News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, February 12th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, February 12th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Wildlife Club has the annual Lake G Fishing Tournament set to go tomorrow.  It’s a bit of a toned-down event this year to keep everything COVID safe.  No food tent, bonfire, kids games and so on—and you need to bring all your own gear.  Fish from dawn to dusk.  There’s a prize for the biggest by weight and the smallest by length.  Weigh in/measure-in is from 4 to 5 at the boat launch on Lake G.

 

COVID-19 data from the state yesterday shows a bump up in new cases, but within variations we’ve come to expect day to day. There were 1,284 new cases and 20 new deaths in yesterdays report along with 55 reclassified deaths. Seven-day running average for new cases is down to 990. For deaths, the average is 15 a day—with reclassifications backed out. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 19 new cases and one death. Charlevoix had a case removed. The single death was in Grand Traverse.  Seven day running averages for our region are 22 new cases a day and one death. 

 

Statewide there are now 46,567 active cases—down by about 700. Our region has 1,105—down by 11. 

 

Positivity rates shown on the state’s Safe Start dashboard continue to look good. Statewide rate is down a tenth at 4.1%.  It’s steady at 4.3% in our safe start zone. The rate in Charlevoix county is down three tenths to 1.5%. The C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates are on a steady slope down. Overall hospital occupancy rates continue to look good both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  Statewide, 4.3% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 8.1%.  There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix, but three more at McLaren in Petoskey bringing them to eight COVID patients—all in their I-C-U.

 

On the island, no new tests.  No tests pending. No new positives since December 7th.

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

572179

15052

1284

75

Region

9396

198

19

1

TVC Zone

15789

396

39

1

UP

16149

376

30

2

55 deaths are reclassifications. There were 20 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

990

39

 

Region

22

1

 

TVC Zone

37

1

 

UP

18

1

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

732

15

4

0

Benzie

764

30

2

0

Charlevoix

815

12

-1

0

Emmet

1221

35

-2

0

Grand Traverse

3654

57

11

1

Kalkaska

533

14

3

0

Leelanau

720

14

1

0

Otsego

957

21

1

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

46567

 

 

Region

1105

 

 

TVC Zone

1759

 

 

UP

1069

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

Data from February 11, 2021, 2021

 

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

 

At the BIC Center today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on—10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout.  Pickleball is on today, too, in the theater from 1 to 3. They are playing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. BIC Center is back to regular hours. 9 to 4 Monday through Friday and noon to 9 on Saturdays. Concession stand is open for dine-in or take out.

 

Resale Shop is open today noon to 4.  Their winter hours are noon to 4 Thursdays and Fridays. They are looking for cardboard cartons you have with handles—so if you have some and could drop them by they’d appreciate it.

 

If you are looking for something interesting to do around town, drive by the Blue Pearl to see Pearl out front.  She’s all dressed up for Valentine’s day.  There are even lights for the evening.

 

 

Saturday, the annual Lake G Fishing Tournament is on as we mentioned at the top.  Runs all day with the weigh in/measure in from 4 to 5.  Remember: bring your own everything. Also Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show this Saturday will be Incredibles 2—great fun for all from Disney and Pixar.  And at 7, it’s The New Mutants—a sort of superhero horror movie that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Great reviews for both shows, and both are on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both with pizza, hotdogs, popcorn, soft pretzels, sweets and pop.  Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and more details are in the calendar.

 

Here’s your meeting planner for next week: Waste Management Committee meets at 1:00 on Tuesday. St. James Public Works meets at 11 on Wednesday.  Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 on Thursdays.  Details and information on remote attendance are available in the calendar entries online.

 

If you are looking for some Valentine’s fun, check out the C-O-A’s online Valentine Bingo game.  For more details, check the calendar entry.  And leave a valentine day greeting for your sweetie on the island or anywhere with the WVBI Valentine’s Hotline.  Call 313-263-3601 and leave a message.  The W-V-B-I love gnomes will then get it on the air for all to hear.

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Snow showers. High near 19. Wind chill values as low as zero. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 3 inches.

Tonight

Snow showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 8. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Saturday

Snow showers. High near 17. Wind chill values as low as zero. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Saturday Night

Snow showers likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -4. East wind around 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 11. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2.

Washington’s Birthday

Partly sunny, with a high near 11.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 23.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

TRAFFIC: W-V-B-I Virtual Octocopter has finally recovered from its Eagle attack and is back in in the skies over the island and it spies—nothing because it is caught in some of that locally heavy snow.  But our on the ground spotters say everything is running smoothly out there.  No delays.  But, there is fresh snow and the roads are slick.  So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Bob Bass is celebrating today. Tomorrow, Tasha Runberg, Robert Cole, Andi Kohls, Addie Stein and Roger Anderson are all celebrating, and on Sunday its Bill McDonough and Henry Brenden with the Valentine’s Day Birthdays. Happy Birthday to Tasha, Andi, Addie, Bob, Robert, Roger, Bill and Henry, and, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1994, the world-famous painting that will come to depict 2021 is…stolen. The Scream, Norway’s most valuable painting, is brazenly snatched from the National Gallery after four thieves pull off a 50-second heist. Police will recover the painting three months later. It will be stolen again in 2004 and recovered unharmed.  It’s enough to make you scream. Again.(Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: nebula (noun) [NEB-yuh-luh], which means: any of numerous clouds of gas or dust in interstellar space; galaxy; especially : a galaxy other than the Milky Way. The history of today’s word is not lost in the mists of time, although its history does get misty at points. Nebula comes to us from Latin, where it means “mist” or “cloud.” In its earliest English uses in the 1600s, nebula was chiefly a medical term that could refer either to a cloudy formation in urine or to a cloudy speck or film on the eye that caused vision problems. It was first applied to great interstellar clouds of gas and dust in the early 1700s. The adjective nebulous comes from the same Latin root as nebula, and it is considerably older, being first used as a synonym of cloudy or foggy as early as the 1300s. Like nebula, however, this adjective was not used in an astronomical sense until the mid-1600s. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Captain Janeway of the USS Voyager: “There’s coffee in that nebula.”

On a lighter note: You know you are truly in love when on your coffee date you plan a breakfast date and on your breakfast date you plan a lunch date and at your lunch date you plan a dinner date and on your way to dinner you get married.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Friday, February 12th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

###