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Christian Church Bulletin

November 5, 2017

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

November 5, 2017

The change to Daylight Savings Time this morning at 2 a.m. might have effected several and prevented some from being at the services this morning. Some might have arrived an hour early, and then gone back home. The service did take place at 9:30 a.m. this morning, the 5th day of November. Father James Siler presided and Jacque LaFreniere did the readings. Four unique IP addresses viewed the service live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv.

Good morning from Holy Cross

Jacque LaFreniere did the readings and Father Jim Siler gave a sermon.

View video of this service HERE

Thanksgiving Dinner

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 5, 2017

Hopefully you remembered to "fall back" with all your clocks last night. Check your computer clock, it automatically/magically does it every single time there's a change.

Right now on the island it's 44°, cloudy skies, pressure is steady at 29.77 inches, wind is WSW at 5 mph, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy. Patchy drizzle in the morning then a chance of rain showers and areas of drizzle in the afternoon. Patchy fog through the day. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through Monday morning
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 knots. Patchy fog through the day. Areas of drizzle in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 5, 1963 - Archaeologists found the remains of a Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. The remains of eight buildings were found. Carbon dating estimates these buildings were constructed between 990-1050 and among them was a blacksmith workshop, a carpentry workshop that specialized in boats, and many everyday Norse items for both men and women. However, there were some food found there (ex: butternuts) that is not native to Newfoundland, so this suggests that the Vikings most likely did sail further south at some point.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the most dangerous month, it turns out, is August, and Saturday the most dangerous day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All told, auto accidents kill more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year; they are the No. 1 cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34. Driver error is most often the result of “distracted driving.” By far the most common cause of driver distraction is the use of cell phones.

WORD OF THE DAY: atemporal (ey-TEM-per-uh l) which means free from limitations of time. The first syllable of the English adjective atemporal “not subject to time, timeless” is formed from an, a-, the Greek prefix of negation, absence, or privation (called in the grammar books the “alpha privative”). The Greek forms derive from a reduced form of Proto-Indo-European ne “not,” the same source as Sanskrit an-, a- (the identity of the Greek and Sanskrit forms is one of the features linking Greek and Sanskrit), the Germanic (English) prefix un- and Latin in- (and its assimilated forms il-, im-, ir-). Atemporal entered English in the 19th century.

Weather by Joe

November 4, 2017

The dogs wanted to go out this morning, but two steps out into the sloppy wet and cold slush made them turn completely around and push back inside the house. (Weird cyberspace stuff going on here. This weather was lost after my computerwas hacked from somewhere. Thank goodness for a great anti-virus program that did not allow any changes outside of this one program.)

Interview of Helen Collar by Shirley Gladish

with Phil Lange operating the camera 1990

The interview took place in the Print Shop Museum in the area with the Helen Collar portraits of early Irish island settlers. Shirley Gladish did the interview with Dr. Phillip Lange operating the camera. This is part of the digitizing project that Editor Joe Moore is doing for the BIHS. The videos are on VHS tapes and the video on the tapes is degrading. Digital data files are being made from these tapes.

View video of this interview HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 3, 2017

Cloudy skies, 38°, humidity is 73%, pressure is rising from 30.20 inches, wind is from the WNW at 15 mph with gusts to 23 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy with isolated rain showers and snow showers in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. A chance of snow after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect until 2 PM EDT this afternoon
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots becoming north 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Isolated showers early in the morning. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of rain and snow. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of November 3, 1507 - Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the oldest known vegetable is the pea, because it has been found in Stone Age settlements over 8,000 years old. Vegetables have been heavily cultivated by humans, and the vegetables eaten in modern times differ greatly from their predecessors. Ancient man also ate plants that modern man would not usually consider vegetables, like ferns and cattails.

WORD OF THE DAY: ebullient (ih-BUHL-yuh nt) which means
overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited. The English adjective ebullient comes from the Latin present participle stem ebullient-, from the verb ēbullīre “to bubble, boil, boil over.” The Latin verb derives from the noun bulla “bubble, knob, stud,” i.e., something that swells up and becomes round. From the Latin noun bulla, English has bull (as in a “papal bull”), bowl (as in the sport), and bulla (a medical term meaning “large vesicle”). The verb ēbullīre has the prefix e-, from ex- “going out or forth, changing condition” (as when water boils) and derives from the simple verb bullīre “to bubble, boil.” Bullīre regularly becomes boillir in Old French ( bouillir in modern French), the source of the English verb boil. Ebullient entered English in the late 16th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 2, 2017

It's 40° outside this morning, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 29.88 inches, wind is from the ESE at 8 mph, and visibility is 9 miles. In other words, it a good day to wear a jacket!
TODAY: Cloudy with scattered rain showers. Highs in the mid 40s. South winds at 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy with isolated rain shower in the evening then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through this afternoon
TODAY: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 knots. Scattered showers early in the morning, then isolated showers in the morning. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 2, 1948 - Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the U.S. presidency. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are 7 points on the Statue of Liberty's crown? According to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar , who stated that the seven spikes representing the seven seas and seven continents of the world, according to the Web sites of the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty Club. "That's not true," says Barry Moreno, author of The Statue of Liberty Encyclopedia and the park's official librarian. The spikes are sun rays, he says, and the circle is "simply a halo or what in art is called a nimbus, showing she is divine." He adds that the Web site needs to be changed.

WORD OF THE DAY: hypogeal (hahy-puh-JEE-uh l) which means underground; subterranean. Hypogeal is an uncommon adjective used in biology to describe organisms (e.g., insects, plants) that live underground and in geology for subterranean geological features. The main components of hypogeal are Greek. The Greek preposition and prefix hypό- “under, down, from under” is thoroughly naturalized in English. Formerly words beginning with hypo- were pronounced with a short vowel, as in “hip”; nowadays the prefix rhymes with “high” except for hypocrite and hypocrisy. The second component, -gaios or -geios, is a derivative of the Greek noun gê (dialectically géē, and in poetry gaîa) “earth, the (planet) earth, land, country.” Gê has the combining form geo-, familiar in the English nouns geography (Greek geōgraphía “description of the earth”) and geometry (Greek geōmetría “measurement of the earth”), and, not so obviously, in the personal name George (from Greek geōrgόs, from unattested geoworgόs “farmer”—literally “earth worker”; the combining form -worg(os) is related to English “work.”) Hypogeal entered English in the late 17th century.

Dan Gentle Passes Away

Daniel T. Gentle of Beaver Island passed away on October 29, 2017 at his home. Dan was born August 16, 1954 in Bay City, Michigan to Rita (Norlock) and the late Thomas Gentle Sr.

Dan fell in love at first sight with Beaver Island. He went to the island for a visit and decided to stay so he was blessed to be able to call Beaver Island his home for the last 30 years. Dan enjoyed hunting as well as woodworking. He was a true craftsman who even built the church steeple at St. James Episcopal Church on Beaver Island.

Dan is survived by his mother, Rita Gentle of Bay City, sisters, Mary Lee (Brian) Techlin of Bay City, Anne (Rick) Schooley of Sanford, brother Thomas (Theresa) Gentle of St. Michaels, MN, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Thomas Gentle and brother Mark Gentle.

A memorial service will be held at a later date on Beaver Island and burial will follow at Beaver Island Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Dan’s memory may be directed to a charity of choice.

“Simple Man, Simple Life”  

Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. 

Peaine Special Election Committee Minutes

Emerald Ash Borer Detected on Isolated Beaver Island


October 2017, Beaver Island, Michigan


Beaver Island, Michigan has long been recognized for its clear blue waters and pristine, healthy forests. The island’s isolation in Lake Michigan (17 miles from the mainland) has offered a refuge to ash trees from the metallic emerald insect that is killing millions of ash trees across the US and Canada. Nearly a decade ago, concerned islanders reached out to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) for help in protecting the island’s ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The transportation of infested firewood from the mainland was identified as the biggest threat to the island’s ash species. This led to MDARD adding language to the State’s internal quarantine that made it illegal to transport firewood to the Beaver Island Archipelago as well as to several other remote islands.

Personnel of the air service and ferry companies that serve the island have been watchful and have turned away firewood destined for the island on more than one occasion. Islanders have volunteered over the past 8 years to hang, monitor, and remove purple EAB traps. Each year, these EAB traps, made available by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hung for months in strategic locations collecting insects.

In late October, MDARD staff confirmed that one of the traps had captured a lone female EAB. MDARD's Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division has offered suggestions and insights about the finding along with their agency’s continued support. It has not been determined if the EAB was an isolated hitchhiker from the mainland or the first sign of a larger problem.

It is hoped that EAB traps and lures will be available from the USDA to again be placed in strategic locations on the island in early summer 2018. At present, the firewood quarantine to the island will remain in place. Next year’s trapping data will give islanders and the MDARD further information to assist in managing the forests of Beaver Island.

For more information contact:
Beaver Island Association Contact: Pam Grassmick, 231-448-2314
MDARD EAB Program Contact: John Bedford, 517-284-5650

Don Cole and "Little" Joe LaFreniere Ride to Nomad

Robert Cole Interview and Ride

This is part of a project BINN Editor Joe Moore is doing for the Beaver Island Historical Society. The VHS tapes are degrading and some of the video is getting very rough. This project with permission from Robert Cole and the BIHS is to digitize the VHS videos and get the data onto DVDs as data files. This was a ride down the East Side to Nomad with a few stops along the way. Donald and Little Joe do a little reminiscing along the way and point out locations during the drive. Several stops are made, but the primary stop is at Nomad. The label on this DVD did not give the month or the year of this, but it probably took place between 1990 and 1994,

Donald Cole sitting on a rock at Nomad

Don Cole and Little Joe talk about the rusted out vehicle down near Nomad.

The vehicle discussed is here, a "Whitley"

Looking at some remnants on the beach of a rail

View video of this ride and the walks at Nomad

St. James Township

Documents for November 1, 2017, Meeting

10.0417 01 - ST JAMES TOWNSHIP RESOLUTION FOR IMPLEMENTING AUDITORRECOMMENDED ADJUSTMENTS TO SEWER FUND

10.0417 02 - ST JAMES TOWNSHIP RESOLUTION FOR IMPLEMENTING AUDITORRECOMMENDED ADJUSTMENTS TO SEWER FUND

2017 November 1 Finance Report - Draft

100417 - RESOLUTION APPROVING ENTERING INTO THE CONTRACT WITH MDOT AREO FOR CREACK SEALING PROJECT

100417 REGULAR BOARD MEETING

102617 - BID TABULATION

103017 - SEWER

103017 - STREET AND ROAD

103017- GENERAL

103017- MUNICIPAL

Agenda _ 19 November 1, 2017 Agenda

Draft of 2018 4th of July Fireworks Display RFP

Policy Budget Document & Development

One of the Most Important Pieces of Legislation

Passes both the House and the Senate

(This is an editorial by Joe Moore)

Certain emergency medications had been previously brought into question by some local government and state government agencies and groups either not involved in emergency medicine or seldom involved in emergency care. The national organization of EMS physicians stepped up to the plate and pushed to get this approved. Life-saving medication and pain relief medications were put on hold in some locations in the country, and this legislation will keep them in use by paramedics across the country. One version passed in the House and a similar version passed in the Senate.

