B. I. News on the 'Net, September 11-24, 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

September 24, 2017

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

September 24, 2017

Today was Father James Siler's first independent Mass given at Holy Cross Catholic Church here on Beaver Island. The parish was honored to have Father Jim give Mass today. He announced that next weekend he will be doing Mass down at his former parish in the Cadillac Area. HC will have a visiting priest next Sunday.

Joan Banville did the readings and the Psalm.

Father James Siler sang the Alleluia and other prayers, gave the sermon, and gave the final blessing.

It's great to have you here on the island Father Jim!

View video of this service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 24, 2017

Since it's Sunday, and most will be heading to church, (even if you don't attend a church) please say a special prayer for Ricardo Lugo and Martha Guth, that today will be the day that they will hear something from their family in Puerto Rico. Today marks the fifth day, and they are so worried.

...and another nice day seems to be in the works. So far this fall is warmer than the summer ever was. Right now it's 67°, humidity is 90%, dew point is 64°, wind is from the south at 4 to 5 mph, pressure is 30.14 inches, clear skies, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 24, 1968 - "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV. Initially, 60 Minutes aired as a bi-weekly show hosted by Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace, debuting on September 24, 1968, and alternating weeks with other CBS News productions on Tuesday evenings at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Season 50 debuts September 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time,

DID YOU KNOW THAT Less than 2% of the world's population have red hair. That's approximately 140 million people. Scotland boasts the highest percentage of natural redheads, with 13% (40% might carry the gene there) while Ireland comes in second with 10%.

WORD OF THE DAY: tittle (TIT-l) which means 1) a dot or other small mark in writing or printing, used as a diacritic, punctuation, etc.2) a very small part or quantity; a particle, jot, or whit: He said he didn't care a tittle. Tittle, ultimately from Latin titulus “inscription, superscription, label, ticket, title, etc.” will be familiar to many from the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:18), “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” “Jot or tittle” is a hendiadys (a single idea expressed by two words and a conjunction) meaning “smallest detail.” Jot derives from the Greek letter iota (ι), the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet. Tittle also means any accent mark or diacritic, e.g., an acute, a grave, a circumflex (as in á, à, or â). The Spanish word tilde, most familiar in the character ñ (as in año “year), in Spanish means any diacritic mark, e.g., an acute accent marking accentuation of a word accent (as in difícil “difficult”). The Spanish word tilde also is a derivative of Latin titulus. Tittle entered English in the 14th century.

Historical Interviews by Robert Cole-Johnny Andy Gallagher

More than twenty-five years ago, Robert Cole began doing some interviews of older Islanders. These interviews were sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society. Robert realized that the stories and the history of the more modern Islanders, post-Strang, was going to be lost if it didn't get recorded. This philosophy is mirrored by editor Joe Moore of Beaver Island News on the 'Net. This editor realized, during an ongoing project of digitizing the Gregg family slides, that the older slides were degrading in quality, fading away, if you will. That made the loss of memories of this island resident disappearing with the slides as they degraded.

In a conversation with the current director of the Historical Society, this editor offered to provide the BIHS with digital copies of the videos, if they might also be published on Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The director said that she would get back with me. BINN got permission to from the director to digitize the VHS tapes and provide digital video copies of these to the historical society in exchange for the work of the digitizing. The first of these tapes was completed on September 1, 2017.

The video is degrading. There are some truly important pieces of history that will be lost if this project is not completed. This Robert Cole interview is with Johnny Andy Gallagher.

View video of this interview HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 23, 2017

It's 7 am and it's already 73°! It's going to be another hot one and I'm so thankful for A/C! Humidity is at 76%, dew point is 65°, wind is from the SSW at 7 mph, pressure is 30.01 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny, very warm and muggy with a high of 82° and a real feel of 88°. Wind will be from the SW 9 to 14 mph.
TONIGHT: Mainly clear and mild with a temp of 66°, wind will continue from the SW 5 to 10 mph.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 23, 1642 - The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held. Nine degrees were conferred. Today some 1700 under­grad­uate degrees, and 5000 advanced degrees from the university's various graduate and professional schools, are conferred each Commence­ment Day.

DID YOU KNOW THAT rubber bands last longer when kept refrigerated? The natural rubber that is used to make rubber bands crystallizes over time, giving us what is commonly called "dry rot", where the bands are "dry", crumbly and no longer elastic. This process shows an unusual temperature dependency - it occurs fastest at room temperature.

WORD OF THE DAY: tattersall (TAT-er-sawl) which means 1)a pattern of squares formed by colored crossbars on a solid-color, usually light background. 2)a fabric with this pattern. Richard Tattersall (1724-95) was an Englishman who in 1766 bought a 99-year lease at Hyde Park Corner (now within London), where he established his business as a horse auctioneer. Tattersall became very wealthy and influential because of his honesty and efficiency in business. His horse market sold blankets woven in a check or plaid pattern for use on horses. Tattersall, designating the fabric, entered English at the end of the 19th century.

BICS Update

This update came out in an email on September 22, 2017, after calling the school to find out that the volleyball games for this weekend had been canceled. If BINN had know that this was happening, perhaps arrangements could have been made to go to Big Bay De Noc for the soccer games. Well, no home games this weekend as stated in this update.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 22, 2017

Welcome to the first day of autumn, although it certainly feels like summer. We have another warm, beautiful day in store. Mother Nature is outdoing herself this fall.

Partly cloudy skies this morning, 72°, humidity is at 95%, dew point is 67°, wind is from the SE at 5 mph, pressure is 30.05 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Heat index readings around 96.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 22, 1955 - Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Alfred P. Southwick (1826–1898), was a steam-boat engineer, dentist and inventor from Buffalo, New York. He is credited with inventing the electric chair as a method of legal execution.

WORD OF THE DAY: deciduous (dih-SIJ-oo-uh s) which means shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs. The English adjective deciduous is straight from Latin dēciduus “falling off or down, tending to fall off or down,” formed from the preposition dē (and prefix dē-) “down, from” and the verb cadere (combining form -cidere) “to fall”). In Latin dēciduus is used for leaves ( dēcidua folia), (baby) teeth ( dēciduτ dentēs), descending testicles ( testēs dēciduτ), and, charmingly, for shooting stars or falling stars ( dēcidua sidera). Deciduous entered English in the 17th century.

Special Peaine Township Board Meeting

Will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017
At 9:00 a.m.
At the Peaine Township Hall

Agenda
2017 Tax Rate Request

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 21, 2017

We had quite a light show during the night and received .82 inches of rain (which we needed). The storm woke the dogs, who then shivered and shook until it was all over. Right now we have mostly cloudy skies, 67°, wind is at 4 mph from the SE, humidity is at 98%, pressure is rising from 29.91 inches, and visibility is 8.5 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms and a slight chance of rain showers in the the morning then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Light winds.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy.. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Light winds. Patchy fog early in the morning. Chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 21, 2001 - "America: A Tribute to Heroes" was shown on 35 seperate broadcast and cable networks simultaneously. The telethon raised $150 million in pledges to benefit families of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. The pledges were made from September 21 through September 24, 2001.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the dot on top of the letter 'i' is called a tittle?

WORD OF THE DAY: polyhistor (pol-ee-HIS-ter) which means a person of great and varied learning. The English combining form poly- meaning “much, many” is also a combining form in Greek, with the same meanings, and is very familiar from such words as polygon (Greek polýgōnon “polygon,” literally “many-angled, many-kneed”) and polygamy (Greek polygamía “frequent marriage, polygamy”). The second element, -histor, comes from Greek ístōr (also hístōr, and in some dialects wístōr), which means “one who knows the law, a judge; learned, skilled.” Hístōr also appears in history (Greek, historía “investigation, the published results of an investigation”). The is-, his-, and wis- are the usual Greek phonetic developments of the Proto-Indo-European root weid- “to see, know,” source of Greek ideîn (from wideîn) “to see” and eidénai (from weidénai) “to know,” Latin vidēre “to see,” English wit, unwitting, and Slavic (Czech) vědět “to know” and vidět "to see." Polyhistor entered English in the 16th century.

CC COA Seeks BI Site Coordinator for Senior Services

Beaver Island, MI - Charlevoix County Commission on Aging is seeking a part time Beaver Island Site Coordinator for senior services.  This position is Monday through Friday, 9a-2p for 25 hours a week.  No holidays and will need to work one weekend Sunday per month, September through April.  This position is responsible for the daily COA senior services for Beaver Island residents, based in the Community Center.  The right person needs to love to work with seniors, and for seniors, on an independent basis. 

They should be creative, outgoing, dependable, flexible and have strong communication skills.  You must possess the physical abilities to lift a maximum of 25 pounds and transfer items to and from vehicles and/or dining and office facilities.  Must be able to answer phones, and operate a computer. Starting pay is $12.13 an hour and no benefits are provided. 

Applications are available for download from the Charlevoix County website “Employment Opportunities” page, and need to be submitted by Wednesday, September 27, 2017 either via email to administration@charlevoixcounty.org, or via mail to:  Human Resources, 301 State St., Charlevoix, MI  49720.  Charlevoix County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact: Amy Wieland, Executive Director
Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720
Work Phone: 231-237-0103
Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 20, 2017

I woke up at 3 and let the dogs out. The heavens were simply lovely with millions of stars twinkling back. Right now we have clear skies, 62°, wind is at 9 mph from the SE, humidity is at 99%, pressure is steady at 29.89 inches, and visibility is 6.2 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 20, 1519 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey.

DID YOU KNOW THAT giraffes can last longer without water than camels? Regardless, they can go weeks without drinking water, longer than even camels, which is just as well because they have to bend a long way down to get a drink and water holes can be dangerous places in the wild. When they do drink water, giraffes can guzzle about 12 gallons at one time.

WORD OF THE DAY: shofar (SHOH-fer) which means a ram's horn blown as a wind instrument, sounded in Biblical times chiefly to communicate signals in battle and announce certain religious occasions and in modern times chiefly at synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A shofar or ram’s horn is blown during the Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah (usually September) and Yom Kippur (ten days after Rosh Hashanah). Shōphār in Hebrew means “ram’s horn”; the development in meaning is ram (the animal) to ram’s horn to this horn used as a musical instrument. Shofar entered English in the 19th century.

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Peaine Regular Meeting Minutes

September 2017

Invasives Still an Issue

The following invasive shoreline plant survey was conducted in July of 2017. Funding was obtained by The Nature Conservancy and the Michigan Dune Alliance.
A link to that report can be found at:

https://goo.gl/Jyb74p

Yes, we still have 16 small areas of invasive Phragmites present on the Beaver Island shoreline. Other small stand include Lake Marie on High Island and Northcut Bay on Garden Island.
_________________
The Beaver Island Association
P.O. Box 390
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Summer's Last Sigh

by Cindy Ricksgers

First Dive

by Dick Burris

First year of diving: 1966
On an early trip to Beaver Island, I decided I wanted to see what was under water in Lake Genazarath; so I made myself an inner tube raft to support one end of a breathing hose, and used the other end in my mouth.
I had no idea of the dynamics of the underwater world; needless to say, my chest hurt afterwords.

Read the rest of the short story HERE

Just One More Scam

by Joe Moore

Just in case anyone didn't know that the Publisher's Clearing House online sales were not a scam. Here is the one that proves it. Normally, I just delete the emails and the advertisements that I receive, but I wanted to jsut check this out to be sure that I wasn't wrong.

I found an item that I really like on their ad, and saw that it was listed as $3.99 for a one pound bag of licorice jelly beans. I like black licorice, so I thought I would give it a try. First of all, the price was not $3.99. The small print said four payments of $3.99, making the cost $15.96. Of course this was all sold under the guise of providing more chances at winning the Publisher's Clearing House Give-Away of $1000 per day for life.

Next, I thought that the price included shipping, but that was wrong, too. So, today I got an email with the company wanting me to make a payment prior to the item being shipped in the amount of $22.95 which includesthe $6.99 cost of shipping one pound of jelly beans.

I checked the email and the links, and there is no location to cancel the order. There is a "Customer Bill of Right" though. Here is a quote from the customer rights: "our merchandise buyers travel the world to bring hard-to-find items directly to your door — at prices you can easily afford. And our quality assurance process ensures that we pre-test items and check product information accuracy, so you can be certain that you are receiving quality products every time you shop."

Why do I call this a scam?

I went online looking for the same item, and I found several offers that ranged from $5.99 per pound to a maximum of $21.00 per pound for an item with special packaging called "black tie packaging." No matter how you define scam, paying over fifteen dollars for a pound of jelly beans is not only a scam, but it should be illegal. Putting the number of payments in fine print should be illegal. Charging almost seven dollars to ship a one pound package is outrageous.

And, to top it all off, they would like your payment in advance of receiving the item that you ordered. In case you didn't know it, this is just one more scam that is preying upon the people that can't afford to get ripped off. The biggest losers in this scam are the elderly, who truly believe the hype and then finally realize what happened after the fact, if they can remember that they paid over twenty-two dollars for one pound of jelly beans.

Shame, shame, shame on Publisher's Clearing House!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 19, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 56°, wind is at 11 mph from the east, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 29.97 inches, and visibility is 10+ miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. East winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 19, 1942 - The first advertisement to announce Little Golden Books appeared in Publishers Weekly.

DID YOU KNOW THAT camel milk does not curdle, because it has adapted to the desert heat.

WORD OF THE DAY: puffery (PUHF-uh-ree) which means undue or exaggerated praise. The word puffery has always meant “excessive, fulsome praise.” In the US puffery has legal or quasi-legal status. In 1957 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that puffery was “frequently used to denote the exaggerations reasonably to be expected of a seller as to the degree of quality of his product, the truth or falsity of which cannot be precisely determined." And in 1984 the FTC stated that puffery, e.g, all that French on a restaurant menu, does not authorize enforcement by the FTC: "The Commission generally will not pursue cases involving obviously exaggerated or puffing representations, i.e., those that the ordinary consumers do not take seriously." Puffery entered English in the 18th century.

Historical Interviews by Robert Cole-Grace Cole

More than twenty-five years ago, Robert Cole began doing some interviews of older Islanders. These interviews were sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society. Robert realized that the stories and the history of the more modern Islanders, post-Strang, was going to be lost if it didn't get recorded. This philosophy is mirrored by editor Joe Moore of Beaver Island News on the 'Net. This editor realized, during an ongoing project of digitizing the Gregg family slides, that the older slides were degrading in quality, fading away, if you will. That made the loss of memories of this island resident disappearing with the slides as they degraded.

In a conversation with the current director of the Historical Society, this editor offered to provide the BIHS with digital copies of the videos, if they might also be published on Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The director said that she would get back with me. BINN got permission to from the director to digitize the VHS tapes and provide digital video copies of these to the historical society in exchange for the work of the digitizing. The first of these tapes was completed on September 1, 2017.

The video is degrading. There are some truly important pieces of history that will be lost if this project is not completed. This Robert Cole interview is with his grandmother, Grace Cole.

View video of Grace Cole interview HERE

Personal Injury Accident

(The following news release was sent only after requrested. It was received in an email at 3 p.m.today, more than 3 days after the accident occurred.)

Sheriff Chuck Vondra reports at 00:35 hours on Friday 09/15/17, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s office investigated an injury accident on Carlilse Road east of Kings Highway.  A Polaris ORV driven by Kevin R. Siler, 28 years old from Lake City, Michigan, with two passengers slid off the road into a ditch.  The right rear passenger was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the ORV.  Courtney L. Mulder, 31 years old from Lake City, Michigan, had neck and back injuries.  Courtney was flown to Traverse City Munson by the United States Coast Guard due to poor visibility for fixed winged planes.  Excessive speed nor alcohol are believed to be a factor.  The driver and right passenger were wearing seat belts and were unharmed.  The driver was ticketed for basic speed law (too fast for conditions).

What Did You Say 19

by Joe Moore


EMS on an island in Lake Michigan, a real island completely surround by water, can be very interesting.  This rural most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes is at least eighteen miles by the crow flies to the nearest mainland location.  It’s about thirty-two miles to the nearest airport from an airport on Beaver Island.  There are usually around one hundred emergency responses during the year or about one every three or four days.  The problem with emergencies is that there is no way to predict when one will happen.  It is possible for there to be more than one emergency at the same time.  Sometimes there are three or four emergencies during the same twenty-four hour period of time.

Read the rest of the story HERE

A Letter from September 2, 1945

Sorting through papers and items seems to be the important thing to do as you get older. Some of these things have more significance than others, and this one hit the top of the list. This is a letter sent from the Navy vessel by Phillip R. Gregg to his brother on the 2nd of September 1945. History can become more personal when these discoveries present themselves.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 18, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 48°, wind is at 8 mph from the NW, humidity is at 96%, pressure is rising from 30.04 inches, and visibility is 3.9 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Light winds.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 18, 1891 - Harriet Maxwell Converse became the first white woman to ever be named chief of an Indian tribe. The tribe was the Six Nations Tribe at Towanda Reservation in New York. From Wikipedia:

"Harriet Maxwell Converse (née, Harriet Arnot Maxwell; Seneca clan name, Gayaneshaoh; Seneca tribal name, Ya-ih-wah-non or Gaiiwanoh; 11 January 1836 - 18 November 1903) was an American author of Scottish and Irish heritage. She was a folklorist, poet and historian of the Iroquois; by the late 19th century, they were a loose confederacy of six nations in New York State and Canada. She became an advocate for the rights of the Seneca and other Iroquois tribes in New York state, helping them retain their lands and preserve their culture. In recognition of her contributions, the Seneca made her a member of the tribe and gave her an honorary position as a sachem or chief of the Six Nations.

DID YOU KNOW THAT tigers cannot purr. To show happiness, tigers squint or close their eyes.

WORD OF THE DAY: clandestine (klan-DES-tin) which means characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception. Clandestine comes from Latin clandestīnus meaning “secret, hidden” from clam meaning “secretly.” The -stīnus element is probably modeled after intestīnus meaning “internal.” Clandestine entered English in the 1560s.

Late in the Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

September 17, 2017

Ride Around the Island

There were several stops as the trip around the island on Saturday afternoon began around 3 p.m. Mike Boyle's beach, South Arm of Lake Geneserath, past the Southhead Lighthouse and Iron Ore Bay, Miller's Marsh, Greene's Lake to check the blackberries, Fox Lake, and Barney's Lake were all part of the trip, but only a few provided interesting shots for this first trip around this summer.

The flowers were in bloom on Miller's Marsh and a swimmer was caught by the camera.

On the way to Whiskey Point

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

BICS Saturday Soccer and Volleyball

September 16, 2017

Saturday morning brought the Lady Islanders very close to a win of a game in the volleyball match against Hannahville. The Lady Islanders still had difficulty getting started in the first game, but improved and almost won the last game. The serves of the Hannahville team were difficult to control with a bump up for help from another player.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the games HERE

The soccer team was on fire this past weekend even with the injuries of two of the excellent players, Jared and Riley. Some of the younger players had to step up and work hard to join in the teamwork and the help in prevention of scores by the other team of Hannahville. All of the BICS Islander soccer team players worked together and set up some good play, particularly in the first fifteen to twenty minutes of the game.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the game HERE

We apologize for the small video clips.

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

Father Jim Siler's First Mass, September 17, 2017

Several family members and previous parishioners were still present this morning for Father Jim Siler's first Mass as a priest after his ordination this past Thursday. Deacon Jim is now Father Jim. As you can see from the pictures, the Knights of Columbus, the Monsignor, two deacons, and Father John Paul were present for this Mass. A wonderful service was lead by Jim Siler's former parish music director accompaniment on the guitar. Several of Father Jim's favorite songs were performed by the augmented choir.

There were presentations and tearful farewells this day as Father John Paul, Father Jim Siler, and others present received the Beaver Island Blessing from the Year of Mercy. A more joyful service could not have been celebrated on this Sunday morning!

Opening prayer

Heidi Vigil first and second readings

Psalm was sung

Deacon Paul Fifer read the Gospel and gave the Homily

Father Jim Siler and Father John Paul

View a gallery of photos HERE

Father Jim and Knights of Columbus

Certificate presented by Knights of Columbus

Father Jim Siler and his mother

View video of Father Jim's first Mass HERE

Volleyball Friday

BICS vs Hannahville

The Lady Islanders played well this past weekend, but their skills were not honed to the level of the Hannahville ladies. The Islanders have wonderful sportsmanship, and truly meant the greeting for the other team with the "Good Game" hand taps. The Hannahville team missed very few power serves, and some of the Lady Islanders had trouble handling those serves. Here are some pictures of the game. This story is also being developed and will continue to be updated on Sunday.

View video of the games HERE

*You will note smaller video files

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 17, 2017

Partly cloudy skies this morning, 68°, wind is at 15 mph from the south, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 29.98 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Isolated rain showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the evening. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around 50°. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming west 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Scattered showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 17, 1991 - The United Nations General Assembly opened its 46th session. The new members were Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North and South Korea, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Ostriches can run faster than horses, they DON’T bury their heads in sand, and the males can roar like lions.

