B. I. News on the 'Net, November 9-15, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 16, 2015

Frosty fog this morning. It's 33° (because I slept in), wind is at 4 mph from the SE, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is at 5.3 miles. Today: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of November 16, 1915 - Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year.

Did you know that When possums are playing ‘possum’, they are not “playing.” They actually pass out from sheer terror. The whole body goes limp, the tongue hangs out, the eyes roll back, the heart rate slows, breathing is very shallow, the whole bit. After perhaps 15 minutes with no further activity, the animal's body knows that the coast is likely clear, so it wakes up and walks away.

Word of the day: hortatory (HAWR-tuh-tawr-ee) which means urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging. Hortatory derives from the Latin hortārī meaning "to incite to action; exhort." It entered English in the late 1500s.

Christmas Bazaar 2015

The Christmas Bazaar is an opportunity for homemade and handmade items to be sold to the island people. Perhaps, even more special is the opportunity to help the Beaver Island Food Pantry by giving a free will offering for the excellent soups made by the community members. There were lots of kinds of soups. They were all delicious!

View Video of the Bazaar HERE

Opening Day Rifle Deer Season 2015

Today is the Christmas Bazaar at the Gregg Fellowship Center at 11 a.m.!

The sun came up with another beautiful sunrise here on Beaver Island for this Opening Day. Several hunters were heard moving around in the woods this morning with lots of early morning traffic. This is a different weather than most other deer season openings. The temperature today is supposed to break fifty this afternoon. That temperature does not provide any tracking snow for the hunters, but it does make for another beautiful day on the Beaver Island Golf Course for a couple of non-hunters. Whether they hunt or not, they certainly wish those who do hunt an abundant harvest success!

There have been many other activities that have taken place on the island on Opening Day of Deer Season in the last fory years. Memories of individual disasters flood the neurons, but the most frustrating was not necessarily Opening Day, but involved some hunters on Garden Island. Waiting to get a Coast Guard helicopter to pick us up at the Township Airport due to a hunting accident on Garden Island strikes as one one of the more difficult ones. Unfortunately, the hunter died before anyone could get there to help. The frustration comes from sitting at the Township Airport with no way to get to Garden Island, and then watching the helicopter fly over the airport without stopping.

Another memory is of a lost child down the West Side Road with worries of the child wandering into an area with a less than observant hunter. Luckily, the child was found before anything disastrous occurred. That relieved mother's face will always be part of the historical memory of Opening Day. Another thought is of the fight in the bar between two groups of hunters while a deputy sheriff and his auxiliary officer tried to referee in the melee. There was no way to fly off any who might be arrested (if this happened on the mainland), so the next best thing to ending the issue was to calm the two factions down, offer several solutions to the issue, and find one that was acceptable to both sides. There was a lot of earned respect for that deputy by all involved when both groups shook hands and had another drink to the solution that neither group had thought about.

Whatever you are doing on the Opening Day of Rifle Deer Season 2015, please be safe! Here's to your success in whatever you are doing! And, if you are not sitting in the woods between 11 and 2, check out the Christmas Bazaar!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 15, 2015

What a lovely, calm morning! No snow for the hunters to track their deer, but lovely just the same. Good luck to all the hunters and stay safe! Right now it's 42° with clear skies, wind chill makes it feel like 38°, wind is at 5 mph from the WSW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is rising from 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of November 15, 1926 - The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a four-hour "spectacular."

Did you know that Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada’s Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada’s independence.

Word of the day: diaphanous (dahy-AF-uh-nuh s) which means 1) very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent. 2) delicately hazy. Diaphanous can be traced to the Greek term diaphaínein meaning "to show through." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Beaver Island Book Club

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 14, 2015

It's invigorating out there this morning if the shivering dogs are any measurement of the temperature. Right now it's 38°, feels like 30° with the wind chill, wind is at 12 mph from the WNW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is steady at 1021 mb, and visibility is at 10+ miles. Today: Partly sunny. Numerous snow showers in the morning. No snow accumulation. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow 60%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph decreasing to 30 mph after midnight.

On this date of November 14, 1889 - New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began an attempt to surpass the fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in less than 80 days. Bly succeeded by finishing the journey the following January in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.

Did you know that because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

Word of the day: indefatigable (in-di-FAT-i-guh-buh l) which means incapable of being tired out; no yielding to fatigue; untiring. Indefatigable entered English in the late 1500s and finds its roots in the Latin term defatīgāre meaning "to tire out."

Human Services Commission Meeting Canceled

"Due to the lack of a quorum, the Human Services Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, has been canceled.  The next regular meeting is December 15, 2015, at the Community Center at 10:00."

BIRHC Has Power Issues

Update on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 9 a.m.: For the first time in a few days, the generator at the BIRHC has shut down. A repair technician is here working to resolve the issues with the transfer switch.

While you will not have issues with services provided by the BIRHC, the physical plant of the BIRHC building has some issues. For the last three days, the power provided to the entire BIRHC building has been provided by the propane powered generator sitting at the south end of the building. On Tuesday, neighbors noticed the that the generator was running, which is unusual. The usual test day for the generator is on Thursday, when it comes on for the purpose of testing the system. The generator began running on Tuesday and simply did not shut off. Neighbors reported that the generator sounded like it was trying to shut off, but then it would rev up with a surge like the start-up surge, and just continue running.