The reason why this is so important is that this prevents delays in treatments of emergent conditions and allows the field diagnosis of paramedics to continue the treatment protocols that have been approved by nationally known professional agencies, associations, and academies.

This is important for Beaver Island because it does not cause a delay in receipt of these medications based upon our most rural inhabited island in the Great Lakes. These treatments according to protocols, written medical control doctor's orders, will be able to continue on the scene of the emergency when signed into law.

Read the article HERE

What Difference a Day Makes

So, on October 31, 2017, Halloween, the first ice fell from the sky. Little did we know that Mother Nature had decided to turn Beaver Island white for the first day of November 2017. Beaver Island got its first snow of the season overnight.

Halloween ice, 10/31

All Saints snow, 11/01

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 1, 2017

It's a white world out there this morning, folks! Mother Nature evidently decided that November needed a fresh, clean look so she provided enough snow to stick to the ground. Right now I'm showing 35°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 78%, pressure is at 30.01 inches, dew point is 29°, wind is from the west at 7 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Numerous rain showers and isolated snow showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs in the lower 40s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Chance of rain in the evening, then rain and snow after midnight. Total nighttime snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Lows in the upper 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE WEATHER: Small Craft Advisory in effect from 11 am EDT this morning through late tonight
TODAY: South wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Numerous showers early in the morning, then scattered showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rain. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 1, 1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public. Can you imagine how bright and colorful they must have been before all the years, smoke, and pollution touched them?

DID YOU KNOW THAT a precursor to the electric doorbell, specifically a bell that could be rung at a distance via an electric wire, was invented by Joseph Henry around 1831? By the early 1900s, electric doorbells had become commonplace.

WORD OF THE DAY: mediocracy (mee-dee-OK-ruh-see) which means a dominant class consisting of mediocre people, or a system in which mediocrity is rewarded. A blend of mediocre + -ocracy (rule). Earliest documented use: 1845.

Trunk or Treat at Gregg Fellowship Center Tonight

October 31, 2017

View a gallery of pictures HERE 

Last Day of the Month Musings

by Cindy Ricksgers

Video Report for October

This was also a busy month for live streaming and for video work. The majority of the live streaming views were from the Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament, and the Live from Holy Cross Sunday Mass. For the first time in over two years this past weekend did not get live streamed due to illness. The two in this Carlisle Road houshold are not completely healthy due to chest colds and other symptoms related to that. Anyway, here are the numbers.

Five hundred twenty-two (522) unique IP addresses viewed 2,727 videos, and used 131.5 GB of bandwidth. The live streaming numbers included 180 unique IP addresses viewing 279 total event views, and used 25 GB of bandwidth. Current videos were viewed by 309 unique IP addresses, viewing 2,396 video clips, and using 101.7 GB of bandwidth. The rest was viewing of older videos from years past of fifty uniques viewing a little over 50 clips.

I had an interesting quote from a subscriber. It was, "You can actually see the expressions on people's faces, and learn a lot about what they are feeling when they talk. That's why I like the video. on you website You don't interpret it for us. You let us make our own conclusions.."

Thank you! That made for a very nice day!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! Remember the Trunk or Treat at the Gregg Fellowship Center. If you're going house to house, keep in min that if their porch light isn't on - they are probably at the Fellowship Center, OR ran out of candy (gasp!) An invigorating temperature of 37° to greet us this morning, cloudy skies, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 29.78 inches, wind is from the NW at 12 mph with gusts to 21 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Numerous rain showers and snow showers in the morning then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs in the upper 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and snow showers. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through this afternoon
TODAY: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Numerous showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 31, 1999 - Leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. The event ended a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Americas top selling ice cream flavour is vanilla? Obviously they haven't tasted the Salty Caramel from Daddy Frank's!!

WORD OF THE DAY: turpitude (TUR-pi-tood) which means vile, shameful, or base character; depravity. Turpitude finds its roots in the Latin term turpis meaning "base, vile." It entered English in the late 1400s.

Beaver Island Eco-Champion of 2017

Pam Grassmick

Lost video and pictures have been found for the first Eco-Champion of the Year Award presentation that went this June of 2017 to Pam Grassmick. There was no prior video available until it was found today, October 30, 2017. Congratulations, Pam! This is so well deserved! First the NRETC, and trails, and lots of other efforts on behalf of this island. Thank you and congratulations!

Beaver Island Eco-Fair Video, June 2017

When you are working to provide video of several events happening on Beaver Island, sometimes some things happen, and a card with video on it gets misplaced. Amazingly enough, today, October 30, 2017, a video card was in a camera. In the process of taking the CCCOA Meet and Greet video clips off the SD card, some video clips from June 2017, the Eco-Fair, were found. Although the Eco-Fair was covered by Cheryl Phillips for BINN, somehow, someway, this SD card got misplaced, and it wasn't part of the coverage of that event. Pictures and information were covered, but there was only a small amount of video that was used in this coverage.

If you are a subscribers, you can find the coverage posted on June 24, 2017, HERE

The editor remarked at the time that it was too bad that more of the Eco-Faur hadn't been recorded. It was found more than four months later on that SD card. There are fascinating video clips in this collection, and, even though late, BINN editor Joe Moore wants to make certain that these video clips can be viewed. This misplacement of the SD card is not being blamed on anyone, and the editor is ecstatic to be able to provide it now.

View video of this Eco Fair HERE

CCCOA Meet and Greet

October 30, 2017

Nancy Ferguson introduces Dawn George as the new BI CCCOA representative and then introduces the director and assistant director.

