B. I. News on the 'Net, October 28-November 10, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 10, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 36°, feels like 26°, wind is from the NW at 16 mph, humidity is 67%, dew point is 26°, pressure is at 29.92 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Gusty winds today and a chance of snow flurries. Temperatures are going to fall.
Marine forecast is as follows:


Today North wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of showers early in the morning. Slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 4 to 6 feet in the afternoon.

Tonight North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Monday Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Snow showers likely. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Monday Night North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1969, “Sesame Street,” a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut. “Sesame Street,” with its memorable theme song (“Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street”), went on to become the most widely viewed children’s program in the world. It has aired in more than 120 countries.

The show was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney, a former documentary producer for public television. Cooney’s goal was to create programming for preschoolers that was both entertaining and educational. She also wanted to use TV as a way to help underprivileged 3- to 5- year-olds prepare for kindergarten. “Sesame Street” was set in a fictional New York neighborhood and included ethnically diverse characters and positive social messages.

Taking a cue from “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” a popular 1960s variety show, “Sesame Street” was built around short, often funny segments featuring puppets, animation and live actors. This format was hugely successful, although over the years some critics have blamed the show and its use of brief segments for shrinking children’s attention spans.

From the show’s inception, one of its most-loved aspects has been a family of puppets known as Muppets. Joan Ganz Cooney hired puppeteer Jim Henson (1936-1990) to create a cast of characters that became Sesame Street institutions, including Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Big Bird.

The subjects tackled by “Sesame Street” have evolved with the times. In 2002, the South African version of the program, “Takalani Sesame,” introduced a 5-year-old Muppet character named Kami who is HIV-positive, in order to help children living with the stigma of a disease that has reached epidemic proportions. In 2006, a new Muppet, Abby Cadabby, made her debut and was positioned as the show’s first female star character, in an effort to encourage diversity and provide a strong role model for girls. In May 2019, a muppet character whose mother is battling addiction was introduced, acquainting kids with the opioid crisis.

Since its inception, over 80 million Americans have watched “Sesame Street.” Today, an estimated 6 million people tune in to the show each week in the U.S. alone. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that T-Mobile owns the color magenta? In 2014, the brand successfully trademarked the color and a Texas judge ruled that similar colors, even with different names, can't be used by other telecom companies. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY teleological (tel-ee-uh-LAH-jih-kul) which means exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature. Teleological (which comes to us, by way of New Latin, from the Greek root tele-, telos, meaning "end or purpose") and its close relative teleology both entered English in the 18th century, followed by teleologist in the 19th century. Teleology has the basic meaning of "the study of ends or purposes." A teleologist attempts to understand the purpose of something by looking at its results. A teleological philosopher might argue that we should judge whether an act is good or bad by seeing if it produces a good or bad result, and a teleological explanation of evolutionary changes claims that all such changes occur for a definite purpose. (Merriam-Webster)

Peaine Planning Documents November



Rick Elms Passed Away

Rick Elms, brother of Nancy Tritsch and the son of the late Rita LaFreniere and Buster Elms has passed away. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 9, 2019

We finally have a little bit of white stuff on the ground. While the mainland was getting buried, we were still showing green grass. With the cold temperatures, and the white stuff, we're catching up although we maybe have only an inch, unlike Fife Lake that received a foot!. Right now it's cloudy, 35°, feels like 25°, wind is from the SW at 16 mph, humidity is 86%, dew point is 31°, pressure is 29.89 inches, and visibility is 6 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 15 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 30 knots. Rain showers early in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 7 feet. Waves occasionally around 8 feet.

Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Sunday Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of rain and snow showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Sunday Night North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY “We try to work with taxpayers,” Internal Revenue Service spokeswoman Valerie Thornton told TheNew York Times in the autumn of 1991, “[a]nd if we have to come up with some creative payment plan, that’s what we’re going to do, because it’s in everyone’s best interest.” The creative payment plan to which Ms. Thornton was referring in her statement to the Times involved a unique revenue-sharing agreement negotiated between the IRS and the beloved country singer Willie Nelson, who was then struggling to repay a $16.7 million dollar tax debt that had led the federal government to seize all of his assets one year earlier, on November 9, 1990

Willie Nelson landed himself in tax trouble as a result of investments he made in the early 1980s in a tax shelter later ruled illegal by the IRS. With interest and penalties on top of his original unpaid taxes, Nelson was facing a tax bill in excess of $16 million, and though his lawyers convinced the IRS to accept a $6 million cash payment to settle the entire debt, even this was more than Nelson was able to pay, despite being perhaps the most bankable country-music star of the day. “He didn’t have $1 million—he probably didn’t have $30,000,” his daughter, Lana Nelson, told Texas Monthly magazine of her famously generous and free-spending father. In anticipation of negotiations with the IRS breaking down, Willie Nelson had his daughter remove his beloved guitar, Trigger, from his Texas home and ship it to him in Hawaii, where he was golfing when the feds raided his home on November 9, 1990. “As long as I got my guitar,” Willie Nelson said, “I’ll be fine.”

Ultimately, Nelson did get to keep his guitar and even got his Texas ranch back, but not before the government auctioned his home to the highest bidder in January 1991. That bidder, however, was a Nelson fan who purchased the ranch at the behest of a group of farmers who threw their support behind Nelson in thanks for his work in organizing the Farm Aid charitable concerts.

In June 1991, Nelson released a compilation album entitled The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?, the first and perhaps last major-label record album ever released under a strict revenue-sharing agreement with the Internal Revenue Service. While the revenues generated by The IRS Tapes did not come close to settling the debt on its own, Nelson did manage to retire his debt to the federal government by 1993. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW people automatically associate pyramids with Egypt, which isn't surprising since it boasts some magnificent examples of the impressive structures. However, Sudan actually has more pyramids than Egypt. While Egypt has between 118 and 138, depending on the account, Sudan has nearly twice as many, in the range of 200 to 255. The pyramids there served the same purpose as the ones in Egypt; they are the final resting places of numerous members of royalty. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY aphorism (AF-uh-riz-um) which means:
1 : a concise statement of a principle
2 : a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment : adage
3 : an ingeniously terse style of expression
Aphorism was originally used in the world of medicine. Credit Hippocrates, the Greek physician regarded as the father of modern medicine, with influencing our use of the word. He used aphorismos (a Greek ancestor of aphorism meaning "definition" or "aphorism") in titling a book outlining his principles on the diagnosis and treatment of disease. That volume offered many examples that helped to define aphorism, beginning with the statement that starts the book's introduction: "Life is short, Art long, Occasion sudden and dangerous, Experience deceitful, and Judgment difficult." English speakers originally used the term mainly in the realm of the physical sciences but eventually broadened its use to cover principles in other fields. (Merriam-Webster.com)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

November 8, 2019


Monday November 11th Veteran’s Day Ceremony in BICS Gym
Please join us on Monday, 11/11 at 11:00 am for to honor our veterans. The AMVETS Post 46 will be coordinating a Veteran’s Day Ceremony in the BICS gym—All Islanders are welcome!

Regular School Board Meeting Monday, November 11th, 7:00pm
The BICS Board of Education meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on November 11th in room 115.

School Board Vacancy—Please Consider Applying
We currently have a vacancy on the school board. If you are interested in applying, please submit a letter of interest to the school by no later than 3:30 pm on Monday, November 11th. The board will interview all eligible candidates at Monday’s board meeting.

Pizza Kits pickup Friday November 15th
The Little Caesars pizza kits will need to be picked up from 2:45-3:45 on Friday the 15th.

Northern Lights League All-Conference
Congratulations to BICS volleyball players who placed on the NLL All-Conference teams Elsie burton and Susi Myers making first team and Jessica LaFreniere making second team.

BICS Basketball Practice and Game Schedule
Girls’ basketball practice will begin Monday the 11th with the boys’ practices starting the following Monday the 18th. Attached are the practice schedules and game schedules.

Rural School Funding Still in Jeopardy  
The students of Beaver Island, Grand Marais, Paradise, Drummond Island, and Mackinac Island continue to be used as pawns in a political game over the state budget. If you have not yet called, e-mailed, or written a letter to Governor Whitmer, Senator Schmidt, and Representative Cole, please do so today. If you need background on the issue, please call the school or check out our website.

Have a Great Weekend!

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Around the Horn and Erosion

November 8, 2019

by Editor Moore

The purpose to make a trip around the island to check our the progress on the emergency phones, the leaves, the snow, and the erosion was on tap today. The trip took two plus hours with the plans to stop and visit someone not working out. Every trip either starts or ends with a trip to the point, so this began the trip today. A photo gallery shows the entire trip. The video only shows the erosion.

Some homes endangered by water and waves:

Thanks to Pam Grassmick--the above photos.

View photo gallery HERE

View erosion video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 8, 2019

It's a cool, crisp, chilled, autumn morning (remember it's not even winter yet). Mostly cloudy skies, 21° at my house, but the weather channel says it's 26° on the island and feels like 22°. Wind is from the west at 3 mph, humidity is 78%, dew point is 20°, pressure is 30.40 inches and visibility is 10 miles. The high for today is predicted to be 32°. Marine forecast as follows:


Today Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots becoming west 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the late morning. Scattered snow showers in the morning. Scattered rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Tonight Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Periods of showers and scattered snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

Saturday West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

Saturday Night West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (1845-1923) becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible. Rontgen’s discovery occurred accidentally in his Wurzburg, Germany, lab, where he was testing whether cathode rays could pass through glass when he noticed a glow coming from a nearby chemically coated screen. He dubbed the rays that caused this glow X-rays because of their unknown nature.

X-rays are electromagnetic energy waves that act similarly to light rays, but at wavelengths approximately 1,000 times shorter than those of light. Rontgen holed up in his lab and conducted a series of experiments to better understand his discovery. He learned that X-rays penetrate human flesh but not higher-density substances such as bone or lead and that they can be photographed.

Rontgen’s discovery was labeled a medical miracle and X-rays soon became an important diagnostic tool in medicine, allowing doctors to see inside the human body for the first time without surgery. In 1897, X-rays were first used on a military battlefield, during the Balkan War, to find bullets and broken bones inside patients.

Scientists were quick to realize the benefits of X-rays, but slower to comprehend the harmful effects of radiation. Initially, it was believed X-rays passed through flesh as harmlessly as light. However, within several years, researchers began to report cases of burns and skin damage after exposure to X-rays, and in 1904, Thomas Edison’s assistant, Clarence Dally, who had worked extensively with X-rays, died of skin cancer. Dally’s death caused some scientists to begin taking the risks of radiation more seriously, but they still weren’t fully understood. During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, in fact, many American shoe stores featured shoe-fitting fluoroscopes that used X-rays to enable customers to see the bones in their feet; it wasn’t until the 1950s that this practice was determined to be risky business. Wilhelm Rontgen received numerous accolades for his work, including the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901, yet he remained modest and never tried to patent his discovery. Today, X-ray technology is widely used in medicine, material analysis and devices such as airport security scanners. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW If you think using anything less than two-ply toilet paper is roughing it, then imagine what it must have been like to use dried out cobs of corn. That's exactly what early Americans did in rural farming communities while they were settling the U.S. According to the Farmers' Almanac, "dried corncobs…were plentiful, and quite efficient at cleaning … They were also softer on tender areas than you might think. Even after toilet paper became available, some people in Western states still preferred corncobs when using the outhouse." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY lyric (LEER-ik) which means:
1 a : suitable for singing to the lyre or for being set to music
and sung
b : of, relating to, or being drama set to music; especially :
2 a : expressing direct usually intense personal emotion
especially in a manner suggestive of song
b : exuberant, rhapsodic
3 of an opera singer : having a light voice and a melodic style
To the ancient Greeks, anything lyrikos was appropriate to the lyre. That elegant stringed instrument was highly regarded by the Greeks and was used to accompany intensely personal poetry that revealed the thoughts and feelings of the poet. When the adjective lyric, a descendant of lyrikos, was adopted into English in the 1500s, it too referred to things pertaining or adapted to the lyre. Initially, it was applied to poetic forms (such as elegies, odes, or sonnets) that express strong emotion, to poets who write such works, or to things meant to be sung. Over time, it was extended to anything musical or rhapsodic. Nowadays, lyric is also used as a noun naming either a type of poem or the words of a song. (Merriam-Webster.com)

BITA Meeting Rescheduled

TUESDAY, November 19, 2019
12:00 PM

Notice November 12 2019 regular meeting rescheduled

Oct 8 2019 reg meeting minutes draft

Oct 8, 2019 BITA Annual Meeting draft minutes

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 7, 2019

Cold morning with our home reading of 27° and a wind chill of 20°. Wind is from the WNW at 12 mph. Humidity is 79%. Dew point is 24°, pressure is 30.33 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. It seems as though a whole lot of folks got snow - according to Facebook pictures - but we still have bare ground. There is a 50% chance that we might see some white stuff today. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots becoming north 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 knots. Numerous snow showers early in the morning, then scattered snow showers through the remainder of the day. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Tonight North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Friday West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Friday Night Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of rain and snow showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1885, at a remote spot called Craigellachie in the mountains of British Columbia, the last spike is driven into Canada’s first transcontinental railway.

In 1880, the Canadian government contracted the Canadian Pacific Railroad to construct the first all-Canadian line to the West Coast. During the next five years, the company laid 4,600 kilometers of single track, uniting various smaller lines across Canada. Despite the logistical difficulties posed by areas such as the muskeg (bogs) region of northwestern Ontario and the high rugged mountains of British Columbia, the railway was completed six years ahead of schedule.

The transcontinental railway was instrumental in populating the vast western lands of Canada, providing supplies and commerce to new settlers. Many of western Canada’s great cities and towns grew up around Canadian Pacific Railway stations.(history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Pilots from all over the world make trips to international destinations, which means it's incredibly important for both pilots and those coordinating air traffic to be able to clearly communicate and understand one another. That's why they use "Aviation English," a 300-word language that senior aircrew are required to know no matter where they come from or what their native language is.(bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY espouse (ih-SPOWZ) which means:
1 : marry
2 : to take up and support as a cause : become attached to
As you might guess, the words espouse and spouse are related, both deriving from the Latin verb spondēre, meaning "to promise" or "to betroth." In fact, the two were once completely interchangeable, with each serving as a noun meaning "a newly married person" or "a husband or wife" and also as a verb meaning "to marry." Their semantic separation began in the 18th century, when the noun espouse fell out of use. Nowadays, espouse is most often seen or heard as a verb used in the figuratively extended sense "to commit to and support as a cause." Spouse continued to be used in both noun and verb forms until the 20th century, when its verb use declined and it came to be used mainly as a noun meaning "husband or wife." (Merriam-Webster.com)

St. James Township Meeting, 11/6/19

Additional Documents

Beaver Island Invasive Species Administration

BUDGET NOTES FOR November 6, 2019 Amendment

DRAFT Minutes of 10022019 Regular[9072]

November 2019 Budget Amendement Resolution

Terrestrial Invasive Species Ordinance - Draft

Updated Draft Minutes of 101619 Board Work Meeting

November financials 2019


View video HERE

Picnic at the Point, 11/6/19

Viewed a video on the connection between Beaver Island and Aran Mor by Moondance Productions, showing the island families' trip to Ireland

The attendees

Lori Taylor Blitz lays out pictures or viewing

View video of the presentation HERE

Weather by Joe

November 6, 2019

Right now, at 8:45 a.m., on Carlilsle Road, it is 31 degrees and cloudy. The pressure is 30.29, and visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 17 degrees, so it's pretty dry air right now with humidity at 53%

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with possible snow showers in the morning. There is a 50% chance of precipitation. The temperature should remain fairly steady in the mid-30s. Winds from the W are expected to range from 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies continuing, with a chance of snow flurries. The wind will switch to the NW, but stay in the 10 to 15 mph range. The low is expected to be about 27 degrees.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for variable clouds with possible snow flurries. The high temperature will be just above freezing. The winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. The chance of snow is 60% with possible accumulation up to inches.


chilblain; noun; (CHIL-blayn) an inflammatory swelling or sore caused by exposure (as of the feet or hands) to cold

Given that chilblains are caused by exposure to cold conditions, it may not surprise you to know that the first element of this word comes from the noun chill. The second element, blain, may be less familiar, though the word blain ("an inflammatory swelling or sore") is still used by English speakers. Both elements of chilblain have Anglo-Saxon roots. Chill comes from Old English ciele ("frost" or "chill"), which is akin to ceald, an Old English ancestor of the modern cold. Blain comes from Old English blegen (of the same meaning as blain). These two words were first brought together (as the compound chyll blayne) in the 1500s.


