B. I. News on the 'Net, September 5-18, 2016

Planned Takeover of EMS

An Editorial by Joe Moore

A secret meeting and distorted inaccurate statistics form the basis of a planned take -over of BIEMS by the BIRHC.

Who was present at the secret meeting? Bill McDonough; Dr. John Martin as moderator; Lynn Jenks, CEO of Charlevoix Hospital; Rod Nelson and Karen Cheeseman of Mackinac Stratits Health Systems of St. Ignace; Connie Wojan, BIRHC Board; Denny Cook, BIRHC Board; Donna Kubic, manager of BIRHC: Susan Solle, FNP of BIRHC; Carolyn Space, FNP Provider of BIRHC; Bill Kohls, Peaine Township Supervisor and Chair of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority; Gerald LaFreniere, EMT, from BIEMS; Angel Welke, President of Island Airways, the BIEMS licensed Air Transport aircraft owner.

Missing from this meeting are EMS providers and the EMS Executive Director Kevin White, who stated that he wasn't made aware of the meeting. Also missing from this meeting was any representative from the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority.


Inaccurate statistics have been used once before by the rural health center manager.  New on the ‘Net is not sure where the manager got the statistics this time from, but they are not only inaccurate they are distorted and an out-and-out falsehood. 


“95% of the time, BIEMS transports 911 patients to the BIRHC treatment rooms for evaluation and stabilization before evacuation.”  It’s not 95, not 85, not 75, not 50, and not even 25 percent of 911 patients get transported to the medical center. 


“As a matter of fact,” Joe Moore, an EMS provider on Beaver Island for thirty years, stated, “we have been told by the Charlevoix Medical Control Authority, the agency in charge of all emergency patients in Charlevoix County, to not transport patients to the medical center, period, because they are not a licensed hospital.  While we have to comply with patient wishes, less than 11% percent of 911 patients with EMS responses went to the medical center for 2015 and 2016 although another ten percent may have originated with the medical center.   I should know since I transported almost 80 percent of the patients in 2015.  We transport patients to the medical center location when patient and family request it, or when the paramedic has determined that the situation is not a serious emergency needing further transport.  By law, the paramedic, following the laws of the State of Michigan, the administrative rules for that law, and the protocols of the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority, has the responsibility and the authority to advocate for the emergency patient.  This has never been delegated to the BIRHC manager or provider in any written document ever.”


Let’s see here, the medical center manager doesn’t know the difference between BLS and ALS with inaccurate statistics presented in a mailed-out report to all post office box holders in 2015, and now the manager is inflating 11% of 911 dispatches to 95% when the person that was paged to those emergencies isn’t consulted at all, nor is the director of EMS.  Doesn’t this seem just a little fishy?


Another reason given by the medical center manager for combining the two, and making BIEMS a part of BIRHC, is “Availability of care providers for direction on patient care.”  This demonstrates the ignorance of those involved in this take-over.  First of all, if Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority (CCMCA) won’t allow patients to be transported to an unlicensed facility, why would they allow the provider at the BIRHC to direct emergency pre-hospital care? Second of all, the providers at the BIRHC have no authority over the emergency pre-hospital treatment of patients nor the determination of transport mode nor destination.  The law, the rules, and protocols demand and are written to provide the treatments accepted outside a licensed hospital.  These protocols are established by the CCMCA and are consistent with the protocols adopted for all pre-hospital patients in the State of Michigan.  A licensed physician in a licensed facility can provide written treatments for patient transfer from one physician to another Even a licensed physician in an unlicensed facility cannot order deviation from these CCMCA protocols unless granted this authority from the medical control physician and only if willing to accompany the patient all the way to the hospital.


The simple facts are that a licensed physician or a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner may not take charge of any patient outside of a licensed facility without the medical control physician granting them the authority and the responsibility for that patient, AND, once granted, that physician or FNP must accompany that patient all the way to the hospital to turn the patient over to a licensed physician in a licensed facility.


These two reasons should be enough to slow down the process of the somewhat hostile take-over of the local EMS by the BIRHC. 

Mass from Holy Cross Excerpts

September 18, 2016, with Father John Paul and Reader Jacque LaFreniere

The excerpts can be viewed HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 18, 2016

It's 63° outside this morning, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 9 mph from the west, humidity is at 92%, pressure is falling from 1014 mb, visibility is 9.1 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.1, top allergens are ragweed, chenopods, and nettle. Today: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. South winds at 10 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of September 18, 1769 - It was reported, by the Boston Gazette, that the first piano had been built in North America. The instrument was named the spinet and was made by John Harris.

Did you know that the shell is 12% of an eggs weight?

Word of the day: stentorian (sten-TAWR-ee-uh n) which means very loud or powerful in sound; a stentorian voice. Stentorian comes from the name Stentor, a warrior in Greek mythology who, in Homer's Iliad, is said to have a voice as powerful as fifty men. It entered English around 1600.

The 52 Lists Project, #38

by Cindy Ricksgers

A Windy Day at Gull Harbor

 

Barney's Lake Quiet

 

The Turkey Whisperer

 

Dragonfly

 

Chicken of the Woods? No!

