B. I. News on the 'Net, October 17-23, 2016

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

October 23, 2016

Eleven unique IP addresses watch the live stream.

View Excerpts from Sunday Mass HERE

The 52 Lists Project, #43

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

October 23, 2016

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 23, 2016

It's 40° outside, mostly clear skies, wind is at 6 mph, making it feel like 36°, barometer is rising from 29.64 inches, humidity is at 86%, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of showers is 40%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the evening, then isolated rain showers after midnight. Lows int he lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of showers is 50%. MARINE REPORT Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early in the evening. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Isolated showers Waves 3 to 5 feet.

On this date of October 23, 1958 - Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He was forced to refuse the honor due to negative Soviet reaction. Pasternak won the award for writing "Dr. Zhivago".

Did you know that a fly's reaction time is 30 milliseconds?

Word of the day: thunderstruck (THUHN-der-struhk) which means 1) overcome with consternation; confounded; astounded 2) struck by a thunderbolt. Thunderstruck entered English in the early 1600s.

Christmas Bazaar

Community Forum on EMS Ballot Proposal

Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 2 p.m.

at the Beaver Island Community Center

Meeting Attendance

Approximately fifty people attended the meeting today at the Community Center. Twenty-eight (28) unique IP addresses viewed the live stream, and it is unknown how many people listened on WVBI or on WVMI.net.

The meeting was very imformative, well presented, and, if there was any disappointment, it was the absence of three of the five BIESA board members. Although the BIESA could not participate in promotion of the millage meeting or invest any funds in this meeting, it was perfectly acceptable for them to attend the meeting.

The program was designed by Bob Anderson, representing the Beaver Island Association, and the panel included Brian Meade, BIEMS paramedic since January and current EMS Director, Dr. Jim Fix, and Dr. Brad Grassmick. No one on the panel was representing either BIEMS or the BIESA at this meeting due to the legal restrictions. Bob Anderson read some questions that had been submitted to the BIA, and the panel commented as asked and as the answer came to them. Questions were also taken from the audience as well as comments from the attendees.

The bottom line of this meeting was very serious. If the millage does not pass, there will be no EMS on Beaver Island after the end of the year.

View a gallery of pictures from today's forum HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 22, 2016

It's 42° outside this morning under mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 6 mph from the northwest so it actually feels like 38°, humidity is at 73%, pressure is falling from 29.76 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy, isolated rain showers in the morning. Highs around 50°, Northwest winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers is 20%. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Light winds. MARINE REPORT Today: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northwet wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of October 22, 1844 - This day is recognized as "The Great Disappointment" among those who practiced Millerism. The world was expected to come to an end according to the followers of William Miller.

Did you know that there are over 4,300 known species of ladybugs?

Word of the day: stalwart (STAWL-wert) which means 1) firm, steadfast, or uncompromising 2) strong and brave; valiant. Stalwart finds its roots in Middle English stalwurthe, sometime between 1325 to 1375, which in turn derives from Old English stǣlwirthe meaning “serviceable, equivalent.”

Looking Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

CCSD News Release

October 21, 2016

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider reports that about 7:59pm this date a deputy of the this office was involved in an incident that caused the deputy to discharge his firearm.

A 63 year old male of Hayes Township was wounded in that incident. The subjects name is being withheld at this time.

At the request of Sheriff Schneider, the Michigan State Police have been requested to assume the investigation of the event.

Any further information or news releases are directed to the Michigan State Police at this time.

W.D. Schneider


Kate Connaghan's House is Down

Driving by on the way to McDonough's Market, the view off to the left is different.

Quote of the Day

No one can ever say, "Thank you for your service," too many times.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 21, 2016

It's 44° outside this morning, wind is at 10 mph from the NNW with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 78%, pressure is steady at 29.85 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered rain showers int he morning. Highs in the upper 40s. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of showers is 40%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. MARINE REPORT North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of waterspouts early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: North wind 10 to 15 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of October 21, 1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.

Did you know that March 14 is 'save a spider day'? (It ain't happening at my house!!)