On November 6, 1962, the United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and calling on all its members to end economic and military relations with the country.

In effect from 1948 to 1993, apartheid, which comes from the Afrikaans word for “apartness,” was government-sanctioned racial segregation and political and economic discrimination against South Africa’s non-white majority. Among many injustices, blacks were forced to live in segregated areas and couldn’t enter whites-only neighborhoods unless they had a special pass. Although whites represented only a small fraction of the population, they held the vast majority of the country’s land and wealth.

Following the 1960 massacre of unarmed demonstrators at Sharpeville near Johannesburg, South Africa, in which 69 blacks were killed and over 180 were injured, the international movement to end apartheid gained wide support. However, few Western powers or South Africa’s other main trading partners favored a full economic or military embargo against the country. Nonetheless, opposition to apartheid within the U.N. grew, and in 1973 a U.N. resolution labeled apartheid a “crime against humanity.” In 1974, South Africa was suspended from the General Assembly.

After decades of strikes, sanctions and increasingly violent demonstrations, many apartheid laws were repealed by 1990. Finally, in 1991, under President F.W. de Klerk, the South African government repealed all remaining apartheid laws and committed to writing a new constitution. In 1993, a multi-racial, multi-party transitional government was approved and, the next year, South Africa held its first fully free elections. Political activist Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison along with other anti-apartheid leaders after being convicted of treason, became South Africa’s new president.

In 1996, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), established by the new government, began an investigation into the violence and human rights violations that took place under the apartheid system between 1960 and May 10, 1994 (the day Mandela was sworn in as president). The commission’s objective was not to punish people but to heal South Africa by dealing with its past in an open manner. People who committed crimes were allowed to confess and apply for amnesty. Headed by 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the TRC listened to testimony from over 20,000 witnesses from all sides of the issue—victims and their families as well as perpetrators of violence. It released its report in 1998 and condemned all major political organizations—the apartheid government in addition to anti-apartheid forces such as the African National Congress—for contributing to the violence. Based on the TRC’s recommendations, the government began making reparation payments of approximately $4,000 (U.S.) to individual victims of violence in 2003.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com

For Islands, By Islands

3rd Annual Great Lakes Islands Summit Hosted on Mackinac Island


Mackinac Island, MI -There are nearly 30 year-round island communities in the Great Lakes. Though independent by choice, they are facing economic, social, and ecological challenges that require a higher degree of collaboration and cooperation.

On October 20 -23, 2019, over 130 people from 14 Great Lakes islands convened at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan, for the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Islands Summit. This meeting serves as the annual member meeting for the Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA). The Summit is the only Great Lakes-wide event dedicated to the needs of island communities to foster relationships and share information Great Lakes island living.

“I’m often asked how this organization is benefitting Drummond Island and my answer is simple. ‘Great Lakes islands share many common challenges. As a single island we are easily overlooked when facing challenges, but as a group of islands we are able to leverage our experiences through the GLIA network and have a more amplified voice” said Kristy Beyer, GLIA Steering Committee Member. “I’m proud of the work we are doing and excited about the network we are establishing.”

GLIA voluntary network connecting individual island leaders and developing tools to aid collaboration. This year’s attendance nearly doubled, proving the validity of this bi-national group as an important network with a unique purpose. Thanks to the administrative support of Northland College, the group was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Mott Foundation. With this financial support, GLIA will spend the next 12 months establishing the Great Lakes Islands Alliance as a legal entity, an influential voice for policies to protect the interests of Great Lakes islands and continue to provide a support network for year-round island communities.

Featured speakers at the 2019 Summit included Lisa Powers, chairwoman of the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians; Phil Porter, Director, Mackinac State Historic Parks; Eric Ellis, Project Manager, Great Lakes Commission; Lisa Brush founder and executive director of the award-winning Stewardship Network.

Several informational breakout sessions provided insight on tourism, affordable housing, health care, environmental conservation, schools, faith communities, infrastructure, and more. Guided field trips to the school, library, airport, medical center, fire and police department, solid waste handling facility, water treatment plant, and Fort Mackinac allowed fellow islanders a chance to see how Mackinac Island addresses these essential necessities.

The GLIA members from Mackinac Island took significant responsibility for arranging logistics and designing agenda content for this year’s event. Additional assistance and oversight was provided by the GLIA Steering Committee, GLIA staff coordinator Matt Preisser with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and valued partner organizations of Northland College and the Island Institute.

The event was hosted at the Mission Point Resort, which provided a beautiful setting for the event. Financial support for the 2019 Great Lakes Islands Summit was made possible by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, Grand Hotel, Island Airways, and the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians.

The 2020 Great Lakes Island Summit will take place at the member islands in Lake Erie. To learn more about GLIA, visit www.greatlakesislandsalliance.org.

About GLIA
The Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA) is voluntary, collaborative network that brings together island leaders, residents, and advocates from across the Great Lakes region. The mission of GLIA is to encourage relationship building, foster information exchange, and leverage resources to address shared challenges and embrace opportunities to benefit islands within the Great Lakes.


Kristy Beyer
Drummond Island Tourism Association (906) 493-5245 or (231) 330-4389

October 25, 2019

2019 Girls Volleyball All-Conference

Volleyball Teams: Beaver Island, Big Bay De Noc, Hannahville, Mackinac Island,
Maplewood Baptist, Munising Baptist, Ojibwe

(The All-League teams are selected by all coaches from each of the Northern Lights League schools.)

1st Team:
Lauren Mulder, Maplewood Baptist ** Captain & Player of the Year**
Kadynce Defrancesco, Munising Baptist
Elsie Burton, Beaver Island
Anna Veneberg, Munising Baptist
Ella Cowell, Mackinac Island
Meagan Yonker, Big Bay de Noc
Susi Myers, Beaver Island

2nd Team:
Ahna Henderson, Maplewood Baptist
Brooke Dziobak, Mackinac Island
Jessica LaFreniere, Beaver Island
Erin Willson, Munising Baptist
Annileece Lofquist, Hannahville

Honorable Mention Team:
Chennoah Teeple, Ojibwe Charter School
Brianna Malinowski, Hannahville
Katelyn DeKeyser, Big Bay de Noc

As Long As I’m Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 5, 2019

Cloudy skies again and it's a wee bit chilly at 36° although it feels like 26°. Wind is from the WNW at 15 mph, humidity is at 71%, pressure is 30.05 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. As per usual, most of the "bad" weather has gone around us, which is all right. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered rain and snow showers in the morning. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Tonight West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Isolated rain and snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of rain and snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Wednesday Night

Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of rain and snow showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

From the Beaver Island Boat Company: Due to weather we will be cancelling both departures on 11/5/19. We will tentatively be running 11/6/19 at 8:20 am from Beaver Island and 11:30 am from Charlevoix.

ON THIS DAY in 1605, early in the morning, King James I of England learns that a plot to explode the Parliament building has been foiled, hours before he was scheduled to sit with the rest of the British government in a general parliamentary session.

At about midnight on the night of November 4-5, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, found Guy Fawkes lurking in a cellar under the Parliament building and ordered the premises searched. Some 20 barrels of gunpowder were found, and Fawkes was taken into custody. During a torture session on the rack, Fawkes revealed that he was a participant in an English Catholic conspiracy to annihilate England’s Protestant government and replace it with Catholic leadership.

What became known as the Gunpowder Plot was organized by Robert Catesby, an English Catholic whose father had been persecuted by Queen Elizabeth I for refusing to conform to the Church of England. Guy Fawkes had converted to Catholicism, and his religious zeal led him to fight in the Spanish army in the Netherlands. Catesby and the handful of other plotters rented a cellar that extended under Parliament, and Fawkes planted the gunpowder there, hiding the barrels under coal and wood.

As the November 5 meeting of Parliament approached, Catesby enlisted more English Catholics into the conspiracy, and one of these, Francis Tresham, warned his Catholic brother-in-law Lord Monteagle not to attend Parliament that day. Monteagle alerted the government, and hours before the attack was to have taken place Fawkes and the explosives were found. By torturing Fawkes, King James’ government learned of the identities of his co-conspirators. During the next few weeks, English authorities killed or captured all the plotters and put the survivors on trial, along with a few innocent English Catholics.

Guy Fawkes himself was sentenced, along with the other surviving chief conspirators, to be hanged, drawn, and quartered in London. Moments before the start of his gruesome execution, on January 31, 1606, he jumped from a ladder while climbing to the hanging platform, breaking his neck and dying instantly.

In 1606, Parliament established November 5 as a day of public thanksgiving. Today, Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated across Great Britain every year on November 5 in remembrance of the Gunpowder Plot. As dusk falls, villagers and city dwellers across Britain light bonfires, set off fireworks, and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, celebrating his failure to blow Parliament and James I to kingdom come. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Hamburgers lovers may want to make a trip to Seymour, Wisconsin, which claims to be the place where the beloved burger was first made. In 1885, Charlie Nagreen apparently served the very first hamburger at the Seymour Fair when he flattened a meatball—which weren't selling terribly well—and placed it between slices of bread to make it easier to carry around and eat. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY posthaste (POHST-HAYST) which means: with all possible speed. In the 16th century, the phrase "haste, post, haste" was used to inform posts (as couriers were then called) that a letter was urgent and must be hastily delivered. Posts would then speedily gallop along a route with a series of places at which to get a fresh horse or to relay the letter to a fresh messenger. William Shakespeare was one of the first to use a version of the phrase adverbially in Richard II. "Old John of Gaunt ... hath sent post haste / To entreat your Majesty to visit him," the Bard versified. He also used the phrase as an adjective (a use that is now obsolete) in Othello: "The Duke ... requires your haste-post-haste appearance," Lieutenant Cassio reports to the play's namesake. Today, the word still possesses a literary flair attributable to the Bard. (Merriam-Webster)

Christmas Bazaar

Veterans' Day

Veterans' Day will be observed at the Beaver Island Community School, on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 11:00 AM. Please join AMVETS Post 46 and the students in the school auditorium for the event.

Re-Posting Notice of School Board Vacancy

November 1, 2019

The Board of Education of Beaver Island Community school (BICS) is accepting letters of interest from candidates interested in being appointed to a vacancy on the BICS Board of Education. An individual is eligible if they are a citizen of the United States and is qualified and registered voter of the district. The person appointed to fill this vacancy shall hold office until the next regular school board election (November 3, 2020), at which time the appointed candidate may run for the election.

All interested candidates must submit a letter of interest stating why they feel they would be an excellent candidate for the board. Letters of interest shall be addressed to Susan Myers, BICS Board President, and be received at the Beaver Island Community School office by 3:30 pm on Monday November 11, 2019

The Board shall interview qualified interested candidates to ascertain their qualifications at an open board meeting on November 11, 2019

Appointment by the board to fill this vacancy will be made by a majority vote of the full board.

Traditional Christmas Cantata Returns

By Joe Moore

The last Christmas Cantata was performed in 2017.  This was the eighteenth annual cantata performed in the Beaver Island Christian Church.  Earlier cantatas had two days of performances, but the decreasing population and the decreasing number of singers brought the performance down to just one, usually in early December.  This eighteenth cantata was directed by Sheri Richards.

Quite a few years in a row, there was help with the Cantata by Mike and Shelly Scripps. There have been several contributions by them over the years. We hope to have some prior members of the choir join us with this year's joyful singing.

In 2018, there was a gathering of singers and performers at the Christian Church led by Phil Becker, but no cantata was performed this past year.  Phil put his heart and soul into this carol sing and music presentation. 
This year, Judi Meister, Kathy Speck, and Joe Moore got together with the goal to resurrect the Christmas Cantata.  The rehearsals have been taking place every Sunday at 11:15 am at the Christian Church with sectionals taking place also based upon the schedules of those singing.

The 2019 Christmas Cantata is entitled “Let the Whole World Sing” by Joel Raney.  This cantata allows the audience to participate with some Christmas carols sung by all that are present, the choir and the audience.
This year’s performance will take place on December 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Beaver island Christian Church.  The conductor this year will be the returning conductor of the majority of the cantatas over the years, Kathy Speck.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

This is the second posting asking for volunteers for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. So far there has been little response. "COMMUNITY" is the operative word. This means if the dinner is to continue, we need help in many ways from the COMMUNITY. If we do not get enough volunteers to help, this dinner just might not happen.

Please consider how you may help. We still need someone to cook a turkey, peel potatoes, table set up and decorate, after dinner clean up, dishwasher, pot and pan washer, ets. Please call Mary Ellen Dawson 2043 or Judi Meister 2963.

From Charlevoix County COA

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the November 2019 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter.  Should you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program


Personal Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath, or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry, roller set style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Oral Care (brush teeth, soak, and wash dentures) Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and laying out clothes for night and morning), Colostomy Care (empty bag, replace), Catheter Care(wash), Toileting, Assist with TED hose. Homemaking duties may include: Bed linens changed, make the bed, dust wash dishes, take out the trash, clean kitchen, clean stove, clean refrigerator, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathroom, grocery shop, errands, bring in mail and laundry. Respite Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry roller set, style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and lay out clothes for night and morning), Toileting, Light housekeeping, Assist with eating and light meal prep.”

We have had one individual express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

Reminder if you didn’t realize that you have had a choice all this time??   Beaver Island Seniors are welcome to be a part of the Charlevoix County Mainland Senior Centers and the services, activities, lunches/dinners and events provided at the centers through the COA.  When you schedule your appointments, shopping and family events on the mainland, look to coordinate your visit with the opportunities the COA is providing, and make an appointment to participate if it is required.  Otherwise, just show up.  Services, Activities, lunches/dinners and events are listed for all Senior Center locations in the attached Newsletter.  Appointments are required for Foot Clinics and some events so please call the center you would like to visit directly to see what is needed.  Contact names, phone numbers and addresses are also available on our Newsletter.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

November 18, 2019 at the Boyne Area Senior Center at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month. 

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

9a-2p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday May through September.  Wednesday’s hours are 2p-7p for Wednesday Night Dinners May through September (there is not lunch or Home Delivered Meals that day).

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  Please do not contact Kathie outside of this time frame for services.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month August through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.    

