B. I. News on the 'Net, September 7-13, 2015

BICS Board Meeting Agenda Tonight, 9/14/15

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 14, 2015

It's a bit warmer this morning at 63°, wind is at 13 mph from the southwest with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is falling from 1014 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

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

Did you know that the average human drinks over 60,566 litres (16,000 gallons) of water in a lifetime?

Word of the day: doryphore (DOR-uh-for) which means a pedantic or persistent critic. From French doryphore (Colorado beetle, a potato pest), from Greek doruphoros (spear carrier). The author Harold Nicolson brought the word to English in its current sense. Earliest documented use: 1952.

Mixed Doubles Pinehurst Golf Outing

September 13, 2015

Six teams participated in today’s Outing. It was a great day for golf and we saw some pretty good golf. Thanks to everyone who participated today. With people leaving the island, this will probably be our last outing of the year.

Frank and Nel placed 1st with a score of 40.

Joe and Annette tied for 2nd with Larry and Theresa with a score of 41.

Pete and Ruth shot a 44.

Buck & Mary Ann shot a 45.

Lars and Doris shot a 46.

2015 Men's Fall Golf Results, Week 4

2015 Fall League 
Jeff & Ryan
Frank & Doug
Ron S. & Rob
Francis & Larry
Ron W.& Bill
Buck & Joe
Chuck & Ernie
Kirk & Gerald
Team #2 beat Team #7 11-9
Team #5 beat Team #1 13-7
Team #6 beat Team #3 13-7
Team #8 beat Team #4 11-9
Week #5 Schedule
Team #2 vs Team #5
Team #1 vsTeam #7
Team #3 vs Team #8
Team #4 vs Team #6

Lady Islanders vs Lady Polar Bears-Volleyball Friday

Those players on both the Lady Islander volleyball team and on the Islander soccer team came into the volleyball game on Friday, just a little tired. A serious battle in soccer took its toll. The Lady Islanders have a very young team, but they performed well in the second time they were on the courts for a Northern Lights League game. The scores to the games will be given first before any of the pictures.

The Munising Baptist Lady Polar Beavers

The Lady Islanders

Mr. Richards introduced players and coaches

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

The Lady Islanders played much better in game two.

Another good games, girls!

Video of these games available HERE.

Beaver Island Soccer vs Munising Baptist-Friday

This past weekend, the Munising Baptist Bobcats visited the island. The schedule begins with soccer on Friday evening and then moves afterward for volleyball. These two events then switch order the next morning. On September 11, 2015, the Islander soccer team played hard, and there were plenty of moments of drama as well as excellent efforts by both teams.

As usual, the game is begun with the Pledge of Allegiance.

And, in overtime, the Islanders score two more goals to win the game 4-2.

Video of the game available HERE.

There is also an overtime for this match.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 13, 2015

Another chilly morning, however, the sun is shining brightly. Right now it's 36°, wind is at 5 mph from the west, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, and visibility is 6.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Patchy frost in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of September 13, 1949 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed.

Did you know that the dollar was established as the official currency of the US in 1785?

Word of the day: swimmingly (SWIM-ing-lee) which means without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly. Swimmingly entered English in the early 1600s and is the adverbial form of swimming meaning "progressing smoothly."

First Responder Recognition Event Today

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

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

Getting up to get some excellent food.

Video clip of the event


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 12, 2015

Yup, feels like fall this morning. It's 47°, wind is at 11 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. North winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 40°. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

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 Europe is the only continent without a desert?

Word of the day: blarney (BLAHR-nee) which means 1) flattering or wheedling talk; cajolery. 2) deceptive or misleading talk; nonsense; hooey: a lot of blarney about why he was broke. Blarney came to English in the mid-1700s from the name of the hamlet in Ireland, where a stone in Blarney Castle is said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it.

Early Evening Flight to Traverse City and Back

Headed to TC

Leaving TC

An interesting evening flight!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 11, 2015

Everyone older than 18 can remember exactly where they were on this date when our whole world changed drastically. Let's take a few minutes today to remember all those who lost their lives on that horrible day.

It's a bit chilly this morning at 55°, wind is at 11 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Partly sunny. A 40% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 60°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 30% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 40s. North winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of September 9, 2001 our world changed. Alan Jackson put his thoughts on this terrible day into a song:

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell
You the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

[Chorus x2]

And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

Link to the above song

Did you know that Australia is the only country that is also a continent?

Word of the day: rosinante (roz-uh-NAN-tee) which means an old, worn-out horse. From Rocinante, the name of Don Quixote’s horse. Don Quixote took four days to think of a lofty name for his horse, from Spanish rocín (an old horse: nag or hack) + ante (before, in front of). Earliest documented use: 1641.

Flags at Half Staff

Tomorrow September 11 (9/11) the flags at the Veterans Memorial  Park will fly at 1/2 staff.  

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today issued the following statement in honor of Patriot Day and calls for the lowering of U.S. flags in remembrance of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001:

“We join together as Americans to remember the innocent lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the sacrifices made. We keep them and their families in our thoughts and prayers. 

