News Update

Community Calendar for Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023


There’s what forecasters say will be a whopper of a winter storm headed to the state today with travel conditions expected to deteriorate beginning early this afternoon. There’ll be white-out conditions up north with heavy snow and sleet along with freezing rain downstate. State Police say Michiganders would be prepared for power outrages and avoid non-essential travel. In addition to all kinds of winter precipitation, the storm will bring high winds to the state with gusts up to 55 mph expected in some areas of the state. Instead of getting bypassed by the storm, it looks like the island will be near the tick of it this time with the National Weather Service predicting up to 10 inches of snow for us by the the end of the day on Thursday.

NAM-3km snow forecast


The library has the unveiling of Keith Grassmick’s newly created mural set for this evening at 5:00.  His work was custom made for the library and will be on permanent display there.  Keith is the son of island residents Pam and Brad Grassmick. Library director Jacquie LaFreniere says the new piece will be a great addition to the library.  “I think people will love it when they see it,” she says. The unveiling gets underway today at 5:00 at the library.


A new report says Ohio and Michigan combined would have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more each year to meet an agreement to control harmful cyanobacterial blooms. The report, issued by The Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ohio Environmental Council says that efforts made to date by the two states “woefully inadequate.” The problem is said to be largely caused by phosphorus runoff from fertilizers. That causes the algae blooms

That make getting in the water dangerous for people and animals. It also threatens water systems and the over-all ecological health of the lake. There’s more about the report and efforts to address the issue in a report in Bridge Michigan today with a link in today’s script online:

Now, here’s a look at what’s happening on your island…


Here’s your meeting planner for the week:  Emergency Services Authority meets Thursday at 2:00.  Thursday evening there’s an informational meeting at the BIC Center called Adulting 101: Insurance.  That’s at 6:00. And that’s it for the week. Meeting locations and details are linked in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, and C-O-A has Bingo at 1:00 with lots of fabulous prizes.  Also Wednesday evening over at the library will be the unveiling of Keith Grassmick’s mural. That’s at 5:00. Time for Art is taking a break this week so folks can join in the celebration at the library. And, the special at the Bodega on Wednesday is a Coney Dog and fries.


Thursday, Pickleball is 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Tai Chi is also at 10:00 in the Hangout. Women’s Bible Study is on the calendar over at the Christian Church. Resale shop is open from noon to 4. At 1:00, there’s Story Hour for preschoolers at the library.  The Harbor Bodega special Thursday evening is Chinese or Italian, and its Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock. Also, Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday evening. Cards hit the table at 7:00.


Friday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00 and then Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10:30. Both are up in the Hangout. Pickleball is on Friday, too, from 10:00 to noon in the Theater. Resale Shop is open again from noon to 4:00. And Friday is Pizza Night at Dalwhinnies Eat in or take out. Just get your order in before 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, Lego Club is at the library at 1:00. Building fun for all ages.  The Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. Also, there’s Brunch at the Shamrock until from 9:00 to 2:00. At the BIC Center, movies are on tap. The 4:00 show is Strange World from Disney. It’s the story of a farmer from an adventurous family who is swept away on a journey to strange, new place. Great fun for the whole family. Rated P-G. At 7:00, its Armageddon Time. Can the bonds of the family remain intact as time and people change? This award-winning film with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway explores that issue as the cold war is drawing to a close and American culture is undergoing big changes. It’s rated R. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession Stand open all day for both shows for snacks, a meal, or both.  No charge for admission but remember your free-will donation helps keep the great movies coming to the BIC Center. Also Saturday Night, it’s Taco Night Dalwhinnies. Dine in or take out. They are open until 7:00.

Sunday there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15. Also Sunday Brunch at the Shamrock from 11:00 to 2:00.


Looking ahead to next week…



Monday, C-O-A Chair Yoga is on at the BIC Center.  It starts at 10:00 up in the hangout. Special at the Bodega on Monday is sliders.


Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout. Over at the Bodega, it Taco Tuesday. And, Tuesday evening at the BIC Center, it’s time for trivia. Let’s Get Quizzical gets underway at 6:00.

BIRTHDAYS:  Nick Olson, Mila Mooney and Kayla Anderson are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Kayla, Mila and Nick, and if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC:  None.  But, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1935 all plane flights over the White House are barred because they are disturbing President Roosevelt’s sleep. And, in 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth’s ‘nothing over five cents’ shop opens at Utica, New York. It is the first chain store.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is rectify (verb) [REK-tuh-fye], which means to correct something that is wrong. Don’t worry if you struggle with the word rectify—we’re here to set you straight. When you rectify something, you correct an error or make things right, which is fitting because rectify and correct both ultimately trace back to the Latin word regere, which can mean “to lead straight,” “to direct,” or “to rule.” Rectify has had its “to set right” meaning since the early 16th century, but the word has over the years accrued various other meanings as well, including the specialized uses “to purify especially by repeated or fractional distillation” (as in “rectified alcohol”), “to make (an alternating current) unidirectional,” and several medical applications having to do with healing of one kind or another. Regere plays a part in the histories of a number of familiar English words, in addition to those mentioned above; the many relatives of rectify include directresurrection, and regimen.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from President Frankline D. Roosevelt: “Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.”


On a lighter note: What do you call an X-wing pilot who does too many barrel rolls? Puke Skywalker.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening. 


Today – Winter Storm Warning starts at 1:00 p.m.

A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 25. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight – Winter Storm Warning

Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow after 4am. Low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -3. Breezy, with a northeast wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 5 inches.

Thursday – Winter Storm Warning through 7:00 p.m.

Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow, mainly before 11am. High near 18. Wind chill values as low as -6. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 5 inches.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -7. North wind 10 to 15 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. North wind around 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 14.


Cloudy, with a high near 29.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.


Partly sunny, with a high near 29.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.


Rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Monday Night

Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Blustery.


A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy.