B. I. News on the 'Net, October 12-17, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 19, 2015

Mother Nature is so fickle...yesterday cold, today much warmer. Right now it's 51° and very windy with clear skies over the island. Lots of stars twinkling down on us. Wind is at 21 mph from the south with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 74%, pressure is falling from 1017 mb, and visibility is at 10 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Scattered rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs around 60°. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph decreasing to 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph after midnight. Although the forecast says scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, I'm thinking they are going to miss us (fingers crossed).

On this date of October 19, 18?14 - In Baltimore, MD, the first documented performance of "The Defence of Fort McHenry" with music took place at the Holliday Street Theatre. The work was later published under the title "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Did you know that the bigger the orange the sweeter sweeter it is?

Word of the day: mawkish (MAW-kish) which means 1) charac-terized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin. 2) hav-ing a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating. Mawkish entered English in the late 1600s from the now-obsolete word mawk meaning "maggot."

Petroqueen Maiden Voyage

Bud Martin's Shamrock tug and the new fuel barge Petroqueen entered Paradise Bay tonight, October 18, 2015, at about 5 p.m. This was the first true fuel voyage, and it had been delayed by government paperwork for months.

The Petroqueen herself was awaiting the arrival of the fuel barge with her cousin.

The Petroqueen had quite a load based upon the depth of the barge in the water.

Video of the Petroqueen's arrival in Paradise Bay


Islanders Soccer Team At Tournament

The Islanders Soccer team flew off the island at 8 a.m. on October 17, 2015, and headed to the soccer tournament on Mackinaw Island. This is the Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament @ Mackinac Island. Beaver Island won one game and lost one game in this tournament. Beaver Island won one game 4 to 1. Beaver Island lost to Hannahville 4-0. (Pictures and video by Deb Bousquet)

The Islanders returned to the island before the tournament was over, cold and tired, but satisfied that they had done their best in this tournament. Congratulations, Islanders! The community is proud of your efforts and your sportsmanship!

View video of the games HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 18, 2015

Clear skies this morning from my back deck. Could see Orion marching past with no problem. It's 37° with a wind chill of 32°. Wind is ranging from 7 mph to 10 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 80%, pressure is rising from 1029 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Partly sunny with scattered snow showers. Highs in the mid 40s. 50% chance of snow. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 45 mph after midnight.

On this date of October 18, 1867 - The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).

Did you know that mapping is older than writing?

Word of the day: haplography (hap-LOG-uh-fee) which means the accidental omission of a letter or letter group that should be repeated in writing, as in Missippi for Mississippi.

Waste Management Meeting Canceled

The meeting scheduled for Tuesday Oct 20th is cancelled.

A Beautiful Tribute

Today, October 17, 2015, the communities, on Beaver Island and Escanaba, said goodbye to a wonderful man. LaDonis Mooney's funeral was at 11 a.m. with a full Holy Cross Church. After the Mass, a graveside service took place at the Holy Cross Cemetary. This was followed by a wonderful luncheon at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

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Sheri's Lyrics

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by Cindy Ricksgers

BIA Posts Letter About Healthcare on Beaver Island

After extensive research, interviews, and many discussions, the Beaver Island Association has posted a letter on their website related to healthcare on Beaver Island. While possibly upsetting to some people on the island, it is obvious that a lot of hard work that went into this. This letter was addressed to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board, the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority, and the two township boards.

The BIA has completed some specific activites in the summer season which included the "Thank You to First Responders" and the Maine Islands Institute. The BIA has been working to get information about many aspects of the island, as well as attempting to gather information about other islands and how these other islands have handled some of the same issues. Whether you agree with the letter's content or not, the hard work deserves accolades.

Read the letter from the BIA website HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 17, 2015

Yuppers, it's a tad crisp this morning at 36° with a wind chill of 30°, wind is at 7 mph from the north northwest with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 1026 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Just a bit invigorating. Today: Widespread snow showers and rain showers. Total daytime snow accumulation up to one inche. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Numerous rain showers and snow showers. Total nighttime snow accumulation up to one inche. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Bundle up and make sure your outdoor critters are comfortable.

