B. I. News on the 'Net, September 17-30, 2018

Islands Expected to Ratify Alliance Charter

BEAVER ISLAND — Building on the success of 2017’s inaugural Great Lakes Islands Summit on Beaver Island, this year’s conference Oct. 1-2 on Madeline Island, with participating island communities in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Province of Ontario, will give formal structure to what began three years ago as an intra-island information exchange.

Representatives from 14 populated islands, stretching east from Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence River, have set in motion an alliance to meet challenges of Great Lakes Island life and their unique economies. A variety of experts will discuss affordable housing, health services, sustainable energy, environmental management and economic development. The Great Lakes Islands Alliance will also discuss and are expected to most likely ratify a charter for the new alliance along with the expectations of a 2018/19 program of work.

“People talked about a charter last year to offer a greater structure,” said Robert Anderson of the Beaver Island Association.

Over the last three years, the formation of Great Lakes Island Alliance has advanced through the assistance of partners who are expected to attend in support of the alliance. Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, Maine’s Island Institute, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the critical administrative and communication assistance of Northland College’s Center for Rural Communities have created a powerful framework data driven information exchange, and cooperation among an increasingly large coalition of Great Lakes Islands.

“We are able to learn from each other and benefit from one another’s experiences,” Anderson said. When speaking of island life, he continued, “It’s a neat experience. Everyone thinks that they are completely unique. Although we are different sizes and have different distances, when we sit down at the table, we share a lot of common interests and adversities.”

Beaver Island is sending a delegation of 13 individuals to the meeting. They represent a broad section of organizational and municipal leaders.

This year’s conference will also present keynote speaker, Peter Annin, author, journalist, teacher and director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation.Annin authored, “The Great Lakes Water Wars,” the definitive work on the forces and controversies at the heart of Great Lakes water diversion.

Sponsors of the conference include Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Apostle Islands Community Fund, Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce and Madeline Island Ferry Line. To learn more about the GLIA and the upcoming meeting, visit greatlakesislandsalliance.org.

The Beaver Island Association represents the combined interests of our membership on issues that affect the fundamental character and beauty of Beaver Island. Working with other island organizations, local government and mainland interests, we strive to support both environmental and economic sustainability on our island home. For more information, visit www.beaverislandassocation.org.

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 9/30/18

Weather by Joe

September 30, 2018

Right now on Beaver Island it is 44 degrees at 8 a.m. and the weather lady says that it is damp and cold outside. The humidity is 89% with almost no wind. The pressure is 30.29 with visibility at ten miles. It is overcast at 4200 feet with a dewpoint of 42 degrees.

Today, it is expected to be cloudy with a high in the lower 50s. It will be cloudy with winds light and variable. There is a 20% chance of rain.

Tonight, it is forecast for the exact same forecast as the daytime.

Tomorrow, it is forecast for a 90% chance of rain with a high of 56 degrees. Winds will be from the east at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day rodomontade; noun; (rah-duh-mun-TAYD) a bragging speech; vain boasting or bluster

Rodomontade (which can also be spelled rhodomontade) originated in Italian poetry. Rodomonte was a fierce and boastful king in Orlando Innamorato, Count Matteo M. Boiardo's late 15th century epic, and later in the 1516 sequel Orlando Furioso, written by poet Lodovico Ariosto. In the late 16th century, English speakers began to use rodomont as a noun meaning "braggart." Soon afterwards, rodomontade entered the language as a noun meaning "empty bluster" or "bragging speech," and later as an adjective meaning "boastful" or "ranting."

On this Day in 1955 James Dean Dies.

On this day in 1955, movie star James Dean dies at age 24 in a car crash on a California highway. Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed “Little Bastard,” headed to a car race in Salinas, California, with his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich, when they were involved in a head-on collision with a car driven by a 23-year-old college student named Donald Turnaspeed. Dean was taken to Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m. Wuetherich, who was thrown from the car, survived the accident and Turnaspeed escaped with minor injuries. No charges were ever filed against him.

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana. He studied drama at the University of California, Los Angeles, before moving to New York City, where he appeared in plays and TV shows and took classes at the Actors Studio with legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg.

Dean rose to stardom in 1955 with his role as Cal Trask in East of Eden. He reportedly beat out Paul Newman for the part. Dean’s performance in the film, based on the John Steinbeck novel, earned him a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. It was the first time in Oscar history that an actor was nominated after his death. The young actor’s next film was “Rebel Without a Cause,” also released in 1955, in which he played a rebellious teen named Jim Stark. The film, which co-starred Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo, turned Dean into the poster boy for disaffected youth and cool. Dean’s final film “Giant,” released in 1956 after his death, was an epic tale of a Texas cattle rancher and his family. Dean starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson and was nominated posthumously for a second Oscar for his performance as Jett Rink.

Dean’s success as an actor enabled him to pursue his passion for racing cars and motorcycles. Despite his short life and brief acting career, he endures as a Hollywood icon. He is buried at Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana, where fans continue to flock to his grave every year. People also pay tribute to Dean at a memorial located near the accident site in Cholame, California.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Christian Church Bulletin

September 30, 2018

Donald Pischner Passed Away

Know by many as Uncle Donnie, he passed away recently. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Weather by Joe

September 29, 2018

Right now on Beaver Island at 8:15 a.m., it is 41 degrees on Carlisle Road with the wind at 4 mph from the NNE, giving us a windchill of 38 degrees. The pressure is 30.18 with visibility of ten miles. There are scattered clouds at 2400 and 4400 feet. The dewpoint is 30 degrees with humidity at 62%. We got about an eighth of inch of rain.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 50 degrees. Welcome to fall! There is very little chance of rain today. Winds will be from the west at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for showers with 40% chance of rain and a low of 39 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers with 40% chance of rain and a high of 53. The winds will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day: nocuous; adjective; (NAH-kyuh-wus) harmful

You are probably more familiar with the adjective innocuous, meaning "harmless," than with its antonymous relative nocuous. Both nocuous and innocuous have immediate Latin predecessors: nocuus and innocuus. (The latter combines nocuus with the negative prefix in-.) Both words can also be traced back to the Latin verb nocēre, meaning "to harm." Other nocēre descendants in English include the familiar innocent and the less familiar nocent, which means "harmful." Nuisance (which originally meant, and still can mean, "a harm or injury") is a more distant relative. Nocuous is one of the less common nocēre descendants, but it does turn up occasionally.

On this Day: Gene Autry, the "Singing Cowboy" is Born in 1907

As a boy, Autry sang in the church choir in Tioga and mastered the mail-order guitar his parents bought him for his 12th birthday. He was already an accomplished amateur and sometime-professional musician when, in the early 1920s, his family moved to Oklahoma, setting in motion the events that would make him into a star. While Autry strummed his guitar and sang casually during a quiet swing shift in the telegraph office in Chelsea, Oklahoma, in the summer of 1927, Okahoma’s favorite son and one of America’s favorite entertainers, Will Rogers, happened into the office and encouraged young Gene to head to New York City to pursue a recording career. One year later, Autry did just that, landing an audition at RCA Victor that led to his first recording sessions in the autumn of 1929.

Autry’s commercial breakthrough came two years later with the first of his many big hits, “That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine.” When the record sold its first half-million copies, Autry’s label, American Records, presented the young star with a commemorative gold-plated copy of the disc—the first-ever Gold Record. A regular spot as “Oklahoma’s Yodeling Cowboy” on the National Barn Dance radio show out of Chicago soon followed, giving Autry the platform that made him a star nationwide. Then, in 1934, Autry made his first film appearance in a movie called In Old Santa Fe, which in turn led to his being cast as Himself in a B-movie serial called The Phantom Empire, a series that featured not only singing cowboys, but also an advanced civilization called Murania driven underground during the last Ice Age. The Phantom Empire also became one of the most successful film franchises of the first half of the 20th century, earning Gene Autry recognition as one of Hollywood’s top 10 box-office attractions.

Except during a hiatus for service in World War II, Autry continued an amazing career streak well into the 1950s, amassing a string of classic hits that includes not just country classics such as “Back In The Saddle Again,” but also numerous holiday standards including “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” which he wrote himself, and also the biggest hit of his career, 1949’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

In later life, Gene Autry owned a record label, Challenge Records, and also became the original owner of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels. Born on this day in 1907, Gene Autry died shortly after his 81st birthday on October 2, 1998.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

BIESA Special Meeting

September 25, 2018

The purpose of this special meeting was the discussion of the millages needed financially by the fire department and the emergency medical service. The meeting was called ot order at 3 p.m. The minutes of the meeting are available at the link below.

Minutes of special meeting HERE

New Bicycle Passing Law Goes into Effect

257.636.amended Overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in same direction; limitations, exceptions, and special rules; overtaking a bicycle proceeding in same direction; violation as civil infraction.

Sec. 636.

(1) The following rules govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations, exceptions, and special rules stated in sections 637 to 643a:

(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a safe distance to the left of that vehicle, and when safely clear of the overtaken vehicle shall take up a position as near the right-hand edge of the main traveled portion of the highway as is practicable.

(b) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

(2) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass at a safe distance of at least 3 feet to the left of that bicycle or, if it is impracticable to pass the bicycle at a distance of 3 feet to the left, at a safe distance to the left of that bicycle at a safe speed, and when safely clear of the overtaken bicycle shall take up a position as near the right-hand edge of the main traveled portion of the highway as is practicable.

(3) Notwithstanding section 640, if it is safe to do so, the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction may overtake and pass the bicycle in a no-passing zone.

(4) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.

Posted at 5 p.m., 9/28/18

Waste Management Committee Seeks At-Large Members

September 28, 2018

View posting HERE

Deadline is October 8, 2018.

Posted at 4:30 p.m.

Stoney Acre to Upgrade Kitchen

September 28, 2018

As posted on the beaverislandforum, Stoney Acre's kitchen is closing with tonight's dinner being the last for a few weeks. Remodeling the kitchen is the reason given in the post. All will look forward to the improvements and the re-opening of the Stoney kitchen. Some will miss the senior meals available at Stoney Acres with the only senior dinners available for a few weeks being at the Shamrock. The Pub will still be open from 4 p.m. until closing.

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 9/28/18

Phragmites Public Meeting

Peaine & St. James Townships will host a Public Meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 9:00 A.M. at the Peaine Township Hall, 36825 King's Highway on Beaver Island. The purpose of the Public Meeting is to review herbicide control of documented non-native Phragmites infestations on private and public lands. Herbicide application will occur along the Great Lakes shoreline and interior wetlands of Beaver Island from October 3rd through October 5th. Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet Counties Cooperative Weed Management Area (C.A.K.E. CISMA) is the professional certified herbicide applicator and will be present to answer questions. For further information contact: Pam Grassmick (231)448-2314

Posted 3:30 p.m., 9/28/18

Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

by Gail Kloss, Executive Director

Let’s stop asking why survivors don’t come forward

It’s a worn out question: why would someone choose to not report a sexual assault?  This question has been asked repeatedly in our nation, in our own beautiful northern Michigan communities and within our daily lives, but it only serves to silence survivors.  The simple answer is that our society choses to question, doubt and blame instead of support survivors by taking them seriously, treating them with respect and dignity and ensuring they have access to services to help them in their healing journey. 