WORD OF THE DAY: masscult (MAS-kuhlt) which means the forms of culture, as music, drama, and literature, as selected, interpreted, and popularized by the mass media for dissemination to the widest possible audience.Masscult (from “mass culture”) and midcult (from “middlebrow culture”) were coined by Dwight Macdonald (1906-82) in his essay “Masscult and Midcult” (1960). Macdonald was an American journalist, social critic, and political radical. He opposed mass media because they exemplified mediocrity and their only standards were popularity.

Friday Soccer

The Beaver Island soccer team have obviously been playing together for a while and have the skills to control the soccer ball as they took the games this weekend. This story is being developed and will be updated on Sunday.

BICS vs Hannahville Friday

Here are a few pictures of the game on Friday.

It's very difficult to take pictures and operate a video camera for a soccer game. There was plenty of action on the field as can be seen by viewing the video of the games.

View video of Friday game HERE

*You will note smaller video files

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 16, 2017

Partly cloudy skies, 66°, wind is at 12 mph from the south, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 29.95 inches, and visibility is 10+ miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 16, 1782 - The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the impression.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the last animal in the dictionary is the ZYZZYVA, a tropical weevil. It is a genus of tropical American weevils often found in association with palms. It is a snouted beetle.

The yellowish weevil is no longer than an ant. It was first discovered in 1922 in Brazil, and named by an Irishman. Thomas Lincoln Casey, Jr., an entomologist at New York's Museum of Natural History thought that, because there was not a Latin name or Brazilian name associated with this weevil, it was probably named Zyzzyva as a practical joke to place it in a prominent ending position in many guides and manuals.

WORD OF THE DAY: cervine (SUR-vahyn) which means resembling or characteristic of deer; deerlike. The English adjective cervine comes directly from Latin cervτnus “pertaining to a deer” ( cervus). Latin cervus means “stag, deer” and derives from a complicated Proto-Indo-European root ker- (with many variants) “uppermost part (of the body), head, horn.” The same root yields Latin cornū “horn” (as in unicorn and in corn in the sense “thickening and hardening of the skin on a toe”), cervτx “neck,” and cornea (horny coating or tissue). In Germanic the root appears as her-, source of English horn, hart (the animal), and hornet. Cervine entered English in the 19th century.

Annual Beach Clean-Up

Annual Beach Clean-UP 

This Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9 am till noon. Take your beach collections to the Transfer Station and then come on down to the BIC Center for a hot dog.  This organized by the Beaver Island Association. It’s your island. Help keep it clean!

Potluck at Parish Hall

Following the Ordination on Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Holy Cross and other community ladies from all the churches put on a dinner at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. The food variety was amazing. There were main courses of spaghetti, roasted pig, and grilled chicken; salads of just about every kind imaginable, and multiple desserts. There was beer on tap, lemonade, and water to drink. This was a memorable event in itself as it emulated many Hall gatherings of the past. Those that have moved on must have been shining and beaming smiles down from heaven for the efforts of this community to celebrate in the traditional way. It was certainly a wonderful ccelebration.

Our new priest, Father James Siler gave a blessing prior to the meal while Bishop Raica from the Diocese of Gaylord looked on. And then it was on to the wonderful meal with lines out the front door of the hall, tents set up in the convent yard, and adult refreshments on both sides of the street.

The cake perhaps represents the event and joy of the entire community. Food, good company, old and new friendships renewed or begun, and lots of joy and laughter represented the island very well.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

 

Timeout for Art: Adjustments

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 15, 2017

Yesterday was absolutely perfect. Lovely, Beaver Island day, perfect ordination, fabulous meal with family and friends, and it was capped off by northern lights in the evening. A very special thank you has to go to Deborah LaFreniere Robert. She was the general in command of the forces in spite of also having her youngest break his leg during a soccer game. Deb never lost her cool, and kept everything running smoothly. Of course, thank also to all those who helped - the cooks, kitchen help, those who donated cars, rooms, set-up, take down, those who took pictures, did the live-streaming, the news outlets, to Bishop Raica, all the visiting priests and deacons, and anyone else who was involved. You ALL worked together to make it a memorable day, not only for Holy Cross, but for the entire island. Thank you. Thank you also to Father James Siler, for being a part of our lives here on the island so that this could happen.

This morning we have partly cloudy skies, 62°, wind is at 13 mph from the south, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 29.86 inches, and visibility is 10+ miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 15, 1949 - "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC. Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto.

DID YOU KNOW THAT albatrosses have a wing span of up to 14ft and need to land only once every couple of years to breed. They can travel hundreds of thousands of miles each flight.

WORD OF THE DAY: sensorium (sen-SAWR-ee-uh m) which means a part of the brain or the brain itself regarded as the seat of sensation. The Late Latin noun sēnsōrium is a derivative of the verb sentτre “to discern by the senses, perceive, feel.” Sensorium is a rare word, first occurring and probably coined in the sense “seat or organ of sensation" by the Roman statesman and philosopher Boëthius (475?-525? a.d.), in his commentary on Aristotle’s Topics. By the 17th century sensorium meant “the seat or organ within the brain where sensations or perceptions were united.” Nowadays sensorium refers to the areas of the brain that receive, process, and interpret incoming sensory information, enabling the individual to be consciously aware of the outside world.

From Holy Cross-Ordination of Jim Siler at 1 p.m.

September 14, 2017

What a wonderful, historical ordination happened on Beaver Island today! Holy Cross has been in existence for over 150 years, but today was the very first ordination to take place on the island.

Deacon Jim Siler was ordained to the priesthood today at a service beginning at 1 p.m. with members of Holy Cross and all his other previous areas of service. Members of the choir were from all over northern Michigan. Holy Cross Catholic Church was full of friends and relatives of Deacon Jim. There were approximately seventy in the Beaver Island Community School gymnasium along with a full church. The service was sent by microwave to the school gym thanks to the work of Kevin Boyle and Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The video of the service was controlled by News on the 'Net Editor Joe Moore with a four camera video set up in the choir loft of the church.

Besides those who were able to attend at either the church or at the school, there were 200 unique IP addresses that watched the video on beaverisland.tv. This was live on the Internet for those that were not able to come to the island and participate in person or for those on the island that could not attend. It truly was an amazing day for Holy Cross since this ordination ceremony took place during the Feast of Holy Cross.

There were five Knights of Columbus who came to the island for this service, about twenty-two priests, ten other deacons and their families, in addition to those that accompanied the bishop. Bishop Raica was the celebrant with participation from most of these. From St. Ann Catholic Church, Cadillac, Michigan, came the following individuals:

Pat Richardson, organist; Jan Kellogg, music director, cantor; sopranos, Jan Kellogg, Monica Gremel, Mary Margaret "Mike" Winklemman, Cicily Lambourne, Barb Smith, Sandy Michelson, and Deb Piwowarski; alto Debbie Winn; tenors Mike Dolack, Mike Feister, and and Mike Piwowarski; and basses Ferg Barton, Katie Barton, Fred Brooks, and Paul Beardsley.

