B. I. News on the 'Net, October 16-22, 2017

Empathy versus Apology

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

October 22, 2017

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Father James Siler, our Holy Cross Parish priest celebrated the Sunday morning Mass this morning. He announced that he would be doing daily Mass at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, but that on Saturday, there would be a 4 p.m. Mass for those that might have to work on Sunday morning. This was also to try to make certain that the service was not at a time when people would have to drive in, in the dark.

Sun shining in the stained glass windows...

Heidi, our reader, and Father James Siler

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 22, 2017

It may be still dark out (sunrise isn't until around 8) but it is still a lovely morning with clear skies and an unbelievable fall morning temperature of 63°. humidity is 73%, pressure is 29.94 inches, wind is at 5 mph with gusts to 16 mph, and visibility is 10 miles. Just another wonderful Island day!
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Rain showers in the evening then rain showers likely after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through this afternoon
Norwood Mi To 5nm West Of Mackinac Bridge Including Little
Traverse Bay
TODAY: South wind 10 to 15 knots becoming west early in the evening. Gusts up to 25 knots. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Rain showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 22, 1975 - Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich was discharged after publicly declaring his homosexuality. His tombstone reads " "A gay Vietnam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."

At the center of the gay liberation's public battles in 1975 was Leonard Matlovich, the first open homosexual to declare himself as such on the cover of a major American newsmagazine. Matlovich, who came out at age thirty, and, at thirty-two, guided by Frank Kameny and David Addlestone, mounted a challenge to the U.S. military's ban on homosexual service, had "become one of the best-known gays in the country....Addressing a Gay Pride Week rally in New York in June, he broke down and cried. Says he: 'I found myself, little nobody me, standing up in front of tens of thousands of gay people. And just two years ago I thought I was the only gay in the world. It was a mixture of joy and sadness. It was just great pride to be an American, to know I'm oppressed but able to stand up there and say so." Leonard Matlovich died of AIDS-related illness on June 22, 1988; he was forty-four.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Christmas trees originated from Germany? From history. com "Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.

Most 19th-century Americans found Christmas trees an oddity. The first record of one being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania, although trees had been a tradition in many German homes much earlier. The Pennsylvania German settlements had community trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans.

It is not surprising that, like many other festive Christmas customs, the tree was adopted so late in America. To the New England Puritans, Christmas was sacred. The pilgrims’s second governor, William Bradford, wrote that he tried hard to stamp out “pagan mockery” of the observance, penalizing any frivolity. The influential Oliver Cromwell preached against “the heathen traditions” of Christmas carols, decorated trees, and any joyful expression that desecrated “that sacred event.” In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts enacted a law making any observance of December 25 (other than a church service) a penal offense; people were fined for hanging decorations. That stern solemnity continued until the 19th century, when the influx of German and Irish immigrants undermined the Puritan legacy.

In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Unlike the previous royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable—not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast American Society. The Christmas tree had arrived.

By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the U.S. It was noted that Europeans used small trees about four feet in height, while Americans liked their Christmas trees to reach from floor to ceiling.

The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments, while the German-American sect continued to use apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies. Popcorn joined in after being dyed bright colors and interlaced with berries and nuts. Electricity brought about Christmas lights, making it possible for Christmas trees to glow for days on end. With this, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.

The Rockefeller Center tree is located at Rockefeller Center, west of Fifth Avenue from 47th through 51st Streets in New York City.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree dates back to the Depression Era days. The tallest tree displayed at Rockefeller Center came in 1948 and was a Norway Spruce that measured in at 100 feet tall and hailed from Killingworth, Connecticut.

The first tree at Rockefeller Center was placed in 1931. It was a small unadorned tree placed by construction workers at the center of the construction site. Two years later, another tree was placed there, this time with lights. These days, the giant Rockefeller Center tree is laden with over 25,000 Christmas lights.: coleopteron (koh-lee-OP-ter-uh n) which means a beetle. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 b.c.) coined the adjective koleópteros “sheath-winged” (describing beetles) in his Historia Animalium. Koleópteros is a compound adjective formed from the noun koleós “sheath” and -pteros, a derivative of pterón “wing.” The Proto-Indo-European root kel-, kol- “to hide, conceal” underlies Greek koleós, English hell (from Germanic haljō, literally “the hidden place”), and Latin cēlāre “to hide.” The Proto-Indo-European root pet-, pot-, pt- “to fly rush” is the ultimate source of Greek pterón, Latin penna “feather” (from unattested petna), source of English pen, and Germanic (English) feather (from Germanic fethrō). Coleoptera entered English in the 18th century.

Fall Colors

A quick trip to the point, then to Donegal Bay, through Buddy Martin's Trail, past Barney's Lake, and then back to town was enough to know that there were lots of fall color on the island at this point. The temperature was close to seventy and tthe sun was shining at about 3:00 p.m..

Beauty surround us in town and out.....

View a gallery of pictures HERE

A few video clips were stitched together to give you an idea of the sights that were seen on the ride.


Patty Fogg Passes Away

October 1, 1948 - October 19, 2017

Holland, MI

Patricia Fogg, age 69, of Holland, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones, as a result of breast cancer, on Thursday October 19, 2017. The family was served by the Dykstra Funeral Home - Northwood Chapel.

You can sign the Guestbook or leave a memory at: https://dykstrafuneralhome.com/obituaries/patricia-fogg.119057

Museum Week 1994

Lighthouse Keeper Letters

This presentation by Floss Frank, Phil Gregg, and Mary Gillingham included the letters to and from the Lighthouse Keeper and his wife at the Southhead Light. Floss Frank tied this presentation togher with slides (unfortunately not able to see in the video) with Phil reading the male portions of the letters and Mary reading the female portions. This is a fascinating look into the communications and their limitations back near the turn of the 20th century. It also provides information about what was going on here on Beaver Island at that time.