Beyond examining how our culture treats survivors when they do come forward, we need to address the question from the survivors’ perspective.  Below are the most significant reasons sexual assault survivors do not come forward (adapted from writings by Beverly Engle, a psychotherapist and best-selling author on the issues of domestic abuse and sexual assault):

  1. Shame is at the core of the intense emotional wounding women and men experience when they are sexually violated.  Shame makes people feel unworthy, isolated, they turn inward because they feel unworthy to be around others.  When society accuses survivors of causing the harassment/assault with statements that question what they were wearing and if they had too much to drink, the shame is compounded.
  2. Denial that the harassment or assault was actually abusive, they try to minimize it and put it behind them.  They also think they are the only one to be harassed/victimized by the perpetrator and until they hear of someone else’s similar experience, realize the person is a serial abuser.
  3. Fear of the consequences of disclosing harassment/assault is a real obstacle for survivors: fear of losing their job, fear they won’t find another job, fear they’ll be passed over for a promotion, fear of losing credibility, fear of being branded a troublemaker, fear of being ostracized in their industry, fear of public humiliation, fear of their physical safety; fear they won’t be believed, fear they’ll be blamed, fear they’ll be judged, fear there won’t be enough evidence, fear of reliving it.  Finally, if they overcome these fears and speak out, will it even matter?


If we are to move forward we have to change.  That means changing the questions we ask to shift our focus from the survivor to the perpetrator.  Instead, let us offer survivors compassion, encouragement, support and choices in their quest of justice and healing.

Sexual assault disclosures will continue to occur, as long as sexual assault exists.  There will come a time when you know the alleged perpetrator, or perhaps the survivor, as someone in the community or someone close to you.  Are you ready to respond with support and openness that validates the survivor and shows this behavior is wrong?  Are you ready to hold offenders accountable?  Are you ready to be part of the solution in ending violence against women?

How will you respond, who will you choose to stand with, and what will you choose to stand for?  Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan stands with survivors. 

For immediate help or information, call the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s 24-hour crisis and information line at (231) 347-0082 or (800) 275-1995.

David Chandler Obituary

David Lee Chandler

1948 - 2018
David Lee Chandler Obituary
David Lee Chandler

Beaver Island - David Lee Chandler, age 70, passed away the morning of Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He left this world peacefully surrounded by his wife Trisha and Sister-in-law Mary. David was born February 11, 1948 in Detroit, MI to James Keenan and Marie Teresa (Gonzales/Weeks-Capron) Chandler who predeceased him. David grew up in Detroit and moved with his family to Dimondale, MI and Lansing, MI. In 1966 he was drafted into the United States Army and spent two years in the Vietnam Campaign defending his country with honor. After the war, David created various successful businesses which brought him to Northern Michigan. In 1986 he met his wife Trisha in Florida and they were married the following year in Switzerland. David and Trisha moved to Gaylord, MI where he worked as a Sales Representative for Home Health Care Services. David was very passionate about his job and enjoyed supporting patients and their families with health care equipment. After the onset of his illness, David and Trisha decided to build their retirement home at their treasured place of Beaver Island, MI.

David was well known for his outgoing personality and for always having a special story to tell. He enjoyed boating trips with family and friends on the Great Lakes, family vacations abroad, golfing, and supporting the local community by joining the Gaylord Elks Organization. A few of his cherished community services included building the "Elk Float" for local parades, growing pumpkins for the Gaylord Elk's Pumpkin Patch, and the Elk's food stand during Alpenfest week. David's charisma and charm made him larger than life and we will all carry his special touch deep in our hearts.

David is survived by his wife Trisha, his sons Jason (Jamie) Gooding. Christopher (Kelly) Chandler, Severin and Marcell Chandler, his siblings Carol Telford-Stahlmann, James (Mary) Chandler, Jeff (Tracy) Weeks, 5 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, his extended family of his wife in Switzerland and countless friends.

Upon David's wishes, he was cremated and will be honored with a Memorial Mass on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Cathedral, 606 N. Ohio, Gaylord, MI. Burial will take place on Memorial Weekend 2019 on Beaver Island MI. Further details will follow for this event. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to AMVETS Post 46, P.O. Box 319, Beaver Island MI 49782 or Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC), 37304 King's Highway, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
Published in Lansing State Journal on Sept. 28, 2018

Posted at 10 a.m., 9/28/18

BIEMS Paged to Two Calls at the Same Time

September 28, 2018

The local EMS service was paged at approximately 9 a.m. to two different locations. The EMS needed to use both ambulances, each going to one of the two different locations. Only one BIEMS paramedic was on-call at this time. Both patients were taken to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Dispatch information was quite sketchy on the scanner. One was an eleven year old with difficulty breathing. 57 Alpha 2 and 57 Alpha 1 were both at the medical center at 9:30 a.m. 57 Air One was standing by at the first page.

At 9:35 a.m., Air One was told that they could stand down, which meant that neither patient would be transported to the mainland to be evaluated at the hospital. 57 Alpha 2 cleared and was available at 9:45 a.m.

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 9/28/18

All units were clear and available at 9:55 a.m.

Weather by Joe

September 28,2018


Right now on Beaver Island, as the boat toots it is 49 degrees with a humidty of 83% and a dewpoint of 49 degrees. We received just over a half of an inch of rain last night. The pressure is 29.95 and visibility is ten miles. Although the weather station says that the sky is clear, I see cloudy skies right now.

TODAY, it is expected to have a 40% chance of rain, most likely in the afternoon, with a high of 54 degrees. Winds will be from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for the same chance of showers in the early evening and the same wind direction and speed. The low temperature will be around 40 degrees.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mostly cloudy day with a high in the lower 50's, and the winds will continue at 10 to 15 mph from the WNW.

Word of the Day: trousseau; noun; (TROO-soh) the personal possessions of a bride, usually including clothes, accessories, and household linens and wares

Trousseau is a descendant of the French verb trousser, meaning "to truss" or "to tuck up." Fittingly, a bride might truss, or bundle, a variety of items as part of her trousseau—and it is not too surprising that truss is also a trousser descendant. A less common descendant of trousser is retroussé, meaning "turned up," as in a "retroussé nose." The ultimate origin of trousser is likely the Latin verb torquēre, which means "to twist." Torquēre has many descendants in the language, among them a number of "tort" words.

On this Day

On this day in 1994, 852 people die in one of the worst maritime disasters of the century when the Estonia, a large car-and-passenger ferry, sinks in the Baltic Sea.

The German-built ship was traveling on an overnight cruise from Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, to Stockholm, Sweden, when it sank off the coast of Finland. Estonia, a former Soviet republic that gained its independence in 1991 (the last Russian troops left in 1994), was a popular and affordable travel destination for Swedes. The Estonia was a type of ferry known as a “ro-ro,” which featured a smorgasbord, live music, dancing and drinking and allowed people to drive vehicles onto one end of the ship and drive off on the other end.

After hitting stormy weather, with waves reaching an estimated 15 to 20 feet, the Estonia went down in the middle of the night. Many passengers were trapped inside the ship, while others, even some who managed to make it into lifeboats, later drowned in the frigid water or died from hypothermia. Helicopters were used to rescue most of the 137 survivors.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, a joint Swedish-Finnish-Estonian government committee ruled it an accident and blamed it on stormy weather that caused water to pour through an open bow door and into the Estonia’s car deck, destabilizing the ship and capsizing it in less than an hour. However, there were others, including some family and friends of the Estonia victims, who believed the sinking was the result of a pre-existing hole caused by a collision or explosion.

Two years after the sinking of the Estonia, the Bukoba, a passenger steamship, went down in Lake Victoria near Tanzania in May 1996, leaving an estimated 1,000 people dead. In September 2002, a Senegalese passenger ferry, the Joola, sank off the coast of Gambia, resulting in at least 1,800 casualties. By comparison, when the ocean liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg off of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage in April 1912, approximately 1,500 lives were lost.

Emerald Ash Borer Ban Repealed

The MDARD firewood quarantine on Beaver Island has been rescinded.  Residents and travelers are still highly discouraged from moving firewood 

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a press release announcing the repeal of the Michigan Interior Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine effective Monday, October 1, 2018.

The press release can be viewed by clicking here.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you.

Best regards,

John M. Bedford

Pest Response Program Specialist

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development 

Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division

Posted at 2 p.m., 9/27/18

From the District Library

Posted at 1 p.m., 9/27/18

Community Immunization Clinic

October 18, 2018

11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

at Beaver Island Community School

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 9/27/18

Voice from the Past

by Joe Moore

When I clicked on a link that was posted on facebook, I was astounded to here a familiar voice from the historical past, not so long ago. It was amazing to hear the voice of these people once again. This is from the public radio in Interlochen, and the recording brought back some interesting memories. Thanks go to the poster on facebook.

Listen to the radio interview HERE

The interview includes Skip Duhamel in the interview on public radio

Listen to the BINN copy of the Interview HERE


Permission obtained from family and Interlochen Public Radio

Posted at 11:15 a.m.

Weather by Joe

September 27, 2018

Eyes are still bothering the weather lady, so even though she was up early, she can't read the computer screen yet. On with the weather.....

Right now on Beaver Island at 7:30 a.m., it is 46 degrees with cloudy skies with the wind blowing from the WSW at 7 mph with gusts higher. The pressure is 30.00 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 48 degrees and the humidiy is at 80%.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees. There is only a 20% chance or rain. Wind will be from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for showers with a low of 48 degrees. The chance of rain tonight is 60%, and the winds will continue from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for morning clouds giving way to afternoon sun. Winds will switch to WNW at 10 to 15 mph with a 20% chance of rain and a high of mid-50s.

Word of the Day: orotund; adjective; (OR-uh-tund) marked with fullness, strength, and clarity of sound; excessively elevated or inflated

The Latin roots of orotund are related to two more common English words—oral and rotund. Latin or- means "mouth," and rotundus means "round" or "circular." The Roman poet Horace joined forms of those Latin terms to create the phrase ore rotundo, literally meaning "with round mouth," and figuratively meaning "with well-turned speech." Ore rotundo was modified to orotund and adopted into English in the late 18th century. It can indicate either strength of delivery or inflated wording.

On this Day

On this day in 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

Adams had traveled to Paris in 1778 to negotiate an alliance with France, but had been unceremoniously dismissed when Congress chose Benjamin Franklin as sole commissioner. Soon after returning to Massachusetts in mid-1779, Adams was elected as a delegate to the state convention to draw up a new constitution; he was involved in these duties when he learned of his new diplomatic commission. Accompanied by his young sons John Quincy and Charles, Adams sailed for Europe that November aboard the French ship Sensible, which sprang a leak early in the voyage and missed its original destination (Brest), instead landing at El Ferrol, in northwestern Spain. After an arduous journey by mule train across the Pyrenees and into France, Adams and his group reached Paris in early February 1780.

