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Community Calendar for Friday, August 12th, 2022

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive bug that the D-N-R has on it look-out list, has now been spotted downstate in Pontiac. Officials say they have confirmed several egg masses there.  They say the winged pest likes to feast on fruit crops, particularly grapes, and presents a real threat to Michigan grape growers. The fly feeds on a wide range of plants including trees such as black walnut, river birch, willow, sumac, and red maple. They suck sap and excrete honeydew, a sticky liquid that collects on the ground and grows sooty mold, which can discolor and kill plants. So, yet another invasive to worry about keeping off the island. 


In other D-N-R news, they announced yesterday that deer hunters will be required to report all successful hunts online this fall. That’s after a voluntary test of the system last fall that went well. Reports are due within 72 hours of the kill.  Officials say filling out the form will take five minutes. There’s a link in today’s script online where you can learn more about the system. No word on what to do if you are at a deer camp with no internet service.  



And, speaking of broadband service, the F-C-C yesterday reversed its decision to award 885 million in Rural Digital Opportunity Funding to Starlink, the satellite based internet provider. Advocates for rural broadband call the decision a victory because, had the funding remained in place, areas for which it was awarded would have become ineligible for some of the current round of funding under last falls infrastructure act. The decision was driven by Starlink’s fairly slow upload speeds—typically less than 20 Mbps—and concerns that the service will not be able to keep up with throughput demands driven by fiber. 

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


Here’s your meeting planner for next week: Tuesday, Waste management Committee meets at 1:30 at Peaine Township hall. B-I-A Borad meets that afternoon at 4:00 at the BIC Center. Wednesday there’s a Joint Masterplan open house meeting at the BIC Center from 2 to 6. It’ll be a chance to learn about and provide input on the updated Master Plan for the island.  Again that’s Wednesday the17th from 2:00 to 6:00 right here at the BIC Center. If you can’t make that time, there’s a link in the calendar entry online that can use to provide input. That afternoon there’s also a Parent Athlete meeting at B-I-C-S and the school board committee of the whole meets at 5:30. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at the BIC Center and the Library Board meets at the Library at 5:00.  That’s it for the week, Details are in the calendar entries online.  


On the fun front today, Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program starts up in the Hangout at 9:00 and runs until 10:00. Summer Yoga is on at 9:30. Tennis starts at 10:00 and runs to noon over on the municipal tennis courts. Homecoming events kick-off with the first games of the Mike Perdue Memorial Softball Tournament at 1:00 over at Bud McDonough Memorial Field. 


Saturday, Pickleball is on over on the municipal tennis courts from 10 to noon. Also at 10:00, the softball tournament continues with a great concession stand open this year for refreshments and lunch.  


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, the Episcopal Mission, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. The Annual Bocce Ball Tournament is on at Peaine Township Park is on Sunday starting at 11:00—hopefully using the new Bocce Ball court for at least one field. Lunch is included in your registration. Sign up with Frank D’Andria. Also, the downtown farmer’s market is on from 11 to 3. And the Homecoming Chicken Dinner is on from 4:30 to 7:00 at Holy Cross Hall. 


And, a final calendar note… to great music events still on deck for August at the BIC Center. The RFD Boys will be here on Saturday the 20th—they were a sellout last year—and then on the Tuesday after that, Mark Ortwein and his Jazztet will play at the BIC Center. If you saw him play with the St. James Jazz ensemble at the brewery earlier this week, you’ll want to see him again—and if you missed it, well, here’s your chance. Tickets for both shows are at  


Monday, Senior Chair Yoga is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Also Monday, Tennis is probably off given the weather, but normally is on the municipal courts from 10 to noon. At noon, it’s the next Marine Museum Monday with a presentation at, you guessed it, the Marine Museum.  Bring your lunch along if you like.  


Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 9:00 in the Hangout. Pickleball is on at 10:00 over on the Municipal Tennis Courts. At 8:00 Tuesday evening, meet up next to Marina South for Protopia’s Tuesday evening Bike Boodle. Bring your own bike and light. 


Wednesday, Senior Chair Yoga is on at 9:30 up in the Hangout at the BIC Center and Summer Yoga is on in the Theater. Tennis is at 10:00 over on the municipal courts. Volleyball camp concludes today at school. The Historical Society’s Picnic on the Patio continues its summer run at noon at the Print Shop. Bring a lunch, if you like, and your curiosity about the island. Wednesday evening over at the Gregg Fellowship Center its BINGO. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship and games start at 7:00.  


Thursday, the original island Farmer’s Market is on at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop from 8:30 to 10:30. Senior Tai Chi is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 9:30. At 10:00 at the Library there’s the Summer Story Hour with its ocean theme for this summer.  Stories, activities and more at your district library. And, Pickleball is from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts.  

BIRTHDAYS:  Dan McDonough, Jacqueline Martin and Davi Stein celebrate today. Tomorrow, Tina Morgan, Becky Gercae, Patti Crawford and Alice Walker blow out candles. And Sunday it is Logan Crandall. Happy Birthday to Alice, Patti, Becky, Tina, Jacqueline, Davi and Dan and if we missed you on our 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 but…expect delays in town around ferry time.  And, still lots of folks out exploring on bikes. So, let’s be careful out there.  

ON THIS DAY in 1981, IBM makes it personal with the 5150 computer. $1,565 will get you 16K of RAM, a 4.77 MHz CPU, and DOS 1.0 on IBM’s new entry into the marketplace, a machine marketed as a personal computer, or ‘PC.’ Open standards mean third parties can write software or build peripherals, which will contribute to the 5150’s huge success. 


MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY: melancholia (noun) [mel-un-KOH-lee-uh] which refers to a feeling of sadness or depression. It is also used to refer to a sad tone or quality that one perceives in something, such as a work of art or literature. When is a word full of humor yet far from humorous? Melancholia traces back to Greek melan- (“black, dark”) and cholē (“bile”). Medical practitioners once adhered to the system of humors—bodily fluids that included black bile, yellow bile, blood, and phlegm. An imbalance of these humors was thought to lead to disorders of the mind and body. One suffering from an excess of black bile (believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen) could become sullen, unsociable, and liable to depression. Today, doctors no longer ascribe physical and mental disorders to disruptions of the four humors, but the word melancholia is still used in psychiatry as a general term for despondency. 

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Friday 

Here’s a thought for the day from Thomas Watson, president of I-B-M in 1943: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”  Ooops. 


On a lighter note: How do lumberjacks work from home? They log in.   

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, August 12th, 2022. 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.   



Sunny, with a high near 75. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. 


A 10 percent chance of showers after 5am. Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 


A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 

Saturday Night 

A 30 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind around 5 mph. 


Partly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 5 to 10 mph. 

Sunday Night 

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. 


Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. 

Monday Night 

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. 


Sunny, with a high near 79. 

Tuesday Night 

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. 


Sunny, with a high near 80. 

Wednesday Night 

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. 


Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. 

Out on the Big Drink:  


Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. 


SSW wind around 10 kt becoming SSE in the afternoon. A chance of showers. Waves 1 ft or less. 


E wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. 


NNE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. 


ENE wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. 

Fire Danger Level: High 

Water Temps: White Shoal is off-line this morning, 70 in Little Traverse Bay and 69 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island.