“Patriot Day honors those who perished, first responders, and men and women who demonstrated incredible bravery and compassion.  This day will forever be a reminder of the heroic individuals who stood tall in the face of evil to help their fellow Americans. 

“We’re grateful for all first responders who walk in their footsteps, serving their communities.  We also thank the courageous men and women in the armed forces who have paid the ultimate price for freedom, those serving today, and our brave veterans.

“On Friday, Sept. 11, the state of Michigan will lower its flags to half-staff to honor Patriot Day and the victims of the attacks.  Please do so as well at your home or workplace. As the flags are lowered, let’s remember and pray for the 2,977 lives lost and their families.” 

Another Telephone Scam

Recently, friends and relatives have been exposed to the newest telephone scam. You receive a phone call from a very insistent person stating that you have been defrauding the federal government for years on your taxes. If you don't pay the money right away, they will execute a warrant for your arrest immediately. You have thirty minutes to pay this money, or they will place a lean on your home, and you will lose your house since you will not be able to work. You won't be able to work because you will be in jail. The caller will continue to threaten you hoping that your fear will given him personal information that can be used to take money from you.

This is a scam. The IRS will never telephone you unless returning a call that you made to them. The reported number is usually traced back to a cellphone in another state. Be careful to NEVER give this kind of information out no matter how you are threatened on the phone. Hang up, and call the local law enforcement office with as much information as you can provide them.

Peaine Township Meeting

September 9, 2015

The Peaine Township Board Meeting took place last night, Wednesday, September 9, 2015, with all board members present and ten people in the audience. The minutes and bills were approved. There was a report from Bill Kohls regarding the Federal Labor Standards Act, regarding a complaint filed against the BIESA. There will be a posting for a vacant position on the BIESA board that will be posted. The transfer of the East Side Tower to CMU is underway with legal documents being exchanged. The BIA made a presentation regarding the Maine Island Institute Project. The WVBI radio station was tabled due to no representative being present to request the use of the Kings Highway tower. You can view video of this meeting below.

View video HERE

How to Create a Knot and Let Go

by Paul Cole

How to create a knot and let go….
My family fished the waters of Beaver Island for many years and we lived on sunsets, sunrises, with changing weather as the seasons unfolded. At times weather was harsh with winds out of the north, however I grew to love and respect working on the Great Lakes.
On this warm summer evening I’m sure I don’t recall all the hard struggles of setting, lifting and pulling nets for the season…..time lets us forget the harsh cold, and squalls that would come out of the west over High Island to torture us. I recall one cold November day having to cut the lead off a net in Donegal bay and let it sink beneath the waters as I knew we would not make it home to the harbor if I didn’t. However we had many beautiful days that I watched the sunrise over the horizon, and set over the bay returning home from fishing. This space became a norm, a place to be centered and raw and alive.

When given the chance I tied knots….but I wasn’t always sure. Working in commercial fishing growing up on the Islands of Lake Michigan allowed us to tie knots for many reasons. We would tie knots for a quick release, or a secure placement, and in high winds coming out of the east. We had to do so quickly at times … the weather would not allow for much else.
My brother Garrett was the best. He was creative, smart and knew many knots, and taught us well. He studied them, read up on them and passed them on. …they all had a purpose to assist and support what you needed to accomplish. He was patient with us as we learned at a young age of how the wrong knot could get you in trouble, but if you had the right one can make your day easier. He was right…..as many of my older brothers taught us well.
We fished the waters of the Islands for generations testing our knots of strength, with tenacity and commitment. As parents we are not always sure what can tie and hold us close to who we love. We create some safe harbor, as we challenge our children to grow, and tie the knots that will always bring them home

I recently had a chance to visit about on Arranmore Island in Ireland…. lifting pot nets for crab and lobster with my children. I tied a few knots, lifted pots for the first time, and rejoiced with being on the water. …it took me back to a long time ago working on water and adjusting to the flow of the day, with wind, currents that moved us about. It was a place my children came a bit more alive and learned to adjust to wind, movement and tying a knot for security.
Untimely the biggest knot I have tied emotionally is the slip knot…and I’m still struggling to work on it…..letting go with my daughter Micaela in Ireland. There is no other knot to tie with her a she will move on to new adventures….but I know we will travel the same waters again soon……but that’s what we learn to do as parents….learn the art of tying knots…..always with love.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 10, 2015

Yesterday was the perfect day... lots of sunshine, no clouds, wonderful temperatures, little humidity, now today, on the other hand --- full of clouds and raining. Right now it's 62°, wind is at 11 mph from the west with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 30% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

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

Did you know that between 1931 and 1969 Walt Disney was awarded 35 Oscars?

Word of the day: lothario (lo-THAR-ee-o) which means a man who indiscriminately seduces women. While the word was popularized after Lothario, a character in the play The Fair Penitent (1703), it first appeared in Don Quixote in which nobleman Anselmo tests his wife’s fidelity by recruiting his friend Lothario to seduce her. Earliest documented use: 1756.

