B. I. News on the 'Net, October 1-14, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 14, 2018

t could be a song...we're having a heat wave...yesterday it was in the 30s, this morning I'm showing 50°. Cloudy skies, wind is from the west south west at 14 mph, dew point is 43°, humidity is at 78%.
TODAY: Rain showers likely. HIghs in the upper 40s West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning. 70% chance of rain.
TONIGHT: Rain showers likely in the evening, then rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Chance of showers early in the morning, then showers likely in the morning. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.

DID YOU KNOw THAT kangaroos can not walk backwards.

ON THIS DATE of October 14, harmony singing was a part of rock and roll right from the beginning, but the three- and four-part harmonies of doo-wop, derived from black gospel and blues traditions, would never have given us Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles or the Byrds. To get those groups, you first had to have the Everly Brothers, whose ringing, close-harmony style introduced a whole new sound into the rock-and-roll vocabulary: the sound of Appalachia set to hard-driving acoustic guitars and a subtle backbeat rhythm. One of the most important and influential groups in the history of rock and roll, the Everly Brothers burst onto the music scene in 1957 with their first big hit, "Bye Bye Love," which was quickly followed with their first #1 song, "Wake Up Little Susie," which topped the Billboard pop chart on this day in 1957.

"Bye Bye Love" was the first song by the Bryants to be recorded by the Everlys, establishing their trademark sound and peaking at #2 on the charts in the summer of 1957. The follow-up single, "Wake Up Little Susie," reached the top spot on October 14, 1957, though not without stirring controversy in some parts due to lyrics that hinted at teenage sex. Literally banned in Boston at one point, the Everlys' first chart-topper was taken at face value in most parts of the country as an insanely catchy song about two teenagers who have innocently fallen asleep at a movie only to awaken at 4:00 AM in fear of having ruined their good reputations.

The Everly Brothers would earn 25 top-40 hits over the first five years of their hugely influential recording career, including two more #1s: "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (1958) and "Cathy's Clown" (1960).

WORD OF THE DAY: brightwork (BRAHYT-wurk) which means polished metal parts, as on a ship or automobile. Brightwork is an Americanism dating back to 1835–45.

Captain's Outrageous 2005

Phil Gregg was given permission to video this performance back in 2005. The historic value of this is obvious since the performance took place in the Holy Cross Parish Hall back then. The theater performances now take place in the Beaver Island Community Center extablished by the Preservation Association of Beaver Island (PABI). The proceeds of all fund raising during this particular performance was for PABI. That makes it historical in more than one vein.

Looking back at this performance allows the viewer to see many previous residents as well as current residents here on the island more than a decade ago. Thirteen years have passed, and many changes have taken place in that period of time. The location of the productions, some of the actors in the productions, and the technical abilities of the productions, but what hasn't changed is the desire to entertain the audience.

View digitization of Phil's Video HERE

Posted at 9 a.m., 10/13/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 13, 2018

I'm still alive and thankful to Joe for covering for me all these weeks. My eyes aren't all better but they are slowly getting there. I'm sure I'll have lots of typos as this seems so tiny. Anyhow, besides the cancer it seems that I have some sort of bacterial infection in my tear ducts so am on antibiotics for that. Joe makes an excellent nurse. Anyhow, now we'll see if I even remember how to do the weather.

It's darn cold outside this morning at 35°, feels like 27°, wind is at 13 mph from the west, and we have cloudy skies.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Slight chance of rain showers and isolated snow showers in the morning. Highs around 50°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with slight chance of rain showers in the evening then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with guts to around 35 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Isolated showers early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

RANDOM TRUE FACT FOR THE DAY: One of the ingredients needed to make dynamite is peanuts.

WORD OF THE DAY: POSTERN (POS-tern) which means a back door or gate. English postern comes from Old French posterne, originally “a concealed exit from a fort, a sally port,” later “a small door, a back door.” Posterne is an alteration of Old French posterle “a back door, back way," from Late Latin posterula “a small back door or gate; back way, byway,” a diminutive noun formed from the adjective posterus “(coming or being) after or in the future” and -ula, the feminine form of the common diminutive noun suffix -ulus. The -n- in posterne is likely due to the influence of the Old French adjectives interne (from Latin internus) and externe (from Latin externus). Postern entered English in the early 14th century.

ON THIS DAY: The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion, which soon became known as the “White House” because its white-gray Virginia freestone contrasted strikingly with the red brick of nearby buildings.

The city of Washington was created to replace Philadelphia as the nation’s capital because of its geographical position in the center of the existing new republic. The states of Maryland and Virginia ceded land around the Potomac River to form the District of Columbia, and work began on Washington in 1791. French architect Charles L’Enfant designed the area’s radical layout, full of dozens of circles, crisscross avenues, and plentiful parks. In 1792, work began on the neoclassical White House building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue under the guidance of Irish American architect James Hoban, whose design was influenced by Leinster House in Dublin and by a building sketch in James Gibbs’ Book of Architecture. President George Washington chose the site.

On November 1, President John Adams was welcomed into the executive mansion. His wife, Abigail, wrote about their new home: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but wise men ever rule under this roof!”

In 1814, during the War of 1812, the White House was set on fire along with the U.S. Capitol by British soldiers in retaliation for the burning of government buildings in Canada by U.S. troops. The burned-out building was subsequently rebuilt and enlarged under the direction of James Hoban, who added east and west terraces to the main building, along with a semicircular south portico and a colonnaded north portico. The smoke-stained stone walls were painted white. Work was completed on the White House in the 1820s.

Major restoration occurred during the administration of President Harry Truman, and Truman lived across the street for several years in Blair House. Since 1995, Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Lafayette Square has been closed to vehicular traffic for security reasons. Today, more than a million tourists visit the White House annually. It is the oldest federal building in the nation’s capital.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Islanders Connect at GLIA Summit to Support Strong Great Lakes Communities

from the

People build communities everywhere.

In the Great Lakes, natural beauty, abundant resources and water-based industries draw people to live near the coast. Some take that a step further and choose to live surrounded entirely by water in an island community. 

More than 30,000 islands rise out of the waters of the Great Lakes, and just a few dozen are home to year-round communities. These unique communities face similar challenges and can learn from each other’s triumphs and struggles. 

Drawing inspiration from an existing network of coastal Maine islands, the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, Northland College of Wisconsin, Island Institute, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and other partners are supporting an emerging, voluntary network of Great Lakes islands communities.

Lake Michigan’s largest island, Beaver Island, hosted an inaugural summit in 2017; in October 2018, the newly-minted Great Lakes Islands Alliance moved north to Lake Superior for a second gathering. Community members from 13 islands traveled by plane, car, and ferryboat to reach Madeline Island, located in the Apostle Islands Archipelago of northern Wisconsin.

Last year’s summit sparked the idea of the Great Lakes Island Alliance. Now, with an official charter and volunteer steering committee, it’s beginning to fledge into a working network. Members will use their collective knowledge and connections to develop solutions to universal challenges of island life.

At the summit, community members explored solutions to critical issues including affordable housing, economic development, variable Great Lakes water levels, and sustainable energy sources. Alliance members plan to continue this work, reach out to additional island communities and reconnect at a third event.

For its third summit, the Great Lakes Islands Alliance will return to Michigan with Mackinac Island hosting in fall 2019.

Learn more about the network on the Great Lakes Islands Alliance website or by contacting GLIA Coordinator Matt Preisser.

Image Credits: 

Header: Dock on Madeline Island, WI. Michigan OGL. 

Group Photo: 2018 Summit Participants, Oxygen Imagery and Web Design

Mural: Local art on Madeline Island, Kristy Beyer

The Office of the Great Lakes works in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 10/12/18

Weather by Joe

October 12, 2018

The weather lady is still sleeping, so I'll get 'er done this morning. On with the weather....

Rigth now on Beaver Island at 8:00 a.m., it is 38 degrees on Carlisle Road with some wind. It is partly cloudy with a very small about of blue sky visible right now.We got less than a tenth of an inch of rain yesterday. The humidity is 73% and the pressure is 29.74. Visibility is ten miles. There are three layers of clouds: scattered at 3300, scattered at 4200, and overcast at 4900 feet.

TODAY, it is expected to have a high of 42 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph, and only a ten percent chance of rain.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clouds early and clearing later. Low will be near 35 and the wind direction will stay at the WNW decreasing to 5 to 10 mph, and the same chance of rain.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies, a high near 50, and winds switching to the west at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day: emblazon; verb; to inscribe or adorn with or as if with heraldic bearings or devices; celebrate, extol

English speakers have been using the heraldic sense of emblazon since the late 16th century, and before that there was the verb blazon ("to describe heraldically") and the noun blazon ("a heraldic coat of arms"), which descend from Anglo-French blason. Emblazon still refers to adorning something with an emblem of heraldry, but it is now more often used for adorning or publicizing something in any conspicuous way, whether with eye-catching decoration or colorful words of praise.

On this Day:

After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island, believing he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia.

Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451. Little is known of his early life, but he worked as a seaman and then a maritime entrepreneur. He became obsessed with the possibility of pioneering a western sea route to Cathay (China), India, and the gold and spice islands of Asia. At the time, Europeans knew no direct sea route to southern Asia, and the route via Egypt and the Red Sea was closed to Europeans by the Ottoman Empire, as were many land routes. Contrary to popular legend, educated Europeans of Columbus’ day did believe that the world was round, as argued by St. Isidore in the seventh century. However, Columbus, and most others, underestimated the world’s size, calculating that East Asia must lie approximately where North America sits on the globe (they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed).

With only the Atlantic Ocean, he thought, lying between Europe and the riches of the East Indies, Columbus met with King John II of Portugal and tried to persuade him to back his “Enterprise of the Indies,” as he called his plan. He was rebuffed and went to Spain, where he was also rejected at least twice by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. However, after the Spanish conquest of the Moorish kingdom of Granada in January 1492, the Spanish monarchs, flush with victory, agreed to support his voyage.