The BIRHC had the generator shut down on Wednesday afternoon, and there were power outages at the rural health center on Wednesday night. On Thursday, the generator was back up and running. The generator ran all night, and, now, on Friday morning, the generator continues to run. There are obviously some issues with the switch between Great Lakes Power and the generator power that need to be resolved.

The neighbors have noted, not only the loud sounds of the generator running, but also the two trips of the propane truck to fill the propane tank to keep the generator running. While there is a pipe that goes from the propane tank on the East Side Road to the BIRHC, it was not used in the installation of the generator apparently. So, for the next day or so, the BIRHC will be operating on the propane generator electrical power.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 13, 2015

To use technical weather terminology, it's going to be a yucky day. A day to curl up with a good book, or your favorite hobby, a hot cup of tea, and snuggle down by the fire. To top it all off, it's Friday the 13th! Might just be a good idea to stay home. Right now it's 39°, with a wind chill of 29°, wind is at 20 mph from the west with gusts up to 30 mph, humidity is at 87%, pressure is rising from 1001 mb, and visibility is at 8.3 miles. Today: Rain showers in the morning, then rain showers or snow showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Total daytime snow accumulation up to three inches. Highs around 40°. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Breezy. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight.

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

Did you know that catsup was sold in the 1830s as medicine? It was sold as Dr. Miles Compound Extract of Tomato and was claimed to treat treat lots of stuff including baldness and athlete’s foot and preventing cancer. Of course back then it tasted totally different as it was all organic, now days sweeteners are added to the red stuff we all love on our fries.

Word of the day: inconnu (in-kuh-NOO) which means a person who is unknown; stranger. Inconnu comes from the French term of the same spelling, which literally means "unknown." It shares a Latin root with cognition defined as "the act or process of knowing."

Fundraising Dinner

A reminder that the Beaver Island Veterans Project is holding a Pasta Dinner Fundraiser at Peaine Township Hall on Beaver Island, November 28th from 5-7 PM. Freewill donations for the dinner will be accepted at the door. We welcome all local vets to attend, and invite them to 'show their colors' by wearing their AMVETS shirt, red Marine tees, or other clothing to show their unit affiliation. If you'd like to contribute a dish to pass or volunteer to help serve at the dinner, contact Jean Kinsley at 231-448-2856 or Dickie McEvoy at 231-448-2799 .

Proceeds from our Pasta Dinner Fundraiser will support BIVP's first Veterans Retreat June 11-12 2016, when we'll host disabled Vietnam veteran Wesley Spyke and his wife Lillian for a couple days of Beaver Island rest and relaxation. At a Sunday brunch in Peaine Township Hall that weekend, the community will have a chance to meet the Spykes and hear about the important work they do supporting veteran needs in the Muskegon area.

The Beaver Island Veterans Project was founded in October 2015 to serve local veterans needs in connection with the larger veteran community. BIVP is affiliated with Friends of Beaver Island Veterans, an auxiliary of local AMVETS Post #46.

Please join us on November 28th for delicious home-made food in the company of our local vets, and thanks for all your support!

Time to Definitive Care

by Joe Moore

There are those in our community that don't believe that our EMS team are educated and know what they are doing, and EMS people certainly don't know what they are talking about. There are those that would like to degrade our local EMS people for whatever reason. . If you consider comments like, "All they want to do is make money," "They don't know what they are doing," They don't have the education.." If you consider these comments true, then read some research provided below, and then look in any textbook on emergency care. As a demonstration, below are a few statemetns made in a few research related searches for the public to consider.

(From the Annals of Surgery)
“The fundamental tenet of a trauma system is to get the right patient to the right hospital at the right time. This hinges on well-defined prehospital destination criteria, interfacility transfer protocols, and education of caregivers. Patients arriving at local community hospitals (LOCs) benefit from stabilization and transfer to trauma centers (TCs) for definitive care. However, in the absence of a formalized trauma system, patients may not reach the TC in a timely fashion and may not be appropriately treated or stabilized at LOCs prior to transfer.”
“Thus, trauma system planning efforts should focus on 1) prehospital destination protocols that allow direct transport to the TC; and 2) education of caregivers in LOCs to enhance intervention skill sets and expedite transfer to definitive care.”

(From JEMS Magazine)
“‘60 Precious Minutes’
The “Golden Hour” was first described by R Adams Cowley, MD, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.1 From his personal experiences and observations in post-World War II Europe, and then in Baltimore in the 1960s, Dr. Cowley recognized that the sooner trauma patients reached definitive care—particularly if they arrived within 60 minutes of being injured—the better their chance of survival.”

“In emergency medicine, time is life, and most emergency departments meet or exceed the time-to-treatment benchmarks for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and acute stroke. But much less attention is given to the rapid triage and transfer of trauma patients, for whom time is just as critical.”

“Sometimes old dogmas help save lives, allowing people with diverse levels of knowledge to grasp a simple concept. The golden hour of trauma is a classic example of this, and, as imperfect as it is, the concept of timely care must survive; no need to reset your clocks.”

(World Health Organization)
“The term acute care encompasses a range of clinical health-care functions, including emergency medicine, trauma care, pre-hospital emergency care, acute care surgery, critical care, urgent care and short-term inpatient stabilization.”

(Australian Journal of Rural Health)
“However, the duration for transfer of patients is suboptimal because of the lack of established pathways for urgent non-trauma transfer from rural centres..”
(Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services)


“Minutes make a difference

Severe injury requires timely definitive care for the best outcomes for survival and recovery. Likewise, stroke and STEMI heart attack victims who receive treatment within specific time frames from the time their symptoms begin are more likely to recover and less likely to have permanent disabilities. Currently, only a small percentage of stroke patients and less than half of heart attack patients in Missouri get help within the recommended amount of time.”

“Chris Granger, MD, chair of the AHA Mission: Lifeline project, recommends that if you can get a prehospital patient from first medical contact to balloon (E2B) within 90 minutes.”
“a joint effort is required to streamline times from first medical contact to balloon.”

“Each year nearly 800,000 U.S. citizens experience stroke, and the vast majority do not receive medical attention in time for early fibrinolytics to be considered.”
“Time is brain when a patient is a potential candidate for fibronlytics; for every minute delay that occurs prior to tPA administration for ischemic stroke, up to two million neurons die.”

(Position Paper of the National Association of EMS Physicians)
“This stems from their need for specialized definitive care in a time-limited fashion. For example, patients with myocardial injury or patients experiencing critical trauma demand complex interventions by the health care system. Trauma patients require response intervals targeted toward delivering the patient to definitive trauma care to prevent mortality and morbidity from shock. Patients experiencing myocardial injury require rapid reperfusion. These interventions can be expedited by a timely EMS response”

So, the next time you want to make a comment about why our EMS wants to use the most timely and efficient method of getting a patient to definitive care, perhaps you could quote some of these accepted experts' opinions.

A wise man once said, "You can tell the truthfulness of your friendship by what your friend says behind your back."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 12, 2015

(Thank you, thank you, thank you, Andrea Jo Moore, for teaching me about control z after I lost all this for some reason.) We're still here. The big storm hasn't hit us yet although it has been raining on and off. I'm positive the western lower peninsula is going to receive the brunt of the storm. Right now it's 48°, feels like 42° with the wind chill, wind is at 17 mph from the ESE with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 90%, pressure is falling from 990 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Chance of rain showers in the morning then periods of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight: Periods of rain showers. Breezy. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of November 12, 1933 - In Philadelphia, the first Sunday football game was played.

Did you know that the first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON?

Word of the day: saporific (sap-uh-RIF-ik) which means producing or imparting flavor or taste. Saporific stems from the Latin word sapor meaning "savor." The combining form -fic means "making," "producing," "causing," and appears in adjectives borrowed from Latin.

Peaine Township Meeting

November 11, 2015

The Peaine Township Board did not have a quorum, so there was not a Peaine Township Meeting tonight.

Beaver Island Disaster Management Meeting

November 11, 2015

Beaver Island was provided an opportunity to learn about the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmett Counties Disaster Managment Plan and what this group could and would do for Beaver Island if our resources became overwhelmed. Gregory Williams, Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the Tri-County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security along with Megan Anderson, the Deputy Director, came to the island today and provided general information and an excellent question and answer period for attendees. The Director considered the most important part of the plan is to make it as generic as possible, and then work on the specifics of expected disasters such as large fire, airplane crash, EMS injury disaster, HAZMAT disaster, etc.

If you are interested, you can receive alerts from the emergency and disaster managment office by signing up for these alerts on the website. The website address is http://cceoem.net and you can sign up by clicking on the button on the homepage labeled * BE ALERT*

Greg Williams, Director

Megan Anderson, Deputy Director

Those attending the meeting included BIEMS members, fire chief and assistant chief, CCSD Deputy, Island Airways, BIRHC Provider and Board Members, and BIESA Board Members.

Video of this meeting available HERE

BICS 2015-16 Basketball Schedule

Thank You, Veterans!

Video of the Beaver Island AMVETs' Ceremony HERE

Gathering for the Ceremony

Bob Tidmore Speaks about the Flags Flying above and gives the order of events.

Sarah Avery leads the group in the Pledge of Allegiance

Kathy Speck leads "God Bless America

Adam Richards reads a writing by George Anthony

The AMVETS in formation

Alvin LaFreniere tells the story of the beginning of TAPS.

Dickie McEvoy played the electronic version of TAPS.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 11, 2015

Today is set aside to remember our veterans, however, we should be honoring them on a daily basis, not just one day a year. Thank you to all who have/are serving in our armed forces today and always. It's 31° right now, wind is at 6 mph from the south, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is at 4.5 miles. I'm betting that around 11:00 tonight it'll be raining steady as the storm begins. Today: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 50s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 40 mph after midnight. Get ready for the big event to arrive tomorrow.

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 armadillos have four babies at a time, always all the same sex? They are perfect quadruplets (the fertilized cell split into quarters, resulting in four identical armadillos). Some female armadillos who were captured for research gave birth long after being captured (up to 2 years later). These odd delayed births are a result of the female’s ability to delay the implantation of the fertilized egg during times of stress. This is a result of a reproductive tactic and is a reason why armadillos can easily populate new areas.

Word of the day: magnanimous (mag-NAN-uh-muh s) which means proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc. Magnanimous can be traced to the Latin terms magnus meaning "great" and animus meaning "soul, spirit, mind." It entered English in the mid-1500s.