BIRHC Raffle for Car Winner

Congratulations to the car raffle winner is Ted Hughes! Four hundred tickets were sold.


On Friday, September 4, 2015 the Beaver Island Friends of Veterans raffled a stained glass window, crafted by Karen Whitekraft, with the winning ticket drawn at The Shamrock at 7:30 PM.  The holder of the winning ticket was Kathy Speck. We would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets.

All proceeds from this raffle will go to help the veterans in the community, special benefits for the Beaver Island population, 21st Century BI Community School Scholarship, Santa’s Workshop and Lunch with Santa.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 9, 2015

It's 62° this morning, wind is at 11 mph from the north north west with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds at 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening. with a 40% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of September 9, 1942, Japan dropped incendiaries in an attempt to set fire to the forests in Oregon and Washington. The forest did not ignite.

Did you know that Hawaii is the only US state that grows cacao beans which go into the production of chocolate?

Word of the day: dulcinea (duhl-SIN-ee-uh) which means a ladylove or sweetheart. From Dulcinea del Toboso, the mistress of Don Quixote. The name is derived from Spanish dulce (sweet) from Latin dulce (sweet) which also gave us dulcimer (a musical instrument), billet-doux (love letter), and dolce (softly, as in music direction). Earliest documented use: 1748.

Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame to Induct Pat Bonner

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

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

2015 Beach Clean-Up

The Beaver Island Association held another successful Beach Cleanup on Saturday, August 29. While the forecast of rain (which never occurred)  limited participation slightly we were still able to clean 31 and a half miles of Beaver Island beaches--plus Hog Island. The 27 volunteers donated a combined total of 102 hours of their time and collected 225 pounds of trash. The most interesting item found this year was a jar of pink, scented hand cleaner from Russia. This was found on the West side, no doubt from a passing freighter. All volunteers returned to the Community Center for a Nathan's hot dog lunch at noon sponsored by the BIA. 
Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to help keep Beaver Island beautiful. Thanks also to the Community Center for the space, Carol Creasser for donating the hot dogs and McDonough's for donating the buns. 

DNR Requests Angler Assistance in Studying Lake Michigan Smallmouth Bass

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Day of School 2015-16

The three seniors

Gathering for the 1st day of school announcements

The 2015-16 school year of the Beaver Island Community School began this morning, September 8, 2015, with an assembly in the school gymnasium. This year there are three seniors; Sarah Avery, Zach Bousquet, and Emily Burton. Lillian Wiser took some classes over the summer and has completed all the requirements for graduation. The school year began with a total of 50 students in k-12. Have a terrifically wonderful school year!

CCSD News Release

News Release

On Monday September 7, 2015 at approximately 12:21 a.m., the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle fatal traffic accident which occurred on Norwood Road almost a mile West of US 31 in Norwood Township.

The 1998 Dodge Pickup truck driven by John Kuhn, age 29 from Novi, left the roadway on a left hand curve and struck a tree on the driver’s side.  Brandon McLeod, age 27 of Novi, was the passenger in the vehicle.  Both males were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at scene by the Antrim County Sheriff’s Office, the Charlevoix Ambulance and Paramedics, the Charlevoix Township Fire Department, and the Banks Township Fire Department.

While speed is believed to be a factor in the accident, it still remains under investigation. 

No further information is available at this time.

1st Responder Thank You

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 8, 2015

For the majority of kids, today is the first day of this school year. Good luck to them all (and to the parents - some of whom will be entering the "empty nest" arena). It's 65°, wind is at 7 mph from the east, humidity is at 96%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is at 8.3 miles. Today: Areas of fog in the morning. Periods of rain and a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Periods of rain and a chance of thunderstorms, then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Areas of fog through the night. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds.

On this date of September 8, 1965 - The television trade publications "Daily Variety" and "The Hollywood Reporter" ran an ad seeking "Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series." The final four choices became the stars in the television show "The Monkees."

Did you know that worker ants may live for 7 years and the queen up to 15?

Word of the day: sancho (SAN-cho) which means a companion or sidekick, especially one who joins another in an adventure. From Sancho Panza, the squire of Don Quixote. Sancho’s common sense contrasts with Don Quixote’s idealism. Earliest documented use: 1870.

Thank You for First Responders!

This Saturday September 12th the Beaver Island Association is sponsoring an event to recognize and thank our Beaver Island first responders including the Beaver Island Fire Department, the Beaver Island EMS, the Rural Health Center, the Charlevoix County Sherriff Department, and the pilots of Island Airways. 

We are roasting a pig and the public is invited to bring a dish, sign up sheets are at McDonough’s Market and the Community Center. 

The event will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Beaver Island Community Center. 

There is no charge for the event. 