Word of the day: rollick (ROL-ik) which means to move or act in a carefree, frolicsome manner; behave in a free, hearty, lively, or jovial way. Rollick is thought to be a blend of romp and frolick. It entered English in the early 1800s.

What's Next?

by Cindy Ricksgers

BIESA Minutes

September 29, 2016

Quote of the Day

"A person who feels appreciated will always do more than is expected."

(According to Forbes, - Amy Rees Anderson )

Fall Colors Close to Peak

You didn't have to drive far to find the beauty of nature. The trip to the transfer station shows this.

The clouds over the harbor contribute to this beauty.

BICS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

 Brennan Jones, Quinn Jones, Riley Williamson and Kai Drost were inducted into the Beaver Island Community School National Honor Society.  Their families, friends, classmates, elementary students and staff all witnessed them lighting candles and explaining the four principles of NHS. They explained how important Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service are to the NHS. 

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Adviser Connie Boyle welcomed everyone and gave a brief NHS background. Simeon Richards, NHS senior started the readings by explaining the significance of the NHS torch symbol.  Principal/Supt. Judy Gallagher presented the students with their NHS pins and membership cards. Current NHS members Katie LaFreniere, Forrest Avery and Simeon Richards presented the new members with a yellow rose, the Official NHS flower.

Everyone at BICS is very proud of these students for their dedication to hard work, leadership and service to their school and community.

(Thank you to Connie Boyle for the pictures and the story.)

Timeout for Art: Sketchbook Pages

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 20, 2016

It's 44° outside this morning, partly cloudy skies, wind is at 4 mph from the NE, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 29.89 inches, visibility is 9.9 miles Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s. North winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: North wind 5 to 15 knots. Cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: North wind 10 to 15 knots. Cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
On this date of October 20, 1955 - "Day-O" was recorded by Harry Belafonte. The name was changed to "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)."

Did you know that mosquitoes prefer children to adults and blondes to brunettes?

Word of the day: paroxysm (PAR-uh k-siz-uh m) which means any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion. Paroxysm finds its roots in the Greek noun paroxysmós meaning "irritation." It entered English with the medical sense in the early 1400s.

Sewer Rate Study Public Hearing

October 19, 2016

The St. James Township Board reconvened the public hearing for the sewer rate study. BINN was not aware that there was a previous public hearing, but this was reconvened tonight, October 19, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the St. James Township Hall. This was an opportunity for all involved to publicly make statements regarding the sewer rate study. Several letters and emails were read, and several members of the public made statements. The board did not take action tonight, and it was suggested that there may not be action taken at the November board meeting. Bill Haggard stated that the sewer rate study would be on the November agenda, but that board would decide what action may or may not be taken. No action was taken tonight, but there would be further discussion after the input tonight.

View video of this meeting HERE

Dave Adams Obituary

David Adams, father, papa, brother, and friend, passed away on October 15, 2016, in Charlevoix, MI. He was 62.

David Wheeler Adams was born February 5, 1954, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to John and Laurene Adams. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1977. David moved to Beaver Island in the early 1980s, where he raised his family. He worked in construction, was a long time employee of the Charlevoix County Road Commission and a devoted member of the Beaver Island Fire Department. He also served many years as chairman of the St. James Zoning Board of Appeals.

An avid wood worker, David enjoyed making many special pieces for his beloved children and grandchildren. David also loved to garden and to share his veggies with neighbors and friends.

David is survived by his three children: Abigail (Chad) Hart of Charlevoix, MI, Joan (Christopher) Kolinski of Traverse City, MI, and Emma (Bryant) Tuthill of Holland, MI; his six grandchildren, Caleb Hart, Braxton Hart, Ashton Hart, Molly Tuthill, Maxwell Kolinski, and brand new baby Oliver David Kolinski; five siblings Connie Wojan, Mary Adams, Ann Adams, Molly Adams and John Adams; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Laurene and John Adams.