The director of CCCOA and her assistant

Amie E. Wieland, Executive Director of the Charlevoix Commision on Aging, and Sheri Shephard, assisant director, came to the island and met with community members upstairs in the Beaver Island Community Center, in the "Hangout" area. There was a short introduction by our Charlevoix County Commissioner Nancy Ferguson. There had been another scheduled meet and greet that did not work out due to the weather. Today our director and assistant director came to meet us and get ideas about what might work on Beaver Island. There was a possibility in the near future of a query of the senior population to find out those things that might help prioritize as well as create some services, or some new way of providing services. It was an excellent time for people to sit down and take some time to discuss these issues.

After the presentation, which was recorded by News on the 'Net, the two CCCOA representatives sat down at tables to get ideas and discuss some of the issues. Approximately twenty people attended the meet and greet, and some good discussions took place.

Discussing possible solutions to issues

View video of this meeting HERE

Charlevoix County COA "Highlights"

October 2017

Not the Day I Expected-Part III

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 30, 2017

Yesterday the island lost one of its most private citizens. Dan Gentle was a quiet man who expressed himself without words through fabulous works hand-crafted in wood. Originally from Bay City, he came to the island a little over twenty years ago and like many others before and after him, got the sand of the island in his shoes and became a permanent resident.

Gentle built the fabulous staircase in a Fox Lake home and has been making furniture that is for sale at the Emerald Isle Art Gallery. He produces tables of maple, birch, ash and burls. An artist and perfectionist, it may take up to two years to complete a table to his satisfaction. Everything is custom made and is a work of art in itself.

One of his works is the steeple that stands proudly atop the St. James Episcopal Mission. Like the staircase, it's crafted in island cedar. Dan is ecumenical in his church woodwork, having also constructed the large wooden cross at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

An exacting craftsman, Dan's work will certainly become an heirloom piece for generations to enjoy. Each and every piece is as unique as the artist who built it.

Dan's quiet demeanor and his artistic abilities will be sorely missed. Godspeed, Dan! May you rest in peace.

It's 40° outside this morning, cloudy skies, humidity is at 88%, pressure is falling from 29.50 inches, dew point is 37°, wind is from the WNW at 8 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY:Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and snow showers in the morning then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph shifting to the west with winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Periods of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through late tonight
TODAY: West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered showers through the day. Waves 2 feet or less building to 4 to 7 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Periods of showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 30, 1938 - Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners. I can clearly remember my Dad telling me about hearing it on the radio and was so frightened that he hid under his bed until his big sister came home. (He was 13, and Aunt Ruth was 25. He was sure the Martians were going to get him).

DID YOU KNOW THAT emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards? A very good reason that a kangaroo can’t walk backwardsIis that it’s that very big thing protruding from its back. The tail. The tail is the primary reason a kangaroo can’t walk backwards. It’s long, thick and very muscular. Apart from that, it’s also not very flexible. It’s kind of the third leg that helps them keep balance and move. The downside it that they cannot move backwards. But they also have something else that prevents them from moving in that direction. Their very big feet.

Oh yeah, the emus. Emus on the other hand are a more difficult to ascertain the truth if they can walk backwards or not. So far, no proof has ever been presented to suggest that they can walk backwards. Many have suggested that the knee joints of the second largest bird in the world prevent the animal from moving in that general direction.

Anyhow, because neither of these critters can move backwards, they were picked to be on the Australian coat of arms. Bet you didn't know that, did you? The reason tis that if they can not go in reverse, it only leaves one direction, forward. Since both animals are only moving forward they have been used to symbolize the country moving forward. And there you have it.

WORD OF THE DAY: kobold (KOH-bold) which means a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses. In German folklore a Kobold is either of two things: a spirit living in human houses like a brownie or pixie, playing pranks but also doing small chores for the humans; a spirit or goblin haunting mines. Kobold is also the source of the name for the metallic element found in silver mines, usually combined with poisonous arsenic. Medieval German silver miners had no use for cobalt, let alone its potentially poisonous effects, and called this unwanted element Kobold in the belief that Kobolds, goblins, had switched the silver to this undesirable element. The English spelling cobolt occurs in the late 17th century, and the spelling cobalt in the 18th century. Kobold entered English in the 17th century.

Christmas Bazaar

Christian Church Bulletin

October 29, 2017

Christmas Program

To all the music people on Beaver Island--there WILL be Christmas program this year on December 3, 2017. The format will resemble the program we did last year--a few favorite songs from a previous cantata (The Promise of a King--which we did twice) and other musical pieces from a variety of participants. The first practice, getting music, etc. will be next Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 11:15 a.m. at the Beaver Island Christian Church. Mike Scripps will be on the Island next week and will return November 24 or 25, Invite your friends and neighbors to come with you to practice next Sunday!

What Did You Say 20


By Joe Moore


Sometimes, in the rural areas, the local EMS gets called repeatedly to the same address, most frequently for the same reason as the prior calls.  For some volunteers, this can get very frustrating, and you can’t blame them.  As a volunteer, they are usually leaving a fairly well paying job to respond to your emergency.  Most often, these are truly emergencies, and those responding recognize that and act in a very professional way.  There are times when this is not the case, and those are the ones that frustrate me as, more than likely, the person that taught them the skills of EMS, and specifically the affective domain goal and objectives on working with patients.  Even those that have alcohol related, drug related, and mental illness related emergencies deserve to be treated in a professional manner.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 29, 2017

My throat is making itself known as I swallow warm coffee. Feels like I have an unshelled walnut in there. Let me just say, "I HATE strep throat with a passion!" and thank God for penicillin and it's relatives. Anyhow, enough of my complaining I'm fairly certain that I'll live through this. I just like whining. . It's 36° outside this morning, cloudy skies, humidity is 84%, pressure is 29.83 inches, wind is from the ENE at 4 mph, and visibility is 10 mph.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Isolated rain showers and snow showers in the morning, then isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening then mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and isolated snow showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect from 6 PM EDT this evening through late tonight
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest early in the evening. Gusts up to 20 knots. Numerous showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 29, 1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.