On this date of October 17, 1888 - The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" was released at newsstands.

Did you know that an office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet?

Word of the day: oneiric (oh-NAHY-rik) which means of or relating to dreams. Oneiric comes from the Greek word óneiros meaning "dream" and the suffix -ic, which forms adjectives from loanwords from Greek and Latin, as in metallic and poetic. It entered English in the 1850s.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 16, 2015

Yup, it's fall. The island is wearing calico, or at least that's what it looks like when you fly over. All the various shades - yellows, oranges, reds, browns, and of course, the green from all the pines. Right now it's 42°, and with the wind, it feels like 34°. Wind is at 17 mph from the northwest with gusts to 26 mph, humidity is at 80%, pressure is rising from 1019 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Numerous rain showers in the morning, then rain showers and snow showers likely in the afternoon. No snow accumulation. Highs in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Rain and snow showers likely. Little or no accumulation. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of October 16, 1916 - Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in New York City, NY.

Did you know that until they reach 2 years, lions can't roar. Once they learn how to vocalize, their roars can be heard on the distance of up to 5 miles.

Word of the day: shirk (shurk) which means 1) to evade work, duty, etc. 2) to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.). 3) a shirker. Shirk entered English in the early 1600s. It may be related to the word shark, which is a variant of the German word Schurke meaning "rascal."

Beaver Island Community Players to Present Radio Play

Vintage Hitchcock: a Live Radio Play will be presented by the Beaver Island Community Players on Oct. 24th at 8 p.m. Community Center. Tickets are $13 and available at the community center.  Kids are $8. The play is much like we did last fall with It’s a Wonderful Life.

 We have a great group, some familiar faces and some new faces. We’ve had help from techno wiz, Kevin Boyle with the sound and music. Get tickets now before they are all sold out!

Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the ‘Master of Suspense's” earlier films. A daring train chase, a psycho killer and the magic of live sound effects create a thrilling evening of theatre!

The following pictures were taken by Deb Bousquet of a rehearsal:

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 15, 2015

Well, it's not going to be the most pleasant of autumn days but we'll take what we can get. I'm guessing that by about 3:00 the sky will be drooling drizzle down on us. Right now it's 53°, wind is at 12 mph from the southwest with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 1008 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then numerous rain showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of October 15, 1951 - "I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS-TV.

Did you know that achluophobiais the fear of the dark?

Word of the day: ides (ahydz) which means (used with a singular or plural verb) (in the ancient Roman calendar) the fifteenth day of March, May, July, or October, and the thirteenth day of the other months. Ides stems from the Latin word īdūs, and has been used in English to refer to dates since the time that Old English was spoken.

Peaine Township Meeting

The regular meeting of the Peaine Township Board took place on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 7 p.m. The agenda included the routine itmes of approval of the agenda, approval of minutes, and approval of the bills to be paid. The board appointed a member to the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority and to the NRESC. election inspetors were appointed. The WVBI placement of a tower on the emergency services tower on Kings Highway was on the agenda.

Seven attendees were present as well as the board members.

View video of the meeting HERE

Mackinaw Island on Beaver Island Volleyball Saturday

The Lady Islanders were an entirely different team on Saturday morning with their green uniforms on. The teamwork seemed to catch on and the Lady Islanders won this morning's match. Congratulations, Lady Islanders!

Good job, Lady Islanders!

View video of these games HERE

Mackinaw Island on Beaver Island Soccer Saturday

The Islanders lost a second soccer match to the Mackinaw Island Lakers, but the beginning of the match belonged to the the Islanders. They played very well as a team at the beginning of the match, and went ahead of the Lakers because of that teamwork. The Islanders has many shots on goal, but had difficulty getting the ball in the goal instead of going over like a field goal.

