News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, February 26th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, February 26th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

C-O-A and the Shamrock have announced that the C-O-A meal voucher program is now running again at the Shamrock. Lunch is available from 11:30 to 2 and dinner from 5 to 8.  On Saturdays and Sundays a C-O-A breakfast meal is also available during brunch hours from 10 to 2.

 

The new Beaver Island Elks organization is reported to be working on a plan to buy a place in town to open a social club that would serve drinks—essentially a bar.  This follows controversy over their first burger night, which seems to have been resolved.

 

State COVID-19 data continues to show a slight drift up in the number of new cases—nothing dramatic, but the daily numbers have shown increases all week. Thursday’s report had 1,388 new cases and 18 new deaths. There were also 30 reclassified deaths. Seven-day running average for new cases is 1,037, which is up slightly now for four days in a row. For deaths, the average is 26 a day–with reclassifications included, but still down. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 25 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had two new cases. Seven day running average for our region for new cases is 25, that number now up slightly day over day for four days in a row. Average for new deaths is zero. 

 

Statewide there are now 32,792, down 88. Our region has 711, up three. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is down a point to 3.5%.  It’s 3.5% in our safe start zone, too. That’s up five tenths. In Charlevoix we are unchanged at 1.6%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down.

 

Overall hospital occupancy rates look good—both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  COVID-19 occupancy rates look good, too. Statewide, 3.5% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 5.8%. 

 

There is now one COVID-19 patient at Munson in Charlevoix, up one, and one at McLaren in Petoskey—in their I-C-U. That’s down by three.

 

On the island, no new tests.  None pending. Last positive test was 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

585352

15453

1388

48

Region

9668

204

37

1

TVC Zone

16316

406

76

1

UP

16388

383

28

0

30 deaths are reclassifications. There were 18 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1037

26

 

Region

25

0

 

TVC Zone

46

0

 

UP

19

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

753

15

3

0

Benzie

781

30

3

0

Charlevoix

828

13

2

0

Emmet

1256

37

5

0

Grand Traverse

3773

59

15

1

Kalkaska

559

15

3

0

Leelanau

743

14

3

0

Otsego

975

21

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

32796

 

 

Region

711

 

 

TVC Zone

1270

 

 

UP

611

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

 

 

Data from February 25, 2021

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

 

At the BIC Center, Pickleball is on today in the BIC Center theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. Practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. Also today, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is The War with Grandpa.  Robert DeNiro, Uma Thurman, Cheech Marin and Christopher Walken for a Grandpa gang. It’s PG and fun for the whole family. And at 7, it’s the latest Marvel superhero flick—still showing in theaters on the mainland: Super Woman 1984.  Get ready for 1980s style.  Rated PG-13. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both.  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.

 

C-O-A’s February Bingo game is wrapping up today.  Get your entries in. C-O-A is planning an Easter Dinner on March 19. It’s a take-away meal and just 50 are available. The menu looks yummy, so sign up now to avoid disappointment. There a just 34 spots still open. Call Lonnie at 2124 to sign up.

 

Here’s your meeting planner for next week: St. James Township Planning Commission meets on Tuesday at 6 and the monthly St. James Township Board meeting is Wednesday at 5:30. Details are in the calendar entry online. 

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

Sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of snow after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday

A slight chance of snow showers, mixing with freezing rain after 9am, then gradually ending. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South wind around 5 mph.

Sunday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain showers between 1pm and 5pm, then a chance of rain showers, snow showers, and freezing rain after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow showers and freezing rain before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 24. Blustery.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Breezy.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Breezy.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 34.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Bridges are clear, Island beltway running smoothly—except for iron ore Bay, where the road is both closed for winter and underwater.  Meantime, temperature changes are making slick spots where you might not expect. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Mike Sowa and Veronica Bigelow are celebrating today. Brenna Wearn, John Fiegan, Owen Mcdonough and Doug Edgar are celebrating Saturday.  Sunday Jenny Bousquet and Deborah LePow celebrate. Happy Birthday to Veronica, Brenna, Jenny, Deborah, Mike, John, Owen and Doug, if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.  And, speaking of that list, we hear that there are still a few copies of it available at school.  Just give a call over if you’d like to have one and they’ll get it to you. Sales support class activities for Ms. Roberts’ class.

ON THIS DAY in 1919, the Grand Canyon National Park established in Arizona.  President Woodrow Wilson signs the Grand Canyon National Park Act, designating the mile-deep natural wonder as a US national park. In its first year the park will get around 44,000 visitors. It will go on to attract more than 5 million visitors annually. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: megillah (noun) [muh-GHIL-uh], which means: a long involved story or account; an elaborate, complicated production or sequence of events; everything involved in what is under consideration: the whole ball of wax. Although megillah is a slang word in English, it has perfectly respectable Hebrew origins. Megillah derives from the Yiddish megile, which itself comes from the Hebrew word mĕgillāh, meaning “scroll” or “volume.” (Mĕgillāh is especially likely to be used in reference to the Book of Esther, which is read aloud at Purim celebrations.) It makes sense, then, that when megillah first appeared in English in the mid-20th century, it referred to a story that was so long (and often tedious or complicated) that it was reminiscent of the length of the mĕgillāh scrolls. The Hebrew word is serious, but the Yiddish megile can be somewhat playful, and our megillah has also inherited that lightheartedness. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day, inspired by the Grand Canyon: “We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.”

On a lighter note: Why did the echo cross the canyon? To bounce off the other side.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Friday, February 26th, 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. 

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