A wake will be held at the Holy Cross Church on November 11, 2016, at from 5-7 pm. A funeral service will be on November 12, 2016, at 11am at Holy Cross Church, with a luncheon to follow at Holy Cross Hall. All are welcome to attend and celebrate David’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Beaver Island Fire Department, PO Box 77, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Please visit David’s guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

Sunrise October 19, 2016

by Bob Tidmore

Layton's Turtles Saga Ends

Eighteen weeks after the turtle eggs were laid by the momma snapping turtle, 126 days after they were laid, BINN editor Joe Moore drove out to check on the site. Since the normal gestation of turtle eggs is 85-125 days, it seemed time to check on the location where the eggs were laid, and check on the viability of the eggs there. Several spoiled eggs were encountered, but, by some miracle, one little turtle survived.

"I think that this little turtle was rescued," said Joe Moore, "because we dug this area up. He was found down at the bottom, maiking him one of the first eggs dropped into the hole. With the compacted shoulder of the road, the gravel and clay had been run over time after time and definitely the gravel was hard. Luckily, he was found as we dug up the area around the original hole, and brought to the surface. Layton's turtle from this location survived due to her efforts to excite someone else about this. So, congratulations, Layton, your turtle survived!"

You simply can't make this stuff up! This is a little miracle of nature. All the rest of the eggs were spoiled and rotten, but one baby turtle survived.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

Lone Survivor


88 Wonderful Things

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 19, 2016

Compared to the past few days, it's a tad chilly this morning. It's 44 degrees outside, foggy, wind is at 5 mph from the SW, humidity is at 97%, pressure is rising from 29.65 inches, and visibility is 1.2 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the north after midnight. Gusts up to 20 mph. MARINE REPORT West wind 5 to 10 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

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 that fleas can accelerate 50 times faster than a space shuttle?

Word of the day: harum-scarum (HAIR-uh m-SKAIR-uh m) which means 1) reckless; rash; irresponsible. 2) disorganized; uncontrolled. 3) recklessly; wildly. Harum-scarum entered English in the late 1600s. The first element of this rhyming compound, harum, is based on the obsolete verb hare meaning "to harass" or on the the verb hare "to run like a hare"; the second element is based on the common verb scare.

Susan Hockey RIP

HOCKEY – Susan M. Hockey, age 50, of Conklin, MI., passed away unexpectedly from a car accident on Monday, October 17, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gilford Hockey and nephew, Douglas Ashley Jr.

Susan is survived by her son, Michael and Lisa Raub; daughter, Annette Rogers; mother, Alvina Hockey; sisters, Mary and Bill Monroe, Rose Hockey and Mike Martin, Arleen and Rocky Bowser, Marleen and Joe Homik, Shirley and Tim VanderMolen; brother, Jim Hockey; grandchildren, KyLee Starr Slagter, Corie Anne Slagter, Zoey Ann Grace Rogers, Caleb Thomas Raub; many nieces, nephews and loyal companion Skipper, her dog.

She was employed with Plasan Carbon Composites on Three Mile and Wilson. Susan loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping trips, being at the beach and around water.

The family will greet family and friends at the Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue, Comstock Park, on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. Father Fredrick Brucker officiating. The Celebration of Susan's life will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home, with Rev. Father Rock Badgerow as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wright Township. In memory of Susan, please consider memorial contributions towards the headstone, payable to Michael Raub.  

Community Forum of EMS Ballot Proposal

The Preservation Association of Beaver Island (PABI) and the Beaver Island Association (BIA) are co-sponsoring an open community forum at the Beaver Island Community Center at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 to explain the importance of the St. James Township November 8 ballot proposal for EMS support.

The background and facts regarding maintaining Advanced Life Support for our Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services will be presented, with Q&A to address audience questions.

If you have any questions or doubts about the importance of this ballot proposal, PLEASE attend the October 22nd meeting.

Can't make it to the EMS meeting this Saturday?

It is our understanding that Joe Moore will both tape and live stream the meeting along with it being broadcast live on WVBI.

Have a question you would like answered?

Send it the BIA at the e-mail address below and it will be it will be submitted to the panel, your name will not be used.


