B.I. News on the 'Net, September 7-13, 2016

Beaver Super Moon

November 13, 2016

Beaver Moon Rising over Paradise Bay

Lighthouse and moon

Holy Cross cross

Christmas Bazaar Today

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gregg Fellowship Center

Strings Perform at Bazaar

Video by Adam Richards


A very busy place today at the Gregg Fellowship Center for the Christmas Bazaar. These pictures were taken just before 12:45 pm, the same time as the videos below. There are some pretty amazing things for sale here today, and the video shows just about all of them, except for the soup provided for a donation to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.

View video HERE

Mass from Holy Cross Excerpts

November 13, 2016

Opening of Mass.....Bill McDonough did the reading......Father giving sermon

The Mass proper

View video excerpts HERE

52 Lists Project #46

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 13, 2016

Good Sunday morning! The island hasn't blown away, although at times it seemed rather close. Today is the Christmas Bazaar at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Right now it's 47° outside, feels like 40°, thanks to the wind being at 19 mph from the SW with gusts to 32 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 29.77, visibility is 10 miles, sunrise is at 7:40 am and sunset will be at 5:12 pm. Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.



Today: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Sunny. Waves 5 to 8 feet. Tonight: Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

On this date of November 13, 1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

Did you know that before 1863 the postal service in the US was free?

Word of the day: immure (ih-MYOO r) which means 1) to shut in; seclude or confine 2) to enclose within walls 3) to imprison. Immure comes from Medieval Latin immūrāre, a derivative of the noun mūrus "wall." It entered English in the late 1500s.

Missing a Paper

by Paul Cole

Missing a paper

Growing up in a remote Island of Michigan always fostered the importance of what could be recycled or used again ….including a newspaper. My Dad and others where never one to throw things away...you just never new if you could you use it now or later. Piles and piles of “junk’ could be found in any wise man’s yard.

Read the Rest HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 12, 2016

Today the island says its final farewell to Dave Adams. Dave was a simple, quiet, gentleman, who was well respected here. He will be sorely missed, not only by his three lovely daughters, and grandchildren, who he doted on, but by everyone whose life he touched. He will not be forgotten by those who knew him.

Right now it's 46°, but feels like 39°, clear skies, wind is at 18 mph from the WSW with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 72%, pressure is falling from 30.10 inches, visibility is 10+ miles, sunrise is at 7:38 am and sunset will be at 5:13 pm. Today: Mostly sunny. Breezy. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.


Today: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 7 to 10 feet in the morning. Tonight: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 7 to 10 feet.

On this date of November 12, 1954 - Ellis Island, the immigration station in New York Harbor, closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since 1892.

Did you know that the dollar values on the board game Monopoly have been the same since 1935?

Word of the day: cloudburst (KLOUD-burst) which means a sudden and very heavy rainfall. Cloudburst is an Americanism whose construction is similar to, and may be a translation of, the German noun with the same meaning, Wolkenbruch. It entered English in the early 1800s.

BI Fire Department Responds

Beaver Island Fire Department responded to a fire call this morning, November 11, 2016. The fire was caused by some sparks from a power line. Mike McDonough reported the fire and got it under control quite quickly. When Levi Connor got there, the second one there, it was out except for a few embers. The leaves in about a two acre area were burned. The following video is by Levi Connor, and Levi is reporting from the scene of the fire.


Veterans' Day Ceremony

"At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends." AND, at the 11th month, the 11th day, and the 11th hour, today, November 11, 2016, the ceremony at the Veterans' Memorial started. The gathering was beginning and by the time that the ceremony was over at 11:20 a.m., just under eighty attendees and eighteen veterans were present at this location. In other words, almost one hundred took time out of this Veteran's Day to be present at the Memorial and thank our veterans for their service.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the ceremony HERE

CC Transit Phone Issues

There have been problems with the 800 number for scheduling the transit. Here is their report. 

We have been in the process of tracking down the problem with the 800#. It appears that this number has not been available for use for some time. While we’ve advertised the number for as long as I’ve been at CCT, this is the first time we’ve had reports of it not working. Our IT people are trying to find out why the number isn’t working and hopefully we’ll have it, or another 800 number operational soon. Until this is resolved, riders can use the regular 231-582-6900 number

Additionally, we now have an online reservation tool that can be used. To access that tool, go to the Charlevoix County website and either go to the Transit page or to the Online Services tab and then choose the “Existing Customers Schedule Transit Rides” hot button. This takes you to the webportal where the customer can create their user name and password. After we approve the submission, they’ll be able to request rides online. 