View video of the soccer match HERE

Taekwondo Michigan Cup

Results from the Michigan Cup Tournament held in Kalamazoo on September 26, 2015
Sarah Avery                             silver in weapons
Jewell Gillespie-Cushman     gold in breaking
John Brady Robert                  gold in weapons, bronze in breaking
Quinn Jones                             gold in fighting, silver in breaking, bronze in forms
Riley Williamson                     silver in weapons
Susan Myers-Dixon                 silver in weapons, bronze in forms
Kainoa Drost                           silver in breaking, bronze in weapons
Jared Robert                           silver in breaking, silver in forms, gold in fighting
Chris Vanthof                          gold in forms, gold in breaking, silver in fighting

A total of 18 medals were won out of the 25 events that the students were registered in.  All of the students did amazingly well, especially since we took the month of August off.
The evening before the tournament, at the 136th Black Belt testing, Sarah Avery tested for her first Dan Black Belt.  She was presented with her belt and certificate by Grand Master Sun Hwan Chung, the tournament director, and one of the highest-ranking taekwondo grandmasters in the world.  At the same time, Susan Avery tested and received her 2nd Dan black belt and Master Dave Avery for his 7th Dan black belt, of which there are very few in Michigan. 

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 14, 2015

Stayed up way too late last night so getting up this morning was delayed a couple hours. A bit cool this morning at 46°, wind is at 8 mph from the northwest with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 1011 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds.

On this date of October 14, 1987 - Jessica McClure, 18 months old, fell down an abandoned well in Midland, TX. The rescue took 58 hours.

Did you know that ablutophobia is the fear of bathing?

Word of the day: obstreperous (uh b-STREP-er-uh s) which means 1) resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly. 2) noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children. Obstreperous can be traced to the Latin verb strepere meaning "to rattle," with the prefix ob- meaning "against." It entered English in the late 1500s.

What's New at the Library

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-66 ***

There are one new video and one new children's book.

The new video this week is "Second Chances."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 13, 2015

Slept in obviously and enjoyed every minute of it. Right now it's 54° outside, wind is at 14 mph from the west northwest with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 90%, pressure is rising from 994 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Cloudy with scattered rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Cloudy with scattered rain showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of October 13, 2010 - Near Copiapó, Chile, 33 miners were trapped underground in San José Mine. The miners were rescued after 69 days underground.

Did you know that the word 'taxi' is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, and Portuguese?

Word of the day: cognoscenti (kon-yuh-SHEN-tee) which means persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.

Mackinaw Island on Beaver Island for Volleyball

October 9, 2015, Friday evening

Two scorekeepers, two VB officials, and Mackinaw Island Superintendent

Good luck, good luck......

The Lady Islanders played hard, but were just topped by the Lady Lakers by a little tiny bit.

View video of the games HERE

Mackinaw Island on Beaver Island for Soccer

October 9, 2015, Friday afternoon

Mackinaw outnumbered the Islanders allowing substitution with fresh players.

View video of the game HERE

School Board Meeting Rescheduled

In light of BICS's Board of Education's need for additional information on budget, teacher contract negotiations, and Title I programming, the Regular School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 12, 2015, is being rescheduled to Monday, October 26, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. budget information.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 12, 2015

Warm morning for this time of year. It's 62°, wind is at 17 mph from the south southwest with gusts up to 32 mph, humidity is at 74%, pressure is steady at 993 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. We will probably be on the receiving end of some light rain around 9:00 tonight. Today: Partly sunny. Chance of sprinkles in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Rain showers likely in the evening, then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of October 12, 1892 - In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.

Did you know that the most commonly used word in English conversation is I?

Word of the day: bromide (BROH-mahyd) which means 1) a compound of bromine with another element or group, especially a salt containing the anion Br– or an organic compound with bromine bonded to an alkyl radical. 2) a trite and unoriginal idea or remark, typically intended to soothe or placate. Bromide is a combination of bromo- (a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds that contain bromine) and -ide, a suffix used in chemical compounds. Some bromides were used as sediatives, giving rise to the metaphorical extension of the term in the early 1900s.

Special St. James Board Meeting Rescheduled

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

A special board meeting will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday October 20, 2015, for the purpose of hearing the final report of Steve Peacock, independent auditor.

Island Airways Hangar Party

Filling up the hangar with people instead of planes

Angel and Paul Welke (Thanks to Ann Willis)

And an emergency as well.......

