B. I. News on the 'Net, September 21-27, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 28, 2015

Enjoyed sleeping in this morning. Right now it's 65°, wind is at 12 mph from the southwest with gusts up to 19 mph, humidity is at 91%, pressure is falling from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 8.8 miles. There is a chance we will get some light rain around 5:30 this afternoon. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Rain showers likely. Lows in the lower 50s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.

On this date of September 28, 1961 - "Dr. Kildare" premiered on NBC-TV.

Did you know that there are over 900 species of bats?

Word of the day: wayworn (WEY-wawrn, - wohrn) which means worn or wearied by travel. Wayworn came to English in the 1770s and finds its roots in the Old English weg and werian.

Petroqueen Christening Party at the Circle M

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

The Autumn Welcome for the party.

The buffet getting set up.

In the shade on the Circle M deck.

Inside with the cash bar

Back outside relaxing or playing games with the kids

Circle M chef Josh Runberg poses for a picture.

And after a good meal, the music began.

Video of the Christening Party at the Circle M HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 27, 2015

Yesterday was perfect for the christening of Bud and Colleen Martin's "PetroQueen" and the following party at the Circle M. (For those that don't know, Bud hauls all the gas and fuel oil for the island via his barge. This year he has a new one built that will hold more. He keeps the island cars on the move and the folks who live here warm)... and it looks as though we're going to have another nice day today! Although we do need the rain, this fall weather has been perfect. Right now I'm showing 61°, wind is at 10 mph from the south, humidity is at 85%, pressure is falling from 1021 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy dense fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of September 27, 1979 - The Department of Education became the 13th Cabinet in U.S. history after the final approval from Congress.

Did you know that an average a mosquito’s life span is typically 2-3 weeks however for the lucky mosquitoes who can find a hideout for the winter such as a garage, culvert, or attic, have a chance of living for up to 6 months.

Word of the day: minimax (MIN-uh-maks) which means a strategy of game theory employed to minimize a player's maximum possible loss. Minimax entered English in the 1900s and is a lexical blend of the terms minimum and maximum.

Christening the Petroqueen

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

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

A few words were spoken.

The Christening with champagne in a bag.

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

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

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

Clip 1 The Petroqueen and Crowd and Highlights of the Speech

More pictures HERE

Video of the Petroqueen Christening HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 26, 2015

(Sorry for the late weather today, but an emergency took precedence)

Another beautiful day on the island. Right now it's 59°, wind is at 8 mph from the east, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1028 mb, and visibility is at 8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 70s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Mostly clear. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of September 26, 1908 - Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.

Did you know that the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust is aluminum?

Word of the day: galumph (guh-LUHMF) which means to move along heavily and clumsily. Galumph is a 19th century invention from the mind of Lewis Carroll, and is perhaps a blend of gallop and triumphant.

Library Event for Bite of Beaver Weekend

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 25, 2015

It's looking to be another great autumn day on Beaver Island (of course, we know they all are). Right now I'm showing 60°, wind at 5 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 1027 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds.

On this date of September 25, A Soviet military officer, Stanislav Petrov, averted a potential worldwide nuclear war. He declared a false alarm after a U.S. attack was detected by a Soviet early warning system. It was later discovered the alarms had been set off when the satellite warning system mistakenly interpreted sunlight reflections off clouds as the presence of enemy missiles.

NOTE: Why don’t we have a Worldwide Celebration for Stanislav Petrov? He somewhat arbitrarily declared “false” what he thought was a legitimate observation of rocket flames from missiles coming from the U.S. to land on his own country, but felt that having BOTH sides sending missiles would end the world. So he lied. He declared it a false alarm.

His personal integrity, his overwhelming sense of rightness, forced him, he thought, to sacrifice his own country without revenge bombing, to avoid a greater disaster. The technology was not quite right. But Lt. Col. Stanislav was right.

I read of an interview he had with BBC news last year, where he said, “I had all the data [to suggest there was an ongoing missile attack. If I had sent my report up the chain of command, nobody would have said a word against it,” he told the BBC’s Russian Service 30 years after that overnight shift.

Mr. Petrov—who retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel and now lives in a small town near Moscow—was part of a well-trained team which served at one of the Soviet Union’s early warning bases, not far from Moscow. His training was rigorous, his instructions very clear.

And yet, when the moment came, he said he almost froze in place. “The siren howled, but I just sat there for a few seconds, staring at the big, back-lit, red screen with the word ‘launch’ on it,” he said. The system was telling him that the level of reliability of that alert was “highest”. There could be no doubt. America had launched a missile. “A minute later the siren went off again. The second missile was launched. Then the third, and the fourth, and the fifth. Computers changed their alerts from ‘launch’ to ‘missile strike’,” he said.

Although the nature of the alert seemed to be abundantly clear, Mr. Petrov had some doubts. Alongside IT specialists, like him, Soviet Union had other experts, also watching America’s missile forces.

A group of satellite radar operators told him they had registered no missiles. But those people were only a support service. The protocol said, very clearly, that the decision HAD to be based on computer readouts. And that decision rested with him, the duty officer.

But what made him suspicious was just how strong and clear that alert was. “There were 28 or 29 security levels. After the target was identified, it had to pass all of those ‘checkpoints’. I was not quite sure it was possible, under those circumstances,” said the retired officer. Mr. Petrov called the duty officer in the Soviet army’s headquarters and reported a system malfunction.

