B. I. News on the 'Net, September 3-16, 2018

Weather by Joe

September 16, 2018

The weather lady is still having issues with her eyes, and she can't see the computer screen to do the weather. Lots of other things she can't see as well. She can't read the pill bottles, so her medications are set up by me, so I'll continue to do the weather until her eyes get better. On with the weather.....

Right now, at 8:15 a.m. on Beaver Island, it is 63 degrees with a dewpoint of 63 degrees and humidity of 97% making the visibility less than one mile, probably due to fog. The pressure is 30.16, and the skies are mostly cloudy with a slight breeze from the SSE.

TODAY, it will have a high temperature of 76 with partly cloudy skies and wind from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Only a 10% chance of rain today.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have a low of 65 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will switch to the south at 5 to 10 mph. Again only a 10% chance of rain tonight.

TOM)RROW, the chance of rain goes up to 20% with an expected high of 73 and mostly clear skies. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day: resplendent; adjective (rih-SPLEN-dunt)

Resplendent has a lot in common with splendid (meaning, among other things, "shining" or "brilliant"), splendent ("shining" or "glossy"), and splendor ("brightness" or "luster"). Each of these glowing terms gets its shine from the Latin verb splendēre ("to shine"). In the case of resplendent, the prefix re- added to splendēre, formed the Latin resplendēre, meaning "to shine back." Splendent, splendor, and resplendent were first used in English during the 15th century, but splendid didn't light up our language until over 175 years later; its earliest known use dates from the early 1600s.

On this Day: 1620

The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was headed for Virginia, where the colonists–half religious dissenters and half entrepreneurs–had been authorized to settle by the British crown. However, stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower off course, and on November 21 the “Pilgrims” reached Massachusetts, where they founded the first permanent European settlement in New England in late December.

Thirty-five of the Pilgrims were members of the radical English Separatist Church, who traveled to America to escape the jurisdiction of the Church of England, which they found corrupt. Ten years earlier, English persecution had led a group of Separatists to flee to Holland in search of religious freedom. However, many were dissatisfied with economic opportunities in the Netherlands, and under the direction of William Bradford they decided to immigrate to Virginia, where an English colony had been founded at Jamestown in 1607.

The Separatists won financial backing from a group of investors called the London Adventurers, who were promised a sizable share of the colony’s profits. Three dozen church members made their way back to England, where they were joined by about 70 entrepreneurs–enlisted by the London stock company to ensure the success of the enterprise. In August 1620, the Mayflower left Southampton with a smaller vessel–the Speedwell–but the latter proved unseaworthy and twice was forced to return to port. On September 16, the Mayflower left for America alone from Plymouth.

Posted at 8:15 a.m

Weather by Joe

September 15, 2018

As we get older, it seems that more and more of our friends begin to leave us and move on to the next afterlife. It is just a part of living, I know, but it is never easy to let go of someone you truly care about. God speed you on your way to heaven, Don Meister. We will cook another breakfast together again and talk of the good times. I knew there was a reason that I couldn't sleep last night, and now I know why.

On to the weather.....

Right now at 7:30 a.m.on Beaver Island it is 62 degrees with a dewpoint of 62 degrees that decreases the visibility to 1.5 miles when the humidity is 95%. The breath of wind we have now is out of the SE.The pressure is at 30.17 and the skies are listed as clear.

TODAY expect a high of 75 degrees with sunny skies and winds from the south southwest at 5 to 10 mph. There is only a 10% chance of rain.

TONIGHT the low will be around 60 with partly cloudy skies and light and variable winds with only a 10% chance of rain.

TOMORROW will have the same forecast as today.

Word of the Day

meloncholia; noun; (mel-un-KOH-lee-uh) a mental condition and especially a manic-depressive condition characterized by extreme depression, bodily complaints, and often hallucinations and delusions

Today's word traces back to Greek melan‑ ("black, dark") and cholē ("bile"). Medical practitioners once adhered to the system of humors—bodily fluids that included black bile, yellow bile, blood, and phlegm. An imbalance of these humors was thought to lead to disorders of the mind and body. One suffering from an excess of black bile (believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen) could become sullen and unsociable—liable to anger, irritability, brooding, and depression. Today, doctors no longer ascribe physical and mental disorders to disruptions of the four humors, but the word melancholia is still used in psychiatry (it is identified as a "subtype" of clinical depression in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and as a general term for despondency. The older term ­melancholy, ultimately from the same Greek roots, is historically a synonym of melancholia but now more often refers to a sad or pensive mood.

On this Day

In 1962, the Four Seasons earn their first number one hit with "Sherry."

Frankie Valli (born Francis Casteluccio) had been hard at work trying to become a star for the better part of a decade before the Four Seasons achieved their breakthrough. They had come together as a group in several stages over the previous four years, changing their name in 1961 from the Four Lovers after failing an audition at a New Jersey bowling alley called The Four Seasons. It was keyboard player Bob Gaudio who wrote the song that would launch the group’s career. He later told Billboard magazine that he banged out “Sherry” in 15 minutes before a scheduled rehearsal. Without a tape recorder, Gaudio explained, “I drove down to rehearsal humming it, trying to keep it in my mind. I had no intention of keeping the lyrics, [but] to my surprise, everybody liked them, so we didn’t change anything.”

“Sherry” was released as a single in August 1962 and made it all the way to the top of the pop charts just four weeks later, on September 15. In the next six months, the Four Seasons would earn two more #1 hits with “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like A Man,” making them the only American group ever to earn three consecutive #1 hits. “Rag Doll” gave the group its fourth #1 in the summer of 1964, and many other Top 40 hits followed in the subsequent 12 years before the Four Seasons made a triumphant return to the top of the pop charts with their fifth #1 hit “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” in March 1976.

BICS Weekly Memo

September 14, 2018

View Memo HERE

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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

Weather by Joe

September 14, 2018

Congratulations to Father James Siler on his first anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood!

On with the weather....Right now on the island it is 60 degrees with the pressure at 30.15. Visibility is 1.2 miles due to the dewpoint being also at 60 degrees making it hazy or foggy or both with humidity at 97%. The clouds are scattered at 3200 feet.

TODAY, it will be partly cloudy with a high around 73 degrees. There is still a 10% chance of rain. Winds will be from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it should be clear with a low near 60. Winds will be light and variable with a 10% chance of rain.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to be partly cloudy with a high of around 75 degrees. Winds will be from the south southwest at 5 to 10 mph

Word of the Day

advert; verb; (ad-VERT) to turn the mind of attention, used with the word 'to'; to call attention in the act of speaking or writing; make reference, used with the word 'to'

You may be familiar with the noun advert, which is used, especially in British sources, as a shortened form of advertisement. That's one way to use advert, but it has also been used as a verb in English since the 15th century. There's a hint about the origin of the verb in the idea of "turning" the mind or attention to something; the word derives via Anglo-French from the Latin verb advertere, which in turn comes from Latin vertere, meaning "to turn." Vertere is the ancestor of a number of words in English, including controversy, divert, invert, revert, and even versatile. In addition, we'd like to turn your attention to one particular vertere descendant: avert, meaning "to avoid." Be careful to avoid mixing this one up with advert.

On this Day

On this day in 1901, U.S. President William McKinley dies after being shot by a deranged anarchist during the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

McKinley won his first Congressional seat at the age of 34 and spent 14 years in the House, becoming known as the leading Republican expert on tariffs. After losing his seat in 1890, McKinley served two terms as governor of Ohio. By 1896, he had emerged as the leading Republican candidate for president, aided by the support of the wealthy Ohio industrialist Mark Hanna. That fall, McKinley defeated his Democratic rival, William Jennings Bryan, by the largest popular margin since the Civil War.

As president, McKinley became known–controversially–as a protector of big businesses, which enjoyed unprecedented growth during his administration. He advocated the protective tariff as a way of shielding U.S. business and labor from foreign competition, and he successfully argued for using the gold standard of currency.