The celebration of a successful Beaver Island business is never just routine, but everyone seen in these pictures considered going out to Welke Airport on a cool and windy night something worthwhile. And to consider anything on Beaver Island routine is to actually expect something to interrupt the celebration. About three-fourths of the time of the party completion, Island Airways stepped up to the plate once again to interrupt their celebration. The FAA certified air ambulance Islander aircraft was needed for an emergency air transport. The special air ambulance cot was in the hangar. Paul and Angel Welke and their excellent employees moved the cot out of the hangar, placed it into the aircraft, and were ready to fly the emergency patient off the island to the mainland while putting on an amazing party at the same time.

Kudos to Island Airways and staff!

Edward, Danny and Danny, Brother Jim, Ashley and his wife provided the music

Excellent food, excellent music, beer and wine were available for any and all who attended. This gathering was to thank the Island Airways customers, friends, and relatives for their many years of loyalty. This event marked the anniversary of both Island Airways and McPhilip's Flying Service.

Inside and outside the party continued until well after 7 p.m.

Food of the feast and celebration

A fantastic celebration of many years of service to the residents and visitors to Beaver Island!

Video of the celebration


Community Center Movies for October



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

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

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Sewer Report for October 2015

St. James Township Meeting

October 7, 2015

The meeting began with the usual events including the pledge, approval of minutes, and approval of payments. The reports included the an update on the dangerous structures, a subcommittee report on the sewer system, and the yacht dock report for this season. The old business included a UDA payment and a library board apppointment. The new business included snow plow bids for the winter, a board of review vacancy, a planning commission vacancy, and the sewer use policy. Nine people were in the room besides the board members.

Video of the meeting is HERE

Transportation Authority Meeting Rescheduled

Moving the Gillespie House

October 7, 2015

Today was the day that the Gillespie house was moved from its location for many, many years in the block that starts with the Holy Cross Hall and ends with the Print Shop Museum. The shell of the house will be repurposed, so the building was moved today from its location in town to out-of-town at the Ricksgers farm. The house passed the Carlisle Road and Kings Highway intersection at approximatley 2:30 p.m. on October 7, 2015.

Video clip of the move


BICS Policy Committee Meeting


A Blast from the Past

The picture in this story is a scan of the Grand Valley State College student newspaper from close to forty years ago. It's interesting to look back at the past and remember those things that seemed at the time to be a "pie in the sky" ideal. For some, this article written by Beth Amante, the student editor of the Grand Valley Lanthorn, will bring back memories. For others, this is an example of how the Beaver Island community's needs have molded individual choices.

CMU Awarded Grant for Great Lakes Research

Donald Uzarski

Donald G. Uzarski thinks taking the Great Lakes’ coastal wetlands for granted is one of the worst things the state has done. Uzarski, director of the Institute for Great Lakes Research at Central Michigan University, said for the past two decades, half of the wetlands have virtually disappeared due to the development of housing and businesses along the shoreline. Places such Saginaw Bay have lost the wetlands to “hardened shorelines,” because until recently they thought the wetlands to be useless, he said.

After five years of sampling, monitoring and documenting the conditions in more than 1,000 wetlands, students and technicians from CMU’s biological station on Beaver Island have discovered that the wetlands are extremely important to the eco system, according to an Oct. 1 press release by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Last week, Uzarski said the EPA awarded CMU a grant of $10 million – the second grant in six years – to continue monitoring and restoring the Great Lakes’ coastal wetlands.

Back in 2010, the EPA selected CMU to lead an initial research project that would enable the nation’s first collection of scientific data accessing the health of the wetlands, which span more than 10,000 miles of shoreline; that makes up more than the west and east coast of the U.S. combined. Their work has documented water chemistry, vegetation, invertebrates, fish, amphibians and birds.

The project has resulted in CMU’s collaboration with nine universities, one Michigan state agency, one Canadian federal agency and one U.S. federal agency in addition to the EPA. The grant that they awarded CMU is part of an effort supported by President Barack Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, stated the release.The EPA is using the data to evaluate the proposed restoration efforts since they have committed to Congress that they will restore 60,000 acres of wetlands over the next five years. This improvement will have a positive impact throughout the Great Lakes watershed in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and two provinces in Canada.

Uzarski said the first grant in 2010 led to 156 new jobs, most of which were student employees from ten different universities, including CMU, and technicians working on Beaver Island. Most of the money from the EPA was used for traveling expenses since they covered so much ground and had to use various means to get to the sites. Uzarski said this has been and remains a large-scale project that also benefits the grad students who are receiving an education along the way. He added that it’s vital that the lakes remain in good health since they’re the source of many Michigan cities’ water supply, such as Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Restoring the wetlands would assure good water quality and it would be less expensive for cities to clean the water. The state economy also relies on the lakes for tourism as well as sport and commercial fishery industry. At the moment, 1.5 million jobs are associated with the Great Lakes in general and the wetlands are essential to the ‘health’ of the Great Lakes.

Even though the wetlands only represent one percent of the surface area-on a map, they would merely be a line around the lakes-they serve a lot of functions than the public realizes, Uzarski said. They filter pollution from entering the Great Lakes and connected rivers, lakes and streams, holding them in place and burying them to the point that these toxins and pollutants never come in contact with fish-or humans. Additionally, they provide crucial habitat for fish, birds and mammals, and absorb water, which can prevent flooding in certain areas.

While the state has attempted restoring the wetlands in the past, those have proven inefficient, even damaging, according to Uzarski. Some old and outdated restoriation techniques included making dikes that disconnected the shoreline wetlands from the Great Lakes so that the natural wave energy and annual water level fluctuations no longer reached the wetland. It was a common practice to control the fluctuating water levels. In the end that has destabilized the wetland’s well-being. Through years of research, we have determined that this form of what we called ‘restoriation’ was actually doing more damage to the ecosystem than good,” Uzarski said.




Community Center Movies

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

October 11:  Howard Davis
 18 and 25:  Harvey Ouwings; Grand rapids MI

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

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.





Bite of Beaver, 10/3/15

The annual Bite of Beaver took place once again at the Holy Cross Hall with Stoney Acres, Josh Runberg, Shamrock, Friends of Beaver Island Vets, Holy Cross Altar Society, Nancy Sommer, Chamber of Commerce, Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, and Beaver Island Christian Church represented in the hall. This Fall event seems to continue to be a very positive opportunity to have visitors come to the island, and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

And a good time was had by all! If you left the hall hungry, you just didn't want to eat!

LaDonis Mooney Dies

(The following was written by Duane Mooney)

It is with a very heavy heart that I report the sudden loss of my father, LaDonis Francis Mooney, age 79 of Beaver Island, and Escanaba, MI. He is survived by Theresa Alimenti, her loving family, and his children: Duane (Gregory Serrano), Sheri Timsak (Joseph), Terry (Linda Walden), Dawn Marsh (Robert), Roberta Griggs (Keith), Darryl (Maria), six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was born in 1936 on the family farm on Beaver Island, MI to Francis and Elizabeth (Tetsloff McCafferty) He left school in the 7th grade to help work the farm. Gifted with innate mechanical ability, he became a skilled electrician. It was not only his career, but his avocation. He did much of the electrical work on the island for 35 years. He could fix almost anything!

After the death of of our mother, Eleanor (Pischner), we were delighted when he found a soulmate in Theresa Alimenti. She ensured that his last years were filled with love, laughter, and adventure.

At every family gathering, especially if any of his 5 brothers were present, we were regaled with mirthful tales of Beaver Island of the past and the folks that inhabited it.

Thank you, Dad, for the many gifts of love, laughter, knowledge, strength, kindness, support that you gave us over the years.

(More information will be posted as it becomes available.)

UPDATE: The funeral mass for LaDonis will be held on October 17, 2015, at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Church, Father Patrick Cawley, officiating with burial immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery. A luncheon will be served afterward at Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Islander Soccer in Grand Marais

First of all, if you want to consider the numbers of students in a particular school, Grand Marais certainly beats Beaver Island for the school with the fewest students. This doesn't mean that they aren't able to field a soccer team. Grand Marais has just about half as many students as Beaver Island, and the island numbers are down.

Beaver Island won two soccer matches in Grand Marais with the scores being 6-2 and 8-0. Deb Bousquet was a chaperone and took News on the 'Net video camera to record the two wins as well as some pictures.