If he was wrong, the first nuclear explosions would have happened minutes later. “Twenty-three minutes later I realized that nothing had happened. If there had been a real strike, then I would already know about it. It was such a relief,” he said with a smile.

Petrov said he was the only officer in his team who had received a civilian education. “My colleagues were all professional soldiers; they were taught to give and obey orders,” he told the interviewer. So, he believes, if somebody else had been on shift, the alarm would have been raised. A few days later Mr. Petrov received an official reprimand for what happened that night—not for what he did, but for mistakes in the logbook. He kept silent for 10 years. “I thought it was shameful for the Soviet army that our system failed in this way,” he says. But, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the story did get into the press. Mr. Petrov received several international awards.

And you probably have never heard of him. And that’s just not right.

Word of the day: donnybrook (DON-ee-brook) which means an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all. Donnybrook came to English in the mid-1800s and references the types of brawls commonly seen at the Donnybrook Fair, held in the Donnybrook district of Dublin, Ireland.

Rumors About Emergency Transport

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

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

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

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

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

BIESA Meeting

September 24, 2015

Eleven people attended the BIESA meeting today at 2 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. There were four board members present. The Minutes of the previous meeting were approved. The board thanked Donna Kubic for her service. Kevin White gave a director's report including the progress of payments for service. It was reported that the cost of a new ambulance was near the $180,000 price. The possibility of a lease of an ambulance was suggested. The board thanked Kevin White for his report.

Video of this meeting is HERE

Gillespie Family Home Demolishment Begins

The Gillespie Family Home that is two doors down from the Holy Cross Parish Hall has begun to be demolished. The home is "tear" down with more meaning than may be expressed. This family home with the wrap around porch was home to the entire Gillespie family with extended family as well. The house caught fire one night a few years ago and was damaged beyond repair. The "tear" down, demolishment, of this home must be very hard on the family members still living on the island, or those that spent many hours in the home as friends or family. The block from Holy Cross Parish Hall to the Print Shop Museum will not be the same without this house, but the future is bright with plans to build another home on this spot is being made by relatives.

Video Clip of this portion of the demolishment


From the Jounal of Beaver Island History, Volume 1:

"The Jewell Gillespie Home was built at least 95 years ago (95 years before 1976). It belonged to Tom Gatliff's mother, Annie Conn McCauley...It was a three apartment building: Emma Hunt lived here, there was a dentist office, and Dr. Palmer had an office here."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 24, 2015

It's 59° outside right now, wind is at 10 mph from the east, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1028 mb, and visibility is at 8.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. HIghs in the lower 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of September 24, 1968 - "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV.

Did you know that the first credit card was a Diner's Club card issued in 1950?

Word of the day: scorbutic (skawr-BYOO-tik) which means pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with scurvy. Scorbutic entered English in the mid-1600s from the New Latin scorbūticus, which finds its roots in the Medieval Latin scorbūtus meaning "scurvy."

Men's Fall Golf League Final Results

Jeff & Ryan
Frank & Doug
Ron W.& Bill
Ron S. & Rob
Chuck & Ernie
Buck & Joe
Francis & Larry
Kirk & Gerald
Forfeit no sub.
Score adjusted as team shot 3.4 shots
under their handicap for night.
Team #2 beat Team #5 14-6
Team #1 beat Team #7 13-7
Resulted in a tie for 3rd, Team #1
beat Team #7 in a Playoff for 3rd.
Team #6 tied Team #8 10-10
Team #3 beat Team #4 12-0

Donegal Bay Road Trouble Spots Being Addressed

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

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

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

Video of this story


A New Power Pole

(Pictures by Deb Bousquet)

On the corner at the top of the hill, across from Holy Cross

What's New at the Library?

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

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There are nine new bestsellers, one new video, six new audiobooks, 46 new children's books, and 75 other new books, including three that are available online.

The new bestsellers this week include "Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America," "Circling the Sun: A Novel," and "Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel." The new video this week is "Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD."

The BIA Island Institute

A little of eighty people attended the Island Institute sponsored by the Beaver Island Association from 3-6 pm on September 23, 2015. One of the amazing things about this particular gathering of people interested in working to solve problems is that the three hours didn't seem to be long enough to get the discussion completed. There were not only Beaver Island year round residents and Beaver Island summer residents at this institute, but members of several organizations functioning on the island, but based on the mainland. There were representatives of the Little Traverse Conservancy, the Michigan DNR, as well as two individuals from the Maine group that works with the many unbridged islands off the coast of Maine.

The purpose of the meeting last night was to determine the top three or four issues for Beaver Island and the top three or four things that Beaver Island does really well. This will determine which Maine islands will be visited by a representative group of Beaver Island people. Traveling during phase two of the program to the Maine islands include: Jim Wojan, representative for St. James Township; Ernie Martin, representative for Peaine Township; Pam Grassmick, representative from the Beaver Island Association and volunteer extraordinaire; Bill McDonough, business representative; and Patrick McGinnity, writer, recorder, and documentation organizer.

It is sad for BINN editor Joe Moore to report that the video of the geographical presentation portion of this program was lost on the video recording. This portion of the program introduced the three groups of islands in Maine. BINN will continue to work to save whatever can be saved of this one presentation.