On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three small ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina. On October 12, the expedition reached land, probably Watling Island in the Bahamas. Later that month, Columbus sighted Cuba, which he thought was mainland China, and in December the expedition landed on Hispaniola, which Columbus thought might be Japan. He established a small colony there with 39 of his men. The explorer returned to Spain with gold, spices, and “Indian” captives in March 1493 and was received with the highest honors by the Spanish court. He was the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland in the 10th century.

During his lifetime, Columbus led a total of four expeditions to the New World, discovering various Caribbean islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the South and Central American mainlands, but he never accomplished his original goal—a western ocean route to the great cities of Asia. Columbus died in Spain in 1506 without realizing the great scope of what he did achieve: He had discovered for Europe the New World, whose riches over the next century would help make Spain the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth.

Peaine Township Seeks Election Assistant

View job posting HERE

Posted at 5 p.m., 10/11/18

Fall Colors and Wind

October 11, 2018

Windy and sunshine in and out, and a quick trip provided lots of color and lots of windy, blowing trees. Here are a few examples:

Beautiful fall colors

Freighter out west of the island headed north

View a video of the colorful fall pictures HERE

Beaver Island Telecomunications Committee Posting

View the posting HERE

Familiar Faces 17

By Joe Moore

From one day to the next, it seems as the memories get dimmer as your age increases past half a century plus a decade or more.  That’s an important part of writing about these familiar faces and the good times, the sad times, and the successes and failures. 

As the author was getting ready to retire from providing EMS on this island, once in a while a visiting paramedic would arrive on the island, and I would give them an orientation to the island and the circumstances of the

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 11 a.m., 10/11/18

From the B. I. Historical Society


Update: November 5, 2018, 7-8 p.m. the Historical Society will have a public meeting about our construction update at the Library. Our architect/board member Vince Ebersoldt will will give a presentation and answer questions about BIHS plans for the reconstruction of the kitchen addition as exhibit / education / community space.

We will also share details about a Historical Walking Trail in the planning stages for the downtown area.

Weather by Joe

October 11, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road at 8 a.m., it is drizzling and the winds is gusting. Without the gusts, it seems to be at 5 to 10 mph. The pressure is low at 29.37 with a temperature of 48 degrees.The humidity is 88%. Visibility is at three miles with two layers of clouds; overcast at 2800 and scatered at 2000 feet. The rain gauge says we received over an inch of rain yesterday.

TODAY, it is expected to be windy with some scattered showers. The high is to be near fifty. Winds will be from the west at 20 to 30 mph. 30% chance of rain.

TONIGHT, it is forecast to drop in temeprature into the 30's. Winds will be from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph. 30% chance of rain early. Possible slushy snow.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to be cloudy with a high in the 40's. It will continue to be windy with winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day: by and large; adverb; (BYE-und-LAHRJ) on the whole; in general

By and large is originally a sailing term meaning "alternately close-hauled and not close-hauled." A ship that is sailing "close-hauled" is sailing as directly into the wind as possible (typically within about 45 degrees of the wind). The by part of the phrase means "close-hauled." (This by also appears in the term full and by, meaning "sailing with all sails full and as close to the wind as possible.") Large, by contrast, refers to a point of sail in which the wind is hitting the boat "abaft the beam," or behind the boat's widest point. A 1669 example of a variant spelling of by and large gives us a sense of the range implied: "Thus you see the ship handled in fair weather and foul, by and learge" (S. Sturmy, Mariners Magazine). The suggestion of a wide range carries over into the term's "in general" sense.

On this Day:

On this day in 2002, former President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

Carter, a peanut farmer from Georgia, served one term as U.S. president between 1977 and 1981. One of his key achievements as president was mediating the peace talks between Israel and Egypt in 1978. The Nobel Committee had wanted to give Carter (1924- ) the prize that year for his efforts, along with Anwar Sadat and Menachim Begin, but was prevented from doing so by a technicality–hehad not been nominated by the official deadline.

After he left office, Carter and his wife Rosalynn created the Atlanta-based Carter Center in 1982 to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering. Since 1984, they have worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and raise awareness of homelessness. Among his many accomplishments, Carter has helped to fight disease and improve economic growth in developing nations and has served as an observer at numerous political elections around the world.

The first Nobel Prizes–awards established by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) in his will–were handed out in Sweden in 1901 in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. The Nobel Prize in economics was first awarded in 1969. Carter was the third U.S. president to receive the award, worth $1 million, following Theodore Roosevelt (1906) and Woodrow Wilson (1919).

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Peaine Township Board Meeting


October 10, 2018, 7 p.m.

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 10/10/18

Video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 9 p.m., 10/10/18

Thank you to Pam Grassmick for the video work!


St. James Township Board Meeting



Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee

Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee Structure 9.2018

Board Finance Report for October 10, 2018 Meeting


Supervisor’s Lens


Posted at 10:15 a.m., 10/8/18

Video of the meeting HERE

Three board members were present and Jeff Powers called in on the phone.

Audience of the meeting included our new Chamber Director Paul Cole

Supervisor Kitty McNamara gave a presentation on the Harbor Plan

Harbormaster and Assistant Harbormaster gave a report on the Yacht Dock.

Posted at 8 p.m., 10/10/18

Razel Brothers Sinking

By Dick Burris

Aug. 21, 1986 8:09

WHISKEY ISLAND, Mich. (AP)_ Crew members of a fishing tug apparently ignored radio and horn warnings from a freighter, causing an accident that left one man dead and two others missing, officials said Thursday.
The three victims were aboard a 30-foot boat on Lake Michigan. The freighter was a 620-foot Yugoslavian vessel, Jablanica. The accident occurred Wednesday morning on the lake about seven miles northwest of here, said Coast Guard Senior Chief Gary Howard.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 3 p.m., 10/10/18

Great Lakes Island Alliance

From an email

Thank you all again for contributing to a wonderful event last week on Madeline Island.  Kudos to the local island host team who went above and beyond!

As promised here are a few items:

Development of the 2018 Summit summary and 2018-2019 GLIA Work Plan are underway and will be presented on the next GLIA call.

Sometime this week, my office will release a story to our outreach distribution list.  You will all receive a copy.  Feel free to borrow text. 

The next full GLIA call will be Wed, Nov 7 from 9-10am central or 10-11 am eastern.  This is the first Wed of each month.  I’ll send a reminder on the Monday prior.

Have a great week,


Matt Preisser

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes




Twitter: @MichiganOGL

GLIA Charter_Final 


Posted at 1 p.m., 10/10/18

Volleyball Scrimmage

The Lady Islanders will be scrimmaging the "Vintage" Lady Islanders on Monday October 15th at 6:00 pm, we welcome spectators to come and watch.

Posted at 10:15 a.m., 10/10/18

A Late Report

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 10/10/18

Weather by Joe

October 10, 2018

The weather lady made it to $2 Tuesday last night, and we had dinner at the Shamrock. Thank you to a friend for helping us out. You know who you are!

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 57 degrees and the wind is from the west at about 2 mph. The humidity is 98%. Yesterday, up to midnight, we received a little over three-quarters of an inch of rain. Since midnight, we received a little over an inch and a half. The pressure is at 29.6, and our weaather station says RAIN. It's a little warmer at the airport and the pressure is little lower there also. Visibility is 7 miles, and the clouds are layered with overcast at 7000 feet, mostly cloudy at 4800 feet, and scattered clouds at 4200 feet. The dewpoint and the temperature are the same at this moment which might account for the haze or even fog that we might have.

TODAY, it is expected to have 100% chance of showers this afternoon with a high of near 65 and winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for continued rain early with 100% chance and a low of mid-40s. Winds will switch to the SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for 20% chance of rain, a high in the high 40's, and west winds increasing to 20 to 30 mph.

Word of the Day: luddite; noun; (LUH-dyte) one who is opposed to especially technological change

Luddites could be considered the first victims of corporate downsizing. The Luddite movement began in the vicinity of Nottingham, England, toward the end of 1811 when textile mill workers rioted for the destruction of the new machinery that was slowly replacing them. Their name is of uncertain origin, but it may be connected to a (probably mythical) person known as Ned Ludd. According to an unsubstantiated account in George Pellew's Life of Lord Sidmouth (1847), Ned Ludd was a Leicestershire villager of the late 1700s who, in a fit of insane rage, rushed into a stocking weaver's house and destroyed his equipment; subsequently, his name was proverbially connected with machinery destruction. With the onset of the information age, Luddite gained a broader sense describing anyone who shuns new technology.

On this Day in 1973, Spiro Agnew resigns as Vice President

Less than a year before Richard M. Nixon’s resignation as president of the United States, Spiro Agnew becomes the first U.S. vice president to resign in disgrace. The same day, he pleaded no contest to a charge of federal income tax evasion in exchange for the dropping of charges of political corruption. He was subsequently fined $10,000, sentenced to three years probation, and disbarred by the Maryland court of appeals.

Agnew, a Republican, was elected chief executive of Baltimore County in 1961. In 1967, he became governor of Maryland, an office he held until his nomination as the Republican vice presidential candidate in 1968. During Nixon’s successful campaign, Agnew ran on a tough law-and-order platform, and as vice president he frequently attacked opponents of the Vietnam War and liberals as being disloyal and un-American. Reelected with Nixon in 1972, Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973, after the U.S. Justice Department uncovered widespread evidence of his political corruption, including allegations that his practice of accepting bribes had continued into his tenure as U.S. vice president. He died at the age of 77 on September 17, 1996.

Under the process decreed by the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, President Nixon was instructed to the fill vacant office of vice president by nominating a candidate who then had to be approved by both houses of Congress. Nixon’s appointment of Representative Gerald Ford of Michigan was approved by Congress and, on December 6, Ford was sworn in. He became the 38th president of the United States on August 9, 1974, after the escalating Watergate affair caused Nixon to resign.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Ride in the Fog

A ride was in order to check out the colors of the trees. A trip to Gull Harbor to check the Eagle Tree, and out of the fog came the eagle and flew right over my head.

And then the eagle was gone, lost in the fog.

