Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day. Today is a day that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their history and cultures. It's 42° outside this morning but feels like 35° thanks to the 12 mph wind from the west. Humidity is 74%, Pressure is 29.86 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low at 0.3 while the top allergens are ragweed and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows: ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...
Today West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Chance of waterspouts early in the morning. Slight chance of waterspouts in the morning. Scattered showers early in the morning. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tuesday Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY 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). (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW The ashes of Fredric Baur, who created the iconic Pringles can in 1966, found his eternal resting place in one when he died in 2008. And FYI, his remains are in an original flavor can.

WORD OF THE DAY exoteric (ek-suh-TAIR-ik) which means:
1 a : suitable to be imparted to the public
b : belonging to the outer or less initiate circle
2 : relating to the outside : external
Exoteric derives from Latin exotericus, which is itself from Greek exōterikos, meaning "external," and ultimately from exō, meaning "outside." Exō has a number of offspring in English, including exotic, exonerate, exorbitant, and the combining form exo- or ex- (as in exoskeleton and exobiology). The antonym of exoteric is esoteric, meaning "designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone"; it descends from the Greek word for "within," esō.

Beaver Island Christian Church

October 13, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.
Worship Leader: Pastor Ed Ross

View video of the service HERE

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

October 13, 2019

The reader on Saturday aftrnoon was Pinky Harmon. Father Jim Siler was the celebrant.

Brian Foli was the reader on Sunday morning.

View video of this service HERE

Hail Storm or Ice Storm

October 13, 2019

Just a few minutes before 6 p.m., the sounds on the metal roof changed pitch. A quick look out the window saw solid chunks of solid water bouncing off the bird feeders that had been abandoned. With the rain on and off all day, this was just one surprise that was not expected.

The ground under the bird feeders.....the front door ramp.........Half inch chunk of ice......

Night Time Meandering

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 13, 2019

It's 41° and feels like 33° outside this morning, wind is from the SW at 15 mph, humidity is 84%, pressure is 29.67 inches, and visibility is ten miles. Today is going to be cloudy with occasional showers. There is 60% chance of rain. Pollen levels are low at 0.3 while the top allergens are ragweed and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows: ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...
Today Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of waterspouts. Periods of showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
Tonight West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Numerous showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
Monday West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Monday Night West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 2010, the last of 33 miners trapped nearly half a mile underground for more than two months at a caved-in mine in northern Chile, are rescued. The miners survived longer than anyone else trapped underground in recorded history.

The miners’ ordeal began on August 5, 2010, when the San Jose gold and copper mine where they were working, some 500 miles north of the Chilean capital city of Santiago, collapsed. The 33 men moved to an underground emergency shelter area, where they discovered just several days’ worth of food rations. As their situation grew more desperate over the next 17 days, the miners, uncertain if anyone would find them, considered suicide and cannibalism. Then, on August 22, a drill sent by rescuers broke through to the area where the miners were located, and the men sent back up a note saying, “We are fine in the refuge, the 33.” Food, water, letters, medicine and other supplies were soon delivered to the miners via a narrow bore hole. Video cameras were also sent down, making it possible for rescuers to see the men and the hot, humid space in which they were entombed. As engineering and mining experts from around the world collaborated on the long, complex process of devising a way to bring the 33 men up to the surface, the miners maintained a system of jobs and routines in order to keep up morale.

Rescuers eventually drilled and reinforced an escape shaft wide enough to extract the men, one by one. (Employees of a Pennsylvania-based drilling-tool company played a role in drilling the rescue shaft.) On October 12, the first of the miners was raised to the surface in a narrow, 13-foot-tall capsule painted white, blue and red, the colors of the Chilean flag. The approximately 2,000-foot ascent to the surface in the capsule took around 15 minutes for each man.

