News Update

Community Calendar for February 8, 2018

Today is Thursday February 8th, 2018. I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.

Pickle Ball 0930 BICC
Games Galore 1-4 p.m. BICC
BICS 3:30 p.m. The BICS Board Curriculum Committee is holding its regular meeting.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program 10:00 a.m.
BICS This weekend the Islanders Girls and Boys basketball squads head to Kinross to take on the Maplewood Black Bears. The games start Friday evening at 5:00 and Saturday morning at 8:30.


BIDL Lego Club is back at 1 p.m. open for all

Movies BICC
3 p.m. The Stray
PG | 1h 32min | Drama, Family A young father takes his nine year old son, the family dog, and two of his son’s friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado only for all five of them to be struck by lightning. Trailer:

7 p.m. Loving Vincent
PG-13 | 1h 34min | Animation, Biography, Crime In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. Trailer:–hn6Dyb9J4

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

Worship Services on Island

COA Dinner BICC 11-Noon 13-60 $8 Others $4
Featuring… Baked Ham, scrumptious Cheesy Potatoes, Veggies, Roll, Valentine’s Cherry Dessert…and Chocolate!

The Cut Finger Band will continue to practice on Sunday afternoons throughout the winter. Unless posted otherwise, practice/open jam and dancing will be 2pm at Whisky Point Brewing Company.

Coming up Next Week:
Veterans Affairs Rep on Tuesday
Meetings and More

The St. James Township Board met in a special session yesterday afternoon to consider a proposal for the future use of the Beaver Island Marina. The Woollam Foundation is interested in purchasing the marina for donation to the township with a conservation easement to the Little Traverse Conservancy. John Woollam traveled to be at the meeting and explain the proposal. He said that his primary interest was maintaining the existing character of the shoreline of Paradise Bay.
Either continuing the existing use of the marina with no additional building footprint on the water-side or converting the marina to a public park, perhaps with part of the pier retained as a fishing pier and a boat launch would meet his objective. He thought that continued use as a marina might be preferable from an economic development perspective with the township operating the marina as it now does the Yacht Dock. Across the street, commercial concerns could be involved, either leasing or buying the land to continue the existing service and storage operations. All of this would be subject to a conservation easement, which would prohibit any other industrial or agricultural uses. Mr. Woollam stressed that he had not completed a full economic analysis of the marina operations other than to conclude that a sale of the marina for commercial development wouldn’t work. He thought it was in the economic interests of the island to continue the core marina functions. Fuel, maintenance, supplies and boat storage are all important in his view. The current county road commission property might become available to be included in the overall parcel, which would expand the options.
After Mr. Woolam’s presentation, board chair Kitty McNamara opened the floor for questions. Board member Jeff Powers stressed the need for business development on the island and the need to make sure the final arrangement would be economically viable in the long-run. He thought supporting fishing was especially important. No other board members had questions or comments, but there were a number of questions and comments from the audience, which numbered about 20 people. The public concerns focused on the viability of the marina operation and continued availability of the services. Public access to boat launching came up several times.
A number of people thanked Mr. Woollam for his prior contributions to the island, which include purchase of a number of parcels that have become much used conservation areas on the island. Kitty, Jeff and a number of members of the public expressed interest in working with Mr. Woollam to develop a plan that would work both for his foundation and the township.

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.

To help coordinate the events we’ve taken the major events for Summer 2018 and compiled them into a nifty little Celebrate Summer 2018 online calendar. Just point your browser at to get the lowdown on everything planned so far for next summer. Then check back from time to time as more events will be added as dates are firmed up.

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 Thursday-Saturday Noon – 4

Coming Up
The 3rd annual Lake G. ice fishing tournament is coming up just around the corner! February 17th and 18th free fishing weekend.
kids division free, ages 0-14. Saturday 10am-2pm, lunch served at noon. kids fish all open species largest fish 1st-2nd-3rd place
adult division
10 dollar buy in. 15+ years of age, Saturday 6am – Sunday 3pm
walleye 1st place big fish by weight
pike 1st-2nd-3rd big fish by weight.
Sign up at powers hardware or at the boat launch during tournament. all entries must be signed up before entry onto lake.
Please sign up kids ahead of time so we know how many to expect.
For more info or if you would like to donate call levi connor at 231-459-6697 or email at<>

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8 and sunny
Today – Partly Cloudy. High 16F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight – Mostly Cloudy. Low 8F. Winds light and variable.

Greenes Bay Beach – Boyle Family Station
Today – Same forecast in town
Current Conditions – Greene’s Bay Beach, Beaver Island, MI

As of 8:29 AM Thursday, February 8, 2018

Forecast: Mostly Clear

Outside Temp: 12.3 F
High Outside Temp: 16.5 F at 4:10 AM
Low Outside Temp: 4.6 F at 12:26 AM
Outside Humidity: 83%

Heat Index: 12.0 F
Wind Chill: -1.0 F
Dew Point: 8.0 F

Barometer: 30.306″ and Steady

Wind Speed: 10.0 Mph
Wind Direction: W
High Gust: 13.0 Mph at 3:52 AM
10 min Avg Wind: 8.0 Mph

Rain Rate: 0.00″/Hour
Day Rain: 0.00″
Storm Rain: 0.00″
Month Rain: 0.00″
Year Rain: 15.87″

Phyllis Moore Weather
TODAY: Partly sunny. Numerous snow showers in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs around 17°. Southwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around 6°. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.
ON THIS DATE of February 8, 1725, Peter the Great, emperor of Russia, dies and is succeeded by his wife, Catherine.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon?
WORD OF THE DAY: naissane (NEY-suh ns) which means a birth, an origination, or a growth, as that of a person, an organization, an idea, or a movement.

Birthdays – Born Today
Beth Croswhite
Ryan McDonald

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, happiness requires action, so be the ones to seize each day.
On a lighter note, why did the mother of twins name them both Ed? Because two Eds are better than one!!!
That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday February 8th, 2018.

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