The Beaver Island Association

Oliver David Kolinski Born

Joanie and Christopher Kolinski "would like to introduce to the world Oliver David Kolinski, weighing 7 lbs 12.5 oz, and 20 1/4 in long, born Oct 17, 2016. My heart has never been so full and so broken at the same time," said Joanie Kolinski.

Joanie's dad Dave Adams passed away on October 15, 2016, which explains her last statement. BINN sends hugs, prayers, and thoughts to Joanie, Emma, and Abbie during this time of sadness, but sending joy and happiness to Joanie and her husband for this baby boy.

Tuesday Exercises in Writing #20

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 18, 2016

It's 58° outside, mostly cloudy, wind is at 12 mph from the NW with gusts to 36 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 29.04 inches, visibility is 9.6 miles, we've had over an inch of rain since this time yesterday and lightning is within 12 miles of us. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight: Mostly clear. 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 Until 4 PM EDT This Afternoon Today: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gust up to 25 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

Did you know that the average lifespan of a squirrel is 9 years?

Word of the day: apotheosis (uh-poth-ee-OH-sis, ap-uh-THEE-uh-sis) which means 1) the ideal example; epitome; quintessence 2) the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god. Apotheosis is a Late Latin and Greek word meaning "deification." It ultimately derives from the Greek combining form theós meaning “god.” It entered English in the late 1570s and later developed the sense "departure from this earthly life into heaven."

Archives Updated

Most of the files for the fix eight months of this year of 2016 have been added to the archives at http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com as well as the last two months of 2015. If you have some friends that might like to check out the Beaver Island News on the 'Net and see how we have evolved over the years, provide them with the address above, and let them get a good preview of what BINN is all about.

If you know of someone that might be interested in subscribing, please provide them with this link: Subscribe http://beaverislandnews.com/Subscription%20page.htm

BINN will continue to provide live streaming video and recorded video clips of many of the meetings and gatherings around Beaver Island as well as pictures of many events.

The Need to Learn More

A fictional story from “Rural EMS is Different” by Joe Moore

Every single patient provided a reason for our local EMS people to learn more.   To suggest that all of the EMS providers felt the same level of compulsion to learn more would not be accurate.  Some felt the need to just maintain the minimum number of credits to keep the license and continuing education credits were just the mundane way to accomplish this.  Others were much more enthusiastic about learning more and more ways to help our patients, which lead to the need to understand anatomy and physiology of the body systems involved.

Here is an example.  “Beaver Island EMS, respond to the East Side Drive residence of a 54 year old female, who may have overdosed on narcotics.  A friend is present at the residence with the patient.”

Read the rest of the story HERE

When Paths Cross

by Cindy Ricksgers

Ann Creighton Collar Broder, March 7, 1929 - September 30, 2016

Obituary from the Washington Post

Ann Broder, an Arlington County activist for good governance who served on the school board and also was the widow of longtime Washington Post journalist David S. Broder, died Sept. 30 at her home in Arlington. She was 87.

The cause was lung cancer, said a son, Matthew Broder.

After settling in Arlington in 1955, Mrs. Broder became a ­behind-the-scenes force in the county. She held leadership positions in Arlingtonians for a Better County (ABC), a nonpartisan advisory group that endorsed political candidates and promoted socially progressive practices in the local government.

In 1973, she was appointed to the first of two four-year terms on the five-member Arlington County School Board. She was board chairman in 1975-76 and again in 1979-80.

Mrs. Broder remained active in Arlington arts groups and social programs throughout her life. She supported the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and, in her 80s, was a Democratic precinct captain at The Jefferson apartment building, where she lived.

Ann Creighton Collar was born March 7, 1929, in Indianapolis. She grew up in Crawfordsville, Ind., where her father was a manager for a printing company.

She was a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she met her future husband. She received a master’s degree in English from the university in 1951, the same year she and David Broder were married.
David Broder worked for Congressional Quarterly, the Washington Star and the New York Times before joining The Post in 1966 as a political reporter. He won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1973 and came to be regarded as the dean of the Washington press corps. He died in 2011.