  • All COA Offices and Senior Centers will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 28th and Friday November 29th.
  • Reminder: The BI COA Office has a computer available to be used by seniors on BI to access their Patient Portal with their Dr. Office; connect with Great Lakes ENT for Hearing Aid Adjustments, connect with Social Security, MY Free Taxes, Medicare and Medicaid resources along with a variety of other useful resources.  Use will need to be coordinated with Kathie.
  • Reminder: The COA BI Office now has Shelf Stable Snacks available for our Charlevoix County residents aged 60 years old and above to be available 1x a month for pick up. Selection will vary depending upon availability. Please contact Kathie for more information.
  • Reminder: The BI COA Office now has a Senior Resource Manual available for review.  Kathie is happy to make copies of information as needed.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Renewal Agreements were signed and returned to the COA by the following establishments to date, so these are the only places on Beaver Island accepting Vouchers at this time:

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli

Other Updates:

  • Senior Snow Removal Program enrollment started October 21, 2019!  Kathie has enrollment packets available at the COA BI Office.  Program enrollment will be from 10/21/19 – 12/27/19 or until the budget has been expended.  Those seniors who are age 60 or older will be required to complete an eligibility packet including the Snow Removal Self Declaration Form for the 2019/2020 season, provide proof of all income along with a copy of their proof of residency.  A completed packet will be the sole way of determining eligibility at this time.  Once the senior has completed the packet and returned it to the COA Office and eligibility has been determined, the senior will receive a letter informing them that they are enrolled in the program along with the designated vouchers.  If the eligible senior leaves their residence for a month or longer, they will not be eligible for the program until they return to the residence.  This program is for homeowners and independent residential rentals as a supplemental support to the costs of snow removal and does NOT apply to commercial buildings, assisted living facilities or apartment complexes to offset their costs of snow removal.

Other Updates Continued:

  • Reminder that as of October 1, 2109, if you are 60 years old or older, a BI Charlevoix County Resident of 5 months or more and have successfully completed the application process and become a member for the BI FIT program through the Beaver Island Community Schools, the COA will pay the Beaver Island Community Schools $25 towards your annual membership fee for October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.  This supports the COA’s goal for creating a healthy exercise option for aging adults on BI.
    • As the school BI FIT program started in September 2019 for an annual term, the COA has paid the School for any approved Senior Applications they took in September and the School will reimburse the Island senior their membership fee.  Please contact them directly.
  • Reminder: New BI Student Volunteer Service Learning Program through the Beaver Island Community School!

This application will be available at BICS and the BI COA office.  Seniors will be able to fill out the back to offer a volunteer opportunity to a student or students.  This could be raking leaves, lawn care, painting, shoveling snow, cleaning a garage, moving, building or fixing something, etc.   After approval, students will be able to get assigned and complete the project in exchange for volunteer hours required for graduation.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

View Senior Highlights HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 4, 2019

Another cloudy morning, 43°, feels like 38°, wind is from the SW at 10 mph, humidity is 87%, pressure is 29.77 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today South wind 10 to 20 knots becoming west in the late morning. Gusts up to 30 knots. Periods of showers in the morning. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet in the morning.

Tonight West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Periods of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Tuesday Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Tuesday Night West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of rain and snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1842, struggling lawyer Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Anne Todd, a Kentucky native, at her sister’s home in Springfield, Illinois.

Mary Todd, whose nickname was Molly, was the child of wealthy parents and received her education in prestigious all-girls schools where she excelled in cultural studies and the arts. Her father socialized with the politically influential and, as a result, she acquired a keen interest in politics. Molly met Lincoln in 1840 when she was 21 and he was 31. She fell in love with the tall, gangly and kind Lincoln and, despite her family’s objections to his poverty and lack of political prospects, accepted his proposal of marriage. However, in early 1841, he inexplicably broke off their engagement. The split lasted until the fall of 1842, when they resumed their relationship. Some reports suggest they were reunited a year earlier but kept their relationship a secret. Regardless, after reuniting they wasted no time with a long engagement and were married on November 4.

Mary Todd, even more so than her husband, was a staunch abolitionist. She supported his political career as he rose from the Illinois legislature to become one of the country’s most charismatic political orators to speak out against slavery. His views aroused the ire of southern slave-holding interests. Even early on in his career, Lincoln received death threats from pro-slavery southerners, and Mary Todd was labeled a traitor to her southern Kentucky roots. During the Civil War, she felt a deep sense of estrangement and tragedy; most of her male family members fought on the side of the Confederacy. To make matters worse, she was often criticized in newspapers and social circles for what was perceived as undue influence on her husband’s political appointments. One reporter went so far as to blame Mrs. Lincoln for causing the president’s health to deteriorate, giving him a gaunt frame and hollow cheeks. Those features were more likely caused by a debilitating wasting syndrome called Marfan’s disease and the burden of governing a nation at war with itself.

During their marriage, a devoted Lincoln watched apprehensively as his dear wife developed illnesses and erratic behaviors, most likely in response to the death of their 11-year-old son Willie in 1862. She also suffered a head injury during a carriage accident in 1863 and thereafter complained of migraine headaches. Biographers and scholars have suggested that she suffered from severe depression and anxiety. (It is suspected Lincoln also suffered from depression.) On top of everything, after years of threats, her husband was indeed assassinated on April 14, 1865, while she sat next to him at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. It is perhaps not surprising in light of the deaths of her son and husband that Mary Todd developed a spiritualist philosophy that the living could communicate with dead.

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT the world's largest waterfall is underwater in the ocean? Rivers flowing over Earth’s gorges create waterfalls that are natural wonders, drawing millions of visitors to their breathtaking beauty, grandeur, and power. But no waterfall is larger or more powerful than those that lie beneath the ocean, cascading over immense cataracts hidden from our view.

Indeed, the world’s largest waterfall lies beneath the Denmark Strait, which separates Iceland and Greenland. At the bottom of the strait are a series of cataracts that begin 2,000 feet under the strait’s surface and plunge to a depth of 10,000 feet at the southern tip of Greenland—nearly a two-mile drop.

But how can there be waterfalls in the ocean? It’s because cold water is denser than warm water, and in the Denmark Strait, southward-flowing frigid water from the Nordic Seas meets warmer water from the Irminger Sea. The cold, dense water quickly sinks below the warmer water and flows over the huge drop in the ocean floor, creating a downward flow estimated at well over 123 million cubic feet per second. Because it flows beneath the ocean surface, however, the massive turbulence of the Denmark Strait goes completely undetected without the aid of scientific instruments. (oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/largest-waterfall.html)

WORD OF THE DAY sobriquet (SOH-brih-kay) which means a descriptive name or epithet: nickname. This synonym of nickname has the same meaning in modern French as it does in English. In Middle French, however, its earlier incarnation soubriquet referred to both a nickname and a tap under the chin. Centuries later, the connection between these two meanings isn't clear, but what is clear is that the "nickname" meaning of sobriquet was well established in French by the time English speakers borrowed the term in the 17th century—and was the only meaning that was adopted. In current English, the spelling sobriquet is most common, but soubriquet is also an accepted variant. (Merriam-Webster)

Beaver Island Wildlife Club Events-November

The Beaver Island Wildlife Club has many events happening this month. Help support the wildlife club by participating!

1st: The Roy Elsworth Big Buck Contest will be held during Firearm and Muzzle Loading seasons. You MUST enter before the end of the day on Nov. 14th, entry fee is $10. You MUST have your deer scored ON ISLAND by Deny Keehn. Winner takes half of the proceeds. Enter at Power's Hardware.

2nd- New this year, A BIG DOE contest for the first three days of season- NOV 15-17. No entry fee. Weigh in will be at the hardware- see Levi. Winner will receive a $100 gift card to Cabelas.

3rd.- A buck pole is being erected next to the Shamrock for those who wish to show off their big deer!

4th- Tickets will be available for the annual Rifle Raffle- $10 each or 11/$100. Prizes this year include THREE guns (30.06, 20 gauge, 22 rifle), 2 half day fishing charters, binoculars, GPS, Rangefinder, engraved knife and more. Tickets are being sold by Board Members, at the Hardware or during the Dinner. The gun shop owner will be on site at the Shamrock during the dinner, with the guns and after filling out the paperwork and check information, the winners will be allowed to take their guns with them!

4th- The Harold Lounsberry Memorial Hunter's Dinner will be held Nov. 16th at the Shamrock. 6-8 p.m. Eric will put on a feast for the hunters as he has in the past...featuring some wild meat as well. Also during the dinner will be the Rifle Raffle, and 50/50 raffles. You can renew your membership or join there too!

5th- BIWC patches- also new this year, you can purchase a newly designed Wildlife Club patch for $5. Available at the hardware and at the dinner.

6th- Deer Checks- Jacque and Levi will once again be conducting deer checks and collecting heads during the firearm season. We will be at the boat dock on sailing days, or available by calling us. Levi- 231-459-6697, Jacque 231-448-2220. We collected a lot of data last fall, including over 20 heads which all came back negative for diseases. The DNR would like us to continue to collect heads to test for CWD and TB this year. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in our efforts to have Beaver Island excluded from the baiting and feeding ban enacted in the rest of the lower peninsula.

What Did You Say 39

by Joe Moore

Sometimes history does repeat itself, at least the same medical conditions and circumstances repeat.  For example, if someone were to fall down, and hurt themselves, it couldn’t possibly be construed by anyone that this story would be about a particular person.  People fall down and hurt themselves all the time.  They even have some of the same injuries.  Rumor has it that this situation happened recently on the island, but this story is not about that person.  It’s about someone who got hurt in the past, almost twenty-five years ago.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Christian Church Service

November 3, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

November 3, 2019

Patrick Nugent does the reading......Fr. Jim Siler reads the Gospel

Father Jim reads the announcements

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 3, 2019

Chilly morning, it's 37°, feels like 27°, cloudy skies, wind is from the west at 17 mph, humidity is 59%, pressure is 30.02 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today it will be cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. A few flurries or snow showers are possible. High near 40°. Tonight there is a 90% chance of rain. Snow may mix in. Marine forecast as follows:


Today Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Scattered showers in the morning. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.

Tonight South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Periods of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Monday Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Monday Night West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DAY One World Trade Center officially opens in Manhattan on November 3, 2014. The new tower, along with the rest of the World Trade Center complex, replaced the Twin Towers and surrounding complex, which were destroyed by terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

As the city and the nation reeled from the attacks, which set into motion the series of U.S-led military operations dubbed the War on Terror, it was decided that the Twin Towers should be replaced by new office buildings, parks, a museum, and a memorial to those who died. In 2002, after cleanup and recovery efforts had concluded, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced a competition to find the chief architect of the new structure. Daniel Libeskind, a Polish-American architect then in charge of a studio in Berlin, won and became the site’s master planner. In reality, however, a number of people and entities, including then-Governor George Pataki, leaseholder Larry Silverstein, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, wrestled over what would happen to the space commonly referred to as “Ground Zero.”

The initial plans for the site were steeped in post-9/11 patriotic sentiment. Libeskind designed an asymmetrical tower that evoked the Statue of Liberty and stood at the same height as the original One World Trade Center, topped with a spire rising to 1,776 feet. Pataki dubbed it the “Freedom Tower,” a name which became commonplace but had largely faded from use by the time One World Trade Center opened.

In 2004, Silverstein’s preferred architect, David Childs, officially took over, with Libeskind staying on as the planner of the site. Childs’ “final” design, a symmetrical and more traditional tower that tapers into an octagon at its midway point and then back into a rectangular prism, was unveiled in 2005. The New York Police Department requested further alterations, most notably a windowless, solid concrete base. Meant to protect against truck bombs and other potential attacks, the base has was criticized as “a grotesque attempt to hide [the building’s] underlying paranoia” by New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ourousoff.

Though its cornerstone was laid in 2004, construction on One World Trade did not begin until the summer of 2006. The slow pace of construction—the tower “topped off” in August 2012 and the spire was not installed until May 2013—was a frequent source of consternation for the building’s developers and the city. At the same time, it allowed space for the tower to become more than a reminder of what had been lost. As architecture critic Kurt Andersen put it, “The fact that it’s taken more than a decade to finish, I think —the gradualism—makes that sense of emblematic rebirth more acute and irresistible.”

Prior to the opening, media conglomerate Condé Nast announced that it would move its New York headquarters from Times Square to One World Trade Center, occupying floors 20 through 44. Its location and the legacy of the original World Trade Center made the tower a natural choice for many financial institutions, but the building’s developers made an effort to bring in a diverse group of tenants, including media and tech companies. Known for its floor-to-ceiling, 360 degree views of Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and New York Harbor, One World Trade is now one of the most notable features of the Manhattan skyline, a tribute to the buildings that preceded it but a 21st century New York phenomenon in its own right. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW in Canada, the Hudson Bay region seems to be "missing" gravity. This strange phenomenon was first identified in the 1960s, according to Global News. Scientists believe that it's caused by "a combination of convection occurring in the Earth's mantle and the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which left an indent on the area after it melted 10,000 years ago." That indent means less mass, which in turn means less gravity. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY fraught (FRAWT) which means:
1 : full of or accompanied by something specified — used with
2 : causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension :
"The drowmound was so hevy fraught / That unethe myght it saylen aught." That verse, from the 14th-century poem Richard Coer de Lion, says that a large ship (a dromond) was so heavily loaded that it could barely sail: originally, something that was "fraught" was laden with freight. Fraught came to Middle English from the Middle Dutch or Middle Low German noun vracht, which meant "load" and which is also the source of freight. For centuries, fraught continued to be used of loaded ships, but its use was eventually broadened for situations that are heavy with tension or some other weighty characteristic. (Merriam-Webster)

Mass from Holy Cross

Novmber 2, 2019

Pinky Harmon, reader; Fr. Jim Siler , celebrant

View video of the service HERE

Paul Welke Reaches Milestone

(from facebook with permission)

About two weeks ago Paul Welke (owner / operator of Island Airways, Chief Pilot, Beaver Island resident) passed a career milestone – 35,000 hours flown as a professional pilot. His first solo flight occurred on his 16th birthday. In the time from his first solo to 35,000 he has had quite a career!

In one picture is just a fraction of his permanent record as a professional pilot – six log books, his pilot file at Island Airways, and his original student pilot license.

In 2016 he was awarded the Wright Brothers Award and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award from the FAA for 50 years of service in aviation as pilot and mechanic. The list of recipients who achieved both of these awards is not a very long list.

In 2012 Paul was the subject of a feature on 9&10 News celebrating “40 Years of Flying to Beaver Island.” One thing that stands out in that feature is a comment by Tim McDonough, “Paul does not want recognition. He just wants to pull his hat down a little lower and get to work.” That is the best summary of Paul I have ever heard.

In February 2001 Paul was credited with saving the Gault family after a plane crash on Beaver Island. If you have ever asked him about this the first thing he will say is, “It was a huge team effort. The fire department, EMS, private citizens, and the Coast Guard were all out there looking. I just got lucky.” Again, pull his hat down and get the job done. A few years ago Paul performed the ceremony when Adam Gault got married. One of the pictures below is Paul dancing with Mirth Gault last summer…….great friends 20 years later.

Many of his early log book entries are the same, “CAP [Civil Air Patrol] flight….search and rescue for missing hiker” or something similar. 50+ years later and he is still on the run the moment the emergency tones go off. He always says the same thing, “Come on we have to help if we can.”

How do you summarize 35,000 hours of flying? About 90% of Paul’s flights were between Beaver Island and Charlevoix so that is at least 50,000 trips or 100,000 landings!

