B. I. News on the 'Net, October 15-28, 2018

RE-Broadcast Video

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

4-6th Grade Play on June 12, 2016 (1.25 hr)

4th of July Parade 2016 (3/4 hr)

20 Minutes with the New Administrator 8/1/17 (20 min)

1950's Video by Rogers Carlisle (no sound) (1/2 hr)

1999 Interview with Henry Hill (3/4 hr)

2000 Phil Gregg Roast (2 hr)

2007 Christmas Cantata (1.5 hr)

Today's video started with a live stream of Mass from Holy Cross at 9:30 a.m., This re-broadcast will begin at 12:30 p.m. It is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Posted at noon, 10/28/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 28, 2018

I detest nights like this when I can't sleep. Every time I looked at the clock only ten minutes had passed. When I'm done with this I'm going to give the sofa a try.
Anyhow, right now it's 39° outside, feels like 36°, with cloudy skies.
TODAYl Cloudy with isolated rain showers. Highs in the lower 40s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the evening then a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of showers 40%/
TODAY: East wind 5 to 10 knots becoming north early in the evening. Slight chance of showers through the day. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT; tNorthwest wind 15 to 20 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
MONDAY; Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
MONDAY NIGHT; Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

DID YOU KNOW THAT your brain uses the energy of a 10 watt bulb to think. (Mine isn't even using one the size of a broken Christmas tree light today).

ON THIS DATE of October 28, 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch, designed by Finnish-born, American-educated architect Eero Saarinen, was erected to commemorate President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and to celebrate St. Louis’ central role in the rapid westward expansion that followed. As the market and supply point for fur traders and explorers—including the famous Meriwether Lewis and William Clark—the town of St. Louis grew exponentially after the War of 1812, when great numbers of people began to travel by wagon train to seek their fortunes west of the Mississippi River. In 1947-48, Saarinen won a nationwide competition to design a monument honoring the spirit of the western pioneers. In a sad twist of fate, the architect died of a brain tumor in 1961 and did not live to see the construction of his now-famous arch, which began in February 1963. Completed in October 1965, the Gateway Arch cost less than $15 million to build. With foundations sunk 60 feet into the ground, its frame of stressed stainless steel is built to withstand both earthquakes and high winds. An internal tram system takes visitors to the top, where on a clear day they can see up to 30 miles across the winding Mississippi and to the Great Plains to the west. In addition to the Gateway Arch, the Jefferson Expansion Memorial includes the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse of St. Louis, where two of the famous Dred Scott slavery cases were heard in the 1860s.

Today, some 4 million people visit the park each year to wander its nearly 100 acres, soak up some history and take in the breathtaking views from Saarinen’s gleaming arch.

WORD OF THE DAY: ossature (OS-uh-cher) which means the arrangement of bones in the skeleton or a body part. Ossature is a borrowing from French ossature, probably modeled on French musculature. The base of ossature is the Latin noun os (stem oss-) “bone,” which comes from the Proto-Indo-European root ost- “bone.” Greek derives from the same root ostéon “bone” (as in osteology), óstrakon “potsherd” (as in ostracize), and óstreon “oyster” (the English noun comes from Greek via Old French and Latin). Ossature entered English in the 19th century.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Trunk or Treat

at the Gregg Fellowship Hall

5-6:30 pm.

Hand out from your trunk or, if it's chilly, come inside and use a table. Bring your costume, decorations and candy!
Hot dogs, chips and apple cider available plus Chilli by Jerry!
Decorations by Paul Niehaus.
Come and enjoy the fun!

Posted at 6 p.m., 10/27/18

Re-Broadcast Video

This will be followed by re-broadcast, beginning about 5:15 p.m. of:

Dominican Sisters interview in 2003 at Marywood (1 hr)

Skip Duhamel Interview from public radio (short)

Harbor Tour by water by Phil Gregg (3/4 hr.)

Hickory Beaver Flattail Fest (3/4 hr.)

Islander Soccer versus Polar Bears 10/5/18 (1.5 hr)

Lady Islanders versus Polar Bears 10/5/18 (1 hr)

All times are approximate.

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Why Beaver Island TV and BINN?

by Joe Moore

I have been asked this question several times.

Why do you go to the nth degree to make certain that you get events live streamed? There can't be that many viewers.

Why do you go to the expnese to do this? It has to be expensive.

Why do you live stream sports events? There aren't that many people interested.

So I ask you, do you remember the starfish picture of a person walking along the water's edge? Do you remember that this person is asked, "Why do you do this, there are so many?" Do you remember his answer?

"I made a difference for that one."

There are people who are interested in what is going on in the public meetings on Beaver Island. There are people who are not on the island that are interested in viewing sports events. There are people who can't physically attend events that are quite interested in events on the island.

I believe this picture sums up the answers to all of your questions. And, I believe that the starfish answer justifies all of the expense and all of the effort. Imagine a relative in Colorado or in California or in Oregon being able to view a loved one's memorial service. Imagine a relative interested in watching a loved one's event that is important to both people. Imagine a relative wanting to view a sporting event, but can't be on the island to watch it.

This is why we do this!

(If you don't know, this is Dawn Mooney Marsh in Arizona watching her daughter play volleyball on Beaver Island.)

Posted at 11:15 a.m., October 27, 2018

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 27, 2018

I'll bet you thought I simply slept in this morning, well, I sort of did but upon awakening I had trouble getting my webbed feet untangled from the comforter. AND it's raining again today. I think perhaps i'll need to get a Babble language learning thingy and learn duck!
Right now it's 42°, feels like 38°, cloudy skies, misting out at the moment, wind is at 9 mph from the east.
TODAY: Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Highs in the mid 40s. East winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Chance of rain early in the morning, then chance of showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

DID YOU KNOW THAT of all the oxygen you breathe 20% of it is used by your brain.

ON THIS DATE of October 27, 1904, at 2:35 pm , New York City Mayor George McClellan takes the controls on the inaugural run of the city’s innovative new rapid transit system: the subway.

While London boasts the world’s oldest underground train network (opened in 1863) and Boston built the first subway in the United States in 1897, the New York City subway soon became the largest American system. The first line, operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), traveled 9.1 miles through 28 stations. Running from City Hall in lower Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal in midtown, and then heading west along 42nd Street to Times Square, the line finished by zipping north, all the way to 145th Street and Broadway in Harlem. On opening day, Mayor McClellan so enjoyed his stint as engineer that he stayed at the controls all the way from City Hall to 103rd Street.

At 7 p.m. that evening, the subway opened to the general public, and more than 100,000 people paid a nickel each to take their first ride under Manhattan. IRT service expanded to the Bronx in 1905, to Brooklyn in 1908 and to Queens in 1915. Since 1968, the subway has been controlled by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA). The system now has 26 lines and 468 stations in operation; the longest line, the 8th Avenue “A” Express train, stretches more than 32 miles, from the northern tip of Manhattan to the far southeast corner of Queens.

Every day, some 4.5 million passengers take the subway in New York. With the exception of the PATH train connecting New York with New Jersey and some parts of Chicago’s elevated train system, New York’s subway is the only rapid transit system in the world that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No matter how crowded or dirty, the subway is one New York City institution few New Yorkers—or tourists—could do without.

WORD OF THE DAY: necropolis (nuh-KROP-uh-lis) which means a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city. Necropolis, Greek for “city of the dead, corpse city,” first appears in the works of the Greek historian and geographer Strabo (c 63 b.c.-c 21a.d.). It was originally the name of the cemetery district in Alexandria, Egypt (founded by Alexander the Great in 323 b.c.). Greek nekrós means “corpse” (its plural nekrói means “the dead”); its combining form necro- forms the first half of necromancy (divination through communication with the dead, one of the blackest of the black arts). Nekrós comes from the Proto-Indo-European root nek- “death,” with a variant nok- “to kill.” From the same root Latin has the noun nex (stem nec-) “murder, violent death” (as in internecine, whose original English meaning was “deadly”). From the variant nok- Latin derives the verb nocēre “to harm” (source of nocent and innocent) and the adjective noxius “guilty, delinquent, harmful, injurious.” Greek pólis “city," more properly "citadel, fortified high place,” is related to Sanskrit pū́r, puram “city,” as in Singapore “Lion City,” ultimately from Sanskrit siṁha- “lion” and pū́r, puram. Necropolis entered English in the 19th century.

Posted at 9 a.m.

Welcome, Paul Cole, Chamber Director

Paul Cole was born on Beaver Island, went to school here on Beaver Island, and has not returned to live on Beaver Island. Paul Cole was given the job of the Executive Director by the Chamber of Commerce Board. Today, Friday, October 26, 2018, Editor Joe Moore sat down with Paul and these video clips were the result. The meeting was down at the Chamber Office near the Yacht Dock.

View the video HERE

Posted at 4:45 p.m., 10/26/18

BICS Weekly Memo

October 26, 2018

Posted at 4:15 p.m., 10/26/18

Today's ReBroadcast of Video

October 26, 2018

Buffalo Malloy's Grand Daughters 2006 (1 hr)

Christmas Cantata 2005 (1.5 hrs)

Castaways (short)

Cloyd Ramsey (1 hr)

BICS Strings and Cummin String Quartet (1 hr)

Fish Tug Saga (short)

BICS Basketball Islanders and Lady Islanders 1/27/18 (1 hr)

Cull Reunion Dance (1 hr)

Brian Gallagher Interver 2008

Cindy House Party

Programming begins at 10:30 a..m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 26, 2018

It's 42° outside this morning, with cloudy skies.
TODAY: Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 40s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Patchy fog. Lows around 40°. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog through the day. Rain likely. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of rain. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in a room with 23 other people, there is a 50% chance that two of the people in the room will share a birthday.

ON THIS DATE of October 26, 1881, the Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

After silver was discovered nearby in 1877, Tombstone quickly grew into one of the richest mining towns in the Southwest. Wyatt Earp, a former Kansas police officer working as a bank security guard, and his brothers, Morgan and Virgil, the town marshal, represented “law and order” in Tombstone, though they also had reputations as being power-hungry and ruthless. The Clantons and McLaurys were cowboys who lived on a ranch outside of town and sidelined as cattle rustlers, thieves and murderers. In October 1881, the struggle between these two groups for control of Tombstone and Cochise County ended in a blaze of gunfire at the OK Corral.

On the morning of October 25, Ike Clanton and Tom McLaury came into Tombstone for supplies. Over the next 24 hours, the two men had several violent run-ins with the Earps and their friend Doc Holliday. Around 1:30 p.m. on October 26, Ike’s brother Billy rode into town to join them, along with Frank McLaury and Billy Claiborne. The first person they met in the local saloon was Holliday, who was delighted to inform them that their brothers had both been pistol-whipped by the Earps. Frank and Billy immediately left the saloon, vowing revenge.

Around 3 p.m., the Earps and Holliday spotted the five members of the Clanton-McLaury gang in a vacant lot behind the OK Corral, at the end of Fremont Street. The famous gunfight that ensued lasted all of 30 seconds, and around 30 shots were fired. Though it’s still debated who fired the first shot, most reports say that the shootout began when Virgil Earp pulled out his revolver and shot Billy Clanton point-blank in the chest, while Doc Holliday fired a shotgun blast at Tom McLaury’s chest. Though Wyatt Earp wounded Frank McLaury with a shot in the stomach, Frank managed to get off a few shots before collapsing, as did Billy Clanton. When the dust cleared, Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers were dead, and Virgil and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday were wounded. Ike Clanton and Claiborne had run for the hills.

Sheriff John Behan of Cochise County, who witnessed the shootout, charged the Earps and Holliday with murder. A month later, however, a Tombstone judge found the men not guilty, ruling that they were “fully justified in committing these homicides.” The famous shootout has been immortalized in many movies, including Frontier Marshal (1939), Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957), Tombstone (1993) and Wyatt Earp (1994).

WORD OF THE DAY: timorous (TIM-er-uhs) which means full of fear; fearful. Timorous, “fearful,” has several spellings in Middle English, e.g., tymerous, timerous, temerous, which all come via Old French temeros, timoureus from the Medieval Latin adjective timōrōsus “fearful,” a derivative of the Latin noun timor “fear,” itself a derivative of the verb timēre “to fear, be afraid.” (There is no further reliable etymology for the Latin.) The English and French spellings tim- and tem- betray a confusion going back to at least the 14th century between derivations of the Latin verb timēre “to fear” and adverb temere “rashly, recklessly” (the source of the English noun temerity). From the English variant spelling timerous (“fearful”), English forms the uncommon noun temerity “fearfulness, timidity,” which is also spelled timerite and temerity, the latter spelling continuing that confusion. Timorous entered English in the 15th century.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Emergency Services Authority Meeting

October 25, 2018

The normal time of the meeting was 2 p.m., but it was rescheduled to start at 3 p.m., today, October 25, 2018. There was not agenda received by BINN, so there was no way to know what was going to be discussed prior to the start of the meeting. Thanks to Deb Bousquet for video work to be able to provide the video of the meeting. No documents were sent to BINN, even though a subscritpion through a FOIA request had been made, so all we have is the video.

View video of the BIESA meeting HERE

Posted at 7:45 p.m., 10/25/18

Obituary for Richard Duane Verleger

VERLEGER, RICHARD DUANE, age 67, of Bonita Springs, FL, formerly Mt Pleasant, MI, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018, following a long courageous fight with leukemia. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.

Richard loved to hunt and spend days on his farm. He liked to spend time on Beaver Island where he has a cabin where he could relax and hang with friends.

Richard was born on January 13, 1951, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He went to Mt Pleasant High School, and attended Western Michigan University. He then went on to own his own Construction business and from there went on to start Summit Petroleum in Mt. Pleasant. After selling Summit in 2005 he retired to Bonita Springs, FL, where he resided six months of the year.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, his son Michael (Jennifer), his daughter Katherine (Jason), his step-son Gavin. He leaves behind three beautiful grandchildren, Jackson, Andrew and Alaina, as well as a brother Ronald (Mary).

His wife wishes to express her deepest appreciation of all of Richard’s many friends who have kept in touch and provided loving support during the difficult times of his illness.

A Celebration of Life and Stories for Richard will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a dinner, on Saturday, November 3, at the Reflections Reception Center at Clark Family Funeral Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, Richard asked donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at lls.org. Envelopes will be available at the time of service and at the funeral chapel.

To send flowers to the family of Richard Duane Verleger, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

RE-Broadcast of Video

October 25, 2018

Today's video replay include only video done by BINN and is of BICS activities.

Islander Basketball, Parent Recognition, and Lady Islander Basketball 1/26/18 (1.25 hr)

BICS Graduation 2018 (1.5 hrs)

BICS St. Patrick's Day Dancing (.25 hr)

Born to Be Wild 5/17/18 (1 hr)

This rebroadcast will being at 12:30 p.m. and can be viewed by anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Beauty Surrounds Us

Out on a boodle last night, there was no easily viewed moonrise from several locations, but that did not deter this editor from capturing some of the beauty in the post sunset period of time.

The after sunset glow of the sky

Several people out perch fishing

View a gallery of photos HERE

Beautiful Paradise Bay evening

Posted at 10 a.m., 10/25/18


Oct 27, 2018, at 9 am


Posted at 9 a.m., 10/25/18

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative Agenda

November 1, 2018
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Beaver Island Community Center

Posted at 9 a.m., 10/25/18

Re:  Thanksgiving Dinner at Beaver Island Christian Church

Last year we tried having the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday evening instead of Thanksgiving Day.

The decision about the date for this year’s dinner is still under discussion.  The biggest issue is getting enough help.

If you have strong feelings one way or another, we want to hear from you.  Send all comments to beaverislandchristianchurch@gmail.com. Please do not call or talk to someone at the grocery store, post office, etc. We need your comments in writing.

Please comment as soon as possible.  Indicate whether you would prefer to attend Sunday or Thursday, or whether it doesn’t make any difference to you.  Indicate whether you would be willing to help with a Sunday dinner or a Thursday dinner.  Remember that we have to have enough help to put on this dinner.

Thank you for your input.
Judi Meister

Posted at 9 a.m., 10/25/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 25, 2018

Rather weird out this morning when I took the dogs out. Raining on the roof and running off like crazy but the deck was bone dry. Right now I'm showing 43°, feels like 37°, partly cloudy skies, wind at 10 mph from the southwest, and humidity is at 85%.

TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Highs around 50°. Southwest winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around 40°. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
FrIDAY NIGHT: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

DID YOU KNOW THAT birds can not live in space – they need gravity or they can not swallow.

ON THIS DATE of October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is born in Malaga, Spain.

Picasso’s father was a professor of drawing, and he bred his son for a career in academic art. Picasso had his first exhibit at age 13 and later quit art school so he could experiment full-time with modern art styles. He went to Paris for the first time in 1900, and in 1901 was given an exhibition at a gallery on Paris’ rue Lafitte, a street known for its prestigious art galleries. The precocious 19-year-old Spaniard was at the time a relative unknown outside Barcelona, but he had already produced hundreds of paintings. Winning favorable reviews, he stayed in Paris for the rest of the year and later returned to the city to settle permanently.

The work of Picasso, which comprises more than 50,000 paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, and ceramics produced over 80 years, is described in a series of overlapping periods. His first notable period–the “blue period”—began shortly after his first Paris exhibit. In works such as The Old Guitarist (1903), Picasso painted in blue tones to evoke the melancholy world of the poor. The blue period was followed by the “rose period,” in which he often depicted circus scenes, and then by Picasso’s early work in sculpture. In 1907, Picasso painted the groundbreaking work Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which, with its fragmented and distorted representation of the human form, broke from previous European art. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon demonstrated the influence on Picasso of both African mask art and Paul Cezanne and is seen as a forerunner of the Cubist movement, founded by Picasso and the French painter Georges Braque in 1909.

In Cubism, which is divided into two phases, analytical and synthetic, Picasso and Braque established the modern principle that artwork need not represent reality to have artistic value. Major Cubist works by Picasso included his costumes and sets for Sergey Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1917) and The Three Musicians (1921). Picasso and Braque’s Cubist experiments also resulted in the invention of several new artistic techniques, including collage.