While in Paris, Adams wrote to Congress almost daily (sometimes several letters a day) sharing news about British politics, British and French naval activities and his general perspective on European affairs. Conditions were unfavorable for peace at the time, as the war was going badly for the Continental Army, and the blunt and sometimes confrontational Adams clashed with the French government, especially the powerful Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes. In mid-June, Adams began a correspondence with Vergennes in which he pushed for French naval assistance, antagonizing both Vergennes and Franklin, who brought the matter to the attention of Congress.

By that time, Adams had departed France for Holland, where he was attempting to negotiate a loan from the Dutch. Before the end of the year, he was named American minister to the Netherlands, replacing Henry Laurens, who was captured at sea by the British. In June 1781, capitulating to pressure from Vergennes and other French diplomats, Congress acted to revoke Adams’ sole powers as peacemaker with Britain, appointing Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay and Laurens to negotiate alongside him.

The tide of the war was turning in America’s favor, and Adams returned to Paris in October 1782 to take up his part in the peace negotiations. As Jefferson didn’t travel to Europe and Laurens was in failing health after his release from the Tower of London, it was left to Adams, Jay and Franklin to represent American interests. Adams and Jay both distrusted the French government (in contrast with Franklin), but their differences of opinion and diplomatic styles allowed the team to negotiate favorable terms in the Peace of Paris (1783). The following year, Jefferson arrived to take Adams’ place as American minister to France, forming a lifelong bond with Adams and his family before the latter left to take up his new post as American ambassador to London and continue his distinguished record of foreign service on behalf of the new nation.

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 9/27/18

Gull Island - Scary Trip

by Dick Burris

Gull Island - Scary Trip
By Dick Burris

Archie LaFreniere used to give me a "heads up" on the arrival of some diver friends, so that I could arrange to take them on dive trips. John VanHaver, brought his friends to the island with him, Names from left to right of the pie: John VanHaver, Tom Pletcher, Dennis Gankema, and  Mike Gibson.

They had spotted a shipwreck on their flight to the island, near Cheyenne Point, and had a land range for the search. So we cruised down there with all of their dive gear, and made a few passes in the vicinity. Quite quickly the sounder showed an image, and the grapnel anchor that was dragging from the stern brought us to an abrupt stop. This may be the Shipwreck "Tracy" that was never found.  It was a nice sunny day, and they had a fun dive. The Tracy was the schooner that used to ship the maple products to the mainland, from the "Maple Block Co." via rail to Iron Ore Bay where a tramway was constructed to load the ship.

The next trip the following day was more eventful.  There was a storm predicted for that day; and I told them there was a possibility that we might spend several hours in the lee of an island if things were to get too rough. They assured me that they had experienced bad weather before, and they had to leave the island the next day.

So off we went on a "twenty-some" mile trip to the shipwreck "Sunnyside" off the north end of Gull lsland . The sea was running about three foot most of the trip to the shipwreck, which made one of the divers seasick.

When we arrived, all but the seasick one suited up and went into the water; I stayed aboard and tried to keep the seasick guy busy to keep his mind off the problem. In the short time (about one hour) the sea really started kicking up, and was now about five foot waves. I handed the seasick hand a lifebuoy with a rope tied to it, and told to throw it at the first one to surface, and drag him in.

We dragged the first one aboard, later came another with a big piece of wreck-wood; I told him to just drop it, and get in, that it wouldn't stay on the boat anyway in that sea. When all were on board we weighed anchor and headed back to Beaver Island.

By that time it was REALLY rough; and the (20 foot long)"Burr-ls-Bell" wallowed back through a green sea. The winds were now 55 miles per hour. It was really choppy between the islands with different currents running. I looked out the starboard window, nothing but green, then the port window, still green; my boat buddies’ faces also green.

There was no way I could leave the wheel; so I asked if someone would reach below and hand me a beer; That's when someone replied, "Raaalph!!." Anyway the beer was good for a dry -mouth situation. We were doing well in the open sea, so just kept going until we were back at the dock.

It was like August, and the windows were all steamed up. One of the guys took his finger and wrote backwards in the windshield "HELP!"

Two of them, now laughing, kissed the dock. "All's well that ends well."

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 9/26/18

What Did You Say 58

By Joe Moore

There is a really sad day coming when we have to say goodbye to a really very nice lady.  Some of my memories of this lady go way back, almost twenty years.  She was one of the first adults that took a medical first responder class at the Beaver Island Community School when I was teaching it as part of the Health Education program.  The first semester of the program was a regular health class which included sex education.  The second semester was a State of Michigan approved medical first responder program for high school students. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 9/26/18

Peaine Special Meeting

on millage levies on 9/26/18

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 9/26/18

Great MyNorth Article on Beaver Island Vacation

View the story Here

How to the Best Beaver Island Vacation

By Lissa Edwards on September 25, 2018

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 9/26/18

Video Report for September

by Joe Moore

The the posting of the single video on facebook of gale force winds had 211 view by facebook individuals and was shared by four others. This video had over a thousand views through Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The second most popular video was the Thank-You video of the Island Airways flight with close to 1100 views. in addition Noisy Fox Lake clip had almost 1000 views, and the Preparation for the 5K video had over 900 views.

The live stream viewing jumped up also in the month of September with 168 unique IP addresses viewing 308 events shown during a live stream. Some of these IP addresses viewed more than one event. The order of the location of viewers is shown here: Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Arizona, and from six other states. The top two locations were Munising and Beaver Island, with Marquette and Petoskey next in line.

453 unique IP's viewed video for Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV, viewing 2062 video clips, using 93.1 GB of bandwidth so far this month. Of recent video, forty individuals viewed video of the Rescheduled BIRHC Board Meeting.

Posted at 2 p.m., 9/26/18

Redrawing for Vacation for Forest View

Labor Day raffle winner Renee Morse has graciously declined to accept her luxury vacation prize. She would like to give
someone else a chance to win.

There will be a redrawing this Friday at 7 pm at Stoney Acre Grill. NO additional tickets will be sold.

Thanks to Renee and all who supported Forest View Housing.

Pete LoDico

Posted at 10:30 a.m.

Too Long

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 9 a.m., 9/26, 2018

Weather by Joe

September 26, 2018

The weather lady did go to $2 Tuesday last night and had dinner at Stoney Acres. She told me this morning that her eyes were no better, but otherwise she was okay. On with the weather.....

Right now on Beaver Island it is 51 degrees at 8:30 a.m. The pressure is 29.82 with ten miles of visibility. The dewpoint is at 47 degrees with humidy at 79%. There are three layers of clouds out there today at 1800 ft, 2600 ft, and 3200 feet. That makes it mostly cloudy on the island right now.

TODAY, it will be partly cloudy in the morning, possibly giving way to some sun this afternoon. The high will be in the mid-50s with winds from the west at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast to have a low of 48 with winds decreasing to 5 to 10. There is a 20% chance of rain all night.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to have highs in the mid-60's with a 50% chance of rain and winds increasing to 20 to 30 mph from the SW.

Word of the Day: habiliment; noun; (huh-BIL-uh-munt) characteristic apparatus; a dress characteristic of an occupation or occasion; clothes

Habiliment, from Middle French abillement, is a bit old-fashioned and is often used to describe complex, multi-pieced outfits like those of medieval times. For instance, a full suit of armor—which might include a helmet, a gorget, pallettes, brassard, a skirt of tasses, tuilles, gauntlets, cuisses, jambeaus, and sollerets, along with other pieces and plates—can be considered the habiliments of a knight. Nowadays, habiliment, which is usually used in its plural form, is also fitting for the dress of an occupation, such as the different vestments of a priest, or for clothes, such as elegant formal wear, worn on special occasions. When habiliment is used for plain old clothes, it is more than likely for jocular or poetic effect—as we see it being used by William Shakespeare in the first example below.

On this Day:

For the first time in U.S. history, a debate between major party presidential candidates is shown on television. The presidential hopefuls, John F. Kennedy, a Democratic senator of Massachusetts, and Richard M. Nixon, the vice president of the United States, met in a Chicago studio to discuss U.S. domestic matters.

Kennedy emerged the apparent winner from this first of four televised debates, partly owing to his greater ease before the camera than Nixon, who, unlike Kennedy, seemed nervous and declined to wear makeup. Nixon fared better in the second and third debates, and on October 21 the candidates met to discuss foreign affairs in their fourth and final debate. Less than three weeks later, on November 8, Kennedy won 49.7 percent of the popular vote in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, surpassing by a fraction the 49.6 percent received by his Republican opponent.

One year after leaving the vice presidency, Nixon returned to politics, winning the Republican nomination for governor of California. Although he lost the election, Nixon returned to the national stage in 1968 in a successful bid for the presidency. Like Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Nixon declined to debate his opponent in the 1968 presidential campaign. Televised presidential debates returned in 1976, and have been held in every presidential campaign since

Posted at 8:45 a.m.

BIC Center Hours

Off season hours:

COA Services are available from 9am - 2pm M-F

BICC / WVBI services including:  Kubota Ticket Sales business 
operations from the Director:  1-5pm M-F

Pickleball:  9am-Noon Tuesday - Friday

Arthritis Exercise:  Tuesday and Friday 10-11am

Open all day Saturday with Concessions, hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and 
more, with movies at 3pm and 7pm.  Hours every saturday 9-9

Closed Sunday.

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 9/25/18

Special Meeting of St James Public Works Committee

September 26, 2018, 3:30 p.m. at Governmental Center

Around the Horn to Check Fall Color

Sometimes, it is just a great thing to get off by yourself, and you take the ride and the walks that you want to do on your own. Four and a half hours of doing just what you decide to do on the spur of the moment is good for the soul, emotional stability, and happiness. It's important to take some time for yourself and do it on a day that is beautiful, no matter whether in the sunshine or in a snowstorm; whatever you decide and whenever you decide. This was the trip around the island that was taken by the editor yesterday. There is no editing except to join the photos in a gallery, and join the video clips into one. The good is included with the bad in both the gallery and the video. Just enjoy the raw, unedited trip full of joy and with several trips in directions not taken very often.

View the gallery of photos HERE

View the video HERE

Posted at 10 a.m., 9/25/18

Weather by Joe

September 25, 2018

This could turn out to be a wet day, just by looking out the window. The current temperature is 65 degrees on Carlilsle Road with overcast skies at 400 feet. The pressure is at 29.78 and visibility is 4 miles. The dewpoint is at 65 degrees and the humidity is 98%. We had just a trace of moisture last night.

TODAY, we have an 80% chance of rain with a high of 70 degrees with afternoon chance of thundershowers. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for thunderstorms in the early evening with up to one-third inch of rain. The low will be in the middle forties. Winds will switch to the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies, with a 20% chance of rain. Highs in the upper fifties will add to the fall temperature changes. Winds will be WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day is secrete. Secrete us a verb and pronounced (sih-KREET) to deposit or conceal in a hiding place; to appropriate secretly

If you guessed that the secret to the origins of secrete is the word secret, you are correct. Secrete developed in the mid-18th century as an alteration of a now obsolete verb secret. That verb had the meaning now carried by secrete and derived from the familiar noun secret ("something kept hidden or unexplained"). The noun, in turn, traces back to the Latin secretus, the past participle of the verb secernere, meaning "to separate" or "to distinguish." Incidentally, there is an earlier and distinct verb secrete with the more scientific meaning "to form and give off (a secretion)." That secrete is a back-formation from secretion, another word that can be traced back to secernere.