Please join us.
The Beaver Island Association 
P.O. Box 390 
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Garden Walk and Ice Cream Social Sunday, September 13th Noon-2pm at Forest View

Enjoy a nice little guided tour of our Wellness Gardens and a chance to meet the residents, new manager and some board members of the Forest View facility.  Stop in after church for ice cream , courtesy of Daddy Frank's, homemade cookies by the residents and board members.  Grab a free hotdog and purchase your drinks at Stoney Acres.  Get a guided tour of the vegetable garden planted and harvested by the Forest View residents. 
We will tell you our plans and some of our purchases from our fund-raising events.  Bring the kids and show them the Fairy Garden!  Come see what CMU did for Ellie's Walk.  Meet our Wellness Gardeners!  Hope to see you there.  Leonor Jacobson

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMVETs Labor Day Breakfast

This breakfast has become a tradition on the island that provides excellent food for the many visitors to come to the island for this weekend. There are quite a few summer residents having to get back to the mainland for several reasons including the start of the school year, or just time to get back to the grind. This breakfast gives them another choice for the morning before they have to leave. Thank you AMVETs for doing this great service!

Almost 200 people stopped by at the Holy Cross Hall between the open and closing hours to partake in the breakfast. Hopefully, the late Labor Day will not effect the ability to continue this tradition.

Notification of Herbicide Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day! Summer went speeding past. Hopefully, things will calm down and we can meander through autumn and enjoy all the things it offers. Right now it's 69°, wind is at 7 mph from the south with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is still at 95% making it muggy, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is at 5 miles. Today: Periods of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

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 mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet?

Word of the day: quixote (kee-HO-tee, KWIK-suht) which means someone who is unrealistic, naive, chivalrous, idealistic, etc. to an absurd degree. After Don Quixote, hero of the eponymous novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Earliest documented use: 1644.

Labor Day Run

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Beaver Island Labor Day Weekend Run offered three options for runners or walkers. There was , a half marathon, a 10 K run, and a 5 K run. Over one hundred runners signed up for the three options. That is quite an accomplishment for the organizers of this event. To get over one hundred people to come to Beaver Island to run on the beach, in the woods, and down pavement is truly an accomplishment.

The following pictures are a selection of the pictures taken of this event.

Getting ready for the finishers

BINN reporter Deb Bousquet stayed around until the last three passed the finish line. These three represent three generations of the same family.

View Video of the Event


September 4, 2015

Met some nice people out at Donegal Bay tonight. This is their first trip to the island, this Labor Day weekend. They are pretty impressed so far, and very excited to be here. The sunset just showed itself a little bit, and disappeared before the whole sun was visible. Here are the pictures from tonight's sunset.

Ayleana Marie Grogan is Born

Ayleana Marie (A-lee-on-uh) entered this world today, September 4, 2015. Born to Rachel and Andy Grogan, she weighed seven point seven pounds and was 20.5 inches in length. Proud Beaver Island grandparents are Jim and Diane McDonough and Jimmie and Lynn Grogan of Alabama.

Andrew.. Ayleana... Adelyn

BICS Volleyball vs. Maplewood Baptist

Approximately sixty people viewed the volleyball games in person, but another twenty-eight view the live streaming of the game on the Internet at http://beaverisalnd.tv.

The Beaver Island community got to get their first look at the 2015-16 Lady Islanders volleyball team on September 3, 2015, the week before school starts. The Maplewood Baptsist team doesn't fly to the island. A short conversation with the coach revealed that the team and the chaperones left the Kinross area in the UP at 6 a.m. and came by bus to Charlevoix, got on the boat, and road the Emerald Isle over to Beaver Island. They then played a double match of volleyball. After the volleyball, the team has to take the 5:20 p.m. boat from Beaver Island, and then drive home, not arriving until after 10 p.m. Quite the dedicated group from Kinross, and they were very effective on the volleyball court.

Beaver Island Lady Islanders are a young team with two seniors, only one playing on this particular set of matches, one junior, one sophomore, and one freshman with all the rest being seventh and eighth graders. The Maplewood Baptist Black Bears have four seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores, so, obviously, have much more experienced players on their team.

This "Black Bears" team from the UP put on a very strong defeat to our Lady Islanders. The Maplewood team won both matches 3-0. There were several very strong players on the Maplewood team, but one young lady had a very wicked jump serve.

Here are the scores for the two matches:

Match 1

Match 2

The Lady Islanders:

The Lady Black Bears:

Some Lady Islander photos Match 1:

Match 2

Video of the two matches HERE

St. James Township Meeting

September 2, 2015

The regular monthly meeting of the St. James Township Board was held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting began as usual with the Pledge, approval of minutes, discussion on the bills and approval with exceptions. There were reports on the dangerous structures as an update, a sub-committee on the sewer system and account processes report, and a yacht dock report. Under New Business, the Beaver Island Association made a presentation (see below), there was discussion of millage rates and approval, and the library board vacancy will be posted for interested persons.