Paul receiving the Wright Brothers Award from the FAA.

Two awards received

Paul and Angel pose with the awards

The Welke family with one of the first Apaches used at Welke Aviation (Anne, Betty, Bill, Paul, Mark, Carl)

...........................PW...............Paul in front of one of the Britten Norman Islanders

Paul and Mirth Gault -- almost 20 years later!

Paul is also a WWII historian. Shown here giving a presentation on the weaponry of WWI and WWII at the Beaver Island Historical Society.

Paul getting ready for another flight

Under Paul's leadership Island Airways became an FAA certified air ambulance based on Beaver Island.

Paul flying N4011P. This was his Dad's airplane and after Bill's death, Paul restored it. It is currently the oldest (only?) Piper Apache still in use in commercial air service.


Paul flying a Britten Norman Islander - one of 50,000 trips he has done in the last 50 years!

Some of Paul's log books

Paul and Bill Welke - CAP information.

CAP Cadet Paul Welke

St. James Township Meeting Documents for 11/6/19, 5:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Terrestrial Invasive Species Administration

BIAC Min Stds Draft 2.2019

BIAC Ordinance DRAFT 2.2019


Supervisor Lens11_november1.2019

Why Minimum Standards 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 2, 2019

Lots of dark clouds hanging above the island, it's 39°, feels like 32°, wind is from the west at 13 mph, humidity is 66%, pressure is 29.95 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. It's going to be a cloudy day. A few flurries or snow showers are possible. Highs will be in the low 40s. The clouds will blow away early this evening. Marine forecast is as follows:


Overnight West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Saturday West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Numerous showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Saturday Night West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered rain and snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Sunday West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1947, the Hughes Flying Boat—at one time the largest aircraft ever built—is piloted by designer Howard Hughes on its first and only flight. Built with laminated birch and spruce (hence the nickname the Spruce Goose) the massive wooden aircraft had a wingspan longer than a football field and was designed to carry more than 700 men to battle.

Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances. The concept for what would become the “Spruce Goose” was originally conceived by the industrialist Henry Kaiser, but Kaiser dropped out of the project early, leaving Hughes and his small team to make the H-4 a reality. Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric. Although it was constructed mainly of birch, the use of spruce (along with its white-gray color) would later earn the aircraft the nickname Spruce Goose. It had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

Development of the Spruce Goose cost a phenomenal $23 million and took so long that the war had ended by the time of its completion in 1946. The aircraft had many detractors, and Congress demanded that Hughes prove the plane airworthy. On November 2, 1947, Hughes obliged, taking the H-4 prototype out into Long Beach Harbor, CA for an unannounced flight test. Thousands of onlookers had come to watch the aircraft taxi on the water and were surprised when Hughes lifted his wooden behemoth 70 feet above the water and flew for a mile before landing.

Despite its successful maiden flight, the Spruce Goose never went into production, primarily because critics alleged that its wooden framework was insufficient to support its weight during long flights. Nevertheless, Howard Hughes, who became increasingly eccentric and withdrawn after 1950, refused to neglect what he saw as his greatest achievement in the aviation field. From 1947 until his death in 1976, he kept the Spruce Goose prototype ready for flight in an enormous, climate-controlled hangar at a cost of $1 million per year. Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Charles Dickens was responsible for writing classic literary works like Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. And while he obviously had a talent for the written word, he was an insomniac who believed that his creativity was dependent on his bed pointing northward. He also insisted on sleeping right in the middle with his arms outstretched and his hands equal distances from the edge. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY dilapidated (duh-LAP-uh-day-tud) which means: decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse. Something that is dilapidated may not have been literally pummeled with stones, but it might look that way. Dilapidated derives (via the English verb dilapidate) from dilapidatus, the past participle of the Latin verb dilapidare ("to squander or destroy"). That verb was formed by combining dis-, meaning "apart," with the verb lapidare, meaning "to pelt with stones." Other English descendants of lapidare include the verb lapidate ("to pelt or kill with stones") and the noun lapidary, which is used to refer to a person who cuts or polishes precious stones. Both words share as a root the Latin noun lapis, meaning "stone." We also find lapis in the name lapis lazuli, a bright blue semiprecious stone. (Merriam-Webster)

Ron Leslie Stith Passes Away

(Updated 11/5/19)

Ronald L. Stith, 75, of Beaver Island passed away unexpectedly October 27, 2019 on Beaver Island, MI. 

Ron was born January 17, 1945 in Cheltenham, England to Lesslie K. Stith and Olive M. Attwood. 

He graduated from Ball State with a masters in education, Cum Laude.  He was a public-school teacher for many years. 

After retiring from teaching, he moved to Beaver Island, MI where he lived for over 17 years. 

Ronald was a proud Veteran of the United States Army National Guard.  He was active in the local AMVETS, helped to coach the high school basketball team and was involved in many activities.  Ron always had that Indiana smile and a hand to help.  He was an avid golfer and loved all things college football. 

Ron is survived by his wife Karen Whitecraft Stith, daughter Melissa Wells, son David Stith, brother Reginald Stith, a sister, and grandchildren. 

A private service will be held at his family plot in Indiana.

Arrangements have been handled by the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. 

Sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

All Saints' Day

November 1, 2019

This holiday is celebrated by the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican Communion, Methodists, and others, it is common for families to attend church, as well as visit cemeteries in order to lay flowers and candles on the graves of their deceased loved ones. The Christian celebration of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and those still living.

Pinky Harmon is the reader.........Father Jim Siler reads the Gospel

View the All Saint's Day Mass from Holy Cross HERE

Charlevoix County Community Foundation to Visit

Ashley Cousens from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation will be on Beaver Island Tuesday, November 5th.  She is in Maureen Radke's position at the C3F. She has a very tight schedule but Nick Delatt agreed that we could meet at Community Center-upstairs.  The "meet and greet" would take place from 1-2 pm and then she needs to promptly leave. 

Airport Commission

The Nov 5 Special meeting for the Beaver Island Airport Commission has been rescheduled for Nov 12, 2019.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

November 1, 2019

Happy Birthday to our youngest, Andrea! We love you and miss you! Hopefully it's much warmer in Washington so you can celebrate comfortably!

It's 35° on Beaver Island this morning, feels like 26°, wind is from the west at 14 mph, humidity is 64%, pressure is 30.01 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Cloudy skies today, a few flurries or snow showers possible during the night. Chance of rain is 50%. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots increasing to 30 knots early in the evening. Isolated showers early in the morning. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Tonight West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Periods of showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
Saturday West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Saturday Night West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DAY The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo’s finest works, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, was born in the small village of Caprese in 1475. The son of a government administrator, he grew up in Florence, a center of the early Renaissance movement, and became an artist’s apprentice at age 13. Demonstrating obvious talent, he was taken under the wing of Lorenzo de’ Medici, the ruler of the Florentine republic and a great patron of the arts. After demonstrating his mastery of sculpture in such works as the Pieta (1498) and David (1504), he was called to Rome in 1508 to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—the chief consecrated space in the Vatican.

Michelangelo’s epic ceiling frescoes, which took several years to complete, are among his most memorable works. Central in a complex system of decoration featuring numerous figures are nine panels devoted to biblical world history. The most famous of these is The Creation of Adam, a painting in which the arms of God and Adam are stretching toward each other. In 1512, Michelangelo completed the work.

After 15 years as an architect in Florence, Michelangelo returned to Rome in 1534, where he would work and live for the rest of his life. That year saw his painting of the The Last Judgment on the wall above the altar in the Sistine Chapel for Pope Paul III. The massive painting depicts Christ’s damnation of sinners and blessing of the virtuous and is regarded as a masterpiece of early Mannerism.

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

DID YOU KNOW In addition to co-writing hits like "Copacabana" and "Mandy," Barry Manilow has authored a number of famous jingles. This includes the iconic "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there" jingle, and the classic, "I am stuck on Band-Aid brand 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY apocryphal (uh-PAH-kruh-ful) which means
1: of doubtful authenticity : spurious.
2 often capitalized Apocryphal : of or resembling the
In Bible study, the term Apocrypha refers to sections of the Bible that are not sanctioned as belonging to certain official canons. In some Protestant versions, these sections appear between the Old and New Testaments. More generally, the word refers to writings or statements whose purported origin is in doubt. Consequently, the adjective apocryphal describes things like legends and anecdotes that are purported to be true by way of repeated tellings but that have never been proven or verified and, therefore, most likely are not factual. Both apocrypha and apocryphal derive, via Latin, from the Greek verbal adjective apokrýptein, meaning "to hide (from), keep hidden (from)," from krýptein ("to conceal, hide"). (Merriam-Webster)

Trunk and Treat

October 31, 2019

The Beaver Island Christian Church has a tradition established or those residents living outside town. It's a great tradition. The adults drive into town and congregate at the Gregg Center, place their candy on the tables and wait or the trick or treaters to walk around and collect the candy. This usually starts at 5 p.m. and continues until most kids are in attendance and then leave. Their are hotdogs and chili and other snacks as well.

View a picture gallery HERE

View video HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

October 31, 2019


Beaver Island Halloween Events--Thursday October 31st
Trunk or Treat at the Gregg Fellowship Center goes from 5:00-6:30 pm.  Mr. Cwikiel will be on hand at the school from 5:17--8:02 pm passing out a variety of options (including awesome toothbrushes), so be sure to swing by the school after you visit the Trunk or Treat festivities!

No School for Students tomorrow, November 1st
Today is the end of the first marking period.  There will be no school tomorrow November 1st.

Parent Teacher Conferences November 6th & 7th
Attached are copies of the conference schedules.

Bike Safety
Thanks to a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, we will be purchasing bike helmets and lights for BICS elementary students who requested them. Mr. Cwikiel surveyed the students and asked who needed helmets and lights. The new helmets and lights will be delivered next week. Hopefully we will get a few more days of nice weather so our students can ride their bikes to school!

Rural School Funding Still in Jeopardy  
The students of Beaver Island, Grand Marais, Paradise, Drummond Island, and Mackinac Island continue to be used as pawns in a political game over the state budget. If you have not yet called, e-mailed, or written a letter to Governor Whitmer, Senator Schmidt, and Representative Cole, please do so today. If you need background on the issue, please call the school or check out our website.

Have a Great Weekend!

PK-6 Fall Conference Schedule 2019

7-12 Conference Schedule

Internet Speeds and Practical Use

October 31, 2019

An editorial by Joe Moore

Although I don't plan to be howling at the moon, even if we can't see it through the cloudy skies, I was howling on the phone just a little bit ago. I have, at least this is what I'm told, a 50 MB download and 10 MB upload Internt modem at my home, where I do most of my website work. The rest of world, it seems, even other TDS customers on the mainland, have Internet speeds that are reciprocal. If I had a 50/50 modem and service, I think I'd be quite happy, but, today I am not happy.

In order to improve the videos that I have been making available to subscribers, on an on-demand basis for BINN subscribers, a higher definition video for the live streamed video was determined to be necessary. The video is automatically recorded on my server for future broadcast or re-broadcast. So, what's the problem, Joe?

Well, the simple issue is that not every event can be live streamed, particularly when the events happen simultaneously, or very close together in time on the same day. While I've been working on how to be in two places at the same time, I've not got that issue resolved. Even if I have another person record the video, it has to be uploaded. No big deal right?

WRONG! A forty to fifty minute video recorded yesterday was begun to upload at about ten this morning, and it is still not uploaded at 1:45 p.m. The webpage is about 93% in the process of the upload. Why?

The upload speed has ranged from 7 to 9.5 mbps. This menans that th 14.1 GB video will not be uploaded until about 2 p.m. This means that a little over forty minute video will take four hours to upload. That is certainly not an acceptable time frame for any business and about as inefficient use of computer time that is possible.

Of course, it is certainly possible to make the video less than HD sized and less memory-bandwidth intensive, but you would think that there might be a better service available for a business.

I just got off the phone with TDS. There is no plan to improve this upload speed. Let me say that one more time! THERE IS NO PLAN TO IMPROVE THIS UPLOAD SPEED! I live about a half mile from the TDS building, and I can't get any better service. That means that those who live further away are really not getting much service at all

Thank goodness for the Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee and their efforts to improve the Internet speeds for governmental entities and others.

The file finished uploading at 2 p.m. and the processing time of the server added another twenty-five minutes.


October 30, 2019

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority had a meeting scheduled for Halloween at 1 p.m., but it was rescheduled to the previous day at the same time. The Central Dispatch of CCE sent over some representatives to update the BIESA with the current happenings in the State of Michigan and the procedures that would need to be followed if there was a disaster here on Beaver Island. The limitations of this procedure, the timing of the arrival of help, and other topics were presented.

The two presenters were Megan Anderson from the Tri-County Office of Emergency Management, Homeland Security of the Petoskey office, and Lt. Michal DeCastro from the Michigan State Police, the Seventh District Coordinator of the Emergrncy Management and Homeland Security Division of the Gaylord, Michigan office.

The four current members of the BIESA, all three paramedics, and BINN Editor Joe Moore were those present to hear this presentation in its entirety. Kevin Boyle was in attendance also, but had to leave to go teach a class at BICS. Bill Kohls, Jim McDonough, Bob Turner, and Kitty McNamara were careful listeners, and had some specific questions that were answered by the two presenters.

Megan Anderson

Lt. Michal DeCastro

Emergency Services Authority Board

After the FEMA presentation, the BIESA continued their meeting to discuss the agenda presented. The board appointed Cody Randall as Acting Director, as Brian Meade needs to reduce his hours here on the island due to commitments on the mainland. There is one opening on the BIESA Board, and Chairman Bill Kohls stated that there will be a posting soon.

View video of the meeting HERE

Amik Circle Society Presents at PAP

October 30, 2019

This Wednesday's Picnic at the Point, a continuation of this series begun this past summer, was a presentation regarding the Stone Circle down on Mrs. Reading's Trail. This group was founded by Terri Bussey many years ago. The presenters were Cynthia Pryor and Alvin LaFreniere, the president and vice president of the Amik Circle Society.

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduced the presenters

Cynthia Pryor...........Alvin Lafrenier


Did you know that Amik means beaver?

View video of this presentation HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 31, 2019

Weather term for today - yucky - as it's a mixture of rain and snow. Sarcastic thought - lovely weather for Halloween. At he moment it's 35°, feels like 27°, wind is from the NNE at 13 mph, humidity is 89%, pressure is 29.94 inches and visibility is about 3 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today North wind 15 to 25 knots. Rain. Waves 3 to 5 feet building to 4 to 6 feet in the afternoon.
Tonight Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots. Chance of showers. waves 4 to 6 feet.
Friday Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Friday Night Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1517, legend has it that the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation.

In his theses, Luther condemned the excesses and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the papal practice of asking payment—called “indulgences”—for the forgiveness of sins. At the time, a Dominican priest named Johann Tetzel, commissioned by the Archbishop of Mainz and Pope Leo X, was in the midst of a major fundraising campaign in Germany to finance the renovation of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Though Prince Frederick III the Wise had banned the sale of indulgences in Wittenberg, many church members traveled to purchase them. When they returned, they showed the pardons they had bought to Luther, claiming they no longer had to repent for their sins.

Luther’s frustration with this practice led him to write the 95 Theses, which were quickly snapped up, translated from Latin into German and distributed widely. A copy made its way to Rome, and efforts began to convince Luther to change his tune. He refused to keep silent, however, and in 1521 Pope Leo X formally excommunicated Luther from the Catholic Church. That same year, Luther again refused to recant his writings before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Germany, who issued the famous Edict of Worms declaring Luther an outlaw and a heretic and giving permission for anyone to kill him without consequence. Protected by Prince Frederick, Luther began working on a German translation of the Bible, a task that took 10 years to complete.

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

DID YOU KNOW that the next time you visit Paris, be sure to take a few pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower like a proper tourist. However, you should be aware of the fact that while it's totally legal to snap pics of the tower during the day, it's illegal to sell photos of the tower at night. That's because the rights to the building's evening light show belong to the artist who created it, so the image is therefore protected under French law. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY phantasm (FAN-taz-um) which means:
1 : a product of fantasy: as
a : delusive appearance : illusion
b : ghost, specter
c : a figment of the imagination
2 : a mental representation of a real object
Phantasm is from Middle English fantasme, a borrowing from Anglo-French fantasme, which itself is a derivative of Latin and Greek words—and ultimately the Greek verb phantazein, meaning "to present to the mind." The Greek verb took shape from phainein, meaning "to show," and this root appears in several English words that have to do with the way things seem or appear rather than the way they really are. Phantasmagoria and diaphanous are examples. Also from this root are words such as fanciful and fantasy, in which the imagination plays an important part. (Merriam-Webster)

Little Big History

October 30, 2019, night two, at the Peaine Township Hall at 6 p.m.

Mr. Adam Richards introduces the presentations.

Mackenzie - "Picking Names for Children"

Skylar - "Is it human nature to be violent?"

Zander - "How to Get Better Sleep"

Ash - "How the U.S. Could Improve Gun Control"

Jessica - "Zoos: Are They Good or Bad?"

View video of the presentations HERE


Renewal Process Reinforces High Standards, Commitment to Excellent Teaching

Beaver Island, MI—October 30, 2019 — Debbie Robert, an elementary education teacher at Beaver Island Community School is one of 4,786 teachers across the United States to renew their certification as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to celebrate these teachers along with the more than 20,000 teachers currently pursuing Board certification – seen as the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. 

“Today’s announcement is cause for celebration because thousands more teachers have shown that they teach to the highest standards in the profession. Research makes clear that the 122,000 NBCTs teaching in our nation’s schools have a significant impact on student learning. Students of all backgrounds are the beneficiaries. The future becomes brighter as we all work towards an accomplished teacher for every student, in every classroom, across the country,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of The National Board.

Debbie Robert grew up on Beaver Island and received her teaching degree from Grand Valley State University. She has taught at Beaver Island Community School for 27 years. Over that time, she has taught all subjects in all elementary grade levels. Her current teaching assignment includes upper elementary reading, math, and social studies. Debbie was the first teacher to become Board Certified in northern Michigan and has continued the re-certification process ever since. “Every day I strive to teach better than I did the day before. The National Board Certification Process helps ensure that I continue to learn and grow as a teacher,” said Mrs. Robert.

The National Board is at work across the country, helping set the expectation that all teachers should demonstrate accomplished teaching via National Board certification and become leaders in their schools and communities. Every child should have the opportunity to learn from an accomplished teacher.

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

to expedite shoreline erosion permits
for homes threatened by high lake levels

With Great Lakes water levels at historic highs, and facing the possibility of further increases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy today announced additional, significant steps to help Michigan shoreline property owners who are affected by high lake levels that are causing land erosion and threatening property.

For homes or structures that are in danger, EGLE will be expediting permits for shoreline protection. In cases where homes or infrastructure are at risk, permits can be issued in a matter of days. EGLE also will divert resources from other programs to assist property owners, local governments and technical professionals in processing permits; prioritize response activities based on the risk to public health and safety; and find appropriate solutions that protect people and the environment.

“Michigan’s Great Lakes are a vital resource but come with a set of complex challenges, like the significant erosion along the Lake Michigan shoreline caused by record-high water levels,” Gov. Whitmer said. “My administration, along with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Department of Natural Resources, and Michigan State Police, is in constant communication coordinating response efforts to the erosion and property damage along the shoreline. Together, we are focused on finding and implementing appropriate solutions that will protect Michiganders and our environment.”

“High water levels will be with us for a while and we know this can cause stressful situations for shorefront property owners,” said Liesl Clark, EGLE director. “The steps we are announcing today will help property owners navigate the permitting process more efficiently and quickly. We cannot control lake levels, but we can offer tools to help Michiganders protect their property while safeguarding our freshwater dunes and other shoreline resources.”

EGLE today launched a new webpage – Michigan.gov/HighWater – where property owners can search for the latest information, find links to helpful topics, begin the permitting process, and search a list of contractors as well as find tips for selecting a contractor who can perform the intended work.

Property owners can direct questions about erosion issues to EGLE’s Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278 (tell the operator you need information about erosion issues) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by email to EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov.

The shoreline permit process ensures a balance between protecting property and freshwater dunes and shorelines. Excessive or poorly designed shoreline protection structures and materials can increase damage to neighboring properties and disrupt the natural processes that create Michigan’s unique coastal dunes, shorelines, and bluffs. In most cases, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also needs to approve permits for placing materials along the waterline and in the water. EGLE issued 730 shoreline protection permits this past fiscal year, compared to 636 the previous year. This fiscal year’s total is nearly three times the number that were processed five years ago, when 264 were issued.

With a process that normally takes 60-90 days, it’s imperative property owners plan ahead if they think they may face an issue with erosion. If property is not yet affected by high water levels, but may be in the future, check with a local contractor first to find out when they may be available to perform the proposed work. Then, begin the permitting process with EGLE and the Army Corps of Engineers. Possible solutions that property owners may consider include permanent shoreline armoring, temporary erosion protection, or even moving homes or other structures away from the line of erosion.

EGLE urges caution when evaluating waterfront property for damage from waves and water. Waves may have scoured dirt and rocks from below the land above it. You could be in danger if walking to the land’s edge to document damage or from collapsing earth from above.

Go to Michigan.gov/MiWaters to begin the permitting process and related links.

To stay up to date on other EGLE news follow us at Michigan.gov/MIEnvironment.

Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

The Transfer Station Winter Hours are 11:00 a.m til 5:p.m. Monday thru Saturday effective this Friday.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 30, 2019

The frost is certainly on the pumpkin this morning. It's showing 29° here at our house. Wind is from the SW at 2 mph, humidity is 85%, pressure is at 30.31 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. The high for today is only expected to get into the mid 40s. There's a 50% chance for a mixture of rain and snow late tonight. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 5 to 10 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less, then becoming north 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Slight chance of rain in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind increasing to 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of rain. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Thursday North wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
Thursday Night North wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1991, the so-called “perfect storm” hits the North Atlantic producing remarkably large waves along the New England and Canadian coasts. Over the next several days, the storm spread its fury over the ocean off the coast of Canada. The fishing boat Andrea Gail and its six-member crew were lost in the storm. The disaster spawned the best-selling book The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger and a blockbuster Hollywood movie of the same name.

On October 27, Hurricane Grace formed near Bermuda and moved toward the coast of the southeastern United States. Two days later, Grace continued to move north, where it encountered a massive low pressure system moving south from Canada. The clash of systems over the Atlantic Ocean caused 40-to-80-foot waves on October 30—unconfirmed reports put the waves at more than 100 feet in some locations. This massive surf caused extensive coastal flooding, particularly in Massachusetts; damage was also sustained as far south as Jamaica and as far north as Newfoundland.

The storm continued to churn in the Atlantic on October 31; it was nicknamed the “Halloween storm.” It came ashore on November 2 along the Nova Scotia coast, then, as it moved northeast over the Gulf Stream waters, it made a highly unusual transition into a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center made the decision not to name the storm for fear it would alarm and confuse local residents. It was only the eighth hurricane not given a name since the naming of hurricanes began in 1950.

Meanwhile, as the storm developed, the crew of the 70-foot fishing boat Andrea Gail was fishing for swordfish in the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic. The Andrea Gail was last heard from on October 28. When the boat did not return to port on November 1 as scheduled, rescue teams were sent out.

The week-long search for the Andrea Gail and a possible cause of its demise were documented in Junger’s book, which became a national bestseller. Neither the Andrea Gail nor its crew—David Sullivan and Robert Shatford of Gloucester, Mass.; William Tyne, Dale Murphy and Michael Moran of Bradenton Beach, Fla.; and Alfred Pierre of New York City—was ever found. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that French Poodle is widely believed to have first been bred in Germany, not France. In fact, the word "poodle" comes from the German word "pudelhund," a combination of words meaning "dog" and "to splash." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY respite (RESS-pit) which means:
1 : a period of temporary delay
2 : an interval of rest or relief
Respite is first known to have been used at the turn of the 14th century to refer to a delay or extension asked for or granted for a specific reason—to give someone time to deliberate on a proposal, for example. Such a respite offered an opportunity for the kind of consideration inherent in the word's etymology. Respite traces from the Latin term respectus (also the source of English's respect), which comes from respicere, a verb with both concrete and abstract meanings: "to turn around to look at" or "to regard." Within a few decades of its earliest known use, English speakers had granted respite the sense we use most often today—"a welcome break." (Merriam-Webster

Little Big History

Tuesday, October 29th, night one, at the Peaine Township Hall at 6 p.m.

Mr. Adam Richards did an introduction

Elisha - "The power of music to affect the brain"

Quintan - "Origins of Modern Day Movies"

Susi - "History of ADHD and New Developments for Success with Adults and Kids"

Elsie - "Origins and Purpose of Paint"

John - "Is Homework Beneficial for Kids?"

View video of tonight's presentations HERE

Special Meeting St James Township Public Works Committee

November 1, 2019 @ 1:00PM

View meeting notice HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

Rescheduled Meeting

The regular meeting of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority will be held at the Peaine Township Hall at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

This is rescheduled from October 31st.

View meeting notice HERE

BIAC Meeting Rescheduled

Special meeting posting Nov 5, 2019, at Noon

Dad's Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

Donald L. Holzhauer Obituary

1934 - 2019

Holzhauer , Donald L 8/1/1934 - 10/23/2019 Zephyrhills, Florida

Donald L. Holzhauer, born in Ann Arbor, MI in 1934, passed away at the age of 85 on October 23, 2019, at home in Zephyrhills, FL with his loving family by his side.

Donald graduated from Ann Arbor High school. He then went on to work for Ford Motor Co. for 32 yrs. and retired from there. He traveled to many places over the pond and here in the US with his wife JoAnn. He also enjoyed their home on Beaver Island, MI. He was a man of few words, quick wit, and sense of humor. Don and "The Boys" (from the Island) enjoyed emailing each other every morning for years.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife JoAnn and is survived by his children Stephen P. (Ann Arbor, MI), and Rebecca J. (Saline, MI), granddaughter Sarah N. (Ann Arbor, MI) and great-grandchildren Adryana J. and Cole D., Dick Ellis (Nancy) brother-in-law Interlochen, MI, Dick Holzhauer (Joan) brother Ann Arbor, MI, Kristin his caregiver for the last 2 years with whom he had a very special bond, and many friends here in Z-Hills and Beaver Island MI. He is also preceded in death by his grandson Phillip M. Holzhauer.

The family would like to say "Thank you" to the staff of Home Instead, Gulfview Hospice and his nurse Denise a very special "Thank You". Graveside memorial will be November 23, 2019 at South Boardman Cemetery, Souh Boardman, MI at 2:00 pm with a light lunch after. Cremation and services were intrusted to Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills, FL.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 29, 2019

It's a cloudy, cold, wet day again! Our feet are beginning to show signs of webbing. Right now it's 38° and feels like 32°. The wind is from the NNW at 9 mph, humidity is 90%, pressure is 30.06 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. So far, since midnight we've had .56 of the wet stuff. I know, I know, it's a liquid sunshine sort of day. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Patchy fog early in the morning. Showers, mainly in the morning. waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1998, nearly four decades after he became the first American to orbit the Earth, Senator John Hershel Glenn, Jr., is launched into space again as a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery. At 77 years of age, Glenn was the oldest human ever to travel in space. During the nine-day mission, he served as part of a NASA study on health problems associated with aging.

Glenn, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, was among the seven men chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1959 to become America’s first astronauts. A decorated pilot, he had flown nearly 150 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War. In 1957, he made the first nonstop supersonic flight across the United States, flying from Los Angeles to New York in three hours and 23 minutes.

In April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, and his spacecraft, Vostok 1, made a full orbit before returning to Earth. Less than one month later, American Alan B. Shepard, Jr., became the first American in space when his Freedom 7 spacecraft was launched on a suborbital flight. American “Gus” Grissom made another suborbital flight in July, and in August Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov spent more than 25 hours in space aboard Vostok 2, making 17 orbits. As a technological power, the United States was looking very much second-rate compared with its Cold War adversary. If the Americans wanted to dispel this notion, they needed a multi-orbital flight before another Soviet space advance arrived.

On February 20, 1962, NASA and Colonel John Glenn accomplished this feat with the flight of Friendship 7, a spacecraft that made three orbits of the Earth in five hours. Glenn was hailed as a national hero, and on February 23 President John F. Kennedy visited him at Cape Canaveral. Glenn later addressed Congress and was given a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

Out of a reluctance to risk the life of an astronaut as popular as Glenn, NASA essentially grounded the “Clean Marine” in the years after his historic flight. Frustrated with this uncharacteristic lack of activity, Glenn turned to politics and in 1964 announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Ohio and formally left NASA. Later that year, however, he withdrew his Senate bid after seriously injuring his inner ear in a fall from a horse. In 1970, following a stint as a Royal Crown Cola executive, he ran for the Senate again but lost the Democratic nomination to Howard Metzenbaum. Four years later, he defeated Metzenbaum, won the general election, and went on to win reelection three times. In 1984, he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president.

In 1998, Glenn attracted considerable media attention when he returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery. In 1999, he retired from his U.S. Senate seat after four consecutive terms in office, a record for the state of Ohio. Glenn died on December 8, 2016, at age 95. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW even though the mighty bird of prey is the national bird of the United States, there are only two species of Eagles living in North America: the bald eagle (which is the national bird and the national animal) and the golden eagle (the national bird of Mexico). There are more than 60 species of eagles on Earth and you can find various groups living on every continent, except for Antarctica. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY lackadaisical (lak-uh-DAY-zih-kul) which means lacking life, spirit, or zest: languid. Alas, alack, there are times when life seems to be one unfortunate occurrence after another. We've all had days when nothing seemed to go right. When folks had one of those days back in the 17th century, they'd cry "Lackaday" to express their sorrow and disappointment. Lackaday was a shortened form of the expression "alack the day." By the mid-1700s, lackadaisical was being used (coined through the addition of the suffix -ical). The word lackadaisy also was used around that time as an interjection similar to lackaday, and this word, though never as prevalent as lackaday, might have influenced the coinage of lackadaisical. (Merriam-Webster)

Request for Closed Bid

2002 White Montana V6 3.4 L Van

Cody and Erin Randall Announce Baby Girl

Piper Autumn Randall was born at 4:13 pm, October 28, 2019, at Charlevoix Hospital. Weight is 9lbs 4oz.

Video Report for October 2019

October 28, 2019

Things get a little busy around Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Soul's Day, so this report will be a few days early. The video live streaming and recorded video have undergone a switch in video servers, although we are still in the process of this change.