After Cubism, Picasso explored classical and Mediterranean themes, and images of violence and anguish increasingly appeared in his work. In 1937, this trend culminated in the masterpiece Guernica, a monumental work that evoked the horror and suffering endured by the Basque town of Guernica when it was destroyed by German war planes during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso remained in Paris during the Nazi occupation but was fervently opposed to fascism and after the war joined the French Communist Party.

Picasso’s work after World War II is less studied than his earlier creations, but he continued to work feverishly and enjoyed commercial and critical success. He produced fantastical works, experimented with ceramics, and painted variations on the works of other masters in the history of art. Known for his intense gaze and domineering personality, he had a series of intense and overlapping love affairs in his lifetime. He continued to produce art with undiminished force until his death in 1973 at the age of 91.

WORD OF THE DAY: dirigible (DIr- i- juh-buh l) which means an airship. Dirigible is a shortening of “dirigible balloon,” a translation of the French ballon dirigeable “steerable balloon.” Dirigible and dirigeable are derivatives of the Latin verb dīrigere “to guide, align, straighten” and the common suffix -ible “capable of, fit for.” Dirigible in its literal sense “capable of being directed” dates from the late 16th century; the sense referring to the balloon or airship dates from the late 19th century.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

What Did You Say 56

by Joe Moore

“You know the pirates are going to invade us and destroy this whole island,” the patient said.  “Then the Nazi’s will come in a take-over, and we’ll all be screwed. You don’t want that to happen, do you?”

What did you say?

Yes, a patient did have this comment to me, although the situation was slightly different that the ones that I usually have encountered.

“The spiders are crawling all over me.  Get them off.  GET THEM OFF!” the same patient stated.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 10/24/18

Becca Foli's Moon Pictures

While some were sitting in the Donegal Danny's Pub for $2 Tuesday beers, Becca and Cindy were out doing the moon boodle and the sunset boodle. Becca got these amazing photos on the boodle of the moon.

Posted at 1:45 p.m., 10/24/18

BIESA Meeting Time Change

This meeting on October 25, 2018, was scheduled to start at 2 p.m., but it will begin at 3 p.m. instead.

Posted at 12 noon, 10.24.18

RE-Broadcast Today

October 24, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane (from the BIHS, BINN, and Phil Gregg video collections) includes:

5th and 6th Grade play "Laffin' School" from 2004 (1 hr)

BICS Graduation 2004 (1/2 hr)

Agnes Bird Interview 2002 (3/4 hr)

Phil Gregg Interview 2006 (2 hrs)

Andy Tennison "Strangite" 2005 (3/4 hr)

BICS Boy's Basketball 1/11/18 (1 hr)

BICS Lady's Basketball 1/11/18 (1 hr)

All times are approximate. The rebroadcast will begin at 10:45 a.m.

These can be viewed by anyone, anywhere at:


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Beaver Island Wildlife Club Dinner Announced

There will be a wildlife club dinner and raffle on November 17, 2018. It is called the Harold Lounsberry Annual Memorial Hunters' Dinner 2018. The dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 10/24/18

Out and Back

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 10/23/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 24, 2018

t's 36° outside this morning, feels like 32°, partly cloudy skies, wind is from the NNW at 5 mph, and the humidity is 80%.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Scattered snow and rain showers in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows around 30°. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 15 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less. Partly sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are 2,000,000 millionaires in the United States and thanks to NOT winning the lottery last night, I'm not one of them.

ON THIS DATE of October 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

After her husband died in the Civil War, the New York-born Taylor moved all over the U. S. before settling in Bay City, Michigan, around 1898. In July 1901, while reading an article about the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, she learned of the growing popularity of two enormous waterfalls located on the border of upstate New York and Canada. Strapped for cash and seeking fame, Taylor came up with the perfect attention-getting stunt: She would go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Taylor was not the first person to attempt the plunge over the famous falls. In October 1829, Sam Patch, known as the Yankee Leaper, survived jumping down the 175-foot Horseshoe Falls of the Niagara River, on the Canadian side of the border. More than 70 years later, Taylor chose to take the ride on her birthday, October 24. (She claimed she was in her 40s, but genealogical records later showed she was 63.) With the help of two assistants, Taylor strapped herself into a leather harness inside an old wooden pickle barrel five feet high and three feet in diameter. With cushions lining the barrel to break her fall, Taylor was towed by a small boat into the middle of the fast-flowing Niagara River and cut loose.

Knocked violently from side to side by the rapids and then propelled over the edge of Horseshoe Falls, Taylor reached the shore alive, if a bit battered, around 20 minutes after her journey began. After a brief flurry of photo-ops and speaking engagements, Taylor’s fame cooled, and she was unable to make the fortune for which she had hoped. She did, however, inspire a number of copy-cat daredevils. Between 1901 and 1995, 15 people went over the falls; 10 of them survived. Among those who died were Jesse Sharp, who took the plunge in a kayak in 1990, and Robert Overcracker, who used a jet ski in 1995. No matter the method, going over Niagara Falls is illegal, and survivors face charges and stiff fines on either side of the border.

WORD OF THE DAY: moonstruck (MOON-strunk) which means dreamily romantic or bemused. The original sense of moonstruck, “mentally deranged, insane,” first appears in Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton (1608–74). Milton was astonishingly learned: he wrote poetry in Latin, Greek, and Italian; he translated Psalm 114 from Hebrew into Greek verse; he was a polemicist (or propagandist) for the English general, Puritan statesman, and Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell. Moonstruck is probably Milton’s own creation, a translation from Greek selēnóblētos “moonstruck, epileptic,” a compound of selḗnē “moon” and blētós “stricken, stricken with palsy,” a past participle of bállein ”to throw, hit (with a missile).” The sense of “dreamily romantic” dates from the mid-19th century.

Colors Out and Around

Just open your eyes as you drive from one location or another on Beaver Island, to the store or to the post office, or to the airport. You are surround by beauty and many shades of yellow, orange, and red.

While we all know that fall leads into winter, there is no reason not to enjoy the beauty that is all around us on Beaver Island this fall.

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 10/23/18

Piebald Deer

The piebald coloring is due to a genetic abnormality that leads to a lack of pigmentation in patches around the body. Piebaldism is a recessive trait; therefore, both parents must carry the recessive gene for there to be a chance that they will produce a piebald fawn. All of which makes this condition extremely rare, affecting less than two percent of the white-tailed deer population.

While they may seem similar, Fergus says that the genetic causes of piebald individuals are not the same as those that contribute to albinism. To spot the difference, look at the eyes. Albino deer have pink eyes, a pink nose and pink-hued hooves, while piebald deer have brown eyes and a brown nose, with black hooves.

In addition to its rare coat, a piebald deer will likely have other issues, including:

I’ve found that I enjoy seeing this deer on camera and knowing that it’s around. At the end of the day, it’s an extremely rare glimpse of nature that most people just don’t get to see -- especially if they're not deer hunters.

David Osborn, wildlife research coordinator at the University of Georgia Deer Research Facility suggests that, in some states, piebald deer are protected.

Osborn also pointed out that allowing a piebald deer to live and reproduce has little bearing on the overall health of an area deer herd. "We manage deer for overall population and herd health, so what happens with a few local deer won't affect the big picture," he says. "If you selectively remove them (piebald and white deer), hidden genes will continue to be spread by normal-colored carriers in spite of your efforts."

From the Michigan DNR:

"It is LEGAL to harvest albino, all-white or piebald deer in Michigan (piebald deer are white with some brown markings). Part of the confusion about the legality may stem from the fact that until 2008 albino and all-white deer were protected in Michigan and could not be harvested by hunters.

The protection of albino/all-white deer was lifted for several reasons – the rule put hunters in a difficult situation because it was legal to take a piebald deer, but it can be difficult to determine if a deer is all-white, albino or piebald from a distance; there is no biological reason to protect the genetic trait that causes a deer to be all-white or albino (in fact, the trait is certainly a disadvantage for avoiding predators)."

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 10/23/18


Peaine Township hall it is. The 9th- and 10th-grade students will give their talks Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. Each night will begin at 7 p.m. and go until about 8:30. Please come both nights if you can!

Elisha, Quintan, Jared, Skylar, and Jessica

McKenna, Mackenzie, Gage, Harley, and Zander

Best regards,
Adam Richards

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

Today's walk down memory lane has the following rebroadcast video, starting at 10:15 a.m.:

Short clip of the Snowy Owl

BICS Soccer vs Big Bay De Noc 9/22/18 (1.5 hrs)

Sister Agnes Claire 8/18/03 (1 hr)

Phil Gregg Tribute 7/7/04 (1.5 hrs)

St. Pat's Games 2018 on the ground level (.5 hr)

This Place Matters (1 hr) at Beaverhead Lighthouse (1 hr)


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

BICS Seeks Board Member

October 23, 2018

Posted at 9:30 a.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 23, 2018

It's 42° this morning, feels like 36°, wind is at 12 mph from the NW.
Today: Mostly cloudy. Isolated rain and snow showers in the morning then isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain and snow showers. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
Today: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Isolated showers through the day. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
Tonight: North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Isolated showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Wednesday: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night: Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll llantysiliogogogoch
is the hardest to pronounce town – you can visit it in Wales. Well, are you ready to have a go at saying Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch?