Above all, however, McKinley’s presidency was dominated by his foreign policy. In April 1898, he was pushed by Congress and American public opinion to intervene in Cuba’s struggle for independence from Spanish colonial rule. In the first American war against a foreign power since 1812, the United States handily defeated Spain in just three months, freeing Cuba–although the island became a U.S. protectorate–and annexing Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. For the first time, the United States had become a colonialist power.

(from Merriam Webster and history.com) Posted at 8:30 a.m.

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

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

Weather by Joe

September 13, 2018

The frustration with her eyes makes the weather lady quite grumpy, and this former paramedic can do nothing for her. Now, that's frustrating as well. Although she got up this morning before me, she couldn't see clearly, and her eyes hurt. That will be brought up to the oncologist next week. On with the weather.....

Right now it is 61 degrees outside with suuny skies and a wind from the east at 2 mph. The pressure is 30.22 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 61 degrees, so the windows may have some condensation on them since the humidity is 99%.

TODAY, we should expect to have the sunny skies continue with a high of 75 degrees and winds from the south southeast. 0% chance of rain.

TONIGHT, it should be mostly clear with a low of 58 with light winds that are variable.

TOMORROW, it should be sunny with a high of 73 and winds from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph

Word of the Day

tarradiddle-- noun (tair-uh-DID-ul) a childish lie, fib; pretensious nonsense

The true origin of taradiddle is unknown, but that doesn't mean you won't encounter a lot of balderdash about its history. Some folks try to connect it to the verb diddle (one meaning of which is "to swindle or cheat"), but that connection hasn't been proven and may turn out to be poppycock. You may even hear some tommyrot about this particular sense of diddle coming from the Old English verb didrian, which meant "to deceive," but that couldn't be true unless didrian was somehow suddenly revived after eight or nine centuries of disuse. No one even knows when taradiddle was first used. It must have been before it showed up in a 1796 dictionary of colloquial speech (where it was defined as a synonym of fib), but if we claimed we knew who said it first, and when, we'd be dishing out pure applesauce.

This word is certainly an interesting one that may pertain to the current politics in the national, state, and local politics.

On this Day

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The poem, originally titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779, at Terra Rubra, his family’s estate in Frederick County (now Carroll County), Maryland. He became a successful lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and was later appointed U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

On June 18, 1812, America declared war on Great Britain after a series of trade disagreements. In August 1814, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, Capitol Building and Library of Congress. Their next target was Baltimore.

After one of Key’s friends, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, Key went to Baltimore, located the ship where Beanes was being held and negotiated his release. However, Key and Beanes weren’t allowed to leave until after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. Key watched the bombing campaign unfold from aboard a ship located about eight miles away. After a day, the British were unable to destroy the fort and gave up. Key was relieved to see the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry and quickly penned a few lines in tribute to what he had witnessed.

The poem was printed in newspapers and eventually set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven” by composer John Stafford Smith. People began referring to the song as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson announced that it should be played at all official events. It was adopted as the national anthem on March 3, 1931.

Francis Scott Key died of pleurisy on January 11, 1843. Today, the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1914 is housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Posted at 9 a.m.

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.

Weather by Joe

September 12, 2018

Missed out on $2 Tuesday last night due to the weather lady being too ill, but took a ride instead. While she waited in the car, I picked blackberries. There were lots of them, but most of them were quite small instead of the huge ones of years' past. The hundreds of berries didn't fill up one bowl. Anyway, the air was clean, the sky was sunny, and the temperature was comfortable, so the drive was worth it.

Right now on Beaver Island it is 62 degrees. The wind is from the south gusting to a light 2 mph. The pressure is 30.09 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 61 degrees, which might place some light fog out an around the water. The humidity is 92%.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny with a high of 76 degrees. Winds should be from the south southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, we should have a low of 59 with clear skies and a slight chance of rain. Winds decrease to 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW brings more of the same warm weather and clear skies with a switch of the wind to the southeast.

Word of the Day

enigmatic adjective (en-ig-MAT-ik) mysterious, of or pertaining to an enigma

An enigma is a puzzle, a riddle, a mystery. The adjective enigmatic describes what is hard to solve or figure out. An enigmatic person is someone who is a bit mysterious to others. Behind an enigmatic smile are thoughts impossible to guess. The word enigma originally referred not to people or smiles but to words, and specifically to words that formed a riddle or a complicated metaphor that tested one's alertness and cleverness. This meaning is clearly connected to the word's origin. Enigma comes from the Greek word ainissesthai, meaning "to speak in riddles."

On this Day

Near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern. The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old paintings, consisting mostly of animal representations, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.

First studied by the French archaeologist Henri-Édouard-Prosper Breuil, the Lascaux grotto consists of a main cavern 66 feet wide and 16 feet high. The walls of the cavern are decorated with some 600 painted and drawn animals and symbols and nearly 1,500 engravings. The pictures depict in excellent detail numerous types of animals, including horses, red deer, stags, bovines, felines, and what appear to be mythical creatures. There is only one human figure depicted in the cave: a bird-headed man with an erect phallus. Archaeologists believe that the cave was used over a long period of time as a center for hunting and religious rites.

The Lascaux grotto was opened to the public in 1948 but was closed in 1963 because artificial lights had faded the vivid colors of the paintings and caused algae to grow over some of them. A replica of the Lascaux cave was opened nearby in 1983 and receives tens of thousands of visitors annually.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Peaine Township Agenda

September 12, 2018

View the meeting Agenda HERE

Posted 7:45 p.m., 9/11/18

Carl Misiak Obituary

Carl Wayne Misiak, 66, passed away at his Beaver Island, MI home on September 4, 2018. Carl was born March 31,1952 in Uniontown, PA. He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Potts) of Beaver Island, his sons, Keith (Shannon) and Gene (Jenifer) Misiak of Warner Robbins, GA and his stepsons Edward (Olivia) Sawyer of Hammond, IN and James (Jennifer) Sawyer of Michigan City, IN, and sister Marie Metros of Uniontown, PA. Grandchildren: Johnathon, Kylie, Ann, William and Logan Sawyer and Meagan Tolnay.

He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene Misiak and Betty (Sperko) Misiak.

Carl was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during the Vietnam Conflict and was stationed at the Johnston Atoll, Okinawa and Germany. He was a member of AMVETS Post 46. Carl was a retired truck driver. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors and could frequently be seen going down the island roads in his wheelchair with one of his Vizslas by his side.

Posted 7:45 p.m., 9/11/18

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

Weather by Joe

September 11, 2018

Posted at 8 a.m.

The weather lady got up and started to do the weather, but she was unable to read the computer screen. This is the one side effect of chemotherapy that has been the most frustrating for her. It continues to frustrate.

Right now it is 58 degrees with a pressure of 30.08. Dry conditions will continue with only a 10% chance of rain. The visibility is ten miles, but since the dewpoint is close to the temperature, and the humidity is at 96%, there is a chance for some fog this morning.

TODAY, it will be sunny with a high temperature of 72 with winds from the southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast to be clear with a low temperature of 61 degrees. The winds will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to be sunny with a high in the mid-70s with the wind from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day: deportment noun (dih-PORT-munt) the manner in which one conducts onself; behavior

Deportment evolved from the verb deport, meaning "to behave especially in accord with a code," which in turn came to us through Middle French from Latin deportare, meaning "to carry away." (You may also know deport as a verb meaning "to send out of the country"; that sense is newer and is derived directly from Latin deportare.) Deportment can simply refer to one's demeanor, or it can refer to behavior formed by breeding or training and often conforming to conventional rules of propriety: "Are you not gratified that I am so rapidly gaining correct ideas of female propriety and sedate deportment?" wrote 17-year-old Emily Dickinson to her brother Austin.

On this Day

At 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors. As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767–United Airlines Flight 175–appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center, and sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.

The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist organization, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued military presence in the Middle East. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the U.S. in the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation. The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming the ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles.

As millions watched in horror the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m. Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to a structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building. All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.

Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 other people were treated for injuries, many severe.

Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane–United Flight 93–was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey. Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground. Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an insurrection. One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett, Jr., told his wife over the phone that “I know we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Another passenger–Todd Beamer–was heard saying “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll” over an open line. Sandy Bradshaw, a flight attendant, called her husband and explained that she had slipped into a galley and was filling pitchers with boiling water. Her last words to him were “Everyone’s running to first class. I’ve got to go. Bye.”

The passengers fought the four hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 45 people aboard were killed. Its intended target is not known, but theories include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.

At 7 p.m., President George W. Bush, who had spent the day being shuttled around the country because of security concerns, returned to the White House. At 9 p.m., he delivered a televised address from the Oval Office, declaring “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” In a reference to the eventual U.S. military response he declared: “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S.-led international effort to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and destroy Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network based there, began on October 7, 2001. Bin Laden was killed during a raid of his compound in Pakistan by U.S. forces on May 2, 2011.

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.

Weather by Joe

September 10, 2018

Well, the weather lady is still under the weather, but she was sighted twice in the last two days actually out of the house, but paid for it with more nausea and exhaustion. Hopefully, she weill be back at it soon.

Right now on Beaver Island it is 50 degrees. The pressure is 30.02 with visibility at six miles. This may be because the dewpoint is 48 degrees and the humidity is 95%. There is only a slight breath of wind from the NE.

TODAY it will be mostly sunny with a high of 68 degrees. There will be a slight chance of rain, but less than 10%. Winds will be from the east northeast at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT it will be mostly clear with a low of 56 degrees. The slight chance of rain remains at 10%. Winds will switch to the south southeast at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow, it is suggested that the skies will be clear with highs near 72 and the winds will switch to the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

fathom verb (FA-thum) probe; to take soundings; to measure by a sounding line; to penetrate and come to an understanding

Today's word comes to us from Old English fæthm, meaning "outstretched arms." The noun fathom, which now commonly refers to a measure (especially of depth) of six feet, was originally used for the distance, fingertip to fingertip, created by stretching one's arms straight out from the sides of the body. In one of its earliest uses, the verb fathom meant to encircle something with the arms as if for measuring and was also a synonym of embrace. In the 1600s, however, fathom took on the meaning of using a sounding line to measure depth. At the same time, the verb also developed senses synonymous with probe or investigate, and is now frequently used to refer to the act of getting to the bottom of something, figuratively speaking.

I can't fathom the depth of misunderstandings found in subject of cancer. They are unfathomable.

(from Merriam Webster)

On this Day

In the first unqualified defeat of a British naval squadron in history, U.S. Captain Oliver Hazard Perry leads a fleet of nine American ships to victory over a squadron of six British warships at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

The battle was closely contested for hours, and Perry’s flagship Lawrence was reduced to a defenseless wreck. He then transferred to the Niagara and sailed directly into the British line, firing broadsides and forcing the British to surrender. Perry had won a complete victory at the cost of 27 Americans killed and 96 wounded; British casualties were 40 dead and 94 wounded. After the battle, Perry sent a famous dispatch to U.S. General William Henry Harrison that read, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” The Battle of Lake Erie forced the British to abandon Detroit, ensuring U.S. control over Lake Erie and the territorial northwest.

(from history.com)

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #37

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 7:45, 9/9/18

Christian Church Bulletin

September 8, 2018

Posted at 7:15 p.m., 9/9/18

Windy Days

The last few days, it has been quite windy. The wind has been out of the east, east/northeast, and gusty as well as winds over ten mph. Gull Harbor Road actually had wave on it at one point. These pictures were taken at Gull Harbor.

View video of the water on a windy day HERE

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

Mass from Holy Cross

September 9, 2018

The service times for Holy Cross were normal this week with one Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and the other Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The reader on Saturday was Pinky Harmon. The reader on Sunday Patrick Nugent. The celebrant was Father Jim Siler, our parish priest.

Pinky Harmon..............Patrick Nugent

Father Jim Siler

View video of the service HERE

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

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

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

Lady Islander Volleyball

The Lady Islanders played against the 2014 Northern Light League Champions from Munising Baptist this past weekend in some close games. One was so close that the final score was 28 to 26 when the games are only supposed to go to 25. Our Lady Islanders lost both matches, one on Friday and the other on Saturday, but the final score was not the actual determination of Lady Islander play. When the Lady Islanders were on and their timing was right with the proper angles of play on the volleyball court, they were unbeatable. The issue that came up was that the timing and the angles were not there frequent enough to win the matches.

Both matches were live streamed and recorded, and you will be able to view the video at the links below. The pictures were NOT exactly anything to shout about. The videographer finds it very difficult to operate two cameras at the same time. The pictures were not taken with the proper settings. They are all grainy and dark, but they are what they are, and show what they show. They will not be doctored. You can view them in the galleries listed below.

Friday pictures

Friday video

Saturday pictures

Saturday video

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

Islander Soccer Team Wins Two Matches

The Islander soccer team played against the Munising Baptist soccer team this past week, and the Islanders won both matches. The video of these two matches is available below. There is also a collection of a few photographs taken on Friday night and Saturday as well. Congratulations Islanders! Here We Go, Islanders, Here We Go!

Pictures of Friday

Pictures of Saturday

Video of Friday

Video of Saturday

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

Weather by Joe

September 9, 2018

A somewhat busy weekend for News on the 'Net with two soccer games and two volleyball matches and some other duties as well, but the day yesterday was beautiful as fall approaches. On with the weather....

Right now on Beaver Island, it is 59 degrees, with the pressure at 30.19 and visibility at ten miles. There are scattered clouds at 3400 feet and a light breeze with a few gusts now and then. The dewpoint is 47 degrees with the humidity at 72%.

TODAY, we should have the temperature in the mid-60s with sunshine. Winds should be from the east at 10 to 20 mph. With no precipitation, the day should be very nice.

TONIGHT, it should get down to the middles 50s as a low temperature. It should be mostly clear with a 10% chance of rain. Winds will be from the east southeast at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for much the same as today with mostly sunny skies with only a 10% chance of rain.

Let's get out there and enjoy the beautiful fall weather on Beaver Island.

Word of the Day: wanderlust, noun, (WAHN-der-lust) strong longing for or impulse to wander

"For my part," writes Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey, "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Sounds like a case of wanderlust if we ever heard one. Those with wanderlust don't necessarily need to go anywhere in particular; they just don't care to stay in one spot. The etymology of wanderlust is a very simple one that you can probably figure out yourself. Wanderlust is a lust for wandering. The word comes from German, in which wandern means "to hike or roam about," and Lust means "pleasure or delight."

Every person in this household has wanderlust for traveling across the country.

(from Merriam Webster)

On this day in history:

Frances Folsom Cleveland, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, gives birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House.

On June 2, 1886, in an intimate ceremony held in the Blue Room of the White House, President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, the daughter of Cleveland’s late law partner and friend, Oscar Folsom. Fewer than 40 people were present to witness the 49-year-old president exchange vows with Frances, who at 21 years of age became the youngest first lady in U.S. history.

As a devoted family friend, Cleveland allegedly bought “Frank” her first baby carriage. After her father’s death, he administered her estate. When Frances entered Wells College, Cleveland, then the governor of New York, asked Mrs. Folsom’s permission to correspond with the young lady. After his inauguration as president in 1885, Frances visited Cleveland at the executive mansion. Despite a 27-year difference in age, their affection turned to romance, and in 1886 the couple were married in the White House.

Mrs. Cleveland, who replaced Cleveland’s sister Rose Elizabeth as White House hostess, won immediate popularity for her good looks and unaffected charm. After the president’s defeat in his 1888 reelection bid, the Clevelands lived in New York City, where their first child, Ruth, was born in 1891. In 1892, in an event unprecedented in U.S. political history, the out-of-office Cleveland was elected president again. Frances Cleveland returned to Washington and resumed her duties as first lady as if she had been gone but a day. On September 9, 1893, the first family saw the addition of a second child. Esther was the first child of a president to be born in the White House but not the first child ever to be born there. In 1806, James Madison Randolph was born to Martha Randolph, the daughter of President Thomas Jefferson.

When Grover Cleveland left the presidency in 1897, his wife had become one of the most popular first ladies in history. In 1908, she was at his side when he died at their home in Princeton, New Jersey. Five years later, she married Thomas J. Preston, Jr., a professor of archeology at Princeton University.

(from history.com)

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Henry Hill Memorial Service

A memorial service for Henry Hill took place today at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Henry was a long time resident of Beaver Island, but the majority of the newer people living on the island, people who have been here living for less than twenty years, may not even know this man. Henry Hill was a very generous man who gave to the community, offered land for a fire hall, but was rejected since it was too far south on the island. He was also a wonderful donator to many of the local groups.

View the program for his memorial:

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The editor was not able to attend this service, but is very grateful for his opportunity to get to know this wonderful man and help him and his wife in his serious health issues.

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

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.

BICS Board Meeting Packet

for September 10, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 9/8/18

BIRHC Meeting Postponed

Due to the inability to achieve a quorum, the regularly scheduled BIRHC quarterly Board Meeting of September 15th must be postponed. A replacement date will be published as soon as determined.

Weather by Joe

September 8, 2018

We made it home again, but Phyllis is still quite ill. She doesn't want to eat because it makes her feel nauseous. I'm hoping that this passes quickly instead of handing on for weeks. Busy days ahead.

On to the weather: Right now it is 58 degrees outside with pressure at 30.29. The sky is clear and as the song says, "You can see for miles and miles and miles..." The dewpoint is 48 degrees and the humidity is 73%.

TODAY: Sunny with a high of 63. Skies clear with zero percent chance of rain. Winds east northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a low of 51 degrees. Winds will switch to the east at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW: Sunny with a high of 67 degrees and the wind will stay from the east at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

pariphrasis: noun (puh-RIFF-ruh-sis) use of a longer phrasing in place of a possible shorter form of expression

It's easy enough to point out the origins of periphrasis: the word was borrowed into English in the early 16th century via Latin from Greek periphrazein, which in turn comes from the prefix peri-, meaning "all around," and the verb phrazein, "to point out." Two common descendants of phrazein in English are phrase and paraphrase, the latter of which combines phrazein with the prefix para-, meaning "closely resembling." Another phrazein descendant is the less familiar word holophrasis, meaning "the expression of a complex of ideas in a single word or in a fixed phrase." (The prefix holo- can mean "completely.")

On this Day:

In a controversial executive action, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard M. Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office. Ford later defended this action before the House Judiciary Committee, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.

The Watergate scandal erupted after it was revealed that Nixon and his aides had engaged in illegal activities during his reelection campaign–and then attempted to cover up evidence of wrongdoing. With impeachment proceedings underway against him in Congress, Nixon bowed to public pressure and became the first American president to resign. At noon on August 9, Nixon officially ended his term, departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.”

Ford, the first president who came to the office through appointment rather than election, had replaced Spiro Agnew as vice president only eight months before. In a political scandal independent of the Nixon administration’s wrongdoings in the Watergate affair, Agnew had been forced to resign in disgrace after he was charged with income tax evasion and political corruption. Exactly one month after Nixon announced his resignation, Ford issued the former president a “full, free and absolute” pardon for any crimes he committed while in office. The pardon was widely condemned at the time.

Decades later, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation presented its 2001 Profile in Courage Award to Gerald Ford for his 1974 pardon of Nixon. In pardoning Nixon, said the foundation, Ford placed his love of country ahead of his own political future and brought needed closure to the divisive Watergate affair. Ford left politics after losing the 1976 presidential election to Democrat Jimmy Carter. Ford died on December 26, 2006, at the age of 93.

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Weather by Joe

September 7, 2018

We had a little bump in the road yesterday. While I was recovering from my medical procedure, Phyllis had to be taken to the Charlevoix ER. She had been severely dehydrated, dizzy, and very sick to her stomach. Thank goodness for our daughter Courtney who stepped in, not only to get me to and from my procedure, but also taking her mom to get the help she needed. This getting older stuff certainly isn't for the faint of heart. The two of us are headed home today, we hope!

Right now on Beaver Island it is 42 degrees with a pressure of 30.25. The sky is listed as clear with ten miles of visibility. The dewpoint is 41 with humidity of 95%.

TODAY: It will be partly cloudy with a high of 71. There is listed as 0% chance of rain, and the winds will be from 5 to 10 mph from the north, northwest.

TONIGHT: Mostly clear with a low of 52 degrees. Winds will switch to the north, northeast tonight with very little chance of rain.

TOMORROW: Mostly sunny with a high in the mid-60s with wind from the east, northeast.

Word of the Day: schmooze verb (shmooz): to converse informally : chat; also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections

Some people like to schmooe downtown at the Beachcomber.

Schmooze (also spelled shmooze) is one of a small, but significant, number of words borrowed from Yiddish that have become relatively common members of the English language. Though classified as a High German language, Yiddish also borrows from the Slavic and Latinate languages as well as from Aramaic and Hebrew. It was the Hebrew shěmu’ōth ("news, rumor") that provided Yiddish with the noun shmues ("talk") and the verb shmuesn ("to talk or chat"). Although originally used in English to indicate simply talking in an informal and warm manner, schmooze has since also taken on the suggestion of discussion for the purposes of gaining something.

On This Day:

On this day in 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government.

In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) began popularizing the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today. The German-born Nast was also credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus as well as coming up with the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic Party and the elephant as a symbol for the Republicans. Nast also famously lampooned the corruption of New York City’s Tammany Hall in his editorial cartoons and was, in part, responsible for the downfall of Tammany leader William Tweed.

Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960). In Flagg’s version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I, this portrait of Sam with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916 with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.

In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.”

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Comment from Connie Wojan of BIRHC

“The Health Center is currently in conversation with non profit Dental Clinics North to provide dental services on Beaver Island. To help us determine approximate demand we would appreciate the community’s input. If you WOULD take advantage of dental services offered on Beaver Island please call the Health Center office at 448-2275 and let us know.

Thank you!”  -  Connie Wojan

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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What Did You Say 37

By Joe Moore

Sometimes when the weather is nasty outside on this most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, I sit in my chair with my computer laptop, stare into the distance, and begin to wonder.  The wonder comes from my brain wandering from subject to subject from one thing to another.

Today, I couldn’t get the local EMS out of my mind.  I don’t know why.  I’ve retired from that group ten months ago, but they are still in my mind.  The whole group is in my mind.  What specific members came into my brain?  All of the former directors popped into my brain.    First, the founding directors and officers came to mind.  Thanks to Neil and Connie Boyle and Alan Muma for having the desire to get something organized for our local EMS.  “Islands of Safety” was the motto, and Neil was in charge of the Land division of the club and Alan was in charge of the water division of the club. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Weather by Joe

September 6, 2018

Right now on Beaver Island it is 47 degrees. The pressure is at 30.27 with visibility of less than one mile. The dewpoint is 47 degrees, which explains the fog. The humidity is at 87%.

TODAY: It will be partly cloudy with a very little chance of rain with a high near 70 and winds from the north at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT: The low will be around 50 degrees with mostly clear skies and winds light and variable.

TOMMOROW: The high will be near 70 with clear skies and winds light and variable

Word of the Day:

quiddity noun (KWID-uh-tee)

whatever makes something the type that it is : essence; a trifling point: quibble; an unusual personal opinion or habit : eccentricity

When it comes to synonyms of quiddity, the Q's have it. Consider quintessence, a synonym of the "essence of a thing" sense of quiddity (this oldest sense of quiddity dates from the 14th century). Quibble is a synonym of the "trifling point" sense; that meaning of quiddity arose from the subtler points of 16th-century academic arguments. And quirk, like quiddity, can refer to a person's eccentricities. Of course, quiddity also derives from a "Q" word, the Latin pronoun quis, which is one of two Latin words for "who" (the other is qui). Quid, the neuter form of quis, gave rise to the Medieval Latin quidditas, which means "essence," a term that was essential to the development of the English quiddity.

On this Day:

On this day in 1915, a prototype tank nicknamed Little Willie rolls off the assembly line in England. Little Willie was far from an overnight success. It weighed 14 tons, got stuck in trenches and crawled over rough terrain at only two miles per hour. However, improvements were made to the original prototype and tanks eventually transformed military battlefields.

The British developed the tank in response to the trench warfare of World War I. In 1914, a British army colonel named Ernest Swinton and William Hankey, secretary of the Committee for Imperial Defence, championed the idea of an armored vehicle with conveyor-belt-like tracks over its wheels that could break through enemy lines and traverse difficult territory. The men appealed to British navy minister Winston Churchill, who believed in the concept of a “land boat” and organized a Landships Committee to begin developing a prototype. To keep the project secret from enemies, production workers were reportedly told the vehicles they were building would be used to carry water on the battlefield (alternate theories suggest the shells of the new vehicles resembled water tanks). Either way, the new vehicles were shipped in crates labeled “tank” and the name stuck.

The first tank prototype, Little Willie, was unveiled in September 1915. Following its underwhelming performance–it was slow, became overheated and couldn’t cross trenches–a second prototype, known as “Big Willie,” was produced. By 1916, this armored vehicle was deemed ready for battle and made its debut at the First Battle of the Somme near Courcelette, France, on September 15 of that year. Known as the Mark I, this first batch of tanks was hot, noisy and unwieldy and suffered mechanical malfunctions on the battlefield; nevertheless, people realized the tank’s potential. Further design improvements were made and at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917, 400 Mark IV’s proved much more successful than the Mark I, capturing 8,000 enemy troops and 100 guns.

Tanks rapidly became an important military weapon. During World War II, they played a prominent role across numerous battlefields. More recently, tanks have been essential for desert combat during the conflicts in the Persian Gulf.

Posted at 8 a.m.

BITA Meeting Postponed

The new meeting posting is HERE

September 11th meeting rescheduled to the 18th.

Flags at Half Mast

The flags at the Veteran's Memorial are at half mast for the passing of Carl Misiak in honor of his service in the US Air Force.. More information will be posted when available regarding the passing.

Bubblers and  the Fire Hall

By Dick Burris

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

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 9/5/18

Weather by Joe

September 5, 2018

After medical appointment today, Phyllis and I will be moving to Charlevoix for the next two days. It will be my pleasure to undergo some tests at the hospital in Charlevoix. Phyllis finished her PET scan yesterday, and we will be awaiting some results. Today, we see her radiologist for a follow-up appointment.

Right now, the temperature is 74 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The weather station states that the clouds are quite high today. The pressure is 29.87 with a visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is at 69 degrees with humidity of 79%.

Today: Morning thundershowers with a high of 74. Chance of rain is 60%. Winds are to be from the west at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight: Only a 10% chance of rain. It will be partly cloudy with a low of 53 degrees. Winds will continue from the west at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

banshee noun (BAN-shee) a female spirit in Gaelic folklore whose appearance or wailing warns a family that one of them will soon die

In Irish folklore, a bean sídhe (literally "woman of fairyland") was not a welcome guest. When she was seen combing her hair or heard wailing beneath a window, it was considered a sign that a family member was about to die. English speakers modified the mournful fairy's Irish name into the modern word banshee—a term we now most often use to evoke her woeful or terrible or earsplitting cry, as in "to scream like a banshee," or attributively, as in "a banshee wail."

Example: "The family is reputed to have its own banshee that howls when one of them is going to die. Corran remembered that on receiving reports that the banshee had been heard, telegrams were sent to everyone in the family to find out if they were all right." — The Daily Telegraph (London), 16 July 2018

On this Day:

On this day in 1836, Sam Houston is elected as president of the Republic of Texas, which earned its independence from Mexico in a successful military rebellion.

Born in Virginia in 1793, Houston moved with his family to rural Tennessee after his father’s death; as a teenager, he ran away and lived for several years with the Cherokee tribe. Houston served in the War of 1812 and was later appointed by the U.S. government to manage the removal of the Cherokee from Tennessee to a reservation in Arkansas Territory. He practiced law in Nashville and from 1823 to1827 served as a U.S. congressman before being elected governor of Tennessee in 1827.

A brief, failed marriage led Houston to resign from office and live again with the Cherokee. Officially adopted by the tribe, he traveled to Washington to protest governmental treatment of Native Americans. In 1832, President Andrew Jackson sent him to Texas (then a Mexican province) to negotiate treaties with local Native Americans for protection of border traders. Houston arrived in Texas during a time of rising tensions between U.S. settlers and Mexican authorities, and soon emerged as a leader among the settlers. In 1835, Texans formed a provisional government, which issued a declaration of independence from Mexico the following year. At that time, Houston was appointed military commander of the Texas army.

Though the rebellion suffered a crushing blow at the Alamo in early 1836, Houston was soon able to turn his army’s fortunes around. On April 21, he led some 800 Texans in a surprise defeat of 1,500 Mexican soldiers under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at the San Jacinto River. Santa Anna was captured and brought to Houston, where he was forced to sign an armistice that would grant Texas its freedom. After receiving medical treatment for his war wounds in New Orleans, Houston returned to win election as president of the Republic of Texas on September 5. In victory, Houston declared that “Texas will again lift its head and stand among the nations….It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.”

Houston served as the republic’s president until 1838, then again from 1841 to 1844. Despite plans for retirement, Houston helped Texas win admission to the United States in 1845 and was elected as one of the state’s first two senators. He served three terms in the Senate and ran successfully for Texas’ governorship in 1859. As the Civil War loomed, Houston argued unsuccessfully against secession, and was deposed from office in March 1861 after refusing to swear allegiance to the Confederacy. He died of pneumonia in 1863.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Posted on 9/4/18 at 4:30 p.m.

Making a Decision
An Editorial by Joe Moore

Sometimes, there is just a brick wall in front of you with absolutely nothing you can do except smash your head against it multiple times.  Eventually, the patience comes to an end along with the realization that you will never get the result that you are looking for.  The pain is just too much to handle anymore.

The law doesn’t seem to matter.  The common practices don’t seem to matter. 

The color red is not possibly called yellow in most circles and in most situations.  The truth and the facts may be interpreted in different ways, nowadays, but some things, I hope, are written in stone and cannot be changed without changing the laws and the commonly accepted procedures.

Let’s move on to something more local with a little more importance to the taxpayers of Beaver Island. 

In 1991, the two townships on Beaver Island, St. James and Peaine, established the Beaver Island Transfer Station with the goal to take care of the trash that accumulates on this most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes.  This was necessary since the old dump was closed.  The method of closure isn’t really important in this editorial.

The agreement established a committee with members from both townships sitting on that advisory committee.  The Peaine Township took the responsibility of paying the bills for the transfer station using the Peaine Township Clerk as the fiscal agent.  The advisory committee functioned for years.  Then, about two years ago, sometime in early 2016, the Waste Management Committee stopped having meetings.

The interesting thing is that this violated the original agreement.  This prevented St. James Township taxpayers any representation on the committee.  It would be hard to say that Peaine taxpayers lost representation because the former chair of the WMC was the Peaine supervisor and the primary fiscal agent is the Peaine clerk.  Obviously, Peaine continued paying the bills and making decisions regarding the transfer station because the operation continues to provide the services under the direction of an excellent manager/director.  The operation is working well.

This editor is concerned that the processes of representation have disappeared, and the agreement is being violated without any seeming concern by either township.  The two years seemed to have been accepted by everyone including the two year violation of the 1991 agreement.

Now, perhaps the 1991 agreement is too uncomplicated or not complete.  Perhaps the agreement should be redone, but to do nothing for two years doesn’t seem acceptable to this editor.  What if there was a major problem with something at the transfer station?  What if there was a serious issue that required immediate action? 

Everyone says that if this happened, it would be taken care of, but what legal decisions can be made without the advisory committee?  How will this St. James township taxpayer be represented in the making of that decision?  There will not be any St. James township members to the committee to help explain the situation to the St. James Township Board.  You see, there is no St. James representation on a committee that doesn’t exist.
Well, how about the budget?  Don’t both townships have to approve the budget?  Well, this would be a logical conclusion if this is a joint operation.  You will not find approval of the Waste Management Budget in the minutes of either township.  As a matter of fact, if you go to the two township websites, you will find that this page does not have anything except a list of former WMC members.

Now, I know some of you will suggest that this has just slipped past the two townships, but, as a former WMC member under the chairpersons Angel Welke and Bill Kohls, I can tell you that the WMC meetings stopped back when this current committee chair presented changes to the WMC document of agreement to St. James Township, and these changes were turned down.  There has not been a meeting since then.  This was back when the committee listed on the Peaine website was actually a committee for the waste management of Beaver Island.

There have been many excuses for this lack of meetings of WMC.  One is that the structure needs to be changed.  Another is that Peaine couldn’t find anyone to fill the committee positions.  A third is that the committee is not needed since things have been going just fine without the committee.

I, for one, believe that, until the formal written agreement between the two townships has been changed and approved by both townships, that this 1991 formal written and approved agreement must be followed.  It is well past time to honor the agreement that both townships approved in 1991 until such time as the two townships change the agreement.  While there has been a committee assigned to do just this, there has not been a formal meeting of this group either, at least there has been no notification that this committee is going to meet or has met.

It is also unfortunate that this 1991 agreement is not found on either of the two township websites.

The St. James Township website has a blank page for the Waste Management Committee, and the Peaine website has only that old list of members.

In a FOIA request, I received a budget from Bill Kohls that has not been approved, yet five months into this fiscal year have already passed.  This budget shows a total income of $249,000, but no committee member has presented this budget to St. James Township, nor has any explanation been given for these amounts.  Why?  The reason is because there has been no committee meetings to discuss this budget.  There are no St. James committee members that participated in the preparation of this budget either.

I finally resigned from my position on the WMC because there didn’t seem to be any interest in having any meetings.  The last two meetings that were scheduled while I was a member included a complete lack of a quorum, and, at one, I was the only one present other than Bill Kohls.

I call on both townships to honor the 1991 agreement on Waste Management until such time as both townships approve a new agreement, and this includes having WMC meetings to discuss the budget and the possible changes in the agreement.

Here are the bills paid by Peaine for last fiscal year

Here are the bills paid by Peaine for this fiscal year

Let me remind you that none of these had approval by either the WMC or St. James Township, and this is supposed to be a joint operation.

Weather by Joe

September 4, 2018

While we are in Petoskey for some more medical appoiintments and tests today, the weather on the island isn't much different than here. The island weather station says that it is 63 degrees. The pressure is 30.08 with visibility of 8 miles. It is overcast at 500 feet/ The dewpoint is 62 degrees with a humidity of 98%. The rain gauges says we got just over an inch of rain.

Today: 90% of rain, but ending before noon with just 1/8 inch predicted. The high will be in the mid-70's with winds from the SSW at 10 to 20 miles per hour.

Tonight: Thunderstorms late with rain up to 1/4 inch. The expected low is in the high 60's with winds 5 to 10 mph from the SSW.

Tomorrow: Thunderstorms again with 100% chance of rain up to 1/3 inch total. Highs in the low 70's with winds switching to the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.


ingratiate--verb (in-GRAY-shee-ayt) to gain favor or favorable acceptance for by deliberate effort

17th-century English speakers combined the Latin noun gratia, meaning "grace" or "favor," with the English prefix in- to create the verb ingratiate. When you ingratiate yourself, you are putting yourself in someone's good graces to gain their approval or favor. English words related to ingratiate include gratis and gratuity. Both of these reflect something done or given as a favor through the good graces of the giver. (from Merriam Webster)


On this day in 1886, Apache chief Geronimo surrenders to U.S. government troops. For 30 years, the mighty Native American warrior had battled to protect his tribe’s homeland; however, by 1886 the Apaches were exhausted and hopelessly outnumbered. General Nelson Miles accepted Geronimo’s surrender, making him the last Indian warrior to formally give in to U.S. forces and signaling the end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest.

Geronimo was born in 1829 and grew up in what is present-day Arizona and Mexico. His tribe, the Chiricahua Apaches, clashed with non-Indian settlers trying to take their land. In 1858, Geronimo’s family was murdered by Mexicans. Seeking revenge, he later led raids against Mexican and American settlers. In 1874, the U.S. government moved Geronimo and his people from their land to a reservation in east-central Arizona. Conditions on the reservation were restrictive and harsh and Geronimo and some of his followers escaped. Over the next decade, they battled federal troops and launched raids on white settlements. During this time, Geronimo and his supporters were forced back onto the reservation several times. In May 1885, Geronimo and approximately 150 followers fled one last time. They were pursued into Mexico by 5,000 U.S. troops. In March 1886, General George Crook (1829–90) forced Geronimo to surrender; however, Geronimo quickly escaped and continued his raids. General Nelson Miles (1839–1925) then took over the pursuit of Geronimo, eventually forcing him to surrender that September near Fort Bowie along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Geronimo and a band of Apaches were sent to Florida and then Alabama, eventually ending up at the Comanche and Kiowa reservation near Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory. There, Geronimo became a successful farmer and converted to Christianity. He participated in President Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade in 1905. The Apache chief dictated his autobiography, published in 1906 as Geronimo’s Story of His Life. He died at Fort Sill on February 17, 1909. (from history.com)

(posted at 8:15 a.m.)

Labor Day Breakfast

This breakfast took place today, Labor Day, at the Holy Cross Hall with the workers from AMVETs Post 46 having some help from some of the BICS students. There were several students working off some of the volunteer hours that have become a requirement for graduation at the Beaver Island Community School. While the editor was over in Petoskey for medical reasons, Bob Tidmore took some pictures for sharing on News on the 'Net.

"Well today was quite a day for Post 46. It was our last breakfast of the year. KInda sad in a way. Lots of folks are packed up and heading home right now so that kids can be in school tomorrow. But thanks to all of you, those on the island and those heading home, Post 46 had a very successful breakfast. Those of you who have been following the Post this summer know that we had asked for volunteer help to man our breakfasts. You really came through for us this time.

First, thank you to all the wives, family members and friends of Post 46 for once again coming out to help. Next, we want to give a special call out to some students at the community school who came out to help as a part of their community service commitment to Beaver Island. Specifically, John Roberts, Jared Robert, Quinn Jones, Susie Meyer, and Zander Drost all put in several hours of steady work. Thanks to all of you for your effort. And thank you to our school superintendent and board for making the commitment to include Post 46 in the community service program."

Thank you to Susan Myers for sharing these photos of the BICS students working.

"A special thank you is also due to the members of the King Strang Hotel Club who passed the hat and delivered a donation to the Post.

In line for a thank you too are Lindy and Mike Burnich who happened to be visiting a Post member and who jumped in to man the serving line.

And of course thanks to Ed Palmer for providing music during the event.

When handing out thanks there is always the risk that someone will be forgotten who should have been mentioned. If we are guilty please forgive us. We are truly thankful for this community’s help and support. With that, we will stop for now with one last thank you to WBVI for getting us on the calendar and promoting our breakfasts.

See you next year. The money you all have donated will be put to good use in this community." (from beaverislandforum.com)

Jim Lata, Quartermaster
AMVETS Post 46

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 9/3/18

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project 36

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 9/3/18

Water Trail Trip on Paddle Board

One young man wanted to show that the paddle board could make the trip all the way around Beaver Island, using the Water Trail Dedication weekend to demonstrate the feat. Eric Stickler paddled all the way around the island yesterday, September 2, 2018. The paddle could be followed using a GPS tracking program showing his position at each point in time.

Here is the final GPS tracking of Eric Stickler's trip around the island.

The trip took Eric a little over eleven hours, which means he averaged close to four miles per hour on a paddle board. This is quite the amazing effort on Eric Stickler's part. The island is blessed to have this water trail, and the adventurers will have one more reason to come and visit the island. Now, can we possibly think about making this into a snowshoe trail for the winter for us old guys?

Eric out on his adventure.

He completed it!

Thank you to Carol Burton for the pictures!

View a video from the paddler's perspective HERE

Posted at 10:15 a.m., 9/3/18

Video link posted at 4 p.m. on 9/4/18

Weather by Joe

September 3, 2018

Right now it is overcast with only a slight breath of wind from the south. The temperature is 67 degrees with a humidity of 93% accourding to our weather station. The pressure is 30.07 with visibility of 7 seven miles.

Phyllis is still under the weather this morning, and we will be headed to the mainland for more tests, follow up appointments, and more stuff like that.

Today: Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected later today. Winds will be light and variable. The expected high will be in the mid to high seventies. Only a 10% chance of rain.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of a possible thundershower overnight. It will get down to the lower sixties tonight. The chance of rain is given as 90% with winds from the east southeast at 5 to 10 mph.

Tommorow: The forecast states 100% chance of rain. Thunderstorms are expected.

Word of the Day:

mentor noun (MEN-tor) a trusted counselor or guide, tutor, or coach

We acquired mentor from the literature of ancient Greece. In Homer's epic The Odyssey, Odysseus was away from home fighting and journeying for 20 years. During that time, Telemachus, the son he left as a babe in arms, grew up under the supervision of Mentor, an old and trusted friend. When the goddess Athena decided it was time to complete the education of young Telemachus, she visited him disguised as Mentor and they set out together to learn about his father. Today, we use the word mentor for anyone who is a positive, guiding influence in another (usually younger) person's life.

On this Day:

The American Revolution officially comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris on this day in 1783. The signing signified America’s status as a free nation, as Britain formally recognized the independence of its 13 former American colonies, and the boundaries of the new republic were agreed upon: Florida north to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic coast west to the Mississippi River.

The events leading up to the treaty stretched back to April 1775, on a common green in Lexington, Massachusetts, when American colonists answered King George III’s refusal to grant them political and economic reform with armed revolution. On July 4, 1776, more than a year after the first volleys of the war were fired, the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Five difficult years later, in October 1781, British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to American and French forces at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing to an end the last major battle of the Revolution.

In September 1782, Benjamin Franklin, along with John Adams and John Jay, began official peace negotiations with the British. The Continental Congress had originally named a five-person committee–including Franklin, Adams and Jay, along with Thomas Jefferson and Henry Laurens–to handle the talks. However, both Jefferson and Laurens missed the sessions–Jefferson had travel delays and Laurens had been captured by the British and was being held in the Tower of London. The U.S. delegation, which was distrustful of the French, opted to negotiate separately with the British.

During the talks Franklin demanded that Britain hand over Canada to the United States. This did not come to pass, but America did gain enough new territory south of the Canadian border to double its size. The United States also successfully negotiated for important fishing rights in Canadian waters and agreed, among other things, not to prevent British creditors from attempting to recover debts owed to them. Two months later, the key details had been hammered out and on November 30, 1782, the United States and Britain signed the preliminary articles of the treaty. France signed its own preliminary peace agreement with Britain on January 20, 1783, and then in September of that year, the final treaty was signed by all three nations and Spain. The Treaty of Paris was ratified by the Continental Congress on January 14, 1784.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Mass from Holy Cross

September 2, 2018

With all the activities this past weekend, it started to cause those present fifteen minutes before the service to wonder at the size of the congregation on this Sunday morning. As the time for the service came much closer, the church began to fill up, and some even came in a little late after the service began.

Jacque LaFreniere was the reader today. Father Jim Siler was the celebrant with Sophie McDonough the server. Since Tammy McDonough had done the grotto Mass, Pam O'Brien was responsible for the Sunday morning Mass.

Jacque LaFreniere did the readings..Father Jim read the Gospel.

Father Jim gave an interesting sermon and prepared for the Communion rite.

View video of the service HERE

Posted at 3 p.m., 9/2/18

Beaver Island Water Trail Dedication

Scheduled at 4 p.m. on September 1, 2018, the community was invited to the Water Trail Dedication. This took place at the BIC Center for the new Beaver Island Water Trail Dedication: snacks and LIVE MUSIC provided.

All were welcome to this historical event for Beaver Island.

More information can be viewed on the Michigan Watertrails Website here: http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=361

Paddling guides are also available for sale at the Ray Stanhope welcome area of the BIC Center!

View a small gallery of pictures of those participants HERE

View video of the Dedication HERE

Posted at 12:15 p.m., 9/2/18

Beaver Island Paddling Guide

Added at 12:30 p.m., 9/2/18

A Busy Saturday

There were a fairly large number of events going on this September 1, 2018, and it was impossible to attend them all. The Mass at the grotto and the Water Trail Dedication took place at the same time. Many thanks to Pam Grassmick for recording the video for the Water Trail Dedication while the editor live streamed and recorded the grotto service. Arranmore residents could have viewed the Grotto Mass if they had known about it because it could be viewed from anywhere in the free world with an Internet access..

Earlier in the day there were races beginning and ending at the public beach. Unfortunately, there was no communication from the sponsors about the beginning of each race to Beaver Island News on the 'Net, so there was no video and no picutres taken for the two races that began at 9 and 9:30 a.m. by BINN. The only pictures and video were taken of the 10 a.m. race by BINN. Although the link to a separate page was given for the registration, the times were not in the forum post.

September 1, 2018
Beaver Island, MI

9:00 A.M. – Half Marathon
9:30 A.M. – 10K
10:00 A.M. – 5K

So, BINN is making a request of those that would like to have their event covered. It's really a simple request. If you send the editor an email, every effort will be made to cover your event. It is literally impossible to cover things when there is no knowledge about the event taking place. There is no way to cover an event when the editor is off the island and can't find a videographer to cover it.

Communication with all the news services could help promote the island. If you don't know about something, you can can't possibly provide coverage of the event that you didn't know about. BINN covered those known events on Saturday with help from Pam Grassmick.

In addition to these mentioned events, there was also a wedding of Jeff Stewart and Rita Palmer taking place at the O'Donnell farm across the field from the grotto service. A busy Saturday indeed!

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 9/1/18

Beaver Island Run

Preparation for the 5K


The 5K start.

Added on 9/2/18 at 1:30 p.m.

Mass from the BI Arranmore Grotto

September 1, 2018

This service was live streamed at Beaver Island TV. The grotto is such a beautiful place, and is even more beautiful when the Holy Cross Church Mass takes place at this location. The only thing that would have made this service better would have been the wind speed. It was a little hard to hear with the wind blowing. The wind also blew the musicians music and their music stands as well with one being blown over. The music was provided by Tammy McDonough on guitar with the addition of a trumpet, a trombone, and a flute; as well as the beautiful voices from a few from the Holy Cross Choir and the singing by the attendees.

The service was well attended out at the grotto, which is very close to the Holy Cross Cemetary and the Four Corners.

Pre-service attendees, more came just before the service started.


Singing the entrance song......The musicians and singers in the choir

Audrey Biehlman did the reading.....Father Jim read the Gospel and gave the sermon

The prayers for all..........the gifts brought up

All in all a quite moving service at the Beaver Island Arranmore Grotto!

View video of the grotto mass HERE

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 9/1/18

Finance Commitee Meeting

St. James Township

Special Meeting Agenda for 9/4/18

Posted at 8/30/18, 7 p.m.

Financial Documents for St. James Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

08-01-18 through 08-30-18 Sewer Fund

08-01-08 through 08-30-18 Road Fund

08-01-18 through 08-30-18 Yacht Dock

08-01-18 to 08-30-18 General Fund

Posted at 8/30/18, 7 p.m.