Beaver Island at Grand Marais Friday video

Beaver Isalnd at Grand Marais Saturday video

Friday Soccer Pics

Flying to the UP for the matches.

Islanders win 6-2.

Saturday Soccer Pics

Islanders win 8-0

2015 Beaver Boodle

This is a 5K race, walk, run, or just get outside and enjoy the day event. It's purpose is to raise funds for the Sports Boosters and help cover costs of BICS sports teams. The day was one that Winnie the Pooh would have called "Blustery." Quite windy and cool did not stop those who had come to the island to participate, nor those from the island who chose to brave the weather and get outside on a blustery fall day. The course started at the BICS driveway, went down the Holy Cross Hall hill, down the Main Street, and out to the Whiskey Point Light. It then continued back past McDonough's Market, up the short road by Beaver Island Marine to the Back Highway, and down to the Donegal Bay Road. Just before passing the Island Treasures ReSale Shop, the course turned left in the subdivision on the pavement to the Brothers Place, back out to the Kings Highway, with the finish line at the school driveway. The race started at 10:30 a.m. on October 3, 2015.

Beaver Boodle Start and Winners at the Finish Clip

BICS announcement, race start, and registration

The course for the 5K

The start of the race

The first three across the finish line.

The BI Sports Booster would like to thank the Sponsors and Island Business, the supportive Community, Volunteers, Donators, Runners, and Walkers for being so generous in supporting this event which raises much need funds for our Beaver Island Community School Athletic Programs.

There were a total of 59 Runners and Walkers that participated for the slightly blustery Island Boodle. Hosted at the BICS in the open gym with lots of bagels, healthy treats, and refreshments before and after the race.There was a new route posted with large signs to assist the participants along the way. A water stop at the half way point with our local EMS assisting. Also, some very neck and neck finishes resulting in a tie for the Male Runners. Then awards and trophies for the top finishers and lots of raffle prizes for the participants. A special thanks goes out to the many first time visitors to the Island who came to enjoy the Island Boodle with us.

Congratulations to all the Boodle Winners:

Men Runners:
1st-Tie, Clayton Beault and Cameron LaVasseur @ 22:25,
2nd-Marvin Boluyt 27:09
3rd-Scott France 28:30

Women Runners:
1st-Lianne McLennon 24:40
2nd-Rachel Jones 28:16
3rd-Pat Walquist 31:05

Men Walkers:
1st-Jeff Stone 45:45
2nd-Bob Turner 45:50
3rd-John Gerrish 50:01

Women Walkers:
1st-Melissa Hauger 47:00
2nd-Sarah Rohner 47:20
3rd-Jamie Cooley 49:48

The first place overall winners for Male Runner (Clayton) and Female Runner (Lianne), both first time visitors from Canada, left today not only with a trophy but a Round Trip Ticket generously donated by Island Airways and a BIMF Weekend Pass won in the raffle. Congratulations!

We are already looking forward to next year!

Artisans at the Community Center

The artisans were set up and ready to do business at the Community Center before the Beaver Boodle started. BINN editor Joe Moore got in the front door to check things out before the official opening at 11 a.m. The artisans are planning to be at the Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be available for early Christmas shopping. Here's hoping they have a successful time and that all that are on the island will stop by to see them.

Clip of the Artisans set up and ready for business


Taste Bud Heaven

by Joe Moore

This website doesn't do many features such as food critique or travel destination suggestions. This particular article might fit into the food critique category, but you will have to be the judge. How appropriate this is considering that tomorrow is the Bite of Beaver as well as the Beaver Boodle!

On Tuesday the dinner special at Stoney Acre Grill was a "Chicken and Truffle Sausage." This meal was absolutely astounding. Your entire palate began an orgasm of flavor and taste. Every bite was worth savoring. Nothing else entered the mouth when this marvelous bouquet and flavor was present. This meal was amazing, but the star of the show was the Chicken and Truffle Sausage.