The squirrel had secreted nuts all over the yard in preparation for winter, and as spring approached, more were still to be found.

On this Day in 1787

The first Congress of the United States approves 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and sends them to the states for ratification. The amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens, guaranteeing the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and exercise of religion; the right to fair legal procedure and to bear arms; and that powers not delegated to the federal government were reserved for the states and the people.

Influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689, the Bill of Rights was also drawn from Virginia’s Declaration of Rights, drafted by George Mason in 1776. Mason, a native Virginian, was a lifelong champion of individual liberties, and in 1787 he attended the Constitutional Convention and criticized the final document for lacking constitutional protection of basic political rights. In the ratification process that followed, Mason and other critics agreed to approve the Constitution in exchange for the assurance that amendments would immediately be adopted.

In December 1791, Virginia became the 10th of 14 states to approve 10 of the 12 amendments, thus giving the Bill of Rights the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it legal. Of the two amendments not ratified, the first concerned the population system of representation, while the second prohibited laws varying the payment of congressional members from taking effect until an election intervened. The first of these two amendments was never ratified, while the second was finally ratified more than 200 years later, in 1992.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

St. James Township Special Meeting

9-26-18 at 5 p.m.

Posted at 5:45 p.m., 9/24/18

Peaine Special Meeting Scheduled

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 3 p.m.

See notice HERE

Posted at 12 pm on 9/24/18


Sheriff Vondra would like to warn citizens of a scam reported when a person calls and will identify as Consumer’s Power or another utility warning they are going to turn the citizen’s power off due to an overdue payment.  They have the citizen call another phone number who answers as Consumer’s Power and advise if the citizen will go to Walgreens or E-Z Mart and purchase some money pack cards with cash and send into them it will take care of the overdue payment(s).  Please, REMEMBER not to trust any subjects on the telephone and do not send money without checking with your local law enforcement or your utility company.

BINN Editor Joe Moore just got a phone call from an unknown number in which the caller suggested that he had won the Publisher's Clearing House Lottery. The caller purposefully asked questions to get him to say the word "Yes" but, knowing that this recording could be used for other purposes, that word was not spoken. Instead, what the caller stated was repeated back to him in summary. Finally, the caller hung up without getting what he wanted, the recorded "Yes."

It is so ridiculous that these callers continue to cheat seniors and others out of whatever safety net that they have developed over their lifetime. Be careful on your responses over the phone to strangers. They can record your voice and use it against you.

Posted at 12 p.m., 9/24/18

Familiar Faces 9

By Joe Moore

When you attend the largest church on the island, it is almost impossible to not see familiar faces.  These faces are connected to many, many patients that have needed my services over the thirty years of my EMS career.  It is only this month that is the first month in the last thirty years that I did not carry a range of EMS licenses and certifications.  This year, I decided that there was no longer any reason to keep these up to date.  I will not be providing any more services to public on Beaver Island since I am getting just a little bit too old to do so.  It’s not that I haven’t kept up with all of the license requirements and the certifications.  It’s just that I worked six years more than I should have after my 60th birthday.

Read the rest of the story HERE

September Winds

September 24, 2018


Thanks to the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys for the song "Over the Waves"

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 9/24/18

Weather by Joe

September 24, 2018

The weather lady went to church yesterday, which is the first time in a long while. That's a step in the right direction, but the exhaustion was obvious for the rest of the day. She woke up this morning wanting some coffee, which is also a first in a long while. Father Jim Siler is off on a pilgrimage, and he will be gone for about three weeks. Father Jim, we are wishing you many blessings on your adventure of faith! We'll hold down the fort while you're gone. On with the weather.....

Right now on Beaver Island it is 53 degrees on Carlisle Road with a pressure of 30.18 and visibility of ten miles. The wind is out of the East Southeast at 4 mph with gusts making it feel cooler. We have scattered clouds at 1300 feet. The dewpoint is 52 degrees with humidity at 87%.

TODAY the high temperature will be in the high sixties with partly cloudy skies. The wind will be from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. There is only a 10% chance or rain.

TONIGHT it is forecast to rain with a chance of showers of 40%. The low will be around 50 with wind from the S at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW it is forecast to have a high temperature near seventy with afternoon thunder showers with the chance of rain at 50%. Winds to be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day: glade; noun (GLAYD) an open space surrounded by woods

We know that glade has been with us since at least the early 1500s, though the word's origins remain a bit of a mystery. Glade, which originally was often used not just to indicate a clearing in the woods but one which was also filled with sunlight, may come from the adjective glad. In Middle English, glad also meant "shining," a meaning that goes back to the word's Old English ancestor, glæd. Glæd is akin to Old High German glat ("shining, smooth") and Old Norse glathr ("sunny"). It may also be a relative of Old English geolu, the ancestor of the modern English word yellow.

"Whenever they got a glimpse of the sun in an open glade they seemed unaccountably to have veered eastwards." — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954

On this Day

The Judiciary Act of 1789 is passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made up of six justices who were to serve on the court until death or retirement. That day, President Washington nominated John Jay to preside as chief justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson to be associate justices. On September 26, all six appointments were confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Supreme Court was established by Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution granted the Supreme Court ultimate jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which their constitutionality was at issue. The high court was also designated to oversee cases concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice, and maritime jurisdiction. On February 1, 1790, the first session of the U.S. Supreme Court was held in New York City’s Royal Exchange Building.

The U.S. Supreme Court grew into the most important judicial body in the world in terms of its central place in the American political order. According to the Constitution, the size of the court is set by Congress, and the number of justices varied during the 19th century before stabilizing in 1869 at nine. In times of constitutional crisis, the nation’s highest court has always played a definitive role in resolving, for better or worse, the great issues of the time.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

52 Lists for Happiness #39

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:45 p.m., 9/23/18

Mass from Holy Cross

September 23, 2018

On Saturday, the reader for the service was Audrey Biehlman. On Sunday, the reader was Jacque LaFreniere. The celebrant was Father Jim Siler, assisted by Deacon Brent.

Preparing for reading....Audrey Biehlman reading.....Deacon Brent perpares for Gospel reading.

Deacon Brent gave the sermon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Jacque LaFreniere read on Sunday...Deacon Brent gave the sermon......Father Jim was the celebrant

View video of Excerpts of the two services HERE

Posted at 8:15 p.m., 9/23/18

Islanders Tie on Saturday

In a very rough game that included many slide tackles and too much pushing for this report, the Islanders tied the Big Bay De Noc team on Saturday, September 22, 2018. There seemed to be no end to the agressive pushing from the visiting team, and all were fortunate to come out without any serious injuries.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the game HERE

Posted at 8 p.m., 9/23/18

Lady Islanders Win on Saturday

The Saturday morning match between the Lady Islanders and the Lady Rockets (BICS vs Paradise) began on time at 8:30 a.m., September 22, 2018. The Lady Islanders won three straight games to finish out the morning match.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the games HERE

Posted at 8 p.m., 9/23/18

Islander Soccer Team Wins Friday Match

BICS Islanders' Soccer Team

On Friday afternoon, the wind was blowing at gale force, but the soccer match went on as scheduled. The Islanders played quite well and managed to win the game against Big Bay De Noc. The final score was Islanders 4 and Big Bay 1.

View pictures of Friday's Match HERE

View video of Friday's match HERE

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 9/23/18

Lady Islanders Win on Friday

The Lady Islanders won their match with three straight games playing against the Paradise Rockets. The Lady Islanders did not have much of a challenge in this match, but continued to play well throughout all three games. BINN Editor Joe Moore was not able to be present for the last game, and apologizes for the lack of video of the third game.

View pictures of Friday's match HERE

View video of the first two games HERE

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 9/23/18

BIESA Calls Special Meeting

To Discuss Finances and Propose Millage

Weather by Joe

September 23, 2018

A busy weekend with sports events on two days, a medical center rescheduled board meeting, a beach clean-up, a contradance gathering, and normal weekend activities. This fall seems busier than others.. On with the weather.....

Right now on Beaver Island it is 52 degrees at 7:45 a.m. with a pressure of 30.17 and visibility of ten miles. The skies are partly cloudy to cloudy right now and the humidity is at 78%. What wind there is is gusting to 10 mph from the west.

TODAY it is expected to get to 60 or the low 60's for temperature and continue to be partly cloudy. The winds will be from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. There will only be a 20% chance of rain.

TONIGHT, it is forecast that we it will stay partly cloudy with very little chance of rain and low of 52. Winds will be from the ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to continue to be partly cloudy with 10% chance of rain. Winds will be from the SE at 10 to 15 mph with a high of 72 degrees.

Word of the Day

biannual adjective (bye-AN-yuh-wul) occuring twice a year; occurring every two years

When we describe something as biannual, we can mean either that it occurs twice a year or that it occurs once every two years. So how does someone know which particular meaning we have in mind? Well, unless we provide them with a contextual clue, they don't. Some people prefer to use semiannual to refer to something that occurs twice a year, reserving biannual for things that occur once every two years. This practice is hardly universal among English speakers, however, and biannual remains a potentially ambiguous word. Fortunately, English also provides us with biennial, a word that specifically refers to something that occurs every two years or that lasts or continues for two years.

On this Day

On this day in 1875, Billy the Kid is arrested for the first time after stealing a basket of laundry. He later broke out of jail and roamed the American West, eventually earning a reputation as an outlaw and murderer and a rap sheet that allegedly included 21 murders.

The exact details of Billy the Kid’s birth are unknown, other than his name, William Henry McCarty. He was probably born sometime between 1859 and 1861, in Indiana or New York. As a child, he had no relationship with his father and moved around with his family, living in Indiana, Kansas, Colorado and Silver City, New Mexico. His mother died in 1874 and Billy the Kid—who went by a variety of names throughout his life, including Kid Antrim and William Bonney—turned to crime soon afterward.

McCarty did a stint as a horse thief in Arizona before returning to New Mexico, where he hooked up with a gang of gunslingers and cattle rustlers involved in the notorious Lincoln County War between rival rancher and merchant factions in Lincoln County in 1878. Afterward, Billy the Kid, who had a slender build, prominent crooked front teeth and a love of singing, went on the lam and continued his outlaw’s life, stealing cattle and horses, gambling and killing people. His crimes earned him a bounty on his head and he was eventually captured and indicted for killing a sheriff during the Lincoln County War. Billy the Kid was sentenced to hang for his crime; however, a short time later, he managed another jail break, murdering two deputies in the process. Billy the Kid’s freedom was brief, as Sheriff Pat Garrett caught up with the desperado at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, on July 14, 1881, and fatally shot him.

Although his life was short, Billy the Kid’s legend grew following his death. Today he is a famous symbol of the Old West, along with such men as Kit Carson, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, and his story has been mythologized and romanticized in numerous films, books, TV shows and songs. Each year, tourists visit the town of Fort Sumner, located about 160 miles southeast of Albuquerque, to see the Billy the Kid Museum and gravesite.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

September 2018

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 9/22/18

BIRHC Rescheduled Meeting

This morning the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board had their rescheduled meeting this morning, September 22, 2018. The video for this meeting has been processed, and will be made available at the link below.