Go on, have a go!

To help you out we have broken the name into its various parts. Have a look at how each part of the name is pronounced. We've also given you some hints on how to say each part of the name. At the end we'll tell you what each part means. So, let's GO!!

LLAN : You pronounce this part just like the English word "plan", but, there is a twist. Have a listen to the recording and pay special attention to how the "LL" is pronounced. This sound is hard to explain and is more easily learnt by practicing the sound in the recording. For those of you who would like a description, here we go:

Place your tongue flat in your mouth.
Touch the bridge behind your front teeth firmly with the tip of your tongue.
Without moving the tip of your tongue try to touch your back teeth with the sides the tongue.
Breathe the air out of your lungs forcefully over the back of your tongue. This should cause a vibrating noise near your back teeth.
Keep your tongue in position and gently change its shape until you have more control over the sound.
Well, that's the "LL" sound! Have a listen to the recording again, and practice away until you get it!

FAIR : This part sounds like the English word "fire" but with a "v" sound instead of the "f",

PWLL : If you have practised your "LL" sound this part will be somewhat easier for you. The "PW" part is sounded the same as the "pu" part of the English word "put". The "LL" part is as explained above, just add it onto the end. Have a listen to the recording again, just to ensure you are on the right track!

GWYN : This part is pronounced in exactly the same way as the Welsh name "Gwyn". Pronounce the English word "win" and simply put the "g" in the front. Pronounce the "g" as in the word "gone". Hopefully, that part was fairly easy.

GYLL : Now this part is somewhat more difficult. Start out by pronouncing the english word "gill", you know, those things that fish have! After that change the pronunciation of the "ll" part of "gill" to our "LL" pronunciation of above. Listen to the recording again to make sure you have it correct.

GO : This bit looks fairly easy, doesn't it? Well, actually it is! Bet you thought you may have been doing tongue gymnastics once again. Sorry to disappoint, but simply pronounce this part just like you would pronounce the "go" part of the English word "gone".

GER : This is pronounced the same as the English word "care" but with the "c" changed into a "g".

YCH : Just the same as the pronunciation of "LL", this part is also somewht tricky! Say the English word "yuck", you know, when you see or taste something you dont like. Drop the "y" off the beginning of the word to leave "uck" part. Change the "ck" part to "ch" as it is pronounced in the Scottish word "loch". To make sure you have got it, listen to the recording again.

WYRN : This part looks more difficult than it is in reality. Say the English word "win", and you have it! Simple!

DROB : Say the English word "draw" and add a "b" onto the end of it. Now that was easy! Wasn't it?

WYLL : Thank goodness you will be saying, as you have already learnt this part. Pronounce it exactly the same as the "PWLL" part above, but simply drop off the "P".

- : This is very easy, simply forget its there!

LLAN : Exactly the same as the "LLAN" at the start of the word.

TY : Pronounce this part the same as the "t" in the English word "twig".

SILIO : Prononuce this part "silly-o", with the "o" as in the English word "cot".

GO : Exactly the same as the "GO" we learnt earlier.

GO : And again, the same as we learnt earlier. Getting easy isn't it?

GOCH : Well, we are almost there! Pronounce "GO" as you learnt above and put "ch" after it.

Well done! You have made it through. Just put it all together and practice away!

ON THIS DATE of October 23, 42, Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi.

Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic. However, the result of Caesar’s assassination was to plunge the Roman world into a new round of civil wars, with the Republican forces of Brutus and Cassius vying for supremacy against Octavian and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Antony at a battle in Philippi, Greece, in October 42 B.C., Cassius killed himself. On October 23, Brutus’ army was crushed by Octavian and Antony at a second encounter at Philippi, and Brutus took his own life.

Antony and Octavian soon turned against each other, and in 27 B.C. the Roman Republic was lost forever with the ascendance of Octavian as Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome.

WORD OF THE DAY; (no it's not a town in Wales) hooly (HOO-lee) which means cautiously; gently. Hooly in Scottish English is an adjective and adverb meaning “slow, cautious; slowly, cautiously.” It comes from Middle English hōly, from Old Norse hófligr “moderate” or its adverb hófliga “moderately,” derived from the noun hóf “moderation." Hooly often forms part of the phrase hooly and fairly (fairly meaning “gently, softly, steadily, cautiously”). Hooly entered English in the 14th century.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Horse Arena

by Dick Burris

In  about 1967, I had some help building an arena for dressage horses. We checked the local specs, and found that four foot spacing on a designed truss would suffice for seasonal snow load etc. Just for extra stability we notched one side of the vertical posts to support the plates for the trusses to rest upon, where most barns just doubled the nailed plates to the side of the vertical posts.

On one end of the arena, John Mccafferty built a observation deck/ living quarters, facing the main dressage ring below, that was about 100'x60'.

That winter we had a lot of snow, and an ice storm which loaded the roof with about three feet of frozen (snow ice). This later crushed in the major part of the roof, leaving only the part supported by the built in observation deck that John had built that fall.

There were many things stored in the arena that took a beating; the boat and trailer it was on; and flattened the Jeep roof, even with the main body, level with the engine hood. I couldn't get inside of the Jeep to move it, so took an ax, and chopped a hole in the roof; so then was able to slide in and drive it out of the barn for cleanup. A few things underneath the fallen roof were not damaged.

The insurance company told us that that was the only barn that fell in, that was not due to plate failure.

Anyway after the cleanup, we decided to rebuild the arena; we doubled the count of trusses on the span, and added a lot of special bracing to support, and double the load that it had before. Then, instead of fiberglass shingles, used a steel roof, that would allow the snow to slide off.

I decided that summer to put the Jeep in the 4th of July parade. As I was going into town that day, with half of my body sticking out above the Jeep roof; a lady pulled up alongside, and with a worried expression on her face, asked me, "Are you alright!!!??"

Maybe she thought that it had just happened. (Through my laughing, I related to her what really happened), and that I was putting it in the parade that day

Posted at 7:45 p.m., 10/22/18

St James Minutes of October Meeting

2018.10.10.01 Resolution to Adopt Parks and Recreation Plan-Harbor Plan Addendum

Minutes of 101018 Regular Meeting

Posted at 6 p.m., 10/22/18

Saturday Sunrise

This beautiful photo was taken by Bob Tidmore on Saturday morning. Thanks for sharing!

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane using video from the BIHS collection and the Phil Gregg collection will begin at 10:00 a.m. at http://beaverisland.tv

It will include the following re-broadcast videos:

Pinky Harmon Roast (2.5 hours)

Ray Kiogama on the Odawa Language (1.5 hours)

Raymond Carnes 2005 (1 hour)

Robert Cole Interview 2005 (1 hour)

Ron Gregg Returns from Iraqi Freedom (2 hours)

Rose Connaghan 2008 (1 hour)

The glitches in yesterday's broadcast seemed to last a short period of time. Still working on perfecting this process.

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 22, 2018

Clear skies, lots of stars, Orion is marching across the heavens from our back deck. Not a hint of a breeze, no leaves skittering ... just pure silence.

Right now I'm showing 37°, IF there was wind, it was from the north but I'm not picking up any, dew point is 28°, humidity is at 72%.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. southwest winds at 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT; Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northwest 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 35 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
TUESDAY: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
TUESDAY NIGHT: North wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

DID YOU KNOW THAT All babies are born with blue eyes.

ON THIS DATE of October 22, in a televised speech of extraordinary gravity, President John F. Kennedy announces that U.S. spy planes have discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba. These missile sites—under construction but nearing completion—housed medium-range missiles capable of striking a number of major cities in the United States, including Washington, D.C. Kennedy announced that he was ordering a naval “quarantine” of Cuba to prevent Soviet ships from transporting any more offensive weapons to the island and explained that the United States would not tolerate the existence of the missile sites currently in place. The president made it clear that America would not stop short of military action to end what he called a “clandestine, reckless, and provocative threat to world peace.”

What is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis actually began on October 15, 1962—the day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing U-2 spy plane data discovered that the Soviets were building medium-range missile sites in Cuba. The next day, President Kennedy secretly convened an emergency meeting of his senior military, political, and diplomatic advisers to discuss the ominous development. The group became known as ExCom, short for Executive Committee. After rejecting a surgical air strike against the missile sites, ExCom decided on a naval quarantine and a demand that the bases be dismantled and missiles removed. On the night of October 22, Kennedy went on national television to announce his decision. During the next six days, the crisis escalated to a breaking point as the world tottered on the brink of nuclear war between the two superpowers.

On October 23, the quarantine of Cuba began, but Kennedy decided to give Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev more time to consider the U.S. action by pulling the quarantine line back 500 miles. By October 24, Soviet ships en route to Cuba capable of carrying military cargoes appeared to have slowed down, altered, or reversed their course as they approached the quarantine, with the exception of one ship—the tanker Bucharest. At the request of more than 40 nonaligned nations, U.N. Secretary-General U Thant sent private appeals to Kennedy and Khrushchev, urging that their governments “refrain from any action that may aggravate the situation and bring with it the risk of war.” At the direction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. military forces went to DEFCON 2, the highest military alert ever reached in the postwar era, as military commanders prepared for full-scale war with the Soviet Union.