This is the link to that on-line system. I have not tried the on-line system.

Bob Tidmore

Editor's Note: Signing up to get a ride using the portal will not work unless you are are registered and already have used the transit system, and your address is in the CC Transit database. After calling the number for the dispatch given above, I spoke with the manager named Jill. She put my address into the database. It took about five minutes to put in the information. She provided the local number for those that have trouble getting in touch with the dispatch, since they only have one or two dispatchers. The local number is 448-2026. Jill stated that this number could be used by those that don't have long distance capability until the 800 number is working. She also provided an email address of:



by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 11, 2016

It's rather invigorating out there this morning compared to what we've come to expect for November. Right now it's 40°, wind chill makes it feel like 33°, wind is at 19 mph from the NE, humidity is at 67%, pressure is rising from 30.05 inches, visibility is 10 miles, sunrise is at 7:37 am and sunset is at 5:14 pm. Today: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Chance of showers is 20%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west after midnight. Gusts up to 30 mph.



Today: North wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon. Tonight; Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of November 11, 1918 - World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice. This day became recognized as Veteran's Day in the United States.

Did you know that the first parachute jump from plane was in 1918 over France?

Word of the day: eximious (eg-ZIM-ee-uh s) which means distinguished; eminent; excellent. Eximious comes from the Latin adjective eximius "select, distinguished, excellent," which is a derivative of the verb exi

Pasta Dinner

That Fateful Day

by Paul Welke

This is a story about my flying experience on a specific flight on a specific day that left such an indelible mark on my memory that it seems like it happened a month ago. In reality it occurred 39 years ago. The event that happened on this day which has become a benchmark in my memory is the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975.

Read the story HERE

Emerald Isle Returns to Beaver Island

The back opening on the Emerald Isle came back down at 1420 (2:20 pm) this afternoon after leaving Beaver Island this morning at 8:20 a.m. The Emerald Isle lost propulsion between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. this morning or about halfway to Charlevoix. The four passengers on the boat ended up spending six hours on the ferry through an adventure. The propulsion was back on and working, but the Beaver Islander and the Wendy Anne went out to make certain that the Emerald Isle was able to get back to the Beaver Island dock successfully. According to Margo Marks of BIBCO, "This was a fuel problem."

The following gallery of photos shows the three vessels after the Emerald Isle got its engines running again and continue until prior to the Emerald Isle getting past Luney's Point. These were taken from marinetraffic.com:

View gallery HERE

After leaving the Internet to head in to get pictures, another gallery was formed. This gallery shows the time from the arrival of the Wendy Anne back in the harbor until the Emerald Isle backed into its berth at the BIBCO Beaver Island dock.

View second gallery HERE

Below is video of the return of all three vessels; Wendy Anne, Beaver Islander, and Emerald Isle


Timeout for Art: From Nothing

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 10, 2016

Absolutely amazing that this is the tenth of November and it's still feeling like autumn. It's 52° outside, wind is at 19 mph from the SW with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 74%, pressure is falling from 29.64 inches, visibility is 10 miles, sunrise is at 7:35 am and sunset will be at 5:15 pm. Today: Sunny... breezy. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming most cloudy. Breezy. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the north 10 to 25 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 45 mph.


Today: West wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 5 to 8 feet. Tonight: North wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

On this date of November 10, 1975 - The Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore-hauling ship, and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior. As you can see from the weather report this morning, the winds of November are nothing to ignore.

Did you know that the first place in the world to allow women to vote New Zealand?

Word of the day: frowzy (FROU-zee) which means 1 )dirty and untidy; slovenly 2) ill-smelling, musty. Frowzy entered English in the late 1600s. It is of uncertain origin. Some authorities say frowzy may be a variant of frowsty, whose earliest written attestation is in the mid-1800s.