Now, as frequently happens when there is a one day special, the next day makes use of the highlight of the special of the day before. Liam Racine outdid himself with the next item that was on the menu. This item was on the menu on Wednesday and Thursday. It was even more amazing than the dinner special. Just when I couldn't believe that my palate could taste anything better than the Chicken and Truffle Sausage, I was proven wrong with the next creation. Taking the chicken sausage and adding wild mushrooms into a hearty and chunky soup was an outstanding idea. Not only did I get the flavors of the original dinner special, but the wild mushrooms added just one more layer.

This soup was so good, that I had it for lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and then once again for dinner on Thursday. I don't know if there is any left for anyone to have on Friday, but I can tell you it is truly well worth the trip out to Stoney Acre to give it a try. Now, the Italian Wedding Soup was pretty good, and Marilyn's chili near perfection, is but this concoction of flavors was outstandingly brilliant. Thank you, Liam! Thank you, Stoney Acres! You will have to work pretty hard to improve on this masterpiece.


These letters in the title are not secret code or gang lingo. They are medical lingo. The local emergency medical service sponsored an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) American Heart Association (AHA) education program yesterday, October 1, 2015. The program was an exhausting, and challenging program of video and hands on practical skills. Each participant was required to demonstrate some basic and advanced airway skills and test out of these skills. In addition the rest of the rather long day required study, recognition of EKG rhythms, cardiac pharmacology, and treatment algorithms for many cardiac issues. These issues included cardiac arrest, stable and unstable bradycardia (very slow heart beat), stable and unstable tachycardia (very fast heart beat), as well as critical thinking as the simulated patient moved quickly from one condition to another. Another two portions of the class were also presented. Acute Coronary Syndrome, or commonly known as heart attack or chest pain protocol, was also done in simulation, practice, and practical skill; as was Stroke care.

The Health Occupations class from BICS came on over to the Governmental Center Conference Room to observe one of the scenarios using an IV arm, a cardiac rhythm generator, EKG monitor, airway manikin, and CPR manikin. The students observed an IV start, airway management including an advanced airway, the teamwork necessary for a successful resuscitation, and team leader directing all of the team members. Kathie Ehinger, BICS Health teacher, summarized the actions performed by the team for her students. The students then left so that the necessary debriefing of participants could continue without an audience.

The class began at 9 a.m. and continued well past the 6 p.m. scheduled end. The final aspects of the AHA education program included testing of the practical application of the skills and topics covered during the day as well as a written test of 50 questions requiring a passing score of 84%. All participants were successful in course completion. The participants included Kathie Ehinger, paramedic and HOSA teacher; Ken Bruland, former BIEMS paramedic; Bob Hamil, BIEMS paramedic; Christie VanLooy, former BIRHC PA; Kevin White, EMT and BIEMS Interim Director; and AHA ACLS Instructor, paramedic Joe Moore.

Christie, Ken, Bob, and Kevin

This is the fourth time this program has been offered on Beaver Island in the last four years. Congratulations to the successful participants!

Islander Soccer and Lady Islander Volleyball News

The Lady Islanders traveled to the Northern Lights League Volleyball Tournament on Saturday Sept. 26, the tournament was held at the Sault Ste. Marie Middle School. The league teams included, BI, Mackinac Island, Ojibwe, Maplewood Baptist, Munising Baptist, and Hannahville. The teams played each of the teams in 2 games to 21. The top 4 teams advanced to the semifinals and final match. The Islanders and Ojibwe did not advance to the top 4 although they played hard and there were some very close games. 

Soccer did not have a match last weekend due to Paradise not having a team this year. 
The Soccer team did fly to Boyne City on Monday afternoon to play Boyne Concord Academy, the game was shortened due to weather but the ISlanders won 8-1. 
The Volleyball team flew to Kinross on Tuesday to play Ojibwe in a double match, we played 2 out of 3 games; We won the first match in 2 games and the 2nd match went to 3 games and we lost by 2 points in the 3rd game. 

This weekend the soccer team flyies to Grand Marais, and the volleyball team goes to Mackinac Island for a tournament.

