B. I. News on the 'Net, October 18-November 18, 2021

Today's BI Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Rescheduled

November 18, 2021

View notice HERE

Kate R. Leese and Adam Kendall

Kate R. Leese, 35 of Beaver Island, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021.  Adam W. Kendall, 37 of Beaver Island, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021. 

Joint Funeral Services with her husband will take place Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the Center Point Assembly in Charlevoix.  You can livestream the Funeral Service via facebook at https://fb.me/e/4i4vLd3bC

The families will receive friends on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Center Point Assembly in Charlevoix.  Visitation will take place again Sunday before the Funeral Service from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A full obituary will be posted soon. 

Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes

From the Rural Health Center

November 18, 2021

Dear Friends,

Kelly Becker and her husband, Mike Hess, have decided it best to postpone this Saturday’s ‘Fare-Thee-Well’ event out of an abundance of respect for Island families and friends grieving for those lost in last Saturday’s tragic accident. They are holding us all in their hearts, and look forward to rescheduling during a future Island visit when all our hearts might be a little less heavy.

Take care all,
Beaver Island Rural Health Center
Acting Managing Director

Weather by Joe

November 18, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Here on Carlisle Road this morning at 6:45 a.m., it is 36 degrees with wind from the ENE at 6 mph. The humidity is at 69%. The pressure is 29.86. It is cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY it is expected to be overcast with showers or snow flurries possible. The temperature is not expected to go up much at all from where it is now, the upper 30's. The wind is expected to switch to the W at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for somewhat cloudy skies with a low just below freezing. Snow showers are possible. Chance of snow is 50%. The wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming overcast in the afternoon. The high will be near 40 degrees. The wind will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.


At exactly noon on this day, American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times. The bold move was emblematic of the power shared by the railroad companies.
The need for continental time zones stemmed directly from the problems of moving passengers and freight over the thousands of miles of rail line that covered North America by the 1880s. Since human beings had first begun keeping track of time, they set their clocks to the local movement of the sun. Even as late as the 1880s, most towns in the U.S. had their own local time, generally based on “high noon,” or the time when the sun was at its highest point in the sky. As railroads began to shrink the travel time between cities from days or months to mere hours, however, these local times became a scheduling nightmare. Railroad timetables in major cities listed dozens of different arrival and departure times for the same train, each linked to a different local time zone.
Efficient rail transportation demanded a more uniform time-keeping system. Rather than turning to the federal governments of the United States and Canada to create a North American system of time zones, the powerful railroad companies took it upon themselves to create a new time code system. The companies agreed to divide the continent into four time zones; the dividing lines adopted were very close to the ones we still use today.

Most Americans and Canadians quickly embraced their new time zones, since railroads were often their lifeblood and main link with the rest of the world. However, it was not until 1918 that Congress officially adopted the railroad time zones and put them under the supervision of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Also, ON THIS DAY: On November 18, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver a short speech the following day at the dedication of a cemetery of soldiers killed during the battle there on July 1 to July 3, 1863. The address Lincoln gave in Gettysburg became one of the most famous speeches in American history.
Lincoln had given much thought to what he wanted to say at Gettysburg, but nearly missed his chance to say it. Shortly before the trip, Lincoln’s son, Tad, became ill with a fever. The president and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln were no strangers to juvenile illness: They had already lost two sons to disease. Prone to fits of hysteria, Mary Lincoln panicked when her husband prepared to leave. However, Lincoln felt the opportunity to speak at Gettysburg and present his defense of the war was too important to miss, so he boarded a train and headed to Pennsylvania.
Despite his son’s illness, Lincoln was in good spirits during the journey. He was accompanied by an entourage that included Secretary of State William Seward, Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, Interior Secretary John Usher, Lincoln’s personal secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay, several members of the diplomat corps, some foreign visitors, a Marine band, and a military escort.
When Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg, he was handed a telegram that lifted his spirits: Tad was feeling much better. Lincoln enjoyed an evening dinner and a serenade by the Fifth New York Artillery Band before he retired to finalize his famous Gettysburg Address.


amity; noun; (AM-uh-tee)

Amity means "friendship" or "friendly relations between nations."

// Amity between the nations was restored with the treaty.


"He's one of the few people … to have a deep, long-lasting amity with Russell, who guards his privacy and is fiercely dismissive of the social whirl." — Bruce Jenkins, The San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Amity comes from the Latin word for "friend," amicus, and is used especially for relationships between political leaders and nations in which goodwill is shown despite differences that might exist between the two parties. Amicus is also the root of the adjectives amiable and amicable.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

From Island Airways

November 17, 2021

There are no words, but we will try. We are devastated at the tragic loss. The families are in our constant thoughts and prayers.

The Bill Julian family
The Adam Kendall and Kate Leese family
The Perdue family
Laney Perdue
The Beaver Island EMS and Fire Fighter families
The Island Airways family

The Beaver Island Family

We ask that everyone keep these families in your thoughts and prayers as well.

We are continuing to work closely with the FAA and NTSB. Providing safe service to Beaver Island has been our life’s work and will continue to be. This is our home and family, and we are resuming our service.

We would like to thank our Island family for the outpouring of love and support. We feel the love surrounding us and we are forever grateful.

Paul & Angel Welke

From the GLIA to Beaver Island Community


To the Beaver Island community,

It is with profound sadness that we learned of the recent airplane accident on Beaver Island. Experiencing a sudden loss of life is always devasting, though as fellow Great Lakes islanders, we appreciate how it must be extra hard for your close-knit island community and all others who are affected. We recognize that the ferry and air transportation links are critical, but sometimes fragile, links to our way of life.


Though we come from different islands, today we stand with you “as islanders” in support and sorrow through this difficult time.


Steering Committee,

Great Lakes Islands Alliance

On behalf of GLIA Members and Partner Organizations from:

Bois Blanc Island, Michigan

Drummond Island, Michigan

Harsens Island, Michigan

Kelleys Island, Ohio

Les Cheneaux Islands, Michigan

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Madeline Island, Wisconsin

Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Middle Bass Island, Ohio

Neebish Island, Michigan

Pelee Island, Ontario

South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay), Ohio

St. Joseph Island, Ontario

Sugar Island, Michigan

Washington Island, Wisconsin

Wolfe/Howe Islands, Ontario


The Island Institute

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

The Stewardship Network

COVID Counted in Northwest Michigan

November 15, 2021

The  health department is providing information and recommendations for the upcoming holidays, and this information is simply meant to help provide methods to slow the spread of the disease by first making people aware of the numbers and providing a list of things that each individual can do to slow the spreak of this disease.

COVID-19 Case Counts
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting the following case information:
• On Friday, Nov. 12, 104 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Antrim (17), Charlevoix (19), Emmet (26, and Otsego (42), and two new COVID-19 associated deaths in Otsego County.
• On Saturday, Nov. 13, 96 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Antrim (28), Charlevoix (17), Emmet (19), and Otsego (32).
• On Sunday, Nov. 14, 28 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Antrim (9), Charlevoix (0), Emmet (5), and Otsego (14).
• On Monday, Nov. 15, 71 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Antrim (14), Charlevoix (11), Emmet (20), and Otsego (26), and three new COVID-19 associated deaths in Antrim (2) and Charlevoix (1) County.
As of 4 p.m. November 15, the cumulative case count information for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is:
• Total COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Antrim (2,635), Charlevoix (2,780), Emmet (3,720), and Otsego (3,669).
• Recovered COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Antrim (2,246), Charlevoix (2,364), Emmet (3,189), and Otsego (2,997).
• Confirmed COVID-19 associated deaths in the following counties: Antrim (40), Charlevoix (39), Emmet (53), and Otsego (63).
On November 15, the State of Michigan reported 1,209,712 cases and 22,862 deaths.
Stay up to date on the latest information in the Health Department of Northwest Michigan jurisdiction by liking and following our Facebook page and visiting our COVID-19 Data Dashboard. To locate a testing facility, visit the Michigan COVID-19 Test Finder website. To track the risk levels of COVID-19 pandemic indicators, visit the MI Safe Start Map website. For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the MDHHS vaccine website or the CDC vaccine website.

On Beaver Island

The BIRHC reports that there have been 40 positive individuals with 1 person hospitalized.  This could be partially due to the isolation of the island as well as the number of people who are vaccinated, whose numbers are not easily determined.  Some are getting their vaccines and/or boosters on the mainland while off the island for other reasons.

Here is the recommendation from the health department for a safe holiday season.

Weather by Joe

November 17, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 44 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.66. It is cloudy with visibility at 1.5 miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have a possible morning shower with a high near 50 degrees. Winds will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a low near 30 degrees. The wind will be from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a chance of flurries or a snow shower. The high will be in the upper 30's. The wind will be from the W at 10 to 20 mph.


Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth.
The two half-sisters, both daughters of King Henry VIII, had a stormy relationship during Mary’s five-year reign. Mary, who was brought up as a Catholic, enacted pro-Catholic legislation and made efforts to restore the pope to supremacy in England. A Protestant rebellion ensued, and Queen Mary imprisoned Elizabeth, a Protestant, in the Tower of London on suspicion of complicity. After Mary’s death, Elizabeth survived several Catholic plots against her; though her ascension was greeted with approval by most of England’s lords, who were largely Protestant and hoped for greater religious tolerance under a Protestant queen. Under the early guidance of Secretary of State Sir William Cecil, Elizabeth repealed Mary’s pro-Catholic legislation, established a permanent Protestant Church of England, and encouraged the Calvinist reformers in Scotland.
In foreign affairs, Elizabeth practiced a policy of strengthening England’s Protestant allies and dividing her foes. Elizabeth was opposed by the pope, who refused to recognize her legitimacy, and by Spain, a Catholic nation that was at the height of its power. In 1588, English-Spanish rivalry led to an abortive Spanish invasion of England in which the Spanish Armada, the greatest naval force in the world at the time, was destroyed by storms and a determined English navy.
With increasing English domination at sea, Elizabeth encouraged voyages of discovery, such as Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the world and Sir Walter Raleigh’s expeditions to the North American coast.

The long reign of Elizabeth, who became known as the “Virgin Queen” for her reluctance to endanger her authority through marriage, coincided with the flowering of the English Renaissance, associated with such renowned authors as William Shakespeare. By her death in 1603, England had become a major world power in every respect, and Queen Elizabeth I passed into history as one of England’s greatest monarchs.

Also, ON THIS DAY: On November 17, 1863, Confederate General James Longstreet places the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, under siege. After two weeks and one failed attack, he abandoned the siege and rejoined General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
The Knoxville campaign began in November when Longstreet took 17,000 troops from Chattanooga and moved to secure eastern Tennessee for the Confederates. Longstreet’s corps was normally part of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, but after the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July 1863, Longstreet took two of his divisions to shore up the Confederate effort in the West. He and his troops participated in the victory at Chickamauga in September and the siege of Chattanooga in October and November. Longstreet quarreled with Braxton Bragg, the Confederate commander in the West, and was given independent command of the Department of East Tennessee.
Longstreet took his troops and moved toward Knoxville. Facing him was General Ambrose Burnside and 5,000 Yankees. Burnside fought a delaying action at Campbell Station on November 16 before retreating into the Knoxville defenses. The next day, Longstreet pulled into position around the north side of the city, but could not cut off supplies to the Union troops. Longstreet waited for reinforcements to arrive, which they did on November 28. He attacked, but was repulsed with heavy loses. Longstreet continued the siege in order to draw troops away from Chattanooga. The ruse worked, and 25,000 Union troops were dispatched from Chattanooga to chase Longstreet’s force away.
Ultimately, Longstreet retreated back to Virginia. His Knoxville campaign was disappointing for the Confederates, who had hoped to secure eastern Tennessee. Longstreet rejoined Lee in the spring after his disappointing turn as head of an independent command.

negotiate; verb; (nih-GOH-shee-ayt)

What It Means

Negotiate means "to deal with or bring about through discussion or compromise." It also means, for people and things in motion, "to get through, around, or over successfully."
// The parties negotiated an agreement.

// The slope is designed for an experienced skier who can negotiate unpredictable terrain.


"... unionized workers are in better position now to negotiate higher wages…." — Dave Flessner, The Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press, 19 Oct. 2021
Did You Know?

Negotiate comes from Latin negōtiārī, meaning "to carry on business," and the word shares that meaning. In English, it can also mean "to successfully travel along or over."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Obituary for William Francis Julian

Mr. William F. Julian of Traverse City, Michigan, age 55, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Bill was born to Vern E. and Mary Ann (Draves) on June 25, 1966, in Bay City, Michigan.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Katharine (McKenzie); daughter Elizabeth “Betsy” Julian; mother Mary Ann Coryell; siblings Dennis (Tammie Cornell) Julian, Greg (Molly) Julian, Susan (Steve) Finkbeiner, and James (Leslie) Julian; step-mother Carol Julian; and numerous nieces, nephews, dear friends, and other beloved members of the family.


William “Bill” Francis Julian, 55, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 13, 2021.

Bill was born in Bay City, Jun. 25, 1966.

He attended and graduated from Bay City Central High School. Bill was involved with the school’s athletic program, excelling in football and basketball. Following graduation, Bill earned bachelor and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University. In 2003 Bill moved to Traverse City, met and married Katharine McKenzie and began a family.

Bill spent his professional life teaching and coaching. When he moved to Traverse City, he taught at St. Francis High School. He then took a position teaching social studies at East Middle School, where he remained until his passing.

In 1989 Bill earned his pilot license, followed by becoming a certified flight instructor in 1990. Bill loved to fly, and loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was known for his love of animals, especially for his Labrador Retrievers. He volunteered his time and distributed joy, with the help of his canine companion at Munson Medical Center. He was also a steward with the Leelanau Conservancy.

Bill leaves behind his wife Katherine McKenzie; daughter Elizabeth “Betsy;” mother Mary Ann Coryell; siblings Dennis (Tammie), Greg (Molly), Sue (Steve) and Jim (Leslie); step-mother Carol Julian; as well as many family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his father Vern Julian and step-father Charles Coryell.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM, Thurs. Nov. 18, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A memorial service is set for 1:30 PM, Sat. Nov. 20, at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of one’s choice, or to the Leelanau Conservancy, www.leelanauconservancy.org/donate.

Memories and condolences may be shared on Bill’s tribute page, www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com


37895 Kings Highway
Beaver Island, Michigan, 49782
(231) 448-2744

Notice of Vacancy: November 16, 2022
Application Deadline: November 23, 2022

Job Title:                        Part-Time Pre-School Aide (Daily 8:00 am to 11:15 am)
Position Begins:        December 1, 2021 or ASAP
Location:                        Beaver Island Community School, Beaver Island, MI
Salary:                             $15.00 to $16.50

Job Responsibilities: Working under the overall supervision of the superintendent-principal and direct supervision of the pre-school lead teacher, the pre-school aide will be responsible for contributing to a healthy learning environment for all students every day. Specific job duties will be determined by the needs of our students, but at a minimum will involve:

Qualifications: Applicants for this position will have at least the following minimum qualifications:

For More Information About This Position: Contact Wilfred Cwikiel, BICS Superintendent-Principal at (231) 448-2744 or wilc@beaverisland.k12.mi.us

To Apply: Hand deliver or send a resume and cover letter with references to the BICS office. All applications must be received by 3:30 pm on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

Beaver Island Community School is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity for all members of our educational community and abide by Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

Weather by Joe

November 16, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6 a.m on Carlisle Road it is 31 degrees. It's two degrees cooler at the township airport at 29 degrees. There is no wind. The humidity is at 92%. The pressure is 30.05. It's cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with the high in the low 40's. The NE wind will switch to the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy with occasional showers overnight. Chance of rain is 50%. The low will be just below 40 degrees. The winds will continue from the SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. The high will be near 50 degrees. The wind will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Hessian Lieutenant General Wilhelm von Knyphausen and a force of 3,000 Hessian mercenaries and 5,000 Redcoats lay siege to Fort Washington at the northern end and highest point of Manhattan Island.
Throughout the morning, Knyphausen met stiff resistance from the Patriot riflemen inside the fort, but by afternoon, the Patriots were overwhelmed, and the garrison commander, Colonel Robert Magaw, surrendered. Nearly 3,000 Patriots were taken prisoner, and valuable ammunition and supplies were lost to the Hessians. The prisoners faced a particularly grim fate: Many later died from deprivation and disease aboard British prison ships anchored in New York Harbor.
Among the 53 dead and 96 wounded Patriots were John and Margaret Corbin of Virginia. When John died in action, his wife Margaret took over his cannon, cleaning, loading and firing the gun until she too was severely wounded. The first woman known to have fought for the Continental Army, Margaret survived, but lost the use of her left arm.

Two weeks earlier, one of Magaw’s officers, William Demont, had deserted the Fifth Pennsylvania Battalion and given British intelligence agents information about the Patriot defense of New York, including details about the location and defense of Fort Washington. Demont was the first traitor to the Patriot cause, and his treason contributed significantly to Knyphausen’s victory.

Fort Washington stood at the current location of Bennett Park in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, near the George Washington Bridge, at the corner of Fort Washington Avenue and 183rd Street. Fort Washington Park and Fort Washington Point lay beneath the site along the Hudson River.

Also, ON THIS DAY: Did the young Austrian nun named Maria really take to the hills surrounding Salzburg to sing spontaneously of her love of music? Did she comfort herself with thoughts of copper kettles, and did she swoon to her future husband’s song about an alpine flower while the creeping menace of Nazism spread across central Europe? No, the real-life Maria von Trapp did none of those things. She was indeed a former nun, and she did indeed marry Count Georg von Trapp and become stepmother to his large brood of children, but nearly all of the particulars she related in her 1949 book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, were ignored by the creators of the Broadway musical her memoir inspired. And while the liberties taken by the show’s writers, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and by its composer and lyricist, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, caused some consternation to the real Maria von Trapp and to her stepchildren, according to many later reports, those liberties made The Sound of Music a smash success from the very night of its Broadway opening on November 16, 1959.
With a creative team made up of Broadway legends and a star as enormously popular and bankable as Mary Martin, it was no surprise that The Sound of Music drew enormous advance sales. But audiences continued to flock to The Sound of Music despite sometimes tepid reviews, like the one in The New York Times that said the show “lack[ed] the final exultation that marks the difference between a masterpiece and a well-produced musical entertainment.” Reviewer Brooks Atkinson did, however, single out the “affecting beauty” of the music from The Sound of Music as saving it from a story verging on “sticky.”
Sticky or no, The Sound of Music was an instant success, and numerous songs from its score— including “Do Re Mi,” “My Favorite Things” and “Climb Every Mountain”—quickly entered the popular canon. Indeed, the original cast recording of The Sound of Music was nearly as big a phenomenon as the show itself. Recorded just a week after the show’s premiere on this day in 1959 and released by Columbia Records, the album shot to the top of the Billboard album charts.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


facetious; adjective; (fuh-SEE-shuss)

What It Means

Facetious means "joking often inappropriately" or "meant to be humorous or funny." It usually describes something said or done as being annoying, silly, or improper.

// I was just being facetious.


"Forget the license to kill. James Bond fanatics carry a license to argue about everything. Who's the best Bond? Well, Connery. Obviously. But Daniel Craig's a close second, many believe. And the other screen Bonds have their admirers, despite the lesser movies' unevenness or facetious gadgetry." — Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

Facetious—which puzzle fans know is one of the few English words containing the vowels "a, e, i, o, u" in order—comes from French facetieux, which traces to the Latin word facētia, meaning "cleverness or wit." In English, facetiae refers to "witty or humorous writings or sayings."

Another Charlevoix County Plane Crash

November 15, 2021

On November 15, 2021, at 1:28 pm the Federal Aviation Administration reported that there was an airplane on radar that went off radar that was near the Boyne Valley / Melrose township line. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office, along with Boyne City Police Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan DNR, Melrose Township Fire Department, Boyne Valley Township Fire Department, Boyne Valley EMS, and Boyne City EMS all responded to the last known area the airplane was reported. Upon the Michigan State Police helicopter responding from Lansing, the airplane was located.

The pilot, Kenneth Daniel Yott, 61, of Pontiac, MI and his passenger Corbin Dennis Kennedy, 21, of Howell, MI were flying to Boyne City airport when their Beechcraft King Air airplane crashed into a wooded area west of Romaniak Road in Melrose Township. Both Yott and Kennedy were located in the airplane and were deceased. The families of the victims have been notified.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been contacted and are responding to the crash scene.

Harris Fawell, RIP

Former State Senator and United States Congressman Harris Fawell passed away Nov. 11th at his home of 57 years in Naperville Il. He was 92 years old.

Fawell was born on March 25th, 1929, in West Chicago, to Walter and Mildred Fawell. Walter Fawell was, for a time, Mayor of West Chicago. Fawell had three brothers: Tom (his twin), Bruce and Mike. Baseball was a family passion and all four brothers played in the Fox Valley league, organized by their father, where they competed with enough zeal to earn a reputation as “the fighting Fawells.” Fawell’s baseball talents were considerable and earned him a brief stint with a Detroit Tigers minor league affiliation in Greenville, South Carolina during his college years.

Fawell graduated from West Chicago high school, commuted to North Central College, and then to Kent College of Law, where he gained his juris doctorate in 1952. In that same year he married Ruth Johnson of Bensenville, Il. Ruth was also a North Central graduate and a Naperville teacher for 25 years. The two of them raised three children and had been married 69 years when he died.

After graduating from college, Fawell served as an assistant state’s attorney for DuPage County and then practiced law, first in West Chicago and then in Naperville. He was senior partner of the law firm of Fawell, James and Brooks, which found its home in the historic Scott house on Washington Street in Naperville, where his son-in-law and grandson practice law now. During the 1950s he chaired a committee that helped defeat an effort to establish a horse racetrack in Naperville, an accomplishment that earned him a loyal following when he turned to politics.

Fawell served in the Illinois State Senate from 1963-77. He was named “Outstanding Freshman State Senator” by the Illinois Press Association. During his time in the legislature he sponsored legislation that provided park land for special needs children and adults throughout the state. He also created legislation that would have compelled developers to donate park land to communities in which they gained their fortune. That legislation was defeated by special interests but lead to the Naperville Land Cash Donation Ordinance, which Fawell also spearheaded, and which resulted in the acquisition of acres of park land in Naperville. This ordinance served as a blueprint for others across the country.

Fawell was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1985 and served there until 1999. As a congressman, he co-founded the “Porkbusters Coalition” a bipartisan group of representatives and senators that included John McCain and that set its sight on fiscal bloat. Fawell was the chief sponsor of 23 bills which eliminated $2 billion in pork barrel projects. He was also known for his expertise in labor and health issues and for his efforts to provide more equitable healthcare to workers in small businesses.

After leaving congress, Fawell wrote articles on Servant Leadership that appeared in The International Journal of Servant Leadership, at Gonzaga University. These essays reflected his interest in labor relations, an interest which had deepened during his time on the Education and Labor Committee in the House of Representatives. He also served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, North Central College. In retirement he relished summers at his vacation home on Beaver Island, Michigan, where he and his wife, Ruth, patiently hosted and entertained wave after wave of his family, ever increasing in size.

Politically, Fawell was a Republican moderate. A fiscal conservative, he was popular with taxpayer and business groups but also earned high marks from environmental and women’s rights groups. He was one of only two Republican state senators who voted to help pass Fair Housing legislation in the 1960s. He publicly supported Barack Obama in 2008.

Fawell was described in an article in the Chicago Tribune as an “atypical politician, preferring to keep a low profile rather than grab headlines,” a man “with a low-key demeanor and a human touch.” His family knew him as wise and philosophical with a huge fund of patience, empathy and understanding, a subtle, and sometimes biting, sense of humor and a playful gift for language. He had a deep and abiding interest in spiritual issues and literature and in his later years found a warm community in the Community United Methodist Church in Naperville. He knew scores of old jazz standards by heart and had a taste for American doggerel and folk poetry, such as “Casey at the Bat” and Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” which he would recite at the drop of a hat. When asked what he was up to, Fawell was fond of responding by quoting L. Frank Baum: “cogitating, meditating and otherwise hobnobbing with the gods.”

Fawell is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their three children: Richard (Yvonne) of Naperville; Jane (Robert Heap) of Naperville, and John (Yvette Begue) of Quincy MA, as well as eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and his brother Michael of Glen Ellyn.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to any of the following charities: Community Methodist Church, 20 N. Center St., Naperville IL 60540 (630-355-1483); Loaves and Fishes, 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville IL 60540. (630-355-3663); Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, 116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream IL, 60188-0962.

Private family services will be held.

Christmas Bazaar

November 14, 2021

The Annual Christas Bazaar at the Gregg Fellowship Center was this past Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. and going through 2:30 p.m. There were lots of locally made items available for sale at this location, and a variety that you would have a hard time describing.  Lots and lots of variety, from jewelry to wreaths, from food to calendars, from photos to quilts, and much more.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View a video of a walk around of the Gregg Fellowship Center HERE

From the Transfer Station

November 15, 2021


Church Services for 11/14/2021

November 15, 2021

Christian Church Service

Pastor Angel Abshear,  Judi Meister, and Sharon Blanchard

Sue Oole

Those present gathered in unity to provide prayers for those lost in the plane crash and for the injuries of the survivor.  This was an emotionally intense moment.

View video of the service HERE

Prayer Service at Holy Cross

Patrick Nugent lead the service.

Jacque LaFreniere did the readings,  Leona Pease did the announcements.

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

November 15, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island on opening day of firearm deer season! At 6:30 a.m., it is 34 degrees with wind from the W at 2 mph. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.84. The sky is cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be light snow in the morning with peeks of sunshine later today. Chance of snow is 40%. The high will be near 40 degrees. The wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few cloudy and a few flurries of snow possible. The low will be near 30 degrees with a light and variable wind.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mix of clouds and sun in the morning with cloudy skies in the afternoon. The high will be near 43 degrees. The wind sill be from the SE at 10 to 15 mph.


On November 15, 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City. The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which has been around since 1792, traveled by mail or messenger.
The ticker was the brainchild of Edward Calahan, who configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape (the same paper tape later used in ticker-tape parades). The ticker, which caught on quickly with investors, got its name from the sound its type wheel made.

The last mechanical stock ticker debuted in 1960 and was eventually replaced by computerized tickers with electronic displays. A ticker shows a stock’s symbol, how many shares have traded that day and the price per share. It also tells how much the price has changed from the previous day’s closing price and whether it’s an up or down change. A common misconception is that there is one ticker used by everyone. In fact, private data companies run a variety of tickers; each provides information about a select mix of stocks.

