News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, April 3rd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, April 3rd, 2020.
First, some news…
The number of Michigan confirmed cases topped 10,000 on Thursday, totaling 10,791 positive results. There were also 80 new deaths reported, bringing the total to 417. Locally, no cases on the island. Across up north, 5 in Charlevoix, 6 with one death in Emmet, 4 in Antrim, 7 and one death in Kalkaska, 9 and two deaths in Grand Traverse, 1 in Leelanau and 19 in Otsego. Now 16 in the U-P.
Yesterday, as had been predicted, the Governor issued an executive order closing school sfor the balance of the academic year. Students on track to graduate or advance as of the original shutdown date will do so subject to some exceptions for additional work.
The Governor and state lawmakers are discussing an extension of the state of emergency in Michigan. The governor wants as 70 day extension to her authority. Lawmakers say they’ll support an extension for a reasonable amount of time. Meantime, the governor yesterday formally declared a state of disaster in Michigan, which triggers additional federal aid among other things.
Beaver Island Boat Company says it’s delaying the start of the 2020 season until May first. If you have reservations for freight or a vehicle in April, they’ll be reaching out to you to reschedule. BIBCO president Tim McQueer says things could change given the circumstances, so if you are planning travel on the boat keep in touch for the latest.
McDonough’s Market is settling into their new routine of curb-side service. With some experience, they have some suggestions and requests to speed service for everyone. Although they enjoy chatting on the phone, email orders are a lot more efficient. Include your telephone number for questions and, if you will pay by credit card, include that info in the email. They’ll delete the card number after the order is placed. Let them know when you’d like to pick up, and, finally, it’ll speed your order if you try to group things by where they are in the store. The email to use for orders is Mcdonoughsmarket at gmail dot com. That’s mcdonoughsmarket all run together with no apostrophe at g-mail dot com.
A reminder form Island fire and E-M-S personnel to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. Like go out on the ice. Or out on the big lake in small craft. Or hike trails you don’t know. That’s because emergency responders have to take extra steps to protect against COVID-19 when responding, which can slow response. And, remember there is a burning ban in effect.
In all the COVID chaos-don’t forget that the 2020 census. Even if you don’t get a letter from the Census Bureau, you can go ahead and complete the census online. Just go to 2020-census dot gov and, when you are asked for the code from your census letter, click the box saying you didn’t receive one and go ahead and enter your Beaver Island address. Of course, if you did get the letter, fill in the code. It is important for all island residents to complete the census because those number will be used to allocate resources for the next 10 years.
Looking for the latest island info on COVID-19? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and clicking on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island… Nothing on the calendar for the week ahead. Deadline for MEDC grants and loans for small businesses is coming up on the third-that’s tomorrow. Details are on the calendar. And remember, if you have suggestions for other online events that would be of interest – let us know and we’ll add them to the calendar and pass them along.
You can find information on events planned for the summer on our Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar. Just point your browser at summer dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today Sunny, with a high near 47. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 33. East wind around 10 mph. Saturday Showers, mainly before 5pm. High near 41. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. North wind around 10 mph. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Monday A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Monday Night A chance of rain showers before 4am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Tuesday A chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy.
TRAFFIC: Everything running smoothly out there, but glare is a problem headed east in the morning and west in the afternoon with all the sunshine. Roads are smooth as a beaver’s tale thanks to hard work by the county road team. Critter count: 34 turkeys and 3 deer including two breaking the speaad limit inside the 25 an hour zone just past the sign. So, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Kira Turner, Ryan Boyle, Jared Wojan, Heather Cary, Bridget Martin and Paul Cole are all celebrating today. Happy Birthday to each of them and, if we missed you on our list, Happy Birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1973 First public mobile phone call using cellualr technology is made. Motorola engineer Martin Cooper stands on a sidewalk in midtown Manhattan and uses a prototype handheld mobile phone to call his team’s main competitor in the field, Bell Labs’ Joel Engel. The first handheld cell phone is nicknamed ‘the brick.’
WORD OF THE DAY Cocoon, which means: to wrap or envelop in or as if in a cocoon. Since at least the late 1600s, English speakers have been using the noun cocoon for the silky covering that surrounds a caterpillar or other insect larva in the pupa stage of metamorphosis. The word derives, via French cocon, from Occitan coucoun, which, in turn, emerged from coco, an Occitan term for “shell.” Linguists believe the Occitan term was probably born of the Latin word coccum, a noun that has been translated as kermes, which refers to the dried bodies of some insects that are sometimes found on certain trees. The verb cocoon has been with us since the latter half of the 19th century. (
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day “Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be. Today is another day for you to start creating your own happiness.” On a lighter note: When do bakers share their secrets? Only on a need to dough basis.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, April 3rd, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.