View video of the meeting HERE

This video is being made available thanks to Pam Grassmick for the video work, and prior to the editor even viewing it.

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 9/22/18

Documents for this meeting:

page 1

page 2

page 3

page 4

page 5

page 6

None of these documents were sent to BINN by the BIRHC. Posted at 3:00 p.m., 9/23/18

Lady Islanders Win, Islanders Tie

With a live stream of both events, the Lady Islanders won in three straight games against Paradise. The Islander soccer team tied Big Bay De Noc in the soccer match this morning, Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Pictures and video are being processed.

Weather by Joe

September 22, 2018

Busy weekend here on the island with soccer and volleyball matches as well as a medical center board meeting this morning at 10 a.m. On with the weather......

Right now on Beaver Island it is 44 degrees. BRRR! The pressure is 30.31 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 42 degrees with humidity of 87%. The sky is partly cloudy with 0% chance of rain.

TODAY it will be partly clloudy with a high of 61 degrees. It unlikely to rain. The winds will be out of the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast to be mostly clear with a low temperature near 50. There will be a 20% chance of rain. Wind direction and speed will stay the same as the day.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to be partly cloudy with the same chance of rain as tonight. Winds will switch to the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day

viva voce; adverb (vye-vuh-VOH-see) by word of mouth

Viva voce derives from Medieval Latin, where it translates literally as "with the living voice." In English it occurs in contexts, such as voting, in which something is done aloud for all to hear. Votes in Congress, for example, are done viva voce—members announce their votes by calling out "yea" or "nay." While the phrase was first used in English as an adverb in the 16th century, it can also appear as an adjective (as in "a viva voce examination") or a noun (where it refers to an examination conducted orally).

On this Day

On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, shortly after Lincoln’s inauguration as America’s 16th president, he maintained that the war was about restoring the Union and not about slavery. He avoided issuing an anti-slavery proclamation immediately, despite the urgings of abolitionists and radical Republicans, as well as his personal belief that slavery was morally repugnant. Instead, Lincoln chose to move cautiously until he could gain wide support from the public for such a measure.

In July 1862, Lincoln informed his cabinet that he would issue an emancipation proclamation but that it would exempt the so-called border states, which had slaveholders but remained loyal to the Union. His cabinet persuaded him not to make the announcement until after a Union victory. Lincoln’s opportunity came following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. On September 22, the president announced that slaves in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free.

On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy.

After the Emancipation Proclamation, backing the Confederacy was seen as favoring slavery. It became impossible for anti-slavery nations such as Great Britain and France, who had been friendly to the Confederacy, to get involved on behalf of the South. The proclamation also unified and strengthened Lincoln’s party, the Republicans, helping them stay in power for the next two decades.

The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although blacks would face another century of struggle before they truly began to gain equal rights).

Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Windy Day 092118

A quick drive to the Car Wash down past Aunt Skip's house, then a trip to Gull Harbor, followed by a trip out to Donegal Bay and Wayside Trail shows the windy day it is today, September 21, 2018 at 2:45 p.m.

View a gallery of photos here

Posted at 2:45 p.m.

View video of this HERE

Posted at 3:15 p.m.

BICS Network Issues

from Kerry Smith

Our network is not currently up so I am not able to scan the postings for committee meeting date changes. 

Policy will be Tuesday September 25 at 3:30 and curriculum will be September 27 at 3:30 pm. 

Posted at 12:15 p.m., 9/21/18

Beautiful Pictures by Becca Foli in MLive Story

Most everyone on facebook know of the beautiful pictures taken by this lady with an eye for beauty and composition. Becca's photos were featured in the story link down below this line.

View the story HERE

Posted at 10:15 a.m., 9/21/18

Weather by Joe

September 21, 2018

Back home, and glad to sleep in our own bed. Things are looking up, but man it's windy out there...

Right now, it is 70 degrees outside on Beaver Island with pressure of 29.42. Visibility is ten miles with clouds at 11,000 feet The dewpoint is 66 and humidiy is 86%. We got a little rain overnight.

TODAY it is expected to have some more rain, with a 20% chance of rain and a high temperature just a degree or so higher than it is right now.It's going to continue to be windy at 20 to 30 mph from the west.

TONIGHT, it is forecast to be partly cloudy and windy with a low temeprature in the 40's. The wind will switch to the NNW dropping from 20 to 30 mph to 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to be sunny with a high of 62 degrees. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Flags to be at Half Mast

Word of the Day

panoply; noun (PAN-uh-plee) a full suit or armor; ceremonial attire; something forming a protective covering; a magnificent or impressive array

Panoply comes from the Greek word panoplia, which referred to the full suit of armor worn by hoplites, heavily armed infantry soldiers of ancient Greece. Panoplia is a blend of the prefix pan-, meaning "all," and hopla, meaning "arms" or "armor." (As you may have guessed already, hopla is also an ancestor of hoplite.) Panoply entered the English language in the 17th century, and since then it has developed other senses which extend both the "armor" and the "full set" aspects of its original use.

On this Day

On this day in 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, became synonymous with the word “traitor.”

Arnold was born into a well-respected family in Norwich, Connecticut, on January 14, 1741. He apprenticed with an apothecary and was a member of the militia during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). He later became a successful trader and joined the Continental Army when the Revolutionary War broke out between Great Britain and its 13 American colonies in 1775. When the war ended in 1783, the colonies had won their independence from Britain and formed a new nation, the United States.

During the war, Benedict Arnold proved himself a brave and skillful leader, helping Ethan Allen’s troops capture Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and then participating in the unsuccessful attack on British Quebec later that year, which earned him a promotion to brigadier general. Arnold distinguished himself in campaigns at Lake Champlain, Ridgefield and Saratoga, and gained the support of George Washington. However, Arnold had enemies within the military and in 1777, five men of lesser rank were promoted over him. Over the course of the next few years, Arnold married for a second time and he and his new wife lived a lavish lifestyle in Philadelphia, accumulating substantial debt. The debt and the resentment Arnold felt over not being promoted faster were motivating factors in his choice to become a turncoat.

In 1780, Arnold was given command of West Point, an American fort on the Hudson River in New York (and future home of the U.S. military academy, established in 1802). Arnold contacted Sir Henry Clinton, head of the British forces, and proposed handing over West Point and his men. On September 21 of that year, Arnold met with Major John Andre and made his traitorous pact. However, the conspiracy was uncovered and Andre was captured and executed. Arnold, the former American patriot, fled to the enemy side and went on to lead British troops in Virginia and Connecticut. He later moved to England, though he never received all of what he’d been promised by the British. He died in London on June 14, 1801.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Flags at Half Mast

When the winds die down we will be flying the flags at 1/2 staff in honor of our fellow veterans Don Meister and Dave Chandler who recently passed away

AMVETS Post 46

Great Lakes Water Levels 101 Video

Click here to view this presentation

Webinar Questions and Answers

Posted at 5:15 p.m., 9/20/18

BICS Weekly Memo

September 21, 2018

View this memo HERE

Posted 1 p.m., 9/20/18

Familiar Faces 8

By Joe Moore

There are so many previous patients jumping into my head this morning that I have to take a short break before deciding which one to write about.  Should it be the only those still living on the island or should I include those that have passed on?  Should I really talk about some of them at all?  Will they be mad at me if I do write about their situation even without identifying them?   Maybe another cup of coffee will help me decide.  Standby for a bit.

Read the story HERE

Weather by Joe

September 20, 2018

The weather lady is still sleeping in the motel here in Petoskey. The check-up yesterday was positive. There is reason to be cautiously optimistic, but for this eternal pessimist, it is too early to make any positive statements. Phyllis talked to all three kids and told them that she does not need to go back for another oncology appointment for three months. We will know more at this time.

Have you ever noticed that 62 degrees in April is different from 62 degrees in September?

On with the weather....

Right now on Beaver Island it is 61 degress with light drizzle. The pressure is 29.99 with visibility of 3 miles. The sky is overcast at 400 feet. The dewpoint is 61 degrees leaving the possibility of fog with the 100% humidity.

TODAY, it is suggested to be rain with thunderstorms with an eighty percent chance of rain. The high will be in the mid-60's with winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for thurnderstorms and wind, changing to the south at 20 to 30 mph and a low around 62 degrees.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a high of near seventy and a low in the forties. The chance of rain is 40%,, and the winds will still be in the 20-30 ranges, but switching to the west.

Word of the Day

defer verb (dih-FER) to put off or delay; to postpone (such as induction into the military)

There are two words spelled defer in English. The other defer, which means "to delegate to another for determination or decision" or "to submit to another's wishes or opinion" (as in "I defer to your superior expertise"), is derived from the Latin verb deferre, meaning "to bring down." The defer we're featuring today is derived from Latin differre, which itself has several meanings including "to postpone" and "to differ." Not surprisingly, differre is also the source of our word differ, meaning "to be different."

The pessimist has decided to defer judgement on the current medical situation until a more definitive answer can be given. By the way, this was not today's word of the day, but it's more appropriate.

On the Day

On this day in 1973, in a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women’s player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men’s player. Riggs (1918-1995), a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior, that they couldn’t handle the pressure of the game and that even at his age he could beat any female player. The match was a huge media event, witnessed in person by over 30,000 spectators at the Houston Astrodome and by another 50 million TV viewers worldwide. King made a Cleopatra-style entrance on a gold litter carried by men dressed as ancient slaves, while Riggs arrived in a rickshaw pulled by female models. Legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell called the match, in which King beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. King’s achievement not only helped legitimize women’s professional tennis and female athletes, but it was seen as a victory for women’s rights in general.

King was born Billie Jean Moffitt on November 22, 1943, in Long Beach, California. Growing up, she was a star softball player before her parents encouraged her to try tennis, which was considered more ladylike. She excelled at the sport and in 1961, at age 17, during her first outing to Wimbledon, she won the women’s doubles title. King would rack up a total of 20 Wimbledon victories, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, over the course of her trailblazing career. In 1971, she became the first female athlete to earn more than $100,000 in prize money in a single season. However, significant pay disparities still existed between men and women athletes and King lobbied hard for change. In 1973, the U.S. Open became the first major tennis tournament to hand out the same amount of prize money to winners of both sexes.

The woman to be chosen Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year” and in 1973, she became the first president of the Women’s Tennis Association. King also established a sports foundation and magazine for women and a team tennis league. In 1974, as a coach of the Philadelphia Freedoms, one of the teams in the league, she became the first woman to head up a professional co-ed team.

The “mother of modern sports” retired from tennis with 39 Grand Slam career titles. She remained active as a coach, commentator and advocate for women’s sports and other causes. In 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, was renamed in King’s honor. During the dedication ceremony, tennis great John McEnroe called King “the single most important person in the history of women’s sports.”

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

BI Emergency Services Authority Meeting

August 30, 2018

View the agenda and minutes of this meeting HERE

This document was received today 9/19/18 and posted at 4:30 p.m.

Weather by Joe

September 19, 2018

We are off the island today for medical appointments and labwork. Both of us are up early, so on with the weather.....

Right now it is 56 degrees outside with a pressure of 30.03 and visibility of ten miles. It is overcast at 1400 feet. The dewpoint is 54 degrees with humidity at 85%. It is 7 a.m. and it is still dark outside.

TODAY, it is expected to have a high in the m the mid-60s with a 20% chance of rain. Winds will be out of the ESE at 4 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is to be a 50% chance of showers. The low will be in the mid-50s. Winds will be from the east tonight at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for thunderstorms with 100% chance of rain. Highs will be in the mid-60s and winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day

atone; verb (uh-TOHN) to make amends : to provide or serve as reparation or compensation for something bad or unwelcome

Atone comes to us from the combination in Middle English of at and on, the latter of which is an old variant of one. Together they meant "in harmony." (In current English, we use "at one" with a similar suggestion of harmony in such phrases as "at one with nature.") When it first entered English, atone meant "to reconcile" and suggested the restoration of a peaceful and harmonious state between people or groups. These days the verb specifically implies addressing the damage (or disharmony) caused by one's own behavior.

On this Day

On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob that were conducted at the NTS between May 28, 1957, and October 7, 1957.

In December 1941, the U.S. government committed to building the world’s first nuclear weapon when President Franklin Roosevelt authorized $2 billion in funding for what came to be known as the Manhattan Project. The first nuclear weapon test took place on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few weeks later, on August 6, 1945, with the U.S. at war against Japan, President Harry Truman authorized the dropping of an atomic bomb named Little Boy over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, a nuclear bomb called Fat Man was dropped over Nagasaki. Two hundred thousand people, according to some estimates, were killed in the attacks on the two cities and on August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers.

1957’s Operation Plumbbob took place at a time when the U.S. was engaged in a Cold War and nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. In 1963, the U.S. signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, underwater and outer space. A total of 928 tests took place at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992, when the U.S. conducted its last underground nuclear test. In 1996, the U.S signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear detonations in all environments.


by Dick Burris

Three of us decided one day to go to Gull Island diving on the Shipwreck Superior. I had the 20 foot Criss Craft boat which could make great time over the water. There were three of us that day; Raymond Cole, Ross Henderson and myself. We arrived at the shipwreck and spent about an two hours exploring it.

On the way back, as we were getting ready to pass Trout Island, when we noticed a freighter there, and some people on the beach. So I pulled up close on its port side and anchored the boat. Being nosey, I donned my dive gear and swam over to it, and dove down and swam along the side for a way; then decided to swim under the keel which was about two feet off the sandy bottom. This was kinda scary, and I probably wouldn't have done it if there was any surge. All I could think of was how it could squish me if it were to drop.

Then I followed the starboard side to the bow of the freighter where a large anchor chain was hanging down and trailed forward to a huge "navy" anchor. Cradled in the anchor was a huge rock about four or five feet around, that had to weigh well over a ton, Probably two tons? I wonder until this day; how did they snatch a rock that size, cuz the whole beach was sand; they must have had to snatch it in deeper water and drag or drop it ahead of the vessel in shallow water.

I'm sure it was a German vessel cuz we could hear them talking and frolicking onshore. They probably didn't have proper papers to leave the ship in a US port, so we're taking advantage of this unpopulated island. My biggest mistake was leaving my underwater camera on the boat. The picture of the boat was blurry so I can't read the name. I thought it was named "Saarlund" (Guess it doesn't matter anyway).

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 9/18/18

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Regular Communications

by Amy Wieland

As many of you already know I am the Executive Director for the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.  At our COA Advisory Board meeting on Beaver Island this past Monday, September 17, 2108 you were all identified as resources that our aging population utilizes on Beaver Island to access aging information.  There is always room for better communication with our aging community so I will be attempting to send on at least on a monthly basis, information relating to the Charlevoix County COA.  If you would like to be removed from this list or if a different contact would be better, please respond to this email or any email going forward, stating that you would like to be removed from this list or that it be amended to be more relevant.

It is not my intention to email all of the individuals of the Beaver Island aging population on a monthly basis, my intention is to get them information via reliable Beaver Island existing resources.   As you can see, this list is already fairly substantial and will be a challenge to not miss anyone but I am honoring the request of the residents as best I can.

I have also attached a sample of the types of information you will be receiving: The Monthly Newsletter from September, a recent Contractors Letter of Interest Request and the COA Advisory Board Member List. (Already posted on BINN)

Please feel free to share anything that I send you with the Beaver Island aging population and direct them to contact our office or a COA Advisory Board Member for more information with any questions or concerns.  Thank you all for the great work you do on Beaver Island and I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with you on sharing information in the future. 

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

Posted at 3 p.m., 9/18/18

COA Sunday Dinner

When: Sunday September 23, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Beaver Island Community Center

Cost: $4.00 for seniors over the age of 60. $8.00 for anyone under 60

Menu: Stuffed green peppers
Tossed salad
Garlic bread
Apple crisp

Come join us as we celebrate the beginning of the fall season on Beaver Island.

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 9/18/18

Who Knew About This?

In a conversation yesterday after the CCCOA Advisory Committee meeting here on Beaver Island, who knew that Home Health Care was available on Beaver Island? This editor didn't know that.

This is all that the editor currently knows about this, but some more research will be completed to find out more.

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 9/18/18

Weather by Joe

September 18, 2018

Although the weather lady was up earlier than me, she awoke with a headache, and her eyes are not any better than yesterday. We will be off the island tomorrow and part of Thursday for medical appointments.

Right now on Beaver Island, it is 56 degrees here on Carlisle Road with cloudy skies and a light breeze from the east. The pressure is 29.93, and visibility is ten miles. It is overcast at 1100 feet. The dewpoint is 54 degrees with humidity of 83%.

TODAY, it is expected to cloudy this morning giving was to sun this afternoon. We will have a high in lower sixties with winds from the north at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast to have a 30% chance of rain with showers late if we get them. Less than .02 inch of rain is expected. The low temperature will be in the high forties or near fifty. The cooler night will be accompanied by winds from the north at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, we expect rain chance at the same as today with a high in the mid sixties. Winds will switch to the ENE and stay at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day

lenative; adjective; (LEN-uh-tiv) alleviating pain or harshness : soothing

Lenitive first appears in English in the 15th century. It derives from the Latin verb lenire ("to soften or soothe"), which was itself formed from the adjective lenis, meaning "soft" or "mild." Lenire also gave us the adjective lenient, which usually means "tolerant" or "indulgent" today but in its original sense carried the meaning of "relieving pain or stress." Often found in medical contexts, lenitive can also be a noun referring to a treatment (such as a salve) with soothing or healing properties.

On this Day

In 1975, Patti Hearst is captured.

Newspaper heiress and wanted fugitive Patty Hearst is captured in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery.

On February 4, 1974, Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by two black men and a white woman, all three of whom were armed. Her fiancé, Stephen Weed, was beaten and tied up along with a neighbor who tried to help. Witnesses reported seeing a struggling Hearst being carried away blindfolded, and she was put in the trunk of a car. Neighbors who came out into the street were forced to take cover after the kidnappers fired their guns to cover their escape.

Three days later, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a small U.S. leftist group, announced in a letter to a Berkeley radio station that it was holding Hearst as a “prisoner of war.” Four days later, the SLA demanded that the Hearst family give $70 in foodstuffs to every needy person from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles. This done, said the SLA, negotiations would begin for the return of Patricia Hearst. Randolph Hearst hesitantly gave away some $2 million worth of food. The SLA then called this inadequate and asked for $4 million more. The Hearst Corporation said it would donate the additional sum if the girl was released unharmed.

In April, however, the situation changed dramatically when Patty Hearst declared, in a tape sent to the authorities, that she was joining the SLA of her own free will. Later that month, a surveillance camera took a photo of her participating in an armed robbery of a San Francisco bank, and she was also spotted during the robbery of a Los Angeles store.

On May 17, police raided the SLA’s secret headquarters in Los Angeles, killing six of the group’s nine known members. Among the dead was the SLA’s leader, Donald DeFreeze, an African American ex-convict who called himself General Field Marshal Cinque. Patty Hearst and two other SLA members wanted for the April bank robbery were not on the premises.

Finally, on September 18, 1975, after crisscrossing the country with her captors–or conspirators–for more than a year, Hearst, or “Tania,” as she called herself, was captured in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery. Despite her later claim that she had been brainwashed by the SLA, she was convicted on March 20, 1976, and sentenced to seven years in prison. Her prison sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter and she was released in February 1979. She later married her bodyguard. In 2001, she received a full pardon from President Bill Clinton.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

COA Documents and News Release

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging and Sheriff Collaborate on Wellness Checks for Seniors on Beaver Island

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging and the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department are collaborating their efforts on Beaver Island with respect to the safety and wellness of our Seniors on Beaver Island.  The COA has created a program with the Sheriff’s Department that will provide free, periodic wellness checks for aging residents of Beaver Island, aged sixty (60) and older beginning immediately.

This program was developed by Amy Wieland, Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging with support from Sheriff Chuck Vondra in direct response to safety and wellness conversation concerns expressed to Wieland by various Beaver Island residents.  Beaver Island, being remote, rural and not having access to the mainland resources by its island definition, has unique needs for collaborative efforts regarding the wellness of the existing aging community and this is a great opportunity for the COA to help enhance the care of the Beaver Island aging community.

All persons interested in being a part of this new program, must complete and sign the “Beaver Island COA Wellness Check Program - Client Registration Form” and return it to the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Office at 218 West Garfield, Charlevoix, MI  49720.  These registration forms can be picked up at the Beaver Island COA Office in the Beaver Island Community Center/PABI Center.  Once this registration form is received at the COA, it will be shared with the Sheriff’s Department to coordinate the periodic wellness checks.

These periodic wellness checks are intended to be a regular face to face connection with the aging residents of Beaver Island, aged sixty (60) and older who may want or need the comfort and peace of mind knowing that someone will be checking on them.

For more information please feel free to contact Amy Wieland, Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at (231) 237-0103 or wieanda@charlevoixcounty.org.


CCCOA Newsletter Sept 2018 4pg

Beaver Island Wellness Check Program Registration Form

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging (COA) is accepting Letters of Interest to Contract for Snow Removal

Commission on Aging Advisory Board Membership Roster Effective March 2018

Posted at 4:45 pm, 9/17/18

Don Meister Information

As mentioned previously, Don Meister passed away. The following information came from Judi Meister:

Burial will take place on Garden Island where Don will be buried in the Native American cemetery,

A Celebration of Life gathering will take place on Monday, October 8, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Join us for a time of food, fellowship, and sharing stories of Don's life.

An obituary will be posted at a later date.

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 9/17/18

New Beaver Island Water Trail

opens opportunity for adventure paddling 

The Beaver Island Water Trail, a 42-mile trail that circumnavigates the island, officially opened in September 2018 with support from the MDNR and the OGL. The trail includes 18 safe landing points, rustic campsites and a guide available to help paddlers plan their trips. 

Posted at 1:45 pm, 9/17/18

Charlevoix County COA Advisory Committee Meeting

Right here on Beaver Island

September 17, 2018

The committee members were all in attendance at this meeting held this morning at 10 a.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center in the "Hangout." There were fifteen seniors present as well as the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net and a younger mother and child. There were several comments mentioned here at this meeting from the Beaver Island seniors. You can imagine the comments or you can watch the video of the gathering, which was an official meeting of the CCCOA Advisory Committee.

The Commision on Aging director and assistant director were also present as well as Nancy Ferguson. One of the things that stuck out in the editor's mind was the willingness to listen of this group. Also, the end of the meeting was a round table where each of the committee members could make some final comment about the meeting or anything else that they wanted to say. This was a wonderful way to conclude the meeting.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 1:45 p.m., 9/17/18

Financial Information presented by Bob Tidmore

The agenda for the meeting

Documents added at 2:15 p.m., 9/17/18

Weather by Joe

September 17, 2018

Interesting statement made by the weather lady yesterday was, "I'm going outside where it is warmer. It's cold in here."

Woke up this morning to sunshine once again with the temperature of 68 degrees. This is certainly a warm fall so far. The dewpoint is 67 and the pressure is 29.84 with visibility of ten miles. The skies are clear with hymidity at 91%.

TODAY it will be mostly sunny with a high near 78 degrees. The chance of showers is slightly increased to 20%. Winds will be from the west southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT it will cloud up, but maintain the same percent of rain chances. Winds will switch to the north, and the temperature will drop to the lower 50s.

TOMORROW it is forecast for morning showers as the cold front moved in and a high of 64 degrees. The winds will be from the north northeast at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day

chiliad; noun (KILL-ee-ad) a group of a thousand; a period a thousand years

What's the difference between a chiliad and a millennium? Not much: both are a period of 1000 years. While millennium is more widely used, chiliad is actually older. Chiliad first appeared in the late 1500s and was originally used to mean "a group of 1000," as in "a chiliad of arrows"; millennium didn't make its way into written English until some decades later, in the early 1600s. Not surprisingly, both words trace back to roots that mean "thousand." Millennium comes from Latin mille, and chiliad is a descendant of Greek chilioi.

On this Day

The Constitution of the United States of America is signed by 38 of 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Supporters of the document waged a hard-won battle to win ratification by the necessary nine out of 13 U.S. states. It was 1787.

The Articles of Confederation, ratified several months before the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, provided for a loose confederation of U.S. states, which were sovereign in most of their affairs. On paper, Congress–the central authority–had the power to govern foreign affairs, conduct war, and regulate currency, but in practice these powers were sharply limited because Congress was given no authority to enforce its requests to the states for money or troops. By 1786, it was apparent that the Union would soon break up if the Articles of Confederation were not amended or replaced. Five states met in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss the issue, and all the states were invited to send delegates to a new constitutional convention to be held in Philadelphia.

On May 25, 1787, delegates representing every state except Rhode Island convened at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania State House for the Constitutional Convention. The building, which is now known as Independence Hall, had earlier seen the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the Articles of Confederation. The assembly immediately discarded the idea of amending the Articles of Confederation and set about drawing up a new scheme of government. Revolutionary War hero George Washington, a delegate from Virginia, was elected convention president.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Mass from Holy Cross

September 16, 2018

Excerpts from the Saturday night and Sunday morning services were recorded as both services were live streamed. The reader on Saturday was Kathleen McNamara, and reader on Sunday was Brian Foli. Our celebrant was Father Jim Siler for both services.

The altar at Holy Cross

Pictures from the Saturday service

Pictures from the Sunday service

View video excerpts of these two services HERE

Posted at 8 p.m., 9/16/18

BI Airport Committee Documents

SJX Draft 2019 ACIP

Aug 4 BIAC meeting minutes Draft

Posted on 9/16/18, the same date received at 7:45 p.m.

52 Lists for Happiness #38

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 4:45 p.m., 9/16/18

Just Imagine

by Joe Moore

You are sitting in your chair watching the Golf Channel, when all of a sudden you smell this most disgusting smell. It smells like someone or some animal just had a serious bout of diahrea right on your foot. It is such a nasty smell, and it doesn't seem to go away. It just keeps returning, first getting lessened and then getting really bad. You get up and look on the floor everywhere. You check to see that the puppy pads, that you just replaced, and having spent the day cleaning the carpets, and you find nothing.

The smell goes away, or your nose gets used to the smell, and you continue on with your housework, mopping the kitchen floor, and then head out for a church service on Saturday afternoon. When you return home, the same yucky smell assaults you once again. Now, you have to get to the bottom of this smell. It just simply cannot be ignore anymore.

Your spouse is not feeling well, but that is not the source. Finally, the odor once again disappears as your sense of smell is accustomed to it. Your spouse finally locates the source of the odor. Now, remember that she can't see and has every single one of her bodily functions impaired, all of her senses, due to the chemotherapy and radiation treatments completed, but not yet healed from the cancer. There is no way you shouldn't have found the source, but, with God smiling up above, she figures it out and tells you.

So the little dog, just over six pounds, apparently had to poop. He and the bigger one, about twice or three times the weight, went out side together. The little is always good about doing his pooping outside, while not so much for the bigger. The little one comes in, gets a drink of water from the water dish, maybe has a snack from the food dish, and then goes and lays down in the space between the couch and the futon, his hidey spot.

Well, it appears that he had a bout of really runny poop, and then a bigger glob came out and, with the matted hair from the runny stuff, the bigger chunk got stuck in this matted hair, and it was his movements that seemed to assault my nose. Nothing was easy seen as he walked by quietly, but his presence generated the assault on my nostrils. Once my wife pointed out his issue, their was only one way to get this mess cleaned up. Into the bath tub he went.

He doesn't like baths, but this was absolutely necessary. The water was warm, and it was slowly filling the tub, and the "Little Guy" didn't seem to be disturbed by the warm water. It came up slowly to just at his belly. The water and the mess in his hair had just become moist and smelly again. It truly made my eyes water. There was no getting out of doing this job! My wife couldn't see, and the only way to get the poop off the dog was to use the scissors to cut out the stuff and then wash the rest of it out.

Well, this was not the job that I had planned on doing on this early evening. Getting a little dog to sit still might be really easy under normal circumstances, but getting the to be still when you have to cut the hair near his anus and his scrotal sack is not really expected. It's a pretty sensitive area, even on a dog. Let's suffice it to say that the poop was cut loose, the whiskers around his mouth that tried to lick himself clean were cleaned and trimmed, but, when I was done with the job, just before the washing off of the entire dog, the sight of the human in the room was impaired.

I had drops of dissolved poop on my glasses, on my arms, up to the shoulders, and on the tee shirt that I was wearing. Luckily, none got on my blue jeans because I was kneeling next to the protection fo the bath tub. My nostrils were still being assaulted, but now by more than the job. How can this little dog smell up the human and the entire room?

Washing with special soap and rinsing and washing my arms took place in the tub for the little guy. I left him in the tub with the water draining as I walked over to get a pitcher of warm water to rinse him off. I washed my own arms before to make sure the water was not going to burn him. I used a clean towel to wipe my arms, and that would be the same towel to help dry off the dog after rinsing. The rise took place with a full pitcher of warm water three times with the last rinse including my arms. The smell wasn't gone yet.

I got the dog out of the tub. The dog smelled fine and clean and was odor-free. I dried him off and set him down on the floor to watch him shake and shake and shake to get rid of that clean water. I grabbed the second towel and dried him a second time. Off he went, wanting out of the bathroom, and away from that smelly place. I let him out, and now the real work had to begin. The tub needed to be cleaned and the human in the room needed a shower, and the clothes needed to be changed.

Finally, the smell was gone instead of just transferred from one place to another. The dog was happy. The human was happy to be free of the situation and the smell. Just another day in the life of a pet owner.

Posted at 12:45 p.m, 09/16/18

BICS Weekly Memo

September 14, 2018

View Memo HERE

View Dental Screening Opt-out Form HERE

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 9/14/18

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2018

The feast day also conincides with the first anniversary of the ordination of Father Jim Siler right here on Beaver Island. The ordination was quite the event with many efforts to make the service available to anyone interested. The ordination was live streamed on the Internet at Beaver Island TV, as well as broadcast over to the Beaver Island Community School's gymnasium. Hundreds of people were able to view this service, whether they were here on Beaver Island or anywhere in the world.

Today's service commemorates this first anniversary and celebrates the Holy Cross Church's namesake, the cross. Exaltation of the Cross feast day was today, September 14, 2018.

To this day, the Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox alike, celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the September anniversary of the basilica’s dedication. The feast entered the Western calendar in the seventh century after Emperor Heraclius recovered the cross from the Persians, who had carried it off in 614, 15 years earlier. According to the story, the emperor intended to carry the cross back into Jerusalem himself, but was unable to move forward until he took off his imperial garb and became a barefoot pilgrim.

The cross is today the universal image of Christian belief. Countless generations of artists have turned it into a thing of beauty to be carried in procession or worn as jewelry. To the eyes of the first Christians, it had no beauty. It stood outside too many city walls, decorated only with decaying corpses, as a threat to anyone who defied Rome’s authority—including Christians who refused sacrifice to Roman gods.

(from https://www.franciscanmedia.org/exaltation-of-the-holy-cross/)

Adoration..............Pinky Harmon, reader...........Father Jim Siler

View excerpts from the service HERE

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 9/14/18

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Minutes

Board of Directors Special Meeting Draft Minutes

August 16, 2018

6:00 PM BIRHC Community Room

Present – Board Members –  Denny Cook, Mark Carrington, Don Spencer, Connie Wojan , Maura Turner, Jim Wojan

Absent – Bill Johnson, Larry Kubic, Dianne McDonough

Staff  –   Donna Kubic

1-Call to order, welcome, announcements

President Connie Wojan called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.

2-Approve $60,000 to purchase Oakwood Ledge Unit

Motion to purchase the condominium at the Oak Wood Estates with the stipulation from the BIRHC lawyer that there will be no real estate taxes due to our 501c3 status. (Carrington/Spencer)  Motion approved with Connie Wojan abstaining.

Carrington reported on viewing the condominium, which is a furnished two bedrooms unit available November 1st.  Associates fees to be around $1600 yr which includes fees for ground maintenance, insurance, but not taxes.  Carrington agreed to be the representative for the Condo Association.

3-Update on Nurse Practitioner application

Kubic reported the position for the NP position has been filled.

Motion to adjust the Continuing Education stipend to $1500.00 a year (Turner/Spencer) unanimously approved.

Motion to give Donna authorization to negotiate vacation time with the new candidate (J. Wojan/Carrington) unanimously approved.

Motion to adjourn 6:40 PM.  (J. Wojan/Cook)

Respectfully submitted,

D. Kubic
Managing Director

These minutes were NOT sent from the BIRHC. The meeting notice was never received, nor were the minutes received per an OMA subscription request.