View video of the meeting HERE

BIA Announces Collaborative Project with Maine Islands

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

Men's Fall Golf League Results

Jeff & Ryan
Frank & Doug
Ron S. & Rob
Ron W.& Bill
Francis & Larry
Chuck & Ernie
Buck & Joe
Kirk & Gerald
Week #3 Results:
Team #2 beat Team #1 12-8
Team #4 beat Team #3 14-6
Team #5 beat Team #6 13-7
Tean #7 beat Team #8 14-6
Week #4 Schedule:
Team #2 vs Team #7
Team #1 vs Team #5
Team #3 vs Team #6
Team #4 vs Team #8

Transit Bus Availability Falters

Update: Effective September 7th the Transit hours will be---11:30AM  – 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday

The dates with no coverage are:  September 8, 9, 11,16, 25 and October 2.

Tuesday and Wednesday the 8 and 9th
Friday the 11th
Wednesday the 16th
Friday the 25th
Friday October 2nd

Any questions please call the Charlevoix Transit Authority at 231-582-6900.

What is an emergency?

Research and editorial by Joe Moore

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

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

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

Stopped breathing

Head injury with passing out, fainting, or confusion

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

Electric shock or lightning strike

Severe burn

Severe chest pain or pressure

Seizure that lasted 3 to 5 minutes

Trouble breathing

Passing out, fainting

Pain in the arm or jaw

Unusual or bad headache, especially if it started suddenly

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

Suddenly weak or drooping on one side of the body

Dizziness or weakness that does not go away

Inhaled smoke or poisonous fumes

Sudden confusion

Heavy bleeding

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

Deep wound

Serious burn

Coughing or throwing up blood

Severe pain anywhere on the body

Severe allergic reaction with trouble breathing, swelling, hives

High fever with headache and stiff neck

High fever that does not get better with medicine

Throwing up or loose stools that does not stop

Poisoning or overdose of drug or alcohol

Suicidal thoughts


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's New at the Library?

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

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-62 ***

There are three new bestsellers, five new videos, six new audiobooks, 18 new children's books, and 59 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are "Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian," "Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel," and "Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels." The new videos this week include "Northern Exposure - The Complete Fifth Season," "Northern Exposure - The Complete Fourth Season," and "Northern Exposure - The Complete Third Season."




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

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

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-9pm
231 448-2022

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

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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BICS Fall Sports Schedules for Soccer and Volleyball

Two Favorite Birds

A loon on Barney's Lake

Hummer in back yard

What Working Together Looks Like

A No Transport Emergency

by Joe Moore

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

“Hello, “ I said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

63 Aspirations

by Cindy Ricksgers

Baroque on Beaver Festival 14th Year Ends on High Note

Pure Michigan Event – attracts nearly 2000 to Beaver Island’s classical music festival

Following 10 days of jazz, classical and choral music, the annual Baroque on Beaver Festival ended on a very upbeat note. The festival, held on Beaver Island in Northern Lake Michigan, was a resounding success featuring 12 different programs and multiple pop-up performances, including one aboard a tugboat, and over 70 Michigan musicians and singers. This Pure Michigan event on America’s 4th coast, celebrated its 14th consecutive season in 2015.
More info at http://baroqueonbeaver.org/in-the-news/

Island Airways Hangar Party

TV News / Weather SkyCam A Reality

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


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

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



Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

Beach Rangers

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

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

   13:  Howard Davis
   20:  Pete Harris;  Manchester MI
   27 and October 4:  Gerry Heyboer; Jenison MI

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

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

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Out With the Old, and In With the New

Martin Oil Company and Island Energies seemed to spend a lot of time in preparation for the new fuel barge being built in the UP. This fuel barge will haul 32,000 gallons of fuel on one trip, and right now is sitting empty at the Martin dock across the street from the St. James Township owned Deputy's residence. The older tanker, a single hulled tanker, the Tanker II, is tied up just a short distance from the new "Petroqueen" tanker, a dual hulled vessel required by regulation starting January 2015. The "Petroqueen" is bright and shiny, and brand new just having made the maiden voyage from the UP back to Beaver Island.

Tanker II

Meet the New "Petroqueen"

One very beautiful as well as useful tanker!

Auditions for Vintage Hitchcock:

Auditions for Vintage Hitchcock will be held at the Transit Building (across from the boat dock) on Thursday 9/3 at 7 p.m.
Scripts are available at the District Library. Take a look. It will be a live Radio play similar to what we did with "It's a Wonderful Life" last fall. We also will need a sound person to make all the sounds live on stage!

If you can't make auditions, but are interested, contact me- Jacque at 2220 or John at 2902

Super Moon

August 29, 2015

From the playground........at the carwash

Across from Runbergs

BOBI Book Club- Upcoming Titles/Dates

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

For Tuesday, Sept 15th, 7pm: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 

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

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

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

There Are Speedy Transports

Another Imaginary Ambulance Run
By Joe Moore

Lest those reading these stories believe that every emergency transport from Beaver Island is a marathon, perhaps, a different time-frame story may inform.
“Beaver Island EMS, respond to a residence in St. James Township, xxxx Main Street, for a 78 year old female.  Unknown problem, but the caller expressed a need for a quick response,”  the pager tone causing indigestion with an adrenalin rush in the middle of breakfast.