The WVBI radio station will be broadcasting the audio of this event. Check with WVBI for the schedule.

Welcome and Beaver Island Challenges and Opportunities by Peter Igoe, President of the BIA

Introductions were made by Pam Grassmick for the BIA

Jon Allan from the Office of Great Lakes presented "Why We Are Here"

The Project Description was presented by Matt Preisser, Lake Michigan Coordinator of the Office of Great Lakes

The four phases of the project.

The Maine Island experience was next. This was an overview of the Maine Islands and the Island Institute, which included: Origins and What We Do by Heather Deese, vice president and strategic development; and Karen Burns, community development director of the Island Institute. This was followed by a question and answer period.

Karen Burns, Maine Island Institute

The overview video was lost in a corrupt file of this portion of the program.

Heather Deese, Maine Island Trust

Questions and answers to and from the Maine representatives

There was a break at this point for coffee, tea, cookies, and brownies.

Bob Anderson of the BIA provided instructions for the Community Dialogue prior to Break-out groups.

The groups were to work to provide topics and strengths for the Phase II group to take to Maine. This lasted approximately 30 minutes.

Each table was to appoint a reporter and moderator. They were to discuss as a group, hopefully agree on topics and strengths, and then have the moderator report on the discussion. After 30 minutes, the groups entered into the whole group discussion after the reports of each table were given.

As the moderators (above) provided their reports, Jim Jones and Bob Anderson recorded the items on a chart.

Heather Deese had a few comments in summary of the results.

Peter Igoe did the wrap-up and the adjournment after a few comments.

Video of the event is HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 23, 2015

Happy First Day of Fall! Don't forget tonight is BINGO at the Gregg Fellowship Center! Games start right at 7, so get there early. Bingo is almost over for the season, so come on out and have some fun before winter settles in. It's 59° this morning, wind is at 9 mph from the south, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is at 8.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of September 23, 1838 - Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was born. She became the first female candidate for the U.S. Presidency.

Did you know that Cheerios cereal was originally called CheeriOats? Cheerios was introduced on May 1, 1941 as CheeriOats, but the name was changed to Cheerios in 1945.

Word of the day: snickersnee (snik-er-snee) which means a knife, especially one used as a weapon. Snickersnee came to English in the late 1600s from the Dutch steken meaning "to stick" and snijden meaning "to cut."

Pat Bonner Inducted Into Hall of Fame

 In the category of Arts & Entertainment, the Hall of Fame inducted legendary Beaver Island fiddler Patrick Bonner. Patrick (Pat) Bonner was born on Beaver Island November 7, 1882 and lived most of life there. He died October 26, 1973 at the age of 91. Legendary American folklorist Alan Lomax spent time on Beaver Island in 1938 recording Bonner’s music for the Library of Congress. Pat also wrote poems relating to Irish and Beaver Island heritage, some of which were also recorded by Lomax. Bonner made a living as a small farmer and worked at jobs that became available on Beaver Island. His first priority however was his fiddle and his Irish music. He was able to play until shortly before his death in 1973.

(Thanks to the Muskegon Irish Festival website for this short news release.)

Several Island families attended the Irish Festival in Muskegon for this induction of Pat Bonner. This picture was posted to facebook by Paul Cole. It has been lightened and edited.

View the induction HERE

Hannahville vs BICS Soccer Saturday

The BICS soccer team was lethargic on Saturday morning with less communication and less teamwork. This game showed some of the individual skills of the players and had every player working hard, but the teamwork was just not there like it was on the Friday night game. Here are some pictures.

A few more pictures by Deb Bousquet

Video of this Saturday game HERE

Hannahville vs BICS Volleyball Saturday

Volleyball games started on Saturday morning before soccer and at 8:30 a.m. The Lady Islanders playing against the Lady Eagles. The teams took a while to get warmed up to the competition, but the event was beginning to show the improvements in the young Lady Islander team. Here are some pictures.

Posing for pictures prior to the match

Some additional pictures by Deb Bousquet

Video of Saturday morning matches HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 22, 2015

It's 59° this morning, wind is at 9 mph from the south, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, visibility is at 8.6. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows around 50°. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

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

Did you know that the word fortnight is a contraction of the 2 words 'fourteen nights'?

Word of the day: penitent (PEN-i-tuhnt) which means feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite. Penitent entered English in the 1300s and ultimately finds its roots in the Latin paenitēre meaning "to regret."

Enbridge Pipeline Informational Meeting at Peaine Hall

Thirty-four people attend this informational meeting about the Enbridge Pipeline 5 going under the Stratits of Mackinaw. This was organized by Craig and Karen Turnbull with the help of Pam Grassmick. The speaker was Jon Allen who was on the Great Lakes DEQ and the Michigan Petroleum Task Force.

Karen Turnbull gave a fifteen-twenty minutes presentation.

Jon Allen presented the recommendations, all thirteen of them, and answered questions.

Excellent questions were asked by the interested group that attended.

Powerpoint presentation is available HERE

Video of this event available HERE

Coming to the Library

Waking Up Slowly

by Cindy Ricksgers

Hannahville vs Beaver Island Volleyball Friday

The Lady Islanders are coming along as a team. When they communicate with other team members, the results speak for themselves. This is still a young team, but the ladies are gaining in skills and effort with every game. The Lady Eagles have greatly improved over the years and have some experienced players on the team. The Lady Islanders lost to the Lady Eagles, but the results don't tell the whole story. Here are some pictures of the event.

