B. I. News on the 'Net, October 5-11, 2015

School Board Meeting Rescheduled

In light of BICS's Board of Education's need for additional information on budget, teacher contract negotiations, and Title I programming, the Regular School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 12, 2015, is being rescheduled to Monday, October 26, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. budget information.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 12, 2015

Warm morning for this time of year. It's 62°, wind is at 17 mph from the south southwest with gusts up to 32 mph, humidity is at 74%, pressure is steady at 993 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. We will probably be on the receiving end of some light rain around 9:00 tonight. Today: Partly sunny. Chance of sprinkles in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Rain showers likely in the evening, then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of October 12, 1892 - In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.

Did you know that the most commonly used word in English conversation is I?

Word of the day: bromide (BROH-mahyd) which means 1) a compound of bromine with another element or group, especially a salt containing the anion Br– or an organic compound with bromine bonded to an alkyl radical. 2) a trite and unoriginal idea or remark, typically intended to soothe or placate. Bromide is a combination of bromo- (a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds that contain bromine) and -ide, a suffix used in chemical compounds. Some bromides were used as sediatives, giving rise to the metaphorical extension of the term in the early 1900s.

Special St. James Board Meeting Rescheduled

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

A special board meeting will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday October 20, 2015, for the purpose of hearing the final report of Steve Peacock, independent auditor.

Island Airways Hangar Party

Filling up the hangar with people instead of planes

Angel and Paul Welke (Thanks to Ann Willis)

And an emergency as well.......

The celebration of a successful Beaver Island business is never just routine, but everyone seen in these pictures considered going out to Welke Airport on a cool and windy night something worthwhile. And to consider anything on Beaver Island routine is to actually expect something to interrupt the celebration. About three-fourths of the time of the party completion, Island Airways stepped up to the plate once again to interrupt their celebration. The FAA certified air ambulance Islander aircraft was needed for an emergency air transport. The special air ambulance cot was in the hangar. Paul and Angel Welke and their excellent employees moved the cot out of the hangar, placed it into the aircraft, and were ready to fly the emergency patient off the island to the mainland while putting on an amazing party at the same time.

Kudos to Island Airways and staff!

Edward, Danny and Danny, Brother Jim, Ashley and his wife provided the music

Excellent food, excellent music, beer and wine were available for any and all who attended. This gathering was to thank the Island Airways customers, friends, and relatives for their many years of loyalty. This event marked the anniversary of both Island Airways and McPhilip's Flying Service.

Inside and outside the party continued until well after 7 p.m.

Food of the feast and celebration

A fantastic celebration of many years of service to the residents and visitors to Beaver Island!

Video of the celebration


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 11, 2015

Well, it's a good day for kite flying if you're into that. Hang on to your hats tonight though. Right now I'm showing 57°, wind is at 18 mph from the southwest with gusts up to 29 mph, humidity is at 82%, pressure is falling from 1004 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 70°. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows around 60°. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of October 11, 1983 - The last hand-cranked telephones in the U.S. went out of service. The 440 telephone customers of Bryant Pond, ME, were switched to direct-dial service.

Did you know that a pip is one of the spots on dice or domino?

Word of the day: divulgate (dih-VUHL-geyt) which means to make publicly known; publish. Divulgate is related to the word divulge, and comes from the Latin dīvulgātus meaning "made common property."

Community Center Movies for October

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 10, 2015

It's 49° this morning, wind is at 12 mph from the south, humidity is at 90%, pressure is steady at 1020 mb, and visibility is at 8.2 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Breezy. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Breezy. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 40 mph.

On this date of October 10, 1965 - The Red Baron made his first appearance in the "Peanuts" comic strip.

Did you know that the word 'almost' is the longest in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order?

Word of the day: jejune (ji-JOON) which means 1) without interest or significance; dull; insipid: a jejune novel. 2) juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior. Jejune comes from the Latin word jējūnus meaning "empty, poor, mean."


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 9, 2015

It's 51° this morning. Various shades of gray clouds are chasing each other across the sky interspersed with tiny patches of blue, wind is at 15 mph from the northwest with gusts up to 24 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 1016 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 in the evening becoming light.

On this date of October 9, the first US underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania and named the Van Syckel Pipeline.

Did you know that the average age at which America's presidents have taken office is 54 years and 11 months?