The miners were greeted by a cheering crowd that included Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera; media from around the world; and friends and relatives, many of whom had been camped at the base of the mine in the Atacama Desert for months. Millions of people around the globe watched the rescue on live TV. Less than 24 hours after the operation began, all 33 of the miners, who ranged in age from 19 to 63, had been safely rescued. Almost all the men were in good health, and each of them sported dark glasses to protect their eyes after being in a dimly lit space for so long.

The rescued miners were later honored with trips to a variety of destinations, including England, Israel and Florida’s Walt Disney World, where a parade was held in their honor. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW while “tragedy” is the word we use for a terrible event or a sad outcome, it has roots from the Middle English word “tragedie,” which can be traced back to Medieval Latin’s “tragēdia” and the Latin “tragoedia.” That word originates from the ancient Greek word “tragōidía,” meaning “goat song,” according to Oxford Dictionaries.

A commonly accepted theory for the etymology is that Greek tragedies were known as goat-songs because the prize in Athenian play competitions was a live goat. (bestlifeonline.com)

triskaidekaphobiaplay (triss-kye-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh) which means the fear of the number 13. It's impossible to say just how or when the number thirteen got its bad reputation. There are a number of theories, of course. Some say it comes from the Last Supper because Jesus was betrayed afterwards by one among the thirteen present. Others trace the source of the superstition back to ancient Hindu beliefs or Norse mythology. But if written references are any indication, the phenomenon isn't all that old (at least, not among English speakers). Known mention of fear of thirteen in print dates back only to the late 1800s. By circa 1911, however, it was prevalent enough to merit a name, which was formed by attaching the Greek word for "thirteen"—treiskaideka (dropping that first "e")—to phobia ("fear of").

Islanders Place Second at the NLL Tournament

The island team had a hard fought loss to Munising Baptist in the championship game. 2 to 0.

Saturday Mass from Holy Cross

October 12, 2019, 4 p.m.

View this service HERE



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

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Norm Cash

by Dick Burris

Norm Cash, a famous baseball player came up missing one day. and Bill McDonough, and I were searching the suspected area, Bill was coming toward me and we met right at the body. His glasses were still tightly fitted to his face; he was lying on the lake bottom on his back and was wearing boots. My thoughts then was he died with "his boots on."

Bill and I brought him to shore and the EMTs took him away.

Later the Sheriff’s department took all of the credit. So Bill and I considered ourselves and the EMTs temporary employees, and billed the county for our diving services and for the EMT service also. They actually paid it. lol

((News excerpt)
Cash, 51, drowned in Lake Michigan Sunday after failing off a slippery dock on Beaver Island, where he and his wife, Dorothy owned a condominium, authorities said.
At the time of the accident, Cash was headed back to his 33-foot cabin cruiser, the "Stormin' Norman"­-the nickname he earned during his 15 years with the Tigers.

Brendan LaBlance, a friend who made the trip to Beaver Island with Cash and his wife, told the Detroit News the three went to dinner at the King Strang Hotel, then to the Shamrock Bar.

Cash left the bar alone just before midnight and returned to the boat, but LeBlance said the former first baseman was not intoxicated when he slipped off the dock into the chilly waters of northern Lake Michigan.
"Everything seemed fine, " he told the newspaper. "But it was raining and miserable. The dock was in very bad shape and he was wearing cowboy boots."

Divers recovered Cash's body at 11:15 a.m. Sunday in about 15 feet of water. The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department said there was no evidence of any foul play.

Cash's body was returned to the Detroit area Sunday night, but funeral arrangements were still pending Monday. In addition to his second wife, Cash is survived by a son, Jay Carl, and a daughter, Julie. The family lived in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.

" I've never known a ballplayer who got as much fun out of playing baseball, " said Jim Campbell, the Tigers'  president and chief executive officer.
Campbell called Cash a " free spirit."

"He was one of the more entertaining guys I've ever been around. He got along with the fans, the media, with everybody. He was one of the great ball players in Tiger history."
"He never let anyone get down. He was such a happy-go-lucky guy, he made everyone feel good," said former teammate Al Kaline.

BICS Islanders and Lady Islander Win!