On October 25, the aircraft carrier USS Essex and the destroyer USS Gearing attempted to intercept the Soviet tanker Bucharest as it crossed over the U.S. quarantine of Cuba. The Soviet ship failed to cooperate, but the U.S. Navy restrained itself from forcibly seizing the ship, deeming it unlikely that the tanker was carrying offensive weapons. On October 26, Kennedy learned that work on the missile bases was proceeding without interruption, and ExCom considered authorizing a U.S. invasion of Cuba. The same day, the Soviets transmitted a proposal for ending the crisis: The missile bases would be removed in exchange for a U.S. pledge not to invade Cuba.

The next day, however, Khrushchev upped the ante by publicly calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile bases in Turkey under pressure from Soviet military commanders. While Kennedy and his crisis advisers debated this dangerous turn in negotiations, a U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba, and its pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson, was killed. To the dismay of the Pentagon, Kennedy forbid a military retaliation unless any more surveillance planes were fired upon over Cuba. To defuse the worsening crisis, Kennedy and his advisers agreed to dismantle the U.S. missile sites in Turkey but at a later date, in order to prevent the protest of Turkey, a key NATO member.

On October 28, Khrushchev announced his government’s intent to dismantle and remove all offensive Soviet weapons in Cuba. With the airing of the public message on Radio Moscow, the USSR confirmed its willingness to proceed with the solution secretly proposed by the Americans the day before. In the afternoon, Soviet technicians began dismantling the missile sites, and the world stepped back from the brink of nuclear war. The Cuban Missile Crisis was effectively over. In November, Kennedy called off the blockade, and by the end of the year all the offensive missiles had left Cuba. Soon after, the United States quietly removed its missiles from Turkey.

The Cuban Missile Crisis seemed at the time a clear victory for the United States, but Cuba emerged from the episode with a much greater sense of security.The removal of antiquated Jupiter missiles from Turkey had no detrimental effect on U.S. nuclear strategy, but the Cuban Missile Crisis convinced a humiliated USSR to commence a massive nuclear buildup. In the 1970s, the Soviet Union reached nuclear parity with the United States and built intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking any city in the United States.

A succession of U.S. administrations honored Kennedy’s pledge not to invade Cuba, and relations with the communist island nation situated just 80 miles from Florida remained a thorn in the side of U.S. foreign policy for more than 50 years. In 2015, officials from both nations announced the formal normalization of relations between the U.S and Cuba, which included the easing of travel restrictions and the opening of embassies and diplomatic missions in both countries.

WORD OF THE DAY: barnstorm (BAHRN-stawrm) which means to conduct a campaign or speaking tour in rural areas by making brief stops in many small towns. The original sense of barnstorm, the theater sense, “to tour small towns and rural areas (often in barns),” dates from the second half of the 19th century. The political or campaigning sense “to conduct a speaking tour in rural areas by making brief stops in small towns,” and the professional sports sense “to tour an area playing exhibition games after the regular season” date from the end of the 19th century. The flying or piloting sense “to give exhibitions of stunt flying, participate in airplane races, etc., while touring country towns and rural areas” dates from the first half of the 20th century.

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #43

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 9 p.m.

USCG Vessel Visits Paradise Bay

The USCG vessel  45721 visited St. James Harbor this morning approximately at 11 a.m.  The vessel moved very quickly across the water, entering Paradise Bay past a couple of sports fisherman’s boats out by the harbor buoy.  The vessel entered the harbor, turned around, and then headed back out without stopping anywhere here on the island.

According to a web search, this vessel is stationed at the Charlevoix USCG Station.  The vessel’s contract was with ACE/Kvichak and was delivered April 13, 2018, to Charlevoix, Michigan.
This fast Coast Guard boat left the harbor before the Emerald Isle departed the Beaver Island dock.  The vessel may have been on training mission to St. James Harbor.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Posted at 4:15 p.m., 10/21/18

Video addend at 7:15 p.m.


Surprise, Surprise

At 8:45 a.m. this morning, this is what awaited the editor on the car. The beginnings of winter was shown on the hood, the windshield, and the roof of the red car this morning. It took five minutes for the car to warm up enough with the defroster, so that the windshield could be cleared of the ice scrapings and could be seen through enough to be able to drive. The island must have had a short ice storm during the night.

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 10/21/18

Stormy Horizon

The view from Whiskey Point at 11 a.m. this morning, 10/21/18

You could see the areas of precipitation across the horizon, as well as the area of sunshine.

Posted at 2 p.m.

Mass from Holy Cross

October 21, 2018

Father Jim Siler returned from his three week trip to Europe. It was very good to see him and to have him back to provide the loving care for the Holy Cross Parish. The reader on Saturday was Linda Gatliff Wearn, and the reader on Sunday was Anne Partridge. Father Jim brought back an amazing art molding of St. Michael, which he placed in front of the altar. The weekend masses each ended with a prayer to St. Michael.

Linda Wearn did the reading.....Father Jim read the Gospel

Father Jim also spoke about his trip including a very special Mass for canonizing saints. Father Jim read the homily that was translated from the original Italian that was given by the Pope at this service.

Anne Partridge did the reading.......Father Jim gave his own homily

View video excerpts of the two Masses HERE

Posted at 2 p.m. 10/21/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 21, 2018

This morning we have cloudy skies, 34°, feels like 26°, wind is at 12 mph from the northwest, and humidity is at 63%.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow ad rain showers in the morning then scattered rain showers i the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT; Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TODAY Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming southwest 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Isolated rain and snow showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
MONDAY West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
MONDAY NIGHT Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Tiger shark embryos begin attacking each other before they are even born, in their mother’s womb.

ON THIS DATE of October 21, Tiger shark embryos begin attacking each other before they are even born, in their mother’s womb.

Mining tycoon Solomon R. Guggenheim began collecting art seriously when he retired in the 1930s. With the help of Hilla Rebay, a German baroness and artist, Guggenheim displayed his purchases for the first time in 1939 in a former car showroom in New York. Within a few years, the collection—including works by Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Marc Chagall—had outgrown the small space. In 1943, Rebay contacted architect Frank Lloyd Wright and asked him to take on the work of designing not just a museum, but a “temple of spirit,” where people would learn to see art in a new way.

Over the next 16 years, until his death six months before the museum opened, Wright worked to bring his unique vision to life. To Wright’s fans, the museum that opened on October 21, 1959, was a work of art in itself. Inside, a long ramp spiraled upwards for a total of a quarter-mile around a large central rotunda, topped by a domed glass ceiling. Reflecting Wright’s love of nature, the 50,000-meter space resembled a giant seashell, with each room opening fluidly into the next.

Wright’s groundbreaking design drew criticism as well as admiration. Some felt the oddly-shaped building didn’t complement the artwork. They complained the museum was less about art and more about Frank Lloyd Wright. On the flip side, many others thought the architect had achieved his goal: a museum where building and art work together to create “an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony.”

Located on New York’s impressive Museum Mile, at the edge of Central Park, the Guggenheim has become one of the city’s most popular attractions. In 1993, the original building was renovated and expanded to create even more exhibition space. Today, Wright’s creation continues to inspire awe, as well as odd comparisons—a Jello mold! a washing machine! a pile of twisted ribbon!—for many of the 900,000-plus visitors who visit the Guggenheim each year.

WORD OF THE DAY: humdinger (HUHM-DING-er) which means a person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect. The origin of humdinger is speculative. It was originally American slang, first appearing in print at the beginning of the 20th century and in British English about 1926.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Peaine Township October Minutes

Peaine regular meeting minutes October 2018

SPECIAL ELECTION COMMISSION minutes Peaine minutes October 2018

Posted at 5:30 p.m., October 20, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 20, 2018

The wind has finally quit howling like a banshee and now just a gentle wind. I'm amazed that our gazebo withstood those winds. Right now we have partly cloudy skies, 41°, feels like 34°, wind is at 13 mph from the northwest., humidity is 72%.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the morning then scattered rain and snow showers in the afternoon. breezy. Highs around 40°. Northwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy.. Scattered snow and rain showers in the evening then scattered snow showers after midnight. Breezy. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph decreasing to 4 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight.
TODAY; Northwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Scattered showers through the day. Scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 6 feet building to 5 to 8 feet in the afternoon. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
TONIGHT; Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Isolated rain and snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.
SUNDAY: West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY NIGHT: West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet

DID YOU KNOW THAT in the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not renumber the other channels that's why it goes from 2 on up with no 1.

ON THIS DATE of October 20, 1947, the notorious Red Scare kicks into high gear in Washington, as a Congressional committee begins investigating Communist influence in one of the world’s richest and most glamorous communities: Hollywood.

After World War II, the Cold War began to heat up between the world’s two superpowers—the United States and the communist-controlled Soviet Union. In Washington, conservative watchdogs worked to out communists in government before setting their sights on alleged “Reds” in the famously liberal movie industry. In an investigation that began in October 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) grilled a number of prominent witnesses, asking bluntly “Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” Whether out of patriotism or fear, some witnesses—including director Elia Kazan, actors Gary Cooper and Robert Taylor and studio honchos Walt Disney and Jack Warner—gave the committee names of colleagues they suspected of being communists.