Mary Ann Omer, age 86 of Caseyville, KY, died Friday, 11/6/15, at the home of her son. She was a retired school teacher. She was a member of Sturgis First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents Beatrice and M.L. Thomas; husband Robert "Pup" Omer; brother Dick Trimble. Survivors include 1 son Robert Omer II of Sturgis, KY and 1 granddaughter Jessice Ann Omer.

Visitation will be 4-7 PM Thursday 11/12/15 concluding with a memorial service at 7 PM at Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis, KY. Brother Shane O'Guin will officiate. Burial will be in Pythian Ridge Cemetery in Sturgis, KY.

Memorial contributions may be made to Union County Dog Pound.

A Difficult Emergency

by Joe Moore

Sometimes, emergencies happen, and an EMT just has to do the best that (s)he can do while it’s going on.  The situation in a small isolated community is even more difficult than doing EMS in a busy city system.  The difficulty is not in numbers, but in the patient-EMT relationship.  This run was one of the most difficult of my EMS career, but most of them are difficult because I not only know these people, but they are friends, adopted relatives, former students, or children of all these categories.
We are paged to the home of my wife’s father and mother.  Since my mother and father have died years before, Paul and Jill seem more like my parents than my in-laws.   It’s about nine o’clock at night, we are responding to a patient with chest pain.  To make this even more interesting, I am the paramedic on-call.  I arrive in the emergency response vehicle, licensed at the advanced level, and enter the house, carrying the cardiac monitor and jump kit, after knocking on the door.  I had to wade through snow to get to the door.  The patient is my father-in-law, who has a history of previous heart attacks.

I notice his skin color, and it is not a good color.  He is very pale with sweat dripping down his face.  He is in his pajamas, and the inside temperature is not very hot.  In EMT school, we call this “pale, cool, and diaphoretic.”  I walk over to him, and he is sitting where he always sits, in his chair.  I ask, “How are  you doing Paul?”

He responds, “I …can’t…..catch…my ……breath. I….have …..pressure….and…..pain…”

“In the middle of your chest?” I ask, trying to save him some words that were coming with difficulty with one word dyspnea.

“Yes,” he responded.

“And how long has this been going on?” I queried.

“About an hour and a half,” my mother-in-law responded.  “He took a couple of nitro, but they didn’t seem to give him any relief.  He didn’t want me to call you guys, but he needs to get to the mainland.”

“You are absolutely correct, Jill,” I answer.  Just as I finish my sentence the room fills with EMS people.  We have the butcher, the baker, the plumber, and a couple more.  Some are EMTs, and some or MFRs.

Jim, an EMT-Specialist, is with them, as is Jerry, the MFR.  “Jim, will you get the oxygen set up and give Paul the non-rebreather mask at fifteen liters per minutes, while I get the 12-lead on?” I say, “And Jerry, will you get the cot, and get someone to shovel the walk outside so we don’t have any issues getting Paul out to the ambulance.”

The butcher walks out through the kitchen and comes back with a snow shovel.  “I’ve got the shovel, and it will be clear before you need to get out to the rig.”

“Here is the oxygen, sir,” Jim stated. “This mask should help with your breathing.”

“Yes, …….SIR,” Paul stated.   Paul was a little miffed based upon his emphasis on the word “SIR.”  That’s understandable since the person placing the oxygen had been know by the patient his entire life.  On this most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, the formalities have been dispensed with in most situations, but training kicks in during an emergency, especially when you work on someone you know quite well.

I put on the twelve lead EKG and noted the obvious lack of oxygen getting to two parts of his heart.  Next, an IV was started in the crease of his left elbow.  “There will be a poke, Paul, and we’ll get this IV started.  Then we will get you something for your pain.”
His wife said, “He’s already taken all the nitro that was in his pocket, but it didn’t seem to help.”

I replied, “Paul, how long have you been carrying that nitro around?”

He replied, actually speaking a little better through the non-rebreather mask, “It was about…….the time of my………last heart attack.”

“Okay, Paul,” I said, “we’ll be giving you another nitro and some aspirin to make certain that we do everything we can to make you comfortable.”  Vital signs were taken again, and then a BIEMS drug box nitro and aspirin was given.

Paul said, “That’s much better.”  His breathing was a little better, his color was returning, and his sweating was evaporating and not being replaced.  This was probably due to a combination of things including the oxygen, the nitro, and the comfort that the patient was now feeling.

“Paul, what number would you give your pain from zero meaning no pain and ten being the worst pain you’ve ever felt?” I asked.

“It’s about a five,” Paul said, “Much better than before.”

The paramedic in me decided to give the patient two milligrams of morphine to help with the pain relief before we moved the patient.  As we readied Paul for transport, Jill had already prepared a suitcase, fed the cat, and set the garbage outside the back door.  She said, “Will you take this out to the garage so the animals won’t get into it?”

Before I said anything, the plumber said, “Consider it done.”

The oximeter reading read 100%, so, before leaving the house, we lowered the flow of oxygen to four liters per minute by nasal cannula, and the oximeter continued to read between 95% and 98%, but we kept the mask handy in case it was needed.  Jill said, “His cardiologist says he’s supposed to wear this mask anytime he goes outside.”  So the facemask, meant to buffer the cold air,  was put on our patient right over the nasal canula, but Paul looked like a character in a violent chainsaw film.  All I could see of Paul’s face was his eyes.  It would be fun to try to work around this mask, but it could easily be removed.

The exit from the house was uneventful.  We lifted the cot down the stairs and continued out the curving sidewalk with me backing up.  The ambulance cot was moving smoothly down the sidewalk when, all of a sudden, I fell into the snow bank.  I, of course grabbed the only thing to grab and almost dumped my father-in-law into the snow bank with me, but I held the edge of the cot up with one hand while the rest of the crew grabbed the cot to stabilize it.  They continued to move to load the patient into the ambulance on this cold, snowy, and windy night.

I struggled twice to get to my feet in the snow and the ice under the snow.  The first time, my feet went out from under me on the icy piece of sidewalk, the one that I had fallen on a moment before.  Then I got smart and crawled on all fours in the snow about four feet to a part of the shoveled walk that was not covered with ice.  I’m guessing my father-in-law and mother-in-law will never let me forget the time that I almost dumped him into a snow bank.  I got up, brushed myself off, and walked carefully to the ambulance to get in.

Once inside the ambulance, Paul said with a smile on his face, “If you’re quite done………playing around…..in the snow……I need to get…….to the hospital.”  He obviously had a good sense of humor, much better than mine.

On the way to the airport, I gave a report to medical control in Charlevoix with a request to bypass to Northern Michigan Hospital, which they approved.  We continued the monitoring of the cardiac rhythm, the pulse oximeter reading the oxygen level in the blood, as well as vital signs.  I hooked up the End-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring as well as the automatic blood pressure cuff.  Halfway to the airport, Paul stated that his chest pain was coming back, so he got another nitroglycerin tablet under his tongue as well as two more milligrams of morphine.  We had to take off the facemask long enough to give him the nitro and then also put the facemask back on the patient. I figured that Paul had told us the cardiologist told him to wear it when he was outside in the cold.  We added some oxygen tubing that we wrapped around a couple of heat packs in an attempt to warm the oxygen before it got to his nose. We also put two heat packs and taped them to the outside of the IV bag for the same purpose, even though the IV fluid had been on the warmer in the ambulance.  It had definitely cooled off while outside and in the ambulance.

We arrived at the airport to find the plane had been readied and the pilot ready to go.  The quickest way to the mainland and to the hospital was using this aircraft, and I wanted to get my father-in-law to the hospital as soon as possible, but I would have recommended this to any other patient as well.  What would you do?  Get them to the hospital to definitive care in about a half an hour, or wait over an hour for an evacuation plane to arrive, switch equipment from ours to theirs, load him into their aircraft allowing only Jill to go with him, and then fly them off the island?  This would add about an hour before Paul got to definitive care.  I chose quick and efficient over the other.

Before getting Paul into the aircraft, while still in the back of the ambulance, all equipment was loaded into the aircraft.  I gave Paul two more milligrams of morphine after another nitro.  I put the nitro in my shirt pocket and the syringe of morphine in my coat pocket along with some alcohol pads.  Even though it was going to be nice and warm in the aircraft, and even though we could have the lights on when needed, I preferred to use a little flashlight or a penlight to monitor the IV and check the patient in flight.

We quickly and efficiently loaded my father-in-law into the aircraft with extra blankets over the top to keep him warm.  He stayed right on our ambulance cot, and the cot was strapped down to the deck, so it wouldn’t move.  Once we were in the aircraft, the heater would provide all that we needed to keep him warm.  With all the ambulance equipment already hooked up and monitoring the patient, there was no extra time needed to prepare for the flight.  The pilot entered the plane after helping Jill get into the co-pilot’s seat.

I chose to have two EMTs join me in the plane.  I wanted to be prepared for any serious complications, so we had one EMT monitoring the oxygen and prepared to bag the patient if needed, one doing vital signs every five minutes, and the paramedic monitoring the IV, EKG, SPO2, EtCO2, and continuing the treatment needed by the patient.  Of course, we were also prepared to perform CPR, if necessary, but stabilization had taken place prior to the flight, and I felt comfortable that we were doing the proper ACLS treatment for this particular patient, not that we didn’t always do so.

Shortly after take-off, the pilot stated that there was a blizzard up north of Charlevoix, but it was clear over to Charlevoix.  We would not be going to Northern Michigan Hospital tonight due to the blizzard.

That news kept me busy for a few minutes.  I first used my headset and portable radio to call dispatch to cancel the ambulance service at Harbor Springs Airport and dispatch the Charlevoix Ambulance to Charlevoix Airport with our estimated time of arrival in less than fifteen minutes.  Second, I called medical control at Charlevoix Hospital to notify them of the change in destination.  I tried to call Northern Michigan on the radio, but did not get any answer on any of the frequencies that I tried.  I called Charlevoix Hospital back, and I asked Charlevoix to notify Northern of the changes.  While I had Charlevoix on the radio, I gave another update on patient condition, which was “stable with vital signs in normal limits, previous orders being followed, and pain management protocol being followed.”  They were perfectly fine with the treatment and did not provide any additional orders even though I asked them if they did have any orders for this patient.

My father-in-law remained stable throughout the flight diverted to Charlevoix with two more nitroglycerin tablets, one about halfway across the thirty-two miles of water, and another just before landing, and pain management protocol followed for the fifteen minute flight.

Upon landing, the Charlevoix EMS ambulance was waiting for us.  Normally, at this time, we would turn the patient over to the mainland paramedic, but this was not a normal situation.  This was my relative, albeit by marriage.  They helped Jill get into the ambulance in the front of their rig.  We left the doors of the plane closed until they were able to get their cot out of the ambulance and then place it out of the weather.  I opened the door, had the pilot undo the straps holding the cot, and we quickly unloaded our ambulance cot from the plane, and loaded it into the Charlevoix ambulance.  I think the paramedic there was almost speechless when I said, “I’m going with you to the hospital.  This is Paul, my father-in-law.”

It was unusual for me not to turn the patient over to the paramedic in Charlevoix and get on a return flight right away.  It had been years since we had been ALS while Charlevoix was Limited Advanced.  It had been years since I had accompanied a patient to the hospital.  They simply would have to do without me on the island for the night.  My wife and my mother-in-law would want me to be there with Paul.  So, I got into the back of the Charlevoix ambulance and went with our patient to the hospital.  We let Charlevoix handle the ER door code and the basic report to the nurse upon arrival in the ER.

Paul was moved from the island EMS cot to the ER bed.  The oxygen was switched over to the hospital oxygen, the Beaver Island EMS cardiac monitor was removed along with the auto BP cuff, the pulse oximeter, and the end tidal carbon dioxide monitor, and this equipment was wheeled out by the nurses’ station on our ambulance cot with the oxygen tank and the monitor, etc.  The ER nurse was hooking up the hospital cardiac monitor and other equipment as I walked back into the room. I brought Jill in, so she could be handy if any questions needed to be answered, and then I sat down by her.  The ER nurse looked up and said to me, “We’re all set, so you can go now.”

I didn’t have any chance to say anything, but my mother-in-law Jill said it all, “He’s not going anywhere.  He’s with me.  This is my son-in-law, and I want him here.”  The nurse looked at me, then at Jill, and decided that I should stay right where I was. 
After about five minutes or so, my cell phone rang because I forgot to turn it off when I entered the ER.  I stepped out in the hall, and the call was from the island.  There was another patient at the medical center that needed transport off the island, so I needed to get back to the island right away.  Apparently, the plane had not headed back to the island yet.  They were waiting for me.  The Charlevoix EMS crew was ready to take me back to the airport, so I grabbed my cot with the equipment on it, stuck my head into the room, and told Jill, “I have another patient to bring over, but I will be back in a little while.”

So began one of those interesting nights in EMS from the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes.  The next patient was a parent of one of the students in my classroom at school.  This patient also needed full monitoring and a paramedic, and both of my patients ended up in the Intensive Care Unit as roommates.  The ICU nurse also had island connections, so it seemed like old home week in the ICU that night and early morning.

Jill and I got two motel rooms for the night, and I was up early to get to the airport to come back home and to go to work.  I started walking, and the Charlevoix EMS director saw me, picked me up, and gave me a ride to the airport.  Jill’s other daughter would be in town to take her back to the hospital.  The Charlevoix EMS guys and gals had driven us both to the motel, and now getting me where I needed to go.  This is an amazing group of people in EMS on both sides of the water.
I got back to the island in time to teach my second hour class the very next morning.  Someone else had to handle the Homeroom class during first hour, but my second hour class started out with questions about the patients, which I could not talk about.  “Sorry, kids, but I am not allowed to talk about these ambulance runs due to privacy rules,” I told them.

 It was amazing to me how much the 7th and 8th grade students knew about what had happened, when it had happened, and how the two patients were doing.  Such is life in a small community, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

(This emergency was part of a documentary that my son Philip Michael Moore did for his Master's degree project for Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan Emergency. Imagine being video taped while taking care of someone you are related to. The documentary was entitled "32 Miles of Water." This video is presented below. There really isn't anything more appropriate than this video done many years ago as the island faces the challenges of keeping the essential air transport that was finally licensed after many years of work by Beaver Island EMS, Island Airways, and both townships.)

32 Miles of Water, A Documentary by Philip Michael Moore


School Board Meeting

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

Big Milestone For Chamber Facebook Page

Our Friends of Beaver Island Facebook page has hit 4000 likes. www.facebook.com/beaverisland Some of the current photos are great. A special thank you goes to Frank Solle for many great shots. Please take a look and share. Help us market Beaver Island. Thanks!

Steve West, Executive Director

October Video Report

There were 19,652 video clips viewed from 173 unique IP addresses through the month of October. The most popular videos with over three hundred views included the Island Airways Hangar Party, Petroqueen Maiden Voyage, and the Beaver Boodle and Bite. Moving the Gillespie House had over 350 views, and the Donegal Bay Improvements video clip had over two hundred. The video clips are beginning to have an audience. The sports games this fall were live streamed with close to fifty viewers as well.

Although this report is about October, it might be interesting to note that the Trunk or Treat video clips and the Fall Drive into Town are leading with over 100 views with a total views of just shy of 6,000 from just shy of one hundred unique IPs.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 10, 2015

It's 30°, wind is at 3 mph from the southeast, humidity is a 92%, pressure is falling from 1022 mb, and visibility is 5 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 50s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Light winds.

On this date of November 10, 1871 - Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone. Livingston was a missing Scottish missionary in central Africa. Stanley delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

Did you know that Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz?

Word of the day: logophile (LAW-fuh-fahyl, LOG-uh-) which means a lover of words. Logophile comes from the Greek words lógos meaning "word, speech, discourse" and philos meaning "loving, dear."

Medical First Responder and EMT Program to Begin Soon

Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service will be sponsoring an MFR program this winter with a continuation to Basic Emergency Medical Technician.  The exact dates of start and end will be determined after renewal of the BIEMS education sponsorship. 
It is essential for interested persons to contact Kevin White, BIEMS Director, so that the program materials can be ordered, such as textbooks, workbooks, and supplies.
The EMT program will take approximately 200 hours of class time, which includes lecture/discussion and practical skills as well as a minimum of 32 hours of clinical time split between a hospital and an EMS service on the mainland.  The MFR program will take approximately half the number of hours of class time, and no required clinical time.
If you are interested in either or both, please contact Kevin White by phone at 231-448-2578 or by email at beaverislandems@gmail.com
More specifics will be available in the near future.

Library Thanks the Voters

The Beaver Island District Library Board, along with the Library Director and staff, thank the voters of Peaine and St. James Townships for their overwhelming support on election day. The voter turnout was higher than the national average (just over 17%) with the only item on the ballot being the BIDL millage renewal, which passed with 90% of the vote. We appreciate the vote of confidence in our service to the community.

Veteran's Day Ceremony

It will be at 11:00 AM this Wednesday the 11th at the Veterans Memorial Park.  Please join us.

I Don't Want to Argue

by Cindy Rickgers



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

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

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

October 7, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 9, 2015

Taking the dogs out this morning...the small maple tree now has about six leaves left on it, they are waving like demented flags, and I'm imagining they're screaming, "Wait, wait, I'm not ready yet!" It's fairly obviously that Mother Nature is ignoring their hollering as another gust of wind hits the tree. They'll probably all have flown off by this afternoon. Right now it's 47°, feels like 41°, clear skies, wind at 14 mph from the southwest with gusts to 27 mph, humidity is at 74%, pressure is steady at mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of November 9, 1906 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama to see the progress on the new canal. It was the first foreign trip by a U.S. president.

Did you know that lemons contain more sugar than strawberries? Lemons have 70% of sugar and 30% of citric acid and strawberries have 40% sugar and the rest is starch which is about 60%.

Word of the day: lassitude (LAS-i-tood, -tyood) which means weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor. Lassitude stems from the Latin term lassus meaning "weary." The suffix -tude appears in abstract nouns of Latin origin.

Church on Sunday

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 8, 2015

It's 43° this morning with a wind chill of 36°, wind is at 14 mph from the west with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 71%, pressure is steady at 1026 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 50°. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of November 8, 1889 - Montana became the 41st U.S. state.

Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell's wife and mother were both deaf?

Word of the day: frangible (FRAN-juh-buh l) which means easily broken; breakable. Frangible entered English by way of Old French and ultimately derives from the Latin frangere meaning "to break." The more common adjective fragile also finds its roots in this Latin verb.

AMVETS Membership

If you are a veteran and  interested in joining Beaver Island’s AMVETS Post 46 they are offering a free membership for the first year from November 8th  to the 14th.

For more information contact the AMVETS at amvetspost46@yahoo.com or Bob Tidmore at 231-448-3088.

Sweet Pea

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mary Ann Omer Passed Away

Former teacher of Beaver Island Community School Mary Ann Omer passed away recently. Mary Ann worked in the older building located across from the Holy Cross Church. She taught mostly 5th and 6th graders at BICS.

More information will be posted when available

Ten BICS Students Certified in CPR

In a partnership between the Beaver Island Community School, Beaver Island EMS, and the Health Occupations program at the school, two classes took place. One class was on Thursday, and another one was on Friday. These students are in the Health Occupation's program at Beaver Island Community School and are part of the Health Occupations Students of America.

The instructor of the BICS HOSA program is Kathie Ehinger, a BIEMS paramedic. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers instructor is Joe Moore, also a BIEMS paramedic. Both days included a full course. Joe Moore said, "All of these students were required to be participating in the rather rigorous program that required a lot of hands-on training. They were required to be tested on one person and two person Adult Basic Life Support as well as one person and two person Infant CPR and care for choking victims of all ages. The also had to take a written exam at the end."

There will also be another BLS full course and a recertification course for students and adults working at the school. These programs will require the assistance of another CPR instructor, Gerald LaFreniere.

Beaver Island Friends of the Veterans

Events Scheduled


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


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


St. James Township Meeting

November 4, 2015

The agenda included reports on dangerous structures, update on the Donegal Bay Road project, update on sewer cleanout project, and a recommendation of the subcommittee for moving forward on sewer billing and collection. The old business included a Board of Review appointment, Planning Commission appointment, and the snow plow bid. New business included two policies on finance that were presented by K. McNamara. The full board was present and there were nine people attending the meeting besides the board.

View video of the meeting HERE

Transfer Station Job Opening

Attempt to Capture the Northern Lights

by Joe Moore

Here is the interesting evening after bedtime on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

“How about we go out to the car wash and see if we can see some Northern Lights,” I said to my wife.

“Sure, we can go and see,” my wife said, “but I’m not taking my camera.  I don’t know how to get a picture of them.”

I gather up my expensive camera, having just reviewed the photography lessons on camera adjustments, and grab a video camera, hat, and two tripods.  We load all of my equipment into the car and head out to the north shore of Beaver Island down Lake Street.
As we head past the homes of several families, out to the dark side of the island where there are very few homes, we are excited to see what we can see.  We pass a “Road Closed” sign, but we know that the road is passable down to the water, and my wife says, “You better not get stuck down here.”

“I know, but we aren’t going to lug this equipment a quarter mile in the dark,” I say as we travel slowly down the road with the headlights showing no area of water or mud that we could get stuck in.
We get to the car wash area.  It’s called that because you can drive right out into the big lake on the gravel and could actually wash your car using the Lake Michigan water, viewing Garden Island in the distance.  You can barely see anything after the car is shut off except the lighted Garden Island Buoy flashing. 

I try to set up the tripods by feel.  I’m not so able to maneuver the leg latches and the top camera mount, but I finally get the two tripods set up, pointed up at the dark sky.  My wife says, “There they are.  There are a couple of spikes off to the Northwest.”
I turn on the camera and am immediately blinded by the “Sensor cleaning” message from the back of the expensive Canon camera.  “Where?” I say, mainly because I can’t see anything due to the bright light of the video camera messages as I turn it on.  My eyes eventually get used to the darkness again, and I can see what she was talking about. 

I look through the viewfinder of the digital camera and can see the dark horizon and the sparkling stars in the view finder.  I have the camera set for ISO at 12,800.  The camera is on the tripod with the shutter speed set at 4 seconds.  I push the shutter button and the autofocus keeps moving in and out, in and out, and the camera won’t take the picture.  “Expletive deleted,” comes out of my mouth.  It’s pitch black on this shoreline, and I feel along the lens for the auto-focus button and shut it off.
The shutter button is pressed again, and the camera takes a picture.  I look over to the video camera that is on and all set to take some video, and, once again blinded by the lighted view screen, the message on the screen says, “Make certain the lens cover is not closed.”  That’s a little difficult to see, but I reach around to feel and the lens cover is open.  I reach over and turn the video camera off, and say, “Not going to get any video tonight because the camera is brighter than the sky.”

The digital camera won’t take another picture, so I figure I should try a different lens.  The lens on the camera comes off by feel.  I fumble in the dark and can’t seem to get the lens to go onto the camera. Luckily my wife has a lighter, and after a few more expletives, I make certain that the autofocus is off and that the lens is mounted properly.  It’s a 50 mm lens with the widest opening of any of my lenses.

I set the shutter speed to 4 seconds and press the button.  It takes a picture!  I try the 8 second setting and it takes a picture.  I try the ten, twenty, and thirty second settings and all the pictures are taken.  Man, am I excited.  I finally captured the stars in the northern sky and the Northern Lights.

We load up the equipment and head home.  I’m all excited about looking at the pictures to see how they turned out.  It’s after midnight, but man, do I want to see what I have captured!

I download the pictures to the computer, and begin to open them up, one at a time.  Black rectangle, black rectangle, black rectangle.  Not even a pinpoint of light can be seen in any of these pictures.  I enlarge the pictures.  Nothing.  Nothing at all.  I look down at disgust at this expensive camera ready to demean this piece of crap.  I wonder if you can guess what I saw there.  Can you?

The 50 mm lens is on the digital camera.  The lens is connected properly to the camera.  The battery is charged.  The camera comes on when you turn it on.  This idiot forgot to take the lens cover off the 50 mm lens.  Moral of the story:  Prepare your equipment.  Practice with your equipment before expectations exceed talent.  My wife said, “It’s pretty dark on the back porch.  Maybe you can try it there and get it to work.”
My only comment was, “Yes, Dear.”

Christmas Bazaar


by Cindy Ricksgers

District Library Millage

Peaine 48 Yes..... 9 No

St James 49 Yes..... 2 No

Total: 97 Yes..... 11 No

The library millage appears to have passed with 90% voting YES.







Christmas Bazaar


Sunday, November 15, 2015, is the date for this year’s Christmas Bazaar at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 11:00am.

There will be a lot of returning vendors as well as a few new vendors.  You will have your choice of a wide variety of Christmas gifts for family, friends—and yourself!  Candles, stuffed animals, evergreen wreaths and swags, jewelry, Flattail Furs, Pampered Chef, Rustic Heart, baked goods and much, much more.
Each vendor will donate n item for a drawing.  Tickets are $0.25.  All proceeds from the drawing will go to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.  If you place a donation for the Food Pantry under the Christmas tree, you will receive a free ticket (s) for the drawing.  You can also place an unwrapped toy, game, book, etc. under the tree to be distributed to local children.  (Thank you!!)
Shop ‘til you’re hungry—then take your choice of a number of delicious soups—and support the Food Pantry.
Music—voting for the best decorated table—something for everyone!!
Sunday, November 25, 11:00 – 2:00
See you there!!

Reservation forms for tables will be at the Community Center, the District Library, and the mailbox at Jean Kinsley’s real-estate office starting Saturday morning, October 31.


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

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

Nov 8:  Howrd Davis
November 15:  El Zwart; Hudsonville MI

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Donate to the Food Pantry

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