October 10, 2019

The Islanders hostd the Hannahville Soaring Eagles for makeup games on October 10, 2019. . Volleyball started at 1:00 pm and soccer followed. These are the last home games for the fall season. BINN apologizes for the lack of a live stream, but thank Dawn Marsh for her work in recording the games for viewing after they took place.

A few pictures from this day:

Volleyball team:

Soccer team:

View video of the volleyball games HERE

View video of the soccer game HERE

Islander Soccer Team at NLL Tournament

October 12, 2019

Update: The Islanders won their game, 6-1, which places them in the championship game against Munising Baptist.

The BICS Islander Soccer Team is in Munising for the Northern Lights League soccer tournament. It's really wet outside, so we wish them success as well as safety. This group of Islanders have been led in the soccer games over the years by Mike Myers. Our thanks to Mike for all his efforts for the students' development in sports and sportsmanship. Here we go Islanders! Here we go!

(Thanks to Jessica Anderson for taking this picture, and to Deb Robert for sharing it.)

Little Big History

On Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th, the 11th- and 12th-grade world history students will be delivering talks at Peaine Township Hall. Talks will take place from 6pm-7:30pm. Five students each night. 12-minute talks, 3 minutes for Q&A.

Tuesday, October 29th:

Elisha - "The power of music to affect the brain"
Quintan - "Origins of Modern Day Movies"
Susi - "History of ADHD and New Developments for Success with Adults and Kids"
Elsie - "Origins and Purpose of Paint"
John - "Is Homework Beneficial for Kids?"

Wednesday, October 30th:

Mackenzie - "Picking Names for Children"
Skylar - "Is it human nature to be violent?"
Zander - "How to Get Better Sleep"
Ash - "How the U.S. Could Improve Gun Control"
Jessica - "Zoos: Are They Good or Bad?"

Special St. James Township Meeting
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:00 PM

View meeting notice HERE


  1.  Do you like to sing, even if it’s only in the shower?
  2. Do you love Christmas music?

If you answered “yes” to either one of these questions, or—better yet—to both questions, we have some good news for you!!

The Christmas Cantata is back!!!!  Sunday, December 8.  Mark your calendars!!

The music is here—a new Cantata entitled “Let the Whole World Sing”.

Practices start this Sunday, October 13, 11:15 at the Christian Church.

Come join us—get your book and a listening CD—and discuss the practice schedule.

Contact Kathy Speck (448-2393) if you have any questions.

P.S.  You can get a sneak preview of the cantata on Youtube

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes


Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule


Resale Shop

The summer schedule at Island Treasures Resale Shop will begin on Tuesday, June 4. The shop will be open Tues. through Sat. from noon until 4:00. Please tell your friends.

St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.เธข  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.เธข เธข 

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

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

2019 Meeting Dates

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

Beaver Island Airport Committee 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:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

October Bulletin

November Bulletin

BICS Fall Sports Schedules



Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

October 27, 2019




Picnic at the Point- Strang Video

October 9, 2019

The set-up

The attendees

Quite a unique presentation today, 10/9/19, at the St. James Township Hall for the picnic at the point. A video about King Strang, which was a college project, was viewed using a DVD. The presenter, in another state, was connected via video on the Internet. Those present watched the video, and then a discussion took place by the attendees and the presenter across the Internet. The moviemaker presenter is Amanda Trudell.

View video of the entire presentation HERE


View posting HERE

St. James Township Bid for Governmental Center – 37830 King’s Highway

View advertisemeent for bid HERE

BIRHC Announces Retirement of Managing Director and Replacement Hired

October 4, 2019

St. James Township Meeting

October 2, 2019

.....................The attendees........Julie Gillespie and Paul Cole.......Kitty McNamara and Diane McDonough

New Township Trustee Sworn In

New Trustee Joins the Board

Airport Manager Rachel Teague presents the new BIAC Minimum Standards and the Ordinances

Yacht dock report and suggested dock fees given by Marlene Wiser

Documents for this meeting:

2020 Seasonal Rates

2020 Transient Rates (1)

Beaver Island Marijuana Workshop Documentation 091619

BIAC Min Stds Draft 2 2019

BIAC Ordinance DRAFT 2 2019

letter of interest Joe Moore - trustee position

Ltr of Interest Township Trustee (2) Frank D'Andraia

monthlyfinancereport10_october 2019

Posting of Township Trustee Vacancy.sept2019

SJTB Agenda 100219

sjtfc Minutes 092619


Townships Presentation 2019-09-25 Post Mtg

Why Minimum Standards 2019

View video of the meeting HERE

From COA

October 2, 2019

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the October 2019 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter

Should you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

The COA will be holding it’s RESCHEDULED COA Advisory Board Meeting on Beaver Island, on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 10am – 11am at the Peaine Township Hall.  This is a public meeting, and all are welcome.  The meeting notice has been posted at the BI COA Office.

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement


Personal Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath, or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry, roller set style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Oral Care (brush teeth, soak, and wash dentures) Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and laying out clothes for night and morning), Colostomy Care (empty bag, replace), Catheter Care(wash), Toileting, Assist with TED hose. Homemaking duties may include: Bed linens changed, make the bed, dust wash dishes, take out the trash, clean kitchen, clean stove, clean refrigerator, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathroom, grocery shop, errands, bring in mail and laundry. Respite Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry roller set, style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and lay out clothes for night and morning), Toileting, Light housekeeping, Assist with eating and light meal prep.”

We have not had any individuals express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.  The County Commissioners approved the renewal agreement between the COA and the Sheriff’s Department beginning 10/1/19 for this program. 

Reminder if you didn’t realize that you have had a choice all this time??   Beaver Island Seniors are welcome to be a part of the Charlevoix County Mainland Senior Centers and the services, activities, lunches/dinners and events provided at the centers through the COA.  When you schedule your appointments, shopping and family events on the mainland, look to coordinate your visit with the opportunities the COA is providing, and make an appointment to participate if it is required.  Otherwise, just show up.  Services, Activities, lunches/dinners and events are listed for all Senior Center locations in the attached Newsletter.  Appointments are required for Foot Clinics and some events so please call the center you would like to visit directly to see what is needed.  Contact names, phone numbers and addresses are also available on our Newsletter.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

November 18, 2019 at the Boyne Area Senior Center at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month – Reminder: The Beaver Island meeting has been rescheduled on Beaver Island for October 21, 2019 at 10am at the Peaine Township Hall. 

As a reminder, 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 Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  Please do not contact Kathie outside of this time frame for services.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month August through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.    

  • Reminder: The BI COA Office will have a computer available to be used by seniors on BI to access their Patient Portal with their Dr. Office; connect with Great Lakes ENT for Hearing Aid Adjustments, connect with Social Security, MY Free Taxes, Medicare and Medicaid resources along with a variety of other useful resources.  Use will need to be coordinated with Kathie.
  • Reminder: The COA BI Office now has Shelf Stable Snacks available for our Charlevoix County residents aged 60 years old and above to be available 1x a month for pick up. Selection will vary depending upon availability. Please contact Kathie for more information.
  • Reminder: The BI COA Office now has a Senior Resource Manual available for review.  Kathie is happy to make copies of information as needed.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Renewal Agreements were sent out on September 6, 2019 for the October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020 term to the following restaurants/owners/school:

  • Beaver Island Community School - Wil
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli – Bill & Tamara
  • *The Shamrock and The Stoney Acre Grille – E. J. Hodgson Enterprises, Inc. – Eric

No other dining establishments have either been able to participate or returned our outreach to be a part of the program.  *Though Eric has not expressed interest in being a part of the program again for any of the restaurants he owns, we hope that by providing him with another opportunity he will change his mind.

As of this date, the COA has not received any renewal agreements back from any of the previous participants.