Then a trip out to the Beaver Island Golf Course and past the orchird to check and see if there were any sandhills there. No sandhills were seen, but there were deer moving in the orchard. Then back toward the Four Corners, and then out to Sloptown and toward Barney's Lake was in order. Upon arrival at Barney's Lake you could see the fog moving across the lake.

Then back through the Buddy Martin's Trail to Donegal Bay. Stopped to get a picture of the sand dune called Mt. Pisgah, a stop at Font Lake, and then back home. There was a lot of color to see including some of the tamarack trees that were starting to change as well.

View a gallery of pictures of the ride HERE

Posted at 3:45 p.m., 10/09/18

Canceled Volleyball

October 9, 2018

Sometimes, living on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes can become quite frustrating, especially if you are young and involved in a sports program at the Beaver Island Community School. Today, the officials made it to the island, but the team from Ojibwe is unable to get to the island to play the game. This is all due to the weather issues at this time of year. It is reported that the Lady Islanders were unable to participate in the Mackinaw Island volleyball tournament for the same type of issue, the weather.

So today's volleyball games have been canceled. There will be no make-up games scheduled. So sorry, Lady Islanders!

Posted at 12:15 p.m., 10/9/18

Weather by Joe

October 9, 2018

It's still dark outside as this is written, so looking out the window is not going to work for the weather lady, even if she could see out there, or maybe she just uses here ability to guess the future. On with the weather....

Right now it's somewhat warm out there with a temperature on Carlisle Road of 60 degrees. The dewpoint is also 60 degrees which makes the chance of fog pretty high. The visibility is listed as one quarter mile, so it is foggy out there. It is overcast at 200 feet, not good flying weather right now. Humidity is 98% with a pressure of 29.9.

TODAY, it is expected to have a high in the mid-60's with a 40% chance of rain. The afternoon may have thundershowers. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for an 80% chance of thunderstorms and a low of 50 degrees. Winds will be from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for thunderstorms with a 100% chance of rain. The high will be in the low 60's with winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day: ambivalent; adjective; (am-BIV-uh-lunt); having or showing simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward something

The words ambivalent and ambivalence entered English during the early 20th century in the field of psychology. They came to us through the International Scientific Vocabulary, a set of words common to people of science who speak different languages. The prefix ambi- means "both," and the -valent and -valence parts ultimately derive from the Latin verb valēre, meaning "to be strong." Not surprisingly, an ambivalent person is someone who has strong feelings on more than one side of a question or issue.

On this Day in 1635, the found of Rhode Island is banished.

Religious dissident Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by the General Court of Massachusetts. Williams had spoken out against the right of civil authorities to punish religious dissension and to confiscate Indian land.

After leaving Massachusetts, Williams, with the assistance of the Narragansett tribe, established a settlement at the junction of two rivers near Narragansett Bay, located in present-day Rhode Island. He declared the settlement open to all those seeking freedom of conscience and the removal of the church from civil matters, and many dissatisfied Puritans came. Taking the success of the venture as a sign from God, Williams named the community “Providence.”

Among those who found a haven in the religious and political refuge of the Rhode Island Colony were Anne Hutchinson–like Williams, she had been exiled from Massachusetts for religious reasons–some of the first Jews to settle in North America, and the Quakers. In Providence, Roger Williams also founded the first Baptist church in America and edited the first dictionary of Native-American languages.

Posted at 7:30 a.m. (from Merriam Webster and history.com)

Don Meister Celebration of Life Service

October 8, 2018

The Gregg Fellowship Hall was packed with people from the community as well as family members for today's celebration of life for Don Meister. The speakers; some emotional, some humorous, and some serious; covered many aspects of Don's life. the pictures by the entrance were a very joyous display of many aspects of Don's life. The community went way out to make sure that every attendee had plenty to eat. Many seats had to be aadded to the setup of many tables. Here are a few pictures of the event.

Panoramic pictures of the group of attendees HERE

MC Brad Vanden Heuvel

Gallery of presenters before lunch HERE


Presentation of the flag by AMVETS

Joe Moore plays "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again"

Lunch is served

Two of the presenters after lunch

View video of this Celebration of Life HERE

The live stream was viewed from 14 unique IP addresses.

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 10/8/18

BICS Board Meeting Tonight 7 p.m.

Agenda and documents HERE

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 10/8/18

Weather by Joe

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Well, we woke up to a lot of liquid sunshine. We had about 1/2 to 3/4 inch of rain with the rain still coming down lightly right now. It's 50 degrees outside with the wind from the ESE, and a pressure of 29.96. In other words it's wet here on Carlisle Road. It's mostly cloudy with clouds at 700 and 1200 feet, and overcast at 2200 feet. The visibility is listed as three miles with the dewpoint at 50 degrees, the same as the temperature.

TODAY, there is a 90% chance of rain with winds from the SE at 10 to 20 mph and a high near 60. The liquid sunshine will continue.

TONIGHT, iit is forecast for continuing rain and thunder showers. The wind will switch to the SW tonight at 5-10 mph.

TO<ORROW, it is forecast with 50% chance of rain in the form of thunderstorms. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph. There is a 50% chance of rain.

Word of the Day: occident; noun; (AHK-suh-dunt); regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation

You may not be reflecting on the history of the word Occident as you watch a beautiful sunset, but there is a connection. Occident, which comes from Latin occidere, meaning "to fall," once referred to the part of the sky in which the sun goes down. Geoffrey Chaucer used the word in that now-obsolete sense around 1390 in The Man of Law's Tale. In an earlier work, The Monk's Tale, which was written circa 1375, he used the word in the "western regions and countries" sense that we still use. Exactly what is meant by "western" is not always the same. Originally, Occident referred to western Europe or the Western Roman Empire. In modern times, it usually refers to some portion of Europe and North America as distinct from Asia. The opposite of Occident is Orient, which comes from Latin oriri ("to rise").

On this Day in 1957:

Jerry Lee Lewis records "Great Balls of Fire."

Jerry Lee Lewis was not the only early rock-and-roller from a strict Christian background who struggled to reconcile his religious beliefs with the moral implications of the music he created. He may have been the only one to have one of his religious crises caught on tape, however—in between takes on one of his legendary hit songs. It was on October 8, 1957, that bible-school dropout Jerry Lee Lewis laid down the definitive version of “Great Balls Of Fire,” amidst a losing battle with his conscience and with the legendary Sam Phillips, head of Sun Records.

Jerry Lee Lewis had first made his way to Sun Records in September 1956, hoping to catch his big break in the same Memphis recording studio where Elvis had caught his. The result of Lewis’ first session, in November 1956, was the minor hit “Crazy Arms,” but six months later, he and Phillips struck gold with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On,” a million-selling smash. Lewis’s signature piano-pounding style and electric stage presence made him an instantaneous star, but stardom didn’t quiet the doubts that his upbringing in the Assemblies of God church had given him about rock and roll. Those doubts would be on open display when he went back to the studio on this day in 1957.

It was hours into the “Great Balls Of Fire” session when Jerry Lee began arguing with Sam Phillips that the song was too sinful for him to record. As the two talked loudly over each other, Phillips pleaded with Lewis to believe that his music could actually be a force for moral good.

Phillips: “You can save souls!”

Lewis: “No, no, no, no!”

Phillips: “YES!”

Lewis: “How can the devil save souls?…I got the devil in me!

Jerry Lee somehow made peace with the conflict over the course of the next hour, becoming comfortable enough to begin making various unprintable statements on his way to saying with enthusiasm, “You ready to cut it? You ready to go?” just before launching into the take that would soon become his second smash-hit single.

Jerry Lee Lewis’ moral struggles would continue throughout a storied career that would never quite recover from the 1958 disclosure of his marriage to a 13-year-old cousin. At the peak of his powers following “Great Balls Of Fire,” however, he was a figure as magnetic as any in rock-and-roll history. As the producer Don Dixon would later say in an NPR interview, “Little Richard was fun, Elvis was cool, but Jerry Lee Lewis was frightening.”

2018 Phragmites Treatment Completed

by Pam Grassmick

On October 1st-4th, the Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet (CAKE) county's Cooperative Invasive Species Management Strike Team completed invasive Phragmites treatment on Beaver Island.  They were not able to get out to the outer islands for treatment due to weather. Treatment was conducted on private, state, and preserve properties. Payment for the island treatments was supplied through grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Dune Alliance. The data points and treatment for Peaine and St. James Townships will be entered into the website of the Midwest Invasive Species Network.

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 10/7/18

October Sunset from Bonners Landing

Beaver Island, Michigan

These beautiful pictures were taken by Taffy Raphael of the sunset at Bonner's Landing. They are amazingly beautiful with great composition. Thanks you for sharing them, Taffy!

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 10/7/18

Mass from Holy Cross

October 7, 2018

Our visiting priest, Monsignor David Greka from Alpena area is providing services this weekend through next weekend including daily Masses at 9 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

The readers this week were Audrey Biehlman on Saturday, and Joan Banville on Sunday. Both services were live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv.

Audrey Biehlman. reading on Saturday......Monsignor Greka reading the Gospel

Joan Banville reading on Sunday..........Monsignor Greka reading the Gospel

Monsignor Greka reading and giving the sermon

View video of the service HERE

Posted at 1 p.m., 10/7/18

Weather by Joe

Octobe 7, 2018

Right now on Beaver Island a little before eight in the morning, the weather lady is sleeping in. The current temperature is 48 degrees on Carlisle Road with a pressure of 30.13. The humidity is 86%, and yesterday we got about one tenth of an inch of rain. There is a very light breeze from the NE with cloudy skies. The overcast clouds are at 1300 feet with visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have a high tmeperature of 50 and cloudy skies most of the day. A ten percent chance of rain is predicted with winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast to have a 100$ chance of rain late with accumulation up to a quarter inch. The low will be in the lower 40's with winds from the E at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a high of 63 and rain up to three-quarters of an inch. The winds will be from the ESE at 15 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day: scintillate; verb; (SIN-tuh-layt); to emit sparks; to throw off quick sparks

The history of scintillate begins with Latin scintilla, which means "spark." Scintilla, in turn, sparked the development of the verb scintillare, meaning "to sparkle." Scintillate is the English version of scintillare. Though it sometimes means literally "to sparkle," it more often means "to sparkle" in a figurative sense—that is, to be lively, or to perform brilliantly. Scintillate is not the only word we get from scintilla. There is also scintilla itself (used as a noun meaning "a little bit"), scintillant (an adjective describing something that scintillates), and scintillation (which, among other things, means "a brilliant outburst").