A small group known as the “Hollywood Ten” resisted, complaining that the hearings were illegal and violated their First Amendment rights. They were all convicted of obstructing the investigation and served jail terms. Pressured by Congress, the Hollywood establishment started a blacklist policy, banning the work of about 325 screenwriters, actors and directors who had not been cleared by the committee. Those blacklisted included composer Aaron Copland, writers Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman and Dorothy Parker, playwright Arthur Miller and actor and filmmaker Orson Welles.

Some of the blacklisted writers used pseudonyms to continue working, while others wrote scripts that were credited to other writer friends. Starting in the early 1960s, after the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the most public face of anti-communism, the ban began to lift slowly. In 1997, the Writers’ Guild of America unanimously voted to change the writing credits of 23 films made during the blacklist period, reversing—but not erasing—some of the damage done during the Red Scare.

WORD OF THE DAY: single-hearted (DING-guhl-HAHR-tid) which means sincere and undivided in feeling or spirit; dedicated; not reflecting mixed emotions. Single-hearted was first recorded in 1570–80.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Winds Around the Island

What to do on a windy, rainy, wet day---go around the island was the answer. The winds were howling with gale force winds predicted as you can read in the weather report below. So, what can you see in this picture?

Windy at Donegal Bay

A trip around the island revealed that the wind was from the southwest and caused lots of waves from the southeast shoreline to the west shoreline as well as the northwest shoreline. An interesting fact was that there was barely a ripple on the waters of Barney's Lake, Fox Lake, Green's Lake, Font Lake, and Miller's Marsh, while the gale force winds caused all kinds of wind, rain, and waves alll arouind the island with less height at Gull Harbor and in Paradise Bay.

The wind is expected to continue throughout the night, but switch direction to the northwest later tonight.

View a gallery of photos from around the island HERE

View video of the trip HERE

Posted at 7 p.m., October 19, 2018.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 19, 2018

I think that was the shortest fall on records - five or six days of autumn like weather and zip, right into the wind and cold of winter. Gotta wonder if winter will whiz past that fast although something tells me no to that question.

Right now I'm showing 51°, extremely windy from the sw at 14 mph with huge gusts, dew point is 43°, humidity is at 76%. This is not exactly a good beach day.
TODAY: Partly sunny with isolated rain showers in the morning then cloudy with numerous rain showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.
TONIGHT: Periods of rain showers in the evening then scattered rain showers after midnight. Breezy. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph shifting to the northwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight.
TODAY: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Numerous showers in the morning. Periods of showers in the afternoon. Waves 8 to 11 feet. Waves occasionally around 14 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 7 to 10 feet.
SATURDAY: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of rain and snow showers. Waves 5 to 8 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

DID YOU KNOW THAT snails can nap for up to three years.

ON THIS DATE of October 19, 1781 hopelessly trapped at Yorktown, Virginia, British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution.

Lord Cornwallis was one of the most capable British generals of the American Revolution. In 1776, he drove General George Washington’s Patriots forces out of New Jersey, and in 1780 he won a stunning victory over General Horatio Gates’ Patriot army at Camden, South Carolina. Cornwallis’ subsequent invasion of North Carolina was less successful, however, and in April 1781 he led his weary and battered troops toward the Virginia coast, where he could maintain seaborne lines of communication with the large British army of General Henry Clinton in New York City. After conducting a series of raids against towns and plantations in Virginia, Cornwallis settled in the tidewater town of Yorktown in August. The British immediately began fortifying the town and the adjacent promontory of Gloucester Point across the York River.

General George Washington instructed the Marquis de Lafayette, who was in Virginia with an American army of around 5,000 men, to block Cornwallis’ escape from Yorktown by land. In the meantime, Washington’s 2,500 troops in New York were joined by a French army of 4,000 men under the Count de Rochambeau. Washington and Rochambeau made plans to attack Cornwallis with the assistance of a large French fleet under the Count de Grasse, and on August 21 they crossed the Hudson River to march south to Yorktown. Covering 200 miles in 15 days, the allied force reached the head of Chesapeake Bay in early September.

Meanwhile, a British fleet under Admiral Thomas Graves failed to break French naval superiority at the Battle of Virginia Capes on September 5, denying Cornwallis his expected reinforcements. Beginning September 14, de Grasse transported Washington and Rochambeau’s men down the Chesapeake to Virginia, where they joined Lafayette and completed the encirclement of Yorktown on September 28. De Grasse landed another 3,000 French troops carried by his fleet. During the first two weeks of October, the 14,000 Franco-American troops gradually overcame the fortified British positions with the aid of de Grasse’s warships. A large British fleet carrying 7,000 men set out to rescue Cornwallis, but it was too late.

On October 19, General Cornwallis surrendered 7,087 officers and men, 900 seamen, 144 cannons, 15 galleys, a frigate, and 30 transport ships. Pleading illness, he did not attend the surrender ceremony, but his second-in-command, General Charles O’Hara, carried Cornwallis’ sword to the American and French commanders. As the British and Hessian troops marched out to surrender, the British bands played the song “The World Turned Upside Down.”

Although the war persisted on the high seas and in other theaters, the Patriot victory at Yorktown effectively ended fighting in the American colonies. Peace negotiations began in 1782, and on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, formally recognizing the United States as a free and independent nation after eight years of war.

WORD OF THE DAY: ploce (PLOH-see) which means the repetition of a word or phrase to gain special emphasis or to indicate an extension of meaning, as in Ex. 3:14: “I am that I am.” The uncommon English rhetorical term ploce comes via Late Latin plocē from Greek plokḗ, a noun with many meanings: “twining, twisting, braid; complication (of a dramatic plot); construction (of a syllogism); web, web of deceit; (in biology) histological structure; (in rhetoric) repetition of the same word in close succession in a slightly different sense or for emphasis” (e.g., “A man should act like a man”). Greek plokḗ comes from the verb plékein “to weave, braid, twine,” from the Proto-Indo-European root plek-, plok-, source of Latin plicāre “to fold, bend, roll, twine” and the combining form -plex, used in forming numerals, e.g. simplex, duplex, triplex (equivalent to English -fold). The Proto-Indo-European neuter noun ploksom becomes flahsam in Germanic and flax in English. In Slavic (Polish), plek- forms the verb pleść “to plait, weave.” Ploce entered English in the 16th century.

Posted at 8 a.m., 10/19/18


October 18, 2018

This usually refers to the rain gear used by many old commercial fishermen, but it possibly comes from the Southwest winds that have a tendency to bring in these windy and wet storms.

Phil Gregg always used to call the wind from the southwest a "Sou'wester" and described it as the worst wind direction every for the anchored and moored boats in the St. James Harbor. He never slept well, worried about the boats that were tied and moored down at the Beaver Haven Marina, now called the St. James Marina, and now owned by the Anderson family. The southwest wind begins blowing at a regular wind speed of 10 to 15 mph and gusting.

Right now, at 6:15 p.m., the wind is at 15 mph with gusts to 24 mph. It is supposed to increase as the night moves in after dark. A sou'wester using brings in some moisture, so we should be prepared for that on Friday with rain, and maybe even some snow on Saturday. The winds will continue, but may change direction.

At the point

By Dahlwhinnie's

Looking across the harbor from Beaver Island Marine

Main Street with gusting winds.

View a cellphone video of the wind from the southwest HERE

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 10/18/18

BICS Seek Snow Plowing Bids

The Beaver Island Community has the following Request for Proposal document.

Bid document HERE

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

Another Re-Broadcast Today


The http://beaverisland.tv rebroadcast started at 11 a.m. It contains the Scripps Band and Community Concert from 2000, Baroque on Beaver 2004, Beaver Island House Party 1996. Bishop Baraga Presentation 2018, Peaine Township Meeting October 2018, St. James Township Meeting October 2018. The playlist will last about seven hours in the order given above.

Some of the video is from the Phil Gregg collection, some from the BIHS collection, and some from BINN.

Posted at 11 a.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 18, 2018

Another one of those mornings that wakes you right up as soon as you step outside. I'm showing 34°. feels like 29°, mostly clear skies, humidity is at 64%, and wind is at 6 mph from the west.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 40 mph this afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less building to 5 to 8 feet in the morning. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 6 to 9 feet.
FRIDAY: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 6 to 9 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 6 to 9 feet.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a typical cough is 60 mph, a sneeze is often faster than 100 mph.

ON THIS DATE of October 18, 1898, only one year after Spain granted Puerto Rico self-rule, American troops raise the U.S. flag over the Caribbean nation, formalizing U.S. authority over the island’s one million inhabitants.

In July 1898, near the end of the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces launched an invasion of Puerto Rico, the 108-mile-long, 40-mile-wide island that was one of Spain’s two principal possessions in the Caribbean. With little resistance and only seven American deaths, U.S. troops were able to secure the island by mid August. After the signing of an armistice with Spain, the island was turned over to the U.S forces on October 18. U.S. General John R. Brooke became military governor. In December, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Spanish-American War and officially approving the cession of Puerto Rico to the United States.

In the first three decades of its rule, the U.S. government made efforts to Americanize its new possession, including granting full U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans in 1917 and considering a measure that would make English the island’s official language. However, during the 1930s, a nationalist movement led by the Popular Democratic Party won widespread support across the island, and further U.S. assimilation was successfully opposed. Beginning in 1948, Puerto Ricans could elect their own governor, and in 1952 the U.S. Congress approved a new Puerto Rican constitution that made the island an autonomous U.S. commonwealth, with its citizens retaining American citizenship. The constitution was formally adopted by Puerto Rico on July 25, 1952.

Movements for Puerto Rican statehood, along with lesser movements for Puerto Rican independence, have won supporters on the island, but popular referendums in 1967 and 1993 demonstrated that the majority of Puerto Ricans still supported their special status as a U.S. commonwealth.

WORD OF THE DAY: cryonaut (krahy-uh-nawt) which means a person whose dead body has been preserved by the technique of cryonics. The rare noun cryonaut derives clearly and simply from the Greek nouns krýos “icy cold” and naútēs “sailor.” Krýos comes from the Proto-Indo-European root kreus-, krus- “to freeze, form a crust,” from which Greek also derives krýstallos “ice” (English crystal). Krus- is also the source of Latin crusta “a hard covering, scab, crust.” Naútēs is a derivative of the noun naûs “ship,” from the same Proto-Indo-European source as Latin nāvis “ship,” nauta “sailor,” and nāvigāre “travel by ship.” Cryonaut entered English in the 20th century.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Beautiful Rainbow in Harbor

October 16, 2018

Sometimes, you have the eye to capture something that is absolutely amazing. Sometimes, you are in the right place at the right time. And, sometimes, you are just lucky when you take a picture.

This is an absolutely amazing picture of a beautiful rainbow over Paradise Bay, captured by Paul Welke from the general location of the Shamrock Bar on Beaver Island. BINN has cropped the photo. Thank you for sharing this beautiful example of the amazing rainbow with Whiskey Point Light at the end of the rainbow!

Great photo, Paul!

Posted at 9:30 p.m., 10/15/18

Re-Broadcast of Video

by Joe Moore

There have been successes in the re-broadcast of some recorded videos in the past. After spending two days trying to get everything working again after the last success, there has been something blocking the synchronizing of the the video and the sound. This is the only current issue. The re-broadcast requires two laptop computers, or two desktop computers, one to play the video and the other to send the broadcast signals to the video server. These two computers must be the same speed and have the same memory amounts of at leasst 4 GB.

Two Dell laptops did not work. Two HP laptops did not work and had the same problems in each case. Then a combination of the Dell and the HP including a swap of each was tried. No such luck.

So far, the two paired laptops seem to not be working at the same speed, causing jerky video and sound issues of matching the video, and the pauses in the sound are distracting. This process is, of course, being done to be able to provide historical re-broadcast of past videos for those who may have missed them, and to provide a medium for broadcast of the historical BIHS digitized recordings of VHS tapes in their collection.

As soon as this problem is resolved, there is a planned rebroadcast of several videos. This broadcast will be on the Beaver Island TV website.

Posted at 2 p.m., 10/17/18

It did happen today. Just about four and a half hours of re-broadcasted video was streamed from shortly after 2:30 until about 7 p.m. The videos broadcasted were the four games of the Vintage Lady Islanders playing the Lady Islanders, the Islander soccer team playing Big Bay De Noc, and the Museum Week Dance at the Holy Cross Parish Hall on July 10, 2004, with Danielle Scheller singing, Hilary Palmer singing, Cindy Cushman on guitar, Ed Palmer on piano, Rich Scripps on several instruments, and dancing and more dancing.

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 10/17/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 17, 2018

Just think of it as invigorating. It's 35° outside this morning, feels like 27°, wind is at 10 mph from the west, humidity is at 85%...I'm sure all this makes you want to grab your suit and head for the beach NOT.

TODAY: Rain and snow showers in the morning then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Total daytime accumulation could be as much as 2 inches. Highs around 40°. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Rain showers likely and a chance of snow showers in the evening then a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Little or no accumulation. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TODAY: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of snow showers early in the morning. Rain showers likely early in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
THURSDAY: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Sunny. Waves 4 to 7 feet.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the average person spends two weeks of their life waiting at traffic lights.

ON THIS DATE OF October 17, 1989 the deadliest earthquake to hit the San Francisco area since 1906 strikes at 5:04 p.m. and lasts for 15 seconds. The quake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale, and its aftermath was witnessed on live television by millions of people watching the third game of the World Series of baseball between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The tremor hit moments before the start of the game, and sportscasters were soon performing the duties of news anchors as they reported on the resulting pandemonium in the stadium. The earthquake killed a total of 63 people, while more than 3,000 others were injured and more than 100,000 buildings were damaged.

WORD OF THE DAY: thunderstone (thuhn-der-stohn) which means any of various stones or fossils formerly thought to be fallen thunderbolts. Thunderstone in the sense “thunderbolt” dates from the end of the 16th century; the sense “stone or fossil” dates from the late 17th century.

Posted at 8 a.m.

Christmas Bazaar Poster

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Posted at 9:30 p.m., 10/16/18

The Wisdom of the Trees

Museum Week Presentation in 2009

by Eric Myers and Shamus Noorgard

This was part of the digitization project that the editor was doing for the Beaver Island Historical Society. The editor is getting back to the project and this is one of the first in the restart.

View video of the presentation HERE

Posted at 9:30 p.m, 10/16/18

Christmas Bazaar

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Vendors information and application HERE

Posted 4 p.m., 10/16/18

The Big Dryer Project

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 10/16/18

First Snow on Carlisle Road

October 15, 2018

Although it didn't stick on anything here on Carlisle Road, the first snowflakes of the year were obvious.

Vintage Lady Islanders vs Lady Islanders

October 15, 2018

With the weather issues, the Lady Islanders have not been able to travel off the island for the Mackinaw Island tournament, and the Ojibwe team was unable to reschedule their trip a third time to come and play the Lady Islanders. This meant that the Lady Islander volleyball team has not been in competition for a while. This gave the Vintage Lady Islanders a chance to step up and play the Lady Islanders, just for the love of the game of volleyball.

The Lady Islanders will be going off the island, weather permitting, for the Hannahville tournament. So, the Vintage Lady Islanders stepped up to give them some competition. Just so you know, the group assembled were some of the best of the best of the players on previous BICS teams for volleyball. They included Kerry Smith, Heather Cary, Maeve Green, Bridget Martin, Jessica Anderson, and Madie Martin.

The talented volleyball players on both teams showed the love of the game, and both played very hard. Both teams were winners in this four game series with Ms. McNamara refereeing the games.

View a gallery of Vintage Islander action HERE

View a gallery of Lady Islander action HERE

View video of the four games HERE

Posted at 10:45 a.m., 10/16/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 16, 2018

So quiet this morning, the only sound is my wheezing like an old steam engine. Catching a cold I think. Anyhow, at least the silence isn't due to three feet of snow since yesterday the white stuff made it's first appearance for the season. I like winter better than summer and will take snow over that horrible, driving rain we were getting. We could us some nice fall days - you know that kind, sunny, crisp air, just a light breeze not a gale.

Right now it's 43°, dew point is 36°, wind is from the WSW at 16 mph.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the morning then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Breezyy. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.
TONIGHT: Chance of rain showers in the evening then rain showers likely after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
TODAY: West wind up to 30 knots. Gusts up to 35 knots. Slight chance of showers early in the morning, then chance of showers in the morning. Waves 6 to 9 feet. Waves occasionally around 11 feet.
TONIGHT; Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

DID YOU KNOW THAT your fingernails grow faster when you are cold?

ON THIS DATE of October 16, 1987, in an event that had viewers around the world glued to their televisions, 18-month-old Jessica McClure is rescued after being trapped for 58 hours in an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas.

The drama unfolded on the morning of October 14, 1987, when McClure fell through the 8-inch-wide opening of an abandoned well while playing with other children in the backyard of her aunt’s home day-care center. After dropping about 22 feet into the well, the little girl became stuck. Over the next two-and-a-half days, crews of rescue workers, mining experts and local volunteers labored around the clock to drill a shaft parallel to the one in which McClure was trapped. They then tunneled horizontally through dense rock to connect the two shafts. A microphone was lowered into the well to keep tabs on the toddler, who could be heard crying, humming and singing throughout the ordeal.

On the night of October 16, a bandaged and dirt-covered but alert Baby Jessica, as she became widely known, was safely pulled out of the well by paramedics. By that time, scores of journalists had descended on Midland, a West Texas oil city, and the rescue was carried out on live television before a massive audience.

After her rescue, McClure was hospitalized for more than a month and lost a toe to gangrene. She and her family were flooded with gifts and cards from well-wishers, and received a visit from Vice President George H.W. Bush and a phone call from President Ronald Reagan. Once out of the hospital, McClure went on to lead a normal life, spent largely out of the public spotlight. She graduated from high school in 2004, married two years later and became a mother. In 2011, at age 25, she gained access to a trust fund—reportedly worth at least $800,000—that was established following her rescue and made up of donations from people around the world.

