News Update

Community Calendar for December 6, 2017

Today is Wednesday December 6th, 2017.
I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.

Press Release from Michigan Agency for Energy
Enbridge temporarily stops flow in Line 5 due to inclement
weather in accordance with agreement with State

LANSING, Mich. – High winds and waves in the Straits of Mackinac today has prompted Enbridge Energy to temporarily suspend operation of its Line 5, meeting one of the provisions in a recent agreement between the State of Michigan and Enbridge aimed at safeguarding the Great Lakes.

Wave heights reached more than nine feet in the Straits, according to the NOAA Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System (GLCFS) Nowcast model. The agreement between the State and Enbridge Energy Partners calls for the discontinuation of Line 5 operations in the Straits during sustained adverse weather conditions where wave heights reach more than eight feet.

Enbridge told the State that Line 5 was shut down at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday, adding that the company would restart the pipeline when conditions improve.

“The purpose of the State’s agreement with Enbridge was to find practical solutions to concerns we had about the operation of Line 5 and the safety of the Great Lakes,” said Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. “Enbridge’s action today shows the steps outlined in the plan will have immediate and long-term positive outcomes.”

Besides weather-related suspensions of the operation of Line 5, Enbridge must also — under the Nov. 27 agreement — conduct a study of the feasibility of placing a new pipeline or the existing dual pipelines in a tunnel in the Straits, assess the installation of underwater technologies to better monitor Line 5, study ways to mitigate the risk of a vessel anchor damaging the Straits pipeline, and evaluate measures to minimize the likelihood of a spill at the approximately 245 bodies of water Line 5 crosses in Michigan.

For more information about MAE, please visit or sign up for its listservs to keep up on MAE matters.

Transit Service
Effective December 1, 2017-April 30, 2018
M, W, F: noon-4pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Make your reservations via phone 24/7 at (844)-792-6900.
Set up your profile and/or make a reservation online:
Talking Threads Quilt Guild 9:30 a.m
Peaine Township Hall

5:00 p.m. The St. James Public meets on 1st Wednesday of each month. Check the St. James website at for details.

7:00 p.m. The St. James Township Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month for its regular meeting. You can find meeting information on the St. James website at

9:30 a.m. Pickleball BICC
Games Galore 1:00 p.m. BICC

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program 10 a.m.

10:00 a.m. The BIRHC will conduct its quarterly board meeting in the BIRHC Community Room at the BIRHC. Use the north entrance to get to the meeting room. This meeting is open to all and all interested persons are invited to attend.

Beaver Island Christian Church 11-3 p.m. Yum, yum! Christmas cookies and holiday cheer at the Beaver Island Christmas Cookie Carnival. Stop by to find a selection of delectable treats to grace your holiday table.

Movies BICC

3 p.m. Despicable Me 3
PG | 1h 30min | Animation, Action, Adventure Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker Trailer:

7 p.m. Scrooged (1988)
PG-13 | 1h 41min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe Trailer:

Free Will Donation Suggested $5
BICC and Shamrock Bar and Restaurant

Worship Services on Island
At our website, 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.

Remember that the Pantry can always donations. For your convenience, there are collection baskets at the Beaver Island Christian Church, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Fresh Air, Holy Cross Church and Island Airways.
We can accept unopened, unexpired non-perishable food items. Cash donations are tax-deductible and are always appreciated as well. Checks can be made payable to the Beaver Island Christian Church, PO Box 21, Beaver Island, 49782. Please write Food Pantry on the memo line. Or you can use the Donation button at the bottom of the home page at, Joe Moore’s News on the Net.
The Food Pantry Committee
Judi Meister, Beth Croswhite, Mark LaFreniere, Deb Plastrik and Chris Heikka

Resale Store – Open on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. from noon until 4:00.

WVBI BICC – Sponsored by Powers Hardware
24 with clouds and wind

Today – Snow Showers/Wind. High 28F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight – Few Snow Showers. Low 24F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.

Greenes Bay Beach – Boyle Family Station
26 and clouds
Same forecast as in town today
Current Conditions – Greene’s Bay Beach, Beaver Island, MI

As of 8:30 AM Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Forecast: Mostly Cloudy

Outside Temp: 26.3 F
High Outside Temp: 27.6 F at 12:54 AM
Low Outside Temp: 25.8 F at 6:34 AM
Outside Humidity: 82%

Heat Index: 26.0 F
Wind Chill: 13.0 F
Dew Point: 22.0 F

Barometer: 29.695″ and Rising Slowly

Wind Speed: 18.0 Mph
Wind Direction: W
High Gust: 36.0 Mph at 1:09 AM
10 min Avg Wind: 19.0 Mph

Rain Rate: 0.00″/Hour
Day Rain: 0.00″
Storm Rain: 0.00″
Month Rain: 0.68″
Year Rain: 15.03″

Phyllis Moore Forecast
Right now it’s 24°, feels like -1°, lightly snowing, humidity is at 67%, pressure is steady at 29.62 inches, wind is from the west at 26 mph with gusts to 31 mph. Visibility is 10 miles. NOT a day for a beach party as your paper plates would blow away and the beer would probably freeze to your lips.
TODAY: Periods of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Breezy. HIghs in the upper 20s. West winds 10 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph decreasing to 35 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Periods of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: We are still in the Gale Warning along with a Winter Storm Warning.
TODAY: West wind up to 30 knots. Gusts up to 40 knots decreasing to 30 knots in the late morning. Snow showers. Waves 8 to 11 feet. Waves occasionally around 13 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.
ON THIS DATE of December 6, 1993 – The Eagles taped a video for Travis Tritt’s version of “Take It Easy” which led to their reunion.
DID YOU KNOW THAT the term “disc jockey” was ostensibly coined by radio gossip commentator Walter Winchell in 1935, and the phrase first appeared in print in a 1941 Variety magazine, used to describe radio personalities who introduced phonograph records on the air.
WORD OF THE DAY: palmy (PAH-mee) which means 1) glorious, prosperous, or flourishing: the palmy days of yesteryear. 2) abounding in or shaded with palms: palmy islands. 3) palmlike. Palmy in its literal sense “made or covered with palm leaves” first appears in English in the mid-15th century. Its current, most common sense, “prosperous, flourishing,” first appears in Hamlet (1603).

Birthdays – Born Today

Donegal Bay Road work continues, watch for detours and workers… Still no delays to report on Beaver Island.

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

To Lucas, Sophia and all our listeners, miracles are the result of expecting greater things and never letting doubt rule your thoughts.

On a lighter note, the thing about your first elevator ride is that it is usually uplifting, but afterwards a letdown!!!

That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday December 6th, 2017.

I’m Greg Doig at WVBI‚ the Voice of Beaver Island. Make today the best day ever, and thank you for listening!