Community Calendar for March 9, 2017

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Today is Thursday March 9th, 2017. I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.

The Board of Directors of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association have awarded a $1000 Mini-Grant to the “Potters of Beaver Island,” board chair Frank D’Andraia announced today.”
“Potters of Beaver Island” organizer, Larissa McGinnity, said the funds are to be used to build a Raku style kiln. McGinity added, “Once built the kiln will be available for use by Island potters and provides an opportunity for non-potters to learn about ceramics and pottery, as well as the art of Raku “glazing and firing.” Raku is a traditional Japanese technique that has been rediscovered and modified by modern potters who appreciate its unique beauty and metallic luster and intense colors. The Mini-Grant is expected to cover a portion of the costs associated with building the kiln.

This year’s ice was a bit slow in coming, but the PABI ‘Ice Classic’ buoy is in position and ready to signal the coming of spring to Beaver Island.
The closest prediction wins half of the purse, with the other half going to support the Preservation Association of Beaver Island, including your Beaver Island Community Center and WVBI 100.1 FM.

Think Spring, have fun, and win money!

Enter TODAY–just stop at the Community Center, contact a PABI Board Member, or call 231-448-2022. $5 and 6 for $20

Here is a review of the past winners.
2016 No ice
2015 3:40 PM April 15th The amount was $432.50
2014 11:01 AM April 28th The winner collected $527.25.
2013 12:18 PM April 11–winner collected $700
2012 No Ice
2011 12:20 PM April 10th—The winner collected over $1,046
2010-4:10 PM March 18—The winner collected over $700.00
2009-1:58 PM April 9, 2009—The winner Collected over $1,100
2008-11.34 PM on April 8—-The winner Collected over $1,200
2007- 2:52 PM on March 28th —The winner Collected Over $1,200!
2006- 8:29 PM on March 29th—The winner Collected Over $600!

Bob Tidmore

March 12 11:00 a.m. Spring Forward
Join us for the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Beaver Island Sunday Dinner. A tasty monthly time for feasting, fellowship and fun!

Referee’s: Shane Wood, Kyle Hondorp
Score Keepers: Tessa Jones, Rick Speck
Announcer: Adam Richards
Coach of the Green & Red Teams: Mike Myers
Green Team: Michael Pryor, Justin Martin, Dan Burton, John Brady,
Quinn Jones, Sun Kuntaro, Maeve Green
Team Sponsor – K&M Construction
Red Team: Travis Martin, Simeon Richards, Brian Timseck, Kai Drost,
Jenna Butler, Turner Jones
Team Sponsor – Island Energies
Coach of the Blue & White Teams: Bill Kohne
Blue Team: Cameron LaVasseur, Zack Bousquet, Forest Avery,
Ronny Marsh, Cameron Bartlet, Katie Lafreniere
Team Sponsor – Realestate One
White Team: Patrick McGinnity, Emily Burton, Jewel Cushman,
Jarod Wojan, Tyler Eldridge, Billy Lemmink
Team Sponsor – Beaver Island Lumber Company
Still room for a few players!
St. Patricks Day Beaver Island Alumni Basketball Tournament
Join us for the 3rd annual Beaver Island Alumni Basketball Tournament & Crockpot Cook-Off at 5pm and games start at 5:30 Friday March 17, 2017 @ the Beaver Island Community School. Exciting games, great food, super stupendous trophies, prizes to be given, entertainment galore, and lots of community spirit.
If you haven’t already registered and want to play there is still time! Register for a team by calling Carol @ 231-838-2883 (team shirts provided with sign up). Islanders are welcome to fill these slots! All teams are shuffled to create fair and challenging games.
You can also sign up for the Chili/Soup/Anything you can put in a Crockpot Cook-Off by calling Deb @ 231-675-7155. Event is sponsored by the Beaver Island Sports Boosters and all proceeds support our student athletics program.
PS: We have a Leprechaun!
Free will donation for event.
Come out and root on the teams!

May 26-28, 2017
The 4th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 26-28, 2017, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at

Transportation to the island is via ferry or air taxi. Lodging is available on the island, and transportation for the various field trips will be provided to registered participants. More information about transportation and lodging is available on the website.

Expert speakers, researchers, and field guides will lead workshops and field trips to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Weekend event.

Featured speakers include Jerry Weinrich, retired wildlife biologist with the Michigan DNR, who will present, “Michigan Eagles and Ospreys, A Bird’s Eye View,” Brian Allen, author, researcher, and conservationist, who will present “Birding Peru, Penguins to Piping Guans,” and Darrell Lawson, President of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, who will offer “Birding 101,” a popular program with advice on all aspects of birding. Field trips include a demonstration of mist netting by Dr. Nancy Seefelt, a biology professor at Central Michigan University, and two evening trips to spot owls and other nocturnal animals.

For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit Information about transportation to and accommodations on Beaver Island can be found at, and for information about the island visit the Chamber of Commerce’s web site at
The Beaver Island Association
P.O. Box 390
Beaver Island, MI 49782

The Food Pantry provides assistance to members of the Beaver Island “family” who are in need. Basic food items and personal care items are distributed once a month. The winter months are the time of greatest need for individuals and families here, and our pantry shelves are starting to empty out. Tax-deductible donations can be sent, made payable to the Beaver Island Christian Church, to the Food Pantry at PO Box 21, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Please write Food Pantry on the memo line. Or you can donate on Joe Moore’s News on the Net homepage at The Food Pantry is an ecumenical effort and we appreciate your help! Thank you so much.
Beth Croswhite, Mark LaFreniere, Judi Meister, Deb Plastrik
Food Pantry Committee