Luckily, I am less than three city blocks away from the residence.  I walk out to the echo car, an emergency response vehicle, flipped on the lights and siren and responded to the residence.  I left the lights on, turned off the siren, and parked the echo car with the lights on, purposely parking on the wrong side of the road to provide the ambulance help with locating the residence.  Up to the front door I walk.  We were paged at 8:12 a.m., and I am at the door at 8:14 a.m., one of the quickest responses ever.
The door is opened by a home care provider who states, “I was out on the deck smoking a cigarette, when she hollered at me to ‘Get in here right now.’  I don’t know what’s wrong.”

I see the patient sitting in a kitchen chair, which is nowhere near the kitchen.  The chair is placed between the living room and the entrance.  “That’s as far as I could get her.  She wanted me to take her to the medical center, but she couldn’t walk any farther.”
The lady who is the patient says, “Joe Gregg, what are you doing here?’  The written word can’t explain the way she said the words.  They were slurred, stretched out, and only made with one side of her mouth moving.  She had facial droop on one side of her face, but was understandable.

To break up the story just a little bit, I had just been to a special training two months before called Advanced Stroke Life Support, a program out of the University of Miami, so I immediately began the special assessment that had been learned at this training.
“Okay, Martha, I need you to close your eyes.”  (She did.) “Now show me your smile.” (She had no movement on one side of her face.)  “Thank you.  Nice smile. Now, can you say something for me.  Say, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’” (She was able to say all the words, but was not able to say them clearly without slurring her speech.)  To the caregiver I asked, “Does she have diabetes or has she had any alcohol to drink this morning?”

The caregiver said, “I just got here.  I left her last night when she said she was going to bed last night.  She was fine yesterday.  I come over to make her some coffee and breakfast.  She doesn’t drink, and I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“No, I’m not suggesting that you did anything wrong.  I don’t smell alcohol, and I was just looking to confirm that she hadn’t had anything to drink,” I said. “You just got here? Where was she when you arrived?”

“I found her in the bathroom….” The caregiver said.  The patient began speaking to interrupt the caregiver.

  “I can tell him myself,”  the patient said, still slurring her words.  “I got up about 8, and had to go to the bathroom, like every morning.  I got to the bathroom, and sat down.  I had to push, you know, hard, and the next thing I know, I can’t get off the pot. I sat there a couple of minutes, Shawn was late, you know, and she helped me here.  I wanted to go to the med center.”  The speech while slurred was understandable, but the timing of the last sentence and the slurring made it very difficult to understand.  It came out something like this, “I……wan…..ted…tuh….gggoooe…. tuuuuh…thuuuuh…ehhhd..tuuur.”

This whole conversation was completed, and my “prove-its-not-a-stroke” training kicked in.  I picked up the radio and said, “57A2, this is a stroke alert, respond immediately.  Don’t wait for anyone else, just get here NOW!  Central Dispatch, 97 echo 4.”  
“97 echo four, go ahead with your traffic,” from Central Dispatch.

“Can you please contact the air transport company at 238-xxx and arrange an emergent flight from Beaver Island to Harbor Springs?”  “Roger, echo four.”  The ambulance arrived with one EMT within a minute.  I checked my watch, and it was 8:20 a.m.
We all learn in our training regarding heart attack that “Time is muscle.”  We learn about strokes that “Time is Tissue.”  Time is a very important factor in some conditions.  This was not a broken bone that could wait.  This was a stroke or a stroke mimic.  As the EMT came to the door and opened it, I said, ”We need the ambulance cot right now.  We’ll load her on the cot and get moving to the airport right away.”

The patient was placed on the cot carefully, but quite quickly.  While this was happening, I said to the caregiver, “Grab a small suitcase, put in a change of clothes for Martha including her socks and shoes, and do it in a hurry because we’re leaving in less than two minutes.  Bring any of her medications with you.”

“I’ll grab her medications list and her meds,” the caregiver stated.
We move the patient quickly to the ambulance and loaded the cot and patient on the cot into the back door of the ambulance.  Dawn was my EMT, and she followed instructions very well.  She asked, “Are we going to the medical center?”  Terry, another EMT, arrived, and I said, “Terry, please drive the echo car to the airport and bring the caregiver with you.  We are leaving right now.  Please hurry, because ’Time is Tissue.’”

Now there were lots of things that I needed to get done on the way to the Welke Airport to meet the plane.  I did a set of vital signs, placed the patient on low flow oxygen, and set up for an IV.  I completed the IV and began the Miami Emergency Neurological Deficit (MEND exam).  The patient was no longer able to speak.  The facial droop was more prominent.  While able to follow commands only one side of her body was able to move, and the situation was getting more serious every minute.
I said, “Dawn, ask Central when the plane will be ready.”  We were about four minutes from the airport.  Dawn said, “They say the airplane is ready and waiting for us.”  On arrival at the airport, we removed the ambulance cot, quickly moved the patient from the ambulance cot, and loaded the aircraft cot into the plane.  We placed all the need equipment for the flight in the luggage door of the plane.  We were ready to leave.