Other Updates:

  • The COA has collaborated with the Health Department, Manna, Groundwork and the Beaver Island Food Pantry to support a Crock-Pot Give-Away and Cooking Class Program on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 12p-2p at Gregg Fellowship Hall.  Please call Beth Croswhite at 231-838-9069 to sign up.  There is a flyer at the BI COA Office.
  • The County Commissioners have approved the revised Senior Residential Snow Removal Program which will be open to seniors for application on October 21, 2019.  Enrollment packets for this program will be available at the BI COA Office beginning on that date.

Senior Snow Removal Program enrollment starts October 21, 2019!

The COA will reimburse the provider who renders service to Charlevoix County senior citizens (those 60 and older) up to the voucher total assigned to the household from the COA in TOTAL for any Snow Removal services:  Snow Shoveling, Snow Blowing or Snow Plowing.  Seniors choose their own providers.  Providers must complete a W9 before payment of services.  The intent of the program is to reimburse services that keep seniors independent and in their own homes.

Those seniors who are age 60 or older will be required to complete an eligibility packet including the Snow Removal Self Declaration Form for the 2019/2020 season, provide proof of all income along with a copy of their proof of residency.  A completed packet will be the sole way of

determining eligibility at this time.  Once the senior has completed the packet and returned it to the COA Office and eligibility has been determined, the senior will receive a letter informing them that they are enrolled in the program along with the designated vouchers.  If the eligible senior leaves their residence for a month or longer, they will not be eligible for the program until they return to the residence. 

Eligibility will be determined annually from the date of application.

The COA will reimburse the contracted snow remover.  Invoices will be reimbursed according to the date the work was performed and must be within the program time frame of 11/1/19 – 3/31/20.

This program is for homeowners and independent residential rentals as a supplemental support to the costs of snow removal and does NOT apply to commercial buildings, assisted living facilities or apartment complexes to offset their costs of snow removal.

Program enrollment will be from 10/21/19 – 12/27/19 or until the budget has been expended.   

Other Updates Continued:

  • Starting October 1, 2109, if you are 60 years old or older, a BI Charlevoix County Resident of 5 months or more and have successfully completed the application process and become a member for the BI FIT program through the Beaver Island Community Schools, the COA will pay the Beaver Island Community Schools $25 towards your annual membership fee for October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.  This supports the COA’s goal for creating a healthy exercise option for aging adults on BI.
    • As the school BI FIT program started in September 2019 for an annual term, the COA has paid the School for any approved Senior Applications they took in September and the School will reimburse the Island senior their membership fee.  Please contact them directly.
  • New BI Student Volunteer Service Learning Program through the Beaver Island Community School!

This application will be available at BICS and the BI COA office.  Seniors will be able to fill out the back to offer a volunteer opportunity to a student or students.  This could be raking leaves, lawn care, painting, shoveling snow, cleaning a garage, moving, building or fixing something, etc.   After approval, students will be able to get assigned and complete the project in exchange for volunteer hours required for graduation.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

View October Senior Highlights HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

10/01/19 at 5 p.m.

View the board meeting packet with agenda HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

BIAC Documents Aug-Sept 2019

Aug 3 Agenda BIAC

Aug 3 BIAC meeting minutes

Special meeting posting Sept 30

Sept 30 BIAC Special meeting minutes

Early Mexican Diving

By Dick Burris

In the very early 80s Cozumel was just getting into professional diving tours; it appeared that there were only two dive shops there. The main dive shop was "Aqua Safari" which is still there until this day.

The dive boats were "converted veleros", They took the old sailing vessels and installed diesel engines in them. There was no hurry those days; the boats clipped along at around 12 mph. They would do a deep dive first, then go ashore for an "off gassing" break, usually it would be at Playa Maya or San Francisco beach which was a distance south, from San Miguel, where the dive clubs were.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Hidden History

by Joe Moore

You may have some history hidden in your basement, in cupboards where you store things not used often, or right in front of you near your VHS player. Some of this history is personal, family history, but pieces of it may be quite interesting for anyone interested in the history of Beaver Island. In some cases, this can be unusual and/or irreplaceable.