Survivors include four sons, George Broder of Oakland, Calif., Josh Broder of Brooklyn, Matthew Broder of Hamden, Conn., and Michael Broder of Arlington; and seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Broder was deeply attached to a family vacation home built by her grandfather on Beaver Island, Mich., in Lake Michigan. Mrs. Broder spent virtually every summer on the island, which can be reached only by air or water. Her family said her ashes will be interred on the island.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 17, 2016

Ok, woke up to some very loud thunder, so figured I might as well do the finger poke, get coffee, and do the weather, as more thunder rolls over and the dogs go into hiding under the blankets. Right now I'm showing 57°, thunder and rain, wind is at 10 mph from the SE with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is falling from 29.32 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today: Rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms (already here) in the morning, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around 60°. South wids 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through Tuesday Afternoon. Today: Southeast wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots becoming south 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

On this date of October 17, 1777 - American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.

Did you know that there are more than 50 different kinds of kangaroos?

Word of the day: nudnik (NOO D-nik) which means a persistently dull, boring pest. Nudnik is an Americanism formed from the Yiddish verb nudyen meaning "to bore, pester." Nud- is of Slavic origin: nudny in Polish means "boring"; the Polish verb nudzić means "to bore" and is the source, again through Yiddish, of noodge. It came to English in the mid-1900s.

Fall Colors Around the Island

October 16, 2016

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View a Video of Fall Ride HERE

From Holy Cross at 9:30 a.m. Sunday

The Beaver Island weather did not cooperate this morning, so the Charlevoix priest could not make it over to the island due to the fog. This morning was a Communion Sunday Morning Service lead by our Deacon Jim Siler. It was a wonderful service. While we missed our Charlevoix priest, Deacon Jim made the service very satisfying and complete.

After spending several hours attempting to get some of the video off this memory card, a crack in the card was discovered. All attempts were made to save any part of the video. Unfortunately, after several hours of research and attempts, the editor gave up.

Although today's service was live streamed, there is no recording due to a faulty memory card. We apologize for this.

Dave Adams Passes Away

Celebration of the life of David Adams begins with a visitation at Holy Cross Church on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 5-7pm followed by a funeral service on Saturday, November 12, 2-16, at 11am.

Under The Radar Michigan

Link to PBS Show:


Here is the full episode #701 – Beaver Island – PBS – Under the Radar Michigan. The value of this as advertising for Beaver Island is huge. The show airs all over Michigan and many other Midwest locations. The value is equal to more than the annual Chamber of Commerce budget



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 13, 2015

Video available for this meeting HERE

August 8, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

September 12, 2016

video for the meeting is availalble for viewing HERE


View Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

July 6, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

July 18, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

August 3, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

September 7, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

September 21, 2016

Video of this meeting is available HERE

October 5, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

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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

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BIRHC Presentation

by Dr. John Martin

Dr. John Martin presented information about the services provided by the BIRHC including recent changes at the Beaver Island Community School tonight, October 13, 2016, beginning at 6 pm for approximately one hour. BINN videographer Deb Bousquet was present to record the session for BINN subscribers.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the presentation HERE

Flu Shots Recommended

MDHHS, MOA, and MSMS urge residents to vaccinate against influenza
State confirms first cases of 2016-2017 flu season

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), and Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) are urging all Michigan residents to protect themselves against influenza (flu) and its potentially life-threatening consequences by getting vaccinated. The first flu cases in the state for the 2016-2017 season have been confirmed by the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories.

“Residents should go get their flu immunization today in order to have optimal protection throughout the flu season,” said Eden Wells, M.D., chief medical executive for MDHHS. “The flu is not something to be taken lightly as it can have serious and evenly deadly consequences. In our communities and as healthcare professionals, it’s important we encourage those around us to get their flu vaccine every year.”

The first official week of the 2016-2017 flu season was October 2-8, and during that time the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) identified the first two influenza cases for the state of Michigan. Influenza A/H3 was confirmed in both individuals, who are adults from Southeast Michigan. BOL has identified additional influenza A/H3 positive specimens throughout the month of September, and we expect more influenza confirmations in the coming weeks.