A few more pictures

Lady Islanders played well, but lost three games to give the victory to the Lady Eagles.

Video of the Games HERE



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

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

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


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Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

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Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Hannahville vs Beaver Island Soccer on Friday

The Hannaville school came in force to provide the Islanders with a lesson in conditioning and in ball handling. The game on Friday night was another tie at the end of the regular match, so an overtime period needed to be played. The game kept the spectators on the edge of their seats and hopeful for the Islander victory, but it was not to be. The game was live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv by News on the Net. Here are the pictures from the event.

Eagles win in overtime

Video of the game HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 21, 2015

It's Monday (again). Instead of thinking of how many things have gone wrong so far today, make of list of how many went well. I can start mine with 1) I woke up 2) I was on the right side of the ground 3) the coffee-maker had my coffee ready, and so on. Monday is like having a brand new, clean piece of paper with no marks on it. Let's mark it up with all the good things that happen today.

Right now it's 58°, clear skies, wind is at 9 mph from the south, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 1021 mb, and visibility is at 5.9 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of September 21, 1897 - The New York Sun ran the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon.

Did you know that the word 'karate' means 'empty hand'?

Word of the day: enervate (EN-er-veyt) which means to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken. Enervate stems from the Latin ēnervātus meaning "weakened." It has been used in English since the late 1590s.

Enbridge Pipeline Informational Meeting at Peaine Hall

September Live Stream Report

In the month of September 2015, with most live stream events for the month completed, how many people would you think have been watching the live stream? The answer is somewhat amazing. There have been 351 unique IP addresses watching the live streamed events so far this month. While 163 of these unique IP addresses are located on Beaver Island, it is kind of interesting to see how many other cities are involved. Sixteen are from Appleton, Wisconsin; fifteen are from Grand Haven; but there are lots of other cities with 7-11 unique IPs. Oak Park, Roscommon, and Marquette are viewing the livestream. Massilon, Rapid River. Boyne City, and Manistique have seven views each. Williamston and Muskegon have five views each. The following cities have at least one viewer: Pinellas Park, Wetmore, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Mason, Little Rock, Detroit, Lansing, Gladstone, Garden City, Redford, Kingsford, Toronto, Las Vegas, Oak Creek, Hope, Simi Valley, Munising, Lake Elsinore, Millington, Schererville, Waterford, Des Moines, East Lansing, Big Rapids, Mukwonago, Royal Oak, Eatonville, Portage, Mountain View, Ada, Petoskey, Holly, Ludington, Charlevoix, Owosso, Ypsilanti, Colorado Springs, Newcastle, Cedarville, and others.

The total of donations for livestreaming this September is $4.00, but BINN has had an increase in subscribers in the month of September which may be due to some of the livestreaming. So, overall, the live streaming project has been successful this month, at least as related to the number of viewers. This is probably due mostly to the off-Island families being able to view the sports contests from off-Island since BINN has livestreamed all three home game weekends.

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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




Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

 September  27 and October 4:  Gerry Heyboer; Jenison MI

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

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

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Men's Fall Golf League Results

Jeff & Ryan
Frank & Doug
Ron S. & Rob
Ron W.& Bill
Buck & Joe
Francis & Larry
Chuck & Ernie
Kirk & Gerald
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #5 13-7
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #7 12-8
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #6 11-9
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #8 13-7

Enbridge Pipeline 5 - Meet DEQ Great Lakes Director

This Monday evening, Sept 21, at 7pm at the Peaine Township Hall, information will be shared on Pipeline 5. This pipeline transports 80% crude oil and 20% natural gas liquids along the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac.
Jon Allen, Director, DEQ Office of the Great Lakes, will be here to discuss the Pipeline. He was on the Michigan Petroleum Task Force over the past year. The Task Force report was released in July with 13 recommendations. This report is at the Beaver Island Library for your viewing.

The Enbridge Pipeline 5 is 62 years old, built in 1953. Many advocate/environmental groups in northern Michigan are very concerned about the safety of this pipeline across the Straits and are calling for a "shutdown". A break in this line could have consequences for the water, fisheries, and tourism on our island.
Please join us for the discussion this Monday night.
Questions - call Karen at 989-560-3828.

What's New at the Library?

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

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-64 ***

There are two new bestsellers and ten other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are "X is for..." and "Alert."

NRESC to Meet

Time to Write; Time to Pause

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

Islanders vs Polar Bears Soccer Saturday

There seemed on this Saturday morning that there were two different teams playing in the morning than on the night before. The teams had pretty much switched roles with Polar Bears running after the ball and anticipating where the ball was going, which was what the Islanders had done on Friday night. Discouragement seemed to rule the Islander attitude as the scores from the Polar Bears took them on a large lead.

Video of this match available HERE.

Lady Islanders vs Lady Polar Bears on Saturday

The Lady Islanders, a young team, lost in threee games last Friday night. They were to put some serious effort into the games on Saturday morning, but the results were the same. A young team playing against a very experienced team doesn't usually mean a good volleyball match, but the Lady Islanders put in a lot of effort and enjoyed the matches.

Good luck, good luck, good luck.......

Video of this game available HERE

First Responder Recognition Event Today

This 1st Responder Thank You event took place today, September 12, 2015, from 5-7 PM at the Community Center.  The menu included a pig roast plus other foods  from the Island community. There were just a few members present from the Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, and the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. The thank you also went out to Island Airways for their part in providing emergency air transportation.

Peter Igoe and Judy Jones provided a few comments before dinner began.

Getting up to get some excellent food.

Video clip of the event


Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame to Induct Pat Bonner

In the category of Arts & Entertainment, the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame inducts legendary Beaver Island fiddler Patrick Bonner. Patrick (Pat) Bonner was born on Beaver Island November 7, 1882. He lived his entire life on Beaver Island other than some winters late in his life. He died October 26, 1973 at the age of 91. Pat began playing his fiddle as a boy. He never took music lessons but learned to play by listening to other players, friends and neighbors on the Island. Many of the Islanders were native Irish and brought the original Irish melodies with them from Ireland. Pat became proficient at the lilting Irish melodies popular at that time. He played for dances, weddings, anniversaries and celebrations of all kinds. Since he played by ear, he could listen to tunes and after some practice play them himself. Legendary American folklorist Alan Lomax spent time on Beaver Island in 1938. He recorded Pat’s music for the Library of Congress. Subsequent recordings were made by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. His ear for the lilting Irish melodies was so acute that the music department at the University of Michigan made tapes of his music for their archives. Pat also wrote poems relating to Irish and Beaver Island heritage, some of which were also recorded by Lomax. Pat made a living as a small farmer and jobs that became available on Beaver Island. His first priority however was his fiddle and his Irish music. He was able to play until shortly before his death in 1973.

The award will be given at the MICHIGAN IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL, at noon on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Patrick's son, Robert Bonner will attend and receive the award on behalf of the family. Pat's protege and biographer, Glen Hendrix, will be playing Pat's fiddle as a prelude to the ceremony, and at the reception in the Tea Room after. To Beaver Islanders from event organizer Mick Lane "Your home is legendary in Irish American history, come help us celebrate it!"

DNR Requests Angler Assistance in Studying Lake Michigan Smallmouth Bass

The DNR is looking for information on tagged smallmouth bass anglers catch on Lake Michigan (similar to the one pictured here)./

The Department of Natural Resources is requesting help from anglers in an ongoing study of smallmouth bass in northern Lake Michigan.

Central Michigan University (CMU) and the DNR have been tagging smallmouth bass in the Beaver Island Archipelago since 2005, at Waugoshance Point (Wilderness State Park) since 2009, and in parts of Grand Traverse Bays since 2014. Anglers are asked to report the whereabouts of these tagged smallmouth bass by providing information on capture, capture location and tag number to the DNR via michigandnr.com/taggedfish/tags. If anglers release tagged fish, please do not remove the tag and just report the requested information on the website as indicated.

“Northern Lake Michigan is recognized as one of the top bass fishing destinations in the country, and tagging studies help to provide the scientific basis for management of this world-class fishery,” said Dave Clapp, Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station manager. “Thanks to the efforts of many contributing anglers who’ve reported information on captured smallmouth bass, we have greatly expanded our knowledge of the northern Lake Michigan fishery.”

Since 2005, more than 7,000 smallmouth bass have been caught, tagged and released back into Lake Michigan. Each smallmouth bass has a unique number on its tag, allowing for the tracking of its individual movement and growth. Returns of tagged smallmouth bass have provided insights into movement and nesting habitat within the Great Lakes.

These studies also have demonstrated that smallmouth bass have increased in size and number, compared to 20 or 30 years ago. Smallmouth bass in northern Lake Michigan are among the fastest-growing of this species in North America. Ongoing support from anglers allows the DNR and CMU to continue to expand their knowledge of Great Lakes smallmouth bass populations and fisheries.

"What is the Island Institute and what do they do?"

Seasonal and year-round Beaver Island residents are asking great questions about the upcoming meeting on September 22nd from 3-6 p.m. at the Community Center. "What is the Island Institute and what do they do?" 

The Island Institute, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 with a goal of ensuring balanced use and a healthy future for the islands and waters of the Gulf of Maine (www.islandinstitute.org).  With a staff of 41 full time and 4 part time employees, and 10 Island Fellows who live and work in island communities, the Institute operates according to a three-year strategic planning cycle, with priorities developed in collaboration with island residents and our 22-member Board of Trustees. 

Their mission is to work to sustain Maine’s island and remote coastal communities and to exchange ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities there and elsewhere. Maine has 15 year-round un-bridged island communities, with approximately 5,000 year-round residents, and another 144 working waterfront communities reliant on fisheries, with a coastal population of 100,000. While these communities continue to struggle with extreme challenges in creating sustainable livelihoods and community institutions, the Island Institute has seen evidence of improvement and local success. Institutionally, they are dedicated to sharing lessons learned from our partnerships with island and remote coastal communities in Maine and elsewhere.

Current programming focuses on: K-12 education programs; college scholarships and internships; a leadership and entrepreneurship training program; small business support through a micro-loan and investment fund; and targeted programming to stabilize energy costs, affordable housing, and to ensure that fisheries remain a viable economic base for isolated natural-resource dependent communities.  They also support Fellows who live and work in these communities on locally-defined projects for one or two years. In addition to programming, they publish a weekly e-newsletter, a monthly newspaper with a distribution of 65,000 (www.workingwaterfront.com) and an annual Island Journal.

We will add more as the agenda is released.  Everyone is welcome to join us on September 22nd from 3-6 p.m. at the Community Center to learn more about how we can share ideas to support the vitality of our island community.

Notification of Herbicide Application

Wildlife and Wetlands Solutions will be applying herbicide to your area of Beaver Island Lake Michigan shoreline, roadsides, Font Lake, Barney’s Lake, and other inland aquatic areas to control invasive plants (including phragmites) between September 8 and 31, 2015. The Charlevoix Conservation District holds an aquatic nuisance certificate of coverage for the treatment on Beaver Island, number ANC9400025.

Spotted knapweed, sweet clover, bladder campion, Canada thistle, bull thistle, marsh thistle, and European swamp thistle are controlled using glyphosate (Brand name: AquaNeat, rate of application: 2-4%), or tricoplyr (Brand name: Renovate 3, rate of application: 2-4%), a surfactant (Cygnet Plus, rate of application: 0.8%), and a tracer dye (Cygnet Select).

Reed canary grass, wild parsnip, and narrow-leaf cattail are controlled using glyphosate (Brand Name: AquaNeat, rate of application: 2-4%), a surfactant (Cygnet Plus, rate of application: 0.8%), and a tracer dye (Cygnet Select).

Phragmites is controlled using glyphosate (Brand Name:AquaNeat, rate of application 1.5-2%), imazapyr (Brand Name: Habitat, rate of application, 1.5-2%), a surfactant (Cygnet Plus, rate of application: 0.8%), and a tracer dye (Cygnet Select).

Application will occur by foliar spraying with a backpack sprayer. Water access is restricted for 24 hours following application. A risk/benefit statement concerning herbicide treatment is available by email at wildlife@wildlifewetlands.com.

For information on the herbicide application procedure or timing of application, contact Nick Kafcas at (307) 247-3572.

This notice is given because of the proximity of your property to the area being sprayed. Your property may not actually be treated if permission was not given or if invasive plants are not present on your property. If another occupant is present at the property, please notify them of the potential treatment times, water restrictions, and methods.

Wildlife and Wetlands Solutions, Vickie Smith
4371 N Long Lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 943-0762

BIA Announces Collaborative Project with Maine Islands

Representatives from the Beaver Island Association made a short presentation at last night's St. James Township Meeting related to a collaborative project with unbridged Maine islands. The following documents describe this project.

What is an emergency?

Research and editorial by Joe Moore

There seems to be a misunderstanding in the community about what really is an emergency. The following information provides you with some answers. 

From the National Institute of Health:
"Signs of an Emergency

How quickly do you need care? If a person or unborn baby could die or be permanently disabled, it is an emergency. Call 911 to have the emergency team come to you right away if you cannot wait, such as for:

Stopped breathing

Head injury with passing out, fainting, or confusion

Injury to neck or spine, especially if there is loss of feeling or inability to move

Electric shock or lightning strike

Severe burn

Severe chest pain or pressure

Seizure that lasted 3 to 5 minutes

Trouble breathing

Passing out, fainting

Pain in the arm or jaw

Unusual or bad headache, especially if it started suddenly

Suddenly not able to speak, see, walk, or move

Suddenly weak or drooping on one side of the body

Dizziness or weakness that does not go away

Inhaled smoke or poisonous fumes

Sudden confusion

Heavy bleeding

Possible broken bone, loss of movement, especially if the bone is pushing through the skin

Deep wound

Serious burn

Coughing or throwing up blood

Severe pain anywhere on the body

Severe allergic reaction with trouble breathing, swelling, hives

High fever with headache and stiff neck

High fever that does not get better with medicine

Throwing up or loose stools that does not stop

Poisoning or overdose of drug or alcohol

Suicidal thoughts


If you have an emergency, who are you going to call?

I recommend dialing 911 and having Beaver Island EMS respond to your location. They will not only evaluate your condition and make a recommendation in a short period of time, but they will also get you to definitive care if you need that care.

"TIME is muscle," states the American Heart Association. "Time is Tissue," states the AHA and the University of Miami Stroke Education Center.

If you do not need immediate definitive care for your emergency, they will take you to the rural health center on Beaver Island. If you do need this definitive care, Beaver island EMS will get you efficiently to the hospital of your choice unless your condition requires another facility. It’s all about caring for our patients and getting them efficently to the definitive care of a licensed emergency room.

How efficiently? The following are examples: chest pain patient from page to McLaren Northern Michigan in less than an hour, a difficulty breathing patient from page to McLaren Northern Michigan in less than an hour, possible stroke patient to McLaren Northern Michigan in less than forty-five minutes, and fractured hip stabilization with IV, cardiac monitoring, and pain control to Charlevoix Area Hospital in less than forty-five minutes. All of these patients are advanced life support patients.

 “Who you gonna call?” We hope your answer is not “Ghost Busters,” but 911.

2015 Statistics
Joe Moore, one of two on-Island paramedics and one of four paramedics including the visiting paramedics, has gone on 12 ALS runs this year from January to mid-August, and an additional ten air transports in the Beaver Island EMS Air Transport vehicle, and one in a USCG helicopter. In addition to these 22 ALS runs and air transports, Joe has also transported 5 patients at the basic life support level because they did not need advanced life support treatments or monitoring.