This month so far 406 unique IP addresses have viewed 1116 video clips, using 26.8 GB of bandwidth have viewed the recorded video and the live streamed video on one video server. On the second server, the new one, 116 viewers viewed a total of 22 hours of video through ten different website IP's.

This does not include the facebook video of the high water video, which had 405 views. The fall color tour video on facebook had 173 views as of today.

Holy Cross Bulletin November 2019

Oct. 31- no a.m. mass, but a 6 p.m. for the Holy Day obligation of Nov. 1- All Saints Day.

Also, Nov. 1- 9 a.m. mass for the Holy day.

Nov. 2- All Soul's Day- 9 a.m. mass for All Soul's Day- not a Holy Day of Obligation. 4 p.m. mass for Holy Cross

October Wandering

October 28, 2019

by Cindy Ricksgers

(Clip the link above to see Cindy's wonderful fall color pictures.)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 28, 2019

Cloudy skies and 45° this morning. Wind is from the WNW at 2 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is at 29.98 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Overcast today with only a 20% chance of rain however, there's a 100% chance of showers this evening. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Becoming cloudy with a chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight North wind 10 to 15 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday North wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tuesday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch, designed by Finnish-born, American-educated architect Eero Saarinen, was erected to commemorate President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and to celebrate St. Louis’ central role in the rapid westward expansion that followed. As the market and supply point for fur traders and explorers—including the famous Meriwether Lewis and William Clark—the town of St. Louis grew exponentially after the War of 1812, when great numbers of people began to travel by wagon train to seek their fortunes west of the Mississippi River. In 1947-48, Saarinen won a nationwide competition to design a monument honoring the spirit of the western pioneers. In a sad twist of fate, the architect died of a brain tumor in 1961 and did not live to see the construction of his now-famous arch, which began in February 1963.

Completed in October 1965, the Gateway Arch cost less than $15 million to build. With foundations sunk 60 feet into the ground, its frame of stressed stainless steel is built to withstand both earthquakes and high winds. An internal tram system takes visitors to the top, where on a clear day they can see up to 30 miles across the winding Mississippi and to the Great Plains to the west. In addition to the Gateway Arch, the Jefferson Expansion Memorial includes the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse of St. Louis, where two of the famous Dred Scott slavery cases were heard in the 1860s.

Today, some 4 million people visit the park each year to wander its nearly 100 acres, soak up some history and take in the breathtaking views from Saarinen’s gleaming arch. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW While the mild-mannered weatherman and the rock star may have drastically different demeanors, they're actually pretty closely related: Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz share a great-great-grandfather. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY undulate (UN-juh-layt) which means:
1 : to form or move in waves : fluctuate
2 : to rise and fall in volume, pitch, or cadence
3 : to present a wavy appearance
Undulate and inundate are word cousins that branch from unda, the Latin word for "wave." No surprise there. But would you have guessed that abound, surround, and redound are also unda offspring? The connection between unda and these words is easier to see when you learn that at some point in their early histories each of them essentially had the meaning of "to overflow"—a meaning that inundate still carries, along with its "overwhelm" sense. (Merriam-Webster)

Mass from Holy Cross

October 27, 2019

Reader Joanie Banville...Celebrant Father Jim Siler

View Excerpts HERE

View entire Mass HERE

Christian Church Service

October 27, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Beautiful Fall Colors

October 26, 2019

A busy day on Saturday, but there had to be some time set aside to just look at the beautiful fall colors out to the airport and around the town area and down Donegal Bay Road. Color is definitely at its peak now with the sunshine adding the etra light to show off its help to the colors of the trees and their leaves.

Looking across the harbor from Whiskey Point

The road to the airport

Coming back down the Kings Highway

Downtown area

Down by the Brother's Place

Take the time to take a ride and look around at this beautiful island!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 27, 2019

It's a rainy Sunday morning, 47°, feels like 41°, wind is at 13 mph from the north, pressure is 29.57 inches, and visibility is about 3 miles. The high for today should be in the mid 50s. 90% chance of rain. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 knots. Rain showers early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning.
Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Monday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night North wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY At 2:35 on the afternoon of October 27, 1904, New York City Mayor George McClellan takes the controls on the inaugural run of the city’s innovative new rapid transit system: the subway.

While London boasts the world’s oldest underground train network (opened in 1863) and Boston built the first subway in the United States in 1897, the New York City subway soon became the largest American system. The first line, operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), traveled 9.1 miles through 28 stations. Running from City Hall in lower Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal in midtown, and then heading west along 42nd Street to Times Square, the line finished by zipping north, all the way to 145th Street and Broadway in Harlem. On opening day, Mayor McClellan so enjoyed his stint as engineer that he stayed at the controls all the way from City Hall to 103rd Street.

At 7 p.m. that evening, the subway opened to the general public, and more than 100,000 people paid a nickel each to take their first ride under Manhattan. IRT service expanded to the Bronx in 1905, to Brooklyn in 1908 and to Queens in 1915. Since 1968, the subway has been controlled by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA). The system now has 26 lines and 468 stations in operation; the longest line, the 8th Avenue “A” Express train, stretches more than 32 miles, from the northern tip of Manhattan to the far southeast corner of Queens.

Every day, some 4.5 million passengers take the subway in New York. With the exception of the PATH train connecting New York with New Jersey and some parts of Chicago’s elevated train system, New York’s subway is the only rapid transit system in the world that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No matter how crowded or dirty, the subway is one New York City institution few New Yorkers—or tourists—could do without. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW While it might be a word that you won't find yourself using any time soon, the burnt part of a candlewick is called the "snaste." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY pedagogical (ped-uh-GAH-jih-kul) which means: of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education. Pedagogical, which has the somewhat less common variant form pedagogic, was coined in the early 17th century from a Greek adjective of the same meaning. That adjective, paidagōgikos, in turn, derives from the noun paidagōgos, meaning "teacher." The English word pedagogue (which can simply mean "teacher" but usually suggests one who is particularly pedantic or dull) derives from the same root. Although the words educational and teacher make the grade in most contexts, pedagogical and pedagogue are useful additions to the class. (Merriam-Webster)

Mass from Holy Cross


Reader Linda Wearn.......Father Jim Siler.....Server in Training...

View video Saturday Mass HERE

Beaver Island Lodge and Restaurant Closes This Season

We have closed the Lodge and Restaurant for the Winter Season. Lodge Managers TJ and Han have committed to be back next year, when they intend to open the 2020 Lodge Season on May 13, with the Sunset Restaurant twelve days later before the Memorial Day Weekend.

After the success with the Fall Color Package this year, new specials will be developed in the coming months and published in these monthly newsletters.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 26, 2019

Clear skies for a nice change! It's 42°, feels like 37°, wind is from the south at 7 mph, pressure is 30.11 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. It should make for a nice day with a high in the mid 50s. Expect rain tonight though along with east winds 10 to 20 mph. Pollen levels are low at 0.3 and the top allergens is ragweed. (I think it's about time to stop the pollen level report as it really hasn't changed in two weeks). Marine forecast is as follows:

Today Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight East wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rain. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Sunday Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Sunday Night West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.


A period of heavier rainfall is expected across portions of
northern Lower Michigan tonight into Sunday morning. This could lead to ponding of water on roadways and minor flooding in low lying spots, especially south and east of a line from Alpena to Houghton Lake.

Gusty southeast winds develop tonight into Sunday producing
significant waves, some lakeshore flooding and beach erosion
along the Lake Huron shoreline. Please see the latest marine
forecasts and ongoing lakeshore flood advisories for details.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Sunday through Friday.

Gusty winds on Tuesday and again Thursday into Friday may lead to additional lakeshore flooding and erosion issues.

ON THIS DAY in 1881, the Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW it can get pretty chilly in some parts of the U.S., but the coldest recorded temperature ever in the country happened in January 1971 in Prospect Creek, Alaska. While it might be hard to believe—and will certainly make you shiver at the thought—it dropped down to a staggering -80°F (-62.2°C). Brrrr! (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY aerie (AIR-ee) which means:
1 : the nest of a bird on a cliff or a mountaintop
2 : an elevated often secluded dwelling, structure, or position
English poet John Milton put a variant of aerie to good use in Paradise Lost (1667), writing, "… there the eagle and the stork / On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build." But Milton wasn't the first to use the term, which comes to us via Medieval Latin and Old French and probably traces to an earlier Latin word, ager, meaning "field." English speakers had been employing aerie as a word for a bird's nest for more than a century when he penned those words. Eventually, aerie was applied to human dwellings as well as birds' nests. At first, this sense referred to dwellings nestled high up in mountains or hills. These days, you're also likely to hear high-rise city apartments or offices referred to as "aeries." (Merriam-Webster)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

October 25th, 2019


Welcome Dawn Marsh to the BICS Cafeteria!
Please welcome Dawn Marsh as the new food service coordinator at Beaver Island Community School! Dawn is excited about providing healthy meals to our students and the Island’s elders through our cooperative arrangement with the Charlevoix Commission on Aging. Reminder to parents—you are welcome to join your student for lunch!

Halloween Party at BIDL October 26th
BICS National Honors Society is having a Halloween party at the library this Saturday, October 26th from 5-7:00 pm for students up to 6th grade. The party for the “big kids” (grades 7-12) is from 7-9:00 pm.

Driver’s Education Segment 2 October 25th-27th
Reminder to all 10th and 11th graders--please be in Mr. Richard’s room tonight for driver’s ed class from 5-7:00 pm and from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Halloween Thursday October 31st
Goblins and ghosts galore! Students are welcome to wear school-appropriate Halloween costumes to school on Thursday. Please leave toy guns and plastic swords at home. The Trunk or Treat at the Gregg Fellowship Center goes from 5:00-6:30 pm.  Mr. Cwikiel will be on hand at the school from 5:17--8:02 pm passing out a variety of options (including awesome toothbrushes), so be sure to swing by the school after you visit the Trunk or Treat festivities!

Little Traverse Conservancy K-6th Grade Date Rescheduled for Monday October 28th
Due to bad weather the Little Traverse Conservancy event was cancelled and rescheduled for this Monday. They will be taking three groups at three different times for a field trip to Barney’s Lake.  Each group will be outside for close to an hour. Please make sure all K-6th grade students dress accordingly. They will be transported to and from Barney’s Lake via the school’s new cutaway van.

Last Week to Order Little Caesars Pizza Kits
The pizza kit fundraiser helps students raise money for Senior Bash.  Either stop by the school or see one of BICS 8th-12th grade students to order your pizza kit. In addition to pizza, you can order breadsticks and yummy desserts. Orders and money are due on Wednesday, October 30th no later than 9:00 am.

Bike Reflectors and Bike Safety
Now that it is dark while students are traveling to school in the morning it is important to make sure your child and their bike have all the proper safety equipment.  Bike lights and reflectors are necessary so cars can see your child in the dark and early light of dawn. Mr. Cwikiel is in the process of seeking grant money to purchase bike helmets and bike lights for our students. He conducted a quick survey of the elementary students this afternoon to determine how many students do not have helmets or bike lights. He will have and update next week regarding the status of his efforts.

All Politics is Local
The students of Beaver Island, Grand Marais, Paradise, Drummond Island, and Mackinac Island are still being used as pawns in a political game over the state budget. If you have not yet called, e-mailed, or written a letter to Governor Whitmer, Senator Schmidt, and Representative Cole, please do so today. If you need background on the issue, please call the school or check out our website.


Have a Great Weekend!

Beaver Island Airport Commission Documents for Meeting

Aug 3 BIAC meeting minutes

Oct 26 Agenda BIAC

Sept 30 BIAC Special meeting minutes

Update: There was no meeting due to a lack of a quorum!

Familiar Faces 32

by Joe Moore

As I sit here watching the wind gust upwards of 25 mph and consider the Gales of November at the middle of October, I also remember the patients that were helped by a system of emergency transport of patients in the last six or seven years.  I am also thinking of some of the patients that did not get a chance to access the 911 emergency system in time for the benefits of this system.

The memories come flooding back because I viewed the Master’s degree project in video and cinematic arts project of my son Philip Michael.  It was entitled “32 Miles of Water.”  The project was completed and copyrighted in 2004, fifteen years ago.  The amazing EMS system on this most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes became reality in 2012 on August 6th. 

Read the rest of the story HERE


by Dick Burris

For years in the winter was my job to open up the bubblers around the yacht docks, they would sometimes get dirt in them that would seal off the orifices and need to be opened with a tool, around the posts so that the air could bring up the subsurface warmer water, so that they wouldn't freeze and lift theposts.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 25, 2019

Cloudy skies and 42°, wind is at 6 mph from the WNW, humidity is 63%, pressure is 30.31 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are 0.3 with ragweed being the top allergen. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Scattered showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Saturday South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Saturday Night East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

The Charge of the Light Brigade
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 dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Someone had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and 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
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre stroke
Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through 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 wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!


DID YOU KNOW that there's actually a word for when you're trying to say something and suddenly forget a specific word. It's "lethologica." But is there a different word for when you can't remember the word for when you can't remember a word? Not yet! (betlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY coruscate (KKOR-uh-skayt) which means:
1 : to give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes :
2 : to be brilliant or showy in technique or style
To help you gain a flash of recognition next time you see coruscate (or to prompt you when you need a brilliant synonym for sparkle), remember this bit of bright imagery by George Bernard Shaw, describing a centuries-old abbey: "O'er this north door a trace still lingers / Of how a Gothic craftsman's fingers / Could make stones creep like ivy stems / And tilings coruscate like gems." Or you could just remember that coruscate developed from Latin coruscare, which means "to flash." That word also gave us the noun coruscation ("glitter" or "sparkle") and the adjective coruscant ("shining" or "glittering"). (Merriam-Webster)

St. James Finance Meeting Date Changed

to November 4, 2019, 1 p.m.

View notice HERE

Snow Removal Bid date changed

CCSD News Release

October 24, 2019

On September 17, 2019, Detectives from the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Emergency Room for a complaint of suspected child abuse. The investigation involved a 15-month and Fiedorek. Preliminary exams will take place on November 5, 2019 at 3 p.m. old child who was brought into the Emergency Department by his biological mother.

The child was placed in protective custody immediately. During the course of the month-long investigation, Detectives learned the child had numerous signs of severe abuse.

On October 23, 2019, two (2) Charlevoix County residents, John Paul Fiedorek age 32 and Monica Lynn Cornell age 33, were arrested on child abuse charges in connection with the investigation.

On October 24, 2019, Charlevoix County Prosecutor’s Office authorized charges on Fiedorek and Cornell for Child Abuse First Degree. Cornell is being held at the Charlevoix County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Fiedorek is being held at the Charlevoix County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

Pretrial is set for October 29, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. for both Cornell and Fiedorek. Preliminary exams will take place on November 5, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 24, 2019

41° is the temperature this morning but feels like 36°, partly cloudy skies, wind is from the west at 12 mph, humidity is 76%, pressure is 30.10 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. There is a 20% chance of a rain shower this afternoon. Pollen levels are low at 0.3 and the top allergen is ragweed. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots in the morning. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1921, in the French town of Chalons-sur-Marne, an American officer selects the body of the first “Unknown Soldier” to be honored among the approximately 77,000 United States servicemen killed on the Western Front during World War I.

