News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, January 17th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, January 17th, 2020.
Here’s what’s happening on your island…
Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Center is on up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30. Islander Basketball squads head off to the UP to take on Ojibwe for games Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Saturday, the Health Center has their regular quarterly board meeting planned for 9:30 in the Community Room at the Health Center. Saturday will be busy at the BIC Center. Pickleball 10 to noon. And movies, too. At 4, it’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Disney film great for the kids, but a little scary in a Wizard of Oz kind of way. Rated PG. Then at 7, some sophomoric fun for the grown-ups with The Turkey Bowl. Lots of laughs. It’s rated R. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.
Sunday, services at Holy Cross, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the Christian Church. Times and details are on the calendar. And, the C-O-A has a Sunday dinner planned at School from 11 to 12:30. Chicken Lasagna is on the menu with all the trimmings.
Next Monday, St. James Finance Committee meets at the Governmental Center at 1.
Tuesday, Pickleball at the BIC Center from 10 to noon. Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Hangout. And, the day ends with Ladies Shuffleboard at the Shamrock. That’s at 7.
Next Wednesday, gets underway with Everything to do with Needles at the Peaine Township Hall. 9:30 to noon every Wednesday through spring.
Next Thursday, Pickleball is on at the BIC Center from 10:00 to noon. Also, Games Galore up in the Ray and Ann Stanhope Hangout from 1 to 4. And, Thursdays are Euchre Nights at Stoney. Cards hit the table at 7.
Next weekend the islander basketball squads are at home to take on the Mackinac Island Lakers.
And, a few reminders…
There will be a benefit dinner for the Crandals at Stoney on the 29th from 5 to 7:30.
Scripts for the community play, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, are now at the Library. There are many small roles (just a few minutes on stage) and some larger roles as well. Jacque LaFreniere says all are invited to participate, even if you never have before. There are 24 roles to fill! Auditions will be held the first week of February—exact dates to be determined.
And, don’t forget about the about the Everyone’s an Artist photo contest. Deadline for entries is February 15th. You are invited to submit up to three photos. More info on the Calendar on line. Indeed…
You can find more information on all of these events and everything else that’s happening on the island at calendar dot w-v-b-I dot net.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of the good folks down at McDonough’s Market:
Today Isolated snow showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight Snow, mainly after 10pm. Patchy blowing snow after 2am. Low around 22. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches. Saturday Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow before 10am. High near 31. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 6 inches. Saturday Night Snow. Low around 22. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches. Sunday A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 25. North wind around 15 mph. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. M.L.King Day Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22. Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 22. Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Thursday A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 33.
TRAFFIC: It’s quiet. But, the roads are extra slick. So let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Mary Jean Pike and Mark Engelsman are celebrating today. Happy birthday to both of them. 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 1950, 11 men steal more than $2 million ($29 million today) from the Brink’s Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the perfect crime—almost—as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956, just days before the statute of limitations for the theft expired.
Eight of the Brink’s robbers were caught, convicted and given life sentences. Two more died before they could go to trial. Only a small part of the money was ever recovered; the rest is fabled to be hidden in the hills north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In 1978, the famous robbery was immortalized on film in The Brink’s Job, starring Peter Falk. (

WORD OF THE DAY: tontine (TAHN-teen) which means: a joint financial arrangement whereby the participants usually contribute equally to a prize that is awarded entirely to the participant who survives all the others. Tontines were named after their creator, a Neapolitan banker named Lorenzo Tonti. In 1653, Tonti convinced investors to buy shares in a fund he had created. Each year, the investors earned dividends, and when one of them died, their share of the profits was redistributed among the survivors. When the last investor died, the capital reverted to the state. Louis XIV of France used tontines to save his ailing treasury and to fund municipal projects, and private tontines (where the last surviving investor—and subsequently their heirs—got the cash instead of the state) became popular throughout Europe and the U.S. Eventually, though, tontines were banned; there was just too much temptation for unscrupulous investors to bump off their fellow subscribers. (Merriam Webster)
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…
Here’s a thought for the day: “Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.”
On a lighter note: What makes ghosts grumpy? The Rain. It really dampens their spirits.
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, January 17th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And, thanks for listening.