DID YOU KNOW THAT for every human there are 200 million insects? I think that 150 million of them are mosquitoes and live in our cedar hedge.

WORD OF THE DAY: phychomancy (SAHY-koh-man-see) which means occult communication between souls or with spirits. Psychomancy is a less common euphemistic synonym of the far more sinister necromancy. The first element, psycho-, familiar from English psychiatry and psychology, is a combining form from the Greek noun psȳchḗ “breath, soul, spirit, ghost.” Psȳchḗ is also the name of a butterfly, which inspired the English poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) to write a short poem, “Psyche,” about the double meaning “soul” and “butterfly.” The element -mancy ultimately derives from Greek manteía “divination,” a derivative of mántis “diviner, soothsayer, prophet,” and also “praying mantis (the predatory insect).” Psychomancy entered English in the 16th century.

Not the Day I Expected-Part II

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 28, 2017

Again the heavens are drooling (insert giant sigh here), 39°, humidity is 94%, pressure is at 29.64 inches, wind is from the SE at 5 mph (the lowest wind we've had in days), and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the morning, in the lower 30s. Northwest withen numerous rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Periods of rain showers in the evening, then scattered rain showers and snow showers after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: South wind 10 to 20 knots becoming northwest 10 to 15 knots early in the evening. Periods of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 28, 1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World."
ON THIS DATE OF October 28, 1936 - The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the word 'underground is the only word that begins and ends with the letters 'und' ?

WORD OF THE DAY: guisard (GAHY-zerd) which means a person who wears a mask; mummer. Guisard is a Scottish and North English word. The first part of the word, guise, in Scotland and northern England means "to appear or go in disguise." The suffix -ard, occasionally spelled -art, is now used mostly in a pejorative sense for someone who does something habitually or excessively, e.g., drunkard, braggart. Guisard entered English in the 17th century.

BICS Weekly Update

October 27, 2017

Antje Price Interview 1995 by Robert Cole

The lady who is known as the "Protar Lady" was unable to come to the island for the 2017 Museum Week, but Rober Cole, Shirley Gladish, and others realized the wealth of information that could be gathered by doing a video interview of many islanders and knowledgeable off-island people that were experts in the history of Beaver Island. Antje Price was able to translate the Protar diaries because she could speak German and translate it. This interview was done by Robert Cole in 1995 with the "Oral History of Beaver Island" being the most important issue at the time. In this interview, Antje Price gives us a great look into the history of Feodor Protar and his activities here on Beaver Island.

View video of this interview HERE

B. I. Airport Committee Meets 10-28-17

Minutes of August Meeting........Agenda for October meeting

Daunted "Undaunted" In Lee Off Bonner's Bluff

This multi-purpose offshore vessel is in the lee between Bonner's Bluff on Beaver Island and High Island. Bob Anderson notified the editor about this vessel, and it seemed worth a trip down below the bluff to take a look at the vessel in the protection from the winds that have prevented the Emerald Isle from doing its ferry run today. It's just noon, and the Emerald Isle is headed off on its run with six passengers. Here is some information about the vessel.

The "Undaunted" is listed as having dimensions of 42.27 meters by 10.08 meters or close to 140 feet long and 33 feet wide. It is a US cargo vessel.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

 

Not the Day I Expected-Part I

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 27, 2017

An invigorating fall morning. It's 46°, misting out, humidity is at 76%, pressure is falling 29.68 in, wind id at 17 mph from the east with gusts to 25 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy and windy. Low temperature around 45°/ Dew point will be around 37° with an average humidity of 71%. Winds will be 22 mph from the ESE.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly partly cloudy A 20% chance of rain. Lows in the upper 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect from 2 am EDT Friday through Friday afternoon
TODAY: Southeast wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Periods of showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
TONIGHT: South wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 27, 1960 - Ben E. King recorded his first solo songs. They were "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand by Me." That should be a nice little earworm for your Friday morning.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the word racecar can be spelled the same way backwards? Did you try it?

WORD OF THE DAY: PRETA (PREY-tuh) which means a wandering or disturbed ghost. In Sanskrit e is a long vowel (it is also transliterated as ē). Hindi grammarians correctly analyzed e as a monophthong replacing an earlier diphthong ai; thus the Sanskrit adjective preta “gone before, deceased” is from an earlier form, praita, formed from the adverb and prefix pra- “forth” and -ita “gone.” Pra- is cognate with the Latin prepositions prō and prae (and prefixes pro- and prae-) and the Greek preposition pró (and prefix pro-), all of them meaning “before, in front of.” The Sanskrit participle ita- corresponds exactly in form with Latin itum, past participle of the verb īre “to go” and the Greek verbal adjective itós “passable,” all from the Proto-Indo-European root ei-, i- “to go.” Preta entered English in the early 19th century.

Robert Cole Interview of Joseph and Charley O'Donnell

This is part of a video VHS project that Robert Cole did for the Beaver Island Historical Society. This tape has been digitized, and the video files are available for viewing on this website. There are some really interesting stories here about people from the island's past.

Joseph O'Donnell.......Charley O'Donnell

View video of this interview HERE

Garden Island Stories

by Dick Burris

Garden Island Stories:

Vision Quest:


One day the sheriff asked me to take him to the north end of Garden Island, to investigate a death that happened there.