“We encourage all children and adults to get vaccinated,” said Michigan State Medical Society president David M. Krhovsky, MD. “By doing so, folks are not only protecting themselves and their own families, but others who are unable to receive the vaccine as well.”

Annual flu vaccination is the single best way to prevent getting the flu and its complications. Only injectable flu shots are recommended this season; the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine FluMist, is not recommended due to low vaccine effectiveness.

“Flu shots are sometimes overlooked and dismissed as unnecessary,” said Michigan Osteopathic Association president Bruce Wolf, DO, FAOCR. “But getting vaccinated protects our communities – from infants and children to the elderly and immunocompromised — from the potential risks that accompany the flu virus.”

Flu is a contagious respiratory virus that often causes fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and fatigue. People already infected with flu can spread the virus to others even before they feel sick.

Everyone six months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine every year. While most people who get influenza do recover, others may develop more serious complications. It is especially important that children, adults ages 65 years and older, persons with chronic health conditions, and pregnant women get vaccinated against flu. Flu vaccination for pregnant women does not just protect the mother, it also protects the unborn child.

CONTACT: Angela Minicuci, (517) 241-2112minicucia@michigan.gov

A Report on Septic Tanks

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and Health Department of Northern Michigan has prepared a report on septic tanks;  from the Executive Summary:

The Septic Question Project is a grant partnership between the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, funded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The goal of the project is to closely examine septic system policies for the entire watershed, identify any problems, and examine potential ways to solve them. The committee was also charged with creating a Final Report for decision makers. This is the Final Report, which includes specific policy options for local units of government to consider, in order to best protect Lake Charlevoix, Lake Michigan, and connected lakes and streams in the watershed.

They ask that your read the report then take a short survey to obtain your opinion of options for septic tank regulations  that may be considered by the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners.

View it HERE

Take the Survey HERE

Christmas Bazaar

November 13, 2016

Reservation forms for tables will be (this Wednesday afternoon) at the library, the Community Center and the mailbox at Jean Kinsley's real estate office.  Any questions?  Call Judi Meister (2963) or Jean Kinsley (2856).

Meeting on Housing at Dahlwhinnie's

A round table discussion took place at Dahlwhinnie's today between noon and 1 p.m. about resolving housing issues in Northern Michigan, and the input on how some of this information might be able to be used to resolve some of the same issues here on Beaver Island. A presentation of information was made by Sarah Lucas, and followed by island resdients discussion some of the issues.


View small gallery of pictures HERE

Video of this meeting available HERE

Ballots for Election Day

Here are the preview ballots for both townships that you will be voting for on the November election. The information came directly from the Charlevoix County Clerk website and the postings for the ballots throughout the county. These are just the pages for St. James and Peaine Township.

St. James Ballot


Peaine Ballot


A Really Long Day Becomes a Really Busy Week

A Fictional Story by Joe Moore from "Rural EMS is Different"

A Really Long Day Becomes a Really Busy Week
By Joe Moore

Nothing ever happens here on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes;  never any emergencies, never any serious problems, and certainly never any need for more than one two member crew to respond to the emergencies that do occur.  Such are the thoughts of some members of this community, but I’ve a story to tell about one serious disaster that occurred on this island, and, thankfully, we had the volunteers available to help take care of the patients involved.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to Donegal Bay for a Tracker rollover accident with unknown number of victims.  Repeating,  Beaver island EMS, respond to Donegal Bay for a Tracker rollover accident.  Unknown number of injuries,” Central Dispatch paged for our local EMS.

“ Enroute to the garage,” I responded on the radio, and off I went to get our emergency response vehicle (ERV) that was parked down at the old medical center building next to the ambulance garage.  I drove my car carefully from about a half mile away, and just as I arrived, I heard others call in route to the garage.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Accident on Westside Road

Update based upon an phone conversation with Dick Burris: Dick states he saw them coming around the curve and pulled off to the right side of the road. Dick stated that he didn't collide with anyone. He was stopped on the right side of the road and the other vehicle came around the curve and collided with him. This picture (above) represents the same thing that Dick Burris stated. "The accident report should reflect what actually occurred, and the press release does not," Dick stated.

