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Community Calendar for Friday, February 9th, 2024

Results are in for the Charlevoix City deer cull that went off as planned at the end of January. 25 antlerless deer were killed between the 18th and the 25th as part of the project.  It was completed by the city in collaboration with the D-N-R. The deer were processed and delivered to MANA of Charlevoix. The cull cost just over $15,000 or about $600 per deer, that according to reporting today in the Courrier.


Governor Whitmer’s proposed budget includes 150 million dollars to help reopen the Pallisades nuclear plant in southwest Michigan.  That would be on top of 150 million already invested in the project by the state last year. The plant closed in May 2022. Advocates of bringing it back on line say it would bring carbon free energy to 800 thousand homes and hundreds of jobs. Critics say the plant is deteriorating and produces energy that is costlier than wind or solar.


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If you are looking for another island adventure this summer, the National Park Service is looking for volunteer keepers for the lighthouse on Sand Island in the Apostle Islands up in Lake Superior. The program runs during June and a minimum three week commitment to be there and help with campground management and lighthouse tours. You could be back in time for big events here for the summer. There’s more info in today’s script online.


On the island, time is running out to get your pictures entered in the Everyone’s an Artist contest. Details on requirements and how to enter are in the February 15th calendar entry online, which is the deadline to enter by the way. And, don’t forget to vote for the picture you think should be turned into this year’s painting raffle. There’s a link in today’s script online:


Peaine Township still has two bikes that were found under the Cable’s Bay Bridge last year.  They are at the township hall waiting to be claimed.  If that doesn’t happen soon, they may be headed to the resale shop…which is open today from noon to 4:00, by the way.

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


First, your meeting planner for next week. School Board meets Monday evening at 6:00. Transportation Authority meets Tuesday at noon. Peaine Township Board meets Tuesday evening at 6:00. Emergency Services Authority meets Thursday at 2:00. Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 4:30. Library Board meets at 5:00. Irish Feile Marketing & Communications Subcommittee meets at 5:00 on Friday.  A-A meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6:00. That’s all for next week. Locations and more details are in the calendar entries online. 


On the fun front today, Friday, Senior and Vets Coffee and Donuts is from 9:00 to 11:00 at the BIC Center. At 10:00, there’s Pickleball in the theater at the BIC Center while upstairs at 10:30 there’s the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. Resale Shop open noon to 4:00. B-I-C-S basketball squads are away at Grand Marais for games Friday evening and Saturday morning. Meantime, Friday is a New Moon.  There’s more info at Dark Sky Island dot org.


Saturday, there’s Lego Club at the Library at 1:00. At 2:00, there’s a pre-Solar Eclipse Event at the library.  Learn about the eclipse, why it happens and how you can safely watch it on April 8th. At 2:30 there’s Valentine Party for kids at the BIC Center. It will be an afternoon of fun activities with heart plaster hand printing along with crafts and treats. Saturday movies at the BIC center are at 4:00 and 7:00. The afternoon show is The Tiger’s Apprentice. It’s the animated story of a boy learning new magic to help protect an ancient phoenix. It’s rated PG. At 7:00 is the multiple award-winning Society of the Snow. It’s the true story of a rugby team’s fight for survival after their plane crashes in the Andes. Rated R. The Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal, or both.


Sunday, there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 a.m. and mass at Holy Cross Church at 12:15 p.m. At 4:00 Sunday evening there’s Giggles and Gaggles at the Wild Strawberry Café. Get together with island friends to chat and enjoy some special treats from the Café kitchen from 4:00 to 7:00.


Looking ahead to next week…


Monday starts off with C-O-A’s cardio drumming, Music and exercise in the Hangout starting at 10:00. Evening Pickleball is on at 5:30 in the Theater at the BIC Center. And, Monday is all-you-can-eat pizza & salad night at the Shamrock starting at 5:00.


Tuesday, Talking Threads is on out at Peaine Township Hall. Crafting and yacking from 9:00 to noon. C-O-A Chair Yoga is at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 10:00. Meantime, in the Theater, Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon. At 10:30 it’s the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in the Hangout. At 6:00 p.m. it’s time to Get Quizzical at the BIC Center. Trivia starts up at 6:00 p.m. Register your team at


Wednesday, C-O-A Cardio Drumming is taking a break because the C-O-A has a very special Valentine’s Day Lunch planned at the BIC Center.  There’ll be a steak and shrimp entre with potatoes, peas and carrots as a side plus desert. All are welcome with special pricing for seniors. Lunch will be served from noon to 1:00. at the BIC Center at 10:00. Over at the Shamrock, it’s Mexican Food Day for lunch and dinner. It’s Time for Art Wednesday evening at 5:00 at the BIC Center. This week Cindy Ricksgers will do a session on oil pastels. Also Wednesday evening there’s an Adult Faith Formation class up in the Hangout. That starts at 7:00.


Thursday paddles out with Pickleball. That’s from 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Women’s Bible Study is also at 10:00 over at the Christian Church. Tai Chi is in the Hangout at the BIC Center at 11:00. Resale Shop is open noon to 4:00. And Thursday is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock at 5 p.m. Down the street at the Wild Strawberry Cafe it’s Euchre Night. Cards hit the table at 6:00.

NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Ava. If that’s your name, head on down to the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.

BIRTHDAYS: Beth Crosswhite celebrates today. Happy Birthday to Beth, 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: None, but let’s be careful out there.

On this date in 1943 one of the longest and most ferocious battles of WWII comes to an end, as Japanese forces retreat from Guadalcanal Island. It will be the first in a series of decisive American victories in the South Pacific. Also on this date in 1971, arguably the greatest pitcher in baseball history is recognized for the sport’s highest honor, as Satchel Paige becomes the first player from the segregated Negro Leagues to be voted into the Hall.

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Our Merriam Webster Word of the Day is

MacGuffin (noun) [muh-GUFF-in] which is an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance. The first person to use MacGuffin as a word for a plot device was Alfred Hitchcock. He borrowed it from an old shaggy-dog story in which some passengers on a train interrogate a fellow passenger carrying a large, strange-looking package. The fellow says the package contains a “MacGuffin,” which, he explains, is used to catch tigers in the Scottish Highlands. When the group protests that there are no tigers in the Highlands, the passenger replies, “Well, then, this must not be a MacGuffin.” Hitchcock apparently appreciated the way the mysterious package holds the audience’s attention and builds suspense. He recognized that an audience anticipating a solution to a mystery will continue to follow the story even if the initial interest-grabber turns out to be irrelevant.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday

Here’s a thought for the day from baseball great Satchell Paige: “Smile well and often, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.”


On a lighter note: A straw man, a red herring, and a MacGuffin walk into a bar. But this joke isn’t about that.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, February 9th, 2024. 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. 



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Monday Night

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