Information from Kerry Smith, BICS Athletic Director

Rumors About Emergency Transport

Rumor #1: There is a rumor going around that suggests that an emergency patient does not have any choice about how and where he/she will be transported. This is not a true statement. Every single emergency patient who is able to make a decision about how and where they are to be transported, will be transported how and where they want to go. It may involve a discussion with family and the medical control physician, but the final decision is with the patient. Yes, BIEMS will transport you to the medical center if that is where you want to go. It may be suggested that you go to another destination, such as Charlevoix Hospital, McLaren Northern Michigan, or Munson Hospital; but the choice is still yours to make. You may be asked to sign a special release, but you still get to go where you want to go, as long as you are alert enough to make that decision.

Rumor #2: Another rumor going around is that there is a conflict between the medical center and the local EMS. The local EMS group must follow the laws of the State of Michigan, the administrative rules for that law, and the State of Michigan Model EMS Protocols as approved by the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority. This includes written physician orders for many aspects of emergency medical care that EMS must follow including assessments and treatments as well as recommended transport destination. The local EMS group is licensed by the State of Michigan to provide emergency medical transport. These license requirements and the written physician orders are required to be followed unless other orders are received from the medical control physician. The assessments and treatments can be refused by any patient capable of making that decision. There will be a continuity of excellent patient care offered to every emergency medical patient by the local EMS agency.

Rumor #3: Taking the locally licensed emergency medical air transport will cost more than using an off-Island air transport service. This is also false. The local air transport vehicle is leased by the local EMS with aircraft and pilot provided by Island Airways. BIEMS accepts all insurance plans and participates in most insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare. Valley Med out of Iron Mountain also accepts the same insurance plans and also participates in Medicaid and Medicare. The only out of pocket costs for either service is the co-pay required by either insurance companies or Medicaid or Medicare. BIEMS accepts the payments from insurance companies, Medicaid, and Medicare as payments in full. Northflight Air out of Traverse City state that they also participate, but previous experience with Northflight was the reason for licensing a local air transport vehicle.

Rumor #4: Valley Med and Northflight can provide a higher standard of care than our locally licensed air transport. This is also false. The same level of emergency prehospital emergency care is provided in the local ambulance and in the locally licensed air transport vehicle as is available in either of the other two operations. In most emergencies in the last twenty-eight years, critical care transport paramedics and nurses were not necessary. They may be necessary in a patient transfer from one licensed hospital to another licensed hospital, but the efficient transport time provided by the locally licensed air transport gets the patient to the definitive care facility in a much shorter period of time, is provided by friends and neighbors by the same license level in prehospital care, and fits into an emergency medical system that has twenty-eight years of experience right here on Beaver Island.

Rumor #5: I can refuse local EMS transport without them ever being called. This is true, but why would you not want to give yourself the benefit of the physician-directed, efficient emergency transport system designed and adapted over twenty-eight years to fit Beaver Island, and operated by your friends and neighbors? Why would you not want the excellent patient care requirements, fitted to your personal situation? Do you not want the assessments, monitoring, and treatments recommended by the emergency physicians throughout the State of Michigan? Did you know that the paramedics on Beaver Island passed the same certification and licensing requirements as paramedics in any major city of the United States? Did you know that many nationally accepted patient care standards for specific emergencies were actually special study assessments and treatments tested right here on Beaver Island? These included automatic external defibrillation, Epi-Pen administration for severe allergic reactions, and intravenous administration of dextrose for low blood sugar in diabetics. Some others include the training and certification of medical first responders and Basic EMTs to insert an advanced airway called a Combitube or double-lumen airway, new requirements of first responders and EMTS to provide Narcan to possible drug overdoses, as well as the administration of aspirin and nitroglycerin by EMTS for chest pain patients. All of these were done on Beaver Island prior to their general acceptance in the field of basic prehospital emergency care.

BOBI Book Club- Upcoming Titles/Dates

We did change our previously decided upon dates for Sept and October, so here is the NEW schedule:

For Tuesday, October 13th, 7 pm: Lost In Shangri La by Michael Zuckoff 

(New) For MONDAY, November 16th, 7pm: Knocking On Heaven's Door by Katy Butler

*Please speak to Patrick, MG, or Kathy regarding BOBI book availability, there is a BOBI sign out sheet at the desk :)

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