View video of this presentation HERE

Barbara Cruikshank Passes Away

This morning, Barb Cruikshank passed away. More information will be pssted when available.

What Did You Say 66

By Joe Moore

There are those patients that you are automatically intimidated by.  Let’s say that you know the patient, and that patient is a doctor or a nurse, and you know that they know a whole lot more than you do about the entire anatomy and physiology of the human body.  They’ve worked in the medical field for many years, but it may have been a long time since they graduated from medical school with all their many years of practice.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to the residence on East Side Road for a 68 year old male patient with chest pain.  He states he has had a heart attack, and that you will find a physician on the scene.  Respond Priority One,” dispatch pages.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 21, 2017

Looks like we're going to have another beautiful Beaver Island day. Right now I'm showing 63°, clear skies, humidity is 66%, pressure is 30.02 inches, wind is from the south at 8 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through Sunday afternoon (Norwood Mi To 5nm West Of Mackinac Bridge Including Little Traverse Bay)
TODAY: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 21, 2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Peru has more pyramids than Egypt? Egypt has, as of 2008, 135 pyramids, while Peru has well over 1,000.

WORD OF THE DAY: ducky (DUHK-ee) which means fine; excellent; wonderful. Duck, as a term of endearment for a person, occurs as early as Shakespeare (1600). By the early 19th century in British English, duck applied to things, too, as “a duck of a bonnet (i.e., a cute bonnet).” By the late 19th century, duck was used to form the adjective ducky “cute, splendid, fine,” one of its current senses. Ducky entered English in the late 19th century.

BICS Weekly Memo

October 20, 2017

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.

Immunization Clinic Scheduled

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The following information came from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan after a phone call on September 27, 2017. The typical childhood vaccines will be available if you call for an appointment. Included are TDAP, MMR, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Flu shot, and Pneumonia shot. The cost depends upon your insurance, and it is strongly recommended you call your insurance company to make certain that these are included in your plan.

The immunization clinic is open to all ages.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 20, 2017

We both slept in this morning which was nice. Right now it's 58° on the island, clear skies, humidity is 66%, pressure is 30.08 inches, wind is from the SSW at 7 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through late Saturday night
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning.
TONIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 20, 1774 - The new Continental Congress, the governing body of America’s colonies, passed an order proclaiming that all citizens of the colonies "discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment."

DID YOU KNOW THAT Germany borders 9 other countries. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland.

WORD OF THE DAY: perlocutionary (pur-luh-KYOO-shuh-ner-ee) which means (of a speech act) producing an effect upon the listener, as in persuading, frightening, amusing, or causing the listener to act. The noun perlocution has been in English since the end of the 16th century, originally meaning the act of speaking. The base of the word is the noun locution, which comes from Latin locūtiōn-, stem of the noun locūtiō “speech, speaking, discourse,” a derivative of the verb loquī “to speak.” The noun perlocūtiō does not exist in Latin; it is a very recent word, used in linguistics, formed with the Latin prefix (as a preposition, per means "through") per-, meaning “through, complete,” as in “pervade (to pass through), or perfect (brought to completion).” Perlocutionary entered English in the 20th century.

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

By Dick Burris

In Camp Chaffee my aptitude tests showed my capability to be a clerk typist, or a CIC agent. They told me this and questioned if I wanted CIC training (counter intelligence corp) No way wasI I smart enough to survive CI,so I chose the lesser of the two. My MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was 4405 clerk typist .My hands were crippled from hard work, my fingers like tree stumps.  I could not type. But I took the class and accomplished 30 words per minute, when 60 wpm was the norm.  I  was shipped to Fort Sill and became a company clerk. I hated being cooped up in an office,
I preferred the outdoors because it is, and has always been my thing.

Read the rest of the story HERE

From Central Dispatch

Beaver Island's Dispatch in the three counties of Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmett Counties

CCE has been receiving numerous calls from scam victims in the last few days. It seems the scammers are ramping up their attacks in the area. Please take a few minutes to read this information and share it with vulnerable family and friends, especially those who aren't internet savvy.

Preventing fraud with knowledge of common scams

Almost all wire fraud starts with contact from a stranger. Protect yourself from wire transfer fraud. Never wire money to someone you don't know. Never.

ScamAwareness.org, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about scams and helping them to avoid becoming victims of fraud. Additionally, they provide a brief overview of some of the most common scams to be aware of below. Become informed by reading through each one and visiting up-to-date information at the ScamAwareness.org.

IRS Extortion Scam

Have you received a phone call from a person claiming to be from a government agency asking for money to cover "back debts" owed to the IRS? They may say that you can wire the money or send a pre-paid debit card to settle this amount owed - and if you don't, you will face jail time. Even though these calls may have a Washington, D.C. area code or misleading information on Caller ID, rest assured that any "government employee" contacting you and asking for money upfront is a scammer.

Refund scams

Did you receive a call from someone claiming to work with the FTC? Was the caller promising to help you get a refund from the agency? This is a SCAM. Never send money or provide bank account numbers and other sensitive information to those promising you refunds. Remember; the FTC doesn't make outgoing phone calls to contact people, they don't ask consumers to provide banking or sensitive information, they don't ask you to send money, and if refunds are part of a FTC settlement, the FTC provides the funds by check. Even if the Caller ID says the name of an organization you recognize or trust, be skeptical. Scammers will use technology, which can display legitimate numbers, which coerce you into responding.

Disaster relief
In times of disaster, it's important to be aware of charity scams. There are many legitimate ways to provide support to help people impacted by floods, earthquakes, fires or other natural disasters. If you're eager to make a donation, give in a way that you have donated before or through a trusted organization or business where you fully understand how the funds are being collected and used.