Word of the day: tumescent (too-MES-uh ntt, tyoo-) which means 1) pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic. 2) swelling; slightly tumid. 3) exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming. Tumescent stems from the Latin word tumēscere which means "to begin to swell." It entered English in the late 1800s.

Sewer Report for October 2015

St. James Township Meeting

October 7, 2015

The meeting began with the usual events including the pledge, approval of minutes, and approval of payments. The reports included the an update on the dangerous structures, a subcommittee report on the sewer system, and the yacht dock report for this season. The old business included a UDA payment and a library board apppointment. The new business included snow plow bids for the winter, a board of review vacancy, a planning commission vacancy, and the sewer use policy. Nine people were in the room besides the board members.

Video of the meeting is HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for October 8, 2015

It's 48° this morning with cloudy skies and IF I were a betting person, I'd bet that there's a 70% chance that we're going to get some rain around 10:30 or so. Wind is at 9 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 85%, pressure is falling from 1019 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Periods of rain. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Periods of rain in the evening, then occasional drizzle and rain likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. southeast winds at 10 mph shifting to the north after midnight.

On this date of October 8, 1918 - U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France. York had originally tried to avoid being drafted as a conscientious objector. After this event his was promoted to sergeant and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Check out the old movie "Sergeant York" sometime.

Did you know that once a women reachs the age of 30 they lose 1% of their bone mass every year thereafter (by the time a women is 50 she will have lost 20%)?

Word of the day: parvenu (PAHR-vuh-noo, pahr-vuh-NOO, -nyoo) which means a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.

Transportation Authority Meeting Rescheduled

Moving the Gillespie House

October 7, 2015

Today was the day that the Gillespie house was moved from its location for many, many years in the block that starts with the Holy Cross Hall and ends with the Print Shop Museum. The shell of the house will be repurposed, so the building was moved today from its location in town to out-of-town at the Ricksgers farm. The house passed the Carlisle Road and Kings Highway intersection at approximatley 2:30 p.m. on October 7, 2015.

Video clip of the move


BICS Policy Committee Meeting


A Blast from the Past

The picture in this story is a scan of the Grand Valley State College student newspaper from close to forty years ago. It's interesting to look back at the past and remember those things that seemed at the time to be a "pie in the sky" ideal. For some, this article written by Beth Amante, the student editor of the Grand Valley Lanthorn, will bring back memories. For others, this is an example of how the Beaver Island community's needs have molded individual choices.

CMU Awarded Grant for Great Lakes Research

Donald Uzarski

Donald G. Uzarski thinks taking the Great Lakes’ coastal wetlands for granted is one of the worst things the state has done. Uzarski, director of the Institute for Great Lakes Research at Central Michigan University, said for the past two decades, half of the wetlands have virtually disappeared due to the development of housing and businesses along the shoreline. Places such Saginaw Bay have lost the wetlands to “hardened shorelines,” because until recently they thought the wetlands to be useless, he said.

After five years of sampling, monitoring and documenting the conditions in more than 1,000 wetlands, students and technicians from CMU’s biological station on Beaver Island have discovered that the wetlands are extremely important to the eco system, according to an Oct. 1 press release by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Last week, Uzarski said the EPA awarded CMU a grant of $10 million – the second grant in six years – to continue monitoring and restoring the Great Lakes’ coastal wetlands.

Back in 2010, the EPA selected CMU to lead an initial research project that would enable the nation’s first collection of scientific data accessing the health of the wetlands, which span more than 10,000 miles of shoreline; that makes up more than the west and east coast of the U.S. combined. Their work has documented water chemistry, vegetation, invertebrates, fish, amphibians and birds.

The project has resulted in CMU’s collaboration with nine universities, one Michigan state agency, one Canadian federal agency and one U.S. federal agency in addition to the EPA. The grant that they awarded CMU is part of an effort supported by President Barack Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, stated the release.The EPA is using the data to evaluate the proposed restoration efforts since they have committed to Congress that they will restore 60,000 acres of wetlands over the next five years. This improvement will have a positive impact throughout the Great Lakes watershed in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and two provinces in Canada.

Uzarski said the first grant in 2010 led to 156 new jobs, most of which were student employees from ten different universities, including CMU, and technicians working on Beaver Island. Most of the money from the EPA was used for traveling expenses since they covered so much ground and had to use various means to get to the sites. Uzarski said this has been and remains a large-scale project that also benefits the grad students who are receiving an education along the way. He added that it’s vital that the lakes remain in good health since they’re the source of many Michigan cities’ water supply, such as Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Restoring the wetlands would assure good water quality and it would be less expensive for cities to clean the water. The state economy also relies on the lakes for tourism as well as sport and commercial fishery industry. At the moment, 1.5 million jobs are associated with the Great Lakes in general and the wetlands are essential to the ‘health’ of the Great Lakes.