The total of advanced life support runs by all paramedics for 2015 from January through mid-August is 38, and the total of basic life support runs is 17. In addition to the ambulance runs, 27 advanced life support patients were flown using BIEMS air transport and two basic life support patients were flown by BIEMS air transport. This makes a total of 82 ambulance runs and air transports by your local emergency medical service. 

BICS Fall Sports Schedules for Soccer and Volleyball

What Working Together Looks Like

A No Transport Emergency

by Joe Moore

(Another imaginary story)
It’s nine thirty at night on a foggy night on an island in Lake Michigan when the telephone rings.  I was getting ready for bed since bedtime if almost always 10 p.m. unless there is something very special going on.  I managed to pick up the wireless phone in about three rings.  The call was from another health care provider.

“Hello, “ I said.

“Joe, this is Jane.  Can you come over to the health center and give me a hand?”  Jane had an interesting tone of voice that suggested urgency.

“I’ll put my shoes on and be right over,” I answered her and hung up the phone.  My wife asked what was going on, and I answered, “I don’t know, but she wants me to come over to the medical center to help her out.”
With emergency response vehicle in my driveway, and with the closeness of the medical center, less than a quarter mile away, I was to arrive at the medical center in less than three minutes.  I walked into the medical center to find a thirty-eight year old neighbor lady on the bed in room one. 

Jane, a physician’s assistant,  said, “I need to get an IV started.  Will you try?  This is Lynette, and she is having a serious cardiac rhythm problem with a heart rate of just less than 200.  We need to get her stabilized quickly before anything more serious happens,” and her voice had that hurried, very concerned tone that I have heard before during seriously scary emergencies.  Just then her cellphone rang.

“It’s the cardiologist at Northern.  I’ve got to take this call.  Start the IV for me will you, please?” Jane said as she walked into the hallway from the exam room to take the call. 

“Okay,” I said as I moved to open the cart with the IV supplies.  “And I’ll hook up the oxygen at 2-4 liters per minute per ACLS protocols.”  I moved to hook up the oxygen by nasal prongs and place it on the patient.  I put the constricting band on her arm, and began looking for an easy vein in the left arm close to the elbow.  I was remembering the protocol for Supraventricular Tachycardia from the ACLS class that I had taught a couple of months ago.  The closer the vein to the heart, the more likely the medication will work.  A nice vein popped right up in the bend line of her elbow on the inside of her arm.  Putting gloves on and arranging the IV supplies; the catheter, the ten cc syringe of normal saline, the alcohol, the IV tubing, the saline lock, and the clear plastic cover of the IV site called a TegaDerm.

“Lynette, you’re going to feel a poke in your left arm.  I’m going to start your IV and get ready for the treatments that I am certain the cardiologist will suggest,” I stated and poked her arm just as I finished the sentence.  I got good flashback, covered the site with the Tegaderm, and finished hooking up the saline lock and pushed in the saline.  “All finished,” I said as the line was hooked up and running at about 50 cc/hr.  I immediately grabbed my stethoscope and listened to her breath sounds to make certain she had baseline of clear lung sounds.  Next I went on to hooking up the cardiac monitor with the oxygen monitor.  The four leads showed exactly what I had expected to see, a heart rate with a rate of 186-192, somewhat regular, but much too fast for the heart to pump effectively.

“Lynette, I need to put on some electrodes on your chest.  I will cover you up, so that your privacy is protected from any other EMS people who might respond here.  I’ll have to unbutton your blouse to get them in the proper places,” I stated factually, “Then we will get a 12-lead EKG to verify what we suspect.”

“Do what you need to do,” Lynette said.  “I don’t care.”

As I put the last electrode on her chest under her left arm, Jane came back in the room and said, “I see that you have been busy.  Let’s get the 12-lead for verification, but I see SVT on the monitor, and we will follow the ACLS protocols for this.  I have orders from the cardiologist to try the vagal maneuvers first, then Adenosine, and, if the Adenosine does not work, I’m to push Cardizem, but his cardiology nurse should be calling back before then to see how we are progressing.”

“Okay,” I said, “I have the normal saline syringes ready on the tray there.  The IV is patent and running just a little faster than Keep Vein Open, pushing the 12-lead button now.”
To Lynette, “I’d like you to relax and think of something calming while we get the results of this test.  Close your eyes, and put yourself in your ‘happy place.’”

Within a couple of minutes, we had 12-lead confirmation of Suprventricular Tachycardia, and we were ready to begin the treatment according to the ACLS protocols.  It starts with 6 mg of Adenosine followed quickly by a push of saline to get the drug to the heart as quickly as possible.  The Adenosine was drawn up by the PA and ready to be pushed.  The normal saline syringe was attached and ready.  “Lynette,” Jane said, “I want you to pretend that you have to push out a big turd.  Hold your breath and push.” 
Lynette followed the instructions perfectly.  The rhythm changed to a rate of 172, but quickly came back up once again and this time to 198.  “Lynette, try that one more time,” Jane said, “and try to hold the push and your breath just a little longer.”

Lynette did it just as asked, but the very same thing happened.  Lynette said, “Arhhr. I can’t do it any better than that.  I’m starting to get sweaty.  Is that supposed to happen?”

