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Community Calendar for Friday, January 14th, 2022

From our Langford Family studios on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, January 14th, 2022. 

First some news …


The Health Center test and case report has nothing new this morning. No new tests or results.  Still 11 tests pending. Meantime, the Omicron variant continues to rush across the state with positive test rates at peaks—more than one third of all tests are coming back positive. Hospitals say that they are beyond code red in terms of the number of patients.  But, M-Live reports that fewer people who get sick are going to the hospital and fewer people who do wind up in the hospital are in intensive care or on ventilators.  Next state reports are due out this afternoon. 


The dispute over the number of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities continues.  An upcoming audit apparently will show they were undercounted by 30%.  But, health department officials say the conclusion is based on changed definitions.  The report is expected on Monday.


If you are interested in learning more about feeding the birds at your house, the Michigan D-N-R has a class for that. It’s a virtual session coming up next Saturday from 9 to noon. You’ll learn about picking the right feeder and feed for the birds likely to show up at your house and more.  Cost is $15. Registration info is today’s script online.,4570,7-350-79135_79219_81143-573985–,00.html


Finally in the news, a reminder that Michigan insurance regulators are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams around upcoming auto insurance refunds. They say there is nothing you need to do in connection with those.  Your insurer will either send you a check or make a direct deposit to your account.  So if you get calls unsolicited calls about your refund, just hang up.  Refund checks will arrive sometime between mid-March and the first week of May.  The amount is $400 per vehicle.

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


Here’s your meeting planner: There’s a special joint Townships Planning Commission meeting today at 2:00 at the Peaine Township Hall. Wildlife Club meets Friday at 7:00 at Peaine Township Hall. Next week: Waste Management Committee has a meeting set for Tuesday at 1:00 at Peaine Township Hall. B-I-A Board meets at 4:00 at the BIC Center. St. James Public Works meets Wednesday at 11:00 at their Township Hall. Thursday, the Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 at the BIC Center. Library Board meets at 5:00 at the Library.


On the fun front today, Friday, Pickleball is on in the Theater at the BIC Center at 10:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Hangout at 10:30 and at 7:00 it’s C-O-A’s winter BINGO game also here at the BIC Center.


Saturday, the Library and Historical Society are starting a series of weekly workshops on using the Library Edition of Ancestry dot com.  Learn how to use it to research your family’s history. You can use the program at the library any time.  The workshops will continue on Saturdays through February.  They all will start at 1:00.


Also Saturday there are movies at the BIC Center with some special shows picked to celebrate M-L-K Day. At 4:00 it’s Selma, Lord, Selma. It’s the story of a young fan of Martin Luther King, Jr. who winds up being the youngest person to take part in the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  It’s a great show for the entire family.  At 7:00, it’s the Green Book.  A working-class Italian American bouncer becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. It’s a story inspired by a true friendship.  Rated PG-13.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.  Concession Stand open for both shows. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org and in the Online Community Calendar.


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


Tuesday, we have a bevy of activities for you here at the BIC Center. Tai-Chi is on up in the Hangout at 9:30. Pickleball is on at 10:00 in the Theater. And the Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is on at 10:30 in the Hangout.


Wednesday, Nothing but Needles is on for crafters at Peaine Township Hall.  That starts at 9:00. Also, it’s C-O-A’s Wellness Wednesday here at the BIC Center. Activities get underway at 10:00.


Thursday, Tai-Chi at 9:30 and Pickleball at 10 here at the BIC Center.  And Thursday Afternoon is Games Galore up in the Hangout from 1:00 to 4:00. And you can play Euchre Thursday Evening over at the Whiskey Point Brewing Company.  Cards hit the table at 7:00.

BIRTHDAYS:  Samantha Bugai is celebrating today. Tomorrow is Mark Newman’s day and Olivia Cary blows out candles on Sunday. Happy Birthday to Olivia, Samantha and Mark, 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, nada, zip.  Still, let’s be careful out there.

ON THIS DAY in in 1970 Diana Ross & the Supremes give their final concert. A dozen #1 hits behind them, the mega-selling ’60s pop group performs together for the last time at Las Vegas’ Frontier Hotel. Ross will go on to launch a solo career and also earn a Best Actress Oscar nod, while the rest of the band will go through several lineup changes before disbanding in 1977. Also on this date in 1952 America’s first morning T-V talk show debuts. Today on N-B-C features a mix of interviews, light banter, and hard news. Not much has changed. (

WORD OF THE DAY: gloss (verb) [GLAHSS], which means “to provide a brief explanation of a difficult or obscure word or expression” or, generally, “to explain or interpret.” The verb gloss, referring to a brief explanation, comes from Greek glôssa, meaning “tongue,” “language,” or “obscure word.” There is also the familiar phrase gloss over, meaning “to deal with (something) too lightly or not at all.” That gloss is related to Germanic glosen, “to glow or shine,” and comes from the noun gloss, which in English can refer to a shine on a surface or to a superficial attractiveness that is easily dismissed. (Merriam-Webster)

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

Here’s a thought for the day from Diana Ross: “If I have someone who believes in me, I can move mountains.”

On a lighter note: What do you call a wizard in a frat house? An abracada-bro.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, January 14th, 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. 


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


Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 5. Wind chill values as low as -15. Northeast wind around 10 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -13. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.


Partly sunny, with a high near 12. Wind chill values as low as -18. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the evening.


Cloudy, with a high near 25. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow showers between 8pm and 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 15. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

M.L.King Day

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.


Snow likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Tuesday Night

Snow likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15.



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