Deer Ticks are already showing up in increased numbers with the mild winter we have been having. This Friday and Saturday we will be conducting a Lyme/Heartworm Disease Testing Clinic.
Discounts on vaccines, heartworm tests and products to prevent Lyme Disease, Heartworm and other diseases such as Leptospirosis and Distemper that are increasing in the area.
We will be conducting more clinics throughout the spring.
Please call 2314482572 or 2314482860 for an appointment

The Beaver Island Community Center Fall/Winter/Spring Hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am -9pm
Sunday Closed
If you are looking for information on all island events, find it on the new WVBI Community Calendar. Just head on over to the WVBI website and click on Calendar on the top menu. You’ll see things like:
library story time for kids – pickleball, games galore and more at the BICC – church services – school sports and township board meetings and more

We’ve tried to include everything, but if we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar or by sending an email with the details to¬† And, we can make it easy for your events to show up in a nice calendar on your website, too, so you only have to post them once. Your website can show only your events or those plus other categories from the calendar that you choose.

At the Community Center

3p.m. Mona
Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island’s fishermen can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Whiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Whiti’s heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific.
Directors: Ron Clements, Don Hall
Writers: Jared Bush (screenplay), Ron Clements (story by)
Stars: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
Motion Picture Rating: Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements

7p.m. The Accountant
R | 2h 8min | Action, Crime, Drama
Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Writer: Bill Dubuque
Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons

All persons under the age of 18 wishing to see an R rated movie must have parental consent. The parental consent must be from a parent or legal guardian in one of the following ways:

1) In person at the BIC Center, or

2) By a telephone call to the on-site person in charge.

No texts or written notes will be accepted.

The Beaver Island Community Center…
at the heart of a good community!

Weather – Sponsored by McDonough’s Market

24 and cloudy – Cold returns

Today – Mostly cloudy. High 28F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight – Partly cloudy this evening, then some snow showers after midnight. Low 12F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Greenes Bay Beach – Boyle Family Station
Current Conditions – Greene’s Bay Beach, Beaver Island, MI​

As of 8:29 AM Thursday, March 9, 2017​

Forecast: Partially Cloudy​

Outside Temp: 24.8 F​
High Outside Temp: 26.7 F at 12:59 AM​
Low Outside Temp: 24.5 F at 7:45 AM​
Outside Humidity: 73%​

Heat Index: 24.0 F​
Wind Chill: 23.0 F​
Dew Point: 17.0 F​

Barometer: 30.157″ and Rising Slowly​

Wind Speed: 2.0 Mph​
Wind Direction: WSW​
High Gust: 24.0 Mph at 1:57 AM​
10 min Avg Wind: 4.0 Mph​

Rain Rate: 0.00″/Hour​
Day Rain: 0.00″​
Storm Rain: 0.00″​
Month Rain: 0.28″​
Year Rain: 19.58″​

Phyllis Moore Weather
Right now it’s 23°, windchill is 11°, wind is at 14 mph from the WNW with gusts up to 36 mph, humidity is at 69%, pressure is rising from 30.14 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered snow showers in the morning then isolated snow showers int he afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 50% chance of snow showers. Lows around 10°. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 35 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 9, 1897 – A patent was issued to William Spinks and William Hoskins for cue chalk. Cue tip chalk (invented in its modern form by straight rail billiard pro William A. Spinks and chemist William Hoskins in 1897) is made by crushing silica and the abrasive substance corundum or aloxite (aluminium oxide), into a powder. It is combined with dye (originally and most commonly green or blue-green, like traditional billiard cloth, but available today, like the cloth, in many colors) and a binder (glue). Each manufacturer’s brand has different qualities, which can significantly affect play. High humidity can also impair the effectiveness of chalk. Harder, drier compounds are generally considered superior by most players. (wikipedia)

Did you know that the world’s smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand? They are between 29 and 33 mm (1.1 – 1.3 inches) in length, they have no tail, they have a wingspan of approximately 170 mm (6.7 inches) and they weigh 2 g (0.07 oz).
They have reddish/brown or grey upper parts with their underside being pale in colour. They have dark coloured relatively wide wings with long tips that enables them to hover.
Bumblebee Bats are found in areas in Sai Yok National Park in the Kanchanaburi Province of western Thailand. They have also recently been discovered in Myanmar.
Small colonies consisting of 10 – 100 individuals roost high up in limestone caves. When they roost they are spread out so that they are not touching each other. These caves are found in forested areas near rivers.
Bumblebee Bats feed on insects. They either take them from foliage or capture them in the air.

Word of the day: newspeak (NOO-speek) which means an official or semiofficial style of writing or saying one thing in the guise of its opposite, especially in order to serve a political or ideological cause while pretending to be objective, as in referring to “increased taxation” as “revenue enhancement.” Newspeak was coined by George Orwell in his novel 1984, which was published in 1949.
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In traffic news on the mainland, driving around Charlevoix will soon be literally just that—at least overnight. Starting March twenty-seventh the draw-bridge in Charlevoix (that our ferry passes under) will be open all night each night from eleven p-m until five a-m the next morning. So driving from the main drag in Charlevoix over to the Weathervane will mean a detour through East Jordan, Boyne Falls and Petoskey. So, bottom line is that from the twenty-seventh until April seventh, you’d better be on the side of the bridge you want to be on come eleven p-m—or be prepared for a drive around Lake Charlevoix.

… Still no delays to report on Beaver Island .

Hey, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.

To Lucas and all our listeners, ― Plato once wrote, “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

On a lighter note, what’s a robot’s favorite type of music? Heavy metal!!

Don’t forget to follow Beaver Island’s robot from BICS at

That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday March 9th, 2017. I’m Greg Doig at WVBI‚ the Voice of Beaver Island. Have a great day, and thank you for listening!