Vern Hunt Subdivision

by Dick Burris

Vern Hunt Subdivision:

One of our primary subdivisions in Lapeer was the Hunt subdivision, I called him "Uncle Vern" although we weren't. related. He was a jolly guy, fun as a "barrel full of monkeys", and fun to work for.
On one of our basements we had an unpleasant experience. There was an out of state roughing crew working on the basement that we had previously laid block on. Across the street there was a very professional black crew roughing another house.

These white idiots started shouting rude, derogatory remarks at the crew across the road.

Perry; my son in law, one of the finest individuals I've ever known; was with me laying block on this basement, and all basements, for that matter. He was a person that wouldn't say s--t if he had a mouthful, and I knew he was as embarrassed, and disgusted as I was.

Finally I had all of this that I could tolerate, and marched next door and told the guys, "If that crew comes over here to kick your asses I'm gonna help them!"

That was the end of the heckling, and Perry and I went on working, without the aggravation of that problem. I always have found work is more pleasant without discord; and should be "fun".

Broken foot:

We were working on the "Hunt" subdivision. Perry and I had just laid all of the long walls of the basement, and started to lay block on a porch section of the front wall. The porch required a special scaffold, and we were using wooden planking. Running short on small planking, I chose a 2x4 to substitute in the scaffold.

We loaded the scaffold with block, and commenced to lay the upper walls. Suddenly the 2x4 broke. I had been on it, and landed on my feet; a block landed with the edge across the bridge of my foot; then six other blocks landed on that block. I told Perry that I thought my foot was broken, and went on to finish the block on the porch wall. We also plastered the outside of the basement; me walking on my heel to do it.

That night, was a little painful, so went to the doctor the next morning; and he set the bones, and put on a cast. He wouldn't put on a walking cast, so I decided to go to the island, as I couldn't work with a cast on.

There was a shipwreck chain to be quartered on the island, so out came the cutting torch, and I cut them into 60 foot lengths.

A few days later at the cabin, I was going across the porch on crutches, and fell into a pile of stainless pots.

That did it; I thought I may as well go back to work; as it would probably be safer if I did. I then devised a way to lay block with the cast on. I put on a knee pad, and used a cement block to rest my knee on, and could lay three blocks at a time from each position. Actually this worked fine, for was able to score around 600 block a day with this method.

This is the only injury that ever happened to me in all of these years, other than a chronic back problem .

Dick Burris in a cast

Posted at 3:45 p.m., 8/27/18

Brenna Green Wearn and Timothy Trevor Wearn Announce Birth

Ciaran Daniel was born at 1:35 a.m., this morning, August 27, 2018. Ciaran Daniel eighed in at 7lbs. 4oz, and was 21.5 inches in length..

Mom and baby are doing well.



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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Another Hummer Attempt

Caught the wings extended.

First of all, hearing hummingbirds is easy. Moving a camera up and getting a picture of one isn't. The setting for the shutter was 1/500 second, but, in order to get this picture on this rainy and cloudy day, the ISO had to be at maximim setting, so the pictures are a little grainy. The editor is happy that the time taken to wait for these was worthwhile.

Fascinating Hummers caught feeding

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 8/27/18

Fox Lake Trip

A trip to Fox Lake to check on the loons was met by exactly the opposite as the last trip. Loons could be heard, but were obviously way on the other side of the lake. Loon calls were not heard on the first trip out there where some great pictures were taken. This time, the loon call caught the editor in the position of stepping under branches and over roots, and a trip with a sideway roll over and almost to the water's edge took place. The trip out had not found any blackberries ripe, and this tripping and falling was the last straw. It was time to head back toward town for a burger and shake from Daddy Franks.

Here are a couple of pictures taken before leaving.

Lots of frogs

Water bugs

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 8/27/18

A Shortfall May Delay Dental Service on the Island

It has been reported on the forum that the Beaver Island Rural Health Center has a shortfall in the funding for the equipment needed to set up the dental office at their location.  It has been mentioned that there may be a grant available to help cover these costs.
However, this grant funding may delay the island getting the dental service up and running in 2018 and move it up for some unknown period of time.  To counter this, Ken Taylor has begun a challenge grant opportunity.
If the island can raise $7500, Ken Taylor will match that amount with $15,000, but no match for anything under $7500.  This would possibly get the equipment up and operating much sooner than waiting for the grant process.
Ken has posted on the forum that the donation checks should be written to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, but mailed to St. James Township.  It is suggested that the memo line include that the donation is for dental equipment.  St. James Township will collect the money. 
The BIRHC board has not met to discuss this offer, but there will be a meeting on September 15, 2018, where dental care will be discussed.  There have been no comments made publicly by the BIRHC as of today, September 1, 2018.   

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 9/1/18

Hundreds Protest Line Five

MACKINAW CITY, MI—A water protest today against Enbridge Line 5 drew nearly 300 people to the Mackinac Straits, many navigating canoes and kayaks along the Mackinac Bridge and carrying colorful banners, chanting “shut down Line 5.” 

Speaking at a press conference following the large protest flotilla, Michigan tribal leaders, political candidates and elected officials, called on Gov. Snyder and other elected officials to decommission Line 5, with one lawmaker noting this is the fourth year protesters have taken to the water in support of shutting down the 65-year-old pipeline.  

“Every year we join here together to call for the decommissioning of Line 5,” said State Rep. Yousef Rabhi(D-Ann Arbor).  “Well, enough is enough.”

“This is going to spill, it’s imminent,” said Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  “A spill would decimate the whitefish herd and people have been fishing in this community since the time Jesus Christ walked the earth.” 

Payment was sharply critical of Gov. Snyder:  “The same governor who allowed those children in Flint to be poisoned has been derelict on the Line 5 issue.”

Fred Harrington, tribal counsel for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa, noted that Line 5 doesn’t just pose a threat to the Mackinac Straits but crosses many Michigan rivers and other waterways.

Harrington expressed disappointment that political leaders have failed to act on Line 5, saying the “people that matter just don’t listen.”

Posted at 2 pm, 9/1/18

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

Wildflowers Out and About

Some of these were at Gull Harbor and some were at Barney's Lake.

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 8/31/18

Beaver Island Flag at Veteran's Memorial

The wind put the flag out to be able to see it flying there.

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 8/31/18

Young Loon at Fox Lake

The young loon that has been photographed previously had been being fed by the adult loons, the last trip down to the lake. Today, August 31, 2018, the young loon in the previous photos is now on his own to feed himself. This young loon still has some fuzz, but is approaching the loss of the fuzz and taking on the loon feathers and colors that we are all familiar with. The young loon does not have fear of the photographer at this point or these photos would not have been able to be taken.

A trio of young people were on the dock, just east of the public launch area, and they were told about the approaching young loon. It is assumed that they were on that dock doing some fishing, but warning them was necessary so they wouldn't scare the young loon.

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 8/31/18

Video Report for August 2018

There were 431 unique IP addresses that viewed videos from Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV. They view 2066 videos using 65.1 GB. 349 unique IP addresses viewed the current recorded video, and 1947 videos viewed, using 55.4GB of bandwidth. Thirty-nine unique IPs viewed 49 total older clips. Forty-six unique IP addresses viewed 70 live streams.

Plans are moving forward to stream recorded video on the Beaver Island TV website. We are currently looking for some supporters to help us finance this effort. There are quite a few events that could be made available for later viewing on Beaver Island TV, even if you are not a subscriber to Beaver Island News on the 'Net. We are also looking at the possibility of doing some issues of a print version. The options are endless, but the project must at least pay for itself.

So far this year, the totals for the eight months of this year included 2723 unique IP addresses, viewing 17,365 individual video clips, using 936 GB of bandwidth. Nine hundred fifteen unique IP addresses viewed the live streamed video, viewing a total of 1761 live streams.

It's been a very busy year, and BINN is looking for videographers to help out, in addition to the need for advertisers..

BTM Episode 174: Why you need to visit Beaver Island, Michigan

Listen to the audio HERE

Posted at 8/31/18, 1:00 p.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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