Peaine Township Agenda

November 9, 2016

View Video of this meeting HERE

Garden Island Rescue

A Rescue Boat Story by Joe Moore

Read the story HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

I Didn't Know I Had the Power

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island Election Results for 2016

St. James Township

Peaine Township

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 9, 2016

Clear skies this morning, it's 32°, wind is at 6 mph from the NNE with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 30.08 inches, and visibility is 9.2 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming west 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less in the afternoon. Tonight: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

On this date of November 9, 1911 - George Claude of Paris, France, applied for a patent on neon advertising signs.

Did you know that Spain's largest source of income is from tourism?

Word of the day: syncretism (SING-kri-tiz-uh m) which means the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion.

Contested Supervisor Position in Peaine

Bill Kohls 117, Doug Tilly (Write-ins)110

Results of Presidential Election-Beaver Island Voters Only

St. James



















Contested Positions in St. James


Kathleen McNamara 150, Bill Haggard 78


Alice Belfy 131, Dawn Mooney (Write-ins) 81

New St. James Township Board

Supervisor Kathleen McNamara Green

Clerk Alice Belfy

Treasurer Diane McDonough

Trustee Travis Martin

Trustee Jeff Powers

EMS Millage Passes

The millage for Beaver Island EMS passes resoundingly in St. James Township 181-44

From Christie VanLooy, P.A.

Dear Beaver Island EMS and Community:

I hope this makes it in time. I cannot even think how bad it would be 32 miles from the mainland when someone is very ill or injured, and can't get there wtih medical people to help them.

Please, please, please vote for EMS. We have come so far in 30 years or so to have it gone.

Thanks for letting me beg and rant!

Chris VanLooy

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Meeting

November 8, 2016

View Agenda of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Lucky, Indeed!

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 8, 2016

The finish line is in sight... finally we can see the end to the political commercial and robocalls. At the end of the count, let's all shake hands, and hug, and get back to being family and friends. The main thing is - get out and VOTE !! Whomever wins, best of luck to them in drawing this country back together.
P.S. PLEASE VOTE YES FOR EMS!! (If you are in St. James Township)

Right now we have overcast skies, we've received .07 inches of rain since midnight, it's 54°, wind is at 14 mph from the west with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 29.83 inches, visibility is 8.3 miles, sunrise will be at 7:33 a.m. and sunset will happen at 5:18 p.m. Today: Cloudy with isolated rain showers. Breezy. Highs in the lower 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NW 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of showers is 20%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Isolated rain showers. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Chance of showers is 20%.

MARINE REPORT *****SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THOUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING***** Today: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots becoming north 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots in the late morning. Numerous showers becoming isolated by late morning. Waves 3 to 5 feet building to 4 to 6 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: North wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Isolated showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

On this date of November 8, 1805 - The "Corps of Discovery" reached the Pacific Ocean. The expedition was led by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis. The journey had begun on May 14, 1804, with the goal of exploring the Louisiana Purchase territory.

Did you know that the Nile River flows north?

Word of the day: suffrage (SUHF-rij) which means 1) the right to vote, especially in a political election. 2) a vote given in favor of a proposed measure, candidate, or the like. Suffrage comes from the Latin noun suffrāgium meaning "voting tablet, vote," which is a derivative of the verb suffrāgārī, "to vote for, support." When it entered English in the late 1300s, it originally meant "intercession or prayers (for someone)." By the time of St. Thomas More in the early 1500s, the word had acquired the sense of "a vote in favor of a motion," gradually coming to mean "collective vote, voting power." Its current sense "the right to vote" first appears in the U.S. Constitution (1789).

Larceny in Marion Township

Sheriff W.D. Schneider reports the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of larcenies from motor vehicles that occurred in Marion Township on 11/07/2016. The suspect targeted unlocked vehicles along the M-66 highway. The Sheriff is asking for the public's help in identifying a person of interest in the larcenies. If you were a larceny victim, or could possibly identify the subject in the attached photo, please call the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 547-4461.

Veterans' Day

November 11, 2016, 11:20 a.m., Veterans' Park

(In case of rain, it will be at the Community Center.)

BICS Seeks Bids for Snowplowing

Due November 14, 2016

Fishing Off Whiskey Point?

Bob Tidmore took these pictures of four boats off Whiskey Point. Is it possible that this enjoyment of the beautiful day included a little fishing near the buoy off Whiskey Point? It certainly was a gorgeous day!

Some got their fish of the smoked variety by getting some from Joey Ken. It was a great dinner with crackers last night, Joey!

Election Day Today

Ballots for Election Day

Here are the preview ballots for both townships that you will be voting for on the November election. The information came directly from the Charlevoix County Clerk website and the postings for the ballots throughout the county. These are just the pages for St. James and Peaine Township.

St. James Ballot


Peaine Ballot



by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 7, 2016

Another beautiful, clear sky this morning that is draped in a netting of stars. Well worth waking early and going outside to try and take it all in. So glad I live here because I doubt that city folks get skies like this. AND today is the last day we have to listen to all these awful political commercials! Anyhow, on to the weather. It's 53° outside right now (so hard to believe it's November), wind is at 10 mph from the south, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 30.09 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Sunrise will arrive at 7:31 a.m. and sunset will be at 5:19 p.m. Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the late morning. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

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

Did you know that 90% of all volcanic activity occurs in the ocean?

Word of the day: circumspect (SUR-kuh m-spekt) which means
1) well-considered. 2) watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent. Circumspect comes from Latin circumspectus "wary, guarded, carefully weighed," the past participle of the verb circumspicere "to look around, be cautious, take heed" from circum "around" and specere "to look." It entered English in the early 1400s.

Holy Cross Bulletin November 2016

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

November 6, 2016

View Video Excerpts of this Service HERE

Letter in Support of EMS and ALS

Lisa McCann teaching 2006 paramedic class

November 5, 2016

Dear Beaver Islanders,

I am a Beaver Island property owner, and my dad was born on Beaver Island.
In December of 1999 I had the honor and privilege of beginning the first Paramedic class on Beaver Island.  As a paramedic and an instructor for over 25 years, I had seen the need for Advanced Life Support on Beaver Island and offered to teach a class on the island if there was an interest.  There were five students in the class, Joe Moore, Beverly and Mike Russell, Carl Kiss and Bob Hamil.  They met every other weekend for one year, completed over 400 hours in the classroom including over 150 hours of practical skills training and 250 hours of clinical time before successfully testing for the Paramedic license in January of 2000.  A second class was held in 2006 with another four students. 
These people volunteered their time to become Paramedics and serve the community because there was a need, as is the tradition on Beaver Island.  After several years, a minimal compensation was instituted that was a step in the right direction to recognize and compensate those individuals who responded day or night to an emergency.  Now the Island has come to a crossroads and there is considerable discussion about how to fund EMS, is it necessary, or does the Island even need EMS?. 

The answer is a resounding yes!

Advanced Life Support is something that, as a citizen of any community, you hope you never need but you are very glad you have.  Attracting people to Beaver Island and encouraging new families to settle and stay is dependent on the community services such as police, fire and Advanced Life Support.  Paramedics are licensed to provide out-of-hospital emergency care including the administration of emergency medications, interpretation of cardiac rhythms and their treatment, fluid therapy, and advanced airway management, just to name a few.  The skills a paramedic has are a vital addition to the community and a necessary service for residents and visitors alike.

For over 16 years, Beaver Island residents have benefited from the presence of Advanced Life Support.  I personally know of several individuals who have been the recipient of ALS care.  The challenges in funding any initiative are many times an issue that can be divisive to a community. As with many things, sometimes the easiest fix is not the best fix for a situation.  In many ways, it would be unconscionable to go back to a Basic Life Support status or do away with EMS all together when the Island has come so far. I am hopeful that every individual will consider the benefits that ALS service provides and support the ballot initiative on November 8th and fund this vital service. 


Lisa Ferris-McCann




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

August 25, 2016

View Video of this Meeting HERE

September 29, 2016

Video of the meeting is available HERE

October 27, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

September 12, 2016

video for the meeting is availalble for viewing HERE


View Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

September 29, 2016

Video of this meeting may be viewed HERE

October 11, 2016

View Video of this meeting HERE


View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

September 21, 2016

Video of this meeting is available HERE

October 5, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

October 19, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

November 2, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Little Past Peak with Wind Blowing Leaves

November 4, 2016

This posting is really for those that don't have the ability to go out and view the beautiful fall colors that are quickly disappearing from the trees here on the island. If you're off-Island or not able to travel around the Island. The pictures in the gallery are just a small example of this beauty. The video is pieced together of a ride to Barney's Lake down almost to Protar's home and out to Mrs. Reading's Trail, and back into town and to the point. Hope it gives you an idea of just how beautiful this little past peak day truly is.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View the video of the ride HERE

An Interesting Trip Around the Island

Read the story HERE

October and November Minutes St. James Township

October minutes

November minutes

Off the Front Deck

November 4, 2016

Early History, Structure, and Transport Destination of BIEMS

Early History of BIEMS, Structure, and Transport Destination
By Joe Moore

The following information comes from a PowerPoint presentation presented to the public on April 13, 2005. This was eleven years ago.

Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services is an independent agency governed by its bylaws, functioning under the Emergency Services Authority, and its contractual agreements with St. James and Peaine Townships.  BIEMS is supported by billing patients, by millage levied in St. James township (1 mill), and General funds from Peaine township. (Approximately .75 mills of taxes).  From the beginning of BIEMS, BIEMS and the medical center have had a close and cooperative working relationship.

Read more about this HERE

Vote "Yes for EMS" Letter from BIA

BITA Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Minutes of Regular BITA Meeting October 11, 2016

Minutes of Annual Meeting of BITA October 11, 2016

Agenda and Notice of BITA meeting on November 8, 2016

Trunk and Treat

at the Gregg Fellowship Hall

Beginning with the wonderful decorations from PJ Niehaus and others setting up, this night of Trunk and Treat was an excellent opportunity for all of the out-of-town adult to see the excellent costumes and to greet all the kids in the community. It was also an opportunity to say hello to the adult who were bringing the youngsters into town to participate in this terrific event.

In addition to Jerry's Chili, there was coffee, hot dogs, and cider to help take the edge off before a busy night of Trick or Treat-ing. This was just a fun early evening for everyone kids and adults as well.

View a large gallery of pictures HERE

Video at the Gregg Fellowship Center 

Interesting Clouds and Rainbow

October 30, approximately 5:30 p.m.

Clouds with interesting shapes

Rainbow (Thanks to Amy Burris for getting my attention)

Video and Website Visits Report for October

As of October 30, 2016, 4 p.m.

In a combination of all the video services offered by Beaver Island News on the 'Net, a total of 509 unique IP addresses have viewed the video. This includes viewing of 3,335 video clips taking 202.3 Gigabytes of bandwidth. This breaks down to 444 unique IP addresses viewing 3,195 clips and using 196 GB for the current month's video. The Live Streaming video has been viewed by 36 unique IP addresses with 63 views of live events. The archives have had 54 unique IP addresses viewing 66 clips.

Ninety-two individuals watched beaverisland.tv for Mass from Holy Cross during the month of October. BeaverislandTV has 230 visits during the month total.

Beaver Island News Archives website had 826 visitors with a total of 2,122 visits viewing 3898 pages.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net had a total of 974 unique visitors for 4,661 total visits viewing 7,232 pages total. A total of 6,146 pages were viewed in the United States.

Party at Circle M

for Halloween

Quite a few people came out for this party in full costume. Colleen Martin and family always put on a great party, just like the quality of the food that comes out during the summer season. These costumes are pretty amazing, and Colleen has previously made many costumes from scratch.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

(These pictures are courtesy of Kathleen Belfy Antkoviak. Thank you, KK!)

Halloween at the Beachcomber

The gathering of the Halloween weekend begins at the Beachcomber Bar downtown next to the Community Center. It took place on Friday night, October 28, 2016. This is one of the celebrations taking place this weekend. Tonight, the Circle M hosts their party. Then on the 31st of October, Trunk or Treat will take place at the Gregg Fellowship Center where there will be hot dogs and light refreshments as well as candy and Trick or Treats. Kathleen Belfy Antkoviak offered to share her pictures to the News on the 'Net subscribers. Here is an album of pictures from last night's Beachcomber Halloween Party.

View album HERE

Dear Music Friend

Information about the music presentation called the Christmas Cantata

Sunrise from Welke Airport

October 26, 2016

Thanks, Bob Tidmore, for the photo



Christmas Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar is Sunday, November 13 from 11:00 - 2:00 at the Gregg Fellowship Center

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

October 23, 2016

Holy Cross Bulletin for October 2016

Holy Cross Bulletin November 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

January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

July thru August
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Beach Rangers

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

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



Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


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

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