Pom Pom mushroom, Lion's Mane Mushroom, Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Hedgehog Mushroom, Satyr's Beard, Bearded Hedgehog Mushroom, Chandelier Fungus, Bear's Head Tooth or Bearded Tooth Fungus

Unknown Diving Bird

Historical Society Seeks Board Member

The Beaver Island Historical Society seeks to fill one seat on it Board of Trustees.  The BIHS board typically meets 10 times per year to ensure the smooth running of its museums and programs.  Interested candidates must be BIHS members; if you aren't already a member, this can easily be accomplished by going to our website www.beaverislandhistory.org or emailing bihistory@tds.net.   Persons interested in becoming a BIHS board trustee should email a brief message explaining their interest and desire to serve by October 10, 2016 to bihistory@tds.net. The appointment will be made at the October 20, 2016, BIHS meeting.  The selected trustee will serve until the Society's Annual Meeting on August 17, 2017 at which time they may seek reelection.

Riding on Cardboard

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 17, 2016

It's 64° outside this morning, mostly cloudy, wind is at 7 mph from the SW, humidity is at 97%, pressure is falling from 1014 mb, visibility is 9.2 miles, pollen levels are low at 1.4, top allergens are ragweed, chenopods, and nettle. Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of showers is 40%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around 60°. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of September 17, 1930 - Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV.

Did you know that Japan is the largest exporter of frog legs?

Word of the day: zymurgy (ZAHY-mur-jee) the branch of applied chemistry dealing with fermentation, as in winemaking, brewing, the preparation of yeast, etc. Zymurgy can be traced to the Greek term zȳ́mē meaning "leaven." It entered English in the mid-1800s.

The Good Stuff

by Cindy Ricksgers

Progress on Squaw Island Lighthouse

September 16, 2016

As reported on facebook, the crew over on Squaw Island working on the lighthouse has been busy although sometimes slowed due to the rain. One side of the roof of the house is completed, and the other is ready for shingles. Other work is obvious on the porch and the steps. Great job, guys! (Pictures are courtesy of Brian Cole)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 16, 2016

It's 61° this morning, clear skies, wind is at 6 mph from the SE, humidity is at 85%, pressure is falling from 1020 mb, visibility is 9.9 miles, pollen levels are medium at 5.2, top allergens are ragweed, chenopods, and nettle. Today: Mostly sunny in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. MARINE REPORT South wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots. Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

Did you know that your foot is the most common body part bitten by insects?

Word of the day: overweening (OH-ver-WEE-ning) which means 1) presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud. 2) exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant. Overweening is formed from the verb overween meaning "to be conceited or arrogant." The older verb ween means "to think; suppose" or "to expect, hope, or intend." Overweening entered English in the mid-1300s.

Facts

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Facts
I gave twelve months notice and then worked an additional sixteen months beyond the year’s notice.  I participated in training and educating all of current EMS responders on the island other than the paramedics.  I have taught EMS classes on Beaver Island since 1989 after taking my EMT class beginning in 1986, which makes me involved in emergency medicine and emergency medical services on Beaver Island for thirty years.  I was director for BIEMS for more than fifteen years.  I have been teaching the medical legal portion of MFR and EMT classes since becoming a licensed State of Michigan instructor coordinator in 1989.


I participated in the improvements of local emergency care from the Basic Life Support level in 1987 up through the limited advanced life support level in 1989, and then through the advanced life support level established in 2000.  I have done the development of initial education classes from medical first responder level to include Basic EMT and  EMT-Specialist, through the paramedic level.


I have been an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor and Basic Life Support instructor with the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.  I have taught BLS and ACLS to doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and others at Marshall Hospital, Charlevoix Hospital, and in Kellogg Community College programs since 2000.  I have been an Advanced Stroke Life Support instructor since its introduction in Michigan.  I have taught the ASLS class for Northern Michigan Hospital and for BIEMS.  I have been a Pediatric Emergencies for Pre-Hospital Providers and an AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support instructor for many years.


I helped develop the special protocols for EMTs and EMT-Specialists in Charlevoix County, and, before the State of Michigan decided to standardize the protocols throughout the state, I had written and presented the protocols for Charlevoix Medical Control Authority for approval for the entire county.


I have been involved in the EMS education standards requirements for Michigan EMS Instructor Coordinators, and truly have made motions regarding these standards in the regional meetings that ended up getting to the EMS Coordinating Committee for action.  I made two presentations on the need for the locally licensed air transport operations on Beaver Island prior to its licensing, one on Beaver Island and one in Marquette, Michigan, at the UPEMS Conference.


I have researched the time issue with the American Heart Association in their BLS, ACLS and PALS programs as well as their Experienced Providers program; with University of Miami Advanced Stroke program, with International Trauma Life Support in this trauma program, with six EMT textbooks, six MFR/EMR textbooks, and in Advanced EMT and paramedic textbooks; and the National Association of EMTs as well as the National Association of Emergency Physicians.  I have made reports on all of these issues related to the necessity to get emergency patients to definitive care hospitals in the shortest possible time period.


Repeating some of these will help us to understand the reasons behind moving patients to definitive care settings as quickly as possible is important.


“Time is Muscle”  when a person has chest pain or possible heart attack.  “Time is Brain” when a person has stroke symptoms.  “Time is Tissue” in any trauma.  Time to definitive care is the MOST important aspect along with excellent pre-hospital assessment, treatment, and transport at the Advanced Life Support level.


