B. I. News on the 'Net, October 26-November 1, 2015

Beginning November

by Cindy Ricksgers

Bruce Struik Obituary

Struik, Bruce Bruce Struik, 74, of Beaver Island and formerly of Grandville and Jamestown, passed away on October 15, 2015 after a nearly 20 year battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sheryl (Schellenberg); parents William and Alice; brother-in-law Ted Aalsburg; and brother, Walter Struik. Bruce is survived by his daughters, Marika (Adam) BeVier and Libby Struik; grandchildren, Addison, Montana, and Tripp; sister, Margaret Aalsburg; brother, Richard (Coryne) Struik; and many nieces and nephews.

Bruce's family owned and operated the General Store in Jamestown for many years. Bruce was also a high school teacher in Zeeland for 10 years. Bruce loved spending time with his family, being on Beaver Island, showing appreciation to others, working in his garden, making art out of driftwood, watching the freighters on Lake Michigan, sitting in his favorite chair, talking with people in the checkout lane, cooking delicious meals and desserts, traveling, reading, watching the news, five mile walks, wearing funny t-shirts and ties, doing things on the hour or the half hour, giving people nicknames, hauling rocks, and "junk shopping." He will also be remembered for his sense of humor, being a dedicated father, positivity, compassion, and random one liners and anecdotes.

The family would like to thank the many "guardian angels," helpers, medical staff and others who, as he would often say, "have been so good to us." A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI. His family will receive visitors from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Per his wishes, his body was donated for medical research.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Beaver Island Rural Health Center/Good Samaritan Fund, 37304 King's Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or Ellen Welke Fund, Holy Catholic Church, Beaver Island MI 49782.

Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to read his life story, archive a memory, photo, or sign the guestbook online. - See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=bruce-struik&pid=176284495&#sthash.5up40iaI.dpuf

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for November 1, 2015

First of all, Happy Birthday to our youngest, Andrea Jo Moore, on her birthday today. So different to have her so far way in WA state. Back here on the island it's dark thanks to Daylight Saving Time, temperature is 49° and feels like 43° with the windchill as it's breezy and mostly cloudy. Wind is at 18 mph from the west- south-west with gusts to 27 mph, humidity is at 87%, pressure is rising from 998 mb, and visibility is 8.6 miles. Today: Cloudy. A 50% chance of rain showers in the morning. Highs in the lower 50s. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of November 1, 1848 - The first medical school for women, founded by Samuel Gregory, opened in Boston, MA. The Boston Female Medical School later merged with Boston University School of Medicine.

Did you know that due to gravitational effects you weigh is slightly less when the moon is directly overhead?

Word of the day: ferhoodle (fer-HOOD-l) which is chiefly from the Pennsylvania German area means to confuse or mix up. Ferhoodle comes from the Pennsylvania German term verhuddle meaning "to tangle" and is related to the German word verhudeln meaning "to bungle, botch."

Trunk or Treat

This event was very well attended with many more people coming in to provide their Halloween treats for the kids. The event was not held in the parking lot, but inside the Gregg Fellowship Center due to the rainy weather that continues outside right now. The 8:30 p.m. weather is report is that it is "raining cats and dogs" out there right now.

Here are some pictures of the event showing the youngsters that attended along with some of the adults as well.

Lot of candy, lots of treats, hot dogs and chili, and apple cider! What a wonderful gathering for this All Hallows' Eve!

Video of Trunk and Treat


Food Pantry Fund Raiser

The winner is Deb Bousquet! Congratulations, Deb!

The drawing took place at the Trunk and Treat on October 31, 2015.

Mary Kenwabikise made this beautiful quilt and donated it to the Food Pantry to be used as a fund-raiser.   

You can write a check to Beaver Island Christian Church, write Food Pantry on the memo line, and mail it to PO Box 21.

You can donate to the Food Pantry by clicking the button below:

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! It's going to be a spooky one with rain all day and into the night. Hopefully everyone has a costume with built-in waterwings. Just be careful, as it's going to be difficult to see kids in dark colors. Right now it's 49°, feels like 44°, wind is at 11 mph from the west south west with gusts to 26 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is 9.2 miles. Today: Chance of rain in the morning (it's already raining), then more rain in the afternoon. Highs around 50°. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Rain in the evening, then a chance of rain or drizzle after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of October 31, 1517 - Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church. The event marked the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

Did you know that the dishwasher was invented in 1889? On an ordinary day in the 1880s, a Shelbyville woman took a dirty bowl and plate and made history. Josephine Garis Cochran was the first person to build a practical dish-washing machine, succeeding where some had tried and failed.
And it was the chore of washing dishes by hand and trying to save her good china from breaking that caused her to proceed with an idea to invent a unique machine. She also wanted to relieve tired housewives of the drudgery of dish washing.

Working in a wood shed in back of the Cochran house, with the help of George Butters, a young mechanic, she built a dish-washing machine. The United States Patent and Trademark Office said she measured the dishes first, then made wire compartments, each designed to fit plates, cups or saucers. "The compartments were placed inside a wheel that lay flat within a copper boiler. A motor turned the wheel while hot, soapy water squirted from the bottom of the boiler and rained down on the dishes."

The invention, though practical, also required manual labor .One article said the soapy water was forced on the dishes by hand pumping. Cochran discovered the dishes would dry in the air after clear boiling water was poured over them from a tea kettle. Operating instructions for the later models said, "Put concentrated lye, with gold dust or sal soda, as needed in the water:"

Excited about the invention, friends and neighbors urged her to manufacture the machine for home and commercial use. She applied for a patent and received it on Dec. 28,1886. People wrote testimonials, such as "Dear Mrs. Cochran, Please accept my congratulations on the success of that wonderful piece of mechanism, the 'Dish Washer.' Having Seen it work, I can testify that it will do all work required, as advertised, and am assured that it will be as indispensable to our homes as the sewing machine. No one who is in need of such an article and understands the worth and value of such a machine would think of doing without it. Respectfully, Mrs. L.S. Baldwin, Windsor, ill., Feb. 5, 1889."

Cochran showed the dishwasher at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair , but only restaurants and hotels showed interest in it. She founded a company to manufacture her dishwashers that in time became Kitchen Aid, but it wasn't until many years after her death that the machine captured the attention of the average housewife. The machine didn't gain popularity for home use until the 1950s.

Word of the day: ignis fatuus (IG-nis FACH-oo-uh s) which meand something deluding or misleading. Ignis fatuus comes from the Medieval Latin word of the same spelling that literally means "foolish fire."

Special Library Board Meeting Scheduled

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 9 a.m. at the library

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 30, 2015

It's 30° this morning, partly cloudy, wind at 3 mph from the west with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. Light winds changing to the southwest at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of October 30, 1972 - In Illinois, 45 people were killed when two trains collided on Chicago's south side.

Did you know that the typewriter was invented in 1829?

Word of the day: epicedium (ep-uh-SEE-dee-uh m, -si-DAHY-uh m) which means a funeral song; dirge. Epicedium entered English in the late 1500s. It stems from the Greek word epikḗdeion, the noun form of an adjective meaning "of a funeral."


Sunday, November 15, 2015, is the date for this year’s Christmas Bazaar at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 11:00am.

There will be a lot of returning vendors as well as a few new vendors.  You will have your choice of a wide variety of Christmas gifts for family, friends—and yourself!  Candles, stuffed animals, evergreen wreaths and swags, jewelry, Flattail Furs, Pampered Chef, Rustic Heart, baked goods and much, much more.
Each vendor will donate n item for a drawing.  Tickets are $0.25.  All proceeds from the drawing will go to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.  If you place a donation for the Food Pantry under the Christmas tree, you will receive a free ticket (s) for the drawing.  You can also place an unwrapped toy, game, book, etc. under the tree to be distributed to local children.  (Thank you!!)
Shop ‘til you’re hungry—then take your choice of a number of delicious soups—and support the Food Pantry.
Music—voting for the best decorated table—something for everyone!!
Sunday, November 25, 11:00 – 2:00
See you there!!

Reservation forms for tables will be at the Community Center, the District Library, and the mailbox at Jean Kinsley’s real-estate office starting Saturday morning, October 31.

Emergency Services Authority Meeting

October 29, 2015

More than half of the just little over an hour meeting of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority meeting today was taken up by a presentation and Q&A period by Valley Med Flight out of Iron Mountain. The island residents will be provided a discount for a subscription and membership. The current cost of the insured membership for Valley Med Flight services will be $25 per year and the uninsured membership for this service will by $35, the normal costs are $50 and $70. The applications for this membership will be available at the BIRHC. This membership will allow the family to have no out-of-pocket costs for the flight service using the Valley Med Flight fixed wing aircraft.

The Valley Med Flight group was invited to attend the BIESA meeting and make a presentation by the BIRHC manager Donna Kubic.

. For this small amount of membership fee, there would be no reason not to become a member. It is, however, important to note that the time to get the Valley Med Service from Iron Mountain to Beaver Island Township Airport will be no less than 65 minutes. Since Valley Med normally transfers patients from a licensed facility to another licensed facility, namely doing inter-facility transports, their response time and patient transfer time could be up to 90 minutes before the Valley Med aircraft leaves Beaver Island.s)

Update: The previous statement was made in error. BIEMS was a participating provider for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield. There may have been a policy change by a Director of BIEMS in the past few years that may have changed this. While this is being investigated, it appears that some have received bills. BINN was going on information believed to be true, but is not true as of this moment. Our apologies for suggesting something that is not accurate. It may all be a mute point as BIEMS moves into the future.

Within that 90 minute time frame, the Beaver Island EMS licensed air transport vehicle could already have the patient at the hospital if flying to Charlevoix or Harbor Springs, and the patient would already be at the Traverse City Airport if flying to TVC for Munson Healthcare. This "Time to Definitive Care" in trauma," "Time is Muscle" in a cardiac emergency, and "Time is Tissue" in a suspected stroke would delay the definitive care while waiting for Valley Med to get the patient to the hospital. These points were brought up by Kevin White, BIEMS Director. A letter of excellence in service was read by Bill Kohls that was sent to him by Dr. Smith, Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority Director. This letter praised Kevin White for his work and his dedication to Beaver Island EMS during this trying time.

Rick Speck spoke up and stated that BIEMS would probably not be able to exist if the air transport income were to disappear. He quoted approximately $39,000 in payments were received for air transport with BIEMS netting $17,000 from those flights. The ground ambulance was not netting anywhere near this amount with less than one-third of that income. BIEMS could not function without the income from the air transport. Rick Speck also stated that he will send Bill Kohls three months of income statements to be posted on the Peaine website shortly after the end of October.

Bob Turner, retired firefighter/paramedic from Detroit Metro,asked a question after the Valley Med crew had left. He asked what weather conditions can the Valley Med aircraft fly in that Island Airways can't. Paul Welke took a few moments to make a couple of statements. One was that Island Airways usually has the emergency patient to the mainland within about 35-45 minutes after the page. He further stated that the Island Airway's aircraft and pilots have the same ability to fly using instrument flight rules and GPS. He stated that the only condition that he would not be able to fly in that Valley Med might be able to fly in would be the condition called "icing" since the Valley Med Aircraft might have the ability to fly in those conditions.

The FLSA labor and wage complaint has not been acted on by the state. (Update on this: The FLSA complaint has been denied, pending appeal.)

The remainder of the meeting was related to the formal documents that need to be worked on and approved starting with the November and December meetings.

Video of this meeting HERE

Update on October 31, 2015

The following quotations from several recent EMS magazines provide the true importance of getting a pateint to definitive care in the shortest period of time possible:

“Our job in EMS is threefold: 1) get to the patient quickly, 2) fix what we can fix, and, 3) quickly get the patient to the right hospital. Anything we can do to compress each of these time periods is good for the patient. We’ve known this in the traumatically injured, and now we use it for STEMI and stroke patients; more are sure to follow.”

“At least 3 links in trauma care can be identified: (1) the time from the event to the 911 call; (2) EMS total transport time; and (3) the interval from arrival to definitive care.”

“Sometimes old dogmas help save lives, allowing people with diverse levels of knowledge to grasp a simple concept. The golden hour of trauma is a classic example of this, and, as imperfect as it is, the concept of timely care must survive; no need to reset your clocks.”

The above three quotations seem to represent the best practice in the use of emergency medical services.  These quotes also represent the positions of many associations and agencies regarding EMS including the American Heart Association, the International Trauma Life Support, and University of Miami Stroke Programs.  Time to definitive care is one of these most important concepts.

In discussions amongst BIEMS members after the ESA meeting, the following issues were discussed and the questions were asked. If someone wanted to know about the effectiveness and efficiency of the BIEMS licensed aircraft transport operation, why didn't interested parties ask those that transported the emergency patients? Can those with no Beaver Island emergency air transport experience determine the effectiveness, efficiency, and the ability to treat patients in this licensed aircraft? If anyone was interested in answering these questions, would they not better ask someone who had flown the patients in the aircraft with primary responsibility for the care of the patient during the flight? What treatments have actually been provided by either Valley Med or Northflight that weren't already provided by BIEMS?

Joe Moore, BIEMS paramedic and EMT with over twenty-five years right here on Beaver Island stated, "I flew over fifty emergency patients off Beaver Island in this aircraft in the last three years. There was never any treatment needed by the patient that could not be completed in the aircraft including IV pump and drip medications." When asked about the possibility of other issues suggested by some concerned citizens, Joe stated, "You obviously have not asked the patients and the patients' families any of these questions either. BIEMS gets thank-you cards from many patients for the obvious excellent patient care and efficient transport. We listen to our patients and our patient's families, and then do our best to accomodate their wishes."

In regard to the treatments that Valley Med or Northflight could provide that BIEMS had not already completed, Joe responded, "In the last fifteen years as a paramedic on Beaver Island, I believe that the assessment and treatment including the monitoring equipment of BIEMS have all been completed successfully right here on Beaver Island with these other air transport operations providing only continuing treatments and monitoring already started by BIEMS."

Joe continued, "We have successfully transported and maintained treatment of patients on a USCG ice breaker with an IV pump drip medication, a faster USCG vessel, a private yacht, and in many unusual conditions including blizzards and fog. We have flown with the USCG medivac helicopter with very little monitoring equipment due to weight restrictions. We have transported patients not only to Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Traverse City, but also St. Ignace. We get the job done efficiently and effectively. We have demonstrated not only competence, but also creativity in the completion of emergency transport of patients. We have mostly had successes in the return of spontaneous circulation in non-traumatic cardiac arrests even getting a congratulatory letter from a cardiologist. We have been on the cutting edge of emergency medical care wtih many treatments including, but not limited to AED, EpiPen, D50 for diabetics, and Narcan for overdoses. We have actually been part of the original studies for many of these treatments. We have successfully transported physicians, pediatric intensive care nurses, and registered nurses of many specialties. We have never received a complaint from any patient about transport method or treatment. Of course, I can't speak about individual patients due to patient and family privacy regulations. We have worked alongside BIRHC providers for successes that did not require transport after treatmentswere completed there. We maintain certifications above and beyond the minimum requirements for licensure. Programs in International Trauma Life Support, AHA Basic Life Support, AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support, AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support, AAP Pediatrics for PreHospital Providers, Advanced Stroke Life Support, and Emergency Driving. Basic EMT programs, and MFR programs as well as continuing education programs are taught right here on Beaver Island. . . . . I hope that all of these things will be considered before any major changes are made."

Waste Management Committee News

This morning, October 29, 2015, at 10 a.m. a special meeting of the WMC took place at Peaine Township Hall. The members present were Bill Kohls, Joe Moore, Jean Wierenga, Paul Welke, Bill Haggard, and Ernie Martin. Brad Swearingen, the manager of the Beaver Island Transfer Station had resigned after providing two and a half years of excellent leadership for the transfer station. Brad Swearingen gave his final report, and Brad recommended that the committee appoint Bob Marsh as the new manager.

The committee appointed Bob Marsh as the interim manager, and decided to post the manager's position. The committee also set up a sub-committee to include Paul Welke, Jean Wierenga, and Bill Haggard as the interview committee, as well as keep the application period open until November 30, 2015. The interview committee will gather the applications and interview the candidates and provide the WMC with a recommendation.

The WMC also determined that the transfer station, being a public building, should not have smoking inside the building. It was agreed that a sign to that effect would be posted in the building. All smoiking, by employees and/or customers should take place outside the walls of the building.

BICS Searching for Substitute Teachers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 29, 2015

It's a tad bit chilly out there this morning at 40° and a wind chill of 32°. I'm taking another guess that by 9 am (if not a few minutes earlier) it's going to rain again (like we didn't get enough yesterday). Wind is at 17 mph from the southwest with gusts up to 28 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is rising from 990 mb, and visibility is at 9 miles. Today: Rain showers or snow showers in the morning, then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the evening, then a chance of rain showers and snow showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 15 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 35 mph.

On this date of October 29, 1956 - "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered on NBC. The show replaced "The Camel News Caravan."

Did you know that the only letter which doesn't appear in the Periodic Table is j?

Word of the day: barghest (BAHR-gest) which means a legendary doglike goblin believed to portend death or misfortune. Barghest most likely stems from a combination of barrow, meaning "an artificial mound, especially over a grave," and ghest, an Old English variant of ghost.

West Side Color

The view of the island from above shown in another story down below incited a desire to view this color from the ground level. The trip around the island was for this purpose, but getting the car covered in mud was not part of the plan. Thank goodness for the car wash, not the location, but the automatic sprayer one. It cost twice as much as normal due to the caked mud all over the new car. The colors were unbelievable. It was a great way to spend part of the afternoon. Not too exciting for some, but well worth the trip for those of us into the beauty of the island.

Barney's Lake

West side from the airport to Fox Lake

Fox Lake

Headed south past Greene's Lake

Looked like a giant spider's web

On the way to the Lighthouse School and South Head Light

A unique view of the lighthouse at the South End

Video Clip of the fall colors for this trip


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 28, 2015

Just in case you haven't noticed, it's raining out. Right now I'm showing 46° with a wind chill of 38°, wind is at 20 mph from the east with gusts to 30 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is falling from 1006 mb, and visibility is 4.5 miles. Today: Rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Rain showers. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of October 28, 1636 - Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America.

Did you know that the tentacles of the giant arctic jellyfish can reach 36.6 meters (120 feet)?

Word of the day: jotunheim (YAW-too n-heym) which means the outer world, or realm of giants from Scandinavian mythology. Jotunheim stems from Old Norse. It is the equivalent of jǫtunn, meaning "giant," and heimr, meaning "world, home."

Library Seeks Millage Renewal

Although there isn't a lot on the ballot for this coming November election, the district library is hoping that you will vote to renew its operational millage. Here is the language for this renewal:

Sheriff's Department News Release

News Release

Sheriff Don Schneider is pleased to report that Corporal Fred Hasty Jr. returned to duty on October 26, 2015 after being shot and wounded while on duty by James Cook. Cpl. Hasty went through an intensive recovery process from the critical wound that he received.  Cpl. Hasty was very pleased with his doctors and support staff in aiding in his recovery. Cook faces multiple charges by the Charlevoix County Prosecutor, Allen Telgenhof, with the most serious charges being assault with intent to murder and assault on a police officer with a gun. Cook's case is pending in 33rd Circuit Court at this time.

Sheriff Schneider is elated with the overwhelming support of not only the people in Charlevoix County, but those in all of Northern Michigan in regards to Cpl. Hasty's recovery.

Cpl. Hasty is thankful to be back to work and serving the citizens of Charlevoix County.

Waste Managment Committee Special Meeting

This Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Board Meeting

Rescheduled for October 26, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Fall Colors from Above

Whether it's rainy or dry, cloudy or bright, the Emerald Isle is not so emerald this time of year. It is more yellow and orange except for an occasional red unless you are seeing the pine trees. The beauty of the fall season is truly upon us even in the rain or the haze.

For those who are not able to be on the island for this much cooler season, a quick video of a drive from the corner of King's Highway and Carlisle Road in to the intersection of Brother's Road and King's Highway might give you some perspective on the beauty at ground level.

Video of the fall colors from vehicle headed in toward town


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 27, 2015

It's 36° outside this morning, wind is at 8 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 1030 mb, and visibility is at 2.2 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph, increasing to 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. East winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of October 27, 1962 - The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey. U.S. President Kennedy agreed to the new aspect of the agreement.

Did you know that the winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze over completely?

Word of the day: lycanthrope (LAHY-kuh n-throhp) which means 1) a werewolf or alien spirit in the physical form of a bloodthirsty wolf. 2) a person affected with lycanthropy. Lycanthrope comes from the Greek word lykánthrōpos meaning "wolf-man."

CCSD News Release

News Release

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider is pleased to announce a new Deputy has been assigned to the Sheriff’s Office.  The new Deputy is an 18 month old German shepherd named Ezo from the Czech Republic. 

Deputy Benjamin D. Speigl just recently returned from four weeks of intensive K9 handling with Ezo.  Ezo is certified for tracking and drug detection. 

The K9 program is a remarkable asset for both public safety and for Law Enforcement.  The Sheriff’s Office K9 Program is here to support not only the Sheriff’s Office, but also City Police Agencies within Charlevoix County.

This K9 program was made possible by the generous support and donations from the citizens of Charlevoix County.  Sheriff Schneider sincerely thanks everyone who has helped make this Program possible.

Sheriff Schneider, Ezo, and Deputy Speigl

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 26, 2015

It's looking to be one of those perfect days to curl up in a corner with a good book or your knitting. Right now it's 37°, overcast, and by about 10:30 it'll probably be raining. Wind is at 5 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 1032 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. Highs around 50°. South winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain in the evening; then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows around 40°. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

On this date of October 26, 1951 - Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.

Did you know that the original name of Bank of America was Bank of Italy?

Word of the day: taphephobia (taf-uh-FOH-bee-uh) which means an abnormal fear of being buried alive. Taphephobia is a combination of the Greek word taphḗ, meaning "grave," and the combining form -phobia meaning "fear."



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

October 7, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
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Sat 9am-9pm
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Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Beaver Island Teen Halloween Party at the Library

This party was set up by the students for grades 7-12. The younger children will have a birthday party this afternoon, Sunday, October 25, 2015. It is purposely on the weekend arranged to disrupt the library operations as little as possible. The students looked like they were enjoying themselves. There were three activities going on this same night which may have affected the attendance at all three events. The radio play was at the Community Center, the Hologram presentation was at Emerald Isle Gallery, and this party was at the district library. One adult commented, "I'd have gone to the party, but the play was at the same time." Another said, "The holograms were pretty cool." Most of the teens went to the Halloween Party at the library.

Video of the party may be viewed HERE


Emerald Isles Gallery hosted an exhibition entitled "HOLOGRAPHY: THE MICHIGAN MEDIUM" on October 24, 2015, from 3 pm until 9 pm. There were couple of other events going on during this date and time. The radio play program was at the Community Center, and the teenage Halloween Party was happening at the District Library. It was also a Saturday night.

Deb Bousquet, reporter and videographer for News on the 'Net attended this presentation and took pictures and did video of the presentation by Doug E. Tyler. This was a unique exhibition of over one dozen holographic images that delighted and amazed those who attended. The images seemed to float before your eyes and were interactive, changing as you changed your position relative to the holography.

While a photograph of holography may seem inconsistent to some, these photos may help gain a little knowledge of what this artform is about.

Doug Tyler explaining the artform

"Typically, a hologram is a photographic recording of a light field, rather than of an image formed by a lens, and it is used to display a fully three-dimensional image of the holographed subject, which is seen without the aid of special glasses or other intermediate optics." from wikipedia

Some view from just one position.

View of hologram from two different positions

View of a hologram from three different positions

Reaching out to touch the three-dimensional object

Video Clips of the Holography

Viewing the holograms


Events Coming to Gregg Fellowship Center and the Christian Church

The Annual Trunk or Treat will take place at the Gregg Fellowship Center on Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 5 pm until 6:30 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, and cider will be available for a free will donation. Community members are asked to bring treats and pass them out from the Fellowship Center.

The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be on November 26, 2015 at 6:00PM  at the Gregg Fellowship Center  If possible bring a dish to pass or a dessert to share.  We furnish Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy also punch and coffee or tea

The Annural Christmas Cantata at the Beaver Island Christian Church wil be on December 5 & 6, 2015, at 2:00PM.

The Annual Cookie Carnival at the Gregg Fellowship Center will start at NOON and go until 4:00pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015.  This year, anyone wanting Nutmeg Logs and/or Party Cookies are asked to pre-order.  You can call Jean Carpenter at 448-2893 to pre-order. 

PTA Asked to Help for Halloween Parties

The older kids' party (7-12th grade) is tomarrow, October 24, 2015, from 7:30pm to 11:00pm at the library. There will be a dance, snacks, and outside games.

The younger kids party (any age to 6th Grade) is Sunday, October 25, 2015, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the library. There will be the haunted hallway, movie (Double, Double Toil and Trouble), games and snacks.

Both are free will donation and put on be TAB

It Library Teen Advisory Board has asked if PTA members might be interested in making/bringing some snacks for the teen Halloween party or the children's party (or both). Foodstuffs left over from the Saturday party will be put away and refrigerated if necessary, but things that don't quickly  spoil, get soggy, or generally deteriorate in an unappetizing way would be best. Larissa's away right now, but I'm going to look for something easy I can throw together.

If you are able/willing to contribute, please let me or Katie Lafreniere (kllems@yahoo.com) know.

Thanks much, and Happy Autumn!

Also : the library does have plates, cups and napkins, some candy and some juice boxes. The PTA will be supplying some salty/savory snacks as well.

Patrick S. McGinnity, Director
Beaver Island District Library

Spray-Paint-in-the-Face Cat Culprit Caught

News Release from Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Don Schneider reports that the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the animal cruelty case where a cat was sprayed with orange-red spray paint and its tail severely injured resulting in amputation.

Paul Wicker, age 40 from Boyne City, was arrested October 22, 2015 when a misdemeanor warrant for animal cruelty, which carries a 93 day, $1,000 fine, and community service, and a felony warrant for witness intimidation, which carries a maximum of 15 years and/or $25,000 fine, was issued by Prosecuting Allen Telgenhof. Wicker was arraigned by the 90th District Court Magistrate and bond was set for $50,000. This crime was solved by the media exposure that generated a magnitude of citizens’ response to this heinous crime.  Several citizens came forward to provide Sheriff’s Office with leads to solve the case which touched the hearts of many people.

Sheriff Schneider commends the assistance of both the citizens of Boyne City and the Sheriff’s Office Investigators. 

New Administrator for Holy Cross Parish

Deacon Jim Siler from Cadillac, MI will be moving to Beaver Island to become the Administrator of Holy Cross Parish effective November 1st.   Priests from St. Mary’s in Charlevoix will continue to come to the island to say mass on Sunday.

Jim’s movers will be here Saturday to move his belongings into the Rectory on Kings Highway and Jim will arrive on the island Monday.

Beaver Island Weather

With the island meteorologist off island for personal reasons, having to do with a pretty new black car, there was no weather report this morning. The sky right now is pretty clear in Charlevoix with some clouds visible north from the Charlevoix Airport over the lake. This less than experienced weather reporter sees possible partially cloudy day with the highs in the fifties. You will have to wait until tomorrow to find out the more detailed and more correct weather forecast from the resident weather gal!

BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

BOBI (BIDL Book Club)
For TUESDAY, 11/17 @7p: discussing Knocking On Heaven's Door by Katy Butler
For Tuesday, 12/15 @7p: An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor 
For Tuesday, 1/19 @7p: Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie 
For February (date tbd): In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Special St. James Meeting-Auditor Report

This long awaited meeting of the results of an independent audit of the St. James funds specifically related to the Sewer Fund borrowing from the Road Fund and the General Fund took place at the St. James Township Hall today, October 20, 2015, beginning at 9:30 p.m. and lasting until just before 11 a.m. Questions from the board were answered as the auditor made his presentation. The auditor was Stephen M. Peacock, CPA, from Rehmann Robson from Traverse City, Michigan.

Stephen Peacock before the meeting

Several questions were asked regarding the report and when it would be available to the public. It was determined that the draft report would be posted on the St. James Township website this afternoon. The board will have to decide if they want any changes or any other review, but will finalize the report likely at the November board meeting.

The facts show that mistakes were made, certain billings were not done, and that the actual legal responsibility was not completed in a timely manner. The township attorney was asked to answer a question from the public: "When does negligence become criminal?" The lawyer's answer was not the one that was expected by some in the audience of twenty-nine people. "Negligence never becomes criminal." So as many people view this situation, mistakes were made, and efforts are being made to recover as much money as possible from the participants in the sewer running from the Holy Cross Hall down to the King Strang Hotel including Ray Matella's house.

Early on group attending the meeting

Mr. Peacock giving recommendations

Just a few of the people asking questions

This plan for collection will also be discussed, possibly at another special meeting as soon as tomorrow, but definitely another item on the agenda for the November meeting of the board.

Link to Auditor Draft Report

Video of Special Meeting HERE





Community Center Movies

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

In an email, Bob Tidmore notified me that two new transit bus drivers have been hired and effective immediately, the transit bus is back on its Monday through Friday schedule.

Preparing the Community Calendar

BINN is beginning the preparations for the 2016 Beaver Island Community Calendar. The events that are already scheduled for the coming year will be gladly be posted on the calendar. Any organization that has dates can be posted, but they have to be sent to the editor. Joe Moore said, "I have to be aware of the activity in order to post information about the activity." Save your dates now, so there are fewer conflicts!

Bank Hours Change

Starting Tuesday September 1st, the hours at the Beaver Island branch of the Charlevoix State Bank, will be : Monday - Friday 9am until 1pm, Monday through Friday.

Beach Rangers

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

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

Nov 8:  Howrd Davis
November 15:  El Zwart; Hudsonville MI

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!! Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




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