It is important to never send funds using a wire transfer service to someone you do not know.

Foreign lottery
The U.S. government recently issued a national warning about the continued defrauding of citizens taking place through a foreign lottery or sweepstakes scam. Be aware that if you receive a notice about winning a lottery, no matter how official it looks, and are required to pay a fee to claim your winnings, this is a scam.
What to be aware of:
A federal statute prohibits mailing lottery tickets, advertisements, or payments to purchase tickets in a foreign lottery.
Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or sweepstakes
Beware of lotteries or sweepstakes that charge a fee prior to delivering your prize
Be wary of demands to send additional money as a requirement to be eligible for future winnings

For more details, visit the FBI’s fraud database, Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Buying a vehicle

Have you found a great vehicle online or in an advertisement with a price too good to be true? Are you being asked to send the down payment through a money transfer? Unfortunately, it's a SCAM. Do not send money for the vehicle to the seller or a payments representative. The vehicle purchase scammer may try to convince you to pay through a money transfer (wire) to avoid sales tax and get a great price. They may even send you a letter or e-mail of authentication telling you that you have purchased the item, but in order to deliver it you need to wire funds first. You will not receive a car or truck. Once money is wired and received, it cannot be recovered and, unfortunately, you will be at loss for any money you transferred.

Sending money to a stranger

Never send money to a stranger. Any monies received by a stranger cannot be recovered and unfortunately, you will not get your money refunded back to you.


Legitimate lottery or sweepstakes NEVER require people pay money up front. If you receive a letter, call, or e-mail saying you won something (money or a prize), but that before you can collect the prize, you need to send money to pay for taxes, customs, or any fees – it’s a scam. Did it say you won even though you didn’t buy a ticket or enter a sweepstakes? This is a SCAM. Don't send transfer money to the people who are stating you have "WON" something but need to send them funds to collect your winnings.

Internet purchases

Have you found something online that interests you - a puppy, a car, an apartment for rent or any item for sale? Does the price for the item seem to be too good to be true and are you being asked to pay for the item through a wire money transfer? Unfortunately, this is a SCAM. Do not send money for the item to the seller. They may even send you a letter or e-mail of authentication telling you that you have purchased the item but need to wire funds first. Do not send the money. It is a SCAM. You will receive no merchandise. Once money is wired and received it cannot be recovered and unfortunately you will be at loss for any money transferred.

Relative in need

Did you receive a phone call from a grandchild or a family member? Or a "lawyer" or "police officer" there with your family member? Are they in despair because they have been detained in Canada for not having a fishing license or for catching a protected species of fish? Have they been in a car accident? Are they asking for money to pay fines or for car repair? Did a relative call because they need money for a family member in medical need or for medicine? This is a SCAM! Use precaution when sending money in any of these situations. Callers can request that you send money anywhere in the world. If you cannot verify with your family member (calling the number you had before this call, not the "new number" the caller gives you) that they are requesting money and aren't sure about the transaction, do not send the money. You will be at a loss for any money you transfer.


Did you receive an e-mail or letter about getting a loan? Were you asked to send money for loan fees, taxes, service fees, advance payments, or any other reason? This is a SCAM. Do not send money to a loan company to obtain a loan. If the money is wired and received it cannot be recovered. You will be at a loss for the money you have sent.

Check/money order

Get a check or money order in the mail with instructions to first cash it at your bank and then send some of the funds to someone else through a wire money transfer? If so, the check/money order is counterfeit and your bank will make you cover the loss. Be aware that counterfeit checks are very hard to identify. You may have been promised a percentage of the check for employment or because of an over payment. This is a SCAM. Do not send the money and do not cash the check.


Did you meet someone through a personal ad, e-mail, chat room or an instant message? Did they ask you to send them money for travel or to help them financially? Do not wire the money - this is a SCAM. Any money received by this person cannot be recovered and you will be at loss for any money sent

Newspaper ads

Have you found something for sale in the classifieds or any type of newspaper ad? Did they ask you to pay for the item through a wire money transfer? This is a SCAM. Do not use a money transfer to purchase an item from a stranger. It is not safe to use a money transfer service when trying to purchase an item.

Elder abuse scam

A stranger begins a close relationship with you and offers to manage your finances and assets. Or, signatures on documents do not resemble your own signature. Don't get duped into parting with your money through financial abuse scams. Scammers will try to manipulate you into turning over property and/or money, and this can leave your cash, checking account or even life savings completely wiped out in one transaction. Financial abuse scams can take many forms, including telemarketing fraud, identity theft, predatory lending, and home improvement and estate planning scams. Never trust your money with anyone you don't know.


by Daniel R. Craig


It was the day before Christmas eve. A light snow had fallen.

The small home or cottage sat on the north edge of town. I could see the main entrance was in the back by the patio door. I was cautious and slowly peered through the glass of the door, and an elderly woman was sitting at the kitchen table smiling back at me! Then I noticed an elderly man to the right, prone on the floor, and he seemed to be crying.

The door was locked!

The elderly woman got up and unlocked the door. As I entered, she stepped backwards and almost went down. I grabbed and steadied her and led her to her chair. The elderly man had fallen and cracked his ribs on an end table. He was in some pain, but the crying was for them. I noticed stitches in his head from a previous fall. He was crying because he couldn't take care of his wife anymore. She had alzheimers. Though her mind was gone, her body was strong. He was crying because he thought he had failed them!

Well now...none of this....let's get the ball rolling! Neighbor stepped in and was of great help. We contacted family downstate and they said, just give him a nitro or two and sit him in his chair. They'll be up after Christmas.

Yeah right, okie dokie, a....oles! The second crew was around the corner from us, so we called them in for backup. We get the gentleman comfy on the stretcher. I calm him and get the tears shut off. He doesn't want to leave his wife. Nope I say, she's coming with us!

That put a smile on his face! I glance into the living room where the female EMT was about to put shoes on Mrs. Smiley. At that moment, Mrs. Smiley lashed out and almost took her head off. Luckily she was quick and backed out of harms way. I intervened because Mrs. Smiley liked me. I got her shoes and coat on and escorted her out to the ambulance while the others loaded our gentleman. I sat her in back and belted her into the captains chair.

It was a pleasant trip to the hospital. The gentleman wasn't in too much pain with his cracked ribs. His concern was for his wife. His dedication for her, his love for her, her love for him, you could feel it in the back of the ambulance. A shame to split them up. We made the E.R., explained the situation to staff, and they were very accommodating. Mrs. Smiley sat next to her man in the E.R,. and both were content.

I saw them a couple hours later and wondered what would happen to them so close to Christmas. So many years of dedication and love. The memories and the memories that weren't. Was he living them for her? .....

A few days later an R.N. hit me in the shoulder ! What? She asked me if I brought the elderly couple in a few days ago? Yep, that was I. She said "Thanks" they had the whole E.R. staff crying that afternoon! The dedication, the love was in the air! The tears were for them, the tears were for us! Stay safe...smile, laugh, love. ...494

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 19, 2017

The wind has let up before it blew us completely away. Many thanks to Mike McDonough for keeping all the squirrels on the treadmills so we had power. Right now it's 55°, clear skies, humidity is at 35%, pressure is at 29.91 inches, wind is from the west at 7 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through this evening
TODAY: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Sunny. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 19, 1814 - In Baltimore, MD, the first documented performance of "The Defence of Fort McHenry" with music took place at the Holliday Street Theatre. The work was later published under the title "The Star-Spangled Banner."

DID YOU KNOW THESE 25 facts about Hawaii (it's about time to give some thought to those winder vacations to warm spots and no, Joe and I are NOT going there)
1. The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kaho’olawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.

2. The Big Island is Hawaii’s largest at 4,038 square miles. It is twice the size of all other Hawaiian Islands combined.

3. There are four counties in Hawaii (Kauai; city and county of Honolulu; Maui; and Hawaii). Each city has a mayor and council in charge.

Hawaii state population density map based on Census 2010 data. Image created by JimIrwin
4. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.

5. There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.

Vowels: A, E, I, O, U
Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W
6. From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.

7. The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting-above-the-ocean-tops of the biggest mountain range in the world.

8. Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii.

9. Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th, 1959.

10. Each Hawaiian Island has different flowers and colors used to represent it:

i. Niihau – Pupu Shell – White
ii. Kauai – Mokihana (Green Berry) – Purple
iii. Oahu – Ilima -Yellow
iv. Maui – Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose) – Pink
v. Molokai – White Kukui Blossom – Green
vi. Lanai – Kaunaoa (Yellow and Orange Air Plant) – Orange
vii. Kahoolawe – Hinahina (Beach Heliotrope) – Grey
viii. Big Island of Hawaii – Lehua Ohia – Red

11. Hawaii has its own time zone known as Hawaiian Standard Time. Hawaii has no daylight savings time. The time runs two hours behind Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time.

12. The highest recorded temperature is 96′ F (at Honolulu Airport), but temperatures over 92′ F generally occur only once or twice a year. The lowest temperature is 56′ F. Temperatures under 60′ F may occur, but rarely more than once a year.

13. According to the Hawaii State Constitution, any island not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This means that Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long, making it the largest city in the world.

14. Honolulu is the United State’s 11th largest metropolitan area.

15. More than 100 world-renowned beaches ring Honolulu.

16. The island of Oahu draws more visitors than any other to Hawaii. One-third of the state’s best surfing beaches are on Oahu.

Aerial view of Niihau Island in Hawaii Photo by Christopher P. Becker (Polihale) Aerial view of Niihau Island in Hawaii Photo by Christopher P. Becker (Polihale)

17. Niihau, Hawaii’s seventh largest inhabited island, is home to only 130 residents with no automobiles and no paved roads.

18. The island of Maui is home to many famous attractions including Haleakala Crater, the old whaling town of Lahaina, the road to Hana, and Kaanapali Beach.

19. Hawaii is home to the largest dormant volcano, Haleakala Crater (Ha-lay-ah-ja-lah), and the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea volcano.

20. The island of Lanai is considered Hawaii’s most secluded.

21. Hulope Bay, located on the Island of Kaho’olawe, is a marine preserve and considered one of the best diving spots in the world.

22. At 800,000 years of age, the Big Island is the youngest of the island chain. However, it was the first island discovered by voyaging Polynesians.

23. Two of the tallest mountains in the Pacific – Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa – dominate the center of the island.

24. Most of the world’s macadamia nuts are grown on Hawaii’s Big Island.

25. Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.

26. More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.

WORD OF THE DAY: nocent (NOH-suh nt) which means harmful; injurious. Nocent derives from Latin nocent-, the stem of nocēns, present participle of nocēre “to harm.” The widespread Proto-Indo-European root nek-, nok- underlies Latin nocēre and its derivatives noxa, noxia “harm, injury,” and the adjective noxius “harmful, noxious.” From the variant nek- Latin derives nex (stem nec-) “death, violent death, murder,” the root of the adjectives internecīnus and perniciōsus “ruinous, deadly, pernicious.” From nek- Greek derives nekrós “corpse, dead body,” and the source of the first element of necromancy (communication with the dead), necrophilia (sexual attraction to a corpse), and nectar (Greek néktar), the (red) drink of the Olympian gods, literally “overcoming death.” Nocent entered English in the 15th century.