Even though the wetlands only represent one percent of the surface area-on a map, they would merely be a line around the lakes-they serve a lot of functions than the public realizes, Uzarski said. They filter pollution from entering the Great Lakes and connected rivers, lakes and streams, holding them in place and burying them to the point that these toxins and pollutants never come in contact with fish-or humans. Additionally, they provide crucial habitat for fish, birds and mammals, and absorb water, which can prevent flooding in certain areas.

While the state has attempted restoring the wetlands in the past, those have proven inefficient, even damaging, according to Uzarski. Some old and outdated restoriation techniques included making dikes that disconnected the shoreline wetlands from the Great Lakes so that the natural wave energy and annual water level fluctuations no longer reached the wetland. It was a common practice to control the fluctuating water levels. In the end that has destabilized the wetland’s well-being. Through years of research, we have determined that this form of what we called ‘restoriation’ was actually doing more damage to the ecosystem than good,” Uzarski said.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

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

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Artisans at the Community Center

The artisans were set up and ready to do business at the Community Center before the Beaver Boodle started. BINN editor Joe Moore got in the front door to check things out before the official opening at 11 a.m. The artisans are planning to be at the Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be available for early Christmas shopping. Here's hoping they have a successful time and that all that are on the island will stop by to see them.

Clip of the Artisans set up and ready for business


Taste Bud Heaven

by Joe Moore

This website doesn't do many features such as food critique or travel destination suggestions. This particular article might fit into the food critique category, but you will have to be the judge. How appropriate this is considering that tomorrow is the Bite of Beaver as well as the Beaver Boodle!

On Tuesday the dinner special at Stoney Acre Grill was a "Chicken and Truffle Sausage." This meal was absolutely astounding. Your entire palate began an orgasm of flavor and taste. Every bite was worth savoring. Nothing else entered the mouth when this marvelous bouquet and flavor was present. This meal was amazing, but the star of the show was the Chicken and Truffle Sausage.

Now, as frequently happens when there is a one day special, the next day makes use of the highlight of the special of the day before. Liam Racine outdid himself with the next item that was on the menu. This item was on the menu on Wednesday and Thursday. It was even more amazing than the dinner special. Just when I couldn't believe that my palate could taste anything better than the Chicken and Truffle Sausage, I was proven wrong with the next creation. Taking the chicken sausage and adding wild mushrooms into a hearty and chunky soup was an outstanding idea. Not only did I get the flavors of the original dinner special, but the wild mushrooms added just one more layer.

This soup was so good, that I had it for lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and then once again for dinner on Thursday. I don't know if there is any left for anyone to have on Friday, but I can tell you it is truly well worth the trip out to Stoney Acre to give it a try. Now, the Italian Wedding Soup was pretty good, and Marilyn's chili near perfection, is but this concoction of flavors was outstandingly brilliant. Thank you, Liam! Thank you, Stoney Acres! You will have to work pretty hard to improve on this masterpiece.


These letters in the title are not secret code or gang lingo. They are medical lingo. The local emergency medical service sponsored an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) American Heart Association (AHA) education program yesterday, October 1, 2015. The program was an exhausting, and challenging program of video and hands on practical skills. Each participant was required to demonstrate some basic and advanced airway skills and test out of these skills. In addition the rest of the rather long day required study, recognition of EKG rhythms, cardiac pharmacology, and treatment algorithms for many cardiac issues. These issues included cardiac arrest, stable and unstable bradycardia (very slow heart beat), stable and unstable tachycardia (very fast heart beat), as well as critical thinking as the simulated patient moved quickly from one condition to another. Another two portions of the class were also presented. Acute Coronary Syndrome, or commonly known as heart attack or chest pain protocol, was also done in simulation, practice, and practical skill; as was Stroke care.

The Health Occupations class from BICS came on over to the Governmental Center Conference Room to observe one of the scenarios using an IV arm, a cardiac rhythm generator, EKG monitor, airway manikin, and CPR manikin. The students observed an IV start, airway management including an advanced airway, the teamwork necessary for a successful resuscitation, and team leader directing all of the team members. Kathie Ehinger, BICS Health teacher, summarized the actions performed by the team for her students. The students then left so that the necessary debriefing of participants could continue without an audience.

The class began at 9 a.m. and continued well past the 6 p.m. scheduled end. The final aspects of the AHA education program included testing of the practical application of the skills and topics covered during the day as well as a written test of 50 questions requiring a passing score of 84%. All participants were successful in course completion. The participants included Kathie Ehinger, paramedic and HOSA teacher; Ken Bruland, former BIEMS paramedic; Bob Hamil, BIEMS paramedic; Christie VanLooy, former BIRHC PA; Kevin White, EMT and BIEMS Interim Director; and AHA ACLS Instructor, paramedic Joe Moore.

Christie, Ken, Bob, and Kevin

This is the fourth time this program has been offered on Beaver Island in the last four years. Congratulations to the successful participants!

What's New at the Library

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-66 ***

There are one new video and one new children's book.

The new video this week is "Second Chances."

Islander Soccer and Lady Islander Volleyball News

The Lady Islanders traveled to the Northern Lights League Volleyball Tournament on Saturday Sept. 26, the tournament was held at the Sault Ste. Marie Middle School. The league teams included, BI, Mackinac Island, Ojibwe, Maplewood Baptist, Munising Baptist, and Hannahville. The teams played each of the teams in 2 games to 21. The top 4 teams advanced to the semifinals and final match. The Islanders and Ojibwe did not advance to the top 4 although they played hard and there were some very close games. 

Soccer did not have a match last weekend due to Paradise not having a team this year. 
The Soccer team did fly to Boyne City on Monday afternoon to play Boyne Concord Academy, the game was shortened due to weather but the ISlanders won 8-1. 
The Volleyball team flew to Kinross on Tuesday to play Ojibwe in a double match, we played 2 out of 3 games; We won the first match in 2 games and the 2nd match went to 3 games and we lost by 2 points in the 3rd game. 

This weekend the soccer team flyies to Grand Marais, and the volleyball team goes to Mackinac Island for a tournament.

Information from Kerry Smith, BICS Athletic Director

Gillespie Family Home Demolishment, Part II

Some of us can't possibly imagine how difficult this is for the family of Rita and Jewell Gillepie. We understand that the fire made the house damaged beyond usefulness. We understand that the house is being torn down, and we are sad for this family to see the house demolished. But, we will never be able to understand how it might feel to have our bedroom torn off or the family home that we grew up in totally and unmistakingly disappear part by part. If there is any solace in any of this, the family has great memories of sitting on the porch and talking to those who would walk by on their way to the beach. There are many memories that the family must be reliving, and try to imagine that you are the son that has the job of taking this house apart piece by piece.

At 1:30 pm 9/29/15

Later in the evening of 9/29/15

Video Clip on 9/29/15


Why We Do EMS

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Flying a patient off the island to be evaluated in the hospital emergency room is never just a job or something that EMS does without feeling and without emotions. The high point of this entire run was not getting the IV on the first try, nor running a 12-lead EKG, nor the stop at the BIRHC that was requested by the patient. The highlight of this one ambulance run and the flight in a licensed air transport vehicle was after landing in Charlevoix. As the paramedic and EMT began a walk into the terminal building, the Charlevoix EMS Director hollered back at us from the Charlevoix ambulance. The patient's wife had wanted to talk to us right there on the tarmac.

"Thank you so much," she said. "You did everything just right." Then she gave both the paramedic and the EMT a hug and a personal whispered thank you. This is the reason that most people in a rural environment do EMS. It has nothing to do with the lack of respect or being called "rabid dogs" in a public meeting, or the nasty cleanup that is sometimes necessary, nor the searching for the IV needle that we know we have to find to prevent someone else getting an injury.