Further Facts
Percentages of ambulance runs and flights by Joe Moore for the last eight years


Year

Percent

2009

17

2010

20

2011

38

2012

54

2013

69

2014

79

2015
 First ½ of 2016

37
59

Joe Moore has completed just less than 50% of all ambulance runs and flights in the last 7 ½ years from January 1, 2009, to July 1, 2016.  Joe Moore has had an EMT license since 1987, EMT-S license since 1989, IC license since 1989, and paramedic license since 2000.  Joe is not only certified in AHA BLS, AHA ACLS, AHA PALS, ASLS, PEPP, and  ITLS, he is currently certified as an instructor in all except ITLS and is a NAEMT Instructor for “Stop the Bleeding.”  Joe Moore was director of EMS for BIEMS for more than fifteen years.


Ambulance runs by medical center manager are less than 5%.   Medical center manager has received an EMT license in 2005; and RN license in 1995.  Medical center manager is certified in AHA BLS and AHA ACLS.  Medical center manager dropped out of the paramedic class ending in 2006-7.


Who is being consulted about the future of Beaver Island EMS?  The manager of the rural health center.


How many questions have been asked of the most experienced person in this field who has worked on the island doing EMS for thirty years?  Not one single question.


Who has been invited to meetings and has been consulted by phone?  The manager of the rural health center.


Who has not received one single phone call from the chair of the BIESA?  I bet you can guess.

El Hagerman Passes Away

This wonderful and caring lady has passed away. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial for El Hagerman at their home on October 2nd from 2:00 til 4:00 p.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 15, 2016

Right now it's 60° outside, mostly clear skies, wind is at 4 mph from the SW, pressure is at 30.28 in. humidity is 75%, visibility is 9 miles, sunset will be at 7:53 p.m., (just for giggles - in the past 30 years, it rained 22 out of 30 times on this day), pollen level for today is medium at 5.3, top allergens are ragweed, nettle and chenopods. Today: Plenty of sunshine. Highs around 70°. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear skies. Low of 58°. Winds light and variable. MARINE REPORT Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of September 15, 1940 - The German Luftwaffe suffered the loss of 185 planes in the Battle of Britain. The change in tide forced Hitler to abandon his plans for invading Britain.

Did you know that India has over 50 million monkeys?

Word of the day: eponym (EP-uh-nim) which means a person, real or imaginary, fro whom something, as a tribe, nation, or place, takes or is said to take its name: Brut, the supposed grandson of Aeneas, is the eponym of the Britons. Eponym is a back formation from the adjective eponymous, which, in turn, can be traced to the Greek terms epí meaning "upon," and ónyma, a dialectal variant of ónoma meaning "name." It entered English in the mid-1800s.

Timeout for Art: Line

by Cindy Ricksgers

Peaine Township Meeting

September 14, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

Special BIESA Meeting Scheduled

10 a.m., September 15, 2016

Sandhills on Sloptown Road

 

Eagle at Gull Harbor

 

Turtle on Darkey Town Road

This snapping turtle was just busy crossing the roadway, but might have gotten run over by a passing motorist, so the road was blocked for about a minute while it crossed.

House Fire on the Island

At 11:16 p.m. last night, September 13, 2016, the Beaver Island Fire Department was called to 27496 Island Woods Road for a house on fire. The fire department and EMS responded to this residence to find a home engulfed in flames. It is rumored that the resident had taken the dog for a walk and had returned to find the house on fire. The home is across the street from the Dave Adams residence.

Residence before the fire

View pictures of the residence after the fire taken 9/14/16 HERE

View a video walk-around of the residence taken on 9/14/16 HERE

The Bad Stuff

by Cindy Ricksgers

AMVETs News

Last night AMVETS Post 46 awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Lillian Wiser and $600 scholarships to Erin Boyle, Samantha Kuligoski, Hannah Roberts, and Stryder Crosswhite.

The Post wants to thank all those who supported our fundraisers, which allow us to provide these scholarships, support Beaver Island veterans and maintain the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 14, 2016

It's 55° this morning, clear skies, (which is good since I have an 8 am flight), wind is at 7 mph from the NE, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, visibility is 9.8 miles, pollen levels are medium at 5.8, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Light winds. MARINE REPORT: Today: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of September 14, 1999 - Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.

Did you know that giraffes has the highest blood pressure of any animal?

Word of the day: longanimity (long-guh-NIM-i-tee) which means patient endurance of hardship, injuries, or offense; forbearance. Longanimity finds its roots in the Latin terms longus meaning "long" and animus meaning "spirit." It entered English in the 1400s.

BICS Board Meeting

September 12, 2016

Editor Joe Moore has been working on the first video clip of this meeting most of the day trying to fix the corrupted file. The first video clip with almost 330 MB of video is so corrupted that the purchase of six separate programs, promising to fix the corruption, was total waste, and the video of this meeting's beginning will forever be lost in cyberland.

"In other words," Joe said, "I give up."

8/8/16 Minutes..............8/23/16 Special Meeting Minutes

Agenda for 9/12/16 ................................Public Packet for 9/12/16

The rest of the video of the video for the meeting is availalble for viewing HERE

Obituary for Trudy Works

Gertrude “Trudy” Elizabeth (Zerbs )Works, aged 87, passed away peacefully with her son John by her side September 6, 2016 at her long-time summer home and most favorite place in the world, Beaver Island, Michigan.  
Trudy was born May 13, 1929, in Salem, Ohio to her parents Victor and Gunda (Berninger) Zerbs.  She attended Salem High School, and graduated from Sullins College, Bristol, Va., in 1947.  Trudy then received a B.A. from Bard College (1951) and subsequent Management Training Certification from Radcliffe (Harvard) College in 1952.  She taught at the Brown-Hathaway school in Cleveland, Ohio, before she married the love of her life, John W. Works, also from Salem, in 1955. 

She is survived by three children: E. Gabriel Works (John O’Connor) of Grand Rapids; John W. Works, Jr. (Carolyn) of Beaver Island; and James B. Works (Denise) of Stow, Ohio.  She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Michael and Matthew Works of Stow, and Margaret Works of Beaver Island, as well as many nieces and nephews. Trudy’s sister-in-law Ruth Zerbs also survives her and still resides in Salem, Ohio.

Trudy was predeceased by her husband, John, in 2007, and her daughter Margaret (“Meg”) in 1983.  Also preceding her in death were her parents, her sister Ada Frye and her brother Victor Zerbs.

A memorial service is planned for June 2017 on Beaver Island. Memorial gifts honoring Trudy’s life can be made to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center through the Charlevoix Area Community Foundation or directly to the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary.

Please visit Trudy's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

Tuesday: Exercises in Writing #15

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 13, 2016

It's 69° outside this morning, overcast skies, wind is at 12 mph with gusts to 19 mph from the SSW, humidity is at 80%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, visibility is 9.8 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods.Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then numerous rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 70. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then a slight chanceof rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Until 11 AM EDT This Morning Today: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to 25 knots becoming northwest 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

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

Did you know that the most common time for a wake up call is 7:00 am?

Word of the day: chimerical (ki-MER-i-kuh l) which means 1) wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic. 2) unreal; imaginary. Chimerical is formed from Chimera, the name of a fire-breathing creature from Greek mythology that is part goat, part lion, and part serpent. The Greek term chímaira means "she-goat." Chimerical entered English in the 1630s.

Layton's Turtles

Earlier in the summer of 2016, editor Joe Moore was coming from the township airport down Paid Een Ogs Road, and when he reached the Kings Highway, he saw a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road with two young ladies looking down at the ground. One of these young ladies was Layton White. She had been videoing and taking pictures of the snapping turtles as they dug holes in the ground to lay their eggs. After asking them if they had a car issues or other problems, the editor of News on the 'Net asked if Layton would share her video and pictures with our subscribers. Layton agreed to share them, and they can be found:

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Snapping Turtle Laying Eggs by Layton White

 

This is old news, but editor Joe Moore has been checking the spots where these turtles laid the eggs very consistently, and so far none of those locations show any action or movement that any turtles have hatched yet. On September 10, 2016, BINN put a trail camera on the site of one of these turtle egg holes with the hope that it might be possible to video or photograph the hatch of some of the eggs. The site is marked with a sign, and we ask that no one disturb the site, and nor remove the trailcam that is there to record the hatch if and when it occurs.

Hatchlings will emerge from their soft shells 55 to 125 days after the mama snapping turtle lays the eggs. The time to hatching is longest in the northern part of the snapping turtle's range. Generally, incubation takes from 75 to 95 days, and hatchings emerge between August and October. Since these eggs were placed in the gravel along Kings Highway in June on the fifteenth, the hatch could take place sometime in the next four weeks or so.

B. I. Food Pantry

CCSD News Release

Accident on Beaver Island

On September 9, 2016 at approximately 3:51 p.m., the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island was dispatched to the area of Forest Ave near King’s Highway for a person who backed over by a golf cart.

The driver of the golf cart, 71 year old Ron Stipp of Beaver Island, backed over 76 year old Suzie Fisher, also of Beaver Island, just after she exited the golf cart.  The golf cart was rolling downhill when Stipp put his vehicle in reverse, not seeing Fisher and knocking her over. 

Fisher suffered injuries to her neck, back, and ankle.  She was transported to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey for her injuries.

(BIEMS provided ALS ground ambulance transport and air transport using its licensed ALS air transport vehicle.)

Speed and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

Squaw Island Project

Beaver Island can sometimes be a place where little information gets out to the general population. Many drove by the St. James Marine dock and viewed a barge full of equipment and materials, not the big barge, but the smaller barge. Then, one day, the barge is gone. No one was talking publicly about where the barge was going, and nothing was posted until a couple of days later, when an email came from Dick Burris, who had captured the reason of the barge trip and the destination-----Squaw Island.

Barge getting ready to unload...Squaw Island is having a lighthouse rejuvenation project. The heavy equipment was offloaded first.

These operators are really skilled.
There were like 20+ pieces of machinery, tools, and supply's: everything went just like clockwork.

Last thing off; "I got there at 12:30, and by 2:30 It was completely unloaded and I was on my way back to Beaver Island," said Dick Burris.

Picture of the camp on Squaw Island for the workers. Thank you, Brian Cole!

The purpose was to replace the roof on the Squaw Island Lighthouse and outbuilding(s).

The lighthouse is still for sale, but is currently owned by Tom Child's family.

View some pictures from the air HERE

9/11 Walk

Levi Connor, McCauley Connaghan, Trace Butler, and Jordan Marsh decided it was important to DO SOMETHING in memory of those lost on 9/11/01. Some in this group, dressed in fire gear, walked 3.43 miles in honor of the 343 fallen first responders on 9/11/2001. These young people show us that they have not lost honor and respect. Thank you for your honest and symbolic efforts to remember those first responders who gave it all!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 12, 2016

It's 66° outside this morning, wind is at 13 mph from the SW with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1017 mb, visibility is 9.8 miles, pollen levels are medium-high at 7.3, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through Late Tonight Today: SW wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet. Tonight: SW wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of September 12, 1954 - "Lassie" made its television debut on CBS. The last show aired on September 12, 1971.

Did you know that there are 7 points on the Statue of Liberty's crown representing the seven seas?

Word of the day: eutaxy (YOO-tak-see, yoo-TAK-see) which means good order or management. Eutaxy can be traced to the Greek adjective eútaktos meaning "well arranged." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Asleep, Awake

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

September 11, 2016

Mass today was with Father Peter. You can view excerpts of this service HERE.

The 52 Lists Project, #37

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

September 11, 2016

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 11, 2016

A somber for America today as we remember. It's rather hard to believe that now there are teens, at age 15, who don't remember.

Right now I'm showing 58°, clear skies, wind at 9 mph from the SW with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, a hair over 1 1/4 inches of rain for yesterday and last night, pollen levels are medium-high at 7.4, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. SW winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 40 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT Today: NW wind 10 to 15 knots becoming SW. Gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: SW wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

On this date of September 11, over 3,000 people were killed by militants who were part of the extremist group al-Qaeda when they hijacked, and crashed, four airlines into the towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

Did you know that emus can't walk backwards?

Word of the day: dabster (DAB-ster) which means 1) an expert. 2) a person who works in a superficial or clumsy manner; dabbler. Dabster is a variation on dab (sometimes dab hand) meaning "a person skilled in something; an expert." It entered English in the early 1700s.

Holy Cross Altar Society Raffle

of Lois Stipp Painting

The Holy Cross Altar Society will be raffling off another BEAUTIFUL painting by Lois Stipp. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. If you would like to purchase tickets to help support the Altar Society (who raise needed funds to purchase supplies for the Altar as well as provide for all of the Funeral Luncheons for Holy Cross) you may purchase tickets after any of the weekend masses, at either of the Beaver Island Gallery locations or by sending a check to the Holy Cross Altar Society, PO Box 145 Beaver Island, MI 49782 earmarked for the raffle. Thank you for your continued support of the Holy Cross Altar Society and a HUGE thank you to Lois Stipp for this beautiful painting!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 10, 2016

Well, it's looking to be a liquid sunshine sort of day. Right now it's 68°, overcast, lightly raining, wind is at 8 mph from the SE, humidity is at 93% (seems to me it should read 100% if it's raining, but oh well), pressure is falling from 1008 mb, visibility is 5 miles, pollen levels are low at 1.7, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. There is a Beach Hazard Statement from the National Weather Service now through September 11 at 5:00 a.m. This means life threatening waves and currents are expected. Today: Cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms and isolated rain showers in the morning, then numerous rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 70. South winds 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph shifting to the NW with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon. 70% chance of rain. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Chance of showers 50%. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect From 10 AM EDT This Morning Through Sunday Morning Today: South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 15 to 20 knots in the late morning then becoming northwest 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots in the afternoon. Numerous showers. Waves 2 feet or less building to 4 to 6 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Isolated showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

On this date of September 10, 1955 - "Gunsmoke" premiered on CBS.

Did you know that avocados have the most calories of any other fruit?

Word of the day: pulverulent (puhl-VER-yuh-luh nt) which means 1) covered with dust or powder 2) consisting of dust or fine powder 3) crumbling to dust or powder. Pulverulent finds its roots in the Latin word pulvis meaning "dust." It entered English in the mid-1600s.

Running on Empty

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Meeting and Minutes

August 9, 2016 Minutes

September 13, 2016 Agenda

Bite and Boodle Poster

October 1st

Club Works to Enhance Beaver Island Resources

from the Michigan Outdoor News, August 12, 2016

(This is the a wonderful article about the Beaver Island Wildlife Club.)

Thanks to Steve West for sending this and thanks to the editor, Bill Parker, of Michigan Outdoor News for permission to post it.

Gull Harbor Birds

September 8, 2016

Turkey vultures and Eagles

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 9, 2016

It's 57° this morning, clear skies, wind is at 3 mph from the SW, humidity is at 97% (a bit muggy), pressure is steady at 1014 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are medium-high at 7.9, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation is 50%. MARINE REPORT West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of September 9, 1776 - The second Continental Congress officially made the term "United States", replacing the previous term "United Colonies."

Did you know that the Battle of Marathon took place between the invading Persian army and the Athenian Army. The marathon race was derived from the events that occurred surrounding this battle.

Word of the day: lucida (LOO-si-duh) which means the brightest star in a constellation. Lucida is from the full phrase in Latin stella lūcida meaning "bright star." Lucida can be traced to the Latin verb lūcēre meaning "to shine," which itself comes from lux, a noun meaning "light." Lucida entered English in the 1700s.

End of Summer

by Cindy Ricksgers

Ryan Wellman Flyover

1902 on 09/08/15

 

Coming in the mouth of the harbor

Headed toward the Mackinaw Bridge

From a different perspective:

The BIBCO dock

Thanks to Pam Moxham for the last two pictures!

St. James Township Board Meeting

September 7, 2016

The meeting began normally with on exception. The township supervisor was not present, but the other four board members were. Rick Speck was the moderator for the meeting. The minutes and the bills for payment were approved. There was a lengthy discussion of the sewer system including the Gillespie lawsuit, billing and collection. It was announced that the Planning Commission had a vacancy, a meeting arranged with the insurance agent, and a library board member was appointed. The tax rate request and millage was discussed. Eight community members attended the meeting.

View video of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 8, 2016

Mostly cloudy skies over the island, 68°, wind is at 2 mph from the SW, humidity is at 98% (very muggy), pressure is steady at 1008 mb, visibility is 6.9 miles, pollen levels are low at 2.3, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Scattered rain showers and patchy drizzle in the morning, then isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 mph shifting to the west with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of showers 30%. Tonight; Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. MARINE REPORT Today: Light winds becoming southwest 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the morning. Scattered showers. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: West winds 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of September 8, 1565 - A Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, FL.

Did you know that it took Leonardo Da Vinci 10 years to paint Mona Lisa?

Word of the day: phalanx (FEY-langks, FAL-angks) which means a number of individuals, especially persons united for a common purpose. Phalanx can be traced to the Greek word phálanx meaning "military formation; bone of finger or toe; wooden roller." It entered English in the mid-1500s.

Timeout for Art: Clay

by Cindy Ricksgers

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department News Release

RE:      Telephone Scam

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider would like to once again warn citizens of a telephone scam circulating our county where the caller portrays a grandchild in trouble and needing a cash  bond.

We have had two separate victims who sent large amount of funds or gift cards to pay for the bogus bond. The fraudulent callers know how to upset citizens, especially senior citizens, with emergency situations or embarrassing situations such as accidents, arrests,etc. After they have played on the citizen's emotions, the caller will advise the amount of money it will take to help the family member, grandchild, etc.

Please, do not give out a ny personal information over the telephone. Do not send funds of any kind without checking with your loca l law enforcement.

W.D. (Don) Schneider Sheriff

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 7, 2016

It's 68°, mostly cloudy skies, wind at 2 mph from the NE, humidity is at 99% so it's very muggy, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, visibility is 4.1 miles, pollen levels are medium at 5.3, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Scattered rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight: Periods of rain showers and numerous thunderstorms in the evening, then periods of rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the evening. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the south after midnight. MARINE REPORT Today: North wind 5 to 10 knots becoming NE in the afternoon. Areas of fog early in the morning. Patchy fog in the afternoon. Scattered showers early in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then numerous showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Periods of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of September 7, 1813 - The nickname "Uncle Sam" was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States. The reference appeared in an editorial in the New York's Troy Post.

Did you know that you use 72 different muscles while speaking?

Word of the day: corybantic (kawr-uh-BAN-tik) which means frenzied; agitated; unrestrained. Corybantic derives from Corybant, the name for an ancient Phrygian priest of Cybele or any of the spirits or secondary divinities attending Cybele with wild music and dancing. It entered English in the mid-1600s.

One Week Into September

by Cindy Ricksgers

RESILIENT BEAVER ISLAND PROJECT INFORMATION

Share your vision for the future of Beaver Island!

Innovative master planning effort will work to strengthen Beaver Island against future shocks and stresses, beginning with a public kickoff meeting on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the Beaver Island Community Center.

 BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. – August 24, 2016 – Communities on Lake Michigan’s largest island are working together to plan for future changes and challenges in a groundbreaking master planning project called Resilient Beaver Island, beginning with a public kickoff meeting on Wednesday, August 31,2016, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center, 26215 Main Street.

 At 54 square miles, Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan, located about 30 miles offshore from the City of Charlevoix in northwest Lower Michigan. The island’s rich history includes Native American and European settlers and industries such as fishing and logging. Today, it is a popular tourist destination.

 The purpose of the Resilient Beaver Island project is to engage the residents of Peaine Township and St. James Township in the development of a new joint master plan for the two island jurisdictions. Much like a blueprint, a master plan serves as the public’s guide for the development of a community and the management of its resources. Although portions of the current joint master plan have been updated throughout the years, the last comprehensive update to the master plan was completed several years ago.

 “Resilience” is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and/or recover from adverse situations. Communities that are resilient are able to learn from adversity and adopt quickly to change, both of which are hallmarks of successful communities today. The Resilient Beaver Island planning process will address a wide range of concerns such as natural resource preservation, efforts to build the local economy, and ways to manage the impacts of climate variability.

 Most of the resources for the Resilient Beaver Island effort are being provided through the Traverse City-based nonprofit Land Information Access Association (LIAA), which is also managing the project. Most of the project costs will be covered by a grant provided to LIAA by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality.

 According to Harry Burkholder, LIAA’s executive director, the project will help Beaver Island plan with an eye toward buffering the greater community against damaging forces that can cause long-term economic and human hardships.

 “Community planning processes lay the groundwork for transportation improvements, economic development programs, and even recreational improvements,” Burkholder said. “By planning with resilience in mind, communities can reduce their vulnerabilities to both wild swings in the economy and extreme weather events.

 “Everyone is invited to participate in this interactive and exciting planning process. Public participation will be crucial in developing a plan that truly serves the Island community.”

To get more Information on the project and sign up for the project e-newsletter, visit www.resilientmichigan.org/beaverisland.  

http://www.resilientmichigan.org/beaverisle_about.asp

(BINN Story is down below the Irish flag colors. It includes pictures and video)

Going Across by Boat and Returning by Plane

Lot of personal errands needing to be done on the mainland caused a trip off the island on Sunday's late boat, and then a return to the island on Tuesday just before the thunderstorms passed south of Beaver Island. While it did rain quite hard for about a half an hour, getting one home a total of one inch in a shorter period of time, the worst missed the island. Here are the pictures of the trip off and the return.

View a gallery of photos here

A pretty nasty Tuesday to travel

BIRHC Car Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Chris Haenni who won the 2016 Chevy Sonic in yesterday's drawing! There were 365 tickets sold. The Health Center and Forest View Community thank all who bought tickets.

View a small gallery of pictures of this night HERE

Video of the Drawing and Winner Announcement below:

 

Exercises in Writing: #14

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 6, 2016

Wow! It is very warm and humid out this morning, although according to radar there is a storm heading this way which will cool things down. Right now I'm showing 72°, wind at 9 mph from the south with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, visibility is 9.8 miles, pollen levels are medium-high at 9.4, and the top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Partly sunny. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstors in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. MARINE REPORT Today: south-west wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of September 6, 1620 - The Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World.

Did you know that Tiger Woods' real first name is Eldrick?

Word of the day: vagarious (vuh-GAIR-ee-uh s) which means 1) erratic; capricious; characterized by vagaries. 2) roving; wandering. Vagarious comes from vagary, which traces to the Latin verb vagárī meaning "to wander." It entered English in the late 1700s..

Beaver Island Wildlife Club Meeting

There will be Wildlife Club meeting on September 15, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall.

AMVETs Labor Day Breakfast

September 4, 2016

With pancakes, blueberry pancakes, eggs and bacon, sausauge, and fruit, the breakfast this morning put on by the AMVETS Post #46 was amazing. The attendance was a little light when BINN editor Joe Moore attended, but the conversation and the food were absolutely terrific! Here is a little video of the breakfast.

View a few pictures HERE

Video of the Holy Cross Hall at the Breakfast

 

Help a Veteran

AMVETS POST #46 and the Beaver Island Veteran's Project are asking for help from the Beaver Island community.
Carl and Sharon Misiak livde here all year long in a log cabin built in 1952 by her grandfather. On sunny days, you can see light coming in between the logs and the wind blows through in the winter. They heat with wood.
Carl is a veteran, confined to a wheel chair, and unable to repair their home.
We will be winterizing their home on Sunday, September.25, 2016, at 10 am with a rain day of October 2, 2016, at 10 am. We will be sealing the house on October 2, 2016,. at 10 am. Call 448-2799 for rain update. Lunch will be served and dishes to pass would be great! We will need carpenter tools and caulk guns.
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK.

Beaver Island ½ Marathon Was September 3, 2016

The Half Marathon began at 9:00 A.M. The 10K began at 9:30 A.M. The 5K began at 10:00 A.M.

The Beaver Island half marathon covered the 13.1 miles over a variety of surfaces and beautifully changing scenery. The course started downtown at Paradise Bay at the public beach and headed south along the paved Kings Highway. This gave way to a turn to the west on a good gravel road coursing around beautiful Barney’s Lake.

Near the half way mark the course changed to wonderful trail through the woods finally coming out along the west side of the island running with Lake Michigan on your left. This gravel road will brought the runners back east along Font Lake before reaching town. The last portion of the run was back on paved road through town along Paradise Bay back to the start/finish.

Some of the participants after they had finished

     

Links

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16

 

BICS Board Meetings

June 13, 2015

Video available for this meeting HERE

August 8, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 8, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

July 13, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

August 10, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

 

St. James Township Meeting Video

June 1, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

July 6, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

July 18, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

August 3, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

 

Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

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Simply Facts about Being On-Call as a Paramedic

What You Can and Can’t Do if On Call as Paramedic or EMT


After being retired now for two months from BIEMS, it was apparent that there were several things that you  simply can’t do when you are on call and things that you forced yourself to do when you were on call.  I thought it important to post this since others think that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want when you are on call.  These are things that I have discovered over the last two months.

  1.  You can’t go boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, or swimming while on call.
  2. You must not be more than five to seven minutes away from the ambulance barn.
  3. No trips on the boat, no water skiing, and no working on your car or any work that prevents your response to the ambulance barn.
  4. You can’t have parties at your house since you will not be sure to be able to attend.
  5. No alcohol consumption, not even a glass of wine and certainly no beer.
  6. You can’t muck out a stable, clean a stable, or track down missing animals.
  7. You can’t attend any appointments on the mainland because you are on call.
  8. You can’t go around the island.
  9. You can’t go to dinner somewhere around the south end of the island or at Lake G.
  10. You can’t go out mushroom hunting.
  11. You can’t got out and go shooting your pistol or your rifle.
  12. You can’t go hunting; deer, rabbits, grouse, turkeys, etc.
  13. You can’t be guaranteed to be able to sit through any public meeting without being called out to respond.
  14. You can’t take a walk in the woods, down the beach, or away from the main mode of transportation.
  15. You can’t water ski, surf, ride a jet ski, or go out on a boat.
  16. You can’t go haying, plowing, or harvesting on the farm.
  17. You can’t go for a skate in the winter or a snowshoe trip or a snowmobile ride.
  18. Your social life becomes somewhat non-existent since you may get called away, and you can’t party down with your friends.
  19. You can’t talk about the stressful emergency runs because you are limited to discussing them with those involved.
  20. You try to talk to those that should be interested in the program that you are working in, but they are not truly interested and don’t want to talk about any problems that you may be having.
  21. You can’t go for a ride around the island.
  22. You can’t go play music with your friends.
  23. You can’t go out and get a massage.
  24. You can’t live stream a meeting, mass,  or a sporting event.
  25. You can’t go for a walk in the woods.
  26. You can’t participate in a marathon or any similar activity.
  27. You can’t go across and stay when your wife is admitted to the hospital.
  28. You can’t take your car across to the dealership and get it fixed.
  29. You can’t go to the mainland and visit your extended family when they are hospitalized.
  30. You can’t go to the mainland and go shopping for things you can’t buy on the island.

What you Can Do if On Call as a Paramedic?

  1.  Make certain that you take the time to review patient assessment since you have only one patient every four days on average.
  2. Make certain that you review the EKG monitor
  3. EKG reading skills learned in your paramedic class
  4. Make certain that you keep up with the changing scene of emergency medicine including 12-lead EKGs and changes in the drugs used in the field.
  5. Make certain that you learn where the most common roads are on Beaver Island, even if you have lived here for many years.
  6. Make certain that your echo car has supplies that are not expired.
  7. Make certain that your aging vehicle has the proper fluid levels.
  8. Make certain that those on the schedule are actually available for service.
  9. Attempt to keep up with the changes coming out of the MDHHS, the state department in charge of EMS.
  10. Plan the continuing education of the BIEMS staff including lists of those areas needing work and review of previous runs that might need updates on skills and education.
  11. Continue to keep up with changes in the emergency prehospital care at the national and state levels as well as the local level.
  12. Study for your Associates degree and do classes in healthcare to improve your knowledge.
  13. Take certification classes to improve your knowledge on the many emergency medicine topics.
  14. Help do rig checks and make certain that there are no expired items on either ambulance or the echo car.
  15. Check with the director to see if there is any help you can provide him/her.

Assessment

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 5, 2016

Supposedly this is the "Official End of Summer" so I'm wishing everyone a safe and fun Labor Day. Right now I'm showing 67° outside, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 9 mph from the south, humidity is a bit muggy at 83%, pressure is falling from 1023 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen levels are medium-high at 9.2, the top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 70°. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of September 5, 1881 - The American Red Cross provided relief for disaster for the first time. The disaster was the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan. For more information about this fire, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumb_fire

Did you know that The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick' is said to be the toughest tongue twister?

Word of the day: spinebash (SPAHYN-bash) which means to rest; loaf. Spinebash is of uncertain origin.

Holy Cross Bulletin for September 2016

Mass from Holy Cross

September 4, 2016

Father John Paul and Deacon Jim Siler have had a busy weekend with the Grotto Mass on Saturday night, and the normal Sunday morning Mass at Holy Cross Church. This service was live streamed on http://beaverisland.tv.

View Mass Excerpts HERE

Red and Pat Rowley Farewell Luncheon

This event beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2016, was a well attended event. Many for all the churches attended this salad, sandwich, and dessert luncheon. The Gregg Fellowship Center was full of those that wanted to show their appreciation for this wonderful couple, who have been involved in the Beaver Island community for many years.

View Pictures HERE

View video of the rest of the event HERE

The 52 Lists Project #36

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 4, 2016

It's 54° right now, wind is at 7 mph from the south, humidity is at 92% (feels a bit muggy), pressure is falling from 1024 mb, visibility is 7 miles, pollen levels are medium-high at 9.2, and the top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Today: Sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southeast with gusts to around 25 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT Today: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of September 4, 1886 - Geronimo, and the Apache Indians he led, surrendered in Skeleton Canyon in Arizona to Gen. Nelson Miles.

Did you know that new born babies have 350 bones (by age 5 the amount of bones merges to 206)?

Word of the day: abeyance (uh-BEY-uh ns) which means temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension. Abeyance stems from the Old French term abeance meaning "aspiration," or, literally, "a gaping at or toward." It entered English in the 1500s.

Across

by Cindy Ricksgers

Back to School Meeting

Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2016, hortly after school gets out at 3:20 p.m., we’ll meet for a BACK-TO-SCHOOL meeting with parents and students to introduce our new staff and share current thoughts and planned changes for the year.  This will include a Review of our School Improvement and Title I Plans, for the upcoming school year.   We’ll need your advice, reactions, and suggestions so we start the year with shared goals and commitments to a successful school year. All of our stakeholders need to be working together for the best learning results possible.

We have some exciting new initiatives to share—so please join us at 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 for an update and discussion. Pizza, salad and cookies will be provided at the end of the meeting, and childcare will be provided to youngsters and our K-5 students. Hope to see you then. Have a good holiday. --Judy Gallagher 

Announcements/Ads

Soccer and Volleyball Schedules

Soccer Schedule

Volleyball Schedule

Bingo in September

Christian Church Bulletin

September 4, 2016

September 11, 2016

Holy Cross Bulletin for August 2016

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule


Charlevoix Summer Transit
Summer Hours



Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Except Holidays)

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Bank Hours Change


January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

July thru August
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-3pm

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9am-1pm

Beach Rangers

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the summer schedule on June 7th..  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuedays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

 

 

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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


Donate to the Live Streaming Project

 

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

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