This group from Cadillac St Ann's was joined by others from our local parish, and others from other towns including Cheboygan and others.

Participants in the service were: MINISTERS OF THE MASS: ORDAINING PRELATE; The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord Diocese; CONCELEBRATING PRIESTS, Priests of the Diocese of Gaylord; DIRECTOR OF VOCATIONS, Rev. Matthew Wigton; VESTING CLERIC, Msgr. Francis Murphy; DEACON, Rev. Mr. Paul Fifer; LECTORS, Judith Harmon and Patricia Crane; ALTAR SERVERS, Christopher Nowak, Michael Lingaur, Seminarians, and John Brady Robert; MASTERS OF CEREMONIES, Mr. Wayne Winter and Mrs. Beth Hicks; MUSIC, Mrs. Tammy McDonough, Psalmist, Mrs. Dennise Hoffman/Cantor, Dr. Wayne Wyrembelski, Director of Music, St. Mary Cathedral; Choir Members from Holy Cross, Beaver Island and St. Ann, Cadillac; Dr. David Olson, Trumpet I; Matthew Makarewicz, Trumpet II; and PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS, Brad Siler, Brooke Siler and Sarah Siler, children of the Ordinand.

View a large gallery of pictures HERE

First Reader Pinky Harmon

Psalms sung by Denise Hoffman and Tammi McDonough

Second reading by Patricia Crane

Gospel reading by Deacon Paul Fifer

Bishop, Ministers, and servers listen while the Gospel is read.

Bishop Raica

Father Jim Siler, ordained to the priesthood

View video of the ordination HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 14, 2017

It's an historic day for the island today as Deacon Jim Siler is ordained as a priest at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Joe will be live-streaming the event, which begins at 1:00, at http://beaverisland.tv Congratulations, Father Jim!!

Right now it's 58°, hazy skies, wind is at 7 mph from the south, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 29.76 inches, and visibility is about 7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Light winds. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 14, 1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner," a poem originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry," after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD, during the War of 1812. The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.

DID YOU KNOW THAT goldfish lose their color if kept in dim light. Much like humans getting a tan, they need sunlight to keep their pigment.

WORD OF THE DAY: ordain (awr-DEYN) which means to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy order upon. late 13c., "to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church," from stem of Old French ordener "place in order, arrange, prepare; consecrate, designate" (Modern French ordonner) and directly from Latin ordinare "put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). The notion is "to confer holy orders upon." Meaning "to decree, enact" is from c.1300; sense of "to set (something) that will continue in a certain order" is from early 14c.

Vespers Service

This service takes place the night before the Ordination of a priest. The service began at 7 p.m. sharp. The organists took turns playing portions of the service, and several of the choir members from off the island also stayed n the choir loft to help out during the service. The service began with a procession, but Deacon Jim Siler was sitting with his family and was not part of the procession.

Over one hundred people attended the service tonight, September 13, 2017, and thirty viewed the service through the live stream at http://beaverisland.tv.

Deacon Paul Fifer from Petoskey read the Gospel

Msgr. Francis Murphy gave the sermon (50 years in the priesthood)

Bishop Raica listened as the sermon continued

The prayers for ordination of Deacon Jim

Deacon Jim states his willingness to serve and promises to be obedient.

Deacon Jim's chalice receives a blessing.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Vespers Service

View video of the service HERE

AMVETs Scholarships Awarded

This year AMVETS Post 46 awarded a $1,000 scholarship each to Sarah Avery and Madelynn Martin. Over $15,000 worth of AMVETS scholarships have been awarded to the graduates of the Beaver Island School and we thank everyone for their support of our Post.

Congratulations to both and the best of luck!

Historical Interviews by Robert Cole-Frank Nackerman

More than twenty-five years ago, Robert Cole began doing some interviews of older Islanders. These interviews were sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society. Robert realized that the stories and the history of the more modern Islanders, post-Strang, was going to be lost if it didn't get recorded. This philosophy is mirrored by editor Joe Moore of Beaver Island News on the 'Net. This editor realized, during an ongoing project of digitizing the Gregg family slides, that the older slides were degrading in quality, fading away, if you will. That made the loss of memories of this island resident disappearing with the slides as they degraded.

In a conversation with the current director of the Historical Society, this editor offered to provide the BIHS with digital copies of the videos, if they might also be published on Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The director said that she would get back with me. BINN got permission to from the director to digitize the VHS tapes and provide digital video copies of these to the historical society in exchange for the work of the digitizing. The first of these tapes was completed on September 1, 2017.

The video is degrading. There are some truly important pieces of history that will be lost if this project is not completed. This Robert Cole interview is with Frank Nackerman at his daughter's home in Ann Arbor.

View video of this interview HERE

Peaine Township Regular Meeting

September 13, 2017

Agenda..................................Tax rate document

View video of the short meeting HERE

There were six people who attended this meeting. There were three board members attending, just enough for a quorum. It was a short meeting with just one video clip.

Robert “Griff” Griffith, Jr., RIP

Robert “Griff” Griffith, Jr. of Vicksburg, MI passed away suddenly at his home on September 11, 2017. He was 75 years old and a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area. He leaves behind his loving wife of 34 years and best friend, Roberta; 3 daughters, Lisa Griffith of Royal Oak, MI; Michelle (Brad) Lawson of Plymouth, MI; and Amy Denby of Monroe, MI. He has 4 grandchildren – Austin, Dale, Olivia and Derek. He is also survived by his sister, Sally Creek; his sisters-in-law Marie LaFreniere, Loie Connaghan, and Kim Jones of Beaver Island, MI along with nieces and nephews, Rory, Keith, Kaylyn, Tessa, Brennan, Turner, and Quinn, Gina, and John. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Griffith, Sr.; mother, Elsie Benzenberg; and step-mother, Florence King.

Griff was a people person often running into people he knew wherever he went, or easily turning strangers into friends. He was a fun and loyal friend who could be counted on in times of need. He was well known for his favorite catch-phrase “Howcha do!” and lovingly referred to loved ones as “Melonhead!” He also enjoyed sharing a beer or two with buddies at his favorite watering holes.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal, and served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. While serving in the Marine, he was awarded two Good Conduct medals, and he was a Rifle M14 Marksman. He also participated in the Presidential Inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Most notable about Griff was his love for his wife and family. He thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated every minute that he had with them and always told them how much he loved them.

One of his greatest gifts was his sense of humor. He was always able to make everyone laugh and was often the life of the party. His favorite joke that he was well known for was “Fred the Head.” Those who knew him will miss him greatly.

Memorial service details pending.

Early Evening Drive

September 12, 2017

With a regular Tuesday under the belt with $2 Tuesday, dinner, and a trip to the point, there were things that needed to be viewed including Barney's Lake and the heron on the rock in the harbor that was seen on the trip to the point. A return trip was essential.

Heron preparing to fly

Loon and fledgling through the cloud of insects at Barney's Lake

What are you doing here?

View a gallery of photos HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 13, 2017

Foggy in areas, 53°, wind is at 5 mph from the south, humidity is at 90%, pressure is steady at 29.76 inches, and visibility is 1.9 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. Light winds.
TONIGHT: Clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 13, 1788 - The Constitutional Convention decided that the first federal election was to be held on Wednesday the following February. On that day George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States. In addition, New York City was named the temporary national capital.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A CAT uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through? The whiskers act as feelers or antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage.

WORD OF THE DAY: concatenation (kon-kat-n-EY-shuh n) which means a series of interconnected or interdependent things or events. Concatenation comes straight from the Late Latin noun concatēnātiō (stem concatēnātiōn-) “connection, sequence” (literally “chaining together”), a derivation of catēna “chain.” The Italian and Spanish words for “chain” (catena and cadena, respectively) far more closely resemble the Latin original than does the modern French chaîne (the English source for “chain”), which passed through the stages chaeine (Old French), from caeine (Old North French), from Latin catēna. Concatenation entered English in the early 17th century.

Here's the Scoop

by Cindy Ricksgers

Farewell to Reverend Howard Davis

The Beaver Island Christian Church is planning a Farewell Pot Luck Supper on the 13th of November at Gregg Fellowship Center for Reverend Howard Davis.

He has been coming to Beaver Island for over 50 years and has taken the services at the Christian Church on very many occasions. He has always been willing to fill in when necessary. He was also a very keen golfer so has lots of golf buddies.

We hope all who know him will come to the supper and wish him all the best as he plans to retire, for the second time!

CMU Party

The traditional CMU Party is now called the Community Appreciation Day, and it takes place this Saturday, September 16, 2017, down at the CMU Biological Station beginning with Social Hour at 5:30 p.m with dinner schedule for 6 p.m.

Island Pig Roast for the Island Summit

View the flyer HERE

It's an all island PIG Roast on September 25 at 6PM at CMUBS as part of the first-ever Great Islands Summit! And YOU are invited.

Meet fellow islanders from other Great Lakes Islands. Enjoy great food and company. Learn about other island communities. Bring a side dish or desert to pass if you can. Pop, lemonade & ice tea or bring your own beer & wine

The Islands Summit is a first ever meeting of the island communities of the Great Lakes. Representatives from a dozen islands will be here to discuss common issues and look at banding together to advance us all. Don’t miss this chance to meet fellow islanders from across the Great Lakes.


Questions? Contact Patrick at the Library at (231) 448-2701 or island.library@gmail.com. For more information on the summit, visit http://islandscoalition.org or http://beaverislandassociation.org.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 12, 2017

Clear skies this morning, 60°, wind is at 12 mph from the NW, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 29.94 inches, and visibility is 10+ miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Light winds. UV levels will be high at 6. Pollen levels are in the medium range at 6.2.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 12, 1992 - Dr. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. She was the payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. Also onboard were Mission Specialist N. Jan Davis and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mark C. Lee. They were the first married couple to fly together in space. And, Mamoru Mohri became the first Japanese person to fly into space.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there is no butter in buttermilk? Buttermilk is a fermented dairy product that contrary to its name does not contain butter. Actually buttermilk technically is the liquid that is left over after making cultured butter, and so therefore should be virtually fat free. Today though, most buttermilk is made by culturing fresh milk.

WORD OF THE DAY: sinecure (SAHY-ni-kyoo r) which means an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns. Sinecure comes from the Medieval Latin phrase (beneficium) sine cūrā “(benefice) without cure," i.e., an ecclesiastical post that does not involve the cure of souls, or seeing to the needs of parishioners. Sinecures were used and abused in patronage. Sinecure entered English in the 17th century.

January through August 2017 Video Report

This represeents the eight months of video from our streaming video service. There were 2,827 unique IP addresses viewing a total of 21,159 video clips for a total bandwidth usage of 911.6 GB. This represents 596 unique IPs viewing 1562 older video clips as well as 2,115 unique IPs viewing the modern video clips as well as 429 unique IPs viewing over 855 views of live streaming events.

St. James Meetings

September 13, 2017

Both Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the St. James Township Hall

9:00 a.m. - Public Works Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. - St. James Township Board Meeting

End of Summer Party

Meat Fest

September 10, 2017

Hosting the party were Heather Lynn Cary and Brandon Maudrie. BINN editor Joe Moore did not know about the gathering, but reporter Deb Bousquet did. She attended and took some pictures and a little bit of video. It looked like a fun gathering of friends and family. Too bad for you if you missed it. Mike Gardner (Beans) played some music there as you will see in the pictures and the video.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View a couple of video clips HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 11, 2017

Remembering 9-11, along with thinking of all those down south that have been/are being hit by Irma, and praying for them all.

Right now on the island we have clear skies, 54°, wind is at 13 mph from the south, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 30.21 inches, and visibility is 7.4 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. UV levels will be high at 6 this afternoon. Pollen levels will be medium at 6.5 with the predominant allergens being ragweed, nettle, and chenopods.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT:
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the morning.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of September 11 is a date that we will all remember for the rest of our lives. From 2001, when four airliners were hijacked and intentionally crashed, to 2012 when terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to now and the south being hit by hurricane Irma. I'm thinking that we all need to take a minute to remember all those who have been touched by these terrible events.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Instant or soluble coffee was invented and patented in 1881, by Alphonse Allais, France, under patent number 141520. In 1890, David Strang of Invercargill, New Zealand, under patent number 3518 sold under the trading name Strang's Coffee citing the patented "Dry Hot-Air" process. The invention was previously attributed to Satori Kato, a Japanese scientist working in Chicago in 1901. Kato introduced the powdered substance in Buffalo, New York, at the Pan-American Exposition. George Constant Louis Washington developed his own instant coffee process shortly thereafter, and first marketed it commercially (1910). The Nescafé brand, which introduced a more advanced coffee refining process, was launched in 1938.

High-vacuum freeze-dried coffee was developed shortly after World War II, as an indirect result of wartime research into other areas. The National Research Corporation (NRC) was formed in Massachusetts as a process-development company employing high-vacuum technology. It developed high-vacuum processes to produce penicillin, blood plasma, and streptomycin for US military use. As the war ended, NRC looked to adapt its processes for peacetime uses. It formed Florida Foods Corporation to produce concentrated orange juice powder, and originally sold its product to the United States Army. That company later changed its name to Minute Maid.

These days examples of popular instant coffee brands are Nescafé, International Roast, Extra, Folgers, Maxwell House, Robert Timms, and Starbucks VIA.

WORD OF THE DAY: antinome (AN-tuh-nohm) which means something that is contradictory or opposite to another; a logical contradiction. The uncommon noun antinome (“contradiction, opposition”) is from the Greek preposition and combining form antí- “opposite; in opposition to” and the noun nómos “usage, custom, law.” Nómos derives from the Greek (and Proto-Indo-European) root nem-, nom- “to assign, allot, take.” The same root is the source of Greek nomós “pasture land, pasturage.” The root appears in Germanic, as in Gothic and Old English niman “to take” (surviving in English in the adjective numb “taken or seized with cold or pain”) and the German verb nehmen “to take.” Antinome entered English in the 19th century.

Report from Fox Lake Road

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

September 10, 2017

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

September 10, 2017

This Mass from Holy Cross was the regular Sunday morning mass, except that it was announced that this was the last sermon to be done by Father John Paul, since Deacon Jim Siler will be ordained after a Wednesday night Vespers prayer service, and the big event happening on Thursday at 1 p.m. As usual, over the last two years, Beaver Island News on the 'Net live streamed the Mass this morning. This was a service that included Pinky Harmon reading as lector, Jim Siler reading the Gospel, and the sermon was given by Father John Paul.

View video of the service HERE

Kevin McDonough Retirement Party

Decorations on the tables

Kevin McDonough will be retiring at the end of this boating season from the Beaver Island Boat Company after working for them for forty-seven years. Today, September 8, 2017, was his retirement party open to the entire island. It was held at the BIBCO dock here on Beaver Island. The presentation to Kevin was made by Margo Marks of the Beaver Island Boat Company.

Kevin poses with his plaque and clock

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Video of the presentation

 

View video of Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim entertaining the crowd HERE

Wednesday Vespers and Thursday Ordination

As almost everyone on the island should know based upon announcements on the Forum, announcements in churches, and facebook posts, there is a historical occurence taking place on Beaver Island on Wednesday night and Thursday during the day.

Deacon Jim Siler will be ordained into the priesthood here on our beautiful Beaver Island at Holy Cross Catholic church. Although seating in the Holy Cross Church will be very limited, over 400 seats will be available in the Beaver Island Community School gymnasium. Attendees at the school will be able to see the live stream video of the ordination. Following, there will be a reception and dinner at the Holy Cross Hall with additional seating in tents on the convent lawn. Deacon Jim would like to extend the invitation to all of our Beaver Island community to come and participate in this beautiful event.
All are welcome!
The Ordination will take place Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 1:00 pm with a reception/Pot Luck dinner immediately following.

From Deacon Jim Siler: "For all my family and friends that are unable to make it to my ordination to the priesthood. The Vespers service the night before Wednesday September 13, 2017, at 7:00 PM. The ordination at 1:00 PM Thursday, September 14, 2017, and my first Mass on Sunday at 9:30 September 17, 2017, can be viewed live on the Internet at beaverisland.tv"

With the help of Kevin Boyle, the live stream will be sent by microwave to the Beaver Island Community School Gymnasium for those on the island who wish to see this historical event. Helping also are Jim Wojan and Gerald LaFreniere, with the leadership of Altar Society President Deb Robert. If you are unable to attend the live video in the school or find room to be at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, you will be able to view these services live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

These service can be viewed for free by anyone, anywhere where the Internet is available, either, on the island and unable to get to the service or off the island, and quite literally anywhere in the world. Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been live streaming Masses from Holy Cross for the last two full years. The only difference this time is that a multi-camera set up will be used for these services.

Barge in Harbor

Update: The Kristen Joelle left the harbor on the morning of September 9, 2017.

September 8, 2017

Sometime overnight another tug arrived here in Paradise Bay or St. James Harbor, and tied itself up to the barge in the harbor. Pictures of the tug were taken across the harbor, but no name was able to be seen on any side of the tug. At 5:45 p.m., the tug was tied up to the Fogg Towing Dock at Beaver Island Marine. It is assumed that the tug is waiting on the weather to begin its departure from the harbor with the barges. Using the online resources, BINN found the vessel tied up to the dock is called the Kristen Joelle, or at least that's how it is identified on the Marine Traffic website.

When the tug and barge(s) depart the harbor, BINN will attempt to get some pictures of it as it leaves. Apparently the Kathy Lynn will not be back to get the barges. Rumor has it that the engines overheated and may be unable to be repaired, but this is just a rumor.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

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.

BITA September Meeting

September 12, 2017 at noon

Agenda for meeting....................Minutes of regular August meeting

Kevin McDonough Retires

This weekend is his retirement party.

Water Explored through MHC Grants and Smithsonian Exhibit
– Water/Ways comes to Michigan in 2018

To Beaver Island in June 2018

Lansing - The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce the selected host sites for a 2017- 2018 tour of a national Smithsonian Institution exhibition throughout Michigan. Water/Ways is a unique exhibit that explores the essential role that water plays in our environment and society. Throughout the globe, water holds extensive cultural value as a symbol of power and force, grace and fluidity, and healing and cleansing. Water is also a natural resource that has dictated migration patterns, affected economic prosperity, and shaped communities throughout time, and continues to be one of Earth’s most defining resources. Here in Michigan, the value of water as both a human resource and a cultural symbol is both understood and treasured, and we are thrilled to be bringing this exhibit to the Great Lakes state.

“Water and its story in Michigan is a fascinating theme, and we are delighted to work with six sites to bring to life the Smithsonian Exhibit Water/Ways,” said Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki, Executive Director of Michigan Humanities Council. “This exhibit and the programs that go with it will explore how water plays such a role in all our lives in Michigan.”

Host sites will complement the exhibit with public programming focused on the local history of water for each area. This may include development of an additional exhibit, discussion programs or community-based documentaries. The Michigan Humanities Council supports host communities with grant funds, program planning workshops and tour logistics.

A statewide Great Lakes-specific exhibit will also travel to each host location, as part of The Great Lakes Water Heritage Project, offered by The Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Humanities Council, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Michigan State University. It will feature regional and local Great Lakes history, facts, and simple ways for people to be everyday water stewards. A grant from The Fred and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation to Michigan Humanities Council will support 3 years of funding for this portion of the program.

The Water/Ways exhibit will begin travel in June 2018 and close in April 2019, stopping at each site for a six- week period. Water/Ways is funded by Michigan Humanities Council and The National Endowment for the Humanities, and sponsored by WATTS.

The first host site will be Beaver Island (North) Charlevoix County Venue: Beaver Island Historical Society June 23 – August 5, 2018.

The other sites are:

Our local historical society will be the first in Michigan to have the opportunity to view this display. In an interview with Lori Taylor-Blitz, the details of the Beaver Island display were provided.

Lori Taylor-Blitz, Director BIHS


     

Links

Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

 

BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

 

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

May 3, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 7, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 19, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

FALL HOURS
Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-9pm
Sun – CLOSED
231 448-2022
beaverislandcommunitycenter.org

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

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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BIBCO: M/V BEAVER ISLANDER TO TEMPORARILY TRANSPORT IN SEPTEMBER

The Beaver Island Boat Company has experienced a mechanical issue on the Emerald Isle. The current assessment is that the repair part could take longer than expected to be delivered. Until such time we will be utilizing the Beaver Islander to transport Passengers and Vehicles to the Island. Due to our reduced capacity, we have had to change some of our departures times and move some of our vehicle reservations in order to ensure the least amount of people are affected by the service interruption of the Emerald Isle. If you have not been contacted by an employee to discuss your vehicle reservation you most likely will not be affected by the change other then you will be transported on the Beaver Islander instead of the Emerald isle.

We fully understand the inconvenience this may cause you and the disruption to your plans and we apologize in advance. We have contacted and spoken with many of you recently, and we are very grateful for your understanding and patience.

Please note the additional vehicle restrictions on the Beaver Islander. We ask that if you can avoid traveling with car top carriers or other items on top of your vehicle to do so. Also, if you have a vehicle that is above 6’4” tall please try to bring a smaller vehicle if you are able to do so as it will be difficult for us to guarantee passage of taller vehicles.

If you have any questions about your personal reservation please feel free to contact our Charlevoix Office at 231-547-2311 or the Island Office at 231-448-2210.

Again, we thank you for your understanding and patience. Please check our website for updates and schedule changes at the following link: http://www.bibco.com/added-september-day-trips/

Music on the Porch 1991

This was the 12th edition of Music on the Porch in 1991, and this was recorded by Robert Cole. The tape had a couple of spots where it stuck, so there was an interruption of a couple of the songs, but the quickest possible record is being made, and only a few seconds may be missing.

Small gallery of Performers at Music on the Porch 1991

View this video HERE

White Shoals Lighthouse Trip

by Dick Burris

White Shoals Lighthouse trip:


Early this spring we had a "heads up" to a lighthouse adventure for the islanders interested in exploration of the White Shoals Lighthouse, from our diver friend Ross Richardson. His friend Brent Tompkins had bought the lighthouse and invited many to visit on a selected day.


Mike Weede had a perfect vessel to use for a group to make this visit. Ross was arranging a time with the owner Brent Tompkins to find the right day, with favorable weather for this adventure. There were fair seas predicted for the visit this day.


On September 1, 2017, at almost noon we departed from the dock.


Many people were alerted but only a few could make this "spur of the moment" trip. On board were Mike Weede the captain of the "Resolute", Bob Turner, Mark Engelsman, Carol Linteau, Karl Bartels, and Dick Burris.
Carol Linteau dropped everything and flew to Beaver Island to join this group. Karl Bartels said to her, "Is your husband standing in Meijer's holding your purse, and wondering where you disappeared to?"


We arrived at the lighthouse around 2 PM, and saw a few waiting on the platform above. Mike anchored the Resolute, and we took Mike's skiff to the platform, that had built in ladders on each side for scaling to the top of the platform.


I was going to try and climb the ladder, even if it hurt a lot, so Mark rigged a rope harness for me, in case I should fall going up the ladder.


Then, there was a mention that I could ride up in the (boatswain), which was a small stock tank, rigged to a upper davit for lifting supplies to the deck. I visually inspected the device, it was well designed with new rope. It looked 100% safe to me. I was ready, but they kept the harness on me anyway, just in case things went awry. What a bunch of caring friends I have! They hoisted me to the deck and swung it in , and I climbed out with my canes and did some exploring of the first floor. Everyone else went to the top, and shared pictures with me later.


Ross had shown up while we were checking things out.


Ross had his anchor caught in the rocks near the lighthouse and had to cut the anchor line. Mike Weede had a tank, regulator, and fins onboard, and volunteered to recover the anchor for him. So Mike put the tank under his arm, submerged, and brought Ross's anchor, and another one that was there to the surface.


There was a guy named Marty that related a well of pertinent information to us, of the history and workings of the light.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Bite of Beaver Island – 5K Boodle – Crafts

Plan Ahead - October 7, 2017  

Below are the forms for the Bite of Beaver Island weekend. Everyone is welcome to participate or just come and enjoy a beautiful fall weekend. Chef space is limited so please don’t delay

Chef Form

Boodle 5K Entry Form

Community Center Vendor Form

St. James Meeting

September 6, 2017

The agenda for this meeting included the financial report and approval of payments, approval of the millag rates to be levied in December 2017, the closing out of the Beaver Island Fire Department Fund, and the update on Pontem software implementation. The board scheduled a special meeting on the 11th for the audit discussion with the auditor. They also considered the Donegal Bay Road Project and a parking lot for Font Lake. The board was to approve the used of lift truck for a fee for the street light replacement. There was to be a recreation plan update, a discussion of the sewer rate study, an update on telecommunications as well as the municipal dock and the campground. There was also to be some discussion of board goals in recreation, broadband Internet, and blight. There was also t be some discussion from the supervisor regarding the maintenance truck, the historical society use of the township hall, and the islands summit.

View packet of this meeting HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Minutes

August 2017

St. James Special Meetings Scheduled

September 7, 2017, 8 a.m. Governmental Center

This is to Review and Consider Bid Received for Donegal Bay Road Project and Font Lake Parking Lot

September 11, 2017, Noon at St. James Hall

Video-taped Slide Show Presentation by Phil Gregg

1992

This was recorded by Robert Cole and digitized by BINN Editor Joe Moore.

History of 1975-1991 Slide Show by Phil Gregg HERE

What Did You Say 17

By Joe Moore

As I sit here in my chair, my mind goes back in time to the very early years.  I didn’t have much EMS or EMT experience in emergency medicine.  I was green and a newbie.  I had taken the CPR classes in my early years and first aid when I was fourteen or fifteen and a member of Civil Air Patrol.  After moving to Beaver Island, I learned that Bill Welke had also been involved in this same organization, which, of course, made an instant friendship or at least a respectful acquaintance. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Hog Trough

by Dick Burris

Nepessing Lake stories :

When I was very young, and loved the water, I couldn't swim; I could take a deep breath, and still sink quick ly to the bottom; maybe partially from a collapse lung from a pneumonia problem that occurred when I was two and a half years old. Anyway my brothers elected to teach me to swim. We all went down to the river below the Merwin Road home; ......

Read the rest of the short story HERE

Historical Interviews by Robert Cole-Mary Bert McDonough

More than twenty-five years ago, Robert Cole began doing some interviews of older Islanders. These interviews were sponsored by the Beaver Island Historical Society. Robert realized that the stories and the history of the more modern Islanders, post-Strang, was going to be lost if it didn't get recorded. This philosophy is mirrored by editor Joe Moore of Beaver Island News on the 'Net. This editor realized, during an ongoing project of digitizing the Gregg family slides, that the older slides were degrading in quality, fading away, if you will. That made the loss of memories of this island resident disappearing with the slides as they degraded.

In a conversation with the current director of the Historical Society, this editor offered to provide the BIHS with digital copies of the videos, if they might also be published on Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The director said that she would get back with me. BINN got permission to from the director to digitize the VHS tapes and provide digital video copies of these to the historical society in exchange for the work of the digitizing. The first of these tapes was completed on September 1, 2017.

The video is degrading. There are some truly important pieces of history that will be lost if this project is not completed. The second tape was an interview with Mary Bert McDonough by Robert Cole in March of 1991. Gus and Jane Schmidt were along for the ride and also provided information in this interview. The interview is being presented to our subscribers just the way it turned out during the process.

View video of this interview HERE

 

Announcements/Ads

BICS Fall Sports Schedule

Volleyball

Soccer

Island Treasures Resale

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

Charlevoix County COA Senior Highlights

June 2017

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule

 

Holy Cross Bulletin for

September 2017

 

Christian Church Bulletin

September 10, 2017

BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule


BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

Bank Hours Change


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Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

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