Update: Received from CCSD in emal:

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider reports on 10/08/2016 at approximately 11:40 am the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office/Sub-Station on Beaver Island was dispatched to the area of West Side Rd. and Mrs. Reddings Trail.

Driver of the first vehicle (a 1995 Chevy S-10 pickup), Richard Burris, 87 year old of Beaver Island collided with Dave Chandler, 68 year old also of Beaver Island, who drove a 1992 Ford van when both vehicles were driving around a sharp curve.  Both vehicles were towed away.  The second driver, Chandler, did not suffer any injuries.

Richard Burris was transported to Beaver Island Rural Health Center for minor lacerations to his arm.

Speed and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this accident.

On Saturday, one vehicle was heading north on the Westside Road and was nearing Mrs. Redding's Trail. At the same time, another vehicle was heading south on the Westside Road and the two vehicles met. It is possible that both vehicles were totaled, but that information has not been made public as of yet. As of 1:30 pm, Monday, October 10, 2016, BINN has not received a news release from the Sheriff's Department. Dick Burris gave BINN permission to post the above picture that he posted on facebook.

Snow Plowing Bid Requested

for the 2016-2017 season
Responsibility when two or more inches of snow or significant drifting:

  1.  Removal of snow from areas determined through meeting with representative of Building/Grounds Committee
  2. All plowing must be completed at least 1 hour before scheduled event.
  3. Bid must be submitted on an hourly rate basis with assurance the snow plowing will be for the entire 2016-2017 season.  Please specify how you will bill for partial hours.

A calendar of special events will be provided.
Unsatisfactory performance will result in forfeiture of the bid award.
Damage done to church grounds while plowing must, in the spring, be repaired to the church’s satisfaction.
Bids must be submitted to the Beaver Island Christian Church, PO Box 21, by Monday, October 24.
Beaver Island Christian Church reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

Beaver Island Christian Church
Judi Meister, moderator (448-2963)
October 10, 2015

BIESA Minutes

January through August 2016

View these minutes HERE

Layton's Turtle Trail Cam

Since the trail camera on the side of the King's Highway at the top of Tight's Hill was placed there, no action showing any turtle hatch has been evident. The snapping turtle eggs were laid on June 14 or 15, 2016. It has been 116 days since the eggs were laid. Hatchlings will emerge from their soft shells 55 to 125 days after the mama snapping turtle lays the eggs. The time to hatching is longest in the northern part of the snapping turtle's range. Generally, incubation takes from 75 to 95 days, and hatchings emerge between August and October.

The likelihood of a hatch now on October 8, 2016, is not very likely especially with the temperatures down below 45 degrees. That does not mean that there won't be a hatch, but since the turtles hatched just down the road several weeks ago, it seems that the chances are decreasing all the time. The trail cam has been removed, but BINN will continue to check on the site to see if anything hatches for the next few days, just to make sure we don't miss it.




Christmas Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar is Sunday, November 13 from 11:00 - 2:00 at the Gregg Fellowship Center

Link to St. James Township Audit Documents

Vist state website HERE

(Thank you, Maura Turner for this link)

The following were downloaded from the above website and are available here.

St James Audit Financials

2016 St James Audit Deficencies

St James Audit Procedures Report

St James Deficit Letter

Christian Church Bulletin

October 16, 2016

October 23, 2016

Holy Cross Bulletin for October 2016

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Charlevoix Summer Transit
Summer Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Except Holidays)

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Bank Hours Change

January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

July thru August
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Beach Rangers

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 4:00. During those hours we will gladly accept your "gently used, barely used, like new " items. Please be sure that your donations be in season, clean, and in good repair. Thank you for your support !

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

December 10 Annual Meeting



Donate to the Food Pantry

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