Posted at 11:00 a.m., 9/14/18

Peaine Township Meeting

September 12, 2018

Agenda HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 9 a.m., 9/14/18

BITA Meeting Scheduled

September 18, 2018 at noon

View Agenda HERE

Posted at 6 p.m., 9/13/18

Minutes of the 9/5/18 St. James Meeting

Posted at 6 p.m., 9/13/18

Success on the Same Day as Failure

An eagle flying over Fox Lake

If you've read the story below about several trips to Fox Lake, you will know how disappointed you can become when purposely setting out to photograph just one specific thing. Even though there were lots of other things to photograph, the primary reason was not going to happen, or so it was thought. Havine spoken to Dave Avery at his home, bothering him again didn't seem right, so, instead, a phone call was placed to Larry Hall, and the answering machine took the message, "When you get home, please give me a call."

Later that same day after Larry Hall had flown back home from the mainland, the telephone rang, and we had a nice conversation. I explained the disastrous few days of not seeing the young loon that was the object of my pictures taken a couple of weeks before. Larry agreed to call if the loons were heard, and the conversation was forgotten. The organ music needed practicing, the mowing of backyard needed to be finished, and dinner needed to be cooked. Sitting down after doing those first two chores, the phone rang about 5:30 p.m. before any dinner was started.

The caller was Larry Hall, who told me that he had heard the loons a few minutes ago, and that if I came out in the morning, I'd probably be able to get the picture that was wanted. Sitting there wasn't going to get any pictures taken, so dinner ignored, off to Fox Lake the car headed.

The loop had changed for the car on this trip. It used to be Barney's Lake to the microwave tower and back to town. Now, the loop was Barney's Lake to Fox Lake and back past Barney's Lake. Determination at getting the pictures was foremost on the mind.

Jackpot! Lots of wildlife in the yard at the top of Barney's Lake hill; turkeys, sandhills, and deer

Lots of young turkeys by the township airport.

Now, remember that the purpose of this trip was to check on the loons down at Barney's Lake, and that's what happened. It's pretty obvious that the young one has lost all his fuzz. His adult mom was teaching him to dive and trying to get him to vocalize and well as keep up with her movements down across the Fox Lake, quite a ways out.

The adult kept doing a flying low across about fifty years, expecting the young one to follow. Displaying, the young followed.

More deer on the Sloptown Road on the way back

Sunset showing through the trees as Donegal Bay was approached.

Posted at 6 p.m., 9/13/18

View video of the interesting day HERE

Video posted 9/13/18 at 7:15 p.m.

Several Trips to Beautiful Fox Lake

If you think that the island beauty has passed since the summer season is close to closing, you have certainly not taken the time to drive or bike to some of these places. The day began with a trip to Fox Lake looking for the young loon in this picture.

The obvious lack of loon calls was quite frustrating during two trips down to Fox Lake on the 11th and the 12th. There was construction noise going on for a home being built near the cove on the northwestern end of the lake, and, if there were any loons left on the lake, they were obviously going to be as far away from this noise as possible.

In this video, the construction noises are buried in the sound of the wind, but the noise was loud enough to hear from the public boat launch on Fox Lake, but this was taken from the little cove on the northwest end.


Gave up on the loons and headed back into town, down to the point, and out to Gull Harbor, and just why were all these seagulls congregating on this one dock?

Time to take a break from the boodle and get something done, like mowing the grass, or something anyway. Then another trip out to Fox Lake searching for the loons the next day.


From the Fox Lake public access

Waiting and waiting to here a loon for almost two hours, and it began to get old, so why not see if there was some way to get to the backside of the lake. So a trip down Trail #3 seemed in order, but first let's check on the sandhills near Barney's Lake.

View pictures of this HERE

Turn around at the top of Barney's Lake hill, and head back down the West Side Road to see if Fox Lake can be accessed from Trail #3.

Well, discovering that there was no backside southern access to Fox Lake was interesting to say the least.

But there are homes down this trail, and a warning received too late.

Luckily, the car stopped in a position that would allow the rocking back and forth, so that it could get unstuck almost by itself. No tow was necessary, but nothing had been accomplished either.

Here's the notice of the construction mentioned earlier.

Nothing accomplished so far, so a trip up the driveway to the Avery's home seemed the next best thing to find out about the loons. Dave Avery was home, so permission was granted to take a little walk down to his beach area and look for the loons. Before going down there, Dave mentioned that there had been a turtle hatch earlier and these turtles were captured in pictures. Dave said he'd share the pictures with everyone.

Turtle Hatchling hole

Coming out of the ground....lots of them......One cleaned up for a picture

Headed out into the water of Fox Lake

So, while I was waiting patiently over at the public access area of the lake, the turtles were hatching over by the Avery's house, wood shed, and garage. Anyway, a walk down by the lake near the Avery's dock provided some more interesting pictures.

Where I was sitting at the public boat launch when the turtles hatched.

A few pictures while at Avery's beach

Still no contact with the loons, so I thought I'd go searching for some blackberries or red raspberries, so off to Greene's Lake and then Miller's Marsh. The berries at Greene's Lake had been picked over and only popped one small one in my mouth after looking for ten minutes. Miller's Marsh, here we come!

A few pictures at Miller's Marsh HERE

One red raspberry was found at Miller's Marsh, and it consisted of about as tiny berry as you can imagine. No luck finding any of the things that were sought on this day.

Headed home after a disappointing day

Posted at 3 p.m., 9/13/18

Bite of Beaver

Bite of Beaver Island – Oct 6th

It started in 2002 and is back again slated for October 6th. Please plan to attend and or participate. The Chef Registration form can be found on the home page of the Chamber web site. www.beaverisland.org

Direct link: https://www.beaverisland.org/wp-content ... f-Form.pdf

Heading up the Bite this year is Marijean Pike (231.448.2853) and Frank D’Andraia (231.448.2603). The Craft Registration form (Community Center) will be available soon.

Posted at 1 p.m., 9/9/18



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

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule


The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Help Keep Beaver Island Beautiful

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 at 1 PM

Beach Cleanup is ponsored by the Beaver Island Association and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Beach Cleanup is an annual tradition of fun and good work. Meet at the Community Center at 1 pm to pick your beach and get supplies. Return at 4pm with your haul and enjoy a free Nathan’s hotdog dinner with fellow community members. Supplies will be available beginning 9/15 in the Community Center for those who wish to participate ahead of time. Stop by the Community Center and sign up for a beach today!

The Beaver Island Association
Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 9/13/18

Sunset at Donegal Bay

September 12, 2018

View a gallery of photos HERE

Post sunset sky

Donegal Bay Sunset Video HERE

Video posted 9/13/18 at 7:15 p.m.

June 2018 BIESA Minutes

View the minutes of June meeting HERE

These were received in an email this morning, 9/12/18

Blast from the Past

The thought of the early soccer games flashed into view on facebook just a short while ago. This seemed to be appropriate since the sport is still in place at our small school and in the Northern Lights League. The adult in this photo started the soccer program and was instrumental in the formation of the Northern Lights League. This is an old photograph. Thanks to David Braun for the photo. The names were added by someone else.

Everyone in this picture has aged, and, if still with us, are adults now. Some are still on Beaver Island, living and working. Thanks to you all for an amazing addition to the lives of us all here on Beaver Island.

Great Lakes Islands Alliance to Meet on Madeline Island

Fourteen Islands expected to ratify a GLIA charter in sessions Oct 1 & 2

BEAVER ISLAND, MI  (September 10, 2018)—Building on the success of 2017's inaugural Great Lakes Islands Summit on Beaver Island, Michigan, this year's conference on Madeline Island, with participating island communities in the States of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio, and Province of Ontario, will give formal structure to what began three years ago as an intra-island information exchange.  Stretching east from Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence River, representatives from 14 populated islands have set in motion an Alliance to meet challenges of Great Lakes Island life and their unique economies.  A variety of experts will discuss affordable housing, health services, sustainable energy, environmental management, and economic development. The Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA) will also discuss and likely ratify the form of their new alliance along with the expectations of a 2018/19 program of work.

Throughout the past three years the formation of GLIA has been advanced through the assistance of extraordinary partners, each of which will attend and support the Islander's work October 1st and 2nd.  Michigan's Office of the Great Lakes, Maine's Island Institute, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the critical administrative and communication assistance of Northland College's Center for Rural Communities have created a powerful framework data driven information exchange, and cooperation among an increasingly large coalition of Great Lakes Islands. 

Beaver Island is sending a delegation of thirteen individuals to the meeting.  They represent a broad section of organizational and municipal leaders.

This year's conference will also present keynote speaker, Peter Annin, author, journalist, teacher and Director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation.  He authored, "The Great Lakes Water Wars", the definitive work on the forces and controversies at the heart of Great Lakes water diversion.

You can learn more about the GLIA and the upcoming meeting at greatlakesislandsalliance.org.


Sponsors of the conference include: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Apostle Islands Community Fund, Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce and Madeline Island Ferry Line.


The Beaver Island Association represents the combined interests of our membership on issues that affect the fundamental character and beauty of Beaver Island. Working with other island organizations, local government and mainland interests, we strive to support both environmental and economic sustainability on our island home. You can learn more about the BIA and our work at beaverislandassocation.org.


Robert Anderson
Beaver Island Association
email: reanders49@gmail.com
Phone: 231-448-2684

Posted at 2 p.m., 9/11/18

St. James Township Meeting

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 4 p.m., 9/10/18

Thank you to Pam Grassmick for the video work.

Free Air Tickets Available

The following came from Ken Taylor:

"Now that the boat's schedule is reduced for the fall and winter, I am making tickets available again for anyone needing to fly to the mainland for dental appointments. We will start with 100 tickets, so feel free to use them. Use the email below or contact Mary at Island Airways to make any arrangements necessary. Please use the email below for comments or additional help.


Posted at 1 p.m., 9/9/18

Weekend Live Streaming Report

For the soccer and the volleyball games, 23 unique IP addresses viewed these games from Munising; 10 unique IP addresses viewed from Marquette; 9 from Beaver Island; 4 from Harbor Sprins; 3 from Petoskey; 7 from Illinois; one or two from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, and Arizona. There were a total of 90 unique IP addresses viewing 183 views.

It appears as if the live stream was worth the time and the effort for the setup and the hours of the games and the tear down.

BICS Weekly Memo


View Memo HERE

Posted 9/8/18 at 8 a.m.

Forest View Senior Housing Has Opening

Forest View will be having an opening in Unit 3 in the near future. The link below will provide you with their brochure, full of information about the senior housing.

Click the picture above to view the brochure or click HERE

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 9/1/18

Township Agreement with BIRHC

As I've already posted the challenge to the townships to begin posting all the agreements with all commissions, committees, and authorities, along with any governing documents and changes to those documents, it became necessary to begin a search for those that seem to be questioned nowadays. Thanks to the person that sent me this copy of this agreement. I believe that everyone should read these agreements and make certain that they are being followed. This agreement was signed in August 2002. No changes to this agreement have been able to be found using search engines.

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Posted on 9/6/18 at 9:15 a.m.




BICS Volleyball and Soccer Schedules

Soccer Schedule.

.Volleyball Schedule

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 8/23/18

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule


Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates

Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin for September 2018

Christian Church Bulletin

September 8, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

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