2005-6, and we got just two paramedics out of that class.  Luckily we got some other people who got trained in some advanced procedures, and that made it better because they could help in any serious situation.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Chandler Wells

by Dick Burris

Chandler Wells:

Chandler Wells side 2:  N 
45º47'56.8"  W 085º37'48.5"   ''             ''     side 1:  N 45º47'56.2" W 085º37'53.6"

Other names : none
Official no. : 4274
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 3-mast
Build info : 1866, Quayle & Martin, Cleveland as a bark
Specs : 175x33x13, 549gt 521nt
Date of loss : 1884, Nov 20
Place of loss : Whiskey Island Reef, Beavers
Lake : Michigan
Type of loss : navigational error
Loss of life : none of 8
Carrying : lumber
Detail : She ran aground in the dark while picking her way through Beavers in tow of steamer KEYSTONE, then broke up in a storm the 24th and 25th. Two men who were left aboard as watchmen almost perished. She was a total loss. Bound Manistique, MI, for Tonawanda.
Reg out of Port Huron
Sources: phr,polk,mv,h,lmdc,usls,es

Chandler Wells’ Centerboard
A few years ago I had heard that there was a salvage operation of a centerboard from an abandoned schooner barge named "Chandler Wells". It was abandoned in the shallows south of Whiskey Island.
She ran aground in the dark while picking her way through Beavers in tow of steamer KEYSTONE, then broke up in a storm the 24th and 25th. Two men who were left aboard as watchmen almost perished. She was a total loss. Bound Manistique, MI, for Tonawanda.
A little history:
A word about Tip Miller, who was appointed keeper in 1863. His father was a Mormon who had him baptized in Nauvoo through a hole cut in river ice. When Joseph Smith died, the elder Miller took his family west, but lost faith in Brigham Young. Hearing of another claimant in Texas, the family set out to meet him, but their oxen died, leaving them marooned in Indian Territory. They eventually reached Texas but were unimpressed with Lyman White and set out for Beaver Island.  Strang seemed like the real thing, so they stayed.  Luckily they were off the Island when Strang was killed, and his followers removed.
While keeping the light, Miller and his wife from Donegal and their ten children found it hard to make ends meet. He made barrels, fished, and served as a mail carrier in the winter, hauling sacks of mail on his back 55 miles over the ice to Mackinaw twice a week.
A friend to the Indians, Miller was given the name Ki cha na ma gos, which meant "Big Trout."
In 1876 he moved to Whiskey Point to take charge of Michigan's first life-saving station. He was officially credited with saving several hundred lives during his tenure, but downplayed his role. But he admitted saving men when the Chandler J Wells went down on Whiskey Island Reef, as well as Captain Henry Bundy and his family when their gospel ship Good Tidings sank and nineteen men when the J J Case reefed at Hog Island.


I wanted to get in on the salvage operation for the adventure of it, so I horned my way in.
September 25th, 1976, Art Reibel, Jim and Mike Sawtell, and Bob Timms, went to Whiskey Island and found the centerboard of the shipwreck "Chandler Wells".
In early October, a crew of divers began attaching 250 gallon drums and 55 gallon drums to the center board box that the centerboard was in. I was interested, so was there to wire down with eye screws and fine cable, some of the 55 gallon barrels.
On October 10th, 1976, when the centerboard and box was brought up tight to the bottom of the barge that was part of the lifting mechanism, it was ready for the tow to Paradise bay where it could be stored for the winter to be shipped to Charlevoix in the spring.
I tied a Yellow Prestone bottle with 200' of line to the centerboard, and was questioned why? I told them "things can go wrong>"We proceeded then, with the barge being towed by BobTimms tug "Claude L." and as we were passing over the deepest bottom of the journey (100'deep); the barge lurched and three barrels popped up, and twirling behind the barge was a fluttering Prestone jug that I had tied to the centerboard on the surface of the lake.

At that point plan "B" was implemented the next day. Jewell Gillespie brought the American Girl to the site with drum wire cable lifting device.
Bob was a little apprehensive about going down 100' as he had only worked a max of 60'. I convinced him it was only another 40' So he brought the cable to the centerboard box and started to thread it through; while I, of course, had to take a picture of the barrels that looked like prunes under 44 extra psi of pressure at that depth, I helped him finish and we went back to the surface.
When the box was brought close up behind the American Girl, she (American Girl) started the trip to the harbor. I tied the "BURR IS BELL" to the Starboard side of the American Girl and we could only make about 1 mile per hour, because the wash was striking the centerboard that was riding crossway close behind the propeller. It was getting dark and everyone was getting a little hungry So the BURR IS BELL went to the Shamrock, and some hamburgers and chips were bought to bring back to the "AG". As I closed in near the bow of the the "AG" the wash sucked my boat like a magnet to the side, so I just bit the bow line to a nearby cleat.
As we came upon shallow water the box would tilt up allowing the wash to go underneath it, and our speed would increase considerably.
Much later we were getting close to the Island electric supply cable, and I asked Jewel what happens if the city goes "Dark"? His reply was,"Then we go straight to Chicago."
I left as they were coming into the harbor but they left the rudder and box under the water until spring.
In the spring it was taken to Charlevoix, and remained there until Sally Fogg read an advertisement in the classifieds of the Petoskey News Review newspaper of some shipwreck wood for sale in Charlevoix. The Fogg's purchased the center board and rudder from the Chandler Wells knowing they would use it in the newly built Lodge that they called Deerwood. 
A plaque of the history is on the wall at Deerwood over the centerboard bar area, along with a hand painted mural of the vessel passing thru the area. The mural they had painted on the wall was done by Keith Grassmick.


Cookie Carnival


Link to St. James Township Audit Documents

Vist state website HERE

(Thank you, Maura Turner for this link)

The following were downloaded from the above website and are available here.

St James Audit Financials

2016 St James Audit Deficencies

St James Audit Procedures Report

St James Deficit Letter

Christian Church Bulletin

December 4, 2016

Holy Cross Bulletin December 2016

BICS Basketball Schedule 2016-17

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Charlevoix Summer Transit
Summer Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Except Holidays)

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Bank Hours Change

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Beach Rangers

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

December 10 Annual Meeting



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