News Update

Community Calendar for Australia Day, Thursday, January 26th, 2023

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I.

First some news…


In her state of the state address last evening, Governor Whitmer said her party’s sweeping vistory last fall is a direction from voters to tackle pocketbook issues, reduce education costs and build the workforce. Her biggest proposal was to establish preschool for all four-year-olds that would be funded by the state. She wants that done before spring break this year. She also spoke about access to abortion, civil rights, infrastructure, climate change and outdated laws that she says should be taken off the books.


House Minority Leader Matt Hall gave the Republican response. He said the governor should be focused on her promise from four years ago to fix the roads.  He said that hadn’t happened.


It looks like Charlevoix and Emmet County E-M-S Coordinator Jill McDonnell could be the next police chief in Charlevoix. She is one of two finalists for the position, but Robert Scholey, the other finalist, has withdrawn from consideration for the position citing personal reasons. He’s been the interim chief and says he needs to focus on family rather than the stressful position as chief. He says he is happy in his current role as deputy chief and would like to continue in that position.


McDonnell worked in law enforcement downstate for 28 years before taking on her current role. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University and attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2014.


As the east-side of downstate digs out from the snow it received yesterday, forecasters say the southwest corner of the state is in for two to six inches of lake effect snow today. Areas of snow will stretch from Muskegon to Holland to Kalamazoo. Forecasters say the biggest travel impact will be southwest of Grand Rapids.

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The Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee says that the issues with its speed test site seem to have been resolved.  You might need to completely close your browser if you still have trouble.  That or make sure you use Google Chrome to access the site. The test results will be used to send in corrections to the FCC’s National Broadband Map and for grant applications and planning. There’s a post on the B-I-A website with all the info on the test and a link to get you to it. Just go to Beaver Island Association dot org to find it. There’s also 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: None.  We’ll have your planner for next week on Friday.


On the fun front today, 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.  At 1:00, there’s Story Hour for preschoolers at the library.  Resale shop is open from noon to 4. And, Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. 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. Resale Shop is open again from noon to 4:00. Friday afternoon there’s a special extra movies showing at the BIC Center. It’s Disney’s Rise, which tells the stories of the first ever trio of brothers to make it to the N-B-A.  It’s a great basketball story for the whole family. Showtime is 4:00.  You might have an opportunity to meet and great members from the B-I-C-S Islanders basketball squads at the show.


Saturday, the Resale Shop is open from noon to 4:00. At the BIC Center, movies are on tap. The 4:00 show is The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild. Our pals drop through an ice hole into the Lost World and the Land of the Dinosaurs. Fun for the whole family, it’s rated P-G. At 7:00, it’s Father of the Bride with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estafan. Rated PG-13, it’s a fun rom-com that even dads will enjoy. 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.


Sunday there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 and mass at Holy Cross at 12:15.


Looking ahead to next week…


C-O-A Chair Yoga is a great way to start your week.  It starts at 10:00 up in the Hangout.


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.


Wednesday, there is COA Chair Yoga at 10:00, and C-O-A’s Bingo is on at 1:00 up in the Hangout with lots of fabulous prizes.  Time for Art continues Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 at the BIC Center.


BIRTHDAYS:  Eli Pease is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Eli 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:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports, our island beltway is running smoothly and the bridges are clear. But, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia. After overcoming a period of hardship, the fledgling colony began to celebrate the anniversary of this date with great fanfare and it eventually became commemorated as Australia Day. In recent times, Australia Day has become increasingly controversial as it marks the start of when the continent’s Indigenous people were gradually dispossessed of their land as European colonization spread across the continent.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is knackered (adjective) [NAK-erd], is an adjective mostly used informally in British English to mean “very tired or exhausted.” An apt synonym for knackered might be the phrase “dead tired” for more than one reason. Knackered comes from the past participle of knacker, a slang term meaning “to kill,” as well as “to tire, exhaust, or wear out.” The origins of the verb knacker are uncertain, but the word is perhaps related to an older noun knacker. That word originally referred to a harness-maker or saddlemaker, and later to a buyer of animals no longer able to do farmwork (or their carcasses), as well as to a buyer of old structures. Knackered is used on both sides of the Atlantic but is more common among British speakers.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday, January 26th …

Here’s a thought for the day from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz: “Don’t worry about the world ending today; its already tomorrow in Australia.”


On a lighter note: What did the full glass say to the empty glass?  You look drunk.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, January 26th, 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. 



Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 22 by 4pm. North wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning.


A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to near 20 by 10pm, then rising to around 25 during the remainder of the night. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.


Snow showers likely, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Windy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


Cloudy, with a high near 21. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 13.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19.

Sunday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 12.


Cloudy, with a high near 16.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18.

Tuesday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 12.


Cloudy, with a high near 19.