“All set?” our pilot asked.

“We need to wait for the caregiver,” I said, and just then the echo car pulled in at the airport.  “Terry, bring her and the medication list and the suitcase over right away.  We are ready to go.”  If this seems rushed, it truly was rushed because brain tissue doesn’t last very long when it loses its blood supply.  To me, the cause of the stroke, whether a blood clot or bleeding vessel, really didn’t matter.  I had no way to determine the cause.  While waiting for the caregiver to climb in the plane, we did a glucose stick to eliminate that stroke mimic.

Very shortly we were in the air enroute to Harbor Springs with the patient’s final destination being the Emergency Room of Northern Michigan Hospital.  The other stroke mimics were eliminated during the flight, and a radio report was attempted to the hospital.  “You are very scratchy,” the NMH radio operator said, and that’s the last communication we received from NMH.  No patient report could be given if they couldn’t hear or understand us.

“Charlevoix Area Hospital, 97 Air 1 on HEARN radio,” I called.  “Go ahead, Beaver Island,” was the response.  “Charlevoix, we are enroute to Harbor Springs Airport with a Stroke Alert patient.  The onset of symptoms was 8 a.m. this morning.  The patient has facial droop on the left side with left sided weakness.  The blood glucose is 92.  No remarkable vital signs are noted.  Would you please contact Northern and notify them of the Stroke Alert and ask them to contact us on the radio?”
“Beaver Island, you have a stroke alert patient headed to Northern.  Why didn’t you call them on the radio? “

“I’m sorry. I forgot to tell you that they are having a radio issue or something.  I attempted to give a patient report to them, and they never responded.  Please give them the report via telephone, and ask them to call us on the radio,” I responded.

“Ok, Beaver Island, and your estimated time of arrival?” Charlevoix asked.

“We should be at the Harbor Springs Airport within ten minutes, “I said.

“Charlevoix Area Hospital, clear,” the nurse at Charlevoix stated.

“Central Dispatch, 97 Air One,” I called. 

“97 Air One, Central,” they responded. 

“Central, would you notify Allied EMS that we will be at the Harbor Springs Airport in ten minutes with a Stroke Alert patient.  Would you ask them to meet us at the airport?” was my radio traffic.
“Clear, Air One, I’m toning out Allied right now,” Central Dispatch responded.

A few minutes later, I notified Central, “Central Dispatch, 97 Air One is on final approach, Harbor Springs Airport.” 

Central responded, “Copy, 97 Air one.  Allied was pulled from your call, and I toned out a backup rig to meet you at the airport.  Your transport may be delayed fifteen to twenty minutes.”

“Roger, Central,” I responded while fuming.  I wondered what in the world could have caused the priority one stroke alert to be ignored and the ambulance pulled from our priority one patient.  I was downright angry, but I had to relax, take a couple deep breaths while we were landing, and pass on the information to the pilot.  He stated, “That’s stupid,” and I completely agreed with him.

We landed at the Harbor Springs Airport, and there was no ambulance in sight.  My handheld radio would not work, and it was probably a good thing because I was angry.  We had rushed our patient over thirty-two miles of water to get her to the hospital in a very timely manner, only to find that our transportation to the hospital was delayed, and the hospital couldn’t take the time to call us on the radio, or they didn’t have a procedure in place in case their radio didn’t work.

We arrived at Harbor Springs Airport at 9:18 a.m.  Allied EMS arrived at 9:27 a.m. and the patient transfer took place.  We could monitor the Emmet frequency, but never heard the Allied ambulance call Central to notify the dispatcher that they had arrived at the hospital, but a ten minute drive to Northern should have placed the patient in the ER by no later than 9:40 a.m.  The EMS call from beginning to end was just a little over an hour, 66 minutes for the Beaver Island EMS portion of the run.

This put the patient at the hospital within the three hour window from symptom onset to treatment.  We would be hard put to get the patient where they needed to be within a shorter period of time.  We did our job, and we did it well, but we were still upset that it took another ten minutes of waiting to take the patient to the hospital.  We were still upset that the special noise-cancelling headset and microphone connected to the handheld radio could not be heard in Petoskey, but could be heard fifteen miles further south in Charlevoix

We loaded our equipment back into the aircraft and flew home.  We had an ambulance to clean and two reports to write, one for the ground ambulance and one for the air transport.  The cleaned ambulance was waiting for us.  Terry had done his part, and all we had to do there was replace the equipment that we had taken.  We had completed a good job in a timely manner, and under the circumstances, we were satisfied with our performance.  We talked about the run after the ambulance was readied for the next run. 

Phone Service Discounts Available for Those in Need

TDS Telecommunications Corp. ensures income-eligible customers have access to affordable phone service through the government’s Federal Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up assistance programs; helps phone service remain affordable.

MADISON, Wis. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The goal is to ensure all Americans have access to phone service to connect with family, employers, and emergency services. To accomplish this, TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), along with other phone companies across the country, offer Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up, federal programs designed to keep phone service affordable.

For 30 years, Lifeline has been connecting low-income Americans to affordable, basic phone service. The program provides a discount to eligible consumers for a traditional landline or wireless service plan. Similar to Lifeline, Tribal Link-Up provides phone discounts for qualified residents living on tribal land. Both programs ensure access to the opportunities and security that phone service provides.

Qualifications for Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up vary by state. However, they are typically available to people who receive federal or state assistance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau an estimated 45.3 million Americans were living in poverty in 2013.

“Access to phone service is something everyone should have,” says Kevin Hess, executive vice president at TDS. “Americans should not have to choose between phone service and food, clothing, electricity, or heat. By making Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up available to our customers in need, phone service can be a resource for them, rather than a burden.”

For more information, to check on eligibility, or to request an application visit tdstelecom.com/about/lifeline or call 888-CALL-TDS.

Lifeline and Link-Up are government assistance programs funded through the Universal Service Fund program. They are non-transferable. Only eligible consumers may enroll in either program; limit of one discount per household.

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager – PR / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

Student use of the Transit System

The Charlevoix County Transit System has implemented some new rules this year for transporting students.   If you want your child to use the transit bus this year you are required to:

Read the agreement for transport, sign it and send/e-mail it to the Transit Authority.  To e-mail it, download the document and fill it out using Adobe or another PDF reader.   E-mail it back to the transit authority at info@cctransit.org.   Or print it out and after filling it out drop it off at the transit office and we’ll fax it back.  If no one is there leave it on the desk.

The form link is


Read and fill out the second form, same procedure as above.  

That form link is


The link to the Transit web page is http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/transit.asp

If you have any questions please call the transit office at 231-582-6900

This needs to be done by September 1.


Bob Tidmore

2015 Beaver Island Pelagic Tour-Back by Popular Demand!

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

Urgent Care Standards

BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Urgent Care Information

If you are looking for a walk-in clinic or an urgent care center in Michigan, you may not find them in the Find a Doctor tool. The information provided below will explain the two types of urgent care centers and how you can determine if facilities in your area are in your network. There are two types of urgent care centers – hospital owned and freestanding. Hospital owned urgent care centers are fully owned and operated by acute care hospitals. Freestanding urgent care centers are not owned by a hospital and include Retail Health Clinics and other clinics that may offer extended hours care or see patients without requiring an appointment
Urgent Care Centers offer walk-in care for patients with illnesses or injuries that do not require the intensity of care offered at an emergency room, but typically cannot wait for a scheduled appointment in a physician's office. Examples of some urgent (non-emergency) illnesses include: sprains, ear infections, and non-emergency allergic reactions.

If you have an urgent health situation, you may want to contact your family doctor. Typically they have an on-call doctor who is available 24 hours a day. If you use an Urgent Care Center, please consider the following — there are two different types of Urgent Care Centers: Hospital-owned Urgent Care Facility and Free Standing Urgent Care Center.

Specifics for a Free Standing Urgent Care Center

Facility is not owned by a hospital
Provides medically necessary services for the treatment of illness and injuries that have  the potential to develop into further disability or death if treatment is delayed longer than 24 hours.
BCBSM treats freestanding Urgent Care Centers just like a physician office visit.

These standards are set by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Standard Rationale
Urgent care centers  Standard 11
Policy and procedure for handling walk-ins 
Urgent care facilities need to have a written policy and procedure to address the flow of patients that present to the facility without an appointment.
Patients seen without a prior appointment
Urgent care facilities need to see patients who do not have an appointment prior to presenting to the facility.
Qualified physician present or immediately available
Urgent care facilities need to keep one physician on site or immediately available during posted hours of operation.
Professionals with cardiac/trauma life support skills present
Urgent care facilities will have staff trained in cardiac and/or trauma life support on site during the posted hours of operation.
Range of services offered/hours clearly defined and communicated
The public and relevant organizations need to be aware of what services urgent care facilities offer and what hours they are open for operation.
 Laboratory and X-ray requirements
Urgent care facilities must have on-site laboratory and radiology services that meet CLIA and OFIS criteria.

- See more at: http://www.priorityhealth.com/provider/manual/office-mgmt/site-visits/urgent-care#sthash.0zvftobI.dpuf


Sharing Solutions Between Beaver Island and Maine Island Communities

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information contact the Beaver Island Association board members.

Veteran Bricks for the Memorial Park

We will be ordering  bricks the end of this week so if you want to place an order please do so.  It takes about 6-8  weeks to get the bricks and we will do our best to get them in this year depending  on the weather. 

You can order on-line at:


...and pay via PayPal , or send us an e-mail and we'll e-mail back  a brick form.

AMVETS Post 46


1st Responder Appreciation Day

Provided by the Beaver Island Association

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