According to the official records of the Army Graves Registration Service deposited in the U.S. National Archives in Washington, four bodies were transported to Chalons from the cemeteries of Aisne-Marne, Somme, Meuse-Argonne and Saint-Mihiel. All were great battlegrounds, and the latter two regions were the sites of two offensive operations in which American troops took a leading role in the decisive summer and fall of 1918. As the service records stated, the identity of the bodies was completely unknown: “The original records showing the internment of these bodies were searched and the four bodies selected represented the remains of soldiers of which there was absolutely no indication as to name, rank, organization or date of death.”

The four bodies arrived at the Hotel de Ville in Chalons-sur-Marne on October 23, 1921. At 10 o’clock the next morning, French and American officials entered a hall where the four caskets were displayed, each draped with an American flag. Sergeant Edward Younger, the man given the task of making the selection, carried a spray of white roses with which to mark the chosen casket. According to the official account, Younger “entered the chamber in which the bodies of the four Unknown Soldiers lay, circled the caskets three times, then silently placed the flowers on the third casket from the left. He faced the body, stood at attention and saluted.”

Bearing the inscription “An Unknown American who gave his life in the World War,” the chosen casket traveled to Paris and then to Le Havre, France, where it would board the cruiser Olympia for the voyage across the Atlantic. Once back in the United States, the Unknown Soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW why we call unsolicited email "spam"? Just ask a Monty Python fan. The term was inspired by a skit from the British comedy group that featured Vikings loudly (and annoyingly, though hilariously) singing "spam, spam, spam" in an effort to drown out others who were trying to talk.According to Wired, applying the analogy to modern-day spam works because "unsolicited email is seen as drowning out normal discourse on the internet." Even Merriam-Webster dictionary credits Monty Python with the term, explaining that spam comes "from a skit on the British television series Monty Python's Flying Circus in which chanting of the word 'spam' overrides the other dialogue." (betlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY Noachian (noh-AY-kee-un) which means:
1 : of or relating to the patriarch Noah or his time
2 : ancient, antiquated
Students of the Bible know that Noah survived the Great Flood by stowing himself, his family, and male and female specimens of every kind of creature on his Ark. Noachian is derived from the Hebrew name for Noah. Modern contexts find Noachian used in reference to the Great Flood or, more humorously, to describe torrential rainstorms and flooding reminiscent of the Biblical event. It could be said that usage of Noachian spans even beyond planet Earth. Astronomers studying the surface of the planet Mars use Noachian to refer to the epoch between 4.6 and 3.5 billion years ago when that planet's oldest craters were believed to be formed. This usage is based on Noachis Terra, the name of one of the landmasses of Mars, which translates as "Land of Noah" and was chosen in the 19th century by Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. (Merriam-Webster)




NOVEMBER 10, 2019 @ 11 am


Kathie's cooking; Pot Roast, Potatoe's, Carrots, Gravy, Salad, Rolls and Desert!!

Please call the Office to sign up for this dinner by November 4th, so i can plan on the correct amount of food to prepare.
Thank You, Kathie 448-2124


Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule


Draft Minutes of Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting

October 15, 2019

Anthony Greene Passes Away

From the BI Forum: Visitation will be held Friday 5-8 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home and Saturday from 1-2 p.m at St. Simon's Church with funeral immediately following at 2:00 p.m. More informationn will be posted when available.

Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington
3060 W. US Hwy 10
Ludington, MI 49431

St. Simon Roman Catholic Church
702 E. Bryant Rd.
Ludington, MI 49431

Anthony Greene, age 92, of Ludington passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019, with his family by his side. Tony was born March 16, 1927, on the family farm on Beaver Island; one of ten children to Anthony and Mary (Boyle) Greene.
At a young age Tony left Beaver Island to enlist in the US Army and served his country in Okinawa, Japan, at the end of WWII. After his honorable discharge Tony returned to Michigan and attended Coyne Electrical Trade School in Chicago. Tony owned and operated Greene Electric in Ludington for 61 years from 1956 until 2017, and for the last 41 years worked alongside his son Dennis in the business. Tony married the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Eick on June 22, 1957 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage and raised five children together.

Tony was an active member of St. Simon Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus – 4th Degree, and the American Legion. He was also a member of Lincoln Hills Golf Club. In his spare time, Tony enjoyed spending time on both family farms, one on Beaver Island and the other on Conrad Road in Ludington. He also made multiple visits to Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland, where his ancestors emigrated from in the 1860’s.
Tony was a talented wood worker and stone worker. He worked on wood and stone projects for family and friends over the years. Tony enjoyed reading, his vegetable garden, and cutting wood. His strong work ethic continued until the day he died.

Tony will be greatly missed by his wife, Betty Greene, his five children, Tom (Toni) Greene of Paducah, KY, Dennis (Joyce) Greene of Ludington, Mary Beth (Dave) Nelson of Ludington, Pat (Julie) Greene of Grand Rapids, and Dan (Yvonne) Greene of Scottville, his nine grandchildren, Erika, Rose, Tony, Sean, Brad, Michael, John, Amanda, and Meaghan, his three great grandchildren, Logan, Ryan, and Eloise, three sisters, Rose Connaghan, Lill Left, and Mary Margaret (Ed) Breden.

Besides his parents, Tony was preceded in death by his brothers, Dan, Hubert, Russell, and Peter, and his sisters, Bernell and Frances.

A visitation will be held Friday, October 25, 2019, from 5:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Oak Grove Funeral Home in Ludington, with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Simon Catholic Church, with Rev. Wayne B. Wheeler, Jr. and Father Paul Milanowski presiding. Family will greet friends prior to the funeral starting at 1:00 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Ludington Area Catholic School Education Foundation or the Beaver Island Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.oakgroveludington.com.

Update: The flags at the B. I. Veterans' Memorial will be a 1/2 staff in honor of  veteran Anthony Green.  They will remain at 1/2 staff thru Monday.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 23, 2019

It's 45° outside this morning, feels like WSW at 18 mph, humidity is 79%, pressure is 29.63 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today look for another cloudy and windy day with west winds at 20 to 30 mph and higher gusts possible. Pollen levels are low at 0.3 with the top allergens being ragweed. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Numerous showers in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Waves 5 to 8 feet. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
Tonight West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Thursday West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Thursday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 42 B.C. Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, dies by suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi.

Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic. However, the result of Caesar’s assassination was to plunge the Roman world into a new round of civil wars, with the Republican forces of Brutus and Cassius vying for supremacy against Octavian and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Antony at a battle in Philippi, Greece, in October 42 B.C., Cassius killed himself. On October 23, Brutus’ army was crushed by Octavian and Antony at a second encounter at Philippi, and Brutus took his own life.

Antony and Octavian soon turned against each other, and in 27 B.C. the Roman Republic was lost forever with the ascendance of Octavian as Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW when you use a jumble of symbols in place of a curse word, it's perfectly clear what you mean (and certainly how strongly you feel). But what you might not know is that those symbols used in this particular way are called a grawlix.

The term was coined by late cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, although the use of grawlixes in comics preceded him. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY spoonerism (SPOO-nuh-riz-um) which means a transposition of usually initial sounds of two or more words (as in tons of soil for sons of toil). Poor William Archibald Spooner! That British clergyman and educator, who lived from 1844 to 1930, often had to speak in public, but he was a nervous man and his tongue frequently got tangled up. He would say things like "a blushing crow" when he meant "a crushing blow." Spooner's sound reversals became the stuff of legend—and undoubtedly gave his listeners many a laugh. By the end of the 19th century, his name had inspired the term spoonerism, which lives on to this day. (Merriam-Webster)


Dated October 15, 2019

Read the Press Release HERE

Windier Day

October 22, 2019

It seemed pretty windy on Monday, but today's Tuesday winds are even occassionally stronger and the waves are even bigger on Whiskey Point and around the harbor with water crossing normal barriers and puddling in yards and over docks. Th though of another eleven inches of water rise ovr the next years is certainly one of concern for those living near the water or on the shoreline. Below is a gallery of photos of the higher water levels and the waves that are pushing against the shoreline. Six of the pictures in the gallery were taken by Phyllis Moore, and they are labeled.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the wind and water HERE

Who Called?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 22, 2019

It's 51° outside this morning, cloudy, the sun is about to rise, wind is from the SSE at 16 mph making it feel like it's 45°, humidity is 77%, pressure is 20.37, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low at 0.3 and the top allergen is ragweed. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Rain showers likely in the morning. Rain showers in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet building to 5 to 8 feet in the morning. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
Tonight Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 5 to 8 feet.
Wednesday West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.
Wednesday Night West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DAY, in a televised speech of extraordinary gravity, President John F. Kennedy announces on October 22, 1962 that U.S. spy planes have discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba. These missile sites—under construction but nearing completion—housed medium-range missiles capable of striking a number of major cities in the United States, including Washington, D.C. Kennedy announced that he was ordering a naval “quarantine” of Cuba to prevent Soviet ships from transporting any more offensive weapons to the island and explained that the United States would not tolerate the existence of the missile sites currently in place. The president made it clear that America would not stop short of military action to end what he called a “clandestine, reckless, and provocative threat to world peace.”

What is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis actually began on October 15, 1962—the day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing U-2 spy plane data discovered that the Soviets were building medium-range missile sites in Cuba. The next day, President Kennedy secretly convened an emergency meeting of his senior military, political, and diplomatic advisers to discuss the ominous development. The group became known as ExCom, short for Executive Committee. After rejecting a surgical air strike against the missile sites, ExCom decided on a naval quarantine and a demand that the bases be dismantled and missiles removed. On the night of October 22, Kennedy went on national television to announce his decision. During the next six days, the crisis escalated to a breaking point as the world tottered on the brink of nuclear war between the two superpowers.

On October 23, the quarantine of Cuba began, but Kennedy decided to give Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev more time to consider the U.S. action by pulling the quarantine line back 500 miles. By October 24, Soviet ships en route to Cuba capable of carrying military cargoes appeared to have slowed down, altered, or reversed their course as they approached the quarantine, with the exception of one ship—the tanker Bucharest. At the request of more than 40 nonaligned nations, U.N. Secretary-General U Thant sent private appeals to Kennedy and Khrushchev, urging that their governments “refrain from any action that may aggravate the situation and bring with it the risk of war.” At the direction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. military forces went to DEFCON 2, the highest military alert ever reached in the postwar era, as military commanders prepared for full-scale war with the Soviet Union.

On October 25, the aircraft carrier USS Essex and the destroyer USS Gearing attempted to intercept the Soviet tanker Bucharest as it crossed over the U.S. quarantine of Cuba. The Soviet ship failed to cooperate, but the U.S. Navy restrained itself from forcibly seizing the ship, deeming it unlikely that the tanker was carrying offensive weapons. On October 26, Kennedy learned that work on the missile bases was proceeding without interruption, and ExCom considered authorizing a U.S. invasion of Cuba. The same day, the Soviets transmitted a proposal for ending the crisis: The missile bases would be removed in exchange for a U.S. pledge not to invade Cuba.

The next day, however, Khrushchev upped the ante by publicly calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile bases in Turkey under pressure from Soviet military commanders. While Kennedy and his crisis advisers debated this dangerous turn in negotiations, a U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba, and its pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson, was killed. To the dismay of the Pentagon, Kennedy forbid a military retaliation unless any more surveillance planes were fired upon over Cuba. To defuse the worsening crisis, Kennedy and his advisers agreed to dismantle the U.S. missile sites in Turkey but at a later date, in order to prevent the protest of Turkey, a key NATO member.

On October 28, Khrushchev announced his government’s intent to dismantle and remove all offensive Soviet weapons in Cuba. With the airing of the public message on Radio Moscow, the USSR confirmed its willingness to proceed with the solution secretly proposed by the Americans the day before. In the afternoon, Soviet technicians began dismantling the missile sites, and the world stepped back from the brink of nuclear war. The Cuban Missile Crisis was effectively over. In November, Kennedy called off the blockade, and by the end of the year all the offensive missiles had left Cuba. Soon after, the United States quietly removed its missiles from Turkey.

The Cuban Missile Crisis seemed at the time a clear victory for the United States, but Cuba emerged from the episode with a much greater sense of security.The removal of antiquated Jupiter missiles from Turkey had no detrimental effect on U.S. nuclear strategy, but the Cuban Missile Crisis convinced a humiliated USSR to commence a massive nuclear buildup. In the 1970s, the Soviet Union reached nuclear parity with the United States and built intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking any city in the United States.

A succession of U.S. administrations honored Kennedy’s pledge not to invade Cuba, and relations with the communist island nation situated just 80 miles from Florida remained a thorn in the side of U.S. foreign policy for more than 50 years. In 2015, officials from both nations announced the formal normalization of relations between the U.S and Cuba, which included the easing of travel restrictions and the opening of embassies and diplomatic missions in both countries. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW It may still be a few years until we land on Mars, but when we do, explorers will have the option to proudly wear the planet's own tartan if they'd like. Designed by Geoffrey (Tailor) Highland Crafts, the pattern was inspired by the colors and history of the Red Planet, according to The Scottish Register of Tartans.

And here's what it all means: "The red background depicts the surface of Mars, the Red Planet; blue depicts the water-rich past of Mars and the presence of water, mainly as ice, on the planet today; the four green lines represent Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, the presence of habitable conditions on the planet and the possible future presence of life in the form of human settlement; the thick white line represents the Martian poles, visible from the Earth, a conspicuous and important feature of the planet and its long-term climatic cycles." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY fiduciary (fuh-DOO-shee-air-ee) which means: of, relating to, or involving a confidence or trust: such as
a : held or founded in trust or confidence
b : holding in trust
c : depending on public confidence for value or currency
Fiduciary relationships often concern money, but the word fiduciary does not, in and of itself, suggest financial matters. Rather, fiduciary applies to any situation in which one person justifiably places confidence and trust in someone else and seeks that person's help or advice in some matter. The attorney-client relationship is a fiduciary one, for example, because the client trusts the attorney to act in the best interest of the client at all times. Fiduciary can also be used as a noun for the person who acts in a fiduciary capacity, and fiduciarily or fiducially can be called upon if you are in need of an adverb. The words are all faithful to their origin: Latin fīdere, which means "to trust." (Merriam-Webster)

Waste Management Documents from October Meeting

October 21, 2019

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee Minutes October 15, 2019

DRAFT 10_15_19- Transfer Station_Recycling Attendant (Part-time)

BIWMC Structure, Repsonibility & Authority FINAL

Transfer Station Manager Draft

Lady Islander Volleyball

October 21, 2019

The Lady Islander volleyball team wnt to Brimley this past Saturday to participate in the Northern Lights League Volleyball Tournament. The games were very close, and the Lady Islanders placed 3rd in the touranment. The ladies also placed second in the Northern Light League Volleyball League for league play. The following picture was taken at their last practice for this year in the BICS gymnasium.

2019 Lady Islanders and Coaches

Beautiful sunrise on the trip

Lady Islanders in competition

What a Difference!

As we had an early dinner at the Shamrock, the sun was shining and the temperature near 60 on Sunday.

Monday, mid-afternoon, is windy with threatening showers with

On Sunday evening, it was pleasantly warm, sunny, and very little wind. Compared with Monday, Sunday was a pretty Fall day. Monday is more representative of the phrase, "Gales of November."

Wind and waves at Whiskey Point, the public beach, and Gull Harbor

View video of waves and wind HERE

The mute swans are swimming in the shallows, but yet another difference can be noted. With the white swans is a greyer one.

Difference in the white swan and the dark headed swan with grey stripes

Then there is the difference of the geese at the public park across from the Shamrock. A white goose is there with the others. The white goose has black tipped wing feathers.

View video of these birds HERE

Beaver Islander Continues Trips

October 21, 2019

The Beaver Islander and crew continuee the boat schedule today, October 21, 2019, even with the wind and waves. The boat had spray flying before it entered the harbor today.

View Beaver Islander headed in the harbor HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 21, 2019

Cloudy skies, 51°, wind is from the east at 17 mph, humidity is 90%, pressure is 29.91 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Gusty winds developing. Clouds and sun giving away to periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Chance of rain is 100%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch and winds could occasionally gust over 49 mph. Pollen levels are low at 0.3 with the top allergen being ragweed. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Southeast wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Areas of fog early in the morning. Showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 4 to 6 feet.
Tonight South wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
Tuesday South wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Rain showers. Waves 7 to 10 feet.
Tuesday Night Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Rain showers. Waves 6 to 9 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1959, on New York City’s Fifth Avenue, thousands of people line up outside a bizarrely shaped white concrete building that resembled a giant upside-down cupcake. It was opening day at the new Guggenheim Museum, home to one of the world’s top collections of contemporary art.

Mining tycoon Solomon R. Guggenheim began collecting art seriously when he retired in the 1930s. With the help of Hilla Rebay, a German baroness and artist, Guggenheim displayed his purchases for the first time in 1939 in a former car showroom in New York. Within a few years, the collection—including works by Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Marc Chagall—had outgrown the small space. In 1943, Rebay contacted architect Frank Lloyd Wright and asked him to take on the work of designing not just a museum, but a “temple of spirit,” where people would learn to see art in a new way.

Over the next 16 years, until his death six months before the museum opened, Wright worked to bring his unique vision to life. To Wright’s fans, the museum that opened on October 21, 1959, was a work of art in itself. Inside, a long ramp spiraled upwards for a total of a quarter-mile around a large central rotunda, topped by a domed glass ceiling. Reflecting Wright’s love of nature, the 50,000-meter space resembled a giant seashell, with each room opening fluidly into the next.

Wright’s groundbreaking design drew criticism as well as admiration. Some felt the oddly-shaped building didn’t complement the artwork. They complained the museum was less about art and more about Frank Lloyd Wright. On the flip side, many others thought the architect had achieved his goal: a museum where building and art work together to create “an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony.”

Located on New York’s impressive Museum Mile, at the edge of Central Park, the Guggenheim has become one of the city’s most popular attractions. In 1993, the original building was renovated and expanded to create even more exhibition space. Today, Wright’s creation continues to inspire awe, as well as odd comparisons—a Jello mold! a washing machine! a pile of twisted ribbon!—for many of the 900,000-plus visitors who visit the Guggenheim each year. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW in March 2019, NYC's Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to extend Manhattan's shoreline into the East River in order to prepare for the potentially devastating effects of climate change. By extending the island by up to 500 feet with two city blocks of parkland, they hope to create a buffer zone that will save up to 70 percent of lower Manhattan from possible future floods. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY comprise (kum-PRYZE) which means:
1 : to be made up of
2 : compose, constitute
3 : to include especially within a particular scope
Comprise has undergone a substantial shift in usage since first appearing in English in the 15th century. For many years, grammarians insisted that the usage of comprise meaning "to be made up of," as in phrases like "a team comprising nine players," was correct, and that comprise meaning "to make up," as in phrases like "the nine players who comprise the team," was not. This disputed use is most common in the passive construction "to be comprised of," as in "a team comprised of nine players." Until relatively recently, this less-favored sense appeared mostly in scientific writing, but current evidence shows that it is now somewhat more common in general use than the word's other meanings. (Merriam-Webster)

Fall Color Pictures Set to Music

October 20, 2019

The Fall Color pictures shown in the gallery of Fall Color Tour Part 2, down below, are put into a video show with music by the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys. Included are "On the Beach of Beaver Island," "Over the Waves," and "Overlooked an Orchid."

View the video HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

October 20, 2019

Saturday Reader Pinky Harmon; Sunday reader Ann Partridge

Father Jim Siler

View excerpts from Saturday and Sunday Here

Saturday Mass from Holy Cross

Sunday Mass from Holy Cross

B.I. Christian Church Service

October 20, 2019

View video of the service HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

The Beaver Island Water Trail is active.เธข  Check out the paddling guide.

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation 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 20, 2019

It's 53° this morning, cloudy skies, wind is from the WNW at 5 mph, humidity is 92%, pressure is 29.79 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. It should become mostly sunny this afternoon with a high around 57°. Pollen levels are low for today at 0.7 and the top allergen is ragweed. Increasing clouds overnight. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight East wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Southeast wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Monday Night South wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Rain showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1947, the notorious Red Scare kicks into high gear in Washington, as a Congressional committee begins investigating Communist influence in one of the world’s richest and most glamorous communities: Hollywood.

After World War II, the Cold War began to heat up between the world’s two superpowers—the United States and the communist-controlled Soviet Union. In Washington, conservative watchdogs worked to out communists in government before setting their sights on alleged “Reds” in the famously liberal movie industry. In an investigation that began in October 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) grilled a number of prominent witnesses, asking bluntly “Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” Whether out of patriotism or fear, some witnesses—including director Elia Kazan, actors Gary Cooper and Robert Taylor and studio honchos Walt Disney and Jack Warner—gave the committee names of colleagues they suspected of being communists.

A small group known as the “Hollywood Ten” resisted, complaining that the hearings were illegal and violated their First Amendment rights. They were all convicted of obstructing the investigation and served jail terms. Pressured by Congress, the Hollywood establishment started a blacklist policy, banning the work of about 325 screenwriters, actors and directors who had not been cleared by the committee. Those blacklisted included composer Aaron Copland, writers Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman and Dorothy Parker, playwright Arthur Miller and actor and filmmaker Orson Welles.

Some of the blacklisted writers used pseudonyms to continue working, while others wrote scripts that were credited to other writer friends. Starting in the early 1960s, after the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the most public face of anti-communism, the ban began to lift slowly. In 1997, the Writers’ Guild of America unanimously voted to change the writing credits of 23 films made during the blacklist period, reversing—but not erasing—some of the damage done during the Red Scare. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW NFL players aren't the only ones who can take home a Super Bowl ring. Referees who have earned the honor of officiating the sport's biggest annual game are also recognized with the coveted pieces of jewelry.

According to Fox Sports, "The officials get Super Bowl rings just like the players do. They aren't as big as the players' rings, but they are still valuable pieces of jewelry. These rings mean the world to the officials and they wear them with such pride." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY knackered (NAK-erd) which means tired, exhausted. Knackered is derived from the past participle of knacker, a slang term meaning "to kill," as well as "to tire, exhaust, or wear out." The origins of the verb knacker are uncertain, but the word is perhaps related to an older noun knacker, which originally referred to a harness-maker or saddlemaker, and later referred to a buyer of animals no longer able to do farm work (or their carcasses) as well as to a buyer of old structures. The origins of the noun knacker, however, remain obscure. Knackered is used on both sides of the Atlantic but is more common among British speakers. Merriam-Webster)

Fall BI Historical Society Newsletter

October 20, 2019

Dawn Mooney Marsh Accepts Position of Food Director at BICS

October 20, 2019

With Josh Runberg, an excellent chef, had decided to leave this position, the position was posted, and applicants were sought. Dawn Mooney Marsh was hired by the Board of Education. Due to Dawn's acceptance of this position, she needed to resign from the school board, so this makes a position open on the Board of Education.

Visiting Commercial Fishing Vessel

October 18, 2019

In years past, Beaver Island has had commercial fishermen living right here on Beaver Island. In the last couple of years, Beaver Island has had visiting fishing vessels from the UP attmpting to get and successfully netting perch. At one point, it was determined that one vessel was fishing in a protected area, inside and just outside the Paradise Bay of the island.

This same vessel was seen outside the harbor on Friday. The vessel was a long way out, but there is no doubt that this vessel was out getting perch along with at least two other sports fishing boats.

View a short video HERE

Fall Color Tour Part 2

October 18, 2019

With the first fall color tour taking in the northwest part of the island down to Fox Lake, it seemed appropriate to go down the east side of the island, around the horn and back to Fox Lake, with stops to capture the colors.


View a gallery of pictures HERE

The colors are brilliant and gorgeous. There is difficulty in choosing which ones to decide to post,so the majority are shown in the gallery above.

View video HERE

BICS Superintendent Wil Cwikiel Speaks Out

October 18, 2019

With the funding for the rural school districts being held hostages on funding in a political game, Wil Cwiikiel makes a suggestion for all those in this community. It involves contacting the governor and representatives to express how much this funding is needed.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

October 19, 2019

It's 48°, mostly sunny with a few wispy clouds meandering across the sky, wind is from the south at 12 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is at 29.88, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will have a high of 60°, SSE winds at 14 mph (I sure hope my clothes hanging outside will get dry). Clouds will be overtaking the sun by this afternoon. Tonight will be cloudy with a light rain after midnight. Pollen levels are low at 1.5 and the top allergens is still ragweed. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today South wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY the largest-ever one-day percentage decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average comes not in 1929 but on October 19, 1987. As a number of unrelated events conspired to tank global markets, the Dow dropped 508 points—22.6 percent—in a panic that foreshadowed larger systemic issues.

Confidence on Wall Street had grown throughout the 1980s as the economy pulled out of a slump and President Ronald Reagan implemented business-friendly policies. In October 1987, however, indicators began to suggest that the bull market of the last five years was coming to an end. The government reported a surprisingly large trade deficit, precipitating a decline in the U.S. Dollar. Congress revealed it was considering closing tax loopholes for corporate mergers, worrying investors who were used to loose regulation.

As these concerns grew, Iran attacked two oil tankers off of Kuwait and a freak storm paralyzed England, closing British markets early on the Friday before the crash. The following Monday, U.S. investors awoke to news of turmoil in Asian and European markets, and the Dow began to tumble.

Further compounding the crash was the practice of program trading, the programming of computers to automatically execute trades under certain conditions. Once the rush to sell began, matters were quite literally out of traders’ hands and machines escalated the damage to the market.

Despite looking like the beginning of another Great Depression—the L.A. Times’ headline read “Bedlam on Wall St.” while the New York Daily News’ simply read “PANIC!,” Black Monday has been largely forgotten by Americans not versed in financial history. As it would again in 2008, the federal government took a number of measures to “correct” the market, resulting in immediate gains over the next few weeks. By 1989, the market appeared to have made a full recovery.

Some now interpret the events surrounding Black Monday as proof that boom-and-bust cycles are natural and healthy aspects of modern economics, while others believe it was a missed opportunity to examine and regulate the kind of risky behaviors that led to the crash of 2008. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you look at the skin on the inside of your wrists, you'll see a few lines that become deep creases when you bend your hand inwards. These grooves have a name—rasceta—in case you ever find a need to refer to them. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY deke (DEEK) which means to fake an opponent out of position (as in ice hockey). Deke originated as a shortened form of decoy. American writer Ernest Hemingway used deke as a noun referring to hunting decoys in a number of his works, including his 1950 novel Across the River and into the Trees ("I offered to put the dekes out with him"). In the 1940s, deke began appearing in ice-hockey contexts in Canadian print sources in reference to the act of faking an opponent out of position—much like how decoy is used for luring one into a trap. Today, deke has scored in many other sports, including baseball, basketball, soccer, and football. It has also occasionally checked its way into more general usage to refer to deceptive or evasive moves or actions. (Merriam-Webster)


Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule


Resale Shop

The summer schedule at Island Treasures Resale Shop will begin on Tuesday, June 4. The shop will be open Tues. through Sat. from noon until 4:00. Please tell your friends.

St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.เธข  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.เธข เธข 

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

The Island Summit took place down at the CMU Biological Center on the east side of Beaver Island this past September from the 23-25. There were participants from twelve Great Lakes islands. These are the reports from that summit.

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

Beaver Island Airport Committee 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:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

November Bulletin

BICS Fall Sports Schedules



Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE



Notes from Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

of Meeting on September 12, 2019 10:00 AM

View these notes HERE

Posted on 10/18/19

BIRHC Special Meeting

October 18, 2019, 5 p.m.

Agenda: Move forward with McClaren or not

View video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Special Meeting Work Session

October 16, 2019

The meeting was attended by a few people. The meeting was for the purpose of discussing several items on the agenda, which can be viewed in the agenda document below. The majority of the two plus meeting included some discussion of the two ordinances listed below; the Nuisance Ordinance and the Dangerous Structures Ordinance. The board worked on three goals with discussion on this type of blight. The second half of the meeting was a discussion of the campground project and the closed ownership of the Beaver Island Marina. Supervisor Kitty McNamara led the meeting and accepted comments from those attending this meeting.

Agenda for the meeting - STJBagn10.16.19.special

Nuisance Ordinance rev 5-08-03

Dangerous Structures Ordinance 2014

The meeting was live streamed on beaverisland.tv and can be viewed by intereested parties HERE

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

Peaine Township Meeting Agenda

October 14, 2019, 7 p.m.

View the agenda HERE

(Received at 4:30 p.m., 10/14/19)

View video of the meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

10/01/19 at 5 p.m.

View the board meeting packet with agenda HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

In 2019, the Townships of Peaine and St. James passed an ordinance regulating and banning the movement of firewood, logs, lumber and wood pallets from the mainland to the Beaver Island Archipelago. Any wood brought to the Islands had to be bark free and/or processed in a manner which made it free of insects and disease.

The major concern was for the forests of the Archipelago, as there has been a massive incursion of the Emerald Ash Borer in the State of Michigan-- which has devastated the Ash tree population on the Michigan mainland. In hopes of keeping the Beaver Islands free of infestation, island volunteers have been monitoring our forests for years, with the help of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In 2017, an Emerald Ash Borer trap captured a female emerald ash borer. Tests in 2018 and this spring have also found the beetle’s larvae in two isolated Ash locations on Beaver Island. A full court press has ensued with a multidisciplinary team coming to the Island in March of this year to conduct surveys and to begin eradication processes. The team, consisting of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Charlevoix-Antrim-Kalkaska-Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (COKE CISMA) and volunteer members of the Beaver Island Association.

Pamela Grassmick, a resident of Beaver Island and a member of the Beaver Island Association, has been instrumental in bringing attention to the issue. She and others have worked for over a decade in monitoring our forests and wetlands for invasive species of all kinds. “We actually stripped the trees and looked at the larvae. There are different stages of the larvae and we found all stages present in two spots on the island,” Grassmick said.

Due to the early detection and the control methods now in place, forestry experts think Beaver Island has a good chance of controlling this pest. “The professionals feel confident we can control this on the island – if we get on top of it right now,” Grassmick said.

To that end, the Townships have passed this ordinance and will plan on enforcing it. Signs, bringing attention to the Ordinance, will be placed at all ports of entry to the island. The Beaver Island Ferry Company and both airports will have warning signs placed where travelers to the Islands can see them. Businesses, campgrounds and other gathering places will also post these signs. Pam Grassmick adds: “The Beaver Island Townships’ signs are a vital step in controlling the movement of untreated wood which could harbor invasive forest pests. Islanders recognize that the ecology and economic future are dependent on the health of our forests and it is great to see the township’s support in action.”

All are encouraged to buy or obtain fire wood locally, and to be especially mindful not to move Ash wood around the island or between the islands of the Beaver Island Archipelago.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the work that is taking place to eradicate it, please go to the Beaver Island Association website: www beaverislandassociation.org. The Township websites will also carry more information about this ordinance.

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