Life proved more challenging for others involved in the Baby Jessica saga. McClure’s parents divorced several years after her accident, rescue workers in Midland feuded over a potential Hollywood movie deal and in 1995, a paramedic who played a key role in helping to save McClure committed suicide, possibly as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.

WORD OF THE DAY: linguaphile (LINg-gwuh-fahyl) which means a language and word lover. Linguist has existed in English since the 16th century. It means “one who is adept at learning and using foreign languages; one who is a student of language or linguistics; a translator or interpreter.” Linguaphile has a somewhat different meaning: “one who loves words or languages.” The originally Greek suffix -phile (“lover of”) is completely naturalized in English. Lingua in Latin means “tongue, language”; its Old Latin form was dingua, from Proto-Indo-European dṇghwā, which is also the source of Germanic (English) tongue, and of Celtic (Old Irish) teng, Baltic inžũ-, and Slavic (Polish) język (with Baltic and Slavic loss of initial d- ; ę represents a nasalized vowel). Linguaphile entered English in the late 20th century.

Posted at 8 a.m.

Island Summit

by Matt Pressler

First, several photos from the event are attached, one from a steering committee member (Kristy Beyer, kristybeyer@me.com) and others from Oxygen Imagery (oxygenimagery@gmail.com) and JD Bass Entertainment (jd@jdbassentertainment.com), the local island businesses that helped with the Summit (let’s support them!).  If you use the photos, please provide credit to the authors (see file name).


Second, a few have asked about Slack.  Kate Tagai (Island Institute) has agreed to serve as point person for the GLIA Channel on Slack.  The Institute has a long history with Slack and uses it to support the Maine islands.  Her role for GLIA will include helping manage/organize the Slack site and assisting with training.  More to come.  Kate can be reached at ktagai@islandinstitute.org

Finally, there are already a few media stories about the 2018 Summit:

Posted at 1 p.m., 10/15/18

What Did You Say 63

By Joe Moore

Let’s be truly honest here about things, and make sure that we understand that every emergency is not a life and death situation.  Some of the conditions that might be still viewed as an emergency by the public and most individuals that are not life and death emergencies include some of the following:

  1.  Twisted ankle, even if fractured as long as circulation is not impaired.
  2. Broken leg below the knee, as long as circulation is not impaired.
  3. Chronic conditions such as arthritis not involving circulatory issues.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 1 p.m., 10/15/18

Niko Chain

by Dick Burris

Photo by Cynthia Johnson

Wreck salvages:
The shipwreck Niko had a chain leading to an mushroom anchor.The anchor was at the end of more than four hundred feet of chain, that lead out from the shipwreck. My trusty hacksaw was able to cut through both sides of a link to free it, so it could be lifted for salvage.

The salvage operation began with the "Lois", Don Coles fishing boat. On the Lois was a lifting capstan,which we used to lift the chain into the boat. Don, his sons, and Perry Fortier were on the deck of the Lois to distribute the chain as it was brought up from the twenty-nine foot bottom land. My job was to go down and hook the chain, at the bottom with a rope, and lifted each time with the capstan; while the crew distributed it around the deck, to keep the boat trimmed equally in the water. Needless to say, there were a lot of trips to the bottom to hook the chain for the lifting.

Finally after placing 420 feet of heavy chain on deck, weighing approximately two ton; it was time to cut the chain, because the Lois had only about three inches of freeboard.

I had brought a cutting torch, so cutting the chain was an easy job.

We dropped the other part of the chain in the lake, that was hooked to the mushroom anchor. When we were back in Lapeer, where I was living at that time, I called Clyde Fogg. I told him that there was still about 90 feet of chain, and the anchor, left on the bottom. So the chain and anchor  was brought up; and the mushroom anchor is now laying below the rudder displayed on the Fogg property in the harbor.

The chain was spread out on the Fogg property, and cut into four equal sections. Don Cole sometimes spreads one of the sections, out on his lawn.

The chain was hauled to Lapeer, and later, back to Beaver Island, where I used one of the sections for anchorage in Cable Bay for years; until the ice took it away one winter. I still look for it, to no avail.
Note: It took thirty minutes to hacksaw it underwater, and an almost an hour to hacksaw it on dry land. I think the water cleaned and lubricated it underwater, Was a mystery to me.

Posted at 1 p.m., 10/15/18

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 15, 2018

It's another damp morning, I'm afraid that moss is starting to grow on the bottom of my shoes when I take the dogs out, either that or my toes are beginning to webb. Some dry, sunny autumn days would be appreciated.

Right now I'm showing 37°, rain, wind is at 6 mph from the nw, dew point is 34°, and humidity is at 92%
TODAY; Rain showers in the morning then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Highs around 40°. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph the gusts to around 25 mph shifting to the the west 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

TODAY: West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers early in the morning, then showers likely in the morning. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 4 to 7 feet. Waves occasionally around 8 feet.
TONIGHT: West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

DID YOU KNOW THAT hippopotamus milk is pink.

ON THIS DATE of October 15, Mata Hari, the archetype of the seductive female spy, is executed for espionage by a French firing squad at Vincennes outside of Paris.

She first came to Paris in 1905 and found fame as a performer of exotic Asian-inspired dances. She soon began touring all over Europe, telling the story of how she was born in a sacred Indian temple and taught ancient dances by a priestess who gave her the name Mata Hari, meaning “eye of the day” in Malay. In reality, Mata Hari was born in a small town in northern Holland in 1876, and her real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. She acquired her superficial knowledge of Indian and Javanese dances when she lived for several years in Malaysia with her former husband, who was a Scot in the Dutch colonial army. Regardless of her authenticity, she packed dance halls and opera houses from Russia to France, mostly because her show consisted of her slowly stripping nude.

She became a famous courtesan, and with the outbreak of World War I her catalog of lovers began to include high-ranking military officers of various nationalities. In February 1917, French authorities arrested her for espionage and imprisoned her at St. Lazare Prison in Paris. In a military trial conducted in July, she was accused of revealing details of the Allies’ new weapon, the tank, resulting in the deaths of thousands of soldiers. She was convicted and sentenced to death, and on October 15 she refused a blindfold and was shot to death by a firing squad at Vincennes.

There is some evidence that Mata Hari acted as a German spy, and for a time as a double agent for the French, but the Germans had written her off as an ineffective agent whose pillow talk had produced little intelligence of value. Her military trial was riddled with bias and circumstantial evidence, and it is probable that French authorities trumped her up as “the greatest woman spy of the century” as a distraction for the huge losses the French army was suffering on the western front. Her only real crimes may have been an elaborate stage fallacy and a weakness for men in uniform.

WORD OF THE DAY: patzer (PAT-ser) which means a casual, amateurish chess player. Patzer was first recorded in 1955–60. It is probably from German Patzer “bungler,” equivalent to patz(en) “to bungle” (compare Austrian dialect Patzen “stain, blot,” patzen “to make a stain”).

Posted at 8 a.m.

Christian Church Bulletin

October 14, 2018

page 1...................................page 2

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 10/14/18

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #42

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 6 p.m., 10/14/18

Mass from Holy Cross

October 14, 2018

The second weekend with Monsignor David Greka from Alpena came to an end this morning with the Sunday Mass today. The reader on Saturday was Audrey Biehlman, and the reader on Sunday was Patrick Nugent.

Monsignor Greka

Audrey Biehlman..........Patrick Nugent

View video excerpts of the Saturday and Sunday Masses HERE

Seven Unique IP Addresses viewed the live stream on Saturday, and four more viewed on Sunday.

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 10/14/18

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

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

Peaine Township Seeks Election Assistant

View job posting HERE

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

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.



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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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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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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

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

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:

  • Survey: Summit attendees should have received a survey from Northland College.  If you did not, please contact crc@northland.edu.  The survey will remain open until close of business Wednesday.  Please take a few minutes to tell us your perspectives.  This will help inform the next Summit, planned for fall 2019 on Mackinac Island.
  • Documents
    • Attached – Final GLIA Charter and 2017-2018 GLIA Annual Report (to print, use 11x17 and fold in half).  Both will be posted to the GLIA website soon.
    • Summit presentations – we’ll work on getting these up on the website as well
  • GLIA Steering Committee.  Many thanks to these volunteers!  While the geographic diversity is certainly helpful, the expectation is that they’ll “take off their individual island hat” and represent all islands.  Island names & jurisdictions are provided here for reference only.
  • GLIA Member Roster – the latest roster is found in Appendix A of the Charter.  Those on this roster receive emails from me and are invited to participate on a monthly conference call.  If you would like to be added, please contact me with your info (except for Amy H and Christine R – I’ve got you down already!).   Ditto for deletions and other edits.  For GLIA member roles & expectations, see the main body of the Charter.  In a nutshell, members are asked to be regular participants and serve as liaisons to their broader island communities.
  • Jon Allan’s “Dear Islander” letter – a few have asked about reprinting all or some of Jon’s letter for use in your island newspapers, newsletters, etc.  He is OK with this but please contact me with details so we know when & where.

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




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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