It is starting to look like an Aurora Borealis Christmas…
It is true! Space and astronomy websites are predicting a Kp4 for December 19th and a Kp5 for December 25th, 2021. On a level of Kp1 to Kp10, a Kp5 is a great level to glimpse Northern Lights.
That is not all you need to know. Location, conditions, and timing are all factors. And all are varying factors.
I will give you the essentials and tools I use to view the Northern Lights on a regular basis, as evidenced by the photos below. Disclaimer: Aurora Borealis is completely unpredictable along with the weather in its behavior. Here are some websites and apps to investigate for accurate predictions. You may also want to sign up with these apps to receive Aurora Alerts.
Be prepared to interpret unfamiliar information as evidenced here by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association; this shows UTC(Universal Time) and more. You can also find 3 day and 27-day outlooks here.
From Catherine Sowa Meintsa: "Well Beaver Island you did it! We have exceeded our goal. We started late in the year but we did it! All our veterans will have a wreath this year at both cemeteries. This is huge accomplishment for a cemetery. Not all cemeteries can accomplish this. Arlington National Cemetery does this but they also are helped because they are federally funded. This Island is amazing. We have already added wreaths to next year’s order. Amazing!" Above, Beaver Island Community Schools staff and students helped place the wreaths at both island cemeteries.
Catherine made a quick trip over to deliver the wreaths and met up with Kathleen Belfy Antkoviak who helped organize and oversee the program this year. Catherine also received this shoutout below from community members who participated in the program, bought wreaths or helped place them. Many celebrations of life happened on December 13th at 2:00pm.
"Shout out to Catherine for making the quick trip here to help with Wreaths Across America, to KK for her island help with the program and to all who helped place wreaths. The kids and Mrs. Robert were so much help, Jeanne of course, Alvin, and many more. They look great!" Here's another shoutout right back from Facebook from Catherine and crew: "Shout out to my little Beaver Island community. We started very late in the fundraising year. We still managed to cover every veteran’s grave with a wreath this year. Not always an easy task in your first year. We even over shot our goal and already have 59 wreaths purchased for next year. Amazing. We had such a great turnout. Thank you to the Welkes (Paul Welke) for helping our wreaths make their final leg of their trip to the island. Thank you to my co-chairs Kathleen Belfy Antkoviak and Pam White O'Brien Thank you to the 4th,5th, and 6th grade classes. They colored wreaths and sent messages back with me for the Veteran’s Home. With so much compassion and respect they helped place our wreaths at both cemeteries. Their teacher Deborah LaFreniere Robert made it all possible. Many hands made beautiful work. Thank you all!"
Find out more about Wreaths Across America on this page...Click below or search Facebook.
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From Lori Taylor Blitz, Beaver Island Historical society
We are finally ready to move forward on restoration and preservation of the Beaver Head Lighthouse! Please join us as we begin this exciting project! You can make a difference by donating today to Beaver Island Historical Society. Donations can be made via this GoFundMe page or mailed directly to the Beaver Island Historical Society, PO Box 263, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Please note on your check "Beaver Head Lighthouse." To reach the society via email: email@example.com. Click the Link Below
Fundraiser by Beaver Island Historical Society (Beaver Island Historical Society) : Preserve the Beaver Head Lighthouse (gofundme.com)
The Beaver Island Historical Society, in collaboration with Charlevoix County and Networks Northwest, is fundraising to bring a group of historical preservation experts to the island in the summer of 2022. Eastern Michigan University's Historic Preservation Graduate Field School will assess the preservation needs of our Beaver Head Lighthouse--the third oldest on the Great Lakes.
Our vision is for the lighthouse to be restored and sustainable. We have many ideas for public access including a museum in the Keeper's House attached to the lighthouse.
All funds collected will be used to help graduate students with lodging, travel, and preservation supplies needed to complete their work.
Eastern Michigan University’s Historic Preservation Program (EMU HPP) conducts an annual one-week, hands-on field school with about twenty students, two faculty members, and a field school managers assist in the preservation and/or restoration of an historic structure or its contents. The Field School introduces a variety of preservation and restoration techniques such as masonry, plastering, painting, cataloguing of artifacts, documenting the historic structure, and much more. For more information about the program visit: https://www.emich.edu/geography-geology/programs/historic-preservation/glance.php
To learn more about the Beaver Island Historical Society's mission to Preserve and Share the Unique History of the Archipelago please visit https://www.beaverislandhistory.org/