On this Day in 1913

For the first time, Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park, Michigan automobile factory is run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis–the automobile’s frame–is assembled using the revolutionary industrial technique. A motor and rope pulled the chassis past workers and parts on the factory floor, cutting the man-hours required to complete one “Model T” from 12-1/2 hours to six. Within a year, further assembly line improvements reduced the time required to 93 man-minutes. The staggering increase in productivity effected by Ford’s use of the moving assembly line allowed him to drastically reduce the cost of the Model T, thereby accomplishing his dream of making the car affordable to ordinary consumers.

In introducing the Model T in October 1908, Henry Ford proclaimed, “I will build a motor car for the great multitude.” Before then, the decade-old automobile industry generally marketed its vehicles to only the richest Americans, because of the high cost of producing the machines. Ford’s Model T was the first automobile designed to serve the needs of middle-class citizens: It was durable, economical, and easy to operate and maintain. Still, with a debut price of $850, the Model T was out of the reach of most Americans. The Ford Motor Company understood that to lower unit cost it had to increase productivity. The method by which this was accomplished transformed industry forever.

Prototypes of the assembly line can be traced back to ancient times, but the immediate precursor of Ford’s industrial technique was 19th-century meat-packing plants in Chicago and Cincinnati, where cows and hogs were slaughtered, dressed, and packed using overhead trolleys that took the meat from worker to worker. Inspired by the meat packers, the Ford Motor Company innovated new assembly line techniques and in early 1913 installed its first moving assembly line at Highland Park for the manufacture of flywheel magnetos. Instead of each worker assembling his own magneto, the assembly was divided into 29 operations performed by 29 men spaced along a moving belt. Average assembly time dropped from 20 minutes to 13 minutes and soon was down to five minutes.

With the success of the magneto experiment, Ford engineers put the Model T motor and then the transmission on moving assembly lines. On October 7, 1913, the chassis also went on the moving assembly line, so that all the major components of the Model T were being assembled using this technique. Ford rapidly improved its assembly lines, and by 1916 the price of the Model T had fallen to $360 and sales were more than triple their 1912 level. Eventually, the company produced one Model T every 24 seconds, and the price fell below $300. More than 15 million Model T’s were built before it was discontinued in 1927, accounting for nearly half of all automobiles sold in the world to that date. The affordable Model T changed the landscape of America, hastening the move from rural to city life, and the moving assembly line spurred a new industrial revolution in factories around the world.

Posted at 8 a.m.

Bite of Beaver Plus

Even without the Beaver Boodle officially not taking place, there were lots of people on the island this weekend for the Bite of Beaver and the Arts and Crafts. It was quite amazing to see the hall full of people like in the older times when there was a hall party. The people were lined up outside the door waiting to get in, and there was not enough seating for the crowd even with several tables set up on the stage.

Here is a gallery of photos taken first at the Hall and at BIC Center by Deb Bousquet

Arts and Crafts Gallery

Wild Food Gallery

Bite of Beaver Gallery

View video of all three HERE

Posted at 3 p.m., 10/6/18

Weather by Joe

October 6, 2018

Right now it is raining on Beaver Island with a temperature of 53 degrees. The rain accumulation overnight was less than one-tenth of an inch. Thelight breeze is from the west, and not registering on the wind gauge. The pressure is at 29.83 with visibility of 4 miles. The sky is overcast at 600 feet. The dewpoint is 52 and the humidity is 100%.

TODAY, it expected to rain with a 50% chance of morning showers. The high will be in the mid-50s with the wind from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. The rain is expected to stop a little after nine this morning.

TONIGHT, it is forecast with a 20% chance of rain. It will stay cloudy. Our low will be 43 degrees, and the wind will switch to the north at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for clouds, a high around 52 degrees, and winds switching to the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day: gloaming; noun; (GLOH-ming) twilight; dusk

If gloaming makes you think of tartans and bagpipes, you've got a good ear and a good eye; we picked up gloaming from the Scottish dialects of English back in the Middle Ages. The roots of the word trace to the Old English word for "twilight," glōm, which is akin to glōwan, an Old English verb meaning "to glow." In the early 1800s, English speakers looked to Scotland again and borrowed the now-archaic verb gloam, meaning "to become dusk" or "to grow dark."

On this Day in 1961:

President John F. Kennedy, speaking on civil defense, advises American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Kennedy also assured the public that the U.S. civil defense program would soon begin providing such protection for every American. Only one year later, true to Kennedy’s fears, the world hovered on the brink of full-scale nuclear war when the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted over the USSR’s placement of nuclear missiles in Cuba. During the tense 13-day crisis, some Americans prepared for nuclear war by buying up canned goods and completing last-minute work on their backyard bomb shelters.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Islanders vs Polar Bears

October 5, 2018

On a rainy, windy, and cold Friday afternoon beginning at 5 p.m., the Islander soccer team played a match against the Grand Marais Polar Bears. The Islanders were in control of the ball for most of the 80 minute, two half match. Ball control was the goal, and switching positions to give younger players a chance to score was the goal of the night. The Islanders won the game with a score of 11 goals to 4. The Polar Bear player with the number 10 on his back was fast and when he got a break away, he was difficult to stop.

View gallery one of pictures HERE

View gallery two of pictures HERE

View video of the game HERE

Posted at 9 p.m., 10/5/18

BICS Weekly Memo

October 5, 2018

Posted at 3:45 p.m., 10/5/18

Weather by Joe

October 5, 2018

The weather lady's eyes are still burning and vision is still blurred. The eye drops don't seem to be doing anything to help at this point, but we must follow the ten day regimen. On with the weather.....

Right now it is 45 degrees on Carlisle Road. The skies are cloudy with wind from the east at 3 mph with light gusts. The pressure is 30.16 with visibility of ten miles with overcast skies at 11000 feet. The dewpoint is 35 with humidity at 74%.

TODAY, it expected to have a high in the low 50's with 40% chance of morning showers. Winds will be from the ESE at 10-15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a low of 47 degrees with a 30% chance of rain with showers late. winds will be from ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a high of 57 degrees with morning showers likely at 60%. Winds are from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day: peripeteia; noun; (pair-uh-puh-TEE-uh); a sudden or unexpected reversal of circumstances or situation especially in a literary work

Peripeteia comes from Greek, in which the verb peripiptein means "to fall around" or "to change suddenly." It usually indicates a turning point in a drama after which the plot moves steadily to its denouement. In his Poetics, Aristotle describes peripeteia as the shift of the tragic protagonist's fortune from good to bad—a shift that is essential to the plot of a tragedy. The term is also occasionally used of a similar change in actual affairs. For example, in a 2006 article in The New York Times, Michael Cooper described William Weld's second term as Massachusetts' governor as "political peripeteia": it "began with a landslide victory and ended with frustrated hopes and his resignation."

On this Day:

On this day in 1947, President Harry Truman (1884-1972) makes the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans.

At the time of Truman’s food-conservation speech, Europe was still recovering from World War II and suffering from famine. Truman, the 33rd commander in chief, worried that if the U.S. didn’t provide food aid, his administration’s Marshall Plan for European economic recovery would fall apart. He asked farmers and distillers to reduce grain use and requested that the public voluntarily forgo meat on Tuesdays, eggs and poultry on Thursdays and save a slice of bread each day. The food program was short-lived, as ultimately the Marshall Plan succeeded in helping to spur economic revitalization and growth in Europe.

In 1947,television was still in its infancy and the number of TV sets in U.S. homes only numbered in the thousands (by the early 1950s, millions of Americans owned TVs); most people listened to the radio for news and entertainment. However, although the majority of Americans missed Truman’s TV debut, his speech signaled the start of a powerful and complex relationship between the White House and a medium that would have an enormous impact on the American presidency, from how candidates campaigned for the office to how presidents communicated with their constituents.

Each of Truman’s subsequent White House speeches, including his 1949 inauguration address, was televised. In 1948, Truman was the first presidential candidate to broadcast a paid political ad. Truman pioneered the White House telecast, but it was President Franklin Roosevelt who was the first president to appear on TV–from the World’s Fair in New York City on April 30, 1939. FDR’s speech had an extremely limited TV audience, though, airing only on receivers at the fairgrounds and at Radio City in Manhattan.

Posted at 8:30 a.m. (from Merriam Webster and history.com)

BIRHC Meeting Minutes

for September 22, 2018 Meeting

2018 September 22 BIRHC Rescheduled Meeting Minutes HERE

Posted at 9 p.m., 10/4/18

Transportation Authority Documents

Received and posted at 3 p.m., 10/4/18

Oct 9 2018 regular meeting agenda

Sept 18 2018 reg meeting minutes draft

Fall on Beaver Island

October 4, 2018

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Posted at 1:45 p.m., 10/4/18

Weather by Joe

October 4, 2018

Good morning, Beaver Island! Right now it is 45 degrees and windy on the island. The wind is out of the SSW gusting to more than twenty mph. The weather station says it is partly cloudy, but it is mostly cloudy out there with two layers, one at 3300 feet and another at 3000 feet. The pressure is 29.93 with visibility at ten miles. The dewpoint is 34 degrees with humidity at 64%. Before midnight, we got two and three-quarters inches of rain. After midnight, we got about one-third inch on top of that making more than three inches total.

TODAY, it expected to be in the high forties. It will be partly cloudy with wind out of the NNW. There is zero percent chance of rain, even though its looks and feels like it right now.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a low near 36 degrees. Wind will switch to the NE at 5 to 10 mph. It will remain partly cloudy.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a high in the lower 50's with a 40% chance or rain. The showers will more than likely be in the morning. Winds will be from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day: intestine; adjective; (in-TESS-tin) internal, specifically referring to the internal affairs of the state or country

We bet you thought intestine was a noun referring to a part of the digestive system! It is, of course, but naming that internal body part isn't the word's only function. Both the noun and the adjective intestine have been a part of English since the 15th century, and both trace to the Latin adjective intestinus, meaning "internal," and ultimately to intus, meaning "within." Though the adjective intestine turns up much less frequently than does its anatomical cousin, it does see occasional use, especially as a synonym for civil and domestic (in contrast to foreign) applied to wars and disturbances.

On This Day:

The Soviet Union inaugurates the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for “satellite,” was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles. Visible with binoculars before sunrise or after sunset, Sputnik transmitted radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be picked up by amateur radio operators. Those in the United States with access to such equipment tuned in and listened in awe as the beeping Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day. In January 1958, Sputnik’s orbit deteriorated, as expected, and the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere.

Officially, Sputnik was launched to correspond with the International Geophysical Year, a solar period that the International Council of Scientific Unions declared would be ideal for the launching of artificial satellites to study Earth and the solar system. However, many Americans feared more sinister uses of the Soviets’ new rocket and satellite technology, which was apparently strides ahead of the U.S. space effort. Sputnik was some 10 times the size of the first planned U.S. satellite, which was not scheduled to be launched until the next year. The U.S. government, military, and scientific community were caught off guard by the Soviet technological achievement, and their united efforts to catch up with the Soviets heralded the beginning of the “space race.”

The first U.S. satellite, Explorer, was launched on January 31, 1958. By then, the Soviets had already achieved another ideological victory when they launched a dog into orbit aboard Sputnik 2. The Soviet space program went on to achieve a series of other space firsts in the late 1950s and early 1960s: first man in space, first woman, first three men, first space walk, first spacecraft to impact the moon, first to orbit the moon, first to impact Venus, and first craft to soft-land on the moon. However, the United States took a giant leap ahead in the space race in the late ’60s with the Apollo lunar-landing program, which successfully landed two Apollo 11 astronauts on the surface of the moon in July 1969.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

St. James Special Meeting for Millage Levy

Posted at 6 p.m., 10/3/18

Update from the COA

Please find attached the October 2018 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter, a flyer outlining what is covered by the COA regarding Health Care Services both on the Mainland and on Beaver Island and a copy of the original press release that went out when the Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program was established.  Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program packets were handed out at the September 17, 2018 COA Advisory Board Meeting on Beaver Island and are available in the COA Office on Beaver Island or from the COA office on the mainland.  These packets specifically outline what services are covered under this program so there should be no confusion.  Also attached is the revised request for Letters of Interest from Snow Removal Contractors.  We were able to lower the insurance requirement and have extended the request to October 15, 2018 deadline.  This notice was sent to both Mainland and Beaver Island contractors.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

October 15, 2018 at the COA Office Building – Lower Level Conference Room at 10am

November 19, 2018 at the Boyne Area Senior Center at 10am

December 17, 2018 at the COA Office Building – Lower Level Conference Room at 10am

I will forward the 2019 meeting schedule once it has been established.  The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all of the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month.

The Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

9a-2p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday May through September.  Wednesday’s hours are 2p-7p for Wednesday Night Dinners May through September (there is not lunch or Home Delivered Meals that day).

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Hours are:
9a-2p Monday through Friday year round.  “Sunday Dinners” are once a month October through May and is actually a lunch.

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Meal Voucher Program update:

A renewal agreement has been sent to the Shamrock and the Stoney Acre Grill.  We are waiting on information from Bill McDonough to complete the renewal agreement for the Dalwhinnie before it can be sent out.  Verbally, Bill has stated he is interested in continuing to be a meal provider.  All three of these locations have been meal providers in the past.

The Area Agency on Aging, the COA and Wil from the Beaver Island School are working on getting the Beaver Island School to be part of the Meal Voucher Program meal providers.  We hope to have this up and available to the aging community ASAP and I will keep you posted as to the status of this.

NAPIS forms & Leftover Food Safety information are required to be signed annually for our Nutrition Programs per the Area Agency on Aging requirements.  We have updated the existing NAPIS forms so that if there are not any changes to a participants information, they just need to review and sign the form in lieu of completing an entire new form.  Beaver Island Meal Voucher Program participants will also need to review the COA participation rules annually and sign a participation agreement.  This way, each participant is reminded about the program rules and agrees to follow the rules.

PABI/Community Center Lease update:

The COA is waiting on the revised proposed lease from the Community Center Board as our lease agreement ending on September 30, 2018 and has now transitioned into a month to month lease until a new agreement can be agreed upon.

As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

BI In Home Reimbursement Program Press Release 2016

COA Health Care Services

CCCOA Newsletter October 2018

Revised Letters of Interest - Senior Residentail Snow Removal 2018-2019 season

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 10/3/18

Peaine Special Meeting Minutes on Tax Levy

Posted 12:30 p.m., 10/3/18

Basic Life Support CPR Scheduled

Posted 12:30 p.m., 10/3/18

Weather by Joe

October 3, 2018

Right now on Beaver Island at 7:45 a.m., it is 54 degrees. The wind is from the SSE with gusts to 5 mph. The pressure is 29.82 with visibility of 2 miles. The dewpoint is 54 degrees with humidity at 98% which could mean fog. Clouds are in layers of scattered at 1100 feet, mostly cloudy at 3400 feet, and overcast at 4200 feet. We had a quarter inch of rain.

TODAY, it is expected to rain with thundershowers rated at 100%. The high will be near seventy with winds from the S at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for strong storms and wind with a low of 45 degrees. Winds will be from the SSW at 20 to 30 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mostly sunny day with a high in the mid-50's, with wind switiching to the NNW at 20 to 30 mph.

Word of the Day: weltschmertz; noun; (VELT-shmairts) mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state; a mood of sentimental sadness

The word is often capitalized. The word weltschmerz initially came into being as a by-product of the European Romanticism movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A combining of the German words for "world" (Welt) and "pain" (Schmerz), weltschmerz aptly captures the melancholy and pessimism that often characterized the artistic expressions of the era. The term was used in German by the Romantic author Jean Paul (pseudonym of Johann Paul Friedrich Richter) in his 1827 novel Selina, but it wasn't adopted into English until the middle of the 19th century.

On this Day

At the end of a sensational trial, former football star O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. In the epic 252-day trial, Simpson’s “dream team” of lawyers employed creative and controversial methods to convince jurors that Simpson’s guilt had not been proved “beyond a reasonable doubt,” thus surmounting what the prosecution called a “mountain of evidence” implicating him as the murderer.

Orenthal James Simpson–a Heisman Trophy winner, star running back with the Buffalo Bills, and popular television personality–married Nicole Brown in 1985. He reportedly regularly abused his wife and in 1989 pleaded no contest to a charge of spousal battery. In 1992, she left him and filed for divorce. On the night of June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were stabbed and slashed to death in the front yard of Mrs. Simpson’s condominium in Brentwood, Los Angeles. By June 17, police had gathered enough evidence to charge O.J. Simpson with the murders.

Simpson had no alibi for the time frame of the murders. Some 40 minutes after the murders were committed, a limousine driver sent to take Simpson to the airport saw a man in dark clothing hurrying up the drive of his Rockingham estate. A few minutes later, Simpson spoke to the driver though the gate phone and let him in. During the previous 25 minutes, the driver had repeatedly called the house and received no answer.

A single leather glove found outside Simpson’s home matched a glove found at the crime scene. In preliminary DNA tests, blood found on the glove was shown to have come from Simpson and the two victims. After his arrest, further DNA tests would confirm this finding. Simpson had a wound on his hand, and his blood was a DNA match to drops found at the Brentwood crime scene. Nicole Brown Simpson’s blood was discovered on a pair of socks found at the Rockingham estate. Simpson had recently purchased a “Stiletto” knife of the type the coroner believed was used by the killer. Shoe prints in the blood at Brentwood matched Simpson’s shoe size and later were shown to match a type of shoe he had owned. Neither the knife nor shoes were found by police.

On June 17, a warrant was put out for Simpson’s arrest, but he refused to surrender. Just before 7 p.m., police located him in a white Ford Bronco being driven by his friend, former teammate Al Cowlings. Cowlings refused to pull over and told police over his cellular phone that Simpson was suicidal and had a gun to his head. Police agreed not to stop the vehicle by force, and a low-speed chase ensued. Los Angeles news helicopters learned of the event unfolding on their freeways, and live television coverage began. As millions watched, the Bronco was escorted across Los Angeles by a phalanx of police cars. Just before 8 p.m., the dramatic journey ended when Cowlings pulled into the Rockingham estate. After an hour of tense negotiation, Simpson emerged from the vehicle and surrendered. In the vehicle was found a travel bag containing, among other things, Simpson’s passport, a disguise kit consisting of a fake moustache and beard, and a revolver. Three days later, Simpson appeared before a judge and pleaded not guilty.

Simpson’s subsequent criminal trial was a sensational media event of unprecedented proportions. It was the longest trial ever held in California, and courtroom television cameras captured the carnival-like atmosphere of the proceedings. The prosecution’s mountain of evidence was systemically called into doubt by Simpson’s team of expensive attorneys, who made the dramatic case that their client was framed by unscrupulous and racist police officers. Citing the questionable character of detective Mark Fuhrman and alleged blunders in the police investigation, defense lawyers painted Simpson as yet another African American victim of the white judicial system. The jurors’ reasonable doubt grew when the defense spent weeks attacking the damning DNA evidence, arguing in overly technical terms that delays and other anomalies in the gathering of evidence called the findings into question. Critics of the trial accused Judge Lance Ito of losing control of his courtroom.

In polls, a majority of African Americans believed Simpson to be innocent of the crime, while white America was confident of his guilt. However, the jury–made up of nine African Americans, two whites, and one Hispanic–was not so divided; they took just four hours of deliberation to reach the verdict of not guilty on both murder charges. On October 3, 1995, an estimated 140 million Americans listened in on radio or watched on television as the verdict was delivered.

In February 1997, Simpson was found liable for several charges related to the murders in a civil trial and was forced to award $33.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the victims’ families. However, with few assets remaining after his long and costly legal battle, he has avoided paying the damages.

In 2007, Simpson ran into legal problems once again when he was arrested for breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room and taking sports memorabilia, which he claimed had been stolen from him, at gunpoint. On October 3, 2008, he was found guilty of 12 charges related to the incident, including armed robbery and kidnapping, and sentenced to 33 years in prison.

A Lazy Day Off

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 10/2/18

New Winner in Forest View Raffle

The previous winner had decided that the vacation raffle was not needed for themselves, so they asked that another person be drawn for the vacation options. Greg Lawson won the trip during a drawing on Friday at Stoney Acre at 7 p.m. Thank you to all who purchased the tickets for the support of Forest View.

Posted at 3:45 p.m. 10/2/18

Michigan Oddities and Rarities

Presentation by Ron Rademacher

October 11, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 10/2/18

What Did You Say 41

By Joe Moore

My heart is especially heavy this morning, but no one died.  No one has been injured.  It’s nothing like that, but it still makes me sad.
One friendship has died, and this friendship is bringing down others and putting them in the sludge of the septic tank.  It hurts when I think about the many times we shared campouts and brotherhood.  It hurts when I think about the many times that I volunteered to help.  It hurts when I remember the multiple times that I provided emergency medical care and transport to this person’s parents.  It hurts when I think of the times in the last year where I was left out of memorial services for my closest friends.  It hurts when I think about the lost opportunity to help a family when they were grieving.

Read the rest of the story HERE

3:15 p.m., 10/2/18

Weather by Joe

October 2, 2018

We are off the island today for a doctor's appointment, trying to get Phyllis some relief for her eye issues. Hold tight and make sure the island doesn't drift away on us, so we'll have a home to come back to. On with the weather....

Right now on Beaver Island it is 51 degrees. The pressure is 30.01 with visibility of ten miles. It is overcast at 1300 feet. The dewpoint is 48 degrees and the humidity is 88%. We had just less than a half an inch of rain.

TODAY it is expected to have a high of the mid-50'a and clouds this morning with sunshine in the afternoon. Winds will be from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a low of 47 with chance of showers late with a 50% chance of rain. Winds will switch to the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a high of 67 degrees with thundershowers and wind. This gives a 90% chance of rain, and winds will switch to the south at 20 to 30 mph.

Word of the Day: cloister; verb; (KLOY-ster) to seclude from the world; to surround with a cloister

Cloister first entered the English language as a noun in the 13th century; it referred then (as it still does) to a convent or monastery. More than three centuries later, English speakers began using the verb cloister to mean "to seclude in or as if in a cloister." Today, the noun can also refer to the monastic life or to a covered and usually arched passage along or around a court. You may also encounter cloistered with the meaning "surrounded with a covered passage," as in "cloistered gardens." Cloister ultimately derives from the Latin verb claudere, meaning "to close."

On this Day

On this day in 1985, actor Rock Hudson, 59, becomes the first major U.S. celebrity to die of complications from AIDS. Hudson’s death raised public awareness of the epidemic, which until that time had been ignored by many in the mainstream as a “gay plague.”

Hudson, born Leroy Harold Scherer Jr., on November 17, 1925, in Winnetka, Illinois, was a Hollywood heartthrob whose career in movies and TV spanned nearly three decades. With leading-man good looks, Hudson starred in numerous dramas and romantic comedies in the 1950s and 60s, including Magnificent Obsession, Giant and Pillow Talk. In the 1970s, he found success on the small screen with such series as McMillan and Wife. To protect his macho image, Hudson’s off-screen life as a gay man was kept secret from the public.

In 1984, while working on the TV show Dynasty, Hudson was diagnosed with AIDS. On July 25, 1985, he publicly acknowledged he had the disease at a hospital in Paris, where he had gone to seek treatment. The news that Hudson, an international icon, had AIDS focused worldwide attention on the disease and helped change public perceptions of it.

The first cases of AIDS were reported in 1981 and the earliest victims were gay men who often faced public hostility and discrimination. As scientists and health care officials called for funding to combat the disease, they were largely ignored by President Ronald Reagan and his administration. Rock Hudson was a friend of Reagan’s and his death was said to have changed the president’s view of the disease. However, Reagan was criticized for not addressing the issue of AIDS in a major public speech until 1987; by that time, more than 20,000 Americans had already died of the disease and it had spread to over 100 countries. By 2006, the AIDS virus had killed 25 million people worldwide and infected 40 million others.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Sample Ballots for November Election

Sample Ballot for St James Township HERE

Sample Ballot for Peaine Township HERE

Weekly BICS Update Memo

View memo HERE

Posted at 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Delbert Belfy

by Dick Burris

Dr. Delbert Belfy:
Back problems started for me when I was sixteen. Though the years I have had visits to osteopathic doctors. Tossing pairs of full ten gallon milk cans on the milk truck could have started it.

Anyway through the years my back would go out, and I learned if I wore heavy clothes to keep me warm and laid block to tire out, and relax the muscles that were pulling at my spine, and sweat it out, the pain would go away. This therapy worked many times through my working years.

When moving to the island in "1971" there were a lot of fireplaces and stone work to do and very little block to lay. Maybe a little over a year later, back problems returned, and young Dr. Sundara worked on it, and prescribed "darvon" for the pain. Finally the back problems caused a ruptured disc, and I was considering surgery.

I was wishing for a block job to do for my improvised cure, when I received a call from Charlevoix; Delbert Belfy offered me a job laying block cuz his block layer wasn't keeping up. I jumped at the chance, and told him about the back problem, and that I could still lay block anyway. So he told me to come over and he would meet me at the boat.

I arrived in Charlevoix, and came off the boat shuffling down the ramp to meet Delbert. He said later that he wondered what he had done hiring a cripple like this to lay block! But later that afternoon, I and his elderly Mason finished the basement job, I had laid 400 that afternoon.

The next day we poured a garage slab, and it started to sprinkle, so Delbert and I troweled it beneath a poly tarp.

I was staying in a house trailer Del's son was in. A huge crawlspace job came up, and Del wanted to start framing the next week on it, so he told the crew they would have to finish it that weekend. Ron told me that the crew wanted the weekend off; So I told him that if they had the block and mortar constantly in place on Friday, that tomorrow we can complete the job, and they would have the weekend off.

The "tomorrow" was Friday; the crew swung into action, seeing that everything was perfect for me to do the black laying. Delbert went along with the proposed (one day project), and also started spreading the bed joints ahead of me; which worked fine for the first 200 block, then his wrist gave out so that didn't stop us. I was popping "Darvons" all day to ease the pain, along with my extra clothes for the self proclaimed therapy. By around six o'clock we finished the (1262 block), and cleaned up. The crew had the weekend off as promised.

Danny Gillespie from an island family, was one of the crew, along with the Belfy's that also lived on the island.. Needless to say this story went all over the island. Therefore, I can tell this story without it being deemed a liar .

Delbert has since told me many times that he should have charged me for the therapy of repairing my ruptured disk; which "I guess" it did, for actually, that did the repair,and never has bothered me since.

No Beaver Boodle This Year

The Beaver Boodle will not be held this year, but those walkers who enjoyed the event are planning to meet at the beach parking lot @10:30 to walk the 5K donning our Beaver Boodle shirts from previous years with donations to the Sports Boosters, optional. Newcomers are welcome, too.  

Posted at 11:15 a.m.

Good & Plenty

by Frank D'Andraia

The  licorice confection called Good & Plenty, is an appropriate way to describe what is in store for those attending the 2018 Bite of Beaver Festival.  All available space at the Bite’s food hall, Holy Cross Church Hall, sold out on September 21. There will be 13 food and drink vendors on October 6th, 50% more than in 2001!

If you are an Islander, know that many of your favorite purveyors will again be setting up tables at the Bite, such as Josh Runnberg from the Circle M, Tammy McDonough of Dalwhinnie, and Dale and Terry Keyes from the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop.  The members of the Holy Cross Church Altar Society are again preparing savory meatballs, the Women’s Circle of the Christian Church are dishing up a variety heavenly desserts and the Wellness Center Gardners and Friends are offering up a splendid table of garden fresh salads.  Members of the BI Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors and hosts the event, are planning to ladle homemade soup and the Community Schools sport booster group, which is participating for the first time, plan to whip up meat and vegan chiles. Other first time participants include the Bocce Tournament organizers, who are featuring a variety of breads that will go nicely with chile, soup or salad, and the Beaver Island Historical Society, which is preparing flavorful tacos. Ann Woodring is making her third appearance at the Bite and will again offer her successful recipe for seafood mac and cheese, plus custom cupcakes. Bite newcomers Elizabeth Janovic and Carol Kuhnke are preparing fattoush, Turkish meatballs, hummus and tzatziki --both served with toasted pita-- as well as homemade caramels.  Patrick McGinnity is offering to quench your thirst with an IPA made from Island grown hops, as well as a smooth porter. For those under 21 or those seeking a non alcoholic libations, pop, water and cider will also be available for purchase at the Paradise Bay Coffee Shop Table.

In addition to the food hall, the Bite offers attendees the opportunity to purchase arts and crafts at the BIC Center from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Bite Co-Chairs are Marijean Pike and Frank D’Andraia.  Pike said: “The Bite of Beaver helps to promote the Island as a visitor destination during the shoulder season and livens up main street for residents.  The Bite is the perfect event for a family to spend their Saturday!” D’Andraia added, “Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Paul Cole, the new Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, as well as have an opportunity to win cash when a dozen lottery tickets are given away at random at 1:00pm.”  The Bite of Beaver, Saturday October 6th, good food and plenty of food and arts, crafts and fun for all. Hope to see you there!

Charlevoix County Offers to Purchase Southhead Lighthouse on Beaver Island

Read Petoskey News-Review Article HERE

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 10/1/18

Weather by Joe

October 1, 2018

The weather lady got up just now and took the barking dogs outside. I wonder what woke me up.

Right now here on Carlisle Road, it is 45 degrees with partly cloudy skies. There is varely a breath of breeze. The humidity is 91% with visibility of ten miles. The pressure is 30.26 with overcast clouds at 11,000 feet.

TODAY, it is expected to have a high of 56 degrees with 100% chance of rain in the afternoon. The wind will be from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for an 80% chance of rain with showers early in the evening. The low will be in the mid-40's. Winds will switch to the E at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for highs in the mid-50s, cloudy, and the winds will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day: manifesto; noun; (man-uh-FESS-toh) a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer

Manifesto is related to manifest, which occurs in English as a noun, verb, and adjective. Of these, the adjective, which means "readily perceived by the senses," is oldest, dating to the 14th century. Both manifest and manifesto derive ultimately from the Latin noun manus ("hand") and -festus, a combining form of uncertain meaning that is also found in the Latin adjective infestus ("hostile"), an ancestor of the English infest. Something that is manifest is easy to perceive or recognize, and a manifesto is a statement in which someone makes his or her intentions or views easy for people to ascertain. Perhaps the most well-known statement of this sort is the Communist Manifesto, written in 1848 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to outline the platform of the Communist League.

On this day in 1890, Yosemite National Park Established.

On this day in 1890, an act of Congress creates Yosemite National Park, home of such natural wonders as Half Dome and the giant sequoia trees. Environmental trailblazer John Muir (1838-1914) and his colleagues campaigned for the congressional action, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison and paved the way for generations of hikers, campers and nature lovers, along with countless “Don’t Feed the Bears” signs.

Native Americans were the main residents of the Yosemite Valley, located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, until the 1849 gold rush brought thousands of non-Indian miners and settlers to the region. Tourists and damage to Yosemite Valley’s ecosystem followed. In 1864, to ward off further commercial exploitation, conservationists convinced President Abraham Lincoln to declare Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias a public trust of California. This marked the first time the U.S. government protected land for public enjoyment and it laid the foundation for the establishment of the national and state park systems. Yellowstone became America’s first national park in 1872.

In 1889, John Muir discovered that the vast meadows surrounding Yosemite Valley, which lacked government protection, were being overrun and destroyed by domestic sheep grazing. Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson, a fellow environmentalist and influential magazine editor, lobbied for national park status for the large wilderness area around Yosemite Valley. On October 1 of the following year, Congress set aside over 1,500 square miles of land (about the size of Rhode Island) for what would become Yosemite National Park, America’s third national park. In 1906, the state-controlled Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove came under federal jurisdiction with the rest of the park.

Yosemite’s natural beauty is immortalized in the black-and-white landscape photographs of Ansel Adams (1902-1984), who at one point lived in the park and spent years photographing it. Today, over 3 million people get back to nature annually at Yosemite and check out such stunning landmarks as the 2,425-foot-high Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest waterfalls; rock formations Half Dome and El Capitan, the largest granite monolith in the U.S.; and the three groves of giant sequoias, the world’s biggest trees.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

October 2018

Posted at 8:15 p.m., 9/30/18

52 Lists for Happiness Project #40

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 9/20/18

Mass from Holy Cross Church

September 29 and 30, 2018

Seven viewers saw the live stream of Mass from Holy Cross Church on Saturday and Sunday this week. Although this is a much lower number than the ordination service last September, it shows enough interest to continue the live stream of this service. Seven people, each day, who were not able to physically attend Mass, were able to view it. This is the entire reason for the live streaming service.

Anyway, the services this weekend were offiated by Father Mathew Cowan, who was raised in Petoskey and is now in the Lake City area. He filled in this weekend due to Father Jim Siler's trip to Croatia. There will be another visiting officiant for next weekend, but now weekday services.

The reader on Saturday was Audrey Biehlman. The reader on Sunday was Patrick Nugent. Father Mathew sang parts of the service including some of the prayers, and the choir sang several of the Mass parts. On Saturday, Pam O'Brien lead the choir, and on Sunday, Phil Becker was the leader. Organist was Joe Moore.

Audrey Biehlman.........Father Mathew

........Patrick Nugent..........Father Mathew.....................Reading Announcements

View video of the service HERE

Posted at 6:30 p.m.

Islands Expected to Ratify Alliance Charter

BEAVER ISLAND — Building on the success of 2017’s inaugural Great Lakes Islands Summit on Beaver Island, this year’s conference Oct. 1-2 on Madeline Island, with participating island communities in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Province of Ontario, will give formal structure to what began three years ago as an intra-island information exchange.

Representatives from 14 populated islands, stretching east from Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence River, have set in motion an alliance to meet challenges of Great Lakes Island life and their unique economies. A variety of experts will discuss affordable housing, health services, sustainable energy, environmental management and economic development. The Great Lakes Islands Alliance will also discuss and are expected to most likely ratify a charter for the new alliance along with the expectations of a 2018/19 program of work.

“People talked about a charter last year to offer a greater structure,” said Robert Anderson of the Beaver Island Association.

Over the last three years, the formation of Great Lakes Island Alliance has advanced through the assistance of partners who are expected to attend in support of the alliance. Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, Maine’s Island Institute, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the critical administrative and communication assistance of Northland College’s Center for Rural Communities have created a powerful framework data driven information exchange, and cooperation among an increasingly large coalition of Great Lakes Islands.

“We are able to learn from each other and benefit from one another’s experiences,” Anderson said. When speaking of island life, he continued, “It’s a neat experience. Everyone thinks that they are completely unique. Although we are different sizes and have different distances, when we sit down at the table, we share a lot of common interests and adversities.”

Beaver Island is sending a delegation of 13 individuals to the meeting. They represent a broad section of organizational and municipal leaders.

This year’s conference will also present keynote speaker, Peter Annin, author, journalist, teacher and director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation.Annin authored, “The Great Lakes Water Wars,” the definitive work on the forces and controversies at the heart of Great Lakes water diversion.

Sponsors of the conference include Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Apostle Islands Community Fund, Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce and Madeline Island Ferry Line. To learn more about the GLIA and the upcoming meeting, visit greatlakesislandsalliance.org.

The Beaver Island Association represents the combined interests of our membership on issues that affect the fundamental character and beauty of Beaver Island. Working with other island organizations, local government and mainland interests, we strive to support both environmental and economic sustainability on our island home. For more information, visit www.beaverislandassocation.org.

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 9/30/18

Christian Church Bulletin

September 30, 2018

Donald Pischner Passed Away

Know by many as Uncle Donnie, he passed away recently. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

BIESA Special Meeting

September 25, 2018

The purpose of this special meeting was the discussion of the millages needed financially by the fire department and the emergency medical service. The meeting was called ot order at 3 p.m. The minutes of the meeting are available at the link below.

Minutes of special meeting HERE

New Bicycle Passing Law Goes into Effect

257.636.amended Overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in same direction; limitations, exceptions, and special rules; overtaking a bicycle proceeding in same direction; violation as civil infraction.

Sec. 636.

(1) The following rules govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations, exceptions, and special rules stated in sections 637 to 643a:

(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a safe distance to the left of that vehicle, and when safely clear of the overtaken vehicle shall take up a position as near the right-hand edge of the main traveled portion of the highway as is practicable.

(b) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

(2) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a safe distance of at least 3 feet to the left of that bicycle or, if it is impracticable to pass the bicycle at a distance of 3 feet to the left, at a safe distance to the left of that bicycle at a safe speed, and when safely clear of the overtaken bicycle shall take up a position as near the right-hand edge of the main traveled portion of the highway as is practicable.

(3) Notwithstanding section 640, if it is safe to do so, the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction may overtake and pass the bicycle in a no-passing zone.

(4) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.

Posted at 5 p.m., 9/28/18

Waste Management Committee Seeks At-Large Members

September 28, 2018

View posting HERE

Deadline is October 8, 2018.

Posted at 4:30 p.m.

Stoney Acre to Upgrade Kitchen

September 28, 2018

As posted on the beaverislandforum, Stoney Acre's kitchen is closing with tonight's dinner being the last for a few weeks. Remodeling the kitchen is the reason given in the post. All will look forward to the improvements and the re-opening of the Stoney kitchen. Some will miss the senior meals available at Stoney Acres with the only senior dinners available for a few weeks being at the Shamrock. The Pub will still be open from 4 p.m. until closing.

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 9/28/18

Phragmites Public Meeting

Peaine & St. James Townships will host a Public Meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 9:00 A.M. at the Peaine Township Hall, 36825 King's Highway on Beaver Island. The purpose of the Public Meeting is to review herbicide control of documented non-native Phragmites infestations on private and public lands. Herbicide application will occur along the Great Lakes shoreline and interior wetlands of Beaver Island from October 3rd through October 5th. Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet Counties Cooperative Weed Management Area (C.A.K.E. CISMA) is the professional certified herbicide applicator and will be present to answer questions. For further information contact: Pam Grassmick (231)448-2314

Posted 3:30 p.m., 9/28/18

Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

by Gail Kloss, Executive Director

Let’s stop asking why survivors don’t come forward

It’s a worn out question: why would someone choose to not report a sexual assault?  This question has been asked repeatedly in our nation, in our own beautiful northern Michigan communities and within our daily lives, but it only serves to silence survivors.  The simple answer is that our society choses to question, doubt and blame instead of support survivors by taking them seriously, treating them with respect and dignity and ensuring they have access to services to help them in their healing journey. 

Beyond examining how our culture treats survivors when they do come forward, we need to address the question from the survivors’ perspective.  Below are the most significant reasons sexual assault survivors do not come forward (adapted from writings by Beverly Engle, a psychotherapist and best-selling author on the issues of domestic abuse and sexual assault):

  1. Shame is at the core of the intense emotional wounding women and men experience when they are sexually violated.  Shame makes people feel unworthy, isolated, they turn inward because they feel unworthy to be around others.  When society accuses survivors of causing the harassment/assault with statements that question what they were wearing and if they had too much to drink, the shame is compounded.
  2. Denial that the harassment or assault was actually abusive, they try to minimize it and put it behind them.  They also think they are the only one to be harassed/victimized by the perpetrator and until they hear of someone else’s similar experience, realize the person is a serial abuser.
  3. Fear of the consequences of disclosing harassment/assault is a real obstacle for survivors: fear of losing their job, fear they won’t find another job, fear they’ll be passed over for a promotion, fear of losing credibility, fear of being branded a troublemaker, fear of being ostracized in their industry, fear of public humiliation, fear of their physical safety; fear they won’t be believed, fear they’ll be blamed, fear they’ll be judged, fear there won’t be enough evidence, fear of reliving it.  Finally, if they overcome these fears and speak out, will it even matter?


If we are to move forward we have to change.  That means changing the questions we ask to shift our focus from the survivor to the perpetrator.  Instead, let us offer survivors compassion, encouragement, support and choices in their quest of justice and healing.

Sexual assault disclosures will continue to occur, as long as sexual assault exists.  There will come a time when you know the alleged perpetrator, or perhaps the survivor, as someone in the community or someone close to you.  Are you ready to respond with support and openness that validates the survivor and shows this behavior is wrong?  Are you ready to hold offenders accountable?  Are you ready to be part of the solution in ending violence against women?

How will you respond, who will you choose to stand with, and what will you choose to stand for?  Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan stands with survivors. 

For immediate help or information, call the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s 24-hour crisis and information line at (231) 347-0082 or (800) 275-1995.

David Chandler Obituary

David Lee Chandler

1948 - 2018
David Lee Chandler Obituary
David Lee Chandler

Beaver Island - David Lee Chandler, age 70, passed away the morning of Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He left this world peacefully surrounded by his wife Trisha and Sister-in-law Mary. David was born February 11, 1948 in Detroit, MI to James Keenan and Marie Teresa (Gonzales/Weeks-Capron) Chandler who predeceased him. David grew up in Detroit and moved with his family to Dimondale, MI and Lansing, MI. In 1966 he was drafted into the United States Army and spent two years in the Vietnam Campaign defending his country with honor. After the war, David created various successful businesses which brought him to Northern Michigan. In 1986 he met his wife Trisha in Florida and they were married the following year in Switzerland. David and Trisha moved to Gaylord, MI where he worked as a Sales Representative for Home Health Care Services. David was very passionate about his job and enjoyed supporting patients and their families with health care equipment. After the onset of his illness, David and Trisha decided to build their retirement home at their treasured place of Beaver Island, MI.

David was well known for his outgoing personality and for always having a special story to tell. He enjoyed boating trips with family and friends on the Great Lakes, family vacations abroad, golfing, and supporting the local community by joining the Gaylord Elks Organization. A few of his cherished community services included building the "Elk Float" for local parades, growing pumpkins for the Gaylord Elk's Pumpkin Patch, and the Elk's food stand during Alpenfest week. David's charisma and charm made him larger than life and we will all carry his special touch deep in our hearts.

David is survived by his wife Trisha, his sons Jason (Jamie) Gooding. Christopher (Kelly) Chandler, Severin and Marcell Chandler, his siblings Carol Telford-Stahlmann, James (Mary) Chandler, Jeff (Tracy) Weeks, 5 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, his extended family of his wife in Switzerland and countless friends.

Upon David's wishes, he was cremated and will be honored with a Memorial Mass on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Cathedral, 606 N. Ohio, Gaylord, MI. Burial will take place on Memorial Weekend 2019 on Beaver Island MI. Further details will follow for this event. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to AMVETS Post 46, P.O. Box 319, Beaver Island MI 49782 or Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC), 37304 King's Highway, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
Published in Lansing State Journal on Sept. 28, 2018

Posted at 10 a.m., 9/28/18

Emerald Ash Borer Ban Repealed

The MDARD firewood quarantine on Beaver Island has been rescinded.  Residents and travelers are still highly discouraged from moving firewood 

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a press release announcing the repeal of the Michigan Interior Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine effective Monday, October 1, 2018.

The press release can be viewed by clicking here.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you.

Best regards,

John M. Bedford

Pest Response Program Specialist

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development 

Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division

Posted at 2 p.m., 9/27/18



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Don Meister Information

As mentioned previously, Don Meister passed away. The following information came from Judi Meister:

Burial will take place on Garden Island where Don will be buried in the Native American cemetery,

A Celebration of Life gathering will take place on Monday, October 8, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Join us for a time of food, fellowship, and sharing stories of Don's life.

An obituary will be posted at a later date.

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 9/17/18

From the District Library

Posted at 1 p.m., 9/27/18

Community Immunization Clinic

October 18, 2018

11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

at Beaver Island Community School

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 9/27/18

Voice from the Past

by Joe Moore

When I clicked on a link that was posted on facebook, I was astounded to here a familiar voice from the historical past, not so long ago. It was amazing to hear the voice of these people once again. This is from the public radio in Interlochen, and the recording brought back some interesting memories. Thanks go to the poster on facebook.

Listen to the radio interview HERE

The interview includes Skip Duhamel in the interview on public radio

Listen to the BINN copy of the Interview HERE


Permission obtained from family and Interlochen Public Radio

Posted at 11:15 a.m.

Gull Island - Scary Trip

by Dick Burris

Gull Island - Scary Trip
By Dick Burris

Archie LaFreniere used to give me a "heads up" on the arrival of some diver friends, so that I could arrange to take them on dive trips. John VanHaver, brought his friends to the island with him, Names from left to right of the pie: John VanHaver, Tom Pletcher, Dennis Gankema, and  Mike Gibson.

They had spotted a shipwreck on their flight to the island, near Cheyenne Point, and had a land range for the search. So we cruised down there with all of their dive gear, and made a few passes in the vicinity. Quite quickly the sounder showed an image, and the grapnel anchor that was dragging from the stern brought us to an abrupt stop. This may be the Shipwreck "Tracy" that was never found.  It was a nice sunny day, and they had a fun dive. The Tracy was the schooner that used to ship the maple products to the mainland, from the "Maple Block Co." via rail to Iron Ore Bay where a tramway was constructed to load the ship.

The next trip the following day was more eventful.  There was a storm predicted for that day; and I told them there was a possibility that we might spend several hours in the lee of an island if things were to get too rough. They assured me that they had experienced bad weather before, and they had to leave the island the next day.

So off we went on a "twenty-some" mile trip to the shipwreck "Sunnyside" off the north end of Gull lsland . The sea was running about three foot most of the trip to the shipwreck, which made one of the divers seasick.

When we arrived, all but the seasick one suited up and went into the water; I stayed aboard and tried to keep the seasick guy busy to keep his mind off the problem. In the short time (about one hour) the sea really started kicking up, and was now about five foot waves. I handed the seasick hand a lifebuoy with a rope tied to it, and told to throw it at the first one to surface, and drag him in.

We dragged the first one aboard, later came another with a big piece of wreck-wood; I told him to just drop it, and get in, that it wouldn't stay on the boat anyway in that sea. When all were on board we weighed anchor and headed back to Beaver Island.

By that time it was REALLY rough; and the (20 foot long)"Burr-ls-Bell" wallowed back through a green sea. The winds were now 55 miles per hour. It was really choppy between the islands with different currents running. I looked out the starboard window, nothing but green, then the port window, still green; my boat buddies’ faces also green.

There was no way I could leave the wheel; so I asked if someone would reach below and hand me a beer; That's when someone replied, "Raaalph!!." Anyway the beer was good for a dry -mouth situation. We were doing well in the open sea, so just kept going until we were back at the dock.

It was like August, and the windows were all steamed up. One of the guys took his finger and wrote backwards in the windshield "HELP!"

Two of them, now laughing, kissed the dock. "All's well that ends well."

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 9/26/18

What Did You Say 58

By Joe Moore

There is a really sad day coming when we have to say goodbye to a really very nice lady.  Some of my memories of this lady go way back, almost twenty years.  She was one of the first adults that took a medical first responder class at the Beaver Island Community School when I was teaching it as part of the Health Education program.  The first semester of the program was a regular health class which included sex education.  The second semester was a State of Michigan approved medical first responder program for high school students. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 9/26/18

Peaine Special Meeting

on millage levies on 9/26/18

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 9/26/18

Great MyNorth Article on Beaver Island Vacation

View the story Here

How to the Best Beaver Island Vacation

By Lissa Edwards on September 25, 2018

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 9/26/18

Video Report for September

by Joe Moore

The the posting of the single video on facebook of gale force winds had 211 view by facebook individuals and was shared by four others. This video had over a thousand views through Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The second most popular video was the Thank-You video of the Island Airways flight with close to 1100 views. in addition Noisy Fox Lake clip had almost 1000 views, and the Preparation for the 5K video had over 900 views.

The live stream viewing jumped up also in the month of September with 168 unique IP addresses viewing 308 events shown during a live stream. Some of these IP addresses viewed more than one event. The order of the location of viewers is shown here: Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Arizona, and from six other states. The top two locations were Munising and Beaver Island, with Marquette and Petoskey next in line.

492 unique IP's viewed video for Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV, viewing 2334 video clips, using 103.8 GB of bandwidth for this month of September. Of recent video, forty individuals viewed video of the Rescheduled BIRHC Board Meeting.

Updated at 4 p.m., 10/1/18

BIC Center Hours

Off season hours:

COA Services are available from 9am - 2pm M-F

BICC / WVBI services including:  Kubota Ticket Sales business 
operations from the Director:  1-5pm M-F

Pickleball:  9am-Noon Tuesday - Friday

Arthritis Exercise:  Tuesday and Friday 10-11am

Open all day Saturday with Concessions, hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and 
more, with movies at 3pm and 7pm.  Hours every saturday 9-9

Closed Sunday.

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 9/25/18



BICS Volleyball and Soccer Schedules

Soccer Schedule.

.Volleyball Schedule

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 8/23/18

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule


Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates

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

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


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

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

October 2018

Christian Church Bulletin

September 30, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

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