Also, ON THIS DAY, approaching the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains during his second exploratory expedition, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike spots a distant mountain peak that looks “like a small blue cloud.” The mountain was later named Pike’s Peak in his honor.
Pike’s explorations of the newly acquired Louisiana Territory of the United States began before the nation’s first western explorers, Lewis and Clark, had returned from their own expedition up the Missouri River. Pike was more of a professional military man than either Lewis or Clark, and he was a smart man who had taught himself Spanish, French, mathematics and elementary science. When the governor of Louisiana Territory requested a military expedition to explore the headwaters of the Mississippi, General James Wilkinson picked Pike to lead it.
Although Pike’s first western expedition was only moderately successful, Wilkinson picked him to lead a second mission in July 1806 to explore the headwaters of the Red and Arkansas Rivers. This route took Pike across present-day Kansas and into the high plains region that would later become the state of Colorado. When Pike first saw the peak that would later bear his name, he grossly underestimated its height and its distance, never having seen mountains the size of the Rockies. He told his men they should be able to walk to the peak, climb it, and return before dinner. Pike and his men struggled through snow and sub-zero temperatures before finally taking shelter in a cave for the night, without even having reached the base of the towering mountain. Pike later pronounced the peak impossible to scale.
The remainder of Pike’s expedition was equally trying. After attempting for several months to locate the Red River, Pike and his men became hopelessly lost. A troop of Spanish soldiers saved the mission when they arrested Pike and his men. The soldiers escorted them to Santa Fe, thus providing Pike with an invaluable tour of that strategically important region, courtesy of the Spanish military.
After returning to the United States, Pike wrote a poorly organized account of his expedition that won him some fame, but little money. Still, in recognition of his bravery and leadership during the western expeditions, the army appointed him a brigadier general during the War of 1812. He was killed in an explosion during the April 1813 assault on Toronto.


wormhole; noun; (WERM-hohl)

What It Means

A wormhole is a hypothetical structure of space-time that is envisioned as a long thin tunnel connecting points that are separated in (well) space and time.

// Some science fiction writers speculate that wormholes are the intergalactic highways of the future.


"Imagine space as a vast sheet of paper. You live at one end and you want to travel to the other end. Ordinarily you'd have to trudge across the entire length of the page to get there. But what if you folded the paper in half instead? Suddenly, where you are and where you want to be are right next to each other. You simply have to jump that tiny gap. We call these objects wormholes because it is like a worm trying to navigate its way around an apple. To get from the top to the bottom it has two choices: Crawl around the outside, or chew a shortcut through the middle." — Colin Stuart, Space.com, 13 July 2021

Did You Know?

If you associate wormhole with quantum physics and sci-fi, you'll probably be surprised to learn that the word has been around since William Shakespeare's day. To Shakespeare, a "wormhole" was simply a hole made by a worm, but even the Bard subtly linked wormholes to the passage of time; for example, in the poem The Rape of Lucrece, he notes time's destructive power "to fill with worm-holes stately monuments." To modern astrophysicists, a wormhole isn't a tunnel wrought by a slimy invertebrate, but a theoretical tunnel between two black holes or other points in space-time, providing a shortcut between its end points.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

 How Do We Go On?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

November 14, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Positive thoughts and prayers are needed for the entire island after the plane crash yesterday. This really is a caring community, and the sadness hangs over the entire island.

The car and the front deck have a little over a quarter of an inch of snow. It is 32 degrees out there at 7:15 a.m. There is no wind. The humidity is at 98%. The pressure is 29.63. It is cloudy and visibility is given as 3 miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be mainly cloudy with snow showers this morning. Chance of snow is 70%. The high will be near 40 degrees. The wind will be from the N at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain and snow continuing overnight. Chance of rain/snow is 40%. The low will be near freezing. Wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain and snow tapering off during the day. Chance of rain is 40% The high will be in the low 40's. The wind will be from NW at 5 to 10 mph.


The gunslinger Frank “Buckskin” Leslie shoots the Billy “The Kid” Claiborne dead in the streets of Tombstone, Arizona.
The town of Tombstone is best known today as the site of the infamous shootout at the O.K. Corral. In the 1880s, however, Tombstone was home to many gunmen who never achieved the enduring fame of Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday. Frank “Buckskin” Leslie was one of the most notorious of these largely forgotten outlaws.
There are few surviving details about Leslie’s early life. At different times, he claimed to have been born in both Texas and Kentucky, to have studied medicine in Europe, and to have been an army scout in the war against the Apache Indians. No evidence has ever emerged to support or conclusively deny these claims. The first historical evidence of Leslie’s life emerges in 1877, when he became a scout in Arizona. A few years later, Leslie was attracted to the moneymaking opportunities of the booming mining town of Tombstone, where he opened the Cosmopolitan Hotel in 1880. That same year he killed a man named Mike Killeen during a quarrel over Killeen’s wife, and he married the woman shortly thereafter.
Leslie’s reputation as a cold-blooded killer brought him trouble after his drinking companion and fellow gunman John Ringo was found dead in July 1882. Some Tombstone citizens, including a young friend of Ringo’s named Billy “The Kid” Claiborne, were convinced that Leslie had murdered Ringo, though they could not prove it. Probably seeking vengeance and the notoriety that would come from shooting a famous gunslinger, Claiborne unwisely decided to publicly challenge Leslie, who shot him dead.

The remainder of Leslie’s life was equally violent and senseless. After divorcing Killeen in 1887, he took up with a Tombstone prostitute, whom he murdered several years later during a drunken rage. Even by the loose standards of frontier law in Tombstone, the murder of an unarmed woman was unacceptable, and Leslie served nearly 10 years in prison before he was paroled in 1896. After his release, he married again and worked a variety of odd jobs around the West. He reportedly made a small fortune in the gold fields of the Klondike region before he disappeared forever from the historical record.

Also, ON THIS DAY, On November 14, 1914, in Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire, the religious leader Sheikh-ul-Islam declares an Islamic holy war on behalf of the Ottoman government, urging his Muslim followers to take up arms against Britain, France, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro in World War I.
By the time the Great War broke out in the summer of 1914, the Ottoman Empire was faltering, having lost much of its once considerable territory in Europe with its defeat in the First Balkan War two years earlier. Seeking to ally themselves with one of the great European powers to help safeguard them against future loss, the ambitious Ottoman leaders–members of the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP), known collectively as the Young Turks–responded favorably to overtures made by Germany in August 1914. Though Germany and Turkey secretly concluded a military alliance on August 2, the Turks did not officially take part in World War I until several months later. On October 29, the Ottoman navy–including two German ships, Goeben and Breslau, which famously eluded the British navy in the first week of the war to reach Constantinople–attacked Russian ports in the Black Sea, marking the beginning of Turkey’s participation in the war.
The sheikh’s declaration of a holy war, made two weeks later, urged Muslims all over the world—including in the Allied countries—to rise up and defend the Ottoman Empire, as a protector of Islam, against its enemies. “Of those who go to the Jihad for the sake of happiness and salvation of the believers in God’s victory,” the declaration read, “the lot of those who remain alive is felicity, while the rank of those who depart to the next world is martyrdom. In accordance with God’s beautiful promise, those who sacrifice their lives to give life to the truth will have honor in this world, and their latter end is paradise.”
grislay; adjective; (GRIZ-lee)

What It Means

Grisly means "causing horror or intense fear."

// The movie is a grisly tale with gruesome special effects and terrifying monsters.


"It is a national tragedy that we don't appreciate pumpkins more…. Other than carving them into ghoulish and grisly faces to adorn our windows, we seem to ignore them for the rest of the time they are in season." — JP McMahon, The Irish Times, 9 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

An angry grizzly bear could certainly inspire fear, so grizzly and grisly must be related, right? Grizzly comes from the Middle English adjective grisel, meaning "gray." Like its close relative grizzled, grizzly means "sprinkled or streaked with gray." In other words, the grizzly bear got its name because the hairs of its brownish to buff coat usually have silver or pale tips, creating a grizzled effect, not because it causes terror. Grisly is related to Old English grislic, which comes from a verb meaning "to fear" and which gives grisly its "terrifying" sense.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Plane Crash on Beaver Island

Update:  November 16, 2021

Christie Heller Purdue was interviewed outside of the hospital in Grand Rapids by ABC's "Good Morning, America." 

Here is a link to that interview.

Update: November 15, 2021

Charlevoix County Sheriff Chuck Vondra reported the pilot’s name to be Wiliam Julian — a part-time pilot who started with Island Airways in April.

A gathering took place tonight down by the Marina South at the Nathan Altman sculpture.  Many island people and some family members of those lost in the plane crash were present at a candlelight vigil at this location.  Father Peter Wigton did a prayer service here for those lost in the crash and for the single survivor. 

The gathering

The night of prayer

(Thank you for Paul Cole and Becca Foli photos above.)

There is a fund raising effort for the medical costs for the young lady who is recovering in a hospital in Grand Rapids.  You can access the Go Fund Me by clicking HERE

November 13, 2021

At 1:50 p.m. today, the pager went off for a plane crash at 36155 East Side Drive, which is Welke Airport.  The Beaver Island EMS and Fire Department along with the Charlevoix County Deputy were paged to Welke Airport for the crash.  The radio traffic stated that there were at least two survivors, but that is all the traffic stated.  As more information becomes available, it will be posted. 

There was traffic that a USCG helicopter was on the scene. There was no off-Island air ambulances available.  The aircraft is owned by MCPHILLIPS FLYING SERVICE INC,  BEAVER ISLAND , MI, US.  The tail number is N866JA, the airplane that is an FAA licensed air ambulance, and the main vehicle used by BIEMS for air evacuations.

Loading the patients into the USCG helicopter at 2:25 p.m. with an estimated time of arrival at the Petoskey Fairgrounds of 25 to 30 minutes.  Both patients are noted to be priority patients.

At 2:30 p.m., no more personnel needed.  Beaver Island EMS director and another EMS personnel will be flying in the USCG helicopter. 

Pictures taken at 4 p.m.

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department News Release at 5:15 p.m.

On November 13, 2021, the Charlevoix County Sheriffs Office responded to a plane crash at Welke Airport. The plane was arriving at Welke airport when it crashed. There were five people on the airplane with four confirmed deceased. The survivor was taken to McLaren Hospital for treatment. We are still attempting to notify families of the deceased at this time.   Identities will be released pending notification of the families.

The Federal Avaiation Administration has been notified. Assisting on scene was the Charlevoix County Sheriffs Office, the Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, Lake Charlevoix EMS flew over to assist Beaver Island EMS, and U.S. Coast Guard.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office will release more information as soon as the families of the deceased have notified their family members.

Lt. William Church

Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office

1000 Grant St

Charlevoix, MI  49720

From the Petoskey News Review:

"Island Airways 1:30 p.m. flight on Saturday, Nov. 13, resulted in the fatalities of the pilot and three other passengers.  The passengers are reported to be Gaylord realtor Mike Perdue and new-to-the-island Kate Leese and Adam Kendall who were planning a vineyard in the area.  All were lost in the crash, including two dogs, except Perdue's child, the lone survivor, who has been severely injured."

Editor's note:

There are several postings on facebook about this, which will not be included here.  BINN is still waiting for the complete news release from the CC Sheriff's Department.

COVID Vaccine Information from BIRHC

November 13, 2021

On Friday, November 19, 2021, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center will hold a Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination clinic
for those 5 to 11 years of age. Parents interested in the vaccination for their child should call 231-448-2275 to make an appointment.
The vaccine comes in ten-dose vials which must be used within the same day. Vaccinations are by appointment only; no walk-ins will
be available. If there are more than ten appointments requested, we will schedule additional vaccinations on Tuesday, November 23.

Pfizer BioNTech Youth and Adult Vaccines and Boosters are still available and require six-person scheduling blocks. Please call 231-448-2275 to check eligibility and for an appointment.

The Health Center does not anticipate receiving more Moderna vaccine, however the CDC and FDA have authorized the use of Pfizer Boosters for those who received the initial Moderna series.

From BI Boat Company

November 13, 2021

After the delay in the arrival of the Emerald Isle ferry yesterday caused by the broken bridge over the channel in Charlevoix, the ferry just tooted at the normal 8:20 a.m. departure from Beaver Island.  A call to the Charlevoix office suggested that the bridge is working, so the ferry should be able to make its return trip to the island at 11:30 am.  If any updates come from the boat company, BINN will post them here.

Weather by Joe

November 13, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! On a blustery, chilly day here on Carlisle Road, after sleeping in, the temperature is 37 degrees at 8 a.m. with wind from the NNE at 3 mph. The humidity is 95%. The pressure is 29.60. The skies are cloudy, and visibility is at ten miles. We got almost a third of an inch of rain yesterday.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with showers with possible mixed in snow. The high will be in the low 40's. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain/snow is 60%.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with snow showers developing late. Chance of snow is 40%. The low will be near 30 degrees. The wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mix of rain and snow in the morning with the high temperature near 40 degrees. The wind will be from the N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain/snow is 30%.


Near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of veterans of the conflict. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict, arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in other memorials.
The designer of the memorial was Maya Lin, a Yale University architecture student who entered a nationwide competition to create a design for the monument. Lin, born in Ohio in 1959, was the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Many veterans’ groups were opposed to Lin’s winning design, which lacked a standard memorial’s heroic statues and stirring words. However, a remarkable shift in public opinion occurred in the months after the memorial’s dedication. Veterans and families of the dead walked the black reflective wall, seeking the names of their loved ones killed in the conflict. Once the name was located, visitors often made an etching or left a private offering, from notes and flowers to dog tags and cans of beer.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial soon became one of the most visited memorials in the nation’s capital. A Smithsonian Institution director called it “a community of feelings, almost a sacred precinct,” and a veteran declared that “it’s the parade we never got.” “The Wall” drew together both those who fought and those who marched against the war and served to promote national healing a decade after the divisive conflict’s end.

Also, ON THIS DAY, On November 13, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln pays a late night visit to General George McClellan, who Lincoln had recently named general in chief of the Union army. The general retired to his chambers before speaking with the president.
This was the most famous example of McClellan’s cavalier disregard for the president’s authority. Lincoln had tapped McClellan to head the Army of the Potomac, the main Union army in the East, in July 1861 after the disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia. McClellan immediately began to build an effective army, and was elevated to general in chief after Winfield Scott resigned that fall. McClellan drew praise for his military initiatives but quickly developed a reputation for his arrogance and contempt toward the political leaders in Washington, D.C. After being named to the top army post, McClellan began openly associating with Democratic leaders in Congress and showing his disregard for the Republican administration. To his wife,McClellan wrote that Lincoln was “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon,” and Secretary of State William Seward was an “incompetent little puppy.”
Lincoln made frequent evening visits to McClellan’s house to discuss strategy. On November 13, Lincoln, Seward, and presidential secretary John Hay stopped by to see the general. McClellan was out, so the trio waited for his return. After an hour, McClellan came in and was told by a porter that the guests were waiting. McClellan headed for his room without a word, and only after Lincoln waited another half-hour was the group informed of McClellan’s retirement to bed. Hay felt that the president should have been greatly offended, but Lincoln replied that it was “better at this time not to be making points of etiquette and personal dignity.” Lincoln made no more visits to the general’s home. In March 1862, the president removed McClellan as general in chief of the army.


qualm; noun; (KWAHM)

What It Means

Qualm is often used in the plural form qualms for feelings of uneasiness about whether something is right or wrong.

// Cynthia's parents had no qualms about her traveling abroad for a year after graduating high school.


"My main qualm with this pie was that there wasn't enough flavor for my liking…." — Molly Allen, Taste of Home, 7 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

Etymologists are not sure how qualm came to be, but early use of the word is for a sudden sick feeling. It then was used for a sudden attack of emotion. Today, qualm usually refers to a feeling of uneasiness, particularly in not following one's conscience or better judgment.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


Special BICS Board Meeting

December 8, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Timeout for Art: Making Room

by Cindy Ricksgers

From the BIC Church

Weather by Joe

November 12, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! This morning at 6:15 a.m., it is 39 degrees here on Carlisle Road with wind from the ESE at 2 mph. The humidity is 96%. The pressure is 29.50. It is cloudy with visibility at seven miles. We got just under a half an inch of rain yesterday.

TODAY, it is expected to be rainy this morning and into the afternoon. The chance of rain is listed as 90%. We may get a quarter of an inch today. The high will be near 45 degrees. Winds will switch to the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies leading to possible rain overnight with a low near 35 degrees. Chance of rain is given as 35%. The wind will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for considerable cloudiness with a chance of rain. Chance of rain is 40%. The high temperature should be in the low 40's. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.


Upon hearing of England’s rejection of the so-called Olive Branch Petition on November 12, 1775, Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John, “Let us separate, they are unworthy to be our Brethren. Let us renounce them and instead of supplications as formerly for their prosperity and happiness, Let us beseech the almighty to blast their councils and bring to Nought all their devices.”
The previous July, Congress had adopted the Olive Branch Petition, written by John Dickinson, which appealed directly to King George III and expressed hope for reconciliation between the colonies and Great Britain. Dickinson, who hoped desperately to avoid a final break with Britain, phrased colonial opposition to British policy as follows:
“Your Majesty’s Ministers, persevering in their measures, and proceeding to open hostilities for enforcing them, have compelled us to arm in our own defence, and have engaged us in a controversy so peculiarly abhorrent to the affections of your still faithful Colonists, that when we consider whom we must oppose in this contest, and if it continues, what may be the consequences, our own particular misfortunes are accounted by us only as parts of our distress.”
By phrasing their discontent this way, Congress attempted to notify the king that American colonists were unhappy with ministerial policy, not his own. They concluded their plea with a final statement of fidelity to the crown. “That your Majesty may enjoy long and prosperous reign, and that your descendants may govern your Dominions with honour to themselves and happiness to their subjects, is our sincere prayer.”
By July 1776, though, the Declaration of Independence proclaimed something very different: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”
Congress’ language is critical to understanding the seismic shift that had occurred in American thought in just 12 months. The militia that had fired upon British Redcoats at Lexington and Concord in April 1775 had been angry with Parliament, not the king, who they still trusted to desire only good for all of his subjects around the globe. This belief changed after King George refused to so much as receive the Olive Branch Petition. The fundamental grounds upon which Americans were taking up arms had changed.

Abigail Adams’ response was a particularly articulate expression of many colonists’ thoughts: Patriots had hoped that Parliament had curtailed colonial rights without the king’s full knowledge, and that the petition would cause him to come to his subjects’ defense. When George III refused to read the petition, Patriots like Adams realized that Parliament was acting with royal knowledge and support. Americans’ patriotic rage was intensified with the January 1776 publication by English-born radical Thomas Paine of Common Sense, an influential pamphlet that attacked the monarchy, which Paine claimed had allowed “crowned ruffians” to “impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears.”

Also, ON THIS DAY, On November 12, 1864, Union General William T. Sherman orders the business district of Atlanta, Georgia, destroyed before he embarks on his famous March to the Sea.
When Sherman captured Atlanta in early September 1864, he knew that he could not remain there for long. His tenuous supply line ran from Nashville, Tennessee, through Chattanooga, Tennessee, then one hundred miles through mountainous northern Georgia. The army he had just defeated, the Army of Tennessee, was still in the area and its leader, John Bell Hood, swung around Atlanta to try to damage Sherman’s lifeline. Of even greater concern was the Confederate cavalry of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a brilliant commander who could strike quickly against the railroads and river transports on which Sherman relied.
During the fall, Sherman conceived of a plan to split his enormous army. He sent part of it, commanded by General George Thomas, back toward Nashville to deal with Hood while he prepared to take the rest of the troops across Georgia. Through October, Sherman built up a massive cache of supplies in Atlanta. He then ordered a systematic destruction of the city to prevent the Confederates from recovering anything once the Yankees had abandoned it. By one estimate, nearly 40 percent of the city was ruined. Sherman would apply to the same policy of destruction to the rest of Georgia as he marched to Savannah. Before leaving on November 15, Sherman’s forces had burned the industrial district of Atlanta and left little but a smoking shell.


edify; verb; (ED-uh-fye)

What It Means

Edify means "to uplift, enlighten, or inform."

// The speaker's words edified the graduating class, giving them hope and encouragement.


"This is our first theatrical performance where our theatre is now complete. Young audience members will be edified by being around lots of amazing women's stories, and the old ones will be reminded of the progress that we have made." — Cate Belleveau, quoted in The Bemidji (Minnesota) Pioneer, 29 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Edify comes from the Latin verb aedificare, meaning "to instruct or improve spiritually"; it is based on aedes, the word for "temple." Edify shares the spiritual meaning of its Latin root, but it is also used in general contexts to refer to the act of instructing in a way that improves the mind or character overall.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

B. I. Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting

November 11, 2021

Minutes of the special Meeting on 11/09/21

Authority Members Present at the meeting:

Jim McDonough, Bob Turner, Doug Tilly

Kitty McNamara

Paramedic Cody Randall was paged just before the meeting started.

View video of the special meeting HERE

The paperwork of typical EMT salaries presented at this meeting

Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial

November 11, 2021

A blustery day at the Veteran's Memorial today at the 11 a.m. ceremony for this special day.  The wind was blowing very hard, but, at least it wasn't raining.  There was some sunshine, but it was still chilly. 

BICS Juniors and Senior lead the Pledge of Allegiance

Sheri Timsak lead the singing of "America."

The Beaver Island Veteran's present today.

Brock Rosema provided the prayer for veterans's

Some of the attendees.

View video of the ceremony HERE

From the BI Rural Health Center

November 11, 2021

Nurse Practitioner Kelly Becker has decided to leave her beloved Beaver Island to rejoin her family in Kalamazoo. Kelly has a long family history and relationship with the Island, and this was a most difficult decision. She has formed many special provider/patient relationships and to say she will be missed is an understatement. She promises to stay in touch and revisit our mutual availabilities when her sophomore graduates!

Please join us in wishing she and her family the best and thanking she and her husband Mike for their quality contributions to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center!

Weather by Joe

November 11, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 46 degrees with humidity at 89%. The wind is from the N at 4 mph. The pressure is 29.75. It's cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy and windy this afternoon. The high will be near 55 degrees. The wind will be strong and gusty from the ESE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain is given as 90%. A quarter inch or more of rain is expected along with higher gusty winds.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with rain off and on overnight. Chance of rain is 50%. The low will be in the high 30's. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers and possible thundershowers with variable clouds. Chance of rain is 80%. The high will be in the mid-40's with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph.


At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.
On June 28, 1914, in an event that is widely regarded as sparking the outbreak of World War I, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, was shot to death with his wife by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Ferdinand had been inspecting his uncle’s imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite the threat of Serbian nationalists who wanted these Austro-Hungarian possessions to join newly independent Serbia. Austria-Hungary blamed the Serbian government for the attack and hoped to use the incident as justification for settling the problem of Slavic nationalism once and for all. However, as Russia supported Serbia, an Austro-Hungarian declaration of war was delayed until its leaders received assurances from German leader Kaiser Wilhelm II that Germany would support their cause in the event of a Russian intervention.
On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and the tenuous peace between Europe’s great powers collapsed. On July 29, Austro-Hungarian forces began to shell the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and Russia, Serbia’s ally, ordered a troop mobilization against Austria-Hungary. France, allied with Russia, began to mobilize on August 1. France and Germany declared war against each other on August 3. After crossing through neutral Luxembourg, the German army invaded Belgium on the night of August 3-4, prompting Great Britain, Belgium’s ally, to declare war against Germany.
For the most part, the people of Europe greeted the outbreak of war with jubilation. Most patriotically assumed that their country would be victorious within months. Of the initial belligerents, Germany was most prepared for the outbreak of hostilities, and its military leaders had formatted a sophisticated military strategy known as the “Schlieffen Plan,” which envisioned the conquest of France through a great arcing offensive through Belgium and into northern France. Russia, slow to mobilize, was to be kept occupied by Austro-Hungarian forces while Germany attacked France.
The Schlieffen Plan was nearly successful, but in early September the French rallied and halted the German advance at the bloody Battle of the Marne near Paris. By the end of 1914, well over a million soldiers of various nationalities had been killed on the battlefields of Europe, and neither for the Allies nor the Central Powers was a final victory in sight. On the western front—the battle line that stretched across northern France and Belgium—the combatants settled down in the trenches for a terrible war of attrition.
In 1915, the Allies attempted to break the stalemate with an amphibious invasion of Turkey, which had joined the Central Powers in October 1914, but after heavy bloodshed the Allies were forced to retreat in early 1916. The year 1916 saw great offensives by Germany and Britain along the western front, but neither side accomplished a decisive victory. In the east, Germany was more successful, and the disorganized Russian army suffered terrible losses, spurring the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in 1917. By the end of 1917, the Bolsheviks had seized power in Russia and immediately set about negotiating peace with Germany. In 1918, the infusion of American troops and resources into the western front finally tipped the scale in the Allies’ favor. Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies on November 11, 1918.

World War I was known as the “war to end all wars” because of the great slaughter and destruction it caused. Unfortunately, the peace treaty that officially ended the conflict—the Treaty of Versailles of 1919—forced punitive terms on Germany that destabilized Europe and laid the groundwork for World War II.

Also, ON THIS DAY, Exactly three years after the end of World War I, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia during an Armistice Day ceremony presided over by President Warren G. Harding.
Two days before, an unknown American soldier, who had fallen somewhere on a World War I battlefield, arrived at the nation’s capital from a military cemetery in France. On Armistice Day, in the presence of President Harding and other government, military, and international dignitaries, the unknown soldier was buried with highest honors beside the Memorial Amphitheater. As the soldier was lowered to his final resting place, a two-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below his coffin so that he might rest forever atop the earth on which he died.
The Tomb of the Unknown Solider is considered the most hallowed grave at Arlington Cemetery, America’s most sacred military cemetery. The tombstone itself, designed by sculptor Thomas Hudson Jones, was not completed until 1932, when it was unveiled bearing the description “Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God.” The World War I unknown was later joined by the unidentified remains of soldiers from America’s other major 20th century wars and the tomb was put under permanent guard by special military sentinels.
In 1998, a Vietnam War unknown, who was buried at the tomb for 14 years, was disinterred from the Tomb after DNA testing indicated his identity. Air Force Lieutenant Michael Blassie was returned to his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, and was buried with military honors, including an F-15 jet “missing man” flyover and a lone bugler sounding taps.


steadfast; adjective; (STED-fast)

What It Means

Steadfast means "firm in belief, determination, or adherence."
// The mayor is a steadfast supporter of bringing more businesses into the downtown area.

"I remain steadfast in my adoration of the glorious season we are now entering. Between crisp mornings and humidity-free afternoons—not to mention kaleidoscope leaves, 20-pound pumpkins, campfire perfume, … and a dozen other joys—the here and now is heaven on Earth." — Sam Venable, The Knoxville (Tennessee) News-Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

Steadfast has held its ground for many centuries. Its Old English predecessor, stedefæst, combines stede (meaning "place" or "stead") and fæst (meaning "firmly fixed"). The word was first used in battle contexts to describe warriors who stood their ground, which led to its "immovable" sense. That sense gave way to the word's use as an adjective implying unswerving faith, loyalty, or devotion.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Northwest Michigan Health Modifies Masking Order

November 10, 2021

As mentioned at the BICS Board Meeting this past Monday, the health department has modified the masking order for schools in its jurisdiction.  Rather than a summary made by BINN or the summary provided at the BICS Board meeting, the two documents from the health department are provided below for individuals to read and interpret on their own.

If you have questions about school activities and your entry in the school building, a phone call to the school would be worth the time and effort prior to arrival.

NR 211110 Amended K-12 mask order (the actual order)

HDNW 11.9.2021 First Amended Order  (Summary)

From January to October, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 93.1% of COVID cases, 90.7% of hospitalizations and 90.5% of deaths. (from MDHHS EMS Newletter)

Two School Board Positions Open

November 10, 2021

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A Message from Beaver Island Christian Church

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Weather by Joe

November 19, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, it is 32 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30.09. It is partly cloudy with visibility at seven miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of sun and clouds giving way to cloudy skies this afternoon. The high will be in the low 50's. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a chance of rain later. The chance is given as 70%. The low will be near 40 degrees. The wind will be from the ESE at 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy and windy day with a 90% chance of rain in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 50's. The wind will be from the ESE at 20 to 30 mph. Higher wind gusts are possible.