If you have old reel to reel video, old 8 mm video, or old VHS tapes that you are not sure whether to keep or not, please let the BINN and BITV editor know about it. Words and stories are wonderful history, pictures with words are even better, but video or movies are the best.

This coming winter, Joe Moore is planning to work on coverting more video to digital files. If you have some, and, if you think it might have some historical value, please let me know. I'd like to capture some of this video and make it available to everyone. Here is one example:

This picture is from some VHS video that had converted and/or recorded reel to reel video to VHS video. The personal parts of this video probably have little value to anyone but family. There is some really interesting parts to this video. It includes the landing of Joe McPhillips airplane, some video done from that plane, some video of the Beaver Island downtown area from the 50's or 60's, and some video of snowmachines. It was fascinating, and I was happy to convert it to digital for the family. Here is some of that video of historical value set to music of the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys.

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Familiar Faces 29

By Joe Moore

After having been retired from BIEMS for a little over three years, the heart still jumps and the adrenaline still dumps, and I begin the worry about what the call is about and who the patient is.  I think of all the possibilities from the dispatch information, and my mind still jumps into automatic protocol review and assessment procedures.  There seems to be no way to get this brain to set all this aside.

The same excitement hit on 9/17/19 when the new ambulance, 57 Alpha One, came off the boat.  The many feelings will have to be imagined, but the cheers and the celebration done by the EMS providers and the BIESA members was shared inside my brain, and brought back some fantastic memories.  What memories?

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The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

In 2019, the Townships of Peaine and St. James passed an ordinance regulating and banning the movement of firewood, logs, lumber and wood pallets from the mainland to the Beaver Island Archipelago. Any wood brought to the Islands had to be bark free and/or processed in a manner which made it free of insects and disease.

The major concern was for the forests of the Archipelago, as there has been a massive incursion of the Emerald Ash Borer in the State of Michigan-- which has devastated the Ash tree population on the Michigan mainland. In hopes of keeping the Beaver Islands free of infestation, island volunteers have been monitoring our forests for years, with the help of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In 2017, an Emerald Ash Borer trap captured a female emerald ash borer. Tests in 2018 and this spring have also found the beetle’s larvae in two isolated Ash locations on Beaver Island. A full court press has ensued with a multidisciplinary team coming to the Island in March of this year to conduct surveys and to begin eradication processes. The team, consisting of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Charlevoix-Antrim-Kalkaska-Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (COKE CISMA) and volunteer members of the Beaver Island Association.

Pamela Grassmick, a resident of Beaver Island and a member of the Beaver Island Association, has been instrumental in bringing attention to the issue. She and others have worked for over a decade in monitoring our forests and wetlands for invasive species of all kinds. “We actually stripped the trees and looked at the larvae. There are different stages of the larvae and we found all stages present in two spots on the island,” Grassmick said.

Due to the early detection and the control methods now in place, forestry experts think Beaver Island has a good chance of controlling this pest. “The professionals feel confident we can control this on the island – if we get on top of it right now,” Grassmick said.

To that end, the Townships have passed this ordinance and will plan on enforcing it. Signs, bringing attention to the Ordinance, will be placed at all ports of entry to the island. The Beaver Island Ferry Company and both airports will have warning signs placed where travelers to the Islands can see them. Businesses, campgrounds and other gathering places will also post these signs. Pam Grassmick adds: “The Beaver Island Townships’ signs are a vital step in controlling the movement of untreated wood which could harbor invasive forest pests. Islanders recognize that the ecology and economic future are dependent on the health of our forests and it is great to see the township’s support in action.”

All are encouraged to buy or obtain fire wood locally, and to be especially mindful not to move Ash wood around the island or between the islands of the Beaver Island Archipelago.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the work that is taking place to eradicate it, please go to the Beaver Island Association website: www beaverislandassociation.org. The Township websites will also carry more information about this ordinance.

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