Here's another story. Gloria writes:
"To the EMT that took care of me. I never knew your name, in fact at the time I didn't care. You and your partner picked me up at the hospital it was a cold after noon in Colorado. It was my junior year in high school and I was being transferred to the mental health ward or place in a different hospital all the way downtown. I remember you put a warm and cozy blanket over me, I was wearing those paper scrubs they give to people who try to commit suicide. Over it you placed a blanket, your partner laughed and told me "he thinks it helps keep in the warmth" I just half smiled. The drive was a good 30 minutes you kept an eye on my Iv and my heart rate. Instead of ignoring me and acting busy, you both talked to me. Asked me about me, asked me about my life goals. In fact you even told me about yourself and your own battle with depression. I remember looking into you warm eyes and seeing you ACTUALLY cared. You ACTUALLY were talking to me, something that at that time I felt no one did. Not even the drs who would just come in and ask the routine questions then sigh and walk out to fill out questions on the computer. Thank you. Thank you for treating me like a human, for talking to me and not just throwing a blanket over me, but actually keeping me warm. Thank you for your actual interest and telling me everything would be ok. Thank you for putting your life on the line for those who hurt. While everyone runs away from disaster you run towards it no help. This is the closest I'll ever be to tell that team thank you. If you want to publish it you can. I just wanted to say thank you to all the EMTs and paramedics, thank you so much. You've saved my life once and also my daughter's, when she was one stopped breathing in her sleep while she had a cold and turned out to be pneumonia. Thank you for all that you do." (From facebook)

We do this seemingly thankless job because of the feelings of thanks that we get from patients and families, even if they are never expressed at the time. We do this job because we know what to do when everyone else is standing around wondering what to do. We do this job because we actually make a difference when we do the job. This is all about doing the best we can for all of the patients who just happen to be unlucky enough to be the reason for the 911 call. We don't always agree with everything that others might do, but our disagreement is ALWAYS for pursuit of excellence in caring for the patients that need us. Yes, it's truly all about patient care. We are humans helping other humans in their times of distress.

This job is not about making "big bucks," if you can call sub-minimum wage "big bucks." The job is not about making the politicians happy. This job is not about anything except taking the best care of the emergency patients that we possibly can. If we continue to do our best for these unfortunate few, the job is still worth doing, but there is a limit to the "doo-doo piles" that people try to pile on top of us. Just let us do our job and help the people that need help. Let us make the decisions that we are required by law, rules, and protocols to make.

When people like to believe rumors and repeat them about what we do, how we do it, and why we do it; EMS people want you to know that those comments hurt and put one more layer on top of the "doo-doo pile." This pile is getting pretty heavy to carry around on our shoulders.





Community Center Movies

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

October 11:  Howard Davis
 18 and 25:  Harvey Ouwings; Grand rapids MI

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

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.





Looking Closely

by Cindy Ricksgers

Petroqueen Christening Party at the Circle M

The plan after the Christening of the Petroqueen was to have a meal for all at the Circle M. The Circle M also had a cash bar for the celebrations. After the meal, Beaver Island music was planned with John McCafferty, Ed Palmer, Joe Moore, and Ramsey. The musicwas to extend the celebration into the night. The food on the menu included snacks besides the main food which included the tacos, ham and turkey sandwiches, and water and lemonade. There were also cookies for dessert. These were all set up in the buffet style.

The Autumn Welcome for the party.

The buffet getting set up.

In the shade on the Circle M deck.

Inside with the cash bar

Back outside relaxing or playing games with the kids

Circle M chef Josh Runberg poses for a picture.

And after a good meal, the music began.

Video of the Christening Party at the Circle M HERE

Christening the Petroqueen

Today, Saturday, September 26, 2015, at a little after 4 p.m., a few words were spoken about the need for this vessel and the differences between rolling barrels off a WWII landing craft and the brand new tanker Petroqueen. There were over a hundred people in attendance for this chistening with cars parked on both sides of the road all the way back to McDonough's Market.

The Original Petroqueen, Colleen Martin, just before the Christening.

A few words were spoken.

The Christening with champagne in a bag.

Greg Doig's wonderful picture of the champagne bottle for the Christening.

Bud and Colleen Martin pose for a picture next to the tanker "Petroqueen."

The following pictures were taken from the video for those that can't view the video:

Clip 1 The Petroqueen and Crowd and Highlights of the Speech

More pictures HERE

Video of the Petroqueen Christening HERE

Rumors About Emergency Transport

Rumor #1: There is a rumor going around that suggests that an emergency patient does not have any choice about how and where he/she will be transported. This is not a true statement. Every single emergency patient who is able to make a decision about how and where they are to be transported, will be transported how and where they want to go. It may involve a discussion with family and the medical control physician, but the final decision is with the patient. Yes, BIEMS will transport you to the medical center if that is where you want to go. It may be suggested that you go to another destination, such as Charlevoix Hospital, McLaren Northern Michigan, or Munson Hospital; but the choice is still yours to make. You may be asked to sign a special release, but you still get to go where you want to go, as long as you are alert enough to make that decision.

Rumor #2: Another rumor going around is that there is a conflict between the medical center and the local EMS. The local EMS group must follow the laws of the State of Michigan, the administrative rules for that law, and the State of Michigan Model EMS Protocols as approved by the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority. This includes written physician orders for many aspects of emergency medical care that EMS must follow including assessments and treatments as well as recommended transport destination. The local EMS group is licensed by the State of Michigan to provide emergency medical transport. These license requirements and the written physician orders are required to be followed unless other orders are received from the medical control physician. The assessments and treatments can be refused by any patient capable of making that decision. There will be a continuity of excellent patient care offered to every emergency medical patient by the local EMS agency.

Rumor #3: Taking the locally licensed emergency medical air transport will cost more than using an off-Island air transport service. This is also false. The local air transport vehicle is leased by the local EMS with aircraft and pilot provided by Island Airways. BIEMS accepts all insurance plans and participates in most insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare. Valley Med out of Iron Mountain also accepts the same insurance plans and also participates in Medicaid and Medicare. The only out of pocket costs for either service is the co-pay required by either insurance companies or Medicaid or Medicare. BIEMS accepts the payments from insurance companies, Medicaid, and Medicare as payments in full. Northflight Air out of Traverse City state that they also participate, but previous experience with Northflight was the reason for licensing a local air transport vehicle.

Rumor #4: Valley Med and Northflight can provide a higher standard of care than our locally licensed air transport. This is also false. The same level of emergency prehospital emergency care is provided in the local ambulance and in the locally licensed air transport vehicle as is available in either of the other two operations. In most emergencies in the last twenty-eight years, critical care transport paramedics and nurses were not necessary. They may be necessary in a patient transfer from one licensed hospital to another licensed hospital, but the efficient transport time provided by the locally licensed air transport gets the patient to the definitive care facility in a much shorter period of time, is provided by friends and neighbors by the same license level in prehospital care, and fits into an emergency medical system that has twenty-eight years of experience right here on Beaver Island.

Rumor #5: I can refuse local EMS transport without them ever being called. This is true, but why would you not want to give yourself the benefit of the physician-directed, efficient emergency transport system designed and adapted over twenty-eight years to fit Beaver Island, and operated by your friends and neighbors? Why would you not want the excellent patient care requirements, fitted to your personal situation? Do you not want the assessments, monitoring, and treatments recommended by the emergency physicians throughout the State of Michigan? Did you know that the paramedics on Beaver Island passed the same certification and licensing requirements as paramedics in any major city of the United States? Did you know that many nationally accepted patient care standards for specific emergencies were actually special study assessments and treatments tested right here on Beaver Island? These included automatic external defibrillation, Epi-Pen administration for severe allergic reactions, and intravenous administration of dextrose for low blood sugar in diabetics. Some others include the training and certification of medical first responders and Basic EMTs to insert an advanced airway called a Combitube or double-lumen airway, new requirements of first responders and EMTS to provide Narcan to possible drug overdoses, as well as the administration of aspirin and nitroglycerin by EMTS for chest pain patients. All of these were done on Beaver Island prior to their general acceptance in the field of basic prehospital emergency care.


Donegal Bay Road Trouble Spots Being Addressed

If you have had any reason to drive to and from Donegal Bay, you may have noticed the "S" curve near the St. James Campground and the cellphone tower. You may have noticed also how difficult it was to determine where the cars, bikes, and/or pedestrians might be coming from. In actuality, you could not tell if anyone was coming toward town on Donegal Bay Road, on Richie's Road, or coming off the bike path. Now you can. The clearing of the trees in this area make it much safer in the ability to view other traffic either cars or bikes. These pictures and video were completed on September 23, 2015, at about 11 a.m.

This curve is much safer after the work that has been done.

There is also work being done to improve the area from the Donegal Bay corner, starting on the town side of Shirley Sowa's driveway. This area is also being widened. Perhaps the safety will be improved heading toward the Stable's Campground as well.

Video of this story


BICS Fall Sports Schedules for Soccer and Volleyball

BOBI Book Club- Upcoming Titles/Dates

We did change our previously decided upon dates for Sept and October, so here is the NEW schedule:

For Tuesday, October 13th, 7 pm: Lost In Shangri La by Michael Zuckoff 

(New) For MONDAY, November 16th, 7pm: Knocking On Heaven's Door by Katy Butler

*Please speak to Patrick, MG, or Kathy regarding BOBI book availability, there is a BOBI sign out sheet at the desk :)

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