Boat Comes Loose from Mooring

(Picture and info from Bob Tidmore)

Windy day on the Island, October 18, 2017

There's been a sailboat moored out in the harbor for most of the summer. Today, the boat came loose from its mooring, and setttled itself in to the Walstrom dock with some help from Bud Martin, Patrick McGinnity, others, and Mark Englesman, the owner of the boat.

Island Fellow Introduces Herself

My name is Stefanie Burchill, and I believe in the power of resilience amongst small communities. I am the Island Fellow from the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine.

By trade, I am a writer, digital storytelling, volunteer advocate, and social media wiz. I enjoy taking long scenic walks with my camera—usually in what most would consider to be “the middle of nowhere”. One belief of mine is that the middle of nowhere is often the center of everywhere for other, more colorful individuals. This is why I have come to love island communities. Having grown up in the Lakes Region of southern Maine, I have always felt most comfortable around the woods and a body of water. My wanderlust stems from spelunking across the Maine coast line, and climbing the White Mountains whenever I could spare the time. Having learned a great deal about eastern Atlantic intertidal zones, I do not know much about the Great Lakes flora and fauna. I am hopeful to learn as much as I can about B.I.’s local biome, and find individuals willing to show me the beauty of their home.

The nitty-gritty

Having only been on your island for two weeks, I am fresh off the boat, and fresh out of my undergrad program as of this past May. My Bachelor’s degree from Unity College is in Environmental Writing and Media Studies, which is a fancy way of saying that I like to write for and about the environment. Now before you get nervous that this environmentalist wants to change the authenticity of the Island, not to fear! The Island Fellow position is all about listening to the needs of the community and producing content to reflect and meet those needs. My focus of this project is to improve communication between the island and the main land across a broad range of topics. Island Artists, ecotourism, and island events are a few project topics I am currently seeking to work on.

I have a great panel of advisors here on the Island that many of you will be familiar with. Pam Grassmick, Patrick McGinnity, and Kevin Boyle will be guiding me throughout the year. I look forward to spending this year with you, and witnessing the dramatic social changes that come with the seasons. My office is located in the “Fish Bowl” on the second floor of the Community Center. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. I will often be sighted walking my poke doted’ doggy, Momo around the island—please feel free to say hello, neither of us bite!

Article written by Stefanie Burchill, Island Fellow for Beaver Island. Beaver Island’s fellow project for the Community and Communications System is funded thanks to grants from the Coastal Zone Management Program, The Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Island Summit Article by Stef Burchill

Photo by Stephanie Fortino

Island communities are often thought of as embracing isolation, exemplifying a can-do spirit, and welcoming peoples with somewhat unusual lifestyles; put islanders in a room together, and watch opinions shift. On September 25th and 26th twelve island communities of the Great Lakes and five related organizations came together to discuss collective ideas of unity at the first International Great Lakes Island Summit. The summit, facilitated by Karen Burns and Kate Tagai of Maine’s Island Institute, focused on the possibility of leveraging the first of its kind event into a Great Lakes Islands Coalition.

The Summit was more than two years in the making and was sponsored by the Office of the Great Lakes of the State of Michigan. All that planning culminated in a well-attended event hosted by the Central Michigan University Biological Station on Beaver Island. Located in Charlevoix county, at the northern end of Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan.

The idea for the Great Lakes Islands Coalition originally arose when a small group of Beaver Islander’s flew out to the coast of Maine with representatives from the Office of the Great Lakes for a knowledge exchange. They discussed problems, solutions, and newfound friendships with islanders from Maine, discovering along the way that islanders--though they may come from different states or even countries--quite often have more in common with each other than they do with mainland communities. The majority of the Michiganders’ time in Maine was spent on Vinalhaven Island, touring the island with the Island Institute and meeting island locals.

Vinalhaven is one of 15 Maine islands with year-round populations and welcomes assistance from the Island Institute. The freshwater visitors took many ideas home, one of them being the aid of the Institute. The focal point they brought back with them was fellowship and the power of collaborating with other islands. After numerous community meetings, and in collaboration with the Office of the Great Lakes and Northland College, Beaver Island submitted a site application to the Island Institute and landed the first Great Lakes Island Fellow through the Island Institute’s Fellows program. The 2017 Communications Fellow was also a big win for the Institute—who had yet to place a fellow in another state. Karen Burns, the Island Institute’s Chief Talent Officer, explained how expansion fit smoothly into the Institute’s mission during her presentation of the mission statement:
“The Island Institute works to sustain Maine's island and coastal communities, and exchanges ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.” 
The Institute’s primary focus is to assist communities with meeting and thriving through their own individual goals. The Island Institute often acts as an aid to getting ideas heard, sending fellows to help, and mobilizing community members to best you solve issues that may arise.  

Though the event only lasted two days, the impact on these 13 communities will not be soon forgotten. The close connections that the new friends forged throughout the busy days of presentations and group activities, allowed dewy-eyed islanders to find the connections between their disparate communities’ strengths and weaknesses. The group activities included an Island Boodle which is a laid back trip around the island to the guests choice of either important infrastructure points, natural resources and, places of cultural heritage Spotting a small box of tissues in the front row, Kate Tagai of the Island Institute said “it’s really something special to see so many islanders in one room.” The World Café style discussion appeared to bring out the best discussion from the group. Topics such as affordable work-force housing, high-speed internet, elder care, and education were laid out on tables with 3 large pieces of paper labeled something to the matter of “questions” “success stories” and “challenges.” Participants had 4 rounds of 20 minutes to convene around a topic of interest, and discuss how each issue plays out on their own island. At the end of the segment, the facilitators posted each topic’s pages around the room for the group to do a gallery walk and take in the host of ideas, challenges, and solutions generated by the small groups in hopes of broadening the spectrum of ideas and perspectives each representative could bring home. These ideas have been compiled, and returned to summit participants.

The primary takeaway was that these communities are not so different from each other. This colorful group of individuals was no longer merely  a collection of isolated communities, it had become one big community with a plethora of supporting neighbors (mind you, some of these neighbors might live a hundreds of miles away). The Island Summit ended with Madeline Island taking the initiative to host the 2018 Island Summit. During the final group discussion, the islanders split up to be with their home islands and briefly describe their island-specific takeaways from the event. Around a sterile set of college lab tables, the twenty or so Beaver Islanders concluded that they believed “coming out of this, anything is feasible.” All Islanders then re-joined together in a circle to share a few words that they felt described the summit.  “Connected,” “synergies,” and “unique” were among the parting words offered up by attendees, ending with “Islands Coalition.” Then they formally parted ways hopeful for a future of collaboration and fellowship.

More information on the event can be found at:

Article written by Stefanie Burchill, Island Fellow for Beaver Island. The Beaver Island Fellow Project is funded in part with a grant from the Coastal Zone Management Program, The Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 18, 2017

59° outside this morning, clear skies, humidity is at 75%, pressure is at 30.01 inches, wind is from the SSW at 9 mph with gusts to 18 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Windy. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph increasing to 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Breezy. Lows in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect from noon EDT today through this evening.
TODAY: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 30 knots increasing to 40 knots in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 5 to 8 feet.
TONIGHT: West wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 6 to 9 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 18, 1961 - Henri Matiss' "Le Bateau" went on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. It was discovered 46 days later that the painting had been hanging upside down.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Hawaii was originally called the Sandwich Islands? On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu. Two days later, he landed at Waimea on the island of Kauai and named the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, who was the earl of Sandwich and one his patrons.

In 1768, Cook, a surveyor in the Royal Navy, was commissioned a lieutenant in command of the H.M.S. Endeavor and led an expedition that took scientists to Tahiti to chart the course of the planet Venus. In 1771, he returned to England, having explored the coast of New Zealand and Australia and circumnavigated the globe. Beginning in 1772, he commanded a major mission to the South Pacific and during the next three years explored the Antarctic region, charted the New Hebrides, and discovered New Caledonia. In 1776, he sailed from England again as commander of the H.M.S. Resolution and Discovery and in 1778 made his first visit to the Hawaiian Islands.

Cook and his crew were welcomed by the Hawaiians, who were fascinated by the Europeans’ ships and their use of iron. Cook provisioned his ships by trading the metal, and his sailors traded iron nails for sex. The ships then made a brief stop at Ni’ihau and headed north to look for the western end of a northwest passage from the North Atlantic to the Pacific. Almost one year later, Cook’s two ships returned to the Hawaiian Islands and found a safe harbor in Hawaii’s Kealakekua Bay.

It is suspected that the Hawaiians attached religious significance to the first stay of the Europeans on their islands. In Cook’s second visit, there was no question of this phenomenon. Kealakekua Bay was considered the sacred harbor of Lono, the fertility god of the Hawaiians, and at the time of Cook’s arrival the locals were engaged in a festival dedicated to Lono. Cook and his compatriots were welcomed as gods and for the next month exploited the Hawaiians’ good will. After one of the crewmembers died, exposing the Europeans as mere mortals, relations became strained. On February 4, 1779, the British ships sailed from Kealakekua Bay, but rough seas damaged the foremast of the Resolution, and after only a week at sea the expedition was forced to return to Hawaii.

The Hawaiians greeted Cook and his men by hurling rocks; they then stole a small cutter vessel from the Discovery. Negotiations with King Kalaniopuu for the return of the cutter collapsed after a lesser Hawaiian chief was shot to death and a mob of Hawaiians descended on Cook’s party. The captain and his men fired on the angry Hawaiians, but they were soon overwhelmed, and only a few managed to escape to the safety of the Resolution. Captain Cook himself was killed by the mob. A few days later, the Englishmen retaliated by firing their cannons and muskets at the shore, killing some 30 Hawaiians. The Resolution and Discovery eventually returned to England. (from history. com)

WORD OF THE DAY: gorgonize (GAWR-guh-nahyz) which means to affect as a Gorgon; hypnotize; petrify. Latin Gorgō (stem Gorgon-) is the immediate source of gorgonize. Gorgō is a direct borrowing from Greek Gorgṓ (one of whose stems is Gorgón-), a clear derivative of the adjective gorgós “terrible, dreadful.” The very productive English verb suffix -ize comes from Late Latin -izāre, from Greek -izein, as in Greek baptízein “to dip, plunge,” borrowed into Christian Latin as baptizāre “to baptize,” whence English baptize. Gorgonize entered English in the 17th century. (NOTE: this could have been the word to describe my meeting with the raccoon in the backyard)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

October 17, 2017

While I'm sure there was news to cover yesterday, and plenty of things that I missed, a day off from one thing led to yet another thing and another, and somehow nothing got completed, yet I worked on and off all day. Funny how that works! Perhaps this is just a sign of getting older, and I forgot what I accomplished. Who knows?

Right now it's 57 degrees outside at 8 a.m., and there are gusts? to 2.5 mph from the WSW. It's partly cloudy out there right now with a predicted high temperature of 62 degrees, and only a ten percent chance of rain. It is also predicted that the gusts of wind will increase to 10 to 20 mph throughout the day. Tonight it's supposed to clear the clouds and have a low temperature of 55.

Right now the pressure is 29.95 and visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 46 degrees and the humidity is 65 percent. Interesting to note that when I look outside it's cloudy, but the KSJX weather says it's clear. ??

Word of the Day

mealy-mouthed [mee-lee-moutht, -mouth d} This word is an adjective meaning: avoiding the use of direct and plain language, as from timidity, excessive delicacy, or hypocrisy; inclined to mince words; insincere, devious, or compromising. It's first recorded use was in 1565. The unusually mealy-mouthed speech was not clear and completely without serious interpretation.

On this Day

On this day in 1931, gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899 to Italian immigrants. He was expelled from school at 14, joined a gang and earned his nickname “Scarface” after being sliced across the cheek during a fight. By 1920, Capone had moved to Chicago, where he was soon helping to run crime boss Johnny Torrio’s illegal enterprises, which included alcohol-smuggling, gambling and prostitution. Torrio retired in 1925 after an attempt on his life and Capone, known for his cunning and brutality, was put in charge of the organization.

Prohibition, which outlawed the brewing and distribution of alcohol and lasted from 1920 to 1933, proved extremely lucrative for bootleggers and gangsters like Capone, who raked in millions from his underworld activities. Capone was at the top of the F.B.I.’s “Most Wanted” list by 1930, but he avoided long stints in jail until 1931 by bribing city officials, intimidating witnesses and maintaining various hideouts. He became Chicago’s crime kingpin by wiping out his competitors through a series of gangland battles and slayings, including the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929, when Capone’s men gunned down seven rivals. This event helped raise Capone’s notoriety to a national level.

Among Capone’s enemies was federal agent Elliot Ness, who led a team of officers known as “The Untouchables” because they couldn’t be corrupted. Ness and his men routinely broke up Capone’s bootlegging businesses, but it was tax-evasion charges that finally stuck and landed Capone in prison in 1931. Capone began serving his time at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, but amid accusations that he was manipulating the system and receiving cushy treatment, he was transferred to the maximum-security lockup at Alcatraz Island, in California’s San Francisco Bay. He got out early in 1939 for good behavior, after spending his final year in prison in a hospital, suffering from syphilis.

Plagued by health problems for the rest of his life, Capone died in 1947 at age 48 at his home in Palm Island, Florida.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 16, 2017

Jack Frost was sniffing around the island during the night. Maybe it'll make our leaves turn faster. It's definitely going to make us dig out our winter coats that have been hiding at the back of our closets! Right now we have 32°, partly cloudy skies, humidity is at 100%, pressure is 30.21 inches, wind is from the north at 0 mph, visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds at 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 40 mph after midnight.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through late Tuesday night
TODAY: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

ON THIS DATE (from HIstory Today Volume 66, Issue 10 October 2016) A family planning clinic opened in New York on October 16th, 1916. It lasted only a few days.

Margaret Sanger discovered the importance of birth control early in her life. Born in 1879, she was one of 11 children of an impoverished Irish-American family and saw her devout Catholic mother die at 49 after 18 pregnancies. She trained as a nurse and was influenced in her unconventional outlook by her father, a Catholic turned atheist, and later by her first husband, William Sanger, a Jewish architect whom she married in 1902, when she was 22.

In 1911 the Sangers settled in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, where they mingled with liberal leftists, socialists and anarchists. Margaret worked as a nurse in the slums and saw many premature deaths of children and mothers, sometimes caused by illegal abortions. In 1911 she began writing a column on female sexuality for the New York Call newspaper. By the standards of the day the pieces were sensationally frank. In 1914 she published her own monthly newsletter, The Woman Rebel, which proclaimed that every woman should be the mistress of her own body. Five of its seven issues were banned by the postal authorities and she was indicted for violating the obscenity laws, following which she went abroad, spending most of her time in England.

The case against Sanger was dropped in 1916 and she returned to New York City to open a family planning clinic at 46 Amboy Street in Brooklyn, the first of its kind in the country. It lasted only a few days until the authorities arrested her and she was sentenced to 30 days’ imprisonment for maintaining a public nuisance. The torrent of publicity raised by the case and by subsequent attempts by the Catholic Church and the legal authorities to silence her and other birth control advocates proved a key factor in raising support for family planning to be made legal.

In 1918 the New York City appeals court permitted doctors to prescribe contraceptives and in 1921 Sanger founded the American Birth Control League. She combined charm with tireless dedication in publishing books and articles, lecturing and organising conferences to promote family planning, not only in the US but internationally. Arrested, threatened, physically gagged, in 1953 she was the first president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. She died aged 86 in 1966, by which time contraceptives (though not abortion) were legal for married couples in almost every US state.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Porsche also built tractors? From 1956 to about 1964, Porsche tractors were built in Friedrichschafen, West Germany. Offered with 1, 2, 3 and 4-cylinder, air-cooled diesel engines, Porsche tractors had a rounded, shark-nose hood and were painted bright red with off-white wheels. The 1-cylinder Porsche Junior and the 3-cylinder Porsche Super were tested at Nebraska, with the Junior putting out 9.58 drawbar hp and the Super 33.4 hp. (To see an unusual Porsche P312 “Coffee Train,” a narrow and streamlined tractor built for use in the Brazil coffee plantations, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1BTqjXrlcI and watch the very first, bright orange tractor as it sets off on a road run.)

Ferdinand the elder died in 1951 and Ferry in 1998, bringing to a close a remarkable career of more than a century of automotive invention, design and development.

WORD OF THE DAY: kleptomania (klep-tuh-MAY-nee-uh) which means an obsessive urge to steal, driven by emotional disturbance rather than material need. From Greek klepto- (theft) + -mania (madness). Earliest documented use: 1830.

Christian Church Bulletin

October 15, 2017

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

October 15, 2017

Well, the power went out last night, and it was out for about an hour, and then again, the power was out before Mass was to begin this morning, so it was a little dark inside the church and in the choir loft. That did not stop anything from going on as it normally would. At one point, a battery powered light was placed on the lectern, so that it would be easier to read the readings, and, just as the Gospel was to be read, the power came back on. It made for an interesting and somewhat unique situation to demonstrate the island to a visiting priest, who, with Father James Siler, celebrated the service today for the island Catholics and other visitors.

Pinky Harmon reads during the power outage

Father Jim and our visiting priest, Father Rex Arnold

And then the lights came back on, and the rest of the Mass was normal.

Father Jim and visitor singing in the light with Pinky doing the prayers.

View video of the service HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

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Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

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April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

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May 3, 2017

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June 7, 2017

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June 19, 2017

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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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

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Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament, Saturday

142 unique IP addresses viewed the live stream of the games

These live stream viewers were from across the UP incluidng Marquette, Grand Marais, and Munising, and down as far south in LP as Kalamazoo and Detroit.

Live streaming started with set up at 8 a.m. and ended with tear down at 5 p.m.

View a gallery of photos of the day HERE

There were six soccer teams on Beaver Island today, October 14, 2017, for the Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament. It's been at least six years since the island has hosted a soccer tournament. Today, the weather was perfect for the tournament. The rain held off, and even the east wind didn't have much effect on the play on the soccer field at school with gymnasium and the classrooms blocking most of the wind. The booster club had all kinds of food available for anyone that needed breakfast or lunch, and there were plenty of hot dogs to give away at the end of the toournament play. Thank you to the boosters for a job well done.

Gary Thurston, Jeremy Barrett, and John Tithof officiated the tournament.

The first game, beginning at 8:45 a.m. was Hannahville versus Big Bay. The game was quite rough in the physical sense, but Big Bay moved into the lead early, and maintained that lead throughout the game with Hannahville getting one goal. The final score for this game was Big Bay 4 to Hannahville's 1 goal.

The second game was played while this editor went over and play organ at the Catholic Church for a funeral. News on the 'Net wants to thank Skye Marsh and Svetlana Stebbins for their help with video for the second game. The major job of News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV was to provide live streaming video for the entire tournament, and these young ladies were a major reason for completion of this goal.

The second games was Munising Baptist playing against Grand Marais. This game was all on the side of Munising Baptist, but Grand Marais did manage to score one goal. The final for this game was Munising Baptist 3 to Grand Marais' 1 goal.

The next game ws Munising Baptist against Mackinac Island. Mackinac is in first place in the Northern Lights League, so it was not unexpected that they would play well in their first game and defeat the Bobcats from Munising. The Mackinac Island Lakers beat Munising Baptist Bobcats with a score of 7 to 1.

Jeremy Barrett, former BICS graduate officiated.

Beaver Island Islanders were up next on the schedule. Their first match of the day was against Big Bay. The Islanders controlled the ball quite well in this game and move ahead of the Big Bay team. The final score of this game was Islanders 5 to Big Bay 1.

That meant that the final game of the day would be between the two island teams: Mackinac Island Lakers against the Beaver Island Islanders. This was a very hard fought game with quite a bit of physical play and several warnings given quietly. The Lakers took a 2-0 lead, and that was the lead that could not be beaten. The Islanders did score an amazing goal with a header that redirected the ball and went into the goal. The Islanders simply could not get the ball in the goal in the second half, although there were several shots taken. The Lakers did not get any goals in the second half either.

The winner of the Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament, held today, October 14, 2017, on Beaver Island was the Mackinac Island Lakers, with the Beaver Island Islanders taking second place.


Kerry Smith, athletic director, organizer of the tournament, received flowers at the end of the tournament.

View video of game 1 HERE-Hannahville vs Big Bay De Noc

View video of game 2 HERE-Grand Marais vs Munising Baptist

View video of game 3 HERE-Munising Baptist vs Mackinac Island

View video of game 4 HERE-Beaver Island vs Big Bay De Noc

View video of game 5 HERE-Beaver Island vs Mackinac Island

St. James Township Request Snow Removal Bids

Notice of Public Hearing on Sewer Rate Study

Sewer Rate Study

BICS Seeks Snow Plow Bids

Lots of Oral Beaver Island History Online

Robert Cole sent me a link to several other interviews and stories that are available online. This is a treasure trove of information. If there was any information about some of these, I would gladly provide it, but there is no credit given on the YouTube page that holds these.

You can view these online HERE

Christmas Bazaar Scheduled

Dive Sausage Equipment Failure

By Dick Burris

 Before telling of this dive equipment failure, I would like to describe, level suspension for beginning divers, and how it is controlled. This is called buoyancy control.  Most divers need weights to submerge, and some like me naturally submerge, even with a full lung of air. Weigh belts, and buoyancy compensator vests are the answer to both problems.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Manitoulin Expositor Article on the Island Summit

A very nice article about the Island Summit can be viewed HERE

Christian Church Seeks Snow Clearing Bids

What Did You Say 61

There was a discussion at lunch time today at the Deli.  It brought back a couple of memories that I had completely forgotten about.  Sometimes a mention of something completely unconnected to the topic of discussion causes a connection between synapses that have nothing, literally nothing to do with the topic being discussed.

So, it would be easy to say that I checked out of the conversation for just a moment as a particular run jumped out of the depths and into the forefront of the memory.  There wasn’t anyone that I could tell about this memory because they’d think that I was crazy if I brought it up.  The discussion was more about the sucker runs in the creeks in the springtime, but my mind wound up going into a memory of a couple of EMS runs down the East Side of the island for a couple of special people.

Read the rest of the story HERE



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.

Immunization Clinic Scheduled

The following information came from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan after a phone call on September 27, 2017. The typical childhood vaccines will be available if you call for an appointment. Included are TDAP, MMR, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Flu shot, and Pneumonia shot. The cost depends upon your insurance, and it is strongly recommended you call your insurance company to make certain that these are included in your plan.

The immunization clinic is open to all ages.

Island Treasures Resale

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017,  the Resale Shop will welcome donors and shoppers at noon as we begin our summer schedule. The summer schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 4:00.

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