"Keywaydenoquey," the leader of the  group, had one of the old indian things to do, called "vision quest"; It consisted in staying in a closed tent with a fire in the middle. The heat of the fire would drain the electrolytes from the body, and cause one to have visions. It was one of the things they would do to establish some kind of a status (I think)?


Anyway the lady died in this ceremony, and the sheriff was going over there from Beaver Island to investigate the incident,

When we arrived, The deputy "Capman" aka Capgun, rowed ashore , and we pulled the pram back for the sheriff, The sheriff was dressed (fit to kill), and stepped into the pram and it slid to one side dropping him in the lake. Capman giggled, and was still giggling all the way back.


The sea was running nearly five feet, making us rock and roll; but this didn't set too well with the sheriff, because he was prone to seasickness. Key gave him crackers, and told him they would help with seasickness. I suggested that he sit on the seat in the stern; that that location presented the least motion. But he insisted on hugging the post of an observation tower near the helm; nibbling on crackers all the way back. You just couldn't help feeling sorry for him.


I think that knowing the whole story, he had to consider it more like suicide or simply a plan gone wrong,

Garden Island Mail


Another trip; a few people were brought to the camp, and we were carrying some of the mail. We ferried the people ashore with a line tied to a shrub on shore and bitten to a cleat on the boat.
As we were pulling out in a very rough sea and, we in shallow water, and hoping to get out without hitting bottom; we saw some  of th  clan tugging on the rope and waving franticly.

We had forgotten the mail, but didn't know it at that time. We were drifting toward the shallows. and a deckhand said, 'What should I do?" and I told him, "bite the line to the cleat!"

And we dragged them into the lake.

Later we found why they were doing that . We did bring the mail the next day with more passengers.

Overnighter at Garden Island:

One evening it was getting dark, so I decided to anchor in a pocket of deeper water, just north of the camp; I placed a heavy anchor astern, one on the bow, and two side anchors. There was an offshore wind that night, that did a 180 later.

 
In the night I woke to the stern being slapped by the heavy sea. So I tied the stern line to the samson post on the bow; then unfastened the stern post, and it immediately swung around tangling the other three lines. The other lines were switched and, then the bowline was brought up, so the boat was sitting where it  was to begin with.

BICS Writing for Publication Class Does Project


The “What I’m Thankful for….” Project is being completed by the students of the Beaver Island Community School.  This project is for a writing class for the students.  The tree of thanks is in the lobby of the school. Editor Joe Moore saw it in the lobby on a short visit to the school, and took a few pictures and a video clip of the tree in the lobby. 

 

Weather by Joe

October 26, 2017

This Thursday morning, it is below freezing outside with a temperature of 28 degrees. Winds are calm with just a little breeze from the northeast at 8 a.m. The forecast for today includes a sky that is partly cloudy with a high temperature of 49. Winds will be east southeast at ten to fifteen miles per hour. No rain is forecast for the daytime. The pressure right now is 29.87 with visibility of ten miles. The humidity is 96%, but the cold air can't hold much moisture. Tonight the wind will continue at the same rate and direction, but we have a 70% chance of rain tonight. The low will be around 43. Tomorrow should be a wet day with rain.

Word of the Day

slapdash (slp-dash) This is an adjective meaning done or made without careful planning, haphazard, or slipshod. Today's weather is somwhat slapdash in its concoction.

On this Day (from history.com) As a Western nut, this one is perfect for the editor.

On this day in 1881, the Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

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

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

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 25, 2017

Hmmm, it's an invigorating 38° outside this morning, (insert drum roll here) yesterday and during the night we had a grand total of 2.65 inches of rain. I'm happy to report that the roads are no longer dusty. Right now I'm showing 86% humidity, pressure is 29.54 inches, wind is WNW at 9 mph with gusts to 23 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy. Periods of rain showers and snow showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. No snow accumulation. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect until 6 am EDT early this morning
TODAY: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Periods of showers in the morning becoming scattered by afternoon. Waves 5 to 8 feet.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Isolated showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 25, 1854 - The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent caualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.

For some unknown reason I remember having to memorize and say this poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in school. Sorta like Algebra, I doubt I use it much and I KNOW I don't use this poem much (actually not at all)

The Charge Of The Light Brigade
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
Written 1854

Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

(156 were killed or missing in the aftermath; 122 were wounded)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the stomach acids found in a snakes stomach can digest bones and teeth but not fur or hair?

WORD OF THE DAY: proxemics (prok-SEE-miks) which means the study of physical proximity between people, for example, typical space between two friends Coined by the anthropologist Edward T. Hall (1914-2009). From proximity (nearness), from French proximité from Latin proximitas, from proximus (nearest), superlative of prope (near). Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (forward, through), which also gave us paramount, prime, proton, prow, probity, German Frau (woman), and Hindi purana (old). Earliest documented use: 1963.

Intermission

by Cindy Ricksgers

Barbara Cruikshank Passes Away

 The song has ended but the melody lingers on. Barbara Jean Cruickshank passed away Saturday morning, October 21, 2017. She was born September 7, 1927 in Port Huron, Michigan. She married her best friend, Bud, in 1950 and they moved to Clawson, Michigan where they raised their five boys. Once Bud retired they moved permanently to Beaver Island to live out their golden years, which entailed Barb becoming the librarian at The Beaver Island District Library and Bud remodeling the house in the harbor along with his other love, painting. Barb is survived by her sons Dan (Debbie), Scott (Patty); daughter-in-law, Debbie Cruickshank; grandchildren, Danielle, Kit, Erick, Lyndsey, Angela, Grant and Christopher and her three great grandchildren Chase, Addison and Lily. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud and their three sons, Grant, Bill and Brian.  

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 4th at the St. James Episcopal Church on Beaver Island. Visitation will be held on Friday November 3rd at her home.

Visitation will November 3, 2017, from 4:30 til 10:00 p.m. at the Barb and Bud Cruikshank residence. The funeral service will be at the Episcopal Mission at 2 p.m. on November 4, 2017..

Marold II from Museum Week 1995

An Explosion in Development with Dave Gladish

This is a continuation of the project to digitize the VHS video tapes at the Beaver Island Historical Society. This appears to be a presentation about the Marold II and the explosion of the vessels for an aground vessel on a reef about twenty miles away from Beaver Island to the north. The voice reading the story is Dave Gladish. The title of the program on the tape is "An Explosion in Development" for Museum Week 1995, and it includes pictures of the island and the vessels "Marold II" and "The Rambler." It was interesting to watch and listen to.

View video of this presentation HERE

Stormy Day

October 24, 2017

A quick trip out the wider Donegal Bay Road to Donegal Bay and then down the first road near the Tritsch residence to Wayside Street to get a little video and pictures of the stormy day today on Beaver Island. There are full gale warnings out on the lake today. There are a couple ships out on the lake north of the Beavers today, but they seem to be hugging the north or the west shoreline.

 

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Library Halloween Party

Saturday, October 28, 2017

BIESA October

October 26, 2017 Agenda....Draft Minutes September

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 24, 2017

Welcome to Road Dust Removal Day aka Muddy Road Day aka Soggy Tuesday. Yes, it's been raining cats and dogs all night and it's still coming down. My rain gauge is registering 2 inches since 8:00 last night! At the moment it's 46°, the sky is drooling heavily, humidity is at 92%, pressure is at 29.08 inches, wind is from the west at 18 mph with gusts to 38 mph, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Please note that this is NOT a perfect day for the beach in spite of big waves.
TODAY: Periods of rain showers. Windy. Highs around 50°. West winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.
TONIGHT: Periods of rain showers. Windy. Lows around 40°. Northwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect through late tonight
TODAY: Northwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 45 knots. Periods of showers. Waves 7 to 10 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 45 knots. Periods of showers. Waves 8 to 11 feet.

ON THIS DATE of October 24, 1945 - The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Maximum ifespan of an American red squirrel is 9 years?

WORD OF THE DAY: rapprochement (rap-rohsh-MAHN) which means an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations. English rapprochement comes directly from modern French rapprochement “reconciliation, understanding,” dates only from the end of the 18th century, and is still unnaturalized, as one can tell from its more or less French pronunciation. The underlying French word is the verb approcher (Old French aprochier) “to approach,” which English adopted in the 14th century. The English spelling approach has given rise to two nonstandard spellings of rapprochement : rapproachement and rapproachment. Rapprochement entered English in the late 18th century.

NOTE: I will be off-island tomorrow for doctor appointments so if I don't have time to do the weather before catching my plane, Joe will most likely carry on for me

Ken Slater Obituary

Kenneth Lloyd Slater, age 75, of Beaver Island, Michigan, died peacefully in his sleep on October 7, 2017 at his home, surrounded by loved ones.

Ken (and his twin brother, Keith) were born to Guy and Beatrice Louise (DeHaven) Slater in Sterling, CO. He was married to the love of his life, Loretta LaFreniere on Sept. 30, 1972. Their only daughter, Brooke, was born in 1974. The family lived in Lansing and later in Dewitt, before retiring to Beaver Island.

Ken enlisted in the Air Force when he was just 16 years old (fibbing about his age because of his desire to serve his country). He was ranked an Expert Marksman and was awarded the Air Force Longevity Award. Ken was a Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard, and proudly served as part of the ROMAD’s Special Forces Tactical Air Support Team out of Battle Creek. He often enjoyed recounting stories of the comradeship he experienced during that time. He was awarded the State Distinguished Service Medal and The State Legion of Merit Award. He retired from the Michigan Air National Guard in 1991. He was later recalled to service, and served in a training capacity during Desert Storm. Ken earned three Associate Degrees and in his early years, was a tool and die maker at General Motors in Lansing, MI . Later, he was promoted to Process Engineer before his retirement in 1999.

In 2002, Ken and Loretta moved to Beaver Island, MI where Ken was an active member of AMVETS Post 46. He loved flying, boating, target practice with his daughter and grandkids, fishing, traveling, and was an avid reader. He had a special love of all things sweet, and would eat his desert before dinner whenever possible. His view was “Why not eat the best part first?” Much to the joy of his family, Ken was recently Baptized into the Catholic Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta, daughter Brooke Phillips, grandchildren Slater, Grant and Cate Phillips, his brother, Dean Slater, brother-in-laws Alvin, Glen and Mark (Jacque) LaFreniere, sister- in-laws Sandy (Pete) LoDico, Judy (Rick) Hansel, Joan Banville, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Keith and Darrell Slater, and brother-in-law, Bob Banville.

Visitation and a Rosary will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 7 p.m with a Rosary to follow at 8 pm. A funeral mass will be said on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., with Father Jim Siler officiating. Internment and a special AMVETS salute will take place at Holy Cross Cemetary. A luncheon will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Hall after internment.

In lieu of flowers, Preferred memorials may be given to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, P.O. Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or to aid Hurricane and Earth Quake relief victims through United Way Worldwide at
United Way Worldwide 701 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. (703)836-7112

Stanley Floyd Identifies Pictures

Robert Cole Video 1990

This video includes quite a bit of blank space as attempts were made to make this a more efficient process, and several pictures could not be shown due to the technological issues encounters. Those that were shown include old time island familes and old time Islanders, and you may need to move back and forth in the video or press pause to get a good look. Interestingly enough, Stanley is not in the video as far as his photo, but you can here him do the identification.

View video HERE

Immunization Clinic Scheduled

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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

The immunization clinic is open to all ages.

     

Links

Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

 

BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

 

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

May 3, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 7, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 19, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 23, 2017

t was a lovely weekend. Cousins arrived to surprise Mom with a quick, overnight visit. She loved it. The rain didn't start until after the cousins had flown off. At this point we've had 1/2 inch of liquid sunshine, it's 51°. partly cloudy, humidity is 91%, pressure is registering 28.95 inches, no wind at the moment, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Patchy fog in the morning. Rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Rain showers. Lows in the mid 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph increasing to 45 mph after midnight.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect from late tonight through late Tuesday night
TODAY: Light winds becoming east 5 to 10 knots in the morning, then becoming northeast early in the evening. Rain showers early in the morning, then chance of showers in the morning. Rain showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: North wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Rain showers. Waves 6 to 9 feet.

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT more people die from falling coconuts then from shark attacks? While not as flashy as death by lava, coconuts are truly nature's secret weapon. An estimated 150 people die from falling coconuts each year, so we strongly suggest moving out from underneath that coconut-filled palm tree while lounging or camping out in paradise. In fact, you're 30 times more likely to die from a coconut than a shark.

WORD OF THE DAY cruciverbalist (kroo-suh-VUR-buh-list) which means a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles. Cruciverbalist is a Latin translation of English crossword. Cruci- is the combining form of the Latin noun crux “cross,” as in cruciform or crucifix ; verbalist means someone who is skilled in using words or who is more interested in words than in ideas or reality. Cruciverbalist entered English in the 20th century.

Empathy versus Apology

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

October 22, 2017

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ten unique IP addresses viewed this service live.

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

Sun shining in the stained glass windows...

Heidi, our reader, and Father James Siler

View video of the service HERE

 

Patty Fogg Passes Away

October 1, 1948 - October 19, 2017

Holland, MI

Patti, age 69, while surrounded by family, passed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, October 19, 2017. She lost her courageous battle with breast cancer after a February 2016 diagnosis.

On October 1, 1948 in Ann Arbor, Michigan she was born Patricia Elise Allen. Her parents, Henry & Agnes welcomed Patti as their 9th child. Their family eventually expanded to 13 children. Patti graduated from St. Thomas High School in Ann Arbor and attended college at Barry University in Florida and Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her family spent summers on Beaver Island where she met the love of her life, Michael Fogg. They married on February 15, 1969 and the pair became inseparable. They built a beautiful life together as they raised five sons in the Holland community.

Her greatest passions were her family & Jesus. She enjoyed traveling and entertaining people with her cooking & baking skills. She loved blueberries, flowers and Beaver Island. She had a gift for hospitality and generously shared her home with family and friends. Patti was a realtor for 25 years & retired from Shorewood Realty/Sunshine Properties in Holland.

She is preceded in death by her parents Henry Cullen Allen and Agnes (Riordan) Allen, two brothers Tom and Joe Allen and niece Jennifer Fogg.

Her legacy lives on through her surviving family: Husband, Michael; sons, Eric (& Renee) Fogg, Jeremy (& Abby) Fogg, Benjamin (& Sarah) Fogg, Adam (& Kristine) Fogg, Ryan (& Gretchen) Fogg; grandchildren, Adrianne, Kevin, Joshua, Jacob, Parker, Sawyer, Miller, Archer, Lauren, Camille, Elsa, Henry, Emmett, Collin, Megan & grand-dog, Burly; and a very large extended, loving family.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider a memorial donation to the Patti Fogg Foundation that is being set up by her family. The proceeds will go to recipients seeking Integrative Healthcare & Preventative Treatments that are not covered by their health insurance. Holistic Healthcare was an important part of Patti’s life.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2Timothy 4:7

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

Museum Week 1994

Lighthouse Keeper Letters

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

 

View video of this presentation HERE

What Did You Say 66


By Joe Moore


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


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

Read the rest of the story HERE

BICS Weekly Memo

October 20, 2017

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library is pleased to announce new hours of operation intended to optimize the availability of our facility, staff, and resources to the school.

*Note also the new closing time for the school year.*

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

 

 

Announcements/Ads

Christmas Lunch and Santa's Workshop

The Beaver Island Friends of Veterans will hold the Annual Children's Christmas Lunch and Santa's Workshop on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Beaver Island Community School. A hot dog lunch will be served at 11:00, with a visit to Santa to follow.  We will also hold Santa's Workshop that same day so the youngsters can purchase their Christmas gifts for family and friends at a nominal price.  We wish you all a Happy Holiday!!

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times



Please join early childhood educator, Kim Mitchell, for story time with your baby, toddler, or preschooler beginning Monday, September 11. 2017, at 10:30 a.m.. As well as reading stories, also included are songs, finger plays, movement, art, and free-play. Each week will focus on a specific theme along with activities to develop listening, socialization, gross and fine motor skill-building, creativity, as well as play-time while caregivers get a chance to socialize, and of course, check out books!

No cost is required, but registration is appreciated so enough materials are available, though visitors to the island are welcome to drop-in. Kim has taught toddler play groups for Lamaze and preschool and has numerous books, toys, and activities she would love to share. If interested, please contact Kim at beaverislandkim@gmail.com or call 448-2532.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library is pleased to announce new hours of operation intended to optimize the availability of our facility, staff, and resources to the school.

*Note also the new closing time for the school year.*

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

Island Treasures Resale

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

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule

 

Holy Cross Bulletin for

October 2017

 

Christian Church Bulletin

October 22, 2017

BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule


BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

Bank Hours Change


January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

July thru August
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-3pm

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.


Donate to the Live Streaming Project

 

The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

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