In a decision that would eventually make them one of the wealthiest surviving Native American nations, the Osage tribe agrees to abandon their lands in Missouri and Arkansas in exchange for a reservation in Oklahoma.
The Osage were the largest tribe of the Southern Sioux people occupying what would later become the states of Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. When the first Anglo explorers and settlers moved into this region, they encountered a sophisticated society of Native Americans who lived in more or less permanent villages made of sturdy earthen and log lodges. The Osage—like the related Quapaw, Ponca, Omaha, and Kansa peoples—hunted buffalo and wild game like the Plains Indians, but they also raised crops to supplement their diets.
Although the Southern Sioux warred among themselves almost constantly, Americans found it much easier to understand and negotiate with these more sedentary tribes than with the nomadic Northern Sioux. American negotiators convinced the Osage to abandon their traditional lands and peacefully move to a reservation in southern Kansas in 1810. When American settlers began to covet the Osage reservation in Kansas, the tribe agreed to yet another move, relocating to what is now Osage County, Oklahoma, in 1872.
Such constant pressure from American settlers to push Native Americans off valuable lands and onto marginal reservations was all too common throughout the history of western settlement. Most tribes were devastated by these relocations, including some of the Southern Sioux tribes like the Kansa, whose population of 1,700 was reduced to only 194 following their disastrous relocation to a 250,000-acre reservation in Kansas. The Osage, though, proved unusually successful in adapting to the demands of living in a world dominated by Anglo-Americans, thanks in part to the fortunate presence of large reserves of oil and gas on their Oklahoma reservation. In concert with their effective management of grazing contracts to Anglos, the Osage amassed enormous wealth during the twentieth century from their oil and gas deposits, eventually becoming the wealthiest tribe in North America.
Also, ON THIS DAY, On November 10, 1928, the first installment of All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque’s acclaimed novel of World War I, appears in the German magazine Vossische Zeitung.

Remarque (born Erich Paul Remark) was born in 1898 in lower Saxony to a family of French ancestry; he enlisted in the German army at the age of 18 and headed to fight on the Western Front, where he was wounded five times, the last time seriously. Returning to Germany after the war, he changed his name back to the French spelling and worked various jobs–teacher, stonecutter, race-car driver, sports journalist–while working on his first novel.

The protagonist of that novel, All Quiet on the Western Front–its German title, Im Westen nichts Neues literally translates as In the West Nothing New–is Paul Baumer, a young German soldier fighting in the trenches of World War I. The story opens in 1917, when half of Baumer’s company—many of them schoolmates from back in Germany—has been killed in battle. Over the course of the book, Paul himself is injured and hospitalized, goes home on leave and returns to the front, only to be killed a week or so before the armistice in 1918.
From November 10 to December 9, 1928, All Quiet on the Western Front was published in serial form in Vossische Zeitung magazine. It was released in book form the following year to smashing success, selling a million and a half copies that same year. Although publishers had worried that interest in the Great War had waned more than 10 years after the armistice, Remarque’s realistic depiction of trench warfare from the perspective of young soldiers struck a chord with the war’s survivors—soldiers and civilians alike—and provoked strong reactions, both positive and negative, around the world. Eventually translated into over 20 languages, the novel was adapted into an acclaimed American film in 1930.
With All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque emerged as an eloquent spokesperson for a generation that had been, in his own words, “destroyed by war, even though it might have escaped its shells.” Remarque’s harshest critics, in turn, were his countrymen, many of whom felt the book denigrated the German war effort, and that Remarque had exaggerated the horrors of war in order to further his pacifist agenda. Not surprisingly, the strongest voices against Remarque came from the emerging National Socialist (Nazi) Party, an ultranationalist group in Germany led by the future fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. In 1933, when the Nazis rose to power, All Quiet on the Western Front became one of the first “degenerate” books to be publicly burnt.
Remarque would go on to publish nine more novels, all dealing with the horror and futility of war and the struggle to understand its purpose. His last novel, The Night in Lisbon, was unsparing in its condemnation of World War II as Adolf Hitler’s attempt to perpetrate the extermination of Jews and other “non-people” on behalf of the “master race.” After his German citizenship was revoked in 1938, Remarque emigrated to the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1947. A frequent participant in New York City nightlife in the 1930s and a companion for several years in Hollywood of the actress Marlene Dietrich, Remarque lived for most of his later life at Porto Ronco, on the shore of Lake Maggiore in Switzerland. He died at Locarno in 1970 with his wife, the actress Paulette Goddard, at his side.


bevy; noun; (BEV-ee)

What It Means

A bevy is a large group or collection.

// The gym offers a bevy of workout classes, including kickboxing and Zumba.


"Starting at 7:30 p.m. on most nights in October, a bevy of jack-o-lanterns will glow along pathways on Newfields' campus." — Domenica Bongiovanni, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), 10 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

Bevy makes its appearance in Middle English as a word used especially for a group of deer, quail, larks, or young ladies. Etymologists aren't certain why bevy was chosen for those groups (though they have theories). Today, bevies include any person or thing—e.g., "a bevy of reporters," "a bevy of menu choices."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 9, 2021

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Special BI Emergency Services Authority Meeting

November 9, 2021, @ 2 p.m.

The purpose of today's meeting was to discuss the need to increase the pay for the Basic EMTs on Beaver Island.  There was nothing in writing for this meeting.  There was a great deal of discussion about the pay as well as discussion about the pay for other services in Northern Michigan.  There were no decisions made regarding this issue.  There was a request to have the information provided in writing to the authority board members.  Then there was another special meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 11th at 2 p.m.

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Agenda

Meeting at 7 p.m., 11/10/21

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South Head Lighthouse

November 6, 2021

Update: 11/9/2021:  Shown here are two letters sent to the commissioners.  One is from the editor of News on the 'Net, and the other is from the Historical Society.

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners will meet to discuss the future of the former Beaver Island Lighthouse on the island's south end. The meeting will be held in the Charlevoix County Shirley Roloff Center Board of Commissioner’s Room at 13513 Division Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720.  Our good Shirley Roloff, representing Charlevoix County's District 6, which includes Beaver Island, will be in attendance at this meeting If you have comments you may contact her at the following:

Roloff's office contacts are:
Email: district6@charlevoixcounty org
Phone: 231-547-2169

Some history and work down at the South Head Lighthouse:

The island people and many of the historical society members have concerns about the light and the attached lighthouse quarters. There was a gathering down there in July of 2019 named "This place matters."  It was a good gathering and there were lots of people present, year round residents, summer residents, and visitors.

This Place Matters in July 2019

View video of this gathering HERE

There has been work done down at the lighthouse with the roof repaired and shingled by McDonough's Construction.  There has been work done by a group of volunteers under the auspices of the Beaver Island Historical Society.  The small storage building as well as the first floor of the white portion of the house and porch have had repairs done by this volunteer group.

Before and after (11/05/21)pictures of the work on the barn

Before and during repairs on the light keeper's house


View a short video taken on 11052021 HERE

Weather by Joe

November 9, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6 a.m., it is 38 degrees here on Carlisle Road with no wind. The humidity is 97%. The pressure is 30.13. Skies are partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be generally cloudy with a high in the low 50's. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low in the mid-30's. Wind will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies will become overcast in the afternoon. The high will be near 50. The winds will be light and variable.


On November 9, 1938, in an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launch a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. The violence, which continued through November 10 and was later dubbed “Kristallnacht,” or “Night of Broken Glass,” after the countless smashed windows of Jewish-owned establishments, left approximately 100 Jews dead, 7,500 Jewish businesses damaged and hundreds of synagogues, homes, schools and graveyards vandalized. An estimated 30,000 Jewish men were arrested, many of whom were then sent to concentration camps for several months; they were released when they promised to leave Germany. Kristallnacht represented a dramatic escalation of the campaign started by Adolf Hitler in 1933 when he became chancellor to purge Germany of its Jewish population.
The Nazis used the murder of a low-level German diplomat in Paris by a 17-year-old Polish Jew as an excuse to carry out the Kristallnacht attacks. On November 7, 1938, Ernst vom Rath was shot outside the German embassy by Herschel Grynszpan, who wanted revenge for his parents’ sudden deportation from Germany to Poland, along with tens of thousands of other Polish Jews. Following vom Rath’s death, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels ordered German storm troopers to carry out violent riots disguised as “spontaneous demonstrations” against Jewish citizens. Local police and fire departments were told not to interfere. In the face of all the devastation, some Jews, including entire families, died by suicide.
In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, the Nazis blamed the Jews and fined them 1 billion marks (or $400 million in 1938 dollars) for vom Rath’s death. As repayment, the government seized Jewish property and kept insurance money owed to Jewish people. In its quest to create a master Aryan race, the Nazi government enacted further discriminatory policies that essentially excluded Jews from all aspects of public life.

Over 100,000 Jews fled Germany for other countries after Kristallnacht. The international community was outraged by the violent events of November 9 and 10. Some countries broke off diplomatic relations in protest, but the Nazis suffered no serious consequences, leading them to believe they could get away with the mass murder that was the Holocaust, in which an estimated 6 million European Jews died.

Also, ON THIS DAY, On November 9, 1862, General Ambrose Burnside assumes command of the Union Army of the Potomac following the removal of George B. McClellan.
McClellan was well liked by many soldiers, and had a loyal following among some in the command structure. However, others detested him, and his successor would have a difficult time reconciling the pro- and anti-McClellan factions within the army’s leadership. Furthermore, Ambrose Burnside was not the obvious choice to replace McClellan. Many favored General Joseph Hooker, who, like Burnside, commanded a corps in the army. Hooker had a strong reputation as a battlefield commander but had several liabilities: a penchant for drinking and cavorting with prostitutes and an acrimonious history with Henry Halleck, the general in chief of the Union armies. Halleck urged President Abraham Lincoln to name Burnside to head the Union’s premier fighting force.
Burnside was a solid corps commander, but by his own admission was not fit to command an army. The Indiana native graduated from West Point in 1847, and after serving for five years in the military, entered private business. He worked to develop a new rifle, but his firm went bankrupt when he refused to pay a bribe to secure a contract to sell his weapon to the U.S. army. Burnside then worked as treasurer for the Illinois Central Railroad under McClellan, who was president of the line.
When the Civil War erupted, Burnside became a colonel in charge of the First Rhode Island volunteers. He fought at the First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, in July 1861then headed an expeditionary force that captured Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in February 1862. Burnside returned to the Army of the Potomac and was given command of the Ninth Corps, which fought hard at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland in September 1862. Afterward, he was tapped for the top position in the army over his own protestations. He reluctantly assumed command in November and proceeded to plan an attack on Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. In December 1862,Burnside’s army moved toward Lee at Fredericksburg, Virginia. His forces attacked Lee’s entrenched troops on December 13 and suffered heavy loses.
Within one month, officers began to mutiny against Burnside’s authority, and Hooker assumed command of the Army of the Potomac in late January 1863. After the war, Burnside (whose unusual facial hair is said to have inspired the word sideburns) served as governor of Rhode Island and as a U.S. senator. He died in 1881 at age 57.


truncate; verb; (TRUNG-kayt)

What It Means
Truncate means "to shorten by or as if by cutting off."

// Many statements in the court document were truncated before publication.


"[Derrick White] has never logged more than the 68 games he registered in 2019-20, an NBA season interrupted and truncated by the onset of the pandemic." — Jeff McDonald, The San Antonio (Texas) Express-News, 30 Sept. 2021


Did You Know?

The earliest use of truncate is as an adjective describing something (such as a leaf or feather) with the end squared off as if it had been cut. It makes sense, then, that the verb refers to shortening things. The word comes from Latin truncare ("to shorten"), which traces to truncus ("trunk").

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

B. I. Community School Board of Education Meeting

November 8, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

View Board Packet for this meeting HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Welcome to Our Newest Business Supporters

November 8, 2021

BINN truly appreciates the two businesses that have become the newest business supporters for Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Thank you to McDonough's Market and Dahlwhinnie's Bakery and Deli for your support.

Once again, thank you!!

Mass from Holy Cross

November 7, 2021

Father Peter Wigton was the celebrant.

The reader was Sally Stebbins.  There was a PA issue in the church for the last two Sundays, so that the microphones were not working for the reader or the cantor in the choir loft.  This issue was fixed by Jean Gillespie after the Mass was over.

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

November 7, 2021

Judi Meister did the announcements and play a Prelude

Pastor Lee Bracey

Readers Sue Oole and Susan Hawkins

View video of the service HERE

November Bulletin from Holy Cross Church

November 8, 2021

Weather by Joe

November 8, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6:45 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 53 degrees with humidity at 90%. The wind is from the N at 4-6 mph currently. The pressure is 29.84. The sky is clear, and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of clouds and sun. The high will be in the upper 50's. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a low near 40 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for considerable cloudiness with a high near 53 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.


On November 8, 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible.
Röntgen's discovery occurred accidentally in his Wurzburg, Germany, lab, where he was testing whether cathode rays could pass through glass when he noticed a glow coming from a nearby chemically coated screen. He dubbed the rays that caused this glow X-rays because of their unknown nature.
X-rays are electromagnetic energy waves that act similarly to light rays, but at wavelengths approximately 1,000 times shorter than those of light. Röntgen holed up in his lab and conducted a series of experiments to better understand his discovery. He learned that X-rays penetrate human flesh but not higher-density substances such as bone or lead and that they can be photographed.
Röntgen's discovery was labeled a medical miracle and X-rays soon became an important diagnostic tool in medicine, allowing doctors to see inside the human body for the first time without surgery. In 1897, X-rays were first used on a military battlefield, during the Balkan War, to find bullets and broken bones inside patients.
Scientists were quick to realize the benefits of X-rays, but slower to comprehend the harmful effects of radiation. Initially, it was believed X-rays passed through flesh as harmlessly as light. However, within several years, researchers began to report cases of burns and skin damage after exposure to X-rays, and in 1904, Thomas Edison’s assistant, Clarence Dally, who had worked extensively with X-rays, died of skin cancer. Dally’s death caused some scientists to begin taking the risks of radiation more seriously, but they still weren’t fully understood.
During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, in fact, many American shoe stores featured shoe-fitting fluoroscopes that used X-rays to enable customers to see the bones in their feet; it wasn’t until the 1950s that this practice was determined to be risky business.

Wilhelm Röntgen received numerous accolades for his work, including the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901, yet he remained modest and never tried to patent his discovery. Today, X-ray technology is widely used in medicine, material analysis and devices such as airport security scanners.

Also, ON THIS DAY, Doc Holliday–gunslinger, gambler, and occasional dentist–dies from tuberculosis.
Though he was perhaps most famous for his participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, John Henry “Doc” Holliday earned his bad reputation well before that famous feud. Born in Georgia, Holliday was raised in the tradition of the southern gentleman. He earned his nickname when he graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1872. However, shortly after embarking on a respectable career as a dentist in Atlanta, he developed a bad cough. Doctors diagnosed tuberculosis and advised a move to a more arid climate, so Holliday moved his practice to Dallas, Texas.
By all accounts, Holliday was a competent dentist with a successful practice. Unfortunately, cards interested him more than teeth, and he earned a reputation as a skilled poker and faro player. In 1875, Dallas police arrested Holliday for participating in a shootout. Thereafter, the once upstanding doctor began drifting between the booming Wild West towns of Denver, Cheyenne, Deadwood, and Dodge City, making his living at card tables and aggravating his tuberculosis with heavy drinking and late nights.
Holliday was famously friendly with Wyatt Earp, who believed that Holliday saved his life during a fight with cowboys. For his part, Holliday was a loyal friend to Earp, and stood by him during the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corral and the bloody feud that followed.
In 1882, Holliday fled Arizona and returned to the life of a western drifter, gambler, and gunslinger. By 1887, his hard living had caught up to him, forcing him to seek treatment for his tuberculosis at a sanitarium in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He died in his bed at only 36 years old.


demagogue; noun; (DEM-uh-gahg)

What It Means

A demagogue is a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.

// The country's voters ousted the demagogue who capitalized on the fears of the people.


"You need an internal guidance system for making decisions. Without one, your choices become heavily influenced by external forces such as peers, television, and demagogues." — Tom Muha, The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland), 2 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

When the ancient Greeks used dēmagōgos (from dēmos, meaning "people," and agein, "to lead") they meant someone good—a leader who used outstanding oratorical skills to further the interests of the common people. But alas, the word took a negative turn, suggesting one who uses powers of persuasion to sway and mislead.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

McKenna Turner

During the Nov. 1, 2021, Area-Wide Professional Learning Day, Char-Em staff prepared a special video to share with regional educators demonstrating their impact on students and families. Each of the speakers represented one of the five tenets of the Whole Child philosophy: Safe, Healthy, Engaged, Challenged, and Supported. Parts of the speakers’ stories were compiled for the video.

This is the full story provided by McKenna Turner, representing the Challenged tenet.

Hi! My name is McKenna Turner, and I’m a senior at Beaver Island Community School. And yes, attending public school on an island in the middle of Lake Michigan can be a challenge! Summer is short, winter is long, and isolation is real. However, there is one area where I have enjoyed the challenges presented – and that’s at school. I’ve been challenged to find my way to my passion by my teachers and administrators, and I’m excited about my future!

As you might imagine, a school as small as Beaver Island can’t offer every subject to meet every student’s interest. But where we might lack in some resources, our tiny island school makes up for in ingenuity and creativity.

I moved to Beaver Island with my parents just before 7th grade. My grandpa and dad had been coming to the island for decades to visit. On one visit about six years ago, my dad was offered a job as the island’s only electrician. He said yes, and we moved northwest from Waterford. 

In 7th and 8th grade, I worked on the yearbook staff and really enjoyed it. It first sparked my interest in graphic-design type of work. In 9th grade, my grandparents were undertaking a house demolition and rebuilding project, and my grandpa encouraged me to look at the plans and layouts while I helped them with the project. At that point, those two interests collided – home construction and graphic design.

The last piece of my future puzzle came in the spring of 9th grade. I was enrolled in a career tech class that year, Health Occ. I was invited to attend Char-Em’s annual Career tech banquet at Boyne Mountain as a top student. During the student awards, they played a video about each program. When I saw a video about drafting and design offered in some districts, it clicked for me – I wanted to become an architect. 

Beaver Island is too small of a district to offer this specific of a class, however. But my teachers, Mr. Kohen and Ms. Loder in particular,  immediately started encouraging my interest by giving me books about subjects like the tallest buildings in Chicago and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. I was really fascinated. 

After that career tech banquet, I told our superintendent, Mr. Cwikiel, about my interest in architecture. He helped me look around for classes at area colleges, but we couldn’t piece anything together. In the spring of my sophomore year, he helped me enroll in online classes through Minnesota State University, where I have taken courses in drafting and design for the last two years. I take these classes at home, between school, sports practice and work. So far I have taken 8 classes and when I graduate from Beaver Island in spring of 2022, I will also have 16 college credits completed. I will also be certified in drafting technology.

During the summer before my junior year, I started working for a local construction company. I continue to work there and receive work-study credits at school for this, which is great – and I get paid. It’s another way I challenge myself to get better and better at my future career.

My plan is to attend Rice University to receive my bachelor’s in architecture and structural engineering. Then I’d like to attend Tulane University for my master’s degree. Later in life I would like to attend Vanderbilt for my master’s in structural engineering. I plan to own a construction company where I do the architectural designs and then help build the buildings. 

When I’m not studying toward my future or working, I play the cello and I also love to play sports. In the fall I play volleyball and soccer and have practices almost every night. In the winter I play basketball. I would say for a tiny district like Beaver Island, adults work hard to optimize every opportunity for students and challenge us to be our best selves. 

I feel like I’m ready to leave the island and get started with my life. I am going to miss this place, but I’m ready for the next step.

(posted with permission from Char-EM ISD)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

November 7, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, it is 49 degrees with humidity at 99%. The wind is from the SE at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.92. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny in the morning with clouds coming in this afternoon. The high will be near 60 degrees with the wind from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy skies with a low near 50 degrees. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high in the upper 50's. Wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.


On November 7, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented fourth term in office. FDR remains the only president to have served more than two terms.
Roosevelt rose above personal and political challenges to emerge as one of the nation’s most revered and influential presidents. In 1921, at the age of 39, he contracted polio and thereafter was burdened with leg braces; eventually, he was confined to a wheelchair. From the time he was first elected to the presidency in 1932 to mid-1945, when he died while in office, Roosevelt presided over two of the biggest crises in U.S. history: the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II.
FDR implemented drastic and oft-criticized legislation to help boost America out of the Great Depression. Although he initially tried to avoid direct U.S. involvement in World War II, which began in 1939, the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 thrust American headlong into the conflict.
By the time Roosevelt was elected to his fourth term, the war had taken a turn in favor of the Allies, but FDR’s health was already on the decline. His arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) had been worsened by the stress of serving as a war-time president. In April 1945, just over four months before the war finally ended in an Allied victory, FDR died of a stroke at his vacation home in Warm Springs, Georgia.

In 1947, with President Harry Truman, Roosevelt’s vice president, in office, Congress proposed a law that would limit presidents to two consecutive terms. Up to that time, presidents had either voluntarily followed George Washington’s example of serving a maximum of two terms, or were unsuccessful in winning a third. (In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt ran for a third non-consecutive term, but lost.) In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was passed, officially limiting a president’s tenure in office to two terms of four years each.

Also, ON THIS DAY, On November 7, 1861, Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant overrun a Confederate camp at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, but are forced to flee when additional Confederate troops arrive. Although Grant claimed victory, the Union gained no ground and left the Confederates in firm control of that section of the Mississippi River.
This engagement was part of Grant’s plan to capture the Confederate stronghold at Columbus, Kentucky, just across the river from Belmont, by first driving away the Confederate garrison at Belmont. General Leonidas Polk, Confederate commander at Columbus, had posted about 1,000 men around Belmont to protect both sides of the river. On the evening of November 6, Grant sailed 3,000 troops down the Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois. They landed early on November 7, just three miles above Belmont, and proceeded to attack. Upon hearing noise from the battle, Polk sent another 2,500 troops across the river to provide relief for his beleaguered Rebels. The Yankees routed the arriving reinforcements and scattered them along the river. At that point, the Union troops began to celebrate their victory and loot the Confederate camp.
Grant had ordered a small Union force under General Charles Smith to advance from Paducah, Kentucky, which lay to the northeast, to provide a diversion and keep Polk from sending any more reinforcements to Belmont. Grant hoped that Polk would believe that Smith’s advance was the primary attack and that Belmont was the diversion. Polk did not buy it, and he dispatched additional reinforcements to Belmont. Five Confederate regiments arrived as Grant ordered his men to return to the boats. Grant himself narrowly escaped capture, but was able to get most of his force back on the river. The Yankees retreated to Cairo.
Grant lost 120 dead and 487 wounded or captured, while the Confederates lost 105 dead and 536 wounded or captured. Although he gained no ground, Grant demonstrated that, unlike many other Union generals, he was willing to mount a campaign using the resources at hand rather than calling for reinforcements. This trait served Grant well during the war, and it eventually carried him to the top of the Union army.


soporific; adjective; (sah-puh-RIFF-ik)

Soporific means "causing sleep."

// Studies show that the herb has a soporific effect.


"Relying on repetition and rhyme, the text generates a gentle, soporific cadence as the little lions progress homeward…. The painterly, realistic illustrations create the feel of approaching night…." — Kirkus Reviews, 1 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

Soporific comes from Latin sopor, which means "deep sleep." That root is related to somnus, the Latin word for "sleep." Despite its meaning, somnus has been active, giving English somnolence (sleepiness), somnambulism (sleepwalking), and many other "sleepy" words.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

No Rain, but Wind and Waves

November 6, 2021

Well, the weather forecast for today was certainly not correct with a suggest 90% chance of rain, since whatever rain forecast went either north or south of Beaver Island, but it was correct related to the wind.  The winds delayed the ferry boat's leaving today.  The exact reason is that the wind was quite strong and the waves were building from last night into today.  Here are a few pictures of the waves.

These pictures were taken last evening and the waves have actually increased in size overnight. 

Post Sunset Pictures

November 5, 2021

In the late afternoon trip around the island, there was a chance to capture some post sunset pictures from a few locations.  The sky was still beautiful even after the sun had set.

Donegal Bay

Paradise Bay

More Late Fall Pictures

November 5, 2021

Some more beautiful colors were seen on the trip around the island in the late afternoon.  There were many more pictures taken, but these were the ones that wowed the editor.

Kathleen McNamara Green's Last Meeting

November 3, 2021

Kathleeen McNamara Green, known by most as Kitty, has been the St. James Township Supervisor, and a prior board member as well.  She had turned in her resignation letter, effective November 10, 2021.  The entire board is sorry to see her leave, as she has and had done a great deal to bring St. James Township into the future with many successful projects.  At her last meeting and after the business was completed, the board posed for a picture, and then went to relax and enjoy each other's company at Whiskey Point Brewery.  Thank you, Kitty for all that you have done to make Beaver Island a better place!  We look forward to seeing you spend some time relaxing and doing things that you couldn't since you put a full time effort into the supervisor position.

The board appointed Joe Moore as the new supervisor for the one year term before the next election.  The board is looking to replace the position of Trustee that Moore vacated to take the supervisor position.

Weather by Joe

November 6, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At just before 7 a.m., it is 49 degrees with winds from the S gusting from 5 to 12 mph. The humidity is 76%. The pressure is 29.98. It's partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles. We've received very little precipitation in the last three weeks.

TODAY, it is expected to have rain early with a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-50's. The wind will be gusty with SSW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is given as 90%.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mainly clear skies with a low just below 50 degrees. The wind will continue to be strong at 10 to 20 mph from the SW.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies in the morning become overcast in the afternoon. The high will be just below 60 degrees. The wind will decrease to 5 to 10 mph from the SW.


Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular vote but handily defeated the three other candidates: Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge, Constitutional Union candidate John Bell, and Northern Democrat Stephen Douglas, a U.S. senator for Illinois.
Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer and former Whig representative to Congress, first gained national stature during his campaign against Stephen Douglas of Illinois for a U.S. Senate seat in 1858. The senatorial campaign featured a remarkable series of public encounters on the slavery issue, known as the Lincoln-Douglas debates, in which Lincoln argued against the spread of slavery, while Douglas maintained that each territory should have the right to decide whether it would become free or slave. Lincoln lost the Senate race, but his campaign brought national attention to the young Republican Party. In 1860, Lincoln won the party’s presidential nomination.
In the November 1860 election, Lincoln again faced Douglas, who represented the Northern faction of a heavily divided Democratic Party, as well as Breckinridge and Bell. The announcement of Lincoln’s victory signaled the secession of the Southern states, which since the beginning of the year had been publicly threatening secession if the Republicans gained the White House.
By the time of Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven states had seceded, and the Confederate States of America had been formally established, with Jefferson Davis as its elected president. One month later, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina. In 1863, as the tide turned against the Confederacy, Lincoln emancipated the slaves and in 1864 won reelection. In April 1865, he was assassinated by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after the American Civil War effectively ended with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

For preserving the Union and bringing an end to slavery, and for his unique character and powerful oratory, Lincoln is hailed as one of the greatest American presidents

Also, ON THIS DAY, The Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca is shipwrecked on a low sandy island off the coast of Texas. Starving, dehydrated, and desperate, he is the first European to set foot on the soil of the future Lone Star state.
Cabeza de Vaca’s unintentional journey to Texas was a disaster from the start. A series of dire accidents and Native American attacks plagued his expedition’s 300 men as they explored north Florida. The survivors then cobbled together five flimsy boats and headed to sea, where they endured vicious storms, severe shortages of food and water and attacks from Native Americans wherever they put to shore. With his exploration party reduced to only 80 or 90 men, Cabeza de Vaca’s motley flotilla finally wrecked on what was probably Galveston Island just off the coast of Texas.
Unfortunately, landing on shore did not end Cabeza de Vaca’s trials. During the next four years, the party barely managed to eke out a tenuous existence by trading with the Native Americans located in modern-day east Texas. The crew steadily died off from illness, accidents and attacks until only Cabeza de Vaca and three others remained. In 1532, the four survivors set out on an arduous journey across the present-day states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Captured by the Karankawa Natives, they lived in virtual bondage for nearly two years. Only after Cabeza de Vaca had won the respect of the Karankawa by becoming a skilled medicine man and diplomat did the small band win their freedom.
In 1536, the men encountered a party of Spanish explorers in what is now the Mexican state of Sinaloa. They followed them back to Mexico City, where the tale of their amazing odyssey became famous throughout the colony and in Europe. Despite the many hardships experienced by Cabeza de Vaca and his men during their northern travels, their stories inspired others to intensify exploration of the region that would one day become Texas.


propitiate; verb; (proh-PISH-ee-ayt)

What It Means

Propitiate means "to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of someone"—in other words, "to make someone pleased or less angry."

// Fans of the team wondered how to propitiate the football gods after yet another heartbreaking defeat.


"Borlaug was in Mexico for a small side project that involved … a fungus that is wheat's oldest and worst predator (the Romans made sacrifices to propitiate the god of stem rust)." — Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic, 23 Jan. 2018

Did You Know?

Propitiate tends to suggest averting the anger or malevolence of a superior being. You might "appease" your hunger, but to speak more colorfully, you could "propitiate the gods of hunger." The word is related to propitious, an adjective meaning "likely to have or produce good results" or "being a good omen."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

No Cellphone Access Issues

November 5, 2021

Some people are concerned about the lack of cellphone coverage on Beaver Island.  There was a situation that occurred tonight that demonstrated the real issue, but luckily it was not a life and death situation, and luckily there was no lack of individuals to drive to get help.  The editor came upon two people with a dog that were walking north on the South End Road.  They were walking trying to get a cell signal because their van was stuck and buried up to the axle.

They had Verizon, but there was a very spotty signal at their location. The editor volunteered to drive up the roadway until there was a good signal and place a phone call for them to get them some help.  After driving a quarter to a third of a mile up the road, a signal was obtained, and the phone call was made.  Two actually were made.  One to the person that they wanted called and one to the deputy to follow up and make sure that they got out.

It is interesting to the editor that the sole purpose of the drive was to verify the locations where there was the cellphone signal capable of actual communications.  The comparison between the cellphone coverage area for AT and T, the 800 Mhz coverage, and the cellphone coverage for Verizon.  Interestingly enough, the car was stuck at a location with absolutely no coverage by any cellphone or 800 Mhz based upon the maps and the actual check of cellphone signal.

Everywhere from the Southhead Lighthouse and up the West Side Road, there was nothing but spotty coverage with not real communication possible.  This is a concern to this editor, expecially with more and more people living down in these locations.  It is also a concern since there currently seem to be no phone lines available for TDS Telecom house phones either. 

So, the editor went for the almost four hour drive to check out these areas and then took the time to put the information on a map provided by CCE Central Dispatch.  The code is really not complicated.  The areas where there is no ATT coverage are marked by ATT with line through it.  The areas with no Verizon coverage are marked by a V with a line through it.  The areas where there is a Verizon signal are marked by a V with circle around it. 

Even though the map is not a real fancy creation, it certainly shows that the communication issues on part of Beaver Island are very serious, and they need to worked on, especially in the area of public safety and any kind of search and rescue, including water rescue and shoreline search.  Hopefully, someone will take some time to verify these issues with communication, and then work to make certain that the issues are resolved.

Here is the map that took almost five hours of work to accomplish.  Hopefully someone who needs to see it, will see it, and then DO something about it.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, November 5, 2021

In Sports Action…

Congrats to all our athletes on a well-played fall season! Both Soccer and Volleyball fielded “young” teams this year. As such, our athletes learned a lot--developing skills and gaining experience that they can apply to the future. Basketball season is just round the corner!

Open Gym Tonight!

To help keep you in shape for the winter season, Coach Francis Bedell is hosting an open gym today at 5:00 pm. Reminder—everyone participating in the open gym must wear a mask.

Save the Date—Next Can Sorting on Sunday, November 21st at 10:00 am

This will be the last can sorting event of the calendar year…so we need every athlete and participant in extra-curricular activities to be there! We especially need our high school athletes to attend—as this will help pay for the trip to the Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament!  Mark the date on your calendar now, and plan to come sort cans at 10:00 am on Sunday, November 21st!

Future COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

First of all, thank you to all the Island residents and school families who participated in this week’s vaccine clinic--90 people participated and 133 vaccinations were administered! Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for children aged 5-11, we have had several parents asking about when the next clinic will be held. As of right now, we are still in the planning stages with the Health Department, but will let you know as soon as possible when and where the young children’s formulations and doses are available on the Island.

BICS Parent-Teacher Conferences Next Week!

We are looking forward to next week’s parent-teacher conferences here at Beaver Island Community School on Wednesday and Thursday. Ms. Deb e-mailed the conference schedule to parents this week. Please be on time for your scheduled appointment so we can keep things running smoothly and respect everyone’s time.

Check for those Pesky Lice!

We are so sorry to report that there are still some active cases of lice at BICS. PLEASE continue checking your child(ren) daily for any signs of lice or nits. It is important to continue doing this until this infestation is over. Nit removal must be done daily before they have a chance to hatch.  The below attachment shows a prevention spray you can buy from Amazon, T arget, Walmart,Walgreens etc. 

Reminder--Segment 2 Drivers Ed starts Today

Segment 2 will be held on November 5th 3:30-5:30 pm; November 6th 8:00 am-10:00 am; and November 7th 8:00 am-1:00 pm.  Mr. Florenski is on the Island and ready to teach!

Thank a Veteran!

Veteran’s Day is coming up next week. Please take a moment this weekend to reach out to those who have served in the armed forces and thank them for their work to protect the freedoms that we enjoy in our country.

Have a Great Weekend!

Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary

B. I. Transportation Authority

Meeting date is November 9, 2021, at Noon

Nov 9 2021 regular meeting agenda

Oct 14 2021 Annual Meeting minutes draft

Oct14 2021 regular meeting minutes draft

From the Community Center

November 5, 2021

Change in hours beginning on Monday, November 8th...
Monday through Friday-
Saturdays 9am-9pm
Closed on Sundays
Don't forget we show movies on Saturdays, kids movie at 4pm, and a feature film at 7pm. Free will Donation. Concessions available all day.

Weather by Joe

November 5, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. it is 34 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 30.15. It is partly cloudy and visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of clouds and sun with a high in the lower 50's. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a low in the upper 40's. The winds will be gusty at 15 to 25 mph from the SSW.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of a shower. Highs will be in the lower 50's. Winds will continue to be strong from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.


On November 5, 1941, the Combined Japanese Fleet receive Top-Secret Order No. 1: In just over a month's time, Pearl Harbor is to be bombed, along with Malaya (now known as Malaysia), the Dutch East Indies and the Philippines.
Relations between the United States and Japan had been deteriorating quickly since Japan’s occupation of Indochina in 1940 and the implicit menacing of the Philippines (an American protectorate), with the occupation of the Cam Ranh naval base approximately 800 miles from Manila. American retaliation included the seizing of all Japanese assets in the States and the closing of the Panama Canal to Japanese shipping. In September 1941, President Roosevelt issued a statement, drafted by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, that threatened war between the United States and Japan should the Japanese encroach any further on territory in Southeast Asia or the South Pacific.
The Japanese military had long dominated Japanese foreign affairs; although official negotiations between the U.S. secretary of state and his Japanese counterpart to ease tensions were ongoing, Hideki Tojo, the minister of war who would soon be prime minister, had no intention of withdrawing from captured territories. He also construed the American “threat” of war as an ultimatum and prepared to deliver the first blow in a Japanese-American confrontation: the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

And so Tokyo delivered the order to all pertinent Fleet commanders, that not only the United States—and its protectorate the Philippines—but British and Dutch colonies in the Pacific were to be attacked. War was going to be declared on the West.

Also ON THIS DAY, Early in the morning, King James I of England learns that a plot to explode the Parliament building has been foiled, hours before he was scheduled to sit with the rest of the British government in a general parliamentary session.
At about midnight on the night of November 4-5, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, found Guy Fawkes lurking in a cellar under the Parliament building and ordered the premises searched. Some 20 barrels of gunpowder were found, and Fawkes was taken into custody. During a torture session on the rack, Fawkes revealed that he was a participant in an English Catholic conspiracy to annihilate England’s Protestant government and replace it with Catholic leadership.
What became known as the Gunpowder Plot was organized by Robert Catesby, an English Catholic whose father had been persecuted by Queen Elizabeth I for refusing to conform to the Church of England. Guy Fawkes had converted to Catholicism, and his religious zeal led him to fight in the Spanish army in the Netherlands. Catesby and the handful of other plotters rented a cellar that extended under Parliament, and Fawkes planted the gunpowder there, hiding the barrels under coal and wood.
As the November 5 meeting of Parliament approached, Catesby enlisted more English Catholics into the conspiracy, and one of these, Francis Tresham, warned his Catholic brother-in-law Lord Monteagle not to attend Parliament that day. Monteagle alerted the government, and hours before the attack was to have taken place Fawkes and the explosives were found. By torturing Fawkes, King James’ government learned of the identities of his co-conspirators. During the next few weeks, English authorities killed or captured all the plotters and put the survivors on trial, along with a few innocent English Catholics.
Guy Fawkes himself was sentenced, along with the other surviving chief conspirators, to be hanged, drawn, and quartered in London. Moments before the start of his gruesome execution, on January 31, 1606, he jumped from a ladder while climbing to the hanging platform, breaking his neck and dying instantly.
In 1606, Parliament established November 5 as a day of public thanksgiving. Today, Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated across Great Britain every year on November 5 in remembrance of the Gunpowder Plot. As dusk falls, villagers and city dwellers across Britain light bonfires, set off fireworks, and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, celebrating his failure to blow Parliament and James I to kingdom come.


cameraderie; noun; (kahm-RAH-duh-ree)

What It Means

Camaraderie is a feeling of good friendship among the people in a group.

// There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the staff.


"What was amazing Sept. 26 was the camaraderie and devotion to the team that the golfers exhibited. These same players weekly go head to head on an individual basis but there were no grandstanders here, no sense that one golfer was better than another—just a team that could feel destiny in its grip…." — Kendall P. Stanley, The Gaylord (Michigan) Herald Times, 5 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

Camaraderie comes from French camarade, which is also the source of English's comrade, meaning "friend or associate." Camarade means "roommate," "companion," or "a group sleeping in one room." It is related to Latin camera, meaning "chamber."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Trustee Position for St. James Township

St James Township is seeking applications for the position of Township Trustee. The responsibilities of the trustee are summarized below. The vacancy will be appointed to serve until November 2022. The candidate appointed shall have resided within St James Township for at least 30 days, shall be 18 years of age or older, a US citizen, and be registered to vote. The appointed trustee shall take office on November 22, 2021. This is a paid position, paying $7,090.00 per year.

The Statutory Duties of a Township Trustee:

• Township legislators, required to vote on all issues

• Responsible for township’s fiduciary health

In Addition to the Legal Duties of the Trustee, the following Core Skills are Important (see township website for more complete list of Core Competencies as defined by the MI Townships Association:

• Township Government Operations - knowledge about township (general law or charter) government responsibilities, functions and powers
• Interpersonal Skills - Communicates effectively, Listens attentively, Works effectively with individuals, Possesses knowledge of what constitutes ethical behavior, Demonstrates behavior that results in public trust, Manages adversity and hostility effectively
• Leadership Abilities - Possesses vision, especially relative to the township’s needs or potential, Utilizes consensus-building techniques
• Policymaking Skills - Knows how to critically examine proposals to evaluate how the proposed policies and practices could affect the township, Utilizes effective research techniques to become more knowledgeable about matters that come before the township board and/or committees

• Township Issues - Possesses knowledge about current issues affecting townships, Aware of financial matters affecting the township, including revenue sources

The St James Township board meets at 5:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month. There are typically 8-10 special meetings during the year. Trustees are expected to serve on at least two township committees, boards, or commissions.

Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Any interested applicants must submit a letter of interest explaining how they can carry out the responsibilities and how their individual skills will benefit the township. Letters must be submitted by email to:

Clerk Julie Gillespie            clerk.stjamestwp.bi@gmail.com
Julie Gillespie

Weather by Joe

November 4, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's 29 degrees here on Carlisle Road at 7 a.m. with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 30.22. It's cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy this morning becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. The high will be in the mid-40's. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy becoming cloudy overnight. The low will be near 40. Wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high in the lower 50's. It will be windy with wind from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.


On November 4, 1842, struggling lawyer Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Anne Todd, a Kentucky native, at her sister’s home in Springfield, Illinois.
Mary Todd, whose nickname was Molly, was the child of wealthy parents and received her education in prestigious all-girls schools where she excelled in cultural studies and the arts. Her father socialized with the politically influential and, as a result, she acquired a keen interest in politics. Molly met Lincoln in 1840 when she was 21 and he was 31. She fell in love with the tall, gangly and kind Lincoln and, despite her family’s objections to his poverty and lack of political prospects, accepted his proposal of marriage. However, in early 1841, he inexplicably broke off their engagement. The split lasted until the fall of 1842, when they resumed their relationship. Some reports suggest they were reunited a year earlier but kept their relationship a secret. Regardless, after reuniting they wasted no time with a long engagement and were married on November 4.
Mary Todd, even more so than her husband, was a staunch abolitionist. She supported his political career as he rose from the Illinois legislature to become one of the country’s most charismatic political orators to speak out against slavery. His views aroused the ire of southern slave-holding interests. Even early on in his career, Lincoln received death threats from pro-slavery southerners, and Mary Todd was labeled a traitor to her southern Kentucky roots. During the Civil War, she felt a deep sense of estrangement and tragedy; most of her male family members fought on the side of the Confederacy. To make matters worse, she was often criticized in newspapers and social circles for what was perceived as undue influence on her husband’s political appointments. One reporter went so far as to blame Mrs. Lincoln for causing the president’s health to deteriorate, giving him a gaunt frame and hollow cheeks. Those features were more likely caused by a debilitating wasting syndrome called Marfan’s disease and the burden of governing a nation at war with itself.
During their marriage, a devoted Lincoln watched apprehensively as his dear wife developed illnesses and erratic behaviors, most likely in response to the death of their 11-year-old son Willie in 1862. She also suffered a head injury during a carriage accident in 1863 and thereafter complained of migraine headaches. Biographers and scholars have suggested that she suffered from severe depression and anxiety. (It is suspected Lincoln also suffered from depression.) On top of everything, after years of threats, her husband was indeed assassinated on April 14, 1865, while she sat next to him at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. It is perhaps not surprising in light of the deaths of her son and husband that Mary Todd developed a spiritualist philosophy that the living could communicate with dead.

After Lincoln’s death, Mary Todd was forced to petition Congress for a widow’s pension. The death of a second son, Tad, in 1871 threw her over the brink into insanity and she was placed in a mental institution by her son Robert. After two attempts at suicide, Mary Todd was released into the custody of her sister Elizabeth. She lived with Elizabeth in Springfield, Illinois (where her husband and son were buried), until her death in 1882 at the age of 63.

Also, ON THIS DAY, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt on November 4, 1922.
When Carter first arrived in Egypt in 1891, most of the ancient Egyptian tombs had been discovered, though the little-known King Tutankhamen, who had died when he was 18, was still unaccounted for. After World War I, Carter began an intensive search for “King Tut’s Tomb,” finally finding steps to the burial room hidden in the debris near the entrance of the nearby tomb of King Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings. On November 26, 1922, Carter and fellow archaeologist Lord Carnarvon entered the interior chambers of the tomb, finding them miraculously intact.
Thus began a monumental excavation process in which Carter carefully explored the four-room tomb over several years, uncovering an incredible collection of several thousand objects. The most splendid architectural find was a stone sarcophagus containing three coffins nested within each other. Inside the final coffin, which was made out of solid gold, was the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamen, preserved for more than 3,000 years. Most of these treasures are now housed in the Cairo Museum.


ad-lib; verb; (AD-LIB)

What It Means

Ad-lib means "to improvise" or "to deliver spontaneously."

// The actor forgot his lines, so he ad-libbed.


"Heinicke ad-libbed a 30-yard touchdown pass to J.D. McKissic…, rallying the Washington Football Team to a 34-30 victory...." — ESPN, 3 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

Ad-lib is a shortening of Latin ad libitum, which means "in accordance with one's wishes." In the past, ad libitum was used to refer to any activity where the performer was free to do whatever they liked for as long as desired, whether the activity be drawing, working math problems, talking, playing music, or acting.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Timeout for Art: The Bare Minimum

by Cindy Ricksgers


November 3, 2021

Hello friends,

What do you call an aquatic mammal that loves you? Keep on reading the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging on Beaver Island newest announcement to see the answer.

Medicare Open enrollment is from 10/15/2021 to 12/7/2021. Do you have questions about Medicare Open Enrollment? On Friday, November 12, 2021, and on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Beaver Island Community Center Boehm-Tarrant will be on the second floor of the Beaver Island Community Center to answer questions and help with open enrollment. Appointments are still available to meet with representatives from Boehm-Tarrant. Please call Lonnie Allen, COA site coordinator on Beaver Island, at 231-448-2124, to make an appointment.

Commission on Aging Veterans Dinner from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, November 14. The meal is served take out only. This meal is open to the public for $10 per person ages 13-59 and $6 charge for all 12 and under. All Veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces will receive dinner at no charge. All Commission on Aging clients have a $6 suggested donation. There will be 75 meals prepared that day. All who are interested in a meal on November 14, are asked to call 231-448-2124 to reserve dinner.

Please see the attached flyer on this post for more details about the meal.

Joke: What do you call an aquatic mammal that loves you? Answer: A Seal of approval.

Christian Church Flyer

Gull Harbor

November 2, 2021

This photo was taken out at Gull Harbor Road showing the water level down quite a bit more on Tuesday.

St. James Township Meeting

November 3, 2021, @ 5:30 pm

The Regular St. James Township Board meeting will be today at the St. James Township Hall at 5:30 p.m.  The documents for this meeting are posted below.

General Fund November 2021 Amendment


Municipal Dock Fund - November 2021 Amendment

nov 2021 line item for board



Draft Minutes ,May 27, 2021 Special Meeting

Draft Minutes, October 13, 2021 Special Meeting

Payments Journal Dock 10.6.21-11.3.21

Payments Journal Gen Fund 10.6.21-11.3.21

Payments Journal Road 10.6.21-11.3.21-1

Payments Journal Sewer 10.6.21-11.3.21

Payroll Register (Summary) 10.21

Receipts Journal 10.6.21-11.3.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures 11.21 Dock

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures 11.21 General

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures 11.21 Road

Marina Report 2021

View video of the meeting HERE

Snow Buntings

November 2, 2021

Normally, when these birds are seen, they are flitting around flying from place to place and zipping quickly, making taking a picture of them more difficult for the amateur photographers, including this one.  However, on this day, the bird stopped and landed on top of a rock, all by itself, and waited for its picture to be taken.  It was a delight to finally get a close-up picture of the snow bunting all by itself.

November Colors

November 2, 2021

As some may consider the colors as early, late, and other descriptions, BINN decides to label them based upon the month.  The strong winds have blown many leaves off the trees, but the colors can wake you up when you drive by the locations.  The colors are still quite bright and worth slowing down to take some time to look at them.

Across Paradise Bay from near Whiskey Point....

Across Barney's Lake from the boat launch....

On Carlisle Road

Out and around

Back on Carlisle Road

So, even with the freezing overnight temperatures, with some on the island getting some snow, the colors are still gorgeous here on Beaver Island.

Weather by Joe

November 3, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m., it is 32 degrees on Carlilse Road with no wind. The humidity is 99%. The pressure is 30.24. It is cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a possible shower in the morning. The skies will be partly cloudy in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. The wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. The high will be in the low 40's.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with possible snow flurries. The low will be near freezing. The wind will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for intervals of clouds and sunshine. The high will in the upper 40's. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.


General George Washington is informed that a conspiracy is afoot to discredit him with Congress and have him replaced by General Horatio Gates. Thomas Conway, who would be made inspector general of the United States less than two months later on December 14, led the effort; as such, it became known as the Conway Cabal.
Conway, who was born in Ireland but raised in France, entered the French army in 1749. He was recruited to the Patriot cause by Silas Deane, the American ambassador to France, and after meeting with Washington at Morristown in May 1777, he was appointed brigadier general and assigned to Major General John Sullivan’s division.
Conway served admirably under Sullivan at the battles of Brandywine, in September 1777, and Germantown, in October 1777, before becoming involved in an unconfirmed conspiracy to remove General Washington from command of the Continental Army.

After the Continental Army suffered several defeats in the fall of 1777, some members of Congress expressed displeasure with Washington’s leadership and Conway began writing letters to prominent leaders, including General Horatio Gates, that were critical of Washington. After Washington got wind of Conway’s letter to General Gates, he responded with a letter to Congress in January 1778. Embarrassed, Conway offered his resignation in March 1778 by way of apology, and was surprised and humiliated when Congress accepted. After General John Cadwalader wounded him in a duel defending Washington’s honor, Conway returned to France, where he died in exile in 1800.

Also, ON THIS DAY, The Soviet Union launches the first animal into space—a dog name Laika—aboard the Sputnik 2 spacecraft.
Laika, part Siberian husky, lived as a stray on the Moscow streets before being enlisted into the Soviet space program. Laika survived for a few hours as a passenger in the USSR’s second artificial Earth satellite, kept alive by a sophisticated life-support system. Electrodes attached to her body provided scientists on the ground with important information about the biological effects of space travel. She died from overheating and panic.
At least a dozen more Russian dogs were launched into space in preparation for the first manned Soviet space mission, and at least five of these dogs died in flight. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1. He orbited Earth once before landing safely in the USSR.


lenient; adjective; (LEEN-yunt)

What It Means

Lenient means "not harsh, severe, or strict."

// The teacher was lenient in her grading after the holiday break.


"When it comes to growing up, we're all split into two camps: those with lenient parents and those with strict parents." — Nicky Idika, PopBuzz, 8 May 2017

Did You Know?

Lenient comes from lenis, the Latin word for "soft" or "mild." It was originally applied to something soothing that relieved pain or stress; the related lenitive has the same meaning. Linguists also borrowed lenis to describe speech sounds that are softened—for instance, the "t" sound in gutter.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

What's on the Ballot? and Results

The following will be on the ballot for both Peaine and St. James Townships

Tuesday, November 2, 2021      Charlevoix County, Michigan  

Separate Tax Limitation Proposal
Shall separate tax limitations be established for a period of five (5) years 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026, inclusive, or until altered by the voters of the county, for the County of Charlevoix and the Townships and Intermediate School Districts within the county, the aggregate of which shall not exceed 5.9 mills as follows:


            County of Charlevoix………………………………………………. 4.70


            Intermediate School District…………………………………….        .20

                                                                 Total                                              5.90

How Beaver Island Voted in Both Townships:

There was not a great turnout for the vote for this election.  Thirty-three people voted in Peaine Township, and forty-eight people voted in St. James Township

Those voting YES in both townships were:  Peaine 25    St. James 37

Those voting NO in both townships were:     Peaine  8     St. James 11


Toys for Tots

This year Connie Boyle is again managing the “Ellen Welke Memorial Toy Drive” program, in its 30th year. The toys she collects go through Social Services to disadvantaged kids in Charlevoix County, including on Beaver Island. Anything donated should be left unwrapped so it can be targeted to the right recipient. The drive to collect these gifts will run until December 11th. Any questions, call her at 448-2491.

Weather by Joe

November 2, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, it is 36 degrees with 94% humidity. There is a wind from the N at 2 mph. The pressure is 30.08. It's partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with increasing clouds and showers this afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. The high will be in the lower 40's. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. BRRR!

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries or snow showers. The low will be near freezing. The wind will continue from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for the rain and snow tapering off in the morning. The clouds should decrease in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 40%. The wind will continue from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.


In one of the greatest upsets in presidential election history, Democratic incumbent Harry S. Truman defeats his Republican challenger, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York, by just over two million popular votes. In the days preceding the vote, political analysts and polls were so behind Dewey that on election night, long before all the votes were counted, the Chicago Tribune published an early edition with the banner headline “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.”
Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death in 1945. Approaching the 1948 presidential election, he seemed to stand a slim chance of retaining the White House. Despite his effective leadership at the end of World War II and sound vision in the confused postwar world, many voters still viewed Truman as an ineffectual shadow of his four-term predecessor. He also antagonized Southern Democrats with his civil rights initiatives. Most were sure that Dewey would take the White House.
In the last weeks before the election, Truman embarked on a “whistle-stop” campaign across the United States in defiance of his consistently poor showings in the polls. He traveled to America’s cities and towns, fighting to win over undecided voters by portraying himself as an outsider contending with a “do-nothing” Congress.

Truman, a one-time farmer who was elevated to the pinnacle of American politics because of his reputation for honesty and integrity, won the nation’s affection, and he narrowly won a second term.

Also ON THIS DAY, President Ronald Reagan signs a bill in the White House Rose Garden designating a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., to be observed on the third Monday of January.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta in 1929, the son of a Baptist minister. He received a doctorate degree in theology and in 1955 organized the first major protest of the civil rights movement: the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. Influenced by Mohandas Gandhi, he advocated nonviolent civil disobedience to racial segregation. The peaceful protests he led throughout the American South were often met with violence, but King and his followers persisted, and the movement gained momentum.
A powerful orator, he appealed to Christian and American ideals and won growing support from the federal government and Northern whites. In 1963, he led his massive March on Washington, in which he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” address. In 1964, the civil rights movement achieved two of its greatest successes: the ratification of the 24th Amendment, which abolished the poll tax, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public facilities. In October of that year, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He donated the prize money, valued at $54,600, to the civil rights movement.
In the late 1960s, King openly criticized U.S. involvement in Vietnam and turned his efforts to winning economic equality for poorer Americans. By that time, the civil rights movement had begun to fracture, with activists such as Stokely Carmichael rejecting King’s vision of nonviolent integration in favor of African American self-reliance and self-defense. In 1968, King intended to revive his movement through an interracial “Poor People’s March” on Washington, but on April 4 escaped white convict James Earl Ray assassinated him in Memphis, Tennessee.


passel; noun; (PASS-ul)

What It Means

A passel is a large number or amount of something.

// A passel of work emails awaited Jon on his return from vacation.


"'He's here!' the vehicle owners cheered as 100-year old driver of a 102-year-old Buick Irenee DuPont arrived again. DuPont then handily backed his car precisely into a parking place alongside a passel of other old vehicles." — Chris Barber, The Chester County Press (Oxford, Pennsylvania), 22 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Loss of the sound of "r" after a vowel and before a consonant in the middle of a word is common in spoken English. This linguistic idiosyncrasy has given the language a few new words, including cuss from curse, bust from burst, and passel from parcel.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Transfer Station Winter Hours

November 1, 2021

Beginning today, November 1, 2021, the transfer station hours are from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The transfer station is closed on Sundays and on holidays.

St. James Township Campground Project Progress

October 31, 2021

This project of the St. James Township Board has been delayed, but it is progressing.  The project was hoped to be done by the end of September, but had to be extended into October, and now into November.  Here are a few pictures from the campground.

There are two slabs poured and look finished,  a small building not permanent, and the well appears completed.

The drain field pipes are piled there, but not completed yet, and not sure what the rest of the project should be completed, but hopefully, soon.

View a short video of the campground HERE


November 1, 2021

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the November 2021 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Lonnie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

We have had no one this month express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

We will have our Senior Snow Removal Programs available again this year!  Packets can be picked up curbside at all of our Senior Center Locations or at the COA offices.

I just wanted to update you as to where we are here at the beginning of November regarding the Senior Centers in Charlevoix County.

We will continue to proceed out of an abundance of caution. We are going to keep all of our Senior Centers CLOSED to the public until the CDC and Health Department Numbers are back to safer levels.

We are still providing all of our services, just differently. I will be reviewing the CDC and Health Department numbers and levels each week to determine a new reopening timeline and keep you updated when we are closer to a more reasonable date.  Please see find attached our menu for September as meals can be picked up curbside.

We are so excited to share that each of our Senior Centers in Boyne, Charlevoix and East Jordan will be adding an in person activity in the morning and in the afternoon. This is in addition to all of our other services we are currently providing....differently.

ALL of these scheduled activities REQUIRE preregistering with the Site Coordinator at the location and at this time, are FREE of charge and all those who CHOOSE to participate in these activities must wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth as we are still at a HIGH rate of transmission for COVID-19.

If you do not want to wear a mask, please be patient and wait until we are able to open our senior centers fully to participate.

We are comfortable offering these options to combat the feelings of isolation and loneliness as there is now a Vaccine available and treatments for COVID -19 should you CHOOSE to access them.

Our BI Office will be open by appointment only and masks will be required.

Volunteer services will be suspended at this time until the numbers get to a safer level.

Please be patient, kind and support our staff so that we can continue to support you with our services by staying healthy.

Please call your Site Coordinator for the most current information.

Meals and Activities are all subject to change due to the current COVID19 Pandemic numbers, statistics and protective measures for our aging adults and staff.

Please do not come to the Senior Center or offices if you are sick.  The impact of a sick individual in our centers could shut down services if our staff gets sick and are unable to provide those services.  You can still be sick and spread the COVID19 virus if you are vaccinated.

Please print our Calendars, “Like” our Facebook Page “Charlevoix County Commission on Aging”, follow us on Instagram “Charlevoixcountycoa” and look all the other goings on either on the Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter page or the Menus / Calendars and Activities pages of our website at www.charlevoixcounty/Commission_on_Aging .

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd will now be open daily with new protocols in place for the safety of those visiting and our staff.  The phone number is 231-448-2124. 

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Participation for the following locations has been approved by the Charlevoix County Commissioners

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli 

The Shamrock – Has not submitted their renewal to date, so as of right now they are not participating.
The Bodega – Has expressed interest in our program and are reviewing the process.

As a reminder, only Charlevoix County Tax paying residence are allowed to participate in the BI Voucher Meal Program because the taxes that are paid by you and should be used by you.  A big thank you to our participating restaurants who immediately notified us of a couple who fraudulently got vouchers.  This allowed us to make no more were issued.  Please continue to discourage this kind of behavior from your visitors. 

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 13513 Division Street, Charlevoix, MI  49720

Changing what aging looks like and feels like in Charlevoix County!

View/download Sernior Highlights HERE

Church Services, 10/31/2021

Mass from Holy Cross

Father Peter Wigton was the celebrant.

Bill McDonough was the reader.

This Mass was for Phyllis Gregg Moore.

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

Judi Meister made the announcements and play a Prelude.

The readers for the service

Pastor Lee Bracey

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

November 1, 2021

Good morning form Beaver Island! This morning it is breezy here on the island with the wind at 8 mph from the NE at 7:30 a.m. It's 40 degrees with humidity at 85%. The pressure is 29.97. It's partly cloudy and visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be mixed sun and clouds with a 40% chance of showers. The high will be in the mid-40's. Wind will be from the W at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a shower or wet snow possible. The low will be in the mid-30's. Winds will be from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with occasional rain showers. Chance of rain is 50%. The high will be in the low 40's. Wind will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.


The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo’s finest works, is exhibited to the public for the first time on November 1, 1512.
Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, was born in the small village of Caprese in 1475. The son of a government administrator, he grew up in Florence, a center of the early Renaissance movement, and became an artist’s apprentice at age 13. Demonstrating obvious talent, he was taken under the wing of Lorenzo de’ Medici, the ruler of the Florentine republic and a great patron of the arts. After demonstrating his mastery of sculpture in such works as the Pieta (1498) and David (1504), he was called to Rome in 1508 to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—the chief consecrated space in the Vatican.
Michelangelo’s epic ceiling frescoes, which took several years to complete, are among his most memorable works. Central in a complex system of decoration featuring numerous figures are nine panels devoted to biblical world history. The most famous of these is The Creation of Adam, a painting in which the arms of God and Adam are stretching toward each other. In 1512, Michelangelo completed the work.
After 15 years as an architect in Florence, Michelangelo returned to Rome in 1534, where he would work and live for the rest of his life. That year saw his painting of the The Last Judgment on the wall above the altar in the Sistine Chapel for Pope Paul III. The massive painting depicts Christ’s damnation of sinners and blessing of the virtuous and is regarded as a masterpiece of early Mannerism.

Michelangelo worked until his death in 1564 at the age of 88. In addition to his major artistic works, he produced numerous other sculptures, frescoes, architectural designs, and drawings, many of which are unfinished and some of which are lost. In his lifetime, he was celebrated as Europe’s greatest living artist, and today he is held up as one of the greatest artists of all time, as exalted in the visual arts as William Shakespeare is in literature or Ludwig van Beethoven is in music.

Also, ON THIS DAY, On November 1, 1800, President John Adams, in the last year of his only term as president, moved into the newly constructed President’s House, the original name for what is known today as the White House.
Adams had been living in temporary digs at Tunnicliffe’s City Hotel near the half-finished Capitol building since June 1800, when the federal government was moved from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington, D.C. In his biography of Adams, historian David McCullough recorded that when Adams first arrived in Washington, he wrote to his wife Abigail, at their home in Quincy, Massachusetts, that he was pleased with the new site for the federal government and had explored the soon-to-be President’s House with satisfaction.
Although workmen had rushed to finish plastering and painting walls before Adams returned to D.C. from a visit to Quincy in late October, construction remained unfinished when Adams rolled up in his carriage on November 1. However, the Adams’ furniture from their Philadelphia home was in place and a portrait of George Washington was already hanging in one room. The next day, Adams sent a note to Abigail, who would arrive in Washington later that month, saying that he hoped “none but honest and wise men [shall] ever rule under this roof.”
Although Adams was initially enthusiastic about the presidential mansion, he and Abigail soon found it to be cold and damp during the winter. Abigail, in a letter to a friend, wrote that the building was tolerable only so long as fires were lit in every room. She also noted that she had to hang their washing in an empty “audience room” (the current East Room).

John and Abigail Adams lived in what she called “the great castle” for only five months. Shortly after they moved in, Thomas Jefferson defeated Adams in his bid for re-election. Abigail was happy to leave Washington and departed in February 1801 for Quincy. As Jefferson was being sworn in on March 4, 1801, John Adams was already on his way back to Massachusetts, where he and Abigail lived out the rest of their days at their family farm.


inane; adjective; (ih-NAYN)

What It Means

Inane means "lacking significance, meaning, or point." Synonyms are silly, empty, or insubstantial.

// The host of the show greeted the audience with inane, but laughingly memorable, remarks.


"And because the leader insists 'There are no bad ideas,' everyone pipes up with inane or irrelevant suggestions." — Morey Stettner, The Investor's Business Daily, 24 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Inane suggests emptiness in thought or meaning, and as a noun it has similar use, as in "thoughts making excursions into the incomprehensible inane" (the example is attributed to the 17th-century philosopher John Locke). The noun is not often used nowadays, but the adjective fills the void.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

October 31, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Well, the day started with the weather being completed except for the credits, and then facebook just completely disappeared losing all that had been completed. I guess that means that the witches and the goblins are at work already today. We'll try again. Happy Halloween!

The temperature on Carlisle Road is 49 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 98%. The pressure is low at 29.64. It is cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it expected to be overcast with a chance of a shower. The high will be in the low5 50's. The wind will be from the NW at 15 to 25 mph. (This forecast changed since earlier from 100% chance to 20% chance of rain.)

TONIGHT, it is forecast for some clouds with a slight chance of a shower. The low will be near 40 degrees. The wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine and clouds mixed with a high near 50 degrees. The wind will continue from the W at 10 to 20 mph.


On October 31, 1517, legend has it that the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation.
In his theses, Luther condemned the excesses and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the papal practice of asking payment—called “indulgences”—for the forgiveness of sins. At the time, a Dominican priest named Johann Tetzel, commissioned by the Archbishop of Mainz and Pope Leo X, was in the midst of a major fundraising campaign in Germany to finance the renovation of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Though Prince Frederick III the Wise had banned the sale of indulgences in Wittenberg, many church members traveled to purchase them. When they returned, they showed the pardons they had bought to Luther, claiming they no longer had to repent for their sins.
Luther’s frustration with this practice led him to write the 95 Theses, which were quickly snapped up, translated from Latin into German and distributed widely. A copy made its way to Rome, and efforts began to convince Luther to change his tune. He refused to keep silent, however, and in 1521 Pope Leo X formally excommunicated Luther from the Catholic Church. That same year, Luther again refused to recant his writings before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Germany, who issued the famous Edict of Worms declaring Luther an outlaw and a heretic and giving permission for anyone to kill him without consequence. Protected by Prince Frederick, Luther began working on a German translation of the Bible, a task that took 10 years to complete.

The term “Protestant” first appeared in 1529, when Charles V revoked a provision that allowed the ruler of each German state to choose whether they would enforce the Edict of Worms. A number of princes and other supporters of Luther issued a protest, declaring that their allegiance to God trumped their allegiance to the emperor. They became known to their opponents as Protestants; gradually this name came to apply to all who believed the Church should be reformed, even those outside Germany. By the time Luther died, of natural causes, in 1546, his revolutionary beliefs had formed the basis for the Protestant Reformation, which would over the next three centuries revolutionize Western civilization.

Also, ON THIS DAY, On October 31, 1776, in his first speech before British Parliament since the leaders of the American Revolution came together to sign of the Declaration of Independence that summer, King George III acknowledges that all was not going well for Britain in the war with the United States.
In his address, the king spoke about the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the revolutionary leaders who signed it, saying, “for daring and desperate is the spirit of those leaders, whose object has always been dominion and power, that they have now openly renounced all allegiance to the crown, and all political connection with this country.” The king went on to inform Parliament of the successful British victory over General George Washington and the Continental Army at the Battle of Long Island on August 27, 1776, but warned them that, “notwithstanding the fair prospect, it was necessary to prepare for another campaign.”
Despite George III’s harsh words, General William Howe and his brother, Admiral Richard Howe, still hoped to convince the Americans to rejoin the British empire in the wake of the colonists’ humiliating defeat at the Battle of Long Island. The British could easily have prevented Washington’s retreat from Long Island and captured most of the Patriot officer corps, including the commander in chief. However, instead of forcing the former colonies into submission by executing Washington and his officers as traitors, the Howe brothers let them go with the hope of swaying Patriot opinion towards a return to the mother country.
The Howe brothers’ attempts at negotiation failed, and the War for Independence dragged on for another four years, until the formal surrender of the British to the Americans on October 19, 1781, after the Battle of Yorktown.


doppleganger; noun; (DAH-pul-gang-er)

What It Means

A doppelgänger is a person who resembles someone else, or a ghostly counterpart of a living person.
// The plot of the story thickens when the main character's doppelgänger turns out to be a wanted criminal.

// In the movie, the child interacts with a ghostly doppelgänger.


"A paranormal investigation group … visited the historic opera house…. During the visit, the group claimed to have seen the spirit of Sorg sitting in the balcony, … captured audio of ghosts speaking and singing and photographed a doppelganger." — Lisa Powell, The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, 14 Oct. 2021

Did You Know?

According to German folklore, all living creatures have a spirit double who is invisible but identical to the living individual. These second selves are perceived as being distinct from ghosts (which appear only after death), and sometimes they are described as the spiritual opposite or negative of their human counterparts. German writers coined the word Doppelgänger (from doppel-, meaning "double," and -gänger, meaning "goer") to refer to such specters.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Weather by Joe

October 30, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Here on Carlisle Road at 7:15 a.m., it is 47 degrees with a a wind blowing from 2 to 4 mph from a variable direction. The humidity is 92%. The pressure is 29.69. The sky is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny with a high in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy with a low near 40 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers in the morning. There is a 30% chance of rain. The high will be near 50 degrees. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph. The rain will give way to cloudy skies in the afternoon.


“The War of the Worlds”—Orson Welles's realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth—is broadcast on the radio on October 30, 1938.
Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided to update H.G. Wells’s 19th-century science fiction novel The War of the Worlds for national radio. Despite his age, Welles had been in radio for several years, most notably as the voice of “The Shadow” in the hit mystery program of the same name. “War of the Worlds” was not planned as a radio hoax, and Welles had little idea of how legendary it would eventually become.
The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 p.m. A voice announced: “The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells.”
Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy “Charlie McCarthy” on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on. By then, the story of the Martian invasion was well underway.
Welles introduced his radio play with a spoken introduction, followed by an announcer reading a weather report. Then, seemingly abandoning the storyline, the announcer took listeners to “the Meridian Room in the Hotel Park Plaza in downtown New York, where you will be entertained by the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra.” Putrid dance music played for some time, and then the scare began. An announcer broke in to report that “Professor Farrell of the Mount Jenning Observatory” had detected explosions on the planet Mars. Then the dance music came back on, followed by another interruption in which listeners were informed that a large meteor had crashed into a farmer’s field in Grovers Mills, New Jersey.
Soon, an announcer was at the crash site describing a Martian emerging from a large metallic cylinder. “Good heavens,” he declared, “something’s wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake. Now here’s another and another one and another one. They look like tentacles to me … I can see the thing’s body now. It’s large, large as a bear. It glistens like wet leather. But that face, it… it … ladies and gentlemen, it’s indescribable. I can hardly force myself to keep looking at it, it’s so awful. The eyes are black and gleam like a serpent. The mouth is kind of V-shaped with saliva dripping from its rimless lips that seem to quiver and pulsate.”
The Martians mounted walking war machines and fired “heat-ray” weapons at the puny humans gathered around the crash site. They annihilated a force of 7,000 National Guardsman, and after being attacked by artillery and bombers the Martians released a poisonous gas into the air. Soon “Martian cylinders” landed in Chicago and St. Louis. The radio play was extremely realistic, with Welles employing sophisticated sound effects and his actors doing an excellent job portraying terrified announcers and other characters. An announcer reported that widespread panic had broken out in the vicinity of the landing sites, with thousands desperately trying to flee.

The Federal Communications Commission investigated the unorthodox program but found no law was broken. Networks did agree to be more cautious in their programming in the future. The broadcast helped Orson Welles land a contract with a Hollywood studio, and in 1941 he directed, wrote, produced, and starred in Citizen Kane—a movie that many have called the greatest American film ever made.

Also, ON THIS DAY, On October 30, 1811, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is published anonymously. A small circle of people, including the Price Regent, learned Austen’s identity, but most of the British public knew only that the popular book had been written “by a Lady.”
Austen was born in 1775, the seventh of eight children born to a clergyman in Steventon, a country village in Hampshire, England. She was very close to her older sister, Cassandra, who remained her faithful editor and critic throughout her life. The girls had five years of formal schooling, then studied with their father. Jane read voraciously and began writing stories as young as age 12, completing an early novella at age 14.
Austen’s quiet, happy world was disrupted when her father retired to Bath in 1801. Jane hated the resort town but amused herself by making close observations of ridiculous society manners. After her father’s death in 1805, Jane, her mother, and sister lived with one of her brothers until 1808, when another brother provided them a permanent home at Chawton Cottage, in Hampshire.
Jane concealed her writing from most of her acquaintances, slipping her writing paper under a blotter when someone entered the room. She rejected at least one proposal of marriage. She published several more novels before her death, including Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). She died at age 42, of what today is thought to be Addison’s disease.


arch; adjective; (AHRCH)

What It Means

Arch means "principal or chief."

// The hero's arch enemy wounded him, enabling her escape.


"Not being able to thank whoever gave this gift is causing me so much anguish I’ve started wondering if I have an arch nemesis, who sent it purely to torment me. If so, arch nemesis: my compliments." — Polly Hudson, The Mirror (UK), 24 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

As a prefix, arch- appears in a number of titles referring to positions of superiority, such as archduke and archbishop; it can also mean "chief" (as in archnemesis) or "extreme" (archconservative). It comes from the Greek verb archein, meaning "to begin or to rule."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Community Prayer Service

October 28, 2021, @ 9 a.m. at Holy Cross

For the McElwain Family: Lets storm the heavens with a Beaver Island Community prayer service at Holy Cross Church at 9:00 am on October 28, 2021, the day Crew and Kevin will have their bone marrow transplant surgeries. The service will include Ann's two beautiful prayers that she believes are very powerful and have been a part of her faith life for many years. Copies will be provided. As we all join in prayer we can include all who are in need of surgery and healing.

This service took place at Holy Cross Catholic Church as scheduled.  Eleven people viewed the service live stream on Beaver Island TV. 

Tina Morgan organized the prayer service.

A few of the readers of prayers....

One group prayer example

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

October 29, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, it is 51 degrees with a 1 mph wind from the E. Humidity is at 95%. The pressure is 29.68. It's cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be overcast with a chance of a shower. The high will be in the mid-50's with the wind from the NE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for overcast skies with a low in the upper 40's. Wind will be from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for clouds in the morning giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.


Sir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer, writer and favorite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, is beheaded in London, under a sentence brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.
During Elizabeth’s reign, Raleigh organized three major expeditions to America, including the first English settlement in America, in 1587—the ill-fated Roanoke settlement located in present-day North Carolina. Raleigh later fell out of favor with Elizabeth after she learned of his secret marriage to Bessy Throckmorton, one of her maids-of-honor, and he was imprisoned with his wife in the Tower of London. After buying his freedom, Raleigh married Bessy and distanced himself from the jealous English queen.

After Elizabeth died in 1603, Raleigh was implicated as a foe of King James I and imprisoned with a death sentence. The death sentence was later commuted, and in 1616 Raleigh was freed to lead an expedition to the New World, this time to establish a gold mine in the Orinoco River region of South America. However, the expedition was a failure, and when Raleigh returned to England the death sentence of 1603 was invoked against him.

Also, ON THIS DAY, Nearly four decades after he became the first American to orbit the Earth, Senator John Hershel Glenn, Jr., is launched into space again as a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery on October 29, 1988. At 77 years of age, Glenn was the oldest human ever to travel in space. During the nine-day mission, he served as part of a NASA study on health problems associated with aging.
Glenn, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, was among the seven men chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1959 to become America’s first astronauts. A decorated pilot, he had flown nearly 150 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War. In 1957, he made the first nonstop supersonic flight across the United States, flying from Los Angeles to New York in three hours and 23 minutes.
In April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, and his spacecraft, Vostok 1, made a full orbit before returning to Earth. Less than one month later, American Alan B. Shepard, Jr., became the first American in space when his Freedom 7 spacecraft was launched on a suborbital flight. American “Gus” Grissom made another suborbital flight in July, and in August Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov spent more than 25 hours in space aboard Vostok 2, making 17 orbits. As a technological power, the United States was looking very much second-rate compared with its Cold War adversary. If the Americans wanted to dispel this notion, they needed a multi-orbital flight before another Soviet space advance arrived.
On February 20, 1962, NASA and Colonel John Glenn accomplished this feat with the flight of Friendship 7, a spacecraft that made three orbits of the Earth in five hours. Glenn was hailed as a national hero, and on February 23 President John F. Kennedy visited him at Cape Canaveral. Glenn later addressed Congress and was given a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
Out of a reluctance to risk the life of an astronaut as popular as Glenn, NASA essentially grounded the “Clean Marine” in the years after his historic flight. Frustrated with this uncharacteristic lack of activity, Glenn turned to politics and in 1964 announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Ohio and formally left NASA. Later that year, however, he withdrew his Senate bid after seriously injuring his inner ear in a fall from a horse. In 1970, following a stint as a Royal Crown Cola executive, he ran for the Senate again but lost the Democratic nomination to Howard Metzenbaum. Four years later, he defeated Metzenbaum, won the general election, and went on to win reelection three times. In 1984, he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president.
In 1998, Glenn attracted considerable media attention when he returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery. In 1999, he retired from his U.S. Senate seat after four consecutive terms in office, a record for the state of Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016, at age 95.


procrastinate; verb; (pruh-KRASS-tuh-nayt)

What It Means

Procrastinate means "to intentionally put off doing something that should be done."

// The student was procrastinating writing the report; however, the tutor provided the needed guidance and motivation.


"I will start with a confession: I procrastinated about writing this article for months. Postponing it put me in good company. The statistics are simple: 100 percent of people are guilty of procrastination." — Daniel Revach, Haaretz, 12 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

We won't put off telling you about out the origins of procrastinate: it comes from the Latin prefix pro-, meaning "forward," and crastinus, "of tomorrow." The word means moving or acting slowly so as to fall behind, and it implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Christian Church Next Sunday

October  28, 2021

B. I. Emergency Services Authority

October 28, 2021, @ 2 p.m.

Doug Tilly was the leader of the meeting...Others present in the pictures above.

Documents for this meeting HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

BIEMS BUDG VS ACT 21-22 07-31-21 8-19-21




Director's Report 082521


Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

October 28, 2021 at noon

This meeting took place today at the Beaver Island Township Airport.  The airport manager and one member of the commission were on the phone.  There were four members of the commission present; Joe Moore, Kitty McNamara, Carla Martin, and Dave Paul.

View documents for this meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

October 28, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6:45 a.m. here on Carlisle Road it is 51 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 93%. The pressure is 29.84. It's cloudy and visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with a high near 60 degrees. Wind will be from the E at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a low in the upper 40's. The wind will continue from the E at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for overcast skies with a chance of a shower. The high will be in the lower 50's. The wind will continue at 10 to 15 mph from the NE.


The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.
Originally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the statue was proposed by the French historian Edouard de Laboulaye to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the 151-foot statue was the form of a woman with an uplifted arm holding a torch. Its framework of gigantic steel supports was designed by Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the latter famous for his design of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
In February 1877, Congress approved the use of a site on New York Bedloe’s Island, which was suggested by Bartholdi. In May 1884, the statue was completed in France, and three months later the Americans laid the cornerstone for its pedestal in New York Harbor. In June 1885, the dismantled Statue of Liberty arrived in the New World, enclosed in more than 200 packing cases. Its copper sheets were reassembled, and the last rivet of the monument was fitted on October 28, 1886, during a dedication presided over by President Cleveland and attended by numerous French and American dignitaries.
In 1903, a bronze plaque mounted inside the pedestal's lower level was inscribed with “The New Colossus,” a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus that welcomed immigrants to the United States with the declaration, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. / I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

In 1892, Ellis Island, adjacent to Bedloe’s Island, opened as the chief entry station for immigrants to the United States, and for the next 32 years more than 12 million immigrants were welcomed into New York harbor by the sight of “Lady Liberty.” In 1924, the Statue of Liberty was made a national monument, and in 1956 Bedloe’s Island was renamed Liberty Island. The statue underwent a major restoration in the 1980s.

Also, On THIS DAY, On October 28, 1918, sailors in the German High Seas Fleet steadfastly refuse to obey an order from the German Admiralty to go to sea to launch one final attack on the mighty British navy, echoing the frustrated, despondent mood of many on the side of the Central Powers during the last days of World War I.
By the last week of October 1918, three of the Central Powers—Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire—were at least in talks with the Allies about reaching an armistice, while the fourth, Bulgaria, had already concluded one at the end of September. With the end of the war seemingly in sight, the German naval command—led by the Admiralty’s chief of staff, Reinhardt Scheer—decided to launch a last-ditch effort against the British in the North Sea in a desperate attempt to restore the German navy’s prestige. In the words of Reinhardt Scheer, chief of staff of the German Admiralty, “An honorable battle by the fleet—even if it should be a fight to the death—will sow the seed of a new German fleet of the future. There can be no future for a fleet fettered by a dishonorable peace.” Choosing not to inform the chancellor, Max von Baden, of its plans, the German Admiralty issued the order to leave port on October 28.
The sailors themselves, however, believing the attack to be a suicide mission, would have none of it. Though the order was given five times, each time they resisted. In total, 1,000 mutineers were arrested, leaving the Imperial Fleet immobilized. By October 30, the resistance had engulfed the German naval base at Kiel, where sailors and industrial workers alike took part in the rebellion; within a week, it had spread across the country, with revolts in Hamburg, Bremen and Lubeck on November 4 and 5 and in Munich two days later. This widespread discontent led Socialist members of the German Reichstag, or parliament, to declare the country a republic on November 9, followed swiftly by Kaiser Wilhelm’s abdication and finally, on November 11, by the end of the First World War.


eloquent; adjective; (EL-uh-kwunt)

What It Means

Eloquent means "having or showing the ability to use language clearly or effectively" or "clearly showing feeling or meaning."

// The guest of honor delivered an eloquent speech.

// The dancer's movement was eloquent.


"Written as a dialogue with [Douglas Abrams], who has co-authored similar eloquent testaments with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this book mixes autobiographical details with a fiercely positive credo that has kept [Jane Goodall] fighting in the face of immense odds." — Kirkus Reviews, 1 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Since eloquent has to do with speaking, it makes sense that it comes from the Latin verb loquī, which means "to talk or speak." (The adjective loquacious describes a person who is skilled at or has the inclination for talking.) Expression of the self can be seen and not heard, which gives meaning to eloquent as an adjective for nonverbal impressive acts.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Community "Flu" Clinic

November 2, 2021, at BICS

BICOA Veterans' Meal

Hello friends,
What did the hat say to the scarf?

Read on and find the answer after this Beaver Island Commission on Aging November dinner announcement.

From 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, November 14 at the Beaver Island Community Center the C.O.A. will hosts its veteran’s dinner. This year’s dinner is takeout only, and all individuals will be asked to come into the Community Center to pick up their takeout meal.

This C.O.A dinner will collaborate with AMVETS Post #46 on Beaver Island. The AMVETS will have cups of chili available to the public coming in for a COA dinner. You do not need to order a COA meal for AMVETS chili. Come out and support Beaver Island AMVETS during this event.

The C.O.A. dinner is no charge for all active duty personal and veterans. There is a $6 suggested donation for individuals ages 60 and older. A $6 charge for children 12 and under and a $10 charge for ages 13-59. The meal will have a side salad, baked stuffed chicken breasts, vegetable and fruit side and dessert. See the attached flyer for complete meal details.

The chili fundraiser event is sponsored by Morgan Stanley and Beaver Island AMVETS Post #46 in collaboration with the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging on Beaver Island.

To reserve a C.O.A meal, please call 231-448-2124. All unreserved meals are served on a first come first served basis.

Please join us at the Beaver Island Community Center as we honor our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans with this meal and fundraiser.

JOKE: What did the hat say to the scarf? ANSWER: you hang around here and I will go on ahead.

St. James Township Public Works Committee Meeting Change

October 28, 2021, @ 10 a.m. at Governmental Center

View meeting notice HERE

Power Line Clearing

October 27, 2021

The editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net had a serious issue with commercial vehicles driving on the bike path to clear branches, trees, etc from the area around the power poles, something like 24 of them that were in the area of the bike path. This whole situation could have easily been handled by the supervisor of this clearing project.  The interesting thing is that the supervisor never came to talk to me, nor did any of the men working on this project with the most important piece of information.

Editor Joe Moore contacted Deputy Nicole to try to find out what was going on, and to find the legality of the industrial vehicles driving on the bike path.  The phone call went through 911 dispatch last evening, and the phone call was finally made to Deputy Nicole by the editor Joe Moore on his personal home phone.  The follow up phone call today resolved the issue quite quickly, but it could have been resolved had the supervisor of the project talked to the editor last night.

The issue was pretty obvious to Joe Moore.  There were commercial industrial vehicles driving on the bike path without anyone's permission.  Today, Deputy Nicole informed the editor that this was not a true statement.  The vehicles had the permission of the St. James Supervisor and was given in the last year.  So, instead of no permission, the process did have permission from the highest officer of the township.  All the GLE crew had to know was that they had permission, and this whole event would have been resolved immediately.

Instead, the phone calls, the no response from GLE, the calls to the Michigan Public Services Commission, and all the time spent on this particular situation could have easily been resolved with the simple statement that permission to drive on the bike path had been obtained prior to them driving back and forth on the bike path without any really need to do so.  The pickup truck drove down the bike path this morning possibly to check to make certain that the work was being done properly.  This simple solution was complicated by statements about the easements being fifteen feet on either side of the power line path, and then re-stated that they had forty feet on either side of the three phase power lines, and they could do whatever they needed to do to clear the area around the lines. 

"That line up there provides the easement," one of the employees said. 

My response was, "I'm not concerned with the easement.  I'm concerned with the driving of commercial industrial vehicles on a bike path."

Well, the situation is resolved. They do have permission to be driving on the bike path, and no further comments are necessary.  The pictures and the video will be presented, so you can see the situation as it unfolded to this editor.

Eddie Eicher Service

October 27, 2021

Update on my dad’s burial service on the island. He will be arriving on 11/13 on the boat at 1:30. Richard Gillespie will take him up to the township cemetery.
Bob Tidmore is arranging a full military gun salute as he was a WW2 vet.
Glenn Felix will be doing a short memorial service at the cemetery
Afterwards we will be having a get together at the Shamrock probably around 2:30 or 3:00.
Pizza, salad and wings served.
Cash bar.
Thanks. Mike and the Eicher family.

Gull Harbor Water Levels Changing

October 27, 2021

As most island people know, the wind direction has a lot to do with the level of water on parts of the shoreline of Beaver Island.  The wind does a good job of pushing the water in when the wind is gusting or blowing from a certain direction, and that pushes the water either up or away from the shoreline.  The trip to Gull Harbor is taken almost every single day, an sometimes more than once per day by the editor.  The purpose is to check on things and report on the changes that are going on here on the island.

On this particular day, the wind and the water were in partnership to show us the Gull Harbor Road that we hadn't seen in quite a bit of time.

These pictures were taken just a few days ago, but every day it changes.  There seems to be an ever changing landscape out at Gull Harbor.  Sometimes, you may think that you could drive the Gull Harbor Road, but it is not suggested.  At one point in the past, the water on the roadway was up to the editor's armpits, so be careful if you consider driving it.  When it is passable, the CCRC will take down the "Road Closed" signs.  On the side of the Lake Drive Roadway, there is not any place to walk.

Looking back two years and a week ago, there was a much higher water level with lots and lots of waves and higher water.  Here is what it looked like in 2019 on October 22nd.

View the video HERE from 10222019 HERE

Timeout for Art: What’s Next

by Cindy Ricksgers


Many of you know that Beaver Island Christian Church traditionally hosts a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This event counts on volunteers from the community to continue its success.  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy are provided by the church and side dishes are brought in by those coming to eat.

Last year there was no Community Thanksgiving Dinner due to Covid restrictions.

So what about this year?

We are not yet comfortable hosting a “bring-a-dish-to-pass-buffet-line” dinner (maybe Easter brunch???  Fingers crossed!!)  But, we do NOT want to let the tradition go away.
We have been considering two options:

1.   A sit-down dinner—appropriately distanced seating—with the dinner served onto your plate as you pass through a serving line (cafeteria-style)

Likely menu:  turkey, potatoes and gravy, vegetables (one or two), possibly a salad, rolls and butter, dessert, beverage

Volunteers needed: Crew to set up tables before Thanksgiving Day
Cooks on Thanksgiving Day
Serving line (one person per food choice)
Clean-up help

2.  Drive-thru-take-out dinner:  same menu (Elks-burger-night-style)

           Volunteers needed: Cooks on Thanksgiving Day

Crew to package dinners
Delivery to vehicles


Option 1:  Would you participate?  How many meals? Would you help?
Option 2:  Same questions

Call or text        Kathy Speck  448-2393     231- 313-7108     Judi Meister    448-2963  231-350-1154

And please remember that this is a community event and we need community members to help

Weather by Joe

October 27, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. it is 46 degrees here on Carlisle Road. There is no wind. The humidity is 91% The pressure is 30.02. It's cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of the mid-50's. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for considerable cloudiness with a low near 50. The wind will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 60. The wind will be from the E at 10 to 15 mph.


William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, two Quakers who came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution, are executed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs. The two had violated a law passed by the Massachusetts General Court the year before, banning Quakers from the colony under penalty of death.
The Religious Society of Friends, whose members are commonly known as Quakers, was a Christian movement founded by George Fox in England during the early 1650s. Quakers opposed central church authority, preferring to seek spiritual insight and consensus through egalitarian Quaker meetings. They advocated sexual equality and became some of the most outspoken opponents of slavery in early America. Robinson and Stevenson, who were hanged from an elm tree on Boston Common in Boston, were the first Quakers to be executed in America. Quakers found solace in Rhode Island and other colonies, and Massachusetts’ anti-Quaker laws were later repealed.

In the mid 18th century, John Woolman, an abolitionist Quaker, traveled the American colonies, preaching and advancing the anti-slavery cause. He organized boycotts of products made by slave labor and was responsible for convincing many Quaker communities to publicly denounce slavery. Another of many important abolitionist Quakers was Lucretia Mott, who worked on the Underground Railroad in the 19th century, helping lead fugitive slaves to freedom in the Northern states and Canada. In later years, Mott was a leader in the movement for women’s rights.

Complicated and tension-filled negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union finally result in a plan to end the two-week-old Cuban Missile Crisis. A frightening period in which nuclear holocaust seemed imminent began to come to an end.
Since President John F. Kennedy’s October 22 address warning the Soviets to cease their reckless program to put nuclear weapons in Cuba and announcing a naval “quarantine” against additional weapons shipments into Cuba, the world held its breath waiting to see whether the two superpowers would come to blows. With no apparent end to the crisis in sight, U.S. forces were placed at DEFCON 2—meaning war involving the Strategic Air Command was imminent. On October 24, millions waited to see whether Soviet ships bound for Cuba carrying additional missiles would try to break the U.S. naval blockade around the island. At the last minute, the vessels turned around and returned to the Soviet Union.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)
On October 26, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev responded to the quarantine by sending a long and rather disjointed letter to Kennedy offering a deal: Soviet ships bound for Cuba would “not carry any kind of armaments” if the United States vowed never to invade Cuba. He pleaded, “let us show good sense,” and appealed to Kennedy to “weigh well what the aggressive, piratical actions, which you have declared the U.S.A. intends to carry out in international waters, would lead to.”
He followed this with another letter the next day offering to remove the missiles from Cuba if the United States would remove its nuclear missiles from Turkey. Kennedy and his officials debated the proper U.S. response to these offers. Attorney General Robert Kennedy ultimately devised an acceptable plan: take up Khrushchev’s first offer and ignore the second letter.
Although the United States had been considering the removal of the missiles from Turkey for some time, agreeing to the Soviet demand for their removal might give the appearance of weakness. Nevertheless, behind the scenes, Russian diplomats were informed that the missiles in Turkey would be removed after the Soviet missiles in Cuba were taken away. This information was accompanied by a threat: If the Cuban missiles were not removed in two days, the United States would resort to military action. It was now Khrushchev’s turn to consider an offer to end the standoff.


treacle; noun; (TREE-kul)

What It Means

Treacle is a British word for molasses. The heavy sweetness of the syrup influenced people to apply its name to things overly sentimental.

// From beginning to end, the movie had many lines of sentimental treacle.


"But Parr's script swings so often between artistic triumph and personal tragedy that the structure quickly feels predictable, and lines likely intended to be inspirational sound more like pat treacle." — Steve Barnes, The Times Union (Albany, New York), 25 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Treacle begins in ancient Greece. The Greek word thēriakos, meaning "of a wild animal," came from thērion ("wild animal"). Since wild animals are often known to bite, these words gave rise to thēriakē, meaning "antidote against a poisonous bite." Latin borrowed thēriakē as theriaca. Those roots gave life to treacle referring to molasses (developing from the "antidote" sense). The "molasses" sense was extended to things excessively sweet or sentimental.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Irmgard Elisabeth Holzhausen Neils, RIP

East Lansing - Irmgard Elisabeth Holzhausen Neils died in her sleep, Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Irmie was born in Germany, September 5, 1926 the fifth of six children. In her later teen years, life for her family was shaped by WWII. Postwar, she met Max Neils, an American soldier stationed there during reconstruction. They fell in love, made plans to farm and raise a family in the US, married in the summer of 1947, and honeymooned as passengers aboard a freight ship bound from Bremen to New York. From the top of the Empire State Building Max and Irmie mapped out a future that brought them to East Lansing, and in a few years, to a couple of acres on a dirt road, just right for a big garden and a family, and Irmie's home for 70 years.

Irmie is survived by her children, Karin Neils (Thom Peterson), Kristina BeLonge (Bill), Kathrine Neils (Lisa Singer), Owen Neils (Bill Schneider), and Stuart Neils (Susan Bamford), her grandchildren, Stuart Neils (Amber), and Scott BeLonge, and her great grandchild Theo Neils, brother-in-law Fred Neils and her heart-sister Sally (Gardner) Neils, and 'telephone nephew' Henning Nedowlatschil.

Also surviving her are her extended family, her friends for a lifetime in this country - Liz Wylegala, Dan, Ella, and Grace Kraft; Terry Irvin; Di and Jeff Baribeau; Mary and Nick Dumsch, Sam Knecht, Barb Meyers, and Kathy and Jim Gray.

Irmie was preceded in death by her sister Wilhelmina Gertrude (called Gerda) Cali and three nieces who were lost with no trace in the bombing of Kassel, Germany, her mother Anna (Apfelbaum) Holzhausen, her father Georg Holzhausen, her sisters Else (Herbst), Johanna (Ludolph), Annaliese (Nedowlatshil), and her brother Georg. Preceding her also were dear friends Erica Wiekert, Ruth Knecht, Annie Steinbach, Norma Harrison, June Peabody, Ursula Clark, and Dorothy Curtis.

A friend described Irmie as a woman with a big heart and a ready smile, for some who lost their own mothers, she offered a loving mother figure. She was an avid bird watcher, traveling near and far with family and friends and adding to her life list of species. With the gifts of her hands, she collaborated in rearing five smart and able children, cooked and baked countless delicious meals and desserts (her favorite!), kept an inviting and attractive home. From early days meetings at the township fire station to groundbreaking day to the present she was always a help and support for the congregation and the ministry of Haslett Community Church.

Irmie's family wishes to thank the neighbors, the caregivers, the church members, and her friends far and near, who, along with Sparrow Hospice of Lansing, Seniors Helping Seniors, Visiting Angels, Comfort Keepers, and Haven of Rest in Williamston, have surrounded her, and all of us, with love, skill, creativity, and gifts of support in these, the last of her 95 earthly years.

A memorial service will be held Monday, November 1, 2021 at Haslett Community Church, Haslett, MI at 1:00 p.m. - masks are required at HCC.

Visitation to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Little Traverse Nature Conservancy, 3264 Powell Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, or landtrust.org, or to Michigan Audubon, 2310 Science Pkwy, Okemos, MI 48864, or michiganaudubon.org.

The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, Michigan.

From Rural EMS IS Different!

A Book of Beaver Island EMS Stories

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.

Read the story HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Noon, Beaver Island Township Airport

Aug 16 BIAC regular meeting minutes

Sept 30 BIAC Special meeting minutes

Oct 28 Agenda BIAC

Weather by Joe

October 26, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It is 41 degrees at 7:15 a.m. with a little wind moving around out there. The humidity is 87%. The pressure is 30.08. It is cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy early with skies clearing somewhat later in the day. The high will near 50 degrees. The wnd will be from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low near 40 degrees. The winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a high near 53 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.


On October 26, 1881, the Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
After silver was discovered nearby in 1877, Tombstone quickly grew into one of the richest mining towns in the Southwest. Wyatt Earp, a former Kansas police officer working as a bank security guard, and his brothers, Morgan and Virgil, the town marshal, represented “law and order” in Tombstone, though they also had reputations as being power-hungry and ruthless. The Clantons and McLaurys were cowboys who lived on a ranch outside of town and sidelined as cattle rustlers, thieves and murderers. In October 1881, the struggle between these two groups for control of Tombstone and Cochise County ended in a blaze of gunfire at the OK Corral.
On the morning of October 25, Ike Clanton and Tom McLaury came into Tombstone for supplies. Over the next 24 hours, the two men had several violent run-ins with the Earps and their friend Doc Holliday. Around 1:30 p.m. on October 26, Ike’s brother Billy rode into town to join them, along with Frank McLaury and Billy Claiborne. The first person they met in the local saloon was Holliday, who was delighted to inform them that their brothers had both been pistol-whipped by the Earps. Frank and Billy immediately left the saloon, vowing revenge.
Around 3 p.m., the Earps and Holliday spotted the five members of the Clanton-McLaury gang in a vacant lot behind the OK Corral, at the end of Fremont Street. The famous gunfight that ensued lasted all of 30 seconds, and around 30 shots were fired. Though it’s still debated who fired the first shot, most reports say that the shootout began when Virgil Earp pulled out his revolver and shot Billy Clanton point-blank in the chest, while Doc Holliday fired a shotgun blast at Tom McLaury’s chest. Though Wyatt Earp wounded Frank McLaury with a shot in the stomach, Frank managed to get off a few shots before collapsing, as did Billy Clanton. When the dust cleared, Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers were dead, and Virgil and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday were wounded. Ike Clanton and Claiborne had run for the hills.

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

Also On THIS DAY, The Erie Canal opens, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River. Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York, the driving force behind the project, led the opening ceremonies and rode the canal boat Seneca Chief from Buffalo to New York City.
Work began on the waterway in August 1823. Teams of oxen plowed the ground, but for the most part the work was done by Irish diggers who had to rely on primitive tools. They were paid $10 a month, and barrels of whisky were placed along the canal route as encouragement. West of Troy, 83 canal locks were built to accommodate the 500-foot rise in elevation. After more than two years of digging, the 425-mile Erie Canal was opened on October 26, 1825, by Governor Clinton.
The effect of the canal was immediate and dramatic. Settlers poured into western New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. Goods were transported at one-tenth the previous fee in less than half the time. Barges of farm produce and raw materials traveled east, as manufactured goods and supplies flowed west. In nine years, tolls had paid back the cost of construction. Later enlarged and deepened, the canal survived competition from the railroads in the latter part of the 19th century. Today, the Erie Canal is used mostly by pleasure boaters, but it is still capable of accommodating heavy barges.


facile; adjective; (FASS-ul)

What It Means

Facile means "too easily accomplished or attained."

// The facts of the unsolved mystery were intriguing, but the author's conclusion was facile.


"It feels as though the songs just came to be. They reveal a facile elegance that does not let on the laborious writing and technical work that went into their creation." — Julien A. Luebbers, The Spokesman Review (Spokane, Washington), 20 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Facile comes from the Latin facilis, meaning "easy," and facere, "to make or do." The adjective can mean "easy" or "easily done," as befits its Latin roots, but it now often adds the meaning of undue haste or shallowness, as in "facile answers to complex questions."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

November 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

October 25, 2021

View/download the newsletter HERE

Church Services, 10/24/2021

October 25, 2021

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

Judi Meister did the announcemetns and played a Prelude

Pastor Johnson

The readers of the scriptures

Pastsor Johnson giving the message.

View Video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

Father Peter Wigton

Jacque LaFreniere did the readings and the prayers.

Father Peter gave the sermon

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo numbers for October 25-29, 2021

Good luck to all COA BINGO participants. Your card is good for the entire month. Play until you win. Great prizes will be rewarded to each BINGO winner throughout the month of September. All Bingo winners will choose a prize from our Prize closet or Prize drawer. Bingo winners can choose to trade in the Prize Closet or Prize drawer to pick one of three secret envelopes for cash prizes or end up with a zonk/losing envelope. Let’s have some game show fun. Pick up your monthly Bingo Card at the COA office.

Weather by Joe

October 25, 2021

Good morning from the dark morning here on Beaver Island! It's 7:15 a.m. with the temperature at 43 degrees. The pressure is 29.98. The humidity is at 93%. The wind is blowing from the N quarter at 4 mph. It can't decide whether to be form the NE or the NW right now. It is cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, there is a 15% chance of a morning shower. The sky will be overcast with a high temperature near 50 degrees. The wind will be from the NE at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the upper 30's. The wind will continue from the NE at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high near 50 degrees. The wind will continue from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.


During the Teapot Dome scandal, Albert B. Fall, who served as secretary of the interior in President Warren G. Harding’s cabinet, is found guilty of accepting a bribe while in office. Fall was the first individual to be convicted of a crime committed while a presidential cabinet member.
As a member of President Harding’s corruption-ridden cabinet in the early 1920s, Fall accepted a $100,000 interest-free “loan” from Edward Doheny of the Pan-American Petroleum and Transport Company, who wanted Fall to grant his firm a valuable oil lease in the Elk Hills naval oil reserve in California. The site, along with the Teapot Dome naval oil reserve in Wyoming, had been previously transferred to the Department of the Interior on the urging of Fall, who evidently realized the personal gains he could achieve by leasing the land to private corporations.
In October 1923, the Senate Public Lands Committee launched an investigation that revealed not only the $100,000 bribe that Fall received from Doheny but also that Harry Sinclair, president of Mammoth Oil, had given him some $300,000 in government bonds and cash in exchange for use of the Teapot Dome oil reserve in Wyoming.

In 1927, the oil fields were restored to the U.S. government by a Supreme Court decision. Two years later, Fall was convicted of bribery and sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of $100,000. Doheny escaped conviction, but Sinclair was imprisoned for contempt of Congress and jury tampering.

Also, On This Day

October 25, 1854, In an event alternately described as one of the most heroic or disastrous episodes in British military history, Lord James Cardigan leads a charge of the Light Brigade cavalry against well-defended Russian artillery during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Cardigan received his order to attack the Russians. His cavalry gallantly charged down the valley and were decimated by the heavy Russian guns, suffering 40 percent casualties. It was later revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally. Lord Cardigan, who survived the battle, was hailed as a national hero in Britain.


hector; verb; (HEK-ter)

What It Means

Hector means "to criticize or question in a threatening manner."

// The mediator asked the unruly members of the audience to cease hectoring the speaker.


"… a sport hectored by scandal and dogged by unanswerable questions." — Bob Ford, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 July 2019

Did You Know?

In Homer's Iliad, Hector, the eldest son of King Priam of Troy, was a model soldier, son, father, and friend, the champion of the Trojan army until he was killed by the Greek hero Achilles. So how did his name become a verb meaning "to intimidate or harrass"? That use was likely influenced by gangs of rowdy street toughs who roamed London in the 17th century and called themselves "Hectors." They may have thought themselves gallant young blades, but to the general populace they were swaggering bullies who intimidated passersby and vandalized property.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


Coming Home

By Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

October 24, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! On Carlisle Road at 7 a.m. it is 35 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 29.94. We received an eighth of an inch of rain yesterday. It is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a slight chance of a rain shower. The high will be near 50 degrees. Wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a low near 40 degrees. Winds will be from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a high near 50 degrees. Winds from the NE at 10 to 20 mph.


On October 24, 1945, the United Nations Charter, which was adopted and signed on June 26, 1945, is now effective and ready to be enforced.
The United Nations was born of perceived necessity, as a means of better arbitrating international conflict and negotiating peace than was provided for by the old League of Nations. The growing Second World War became the real impetus for the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union to begin formulating the original U.N. Declaration, signed by 26 nations in January 1942, as a formal act of opposition to Germany, Italy, and Japan, the Axis Powers.
The principles of the U.N. Charter were first formulated at the San Francisco Conference, which convened on April 25, 1945. The conference laid out a structure for a new international organization that was to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights…to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”
Two other important objectives described in the Charter were respecting the principles of equal rights and self-determination of all peoples (originally directed at smaller nations now vulnerable to being swallowed up by the Communist behemoths emerging from the war) and international cooperation in solving economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian problems around the world.
Now that the war was over, negotiating and maintaining the peace was the practical responsibility of the new U.N. Security Council, made up of the United States, Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and China. Each would have veto power over the other. Winston Churchill called for the United Nations to employ its charter in the service of creating a new, united Europe-united in its opposition to communist expansion-East and West. Given the composition of the Security Council, this would prove easier said than done.


mirage; noun; (muh-RAHZH)

What It Means

A mirage is a reflection of light that can trick the mind into interpreting a sight as an apparently solid thing. The word is also used figuratively to describe things that are illusory or unattainable.

// What the shipwrecked crew thought was a ship on the horizon turned out to be a mirage.

// The team's early season hopes for a first-place finish are now a mirage.


"Kozell spent the first day after the storm patching holes in his own roof, and he's been helping clients ever since. A day off is a distant mirage for workers like him and Hasan, who predict they'll be patching roofs for weeks to come." — Matt Sledge, The Times-Picayune, 6 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Mirage comes from the French verb mirer ("to look at"), which is related to mirror. Mirer, itself, is from Latin mīrārī ("to wonder at"), the ancestor of the commonly seen admire, miracle, and marvel.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Christmas Bazaar

Weather by Joe

October 23, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It is 7:30 a.m. and 35 degrees here on Carlisle Road. Brrr and wet besides! Humidity is at 99%. There is no wind right now. The pressure is 29.92. It is cloudy, and visibility is just over one mile.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy giving way to partly cloudy skies. There is a 24% chance of rain shower. The high will be near 50. The wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with the same chance of rain overnight with it becoming partly cloudy later. The low will be near 40 degrees with winds light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high near 50. Winds will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.


Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, dies by suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi.
Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic. However, the result of Caesar’s assassination was to plunge the Roman world into a new round of civil wars, with the Republican forces of Brutus and Cassius vying for supremacy against Octavian and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Antony at a battle in Philippi, Greece, in October 42 B.C., Cassius killed himself. On October 23, Brutus’ army was crushed by Octavian and Antony at a second encounter at Philippi, and Brutus took his own life.
Antony and Octavian soon turned against each other, and in 27 B.C. the Roman Republic was lost forever with the ascendance of Octavian as Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome.


bogus, adjective; (BOH-gus)

What It Means

Bogus means "not real or genuine"—it is synonymous with fake or counterfeit.

// The art dealer proved the painting to be bogus.


"Investigators said Talens … cheated manufacturers and merchants of more than $31 million by producing bogus coupons that gave customers merchandise at steep discounts—or for free." — Jonathan Edwards, The Washington Post. 18 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

In the early 19th century, a "bogus" was a machine used to make counterfeit coins. No one knows for sure how this coin-copying contraption got its name, but before long bogus became a name for funny money or for a fraudulent imitation of any kind. The more common "phony" adjective followed.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, October 22, 2021

In Sports Action…

…the Islanders Volleyball team will be having a scrimmage today at 3:30. Parents are welcome to come watch if they would like.  Go Islanders!

Pizza/Movie night at Beaver Island community center:

The BICC is hosting a free Pizza and Movie night on Friday Oct 29th for all students. Pizza will be served at 5:30 pm and the movie “Halloweentown” will start at 7pm.  All grade/ages are welcome to attend. BICC has asked that a parent/adult stay with students 10 years

of age and younger for the movie. There will be supervision during the pizza hour.

Halloween costumes are welcome.

Beaver Island Library Halloween Party:

The BI Library will be hosting (with the help of the National Honor Society Students) a Halloween party on Saturday Oct 30th 3pm – 4:30pm for all student’s preschool to 12th grade.  Wear your costume, there will be a photo booth and a contest as well as games and treats.

Shanty Creek Resorts “Locals Student Season Pass” Program

Shanty Creek is again offering local students a season pass for a discounted price, they no longer have GPA requirements.  This offer is for any student in the area grades 4 to 12th and/or ages 9-17. The pass is an unrestricted season pass for $99.  If you would like more information regarding this please contact the BICS office 448-2744 and we will send you the details of what is needed.

November Lunch menu and order sheet

The November lunch menu is ready, please see attachment and have student lunch orders in to the office by Oct 28th.  Thank you.

Next Vaccine Clinic—Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Mark your calendars for the next Health Department Vaccine Clinic. This clinic will provide flu shots, COVID vaccines, and other vaccines with prior registration. Call (800) 432-4121 to schedule your appointment!  Times have changed to 10 am until 3:30 pm.

Focus on Mental Health

Again this year we are partnering with Boyne City Public School and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to provide mental counseling services for our students. If you would like your student to work with a professional counselor as part of this program, please complete the paperwork that Ms. Deb sent out and bring it to the office.

Keeping all BICS students healthy

Please continue checking your child(ren) daily for any signs of lice or nits. It is important to do this for the next few weeks.  Nit removal must be done daily before they have a chance to hatch.

As there have been a few Covid exposures, we are continuing to encourage unvaccinated students to socially distance as much as possible and wear their masks

Have a Great Weekend!

Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary

NOVEMBER 2021 Lunch Menu

November 2021 Student Lunch OrderSheet

Airport Commission Meeting Rescheduled

October 22, 2021

View the notice HERE

BITA Minutes October 2021

October 22, 2021




Weather by Joe

October 22, 2021

Good chilly morning from Beaver Island! It's 35 degrees out there at 8:15 a.m. with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 29.98. We received a quarter inch of rain yesterday. The sky is cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

The is the second try to post the weather. It was almost done and then facebook closed and erased the work. Not sure what is going on, but we'll try to do this again.

TODAY, it is expected to be mainly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain. The high will be near 50 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with 50% chance of showers. The low will be near 40 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies early then partly cloudy in the afternoon. There is a 25% chance or a rain shower. The high will be near 50, and the wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.


In a televised speech of extraordinary gravity, President John F. Kennedy announces on October 22, 1962 that U.S. spy planes have discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba. These missile sites—under construction but nearing completion—housed medium-range missiles capable of striking a number of major cities in the United States, including Washington, D.C. Kennedy announced that he was ordering a naval “quarantine” of Cuba to prevent Soviet ships from transporting any more offensive weapons to the island and explained that the United States would not tolerate the existence of the missile sites currently in place. The president made it clear that America would not stop short of military action to end what he called a “clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace.”
What is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis actually began on October 14, 1962—the day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing U-2 spy plane data discovered that the Soviets were building medium-range missile sites in Cuba. The next day, President Kennedy secretly convened an emergency meeting of his senior military, political, and diplomatic advisers to discuss the ominous development. The group became known as ExComm, short for Executive Committee. After rejecting a surgical air strike against the missile sites, ExComm decided on a naval quarantine and a demand that the bases be dismantled and missiles removed. On the night of October 22, Kennedy went on national television to announce his decision. During the next six days, the crisis escalated to a breaking point as the world tottered on the brink of nuclear war between the two superpowers.
On October 23, the quarantine of Cuba began, but Kennedy decided to give Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev more time to consider the U.S. action by pulling the quarantine line back 500 miles. By October 24, Soviet ships en route to Cuba capable of carrying military cargoes appeared to have slowed down, altered, or reversed their course as they approached the quarantine, with the exception of one ship—the tanker Bucharest. At the request of more than 40 nonaligned nations, U.N. Secretary-General U Thant sent private appeals to Kennedy and Khrushchev, urging that their governments “refrain from any action that may aggravate the situation and bring with it the risk of war.” At the direction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. military forces went to DEFCON 2, the highest military alert ever reached in the postwar era, as military commanders prepared for full-scale war with the Soviet Union.
On October 25, the aircraft carrier USS Essex and the destroyer USS Gearing attempted to intercept the Soviet tanker Bucharest as it crossed over the U.S. quarantine of Cuba. The Soviet ship failed to cooperate, but the U.S. Navy restrained itself from forcibly seizing the ship, deeming it unlikely that the tanker was carrying offensive weapons. On October 26, Kennedy learned that work on the missile bases was proceeding without interruption, and ExComm considered authorizing a U.S. invasion of Cuba. The same day, the Soviets transmitted a proposal for ending the crisis: The missile bases would be removed in exchange for a U.S. pledge not to invade Cuba.
The next day, however, Khrushchev upped the ante by publicly calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile bases in Turkey under pressure from Soviet military commanders. While Kennedy and his crisis advisers debated this dangerous turn in negotiations, a U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba, and its pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson, was killed. To the dismay of the Pentagon, Kennedy forbid a military retaliation unless any more surveillance planes were fired upon over Cuba. To defuse the worsening crisis, Kennedy and his advisers agreed to dismantle the U.S. missile sites in Turkey but at a later date, in order to prevent the protest of Turkey, a key NATO member.
On October 28, Khrushchev announced his government’s intent to dismantle and remove all offensive Soviet weapons in Cuba. With the airing of the public message on Radio Moscow, the USSR confirmed its willingness to proceed with the solution secretly proposed by the Americans the day before. In the afternoon, Soviet technicians began dismantling the missile sites, and the world stepped back from the brink of nuclear war. The Cuban Missile Crisis was effectively over. In November, Kennedy called off the blockade, and by the end of the year all the offensive missiles had left Cuba. Soon after, the United States quietly removed its missiles from Turkey.
The Cuban Missile Crisis seemed at the time a clear victory for the United States, but Cuba emerged from the episode with a much greater sense of security.The removal of antiquated Jupiter missiles from Turkey had no detrimental effect on U.S. nuclear strategy, but the Cuban Missile Crisis convinced a humiliated USSR to commence a massive nuclear buildup. In the 1970s, the Soviet Union reached nuclear parity with the United States and built intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking any city in the United States.
A succession of U.S. administrations honored Kennedy’s pledge not to invade Cuba, and relations with the communist island nation situated just 80 miles from Florida remained a thorn in the side of U.S. foreign policy for more than 50 years. In 2015, officials from both nations announced the formal normalization of relations between the U.S and Cuba, which included the easing of travel restrictions and the opening of embassies and diplomatic missions in both countries.


devotion; noun; (dih-VOH-shun)

What It Means

Devotion means being dedicated or loyal, or expressing dedication or loyalty.

// The organizer's devotion to the cause of the fundraiser was greatly admired.

// The students' devotion of their time to the science project was not overlooked by their teacher.


"Restaurant loyalties run deep. Look at the scads of eateries that have drawn devotion for decades in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, and environs." — Kathy Biehl, The Preston Hollow People (Dallas, Texas), 14 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Devotion and the verb devote come from the act of taking a vow (the Latin verb vovēre means "to vow"). Devote was once used as an adjective that could mean either "devout" or "devoted." While devout implies faithfulness of a religious nature ("a devout parishioner), devoted refers to one's commitment to another through love and loyalty ("a singer's devoted fans").

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee Canceled

Rescheduled to Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 4:30 pm

View the notice HERE

Mike Russell Receives Award

October 21, 2021

Former Beaver Island Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department Deputy Michael Russell has received an award downstate at his new home in Marshall, Michigan.  Mike and Bev Russell were part of the group that moved Beaver Island EMS from Basic Life Support to Advanced Life Support for the island.  Mike Russell took the first responder program, the EMT program, as well as the paramedic program here on Beaver Island.  The instructor for the first two programs was Joe Moore.  The instructors for the paramedic program were Steve and Lisa Rose from Kellogg Community College.

Twenty-one years ago, Beaver Island EMS licensed at the ALS level due to the success of this program with 100% pass rate of  the State of Michigan written and practical exams.  The successful paramedic students returned to the island with an amazing reception of island community members providing their appreciation for the efforts of this group.  The four paramedics returning were Bev and Mike Russell, Joe Moore, and Bob Hamil!

The hard-working and reliable ALS crew included:  Jim Stambaugh, Joe Moore, Karl Kiss, Beverly Russell, in the back row;

Mike Russell and Bob Hamil, in the front row.

The Advanced Life Support designation for Beaver Island EMS was the second in the county with East Jordan EMS ahead of the island by less than a month.  Charlevoix EMS followed along with all the other services in the county as well.  Bev, Mike, and Joe spent a lot of effort helping determine the protocols for the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority to make these efforts work for Beaver Island.

Mike Russell – Fredonia Township

• Captain Mike Russell was honored by the Fredonia Township Fire Department. Mike has 18 years of service including part of the ambulance service. He is always available to help out when needed and has a solid background of medical knowledge. Mike was also recently promoted to Captain.

Marshall Exchange Member and Firefighters of the Year from left to right: Exchange Member Jack VandyBogurt, Firefighter Sarah Miller from Marshall Township, Captain Mike Russell from Fredonia Township, Marshall Exchange President Dick Schlee, Captain Kent VanSickle from Marengo Township and Firefighter Nathan Wagner from City of Marshall.

Weather by Joe

October 21, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's 50 degrees on Carlisle Road this morning at 7 a.m. We have had a little more than a quarter inch of rain so far. It is humid with 99%. There is currently no wind. The pressure is 29.79. It is cloudy and visibility is listed at five miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be wet this morning with the temperature not going up much, a couple of degrees, maybe. The skies will remain cloudy. Chance of rain is 50%. The wind will be from the N at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain of 15%. The low will be in the upper 30's. Winds will continue from the N at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for overcast skies with a high near 50 degrees. There is a slight chance of rain. Winds will be light and variable.


In Washington, D.C. nearly 100,000 people gather to protest the American war effort in Vietnam. More than 50,000 of the protesters marched to the Pentagon to ask for an end to the conflict. The protest was the most dramatic sign of waning U.S. support for President Lyndon Johnson’s war in Vietnam. Polls taken in the summer of 1967 revealed that, for the first time, American support for the war had fallen below 50 percent.
When the Johnson administration announced that it would ask for a 10 percent increase in taxes to fund the war, the public’s skepticism increased. The peace movement began to push harder for an end to the war—the march on Washington was the most powerful sign of their commitment to this cause. The Johnson administration responded by launching a vigorous propaganda campaign to restore public confidence in its handling of the war. The president even went so far as to call General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, back to the United States to address Congress and the public. The effort was somewhat successful in tempering criticisms of the war. However, the Tet Offensive of early 1968 destroyed much of the Johnson Administration’s credibility concerning the Vietnam War.
The protest was also important in suggesting that the domestic Cold War consensus was beginning to fracture. Many of the protesters were not simply questioning America’s conduct in Vietnam, but very basis of the nation’s Cold War foreign policy.


untoward; adjective; (un-TOH-erd)

What It Means

Untoward means "unruly, unfavorable, or improper."

// The rules specify that untoward behavior will not be tolerated.


"At 82, Judy Collins retains the crystalline tone that made her an icon of the early 1960s folk music movement, sounding so youthful … it's hard not to ask her whether she's made an untoward bargain with the devil." — Andrew Gilbert, The San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

For centuries, toward was used for "forward-moving" youngsters, the kind who showed promise and were open to listening to their elders. The adjective then came to mean "obliging." The opposite of this toward is froward, meaning "disobedient." Froward has fallen out of common use, and the cooperative sense of toward is obsolete, but untoward is still moving forward.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Walking in October

by Cindy Ricksgers

October 2021 Fall Colors

October 20, 2021

View video collection of pictures HERE

Hunter's Moon

October 19, 2021

View of the point and the moon from playground, swimming beach

Hunter's Moon from Whiskey Point

The moon viewed through the lighthouse with and without the lighthouse light.

This is not the "full" moon, but is it is 99.6% full, and it is pretty obviously easy to view over the harbor area of Paradise Bay and a little north of there. 

The October full moon is usually known as the Hunter’s Moon, and it always follows the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. But the Hunter’s Moon has also been called the Blood Moon, Sanguine Moon and Travel Moon.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, October’s full moon earned its name because it coincides with the fall hunting season — a time to store up meat for the long winter ahead.

The names Blood Moon and Sanguine Moon for the October full moon likely refer to the changing colors of the leaves in the fall season, while the Travel Moon name possibly derives from the migration of birds and other animals preparing for winter.

Information from:

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the full moon HERE

Weather by Joe

October 20, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:15 a.m. it is 56 degrees with humidity at 97%. The wind is out of the W at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.93. It's cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be increasing clouds with rain expected this afternoon. Thunder is possible. Chance of rain is 40%. The high will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be out of the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain early with chance of rain overnight. Chance of rain is 80%. The low will be in the mid-40's. The wind will be from the NE at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers early with partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. The high will be near 50 degrees. The wind will be from the N at 10 to 20 mph.


Just over a year after the start of the Long March, Mao Zedong arrives in Shensi Province in northwest China with 4,000 survivors and sets up Chinese Communist headquarters. The epic flight from Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist forces lasted 368 days and covered 6,000 miles.
Civil war in China between the Nationalists and the Communists broke out in 1927. In 1931, Communist leader Mao Zedong was elected chairman of the newly established Soviet Republic of China, based in Kiangsi province, in the southwest. Between 1930 and 1934, the Nationalists launched a series of five encirclement campaigns against the Soviet Republic. Under the leadership of Mao, the Communists employed guerrilla tactics to successfully resist the first four campaigns, but in the fifth, Chiang raised 700,000 troops and built fortifications around the Communist positions. Hundreds of thousands of peasants were killed or died of starvation in the siege, and Mao was removed as chairman by the Communist Central Committee. The new Communist leadership employed more conventional warfare tactics, and its Red Army was decimated.
With defeat imminent, the Communists decided to break out of the encirclement at its weakest points. The Long March began on October 16, 1934. Secrecy and rear-guard actions confused the Nationalists, and it was several weeks before they realized that the main body of the Red Army had fled. The retreating force initially consisted of 86,000 troops, 15,000 personnel, and 35 women. Weapons and supplies were borne on men’s backs or in horse-drawn carts, and the line of marchers stretched 50 miles. The Communists generally marched at night, and when the enemy was not near, a long column of glowing torches could be seen snaking over valleys and hills into the distance.
The first disaster came in November, when Nationalist forces blocked the Communists’ route across the Hsiang River. It took a week for the Communists to break through the fortifications and cost them 50,000 men–more than half their number. After that debacle, Mao steadily regained his influence, and in January he was again made chairman during a meeting of the party leaders in the captured city of Tsuni. Mao changed strategy, breaking his force into several columns that would take varying paths to confuse the enemy. There would be no more direct assaults on enemy positions, and the destination would now be Shensi Province, in the far northwest, where the Communists would fight the Japanese invaders and earn the respect of China’s masses.
After enduring starvation, aerial bombardment, and almost daily skirmishes with Nationalist forces, Mao halted his columns at the foot of the Great Wall of China on October 20, 1935. Waiting for them were five machine-gun- and red-flag-bearing horsemen. “Welcome, Chairman Mao,” one said. “We represent the Provincial Soviet of Northern Shensi. We have been waiting for you anxiously. All that we have is at your disposal!” The Long March was over.
The Communist marchers crossed 24 rivers and 18 mountain ranges, mostly snow-capped. Only 4,000 troops completed the journey. The majority of those who did not complete the journey had perished along the way. It was the longest continuous march in the history of warfare and marked the emergence of Mao Zedong as the undisputed leader of the Chinese Communists. Learning of the Communists’ heroism and determination in the Long March, thousands of young Chinese traveled to Shensi to enlist in Mao’s Red Army. After fighting the Japanese for a decade, the Chinese Civil War resumed in 1945. Four years later, the Nationalists were defeated, and Mao proclaimed the People’s Republic of China. He served as chairman of the country until his death in 1976.


batten, verb; (BAT-un)

What It Means

Batten means "to furnish or fasten with or as if with supports."

// Residents battened down their doors and windows before the storm.


"Everything was battened down and they were all set to leave the round-the-clock eatery—until they discovered there was no key to the front door. It had been that long since they'd locked it." — Bob Yesbek, The Cape Gazette (Lewes, Delaware), 7 May 2021

Did You Know?

Batten comes from the name for an iron bar used to secure the covering of a hatchway on a ship, which was especially useful in preparation of stormy weather. The verb batten is used in variations of the phrase "batten down the hatches," which means "to prepare for a difficult or dangerous situation." It winds back to Latin battuere, meaning "to beat."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Waste Management Meeting

October 19, 2021, @ 1:30 p.m.

BIWMC Agenda 10192021

Waste Management MINUTES 9-21-21

Priorities for 2021

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Position Description

October 19, 2021


Title: Planning & Administrative Assistant Status: Part Time
Department: General Township Operations
Reports To: Township Supervisor

Position Purpose and Objectives
Responsible for assisting in administration of St James Township and Planning Commission to ensure smooth operations by providing various clerical, secretarial and administrative support. Assist the township in implementation of the Beaver Island Master Plan, support township boards and committees in order to prioritize projects; determine scope of work and funding requirements; and be the project coordinator in getting funding which may include liaison with grant writers. Researches and responds to both routine and unique matters regarding a wide variety of Township matters.

Scope and Environment
In office up to 20 hours per week, year around. Additional time may be spent attending planning commission, township board and other committee meetings. There will be stipend pay for attending meetings that are outside regular working hours. Pay: $20-25 an hour depending on experience

Essential Job Functions
• Works with Planning Commission to review Beaver Island Master Plan to:
• Develop a 5-year Strategic Plan
• Develop Prioritized Operational Plan
• Assists Township with Capital Improvement Plan and budget requirements
• Works with Township project teams to lay out project funding and grant requirements as needed
• Follows through with project teams until project completion
• Prepares reports and maintains office files; obtains, gathers and organizes pertinent data and assembles into usable form
• Acts as a liaison among Township Supervisor, Department Heads, and other Township staff as well as citizens and the general public.
• Reviews minutes of the Board of Trustees and follows-up on instructions given regarding items which are generated from the Township Supervisor’s office
• Assists Zoning Administrator in developing a Zoning Ordinance Update Plan
• Utilizes Township website as public education and communication tool
• Attends monthly Township Board meetings
• Attends Planning Commission meetings as needed
• Attends other Township boards and committees as needed
• Works with Peaine Township officials and board members as needed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
• Analytical
• Planning
• Computer Skills
• Works well with people in a group setting
• Self-Motivated

Minimum Qualifications
• High school graduate or equivalent, some college preferred, experience in planning preferred
• At least one (1) year of work experience with budget, planning or analytical functions
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to deal effectively with township residents, business people and visitors to the Township Offices; ability to interact with and coordinate activities with departments and the members of the Board of Trustees
• Ability to independently organize and schedule assigned work to meet established deadlines in an environment where interruptions may occur frequently; ability to interpret comprehend and process complex and technical information.
Email clerk.stjamestwp.bi@gmail.com with your letter of interest and qualifications you possess to fill this position

Letters of interest are due by November 15, 2021

Julie Gillespie

Men's Fall Golf League

October 19, 2021

The men's summer league champions, Kevin Stipp (the course record holder) and Mike Sowa, had a short season for the fall, but were overcome by another team in the fall league.  There were just six teams playing in the fall league, and those that played may have had a difficult time making the fall teams similar to the summer ones with some people heading off the island.

So, with just six teams with each team playing each other team, there were only five weeks to complete the fall league play.  It was also decided that there would be no play-off with such a small number of teams.  Interestingly enough the scores in the fall league, after a summer of play, were either equal to or better than the summer scores.

No matter what the outcome, the fall league was just another opportunity to get outside and enjoy the Beaver Island Golf Course.

View the fall scores and results HERE

Weather by Joe

October 19, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Apologies for the late weather report this morning from the weather guy, but obviously, he needed his beauty sleep and recovery time from the vaccines of life.

This morning at 8:30 a.m., it is 57 degrees with sunny skies. Humidity is at 99%. The wind is from the NNE at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.95. It is technically partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of sunshine and clouds. The high will be in the upper 60's. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds, a low near 50, and WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies in the morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon with possible showers. Chance of rain is 50%. The high will be near 60. The wind will be from the N 5 to 10 mph.


On October 19, 1796, an essay appears in the Gazette of the United States in which a writer, mysteriously named “Phocion,” attacks presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson. Phocion turned out to be former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. The essay typified the nasty, personal nature of political attacks in late 18th-century America.
When the article appeared, Jefferson was running against then-Vice President John Adams, in an acrimonious campaign. The highly influential Hamilton, also a Federalist, supported Adams over Jefferson, one of Hamilton’s political rivals since the two men served together in George Washington’s first cabinet. According to Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow, Hamilton wrote 25 essays under the name Phocion for the Gazette between October 15 and November 24, lambasting Jefferson and Jeffersonian republicanism. On October 19, Hamilton went further, accusing Jefferson of carrying on an affair with one of his enslaved workers.
This would not be the last time such allegations would appear in print. In 1792, publisher James Callendar—then a supporter of Jefferson’s whose paper was secretly funded by Jefferson and his Republican allies–published a report of Alexander Hamilton’s adulterous affair with a colleague’s wife, to which Hamilton later confessed. However, in 1802, when then-President Jefferson snubbed Callendar’s request for a political appointment, Callendar retaliated with an expose on Jefferson’s “concubine.” He is believed to have been referring to Sally Hemings, who was part Black and also the likely half-sister of Jefferson’s deceased wife, Martha. Further, the article alleged that Sally’s son, John, bore a “striking…resemblance to those of the President himself.” Jefferson chose not to respond to the allegations.
Rumors that the widowed Jefferson had an affair with one of his enslaved workers persist to this day and have spawned years of scholarly and scientific research regarding his and Hemings’ alleged progeny. In 2000, a research report issued by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation used DNA test results, original documents, oral histories and statistical analysis of the historical record to conclude that Thomas Jefferson was probably the father of Sally Hemings’s son Eston and likely her other children.


nomenclature; noun; (NOH-mun-klay-cher)

What It Means

Nomenclature can mean "name," but it is most often used for a system of names or naming for things especially in science.

// Starting a new job or entering a new field of study means becoming familiar with the nomenclature.


"Conkles Hollow, located less than two miles north of … the state park visitors' center, isn't technically part of the park…. But the nomenclature means little for visitors, who will find … myriad waterfalls along Conkle Hollow's two hiking trails." — Steve Stephens, The Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle Gazette, 19 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Nomenclature comes from a Latin word meaning "the assigning of names." English's name and noun is rooted in the Latinate nomen.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


October 18, 2021

Hello friends,
Why does Humpty Dumpty love Autumn? Check out the answer after this brief Beaver Island Commission on Aging update.
It was a great turnout for the October Sunday dinner. A big Thank you, all the volunteers who helped and residents who stopped by, for a meal. I look forward to the Veterans dinner on Sunday, November 14. More details about that dinner will come soon. Questions about the dinner can be directed to Lonnie Allen at 448-2124.
I will be on vacation beginning Wednesday, October 20, 2021, through Monday, October 25, 2021. Please call 231-237-0103 to speak to someone or leave me a message at 231-448-2124 and I will return the call once I return.
October Bingo redemption will extend to the first Friday in November. All players with an October bingo must redeem for their prize by 2 p.m. on November 5. Some new and exciting prizes have been added to the prize closet and don’t forget you can try your luck for a cash prize by choosing a secret envelope over the prize closet. Lots of fun to be had with COA social distance bingo.
Joke: Why does Humpty Dumpty love Autumn?
Answer: Because Humpty Dumpty had a great Fall.

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo numbers for October 18-22, 2021

Good luck to all COA BINGO participants. Your card is good for the entire month. Play until you win. Great prizes will be rewarded to each BINGO winner throughout the month of September. All Bingo winners will choose a prize from our Prize closet or Prize drawer. Bingo winners can choose to trade in the Prize Closet or Prize drawer to pick one of three secret envelopes for cash prizes or end up with a zonk/losing envelope. Let’s have some game show fun. Pick up your monthly Bingo Card at the COA office.



BIWMC Meeting

October 19, 2021, @ 1:30 p.m.

BIWMC Agenda 10192021

Waste Management MINUTES 9-21-21

Priorities for 2021

Beautiful Sunset

September 29, 2021

Beaver on Barney's Lake

Sometimes you just have to take the ride out to the lake in the evening if you want to see a beaver at the lake.  They do seem to function more in the night than during the day.

This beaver was less than two car lengths away as the pictures were taken, but there was to be no flash picture without scaring it away.

Harbor Evening

It was a calm night on the 29th of September and the view after sunset was just as beautiful as the sunset.

BITA Meeting at the BIC Center

12 noon, August 29, 2021

Mary Cook was ill and unable to attend the meeting.

The purpose of today's meeting at the Community Center was to provide results of two surveys.  One was mailed to each property owner on Beaver Island.  The other was emailed to an email list created by the Beaver Island Boat Company.  The third compilation of information was not part of either of these surveys, and was "based upon industry standards," which meant that it really had no input from anyone living on, visiting, or any other way related to Beaver Island.

View pictures of most of PP Slides HERE

The major presenter of the information.

Tim McQueer, BIBCO representative

View video of the presentation HERE




Bradshaw McKee Stayed in Lee of Sand Bay

October 16, 2021

This vessel was staying in the lee of the island yesterday as it waited for the wind to change directions.  The vessel is this morning in Charlevoix at the cement plant.  The vessel was first seen from Whiskey Point.

The trip down the east side of the island to get a better pictures took place after the church services with two stops along the way.

View a short video clip of the vessel HERE

Church Services on October 17, 2021

Beaver Island Christian Church

There was no visiting minister at this service that started at 10 a.m. on Sunday. 

Announcer and readers.

Judi Meister pianist

Alana Anderson read the sermon.

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

Father Peter Wigton was the celebrant for the service at 12:15 p.m  Leona Pease was the reader.

View video of the Mass HERE

Weather by Joe

October 18, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6:45 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 38 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30.02. It's partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it expected to be sunny with a high in the low 60's. The wind will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 50. The winds will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for intervals of clouds and sunshine with a high near 70 degrees. Winds will increase from the SW to 10 to 15 mph.


On October 18, 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. Indigenous peoples settled the unforgiving territory thousands of years earlier. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the enthusiastically expansionist secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson.
Russia wanted to sell its Alaska territory, which was remote and difficult to defend, to the U.S. rather than risk losing it in battle with a rival such as Great Britain. Negotiations between Seward (1801-1872) and the Russian minister to the U.S., Eduard de Stoeckl, began in March 1867. However, the American public believed the land to be barren and worthless and dubbed the purchase “Seward’s Folly” and “Andrew Johnson’s Polar Bear Garden,” among other derogatory names. Some animosity toward the project may have been a byproduct of President Johnson’s own unpopularity. As the 17th U.S. president, Johnson battled with Radical Republicans in Congress over Reconstruction policies following the Civil War. He was impeached in 1868 and later acquitted by a single vote. Nevertheless, Congress eventually ratified the Alaska deal.
Public opinion of the purchase turned more favorable when gold was discovered in a tributary of Alaska’s Klondike River in 1896, sparking a gold rush. Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959, and is now recognized for its vast natural resources. Today, 25 percent of America’s oil and over 50 percent of its seafood come from Alaska. It is also the largest state in area, about one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states combined, though it remains sparsely populated. The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word alyeska, which means “great land.” Alaska has two official state holidays to commemorate its origins: Seward’s Day, observed the last Monday in March, celebrates the March 30, 1867, signing of the land treaty between the U.S. and Russia, and Alaska Day, observed every October 18, marks the anniversary of the formal land transfer.


zaftig; adjective; (ZAHF-tig)

What It Means

Zaftig means "having a full, rounded figure."

// Portraits of zaftig models are exhibited in the artist's collection.


"The photography exhibition revels in depictions of Coney Island, including Lisette Model's widely-reproduced 1939-40 portrait of a zaftig woman … laughing as waves lap at her feet…." — Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 29 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Zaftig is one of a number of Yiddish-derived words that entered the English language during the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. It comes from Yiddish zaftik, which means "juicy" or "succulent" and itself derives from zaft, meaning "juice" or "sap."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


Going Away

October 17, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers

B. I Airport Commission Special Meeting

September 30, 2021

A special meeting was called due to the increasing seriousness of the issue of the trees around the airport property with the majority of the issue related to the runway know as 27.  This is the most important runway since the majority of the winds at the airport are from the west.

View the documents regarding the tree issue must do work and the possible costs HERE

View video of meeting HERE

St James Township Campground

September 29, 2021

This township project seems to be on hold with the clearing of the trees completed, and the septic tank sitting on the back end of a truck.  The well has not been completed, and the work is behind schedule.

View video of the drive through HERE

A Great Lakes Jewell

Copyright 2007

This was a project of the Beaver Island Association. The video and pictures take us back to the times when John Works was the Peaine Supervisor, Don Vyse was the St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Cashman was the Beaver Island Historical Society Director. It's great to see and hear these people, particularly those that are no longer with us. The kids are all grown up now. This is worth the time to watch the video.

View the video HERE

Diocese of Gaylord Response to Covid-19

August 28, 2021

Dear parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church,

Due to an increase in the spread of the delta variant of COVID 19 in the state of Michigan, the Diocese of Gaylord, per the suggested guidelines from the CDC, is recommending all parishioners, regardless of their vaccine status, wear a mask during all public gatherings. 

Leona Pease
Administrative Assistant
Holy Cross Catholic Church
P.O Box 145
Beaver Island, MI 49782

B. I. Community School Meetings

January 27, 2021

2021 Meetings Schedule

Committee of the Whole Mtg 2021


will hold its 2021 meetings on the following dates at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Airport

Feb 1st, April 19th, August 16th , and October 25th - 2021

BITA Meetings

for 2021-2022, will be held on the following dates

November 9, 2021
May 10, 2022
December 14, 2021
June 14, 2022
January 11, 2022
July 12, 2022
February 8, 2022
August 9, 2022
March 8, 2022
September 13, 2022
April 12, 2022
October 11, 2022

Gull Harbor

October 16, 2021

Beaver Island Sustainability Initiative BISI Energy Independence

Energy 2

This was live streamed  at http://beaverisland.tv, and eleven people tuned in to watch it.

View pictures of this event HERE

View video of these presentations HERE

BITA Meeting Dates for 2021-2022

View/download this information HERE

Sunset Skies

October 13, 2021

Going for a Sloptown Road to Barney's Lake loop was interrupted last nights as the sky over the Hunting cabin was seen to be quite a gorgeous sky, so a side trip seemed to be important.

Sky over the Hunting cabin across the open field

So, the side trip was to the Beaver Island Townships' Airport to see the beautiful sky of the sun setting over the lake.

An amazing sky at the township airport

Sunset sky 1

Sunset sky 2

The sky at sunset was well worth the side trip, even though it was almost dark by the time the editor got to Barney's Lake to finish the loop.

NLMIC Meeting

October 14+15, 2021

NLMIC Agenda_Fall 2021_Final

DRAFT Beaver Island Implementation Plan FOR APPROVAL

Day 1, Thursday, October 14, 2021

This took place at the Peaine Township Hall today beginning at about 1 p.m. and the presentations ended just a little after 3 p.m. There were approximately 25 people at the Peaine Hall for this, and 27 people viewed the live stream on Beaver Island TV.

View a gallery of photos from Day 1 HERE

View  video of Day 1 HERE

Day 2, Friday, October 15, 2021

The live stream began at 8 a.m. this morning and continued until a little after noon, but there were power issues and Verizon access issues due to the power blinking.  There were 21 people that watched the live stream of this event.

View pictures of this event on Day 2 HERE

View video of the Day 2 HERE

Special St. James Township Meeting

October 13, 2021, @ 2 p.m.

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 12, 2021, 7 p.m.

Peaine Township Minutes 9 14 21 reg meeting


Peaine Packet including financials HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Birds Seen the Last Two Days

October 12, 2021

Taking a nice slow drive has its own rewards.  You get to take your time to view and enjoy the fall colors that are starting to glow in the sunshine.  You might even get a chance to see some wildlife.  This editor got a little chance to see some birds and enjoy the colors, the peacefulness, and the beauty of Beaver Island over the last couple of days with the sunshine.

This partridge was seen just off the roadway near Barney's Lake. 

This heron was in the weeds at Barney's Lake.

View a short video of the heron HERE

Sandhills in the field on Sloptown Road.

View a short video clip of the sandhills taking flight HERE

One of the frustrating things that a photographer will encounter is the rushing vehicles going way too fast down these gravel roads.  It seems there is more traffic and faster traffic this year than in the past.  This faster driver issue not only doesn't allow them to see anything, but it also chases the wildlife and birds away from the roadway, which is where all these pictures above were taken.  No video of the partridge because it was chased away by a speeding car going by.

In the trees around the harbor area there were quite a few of these European Starlings.  Perhaps they are migrating.

Energy Independence

The Michigan Tech professor and students got their first introduction to Beaver Island on the night before this gathering.  They flew over to the island and circled the township airport, but there was not enough visibility to land, so they ended up flying back to the mainland.  They reportedly had to spend the night sleeping on the floor of a farmhouse, and then the flying was not taking place again on the day of the meeting, so they had to get down and take the ferry boat to get to the island.

They group did not get to the meeting on time.  They were at least twenty minutes late in arriving, and the pizza and the people arrived, and finally the meeting began with an introduction of the people participating in the energy audit program that this whole event was about.

Some of the attendees

Tara's Meadow introductions....

The students and professor from Michigan Tech.

The professor admitted at the beginning that they were here to do a survey, and they had no answers at this time.

A previous visitor who reported his solar experience to St. James township.

View video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Audit

October 11, 2021

Some of the most professional work that has been noted over the last few years includes the audit of St. James Township and the efforts made by this board to accomplish goals that are created.  There are obvious had work and effort going into the township in today's COVID world.  Lots of good accomplishments and serious efforts to be financially solvent.

St James audit 2021

St James mat weakness ltr 2021

St James governance ltr 2021


for St. James Township

October 9, 2021

St James Township is seeking a candidate for the board position of Township Supervisor. The selected candidate will be appointed by the township board to fill the position until the November 2022 General Election. The candidate appointed shall be a St James Township registered voter and have lived in the township for at least 30 days.  The appointed candidate and shall take office on November 10, 2021. This is a paid position, paying $19,500.00 per year.  

View/Downlod the Notice HERE

Supervisor legal duties and Core Competencies

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, October 8, 2021

Schoolwide Spirit Week October 11-15th 

The BICS Student Council is coordinating Spirit Week dress up days next week for all BICS students. In addition to the fun of dressing up, everyone who dresses up and puts their name in the hat will have a chance to win basket full of goodies at the end of the week! Here are the themes for each day of spirit week:

Monday—Pajama Day

Tuesday—Twin (or Triplet, Quadruplet…) Day

Wednesday—Hat Day (or Crazy Hair for elementary students)

Thursday—Throwback Day (Mismatch Day for elementary students)

Friday—Dress Like a Celebrity (Green and White for elementary students)

In Sports Action…

…the Islanders host Munising Baptist Thursday afternoon for soccer and volleyball.  Volleyball starts at noon, soccer to follow immediately after Volleyball ends. NLL soccer tournament is Saturday October 16th on Mackinac Island. Go Islanders!

Next Vaccine Clinic—Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Mark your calendars for the next Health Department Vaccine Clinic. This clinic will provide flu shots, COVID vaccines, and other vaccines with prior registration. Call (800) 432-4121 to schedule your appointment!

Focus on Mental Health

Again this year we are partnering with Boyne City Public School and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to provide mental counseling services for our students. If you would like your student to work with a professional counselor as part of this program, please complete the paperwork that Ms. Deb sent out last week and bring it to the office. 

Have a Great Weekend!

Wilfred Cwikiel, Superintendent-Principal
Beaver Island Community School
(231) 448-2744

Halloween Trunk and Treat

Soccer, Islanders vs Soaring Eagles

October 6, 2021


View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of the match HERE

Volleyball, Lady Islanders vs Lady Soaring Eagles

October 6, 2021

Lady Hannahville Soaring Eagles

Lady Islanders

View a good size gallery of photos of the games HERE

View video of the matches HERE

B. I. Transportation Authority Meeting

Agenda and Notice October 14 2021 Annual Meeting

Oct 14 2021 regular meeting agenda

Sept 14 2021 regular meeting minutes draft

Letter of Resignation

October 7, 2021

It is with sadness that the Beaver Island News on the 'Net editor needs to report the resignation of Kitty McNamara Green as the supervisor of St. James Township Board.  Her resignation was accepted at the board meeting on October 6, 2021, with all board members expressing their appreciation for all of the work that has been accomplished and the projects that are still underway under her leadership.  Thank you for all that you have done and all the hours that you have put in to make St. James Township very progressive and project completion oriented.  The effective date of this resignation is November 10, 2021.

B. I. Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

October 7, 2021

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Agenda

October 6, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

View the agenda HERE

St. James Township Clerk Documents

October 6, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Draft Minutes , September 1, 2021 regular meeting

Minutes for September 8, 2021 Special Meeting Public Hearing (1) (1)

Payments Journal Dock 9.1.21-10.5.21

Payments Journal General 9.1.21-10.5.81

Payments Journal Road 9.1.21-10.5.21

Payments Journal Sewer 9.1.21-10.5.21

Receipts Journal Dock 9.1.21-10.5.21

Receipts Journal General 9.1.21-10.5.21

Receipts Journal Road 9.1.21-10.5.21

Receipts Journal Sewer 9.1.21-10.5.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Dock 9.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures General 10.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Road 9.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Sewer 9.21

View video of the meeting HERE

Trails Document for NLMIC Collaborative Meeting

October 14-15, 2021

Beaver Island Trails Master Plan DRAFT Work Plan Oct 15 2021

beaver-island-trails-map 2021 handout front

Beaver Island Christmas Cantata

October 5, 2021

Dear Friends:

In December, 2020, we did not perform our annual Christmas Cantata because of Covid, but are going to try this year!

The date for the Cantata will be Sunday, December 5, 2021.

Please join us Sunday, October 10th, at the BI Christian Church 11:15 for our first get together.

At that time we will pass out music and talk about rehearsals; I know that everyone will not be able to meet on Sundays at that time, but we will work out what is best.

Our Beaver island community always looks forward to this beautiful Christmas performance. We welcome anyone who likes to sing to join us, especially those that new to the Island. Feel free to share this news with others, and I hope to see you next Sunday!

Kathy Speck

Holy Cross Bulletin for October

October 4, 2021


October 4, 2021

Good Morning all,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the October 2021 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Lonnie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

We have had no one this month express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

We will have our Senior Snow Removal Programs available again this year!  Packets can be picked up curbside at all of our Senior Center Locations after 10/17/21 or at the COA offices.

I just wanted to update you as to where we are here at the beginning of October regarding the Senior Centers in Charlevoix County.

We will continue to proceed out of an abundance of caution. We are going to keep all of our Senior Centers CLOSED to the public until the CDC and Health Department Numbers are back to safer levels.

We are still providing all of our services, just differently. I will be reviewing the CDC and Health Department numbers and levels each week to determine a new reopening timeline and keep you updated when we are closer to a more reasonable date.  Please see find attached our menu for September as meals can be picked up curbside.

As of today:

Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim and Otsego Counties are all RED-High Risk Transmission Counties for COVID19 and at Level E on the MI Safe Start Reopening plan (as is the entire State of Michigan).    As of today, Charlevoix has a positivity rate of 11%/78 New Cases/and 2 Hospitalizations, Emmet has a 12.34%/114 New Cases/and 17 Hospitalizations, Antrim has a 14.72%/98 New Cases/ and 0 Hospitalizations and Otsego has a 16.78%/ 116 New Cases/8 Hospitalizations.  Traverse City has 10.34%/275 New Cases /39 Hospitalizations.  As a reminder, when we could safely open up on 7/1/21 Charlevoix County was in the BLUE-Low Risk Transition, Level B, 0 Hospitalizations and had a less than 3% Positivity rate.

Please note that the Hospitalizations are in these beds for weeks not just days and the majority of these COVID hospitalizations for the those unvaccinated.

Emmet County has closed their Senior Center also due to the current COVID19 numbers.

The only activities/services we are allowing in the Senior Centers will be Gym walking by reservation and Foot Clinics.  Staff and seniors must wear a mask at those times.  All COA staff are encouraged to wear masks whenever within 6 feet of our seniors during this closing for other contact but it is not mandated.   If you are sick, please do not come to the senior center and get tested.  You can still get COVID if you are vaccinated but the illness it presents is less severe.  We encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already. 

Our BI Office will be open by appointment only and masks will be required.

Volunteer services will be suspended at this time until the numbers get to a safer level.

Please be patient, kind and support our staff so that we can continue to support you with our services by staying healthy.

Please call your Site Coordinator for the most current information.

Meals and Activities are all subject to change due to the current COVID19 Pandemic numbers, statistics and protective measures for our aging adults and staff.

Please do not come to the Senior Center if you are sick.  The impact of a sick individual in our centers could shut down services if our staff gets sick and are unable to provide those services.  You can still be sick and spread the COVID19 virus if you are vaccinated.

Please print our Calendars, “Like” our Facebook Page “Charlevoix County Commission on Aging”, follow us on Instagram “Charlevoixcountycoa” and look all the other goings on either on the Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter page or the Menus / Calendars and Activities pages of our website at www.charlevoixcounty/Commission_on_Aging .

We are changing what aging looks like and feels like!

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

Heron's Hiding on Barney's Lake

October 2, 2021

The heron was first hiding in the tall grasses to the south of the boat launch area.  Then it flew from that area into the tall grasses alongside the gravel hill roadway.  It didn't take long for that position to put a scare into the heron as a vehicle came down the roadway, so it flew off into the western sky toward and through the tall trees.

From the Little Traverse Conservancy

October 2, 2021

Dear Beaver Island Residents,

The number of boats stored at Barney's Lake Nature Preserve boat access is becoming a problem. It is unsightly and impacts the land surrounding the boat launch. Little Traverse Conservancy is considering options on how to make this situation better for next year but in the meantime, we would like all boats to be removed by November 1, 2021. If anyone has specific requests or ideas on how we can handle the boat storage we are here to listen. Please email cacia@landtrust.org. Thank you for your cooperation and effort to keep our nature preserve healthy and welcoming to all.

Cacia Lesh
Little Traverse Conservancy

View a short video of the boats HERE

Islanders vs Eagles Soccer

October 1, 2021

Playing two thirty-five minute halfs, the Islanders played well, but the Eagles were more aggressive in their play, allowing the Eagles to win the game 4-2.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the soccer game HERE

Lady Islanders vs Lady Eagles Volleyball

October 1, 2021

After a delay caused by weather and fog, the Lady Islanders played hard against the Lady Eagles.  The games were close with the Lady Islanders winning one game 28 to 26.

Lady Eagles...........................Lady Islanders........

View a large gallery of photos HERE

View video of the games HERE

Notice of Special BICS Board Meeting

October 6, 2021, @ 6:30 p.m.

View meeting notice HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting


2022 Seasonal Rates

2022 Transient Rates

Administrative Assistance Staffing Outline (1)



Planning & Administrative Assistant Job Description - Draft




Supervisor legal duties and Core Competencies


Township Administrative Support Budget

View video of the meeting HERE


September 30, 2021

Snow removal at the Governmental Center


OCTOBER 1, 2021 - JANUARY 2022
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM*



To reserve a ride, please call 231.582.6900 between 7:30am-4:30pm.

Medical appointments should be scheduled at least 3 days in advance.
Deliveries should be scheduled at least 1 day in advance.


B. I. Christian Church October 2021 Newsletter

September 28, 2021

Welcome to the October 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter



October 3 – Pastor Josh Johnson
October 10 – Pastor Drew Filkins
October 17 – Pastor Gene Drenth
October 24 – Pastor Dan Johnson
October 31 – Pastor Lee Bracey

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63 : 8
FAITH STEP : Find a way to help someone today. Ask Jesus for wisdom to serve with high character and a great heart attitude.


Women’s Bible Study in the Sanctuary – Thursday 10 a.m.
Men’s Coffee – Thursdays at 8:30 - Dalwhinnie’s
Bingo Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15) 
October 6, 20 


Please send all announcements to be included in the Sunday bulletin by Thursday evening to beaverislandchristianchurch@gmail.com


The Annual Business meeting for members of the Beaver Island Christian Church was held after the worship service on Sunday, August 29.

At that meeting, three board members were elected. Bob Kuehne (one-year term), Tracy Pacquin (three-year term), Kathy Speck (three-year term).

Rick Speck presented the financials and it was approved that the checking account remain at Charlevoix State Bank.

Mary Ellen presented a summary of the Women’s Circle activities for the year, and Judi read the Moderator’s report (a copy of which will be added to the web site).

It was a good meeting with much discussion.  

Due to COVID, Bite of Beaver has been cancelled for 2021. 


Trunk or Treat is on – with COVID modifications.
Socially distanced tables will be set up outside the Gregg Center – first come / first served.
Hot dogs and chips will be provided by the Elks; cider will also be available outside.
It is the responsibility of all parents to ensure that your children socially distance.
Masks are encouraged.
Volunteers are needed for this event.  Please call Bev at 2530 if you can work that evening.


All of us at BICC are cookie people! 
We love our cookies, coffee, and fellowship following the Church service. 

Problem is, not enough of us are signing up to bring cookies and host the coffee fellowship. 

If you’ve thought about it, but weren’t sure what’s involved, please prayerfully consider assisting a
It’s a simple gesture that involves a minimal amount of time, and it’s a great way to meet your fellow Churchgoers.


Stay tuned for information on Cookie Carnival 2021.
Details to follow in the November newsletter.



Praise be to God that we have the opportunity to gather together in worship.

Our thoughts and prayers for the family of Joe Moore, Lil and Ruthie Gregg.

In this time of uncertainty, we lean to the Lord for encouragement, strength, and hope. 
Our faith and resolve are tested, and we all suffer in one way or another.

Remember your loved ones, neighbors, friends…and those whose paths we cross who are not yet our friends.  Turn your energy and your faith to them and minister in any way possible. 
We all have talents and resources to share.

Be kind, be patient, be the friend you wish others to be. 
Stay safe!

We will get through thistogether. 

As Pastor Bracey stated, “Don’t let anything steal your blessings.”


The bags contain a welcome letter, information on our Church, and other miscellaneous items (and feel free to add cookies or a baked gift).

This is a nice welcome package for newcomers.  Please see Judi or any member of the Board if you know of someone who you would like to welcome to our Church and the community. 


As you plan your annual giving, please prayerfully consider a donation to the Church Endowment Fund. 

We are simplifying the process by asking that you write your check directly to the church with “Endowment Fund” on the memo line. 

Please send directly to the Church, and Rick Speck will write one check for the combined donations.
Church address: 38215 Kenwabikise Ln, Beaver Island 49782


If you have usable food items (canned goods, etc.) and plan to leave your cottage for the winter, please consider donating them to the food pantry.

For additional information about the Church and current events click here:  bichristianchurch.com
We are now including bios for each visiting pastor on the church website.  If you click on a particular pastor’s name on their appointed Sunday, their bio (if available) will appear

View/download document HERE


I recently had the privilege of conducting some research for the Maloney family and found a beautiful explanation of the roots of our culture here on Beaver Island written by Charles Allan O’Donnell.  Charles is a descendant of Patrick Maloney who had a farm at Font Lake in the area we now call Maloney’s Point.  The family gave me permission to share a portion of his writing and have combined it with things to consider when living on the island today.  O’Donnell’s words are in italics; the rest are mine.   –Sue Oole

            The Luck of the Irish.  Could there possibly be any validity to this declaration? Are the Irish really charmed?  Do the Irish have some gifted insight that they are not sharing with the world? It is something quite wonderful and it does exist.  But, much more important, this ‘luck’ is available to everyone.
            Many of the Irish in the USA and elsewhere are descended from people who survived the horrendous famine of the 1840s.  Their people knew first-hand about poverty, starvation, deprivation, and hopelessness.  These were conditions that really, really cause a people to pray; they had no other recourse. Along with depending on powers greater than themselves, the famine seems to have resulted in the Irish having a deep concern about suffering in the world.  And this concern and caring seems to have been passed on to those of Irish decent wherever they may be.

With the Irish being some of the first settlers on Beaver Island, their ways became the island ways and many Irish families still live on the island where aspects of the Irish culture continue to this day.  There is one rule of the road in Ireland that we practice on Beaver Island that many of our new residents and visitors refuse to follow—if someone waves at you, wave back.  We are friendly and you should be too!  If we come upon a stopped car, we stop to ask if everything is okay because we care for one another here.  We also care about our wildlife.  We don’t speed on our roads because they are also the domain of the animals God has put here.  Slow down!  Too many animals have been killed this summer by speeding cars.  Our beaches protect us by acting as a buffer against high winds and waves of powerful storms.  Please stop tearing up our beaches with your four-wheelers! The protection of the beaches allow many people to enjoy their homes that look out at Lake Michigan.

            So, prayer + compassion + action = good results or, in other words, The Luck of the Irish.  Living with trust in God and with a real caring for others to the point of generosity in both time and materials is the basis of the Beaver Island culture established by the Irish who came here almost 200 years ago.  On Beaver Island the words of the Irish Blessing do come true as the winds of life are often at your back and there are many days when we know that God is holding us in His hands.

Dark Sky Project-List of Locations

April 7, 2021

Guide to Beaver Island Dark Sky Viewing Areas
These locations are accessible to the public for night viewing in the same way as daytime visits. Some locations have become inaccessible because of high water. It is advisible to visit sites during daylight for familiarity
Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites
ref. Wojan/Cashman Map 2018
List includes ownership and comments on qualities, viewing angles, access and light pollution problems encountered.
BI Dark Sky sites on the Big Lake will have visible light domes over towns and cities on the horizon. Inland sites will have less.
Private Property policy; you have to know somebody.
There are some very good Dark Sky Sites on private property but the BIDSP can only advise that you obtain permission from the property owners before entering private property.
LTC - Little Traverse Conservancy
SoM - State of Michigan
StJ - St James Township
Peaine - Peaine Township
Associations (you gotta know somebody)
Whiskey Point - St. James Twp - All directions
car lights town lights
Potentially one the best viewing areas but until something is done about the excessive light pollution it remains marginal
Gull Harbor - St James Twp- NE to SW
general astronomy, meteor showers, n. lights
seasonally flooded, car lights
Sucker Point - Lookout Point Association All directions
Excellent sky quality with friendly neighbors.
Sucker Point Lake Drive- excellent sky quality
Northeast only, summer sunrises,
Moon and Planet risings
Aurora Borealis. Very dark
Car lights
St. James Township campground - NW to NE
Excellent sky quality but a limited view to mostly north
A prime location for viewing Northern Lights
Donegal Bay Township beach - St. James township
South to North, excellent sky quality
Perfect for sunsets, meteor showers, northern lights, overhead
viewing, and Zodiacal Light. Car lights from the road can be
Donegal Bay pavilion - Port St. James Assoc. - SW - NW
sunsets, meteor showers, western sky
Excellent sky quality but has lighting issues
pavilion has newly installed lighting car lights
McCauley Point - State of MI - 360° All directions
Excellent sky quality with locations with zero lights
1/4 mile trail
Barneys Lake Nature Preserve - LTC - excellent sky quality
Barney's Lake is in a bowl that blocks all light sources
except for the airport beacon when it's operating or the
occasional rare car on the road
Bonners Landing - State of MI - 360° all directions
Excellent sky quality and very dark
The road down the bluff is private so parking is
recommended on top. Less than a 1/4 mile
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Use the two-track road opposite the runway near the
Coffee Shop. Even with the standing lights at the airport
there is good viewing in all directions. A convenient
The Big Field St of MI Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Excellent sky quality with zero light sources.
Reach by the two track road north of Miller's Marsh and stop at the "Y". You're there.
Light domes from Traverse City MI can be visible
Camp #3 Clearing. Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Reached by following Camp#3 Trail (Road) south past
Fire Tower Rd and Green's Lake to where the sky opens up.
Probably the remotest viewing area on the list but with
zero light sources or visible light domes it's probably the
darkest. Partially tree covered but is situated alongside
Tower Ridge swamp with viewing lanes through the trees.
Iron Ore Bay west/Point Betsy - State of MI - NE to NW
high water has reduced usable area
all directions, very dark - north limited
Iron Ore Bay beach - Townships - E to W. Excellent sky quality
Light domes from Traverse City and Green Bay WI lend
Grandeur to viewing the sky over Lake Michigan, but the
lights from the few houses are not a problem. Both sites
on Iron Ore Bay are a long way from town but well worth
it. Outstanding.
Beaver Head Light House - Charlevoix County -
Overhead sky quality is excellent with zero light sources. The
horizons are blocked but the Beaverhead light house
silhouette in the view can be very special
Cables Bay Beach - State of MI - NE to SW
Very dark - north limited
1/4 trail from bridge
Wagners Campground - State of MI, Peaine twp - NE to SE
Excellent for viewing planet and moonrises over Lake
Michigan and the Mainland. Lightdomes from Traverse
City toThe Soo
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve #1 featured viewing area.
Probably the most convenient but extremely dark viewing
area with the biggest sky. It's considered the best Beaver
Island Dark Sky Viewing Area outside of the Sanctuary. By
the house is very good but there is a short trail to the field
viewing area to the north that has zero light sources
Harbor Beach - Township -
Even with the town lights and the car lights the view of the
sky here is good and familiar constellations and planets can
be identified. Room for lots of improvement.
Whiskey Point - STJ, Central Michigan U., Remains the best example of the need for improvement in the sky quality in the Harbor. Too many unnecessary, unshielded light fixtures withthe wrong color bulbs.

A Video from the Past

copyright 2004 by Phillip Michael Moore

About seventeen years ago, the director of Beaver Island EMS was Joe Moore. His son Phillip Michael Moore was in a Master's Degree program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It just so happened that the video project for his degree was to be a documentary about BIEMS and the need for a local air ambulance. His video was very professionally done.

It also happened that his grandfather, Phil Gregg, happened to have a heart attack while Michael was on the island filming for this documentary. Lots of volunteer EMS people are shown in this video, along with some of the patients, of course with their permission. The documentary was completed in 2004, prior to the second paramedic class taught on Beaver Island, so some of the current EMS providers were not in this documentary.

At the time of the filming, BIEMS was a volunteer EMS agency with people getting paid only a small amount for each emergency to help cover their gas expenses for participating in an emergency call. Some of them are listed here: Jim Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The "32 Miles of Water" title of the documentary referred to the miles from Beaver Island to the mainland hospitals of Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The Beaver Island community is so fortunate to now have Island Airways with a FAA certified air ambulance that has been operating for more than ten years now. At the time this video was made, the only emergency flights were done by Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, Michigan, or the US Coast Guard helicopter, also out of Traverse City. Sarah McCafferty was the EMS director and then Danielle Dedloff when the BIEMS licensed the Welke Aviation 866JA Britten Norman Islander aircraft with the State of Michigan as an air transport vehicle under the BIEMS agency license. This is the most efficient method of getting a patient off Beaver Island and to a hospital when an emergency occurs.

The concern 17 years ago was the time necessary to get the patient to the mainland hospital with the Golden Hour being the popular EMS period of getting the patient to the operating room within this 60 minute period of time. With the flight time from Traverse City to Beaver Island being almost an hour, this Golden Hour was taken up just getting the aircraft here. Now, with the Island Airways aircraft here on the island, the time to Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport is less than 20 minutes or less than half the time to get the plane to the island from Traverse City.

The modern advanced life support agency, completed by a locally based air transport capability makes the island quite capable of transporting a patient within this Golden Hour, but only if the local aircraft and local pilot are available. Thank you, Paul Welke and Island Airways for you commitment to helping BIEMS accomplish this goal.

This video is seventeen years old, or thereabouts, but the accomplishments can still be applauded. Great job and thank you to all the volunteers that allowed this service to accomplish many successes. It has only been four and half years that the BIEMS is now a paid paramedic ALS agency, and the same challenges are still with us here today. The work of all those in the past to get this system set up in an efficient manner cannot be ignored. Great job to all the volunteers!

View this documentary from 2004 HERE

Transfer Station Website Up and Running

August 19, 2020

View the website HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

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