Jane said, “Don’t worry about that right now.  We’re moving on to the next step in the treatment.  Are you ready, Joe?”  I nodded.  “On the count of three.  One, Two, THREE.”

The six milligrams of the medication went into her vein, pushed in with the normal saline quickly, and the monitor showed the heart rate dropping, some nasty looking beats, so squiggly lines, and then right back to the 192 rate.
Jane said, “We’ll give Lynette a rest for a minute or so, and then we’ll try it again.  How are you doing, Lynette?”

Lynette said, “That felt kind of funny, not ‘Ha, ha’ funny, strange is what I meant to say.  I’m still a little sweaty though.”

“That’s normal,” Jane said.  “The first treatment didn’t work.  We’re getting ready for a second treatment.”  To me, Jane said, “I’m going up to 12 milligrams of Adenosine.  Let’s open the IV up to wide open.  What size catheter did you use?”
“I started the IV with an 18 gauge catheter, which should be big enough to get the fluid in quickly,” I stated.

“Okay,” Jane said, “let’s get ready.  My syringe has 12 milligrams, and I’m using the closest port to the catheter.  Let’s make certain we are doing this at the same time.”

“Okay, I’m ready.  I have the second closest port, and this time, I’ll pinch the IV tubing above my port when we push,”  I said.
“Ready, we’ll do this one on Push.  I’ll say one, two, three, and then push.  Are you ready?” Jane asked.

“All set,” I said, and I reached up to pinch the IV tubing, then pushed the print button on the monitor.
“One, two, three, PUSH, “ Jane said.

Double the medication went in push by the normal saline, and we waited….

The monitor showed a definite slowing of the rhythm.  The rhythm ceased entirely for a few seconds.  We were getting concerned for a second when the rhythm returned.  It was as normal as you can imagine.  There were no unusual nor fast beats that could be seen.  Both Jane and I had been holding our breath, and we exhaled at exactly the same time.  The whoosh of relief came out of us like the push of the drug into the vein.

Lynette said, “What happened?  I feel better.  I’m not dizzy anymore.  I can see clearly.  You guys did it.  I’m feeling fine now.”

We turned the IV down.  We turned the oxygen down to 2 lpm and then turned it off taking off the nasal prongs because the oxygen monitor said she was oxygenating just fine.  The cardiac monitor showed Normal Sinus Rhythm.  Another 12-lead EKG showed the same.

The phone rang.  It was the cardiology nurse.  Jane talked to her for a few seconds and then handed me the cell phone.  “Hello,“ I said.

“You two have been busy this evening haven’t you?” the voice on the other end said.  “Well, it sounds like you have fixed the problem for tonight.  Good job!  Will you be transporting this patient to the hospital?”

I said, “Well, we’d like to do so, but the planes are not flying tonight due to the fog.  The patient is stable at this time, so the Coast Guard will not transport her.  I believe that we are it for the night.  Here’s the PA,” and I handed the phone back to the PA.

Once again the PA left the room to talk to the cardiology nurse.  Jane came back in and said, “Good job!  The cardiology nurse and the cardiologist are quite pleased that we fixed the patient tonight.  They gave me the follow-up treatment for the patient.  Since you started the IV, I’ll discontinue it, so you can go home and get some sleep.  Thanks for your help!”

I drove home feeling wide awake, and it took three hours before I came down from the natural high.  Helping people and knowing how and what to do to resolve serious issues is very satisfying.  I saw the patient driving home while I was watching the late, late show, and finally got to sleep about three in the morning.

Island Airways Hangar Party

TV News / Weather SkyCam A Reality

After two years of working for it the Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the link to the CBS 9&10 / Fox 32 TV SkyCam.


The cam is now operational and Beaver Island has already been featured. Now viewers will see Beaver Island hundreds of time each year providing tens of thousands of dollars worth of great Beaver Island images annually.

The full range of pan is over 300 degrees and takes in Main Street in both directions.

BOBI Book Club- Upcoming Titles/Dates

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

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

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

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

2015 Beaver Island Pelagic Tour-Back by Popular Demand!

Registration is now active for the 2015 Pelagic Tour.  Birders will arrive on the ferry on September 26 and depart 27th.  Last year's event filled in 3 days!  Register early.

Sharing Solutions Between Beaver Island and Maine Island Communities

September 22, 2015, 3-6 p.m.

Please join us at the Beaver Island Community Center on September 22nd from 3-6 p.m. for an informational Open House.

The Beaver Island Association in collaboration with the Office of Great Lakes and the Island Institute in Maine, has secured funding to bring together a group of highly respected professionals for a presentation: “Sharing Solutions between Beaver Island, Michigan and Maine Island Communities – Building Local Capacity through Community Exchanges”.

The purpose of the project is to initiate and facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the Beaver Island community and similar island communities along coastal Maine.

As isolated island communities, we have much in common and would benefit from sharing solutions to our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges, which span multiple disciplines such as education, health care, and environment. Project partners anticipate that this project will lay the initial groundwork and galvanize interest among other island communities throughout the Great Lakes, with the potential to spur the creation of a broader, cross-region network of island communities.

Who should attend: community members, summer residents, business owners, local organizations, county and township officials, students, and anyone interested in the vitality of the Beaver Island community.

For further information contact the Beaver Island Association board members.

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

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The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv