News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, December 2nd, 2022

The Township Treasurers mailed out the Winter Tax bills yesterday.  They included a short survey to collect information on internet speeds available at your home or business on the island.  That’s part of an effort by the townships’ Joint Telecommunications Committee to check the accuracy of information the state and federal governments plan to use to divide up founding to improve broadband service.  B-I-A President Dick Mulvahill says it’s critical to the island’s future that we make sure that info is correct, a view echoed by the Chair of the Telecommunications Committee—that would be yours truly. Please fill out the survey and return it with your tax bill.


In related news, the Petoskey News-Review had an interview with Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist yesterday and asked about his priorities for Northwest Michigan in his coming term with Governor Whitmer.  Improving broadband was top on his list along with affordable housing.  He noted the importance of checking the data in the F-C-C map that the J-Tac survey in your tax bill is asking about. 


Downtown Charlevoix has a Shop Local promotion going on now through Christmas. Evry $50 spent at a merchant there—online or in person—erans you an entry in a drawing for downtown gift cards. Three will be given away with values of $500, %300 and $100.  Not all purchases qualify.  There’s more info at downtown Charlevoix dot com.

Basketball teams from three other Great Lakes islands will converge at B-I-C-S on Friday for the fourth Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament. Boys and girls teams from Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, Washington Island and Mackinac Island will be here to play in the two day event.  First ball gets tipped on Friday at noon with the Islander’s taking on Put-in-Bay in a boys matchup. There’s an all team dinner and fun night at the BIC Center on Friday. Play continues on Saturday starting at 8:30. The full schedule of games is in the calendar entry online, plus we plan to have coverage on the air here on W-V-B-I.

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


Your meeting planner for next week: St. James Planning Commission has a meeting set for Tuesday at 6:00. Their Finance Committee meets Wednesday at 1:00. The Elks Club meets Thursday evening at 5:30…and note there was an error in the calendar that had them meeting last week, so sorry for that miscue.  That’s it.  Meeting details are in the calendar entries online.


On the fun front today, Friday, at the BIC Center, Pickleball is from 10 to noon in the theater.  No Chair Yoga today, but the Arthritis Foundation exercise program is on for 10:30. At noon, the Great Lakes Islands Basketball tournament kicks off over at school, and Games Galore is on up in the Hangout at the BIC Center starting at 1:00.  


On Saturday, the Great Lakes Islands Tournament continues at school starting at 8:30. Story Hour is at the library at 10:00. No movies this weekend because Drag Bingo is on in the theater Saturday evening. Seating starts at 6:3- for a 7:00 p.m. showtime. Movies are back next weekend with Disenchanted and Ticket to Paradise.


Sunday, there are services at Holy Cross, the Christian Church, and the Lighthouse fellowship.  Times and more details are in the calendar. Also Sunday, the Christmas Cantata is on at the Christian Church at 3:00.  It’s an Island tradition with musical and vocal ensembles telling the story of Christmas.


Looking ahead to next week….


Monday, the C-O-A has Chair Yoga set for the BIC Center at 10:00 this morning. Monday at 5:00 is the order deadline for the Cookie Carnival. Details are in the calendar entry online.


Tuesday, Talking Threads will be crafting out at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 9:00. Pickleball is on at 10:00, in the Theater here at the BIC Center where it will be through the winter. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, Chair Yoga is upstairs in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 10:00. C-O-A Bingo is at 1:00 up in the Hang Out. There’s no charge to play and there are lots of fabulous prizes. Time for Art is back in session with The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams continuing this week.  You can also bring your own project for open studio time.


Thursday Pickleball is from 10:00 to noon in the Theater. Tai Chi is off, though, because Lonnie is sick. At 10:00, there is Women’s Bible Study over at the Christian Church.  At 1:00, Story Hour is on at the library. The Elks hold their monthly meeting at Peaine Township Hall at 5:30. At 6:00, there’s the Stocking Stuffer Sleighride [we talked about at the top.]/[It departs the BIC Center for a trip out to the Whiskey Point light and stops to collect treats and stocking stuffers at the pocket parks along the way.  Then, it’s back to the BIC Center for Christmas tree lighting, carols, and treats plus hot cocoa.]  And Euchre is on tap at Whiskey Point Brewery Thursday, too. Cards hit the table at 7:00.

BIRTHDAYS:  Don Tritsch and Sam Fogg are celebrating today.  Tomorrow, it’s Hanz Stein and Sunday Dillon Butler. Happy birthday to Dillon, Hanz, Sam and Don, 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:  The W-V-B-I virtual octocopter is flying high in the breezy Beaver Island Skies and spies…no traffic. But, its virtual imaging thermal system is spotting ice popping up in unexpected places with the cold temps…so let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in 2001 Enron’s bankruptcy filing exposes massive fraud. The huge energy-trading company based in Houston sparks one of the largest corporate scandals in history when it files for bankruptcy. An investigation will reveal that executives misled investors about profits, and the ensuing scandal will wipe out retirement accounts and send key execs to prison.

WORD OF THE DAY: Our Merriam Webster word of the day is sandbag (verb) [SAND-bag]. When used figuratively, sandbag usually means “to hit or stun as if with a sandbag,” “to criticize or treat unfairly” or “to hide one’s true abilities or purpose in order to deceive people, gain an advantage, etc.”

How much nuance is there in a bag of sand? Here’s the nitty-gritty: when sandbag was first established as a verb in the 1800s, it meant (quite understandably) “to bank, stop up, or weight with sandbags,” but since then it has taken on several figurative meanings, some more obvious than others. First came the simple (and decidedly unfriendly in application) metaphorical extension: “to hit or stun as if with a sandbag.” Less literal uses followed, including “to treat unfairly or harshly” and “to coerce by crude means.” By the mid-20th century, sandbag was being used by poker players to describe the act of pretending a strong hand is actually weak, in order to draw other players into raising the bet. This use of sandbag has since evolved to refer to a general strategy of misrepresenting one’s intentions or abilities in order to gain some sort of advantage.

Now, to wrap up for this for Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from author Jonathan Gash: “Fraud is the daughter of greed.”


On a lighter note:  What did the tree say to the moss? You’re starting to grow on me.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, December 2nd, 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. 



A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


Rain showers likely before 4am, then rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Snow showers likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 25 by 5pm. Windy, with a northwest wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.


A 50 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Monday Night

A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 23.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

Tuesday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.


A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

Wednesday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.


Partly sunny, with a high near 31.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today – Gale Warning

S wind around 25 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. A chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Waves 6 to 7 ft.


Saturday – Gale Warning

WNW wind 30 to 35 kt decreasing to 20 to 25 kt in the afternoon. A chance of snow before noon. Waves 10 ft subsiding to 4 ft.


SW wind 20 to 30 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 9 ft subsiding to 6 ft.



SW wind 15 to 20 kt. A chance of rain after noon. Waves 3 to 5 ft.


NW wind 10 to 15 kt. A chance of snow. Waves around 1 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low

Water Temps: 44 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island with 10 to 11-foot waves. 40 at White Shoal. No reading from Little Traverse Bay.